Category Archives: Valley People

Leadership MWV wins Rising Star Award for Leadership Development Program

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

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October News from White Birch Books

The staff of White Birch Books just returned from their annual New England Independent Bookstore Association Trade Show in Providence. It was three jam-packed days or books and authors and lots of conversations about books and authors.

This year the trade show held special significance to North Conway’s independent bookstore as owner Laura Cummings was elected president of the NEIBA Board. Laura has served on the Board for the past two years and has gotten to know many people throughout the New England bookselling world and is very much looking forward to her presidential stint and getting to know even more about the business she loves.

ONE BOOK, ONE VALLEY!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26 AT 7 PM
KENNETT HIGH SCHOOL

This is the 12th Annual One Book One Valley program and this year’s book will be THE ONE-IN-A-MILLION BOY by Maine author, Monica Wood.

The mission of this program is to strengthen community ties and promote literacy through reading and discussing a book with a theme that resonates locally. The vision: Imagine if folks throughout Mount Washington Valley read the same book. Then talked about it. And THEN got to come together to meet the author at a special valley-wide event. One Book One Valley is successful because of you, the individual reader, and YOU, our community of readers, coming together.

For more information call White Birch Books at 603.356.3200

Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog, The Chinook

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.

STREETSIDE AT SETTLERS GREEN CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING WITH DANCING IN THE STREET, OCTOBER 9-15, 2017

Streetside, Settlers Green’s newest ten-store-and-restaurant addition, is poised to celebrate a grand opening that’ll get visitors dancing in the street.  Starting on Tuesday, October 10, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and concluding on Sunday, October 15th, the Settlers Green Streetside Grand Opening festivities will include a full line-up of musical themed events, community celebrations, shopping specials, art unveilings, giveaways, fundraisers and a gala fireworks display, plus more.  Dancing in the Street is the theme for the Grand Opening events, and that’s just what visitors will be doing throughout the celebration.

Kennett High School Dance Team – Photo courtesy of Holly Fougere
Photo Kennett High School Dance Team – Jay Philbrick

Get ready for a brand-new beat on the North Conway shopping scene

While retail is the primary focus at Settlers Green, the commitment to “shoptainment” here is evident in the mall’s many playscapes, photo opportunities, and the new Streetside Art Project featuring works of public art by local and regional artists. In addition to Streetside’s ten new stores and locally owned restaurant, shoppers will savor a sense of excitement and commitment to the community, taking shopping to the next level here.

An important part of Streetside’s Grand opening will include a unique fundraising partnership with Mountain Top Music, intended to put the music education and performance non-profit organization closer to their fundraising goal to create a community-oriented performing arts center and gathering place. Settlers Green has pledged a $15,000 match for any donations made to Mountain Top Music between September 15-October 15th, and the Streetside Grand Opening will create multiple opportunities for community giving to be matched. Look for a display in center court focused on this project.

Throughout the Grand Opening festivities, take time to view the Streetside Art Project, with works from Northern New England artists.  Dancing in the Street offers up the following schedule of events and entertainment:

 Tuesday, October 10, 12:30pm: Celebrate with a Ribbon-Cutting Event: Official ribbon cutting followed by light refreshments.  Chamber members, politicians, media and interested public welcome to attend and meet the developers, artists and more.

 Wednesday, October 11: Discover The Art:  Learn more about White Mountains art history and culinary art from local experts.   All programs are free and open to the public. Events take place at the Pedestrian Walkway by Francesca’s and Skechers at Settlers Green Streetside.

  • 10:30am: Special presentation by local artists, Erik Koeppel & Lauren Sansaricq  – a 45-minute presentation by two local artists from Jackson, NH. The art talk includes review of their recent “Recovering the American Sublime” exhibit plus other works and techniques by these traditional landscape artists.
  • 11:30am:  Bob Cotrell from Conway Historical Society – Local historian, Bob Cotrell, will discuss the history of art in the White Mountain during a 30-minute presentation, highlighting 19th century and early 20th century artists.
  • 1:00pm: Culinary art demo by Kathy Iannuzzi from White Mountain Cupcakery –  Kathy Iannuzzi, co-owner of the White Mountain Cupcakery, and winner of the 2011 Cupcake Wars, will demonstrate cake decorating at the White Mountain Cupcakery at Settlers Green Outlet Village Suite D52.

Thursday, October 12: Beauty Stroll in the Street

Today is the day to shop for a cause! October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to celebrate, from 11:00am to 5:00pm, Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation will have volunteers on-site with information about the nonprofit and how it serves the Mt. Washington Valley. Receive one of only 100 commemorative canvas bags with free goodies and coupons with your minimum $10 donation. Proceeds go directly to Jen’s Friends, and Settlers Green will match it! Plus, enter to win a $500 raffle prize to the stores at Settlers Green Streetside. Tickets are $5 each with proceeds also benefitting Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation.

Friday, October 13: #ShopStreetside Part I, throughout the day:  “It’s all about the shopping” New brands featuring Grand Opening special deals.  Sign up for all day raffles for merchandise prizes and more.  Random acts of customer appreciation gifts throughout the day.

Saturday, October 14: Dancing in the Street: Throughout the day enjoy plenty of reasons to dance in the street at Streetside.

  • 10:00am – 3:00pm: Enjoy a full day of festivities including the Streetside Art Festival.
  • 4:00pm-until 6 pm: American Bandstand-style festival!  It’s a dance party and you’re invited!  Dozens of dancers from regional and student led dance groups will take you through the best dance years of the century.  Grand final featuring Sarah-Katarina “SkooJ CorE-O” Jerome and director of the Boston Community Dance Project.  As seen on MTV, ESPN, Sarah-Katarina will dazzle with her dance troupe for a grand finale event.
  • 6:45 pm/Dusk:  A gala fireworks display over Streetside fills the sky with celebration.

Sunday, October 15: #ShopStreetside Pt. 2:  Close out the Grand Opening celebration with shopping specials and raffles throughout the day.  Sign up for all day raffles for merchandise prizes and more.  Random acts of customer appreciation gifts throughout the day.

More than 500,000 square feet of North Conway retail centers, including Settlers Green, Settlers Crossing and Settlers Corner, are developed and managed by OVP Management, Inc. a Newton, Massachusetts based company with management offices in North Conway.  For more information please contact General Manager, Dot Seybold at dot@ovpmanagement.com or for leasing information please contact Robert M. Barsamian at RMB@ovpmanagement.com.  Additional details about the shopping centers located in North Conway, NH is available at Settlersgreen.com or OVPManagement.com.

Photos:  Members of the Kennett High School Dance team will perform at Settlers Green during the Dancing in the Street celebration.  Please note photo credits in file name.

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

Cranmore Mountain Resort Announces New Kearsarge Brook Real Estate Sales Director

Cranmore Mountain Resort is pleased to announce the appointment of Eileen Difeo as the resort’s new Real Estate Sales Director. She will oversee all aspects of Kearsarge Brook Condominium sales, working with Badger Realty of North Conway Village.


Difeo, a Valley native, graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Philosophy. She is a licensed real estate sales agent and has worked in real estate sales for a number of years, most recently in the Greater Boston Area. Difeo has also worked in many customer service positions and is an avid skier.

“We are thrilled to have Eileen join our team,” said Ben Wilcox, Cranmore President and General Manager. “With her background in real estate and customer service, we are confident she will be a great asset to the Kearsarge Brook sales office.”

Cranmore’s Kearsarge Brook Model Unit and sales office is open daily, from 11am-4pm. For more information, visit Kearsargebrooknh.com.

Northeast Credit Union Welcomes Northwood Branch Manager Nicole Harton

Northeast Credit Union is thrilled to announce the hiring of Nicole Harton, who has joined the organization as the Northwood Branch Manager. Nicole brings with her ten years of banking experience, beginning her career at Bank of New Hampshire and most recently transitioning from Kennebunk Savings Bank.  

“Nicole’s extensive knowledge of the industry and impressive leadership skills makes her a strong addition to our growing team,” states Andrea Pruna, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing and Retail Officer. “Her active volunteerism in the community reflects the values we hold as an organization, and we’re thrilled to have her on board.”

 “I am excited to be a part of the Northeast Credit Union family, where there is so much focus on ‘people helping people’,” states Harton. “I’m looking forward to assisting members and the communities that NECU serves.”

Harton holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from McIntosh College, and has enriched her education with several courses and certificates from the Center for Financial Training. As a New Hampshire native, she enjoys volunteering for various non-profits and participating in local chamber initiatives. She serves as a Committee Member of the Greater Barrington Chamber of Commerce, where she helped organize events like the Bingo Bash, the Peeper 5k and the Community Expo.

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 nearly $1.3 billion in assets and serve over 120,000 members at 20 branches throughout New Hampshire and Maine. 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 >

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 >

 

 

4 Our Kids Recycling Services presents the 7th Annual Family Funergy Festival on Earth Day

4 Our Kids Recycling Services presents the 7th Annual Family Funergy Festival on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd from 10am-1pm at The North Conway Community Center in North Conway, NH. Come enjoy this hands-on investigation of energy and resource conservation!

Funergy is a rain or shine,  bottled water free event with a full slate of environmentally friendly vendors, activities, and live demonstrations that is sure to please kids and grandparents alike.

Schedule of Events

  • 10am-10:30am – Food preservation workshop by UNH Cooperative Extension
  • 10:30am-11:30am – Family Basketball
  • 11am – Visit from the Lorax and free gently used book giveaway
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – Family Floor Hockey
  • 12pm – Story of Stuff: Bottled Water movie
  • 12:30pm – Rally for Science and Climate Change at the Gazebo with speakers from Bowdoin College and The Union of Concerned Scientists
buffet for worms 2013
A family enjoys learning the science of composting through the “Worm Buffet” activity at The Earth Day Funergy Festival at the North Conway Community Center.

Grab some lunch and check out the free activities such as Ray’s Solar S’mores, The Energy Scavenger Hunt (free LED bulbs while supplies last), The Scrapwood Catapult, The Pedal Powered Shower Bike, Recycled Hula Hoops or The Aluminum Can Crusher to name a few. Talk to a renewable energy company, a green builder, a recycling business and more. Shop for green goods, including gently used children’s clothing.

Don’t miss this “Something for Everyone” kind of day! The Funergy Festival is free of charge thanks to the generosity of major sponsors, Cormack Construction Management, of Madison and Frase Electric, of Sandwich. For more information, contact Colleen Cormack at 603-447-8361 or visit 4 Our Kids Recycling Services on the web at http://4ourkids.homestead.com/.

Nominee Search for the 2017 Governor’s Accessibility Awards

governors commission on disability

The Governor’s Commission on Disability appreciates your assistance in their nominee search for 2017 Governor’s Accessibility Awards. Nominees for the awards must embody and exemplify the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The award event will take place in September and awards are presented by the Governor.

If there is a program,  organization, leader, product, technology, advocate, or legislative contributor that you believe honors the Americans with Disabilities Act and its impact in a realistic and spectacular way for those with a disability, please submit a nomination form by May 15th.

Nomination forms can be found at https://www.nh.gov/disability/documents/seventeen_gaa_letter.pdf. Please send the completed nomination forms to the Governor’s Commission on Disability at Louise.McBride@nh.gov. For additional forms and information, visit www.nh.gov/disability or call (603) 271-2773.

 

 

Only 4 Days Left to Purchase White Mountain Waldorf School Tuition Raffle Tickets

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, one lucky person will be announced as the winner of the White Mountain Waldorf School’s Tuition Raffle at the WMWS Dine to Donate at Flatbread Company in North Conway. This prize, though not carrying any cash value, is worth over $9,000.00!

The winner has the choice of sending their own child to school for free in the 2017/2018 school year, giving it to a family or friend who would like to or is already attended the school, or may donate that value back to the school and receive a receipt for a charitable donation made to the school in that amount.

This is an amazing opportunity for a new family to experience the school. We encourage anyone considering the school for their child to take a chance and buy a ticket.

It is also an amazing opportunity for a community member to truly make a difference in the lives of over a third of our school population who receive financial aid. If the winnings are donated back to the school, all the money raised will go toward giving families in need financial assistance to make Waldorf Education available to their children.

Currently, there are over a thousand independent Waldorf schools located in 60 countries. Soon to celebrate its 100th year, it is one of the largest independent school movements throughout the world. The White Mountain Waldorf School is proud to be a part of this movement; a shift in understanding that education is not just about academia but rather the development of the whole child from a physical, emotional, and cognitive perspective.

Click HERE to purchase Tuition Raffle Tickets

For more information about White Mountain Waldorf School visit White Mountain Waldorf School or call (603) 447-3168.

The Fryeburg Academy Class of 2017 Presents Comedian Bob Marley

Bob Marley, Maine’s prized and well-known comedian, will return to the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 30th to put on another hilarious performance! All proceeds from this event benefit the Fryeburg Academy Class of 2017 Project Graduation.

Marley’s brand of high-energy and offbeat observations of everyday life things has captured the minds of fans of all ages. From getting his own special on Comedy Central to appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay LenoThe Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Marley has become one of the most sought after comedians in the country. You don’t need to be a ‘Maine-iac’ to laugh yourself silly at Bob’s wicked funny antics.

Tickets for the event are $22 per person if ordered in advance and $25 per person on the night of the show. For more information about the event, visit the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center page or call the Fryeburg Academy at 207-935-9232.

About Fryeburg Academy’s Project Graduation

Fryeburg Academy Project Graduation is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt public charity, organized to provide a safe, chemical-free celebration for the students of the graduating class of Fryeburg Academy. Our goal is to promote cooperation and build community among the students, faculty and staff of Fryeburg Academy and the members of the communities served by the school.