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Wood Energy Exhibit Showcases Energy Choices NHEC grant helped fund

HOLDERNESS — Squam Lakes Natural Science Center recently announced the community phase of its Nature Matters Capital Campaign. The comprehensive fundraising effort prepares the Science Center for the future with multiple exhibit expansions, infrastructure improvements, and long-term financial stability. The first project for the capital campaign was the installation of two high-efficiency wood boilers, which was completed in February.

The project consists of two GARN wood heating systems, which use sustainably harvested, locally-sourced wood to heat five major buildings on the Science Center's Holderness campus. The GARN Wood Heating System is a simple, efficient, and durable wood fired hydronic heating system. The boilers use a large hydronic thermal storage tank to store the heat from a fast, clean, and efficient wood burning gasification process. The patented two-stage wood gasification technology produces virtually no smoke. The heated water circulates through an underground network of pipes to heat the buildings. The boilers are 88% efficient (LHV), and are reducing the use of five existing furnaces on the Science Center's campus, which use a combination of propane and oil.

The project was made possible with funds raised from donors to the Nature Matters Capital Campaign along with an incentive from New Hampshire Electric Cooperative's (NHEC) Commercial & Industrial Fossil Fuel program. The NHEC program provides incentives for larger commercial and industrial members to install systems that save or eliminate fossil fuel use. The Science Center received $15,000 towards the project, which was used to purchase 31 high efficiency pumps that reduce the amount of electricity used to distribute the heat to the buildings.

The Science Center expects to save over $15,000 annually in oil and propane costs.

The public will be able to see the boilers during the public trail season (May 1 through November 1) in a new Wood Energy Exhibit. In addition to a seeing the boilers through a viewing window, the exhibits will explain how renewable heat compares to other forms of energy with interactive displays.

More information about the Nature Matters Capital Campaign may be found at www.nhnature.org/naturematters.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 07:14

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Newfound Scholar Athletes Honored

BRISTOL — The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association and New Hampshire Athletic Directors Association held their Annual Scholar Athlete Awards Ceremony on Monday, March 17, at the Capital Center for the Arts, in Concord. This is the 27th year for females and the 16th year for males to received this highly distinguished award.

NHIAA high school student athletes from throughout New Hampshire were recognized for achieving academic and athletic excellence. Award recipients are nominated each year by their schools based on criteria which require the high school seniors to have a B+ grade point average, letter and be active in at least two varsity sports, participate in community service activities and serve as role models to their peers. At the awards ceremony, each student athlete received an award certificate. Governor Maggie Hassan addressed the student athletes and presented a proclamation.

The Newfound Regional High School students recognized included Megan Geldermann (volleyball & skiing), Amber Plummer (field hockey and basketball), Andrea Shinn (cross country, field hockey and track and field) and Allie Symonds (field hockey, basketball and track and field).

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LRCC Offers Energy Workshops for Homeowners for Spring

LACONIA — Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) is offering a series of Energy Workshops beginning March 29. The workshops are being taught by Wesley Golomb, an Energy Services and Technology (EST) Professor at LRCC.

"Scientific Basis for Climate Change" will be held on Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to noon. This workshop will discuss the scientific information which has led to the near consensus among scientists that the Earth's climate is warming. "Building (or Retrofitting) your Dream House Green" will be held on Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. to noon. This class will cover the basic concepts of building science and what a homeowner can do to make a residence more efficient in a cost effective manner.

On Saturday, April 26, the class is "Renewable Energy for Homeowners." Homeowners will be able to identify potential options for using renewable energy on their residence and be able to take the first steps in determining if these options are appropriate to their site. Among the renewable energy options covered are: Passive Solar, Solar Thermal, Photovoltaics, Geothermal, Wind, and Biomass.

On Saturday, May 3, LRCC EST Professor, Wes Golomb, will be teaching "Financing Energy Projects," which will focus on energy incentives, tax credits, and financing mechanisms which can help to get projects built. Homeowners will have the resources to find information specific to their projects. Each workshop is $100. If one registers for all four workshops, the fee will be $350 – a $50 savings.

For additional information and to register, call the College at 524-3207. One may also call toll-free, 1-800-357-2992. Students must be pre-registered one week prior to class.

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Love the Lake Volunteers Needed

LACONIA — The Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Association is seeking volunteers to assist with our first annual fundraiser to be held on Sunday June 29. This event invites the community to "Kick off the Summer" with our Love the Lake dinner-dance cruise aboard the M/S Mount Washington.

The Love the Lake cruise will feature: Sunset dinner & dance cruise for up to 500 people, Live music, Love the Lake Fair featuring local artisans, services and activities and a silent auction

The goal of the event is to bring the community together to embrace the Big Lake and all the fun, excitement and opportunity the region has to offer, while benefiting lake protection efforts at the same time.

A meeting for volunteers has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 2 at 3 p.m. at the LWWA office. Those interested in attending the meeting or learning more about how you can be involved, please contact Diane Hanley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via (603) 387-3429.


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