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Use and Benefits of Social Media for Seniors

LACONIA —  Facebook gives people the opportunity to connect with others from the comfort of their homes. People can feel a part of family and friend's life events even though they're far away. A recent study by Dr. Sheila Cotton, a sociologist and associate professor at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, showed regular internet use was associated with a 30 percent decrease in symptoms of depression.

Debbie Bolduc, marketing consultant and owner of BizBuzz Marketing Partners, will present a program on the social media site Facebook at Taylor Community's Woodside Building, Friday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. Bolduc hopes by educating seniors she can help them stay connected in a new way and keep their minds active. "Studies have shown a link between lack of social interaction and Alzheimer's, so we now know more than ever how important it is to stay connected to family and friends," she said.

To RSVP, call 524-5600, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 11:29

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Senior Momentum Trivia sponsored by Gilford Parks and Rec.

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a Senior Moment-um program featuring an afternoon of trivia on Monday, January 27th at noon in the Community Church Fellowship Hall. for a fun afternoon of trivia.

Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. The Parks and Recreation Department will provide the trivia, as well as coffee and tea.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.


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Holderness School Takes Major Step Toward Renewable Energy Production

HOLDERNESS — Holderness School has announced its plans to invest in a central woodchip heating system that will save the school approximately $300,000 in avoided costs annually.

The system will strengthen Holderness's ties to the nearby community by keeping over $127,000 a year spent on energy within the local economy, and will reduce the school's dependence on foreign fossil fuels by approximately 133,000 gallons of fuel oil annually, improving energy security. The system as planned will generate 4,500 Class 1 thermal Renewal Energy Certificates (RECs) annually.

Essential to this project's viability was a grant from the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission's Renewable Energy Fund in the amount of $300,000. This grant helped provide the momentum necessary to move Holderness's plans for the project forward, ensuring the higher funding level required to allow the project to install equipment to minimize emissions and allow for the project to qualify for Class 1 thermal RECS.

Also essential was support from the U.S. Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center, which provided initial technical support to allow Holderness to evaluate the project's potential. Endorsements for Holderness's project and for the PUC grant application came from neighboring towns, Plymouth State University, Senator Shaheen, The North Country Resource and Development Area Council and the UNH Forestry & Wildlife program. The late Councilor Burton's support for renewable energy and local initiatives also played a pivotal role.

"We are grateful to the PUC for their investment in our school and its long-term financial and environmental sustainability," noted Holderness Head of School, Phil Peck. "The PUC grant dollars will go directly to improvements that will be implemented and maintained, resulting in timely, substantial and measurable effects; not the least of which will be the generation of significant thermal RECs, as well as stronger community ties and exciting educational possibilities for our students."

The project will include construction and installation of a woodchip storage bunker, fully automated fuel handling and screening system, a 4.0 mmBt/Hr woodchip advanced combustion unit, hot water boiler and electrostatic precipitator (ESP) for emission control. The technology is considered best practice in Europe for biomass systems, but is only recently being implemented in the United States for systems of this scale. Hot water thermal storage improves system efficiency and fossil fuel replacement by covering short-term peaks, allowing steady firing, and absorbing heat to allow the boiler to run at higher capacity when heat demands are low.

Holderness envisions incorporating aspects of the biomass system into the existing curriculum, including studies of sustainable forestry practices, renewable energy economics and technology, and system efficiency. The system will also provide additional opportunities for ongoing educational collaboration with the Plymouth Statue University and the local community regarding sustainability and renewable energy.

According to Holderness School Sustainability Coordinator, Dr. Maggie Mumford, "Woodchips are a readily available, renewable energy source and thus are a sensible approach to the heating needs of the school. The system will make the connection between energy resources and energy utilization readily apparent to the students, enabling them to more fully understand the environmental implications of our daily lives."

The school will be soliciting design/build proposals and hopes to begin the project as early as this summer, with planned completion in 2015. The consulting engineer for this project is Dan Wilson of Wilson Engineering.


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Four, funny one-acts at Newfound Regional on Jan. 31

NEWFOUND — There is nothing better than a comedy to break up the winter doldrums, and you can find four of them on Friday January 31 at Newfound Regional High School's annual one act play competition.

Each class has been working since December to prepare their performances which will be adjudicated by three judges. Awards are presented for outstanding acting, directing and best play. The Class of 2017 will present A Simple Task by Alan Haehnel. Empie, the protagonist, has her first assignment at her new job but how can she succeed when she is interrupted by a cast of confusing characters. Under the direction of David Harlow, this comedy borders on the absurd.

Directed by Jake Schaffner, the Sophomores will follow with a short comedy by Ian McWethy, 13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview. Two college recruiters need to fill on last spot to keep their job, but thirteen eccentric, slightly­insane high school seniors make it very difficult. Each applicant hilariously exemplifies what not to do at a college interview.

After a brief intermission, the night resumes with That's Not How I Remember It by Don Zolidis. Flashing back to the 1980's, Mom and Dad look back upon their courtship, each recalling the events completely differently. This comedy is directed by Lori Devost.

The final presentation of the night will be Stress, Pressure, Doom and Other Teen Delights by Alan Haehnel. Whoever said high was easy did not understand what dilemmas face today's adolescents. With great humor, this play gives the audience an inside look at their high­pressure problems. Jen Simpson directs the Class of 2014.

Tickets are available at the door, $5 for students and $7 for adults. Call 744­-6006, ext 125 for more information.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:49

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