Northeast Credit Union Welcomes Northwood Branch Manager Nicole Harton

Northeast Credit Union is thrilled to announce the hiring of Nicole Harton, who has joined the organization as the Northwood Branch Manager. Nicole brings with her ten years of banking experience, beginning her career at Bank of New Hampshire and most recently transitioning from Kennebunk Savings Bank.  

“Nicole’s extensive knowledge of the industry and impressive leadership skills makes her a strong addition to our growing team,” states Andrea Pruna, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing and Retail Officer. “Her active volunteerism in the community reflects the values we hold as an organization, and we’re thrilled to have her on board.”

 “I am excited to be a part of the Northeast Credit Union family, where there is so much focus on ‘people helping people’,” states Harton. “I’m looking forward to assisting members and the communities that NECU serves.”

Harton holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from McIntosh College, and has enriched her education with several courses and certificates from the Center for Financial Training. As a New Hampshire native, she enjoys volunteering for various non-profits and participating in local chamber initiatives. She serves as a Committee Member of the Greater Barrington Chamber of Commerce, where she helped organize events like the Bingo Bash, the Peeper 5k and the Community Expo.

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 nearly $1.3 billion in assets and serve over 120,000 members at 20 branches throughout New Hampshire and Maine. 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 >

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The Ghoullog Returns for 2017

North Conway’s premier Haunt, the Ghoullog, is back for its 11th season. Held at the base of Cranmore Mountain, the month-long, annual haunt has been rated as one of the top haunts in New England, including being rated #6 on Buzz Feed’s 23 Haunted Houses Around the World That’ll Freak You The F*** Out, USA Today’s 10BEST Extreme Haunted Attractions, 10 Must-Visit Haunted House Attractions in the US by the Active Times, 11 Spooky Spots in New Hampshire by WMUR and the #1 Haunted Attraction for 2016 by NewHampshireHauntedHouses.com.

Operating from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and from 7p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and select Sundays, the event starts Saturday, September 23, and will run weekend nights through Saturday, October 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Cranmore’s Artist Falls Lodge.

“Each year, we add elements of fear to the Ghoullog,” said Lance Davis, creator, and mastermind of the haunt. “Whether it’s another character or a scene that seems just too realistic, we know how to get underneath peoples skin. We have found that people really don’t like being in situations where they don’t have control over their surroundings.”

The approximate 50-minute haunt is recommended for ages 10 and over and features 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor twists and turns. Appropriate footwear and outdoor clothing is highly recommended.

Feeling too fearful to enter the haunt? The Ghoullog’s Haunted Playground features a one-of-a-kind experience with nighttime rides on the Mountain Coaster, Giant Swing, and Soaring Eagle Zip Line.

The Mountain Coaster is a two person, self-controlled sled, which brings riders on a 3,600-footround-trip ride up and down the mountain on a steel track reaching speeds up to 25 miles per hour on the descent. The Soaring Eagle Zip Line fleshes out the Haunted Playground, letting visitors fly 750 feet up and back down the mountain on a seated zip line; the Giant Swing offers up to four people a breathtaking sky ride in the darkness. The Haunted Playground is appropriate for all guests, though age, weight and height restrictions do apply.

Back for 2017 is the Broken Skull Pub, located at the Artist Falls Lodge. The fully-licensed lounge will offer an array of draft beer, including Angry Orchard Cider, favorite mixed drinks and favorites from the grill before and after scares. The Broken Skull Pub is open nightly during the Ghoullog and begins serving at 6:30pm.

On Tuesday, October 24, local residents can visit the Ghoullog for just $19 per person. Guests must show proof of residency in Carroll, Coos or Oxford County.
For the final evening of the event, Oct. 28, all lights will be turned off for Ghoullog: Lights Out! Each group will be given a single glow stick to navigate their way through the haunt.

An all-inclusive, Ghoullog Plus package is available, which includes a trip through the Ghoullog and unlimited rides in the Haunted Playground.

Tickets to the Ghoullog are $32 and tickets to the Ghoullog Plus are $44.
Tickets for unlimited rides in the Haunted Playground are $19 for guests under 54 inches and $25 for 54”+.

Discounted rates are available for groups larger than 15, when reserved 48 hours in advance. For group information, please call 603-356-5544 ext. 323.

Advanced reservations for the Ghoullog are highly recommended and can be made online at theghoullog.com or by calling the ticket office at 603-356-5544.

North Conway Library’s Annual Bike For Books- MTB Adventure Rides Fundraiser Sept. 30:  Registration is now OPEN!

Join the North Conway Public Library on Sept. 30 for a day of mountain biking fun at “Bike for Books: Mountain Bike Adventure Rides!” 

Bike for Books offers mountain bikers of all levels a great opportunity to explore the trails in North Conway, NH.  It is a fundraiser for the North Conway Library- the Valley’s free community library, free for all MWV residents.

All routes are self-guided rides on trails clearly marked by Eastside Bike Guides especially for the event, with almost no pavement riding. Signed loops showcase some of the best mountain biking trails in Northern New England for riders of all ages and abilities: two easy loops in Whitaker Woods for kids, families, and novice riders, one long intermediate loop, and several expert loops on technically challenging trails.

Have fun learning new trails at your own pace- on your own or with a group of your friends.  You can bike for an hour or all day; easy or technically difficult routes – it’s your choice!

Riders should be on mountain bikes with knobby tires and children should have some off-road cycling experience.  During the ride we have a snack stop with food & drink mid-course, and a mechanical support tent. After the ride, join other riders for the included pizza lunch, hot soup, fresh coffee, and delicious desserts.

For the second time in its 15-year history, Bike for Books will focus on North Conway’s Eastside for the intermediate and expert rides, while children and beginner riders will enjoy the easy forest trails in Whitaker Woods. The intermediate loop will follow Sticks & Stones, Beaver Fever, the Knot, Swamp, Muffler, Pillar to Pond, and more.  The expert loops include Red Tail Trail, Rattlesnake, Outer Limits, Twilight Zone among others. Almost all riding is off-road, only a short connector is on pavement (approx. ½ mi). North Conway’s Eastside was written up in NEMBA’s “SingleTracks” magazine as one of the great places in New England to mountain bike!

Day-of registration will be held from 8 – 11 a.m. at the Whitaker Woods Homesite in North Conway. Free event water bottles for first 120 riders!  If you want to raise extra money for the North Conway Library’s children’s room, this is an appreciated option and top fundraisers will get prizes.

Registration forms and pledge forms may be downloaded on the library’s website. Online registration is available at BikeReg.com.  FMI go to NorthConwayLibrary.com/BfB or contact the library at (603) 356-2961.

Memorial Hospital Marks August as National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and Memorial Hospital’s Family Birthing Center wants the public to know what it’s doing to support moms and babies in making breastfeeding as easy and accessible as possible.

Michelle Meader, RNC CLC took on the role as the lead facilitator of the weekly Breastfeeding Support Group last year.  Meader, a Registered Nurse and Certified Lactation Counselor, has been with the Family Birthing Center since 2014.

Ten years ago, the popular group was started by Heather Wasuta, a lactation counselor who worked in the Family Birthing Center. Since then, the group has evolved into an ongoing support network that includes seasonal get-togethers and many lifelong friendships.

Last year, Wasuta moved from the area and Meader has taken over what she says is “an especially rewarding” role. “I love my job and what I do,” Meader said when she took on the role.

“I think it’s really important to empower new moms so they feel confident that they can be successful at breastfeeding. We want them to know about their choices as well as the benefits of breastfeeding,” she said.

Before coming to Memorial, Meader was director of childbirth and lactation education at Littleton Hospital from 2011 to 2014. In her current role, she’s working with all of Memorial’s OB RNs who are Certified Lactation Counselors to continue the success of the program.

“Memorial is fortunate to have many nurses on staff with extensive breastfeeding training and certifications,” shared Memorial’s Family Birthing Center’s Leigh Copsey, RN, BSN, RNC-OB, CLC

National Breastfeeding Awareness Month is an opportunity to highlight the latest research about breastfeeding. Family Birthing Center manager Kris Dascoulias, RN, said the department is extremely proud of their 98% breastfeeding initiation rate.

“Breastfeeding is the first choice of nutrition for a baby. We start by introducing the subject during prenatal classes. There’s a special class dedicated to this one topic,” Dascoulias said. “Then, within 24 hours of mom’s hospital admission, we’ve developed an individual lactation care plan with her.”

Although general recommendations are for six months to a year of breastfeeding, Dascoulias says any amount of time offers significant benefits for the newborn. “There are important immune protective factors for the baby as well as increased bonding with mom.”

The support group is “a wonderful free community service,” Dascoulias said. “Even if you choose not to breastfeed, it’s open to all new moms.”

The Breastfeeding Support Group, which meets every Wednesday at 10 am at the Main Street Professional Building, two buildings south of the hospital. Babies and siblings are welcome, and the OB staff is always available by phone to answer questions.

For more information about birthing services at Memorial Hospital, call 356-4949 Ext. 2146 or visit the hospital’s website, MemorialHospitalNH.org or click here >

WILDERNESS FIRST AID

Of all the skill sets hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts may possess, backcountry medical training is perhaps the epitome of value. If you hike and spend time in remote locations outside of the “golden hour” (meaning an hour or more from typical urban medical services), dealing with injury or illness at some point — even if it’s not your own — is likely. Getting the proper training will prepare you for this unwelcome eventuality. And do know this: Redline Guiding and SOLO, both, strongly encourage preparedness.

To better add to the intrinsic value of this important education, we’re offering a few specially discounted course opportunities so that you may earn your Wilderness First Aid (WFA)certification. In cooperation with the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine, we are offering a handful of WFA classes this summer and fall. What follows is the information you’ll need to take advantage of this while you can. We really want you to do this. You learn, everyone wins. Earn your WFA credential this year and be a better hiker and outdoorsman.


Get started today earning your Wild Med Cred… only $149


Course Description

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is SOLO’s most popular course and it creates a solid foundation in the basics of backcountry medical care. Started as the “Mountain/Woods First Aid” course in 1975, this was the first course of its kind in the United States, and it is the curriculum upon which all other backcountry medicine courses are based.

The WFA course is an intensive 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of:

  • » Response and Assessment
  • » Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • » Environmental Emergencies
  • » Survival Skills
  • » Soft Tissue Injuries
  • » Medical Emergencies

You can also contact Redline Guiding with any questions you may have. Ask us for our thoughts about SOLO and the value of the material they teach.

The Details

» Who can participate?
Open enrollment, co-ed, ages 12 and up (please see *note below about children).
» When are the classes?
We still have openings Sept 2nd-3rd, Oct 21st-22nd, and Nov 11th-12th.
» Where is it held?
These classes will be held on the SOLO campus in Conway (Madison), NH (directions).
» How long is it?
Two full days (16 hours), plus two evening hours if taking the optional CPR/AED course.
» How much does it cost?
Only $149 per person for the WFA course (reg. $175), plus $35 for the optional CPR/AED course.

*Note about children: Minimum age is 12, but please note that this is an adult class so all minor children must be: 1) accompanied by a responsible paying adult; 2) able to behave in an adult-like manner that will not be disruptive to other students; 3) able to test the same as an adult in order to receive course certification.

Summer Fun! The American Eclipse is coming August 21!

White Birch Book is excited for Monday, August 21, when a solar eclipse will cut across the entire United States. And wherever you are, you will be able to see it!

Even though the “totality” — the area where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon — is only 70 miles wide, the whole country (even Alaska and Hawaii) will experience a partial eclipse. The temperature will drop, stars will appear, and birds will become confused and start chirping their night time songs. It’s going to be awesome!

So to get you prepared they suggest you pick up a copy of AMERICAN ECLIPSE by David Baron to read about the eclipse of 1878.

Their Book Groups meet the second & fourth Thursday of the month and are open to any and all readers. Discussions are good, varied and – for the most part – stay on point. But they have a lot of fun, too. Stop in, meet some new friends and read some great books.

For more information >

 

 

YOGA, REIKI AND HEALING ARTS

Downward Facing Dog Days of Summer may be coming to an end, but the flow of energy is still going strong.  Join Bliss Wellness and Healing Arts this August to keep your energy levels high!

Much is happening in the world, come and be lifted in Sacred Space in this heartfelt space where so many seek rest and relaxation from the outside world.

Each August Anjali Rose vacations with her tribe of yogis, dancers and meditation gurus at the wonderful Dance New England Summer Camp. She’ll be sharing her teachings, sound healing and Reiki with this community August 18 – August 27.

For information on August events >

Bliss Wellness and Healing Arts Center
Conveniently located at 45 Washington Street, 2nd Floor Conway
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Events are also listed on Facebook for more information

HIGHWAYMEN TRIBUTE TO PERFORM AT ARTS JUBILEE

Arts Jubilee presents The Highwaymen Live—a musical tribute to the country music super group made up of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings—outdoors at Cranmore Mountain this Thursday, August 3rd at 7 pm.

Perhaps the greatest country music super group in history, The Highwaymen traveled the world performing to millions of fans. Concertgoers will watch in amazement as each song, one hit after another, is sung just as if they were seeing the original band perform. This country music tribute show is full of upbeat, honky-tonk hits like Ring of Fire, Dukes of Hazard, and On the Road Again. Relive the glory days when county music was made by Good Men, Country Men, the Highwaymen. The Riley Parkhurst Project—voted ‘Best of the Mount Washington Valley’ in 2017—will be performing the opening concert at 6 pm.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students, and free for kids 12 and under. Tickets are available at the gate (we accept cash, Visa, and Mastercard). Please note that there is no seating provided at the venue, but attendees are welcome to bring blankets or set up lawn chairs. There is plenty of free, convenient parking on site. Food and beverages are available on the Zips Pub deck. Arts Jubilee requests that our audience comply with the following Cranmore policy: Dogs, with the exception of leashed service dogs, are not allowed on the property. The concerts are ‘rain or shine’ events, so we advise concertgoers to come prepared as they would for any outdoor events. Cranmore Mountain is located at 239 Skimobile Road in North Conway, NH. For more information.

Long Trail Beer Dinner at the White Mountain Hotel

Join Long Trail Brewing Co. and the White Mountain Hotel on Thursday, July 27th at 5pm for a Long Trail Beer dinner. The dinner will feature the culinary wisdom and creativity of Executive Chef Christopher Nelson and the brewing expertise of Long Trail Brewing Co. The theme for this dinner is “A Journey through Vermont.”

The cost for the dinner is $49 per person and includes a deliciously crafted 4-course dinner paired with Long Trail Brews and a complimentary beer glass to take home after the event.

long trail brewing co.pngCocktails and Hords begin at 5pm and the dinner begins at 6pm with Long Trail Brewing Co. host Jerry Smoyer who will discuss the Long Trail Beer Co. and their brews.

To book your reservations, please call 800-533-6301. Space is limited, so book today! For more information on Valley events visit www.mtwashingtonvalley.org.

35th Annual Pops Concert and Fireworks Event Presented by Arts Jubilee

Experience Arts Jubilee’s annual family favorite traditional outdoor pops concert on Thursday, July 27th at the base of the North Slope at Cranmore. This year’s concert will feature The Seacoast Wind Ensemble, a 50-piece symphonic band performing pops favorites, light classics, and some familiar Americana. Fireworks will follow the concert, presented by Atlas Pyrotechnics.

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The Seacoast Wind Ensemble

This is a family friendly event with convenience parking and indoor restrooms. Food and beverages are available for purchase on the Deck at Zip’s Pub, guests are welcome to pack a picnic lunch. Guests are asked to bring their own seating and to keep alcoholic beverages at home, please. Remember, this is a family event!

Headline performances will begin at 7pm, but guests may enjoy an early “warm-up” performance at 6pm featuring local and professional musicians.

This event has family friendly admission. Adult tickets are $12, seniors (65 & up) are $10, students are $5, and kids 12 and under are free. Tickets and payment will be received at the gate.

For more information on Valley events http://www.mtwashingtonvalley.org

 

About Arts Jubilee 

Arts Jubilee is a non-profit cultural arts organization in the Mount Washington Valley with a mission to bring unique arts performances to New Hampshire. Since 1983, Arts Jubilee has been bringing exciting, world-class musical entertainment to the residents and visitors of the Mt. Washington Valley.

Mountainside Summer Music Series Featuring Chris MacKay and the Toneshifters

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Join Attitash on Saturdays from July 1st through Labor Day Weekend from 3-6pm for their 5th season of the Mountainside Summer Music Series.

There is limited eating and shade available, so guests are encouraged to bring their camping chair to relax, sit back, and enjoy free outdoor live entertainment. Adults are welcome to purchase beer, wine, and special elixers from the Cantina Bar during the event.

Performance Schedule

  • July 22nd – Chris Mackay & The Toneshifters
  • July 29th – Al Shafner and the Revtones
  • August 5th – Studio Two – The Beatles Before America
  • August 12th – The Gravel Project
  • August 19th – Candie Tremblay and The Fellas
  • August 26th – The Pat Foley Band
  • September 2nd – Dean Machine

For more information, visit https://www.attitash.com/events-calendar/ or call (800) 223-7669.

New Event Date for the 16th Annual Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament

While the 16th Annual Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament was originally scheduled for Friday, June 16th, Mother Nature had other plans! The rain date for this year’s tournament is Tuesday, July 25th at the North Conway Country Club.

Join the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, golfers near and far, and event sponsors for a day of golfing fun. This tournament is a fun scramble format tournament for golfers of all abilities. Players are welcome to register as individuals for $120 per person or as teams of four players for $400. To register, visit www.golfmwv.com or contact Scott Gleason at 978-758- 1039.

Registration for the event opens at 7:45am and runs until 8:50am, with announcements following registration and a shotgun start at 9:00am. There will be 5 hours of play time and a barbecue to follow the fun at 2:00pm. The awards ceremony will begin at 2:45pm.

mwvcc golf tournament.pngLast year’s popular Event’s Punch Card returns for this tournament and can be purchased for $25 with your online or day of play registration. The card allows entry to various on-course events and includes raffle tickets, mulligans and, NEW this year, the Hole #10 Golf Ball Launcher sponsored by Eastern Propane & Oil to exclusively benefit MWV Leadership scholarship assistance programs. You get to shoot your own ball, hopefully, onto the green 354 yards away.

In addition to awards, and raffles, there are many “Hole-in- One” prizes to win, sponsored by members of the community. Crest Auto World is sponsoring Hole #4, where the first player to hit a hole-in- one will win a 2017 Fiat 500. Profile Power Sports is sponsoring Hole #13, where the first player to hit a hole-in- one will win an ATV. Other Hole-in- One prizes include a set of Titleist Irons, and a $750 Gift Certificate for North Conway Country Club Pro Shop.

“The annual Chamber golf tournament is all about having fun. While we’re all there to play, and improve our handicap, we get to enjoy friends and colleagues, a fantastic course, delicious lunch and a fun event to spend time with Dad,” says Scott Gleason, event coordinator for the tournament.

Golf sponsorship opportunities are open to businesses looking to maximize their exposure in front of the community, with a fit for any budget. Businesses can have its name and logo on tee signs, the golf tournament website and more, depending on what level of participation business owners are interested in.

Tournament sponsors include Crest Auto World, Profile Power Sports, Chalmer’s Insurance Group, Eastern Propane & Oil, White Mountain Dental Associates, Coca-Cola, Fields of Ambrosia and TD Bank.

For more information on the Mt. Washington Valley’s 16th Annual Golf Tournament registration or sponsorship, contact Scott Gleason at 978-758- 1039, or visit www.golfmwv.com.

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About the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization whose mission is to strategically market Mt. Washington Valley as the premier New England vacation destination while fostering a business climate that promotes growth and collaboration in member communities and while protecting the area’s natural beauty.

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