One of the greatest things about MWV history is that it can always get weirder – for example, Mount Washington had a secret ski area once! But that’s part of the fun of attending lectures like this one at The Salyards, on National Forests. That, and the sense of community!
The North Conway Public Library hosted a wonderful series of lectures through the winter. The last one featured local residents, Ed and Kathy Bergeron, who shared their experiences and photographs from a safari through Kenya and Tanzania, Africa.
It was an exciting day for ski enthusiasts who attended the Ribbon Cutting of the new New England Ski Museum, located in the former North Conway Community Center building in North Conway Village. Over 200 people attended the event.
The museum is filled with nostalgia, old equipment, maps and interactive displays and even a library. It is sure to engage all visitors from young to old. Admission is free and the museum is open 7 days a week. Don’t miss an opportunity to pay this gem a visit.
The North Conway Public Library will present Ken Gloss, a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, for a discussion of the value of old and rare books. Gloss, owner of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, will give the free and open talk on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Obs-Weather Discovery Center in North Conway Village, in the fully accessible downstairs meeting room.
Gloss will talk about and show some of his favorite finds of old and rare books and describe some of the joys of the “hunt,” as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. There is also a Q&A session before the conclusion of his talk.
Following the talk and question-and-answer session, he will give free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them or will do so at his shop in Boston.
Gloss has appeared as a guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow numerous times over the years and has been a popular guest on WBZ Radio as well as other radio, TV, and cable stations numerous times. His articles continue to appear in various antique journals and in print and online consumer publications.
“Ken Gloss has the reputation of being very entertaining and very informative, and he certainly knows all there is about old and rare books,” says North Conway librarian Andrea Masters.
“I’m sure there are a lot of people who have old and rare books, or have an interest in them,” she said. “We’re hoping people will come to find more information about the value of them.”
Gloss will also talk about the history of his historic bookshop (brattlebookshop.com), which goes back to circa 1825. He is a second-generation owner.
The Brattle Book Shop, Yankee Magazine Editor’s Choice Award for Best of New England, is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores. Kenneth Gloss succeeded his late father, George Gloss, a well-known figure both in Boston and national antiquarian circles. “I found that books were in my blood and that I would never be really happy if I abandoned the business,” says Ken Gloss.
This event will be held at the Weather Discovery Center, no reservations necessary. There will be time after the presentation for questions and discussion. Homemade cookies will be served and coffee is generously provided by Frontside Grind of North Conway.
The program is free of charge, although donations to the Library are greatly appreciated. For more information about the program, please check the library’s website at NorthConwayLibrary or call the library at 603-356-2961.
The Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council presents
Conway Town Manger
Please join us at the next Eggs & Issues Business Leaders’ Breakfast, Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 8:30 featuring Conway Town Manager Tom Holmes as he discusses upcoming warrant articles.
We hope to see you there!
For questions contact Susie Hall-Kennett at
447-6622 , or email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suggested donation $10.00
The Twelfth Annual Miss Berlin-Gorham Scholarship Competition took place in the Medallion Opera House at the Gorham Town Hall on Saturday, November 4th. Miss Josie Pearce of Hanover was crowned Miss Berlin-Gorham 2018 and was awarded a $5,000 scholarship. The daughter of Owen and Erin Pearce of Rossmoor, California. Josie attends Dartmouth College. Josie performed classical piano: “Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum” her platform is “Lupus Foundation of America”. The local title earned her the right to compete in the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program to be held on April 26, 27 & 28th, 2018 at the Stockbridge Theater at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH.
The first runner up, Ashley Marsh of Laconia who attends Plymouth State University, and is the daughter of Dawn Marsh, won a $500 scholarship, and the second runner up, MacKenzie Herlihy of Tamworth who attends Southern Maine Community College and is the daughter of Thomas and Alexandra Herlihy, won a $250 scholarship. Contestants who are residents of or attend school full time in Coos, Grafton or Carroll County are eligible to compete for the title of Miss Berlin-Gorham.
Mia Letourneau of Berlin was crowned Miss Berlin-Gorham’s Outstanding Teen 2018 and won a $250 scholarship. Mia is the daughter of Steven and Lauren Letourneau. She will compete for a larger scholarship at the Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen competition on February 9, 10 & 11th, 2018 at Pinkerton Academy’s Stockbridge Theatre. For more information on the Miss Berlin-Gorham Scholarship Program, find us on Facebook at Miss Berlin-Gorham and Miss Berlin-Gorham’s Outstanding Teen and for more information on the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program and Miss NH’s Outstanding Teen Program, go to missnh.org.
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
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 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.
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.
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
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.
- » 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 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.
With children out of school for the summer, it’s a great time to encourage summer reading and learning! Visit the North Conway Public Library Tuesday afternoons July 11th-August 15th for their weekly Children’s Story Time. The story times begin at 2pm every Tuesday and with stories appropriate for children ages 3-8 with siblings welcome.
Weather permitting, the story times will be held outside on the library’s lawn, and will take place inside during inclement weather. The story times are free to residents and visitors and there is no registration necessary to attend. In addition to the story time, there will be games and a free weekly raffle for participating!
For more information, please call the North Conway Library at 603-356-2961, stop by the library on Main Street in North Conway Village, or visit them on the web at www.NorthConwayLibrary.com.
Any and all readers are welcome to attend White Birch Book’s Thursday Night Book Club. The club meets every fourth Thursday of the month and is filled with collaborative, intriguing, inspiring discussion. Not only is the Thursday Night Book Club an opportunity to meet community members, it is an opportunity to meet lifelong friends with a shared love for reading while experiencing a variety of literature.
June’s Thursday Night Book Club is scheduled for Thursday, June 22nd at 7pm. The book discussion for this month is based upon the book, The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood.
About The One-in-a-Million Boy By Monica Wood
The incandescent story of a 104-year-old woman and the sweet, strange young boy assigned to help her around the house — a friendship that touches each member of the boy’s un-moored family.
For years, guitarist Quinn Porter has been on the road, chasing gig after gig, largely absent to his twice-ex-wife Belle and their odd, Guinness records–obsessed son. When the boy dies suddenly, Quinn seeks forgiveness for his paternal shortcomings by completing the requirements for his son’s unfinished Boy Scout badge.
For seven Saturdays, Quinn does yard work for Ona Vitkus, the wily 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant the boy had visited weekly. Quinn soon discovers that the boy had talked Ona into gunning for the world record for Oldest Licensed Driver — and that’s the least of her secrets. Despite himself, Quinn picks up where the boy left off, forging a friendship with Ona that allows him to know the son he never understood, a boy who was always listening, always learning.
The One-in-a-Million Boy is a richly layered novel of hearts broken seemingly beyond repair and then bound by a stunning act of human devotion.
For more information on White Birch Book’s Thursday Night Book Club, and to see upcoming book discussions, visit http://www.whitebirchbooks.com.