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Children’s Dentistry collecting Halloween candy & sending it to deployed troops

GILFORD/PLYMOUTH — The Children's Dentistry is conducting its second annual candy buy-back program. Candy collection will be held at Children's Dentistry from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on Wednesday, November 5 in Plymouth; Thursday, November 6 and Gilford; and Friday, November 7 in Plymouth and Gilford.

Children are encouraged to donate their candy to us at $1 per pound. Our team will package the candy and send it off to our US troops.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:28

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Holderness School gallery hosts exhibit by ceramic artist

HOLDERNESS — Opening November 4th and running through December 13th, "Evolving Tradition," a show featuring the work of ceramic artist Yoshinori Hagiwara will be on view at the Edwards Art Gallery at the Holderness School.

Hagiwara was born in 1974 as the fifth generation of the Hagiwara workshop and is part of a tradition that includes last year's exhibitor and renowned ceramic artist, Ken Matsuzaki. The opening reception is on November 4th from 6:30 – 8 pm

Hagiwara is represented by the Pucker Gallery in Boston, MA and it is the result of their close relationship with Holderness School that this exhibit is made possible. The Pucker Gallery's audio tour describes Hagiwara's ceramics as representing "a kind of enigma. They are at once sleek and sophisticated, yet many of them hearken back to the atmosphere of works made in the distant past of potters of Europe or Asia." Although Hagiwara is a fifth generation potter, he adds his own distinct style; his shapes are functional, and yet the elegance of his glazes makes them seem more refined.

Hagiwara's works are part of the public collection at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Israel Museum, the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, and the Tikotin Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel, among others.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:24

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Stafford House gets an energy makeover

LACONIA — Residents of the Stafford House, originally built in 1912, will soon be living in a more energy-efficient, safe, and comfortable building, thanks to $500,000 in funding through the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and construction management expertise from Resilient Buildings Group, Inc. (RBG).

In addition RBG was able to secure an additional $120,000 in funds from energy efficiency programs through Public Service of New Hampshire (electric) and Liberty Utilities (natural gas), and the Public Utilities Commission's Solar Rebate Program.

The building, owned by the Laconia Housing Authority (LHA), has 50 independent-living residential units for income qualified elderly households in its 36,000 square feet. Energy improvements follow recommendations from an energy audit and include air sealing and insulation in the attic, front entry, roof, hot water heating pipes, air sealing between apartments; installation of 149 triple-pane, low-e replacement windows; LED lighting with "smart" controls in offices, stairwells, community room, laundry, and common areas; a 34.5 kilowatt solar-electric photovoltaic system; and 1.28 gallon toilets which replace the 4.5 gallon existing fixtures. LHA expects to reduce energy use by 29%, saving LHA $23,500 each year. Moreover, Renewable Energy Credits from their new PV system will bring in an additional $3,000 each year.

Dick Weaver, Executive Director of Laconia Housing Authority, said of the project: "The Stafford House is an important housing resource in downtown Laconia. In need of a significant capital infusion, the City of Laconia sponsored our application to the Community Development Finance Authority for the CDBG funds. Not only will the rehabilitated structure reduce its water and energy consumption, but the residents will enjoy a vastly improved living environment."

Laconia Housing Authority owns over 300 units of affordable housing in the Lakes Region and administers over 400 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers. LHA is entirely self-funded and is governed by a five member Board of Commissioners appointed by the Laconia City Council.
Originally built as the Laconia Tavern Hotel in 1912, it was advertised as an upscale hotel with luxury amenities. The 100 rooms came with or without private baths, telephones, and hardwood floors with rugs. Elevators, electric lights, and its own automobile garage made this hotel very modern. The most famous of its guests was President Eisenhower. It was operated as a hotel until the early 1970s when it was converted into apartments. The NH Division of Historic Resource approved this project based on RBG's Request for Project Review application.

Resilient Buildings Group is a mission-driven for-profit subsidiary of The Jordan Institute, a non-profit organization focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy public policy, program design, and, through RBG, project implementation. RBG's services include energy audits, energy-centric construction management, energy monitoring and verification, building commissioning, LEED certification and consulting, and energy related consulting. For more information, visit www.ResilientBuildingsGroup.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:19

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Moulton Farm holding ‘Fun Run’ 5K on Nov. 8

MEREDITH — On Saturday, November 8, Moulton Farm will be holding its second annual "Farm Fun Run" provides a unique 5k course that takes participants around the farm, through fields most people never have been in and part of the farm's corn maze. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. followed by the start of the run at 10 a.m.

"It's definitely a unique course," says John Moulton, owner of the farm. "On some parts of the course the runners are on pavement. On other parts they are going through fields or running on dirt tracks used by our tractors." The course and the event are the brainchild of the farm's field manager, Kyle Lacasse.

"The idea was to have fun and give people a chance to experience a different part of the farm," says Lacasse. "Last year we had a wide range of runners from people doing their first five kilometer run to school teams. We even had parents and children running together." It was also fun for the supporters who watched the race and cheered the runners on. After the last runners finish the farm gives out its "Cob Awards" in the one of the farm's greenhouses. "It's a fun event and medals just didn't seem to fit," Lacasse notes. "We're a farm, so this seemed much more appropriate. Plus the emphasis is on fun, rather than competition. We do, however, provide times for people who wish to see how they did."

In addition to the 5k course, the farm will have a shorter course available for children who wish to participate but need a shorter distance.

There is no charge for the event and runners can register the day of the event, although the farm does encourage people to print out and bring a copy of the registration form that is available on the farm's website at moultonfarm.com/funrun2014/.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:10

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