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Meredith Village Savings Bank launches ‘What’s Not to Like’ Facebook contest

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is excited to launch a three-month arts-themed Facebook contest, during which community members will have the opportunity to vote for a local school district to win a $3000 arts grant and enter to win one of five $250 TicketmasterTM gift card for themselves.

Over the summer, the Bank reached out to local school administrators and asked how they could benefit from an additional $3,000 in arts resources. Nine school districts including Alton, Conway, Gilford, Inter-Lakes, Moultonborough, Newfound, Plymouth, Prospect Mountain and Shaker Regional responded, and their entries will be posted to MVSB’s Facebook page now through Monday, December 29 are encouraged to review the submissions and vote for the school they feel is most deserving of the arts grant.

The “What’s not to ‘Like’?” grant contest began last year when local schools were given the opportunity to compete for a technology grant. The winning school district, Moultonborough, used the funds to purchase a 3D Printer for the Technology Education department at Moultonborough Academy. Due to the popularity of the contest, MVSB decided to renew the contest for a second year, but this time for the arts.

“At MVSB, we have been long-time supporters of local arts programs and we recognize the important role creative expression plays in the culture of communities across the Lakes Region,” said Cindy Hemeon-Plessner, Senior Vice President and Marketing Officer at MVSB, “By supporting arts education, we hope to help our local schools foster young imaginations, address academic standards, and promote the critical thinking and creativity skills essential to a 21st-century work force. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 09:50

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NH Electric Co-op, White Mountain Athletic Club Dive Into Energy Efficiency

WATERVILLE VALLEY — The White Mountain Athletic Club (WMAC) is getting more splash for less cash thanks to a recent pool renovation that features the latest in energy efficient technology.

Working with New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC), club owner Tom Gross, Jr. and General Manager Rene Schwartz took advantage of Co-op Energy Solutions programs for Commercial members to install a state-of-the-art pool dehumidification system that will save an estimated $16,000 per year in electricity costs.

The new system was the cornerstone of a recently completed $700,000 renovation that included the construction of a new indoor 24-meter pool, a kids pool, two new 18 person hot tubs, HVAC improvements, and major renovations to the men's and women's locker rooms and hallway.

An incentive of $15,000 from Co-op Energy Solutions helped WMAC fund the installation of a Seresco Advanced Pool Dehumidifier, which captures heat from dehumidification and returns it to the pool, greatly reducing energy costs. With projected annual electric savings of $16,000 per year, the added cost of the unit versus a standard, less efficient model will be paid for in less than a year.

"There were a lot of factors to consider when we undertook this renovation and we were so glad to have a partner in the process," said Schwartz. "NHEC made it possible for us to see the long-term value in paying a little more upfront to save a lot later."

The White Mountain Athletic Club offers two indoor tennis courts, a jogging track, a racquetball court, cardio room, weight training facilities, steam rooms, saunas, locker rooms, yoga/stretch studio, a full service pro shop, a game room, an outdoor Olympic size swimming pool, massage spa, DVD/video rentals, and is home to the Coyote Grill.

NHEC is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative providing energy and energy solutions to 83,000 homes and businesses in 115 New Hampshire communities.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 09:46

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Maple School at Winnisquam Regional

TILTON — The UNH Cooperative Extension, NH Timberland Owners Association and the NH Maple Producers Association will again offer the New Hampshire Maple School on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Winnisquam Regional High School.

The session is open to anyone interested in maple syrup production and will feature speakers from across New England and Quebec. The classes will cover a wide range of topics that will engage any sugarmaker from beginner/novice looking for the right tree to tap to the seasoned expert looking to add efficiencies their operation.

Dr. Timothy Perkins, a leading researcher in maple syrup production, will be presenting University of Vermont's research on tapping maple tree saplings.

Registration is required. Classes and lunch cost $45 per person, or $35 for just the classes. Registration deadline is Oct. 15. Visit www.nhwoods.org to view the NH Maple School Brochure and online registration on UNH Cooperative Extension's workshop listings. Contact Steven Roberge at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-352-4550 for questions or more information.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 09:42

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Gilmanton Women’s Club selling pies Saturday from town office lawn

GILMANTON -- Gilmanton Women's Club will hold an event called Pies on the Common on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Gilmanton Town Offices, at the corner of Routes 107 and 140.

The club will be offering a large assortment of home-made pies, apples, cider, pumpkins, and a painting table for kids and/or adults to paint their purchased pumpkins. Harvest items will also be available for purchase from the attending vendors.



Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 09:37

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