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Every Third Bite of Food is Provided by Pollinators

LACONIA — Campers of the Opechee Day Camp, a program of the City of Laconia Parks and Recreation Department, recently participated in a special program on 'The Importance of Pollinators' provided by the Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD). The program, funded with grants from the Opechee Garden Club and NH Fish and Game, saw Day Campers participate in hands-on activities highlighting the importance of healthy soil, landscaping to attract and support pollinators, and establishing an awareness of the link between the food on our tables and pollinators.

'Do a quick web search on the word pollinators (bees of many types, insects, butterflies and moths, birds, bats, and other animals) and you'll find no shortage of articles and educational materials crafted to get the word out on the importance of these creatures, bees in particular, and why our lives depend on them 'says Lisa Morin, BCCD Program Coordinator. At least one third of the world's agricultural crops depend on pollination, as well as many plant-derived medicines. Globally, eighty percent of all plant species rely on pollinators to stimulate reproduction. In the USA, honeybees are the most common pollinator and are responsible for generating 20 billion dollars worth of produce and crops on an annual basis. The second most common pollinator is the Bumble Bee.

Unfortunately bees, the workhorse in food production, are dying in large numbers. Human activity, the use of chemicals such as neonicotinoid pesticides (related to nicotine), and environmental stresses seemingly are the culprits responsible for the loss of these vital insects.

One way we can support pollinators is to provide food and shelter for them right in our own backyards and public spaces. It is suggested when you plant for landscaping or gardens that you use a large variety of native plant species, and to plant them in clumps rather than individual plants scattered around your property.

Native plant species, those naturally occurring in our area such as New England Aster and Columbine, are preferred because some modern hybrid species have had the ability to make pollen and nectar bred out of them, and native species are less likely to become invasive or require pesticides. For more information on plant species native to New Hampshire visit website www.plantnative.org or see the website for the Xerces Society at http://www.xerces.org/providing-wildflowers-for-pollinators/. To read more about what is being done in New Hampshire to help pollinators visit the UNH Cooperative Extension website at http://extension.unh.edu/Saving-Bees , or contact the Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD) at telephone number (603) 527-5880. 'Bee' on the lookout for more information on BCCD's local projects to support pollinators.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 09:56

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Henry Lipman of LRGHealthcare Named Chair of NH Hospital Association Board of Trustees



BRETTON WOODS  — Henry Lipman, Senior Vice President for Strategy and External Relations at LRGHealthcare has assumed the duties of chairman of the board of trustees for the New Hampshire Hospital Association (NHHA). His selection was announced recently during the NHHA's 80th Annual Meeting at the Omni Mount Washington Resort.

Lipman has previously served the NHHA in a number of capacities, including Vice Chair, Secretary/Treasurer and chair of the Association's Advocacy Task Force.

He has spent more than 30 years at LRGHealthcare, the largest employer in Belknap County with more than 1,400 full-time equivalent jobs. In his time there, he has coordinated the merger of Franklin and Lakes Region hospitals, while also winning federal designations – for Franklin, Critical Access Hospital status, and LRGH, SOLE Community Hospital status.

Lipman also serves as a City Council member in Laconia.

"Henry is creative and tenacious, not letting any opportunity pass by without attempting to achieve what is in the best interests of the patients and communities served by his hospital and others across New Hampshire," said NHHA President Steve Ahnen. "We believe he is an exceptional choice to serve as board chair during an exceptional time for our hospitals.

Other new executive committee members announced at the NHHA Annual Meeting include:

· Vice Chair: Scott McKinnon, President & CEO, The Memorial Hospital/Maine Health;

· Secretary/Treasurer: Greg Walker, President & CEO, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital;

· Immediate Past Chair: Art Nichols, President, The Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene

· American Hospital Association Regional Planning Board Alternate Delegate: Peter Wright, President & CEO, Valley Regional Hospital.

Joining the board of trustees for new two-year terms are:

· Cynthia McGuire, CEO, Monadnock Community Hospital;

· Dr. Keith Shute, CMO & Senior VP, Androscoggin Valley Hospital;

· Robert Steigmeyer, President & CEO, Concord Hospital.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 09:51

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Tim Sample at Franklin Opera House on Saturday

FRANKLIN — New England humorist Tim Sample will make a return appearance at the Franklin Opera House on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Sample is known as New England's premier native humorist and as "Maine's humorist laureate." He is well known for stories that have been delighting audiences for many years.

Tickets are available by calling the Opera House box office at 934-1901 or on-line at franklinoperahouse.org

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 09:39

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Mentoring Together program entering 4th year


LACONIA — The Mentoring Together Program begins preparations for the 2014-2015 school year at Laconia Middle School. A number of current and new mentors gathered to welcome Nick Resca the new Site Director of Project Extra at LMS. The Mentoring Together Program focuses on the incoming 6th graders as a collaboration with members in our community, while enhancing the District's goals of building relationships between the school, families and community.

This is the fourth year of the Mentoring Together Programs at LMS and the program is growing through the support of its volunteers and community support. The Mentoring Together Program would like to thank all of the Mentors in the program and the Lakes Region Rotary Club for their contribution to this meaningful program. If you or someone you know are interested in mentoring visit the Laconia Middle School home page or contact Rebecca Sims at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-524-4632 x 2202.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 09:35

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