MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY SEEKING VOLUNTEER DOCENTS

North Conway, New Hampshire—March 24, 2014—Mount Washington Observatory is seeking volunteers to lead programs at their new Extreme Mount Washington museum on the summit of Mount Washington this summer.

Opening in May 2014, Extreme Mount Washington is an interactive educational experience located in the Mt. Washington State Park Visitor Center. Hands-on, high-tech exhibits will share the science and wonder of a Mount Washington winter—the peak’s most extreme season—with more than 100,000 summer visitors from all over the world. Docent-led programming will offer more in-depth information on topics explored in the exhibits, such as rime ice formation and the work of Mount Washington Observatory.

The volunteer docent position will be based at the Observatory’s mountaintop facility, providing the unique opportunity to live in a real, working weather station atop the tallest peak in the Northeast. Docents will follow the same eight-day shifts as the Mount Washington Observatory weather station crew, working Wednesday to the following Wednesday. Transportation to and from the summit, bunk room accommodations and all meals will be provided.

Requirements for the volunteer position include a cheerful disposition, a passion for education, and a love for working with people. Docents must have a positive attitude and be comfortable living with people of different ages, backgrounds and personalities. A criminal background check will be required, along with a three-day training session in April 2014. The training will be held at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway, New Hampshire, and at the Observatory’s weather station on the summit of Mount Washington. Transportation to the summit will be provided.

Given the summit’s remote location, docents must also meet Mount Washington Observatory’s standard health and safety requirements for summer guests. More information about these requirements may be found on MountWashington.org/Safety.

Interested applicants should send a resume and letter of interest to jobs@mountwashington.org or Mount Washington Observatory, Attn: Docent Program, P.O. Box 2310, North Conway, NH 03860. Applications are due April 4, 2014.

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.

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MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY PRESENTS ‘AN EVENING WITH GOOD MORNING AMERICA METEOROLOGIST AND STORM CHASER GINGER ZEE’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cara Rudio, Director of Advancement
(603) 356-2137, ext. 212 • crudio@mountwashington.org

North Conway, NH — On Friday, April 4 Good Morning America Meteorologist and storm chaser Ginger Zee will light up the stage of the Port City Music Hall in Portland, Maine in an exclusive benefit event for the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory.  Presented by WMTW News 8, the Residence Inn Marriott North Conway and the Mt. Washington Cog Railway with support from Vigilant Capital Management, ‘An Evening with Ginger Zee’ will offer an inside look at the world of storm chasing through the eyes of America’s favorite meteorologist.

“I’ve been fascinated by weather for as long as I can remember,” says Zee, who grew up watching storms over Lake Michigan. “For everything we know, there is still so much we don’t—this is what inspires me to continue learning and pushing the limits as a meteorologist and a storm chaser.”

Recently replacing Sam Champion as Good Morning America’s Chief Meteorologist and Senior Meteorologist for ABC News, Zee is an Emmy award-winning meteorologist and a former member of storm chaser Reed Timmer’s team of experts. Through heart-pounding video and first-person narration, she’ll detail some of her most challenging and frightening experiences in the field.

The evening will also feature a live video connection with Mount Washington Observatory’s famous weather station on the summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire, where Observatory scientists will share what it’s like to live and work in the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather.”

The entire WMTW News 8 First Warning Weather Team will be on hand to meet viewers, and WMTW Meteorologist Roger Griswold will provide opening remarks.

Doors will open at 5:30pm for a cash bar cocktail hour and heavy hors d’oeuvres, followed by the live connection with Mount Washington Observatory at 6:30pm. The feature presentation will begin at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $79 for supporting members of Mount Washington Observatory or $89 for non-members. Preferred seating is available for $99. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit MountWashington.org/Events or call (603) 356-2137, ext. 231.

“Storm chasing and severe weather phenomena capture the attention of academics and adrenaline junkies alike,” says Mount Washington Observatory Executive Director Scot Henley. “Mount Washington Observatory has been living this adventure for more than 80 years, and we’re excited to be partnering with Ginger to offer an inside look at this incredible world.”

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.

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First SnowCoach of Winter 2013 Makes Its Way Up the Mt. Washington Auto Road

(Photo Courtesy Mt. Washington Auto Road)

(Photo Courtesy Mt. Washington Auto Road)

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH- Winter on the Auto Road is officially underway with one of the earliest starts ever to the SnowCoach season. The four massive treads of the unique vehicle easily gripped the fresh snow that covers the Mt. Washington Auto Road, offering a surprisingly smooth surface up to treeline for day one of the 2013 season.

The three SnowCoaches have a team of specially trained drivers, who surely have one of the most unique jobs in the United States-a sentiment echoed by passengers as they rode up and the northern Presidential Range revealed itself. Among the passengers for the inaugural ascent were father and son Peter Reddy, 71, and Patrick Reddy, 39 of Bristol, Connecticut, who cross country skied their way back to the base lodge from treeline. “These mountains are just magnificent and the opportunity to take the SnowCoach up with my Dad and ski down is something not to be missed,” Patrick said. “I’ve been here many times, winter and summer and it is always amazing.”

The SnowCoach is indeed a unique way to travel. These custom built four wheel drive Chevy passenger vans ferry guests up the Auto Road in summer, albeit with four tires instead of the winter treads.  Capable of carrying up to 9 passengers, each trip up the road in a SnowCoach can be as unique as a snowflake, depending on the always interesting weather.

“What’s really terrific about the SnowCoach is that we can take anyone, at any age, into an alpine environment they might never see otherwise. It really is a comfortable adventure for the whole family, in an unforgettable place,” said Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center and Auto Road General Manager, Howie Wemyss.

The SnowCoach tour up Mt. Washington takes approximately 1 ¼ hours and departs daily, weather permitting, on a first come, first served basis. The price for adults is $45, $30 for kids ages 5-12. A Total Trails Ticket ($69) includes a SnowCoach tour as well as an all day trail and tubing pass at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, as well as snowshoe and/or ski rentals.

For more information call the Mt. Washington Auto Road or Great Glen Trails at (603) 466-3988 or online at www.greatglentrails.com

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Busy Winter Season Expected in New Hampshire!

CONTACT:
Mr. Tai Freligh, Communications Manager, NH Division of Travel and Tourism
Email:  tai.freligh@dred.state.nh.us
Phone: (603) 271-2343, Option #2 / Cell: (603) 545-4840  

New Hampshire – Old Man Winter visited New Hampshire early this year, dumping a foot of snow this past weekend and another half a foot this week.  Many ski resorts were able to open early this year and just this past weekend, the state’s more than 7,000 miles of snowmobile trails opened for the season.

Snowmobiling at White Lake State Park on 12/17/13”.  Courtesy NH Division of Parks & Recreation/Grant Klene.

Snowmobiling at White Lake State Park on 12/17/13”. Courtesy NH Division of Parks & Recreation/Grant Klene.

Lori Harnois, director of the Division of Travel and Tourism Development (DTTD), said the state is already on track for a busy season.  “We are expecting about 6.5 million people to come here between now and the end of February and that would be about 5 percent higher than last year,” Harnois said. “More than spending time, these visitors will spend about $891 million, which is up by 7 percent over last year.”

The Institute for New Hampshire Studies compiled the numbers, Harnois said, which are based on  several national indicators which include ski bookings, travel sentiment, weather and the previous year’s activity.

“While most of our winter visitors will be from other New England states, we expect more travelers from New York State and Eastern Canada this year,” said Harnois.  “Enjoying skiing, snowmobiling, shopping and our classic New England scenic beauty top the to-do list this winter!”

Throughout the winter season, New Hampshire tourism will be sharing photos and information on its social media platforms of Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube using the hashtags #NHSnowDay and #WinterInNH.

ABOUT THE DIVISION OF TRAVEL AND TOURISM DEVELOPMENT

The Division of Travel and Tourism Development, as part of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, works with the state’s seven travel regions to increase visitation, travel and visitor expenditures in order to expand business activity and employment throughout the state. The division is responsible for domestic and international advertising and public relations, literature publication and distribution, www.visitnh.gov administration, grant administration and research to monitor and measure the impact of travel and tourism to the state. For more information about New Hampshire tourism, call 603-271-2665 or visit http://www.visitnh.gov.

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WOODEN ROLLER COASTER WILL DEBUT AT STORY LAND FOR THE 2014 SUMMER SEASON!

November 20, 2013 – Glen, NH – Story Land is excited to announce the addition of a one of a kind wooden roller coaster for the 2014 summer season!  Joining Story Land’s popular Polar Coaster, the new coaster, designed and built for Story Land’s unique natural setting by The Gravity Group, LLC in Ohio, is the only wooden roller coaster of its kind in northern New England.  The coaster, named “Roar-O-Saurus” is the major component of Story Land’s new Dinosaur themed section of the park.

“This unique wooden coaster will provide children of all ages the experience and memory of riding their first ‘big’ coaster with Mom or Dad, or vice versa,” explains Story Land’s General Manager Eric Dziedzic.  “Our niche in the theme park industry has always been young families with children 2-12.  Our new coaster will expand that demographic slightly and add to the family memories created here in the Land Where Fantasy Lives.”

Roar-O-Saurus, with a colorful train of 12 passengers is led by Story Land’s newest family member, “Rory” the little Dino with the big roar!  The coaster has a lift height of 40 feet (providing a spectacular view of the surrounding area), sends riders soaring down a first drop of 38.5 feet, features 1,242 feet of track length, and provides riders 12 unique airtime moments.  For the safety of all riders, children must be at least 42” tall to ride.  Visit storylandnh.com for more information.

About Story Land
Story Land, a Palace Entertainment park, is one of the premier family attractions in New England and celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2014.  It is a children’s theme park providing lifelong family memories since 1954.  Story Land is located at 850 NH Route 16 in Glen, NH 03838.  For more information, call (603) 383-4186 or visit storylandnh.com, facebook.com/storylandnh.

About Palace Entertainment
Palace Entertainment owns and operates amusement, water parks, and family entertainment centers nationwide, including Lake Compounce, Water Country, Kennywood, Dutch Wonderland, and Story Land on the east coast, and Raging Waters on the west coast.  The company entertains millions of guests annually and is one of the largest park operators in the United States.  For more information please visit palaceentertainment.com.

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BUFFALO AND TOUGH COOKIE TO APPEAR IN LINCOLN NH DECEMBER 7

LINCOLN, NH -  When hiker Dan Szczesny and his nine-year-old ward, Janelle, first set foot on the trail to Mt. Kearsarge in November 2011, neither of them knew that this easy hike to one of New Hampshire’s most popular mountain tops would change both their lives. But what followed was a hiking odyssey that lasted over a year as the two hikers cross-crossed the state on their way to a 225-mile epic attempt to complete a little-known hiking list called The 52 With a View.

The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie, published by Bondcliff Books of Littleton, is a hiking memoir that chronicles the journey of the author and his young but ambitious hiking partner as this unlikely pair formed a unique and unforgettable bond that transformed both their lives.

On Saturday, December 7, at 7:00 pm, Dan and Janelle will be giving a reading, slide show and book sigining at a free event hosted by the Lincoln Public Library and the Mountain Wanderer Map & Book Store at the Father Roger Bilodeau Community Center, located at 194 Pollard Road in Lincoln.  It is one of a series of author appearances sponsored by the Lincoln Public Library throughout the year.

Patricia Herr, author of last year’s bestselling book Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure, writes in her foreword to the book that “Not only did the two share outdoor adventures, but they forged a friendship that bridged the traditional gaps of age and gender. Theirs is a team not formed of traditional family ties but, instead, an earned and mutual respect. Dan and Janelle are a unique and inspiring duo.”

“It’s about 80 percent memoir and 20 percent guidebook,” said Bondcliff publisher Mike Dickerman. “Dan’s stylish, heartfelt prose is sure to touch the hearts of all readers, whether a peakbagger or an armchair hiker.”

And while The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie takes readers to some special mountains, the book is also a personal memoir and travelogue of two friends. This personal account of what happened when the author and his wife unexpectedly became part-time caretakers of nine-year-old twins is a wonderful meditation on the transformative power of friendship, commitment and the many meanings of family.

Dan, the associate publisher of the weekly Hippo publication in Manchester, is a long-time journalist and writer. He’s a member of the AMC’s 4,000-footer club and has written extensively about the outdoors and hiking. Most recently, he spent a month in Nepal trekking to Everest Base Camp. For more information about the book or the ongoing adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie, go to the book’s website at http://www.52withaview.com.

The event with Dan and Janelle begins at 7:00 pm.  For information and directions to the Community Center call the Lincoln Public Library at 603-745-8159. Admission is free. Copies of the book will be available at the event for purchase and signing by both Dan and Janelle, or by advance order from the Mountain Wanderer, 57 Main Street, Lincoln (www.mountainwanderer.com; 800-745-2707).

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Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race raises more than $15k for Coos County Family Health Services

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH- More than $15,000 was raised and just donated to Coos County Family Health Services (CCFHS) as a result of  the 2013 Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race, which took place in June on the Mt Washington Auto Road.  More than 1,300 dedicated runners came together to face the immense challenge of running up the northeast’s highest peak on one of the toughest eight mile courses in the racing world. While it was a day marked by genuine athletic achievement, thanks to Northeast Delta Dental and the Auto Road, the benefits will be felt long into the future in the local community.

Mt. Washington Auto Road

Pictured in photo: Mt. Washington Auto Road Events Director , Kimberly Hoyt, Northeast Delta Dental Community Relations Mgr., Crystal Carroll and Mt Washington Auto Road General Manager Howie Wemyss present the check to Chief Executive Officer, Adele Woods; President of the Board of Directors, Robert Pelchat; and Loretta Morrissette, RDH, all of Coos County Family Health Services.

“These funds mean the world to our organization and will really help expand the scope of dental services to our patients and community.  It is rare to receive funds to cover dental care for adults, so this will make a huge difference,” noted Adele Woods, CEO of CCFHS.

Coos County Family Health Services serves approximately 15,000 area residents annually. By addressing dental care needs in the clinic rather than in a hospital emergency room it helps defray enormous expenses for patients. This community-based organization provides personalized, comprehensive general and oral healthcare and social services to everyone, regardless of economic status.

Northeast Delta Dental has been the primary sponsor of the Mount Washington Road Race since 2001. Since 1995, the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation has donated nearly $50,000 to support the CCFHS school-based oral health education program, fluoride rinse, and preventive dental services. The center’s status as the new beneficiary of the race is a reminder of the Auto Road’s and Northeast Delta Dental’s extensive ties to the region, and to the race’s commitment to the well-being of the larger community.

“This is a wonderful event for the participants and the organization it supports. Our sponsorship of this race and support of Coos County Family Health Services is all a part of Northeast Delta Dental’s commitment to oral health and well being of North Country residents. Like the Mt Washington Auto Road, we pride ourselves in being a part of this community and look forward to our collaborative and beneficial efforts in the future,” said Kathleen B. Walker, director of marketing & communications at Northeast Delta Dental.

For more information and complete results of the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race visit http://www.mountwashingtonroadrace.com. For more information about the Coos County Family Health Services organization visit http://www.coosfamilyhealth.org.

Media Contact Information:
Mt. Washington Auto Road
Steven Caming
603-466-3988
steven@mtwashingtonautoroad.com

 

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