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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 >

4th of July Events in the Mt. Washington Valley

 

The Independence Day of the United States is quickly approaching and the Mt. Washington Valley has many ways for you to celebrate! The towns of Bartlett, Gorham,  and Conway as well as Fryeburg, Maine are putting on 4th of July Celebrations.

Town of Bartlett 4th of July Celebration

The Annual Hellen Hayes Memorial 4th of July Parade will start at 11am and there will be a BBQ and live music following the parade at noon. For more information, visit http://www.townofbartlettnh.org/.

Town of Conway 4th of July Celebration 

The Town of Conway 4th of July Parade  will start at 1pm, with activities at Schouler Park in North Conway beginning at 3:45pm. The community is welcome to enjoy food, music, and fireworks, beginning at 9:30pm. For more information, visit http://conwaynh.org/.

Town of Gorham 4th of July Celebration

Gorham rings in the holiday with New Hampshire’s longest 4th of July celebration, an event that spans four days over the July 4 weekend. The celebration promises hours of fun, food, and merriment, including parades, music, amusements, and a classic car show, topped off with a brilliant and memorable firework display.  Times and schedule TBA. For more information, visit http://www.gorhamnh.org/Pages/index.

Town of Fryeburg, Maine 4th of July Celebration

The Town of Fryeburg’s 4th of July Parade will start at 10am. For more information, visit www.fryeburgrec.com.

Happy 4th from everyone at the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce!

Mt. Washington Valley Riders Present 2017 Rally in the Valley

The Mt. Washington Valley Riders present their 10th Annual Rally in the Valley event to benefit the Valley Riders Scholarship Fund for Trade School Students. Join the Valley Riders for a week of guided scenic rides, dining experiences, live entertainment and fun for a cause Saturday, June 10th through Saturday, June 17th.

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2017 Rally in the Valley Schedule

  • Saturday, June 10 – Guided scenic ride leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy. (Route 16) Conway at 10:00 am and will return to Abenaki Trail restaurant and pub at 4:00 pm for live entertainment and promos.
  • Sunday, June 11 – Guided scenic ride will leave from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy (Route 16) Conway at 10:00 am and will return to McGraths Tavern in North Conway at 4:00 pm for live entertainment and promos.
  • Monday,  June 12 – Guided scenic rides leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy. (Route 16) in Conway at 10:00 and will return to Wildcat Tavern in Jackson Village at 4:00 pm for live entertainment featuring and promos.
  • Thursday, June 15 – Guided scenic ride leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy. (Route 16) Conway at 10:00 and will return to The Red Parka Pub in Glen at 4:00 pm for live entertainment and promos.
  • Friday, June 16 – Guided scenic rides leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy. (Route 16) Conway at 10:00 am and will return to Horsefeathers in North Conway at 4:00 pm for live entertainment and promos.
  • Saturday, June 17–  Guided ride leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 white Mtn Hwy (Route 16) in Conway  at 10:00 am. to Ride to L-A Harley,  Mention “Rally in the Valley” for free lunch and 10% off any purchase. Return to Abenaki trail restaurant and pub at 4:00 for live entertainment and promos.

For more information, email the Mt. Washington Valley Riders at valleyriders@yahoo.com or visit their website at https://www.rallyinthevalley.net.

rally in the valleyAbout the Mt. Washington Valley Riders

Mt. Washington Valley Riders is a New Hampshire not-for-profit motorcycle riding club formed in 2011 for the purpose of promoting motorcycle riding in the Mt. Washington Valley area and providing scholarships for local high school graduates.  Every year, Mount Washington Valley Riders hosts Rally in the Valley during Bike Week in June in order to raise money for our scholarship fund specifically designated to help valley children pursuing higher education in the trades.  Each year, Rally in the Valley brought hundreds of bikers and non-bikers to our area that otherwise would have spent their time and money elsewhere in the state during bike week.  It’s also an opportunity for individuals to show they care about helping our kids pursue their dreams.​  Contact us and join us anytime you are in the area for exciting rides and a good cause.

Long Time Cog Railway Partners Announces Retirement

Press Release by Cathy & Joel J. Bedor
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jbedor@roadrunner.com

Mount Washington, New Hampshire –Cog Railway partners Joel and Catherine Bedor have announced their retirement effective April 30, 2017, and sale of their interest in The Mount Washington Railway Company to their partner, Wayne Presby.

“A dedicated and expert group of managers and staff have made it possible for us to restore an aging and tired business founded in 1869 and make it the leading attraction in the White Mountains,” said Joel Bedor. “I am confident that under the continued leadership of Wayne Presby the Mount Washington Cog Railway will continue to prosper and be a major economic engine for the White Mountains of New Hampshire.”

The Bedor and Presby families and a group of other investors purchased the Cog Railway from Ellen Teague in 1983 and have operated the Railway since then.  Joel Bedor has served as the Company’s Treasurer for 34 years, was President from 1986 to 1991 and has served as Chairman of The Board since 1991.

The Presby and Bedor families with other investors bought the Mount Washington Hotel in 1991 and Joel became the President of that Company until its sale in 2006.  During the last 34 years, the Cog has been a family affair, with Cathy Bedor serving as the Company’s marketing director, and son William working during high school and college in several positions including engineer and more recently CFO.

The Bedors and Presbys brought a commercial power line to the base station, built a new base lodge, restored an aging fleet of steam locomotives and coaches and more recently have replaced many of the steam locomotives with eco-friendly biodiesel locomotives, and have updated the coaches with larger and more comfortable models allowing ridership to more than quadruple during their 34 years of ownership.   In addition, major portions of track have been replaced and more efficient solar powered hydraulic switches have been designed and installed on the mountain.

The Mount Washington Cog Railway is a National Historic Engineering Landmark. Its first locomotive, Old Peppersass, reached the summit of Mount Washington on July 3, 1869, making it the world’s first mountain climbing railroad using a toothed cogwheel to engage the rack between the rails.

For more information, contact The Cog at 1-800-922-8825 or in New Hampshire at 603-278-5404.

COLD DAY . . . WARM HEARTS: Inaugural Great Glen Winter Charity Day Makes An Impact

Provided by Crispin Battles, Marketing Director of Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center

Pinkham Notch, NH — The Mt. Washington Auto Road, and its sister company Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, are proud to report that the inaugural Great Glen Winter Charity Day, held in frigid temperatures on March 11, was a success on many levels. The event brought together new friends and old, while raising over $2,500 for both local and national charities. Most importantly, however, the event inspired a sense of philanthropy among community members and customers alike, which will pay dividends well into the future. The company’s management and staff are firm believers in the words of noted philanthropist Eli Broad who once stated: “Charity is just writing checks and not being engaged. Philanthropy is being engaged, not only with your resources but getting people and yourself really involved and doing things that haven’t been done before.”

While the Great Glen Winter Charity Day held the moniker “inaugural” it was actually an evolution of an event that has been near and dear to the company since 2008. Originally held as a ski-a-thon fundraiser specifically for the ALS Association in recognition of Carl Johnson, an active community member who battled the disease, this year the event was expanded to include all charities so that participants could choose the cause that speaks to them. In total, 17 organizations received donations, including:

* Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation

* Conway Area Humane Society

* Tin Mountain Conservation Center

* White Mountain Swiftwater Rescue Team

* Kennett High School Project Graduation

* Family Resource Center of Gorham

* Jackson Biathlon

* MSPCA – Methuen

* Donna’s Dreamers

* ALS Association, Northern New England Chapter

* Casting For Recovery

* American Cancer Society

* Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

* Alzheimer’s Association

* American Lung Association, New Hampshire

* St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital

* Southern Poverty Law Center

Participants who donated $25 or more received a trail pass to ski, snowshoe, and fatbike at Great Glen Trails, as well as a catered lunch from the Glen View Café. Those who donated $50 or more were given a voucher to take a ride on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach to treeline on the Mt. Washington Auto Road — unfortunately, conditions were too cold for the SnowCoaches to run during the event. Our close-knit community, together with customers from other New England states, enjoyed the afternoon in the warmth of our lodge playing board games and relishing in the camaraderie of friends.

Plans are already underway to make the “second annual” Great Glen Winter Charity Day a landmark event for the 2018 winter season, and an ongoing part of the philanthropic activities hosted by the Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. The company’s events have a long history of raising funds for local charities and non-profit organizations, foremost among them being the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb which has raised over $1,000,000 for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, and the Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race which has raised over $80,000 for Coos County Family Health Services.

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The family-owned Mount Washington Summit Road Company was formed in 1859, and completed the road to the summit of Mount Washington in 1861. The Mt. Washington Carriage Road, now called the Mt. Washington Auto Road, has the long-held distinction of being America’s oldest man-made attraction. Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, opened in 1994, is one of New Hampshire’s premier Nordic ski areas, with 45 kilometers of trails for skiing, snowshoeing and fatbiking. During the summer months, the Outdoor Center focuses on human-powered outdoor activities including kayaking, biking, hiking and trail running. Both companies consider themselves stewards of Mt. Washington and the natural areas surrounding it, and feel strongly about supporting their local communities.

2017 Chili Cook-Off and Feelin’ Good 5K Race

Saturday, April 8th is the time to shake off the winter chills and join us for a fabulous foodie event to kick off our Spring season here in Mt Washington Valley! There will be plenty of chili and cornbread to keep you fueled for a day of fun, festivity, and a 5K race, plus North Conway Village shopping and the event’s  Red Hot Stops where you can find treats and shopping deals.

chili-5k-logoThis is the first year of the Feelin’ Good 5k Race through the White Mountain Milers. Burn some calories before indulging in chili and cornbread samples at the Cook-Off and explore beautiful North Conway Village by running or walking in the race! The race kicks off at Schouler Park in North Conway at 9:30am, where participants will race around the village and near Cranmore Mountain, finishing back at the park. Awards will be given to the top three overall runners and walkers.

The Feelin’ Good 5K is open for registration through White Mountain Milers and the RunReg website. The Race Fee is $35 per person and includes your entry to the Chili Cook-Off, access to the After Party at Abenaki Trail Restaurant, and store discounts at the Red Hot Stops.

Event Schedule:
  • 8:00AM – 5K Registration/Bib pick up
  • 9:15AM – 5K Registration tent is closed
  • 9:30AM- 5K Race begins
  • 10:45AM – Race Award Ceremony
  • 11:00AM – Chili Cook-Off Doors open 
  • 3:00 PM – Chili Cook-Off Ends
  • 4:00PM – Chili Cook-Off After Party & Award Ceremony

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About the Annual Chili Cookoff

Hosted by the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, the annual Chili Cook-off has featured the culinary creations of professional chefs, individuals, local organizations, and nonprofits for many years. What started with just a few vendors has now grown to more than 40 vendors. Hundreds of hungry chili fans will fill The Village of North Conway tasting the best of the Valley’s chili recipes.

The Many Ways to Enjoy the Day

chili-cookoffThere are so many ways to participate in the fun at the Annual Chili Cook-Off! Professional and non-professional chefs are welcome to register their team for their chance to win fabulous prizes and bragging rights. Chef registration is open and filling up fast! For more information, please review the 2017 Chili Cook-Off Chef Guidelines.

There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available for businesses to promote their brand. Sponsorship packages vary in cost and exposure and there are packages available for nonprofits. For more information, please review the 2017 Chili Cook-Off Sponsorship Packages document or contact the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.

chili-cookoff2In this event, ticket holders are judges, too! In purchasing tickets and sampling many delicious chili and cornbread recipes, ticket holders are in control of the “People’s Choice” vote. Ticket holders will receive three different colored tickets for use as ballots – one for Best Chili, one for Best Cornbread, and one for Best Display of Theme.

Event Tickets and More Information

Tickets for the Chili Cook-Off are $15 for adults and $7 for children, with free admission for children under 3. Interested parties may purchase Early Bird tickets by contacting the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, and tickets will be available on the day of the event for the same prices at the ticket booth.

There are lodging package agreements available for interested lodging properties in the area as well. Contact the Chamber for more information.

For more information on the Chili Cook-Off, visit http://www.mtwashingtonvalley.org, call the Chamber at (877) 948-6867 or (603) 356-5701 or email Visitor Services at visitor@mtwashingtonvalley.org.

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New and Exciting Business Workshops at the Tech Village in Conway NH

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For business professionals seeking new networking and professional development opportunities, the Tech Village in Conway, New Hampshire welcomes Joanne Randall, co-founder of Sprout for Business as she instructs three business workshops starting January 31 and extending into the month of February.  The workshops are free, supported in part through funding from the Community Development Microenterprise Block Grant. Each workshop begins with a half-hour networking opportunity from 8:30am to 9:00am. Workshops start at 9:00am and end at 10:30am and will be held in the Community Room at Granite State College, located at 53 Technology Lane in Conway.

January 31 – Standout Subject Lines: Get Your Email Opened!
How are your subject lines working – or NOT working – to capture the attention and interest of your audience?

February 2 – Look Great in the Inbox: Best Email Design Practices 
First impressions matter – how are YOU doing with your emails? This workshop will help you avoid common mistakes and maximize your emails for powerful impact!

February 16 – Measure Your Success: Email Marketing Analytics
Metrics can be like magic. Have you wondered: how can the reports and analytics of digital marketing give you the insight and key info you need to succeed?

Pre-registration for the workshops is required. To register, please email alisha@mwvec.com or call 603-447-6622. You may also register for workshops online by visiting the events calendar at https://www.sproutforbusiness.com/event-calendar.html. Please note that a journal for note-taking is required for each workshop, but laptops are optional.

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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. 

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.

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!

Cooper Cargill Chant and Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce present Free Lunch & Learn Series

Cooper Cargill Chant and the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce present a Lunch & Learn series, Know the Rules, Avoid the Penalties, Win the Game.  Each session in this series will focus on an area of expertise from a Cooper Cargill Chant attorney. These Lunch & Learn sessions will give you the opportunity to learn and network with Cooper Cargill Chant attorneys in an informal environment on legal topics important to you.  All sessions are free and a new Lunch & Learn is presented each month!  Sessions will be brown bag lunches (bring your own lunch).  All sessions are interactive, so please bring your questions.  Here is more information about each of the sessions in the upcoming Lunch & Learn series:

November 10, 2016 – Upcoming Changes to Overtime Law Affecting Salaried Employees; and Other Perennial Labor Law Concerns for Employers, presented by Attorneys Christopher T. Meier and Leslie M. Leonard.  During this program, held at the North Conway Water District Bldg., 104 Sawmill Lane (behind POLO), attendees will learn about updates to FLSA that will take effect on December 1, 2016.  If you do not address critical employment and labor law issues, you are putting your business at risk. Are you ready?
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December 8, 2016 – Business Collections – I want my two dollars!, presented by Attorney Dennis Morgan

January 12, 2017 – Business Law – Business entity formation & registration – Let’s get this started!, presented by Attorney Kenneth Cargill

February 9, 2017 – Insurance Law – Are you covered?, presented by Attorney Paul Chant

And more to come soon.

Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council Annual Meeting

MWVEC is celebrating 25 years of serving the community and invites you to join them for a night of awards and recognition at their Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 17
$50 per person

5:00 pm – Cash Bar and Hors d’oeuvres
5:45 pm – Business Meeting
6 to 8:00 pm – Dinner and Awards Ceremony

RSVP by November 11
Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council
53 Technology Lane, Conway, NH 03818
603-447-6622