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!
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 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.
On Friday, October 27, 2017, the NH Preservation Alliance announced that the St. Joseph Church building in Bartlett was designated as one of 2017 Seven to Save buildings. At the Bartlett Historical Society we have taken on the responsibility of being the stewards of the building and we are managing a capital campaign to raise the funds to renovate this building and transform it into the Bartlett Historical Society Museum. The Seven to Save designation highlights the importance of this building to the town of Bartlett and the entire Mount Washington Valley as it was the first Catholic Church in the Valley. It was built in 1890 and served the towns of Bartlett, Livermore, Conway and Albany. After being closed in 1999, it was used by the Bartlett School District as a storage facility. Today, it is in need of a full renovation to transform it back to a useful state. As stewards of the building, the historical society is committed to make this transformation a success.
The Seven to Save designation is a significant achievement as it is a competitive selection process that looks at historic buildings from across NH. The selection of our building as one of the 2017 designees further validates that the historical society is on the right track by driving this preservation project. According to the NH Preservation Alliance website, the “Seven to Save designation attracts attention to, and helps forge possible solutions for, threatened landmarks … Our committee (NH Preservation Alliance) looks at the property’s historical or architectural significance, severity of the current threat, and the extent to which a Seven to Save listing would help in preserving the property.” The Bartlett Historical Society submitted the nomination for this building that included an extensive review of the history of the building, its historical and community significance, details of the current condition of the building and how the historical society plans to use the building after bringing it back to life. We are very pleased that the St. Joseph Church building was selected in this challenging process.
By designating this building as one of 2017 Seven to Save, the renovation and preservation project being undertaken by the Bartlett Historical Society will receive state-wide notice. That can help with additional sources of funding for our capital campaign and exposure to other consulting and building resources. If you would like to help us in our capital campaign to raise the funds to save this historic building, please review the information on our website – http://www.BartlettHistory.org, write to us at P.O. Box 514, Bartlett, NH 03812 or connect with Phil Franklin by email at phil@BartlettHistory.org or Norm Head by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
Only a few more chances to get to the North Conway Farmer’s Market Saturday 9 am – noon at the Community Center. The last one is October 8.
In conjunction with the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Return of the Pumpkin People Contest Settlers Green presents the Pumpkin People Decorating Contest.
Return of the Pumpkin People is a self-guided tour to view the amazing pumpkin creations by participating businesses and individuals around the Valley. Maps and “People’s Choice” ballots will be available at all participating properties.
While you are checking out the pumpkin people in Jackson stop in at the Cassidy Gallery for a Jewelry making demonstration by jewelry artist Wendy Wetherbee.
Can you make it out of the Ghoullog unharmed after a 50-minute haunt leads you through dark twists and turns and an outdoor element leading through the scariest of dark woods.
Enjoy spectacular views of the highest peaks in the Northeast on a FREE scenic lift ride.
Join the North Conway Public Library on Oct. 1 for a day of mountain biking fun in the White Mountains at “Bike for Books MTB Adventure Rides.”
The Wildcat Tavern presents “Cold River Radio Mini Series”, Vanessa Trouble and The Red Hot Swing, Saturday, October 1, 7:30 opening act, 8:30 main act.
The Cog Railway and Appalachian Mountain Club Offer a
New Natural History Train Tour on Mt. Washington
MARSHFIELD STATION, NH – Join Appalachian Mountain Club Senior Interpretive Naturalist, Nancy Ritger, on the Cog Railway, for a tour of Mount Washington’s amazing natural environment on Monday, August 31. Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, is home to some of the rarest alpine plant-life in the world, existing only in the Presidential Range.
This naturalist tour consists of a round trip ride on the Cog Railway and a three-hour guided tour of the summit. Nancy will lead the group in exploring the tundra environment at the top of the mountain, taking the opportunity to walk down the Crawford Path and observing the adaptations of the plants and animals to live in such a harsh environment. Tour participants will get the chance to observe a variety of alpine species that can be found around the summit cone, from the low-growing krumholtz to the tightly bound cushion plant.
Participants should plan to arrive at the railway base station 45 minutes prior to the 12:30 pm departure time for an introductory session. The round trip tour is approximately 5 hours, returning around 5:30. The cost is $109 per person, ages 12 and over. Participants should be comfortable traversing rocky terrain and dress for mountain-top weather (temperatures at the summit can be 30 degrees colder than at the base), including boots or sturdy shoes, layers, windbreaker, rain gear, gloves, hat, water and snacks.
Space is very limited. Additional information is available at thecog.com. Participants must book in advance by calling 603.278.5404 The Mount Washington Cog Railway is located on Base Station Road, Marshfield Station, NH, 6 miles from Rt. 302 and historic Bretton Woods, NH.
Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast. AMC helps people of all ages and abilities to explore and develop a deep appreciation of the natural world. More information is available about the AMC at http://www.outdoors.org. (To book this special AMC tour, call the railway at 603.278.5404)
The Mount Washington Cog Railway, established in 1869, is the World’s first mountain-climbing cog railway. The Cog is open from April through November, operating both steam and biodiesel locomotives from 2 to 10 trips per day. There is a museum, gifts, food and restrooms at the base and summit.
Columbus Day Sale!
This Weekend October 12th-14th
Saturday – Monday 8:30am – 5pm
Bikes, Boats and Nordic Gear at Great Glen Trails!
Come enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and get a first look at 2014’s hottest new cross country ski equipment. Get it now, so you’re ready for when the snow falls! Previous years ski equipment 25%- 60% off! Plus outdoor clothing, hats, gloves, hydration packs, Smartwool socks and much more all at 25-60% off!
Nordic Equipment and Clothing
Used Nordic Packages $199 – $299
New Nordic Equipment 10% – 70% off
Most bikes are just three months old, well cared for and in good condition! Cannondale / Schwinn Comfort Bikes starting at $250, Kids Kona Mountain Bikes starting at $250, Adult Kona Mountain Bikes starting at $375.
Boats & Accessories
Used Touring and White Water Kayaks for sale starting at $275
Trails are open until October 20th Paddling Trips are available until
Come on up and enjoy the fresh air and scenery!
Live, from North Conway’s Hog Coliseum, it’s “Muddy Night LIVE!!!”
Mud Bowl, the world championships of mud football, returns to North Conway’s Hog Coliseum Friday through Sunday, Sept. 6 through 8, and will celebrate a theme that parodies some of the best skits from NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live” program.
From (land-) Mudsharks and Killer Bees, to Mud Gumbys, the Blues Brothers, and more, the weekend of fun, mud football and family entertainment. Great food, footbal toss games for kids and halftime musical skits also part of the fun.
This year celebrates the 31st annual “Tournament of Mud Parade.” Set for Saturday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. it proceeds from John Fuller Elementary School south down White Mountain Highway in North Conway Village and culminates with team float skits in front of the reviewing stand across from the Conway Scenic Railroad’s North Conway Train Station.
The parade features an open and a team class. Register by Sept. 1 with parade chair Bobbi Steele-Marotta at email@example.com or by calling 496-4404. Parade and event sponsor is Amoskeag Beverage Inc., of Bow, distributors of Lite Beer by Miller.
Ten teams from throughout New England play a good clean game of football in knee-deep mud in the 17-game, double-elimination tournament, culminating in the championship game on Sunday, Sept. 8.
The six-time champion Nashua Mud Gumbys are the defending champions, having defeated the 2005 champion North Shore Mudsharks 12-0 to win their second straight title at the 2012 Mud Bowl. Other teams include the 18-time champion Muddas Football Club of Amherst, the 11-time champion Mount Washington Valley Hogs, the North Country Mud Crocs; the Carrabasset Valley Rats, who founded the sport in 1972 in Kingfield, Maine; the Cumberland (R.I.) Muckaneers, the 2001 champion Merrimack Mudcats of Franklin, N.H.; the Peabody Predators, and the Mud Ducks of Beverly, Mass.
Teams are cheered on by squads of cheerleaders who vie all weekend for team spirit awards.
Proceeds from the zany championships benefit charities in Mount Washington Valley. First held in a corn field in North Conway in 1976, the games have raised nearly $800,000 for charities over the years.
Tickets are on sale in advance at the North Conway Community Center, Hannaford, The Met, the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce and North Conway Day Care. Three-day tickets serve as raffle prize entries. Three-day tickets are $10; day tickets are $6 ages 14 and up, and $4 ages 6 to 13; family tickets (two adults, two children) are $15 per day.
Three-day tickets serve as entry to two $500 prize drawings (one need not be present to win).
For further information, call Jackie Howe at the North Conway Community Center at 356-5213, Ryan Sommer at the North Conway Community Center at 356-2096, or the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce at 356-5701.