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PSU Professor on NH Economic Development Advisory Council

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University Associate Professor Daniel Lee has been named to New Hampshire's Economic Development Advisory Council as economist for a three year term.

"I am honored and excited to join the outstanding business leaders at the Council," said Lee. "I look forward to making contributions to help the state's economy move forward."

Lee has taught at PSU since 2012 and has also served as a tourism economist for the state since 2012. Since 2010, Lee has published a periodic economic report, the North Country Economic Index for the state of New Hampshire and Coos County. He is also a faculty fellow at PSU's Center for Rural Partnerships and has engaged in research projects serving the local communities. He is a project economist at the Institute for New Hampshire Studies, and has conducted economic impact studies for tourism-related organizations in the State of New Hampshire.

Carmen R. Lorentz, Director of the state's Division of Economic Development, said Lee will be an excellent resource for the Council.

"Dr. Lee has an extensive background in economics and his familiarity with New Hampshire's tourism economy will be a valuable asset to the New Hampshire Economic Development Advisory Council," Lorentz said.

Thad Guldbrandsen, PSU's Vice Provost for Research and Engagement, said Lee has a great track record in helping define the Granite State's economic development patterns and opportunities.

"Since arriving at PSU, Dan has been quietly, carefully working to understand what makes New Hampshire's economy tick," Guldbrandsen said. "We cannot understand New Hampshire's economy unless we understand tourism. Tourism is the second largest sector in our state's economy. Beyond that, the tourism is a key driver in real estate economy, building trades, and so much more. Dan is the New Hampshire economist that helps us understand what is happening with all of that. His will be a powerful voice for New Hampshire in the future."

"It is really rewarding to see Dan Lee's work recognized by others around the state," added Guldbrandsen. " He certainly deserves recognition for his work. This is also a testament to PSU's climate for research and scholarship that has supported Dan over these years."

Lee earned a Ph.D. in economics in 2007 from the Claremont Graduate University; he is a member of the Regional Science Association International.



PSU Professor Daniel Lee (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 03:05

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Police Chief named Northfield's Employee of the Year

NORTHFIELD — Northfield Selectmen announce that Police Chief John Raffaelly has been named Northfield's Employee of the Year. The award was presented by Chair Steve Bluhm at the beginning of the February 25th meeting.

Chief Raffaelly is a lifelong Northfield resident. He began his career with the Northfield Police Department in 1993 as a part time officer. He became a full time officer in 1996 and was subsequently promoted to Corporal in 2007 and Sergeant in 2008. In 2012 John accepted the position of Police Lieutenant. He stepped into the role of acting Chief with the departure of Chief Stephen Adams in February 2013 and was promoted to Chief in October of that year.

"With the departure of Chief Stephen Adams, John was asked to, and readily agreed to, lead the Department through the transition to a new Chief." said Selectmen Kevin Waldron "He stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam, providing the leadership and guidance to members of the Department assuring the residents of Northfield remain well protected."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 10:14

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First-time Home Buyer Seminar March 22 in Laconia

LACONIA — On March 22, would-be homeowners can learn everything they need to know about buying a home in a full-day seminar offered by the Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT), a HUD-approved housing counseling agency, and sponsored by Northway Bank.

So far, 287 first-time homebuyers have graduated from LACLT's program, representing nearly $43 million in local home purchases.

The seminar, to be held at the Community Room at the Laconia Police Department at 126 New Salem St., takes place on Saturday, March 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Topics include:

§ Credit and Budgeting

§ Qualifying for a Mortgage

§ Working with a Realtor®

§ The Home Inspection Process

§ The Closing Process

The First-time Homebuyer Seminar is free and open to the public; advance registration is required, and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Register by calling Debra Drake, LACLT's Homeownership Director at (603) 524-0747 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . LACLT's full seminar and workshop schedule is available online at www.laclt.org.

Laconia Area Community Land Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a member of NeighborWorks® America, and is supported in part by membership donations and the Granite United Way. Its mission is to assist low and moderate income families achieve economic self-sufficiency through the development of permanently affordable housing opportunities and associated support programs. For more information about LACLT and its programs, call 524-0747, or visit www.laclt.org.

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"Ropomogo" opens at The Studio on Sunday, March 9

LACONIA — The March exhibit at The Studio, 50 Canal Stree,t Laconia, is "Ropomogo", small, highly personal work by New York artist Mark Bloch. The small watercolor drawings, from the artist's sketchbooks, will be on display through April 2, but on Sunday March 9 the artist will be on hand to discuss the work and explain something about the origin of it at an opening reception from noon to 4 pm.

Bloch's artistic CV is expansive and impressive; there is a Wikipedia entry on his work and exhibit history. But as Melissa McCarthy, owner of The Studio, explains, that isn't what attracted her to the "Ropomogo" series. "Mark was posting these exquisite paintings on line, and I loved them. I couldn't tell if they were large or small, on canvas or paper, just that I loved them. When I learned that they were all in his sketchbooks I wasn't sure if he'd even be open to exhibiting them." Bloch, however, was enthusiastic, and the two are collaborating on how best to show the art.

"Ropomogo" is on view in the gallery at The Studio, 50 Canal Street Laconia during regular hours, Wednesday - Friday 10-5, and Saturday 10-3; other times by chance or appointment. Call 603-455-8008 for more information.

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