MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY SUPPORTS THE NATION’S VIRTUAL CLASSROOMS BY PROVIDING FREE DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMS

Contact: Krissy Fraser, Brand Manager
(603) 356-2137, ext. 231
KFraser@mountwashington.org

Hear from the scientists living and working on the summit of Mount Washington 

North Conway, NH – September 29, 2020 –  The non-profit Mount Washington Observatory (MWO) will offer free distance learning programs each week to support educators in their vital need for virtual classroom programs.  Students and weather enthusiasts can connect live to the highest peak in the Northeastern US, Mount Washington, New Hampshire, as Weather Observers and Education Specialists at MWO present via Zoom in sessions called “Home of the World’s Worst Weather Live.”

“The pandemic has upended so much of the way teachers have been able to keep engaged with their students, so we are pleased that we can be a part of the solution in providing flexible, accessible and relevant science content,” said Director of Science and Education Brian Fitzgerald. “We are bringing our scientist directly into homes and classrooms and giving students first-hand knowledge and experiences about our work in weather and climate.”

Programs will be offered every Monday at 11:15 AM Eastern from October 2020 – May 2021. The programs are targeted for grades 6-8 and expand on MWO’s well-established distance learning program that connects students across the country to the excitement and science taking place on the summit of Mount Washington.

Program content will cover topics including weather, climate and climate change through the context of Mount Washington and the Mount Washington Observatory. Programs will be approximately 30 minutes in length including time for a Q&A session. There will also be an opportunity for viewers and educators to suggest topics for discussion.

Live programs will be uploaded to MWO’s website at mountwashington.org/classroom for use outside the regularly scheduled time. Additionally, the site will provide resources and activities related to the science of weather. 

For more information about this program visit mountwashington.org or to be kept up-to-date on the latest program topics.

About Mount Washington Observatory:

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth’s weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements from its weather station on the summit of Mount Washington, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit MountWashington.org.

Maple Syrup in the Mt. Washington Valley

The great debate over real or imitation maple syrup is happening at breakfast tables around the world. And while this argument of preference may endure for years to come, when it comes to Maple Syrup, the folks of Mt. Washington Valley will enthusiastically agree, we only want the real thing.

Maple Sugaring in the Mt. Washington Valley is a point of pride in our part of New England. Maple Trees are one of the main architects of our fall foliage season in Mt. Washington Valley, gifting us with crimson red leaves. They also provide a free flow of sap in spring, which is then turned into the coveted Maple Syrup we have pledged our allegiance to. We have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to these deciduous trees.

And thankful we are. To show our gratitude, the Mt. Washington Valley offers maple themed activities, events, dining experiences and more to share the authenticity of this New England staple as well as educate the public on what it takes to cultivate Maple Syrup.

Below is a small sampling of maple themed ideas to plan around a getaway in Mt. Washington Valley this March.

Take a self-guided tour the Maple Storybook Trail which begins near the Sugar Shack in the 100 Acre Wood. Located in Intervale, NH, the Sugar Shack opens up to a trail network where you can snow-shoe, walk your dog, go for a peaceful walk or cross-country ski. As you explore the 100 Acre Wood, you’ll see a network of tubes that run between the Maple Trees. The sap that flows from each tree runs back to the sugar shack where it is boiled and processed into Maple Syrup.

Once you make your way back to the entrance of the wood, if there is steam rolling out of the Sugar Shack, step inside for a firsthand look of the historic and innovative process of turning sap into maple syrup. You’ll get to talk to the makers of the syrup and learn anecdotal facts about the love and care that goes into making this liquid gold. Group Educational Tours for all ages during Maple Season are available during mid-week. With a suggested donation of $25 per class/group, proceeds benefit the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation. Reservations for group tours are suggested. Please call 603-356-9980 to schedule.

Learn how to tap your own trees with Remick Farm in its Maple Syrup DIY class! Start out in its Sugarhouse where you will spend the day as a syrup maker’s apprentice. At the end of the day, you will leave with hands-on knowledge of how to produce your own maple syrup and a sample of the syrup you helped produce. In addition, participants will create maple treats while waiting for the sap to boil down. Tree identification, sap collection and storage, boiling and filtering and grading and regulations are all topics that are covered during this workshop. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with the process of making Maple Syrup.

Remick Farm also offers a NH Maple Weekend on March 21st and 22nd. The farm has also introduced a new series called “Young Farmers” which helps you and your child explore the seasons on the Remick farmstead through themed activities. Most lessons include time outside, a craft, and a story. On March 7th, the theme of the “Young Farmers” program is Maple Syrup. Participants will learn about the trees necessary for good maple syrup, learn how it is collected and made by completing a maze and enjoying a craft and story about the sugaring process.

Lodging in the Mt. Washington Valley also goes beyond just providing a comfortable bed to sleep in! They also offer Maple Syrup themed vacation packages! Each lodging property adds its own unique spin on its Maple themed getaways, but one thing is for sure, you’ll get an inside look at how maple syrup is made, a sampling of sweet treats, a special dining experience and more. Click here for a link to Maple Syrup themed vacation packages.

Also be sure to check out the Bed and Breakfasts Inn Mt. Washington, for a complete list of lodging properties participating in March Maple Madness getaways.

A trip to Mt. Washington Valley during maple season isn’t complete without taking some home with you! True New England made maple syrup is such a gift and a unique way to share your trip with loved ones. (But we won’t tell if you decide to keep the goodies all for yourself, either!)

A stop at Zeb’s General Store in North Conway offers the best array of New England made products, including maple syrup, maple candies, beverages, sauces and more! Soyfire Candle offers clean burning candles made with organic ingredients, including a maple scented line! Bavarian Chocolate Haus offers maple sweet treats and you can even watch the chocolatier hand-dip candies when you stop in the store! White Mountain Cupcakeryhas its own take on a maple themed cupcake and be sure to stop by the Mt. Washington Valley’s cafe’s for a take on a Maple Latte!

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We took a trip to Africa with the North Conway Public Library

The North Conway Public Library hosted a wonderful series of lectures through the winter. The last one featured local residents, Ed and Kathy Bergeron, who shared their experiences and photographs from a safari through Kenya and Tanzania, Africa.

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.

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.

Eggs & Issues Business Leaders’ Breakfast

The Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council  presents

TOM HOLMES

Conway Town Manger

Brown Wooden Mallet Near Brown Chicken Egg

 Please join us at the next Eggs & Issues Business Leaders’ Breakfast, Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 8:30  featuring Conway Town Manager Tom Holmes as he discusses upcoming warrant articles. 

 

We hope to see you there! 

 

To register on line, click here.

For questions contact Susie Hall-Kennett at
447-6622 , or email – susie@mwvec.com.

Suggested donation $10.00

 

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.

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

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.

Granite State College Ranks #1 in New Hampshire and #13 in U.S. for Best Colleges for Adult Learners

Granite State College has once again captured a top spot in Washington Monthly’s Best Colleges for Adult Learners. Nationwide, Granite State College ranks #13; among institutions in New Hampshire, the College has secured the #1 position.
Approximately 40 percent of college students in the U.S. are aged 25 or older, according to Washington Monthly. In 2016, this prompted the publication to launch a first-of-its-kind ranking of four-year and two-year colleges that do the best job of serving adult learners. Now in its second year, these rankings provide nontraditional students with an important resource in evaluating their college options.
“Our mission reflects a commitment to serve working adults. Granite State College’s faculty and staff create high-quality programs for our students, ensuring both flexibility and affordability, and providing support for these students to succeed. While acknowledgment from Washington Monthly is appreciated, the success of our students remains the more important measure of our work,” shared Mark Rubinstein, president of Granite State College.
According to the editors, seven metrics are analyzed to develop the Best Colleges for Adult Learners rankings: ease of transfer, flexibility of programs, services available for adult students, percent of adult students (age 25+), mean earnings of adult students ten years after entering college, loan repayment rates of adult students five years after entering repayment, and tuition and fees for in-district students. To view the complete rankings, please visit Washington Monthly.
Granite State College is the largest public provider of online courses in New Hampshire. For more information, visit granite.edu.
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With a focus on adult students, as well as other individuals who seek a flexible learning environment, Granite State College provides comprehensive access to higher education. This commitment to access is best illustrated through its 365/24/7 online presence and network of statewide locations. The ability for Granite State to meet students where they are presents the opportunity to achieve an affordable college education while balancing life’s other responsibilities such as work, family, and community obligations. With an associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, post-baccalaureate programs for teachers, credit for prior learning, and a variety of transfer opportunities, Granite State emphasizes practical and relevant areas of study that are responsive to the workforce development needs of New Hampshire’s economy.