North Conway Public Library Offers New Online Catalog

North Conway Public Library is switching to a new online card catalog system to make finding, reserving and renewing books easier for library patrons.

“Our current cataloging system is hopelessly outdated. The company doesn’t support it anymore, and the system has some bugs by now,” Library Director Andrea Masters said,.

The new system, Apollo, is designed specifically for small public libraries and has won Modern Library Awards’ Best Product of the Year Award for several years in a row.

For patrons, Masters expects the transition to be easy — if not seamless.

As with any online library catalog, the key feature is a search engine that will allow readers to type in the name of an author or title of a book and find the book. But the new system will have a more forgiving search engine than its predecessor, allowing for more misspellings and still returning good “best guesses” for results.

The new display also includes book covers and more information about individual titles.

Once a patron has logged in, he or she can reserve and renew books and request items through inter-library loan if the library doesn’t have them.

People can also bookmark items and save a list to read later, as well as paying overdue fines and make donations on the secure system.

The biggest difference most people will notice is that the catalog will now be available over the Internet an improvement requested on a recent patron survey.

“A lot of people asked for an online catalog. The electronic catalog we had was for in-library use only. Now, having it online, people can access it 24/7, from home, anytime day or night, every day of the week,” Masters said.

The new catalog will also be linked directly to Overdrive, the downloadable books program that the library participates in. “Therefore it’s important for patron cards to be current and up-to-date; otherwise our patrons might not be able to log into Overdrive until they have updated their library registration information with us,” adds Masters.

The library had already been considering a new system prior to the survey, but needed to find funding before it could be implemented. The North Conway Public Library does not receive money from the town to operate.

“We look and act like a public library, but we are privately funded. We rely on private donations for all our operating costs,” she said.

Grants do help pay for some capital improvements. The majority of the money for the new software, $2,000, came from a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The remaining $1,500 was raised through donations.

As the new system is being put in place, Masters asks patrons to be patient. “We are sorry for any inconvenience and we hope people will bear with us through the transition,” she said.

 

2016 Mt. Washington Valley Golf Tournament

Thanks to all who joined us at Indian Mound Golf Club yesterday for the 15th Annual Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather!

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Low score Winner – GB Carrier
Greyson Carrier, Ken Donabedian, Buddy Carrier, Bill Jones

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1st Place Team – Town of Conway
Jeff Hanson, John Eastman, Chris Mattei, Ed Wagner

2nd Place Team – Horsefeathers
Rob Peterson, Adam Lanzilotti, Josh Shoen, Gary Williams
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Third Place Team – Chalmers Insurance
Jeremy Roberge, Dr. John Eldridge, Andy Trowbridge, Vincent Osgood

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Closest to the Pin Women – Nicole Berthiaume

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Longest Drive Women – Janet Conner

Closest to the Pin Men – Steve Cote
Closest to Line Men – Bud Wyman
Putting Contest Men – Steve Cote
Putting Contest Women – Kathie Markos

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the golfers who joined us. See you next year!

 

Wildquack Duck River Festival Sunday, May 29

May 29th, 2016 the Wildcat River will have almost 3,500 yellow rubber ducks racing against each other on their way to the finish line. The Wilquack Duck River Festival has been helping to raise money for area non-profits such as the Kennett High Key Club, the local Special Olympics swim team, the Jackson Police Department, as well as the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce. If you represent a local non-profit of the Jackson Area and would like to be included in this event you are encouraged to call the chamber at 603-383-9356… get involved and take advantage of this successful event.

duck-raceAdmission to this event is still FREE. Everyone is invited to line the riverbanks of the Wildcat River and help cheer their favorite duck onto victory. Duck tickets, food and other activities are priced accordingly.

The Duck races, food vendors, Kennett High Key Club Children activities, Artisan Tents, Jackson Cake Boss Competition, 5 Minutes of Fame Stage and more all takes place on Sunday, May 29th from 8 AM – 4 PM. You can sign up for your 5 minutes of Fame or the Jackson Cake Boss competition or if you would like to sign up to be in our parade just contact the office at 603-383-9356 or email info@jacksonnh.com. To find out detailed information, request a brochure or just enjoy some photos of past events, be sure to check out http://www.jacksonnh.com/event/119/Wildquack-Duck-River-Festival. To purchase Duck Tickets online visit http://www.jacksonnh.com/tickets-gifts.php. Tickets will be on sale at participating businesses (listed above) from April 1, 2016 – May 28th. If there are any unsold tickets remaining the day of the event they will be on sale at the event until 1:30 PM. Race time is at 2 PM.

For more info: http://www.JacksonNH.com

Red Parka Grown Up Prom Thursday, May 26

“Couples On The Red Carpet” is the theme this year.  Break out your sequins & tuxedos and join us for dancing under the Disco ball, Prom pictures, King & Queen, and adult shenanigans.  Dancing starts at 8:00.

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$5 per person with all proceeds benefitting The Dewey Mark/Red Parka Scholarship Fund

603-383-4344

http://www.redparkapub.com

Wentworth Golf Course Offers Great Greens and Mountains Majesty

By Kathy Bennett

Friday, May 20, 2016

Another Friday night, another twilight round of golf at one of the Valley’s spectacular courses. This evening’s round brought us to the Wentworth Golf Course in Jackson, NH (http://www.wentworthgolf.com/). A favorite of both locals and vacationers alike, the Wentworth Golf Course is located just over the covered bridge on Route 16A.

The Wentworth course was in great condition, especially for this stage of the season. The mild winter was kind to this and all the other golf courses in Mount Washington Valley, lucky for us local duffers getting in as many early season rounds as possible. Bug dope is still a necessity, although the slight breeze kept them at bay – for the most part.

If you haven’t played the Wentworth, you are in for a treat. How many courses can boast not one but two covered bridges on and adjacent to the greens? The front 9 are those you see from Route 16, and features their iconic red covered bridge, constructed in the 1990s for golfers to cross the Ellis River.  The real deal, a historic covered bridge that carries both car and pedestrian traffic from Route 16 over to Route 16A into Jackson Village, can be seen from the 7th green. Take a moment to enjoy the view before proceeding to the next tee box.

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The back 9 features longer and more difficult terrain. Be sure to stop at the Wentworth’s Madeline’s at the turn and grab snacks, sandwiches and refreshments before taking on the challenges for the 2nd half of your game.

Like many of the courses in the Valley, half the fun is drinking in the incredible natural beauty surrounding you as you play. The Wentworth is no exception. In addition to the Ellis River and covered bridges, breathe in the mountain vistas around you. Look to the northeast and you can catch the tippety-top of Black Mountain, Jackson’s own hometown alpine ski area. Look slightly to the south and east to see a steep slope populated with houses – that’s the remains of the Tyrol Ski Area, which closed in the 1980s.  And of course, to the north, you’ll find Mount Washington and the Presidential Range. Behind you on the 5th and 6th holes are Iron Mountain and Duck’s Head mountains.  With so many mountains majesty, it will be hard to keep your eyes on the ball (in case you need another excuse for your game).

 

 

 

 

MT. WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD HOSTS UNIQUE ALTON WEAGLE DAY ON MAY 28, 2016  

The Mt. Washington Auto Road will be hosting the 6th annual Alton Weagle Unusual Ascent Day on Saturday, May 28th as part of the kick-off celebration for the Road’s 155th operating season. The event will commemorate the many unusual ascents made on the “Carriage Road” since it opened to the public in 1861.

This spirit of fun and adventure was perhaps best captured by the day’s namesake, the late Alton Weagle, of Walpole, MA. Weagle was a great advocate for safe and sustainable enjoyment of the White Mountains, who became known for awhile as “Mr. Mt. Washington”, thanks to his entertaining exploits during the 1950s. At various times he has run up the Auto Road barefoot, backwards and blindfolded (up and down) and he has pushed up a wheelbarrow with a 100 pound sack of sugar without setting it down.

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All of this follows in a great tradition of remarkable Auto Road ascents throughout history, which will be further shared and celebrated on May 28th. “Mt. Washington has always drawn a unique assortment of characters in search of personal distinction-some have been more serious minded than others, of course,” said Howie Wemyss, Auto Road general manager.

Since the inception of Alton Weagle Day, the ascenders have included a “Star Wars” scout trooper, roller skiers, the Cookie Monster from “Sesame Street,” a car-top kayaker, a stilt walker, an in-line skater and a firefighter in full turnout gear.

An awards ceremony will be held in the Auto Road’s Red Barn Museum recognizing the unique nature of each ascender. The museum features a historic selection of the many stages and vehicles that have operated on the Road since it opened to the public.

First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is America’s original man-made attraction. At nearly 8 miles long, it stretches to the summit of Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet, the highest peak in the Northeast.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road is currently open daily to tree line from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., weather permitting. For the latest updates on Road conditions and the operating schedule, visit http://www.MtWashingtonAutoRoad.com or call 603.446.3988.

May Golf Greens in Great Shape in North Conway Area

By Kathy Bennett

One of the many privileges of living in Mount Washington Valley is the wealth of breath-taking golf courses within a short driving distance of North Conway. This proximity allows for impromptu twilight rounds of golf after work, or the ability to grab a quick 9 on a Saturday morning after tending to other more mundane household commitments.

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This weekend we had the pleasure of golfing at not one but two classic golf courses. Friday afternoon was one of the first summery days this spring so I hit the links with a girlfriend at the North Conway Country Club. The grand dame of the Mount Washington Valley, this course was established in 1895 and offers golfers views of Cranmore, Mt. Washington and the Presidential and Moat mountain ranges.

Teeing off for the the first green sets the tone as the elevated tee boxes afford a drop dead gorgeous view of the Moats. If the views don’t distract your swing, the train whistle might. The course offers what might possibly be the region’s only working railroad track cutting a swath between the tee and the fairway thanks to the Conway Scenic Railway which abuts NCCC property.

Greens were in exceptional shape for early May but then NCCC is known for its superior commitment to maintaining its grounds. Other delights golfers will find is adjacent farmland (Friday, it was rows of plowed fresh dirt) and the Saco River (later in the summer you can hear the hooting and hollering of reveling tubers and kayakers floating downstream). Vacationers playing NCCC should be aware tee times are a must, and proper attire is required, unlike some of the other more casual resort courses in town.

Saturday morning brought us further north to Androscoggin Valley Country Club, about 20 miles north of North Conway in Gorham, NH. A scenic drive through Pinkham Notch up Route 16 was a lovely preview to the morning’s round of golf at AVCC. The course is located on Route 2 in the Great North Woods (take a right after Route 16 enters Gorham and it’s just a few miles down on the left).

The location is breathtaking with ledge cliffs the backdrop to the north, and the Presidential range to the south and west. The mighty Androscoggin River is nearby and water is in play throughout the course – bring extra balls as it has special magnetic qualities, or so I tell myself.

While the course was originally designed in 1922, beginning in 2002, the golf course was redesigned to give an extra 600+ yards to the playing field. Hazards were added and the existing ones improved to make the course more challenging. That being said, it was still a welcoming course for beginners and women alike.

AVCC greens’ were in fine shape for early May as well, another indication that the Winter of 2016 was kinder to golf courses than ski areas in northern New Hampshire.  In fact AVCC opened in April this year – amazing for a golf course north of the Notch. Check their website and ads in the local papers as they often reward savvy golfers with specials.

And to answer one question that is on everyone’s lips this time of year – black flies. Let’s just say wind is your friend this time of year. Friday’s round at NCCC, in the dead calm of the late afternoon sun, was a little on the buggy side. DEET bug spray is in order, unless you have a greater ability to ignore them than I. Saturday’s breeze kept our round at AVCC virtually bug free. The take away? Don’t let northern New Hampshire’s infamous black flies keep you from a springtime round of golf. And don’t worry – the mosquitoes will chase away the black flies before you know it.

Spots still available for the Annual Chamber Golf Tournament

Tee off with friends at the 15th Annual Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament next Wednesday, May 25th at the Indian Mound Golf Club in Ossipee. This is a great day to get outside and enjoy your favorite pastime with prizes, lunch, contests, awards and more.

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Take a chance on winning a 2016 Jeep Renegade, courtesy of Crest Auto World, with a Hole-In-One on the 18th Hole or one of many raffle prizes.

Get out and enjoy spring with us on the links, Wednesday, May 25!

Space for foursomes still available. Call Scott Gleason at 603-356-5701 to grab a spot for your team.

MASON’S BREAKFAST TO BENEFIT VISITING NURSE HOME CARE & HOSPICE

JOIN THE MASONS of Mount Washington Lodge #87 at their monthly charity breakfast on Sunday, May 22, from 8-11 AM at the Masonic Temple in the center of North Conway Village, across from the Community Center.

The breakfast is by donation only and all proceeds from this month’s event will benefit Visiting Nurse, Home Care & Hospice of Carroll County and Western Maine.  VNHCH provides in-home health care, hospice and long term care throughout the community. They are licensed by the states of NH and Maine, a Medicare certified home health agency and a Medicare certified hospice.

FMI, call 356-7006 or 1-800-499-4171, or visit http://www.VNHCH.org.

Great Glen Trails Opens for Season with Weekly Running / Walking Series 

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center will kick off the spring season with the Salomon Spring Trail Running and Walking Series beginning Thursday afternoon, May 12. The Great Glen trail system is also open for trail running, Nordic walking and bird watching.

The Salomon Spring Trail Running and Walking Series, a weekly trail race series for all abilities and ages, will take place each Thursday for eight weeks. Racers can run or walk the long, short or mini courses at their leisure anytime between 3:30 and 7:00 p.m.

Early season hours at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center are in effect beginning Memorial Day Weekend: 9am – 5pm.  Great Glen Outfitters also opens weekends for the summer season on May 28 offering the latest in outdoor apparel and accessories for trail running, mountain biking, paddling and more.

The Salomon Spring Trail Running and Walking Series is an 8-week series held every Thursday from May 12 through June 30, 2016. Competitors can challenge themselves on a Mini (1.6k), Short (3.3k) or Long (5.4k) in either the running or walking divisions. Placement prizes are awarded in each category, and the series wraps up with an awards party and prize raffle. Competitors that compete in 6 of the 8 weeks are qualified for the raffle.

For more information about the Salomon Trail Running Series, current trail conditions or Great Glen Outfitters, call 603.466.2333 or visit www.greatglentrails.com.

4th Annual Strawberry Festival June 25 to Benefit Vaughan Community Services

Volunteers for Vaughan Community Services are busy planning the 4th Annual North Conway Strawberry Festival, to benefit for the programs of Vaughan including the Vaughan Learning Center (formerly North Conway Daycare), and the Conway area food pantry.  The event will be held June 25 from 11 am until 4 pm on the North Conway Congregational Church campus right next to the “Reverence for Life” building.

The Strawberry Festival offers a fun day of feasting on locally grown fresh strawberries served in shortcakes, in smoothies and in hand-dipped chocolate covered treats.  There will be free kids games, balloon animals, live music and a white elephant sale of treasures.   The event is an old-fashioned day of family fun with free activities for kids, a chance to meet and greet neighbors, friends and visitors to the region.  Always a sell-out, strawberry treats are affordably priced and will be served while supplies last.  To add to the old-fashioned fun, on display will be several beautiful and very rare antique wagons courtesy of Sut Marshall and several antique cars courtesy of Bob Holmes.  Tours of the historic “First Church” are available to those interested in learning about the living history of the nearly 250 year-old building.

Vaughan is pleased to be a featured event and partner with the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce in their “Fresh Taste of Spring” promotion to drive business during the value season of April – June.  Vaughan is very appreciative of the many sponsors of the 3rd Annual Strawberry Festival including:  Profile Motors, Settlers Green, White Mountain Oil and Propane, Conway Daily Sun, Conway Scenic Railroad, Leone McDonnell and Roberts, and Whitelaw Electric.   Abe Wrobleski very generously helps defray the cost of the festival tent.

For more information about the event please contact Denise Leighton at churchoffice@firstchurchnc.com or 603-356-2324.

 

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