Category Archives: Life in Mount Washington Valley NH

Certified Nurse Midwife Kathleen Mulkern Reaches 1,000 Birth Milestone at Memorial Hospital

The Town of Jackson recorded 816 residents in the 2010 census, but Certified Nurse Midwife Kathleen Mulkern can beat that and then some … she recently surpassed her 1,000th baby delivery at Memorial Hospital. Mulkern has delivered virtually an entire village over her 15 years of service!

Photo Caption: Kathleen Mulkern, ARPN, CNM – Certified Nurse Midwife, shown here with one of the 1,000 babies she has delivered at Memorial Hospital. Mom Tiara Hale is not pictured.
Photo by Megan Bailey

Mulkern has been caring for women and their babies for almost 30 years.  She shared, “I was born and raised in the Mount Washington Valley, and was fortunate to be given the opportunity in 2003 of returning with my family to live, raise my children and work as a nurse-midwife.”

She originally wanted to be a nurse practitioner, but changed her mind when a nurse midwife gave a presentation in college. “And that was it.”

When asked what keeps her going, Mulkern states that it’s the appreciation of people, and how you touch their lives. “There are certain births you always remember. It’s the relationship and the trust between you.”

In emergencies, that trust has made all the difference. Mulkern recounted one incident where the mother’s water broke and four loops of umbilical cord came out prematurely. “I called the surgeon but we needed to act immediately. I made eye contact with the mom and told her to push, and she trusted me. The baby was born safely.”

Much has changed with midwifery since she first started her practice. “There’s a lot around ‘skin to skin’ contact between moms and babies right after the birth. The culture has changed based on research – it results in better transition, better breathing and better bonding.”

Other changes to the practice include delayed cord clamping, which lets baby get extra stem cells and oxygen; and encouraging the breast crawl, where the baby is given the opportunity to find their mothers’ breast on their own and to decide when to take the first breastfeed, resulting in better breastfeeding initiation.

Breastfeeding support has become de facto for new moms and babies too. “Many midwifery concepts have become the norm now, they’ve gone mainstream compared to when I started. Midwives can change the culture of a hospital. Doctors have adapted a lot for those that are low-risk. Doctors here have embraced it. So we only offer interventions for those that need it or want them.”

Unwelcome changes have come as well, with mothers and babies being impacted by the opioid epidemic. “When I started delivering babies, (opioid abuse) was rare. It was hardly anyone. Now it’s about 10% of our population. With programs like our New Life prenatal substance abuse treatment program, women can turn their lives around,” Mulkern stated.

With the 1,000 baby milestone behind her, she plans on continuing to add to the population of Mount Washington Valley one person at a time. “The practice of midwifery fulfills my desire to connect with the women I see and to make a difference in the world, one woman and one birth at a time.  It is my goal to empower women to become healthier, mentally and physically, to better care for themselves, their families, and their communities.”

For more information about midwifery services at Memorial Hospital or to make an appointment with Kathleen Mulkern, call 603-356-9355. You can also learn more online at http://www.memorialhospitalnh.org

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Ragged Mountain Equipment Launches Factory Tours

If you thought American manufacturing had all gone to Mexico or China, then a pleasant surprise awaits you right here in the Mt Washington Valley. Ragged Mountain Equipment on Route 16 in Intervale has been quietly producing specialized outdoor clothing and gear since Ronald Reagan was in the White House. Starting this month, they are offering factory tours almost daily so you can see the entire fascinating process from start to finish. If you’ve been a regular at local farmers’ markets because you want to know where your food comes from, doesn’t it make sense to apply that same standard to the clothing you wear, and the gear you use?

You’ve driven by the Ragged Mountain Equipment factory countless times and probably stopped to grab a few items from their shop. But you may never have realized that skilled local designers and stitchers are hard at work right out back, producing those jackets, vests, gaiters and dog packs you see everywhere around you. And this isn’t one of those high-tech start-ups where robots follow a computer program to produce some mysterious widget; this is actual people handling actual fabrics and hardware, producing items you actually use. And, they’ve been doing it non-stop since 1985.

The Ragged Mountain Equipment factory tours run every Monday through Thursday, beginning at 10:00am. The guided tours only take about twenty to thirty minutes, and you’ll be able to witness the entire manufacturing process. Tours begin with fabric cutting, then progress through the kitting process and right on to the actual stitching. You’ll see products being  inspected and prepared for stocking in the retail department or boxed up to ship to other vendors or special order customers. Those customers include local non-profits, international retailers, and the US military. And finally, you’ll visit the design room and pattern library to see new products in the midst of the design process, with prototypes being tested and features being refined.

You’ll recognize a lot of the Ragged Mountain products–from Powerstretch Tights to TuckerMitts to Tuff Duffels–and wonder why you always assumed they were made somewhere abroad. There are ample opportunities to ask questions and chat with the craftspeople as they go about their work, and you’ll leave the tour with discount coupons for the products, some free samples, and the knowledge that American manufacturing is alive and well in Mt Washington Valley.

For more information on these new factory tours, call Ragged Mountain Equipment at 603-356-3042, visit their website at www.raggedmountain.com, or swing by their business at 279 NH-16 in Intervale.

Settlers Green Celebrates Opening of Regatta Great Outdoors

Family-owned outdoor and leisure clothing company, Regatta Great Outdoors, celebrated their opening at Settlers Green Streetside with a Ribbon Cutting on July 11. The store is located next to the newly opened Michael Kors, across from Columbia Sportwear at Suite M20. Regatta Great Outdoors is a UK-based outdoor clothing company that was founded in 1981 by the Black family. Father, Lionel Black, is the Chairman, son Keith is the Managing Director and daughter Joanne is the Buying Director. The company has acquired other popular UK brands over the years including Craghoppers and Hawkshead.

Picured in photo from left; Ido Masursky, Rob Barsamian, Tym Meserve, Machella Weegar, Keith Black, Mykel Palazzini and Laura Lemieux.

Products include men’s, women’s and children’s outdoor clothing including leisurewear, outerwear and footwear. Additionally, it has outdoor and camping accessories including sleeping bags, backcountry gear and backpacks.

 

“Regatta is the perfect fit for our customers flocking to North Conway for adventures in the White Mountains,” said Laura Lemieux, assistant director of marketing at Settlers Green. “This is the company’s first U.S. outlet store and we’re happy they’ve chosen us and this great recreational area.”

Settlers Green is open Monday to Saturday, 9:00am-9:00pm and Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm. For more information visit settlersgreen.com/

 

The Local Grocer Introduces Table + Tonic

The Local Grocer has taken their exceptional sourcing standards to dinner with the opening of their evening restaurant, Table + Tonic: Farm Bistro + Spirits. Owners and staff celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, June 27 at their expanded location at 3358 White Mountain Highway, North Conway.


Pictured from left: Alexandria Small, Rich Schmidt, Executive Chef, Heather Chase and, Russ Van Deursen, Owners, Micah Blizzard and Paul Begley, Food and Beverage Manager.

Executive Chef Rich Schmitt will be taking the organic and local ingredients The Local Grocer is known for and producing creative, conscious cuisine to please the most discriminating food lover.

Table + Tonic will be bringing the herb garden to the bar with their Farm to Bar cocktails. They’re concocting their own herb, fruit, and nut-infused shrubs, cordials, liqueurs, bitters, and homemade syrups, many with herbs and berries from their own farm, Mountain Flower Farm in Intervale, NH. Along with some traditional bar favorites, expect to enjoy fun creations like kombucha cocktails, sparkling cups, and a mocktail menu for those who prefer a sophisticated beverage without the alcohol.

Guests who joined the celebration enjoyed samplings of their Conscious Cuisine menu, cocktails with an Herbalist’s twist, organic wine, and beer. For information, hours of operation, menu and more visit tableandtonic.com or call 603-356-6068.

North Conway Country Club – the Crown Jewel of Golf in the Valley

By Kathy Bennett

It was a hot Friday afternoon and there seemed no better way to kick start the weekend than to grab a quick 9 holes after work with three friends at the North Conway Country Club. The course is in the heart of North Conway Village, convenient, well manicured and welcoming.

PGA Pro Kevin Walker joined the Club several years ago and is a helpful friendly resource for golfers. I had left my driver in my husband’s bag (how did that happen), so he set me up with a demo club quickly so we were able to make our tee time.

We grabbed some on-course cocktails upstairs in the club house. The views are impressive from their deck and the prices are more than reasonable – a nice touch in this resort town.

North Conway CC was founded in 1895 hard by the railroad tracks by Schouler Park. If there is another golf course with a train that chugs between its pro shop and the first tee, I am not aware of it.  The riders on the Conway Scenic Railway are delighted to wave at golfers on the tee and on the deck as they ride by. Golfers best hold off their shot until it passes!

The course sustained some damage last fall from one of the several hurricane remnants that ripped through New England, but the greens keepers here have done yeoman’s work so players this summer will barely notice. In fact, during our play, the greens and fairways were in top shape despite a recent lack of rain.

North Conway CC’s surroundings are a joy to behold. Heading out from the first hole, your views are to the Moats and to the cornfields around the Saco River. Heading back towards the clubhouse, Cranmore Mountain looms large. It’s hard to keep your eyes on your ball as you drink in the mountain views all around – a treat for locals and visitors alike.

Our foursome played a fun yet challenging round that resulted in zero lost balls – more a testament to the course layout than to our golf skills. While there are water hazards and bunkers in play, you can make it through if you pay attention to course management.

North Conway CC is also home to what is arguably the best driving range in the region, with areas to practice putting, chipping, pitching and driving. Pick up a large bucket of balls at the clubhouse and get your exercise in walking down the hill to the range, or grab a cart to get to swinging faster.

Savvy golfers can find discounts even on great courses like this one. As of this writing, their website was advertising $40 greens fees with cart before 8am midweek – a great idea during the hot summer weather.

For more information call 603-356-9391 or visit them online.

Mt. Washington Valley is a golfer’s dream destination with 11 spectacular courses withing a short drive from North Conway. For information >

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Business Name Change

The T. Murray Wellness Center, Inc. was founded by Dr. Trish Murray over 12 years ago and has been the place to go in Mt. Washington Valley to alleviate pain. Over the past 6 years, Dr. Murray has trained and become certified in another specialty, functional medicine which is root cause medicine, focusing on finding the underlying cause of chronic diseases or conditions. “This is a multi-systems approach to medicine”, said Dr. Murray. “We look at all systems to find the reason for the condition and help people learn what changes they can make to help improve their health.”

Pictured from left: Elaine Swett, Loretta Hawes, Pamela Beaupre, Jude Trotter, APRN, Patricia Murray, D.O, Rita Corbitt, Cherie Jewell.

Now known as Discover Health Functional Medicine Center the practice and clinic has grown to include a new provider and expanded clinic and services.

On Friday, June 22 they celebrated with a ribbon cutting and open house at their clinic at 24 Pleasant Street, Conway. Guests toured the facility, received information on services and learned how Discover Health Functional Medicine Center can help restore and optimize your health. For more information visit them online or call the office at 603-447-3112.

Fishing on Silver Lake with Fish Nerds Guide Service

Getting out on the water is a great way to spend an afternoon. The folks at Fish Nerds Guide Service have been enjoying some super fun spring fishing on Silver Lake where the water is warming and the fish are hungry. This week they had a mixed bag of big yellow perch and big smallmouth bass. And, the lake trout are amazing. They can accommodate up to six people fishing at a time so grab some of your fishing pals and give them a call!

Don’t fish? That’s cool! You can book a cruise with Fish Nerds, too. Thier brand new, state-of-the-art pontoon boat can take up to ten passengers! They can drive around, pull into a cove and swim or, if you are feeling adventurous, can give you a tube ride.

For more information contact Fish Nerds Guide Service!

Great Early Season Golf at Indian Mound Golf Club

By Kathy Bennett

This not the first year that I busted out my golf clubs for a first round of the year at Indian Mound Golf Club in Ossipee, NH. Indian Mound has the advantage of being located on the southern fringe of Mt. Washington Valley, often giving it a precious two or three week advantage to get its grounds prepped and greens opened earlier than other courses further north (and it often stays open later into the fall for the same reason).

This year was no exception. By mid-May, the greens at Indian Mound were in fine shape when we hit the course for a quick nine holes on a seasonally warm Sunday afternoon.

For the average duffer, the first round is often approached with great trepidation. Living in northern New England, one’s golf game can atrophy over the long dark winter months. You line up your shot on that first tee and pray you can hit the ball at least as far as the fairway.

Fortunately, both me and my husband remembered our modest golfing skills and were able to enjoy our first round of the year.  Amazingly – on the lovely 4th hole – I followed a strong drive right up the fairway with a generous approach shot, then chip shot the ball right into the hole from 30 yards. This was a first in my golf career. No one but my husband witnessed the shot, but I shared my excitement with the server at the new hot dog stand just beyond the green. We celebrated with Bloody Mary’s (made with their scratch-made mix) and had a great afternoon all around.

Indian Mound’s owners have paid attention to detail since taking over the course over a decade ago. Its River’s Edge Grille & Tavern is now a fixture in Ossipee and is open to the public, features live music and frequently hosts events and functions. Most recently they added Keno – a welcome addition to this former Massachusetts resident who always enjoyed buying a few quick picks over a drink after a round of golf. Apparently my luck  that day ran out with that chip shot and I kissed $5 goodbye.

Indian Mound’s front 9 are welcoming for less skilled players, but the layout is interesting enough, with lots of water and trees in play, to keep it interested even for scratch golfers. Its back 9 are longer and more challenging. Walk it and put a work out into your game as the greens are hilly at times.

You can find more information on Indian Mound on their website and watch for their special deals frequently advertised in the Conway Daily Sun.

Valley Pride Day 2018

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the 18th Annual  Valley Pride day! We live in a beautiful place, and it’s a shame when it’s defaced with litter so we especially appreciate the many volunteers who helped clean up our roadways and make the Valley even more beautiful. They absolutely deserved the party afterward. Kudos to the organizers for keeping this fantastic event going for 18 years. The Valley thanks you!

Bagels & more at Big Dave’s Bagels & Deli

We were heading to Portland, so we stopped at Big Dave’s Bagels & Deli for, what else, bagels! And, we’re so glad we did! We enjoyed a tasty bagel with lox and cream cheese. We’d love to go back, maybe even for lunch! We do love lunch (possibly burritos) at Big Dave’s.

Whether you live here or are just visiting,  North Conway and the Valley is home to great dining!

Mountain Film on Tour

What a treat to see Mountainfilm on Tour at the Fryeburg PAC. Films almost too fantastical to be real – but too gripping to be anything but. We viewed striking visions of Alaska, a skier rushes through icy crevices and tunnels and a crippled man climbing a rock formation.

Mountainfilm on Tour travels year-round and worldwide with a selection of short documentary films from the most recent, annual festival in Telluride. See this tour, if you can.

Spring fitness in Mt. Washington Valley

Need a good place to exercise now that ski season is winding down? Do you need great fitness classes? Then stop in and visit the staff at Cranmore Fitness. They offer an expansive gym with every machine you could want, and a wide variety of classes. If you want to get in shape, this is a great place to start!