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Plymouth State grad student wins fellowship to study Connecticut River watershed

PLYMOUTH – A Plymouth State University graduate student is spending the next two years studying the Connecticut River watershed after winning a prominent national fellowship. Jonathon Loos received the American Rivers' Anthony A. Lapham River Conservation Fellowship which supports a professional development opportunity for conservation advocacy. Loos is a graduate student in Plymouth State University's Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy program, coordinated by the Center for the Environment. Loos' research will focus on improving local and regional management of floodplain ecosystems.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to have been selected for the Lapham Fellowship and to be able to apply my research to river management and conservation," said Loos. "I'm also eager to engage with American Rivers on the policy process in our nation's capital."

Loos' work is part of a project focused on "Understanding and Valuing Watershed Ecosystem Services in New Hampshire" that is being led by his advisor, Assistant Professor and Ecological Economist Shannon Rogers . Rogers' work is part of NH EPSCoR's statewide "Ecosystems and Society" project funded by the National Science Foundation.

"Jonathon is an excellent student, and I look forward building upon his research success and leveraging the stakeholder connections we have made to further conservation efforts in this region and beyond," noted Rogers. "We are both grateful for the support of PSU, the Center for the Environment and NH EPSCoR in allowing us to build capacity to pursue nationally recognized engaged scholarship."

While at American Rivers, Loos will work on identifying priority areas of wetlands, floodplain forests and intact riparian systems that provide water regulation and flood mitigation services. In addition, an understanding of the environmental values, perceptions of ecosystem services and land management objectives of stakeholder groups will be developed through a process of focus groups, workshops and survey techniques. Loos hopes this work will improve land management and conservation initiatives addressing regional water regulation and hazard mitigating ecosystem services.

"It is exciting to have Jonathon's work as a student carry on at a national organization. Our students develop research projects that are meaningful to the region and Jonathon's success is a wonderful example of this," noted June Hammond Rowan '11EdD, associate director of the Center for the Environment and coordinator of the Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy program.

The Lapham Fellowship Program develops the next generation of conservation leaders, and generates research products that directly support the mission and goals of American Rivers. The fellowship honors the memory of Anthony A. Lapham, who served for many years on the board of American Rivers, including as its chairman.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 08:14

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AARP urges people to take part in paper shredding event

LACONIA — Every day, millions of Americans lose their hard-earned money to identity theft and other types of scams. Last year alone, 12.6 million Americans were struck by identity theft. Protecting your personal information can help reduce your risk of identity theft. That is why AARP New Hampshire and Bank of New Hampshire have teamed up to offer "shred-a-thons" at four locations in the Granite State and one in Laconia.

The free paper shredding day will take place on Saturday, April 18 frlom 9 a.m. to noon at the Bank of New Hampshire; 62 Pleasant Street; Laconia.

The public can bring their boxes or bags of documents – bank statements, cancelled checks, credit card junk mail, receipts with identifying information and more – for shredding. Documents should be free of large binder clips; staples and paper clips don't need to be removed.

Identity theft affects everyone, young and old. A top prevention strategy for minimizing the risk of identity theft is to shred personal documents.

Con artists still billions every year and AARP is fighting back with the AARP Fraud Watch Network. It provides resources to help people spot and avoid identity theft and fraud in order to protect themselves and their family. It's free of charge for everyone. Get Watchdog Alerts and stay up to date on con artists' latest tricks by going to www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetowrk

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‘Touch a Tractor’ at Moulton Farm on April 11

MEREDITH — Children and adults are invited to explore tractors and other equipment used at Moulton Farm on Saturday, April 11 from 9 to noon during the Meredith farm's "Touch a Tractor" event. This free event was inspired by the questions of many adults and children who visit the farm.

"When I get thank you notes from children who have visited the farm they often include their drawing of a tractor. It's the thing they are most curious about at the farm," says Moulton with a smile. "That curiosity is not limited to the youngsters either. At our farm dinners we get many questions about the tractors from men and women."

At this event the public can touch the tractors, sit on some of them, take pictures, learn how they are used on the farm, and talk with some of the staff who use them at the farm. Some of the equipment used with the tractors, including the pieces used to plant the farm's popular corn maze, will also be available for visitors to look at.

In addition to the current tractors used in the farm's fields, there will be at least one antique tractor and possibly more at the event. "My dad's 1946 Ford 2N tractor will definitely be there," says Moulton. "I rode on that tractor from an early age and learned to drive it long before I could drive a car. It's still my favorite tractor."

Moulton Farm is located at 18 Quarry Road off Route 25 in Meredith. The farm practices sustainable agriculture and is dedicated to providing the highest quality fruits and vegetables while preserving its rich soil for future generations. In addition to growing its own produce, the farm offers plants, garden supplies, baked goods and a quality selection of seafood, meats, dairy products and other items from northern New England producers.

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Seasonal jobs & opportunities fair held in Plymouth on April 2

PLYMOUTH — As part of her commitment to helping create jobs and opportunity for middle class families, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) will host a Jobs Fair in Plymouth on Thursday, April 2 to help connect local residents with employment opportunities throughout the Granite State.

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Flying Monkey Performance Center on Main Street, and will feature employers from the hospitality, tourism, and recreation industries, among others. Participating employers will include Whale's Tale Waterpark, Polar Caves, The Common Man, Mountain Club on Loon Resort and Spa, Sealite USA, Tender Corporation, and many others. The event is free and open to the public, and all job seekers in the region are invited to attend.

Since first taking office, Kuster has prioritized efforts to foster job creation, grow the economy, and improve workforce development. The Plymouth Jobs Fair will give residents an opportunity to learn about new openings in the area, and will provide attendees with a chance to visit with the Congresswoman.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 08:01

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