Selectman candidates to participate in forum at Wicwas Grange

MEREDITH — The Wicwas Grange 292 will host a candidates forum for the eight candidates running for four open seats in Meredith. The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Grange on Meredith Center Road, next to the Meredith Center Store.

Candidates are: David Lund Bennett, Sr., L. Michael Hatch, Jonathan James, Rosemary Landry, Bev Lapham, Ray Moritz, Michael Pelczar, and Roland Tichy. Current Selectmen Peter Brothers and Carla Horne are not running again and Selectmen Hillary Seegar and Lou Kahn have recently resigned, leaving four seats to fill. Only two of the candidates will be elected at town elections while the remaining two seats will be filled by appointments made by the new board of selectmen.

The forum will be moderated by Grange member and Meredith resident Bea Lewis. There will be a brief meet and mingle before the formal program. Questions will be encouraged from the audience. This is an opportunity for residents of Meredith to learn more about the candidates and where they stand on a variety of issues.

For more information, contact Steve Durand, Grange president, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603/726-6160.

Laconia Adult Ed offering Microsoft Office classes

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education is offering a four week Microsoft Office Basics: Word, Excel, Etc. computer class beginning on Tuesday, March 17 and Thursday, March 19,. The class will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. noted Mrs. Peggy Selig, Program Director.

This course will allow those individuals who are only slightly familiar with Microsoft Programs to get a leg up and learn all the tips and tricks that make each program easier to use as well as more efficient. This class is designed for people who already work with these programs, but don't feel thoroughly knowledgeable or who want to learn some new tricks. Students will learn about formulas and pivot tables in Excel, how to create spreadsheets and some additional tips for Word. The class content is flexible, and will be based in some part on student needs. Students will need to bring a flash drive to class to save their personal files.

Along with learning how to navigate through these Microsoft programs the class will be teaching beginner skills in each application that will allow participants to easily create and format letters in Word, apply the spreadsheet capabilities of Excel to everyday use. To enroll in the class or for more information, call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712.

LRCC's Shaker Table Restaurant now open

Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) honor students, Heidi Milbrand, left, of Bristol, and Hannah Rush, right, of Gilford; display their wares at the student-run Canterbury Shaker Table Restaurant last week. Milbrand shows the Smothered Pork Chops and Rush is holding the Pecan Encrusted Catfish and Shrimp Peloo. The Shaker Table Restaurant is now open for the semester on Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Restaurant will also be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Fridays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. "LRCC students, faculty, and staff are excited to open the Canterbury Shaker Table Restaurant once more," says Milbrand, who owns a Bed and Breakfast in Bristol and is studying Restaurant Management to be able to expand the business more effectively later this spring. "I am also elated to begin serving Thursday evenings and Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for lunch," says Rush who plans to open her own restaurant in the Lakes Region at some point in the future. "Heidi and I have thoroughly enjoyed learning the business inside out." For more information and to make reservations, call (603) 708-1192. One may also visit LRCC's website at

Plymouth State student awarded grant to study water quality

PLYMOUTH — A Plymouth State University graduate student has received a prestigious grant to study water quality in New Hampshire's Ossippee and Squam Lakes.

Melanie Perello, a second-year student in PSU's Environmental Science and Policy program, is the inaugural recipient of the International Phycological Society's (IPC) Paul C. Silva grant. This award for student-led research on algae supports Perello's Master of Science thesis, a collaborative project with the Center for the Environment, the Squam Lakes Association and the Green Mountain Conservation Group, to monitor various indicators of water quality, including diatoms (algae), in the two lakes.

"Specifically, I am looking at diatom fossils preserved in the sediments of Ossipee and Squam Lakes," said Perello. "Both of these lakes are important resources for drinking water and recreation, as well as vital habitat for sensitive wildlife. The quality of these lakes is continually threatened by changing climate, nutrient pollution, and shoreline development. Diatoms can be used as an indicator of lake water quality and the fossils allow us to infer past water quality and climate, providing a long-term record for each lake."

Perello's research expands upon historical and current data gathered by lake water quality assessment volunteers in New Hampshire by combining it with new, year-round water quality monitoring and lake sediment archives analyses.

"Melanie is targeting two regions within New Hampshire that have very active volunteer monitoring programs and whose lake associations are concerned about future influences on water quality by land-use and climate change," said PSU Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Lisa Doner, who also serves as Perello's advisor. "The support from the International Phycological Society will assist Melanie in meeting her research goals and also support the region through applied environmental science."

"We will be able to tell residents the history of water quality in those two lakes,

the changes that have occurred and what those changes are related to," added Perello.

Perello is a native of Poland, Ohio, and earned her undergraduate degree at Westminster College.

The IPC is dedicated to the development of phycology (the study of algae), the distribution of phycological information and international cooperation among phycologists and phycological organizations. Dr. Paul Claude Silva (1922-2014) helped organize the IPC in 1960 and is regarded as a leader in the field of algae study. He spent most of his working life at the University of California-Berkeley and the Jepson Herbarium. The grant includes funding for travel to meetings and workshops in which the student is presenting work on algae research projects.