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Energy upgrade at AutoServ save more than $25,000 per year in electricity

TILTON – New Hampshire has among the highest electricity rates in the entire country, and this is a significant financial drain on any local business that requires lots of power to run the company.

To lower costs, the NH Automobile Dealers Association (NHADA) took energy saving seriously which has resulted in major savings. NHADA staff completed a full energy retrofit of their offices and lowered energy bills by almost $10,000. Additionally its members like AutoServ Dealerships in Tilton and Belmont heeded the call to “Go Green” and replaced its entire HVAC systems, installed computer controlled thermostats, added spray foam insulation, switched out lighting, including parking lot and service shop lighting, all to LED, and added vestibules to reduce heat loss.

These changes reduced the buildings energy footprints, which is kind to the environment. NHADA has shared these findings with its over 570 NH business members, and several more dealers are following suit. So far, members have saved well over $100,000 statewide.

“Auto Dealers have huge electricity bills, so we understand that reducing costs and improving efficiency while reducing our environmental footprint is a proven winner,” says NHADA President Peter McNamara. “By looking at our building as a whole system, we made multiple upgrades and will save a lot of money.”

Innovative grants and funding, industry rebates, and low interest loans all helped to make auto dealers’ projects a reality. Roland Gamelin, Director of Operations at AutoServ adds that “by making these changes, AutoServ has saved over $25,000 annually in energy costs and we were able to take advantage of CDFA low interest financing and PSNH incentives, that helped cover much of the cost.” In addition, NHADA and auto dealers like AutoServ hire local contractors and use local bank financing to fuel these initiatives adding a further boost to the local economy.

NH Sierra Club supports the energy saving programs with positive economic benefits for the sake of the environment. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) grants, as well as other financial tools available to businesses and homeowners alike, provide the needed incentive to go the distance to lower energy use. Measures such as energy efficiency, weatherization and even installing solar panels all do their part to lower energy demand which in turn reduces the pollution from traditional power sources, like coal and oil.

In a related program hosted by the NH Retail Association, that many NHADA members participated in as well 184 businesses from across the state participated in the program. Nearly half started to implement the energy savings measures from an energy audit and are expected to spend $620,000 less on energy because of them.

“Energy savings programs help local businesses build and expand while lowering the risks of air pollution and climate disruption for the rest of us,” Catherine Corkery Director of NH Sierra Club stated. “The recently released National Climate Assessment supports continuing investment programs like RGGI nationally by setting a new carbon health standard next month. The costs of inaction make it clear that we need to make the choice as a country to step up and lead the way for global action on climate change. Investing in our local businesses and communities help create jobs, strengthen our economy and make our future brighter for the next generation.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:18

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Artistic Roots plans Reception for Six Visiting Artists

PLYMOUTH — Artistic Roots Cooperative Gallery in downtown Plymouth is pleased to host a reception for the newest artists in its Visiting Artist Program on Wednesday, June 4 from 5:30–7 p.m. to celebrate and enjoy the work of six participating artists. Refreshments will be served.

The collection will feature the pieces of Mollie Stark, Rustic Contemporary Artist; Tamara Mann, Ceramic Artist; Lisa Strang, Waterfowl Carver; Annette Mitchell, Printmaker/Painter; Maureen Bieniarz-Pond, Photography/Painting; and Gerri Harvey, Acrylics.

"We are so excited about each new rotation of Visiting Artists. This line-up is especially diverse and will offer customers a great opportunity to see even more great local creations. This program also gives all the participating artists inspiration to show their newest work and reach a fresh audience," according to Debbie Johnson, Coordinator of the Visiting Artist's Program for Artistic Roots.

Mollie Stark's Rustic Contemporary Art, reflects her deep appreciation of nature, particularly the quiet beauty of New England's many hidden spots. Her abstracts are done in many layers of inks and acrylics to build texture and allow underlying images to shine through. Ms. Stark of Campton, embraces a departure from the ordinary with the remarkable freedom and flow of her work, yet manages continuity in impressions.

The exhibition will run from June 1 through September 30. Artistic Roots offers only handmade local art and is operated by over 40 member artists. Artistic Roots is open daily from 10 to 6 and is located at 73 Main Street in downtown Plymouth. You can also visit their website at www.artistic roots.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:14

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23rd annual Wood Days in Canterbury June 7-8

CANTERBURY — The 23rd annual Wood Days will be held June 7-8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dave and Anne Emerson's Old Ways Traditions, 418 Shaker Road, Canterbury. Suggested donation is $5-$10.

Experienced craftspeople, some teachers themselves, and others successful students of some of the best teachers, will introduce visitors to old skills that they are keeping alive. There will be antique tools and machinery, ranging from hand tools you can try to antique steam engines and vintage machinery.

There will also be plenty of good food, lively old time music: Homefolks at noon on Saturday, and fiddle duo Ryan and Brennish Thomson noon Sunday. Open mic at 2 p.m. , and Dave's chili and hots and hams 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Old Ways is part of the 100 acre 1785 Ham Farm.

Award winning bones player Steve Brown will be there Saturday. He'll be playing, teaching, and selling the bones and there will be demonstrations by Marcel Durette, who teaches at the Homestead Woodworking School in Newmarket. One of Marcel's students, Karen Parks, has just been juried into the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. She also will be at Wood Days to help kids and adults try our treadle and spring pole lathes. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:09

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Priest at Greek church to lecture on 'The Bible in the Orthodox Tradition' on Sunday

LACONIA — In the ancient Christian tradition, Scripture is more than a mere recording of God's Revelation, says Rev. Dr. Eugen J. Pentiuc, it is a means of encountering the living God in his journey with humanity.

Father Pentiuc will deliver a special presentation entitled "The Bible in the Orthodox Tradition" at the Taxiarchai, Greek Orthodox Church here on Sunday, June 1 at 1 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend.

"Scripture is not simply read but rather performed during the church's liturgical services, where the believer becomes part of the biblical history," said Father Pentiuc.

His lecture is expected to take 45 minutes and time will be left to allow the audience to ask questions of him. Refreshments will be served in the Parish Social Hall following the presentation.

Father Pentiuc is the presiding priest at the local Greek Orthodox Church. He holds a Th.D in Old Testament from Bucharest University and a Ph.D in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. He is a tenured professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages and chair of the Religious Studies department at Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Mass.

Father Pentiuc is also editor-in-chief of the Orthodox Study Bible: The Old Testament with Notes and Introductions (Nelson, 2008) and the author of four books and numerous articles. He is the only Orthodox biblical scholar who was invited by Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem to contribute with a new translation and commentary on the book of Hosea for the Vatican endorsed international project, "The Bible in Its Traditions". His most recent book, "The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition", has just been released by Oxford University Press.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:07

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