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PSU deemed a ‘Green School’ by Sierra Club

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University's environmental sustainability efforts are catching the attention of the country's largest environmental advocacy group. The Sierra Club has named PSU to its list of America's Greenest Schools. According to the Sierra Club, the rankings are based on "an extensive questionnaire that asks about everything from where a campus gets its energy to whether its landscapers use native plants and its cafeterias offer recycled napkins." Brian Eisenhauer, PSU's Director of Environmental Sustainability, said he's proud of the institution's efforts in being green.

"In my experience the greatest asset we have at PSU is the depth of commitment to sustainability that exists in our students, staff, and faculty, and perhaps just as importantly, in our community," Eisenhauer said. "PSU's efforts to be more sustainable involve students and community partners directly in what we do; we have ideas from students and classes directly affect our operations, and I think our willingness to listen and learn from each other as a community has everything to do with our successes."

Eisenahauer noted the Sierra Club's list of environmentally sustainable schools considered a large amount of data. "One reason the Sierra Green Schools list is so meaningful is the comprehensive nature of their analyses, which involves a great deal of information about campus operations, curricular efforts, and co-curricular activities," he said. "At Plymouth State University we like to say that "green is more than our school color", and to that end we have made efforts to integrate sustainability not just in academic classes, but across our operations and thinking. It is this depth of commitment and the many, many ways it takes shape at PSU that have led to this recognition as one of the institutions of higher education playing a leadership role in addressing sustainability issues.
Eisenhauer added that PSU places a high priority on creating an awareness of sustainability issues for each student.

"An important part of our sustainability goals at PSU is to ensure that all of our students become aware of sustainability through their education and co-curricular experiences, and see the importance and value of including sustainability as a factor in the personal and professional decision making. As result of these efforts we have a very environmentally aware student body at PSU, and we continue to be pushed by them to pursue excellence in our sustainability efforts."

Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU News Services Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:01

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ATV raffle tickets available through Sun.

BELMONT — The Friends of Belmont Football will be showing their ATV, a 570 Polaris 4 by 4 for the last time at D&D Market in Belmont this Saturday, Aug. 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The machine is being raffled off to raise money for the football program.

Raffle tickets will be available through the end of Sunday, Aug. 31, at D&D Market and also at Brookside Pizza in Belmont.

Ticket donations are $20 each. All proceeds are used to support Belmont student athletes who are participating in a brand-new cooperative football team headed up by Gilford High School. These Belmont athletes will be competing at the Junior Varsity level for two years and will then have a chance to compete cooperatively as a Gilford-Belmont Varsity Football team. Friends of Football is appealing to members of the community to show their support of the boys in the program.

Prizes include the Grand Prize of the ATV, and three cash prizes of $250, $100, and $50. There will be four winners drawn on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1. Winners will be notified directly, and Friends of Belmont Football will reveal the winners to the media if it receives the winner's consent.

Friends of Belmont Football officials note the organization is responsible for all funding of the involvement of Belmont players and has taken great efforts to not impose any costs on Belmont taxpayers. They appreciate donations in any amount to help the youngsters play football.

Friends of Belmont Football is a 501-3c-recognized charity which allows donors to take advantage of tax deductions.

To make arrangements for a raffle ticket purchase or make a donation, call 603-707-1048 or come to D&D Market on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 07:36

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Sanbornton and Tilton Democrats to meet today

SANBORNTON — Gail Morrison, Chair of the Sanbornton Democratic Committee and Lynne Fox, Chair of the Tilton Democratic Committee announce that the committees will hold a joint meeting on Thursday, August 28, 6:30 p.m. at the Sanbornton Public Library.

Austin McCue, who heads up the Mid-Term Election Coordinated Campaign will speak. The Coordinated Campaign is sponsored by the New Hampshire Democratic Committee. The NHDP is invested in preserving Democratic advantages by re-electing Democrats up and down the ticket. Austin will lead a discussion on plans to accomplish this goal in this region. There are no primary contests among Democrats running for state office in the two towns. The focus is on success in the general election on November 4.

District candidates for state representative will attend. Ian Raymond of Sanbornton is running for re-election to the House of Representatives and Jane Alden of Tilton seeks a seat in the House in the two-town representative district. Organizers hope to have campaign materials for these and other candidates who wish to be elected in the November election at the county, state and federal levels.

Refreshments will be served. New members are invited. The one qualification for membership is registration as a Democratic voter in of one of the two towns: Sanbornton and Tilton.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 06:34

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Laconia Harley-Davidson Raises $30,000 for Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association & David's House


MEREDITH — Thanks to Laconia Harley-Davidson's Street™ 750 Charity Raffle, two New Hampshire nonprofits received $15,000 each in critical funding and two lucky New Hampshire motorcyclists each received one of Harley-Davidson's hottest new bikes.

In raising $30,000 during the raffle, Laconia Harley-Davidson delivered $15,000 each to the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association (LWSA) in Gilford and David's House in Lebanon. The LWSA is developing an adaptive sailing program to allow those with mental and physical disabilities to enjoy sailing's therapeutic benefits. David's House serves as a no-cost home away from home for families with children receiving treatment at Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD). Laconia Harley-Davidson has raised $185,000 in the past six years in support of a number of New Hampshire nonprofits.

This year marks the first time Laconia Harley-Davidson has donated two motorcycles for its charity raffle. Raffle winners Arthur Brungot of Kingston, and Michael Boulanger, of Meredith, each won new Harley-Davidson Street™ 750 motorcycles – Harley's much-anticipated new motorcycle featuring agile handling and blacked-out Harley-Davidson custom style. The Laconia Harley-Davidson charity raffle has previously benefited the Loon Preservation Society, the New Hampshire Food Bank, The Winnipesaukee Playhouse and the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region.

"We kicked off Laconia Motorcycle Week in style this year by providing riders with the first chance in New England to get a look at the brand new Street™ 750 motorcycle, while at the same time making an impact in our community," said Anne Deli, owner of Laconia Harley-Davidson. "We are thrilled to be able to deliver much-needed funding for these two fantastic nonprofits, who are both doing such meaningful work helping those in need. And we are equally pleased to be able to hand over two of Harley-Davidson's hottest new motorcycles to our two lucky winners."

Gov. Maggie Hassan helped kick-start Laconia Motorcycle Week and the Street 750 Charity Raffle by purchasing the first of 3,000 raffle tickets at a June State House event flanked by a dozen Harley riders and nonprofit volunteers.

"For the LWSA, the opportunity to participate in the 2014 Laconia Harley-Davidson charity raffle has evolved into a real partnership between unique entities," said Tom Mullen, President of the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association. "Without benefactors like Laconia Harley-Davidson, we could never bring our unique programming to the folks that need our services. Laconia Harley-Davidson recognizes this fact and they consistently give back to the people of New Hampshire in many important ways. We are proud to be associated with this outstanding business."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:45

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