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Boarding For Breast Cancer event now in its 10th year at Waterville Valley

WATERVILLE VALLEY — For a 10th straight year, Waterville Valley Resort is donating its resources to raise money for Boarding For Breast Cancer. The fundraiser will be held Saturday, January 31 through Sunday, February 1.

Over the previous nine years, Waterville Valley Resort has raised $43,000 for B4BC, which is a non-profit, youth focused, education, awareness, and fundraising foundation. This two day event concentrates the donation efforts of both employees and guests has been steadily increasing in size and stature every year, including this year which combines B4BC's presence with a lift ticket special for Super Bowl Sunday.

One of the unique aspects of Waterville Valley Resort's efforts is the variety of methods in which they collect donations. As the second day of the event takes place the same day as Super Bowl 49, all lift tickets will be priced at just $49 and $1 from every ticket sold will go to B4BC. There are limited edition pink stickers featuring the Waterville Valley Resort logo, which are being sold throughout the resort for $2 or for $1 you can purchase a pink ribbon, which will adorn the Base Lodge as they "turn the mountain pink."

In celebration of the event there will also be a prize raffle. Tickets can be purchased in the base lodge for $2 each. Prizes include everything from new snowboards to helmets and other outerwear. The drawing will take place at 3pm on Sunday and guests do not need to be present to win.

The B4BC event will be capped off on Sunday, February 1, with a rail jam from 11 a.m. to noon in Exhibition terrain park. Registration is $25 and open to anyone. Awards will be given out in the Base Lodge following the rail jam at 12:15 p.m.


Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 11:47

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Winter outerwear is half-off at Thrift Clothes Closet in Franklin

FRANKLIN — Located just two doors north of Franklin City Hall at 332 Central Street is the Thrift Clothes Closet, a nonprofit ecumenical organization. We offer clothing and household needs at a minimal cost to our customers. We realize at this time of year, with the cold weather there is a need for warmer coats, hats and gloves. We are offering all winter outerwear at 50% off as well as selected garments at clearance prices.
The store hours are Wednesday through Friday from 10 am-4 pm and Saturday from 10 am - 1 pm. We can be reached by phone at 603-934-2423.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 11:44

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Solar array to provide electricity for Plymouth Water & Sewer District

PLYMOUTH — A coalition of energy-minded locals has turned an empty lot in Plymouth into one of the largest solar electric arrays in the state, creating a model partnership for future projects.
The ground mounted 121-kilowatt system consisting of six rows of 440 solar pv panels is online and projected to generate a quarter of the annual electric needs of the Plymouth Village Water & Sewer District (PVWSD), taking a serious chunk out of the District's annual electric bill, which last year totaled nearly $70,000.
"It's been a wonderful partnership with lots of interest and lots of public support," commented Sandra Jones, Director of the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI), which, with help from New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC), helped guide the project from concept to completion.
PAREI and PVWSD worked in partnership to secure a $317,000 grant from the state's Renewable Energy Fund administered by the NH Public Utilities Sustainable Energy Division. After filing an initial application in 2012, PAREI and PVWSD were awarded the grant on their second go-around in December of 2013 with a completion goal of December 2014.
"We put together an outstanding team of solar installers to get the work done and the staff at the Water and Sewer Treatment Plant assisted with some of the prep work too," said Jones.
In addition to administering the grant, PAREI provided a local in-house work crew to conduct site work and assist with the assembly of the ballasted solar racking. Mauchly Electric of Plymouth provided installation, grounding and wiring of the solar photovoltaic modules. Frase Electric of Sandwich assisted with the design of the system, installed the inverters and completed all of the AC wiring to the meter that records the Renewable Energy Certificates that are generated by the system. Many New Hampshire businesses also participated or supplied goods for the project including Ashland Lumber, Dekal, Latulippe Construction, Michie Corporation, Needham Electric, Rand's Hardware, Electrical Engineer Lee Consavage and Provan and Lorber Engineer and Planners. The solar panels, racking, ballast and many of the miscellaneous hardware were made in America.
The project cost was further offset by an incentive provided by NHEC, which seeks to support the growth of renewable energy in its service territory via its Social & Environmental Responsibility programs.
According to Scott C. McNeil, NHEC Energy Solutions Program Administrator, the solar array is expected to produce upwards of 145,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. On January 8, – a cold, sunny day – the array generated 446 kWh in a single day. That's enough to power a typical New Hampshire home for a month.
"NHEC is proud to be part of the group that got this project funded and built," McNeil said. "It's a community-based model that works well for municipalities and schools as well."

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2 programs for Senior Momentum later this month

GILFORD —  The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a Senior Moment-um program on Monday, January 26th. We will meet at the Community Church, Fellowship Hall at 11:30 am as guest chef, Grace Herbert will be teaching us how to make her famous chocolate mousse brownies! Participants should bring a lunch as they join us for this chocolate treat. Participants must RSVP by January 23.

The department in conjunction with the Gilford Middle School Performing Arts is sponsoring a Dinner and Theatre evening for participants of the Senior Moment-um Program. This activity is scheduled for Wednesday, January 28. Participants will meet in the Gilford High School Lobby at 5 p.m. to enjoy a pasta dinner. Following the dinner we will head into the Auditorium to watch the Middle School's performance of "Willy Wonka Jr.". There is no fee for this program, but space is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first come basis. Participants must RSVP no later than 12:00 noon on Friday, January 23.

For more information or to RSVP, contact the Gilford Parks and Rec. Dept. at 527-4722.

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