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Energy Saving Opportunities for Small Businesses

PLYMOUTH — New Hampshire Electric Cooperative offers rebates of 35% of the installed cost of the energy efficiency improvements up to $15,000 for small business owners in Co-op service territory. The upgrades must have a payback period of five years or less to qualify for rebates.

NHEC says that the most cost-effective improvements small businesses can  can make are weatherization upgrades to the building shell, including insulation and air sealing. Upgrading an existing boiler or furnace could also provide significant savings.
Today's energy-efficient boilers are more than 90% efficient and can save a lot of money in the long run.
Similarly, many small businesses are literally throwing money out the window due to poorly insulated spaces that allow heat to escape in the winter months and cool air in the summer months. Together, weatherization and water heating upgrades can pay for themselves in a surprisingly short amount of time. That's the idea behind NHEC's Fossil Fuel Program, which aims to help small business owners reduce their fossil fuel usage.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:37

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Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation gave $273,000 to 282 students this year

GILFORD — The Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation awarded a total of $273,550 to 282 students this year, the organization reports.

About 40 percent of the foundation's funds were awarded to graduating high school seniors, with the balance going to upperclassmen. The foundation notes that its support does not stop after a student's freshman year. 

Foundation officials said the organization was able to provide this financial assistance because off its many generous donors or donor funds.

Since its founding in 1956, the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation has awarded nearly $4.9 million to almost 4,500 students pursuing higher education.

Paulette Loughlin, the foundation's president, emphasized, "The Foundation, however, is merely the conduit. It is the over 500 donors (not including the thousands who have contributed to specific memorial funds or special fundraisers over the past 58 years) who deserve the credit for this proud record. They are the ones who have been extending a helping hand to local students looking to continue their education and fulfill their career goals.

"Many of our donor funds are very specific," she continued. "Some donors are interested in specific majors and many target specific high school graduates, such as only a Laconia or Gilford or Belmont High School graduate."

Applications will be mailed at the end of January 2015 to this year's applicants (unless they are graduating from college), giving them an opportunity to reapply by the due date of April 15, 2015. Anyone who would like a copy of the foundation's 2014 Donor Recognition Booklet or more information about the Foundation, can contact the foundation at 603-527-3533 or visit email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .'; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text68628); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:35

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Hiker/author at Moultonborough Library

MOULTONBOROUGH — Author Dan Szczesny will discuss his hiking memoir, "The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie," on Monday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m., at the Moultonborough Public Library.

Szczesny will explore the book in which recounts how he and his 9-year-old ward, Janelle, first set foot on the trail to Mt. Kearsarge in November 2011. Neither of them knew that this easy hike to one of the state's most popular mountain tops would change both their lives. But what followed was a hiking odyssey that lasted over a year as the two criss-crossed the state on their way to a 225-mile epic attempt to complete a little-known hiking list called The 52 With a View.
Szczesny will tell how their treks help form a unique and unforgettable bond that transformed both their lives.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:30

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Wetlands listening session at Planning Commission meeting on July 28

LACONIA -- The Lakes Region Planning's Commission meeting will be devoted to a state Department of Environmental Services listening session on Monday, July 28, starting at 6 p.m. in the Laconia Middle School Multi-Purpose Room.

The listening session will focus on freshwater shoreline topics, including docks and other shoreline structures, as well as the relationship with the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act. DES will also provide an overview and seek ideas on the major concepts under consideration as part of the Wetlands Program Rulemaking and Process Improvement Effort, including the permitting process, evaluation standards, and technical requirements.

DES is undertaking a significant, multi-year effort to improve the technical standards, operations, and decision-making processes used by the Wetlands Bureau.

The overarching goals of this effort are to: Enhance transparency and predictability, increase consistency and standardization, and ensure scientifically-based decisions that protect New Hampshire's sensitive and important natural resources.
Those interested are encouraged to visit the NHDES webpage on this effort for more information, including a discussion guide that introduces many of the key topics that will be discussed on the 28th as well as summaries from listening sessions held earlier in 2014. You can also submit a comment directly to NHDES from the webpage (http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wetlands/process-improvement.htm).

Although walk-ins are welcome, in order to assist with planning, the Planning Commission is asking people to register in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject "Municipal Law Lecture Registration" or calling 279-8171.

All LRPC meetings are open to the public. For additional information or special accommodation, please contact the LRPC: 279-8171 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 10:27

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