Category Archives: Life in Mount Washington Valley NH

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

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.

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

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 >

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
Parking in Rear
Events are also listed on Facebook 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.