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PSU Hosts 2014 New Hampshire Water and Watershed Conference March 21

PLYMOUTH — The 2014 New Hampshire Water and Watershed Conference (NHWWC) will be held on Friday, March 21, at Plymouth State University. This year, the theme is Sustainability of New Hampshire's Water Resources.

Each year, the NHWWC provides current information about New Hampshire's water resources and related topics. Approximately 200 people are attending the event to hear a variety of talks and network with other people interested in our water resources. The 2014 agenda includes a morning plenary talk on the sustainability of New Hampshire's water resources. Throughout the day there will be informative sessions on a variety of topics and we will close the event with an afternoon wrap-up discussion where participants will be able to ask questions and share ideas about water and sustainability in New Hampshire.

Plymouth State University's Center for the Environment (CFE) hosts the event each year. Conference organizer and CFE's associate director June Hammond Rowan, said the conference provides the latest information about a critically important natural resource.

"Water resources are a vital part of New Hampshire's landscape and economy," Hammond Rowan said. "We have over 30 talks and more than a dozen posters presentations this year. Topics include land use planning for water resources; water and public health; integrating science and decision making; NH's water data; outreach, education, and citizen science; and climate change."

The conference also features a meeting of the Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable, a national organization focusing on advancing understanding of the nation's water resources and the development of tools for their sustainable management. This meeting allows participants a unique opportunity to hear from an influential group and gain perspective on how water resource issues in New Hampshire compare and relate to issues in other states.

Registration for the conference is open. For additional conference information, visit http://www.plymouth.edu/center-for-the-environment/2014-nh-water-watershed-conference/.

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The NH Water and Watershed Conference is organized by PSU's Center for the Environment with assistance from a committee of people from Keene State College, NH Department of Environmental Services, NH Geological Survey, NH Fish & Game Department, UNH NH Water Resources Research Center, US Geological Survey New England Water Science Center, and the City of Portsmouth.

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Correction: AARP Driver Safety program will take place on Thursday, April 3

A press release that was published on Friday was submitted with an incorrect date. The next AARP Mature Driver Safety Program will be held on Thursday, April 3, at the Meredith Community Center. Registration is required, for more information or to register for this course call Bob Kennelly at 677-7187 or the Meredith Senior Center at 279-5631.

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Plug Into The Meredith Library For Teen Tech Week

MEREDITH —  Every year, public libraries around the country participate in Teen Tech Week, using it as an opportunity to highlight the wide variety of non-print resources that they have available for their youth patrons. This year, the Meredith Public Library will be celebrating Teen tech Week from March 11th to the 15th, with several fun and informative programs planned.
The Youth Services staff will be kicking the week off by hosting a Guitar Hero Power Hour on Tuesday, March 11, from 3:30 to 4:30 in the Function Room. The library will provide the game, 2 guitar controllers, a massive projector and screen, and surround sound, so all they're missing are some talented teenage rock stars. This program is for ages 10-18, and snacks will be provided.
Additionally, over the course of the week, teens and tweens are invited to participate in a challenge that's being called The QR Quest. Basically a high tech scavenger hunt, The QR Quest will be a fun way for teens to become familiar with their library. Quest Sheets will be available at both the main circulation desk and in the children's room, and will give clues to a series of locations or items within the library. Hidden near each location or item will be a QR code, which are small barcode-type symbols that can be scanned using a smartphone or other mobile device. And don't worry if you don't have a smartphone of your own, the library has an iPod Touch that you can borrow for the QR Quest. When scanned, the QR codes will display a simple question, which the participants will write the answer to on their Quest Sheet. Completed Quest Sheets can then be turned in at the children's room desk, where the participants will receive a sweet reward, and be entered for a chance to win a Kindle e-reader.
And while you're at the library, don't forget that the MPL is now hosting two different Minecraft servers. If you have Minecraft on your home computer, you can access their remote server at minecraft.meredithlibrary.org. Or, you can go to the library and play on any of their public computers, from which you can access either the remote server or the local server. The remote server is set to Survival Mode, and the local server is set to Creative Mode, so you have a couple different ways to create and play.

For more information on these programs, or any other Youth Services program or event, visit their website at Meredithlibrary.org, or contact John, the Youth Services Librarian, by calling (603)279-4303, or emailing him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:01

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Laconia Ice Arena's "Think Rink for Kids" Capital Campaign Receives $10,000 Boost from Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is pleased to announce that the charitable fund carrying its name has awarded a $10,000 grant to Laconia Ice Arena's "Think Rink for Kids" Capital campaign. With this donation, the Arena is now two-thirds of the way to achieving their fundraising goal of $267,000.

"We are so thankful for this donation and all the support that has been coming through from our community," said Will Fay, Manager of the Arena. "We have been overwhelmed by the support of citizens and community-oriented businesses, like Meredith Village Savings Bank, in helping sustain this recreational resource."

The Laconia Ice Arena is entering its "second generation," during which significant investment will be required in order to continue to operate the facility and maintain its refrigeration system, consisting of miles of tubes laid underneath the ice surface, a large condenser, chiller and several other components. The Laconia Ice Arena's "Think Rink for Kids" campaign has been established to raise funds to update refrigeration equipment, provide improved parking, and reduce fees for youth and community.

In addition to this capital campaign and regular ice rink use, the Arena has been adding a variety of new events to their calendar to help increase community participation and involvement. On Saturday evenings throughout the winter, the arena hosts "Saturday Night Meltdown" where skaters are entertained by a live DJ, light shows and games. They also look forward to hosting off-season events this year, including the circus (April 18-19) and the New Hampshire Roller Derby (July-TBA).

"Think Rink for Kids" campaign contributions can be made by individual cash donation, corporate sponsorship, grant or matching funds. For more information about this campaign or to contribute, contact Will Fay at 581-7008 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit the arena's website www.laconiaicearena.com.

MVSB established the Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund in 1997 under the leadership of John Starrett who was then president and CEO of the Bank. Since then, 248 grants totaling more than $971,992 have been awarded to a wide range of environmental, social, educational, and historic projects throughout the Greater Lakes Region and Plymouth areas. Over the years, the Fund has supported literacy programs, after-school programs, environmental monitoring and education, restoration of historic structures, organizations that provide support for individuals and families in challenging circumstances, and equipment that helps save lives. The deadline for consideration for the 2014 grant cycle is October 15, 2014. Applications are available on the Bank's website (www.mvsb.com) and at all MVSB offices.
Meredith Village Savings Bank, founded in 1869, is an independent mutual savings bank with 11 offices serving individuals, families, businesses and municipalities in the Lakes Region and the Plymouth area.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 09:54

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