Charlestown Man Pleads Guilty to Theft by Deception

A Charlestown man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Cheshire County Superior Court to two class-A misdemeanor charges of Theft by Deception.

Douglas Ring 43 was doing business as Riverside Pools and Spas of Claremont in the summer of 2015 when he took a $12,000 deposit from a customer to order and install an in-ground pool. He also accepted a $5,800 from another customer for a spa.  Ring never ordered the pool or the spa and used the deposit money to pay bills and expenses. When asked refunds Ring deceived the customers citing untrue reasons for the delays. Ring did not provide any refund to the customers and Riverside Pools and Spas closed in August 2015.

Ring was sentenced to 2 concurrent sentences of 12 months in the House of Corrections, both suspended for 2 years and 2 years of probation. The sentences are suspended conditioned on Mr. Ring’s good behavior and paying restitution to the victims.


Dartmouth College to Award Nine Honorary Degrees

Dartmouth College will award nine honorary degrees at its 2017 commencement on June 11 on the Green.

The Honorary Degrees will recognize nine accomplished men and women in various fields.  Among those receiving the honorary degrees will be journalist and CNN news anchor Jake Tapper ’91 who will deliver the main commencement address.

The other honorary degree recipients are Shaikha Dana Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, founder of the American University of Kuwait.  Frances Arnold, professor of chemical engineering, biochemistry, and bioengineering. Abbey D’Agostino ’14, NCAA champion runner and Olympic athlete.  Bob ’57 and Dottie King  philanthropists, Jim Sinegal co-founder of Costco Wholesale Corp. Anna Deavere Smith, actress, playwright, and teacher.   C. Fordham von Reyn ’67, professor and director of DarDar International Programs…

Dartmouth typically awards about 1,000 bachelor’s degrees and 600 masters and doctoral degrees in the arts and sciences and from the College’s three professional schools: the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business.


National Geographic Names NH Hike as One of World’s Best

National Geographic named Franconia Ridge Loop/Traverse in New Hampshire as one of the top twenty hikes in the world.  The Franconia Ridge knife edge in New Hampshire was picked by Jonathan Waterman an author, photographer, adventurer, and activist.  It was the only trail on the east coast to make the prestigious list and part of nine trails listed for the US.  Other trails that made the 20 best hikes in the world are:

  1. Tour du Mont Blanc, France, Italy, and Switzerland
  2. Sierra High Route, California
  3. Laugavegurinn/Fimmvörðuháls Pass, Iceland
  4. Te Araroa Trail, New Zealand
  5. The Sir Samuel and Lady Florence Baker Historical Trail, South Sudan to Uganda
  6. Franconia Ridge Loop/Traverse, New Hampshire
  7. Pacific Crest Trail, California, Oregon, and Washington
  8. Caribou Tracks, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska
  9. Dosewallips to Lake Quinault, Olympic National Park, Washington
  10. Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal
  11. Winter Tour, Bozeman, Montana, to Jackson, Wyoming
  12. Urique-Batopilas Trail, Copper Canyon, Mexico
  13. Snowman Trek, Bhutan
  14. Kings Peak, Utah
  15. Solomon Gulch Trail, Valdez, Alaska
  16. Overland Track in Tasmania, Australia
  17. Oregon Desert Trail
  18. MacLehose Trail, New Territories, Hong Kong
  19. The Long Range Traverse, Newfoundland, Canada
  20. The Ancascocha Trail, Peru

You can read more about the Franconia Ridge Loop/Traverse by going to


Grafton County Ranks Third in Healthiest Counties

Grafton County ranked third in health among the 10 NH counties according to the eighth annual County Health Rankings. The rankings were recently released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Of particular note were Grafton County’s #1 rankings among New Hampshire counties for both clinical care and physical environment.

The Public Health Council of the Upper Valley is working with regional partners to address the health outcomes, health factors, policies and programs identified by the Rankings. Specific priorities are defined in the Upper Valley Public Health Region’s Community Health Improvement Plan and include:

  1. Preparing for emergencies, planning and exercising to quickly distribute medications to residents.
  2. Impacting substance misuse by implementing prevention programs.
  3. Promoting healthy weight and relieving food insecurity and improving oral health in the Upper Valley

The County Health Rankings are available at


Traffic Pattern Change on Route 103B in Sunapee

Those traveling on Route 103 B in Sunapee please note a traffic pattern change. Effective immediately the traffic pattern has changed at the bridge repair site on Route 103B.

The Stop Sign is posted for northbound traffic, towards Sunapee village.

The Yield Sign is posted for southbound traffic towards Mt. Sunapee. Both are clearly posted and have advance warning signs.

Please use reduced speed when approaching the bridge work zone and be courteous of workers in the area.