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Plymouth Chamber to hear from PAREI

PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce will host speakers from Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI) to talk about Community Initiatives in the region on Wednesday, October 15 from noon to 1 p.m. at Pease Public Library in Plymouth.

As a rural community in central NH, organization from the Plymouth area have seen various needs arise, formed initiatives to meet those needs, and implemented programs to help community residents and small businesses. PAREI is one of those organizations. Created in 2004 when area residents questioned energy consumption and the resources available beyond the peaked supply of global oil, PAREI developed initiatives to explore and implement the reduction of energy consumption.

Current programs include Professional Home Energy Audits, Volunteer Solar Energy Raisers, and Local Foods Plymouth and Farm to Desk programs which bring local farm fresh food to consumers in town reducing transportation energy. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch and learn how PAREI and these programs can help each individual, their homes, and business.

This monthly schedule of free educational seminars and professional skills training conducted by the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce is part of their active support of regional businesses and is possible through the generosity of key area businesses and professionals.

For more information about Chamber events, or the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, contact the office at 536-1001, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Spaghetti dinner on Wednesday to raise funds for Meredith Emergency Food Pantry

MEREDITH — An all you can eat spaghetti dinner will be held Wednesday October 15 from . 5pm-8pm at the 104 Diner in New Hampton to benefit the Meredith Emergency Food Pantry.

Five dollars of every $10 meal sold will benefit the fund. A donation box has also been set-up for anyone looking to donate non-perishable items to the pantry. There will also be a raffle held for donated gifts from local vendors/stores.

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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. 

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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.

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