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Audubon Society plans program on birdwatching

MOULTONBOROUGH — On Thursday, June 5, the Lakes Region Chapter of the New Hampshire Audubon Society will hold its annual meeting at The Loon Center in Moultonborough. The keynote program, presented by Eric Masterson, is titled "Birdwatching in New Hampshire," based on his book of the same title.

The schedule is as follows:

5:15 Hors d'oeuvres and pot luck supper; bring food and your own plate and utensils.
6:45 Business Meeting
7:00 Keynote Program

Eric Masterson, author of Birdwatching in New Hampshire, will give a presentation on where, when, and how to find the more than 300 species of birds that occur here annually. From consideration of the different regions of the state to variables like weather, equipment, and seasons, Eric has optimized the art and practice of finding the elusive tweet you've been looking for.

Eric's talk will feature the best of the best of New Hampshire's birding, with photos and anecdotes taken from his book.

After thirty years living in Ireland, he now resides in southwest NH, where he is a Land Specialist for the Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock, New Hampshire. He runs the stewardship program for the organization's approximately 10,000 acres of conservation easements, assists with new conservation projects, and coordinates their field trip program.

The Loon Center is located on Lee's Mill Road; follow the signs from Route 109 or from Route 25 near the Moultonborough Central School. For more information, call the Loon Center at 476-5666.

The public is invited; admission is free.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:28

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Gilmanton Old Home Planning Underway

GILMANTON — The Old Home Day Association will meet on Thursday, June 19 to discuss various issues regarding craft displays and entertainment and the Old Home Day church service.
The Old Home Day church service will be held August 2 at 4 p.m.
Services during the next six months will be held the third Sunday of each month (Old Home Day being the exception).
Harriett Coupal will be our seasonal organist and Dr. Lovett will officiate.
The Old Home Day association is open to members and town organizations as well as interested persons that want to support historic preservation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:23

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Plymouth Area High School Class of 1984 Plans 30th Reunion

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Area High School Class of 1984 will hold its 30th reunion on Saturday, July 19 at the Common Man Inn & Spa.

A weekend of events are planned starting on Friday, July 18 when people are encouraged to bring rgeir own family picnic to the high school football field.

On Saturday, July 19 at 10 a.m. there will be a hike of Rattlesnake Mountain in Holderness.

That evening dinner will be held starting at 5 p.m. at The Common Man-Fosters Room with music and presentations to follow.

Members of the committee have sent out invites to as many classmates as they could find.  Also a list of "Missing In Action"
has been generated. When you see the list please forward any information you can. "like us" on our face book page www.facebook.com/#!/PAHSClassOf1984

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Energy upgrade at AutoServ save more than $25,000 per year in electricity

TILTON – New Hampshire has among the highest electricity rates in the entire country, and this is a significant financial drain on any local business that requires lots of power to run the company.

To lower costs, the NH Automobile Dealers Association (NHADA) took energy saving seriously which has resulted in major savings. NHADA staff completed a full energy retrofit of their offices and lowered energy bills by almost $10,000. Additionally its members like AutoServ Dealerships in Tilton and Belmont heeded the call to “Go Green” and replaced its entire HVAC systems, installed computer controlled thermostats, added spray foam insulation, switched out lighting, including parking lot and service shop lighting, all to LED, and added vestibules to reduce heat loss.

These changes reduced the buildings energy footprints, which is kind to the environment. NHADA has shared these findings with its over 570 NH business members, and several more dealers are following suit. So far, members have saved well over $100,000 statewide.

“Auto Dealers have huge electricity bills, so we understand that reducing costs and improving efficiency while reducing our environmental footprint is a proven winner,” says NHADA President Peter McNamara. “By looking at our building as a whole system, we made multiple upgrades and will save a lot of money.”

Innovative grants and funding, industry rebates, and low interest loans all helped to make auto dealers’ projects a reality. Roland Gamelin, Director of Operations at AutoServ adds that “by making these changes, AutoServ has saved over $25,000 annually in energy costs and we were able to take advantage of CDFA low interest financing and PSNH incentives, that helped cover much of the cost.” In addition, NHADA and auto dealers like AutoServ hire local contractors and use local bank financing to fuel these initiatives adding a further boost to the local economy.

NH Sierra Club supports the energy saving programs with positive economic benefits for the sake of the environment. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) grants, as well as other financial tools available to businesses and homeowners alike, provide the needed incentive to go the distance to lower energy use. Measures such as energy efficiency, weatherization and even installing solar panels all do their part to lower energy demand which in turn reduces the pollution from traditional power sources, like coal and oil.

In a related program hosted by the NH Retail Association, that many NHADA members participated in as well 184 businesses from across the state participated in the program. Nearly half started to implement the energy savings measures from an energy audit and are expected to spend $620,000 less on energy because of them.

“Energy savings programs help local businesses build and expand while lowering the risks of air pollution and climate disruption for the rest of us,” Catherine Corkery Director of NH Sierra Club stated. “The recently released National Climate Assessment supports continuing investment programs like RGGI nationally by setting a new carbon health standard next month. The costs of inaction make it clear that we need to make the choice as a country to step up and lead the way for global action on climate change. Investing in our local businesses and communities help create jobs, strengthen our economy and make our future brighter for the next generation.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:18

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