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Holderness School honored for energy efficiency improvements

HOLDERNESS — Holderness School has been named as one of 14 regional organizations for outstanding efforts to advance energy efficiency by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships. The school was also named New Hampshire State Champion.

The school was selected based on its long-term commitment to:

-- Achieve energy savings through investment in cost efficient measures.
-- Address comprehensive changes in major energy systems such as lighting, HVAC, building envelope, office equipment and industrial processes, with a focus on improvements in multiple fuel categories.
--Continue improvements in energy performance through management level support and operational practices.

-- Demonstrate leadership to advance energy efficiency and to promote its benefits within their communities.

The following Holderness School sustainability improvements, among others, were cited in the award:

-- Construction of two new LEED Gold Certified residence halls that feature solar orientation, solar hot water, drain water heat recovery systems, and efficient propane boilers, as well as low-flow toilets and shower heads.

-- Seven efficiency lighting initiatives, as well as installation of more than 1,100 compact fluorescent light bulbs.

-- Installation of a 2-ton ductless mini-split heat pump in the computer server room.

-- Air sealing and insulation improvements in Weld dining hall.

-- Installation of 11 energy recovery ventilators in residence halls.

Holderness School's sponsor for the award was the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, a member-owned and controlled electric distributor serving approximately 80,000 members in 115 towns and cities. NHEC has a strong legacy of helping members control energy costs.

The Co-op's Business Development Executive Bill Vecchio has been involved with Holderness for more than a decade. In just the last eight years he has helped the school leverage $76,000 in incentives toward efficiency upgrades of over $284,000.

Holderness School's sustainability efforts were greatly helped by a grant from the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission's (PUC) Renewable Energy Fund for the biomass project, as well as its connections with the Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center, which provided initial technical support to allow Holderness to evaluate the project's potential.

Holderness School was also helped by Plymouth State University, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, The North Country Resource and Development Area Council, and the UNH Forestry and Wildlife program.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2015 07:27

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Moultonborough Lions Club awards $11,000 in scholarships to 10 local graduating seniors

MOULTONBOROUGH — Moultonborough Lions Club Scholarship Committee has awarded $11,000 in scholarships to local area high school students.

The Scholarship Committee awarded from the Bicentennial Trust $2,000 to Elaine Velie of Moultonborough Academy. Other Academy students receiving $1,000 each were Kelsey Coppinger, Chelsea Stockdale, Zachary Atwell and Veronica Diltz. Lion Dawn Law made these presentations on behalf of the club at the Scholarship Dinner Meeting at Geneva Point.

Inter-Lakes students also receiving $1,000 each were Sarah Dunlap, Logan Goewey, Kalee Tinker, and Peter Baker. Lion Joe Keegan made these presentations at the Scholarship Dinner meeting at the Meredith Community Center.

Sage Lincoln from Kingswood also received a $1,000 scholarship.

In addition to giving out the scholarships, the Moultonborough Lions invite the recipients and their parents to a special recognition dinner in July. This dinner has become a tradition with the club over the years and includes invites to the "UP" Fund scholarship recipients and any Eagle Scouts from club sponsored Troop 142.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2015 07:23

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Heritage Baptist church offers vacation bible school

LACONIA — Heritage Free Will Baptist Church invites all children ages 2 – 17 to join their Vacation Bible School this summer –July 6-10 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at no cost to their family.

Call the Church at 528-8400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to pre-register children, or bring them to the church at 349 Meredith Center Road, Laconia, on Monday, July 6, before 9:00 a.m. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2015 07:20

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LRGH Auxiliary hands out $10,000 to students pursuing health care careers

LACONIA — The Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary recently presented five scholarships, totaling $10,000 to local residents pursuing careers in the healthcare field.

The recipients were:

Renee Delaney of Laconia who is attending Franklin Pierce University. She is a graduate student studying to obtain a doctorate in physical therapy.

Nicole Derosia of Belmont who is attending Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y. She is pursuing a medical degree.

Emily Dionne of Laconia is attending the University of Rhode Island, pursuing a doctorate in pharmacy.

Anne Dionne of Laconia who will be attending the University Rhode Island to pursue a doctorate in pharmacy.

Shannon Foye of Lochmere who attending the University of New Hampshire, majoring in nutrition, and preparing for graduate studies for a master's degree in nursing.

Since 2000, the LRGH Auxiliary has awarded $214,000 in scholarship aid to local students. Scholarships are earmarked for LRGHealthcare employees, their immediate families and/ or volunteers. Scholarship funding is the direct result of the proceeds earned in the LRGH Auxiliary Gift Shop, located at Lakes Region General Hospital.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2015 07:05

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