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Boys & Girls Club craft fair is on Nov. 15

LACONIA — The 2nd annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale to be held by the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region will take place on Saturday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fair will feature several local artists and crafters from the Lakes Region and beyond, as well as items crafted and baked by local Club Members. The fair also acts as a fundraiser to support Club programming, as staff work to build new opportunities for youth and provide affordable memberships to families in need of after-school activities.

The Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region moved to their permanent home in the former St. James Episcopal Church building on North Main Street in June 2013, where they serve school-aged youth in Kindergarten through Twelfth grade. As a leading advocate for youth, they are committed to ensuring that every child has access to a safe place after school and during the summer where they can build the knowledge, skills and behaviors to put them on the right path. This will be the first year that the craft fair will be held in their new home following last year's vandalism, which caused major structural damage to the facility, relocation of the craft fair, and displaced programming for several weeks.

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Greater Meredith Program installs new board members

MEREDITH — The Greater Meredith Program recently elected Bob Manley and Steve Durand to its Board of Directors.

A graduate of the California Institute of Arts, Bob Manley, worked in human services as the residential director at Lakes Region Community Services. From 2000 to 2010 he pursued new directions in antiques, photography and advertising. Since 2010 he has worked with his partners to grow Hermit Woods Winery from a small winery located in his home to the thriving business it is today located on 72 Main St. in Meredith. Manley and his wife reside in Meredith

Steve Durand, a Lakes Region native, attended Inter-Lakes High School and graduated from Laconia Academy in 1981. After attending NH Community Technical College, he worked in construction spending the last 16 years as a construction sales specialist at Waste Management. Active in the community, he has coached Meredith Youth Sports, served on the Meredith Zoning Board of Adjustment and is a member of the Meredith Fire Department. He is a member of the Wicwas Lake Grange and is also an active member of Meredith's 250th Celebration Committee. Durand and his wife, Dawn, live in Meredith.

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Discussion about Lakes Region Broadband Plan to take place at meeting on Nov. 17 in Wofleboro

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.

All LRPC meetings are open to the public. For additional information or special accommodation, please contact the LRPC: 279-8171 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Upgrades to save Inter-Lakes $10,000 per year

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.

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