North Conway Library Raises $213 with Fitbit Alta Raffle

Lois Hatch, of North Conway, won the North Conway Library’s Fitbit Alta raffle fundraiser.


“When I called her, she was so excited and happy, which made me very happy as well,’’ said Andrea Masters, North Conway Library’s director, who thanked everyone who participated and bought raffle tickets. A total of $213 was raised and will be used toward books at the library.  “While this is one of the raffles that generated not that much income for the library, we were still able to buy almost 20 new books and DVDs!”

The Fitbit is one of the most popular fitness and sleep trackers ever and the brand new Fitbit Alta combines stylishness with functionality. It tracks steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, hourly activity and stationary time, as well as how long and how well you sleep.

Lois is a long time library patron and just turned 80, so she decided to do her 5th marathon up in Lubec, Maine and Canada.  “My friends said that I really needed something like a Fitbit to help with training, so I am very happy to win this and will certainly be using it for my next marathon!” said Lois.  Along with picking up her new Fitbit, she got a new tattoo as well, a post marathon tradition of hers.

The North Conway Public Library is a privately funded library that is free and open to the public; large enough to offer a broad selection and small enough to respond to the reading needs and preferences of its users.  The library receives no regular funding from the town of Conway, the State of New Hampshire, or the federal government; therefore, it depends on donations, corporate sponsors, and fundraising efforts like this.

For more information, visit or call the library at 603-356-2961.

Five great ways to savor the last of summer in Mt Washington Valley, NH 

As the days of summer wind down, we can’t help but focus on squeezing in that last summer sojourn. Combine lower gas prices with the myriad of summertime merriment in Mt Washington Valley, and how can you stay away.  Here are five great ideas to help savor summertime pleasure before the leaves start turning.

Go take a hike

Surrounded by 660,000 acres of White Mountain National Forest land, there are literally hundreds of fabulous hikes to be had in Mt Washington Valley.  Easy, moderate, challenging, scenic – they’re all here.  Click here for ten popular hikes in Mt Washington Valley.  Or better yet, consider a stay at the Joe Dodge Lodge, AMC Highlands Center or AMC White Mountain Huts for the ultimate experience. 

Get high

Whether its flying high on a canopy tour at Bretton Woods or on a zipline at Wildcat Mountain, Monkey Trunks or Cranmore Adventure Center, you’ll enjoy a gorgeous aerial view from these rides.  But it doesn’t stop there.  Try the trampoline and zipline at Attitash Mountain Resort or take a rock climbing class from Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School or International Mountain Equipment or a workshop or guided backcountry tour with Northeast Mountaineering, and climb high on ideal terrain in Mt Washington Valley.  How about going to the top of the highest peak in the Northeast via the Mt Washington Auto Road or the Mt Washington Cog Railway?  These are all great ways to enjoy Mt Washington Valley’s natural high. 

wildcat zip rider

Photo:  Zipline at Wildcat.  For additional photos visit the Mt Washington Valley photo gallery at

Stock up

It’s back to school time, and when it comes to shopping for clothes, school items, housewares or dorm items, Mt Washington Valley offers 200 shops, outlets and boutiques.  Best of all it’s all tax-free. There’s no sales tax in New Hampshire.  Whether seeking outlet-priced merchandise, housewares, shoes or apparel at Settlers Green, or jeans, jewelry or gifts in North Conway Village, you’ll find it for the hardest-to-please, and hardest-to-fit family and friends in Mt Washington Valley.

Tee off

Mt Washington Valley is home to 11 scenic golf courses offering up plenty of challenges for golfers seeking to play a different course each day.  With a long fall predicted due to warmer temps, plan on playing well into October, but the last two weeks in August offer up ideal conditions on warm summer days. 

Cool off

Between our man-made water parks at Kahuna Laguna, North Conway Hampton Inn and Attitash, and our natural swimming holes, lakes and rivers in Mt Washington Valley, there’s no shortage of options. Rent a kayak from Northern Extremes Canoe & Kayak or a canoe from Saco Bound Outdoors.  Or simply float your cares away while tubing down the Saco.  The last two weeks in August offer ideal conditions for spending time on the water in Mt Washington Valley.

To plan your end-of-the-summer sojourn, go to for all the trip planning resources you need.  If you’d rather talk to one of the knowledgeable trip planners at Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, call 1-800-DO0-SEE-N H (800-367-3364).  And for all the info you need to plan a visit to New Hampshire, go to


Tuckerman Brewing Company Live Music Series this weekend

Tuckerman Brewing Company Live Music Series is offering a fantastic weekend of music with the Valley’s own Kelly Karuzis Band on Saturday, August 20 with food catered by Food on the Table and lots of cold fresh beer.

On Sunday it’s The Lifters with food by Food on the Table.

The tasting room will be open to serve flights and full pints will be served outside.
A friendly reminder – no dogs allowed.
Tickets are $5 at the door – under 21 is free
Doors open at 3 for the show … bring a chair or a blanket and spend some time with us for another great weekend at the brewery!!

Tasting room is open 12-6pm. Outdoor concerts 4-7pm Saturday and Sunday. Cheers!

Kearsarge Brook Condominiums at Cranmore To Break Ground September 27th

“We are excited to announce that we will be breaking ground on September 27 for Phase One of Kearsarge Brook Condominiums at Cranmore,” said Brian Fairbank. Fairbank is developing Kearsarge Brook with fellow Cranmore owners, Tyler Fairbank and Joseph O’Donnell.

“It takes a lot to put together a $50 million development like Kearsarge Brook,” Fairbank continued. “On September 12, we’ll start installing utility lines in preparation for the official ground breaking later in the month. I’m happy to say that our Kearsarge Brook owners will have have keys in hand in the fall of 2017.”

Part of an extensive redevelopment of Cranmore’s base area that calls for a total of 106 condominiums and six new buildings, Kearsarge Brook’s Phase One includes 18 two and three bedroom residences that offer expansive views of Cranmore Mountain Resort’s slopes and the surrounding White Mountains. Homeowners will enjoy ski-in/ski-out access to the slopes as well as a variety of resort amenities. Gated parking, private owners ski lockers and special summer and winter discounts are also included for Phase One owners. Phase One homes sell for $395,000 to $599,000 for the top floor penthouse.

The Fairbank Group, headed by Brian and Tyler Fairbank, are the developers of the project. Both praised the team that is working together on the project. “John Ashworth of Bull-Stockwell Allen of San Francisco, California was the architect. The firm has worked extensively with ski resorts including Aspen, Vail, Crested Butte, Grand Targhee Mountain Resort, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Jay Peak Resort, Okemo Mountain Resort, Stowe and many others,” Brian Fairbank added. “We’re also pleased to be working with local contractor, Glen Builders, Portland, Maine-based architects, Archetype, and Badger Realty, who are the exclusive listing agents.”

The Fairbank Group implemented a similar development at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. In addition to operating Jiminy Peak, the group manages Bromley Mountain Ski Resort in Vermont.

Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council presents Primary Election Season Debates

Republican Candidate Primary Debates: 

Republican Gubernatorial Primary Debate

Thursday, August 25th 

Jeanie Forrester
Ted Gatsas
Chris Sununu

Republican Congressional Primary Debate

Tuesday, August 30th

Rich Ashooh
Frank Guinta

All events will be held at the North Conway Grand Hotel
72 Common Ct., North Conway, NH


8:30 AM –   9:00 AM  Networking & Check-in
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM  Debate

Additional Details:   

Coffee and tea will be available
Pre-registration is required for entrance
Suggested donation of $10

Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions for the candidates

Moderated by George Epstein

For more information call 603-447-6622
To make a reservation email


Looking for a way to beat the heat? Head to Mount Washington and ride the Cog Railway

Looking for a way to beat the heat? In addition to status as the first mountain-climbing cog railway in the world, The Mount Washington Cog Railway stands as the only alpine train ride east of the Rockies!  Located on the tallest peak in the Northeast, it’s refreshing atop Mt. Washington, NH.

Outfitted with a fleet of both eco-friendly biodiesel and historic steam locomotives, The Cog offers a variety of departure times so family and friends can enjoy the breezy, three-hour round-trip above tree line where the 360-degree view is spectacular (some days you may literally be above the clouds) and the air bracing enough to require a sweater.


Visitors seeking an escape from this year’s heat wave spend nearly an hour in the invigorating atmosphere at the 6,288-foot destination. This week’s forecast is a cool-down of mid 60’s temps and 5-25 mph winds at the summit. Tickets ensure free admission to the summit’s historic Tip Top House and the Observatory’s new “Extreme Mount Washington” exhibit, which, among other fascinating weather-related tasks, charts the daily mercury. The warmest temperature ever recorded was just 72°F in 2003.

At the Base Station, complimentary admission to The Cog Railway Museum reveals the groundbreaking rail technology engineered by Sylvester Marsh during the height of the Industrial Revolution. Here, visitors can also get a sneak peek of the Cog’s new documentary, “Climbing to the Clouds, which covers the modern advances of the railway up to the present.

This year marks the 150th birthday of Peppersass, the locomotive that built the railway. The Cog will be offering some new events in celebration of the anniversary. July 15 and 16 marks the first annual Handcrafted Fest at The Cog. The League of NH Craftsmen, NH Handmade, and WREN exhibiters will be featuring their fine Granite-state products. On Saturday, August 20, The Cog will host its first ever Steampunk Festival. Steampunk is a melding of the Victorian age fused with modern technology in a Wild Wild West style for a colorful and exciting event.

Throughout the season, there are special events, trains and discounts for visiting guests. Starting Memorial weekend, the Cog will be firing up its vintage steam trains, and will be running the steamer as the first train up the mountain throughout the season on scheduled days. Beginning June 19, everyone saves with $15 off his or her ticket on the last train on most days. Even this Fall, passengers can save with a $10 discount beginning in September. Discounts are not available during Holiday periods. The details on the train schedule, specials and discounts can be found online.

Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Tickets for Cog Railway excursions can now be purchased online at or by phone at 603.278.5404. The Cog is located at Marshfield Base Station on Base Road, Mount Washington, NH just 6 miles off route 302 near Historic Bretton Woods, NH. For more information and the daily train schedule, visit

M&D Playhouse is pleased to announce the opening of its Theatre Arts Studio (TAS), with a lineup of fall curriculum.

M&D Playhouse is pleased to announce the opening of its Theatre Arts Studio (TAS), with a lineup of fall curriculum. Taught by some of the area’s most renowned and respected actors, directors and performers – including Mary Bastoni-Rebmann, Rich Russo, Kevin O’Neil, Carol Hanson, and Jane Wilcox Hively – TAS classes and workshops aim to encourage the love for and art of acting for all ages and levels of experience.

The fall semester begins on Wednesday, September 14th, with two six-week “Fundamentals of Acting I” classes for both adults and youth, taught by NH Theatre Awards 2016 Best Actor award recipient, Kevin O’Neil. The semester continues on Saturday, September 24th with Mary Bastoni-Rebmann and Rich Russo offering back-to-back workshops on successful auditioning strategies and techniques for musical theatre and stage. Additionally, there will be classes offered on the art of improvisation, a theatre appreciation class, and a class for actors ages 5-7 showcasing their creativity with a performance for parents.

As stated by Cindy Sauerwein, chair of M&D’s educational committee, “Now that the Theatre Arts Studio has its own dedicated space to promote the learning of theatrical arts for all ages, TAS and M&D Playhouse are excited to provide a respite from busy lives, encourage imagination, and allow the growth of creativity in a safe and nurturing environment. The theatrical arts are important in today’s world, it’s stressful living in this age of non-stop information fed to us by our smartphones – especially for our children.”

Registration for the fall classes and workshops is now open. Further information can be found by emailing, visiting, or calling the theater at (603) 733-5275.

Memorial Hospital introduces 3D digital mammography

There’s a new tool in the fight to detect breast cancers and Memorial Hospital’s Imaging Department recently introduced its use for the local community. Digital breast tomosynthesis is a technology that creates a three-dimensional image of the breast that is more sensitive and accurate than traditional digital mammography.

Since FDA approval of breast tomosynthesis in 2013, the use of 3D imaging has spread throughout the country for both screening and diagnostic mammograms. At Memorial, the use of breast tomosynthesis is now standard protocol.

The new technology divides the compressed breast into thin images or “slices” that allows the radiologist to view the breast through many layers. Dr. John Kustan, the on-site radiologist at Memorial, is very impressed with the benefits of 3D breast mammography.

“Two-dimensional mammograms are excellent, but there are limitations,” he explained. “The average breast is compressed to a thickness of 1 to 3 inches.  On conventional mammography, these thick compressed images can hide small lesions, particularly in dense breasts.”  In addition, Dr. Kustan points out that compression can cause overlap of tissue creating a “false lesion” which would require the patient to return for additional images.

“Tomosynthesis divides the compressed breast into one-millimeter thick slices,” Dr. Kustan explained. “For reference, there are 25 millimeters in an inch. Therefore, a three-inch thick compressed breast will have at least 75 slices for the radiologist to review.  The slices are constructed by computer with no additional radiation.”

He added that the thin slices better characterize lesions as benign or malignant and more accurately localize the lesion within the breast. “This translates to an increase in cancer detection and a decrease in number of unnecessary biopsies.”

Dr. Kustan says the research results on use of 3D mammography are significant. “There is a 15 – 40% decrease in the number of false positive recalls with the 3D system compared to 2D mammograms because of the confidence we have in the images. We’re also seeing a 30% increase in detection of all cancers and a 40% increase in detection of early invasive cancers.”

The National Institutes of Health cites benefits of clinical breast imaging with tomosynthesis in both screening and diagnostic evaluation. The primary benefits are the visualization of cancers that may not be apparent by conventional mammography, better assessment of lesions that are detected, a reduction in false positive recalls and the need for fewer biopsies.  Dr. Kustan points out that 80% of biopsies done in response to lesions detected in 2D mammograms are determined to be non-cancerous.

Sherry Cormier, RT(R), director of Memorial’s imaging services, is proud of the technology her department offers to the community. “We’re very pleased to bring the 3D mammography online,” she said recently. “Our staff has been fully trained in its operation as have the radiologists who read the images. Our primary focus continues to be providing the very best quality care to our patients.”

She added that Memorial is the first member of the MaineHealth system to bring 3D mammography online. “We were also the first small hospital in New England to use digital technology, and all of our major diagnostic imaging services are accredited by the American College of Radiology.”

More than half of the U.S. News and World Report top 20 cancer hospitals offer the Hologic 3D Mammography technology now available at Memorial Hospital. Five million women to date in the United States have already been screened with this life-changing technology.

A few insurance companies are not yet covering 3D mammography so the hospital suggests patients may want to contact their insurer in advance to be certain that CPT code 77063 is covered under their plans.

For more information about imaging services at Memorial Hospital, call 356-4949 Ext. 7502, ask your provider, or visit the hospital’s website at


Mud Bowl, the championships of mud football, will celebrate a theme of “Animation! It All Started with Mud”as part of Mud Bowl Weekend, Sept. 9 through 11.

The theme will be used by participants in the team and the open class for the 34th  Tournament of Mud Parade, set for North Conway Village’s Main Street Saturday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. Look for teams to play with such themes as “Mud Minions,” “Frozen Mud,” “The Lion (Mud) King,” “Muddy Toy Story,” ,”Muddy Monsters, Inc.,” “Mud Duck Tales” and “A Muddy Tribute to Walt Disney.”


Sponsored by Amoskeag Beverages of Bow, overall sponsors of Mud Bowl, the parade also features an open class.

Games in the double-elimination tourney are played at Steve Eastman Memorial Field at Hog Coliseum  Friday through Sunday, with the finals on Sunday. Cheerleaders, kids activities and food are featured.

Proceeds benefit local charities, with more than $870,000 having been raised since the first games were played locally in 1976. The games feature two-hand touch football, played in knee-deep mud, with seven players per side.

Ten teams from throughout New England play, including the defending 19-time champion Muddas Football Club of Amherst, N.H., who defeated seven-time defending champion Nashua Mud Gumbys of Nashua, N.H., 2-0, in the lowest-scoring finals ever.

Other teams include the hometown 11-time champion Mount Washington Valley Hogs and the 2013-champion North Country Crocs.

Other squads include the Carrabassett Valley Rats of Kingfield, Maine, originators of the sport of mud football back in 1972; the 2005 champion North Shore Mudsharks of Beverly, Mass.; the 2001 champion Mudcats of Franklin, N.H.; the Cumberland Muckaneers of Cumberland, R.I.; the the Mud Ducks of Rowley, Mass.; and Jack’s Predators of Peabody, Mass.


Three-day tickets are $15; day tickets are $6 ages 14 and up, and $4 ages 6 to 13; family tickets (two adults, two children) are $15 per day. Advance tickets can be purchased at the North Conway Community Center, the Vaughan Learning Center (formerly known as North  Conway Day Care), Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, all in North Conway, and Home Run Sports Training Center on Hobbs Street in Conway.

Three-day tickets serve as entry to two $500 prize drawings held Saturday and Sunday (one need not be present to win).

For further information, call Ryan Sommer at the North Conway Community Center at (603) 356-2096 (, or the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce at (603) 356-5701. You may also follow them on Facebook at Mt. Washington Valley Mud Bowl or at

Introducing the Elementary Teachers of White Mountain Waldorf School  


Beginning this September White Mountain Waldorf School will have four new teachers in the grades, and one veteran returning in a new capacity.


Jacqueline Leafe, who began teaching at the school in September of 2011 with grade one has now completed five years with that original group. In 2012 they combined forces with the then new and upcoming first grade. The class has become one unified class of friends and co-workers over these four years. Mrs. Leafe will now be returning to the lower grades, ushering a new group of first graders to combine with our present second grade.

With sixteen years experience teaching in Waldorf early childhood and elementary programs she brings a wealth of knowledge and warmth for the developing young child, and looks forward to forming a new class.

Bruce Cooper, an experienced Waldorf certified teacher of 14 years, will now take over and lead Mrs. Leafe’s rising grades 5/6 class. Mr. Cooper has a special appreciation for the developmental curriculum of the fifth grade and above, and is looking forward to living and skiing in the Mt. Washington valley. He and his family are moving to the northeast from Illinois where Bruce and his wife, Mari, have been teaching at the Four Winds Waldorf School for several years. Prior to this he had lived and taught in Colorado. We are honored to have Mr. Cooper come and join our community and lead this class into the middle school years.

This year we are also fortunate to have discovered Sarah Davidson, who will be teaching the combined grades ¾ class. Mrs. Davidson, resides in the valley, and is already an active parent in the school. Her interest in Waldorf education was so strong that she has now entered the formal training program through Antioch University in Keene to become certified as a Waldorf teacher.

Mrs. Davidson has experience in nutrition and health, with education, with children, and as a lawyer. She holds a doctorate in law, a certificate in nutrition, and is now preparing to immerse her positive energy into forming a wonderful educational experience for children here at WMWS.

Louis Bullard, a scientist-become-Waldorf teacher of 16 years, comes to us from 9 years of teaching in all of the grades at Pine Hill Waldorf School in Wilton, NH. Besides his classroom teaching experience, Mr. Bullard along with his wife, Helen, has been running Waldorf camps for many years. He worked at Camp Glenbrook in Marlborough, NH for 15 years. For six of those years he was assistant director. Louis and Helen also spend summers training staff for camps in China.

Mr. Bullard is looking forward to teaching the wonderful middle-school curriculum once again, this time to our grades 7/8 class at WMWS.

Heidi Miller, who also lives locally in Eaton, and has been teaching in our early childhood aftercare program, has entered the year-round Waldorf certification program as of this summer. Heidi will be our part-time educational support person this year, working in all grades to assist in academics, artistic work, and in various other teacher duties.

Mrs. Miller comes to us with a Bachelors degree in early childhood, and her Masters in education. We are excited to have Heidi Miller on board with her willingness to substitute, and immerse herself in hands-on learning of Waldorf  education while sharing her love for the children.

Alongside these new positions the elementary curriculum is supported by teachers in Music, German, Handwork, Woodwork, and Movement. These and our teachers of early childhood—parent/toddler through kindergarten—may be introduced in a future article.

Please feel free to come to meet and greet these new teachers in our Valley community. Call White Mountain Waldorf school at 603-447-3168 for information or to schedule a tour. Look up our website at

We will be holding a meeting of parents and friends called “An introduction to the first and second grade teacher and curriculum” on August 16 At 6 PM.  All are welcome.


The Mt. Washington Auto Road, America’s original and oldest man­made attraction, turns 155 years old on August 8, 2016. First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road has been family owned for over a century.

In honor of the anniversary, free passage will be granted to those cars around the region that feature the famous “This Car Climbed Mt. Washington” bumper sticker permanently affixed on their car.

An informal celebration commemorating the Auto Road’s 155th birthday will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 8, cake will be served in the Douglas A. Philbrook Red Barn Museum at the base. The public is also invited to tour the free museum which features examples of the various historic stages which have operated on the Auto Road during the past century and a half.

The Auto Road first opened to the public on August 8, 1861 and while significant improvements to the road surface have taken place over the years, the 8­mile drive offers the same thrilling views today that have delighted travelers for 155 years. Where stage drivers once took guests in mountain wagons pulled by six­horse teams, modern stages now offer guided tours for those who’d rather not drive their own vehicle.

Today’s visitors are drawn to the same “world above treeline” experience that has always made Mt. Washington New Hampshire’s quintessential destination. “We’re proud of our place in history being the oldest manmade attraction in the United States and the fact that we are essentially offering the same amazing, memory making experience that visitors have been enjoying here since 1861,” noted Howie Wemyss, General Manager of the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road is open daily for guided tours or the opportunity to drive your own vehicle to the summit of Mt. Washington. For more information about Auto Road operations and seasonal events, call (603) 466­3988 or online at:

BlueberryFest at Attitash Mountain Village August 6

Attitash Mountain Resort will celebrate summer when it hosts the BLUEBERRYfest in its base area Saturday, August 6th. Attitash gets its name from the region’s Native American Abenaki word for “blueberry”, and early August is generally when New Hampshire’s wild blueberries are in peak season. The BLUEBERRYfest event features a craft fair plus farmers’ market, live music, BBQ-style food, seasonal brews, and blueberry pie baking and pie-eating contests. No admission purchase is necessary to access the vendors or for live music and other events listed below. Use of Attitash summer attractions requires a general admission or ride ticket purchase; rates are available at

The BLUEBERRYfest craft fair and farmer’s market runs from 10am-4pm, with a Cornhole Challenge at 11am, a blue ribbon blueberry pie baking contest at 1pm, a Blueberry pie eating contest at 1:30pm, and live music with the Jonathan Sarty Band from 3-6pm.   The festival will also offer BBQ-style food, Seadog Blueberry beer and other tasty blueberry treats all day long.  The Mount Washington Children’s Museum has also partnered with Attitash to offer children’s face painting during the afternoon.  Winners of the pie-eating, baking contests and Cornhole Challenge will receive prizes from Attitash including summer attractions tickets. Winners of the pie eating and baking contests and the Cornhole Challenge will receive prizes from Attitash including summer attractions tickets.

The Jonathan Sarty Band will provide the music and energy on the Attitash Mountainside Music Series stage from 3pm – 6pm.  The JSB offers genres of classic rock and country and will be set up just outside the Attitash main lodge between the Mountain Coaster and Alpine Slides.

Crafters, farmers, and those interested in entering the Blue Ribbon Blueberry Pie Baking Contest should contact Attitash Mountain Resort Events Coordinator Corey Madden at 603-374-2615 or for more information.

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