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Doppler On Wheels will visit Plymouth area for 3 Weeks

PLYMOUTH — Meteorology students at Plymouth State University and local public schools will get a first-hand look at one of the world's most sophisticated pieces of weather research technology, as the Doppler-on-Wheels (DOW) mobile radar system spends the next three weeks in the Plymouth area. In addition to PSU students and faculty using the DOW to study weather science, students in Plymouth, Campton, Rumney and Bedford will get on-site visits, as well as the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, the Weather Discovery Center in North Conway, the Rey Center in Waterville Valley, and the Mount Washington Observatory in Gorham.

The DOW vehicle, which has been featured on the Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers" show, will arrive in Plymouth February 7 courtesy of a National Science Foundation Center for Severe Weather Research grant application submitted by PSU Associate Professor of Meteorology Dr. Sam Miller. The DOW will be available for public viewing in Plymouth February 14 at the Town Common and DOW staffers will speak about how the vehicle has been used to study thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes and winter weather such as lake-effect snow.

"It's wonderful to get it here," said Dr. Miller. "It's going to be really useful to us because it's a great outreach tool to raise awareness with the public, it's wonderful as an educational tool for teaching a variety of classes and it's great for research purposes."

Miller said some of the projects students are anticipating using the weather radar unit to study are freezing precipitation, heavy snow squalls, mixed precipitation events and other winter weather in northern New England.

A group of engineers travel with the vehicle to train students and faculty about how the equipment works and to assist with research projects developed by PSU.

The National Science Foundation-funded DOW program has three vehicles and spends about six months each year on the road; two months typically is spent storm-chasing during tornado and hurricane season, and the balance is spent on education and other research projects, such as the time in Plymouth. The schedule for the DOW in our area is as follows:

Feb. 10 9 – 10 a.m. Blue Heron School, Squam Lake, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Holderness Public School

Feb. 11 All day, Plymouth Regional High School and Plymouth Elementary

Feb. 12 All day, Bedford High School

Feb. 13 Morning, Rumney Elementary School, Afternoon, Campton Elementary

Feb. 14 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Plymouth Town Common (public availability)

Feb. 17-18 Hartman Union Building, Plymouth State University

Feb. 19 All day, Weather Discovery Center, North Conway

Feb. 20 Morning, Weather Discovery Center, N. Conway, Afternoon, HUB

Feb. 21 All day, Rey Center, Waterville Valley

Feb. 22-23 All day, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord

Feb. 26 Base of Mount Washington Auto Road

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Show will go on at LHS, thanks to donor generosity

LACONIA — After some financial setbacks, Laconia High School Theatre Arts reached out to the community to sponsor their upcoming production of Brigadoon. Irwin Motors and CCI (Conneston Construction, Inc) stepped forward to provide support.

"We're so pleased that these community partners came forward," said director Bernie Campbell. "We're a self-funding organization, and we had a rough year last year, so cash was getting a little tight. We're really thankful."

Irwin Motors donated $250 dollars, and CCI donated $100. "That might not seem like much," Campbell said. "But really, that's huge for us. That'll buy enough fabric for all our costumes."

Both companies will be featured in the program for Brigadoon, and on a sponsors board in the lobby before the show.

"It's not too late to give support," Campbell said. "We're always looking for more support from the community. These kids are so committed to what they do, and it's important for them to know that people support the arts."

The Theatre Arts group produces three plays a year, one in the fall, the winter and the spring musical. This year's musical, Brigadoon, will premiere on April 3.

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Subway Opening new restaurant at Tilton Wal-Mart

TILTON — Subway restaurants announced today that it has opened a new location inside the newly renovated Wal-Mart Supercenter in Tilton.

"I'm thrilled to be opening this Subway restaurant in Tilton. I am eager to be able to continue to expand the Subway family and to also provide jobs for local residents," said Jim Rood, a Subway restaurant franchisee. "To be part of a company that values healthy meal options for individuals and families is something that has always been an important issue for me."

"For the comfort of our customers, we added leather seating, including booths, armchairs, and sofas," said Rood. "We thought that this would be nice refuge for the weary shopper."

Rood has worked for Subway restaurants for 14 years and now has several stores in the area.

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Congresswoman Kuster will visit Franklin

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Democratic Committee will host a event which will provide party members and the general public with a meet and greet opportunity with Second District Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster on Monday, February 17 from 4 – 6 p.m. at 40 Gile Road, Franklin.

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Those interested in learning more about this organization, regardless of party affiliation, can visit the website: franklindemocrats.org.

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