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LACONIA — Irwin Automotive has taken steps toward making their sales area more ecologically friendly. The company says this move is consistent with its efforts to be more aware of energy efficiency, both in terms of the cars they sell as well as the area where they work.

A recent renovation, which included complete paving of the facility and all new lighting fixtures, emphasizes their "green" ideas. GMI Asphalt of Belmont and Liberty Electric of Salem provided their services for this updating and were extremely efficient and helpful and great to work with. The new lights are LED, utilizing the most up to date and efficient technology on the market. These new lights are using a fifth of the energy the previous lights used.

Irwin Automotive sees the importance in protecting the environment and therefore sells very fuel efficient, ecological vehicles that are conducive to the needs of the environment.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 10:40

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0817 Hospice Volunteer Training

LACONIA — Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice will be holding three information sessions for anyone interested in becoming a hospice volunteer.

The first session will take place on Thursday, August 22 at 10 a.m. at the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Corporate Office in Laconia. The second session will be held on Thursday, September 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Gilford Public Library. The final session will be held on Tuesday, September 10 at 10 a.m. at the Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Wolfboro branch.

The information sessions will outline the expectations of volunteers who choose to work in this area and the training curriculum. The free training is especially geared towards people interested in helping individuals and families deal with end-of life issues, bereavement and loss.

The training and class materials are free, open to the public and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register call 569-2729 x 263 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 10:29

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081413 SLA Speaker (239)

HOLDERNESS — A speaker will discuss the health of white pines at the Squam Lakes Association Resource Center this Thursday at 7 p.m. for the Squam Speaker Series: White Pine Health.

Martha Carlson, Ph.D. candidate at the University of New Hampshire will present a program on her research on why white pines have lost lots of their needles.

Martha and her husband grow white pines and other trees in Sandwich. She's been studying the impact of climate change on their sugar maples. And she coordinates a UNH research program regarding the impacts of ozone on white pines. School children across New England have been collecting samples of pines for 22 years. In 2011, for the first time, the students documented the dramatic loss of needles. Something shocked the pines in 2010. That made them vulnerable to fungi and other predators since then. Martha will explain her theory about the initial stress on August 15. And she'll talk about how the pines are recovering.

The Speaker Series will continue on Wednesday, Aug. 21. The Holderness Conservation Committee and the Squam Lakes Association are sponsoring a talk on arsenic and drinking water which will be presented by Michael Paul, JD MPH from the Dartmouth Center for Environmental Health Services and Pierce Rigrod from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

Both programs will start at 7 p.m. at the SLA Resource Center, 534 Route 3, Holderness. Programs are free and open to all. For more information, please call (603) 968-7336 or visit www.squamlakes.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 10:26

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081413 Union Church Service 3X Kelly and Karen (cutline only)

With only two Sundays remaining in this summer season for the Union Church on Meredith Neck Road, Kelly Sturmer, left, and Trustee Karen Thorndike, right,  will be singing and greeting, respectively, at the 10 a.m. August 18 service. Graduating from Inter-Lakes High School in 1990, Sturmer has a BA degree from Mount Holyoke College, majoring in music. She resides in Hollis, Maine, with her husband and two boys. Giving the message on Sunday, is returning minister, Rev. Al Mather from Holderness, currently a retired UCC minister, who spent most of his career in business. The Union Church welcomes all to it's services. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 10:23

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