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8-day certification course for building managers at Lakes Region Community College

LACONIA — Building managers can reduce operating costs and improve building performance by enrolling in the Building Operator Certification (BOC) course at Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) that starts Friday, February 20.

The 8-day BOC program helps large building operators find cost-effective ways to reduce energy. It is endorsed by New Hampshire's public energy utilities -- Liberty Utilities, NH Electric Cooperative, PSNH and Unitil -- who offer a 50% tuition discount for their New Hampshire commercial and industrial customers.

Topics include building operations and maintenance, energy benchmarking, efficient lighting, HVAC controls and operations, indoor air quality, electrical systems and energy management planning.

The course is taught by LRCC Energy Services faculty who have a distinguished background in facilities management and energy efficiency.

"LRCC's BOC program is a great opportunity for building operators," says Andy Duncan (Concord), PhD, professor and chair of LRCC's Energy program. "We help these building professionals reduce their energy costs.

"Most buildings have multiple opportunities," Duncan notes. "For example, many parking lot lights are now obsolete. They can be cost-effectively retrofitted with super-efficient LED [light emitting diode] lighting. Likewise there are tremendous energy saving opportunities from tuning up air delivery in large buildings."

"Thanks for the great training over the past Fridays," says Scott Lindquist (Durham), Fall 2014 LRCC BOC student. "Lots of great information with involved instructors." Lindquist is Zone Energy Manager at the University of New Hampshire, Durham. Previous BOC classes have drawn building operators from all over the state, including Keene, Merrimack and Portsmouth, in addition to the Lakes Region.

The Spring 2015 BOC program is eight full days, every other Friday from February 20 to May 29 at Lakes Region Community College, Laconia.

Experienced facilities management staff who successfully complete LRCC's BOC course are awarded the nationally recognized Building Operator Level I Certification as well as a LRCC Energy Services Certificate.

Class size is limited. For registration information go to www.lrcc.edu/energy/energy-calendar

For more information contact Duncan, tel. 603-366-5329.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 11:22

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Ray Burton Legacy Fund Dinner on Feb. 4

MEREDITH — The inaugural Raymond S. Burton Legacy Fund Dinner will be held Wednesday, February 4 at Church Landing. The event, sponsored by friends and family of the late District 1 Executive Councilor and the Bath Historical Society, gets underway with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.

Cost is $250 per person or $1,500 for a table of eight and sponsorship opportunities are available.

Money raised at the event will be distributed to three charities which have been set up to honor Councilor Burton's years of public service.

The charities include:

The Raymond S. Burton Public Service Scholarship at Plymouth State University which requires a $25,000 endowment;

The New Hampshire Community College Scholarship which requires a $10,000 scholarship;

The Raymond S. Burton Museum and Learning Center, a joint collaboration between the Bath Historical Society and Plymouth State College, which will be housed at the Bath Historical Society's building and will develop educational materials for elementary and high schools in Council District 1.

RSVPs can be made by January 31 to BJ Perry by calling 603-801-2007 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 11:18

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Plymouth State University partners with Newfound Lake Association to help protect watershed quality

PLYMOUTH — A partnership between Newfound Lake Region Association (NLRA) and Plymouth State University's Center for the Environment (CFE) will provide new resources for protecting and improving the health of New Hampshire's fourth largest lake and its watershed, and more opportunities for PSU students to gain environmental management and protection experience.

Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen said the five-year memorandum of understanding signed on January 12 will benefit the University and the region.

"This new relationship charts a path to broadened environmental literacy, effective management policies and stewardship surrounding watershed ecosystems," said Steen. "Our undergraduate and graduate students will benefit greatly from the opportunity to engage with NLRA through hands-on education that has real-world outcomes."

Located ten miles southwest of Plymouth amidst a beautiful vista of mountains and small towns, Newfound Lake is one of New Hampshire's cleanest and clearest lakes, with a watershed ecosystem encompassing more than 63,000 acres. Because of its scenic appeal, development pressures and recreational use pose significant threats to the surrounding land and water quality. NLRA Executive Director Boyd Smith believes the MOU will facilitate research, monitoring, education and stewardship of the lake and its watershed.

"I see this as a natural extension of work we've already started," Smith said. "Furthermore, PSU students will get an enhanced educational experience while helping us protect the watershed, which serves the public good."

CFE Director Joseph Boyer noted that PSU and NLRA have collaborated previously on a watershed protection master plan project and that this agreement will benefit both groups.

"The student experience is key," Boyer said. "There are great opportunities for PSU students to participate in management, planning, policy and water-quality monitoring projects and interact with NLRA staff who may come to campus to teach a class or offer their expertise in the field."

"The intent is to create a framework for sharing resources and ideas, identifying what we've already accomplished and what still needs to be done," said June Hammond Rowan '12EdD, CFE's associate director and research assistant professor.

"Our goal is that projects our students and faculty participate in make a significant difference for the Newfound watershed," she added.

While pursuing his master's degree in environmental science and policy at PSU, Andrew Veilleux '13G completed an internship at the Squam Lakes Association in Holderness, NH. That opportunity provided him with applied education experience that helped prepare him for his career. Veilleux currently serves as NLRA's program manager.

"I see a lot of opportunities in this relationship," Veilleux said. "The theory learned in the classroom and the 'hands-on' experience are a great combination. What I learned at PSU through my master's program is parallel to what I'm doing now."

Boyer believes the partnership will open up avenues to new resources for both NLRA and PSU, including community and federal grants.

"The NLRA has access to funding to help meet environmental protection and monitoring goals, while PSU can provide expertise and resources that NLRA doesn't have, such as our faculty, to help meet their needs," Boyer said.

"We're a small organization with a huge mission," said Rob Moore, NLRA President. "We have a lot of challenges in protecting the lake and the watershed; we're very excited about this partnership."

PSU and NLRA officials expect to convene an annual meeting with area stakeholders, such as business people, students, faculty and environmental advocates to discuss current and future projects.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 11:06

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Volunteer opportunities at LRGHealthcare

LACONIA — Does the thought of frigid weather and being cooped up inside on the days and months ahead sound discouraging? Avoid cabin fever this winter and join the great team of volunteers at LRGHealthcare. We invite you to make a difference in the lives of local patients while enriching your own life.

The Volunteer Program at LRGHealthcare consists of over 200 community members who serve at Franklin Regional Hospital and Lakes Region General Hospital, as well as Healthlink, Hillside, the Winnipesaukee Wellness Center, and other locations.

Volunteering has many proven benefits. Did you know that people who volunteer on a regular basis live longer and healthier lives? As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to create new, lasting friendships and will also have something very rewarding to do every week.

By volunteering at LRGHealthcare you might be the first face an anxious patient sees as they walk into the hospital -- alleviating some of their stress with your smile and kind words as you escort them to a test or procedure. You may assist a family member with their purchase of an uplifting gift for a loved one. Some volunteers are out in the field installing Lifeline systems in the homes of seniors, providing an important safety measure that allows them to stay in their homes while bringing peace of mind to their loved ones. If you know how to knit or sew join a group of volunteers every Monday who make comfort dolls and stuffed animals for children or seniors who could use a smile.

These are just a few of the opportunities the LRGHealthcare Volunteer Program has to offer. Shifts run as short as 3 hours a week. We will work with you to find the right position and the best hours to fit your schedule. Are you a Mom whose kids are in school all day? If so we can work with your schedule too.

Call today to set up an appointment to talk with Darcy Peary (737-6720) or Sandy Marshall (527-2895) about the various volunteer positions and this very fulfilling and rewarding opportunity.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 10:58

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