Black Cap Grille in North Conway has generously offered to donate 10% of each participating dining party’s check on Thursday, October 25 to One Book One Valley, the same evening as Ty Gagne’s talk at Kennett High School. Serving begins at 5:00 pm, and reservations are not accepted.
If you aren’t planning on dining out, but wish to contribute to this program, donations will be gratefully accepted by the Friends of Conway Public Library, the not-for-profit 501(c)3 fiscal agent for One Book One Valley.
As readers of Where You’ll Find Me know, the search and rescue mission described in the book highlights the critical need for trained volunteers and professionals to manage these complex and challenging rescues. Ty Gagne, author of this year’s book, has asked that his speaking fee be donated to Mountain Rescue Service (MRS) and the Androscoggin Valley Search & Rescue (ASVAR). For readers who wish to support the MRS or ASVAR personally, there will be a donation jar at Gagne’s talk at Kennett High School on October 25th. Tax deductible donations to either organization can mailed or sent online using information posted on their websites: http://www.nhmrs.org/donations/ and https://avsarnh.org/donations/
New Hampshire Fish & Game supports its rescue-related expenses with the sale of Hike Safe cards. You can purchase one at https://wildlife.state.nh.us/safe/
On Tuesday, October 23 at 6:00 pm, Brownfield Public Library will host a talk by Joan Veilleux, volunteer for Androscoggin Valley Search & Rescue and Mountain Rescue Service, on what it is like to be part of a rescue team in the White Mountains. She will present with candor and suspense, incredible and moving stories from some her colleagues who have dedicated their lives to saving others. In addition, she will share stories the wives of some of these rescuers and the story of a friend who was rescued.
Joan Veilleux is a mountain guide, park ranger and storyteller formerly from Brownfield, ME. In 2003, while working as a naturalist for the AMC, Joan discovered a love for storytelling. In the evenings at the Highland Center Lodge and on the trail she told stories of the history of Crawford Notch and the White Mountains.
Since then Joan has presented on numerous occasions with the Mountain Story Teller’s guild and the US Forest Service at campgrounds, libraries, coffee shops and fundraisers in and around the Mount Washington Valley. For the last 18 years Joan has worked as a mountain guide in all seasons, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and in Acadia National Park. She enjoys telling stories with her clients on and off the trail.