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Why you should review your your plans during this year’s Medicare Enrollment Period

Ed Hollum, Independent Insurance Agent/Broker is conducting 4 community meetings to help people with their rights and options during the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period which runs from Oct 15th through Dec 7th.

AEP is when people check Prescription Drug and or Medicare Advantage Health and Prescription Drug Plans (Medicare Part C Advantage Plans) and decide whether to stay in current plan or enroll in a new plan effective 1/1/18. This year is a year people should really review their plans as there are lots of significant changes.

Ed will hold informal meaning with no need to schedule appointments or stay for a formal presentation. The purpose is to provide some understanding of what is available in a setting where you can ask a local Licensed Agent questions. If you would like to schedule a later time to have Ed provide an in-home presentation you can arrange at that time.

Enrollment is not typically handled at these meetings due to privacy concerns but can be arranged, if necessary.

Meeting dates – North Conway Community Center:
Monday, Oct 15th 1-3pm
Thursday, Oct 19th 5:30-7:30pm
Monday, Oct 30th (C) 1-3pm
Thursday 11-2 5:30-7:30pm.

Meeting dates – Berlin City Hall:
Tuesday, Oct 24th 2-4 pm
Tuesday, Oct 31st  2-4pm.

Lots of people find the process confusing and do nothing during AEP which causes your plan to roll over to next year. You then have very limited ability to make changes till next AEP. This may be ok, but all people have changes in their needs and plans themselves change every year. You can see how not checking for many years could have you in a plan that one time was a good fit but could very different compared to newer plans.

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Check out what is happening this FALL at White Mountain Aquatic Center

Aqua MASH Ever wanted to try out one of our adult classes but not sure if it is the right one for you? Join us Saturday October 21st from 11-1pm for our Aqua MASH. We will “mash” together all of our adult classes in 10 minute segments. Try any or all for FREE! There is no cost to get in, no cost to participate, and no pressure to join. Come enjoy a fall treat and see what we have to offer!

Adult Classes Come have fun with us!

~Masters Swim – Tues & Thurs 5:30 – 6:30am

~Aqua Dance – Tues & Thurs 9:00 – 10:00am

~ Adult Movement – Fri 9:00 – 10:00am

Coming in November                                             

~Aqua Aerobics – Mon 9:00 – 10:00am

~Aqua Chi – Wed 9:00 – 10:00am

~Aqua Yoga – watch for days & times

Learn to Swim Classes – The Early Winter Session registrations are now open. This session will go from October 30th – December 15th.

Sign up online at White Mountain Aquatic Center

Leadership MWV wins Rising Star Award for Leadership Development Program

Congratulations to Leadership MWV, just named winner of the NH Rising Star Award for Leadership Development Program of the Year!
Stay Work Play, in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, announced the winners of the eighth annual Rising Stars Awards at the  2017 celebratory event on Monday, October 2 at Fieldhouse Sports, 12 Tallwood Drive, in Bow.

Pictured (l to r): Scott McPherson, Acting President and CEO/VP Operations & Finance, New Hampshire Public Radio; Jessica Wright, Leadership Mount Washington Valley, and Leadership Development Program of the Year; Will Stewart, Executive Director, Stay Work Play NH. Photo credit: Allegra Boverman Photography

October News from White Birch Books

The staff of White Birch Books just returned from their annual New England Independent Bookstore Association Trade Show in Providence. It was three jam-packed days or books and authors and lots of conversations about books and authors.

This year the trade show held special significance to North Conway’s independent bookstore as owner Laura Cummings was elected president of the NEIBA Board. Laura has served on the Board for the past two years and has gotten to know many people throughout the New England bookselling world and is very much looking forward to her presidential stint and getting to know even more about the business she loves.

ONE BOOK, ONE VALLEY!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26 AT 7 PM
KENNETT HIGH SCHOOL

This is the 12th Annual One Book One Valley program and this year’s book will be THE ONE-IN-A-MILLION BOY by Maine author, Monica Wood.

The mission of this program is to strengthen community ties and promote literacy through reading and discussing a book with a theme that resonates locally. The vision: Imagine if folks throughout Mount Washington Valley read the same book. Then talked about it. And THEN got to come together to meet the author at a special valley-wide event. One Book One Valley is successful because of you, the individual reader, and YOU, our community of readers, coming together.

For more information call White Birch Books at 603.356.3200

Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog, The Chinook

On October 18, 2017 Bob Cottrell will present a program on how  dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Explaining how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions Bob will cover the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks, the State Dog of New Hampshire. Cottrell will be accompanied by his appropriately named Chinook, Tug.

Held at  Bartlett Elementary School Cafeteria, Route 302, Bartlett at 7:00 p.m. following a brief Annual Meeting of the historical society.  The event is free and open to the public.  Donations are gratefully accepted at the door.

Bob Cottrell holds an MA from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture in Delaware. The founding director of the Remick Country Doctor Museum in Tamworth, he is now the Curator of the Henney History Room at the Conway Public Library, a Board member of the Conway Historical Society, and President ex-officio of the Tamworth Historical Society. He serves as an independent history and museum consultant.

Granite State College Ranks #1 in New Hampshire and #13 in U.S. for Best Colleges for Adult Learners

Granite State College has once again captured a top spot in Washington Monthly’s Best Colleges for Adult Learners. Nationwide, Granite State College ranks #13; among institutions in New Hampshire, the College has secured the #1 position.

Approximately 40 percent of college students in the U.S. are aged 25 or older, according to Washington Monthly. In 2016, this prompted the publication to launch a first-of-its-kind ranking of four-year and two-year colleges that do the best job of serving adult learners. Now in its second year, these rankings provide nontraditional students with an important resource in evaluating their college options.

“Our mission reflects a commitment to serve working adults. Granite State College’s faculty and staff create high-quality programs for our students, ensuring both flexibility and affordability, and providing support for these students to succeed. While acknowledgment from Washington Monthly is appreciated, the success of our students remains the more important measure of our work,” shared Mark Rubinstein, president of Granite State College.

According to the editors, seven metrics are analyzed to develop the Best Colleges for Adult Learners rankings: ease of transfer, flexibility of programs, services available for adult students, percent of adult students (age 25+), mean earnings of adult students ten years after entering college, loan repayment rates of adult students five years after entering repayment, and tuition and fees for in-district students. To view the complete rankings, please visit Washington Monthly.

Granite State College is the largest public provider of online courses in New Hampshire. For more information, visit granite.edu.

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With a focus on adult students, as well as other individuals who seek a flexible learning environment, Granite State College provides comprehensive access to higher education. This commitment to access is best illustrated through its 365/24/7 online presence and network of statewide locations. The ability for Granite State to meet students where they are presents the opportunity to achieve an affordable college education while balancing life’s other responsibilities such as work, family, and community obligations. With an associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, post-baccalaureate programs for teachers, credit for prior learning, and a variety of transfer opportunities, Granite State emphasizes practical and relevant areas of study that are responsive to the workforce development needs of New Hampshire’s economy.

STREETSIDE AT SETTLERS GREEN CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING WITH DANCING IN THE STREET, OCTOBER 9-15, 2017

Streetside, Settlers Green’s newest ten-store-and-restaurant addition, is poised to celebrate a grand opening that’ll get visitors dancing in the street.  Starting on Tuesday, October 10, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and concluding on Sunday, October 15th, the Settlers Green Streetside Grand Opening festivities will include a full line-up of musical themed events, community celebrations, shopping specials, art unveilings, giveaways, fundraisers and a gala fireworks display, plus more.  Dancing in the Street is the theme for the Grand Opening events, and that’s just what visitors will be doing throughout the celebration.

Kennett High School Dance Team – Photo courtesy of Holly Fougere
Photo Kennett High School Dance Team – Jay Philbrick

Get ready for a brand-new beat on the North Conway shopping scene

While retail is the primary focus at Settlers Green, the commitment to “shoptainment” here is evident in the mall’s many playscapes, photo opportunities, and the new Streetside Art Project featuring works of public art by local and regional artists. In addition to Streetside’s ten new stores and locally owned restaurant, shoppers will savor a sense of excitement and commitment to the community, taking shopping to the next level here.

An important part of Streetside’s Grand opening will include a unique fundraising partnership with Mountain Top Music, intended to put the music education and performance non-profit organization closer to their fundraising goal to create a community-oriented performing arts center and gathering place. Settlers Green has pledged a $15,000 match for any donations made to Mountain Top Music between September 15-October 15th, and the Streetside Grand Opening will create multiple opportunities for community giving to be matched. Look for a display in center court focused on this project.

Throughout the Grand Opening festivities, take time to view the Streetside Art Project, with works from Northern New England artists.  Dancing in the Street offers up the following schedule of events and entertainment:

 Tuesday, October 10, 12:30pm: Celebrate with a Ribbon-Cutting Event: Official ribbon cutting followed by light refreshments.  Chamber members, politicians, media and interested public welcome to attend and meet the developers, artists and more.

 Wednesday, October 11: Discover The Art:  Learn more about White Mountains art history and culinary art from local experts.   All programs are free and open to the public. Events take place at the Pedestrian Walkway by Francesca’s and Skechers at Settlers Green Streetside.

  • 10:30am: Special presentation by local artists, Erik Koeppel & Lauren Sansaricq  – a 45-minute presentation by two local artists from Jackson, NH. The art talk includes review of their recent “Recovering the American Sublime” exhibit plus other works and techniques by these traditional landscape artists.
  • 11:30am:  Bob Cotrell from Conway Historical Society – Local historian, Bob Cotrell, will discuss the history of art in the White Mountain during a 30-minute presentation, highlighting 19th century and early 20th century artists.
  • 1:00pm: Culinary art demo by Kathy Iannuzzi from White Mountain Cupcakery –  Kathy Iannuzzi, co-owner of the White Mountain Cupcakery, and winner of the 2011 Cupcake Wars, will demonstrate cake decorating at the White Mountain Cupcakery at Settlers Green Outlet Village Suite D52.

Thursday, October 12: Beauty Stroll in the Street

Today is the day to shop for a cause! October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to celebrate, from 11:00am to 5:00pm, Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation will have volunteers on-site with information about the nonprofit and how it serves the Mt. Washington Valley. Receive one of only 100 commemorative canvas bags with free goodies and coupons with your minimum $10 donation. Proceeds go directly to Jen’s Friends, and Settlers Green will match it! Plus, enter to win a $500 raffle prize to the stores at Settlers Green Streetside. Tickets are $5 each with proceeds also benefitting Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation.

Friday, October 13: #ShopStreetside Part I, throughout the day:  “It’s all about the shopping” New brands featuring Grand Opening special deals.  Sign up for all day raffles for merchandise prizes and more.  Random acts of customer appreciation gifts throughout the day.

Saturday, October 14: Dancing in the Street: Throughout the day enjoy plenty of reasons to dance in the street at Streetside.

  • 10:00am – 3:00pm: Enjoy a full day of festivities including the Streetside Art Festival.
  • 4:00pm-until 6 pm: American Bandstand-style festival!  It’s a dance party and you’re invited!  Dozens of dancers from regional and student led dance groups will take you through the best dance years of the century.  Grand final featuring Sarah-Katarina “SkooJ CorE-O” Jerome and director of the Boston Community Dance Project.  As seen on MTV, ESPN, Sarah-Katarina will dazzle with her dance troupe for a grand finale event.
  • 6:45 pm/Dusk:  A gala fireworks display over Streetside fills the sky with celebration.

Sunday, October 15: #ShopStreetside Pt. 2:  Close out the Grand Opening celebration with shopping specials and raffles throughout the day.  Sign up for all day raffles for merchandise prizes and more.  Random acts of customer appreciation gifts throughout the day.

More than 500,000 square feet of North Conway retail centers, including Settlers Green, Settlers Crossing and Settlers Corner, are developed and managed by OVP Management, Inc. a Newton, Massachusetts based company with management offices in North Conway.  For more information please contact General Manager, Dot Seybold at dot@ovpmanagement.com or for leasing information please contact Robert M. Barsamian at RMB@ovpmanagement.com.  Additional details about the shopping centers located in North Conway, NH is available at Settlersgreen.com or OVPManagement.com.

Photos:  Members of the Kennett High School Dance team will perform at Settlers Green during the Dancing in the Street celebration.  Please note photo credits in file name.

MET ‘LIVE IN HD’ 2017-18 SEASON AT THE LHE/PAC

The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Met Opera Live in HD series is returning to the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center for the 2017-18 season starting on Saturday, October 7th. Located inside Fryeburg Academy’s state-of-the-art theater, the live simulcast’s high-definition picture and surround sound audio makes it seem as if you are watching the performance from inside New York City’s famed opera house.

The 2017-18 season opens with a new production of Bellini’s masterpiece, Norma, on October 7th at 1:00 pm. Sir David McVicar’s evocative production—starring Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her archrival—sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule. The run time of the show is approximately three hours with one intermission. Light refreshments will be available during intermission.

Joe De Vito will be returning to host his always informative and entertaining Opera Lecture Series every Thursday before a Live in HD show at 3:00 pm. De Vito’s workshop, which is free and open to all, provides an in-depth look at the upcoming opera’s music, story, composer, and much more.

The 2017-18 season will also feature Die Zauberflote (October 14th), The Exterminating Angel (November 18th), Tosca (January 27th), L’Elisir d’Amore (February 10th), La Boheme (February 24th), Semiramide (March 10th), Cosi fan tutte (March 31st), Luisa Miller (April 14th), and Cendrillon (April 28th).

Single tickets are $26 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $18 for students. You can purchase tickets in advance online at http://www.fryeburgacademy.org, or by calling the box office at 207-935-9232. If you are a loyal attendee of the Live in HD series at the LHE/PAC, season tickets—which grant you access to all ten simulcasts for the price of nine—are available now through Saturday, October 7th. Please contact the box office for more details. The LHE/PAC is located at 18 Bradley Street in Fryeburg, Maine.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer North Conway

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks raise awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. Each event is a non-competitive 3 to 5-mile walk that brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer. The events raise money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and to help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.

From the opening ceremony to the post-walk entertainment, a Making Strides event is a celebration of survivors and opportunity to remember loved ones lost. It’s a day that shouldn’t be missed and won’t be forgotten.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of North Conway
Sunday, October 15, 2017
4.5 Mile with a 2 Mile option Fundraising Walk
Whitaker Woods Homesite
2892 White Mtn Hwy, North Conway
Make an impact in your community, sign up today!

9:00AM Registration, 10AM Ceremony, Walk follows
makingstrideswalk.org/northconwaynh

Cranmore Mountain Resort Announces New Kearsarge Brook Real Estate Sales Director

Cranmore Mountain Resort is pleased to announce the appointment of Eileen Difeo as the resort’s new Real Estate Sales Director. She will oversee all aspects of Kearsarge Brook Condominium sales, working with Badger Realty of North Conway Village.


Difeo, a Valley native, graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Philosophy. She is a licensed real estate sales agent and has worked in real estate sales for a number of years, most recently in the Greater Boston Area. Difeo has also worked in many customer service positions and is an avid skier.

“We are thrilled to have Eileen join our team,” said Ben Wilcox, Cranmore President and General Manager. “With her background in real estate and customer service, we are confident she will be a great asset to the Kearsarge Brook sales office.”

Cranmore’s Kearsarge Brook Model Unit and sales office is open daily, from 11am-4pm. For more information, visit Kearsargebrooknh.com.

Artist Reception at Opening Night of The Last Romance

In conjunction with M&D Playhouse’s latest production, “The Last Romance,” an artist reception will be held for local artist Mary Bastoni-Rebmann on Thursday, September 28, at 6 p.m. at 1857 White Mountain Highway, North Conway.

Bastoni-Rebmann has lived in Mount Washington Valley for 34 years and is a professional musician and voice teacher. She has her masters degree in performance in classical voice and teaches at the University of Southern Maine and Mountain Top Music School, and has her private studio in Fryeburg. She directs and composes scores for her children’s musical theater workshops which are held throughout the year, and has directed several musical and non-musical productions throughout Maine and New Hampshire.

Bastoni-Rebmann made her first acrylic painting over a year and a half ago and has found a new and deep passion for working with watercolor, oils, pastels, drawing, and charcoal. She joined Friday Painters in 2016 and became a juried artist with the Mount Washington Valley Arts Association in the late summer. In this time, Bastoni-Rebmann has had her paintings featured at The Met in North Conway, Ellis River Gallery, Art in the Park, her home studio and has done commission work thanks to Facebook.

There is no cost to attend the reception, which will offer refreshments and a cash bar. However, tickets for “The Last Romance” are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

For more information, call (603) 733-5275 or visit online >

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 >