White Mountain Waldorf School Hires New Director of Advancement, Rose M. Heggeman

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The White Mountain Waldorf School is pleased to welcome Rose Heggeman as the new Director of Advancement.  The main focus of her work will be marketing, enrollment and fundraising. Rose is a Maine native, living in Bridgton with her husband, Jim, and their two children: Alana, age 5, and Xander, age 4, both of whom are attending the school.  Rose has a bachelor’s degree from Goddard College and spent over a decade working with the senior leadership team at Saint Joseph’s College in Maine.  She is also a registered yoga teacher and holistic health coach trained through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  Rose is excited be to joining the community and is looking forward to meeting all its members.

In her letter to the community, Rose expresses her enthusiasm and commitment to child development and education, as well as her passion for a Waldorf education. She explains, “Like many of you, we have joined this community because it provides a nurturing environment for child development, and a feeling of family where we can learn alongside each other, how to best cherish imagination and creativity.” Her vision for 2017 is to “discover new ways to increase engagement and provide space for members of our community to come together and strengthen our bond with each other and the greater school network of bright minds, big thinkers and problem solvers – just like our children!” The Mount Washington Valley welcomes you and thanks you for your dedication to education.

About White Mountain Waldorf School
The White Mountain Waldorf School, established  in 1985, teaches children a curriculum that balances academic, artistic, and practical life skills; fostering each child’s ability to think with clarity, feel with compassion, and act with purpose and social responsibility in the world. While the school started out as a a small nursery-kindergarten, it now enrolls preschool aged children up to 8th grade students.  The school’s mission is to instill creativity and a desire for learning, cultivates social responsibility and personal integrity, and supports the home and greater community.

For more information about the White Mountain Waldorf School, visit www.whitemountainwaldorf.org. 

Winter Wildlife Tracking in the East Bear Paw Lands

Winter is alive and thriving here in the Mount Washington Valley and it’s time for children and adults alike to go outside and play! The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust’s Easement Exploration Series welcomes you to attend their January exploration in Winter Wildlife Tracking  on Saturday, January 21st, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The event, co-sponsored with the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, will be lead by Dr. Rick Van de Pol. Explore the Bear Paw Lands, where wildlife abounds, and snowshoe the trail network of approximately 6 miles long, an excellent beginner’s adventure.

Participants are asked to meet at the Maine Visitors Center, located on Route 302 in Fryeburg, Maine. It is recommended that participants dress warm, bring a lunch, and pack their snowshoes or rent a pair from Tin Mountain Conservation Center. To reserve a pair of snowshoes, please call 603-447-6991. For more information about this event, visit http://www.usvlt.org/easement-exploration-series/. Please email info@usvit.org with any questions about the event.

About the East Bear Paw Lands
The East Bear Paw Lands consist of a 500-acre section of easment located off of Route 302. Within these lands is a trail network of approximately 6 miles long, that is excellent for beginner mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and trail running. The forested landscape is home to an abundance tracks from fox to fisher and the Easement Exploration Group will snowshoe in search of these and other signs of wildlife.

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About the Easement Exploration Series
Upper Saco Valley Land Trust’s “Easement Exploration Series” showcases conservation easements and properties we own and is designed to connect community members with the protected lands that surround them.  Once a month they host a themed visit to a preserve or easement.  Visitors might find themselves walking, hiking, running, snow-shoeing, or even canoeing or kayaking through local conservation lands.  These events are led by Land Trust staff, board members, and volunteers, as well as experts in the field: naturalists with specialties ranging from tracking to birding, from limnology to lichenology.  Most of the events are open to the general public, whereas a few visits to easement lands where public access is limited are open only to Land Trust members.

A core component of USVLT’s mission is “to preserve the ecological systems and cultural values of the Upper Saco River Valley.”  Providing a tangible way for community members to connect with these protected lands furthers our mission at its most basic level.

Grand Celebration at Locally-Owned 7-Eleven in North Conway

Nicole L. Milewski, owner of North Conway 7-Eleven, welcomes the community to their grand celebration on Friday, January 20th, in celebration of becoming a locally-owned franchise. Visit 7-Eleven at any time during their regular business hours to participate in door prizes, free samples, lottery raffles, and give-a-ways. Join the fun and welcome a community-centered, generous franchise owner to the Mount Washington Valley!

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The North Conway 7-Eleven Store is located at 2039 White Mountain Highway in North Conway, New Hampshire. For more information about this event or the store itself, please call (603) 356-5858.

North Conway Library’s Book Group reads “The House Girl” by Tara Conklin on February 9

noco-public-libraryNORTH CONWAY—  The North Conway Library’s Book Group is reading “The House Girl” by Tara Conklin and will discuss it on Thursday, February 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the library.

This is an open book discussion group. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are a library member.

The Library Book Group reads both fiction and nonfiction and meets on the SECOND Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the library in North Conway Village.

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The House Girl is an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia.

Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre–Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, The House Girl follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine.

Featuring two remarkable, unforgettable heroines, Tara Conklin’s The House Girl is riveting and powerful, literary fiction at its very best.

Check the library’s website at www.NorthConwayLibrary.com for more information or call the North Conway Library at 603-356-2961 to reserve your copy of “The House Girl.”

Northeast Credit Union Celebrates 80th Anniversary By Contributing to Their Community

Portsmouth, N.H. – Northeast Credit Union celebrated their 80th anniversary by spreading their generosity and community support to three local non-profits. The credit union asked community members to help them choose local non-profits to receive donations. After receiving over 2,000 votes for 15 different non-profit organizations, NECU would like to congratulate Zebra Crossings of Dover, N.H., an organization that enriches the lives of children with a chronic health conditions through fun and engaging medically-supervised programs. Not far behind was Connor’s Climb of Exeter, N.H., receiving a surprise donation of $1,000, followed by UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center of Goffstown, N.H., receiving $500 from the credit union.

Grateful for such a generous donation, Astrid Wielens, Executive Director of Zebra Crossings expressed, “Zebra Crossings provides empowerment programs for youth with chronic medical conditions. We aim to lessen the burden of chronic medical conditions by connecting kids through play and providing respite for caregivers. It is only through community support like this that we can make a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve.”

On behalf of Connor’s Climb of Exeter, N.H., another grateful non-profit for Northeast Credit Union’s generosity,  State Representative Susan Stover described the importance of such a donation, as the foundation thrives from donations, helping them fund Signs of Suicide (SOS) training for NH educators and schools to prevent youth suicide.

Development Director Veronica Lester from the third appreciative non-profit, UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center, expressed gratitude towards the community and Northeast Credit Union, saying, “The funds couldn’t have come at a better time and will be used as unrestricted funding, which is invaluable to the success of UpReach and allows us the flexibility to use the money toward our most current needs. We thank NECU for their support in allowing UpReach to provide safe, affordable and high quality equine assisted activities and therapies to individuals in the greater Manchester community.”

About Northeast Credit Union
Northeast Credit Union (NECU) has been a trusted neighbor and the financial partner of choice for people since 1936. Our central focus is our members and the communities in which we serve. We have over $1 billion in assets and serve 110,000+ members at branches in Berlin, Concord, Conway, Dover, Exeter, Gorham, Lebanon, Lee, Manchester, Merrimack, Northwood, Plymouth, Portsmouth, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and Rochester. We offer a full range of financial products and services. Along with traditional checking and savings accounts, they include mortgage and auto loans, investment products, business accounts, credit cards, and innovative online and mobile services. For more information, please visit www.necu.org.

For more information about the three non-profits mentioned in this article, please visit their websites:

The Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce congratulates Zebra Crossing, Connor’s Climb, and UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center on their new funds and commends Northeast Credit Union and the community for their commitment to non-profit charities and organizations. We hope this support of community inspires others!

Open Auditions for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. at M&D Playhouse Theatre Arts Studio

CONWAY – M&D Playhouse’s Theatre Arts Studio will be holding open auditions for its first youth-oriented show of the 2017 season, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr., as directed by Mary Bastoni, on Sat., Jan. 14 and Sun., Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. at 1857 White Mountain Highway, North Conway.

Based on the original Broadway production, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance.  Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton.

There are parts available for individuals ages 6 through 18. Visit http://www.mdplayhouse.com/auditions/ for a detailed list of available parts and specific vocal requirements.

Performance dates are Thursday through Saturday, March 16 through April 1. Please arrive between 2 and 3 p.m. to be assigned an audition slot.

For additional information, please contact Mary Bastoni at ising4pc@yahoo.com.

Think PINK 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend at Bretton Woods

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Bretton Woods Ski Area welcomes you to their 2nd Annual Think PINK Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend from Friday, January 13th until Monday, January 16th. The event’s goal is to raise as much money as possible for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Experience  Mount Washington Valley winter fun, including a snowshoe tour, Norris Cotton Nastar Racing, après ski parties on Saturday with AMP 103.3 and DJ Chuck Noel, and the grand finale with Mix 104.1 on Sunday. Purchase Think PINK! merchandise, enter in raffles, and enjoy Think PINK! libations, and inspire yourself and others to contribute to this worthy cause.

Although some events occur on specific days, event-goers are welcome to participate in the event’s weekend long festivities at any time during the event: Driven to Beat Breast Cancer, Tie One On For Breast Cancer, and Climb For Cancer.

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We will be keeping track of donations that come in during our Think PINK! weekend. All donors who give $50.00 or more in a single transaction to this wonderful cause will be entered into a raffle to win a free groomer ride!

Tie One On For Breast Cancer
All weekend long we will be offering special pink ribbons at the Slopeside Restaurant for $1.00. Donors can write a special message on the ribbon and “tie one on” to our giant Think PINK! ribbon on the Slopeside Level of the Base Lodge. Just say “I’d like to Tie One On for Breast Cancer”!

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“Beating Breast Cancer from the Bottom Up” takes on a new meaning with our Climb for Cancer special. This weekend only, when purchasing 10 minutes on the Slopeside Climbing Wall, you can get  an additional 5 minutes for just $3.00! That $3.00 will go to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center.  You must purchase 10 minutes on the Slopeside Climbing wall to take advantage of this offer.

For a full schedule of the Think PINK Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend, visit http://brettonwoods.com/activities/event.

7th Annual Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble Race

Whitaker Woods welcomes participants and spectators to their 7th Annual Snowshoe Scramble, a 4-mile race of groomed trails and twisty single-track. The scramble is a Granite State Snowshoe Series Event and serves as a fundraising opportunity to benefit the non-profit organization Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation.

The Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation is very active in our community providing ski experiences to Conway residents and youth in northern Carroll County school districts, free grooming for the Eastern Slope Ski Club’s after school ski program and for Kennett High School XC Ski Team’s training and inter-school races,  as well as providing educational programs for youth. This is only a sample of what the organization brings to our community, so let’s bring forth our best efforts in supporting the foundation while having some winter fun!

Bring your snowshoes, winter gear, energy, and community support to Whitaker Woods Meeting House, located at 2829 White Mountain Highway in North Conway, New Hampshire. The race begins at 10am sharp on Saturday, January 14th, 2017. Check-in time for participants is between 8:30-9:30am on the day of the race.

If you register in advance (prior to January 8th), the registration fee is $15 per person. Registration fees after this time are $20 per person. The last day for online registration is Thursday, January 12th, but interested parties may register after this date by contacting the Mt. Washignton Valley Ski Touring Foundation by phone at 603-356-9920 or by registering on race day using a personal check or cash.

For more information, to register online, or to download a registration form, please visit the Snow Scramble’s Event Page.

Chill with Cocktails at the Annual Ice Bar

Winter in the Mt. Washington Valley tests even the most seasoned New Englander, but with all the winter fun in the region, we just can’t stay indoors! Speaking of winter fun, The Stonehurst Manor welcomes you to attend their 3rd Annual Ice Bar on Friday, January 20th and Saturday, January 21 from 4pm to 10pm.

The Annual Ice Bar provides many options for winter fun and socialization. Sip hot cocktails from the event’s special menu and behold the beauty of New England’s winter wonderland, relax on ice-carved seating, set your drink on their full-size outdoor ice bar, and enjoy the company of friends new and old. Keep warm by one of many fire pits or choose a warmer seating option by relaxing on hay bales. Looking to warm up on the dance floor? Stonehurst Manor’s got you covered with music by the Music Man. Guests may also enjoy complimentary hors d-oeuvres and a fashion show by Spruce Hurricane.

Tickets are $25 per person. You must be 21+ to enter. To purchase tickets, visit their event page or call the Manor at 800-525-9100. Please take note: all tickets are non-refundable. 

44TH Geschmossel Classic Nordic Ski Race at Bretton Woods

The 44th Annual Geschmossel Classic Nordic Ski Race will take place on the Ammonoosuc trail network at the Bretton Woods Nordic Center on Monday, January 16th, 2017. The race, originally staged in the winter of 1972-73, is one of New England’s oldest citizens’ races. Originally a 6-kilometer race on terrain groomed by a homemade track sled pulled by a rope from a grooming machine, the Geschmossel Race is currently a 15-kilometer classical style Nordic ski race and is part of the ZAK Cup Series.

The schedule for the race is as follows:

Monday, January 16, 2017

  • 8:00am – 10:00am
    Registration
    Bretton Woods Nordic Center
  • 10:00am – 11:00am
    Bill Koch League (BKL) Fun Event Registration
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  • 11:00am
    Mass Start
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  • 12:00pm
    Bill Koch League (BKL) Fun Event Start
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  • 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    Awards Ceremony
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Registration costs are $20 per person under the age of 23 and $30 per person over the age of 23 if you register before 5:00pm on January 15, 2017. Those who wish to register after this time can expect to pay $35 per person under the age of 23 and $50 per person over the age of 23. In addition to event entry, the registration fee includes:

  • Trail Pass for the day of the event
  • Awards celebration following the race
  • Pre-registered skiers may ski at the Bretton Woods Nordic Center for $15 a day from Jan. 2 – Jan. 15

Please call the Bretton Woods Nordic Center at 603.278.3322 for more information. To register online, please visit this page by January 15th, 2017. Day-of registration is available but at a higher cost.

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce wishes you luck in the race, but with winter fun in the Mt. Washington Valley, we’re all winners! For more information on winter fun in the Mt. Washington Valley, visit the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce website or call Visitor Services at 800-367-3364.

‘Tis The Season for Cranapalooza at Cranmore Mountain

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Cranapalooza, Cranmore’s signature winter event, returns January 7th for the season! Enjoy everything Cranapalooza has to offer – from DJ dance parties with C-more the Penguin, live music, outdoor entertainment, family activities, fireworks on special nights, and more!

Cranapalooza takes place every Saturday night from January 7th through March 11th, with bonus days during holiday and vacation weeks. Special nights for fireworks include December 31st, January 14th, February 18th and March 11th.

For more information, visit Cranmore Mountain Resort’s website at www.cranmore.com or call 1-800-SUN-N-SKI. You can find the page for this event here.

Cranapalooza is one of the many events and adventures in the Mt. Washington Valley for winter fun! To plan your winter adventure in the Valley, please contact Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitor Services by calling 800-367-3364. We hope to see you soon!

Holiday Traditions on Skis

By Kathy Bennett

I was not raised in a family of skiers. I came by it as an adult and was so smitten I moved to the Valley and never looked back. So skiing was not a part of my family’s traditions growing up. But I’ve done my best to make it part of my own family’s new tradition to squeeze as much skiing as possible into my holidays.

Here’s a tip to remember for next winter – the slopes and trails are decidedly less crowded on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Compared to the crowds that come up starting December 26, you’ll do well to enjoy the time to yourself before everyone else arrives.

Christmas Eve Day I took to the trails of MWV Ski Touring Foundation’s Whitaker Woods in Conway with my husband. This year’s snow conditions are off to a wonderful start and the packed powder snow surfaces were well groomed. We even had a chance to chat with a groomer who was out doing a mid-day groom. This was our first day out on Nordic skis so we took it easy and stayed on the easier flatter terrain, going from the Whitaker House out to the Intervale Crossroads and back, cutting across the Power Line trail and then out to a trail paralleling the train tracks. It’s fun living in a town like Conway where skiing literally and figuratively connects neighborhoods. Why go further north when there’s such a nice network of trails so close to everything.

The MWV Ski Touring trails link many of the inns, hotels and restaurants in and around North Conway and Intervale including the Stonehurst Manor, 1785 House, all the way north to Tuckerman’s Tavern. Its terminus in the Village is walking distance to all of North Conway’s little shops and restaurants. Make like a local and finish up your day of ski touring and walk into town for a Maple Latte at Frontisde Grind. No one will mind your cross country ski boots.

Christmas Day, after a hearty breakfast at home and a whirlwind of opening gifts, we headed to Bretton Woods, one of several areas open on the holiday. If you are thinking ahead to next year, be sure to call ahead as not every area operates. To make the day even sweeter, Bretton Woods was offering a $30 lift tickets, so we had plenty of company on the slopes, but still decidedly less than a typical holiday date. They had been going at it with the snow making since our visit last week and also benefited from natural snowfall off and on all week – another gift for holiday skiers this week. There were even a few natural snow trails open already, which were fun to try out in the still-fresh powder. Watch out for their infamous early-season water-bars and whoop-de-doos on those ungroomed beauties and you’ll have a good time without taking any spills. A welcome break at their mid-mountain lodge allowed us to drink in both the spectacular views as well as a whipped cream topped hot mocha.

While Christmas Week is a holiday period, it is a school-break timeframe that is less frantic here than those that come later this winter. Now is a good time to take a lesson, and spend time with the kids on the bunny slope. Then figure out a way to head north a few days earlier next December to build a new Christmas tradition for your friends and family, if you haven’t already made it a habit. I’m glad I did.

Anything is Possible!

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