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Comment period opens for Planning Commission’s Draft Lakes Region Plan

MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) is distributing a copy of the Draft Lakes Region Plan to the Boards of Selectmen, City Councils and libraries of the thirty communities in its jurisdiction. Distribution of the Draft Lakes Region Plan starts the official 30 day review and comment period of the Draft Plan.

The information includes the Executive Summary, Summary and Telling the Story, vision, Implementation Plan and Regional Strategy, and the six major plan components – 1) Economic Development, 2) Housing, 3) Transportation, 4) Environment, 5) Natural Hazards & Climate Change and 6) Energy Efficiency & Green Building. The LRPC prepared the plan in accordance with NH RSA 36:47. The draft plan is an advisory and informational document and covers the period from 2015 to 2020.

The Lakes Region Plan Advisory Committee (LRPAC) reviewed draft planning documents, offered comments and guided the plan preparation. As representatives of local governments, the LRPAC made sure the plan reflected local and regional concerns, and issues and aspirations. Jean Marshall, Chair of the LRPAC and a Commissioner from the Town of Freedom stated: "The Lakes Region Plan can be a valuable resource and source of information for communities as they consider future land use issues, update chapters of their Master Plan and explore ways to collaborate on regional issues such as transportation, watershed planning, economic development and others."

"The changing demographics of the Lakes Region – the aging of the population, the decline in the number of younger persons and the projected slow population growth significantly influenced the planning process," commented Jeff Hayes, LRPC's Executive Director.

On Monday, September 29 at the Beane Conference Center, 35 Blueberry Lane, Laconia, NH the LRPC Commissioners will hold its regular meeting and conduct a public hearing on the Draft Lakes Region Plan. The meeting will start with an Open House at 4:30 p.m. followed by the LRPC Commission meeting at 6 p.m. and then the public hearing at 6:30 p.m. to consider adoption of the Draft Lakes Region Plan. The draft Lakes Region Plan can be viewed at Town/City Offices, Local Public Libraries, LRPC website online at http://www.lakesrpc.org/Extra1.asp, Granite State Future website, and the LRPC Office.

An LRPC representative can meet with the local Board of Selectmen and Planning Boards to answer questions. To comment on the draft plan, contact Gerald Coogan, AICP or Jeffrey Hayes, MRP at 279-8171, by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by U.S. mail at LRPC Humiston Building, 103 Main Street, Suite 3, Meredith, NH 03253.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 10:07

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Americans Who Tell The Truth at Holderness School

HOLDERNESS — Robert Shetterly will be present at an Edwards Art Gallery event on September 25th as part of the gallery's autumn show, featuring selections from Robert Shetterly's award-winning portrait series. The artist will also be present on campus on the 26th to conduct small group discussions and workshops with faculty, students and community members. The show officially opens on September 12th.

The portraits, chosen by members of the Holderness community, showcase citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. Among the many portraits featured will be Edward Snowden, Woodie Guthrie, Rachel Carson, and Malcom X. By combining art and other media, "Americans Who Tell The Truth" offers resources to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans who will act for the common good, our communities, and the earth. In hosting the show Holderness School hopes to foster civil, informative, and spirited discussion about the important issues of our time.

The Edward Arts Gallery hosts three shows a year – two by nationally recognized artists who often come to campus to speak and host workshops with children – and a third featuring the works of Holderness students and alumni. The gallery, as a result of its longstanding relationship with the Pucker Gallery in Boston, often features world-class ceramicists and decorative arts practitioners. The Shetterly show is an exciting new addition to the gallery's growing list of diverse exhibitions.

Since 1990, Shetterly has been the president of the Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA), and a producer of the UMVA's Maine Masters Project, an on-going series of video documentaries about Maine artists. His awards and commendations include: the Maine People's Alliance Rising Tide award; a Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Southern Maine; a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellowship; and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Maine.

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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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