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FRANCONIA, N.H. – The Town of Franconia is preparing for a 250-year celebration. Settled in 1763, the semiquincentennial anniversary will be celebrated in 2023. The Franconia Select Board recently appointed Kevin Johnson, a resident of Franconia, as the chairperson of the town’s planning committee for the event.

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Carolyn Jean Shea Young, 79, of Sugar Hill, N.H., died on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon. She was born in Quincy, Mass., the daughter of Frank and Evelyn (Christie) Shea. She attended local schools and graduated from Quincy High School in 1960. She went on to Plymouth Teachers College (Now PSU) and earned a degree in elementary education. She came to Sugar Hill as a Nanny for the MacEwan family and would travel by train every summer for the Calgary Stampede. At 18 years old she met Gary and they fell in love. Two years later they married in 1962. They recently celebrated their 59th anniversary. She was a math teacher at the Lafayette and Bethlehem Elementary School always asking “what is a million?”. She worked for the NH State Park for over 50 years as well as Harmon Cheese Store. She was a member of the Sugar Hill Willing Workers. She was a fan of any professional Boston sports, a devout cheerleader of her grandchildren, and she knew the rules of all sports and wasn’t afraid to let you know even at local school events. She was a communicant of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church where she also served as a member of the NH Catholic Daughters of the America’s.

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While residents of Franconia expressed gratitude to an anonymous donor at last week’s public hearing to accept funding toward a planned new welcome center in town, they also expressed concern about what would happen if the project came in over budget, legalese and the timing of the construction, yet to be put out for bid.