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Holderness School Takes Major Step Toward Renewable Energy Production

HOLDERNESS — Holderness School has announced its plans to invest in a central woodchip heating system that will save the school approximately $300,000 in avoided costs annually.

The system will strengthen Holderness's ties to the nearby community by keeping over $127,000 a year spent on energy within the local economy, and will reduce the school's dependence on foreign fossil fuels by approximately 133,000 gallons of fuel oil annually, improving energy security. The system as planned will generate 4,500 Class 1 thermal Renewal Energy Certificates (RECs) annually.

Essential to this project's viability was a grant from the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission's Renewable Energy Fund in the amount of $300,000. This grant helped provide the momentum necessary to move Holderness's plans for the project forward, ensuring the higher funding level required to allow the project to install equipment to minimize emissions and allow for the project to qualify for Class 1 thermal RECS.

Also essential was support from the U.S. Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center, which provided initial technical support to allow Holderness to evaluate the project's potential. Endorsements for Holderness's project and for the PUC grant application came from neighboring towns, Plymouth State University, Senator Shaheen, The North Country Resource and Development Area Council and the UNH Forestry & Wildlife program. The late Councilor Burton's support for renewable energy and local initiatives also played a pivotal role.

"We are grateful to the PUC for their investment in our school and its long-term financial and environmental sustainability," noted Holderness Head of School, Phil Peck. "The PUC grant dollars will go directly to improvements that will be implemented and maintained, resulting in timely, substantial and measurable effects; not the least of which will be the generation of significant thermal RECs, as well as stronger community ties and exciting educational possibilities for our students."

The project will include construction and installation of a woodchip storage bunker, fully automated fuel handling and screening system, a 4.0 mmBt/Hr woodchip advanced combustion unit, hot water boiler and electrostatic precipitator (ESP) for emission control. The technology is considered best practice in Europe for biomass systems, but is only recently being implemented in the United States for systems of this scale. Hot water thermal storage improves system efficiency and fossil fuel replacement by covering short-term peaks, allowing steady firing, and absorbing heat to allow the boiler to run at higher capacity when heat demands are low.

Holderness envisions incorporating aspects of the biomass system into the existing curriculum, including studies of sustainable forestry practices, renewable energy economics and technology, and system efficiency. The system will also provide additional opportunities for ongoing educational collaboration with the Plymouth Statue University and the local community regarding sustainability and renewable energy.

According to Holderness School Sustainability Coordinator, Dr. Maggie Mumford, "Woodchips are a readily available, renewable energy source and thus are a sensible approach to the heating needs of the school. The system will make the connection between energy resources and energy utilization readily apparent to the students, enabling them to more fully understand the environmental implications of our daily lives."

The school will be soliciting design/build proposals and hopes to begin the project as early as this summer, with planned completion in 2015. The consulting engineer for this project is Dan Wilson of Wilson Engineering.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 11:18

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Four, funny one-acts at Newfound Regional on Jan. 31

NEWFOUND — There is nothing better than a comedy to break up the winter doldrums, and you can find four of them on Friday January 31 at Newfound Regional High School's annual one act play competition.

Each class has been working since December to prepare their performances which will be adjudicated by three judges. Awards are presented for outstanding acting, directing and best play. The Class of 2017 will present A Simple Task by Alan Haehnel. Empie, the protagonist, has her first assignment at her new job but how can she succeed when she is interrupted by a cast of confusing characters. Under the direction of David Harlow, this comedy borders on the absurd.

Directed by Jake Schaffner, the Sophomores will follow with a short comedy by Ian McWethy, 13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview. Two college recruiters need to fill on last spot to keep their job, but thirteen eccentric, slightly­insane high school seniors make it very difficult. Each applicant hilariously exemplifies what not to do at a college interview.

After a brief intermission, the night resumes with That's Not How I Remember It by Don Zolidis. Flashing back to the 1980's, Mom and Dad look back upon their courtship, each recalling the events completely differently. This comedy is directed by Lori Devost.

The final presentation of the night will be Stress, Pressure, Doom and Other Teen Delights by Alan Haehnel. Whoever said high was easy did not understand what dilemmas face today's adolescents. With great humor, this play gives the audience an inside look at their high­pressure problems. Jen Simpson directs the Class of 2014.

Tickets are available at the door, $5 for students and $7 for adults. Call 744­-6006, ext 125 for more information.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:49

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Plymouth State University's Linda Levy Honored by Eastern Athletic Trainers Association

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University Health and Human Performance Professor Linda Levy has been honored by the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association for her longtime leadership and expertise in advancing the athletic training profession.

Dr. Levy is the Undergraduate Athletic Training Program Director and teaches Athletic Training courses in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. During her tenure she has supervised athletic training students as well as provided athletic training services to many of Plymouth State's athletic teams. The award was created in 1966 by the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association in conjunction with athletic equipment manufacturer Cramer Sports Medicine to recognize those who have advanced the profession of Athletic Training. Levy said she is thrilled to be honored with the Cramer Award.

"I am honored and humbled to be included with such an outstanding group of leaders, educators, and clinicians," said Levy. "The Cramer Award honors the lives and contributions of Frank and Chuck Cramer who in 1918 created a liniment to treat Chuck's sprained ankle. From this chance beginning, a company grew and prospered, the NATA was born, and leaders in our profession emerged. They probably had no idea that the company they created would become the cornerstone that is synonymous with athletic training. I am grateful for being honored for doing the work that puts a smile on my face and drives my passion."

PSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Julie Bernier said the Cramer Award is a well-deserved accolade for Levy.

"As an athletic trainer myself, I am well aware of the importance of the Cramer Award, the stature of the previous recipients and the impact of Linda's work." Bernier said. "There is no doubt in my mind that she is deserving of this award and I am just so pleased that her work has been recognized by this most prestigious honor,"

In addition to her classroom efforts, service to the institution and research are also extremely important to Dr. Levy. She has served and/or chaired numerous university and department committees during her tenure at PSU. She currently serves as chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance. Her research interests lie in determining how athletic training students learn, practice, apply and master clinical athletic training skills.

Dr. Levy's scholarly work has been published in athletic training professional journals. She is a regular presenter on the subject of athletic training clinical supervision, and clinical skills acquisition. She is an active member of national, regional and state athletic training organizations, and serves on the National Athletic Trainers' Student Committee and the EATA Scholarship and Quiz Bowl Committees.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:44

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Session on New Health Insurance Marketplace at Alton library

ALTON — Allison Hutchins, a Certified Marketplace Assister with ServiceLink Resource Center will be speaking about the Affordable Care Act and the new Health Insurance Marketplace on January 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gilman Library, 100 Main St in Alton.

Those who want more information on how to get enrolled or want to know more about what options are right them are invited. For more information call Allison Hutchins at the Belknap County ServiceLink Office (603) 528-6945.

The ServiceLink Resource Center and HealthFirst Family Care Center have Certified In-Person Marketplace Assisters ready to provide free and confidential enrollment assistance as well as to answer any questions about the Healthcare Marketplace.

ServiceLink Resource Center can be reached at 1-866-634-9412. HealthFirst Family Care Center can be reached at (603) 366-1070

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:40

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