A groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 25 at the new Lakeport Campus of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Laconia. After a year of planning with the help of architect Rob Turpin of Misiaszec Turpin Architects of Laconia, construction began. This is phase one of plans to rejuvenate the former Our Lady of the Lakes facility. Phase one will include a new entryway and the installation of an elevator to make all levels of the facility accessible. Plans are for this phase of construction to be finished in the early fall. Pictured left to right: Rob Turpin, Brad Wallace, Frederick Brierly, Linda Wallace, Jason Durgin, Dan Shaffer, Wilbur Phillips, Randy Bassett, Dave Provan, Jay Moreau, Dale Yasharian, and Jim Kazmaier. (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 07:24
BELMONT — The Belmont Police Department and Fire Department will be participating in the 2013 National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6 from 5-8 p.m. at the Town Park.
N.N.O. is a community event that partners Police and Fire to show support to deter criminal activity and make neighborhoods safe.
There will be a police and fire vehicle on display in the area of the park. Games for kids, a jumpy house and the BPD Bike Patrol Unit will be on hand to interact with kids of all ages. Belmont police officers and Fire Fighters will be on hand to meet and greet while snacks will be provided by the local Rotary Clubn.
N.N.O. provides a way for residents to meet with local emergency responders to share ideas about our community safety efforts and interact in a positive way. Belmont Officers Joel Pickowicz and Evan Boulanger have been working hard to bring this event together and make this a positive and successful N.N.O.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 07:04
MEREDITH — This past Saturday about 700 households from around the Lakes Region took advantage of the first collection day of the Lakes Region Household Hazardous Waste collections.
For those who missed last weekend's collection, the second of these events will be held Saturday morning, August 3 in Bristol, Center Ossipee, Laconia, and Moultonborough from 8:30 a.,. to noon.
Residents and taxpayers of Alexandria, Andover, Belmont, Bridgewater, Bristol, Center Harbor, Effingham, Franklin, Freedom, Gilford, Gilmanton, Hebron, Hill, Holderness, Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborough, New Hampton, Northfield, Ossipee, Sanbornton, Sandwich, Tamworth, and Tilton are eligible and encouraged to bring up to 10 gallons or 50 pounds of their hazardous waste products to any one of the collection sites.
Hazardous materials that will be accepted include oil-based paints, most household cleaners, transmission fluids, pool chemicals, and lawn and garden products. If unsure, look for the words "poison", "danger", "warning", and "caution". Items that will not be accepted include: latex paints, propane tanks, tires, ammunition, and alkaline batteries. If you cannot give away your latex paint, allow it to dry out then it may safely go in with the household trash. Alkaline batteries are now manufactured so as to be less toxic than they used to be and they can be placed in the trash. Check your local transfer station or trash hauler for proper disposal of other items. There will be a swap table at the Laconia site where you may find reusable paints, stains, and cleaners.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 07:01
PLYMOUTH — Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) is working with the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI) to install two solar thermal collectors on one of their residential buildings in Plymouth. This building is home to four individuals who receive LRCS services from a team of full time staff.
The roof mounted solar thermal evacuated tube system will heat the building's water used for bathing, dishwashing and house cleaning. According to Dave Emond, LRCS Director of Operations, "Over four years ago, we began focusing on how we could improve the energy efficiency of this building. At that time we signed up for the Home Performance with Energy Star Program and more recently tackled additional air sealing and insulating projects. Now, we are excited to add a solar energy system reducing the building's energy consumption even further."
The installation will be conducted as a Community Solar Energy Raiser by the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative. Prior to the Energy Raiser the solar water storage tank, designed to pre-heat the building's current water heating system, will be installed by BTD Mechanical Contracting. PAREI volunteers will congregate on Tuesday, August 6 to complete the solar installation.
Gary Lemay, a long time board member of Lake Region Community Services, has been a member of PAREI for many years and has installed solar energy systems on his own home. Seeing first-hand the positive results of solar energy led Lemay to recommend this project to LRCS. "Having two solar water heating collectors on the roof of our residential facility here in Plymouth will reduce the facilities operating costs and provide an excellent example for the community that solar energy is a viable source of clean reliable energy."
On the same day the Solar Energy Raiser is taking place, organizers will conduct a solar information session at 1:30 p.m. for the public interested in learning more about heating water or making electricity with solar energy.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 06:58
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