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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.

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North Conway Public Library Presents Antiques Roadshow with Ken Gloss on the Value of Old and Rare Books

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 PBSAntiques 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.

Red Jacket Mountain View Resort Named Employer of the Year

The Red Jacket Mountain View Resort of North Conway, NH, was recently named Employer of the Year by the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce at their sold-out 105th annual meeting. The Employer of the Year Award is given each year to a business that demonstrates respect for employees and other business partners and excellence in creating a safe and inviting workplace. The Employer of the Year is also a business offering solid pay/benefits and the opportunity for training and advancement.

Jon Sallinen, General Manager of Red Jacket Mountain View Resort, accepted the award on behalf of the resort. “We are honored and excited to accept this prestigious award,” he said. “The strength of our business relies heavily on our talented staff and the feeling of teamwork at the resort makes coming to work each day a true pleasure. We are proud to provide a welcoming, supportive, positive and professional workplace for our team as well as creating a fantastic resort experience for all our guests.”

Red Jacket Mountain View Resort is a great mountain escape for families. In addition to the on-site Kahuna Laguna indoor water park featuring 3-story slides, a wave pool, water basketball court and adventure tower, there is also an outdoor pool, playground and walking trails to explore. Family activities keep guests busy and there are many dining options and a full range of accommodations from traditional guest rooms to family rooms with lofts or bunkbeds, 2-bedroom townhomes and 4-bedroom custom “Presidential” homes. Red Jacket Mountain View Resort is located in North Conway, NH close to Story Land, Santa’s Village and many other family attractions.

JOSIE PEARCE CROWNED AS 12TH MISS BERLIN-GORHAM AND MIA LETOURNEAU CROWNED AS MISS BERLIN-GORHAM’S OUTSTANDING TEEN!

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.

2017 Healthcare Scholarships – There’s Still Time to Apply

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Applications are still being accepted through May 12, 2017,  for Memorial Hospital’s annual scholarship fund, including the Memorial Hospital Scholarship; the Memorial Hospital Volunteers Scholarship Program and the Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice of Carroll County (VNHCH) Kathleen Sheehan Memorial Award. The hospital’s scholarship awards are designed to support students in our community pursuing careers in health-related fields. The Memorial Hospital Foundation will once again offer a scholarship in honor of Miranda Leavitt for students with diabetes or who are studying healthcare, nutrition or exercise physiology.

The Scholarship program specifically seeks to assist those students within the hospital’s service area (towns served by SAU 9, SAU 13 and MSAD 72) who have already demonstrated the successful completion of part of a higher education degree. Adult learners returning to school, changing careers or seeking additional education are encouraged to apply. Students must be accepted into an accredited course of study in a health-related field on at least a half-time basis, and demonstrate successful completion of some earlier portion of their program of study. Each scholarship has its own criteria and interested students are encouraged to view the application online for specifics.

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Memorial Hospital Volunteers, shown here at their annual luncheon in 2016, fund some of the healthcare scholarships from Memorial Hospital.

The Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Scholarship is funded through the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund (MLDF), part of the Memorial Hospital Foundation. In honor of the daughter of Brenda and Rich Leavitt after whom Memorial’s diabetes center is named, this scholarship supports the MLDF mission of providing education, outreach and resources for those in our community with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

The criteria for each scholarships to be awarded is as follows:

  • Memorial Hospital Scholarships (up to $4,500) – – The criteria for the Memorial Hospital Scholarship is a high school senior going into a health related field or college student in a health related field. The student must be from SAU 9, SAD 72 or SAU 13.  They can also be a son, daughter or grandson/daughter of an employee. The Memorial Hospital Scholarship also applies to employees who are attending college in a health related field.

  • Kathleen Sheehan Memorial Award (up to $1,000) – Must be currently enrolled in an accredited health related field of study program. Must reside in Carroll County, NH or Western Maine.

  • Memorial Hospital Volunteers Scholarship Program (up to $5,000) – Must be an employee or the relative of an employee of Memorial Hospital who is pursuing health related studies on a full time basis.

  • Memorial Hospital Volunteers Healthcare Studies Scholarship – (up to $1,000) – Must be a Kennett High School graduating senior pursuing healthcare studies.

  • Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Scholarship (up to $1,000) –  Awarded to a student residing in Carroll County, NH or Western Maine who either has type 1 or type 2 diabetes; or who is currently enrolled full time in college and is pursuing studies related to healthcare, nutrition, exercise physiology or health education.

Candidates must submit an application form online no later than May 12th. Only online applications will be considered. Awards are based on scholastic ability, applicable work experience, essay, and demonstrated financial needs.

The online application and more information are available online at Memorial Hospital’s website, www.memorialhospitalnh.org/scholarships.

To learn more about the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund and the Memorial Hospital Foundation, visit them online or call 603-356-5461 ext.2264.

About Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, family birthing center, sleep center, wound care center, and the Miranda Center for Diabetes. Physician practices include primary care and family medicine, women’s health, orthopedics and sports medicine. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus. Together, our staff and providers are committed to meeting the health needs of the Mt. Washington Valley and surrounding communities by collaborating with community partners in the delivery of accessible, comprehensive, compassionate, and quality health care.

Media Contact: Kathy Bennett
Vice President of Community Relations & Development
603-356-5461 ext. 2198

kbennett@memorialhospitalnh.org

Northeast Credit Union Welcomes Regional Manager Kelly Sica to Portsmouth Team

Press Release by Northeast Credit Union

April 24th, 2017, Portsmouth, N.H. – Northeast Credit Union (NECU) is happy to welcome Kelly Sica as the newest member of their management team. As the Regional Sales Manager for the Southern Region, Kelly will act as the strategic advisor and lead motivator for 8 branches in the Greater Seacoast area. Her focus includes, but is not limited to, member satisfaction, community engagement, performance management, and operational effectiveness.

“Kelly has already hit the ground running, displaying the drive, expertise, and positive attitude that will make her an asset to Northeast Credit Union,” states Tim Collia, NECU President and CEO. “We are fortunate to have such a motivated individual joining our leadership team during this exciting time of growth at the credit union.”

Kelly brings with her over 15 years of community banking experience, during which she gained a wealth of knowledge in business development, mortgage lending, retail lending, and branch operations. She is very active in the community, volunteering her time with Pro Portsmouth, the Seacoast Leadership Program, and more. She also loves to stay involved with the local Chambers of Commerce.

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.

Kennett High Hosts Forum on Local McCarthy Era Story

Albany, NH –  On April 3, at Kennett High School in North Conway, the World Fellowship Center (WFC) will present a panel discussion entitled “More Than Just Ourselves: Willard Uphaus, Louis Wyman, and Civil Liberties in the McCarthy Era.”

Michael Ferber, University of New Hampshire Professor of English and Humanities, will lead a panel of distinguished scholars in a conversation about the Uphaus v. Wyman case, a Supreme Court decision that rocked NH and the country during the McCarthy era.  The case pitted the then New Hampshire attorney general, Louis Wyman against Willard Uphaus, a Methodist lay minister and then WFC executive director, in a showdown between the assertions of threats to national security and claimed rights to free speech and association, issues at the forefront of public discussion today.

In 1953, Wyman, as part of his investigation to root out “un-American activities” under the NH Subversive Activities Act of 1951, served a subpoena on Uphaus seeking disclosure of WFC’s guests, staff and program presenters. The Albany summer camp attracted his attention for its free-wheeling discussions of political, economic, and social issues.  Uphaus refused to comply with the subpoena, relying on the First Amendment.  The fight captured the headlines and ultimately went to the US Supreme Court, which, in a 5-4 decision, sided with Wyman that the guest list must be provided.  Uphaus continued to defy the subpoena and spent a year in Merrimack County jail in Boscawen for contempt of court.

“The issues considered in this forum could not be more timely,” said World Fellowship codirector Andy Davis. “We once again find ourselves in a society-wide discussion about the appropriate balance between individual freedoms and the needs of the wider community. In the age of Wikileaks and more powerful and technically proficient intelligence gathering, where do we find the balance between communal security and the right of conscience of each citizen? We look forward to a broad discussion of these issues.”

Professor Ferber will be joined by panelists W. Jeffrey Bolster, professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, Clare Chapman, New Hampshire Council of Churches executive director, and Maria Sanders, associate professor of philosophy at Plymouth State University.

The North Conway event is at 7 p.m. on Monday April 3, in the Loynd Auditorium, at Kennett High School, 409 Eagles Way. The same forum is also being presented in Dover at 7pm, Tuesday, April 4, at the Dover City Hall Auditorium, 288 Central Ave. These programs are made possible by a generous grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council (NHHC) and the hospitality of Kennett High School.

For further information, please contact: Andy Davis, at 603-447-2280, or visit www.worldfellowship.org/willarduphaus/.

Kennett High Hosts Forum on Local McCarthy Era Story

Albany, NH –  On April 3, at Kennett High School in North Conway, the World Fellowship Center (WFC) will present a panel discussion entitled “More Than Just Ourselves: Willard Uphaus, Louis Wyman, and Civil Liberties in the McCarthy Era.”

Michael Ferber, University of New Hampshire Professor of English and Humanities, will lead a panel of distinguished scholars in a conversation about the Uphaus v. Wyman case, a Supreme Court decision that rocked NH and the country during the McCarthy era.  The case pitted the then New Hampshire attorney general, Louis Wyman against Willard Uphaus, a Methodist lay minister and then WFC executive director, in a showdown between the assertions of threats to national security and claimed rights to free speech and association, issues at the forefront of public discussion today.

In 1953, Wyman, as part of his investigation to root out “un-American activities” under the NH Subversive Activities Act of 1951, served a subpoena on Uphaus seeking disclosure of WFC’s guests, staff and program presenters. The Albany summer camp attracted his attention for its free-wheeling discussions of political, economic, and social issues.  Uphaus refused to comply with the subpoena, relying on the First Amendment.  The fight captured the headlines and ultimately went to the US Supreme Court, which, in a 5-4 decision, sided with Wyman that the guest list must be provided.  Uphaus continued to defy the subpoena and spent a year in Merrimack County jail in Boscawen for contempt of court.

“The issues considered in this forum could not be more timely,” said World Fellowship codirector Andy Davis. “We once again find ourselves in a society-wide discussion about the appropriate balance between individual freedoms and the needs of the wider community. In the age of Wikileaks and more powerful and technically proficient intelligence gathering, where do we find the balance between communal security and the right of conscience of each citizen? We look forward to a broad discussion of these issues.”

Professor Ferber will be joined by panelists W. Jeffrey Bolster, professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, Clare Chapman, New Hampshire Council of Churches executive director, and Maria Sanders, associate professor of philosophy at Plymouth State University.

The North Conway event is at 7 p.m. on Monday April 3, in the Loynd Auditorium, at Kennett High School, 409 Eagles Way. The same forum is also being presented in Dover at 7pm, Tuesday, April 4, at the Dover City Hall Auditorium, 288 Central Ave. These programs are made possible by a generous grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council (NHHC) and the hospitality of Kennett High School.

For further information, please contact: Andy Davis, at 603-447-2280, or visit www.worldfellowship.org/willarduphaus/.

Medallion Opera House Presents Guitarist Peppino D’Agostino

Internationally-acclaimed guitarist Peppino D’Agostino returns to the Medallion Opera House in Gorham, New Hampshire on Saturday, March 18th from 7-9 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $12 per person and may be purchased at the door or online at www.medallionoperahouse.org or in person at the White Mountain Café and Bookstore. For more information, please call (603)-466-3322.

About Peppino D’Agostino

D’Agostino left Italy over 30 years ago with a dream to play with the greatest guitarists. Today,  he has become one of those greatest guitarists. He has played in more than 30 countries, from international festivals and theaters, and has shared the stage with artists such as Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, Laurindo Almeida, Sergio Assad, Larry Carlton, and Eric Johnson. Among his accomplishments, he was recognized as “the guitarist’s guitarist” by Acoustic Guitar magazine, “a giant of the acoustic guitar” by the San Diego Reader, and was voted Best Acoustic Guitarist by readers of Guitar Player magazine. His composition “Stammi Vicino,”  reached number one in the iTunes rock charts in Italy.

His performances are always changing and exciting. Audiences never truly know what to expect at his concerts, but they can certainly expect an experience of a lifetime with his beautiful, complex, and up tempo original instruments as well as his memorable compositions.

The Best of NH Ballot Closes in 1 Week

The opportunity to vote in the annual Best of NH Ballot closes on Monday, March 20th.  This is your opportunity to voice your opinion on New Hampshire’s best restaurants, bars, services, and people, so cast your vote before it’s too late!

To cast your votes, please visit http://www.nhmagazine.com/Best-of-NH-Ballot/.

About The Best of NH

Since 2000, New Hampshire Magazine has polled and published the picks of its readers and editors in categories that range from best cupcakes to best martini to best antiques shop and everything in between.

Their annual Readers’ Poll and extensive list of Editor’s Picks all lead up to the state’s biggest celebration, The Best of NH Party, which will be held at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, NH on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Their 16th annual event will showcase New Hampshire Magazine Best of NH-award winners in an evening of food, fun, live music and festivities that benefits Stay Work Play New Hampshire.

The Mount Washington Summit Road Company Announces The Return Of The Glen House Hotel


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-Half a century since the last Glen House stood on this site, the family-owned Mount Washington Summit Road Company (MWSRC) which has owned and operated the Mt. Washington Auto Road since 1906, intends to have the fifth iteration of the hotel open by May 2018.

The 68-room hotel will be built on the west side of Route 16 in Green’s Grant on a site owned by the MWSRC and will feature a pool, meeting room and restaurant. Half of the rooms will have balconies facing the Northern Presidential mountains and the Carter Moriah range. Aesthetically, the hotel will be built in classic New England vernacular, with clapboards, painted trim and signature chimneys, similar to the previous four Glen Houses that have stood on this site since 1852. The design of the guestrooms is reflective of the simplicity of Shaker design while the public spaces embrace both the history of the Mt. Washington Auto Road and local Native American roots.

In line with the environmental stewardship of the MWSRC, the Glen House will be highly energy efficient and close to carbon neutral. The company has proven to be a leader in applying innovative, green-energy practices to all aspects of its business, and the new Glen House will be no exception. A state-of-the-art geothermal system will provide heating and cooling for the hotel, and two offsite energy-generating projects will harness hydro and solar power.

The three-story hotel will serve guests visiting the Auto Road and taking advantage of the winter and summer offerings of Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, which offers hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and many outdoor programs in summer. Winter activities include cross-country skiing on 45 kilometers of classic and skate-groomed trails, snowshoeing, snow tubing and winter tours to treeline on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach.

Partnering with the MWSRC on this historic project is Martini Northern, a construction management company based in Portsmouth, BMA Architects from Amherst, NH and Stibler Associates, an interior design firm from Bedford, NH.

Scheduled to break ground in the spring of 2017, the Glen House is anticipating an open date prior to Memorial Day 2018.

Written by Crispin Battles
Marketing Director at Mt. Washington Auto Road

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.