MEREDITH — A discussion on the draft of the Lakes Region Broadband Plan will take place on Monday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. at the Wolfeboro Public Library, 259 South Main St. in Wolfeboro.
The discussion will take place during the regular meeting of the Lakes Region Planning Commission.
The Lakes Region Broadband Plan is a local and regional planning initiative based on a statewide plan and approach from the New Hampshire Broadband Mapping and Planning Program (NHBMPP). The program is a comprehensive, multiyear initiative that began in 2010 with the goal of understanding where broadband is currently available in New Hampshire, how it can be made more widely available in the future, and how to encourage increased levels of broadband adoption and usage.
As technology is constantly changing and evolving, the Lakes Region Broadband Plan represents a “snapshot” in time and is likely relevant for no more than three years. The major emphasis of this plan is the recognition of the critical role that broadband and high speed Internet play in the long-
term economic well-being and prosperity of the region.
The draft Lakes Region Broadband Plan can be viewed on the LRPC website online at http://www.lakesrpc.org/Broadband/BbPlan101714FinalDraft.pdf.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 10:43
MEREDITH —The Inter-Lakes School District has completed a crash course in energy efficiency that will save nearly $10,000 per year in electricity costs.
The regional school district that serves Meredith, Center Harbor and Sandwich has partnered with New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) to identify more than $100,000 in energy efficiency opportunities at Inter-Lakes High School, Inter-Lakes Elementary School and the SAU office, all located in Meredith.
Projects completed in 2014 include the installation of refrigeration controls at both schools, as well as the installation of three air source heat pumps to improve climate control inside the high school library. The school district also took advantage of NHEC's SmartSTART program to install highly efficient LED lighting at the SAU office, high school gym, high school cafeteria and high school parking lot. SmartSTART allows the school district to pay nothing out of pocket for the lighting upgrades while using the electric savings to pay for the improvements over time.
All told, the efficiency upgrades are projected to save more than 57,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year. At current rates, that's a savings of approximately $9,150 per year. Project costs totaled $102,530, which was offset by a Co-op Energy Solutions program incentive of $25,321.
"Inter-Lakes School District is working hard to conserve energy, reduce our carbon footprint, and save taxpayer money. When we can capitalize on projects that meet all three criteria, it is a win for everyone," said Inter-Lakes School District Superintendent Mary Ellen Ormond. "Working with New Hampshire Electric Co-op has provided the school district with great opportunities to conserve energy, improve our facilities, and save money. The ultimate outcome has resulted in improved educational facilities for our students."
NHEC's Co-op Energy Solutions programs offer incentives and expertise for residential, commercial and municipal members. For more information, visit www.nhec.com/energysolutions, or call 1-800-698-2007.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 10:36
MEREDITH — Meredith Bay Colony Club donated eight wheelchairs and other items of durable medical equipment to A Light for Zimbabwe who will transport and distribute these badly needed items to Africa where healthcare is primitive and modern equipment is scarce.
A Light for Zimbabwe (ALFZ) is a nonprofit organization that operates out of Wolfeboro Falls. Since it started in 2007, ALFZ, in cooperation with other organizations and churches in New England, has sent eight shipping containers filled with medical and school supplies to Zimbabwe and is now filling another. Its items are distributed in multiple communities, always with representatives of ALFZ present. Sue Happenstall, a registered nurse from Loudon, the Founder and President of ALFZ spends 3 to 4 months in Zimbabwe each year at her own expense to assure responsible use of the equipment.
ALFZ also funds primary and secondary education to orphans. Children are often orphaned due to AIDS, malaria, call her rear, and malnutrition ALC is currently sponsoring 64 children, providing them not only school supplies but also required school tuition and fees uniforms and food. One of the first students ALC sponsored has just graduated from college.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 10:29
LACONIA — A special event, showcasing the new 2015 Toyota Camry, will be held at the Irwin Automotive Group's Bisson Avenue location on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The event will give people a chance to see the many features of the redesigned 2015 Camry. In addition there will be food and prizes.
The 2015 Camry has new features both inside and outside the vehicle. There are many new safety features as well.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 10:19
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- Belknap Republicans meeting on Wednesday
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