Environmental Fair at PSU on Wed.

 PLYMOUTH  —  Common Ground, Plymouth State University's environmental and social justice student organization, has announced that it will again be sponsoring its annual Environmental Fair which is set for Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the Hartman Union Building on the PSU campus.

A number of off-campus and on-campus NH environmental and related organizations have been invited to come and set up tables and displays about their work. Information on PSU's environmental initiatives will also be available. Vehicles powered by used veggie-oil will be on display.

The following organizations are among those expected to participate: Squam Lakes Natural Science Center; New Hampshire Electric Cooperative; Newfound Lake Region Association; Squam Lakes Association; Plymouth Conservation Commission; Quincy Bog Natural Area; D Acres Permaculture Farm & Educational Homestead; NH League of Conservation Voters; KTM Auto (veggie-oil powered vehicles); PSU Science Society; PSU American Chemical Society Club; PSU Center for the Environment; PSU Office of Environmental Sustainability; PSU Center for Rural Partnerships; PSU Physical Plant (energy conservation, recycling); PSU Sustainability Council; Sodexo (PSU Dining Services); Common Ground.

In case of inclement weather, the fair will be held in the Fireplace Lounge and Pawsway within the Hartman Union Building.

The Environmental Fair is free and open to the public.

Tickets on sale for Mayhem Festival at Meadowbrook

GILFORD — The hard rock/heavy metal 2015 Mayhem Festival will come to Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on July 22.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale starting Friday, April 17, at noon. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Meadowbrook box office at 603-293-4700 or logging on to www.BankNHpavilion.com.

This summer's Mayhem Festival will feature a main stage with headliners Slayer, King Diamond, Hell Yeah and The Devil Wears Prada. The Victory Records stage, open earlier in the day, will feature White Chapel, Thy Art is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her to the Sharks, Code Orange and Kissing Candice.


U.S. Cellular donates to Boys & Girls Club

LACONIA — U.S. Cellular donated $2,500 to the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming. Associates will also be volunteering at the club's Open House on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

This donation is part of U.S. Cellular's $1.25 million national commitment to Boys & Girls Clubs of America and National 4-H Council. The commitment will enhance the learning experience for youth and communities by championing K-12 and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) educational programs. The Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region serves more than 300 youth in the area, and this focused approach ensures the company is positively impacting the communities where associates work, live and play.

"As a national wireless company driven by innovative technology, it's a natural fit we focus on STEM programming as it helps develops our future associate base," says Matt Kasper, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in New England, "We are excited to engage with our communities through a variety of volunteer opportunities that Boys & Girls Clubs and 4-H Clubs have in big and small cities and rural communities across the country."

To celebrate these new relationships, U.S. Cellular associates are participating in National Volunteer Month in April with the company's first 'Month of Giving' program. As part of this initiative, the company announced a goal of 30,000 volunteer hours to complete by the end of the year. By collaborating with local Boys & Girls clubs and 4-H Clubs, U.S. Cellular associates will impact communities through a myriad of volunteer efforts including mentorship, club clean-up days and STEM-focused opportunities in April and throughout the year.

"We're excited U.S. Cellular shares our commitment to helping youth and advancing our education/STEM efforts," says Mariah Hoffmann, unit director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region. "This commitment will have a positive lasting impact on our young members."

Plymouth State University to screen Power of Place documentary on Wednesday

PLYMOUTH — New Hampshire conservation photographer and filmmaker Jerry Monkman will be screening his documentary, The Power of Place, at Boyd Hall Room 144 on the Plymouth State University campus at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22. The documentary is hosted by The Museum of the White Mountains.

Electricity giant Hydro-Quebec needs to sell more of its electricity to New England and Eversource Energy wants to pitch in by distributing this power to customers in southern New England. To do that the companies have joined forces to build Northern Pass, a 187-mile transmission line that will bisect the state of New Hampshire with high-voltage cable strung between 1500 steel towers rising as tall as 135 feet. Residents of the "Live Free or Die" state have a problem with that. New Hampshire is a place where people's connections to the land run deep. Its mountains and forest, lakes and rivers, are part working landscape and part outdoor playground, and those opposed to Northern Pass see it as a desecration of this landscape.

The Power of Place tells a compelling story by exploring the issues surrounding Northern Pass - its promise of bringing jobs and cheaper electricity to New England; the fears of those living next to the potential power line corridor; and the visual impact of the towers on iconic New Hampshire landscapes like the White Mountain National Forest, The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and the state's Great North Woods Region. The 50 minute documentary combines interviews with experts and New Hampshire residents with distinctive landscape cinematography of the places that will be impacted by Northern Pass, from quiet ponds in and around the state capital, Concord, to the 360 degree views of wilderness summits like Mount Moosilauke and the Percy Peaks.

The screening is open to the public and there is no admission charge. The film will be followed by a Q & A with the filmmaker and director Jerry Monkman, who is a resident of New Hampshire and a long-time professional landscape and adventure photographer.