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Soak up the rain program assists homweowners with managing runoff

MEREDITH — It's been a long, long, long winter, and homeowners everywhere are looking forward to planting their flower and vegetable gardens, as well as raking and cleaning up leaves, twigs, and sand left over from the fall and winter. Spring! A time of re-birth, budding trees, the return of birds, snow melt and spring rains.

Unfortunately, all those snow banks along roads and driveways, and snow piles in parking lots are not just snow. They contain sand and salt, and other pollutants, which, when the snow melts, get carried along in the melt water to roads, storm drains and streams. Stormwater from rain can also lead to water pollution in streams, ponds, and lakes, as it carries pollutants washed off from roofs, driveways, parking lots, and roads.

Now is a good time to assess your property and fix erosion and water runoff issues. By installing rain gardens, rain barrels, infiltration trenches, and other low-cost practices, residents can reduce their stormwater footprint and feel good about making a positive contribution toward clean water in their community by literally 'soaking up the rain'.

Stop by the Meredith Public Library to view the 'Soak up the Rain' display and pick up some 'Do it Yourself' stormwater practice guides. You can also determine your property's stormwater footprint by signing up for a one on one property assessment with Alec Dunlap, an Inter-Lakes High School senior, who is assisting the Lake Winnipesaukee Association with the Soak up the Rain program in Meredith as part of an internship arranged by Allison Duffield, Executive Director of the Career Partnership Program at Inter-Lakes High School. The display will be up at the library until May 8th.

Adapted from the NH Department of Environmental Services 'NH Residential Loading Model', the Stormwater Footprint Calculator (What's Your P?) is an online tool that allows a homeowner to not only determine their stormwater footprint, but also potential reductions in pollutant load from the installation of stormwater treatment practices. The 'What's your P? calculator was developed by GreenInfo Network for the Lake Winnipesaukee Association (LWA) through funding obtained from the Samuel P. Pardoe Foundation, and can be found at http://winnipesaukeegateway.org/resources/phosphorus-calculator/.

Those who are interested in a one-on-one walk-through of the on-line "What's Your P?" tool tailored specifically for their property, may sign up at the library to schedule a meeting with Dunlap. Alec will be available at the Meredith Public Library on Monday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, from 11 am to 12:30 p.m., and Wednesday, May 6, from 9 am to 10:30 am. The length of the one-on-one session is up to the landowner.

The SOAK program is managed by the NHDES Watershed Assistance Section. The program trains local organizations to work with property owners to install clean water practices. As a SOAK partner, the Lake Winnipesaukee Association will be holding several workshops this spring to assist individuals and homeowners learn how to soak up the rain on their properties. For more information about SoakNH, visit the SoakNH website at http://soaknh.org/ or contact Pat Tarpey at the Lake Winnipesaukee Association at 581-6632.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 06:48

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AutoServ dealerships hosting AARP safe driving course

 

TILTON — AutoServ is hosting an AARP  "Smart Driver'' course on Friday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be a lunch break so participants are welcome to buy lunch in the AutoServ café located at the dealership or bring lunch on their own.

This course can be used for point reduction and some NH insurances companies will give discount for attending class.

Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. The fee can be paid to the instructor on the day the class is held.

Contact Carolyn at 729-1120 to register or for more information.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 06:44

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Laconia Christian Academy student receives exclusive ski award

FRANCONIA — The Franconia Ski Club awarded Laconia Christian Academy fifth grader Morgan McCarthy, of Gilford, with the Ronnie Berlack Award, which was created this year in memory of a skier who died this winter in an accident.

On January 5, Berlack age 20, and fellow skier Bryce Astle 19, perished after being caught in an avalanche in Austria. The loss was significant to the local ski community, as before venturing off to Burke Mountain Academy and the U.S. Ski Team, Berlack began his ski racing career at Franconia Ski Club. At the end of this ski season the club added the Ronnie Berlack Award to the list of awards they give out to top skiers. This award was meant to epitomize the essence of Berlack's spirit and to recognize an athlete who had the same drive, passion, and love for skiing as Berlack did, who also understood and embraced the lightness, innocence, and positivity of life.

Upon looking at these criteria, the club chose McCarthy, who is noted for his eagerness to succeed on the ski slopes, as well as his positive attitude and zeal to learn. The ski club was honored to award this to McCarthy as these traits not only distinguish him as an outstanding athlete, but also a man who embodies the same passion and drive that Berlack possessed.

Paige Roberts, Franconia Ski Club coach said, "Morgan McCarthy fits all these criterion and more. Morgan's love for skiing is unlike any other. His eagerness to succeed combined with his positive attitude and zeal to learn will undoubtedly lead him to achieving his dreams. We, at Franconia Ski Club, consider ourselves lucky to be surrounded by so many talented and enthusiastic young ski racers like Morgan. He truly represents not only what we hope to instill within our athletes, but also what Ronnie Berlack instilled within himself. It was, and still is, with great pride that we presented this award to Morgan McCarthy, and we congratulate him wholeheartedly."

Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 08:04

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Gorst calligraphy featured in morgan library and museum exhibit

BELMONT — Karen Gorst, a Belmont resident, has her calligraphy exhibited at prestigious The Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan until May 3. The exhibit, "Hebrew Illumination for Our Time," features "The Rose Haggadah," a one-of-a-kind, luxury Haggadah

. Commissioned by Joanna S. and Daniel Rose of New York City " it is written in Hebrew and English hand calligraphy. A Haggadah is a Passover Seder book used for the annual celebration of Passover. Karen Gorst, a world renown calligrapher and manuscript illuminator, was one of three artists who worked on "The Rose Haggadah." The production took a little over two years. Ms. Gorst lettered the English text and was the production consultant for the illuminated book. Keeping with millennia old traditions, the Hagaddah is fully illuminated using gold, silver and platinum leaf and the pages are the finest vellum, specially prepared calf skin.

Although The Morgan is famous for its treasury of illuminated manuscripts, this is the first Hebrew illuminated manuscript in The Morgan's collection. It is also the first illuminated book with work by two living women artists in their collection. This luxury hand made Hagaddah is unbound for the exhibit and all of the folios are displayed. After the exhibit, the Haggadah will be hand bound. The Rose family has gifted The Rose Haggadah to The Morgan Library and Museum's permanent collection.

On Sunday May 3, Ms. Gorst will give a calligraphy demonstration at The Morgan's Spring Family Fair. For those unable to go to New York, Ms. Gorst has a video about the making of "The Rose Haggadah," on her website www.gorststudio.com. A digital copy of "The Rose Haggadah" is online at The Morgan Library and Museum's website. Look under "current exhibitions, 'Hebrew Illumination for Our Time.' "

The New York Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers wrote: "Karen Gorst is consistently ranked as one of the best living illuminators. She has been ranked as one of the top 100 most influential calligraphers of the entire 20th century, and was named the top calligrapher and manuscript illuminator in Louis Vuitton • Moët Hennessy's 'Made in New York.' "

Ms. Gorst lectures and gives calligraphy and manuscript illumination demos and classes on the east coast. Those who would like to book Ms. Gorst to talk to a group about making a family haggadah, family tree or custom Ketubot, can contact her at www.gorststudio.com or 914-815-0996.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 06:15

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