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Popular Lakes Region Energy Expo is Back (440)

WOLFEBORO —  The Lakes Region Energy Expo: $ensible Answers to Your Energy Questions, will be held on Saturday, November 2 at Kingswood Regional High School from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. It is free and open to the public.

The day long event will include workshops by some of the Northeast's leading experts on energy efficiency and renewables; tours of local energy efficient and solar homes and businesses; and a marketplace of products and services.

Exhibitors and workshops will help attendees learn a wide range of energy saving strategies including insulating and sealing homes, the myths and marketing hype around windows, and a close-up look at renewable energy options like solar hot water and electricity. The "Stump the Chump" workshop provides an opportunity for people to ask the experts your specific energy questions. The complete schedule for the Expo can be downloaded at www.lakesregionenergyexpo.com .

The original Lakes Region Energy Expo held in 2008 was a huge success attracting more than 400 attendees from throughout the State. "We've had requests for years to put on another Expo so we made it a priority for 2013", says Susan Fuller of the Wolfeboro Energy Committee and Chair of the event.

"Energy continues to be a significant portion of the family budget" says State Senator Jeb Bradley. "The Lakes Region Energy Expo provides the tools and information to help you save energy and money."

The price of heating oil is higher today than it was in 2008 when the first Energy Expo was held. "In the past decade heating and cooling system technologies have been transformed allowing us to build more comfortable, energy efficient homes that save the homeowner money" says Gordon Cormack of Cormack Construction Management, an event sponsor.

"Investing in energy efficiency pays back in multiple ways," says Jim Schwartzkopf, Vice President of North Branch Construction and Project Manager of the current construction at the Wolfeboro First Congregational Church. "Lower energy bills, greater comfort, smaller environmental footprint and higher value at re-sale are all reasons our customers are asking us for the most energy efficient buildings."

This year the Expo will also be co-located with a special harvest farmers market so attendees can purchase locally produced vegetables, meats and baked goods as well. Refreshments and lunch will be available to purchase from Slow Food of Carroll County and Tumbledown Farm. The Expo is presented by the Town of Wolfeboro Energy Committee in partnership with the Wentworth Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO).

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors including North Branch Construction, Cormack Construction Management, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Wolfeboro Oil Company, Wood & Clay, Inc., NH Electric Co-op, Frase Electric and SunRay Solar the Expo is free for all attendees.

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Gilman Library offers program on Comet ISON

ALTON —  A program on the Comet ISON will be offered at the Gilman Library on Tuesday, November 5 at 7 p.m.

Comet ISON, C/2012 S1 (ISON), should be clearly naked eye visible in New Hampshire by early November. Since mid-September amateur astronomers worldwide have been eagerly studying it with medium-power telescopes. Based on what they are seeing, this comet, hailed as being 'special' when discovered in 2012, should definitely be conspicuous in the night sky during November.

It is likely to be the most memorable comet seen in New Hampshire since Hale Bopp in 1997. Towards Thanksgiving, ISON, which will 'graze' the surface of the Sun, might even be daylight visible. There are five different scenarios to what can then happen as the Comet rounds the Sun. If it survives even partly intact it could be a tantalizing sight around Christmas. A Holiday Comet. It will be the 'Comet of 2013', possibly the 'Great Comet of 2013'. It has the potential to be the 'Comet of the Century'.

The presenter, Alton-resident Anura Guruge,  whose books on popes gained considerable attention during the papal transition earlier this year, has written and published three books on Comet ISON, in print and in 99 cent eBook form, in addition to another book on comets: 'Comets: 101 Facts & Trivia'. His main ISON book, already, at various times, has reached Amazon's #1 spot for books on 'Comets, Meteors & Asteroids'.

This interactive, one-hour, slide-based presentation will cover all aspects of Comet ISON, including its discovery, name, origins, characteristics, orbital path and Sun-encounter scenarios. Background information on comets in general, with references to past 'greats', will also be included to provide context and perspective. Audience participation will be encouraged.

Admission is free. All are welcome.

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Chamber Seeks Nominations for Economic Improvement Awards

LACONIA — Each year,the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce recognizes businesses for their economic development, construction or improvements in the Lakes Region or Twin Rivers regions at their Annual Awards Luncheon and Membership Meeting.

This year's 95th annual meeting, being presented by Bank of New Hampshire, will be held on January, 16 2014 at Mill Falls at the Lake in the Winnipesaukee Room at Church Landing in Meredith.
The Chamber is seeking nominations for this year's outstanding organizations that have remodeled, renovated or rebuilt in the 2013 calendar. Categories for eligible businesses are: retail (large or small); commercial; municipal; industrial; and non-profit.
There are 3 prestigious awards being presented at the event. The Golden Trowel Award is presented to a business to recognize their accomplishments for rehabilitation, addition, new landscaping, maintenance or other visible improvement. The Golden Hammer Award will be given to an organization for any noticeable construction completed in 2013. The third award is the Environmental Award, presented to a business that has made efforts and investments to being environmentally friendly, sustainable or green.
To nominate a business, go to the Chamber website at LakesRegionChamber.org. Completed forms including a minimum of one photograph may be submitted electronically or mailed to the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, 383 SouthMain St, Laconia, NH 03246. Deadline for submissions is December 6.

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Laconia Harley-Davidson Launches Statewide Effort to Raise Funds and Awareness for Prostate Cancer Research

MEREDITH —  Laconia Harley-Davidson announced a month-long collaborative effort to raise funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer research and men's mental health challenges.

Laconia Harley is participating in the Movember Foundation's month-long mustache-growing campaign and partnering with the New Hampshire Prostate Cancer Coalition (NHPCC) to raise critical funds to support prostate cancer research and education. Prostate Cancer affects one in six men and approximately one man in thirty-six will die of this disease.

The campaign will formally begin at a "Shave the Date" event on November 2 from 12-2 p.m. at Laconia Harley-Davidson.  Participants will learn about men's health issues from NHPCC and can make a donation to the organization and receive free shaves so they can start the month with a clean face for the Movember Foundation campaign.

Throughout the 30 days of November, men will grow their moustaches (no other facial hair) to show their support of men's health awareness and prompt conversations on these issues wherever they go. Laconia Harley has established a team page at https://www.movember.com/us/register/?teamid=1050569 where the public can sign up to join the effort and solicit support from family members and friends.

Laconia Harley will match funds raised through the Movember effort (up to $2,000) and make a donation to the New Hampshire Prostate Cancer Coalition, a statewide organization that seeks to significantly reduce the number of prostate cancer deaths, improve the quality of life of men living with this disease and to provide Prostate Cancer diagnosis and treatment education.

Raising awareness for these men's health issues is especially important to Laconia Harley owner Anne Deli, who lost her father to prostate cancer over a decade ago. "I watched my father die from complications of prostate cancer because he simply didn't go to the doctor until it was too late," said Deli. "It is my goal to encourage men to take control of their health so that we can reduce the preventative deaths from prostate cancer."

Riders and their families can come to the Meredith store for a fresh shave donated by professional barbers from Polished & Proper Barbershop & Shave Parlor in Laconia, a free lunch provided by Hart's Turkey Farm, live music, and drinks.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 10:54

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