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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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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.

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!

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.

Eastern Slope branch of the New England Ski Museum opens in North Conway Village

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.

Gibson Center Seniors Learn About and Experience A Recreation Path

On  Friday, October 27 the  MWV Trails Association Rec Path Committee and Community Outreach Committee hosted the Gibson Center for Senior Services on a tour of the Mountain Division Trail in Fryeburg.

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Sally McMurdo, Marianne Borowski, Doug and Candy Armstrong, Tim Scott, and Jill Reynolds, program director for the Gibson Center
discussed what rec paths are, who uses them, and why, with a special presentation and discussion of the current North Conway Rec path project and capital campaign progress.

Along the way on North South Road, Rec Path Committee members pointed out where the North Conway Path will go. At the Visitor’s Center in Fryeburg, 4 seniors and volunteers walked the trail for about 40 minutes, talking about the benefits of such a rec path and the challenges of building one.

For more information visit MWV Trails Association.

The Twelfth Annual Miss Berlin-Gorham Scholarship Program November 4

 

The six contestants competing to become Miss Berlin-Gorham on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 will share more than $5,000 in scholarships available through generous sponsorships of this year’s competition.

Reagan Murphy, Miss Berlin Gorham 2017.

The Twelfth Annual Miss Berlin-Gorham Scholarship Program will begin at 4 p.m. in the Medallion Opera House at the Gorham Town Hall.  Tickets will be $12/Adult, $5 for Seniors over 65 and Students under 18.  The program is the local preliminary for the next Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program to be held April 26th through April 28, 2018 at Pinkerton Academy in Derry.  The Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program awarded over $70,000 in scholarships to young women in New Hampshire at the 2017 Program, making it the largest scholarship program for women in this state.  The numerous volunteers and sponsors make it all possible.

The public is invited to attend the event and enjoy the evening’s entertainment.  Miss NH 2017, Lauren Percy will emcee along with Max Sjostrom who will also be performing.  Kenzie Goode, Miss NH’s Outstanding Teen 2017 will be performing.  Reagan Murphy, Miss Berlin-Gorham 2017, will be singing and Miss Berlin-Gorham’s Outstanding Teen 2017, Olivia Halle will be dancing.  Heather Vashaw of the Miss Heather’s Dance Company in Berlin has choreographed the opening number.  Mallory Coulombe Vincent (Miss B-G 2013) and Jessica Dickerson, will provide the audit services for the program.  Tickets will be sold at the door for $12 each, $5 for seniors (65+) and students (under 18).

The winner of the November 4th competition will receive a $5,000 scholarship, the first runner up will receive $500 and the second runner up will receive $250. The Outstanding Teen winner will receive $250.  We will also be giving a People’s Choice Award.  These scholarships are made possible by the generous support of the program sponsors:  Mount Washington Auto Road, Royalty Inn and the Town of Gorham, AutoNorth Preowned Superstore, Town & Country Resort, Rob Bolash Custom Builders, Berlin Marketplace, North Country Dental, Clermont Trucking, Inc., Gorham House Florist, Hall of Greetings, Inc., Subway, OC Nails and J’s Corner Restaurant.

The contestants for Miss Berlin-Gorham 2018 are: Bonnie Burke of Berlin, a Senior at UNH and daughter of Elena and John Burke; Megan Cunningham of Lisbon, attending Husson University and daughter of Gregory and Susan Cunningham; Kayleigh Heard of Twin Mountain, attending Southern NH University and daughter of Felicia Heard; MacKenzie Herlihy of Tamworth, attending Southern Maine Community College, daughter of Thomas and Alexandra Herlihy; Ashley Marsh of Laconia, attending Plymouth State University and daughter of Dawn Marsh and Josie Pearce of Hanover, attending Dartmouth College and daughter of Kevin and Tracy Pearce.

The contestants for Miss Berlin Gorham’s Outstanding Teen 2014 are Brianna Goldblatt of Conway, attending Kennett High School, daughter of Eric and Terry Goldblatt; Riley Griffin of Canaan, attending Mascoma Regional High School, daughter of Eric Griffin and Rebecca Gobille; Mia Letourneau of Berlin, attending Berlin Junior High School and daughter of Steven and Lauren Letourneau.

The winner of the Miss Berlin-Gorham’s Outstanding Teen will go on to compete February 9-11, 2018.

2017 Seven to Save Designation for St. Joseph Church Building

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 normiejoe@gmail.com.

FRYEBURG ACADEMY PRESENTS GODSPELL 2012

Fryeburg Academy presents its 2017 All-School Musical, Godspell 2012, at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center on November 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at 7:00 pm. Injected with contemporary references and dazzling new arrangements, Godspell 2012 is a masterful retelling of the original musical sensation. Godspell was the first major musical theater offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award-winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, “Day by Day,” Godspell features a parade of beloved songs.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Pre-order online at fryeburgacademy.org/pac, or call the box office at 207-935-9232. The LHE/PAC is located at 18 Bradley Street in Fryeburg, Maine.

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

North Conway Library’s Book Group reads “The House Girl” by Tara Conklin on February 9

noco-public-libraryNORTH CONWAY—  The North Conway Library’s Book Group is reading “The House Girl” by Tara Conklin and will discuss it on Thursday, February 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the library.

This is an open book discussion group. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are a library member.

The Library Book Group reads both fiction and nonfiction and meets on the SECOND Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the library in North Conway Village.

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The House Girl is an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia.

Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre–Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, The House Girl follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine.

Featuring two remarkable, unforgettable heroines, Tara Conklin’s The House Girl is riveting and powerful, literary fiction at its very best.

Check the library’s website at www.NorthConwayLibrary.com for more information or call the North Conway Library at 603-356-2961 to reserve your copy of “The House Girl.”