Umbagog, Magalloway fishing rules meeting is Thursday

ERROL — The. state Fish and Game Department will host a public information meeting in Errol on Thursday, Aug. 17 to discuss and gather input and suggestions regarding the fishing regulations currently in place for the New Hampshire portions of the Magalloway River and certain portions of the Umbagog Lake and the Upper Androscoggin River. The meeting will take place at the Errol Town Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. 

Fish and Game will use the information gathered at the meeting to determine what, if any fishing regulations changes may be considered in the formal rule-make process. Those waters have resources that are unique and diverse, serving a variety of user groups. The department hopes to conserve these resources to the largest extent possible, while balancing opportunities for all users and interested stakeholders for generations to come. 

New Hampshire's fishing rules may be found on line at www.wildlife.state.nh.us

Welch, Calkins, Streeter and Dunham grab wins at Speedway 51

GROVETON — Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group came alive with the sound of race cars last Saturday night after a rainout the previous week. With other local tracks rained out, several new cars came to challenge the regulars and a pair of them carried the checkered flag when it was all over. Winners on Mom’s of Lancaster Night included Quinney Welch, Derrick Calkins, Kevin Streeter and Jesse Dunham.

It was Round 4 of the North Country Ford Late Models Series and a solid field of 14 cars took the green flag for 75 laps of racing. Lapped traffic played a major part of the race as the leaders had to work a lot of lapped traffic from the ninth lap on. Chip Grenier was at the point when a lapped car jumbled the field allowing Welch to grab the lead. Grenier once again was a lapped traffic victim as Corey Mason boxed him down in turn three to take over the second spot. Welch pulled away from the pack to carry the checkers in the non-stop event. Mason, Grenier, Jeff Marshall and Brendan Moodie completed the top five. Randy Potter and Mason carried qualifying heat checkered flags.

Calkins once again held off multi-feature winner Brendan Moodie in the Perras Ace Hardware Tiger Sportsman 25-lap main event. The pair broke through traffic early and pulled away from the field until the latter part of the event when Mike Clark started to mount a challenge but ran out of time leaving the top five as Calkins, Moodie, Clark, Steve Heitz and Kyle Streeter. Heat wins went to Streeter and Calkins.

A controversial finish in the Caron Fabrication Street Stocks caused a scramble on the final lap when the top two cars of Brett Rowell and Dean Switser Jr. got together in turn four on lap 24. The pair were totally out of control down the front stretch and into turn one where Rowell slammed into Switser in retaliation for the prior incident, thus forcing the field to scatter and sending third place driver, Bunker Hodgdon spinning between turns one and two, coming to a halt and bringing out the caution flag, and a yellow and checkers finish was ordered completing the event. As scoring went to work figuring the final order of finish as they had to revert back to lap 24 scoring. It was deemed that Rowell and Switser Jr. were involved in the caution and Hodgdon was the only car that stopped on the track meaning those three cars were involved and placed at the back of the lead lap cars in the final rundown. The official finishing order was Streeter, Stephen Martin, Kasey Beattie, Dylan Laleme, Allan Birch, Lisa Hodgdon, Rowell, Switser, Bunker Hodgdon and Keri Sicard. Hodgdon won the qualifying event.

Dunham picked up his first career victory in the A.B. Excavating Daredevils 15 lapper as he held off a late race charge by Alexus Call. Cooper French raced home a solid third ahead of Makita Giroux and Tyler Thompson. Heat checkers waved for Dunham and Thompson.

Racing resumes this Saturday, Aug. 19, as the Sign Depot and Pepsi present the Jake McDowell Memorial Street Stock 50, aka “The Jake Race” will be the highlight event of the night. This will be an added laps and added purse event with $300 going to the overall winner of the three segment event. This will be a non-point counting event for the Street Stocks, and double points will be given to the Streets Stocks on championship night, Saturday, Aug. 26. Tiger Sportsman, Daredevils, Cyclones and Angels will also be on the card. Post time is 6 p.m. Admission for adults is $12, seniors and military personnel, $10, teens aged 12-16, $5 and kids 11 and under are free with a paid adult.

For more information on this event and others go to speedway51int.com, or call the track hotline at (802) 266-0240. Speedway 51 is located on Craggy Road in Groveton.

 

 

Welch takes lead in North Country Ford Late Models Series

Speedway51 WelchIt was round four for the North Country Ford Late Models Series and a solid field of 14 cars took the green flag for 75 laps of racing at Speedway 51 on Saturday. Lapped traffic played a major part of the event as the leaders had to work a lot of lapped traffic. Here, eventual winner Quinney Welch (No. 78) gets into the back of eventual runner-up Corey Mason (No. 1). (ALAN PLUMMER PHOTO)

Race to the top of the Rockpile — 45th annual Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb is Saturday

By Donna Marie Dolan

GORHAM — This Saturday, Aug. 19, approximately 600 cyclists will compete in various categories of the 45th Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, according to The VeloNews is the “ride of a lifetime.” Known as the toughest hill climb in the world, this 7.6-mile uphill race to the summit of the highest peak in the northeastern United States is the biggest annual fundraiser for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center. In this event, up to 635 elite professional and amateur cyclists will have the chance to cycle their personal best.

“Look how steep that is. It’s amazing. You don’t realize that when you’re going up it. It’s such a privilege to ride this road,” Eneas Freyre said as he watched riders pass the finish line after he had won the 2015 Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb with an impressive 53-minute ascent. Freyre took advantage of that privilege again in 2016, and cycled to the top in a crushing 52:10 minute ride, earning him the title of overall male winner for the second year in a row.

The top riders in this year’s field include: defending male overall champion Eneas Freyre, 41 of Norwalk, Conn., 2015 (53:00) and 2016 (52:10); and Victoria DiSavino of Buffalo, N.Y., 2016 Mt Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, female champion overall (1:07:32); as well as, Aimee Vasse of Somerville, Mass., former three-time female champion of the Mt Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb. Phil Gaimon, a former American professional road racing cyclist and popular figure on his own YouTube.com series, is also a rider of note.

Phil Gaimon, a former American professional road racing cyclist and popular figure on his own YouTube.com series, is also a rider of note.

The fastest female and male rider to the one-mile mark will receive $750 thanks to Cadence Wealth Management. Tin Mountain Conservation Center awards a $1,500 cash prize for the overall male and female winner; and $5,000 for the all-time record holder. The male record was set in 2002 at 49:24 and female record set in 2000 at 58:14.

Marti Shea and Joe Tonon, a husband and wife team, from Destination Cycling will be the event's announcers. For years, Shea dominated the women’s field at Mount Washington. She has won the Hillclimb four times in (2010-2012 and 2014) and was affectionately named the Queen of the Mountain.

This year’s bike event sponsors include Cadence Wealth Management, Quad Cycles, Bike Reg.Com, Destination Cycling, BKool, Pearl Izumi, MartiShea Coaching, AMC, Finish Line, MT Washington Cycling Club and the local media.

For the privilege of pedaling up the unrelenting grades, cyclists in the Hillclimb pay an entry fee and have the opportunity to raise pledges, which in turn supports Tin Mountain’s great work promoting an appreciation for the natural world while instilling the bedrock principles of sound stewardship and sustainable lifestyles. Last year’s top Tin Mountain Conservation Center pledge raisers were Jonah Thompson ($4,615), Lawrence Beck ($1,100) and Jon Heydenrich, ($1,228).

Tin Mountain staff and trustees and over 100 volunteers, including Mt. Washington Valley Ham radio operators, help make this event possible. All riders and volunteers will be treated to a fabulous lunch thanks to Hart’s Turkey Farm.

The Tin Mountain homepage provides detailed information about registration, pledge sheets, and other useful information: visit www.tinmountain.org (click under events: Mt Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb). For information on race details contact, bike event coordinator Jotham Oliver at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tin Mountain Conservation Center is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit environmental education program that promotes an appreciation of the natural environment among children, adults, and families through hands-on programs in the schools, at camps, and in the community and demonstrates responsible stewardship of natural resources through land protection, research, sustainable forestry, agriculture and energy. For more information on Tin Mountain email Public Relations Manager, Donna Marie Dolan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..