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N.H. Electric Co-op names new president/CEO


PLYMOUTH — New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) Board Chair Earl Hansen is pleased to announce the hiring of Steven Camerino as NHEC's new President/CEO.

Camerino, a shareholder and director in the New Hampshire-based law firm of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, will succeed Fred Anderson as President/CEO. Camerino will officially assume his duties on March 31.

Camerino has been with McLane for over thirty years, and for the last twenty-five has focused his practice on a broad range of energy and utility industry issues for major regional utilities and other clients. According to Hansen, he brings a thorough knowledge of the industry to the job, as well as a clear vision for the future of NHEC.

"The Board joins me in welcoming Steve to the Cooperative," Hansen said. "We have been continually impressed throughout the search process by the breadth of his knowledge and his ability to chart a path forward for NHEC as it enters a new era with significant new challenges. He is a worthy successor to Fred Anderson, who is retiring after a long and distinguished career."

Hired in 1981, Anderson was named President/CEO in 1992 while NHEC was emerging from bankruptcy. Taking over an organization saddled with negative equity and immense debt as a result of NHEC's ownership stake in the Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant, Anderson has guided NHEC back to profitability while leading the company through major initiatives like electric deregulation and the installation of a Smart Grid communications and metering infrastructure.

Camerino will inherit challenges of his own, including a regional electric industry that is changing rapidly as a result of the growth of distributed generation, renewable energy mandates, rising electric rates and a region that is increasingly reliant on natural gas to fuel electricity generation.

"This is a challenging and exciting time for electric utilities generally and those in New England in particular," said Camerino. "The issues facing NHEC today create an opportunity for us to ensure that we understand and meet the needs of the utility's members in a reliable and affordable manner. I'm looking forward to working with NHEC's excellent team and its members to do just that."

Camerino brings a wealth of experience to the position of NHEC President/CEO. Over his law career he has worked with numerous national and regional energy and utility companies and other clients on a broad range of complex issues. He has extensive experience in utility ratemaking, power purchase agreements, electric industry restructuring, virtual net metering, competitive supply issues, financings, and numerous operational and customer-facing issues.

"I have been extremely fortunate to work with the talented attorneys and staff of the McLane firm for the last thirty-one years. Their commitment to client service and community are second to none. NHEC's similar commitment to its members and the communities it serves were a key part of my desire to join the Cooperative."

Founded in 1939 and headquartered in Plymouth, NHEC is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving 83,000 homes and businesses in 115 New Hampshire communities.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 10:35

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Speare Memorial Hospital to host annual Art of Healing Painting Party on March 4

PLYMOUTH — On Wednesday, March 4 Speare Memorial Hospital will host its annual Art of Healing Painting Party at Kil'n Time Art Studio, at 89 Main St. in Plymouth. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per painter and pre-registration is required since space is limited.

The hospital has collaborated with the instructor at Kil'n Time to design a special painting that is easy for all attendees of any skill level to learn how to recreate on their own canvases. You will be given all the elements and supplies you need to paint your own art. The projects are aimed to give hope to those who have been diagnosed with cancer through the work of art, where people can come together as a community to remember, to share and to provide hope on canvas.

To reserve a spot call 238-9147.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 10:41

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Frozen Family Fun Day at Bristol Ice Rink planned for February 28

BRISTOL — The first Frozen Family Fun Day will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Bristol Ice Rink in Kelley Park.

Organizers are extending an invitation to come and join the fun at what they hope will be an annual event.

In addition to skating there will be refreshments, including hot chocolate, and other fun activities. Those attending can watch competitive skating performances by local girls from Plymouth State Ice Skating, make snow sculptures and snowmen in the field, or warm up by the fire. There will also be a puck shot contest, raffles, and a chance to greet a "special guest."

Donations welcome. All proceeds will go towards improvements, maintenance, and general upkeep of the ice rink. The Bristol Ice Rink is maintained by volunteers. Those who are interested in helping can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the TTCC at 744-2713. Like us on Facebook.com/bristoliceskatingrink.

The rink is open seven day a week from dawn to dusk for public skating with designated stick and puck hours for the hockey enthusiasts on the weekend. Saturdays, 8 to 9:30 a.m. and Sundays, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

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Commercial lease seminar in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — A commercial lease seminar will be held at the Enterprise Center at Plymouth on Tuesday, March 17, from 8-10 a.m.

The presenter for this seminar is Rebecca Kane.

This seminar will discuss a typical commercial lease, and highlight issues from a tenant's perspective. Kane will be discussing the difference between a "triple net" and a gross lease, as well as the way base rent and additional rent are calculated including a discussion regarding CAM charges.

Kane is an attorney at Devine, Millimet & Branch, Professional Association in the Manchester office, and has been practicing law for five years. She is a general corporate attorney with significant experience in real estate and commercial leasing matters. Her practice is a blend of advising businesses on corporate and real estate issues and assisting in corporate and real estate transactions of all types, including financing transactions.


Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 10:32

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