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All you can eat breakfast hosted by the Jefferson Fireman's Association

JEFFERSON — The Jefferson Fireman's Association will have one of its famous all-you-can-eat breakfasts on, Sunday, Oct. 8, from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall on Route 2 in Jefferson. Breakfast for adults is $8; for children, ages 5 to 12, is $4; kids 4 and under eat for free. The menu will consist of pancakes, blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, home fries, home baked beans, many home-baked pastries, and of course real maple syrup.

Deadline set for 2018 Miss Berlin-Gorham Scholarship Program and the Miss Berlin-Gorham’s Outstanding Teen competition

BERLIN/GORHAM — The 12th annual Miss Berlin-Gorham Scholarship Program will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m. at the Medallion Opera House, Gorham Town Hall, 20 Park St., Gorham. Applications for the scholarship program may be downloaded from the Miss New Hampshire web site at missnh.org. The deadline to enter the Miss Berlin-Gorham competition is Saturday, Oct. 14. There is no entry fee.

In 2017, Miss Berlin-Gorham 2017, Reagan Murphy of Gorham, was awarded $6,600 in scholarships, the fourth highest in the state, from this local competition and the Miss N.H. Scholarship Program. To enter the Miss Berlin-Gorham scholarship program, a young woman must be a U.S. citizen, at least 17 years of age and a high school senior, or may already attend college. She must either be a six-month resident, attend college full time or work full time in any town or unincorporated Township in Coos, Grafton or Carroll County. The maximum age to participate in the pageant is no more than 24 years old on Dec. 31, 2018.

The program is a local preliminary into the 2018 Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program to be held on April 26-28, 2018, in Derry. There will be competitions in private interview, onstage interview, lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit, talent and evening wear.

The new Miss Berlin-Gorham will win at least $5,000 in scholarship funds, the first runner-up will win $500 and the second runner up will win $250. The newly crowned Miss Berlin-Gorham will have the opportunity to make appearances at the Parade of Lights, Santa’s Workshop, Androscoggin Valley Chamber Annual Meeting, Ride In the '50s, Relay for Life, Gorham’s 4th of July Parade and Kiddie Parade, The Princess Ball, Jericho ATV Festival, Wingzilla, River Fire and a host of other local events.

Miss Berlin-Gorham’s Outstanding Teen competition will be held on the same date. The deadline to enter is Saturday, Oct. 14. There is no entry fee. Teens interested in entering the Miss Berlin-Gorham’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program must be a US citizen, at least 13 years of age and in the eighth grade. She must be a six-month resident of the towns or unincorporated places in Coos, Grafton or Carroll County. The maximum age to participate in the pageant is no more than 17 years old on Aug. 31. There will be competitions in private interview, onstage interview, lifestyle and fitness in sportswear, talent and evening wear. A $250 scholarship will be awarded to the winner.

For more information, prospective contestants may contact the director of the Miss Berlin-Gorham Scholarship Program, Denise Vallee, at (603) 723-3421 or the director of the Miss Berlin-Gorham’s Outstanding Teen Program, Lorraine Coulombe, at (603) 723-2862.

Reagan Olivia at GPLPictured from left, Miss Berlin-Gorham 2017, Reagan Murphy of Gorham and Miss Berlin-Gorham Outstanding Teen 2017, Olivia Halle of Gorham. (COURTESY PHOTO)

FILLER: From Scare-the-pants-fff to family friendly Halloween events, Mt Washington Valley offers plenty of ghostly fun

CONWAY — From over-the-top scary to simply sweet and fun, families can find something for everyone’s Halloween hilarity level in Mount Washington Valley. And while it’s hardly scary, the season starts out with plenty of fall pumpkins, apples and family fun at the Fryeburg Fair, Oct. 1-8, filled with rides, crafts, exhibits, live entertainment, fair food and tons of animals.

While spooks are certainly part of the fun, no need to leave the faint-of-heart at home during Halloween season in Mount Washington Valley. The calendar is packed with fun for the whole family, so get into the spirit this Halloween with everything from giant swings to ghosts and ghouls.

Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 29-Oct. 28: Experience the Ghoullog and Haunted Playground at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway: It’s been 10 years of fear as, Cranmore Mountain Resort is transformed into a haunted hallowed ground, offering something for every level of tolerance for the spookiness of the season. The Ghoullog is a 50-minute haunt featuring more than 15,000 square feet of indoor space through a series of dark rooms, scary mazes and unknown places, plus an outdoor element which leads the unsuspecting through the dark woods with all of the scares and screams you can imagine in one haunted attraction. This haunted experience is not for the faint of heart, and is best suited for the older kids. But the Haunted Playground (Cranmore Adventure Center transformed into a Halloween theme) offers plenty of tamer Halloween family fun. Ride the Mountain Coaster, Giant Swing and Soaring Eagle Zip line. All Haunted Playground rides offer a unique night-time experience with special lighting, effects and the occasional ghost or ghoul when you least expect it. Age, height and weight restrictions apply. End the night in the Broken Skull Pub and stop by the Rotting Corpse Gift Shop for a remembrance of the spooky evening. For complete information on the Ghoullog and Haunted Playground, go to theghoullog.com.

Oct. 1-31: Return of the Pumpkin People Self-Guided Tour throughout Mount Washington Valley: Now in its 33rd year the Return of the Pumpkin People returns to delight residents and visitors with pumpkin people located throughout Mount Washington Valley. Take this self-guided tour of more than 80 different locations hosting Pumpkin People displays. The only rule is that the whimsical displays must include pumpkins within each figure. Look for Pumpkin People doing all kinds of things from flying to cooking to deep sea diving. Request your map and People Choice Award ballot by calling the Jackson Chamber of Commerce at (603) 383-9356 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Maps and ballots are also available at any of the participating businesses located throughout the Conway and Jackson Area of New Hampshire. Go to jacksonnh.com/event/1232/Return-of-the-Pumpkin-People.

Oct.15-31: All Things Pumpkin Festival, Jackson: This festival includes two weeks of business open houses, silent auctions, pumpkin tasting tours (check for dates), Return of the Pumpkin People displays the "New England & Jackson Invitational Pumpkin Carving Competition and the “All Things Pumpkin” Chef Competition. On Oct. 21 only, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., take the “All Things Pumpkin Tour” on a horse-drawn sleigh ride through Jackson Village, stopping at five properties (or more) where each rider receives a pumpkin treasure that consists of either a pumpkin edible or keepsake Info: Call (603) 383-9356.

Oct. 20-22 and 27-29: All Aboard the Pumpkin Patch Express, North Conway: During these two October weekends, kids of all ages will not only enjoy riding the Conway Scenic Railroad train ride, but will go home with a hand-picked pumpkin too. On the last two weekends in October, special Halloween trains will go from North Conway to the "Pumpkin Patch" where each child will have the opportunity to select a pumpkin to take home. Costumes are encouraged.

Oct. 20-21 and 27-28: Murder Mystery Dinner Train: Murder and mayhem add to the Halloween spirit on these two weekends, as adults attempt to solve the crime over dinner on the train. Board the train and gather together to celebrate the love of two brothers, three ex-wives, a brand-new bride and a killer thrown in for good measure. At this wedding “forever hold your peace” takes on a whole new meaning for one unlucky guest. The Conway Scenic Railroad presents an evening of fabulous food and entertaining Dinner Theater aboard the elegant dining car Chocorua or Hattie Evans. Passengers can participate as much or as little as they like in the tongue in cheek humor and zany antics that will keep everyone on their toes as they work the clues to determine the killer on board. The train departs promptly at 6 p.m. Plan to board early and enjoy a cocktail in one of our beautiful dining cars. Reservations are required. The $125 fare includes First Class seating for the three-hour train excursion, a four-course dinner, live theatrical performance by Arts in Motion Theater Company, taxes and gratuities. Beverage service is additional. Murder and mayhem is a formal affair, so dress the part and join the fun. This takes Halloween costumes to the next level! Call (800) 232-5251 for reservations or more information.

Oct. 20-22: New England and Jackson Invitational Pumpkin Carving Competition in Jackson: Watch artists take regular pumpkins and carve them into something amazing in Jackson Village Park. Teams start any time after noon on Friday, Oct. 21, continuing through Saturday at 7 p.m., when judging begins. Winners and pumpkin lighting will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Once pumpkins have been lit and on display, the public can purchase their favorite and take it home. Selling of pumpkins will take place throughout Saturday evening and Sunday Oct. 23 until 2 p.m. Info: Additionally, throughout the weekend taste special pumpkin creations and kids can carve and create a uniquely decorated pumpkin and enter it into the kids’ creation competition.

Oct. 21 and 28: Silly, Spooky Halloween Extravaganza at Santa’s Village, Jefferson: Celebrating its 8th season, Santa’s Village will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on these two Saturdays with plenty of family-friendly Halloween fun. Santa is usually here at this time, to see all of the children in costume, and those thinking ahead to Christmas joined by the Silly Nilly Witch of the North stirring her own spooky brew. The entire Santa’s Village Park will be transformed into a magical Halloween adventure. There are "spooky" areas for the older children; some "fun" areas for the younger goblins. Shops cater to the Trick or Treaters, and it's much more fun if you arrive in costume. Even the Silly Helpers are dressed for the occasion. Admission for the entire day is $27 per person, and children three and under are free. Tickets include all the rides and festivities for the day. Last ticket will be sold two hours before closing. Sorry, "Return Passes" are not offered during this event.

Oct. 21: Halloween Town at Purity Spring Resort, East Madison: On Oct. 21, the rustic cabins at the Purity Spring Resort’s Camp Tohkomeupog will be theatrically transformed, each with its own theme, ranging from kid friendly to downright spooky. The cabins make up the Trick or Treat Trail, with over a half-mile of lighted pathways winding throughout the camp. Visitors to Halloween Town are invited to stop at each cabin and grab a Halloween surprise (candy and souvenirs). In addition to the Trick or Treat Trail, the event also features a kid carnival, petting farm, food court, tethered hot air balloon rides, and more! This free event is made possible by the generous sponsors throughout the area. This special event benefits The Laura Foundation for Autism and Epilepsy.

Oct. 28: Haunted Happenings at Settlers Green, North Conway: Trick-or-treat at participating stores at Settlers Green Outlet Village! Kids age 12 and under are welcome to participate, accompanied by an adult. Orange signs (above) in store door windows indicate participating stores. While you’re there, visit the new Streetside expansion with 10 new stores.

Hotels are offering Halloween themed events on weekends leading up to Halloween. At the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa guests can take part in fall and Halloween fun including pumpkin decorating and carving every Saturday in October. There will also be Apple Cider Pressing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Mountain View Farm. On Oct. 31, enjoy Mountain View Grand’s Halloween-themed Harvest Tavern specials, followed by delicious s'mores while telling spooky ghost stories around our evening campfire. At the Omni Mount Washington Resort, spend Halloween Weekend (Oct. 27-29) in the Wicked Woods of the Great North. It’s a weekend of witches’ cauldrons, black cats, superstition, mischievous acts and spooky tales is fun for the entire family. Bring the spooky and cute costumes for the kids in your life; and for the adults get ready for the "Wicked" costume party in The Cave.

While it won’t be quite ready for Halloween, Adventure Suites in North Conway, one of the top 10 themed hotels in the USA, is diligently putting the finishing touches on their newest addition — a $1 million room called the Haunted Castle, scheduled to make its debut in November. This five-level room is the first and only simulated overnight haunted hotel experience in the world, and best of all you’re guaranteed to see a ghost (many of them). Beds will shake, ghosts will appear and disappear, cupboards will open and close, to say nothing of the audio effects being designed for this experience. Adventure Suites has implemented a sophisticated computerized system involving motion sensors, time delays, video, projection pneumatics, lights, audio and more to scare the heck out of guests. The room sleeps up to 18 people. Guests can expect to be haunted, expect to have fun, but can’t expect to get much sleep. Special effects will last throughout the night. Try it after mid-November, if you dare!

To plan your Halloween getaway, visit www.MtWashingtonValley.org. Here you’ll find a master list of events, plus accommodations, dining, shopping, entertainment info and much more. To talk to a vacation concierge, simply call 1 (800) 367-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH). For more information on planning to New Hampshire go to VisitNH.gov.

 

Roy receives recognition at international photo competition

BERLIN — Sarah Roy of Berlin, has received two blue ribbons on an international level for her photographs of the area. The first competition was held though the New Hampshire Professional Photographers Association and the second international competition was held through the Professional Photographers of America.

The first image she submitted, titled “Fading Mill Town,” is of the boom piers across from Brown School in Berlin. It received a blue ribbon at the state and international level.

The second image titled, “Meaningful Memories,” is of a relative's dock located on Umbagog Lake in Maine. This image received a blue ribbon at the state and international level, was named Best in Category for states and received a second award for the category theme Simplicity.

To receive the international awards, Roy’s photos had to meet certain criteria. Judges looked at areas like impact, technical excellence, creativity, style and composition.

Roy is a member of the New Hampshire’s Professional Photographers Association, Professional Photographers of America, and is in the process of becoming a certified professional photographer.

To learn more about Sarah Roy and SonLight Photography go to sonlightphotos.com.

Roy Pic 2"Meaningful Memories." (SARAH ROY PHOTO)

Roy Pic 1"Fading Mill Town." (SARAH ROY PHOTO)

 

30th edition of the 'White Mountain Guide' makes improvements

By Ed Parsons

The new 30th edition of the "White Mountain Guide: AMC's Comprehensive Guide to Hiking Trails in the White Mountain National Forest" has been out for a while. It has improvements over previous editions, and is a good one to get.

The book was compiled and edited by Steve Smith of Lincoln, owner of the Mountain Wanderer Map and Book Store. The maps are the work of AMC cartographer Larry Garland. Both report improvements.

Smith noted that the guidebook is thinner, with 20 less pages, despite having 10,000 more words in it. Hikers generally want the guidebook to become less bulky, and this is a start in the right direction.

Individual trail descriptions begin with a shaded section of trail data that includes cumulative mileage for points along the trail.

The 12 geographic sections of the book are easy to find and return to later, as a black tab for each section is visible externally on the fore edge of the pages, and numbered inside on each page.

Suggested hikes are at the beginning of each section, and icons quickly indicate the characteristics of each of these hikes, including if they are dog friendly. The icon glossary is on the inside front cover.

Smith said there are 16 new trails in the guidebook, totaling 21 miles. He gave a few examples. The Frankenstein Cutoff is a short trail that starts on the west side of Route 302, 0.3 miles south of the Dry River Campground, follows the old road bed and then climbs up to meet the Frankenstein Cliff Trail.

The Trio Trail up in Nash Stream Forest is a new section of the Cohos Trail that connects Pond Brook Falls with the Percy Loop Campsite. In Randolph, the 2-mile Crystal Mine Trail goes up to a mine where crystals were gathered for radios during World War II. The short Bald Cap Peak Ledges Trail is in Shelburne. Maggie’s Run could be an interesting 0.8-mile trail to check out. It follows the attractive Saco River, beginning 2.1 miles south of the Willey House and heads south towards Dry River Campground.

One of Smith’s favorite new trails is Irene’s Path in Waterville Valley. Built in 2014, it replaced a trail that was permanently closed after Hurricane Irene in 2011. Reached via the Livermore Trail and Kettles Path, it is the shortest way to the Waterville Flume, and passes many interesting features and views before reaching the base of the flume, which is a smaller yet impressive version of the more famous Flume.

This is the first post-Irene guidebook after recovery, and there are a number of trail re-locations. A few of these are: Gorge Brook on Mount Moosilaukee, the Pine Island Trail near the Lincoln Brook Visitor’s Center on the Kancamagus Highway, and three locations on the Signal Ridge Trail of Mount Cardigan. Two areas that were massively effected by Irene were the Dry River valley and Rocky Branch valley. The trails there are finally restored, and are now more primitive.

Also some forest service roads that access trails were closed for extended periods after Irene like Jericho Road and Slippery Brook Road. These are reopened.

In Section 12, which is trails in northern New Hampshire, an interesting existing trail added to the new guidebook is the Mount Jasper Trail in Berlin. It goes from the Berlin High School up to a rocky ridge that is in the National Register of Historic Places. Native Americans once mined rhyolite there to make arrowheads and spear points.

Larry Garland is today’s preeminent map maker in the White Mountains and the region. His past and continued work making maps for the "White Mountain Guide" has helped thousands find their way in the mountains.

His maps for the new edition have some presentation changes, and a new look. On the previous maps in the 2012 edition, the White Mountain National Forest was light green and Wilderness Areas dark green. On the new maps, the national forest is light tan and the Wilderness Areas light green. Red trails have been enhanced, and stand out much easier on the new colors in both areas. Also the maps are a littler larger.

Like the guidebook, there is a lot of carryover on the maps, but about a year before a new guidebook comes out, both Smith and Garland get out and walk new and relocated trails for details and location. Smith carries a GPS and notebook, recording descriptions as he goes.

Garland, who is more concerned with exact location, carries an expensive GPS backpack connected to a satellite. It has a data log and hand held computer, has great location accuracy and also allows to capture “attributes,” such as if the land is used for skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and who manages it.

Smith and Garland collaborate through the entire process, but have never hiked together or met on the trail, except once on the newly reopened Rocky Branch Trail. Garland was descending after recording data on the trail to Mount Isolation. Smith was coming up the trail and 5 miles in, recording descriptions. They met auspiciously.

In the acknowledgments section of the guidebook, Smith thanks the large number of people who have contributed information for it. This includes trail clubs, the forest service and many individual hikers. As the owner of the Mountain Wanderer Map and Book Store in Lincoln, he maintains a vast network of folks in the know who constantly update trail info after hiking. He also expresses appreciation for information gleaned online, and especially the website

New England Trail Conditions (newenglandtrailconditions.com).

Many hikers have old AMC Guides that they value and use. I recommend that you add this one to your collection.