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082913 LRPC Launches Soak Up the Rain Waukewan (433)

MEREDITH — This summer, the Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) is implementing Soak Up the Rain Waukewan, a new site-level education and planning program to assist selected property owners in the five communities comprising the Lake Waukewan watershed.

The purpose of the program is to work with residents interested in evaluating their property's interaction with the lake and taking steps to maximize the property's ecological performance. Property owners in the Lake Waukewan watershed are eligible to receive free technical assistance that will provide a snap shot of their property's current impact on the lake, a list of low-cost, do-it-yourself improvements, and an action plan for implementation.

Although the program is new, its formation is the result of many years of hard work advanced by local officials, researchers, and volunteers seeking to manage and protect one of the region's key natural resources. Randy Eifert, Chairman of the Waukewan Watershed Advisory Committee recalls the outcomes first envisioned by his Committee when it released its award-winning Waukewan Watershed Management Plan almost a decade ago: "Since 2005, our Committee, comprised of volunteers from the Lake's five communities, has been seeking opportunities to address the top recommendations from our Plan. Stormwater planning is one of our highest concerns and this project will complement our endeavors and assist us tremendously."

While the primary focus of the program is to provide technical assistance, some funding is also available to go a step further with four pilot sites, where recommended best management practices (BMPs) will be installed to emphasize the program's educational component.

According to Kimon Koulet, LRPC's Executive Director, "These installations, funded partially through the program and partially by the property owner, will create functioning, three-dimensional examples of the installations and practices that DES, LRPC and others have been featuring and promoting for effective storm water management. They will serve to educate and familiarize local officials with simple, low-cost stormwater solutions."

Sites selected to receive assistance will exhibit high potential for improved runoff interruption, dissipation, infiltration and/or detention. In particular, the program seeks to facilitate improvements that will alleviate dissolved oxygen impairment in the lake. For example, properties with large areas of bare soil/sand susceptible to erosion, sites with roof/driveway runoff that travels uninterrupted during storms, and sites with lawns extending to the shoreline all represent sites whose ecological function would be enhanced through the program's recommendations and implementation projects.

Soak Up the Rain Waukewan is being initiated by the LRPC and funded through the NH Department of Environmental Services. Individuals interested in enrolling in the program or needing more information can contact Dari Sassan, LRPC Regional Planner, at (603) 279-8171 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 11:22

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082913PSUSkatingParty (232): 3X PSU Skating Party

PLYMOUTH — The public is invited to the Northeast Delta Dental Community Skating Party on Friday, August 30, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Plymouth State University Ice Arena.
Free skate rental, door prizes and giveaways will be offered throughout the afternoon. Appearances by the organizations’ mascots, Molly the Molar and Pemi the Panther are planned with a special guest appearance by Fungo, mascot of the NH Fisher Cats, at 3 p.m.
Northeast Delta Dental provides comprehensive dental insurance for individuals and families and organizations of all sizes in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont and supports the arena’s programs and operations. Many of these programs are open to the public and promote a healthy, active lifestyle for New Hampshire’s citizens and families.
“We are inviting the public to a free Community Skating Party as a way to express our deep appreciation for Northeast Delta Dental and their many contributions to the well-being of this and hundreds of other New England communities," said PSU President Sara Jayne Steen.
Complimentary refreshments begin at 4 p.m. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information about the Northeast Delta Dental Skating Party, call John Scheinman at 535-2805.
CAPTION — David Gyger, PSU Ice Arena Manager; Tammie Croft, Senior Account Manager, Northeast Delta Dental; Stephen Barba, PSU Executive Director of University Relations; and John Scheinman, PSU Major Gifts Officer at Plymouth State University's Hanaway Rink. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 11:19

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090113 Appalachian Mountain Teen Project Receives $2000 Grant from Meredith Village Savings Bank Charitable Fund (380 w/2 col MVSB Fund) 2 col. photo

MEREDITH — The Appalachian Mountain Teen Project (AMTP), a non-profit, community-based prevention program that operates throughout the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, has received a $2,000 grant from the Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund. These funds will help support the organization's activity-based mentoring program, which uses a powerful combination of interventions to encourage the social, emotional, economic, academic and vocational success of young people facing challenging life circumstances.

The activity-based mentor program fosters resilience and leadership skills in youth through group activities and weekly one-on-one mentoring in the school setting from a professional staff member. The group events range from school activities to day long and multi-day/overnight trips focusing on outdoor wilderness adventure and experiential education. The program also provides opportunities for older participants to serve in leadership roles.

"With recent budget cuts at the state level, many community programs have had to close or cut services," said Nathan Boston, Executive Director for Appalachian Mountain Teen Project. "With support from local organizations, we have been able to continue helping local youth that are facing challenging life situations with few resources available to them. We appreciate Meredith Village Savings Bank's willingness to support this initiative to give struggling children and young adults a second chance at a bright, successful future and the opportunity to build friendships and mentor relationships that will last a lifetime."

The Appalachian Mountain Teen Project (AMTP) was initiated as a summer program in 1984 with start-up support from NHCF by program founder, Donna San Antonio, and was incorporated as a year round program in 1987. AMTP was created as an independent, community-based non-profit youth and community service program to serve the Lakes Region of Central New Hampshire.

Since 1984, AMTP has formed long-term mentoring relationships with over 550 teens and conducted thousands of activity days with teen groups. Over time, the program has expanded to include parenting courses, classroom based diversity programs, a program to help youth successfully transition to Middle School, and efforts to improve access to and success in post-secondary education. Since 1984, the AMTP has served over 5,400 people in 8 school districts and 19 communities.

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Meredith Village Savings Bank recently awarded the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project a $2,000 grant to help support the organization's activity-based mentoring program. Meredith Village Savings Bank AVP Branch Manager, Marcus Weeks (left) and Appalachian Mountain Teen Project Executive Director, Nathan Boston (right). (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 11:12

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PLYMOUTH — The next AARP Mature Driver Safety Program is being held at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center at 8 Depot St., Plymouth, on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 16 and 17 from 8:45 am. to 12:45 p.m. Conducted in two four-hour sessions.

The classroom experience emphasizes defensive driving techniques, including new traffic laws and rules of the road to name a few. It points out how to adjust driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time.

There is no test, and those completing the course receive a certificate making them eligible for insurance discounts from certain insurance companies serving New Hampshire.

The fee for the two day course is $12 for AARP members and $14 for others.

Registration is required, to register for this course call Bob Kennelly at 677-7187 or the Plymouth Regional Senior Center at 536-1204.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 11:02

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