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Electric Co-op president/CEO receives industry award

NORTH CONWAY — Fred Anderson, the President/CEO of New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC), has won the 2014 George D. Aiken Award for his achievements in the rural electric power industry.

Presented annually by the Northeast Association of Electric Cooperatives (NEAEC), the Aiken Award recognizes individuals who exemplify the ideals and practices of George D. Aiken, a Vermont native, governor and US Senator for 34 years. His vision and action were instrumental in the conception and implementation of the Rural Electrification Administration which President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law on May 11, 1935.

Anderson joined NHEC in 1981 as the Director of Finance & Administration/CFO responsible for financial, accounting, treasury, human resources and information technology. One of his first assignments was obtaining capital for the Cooperative's 2% interest in the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. In 1992 he became the President/CEO, leading the Cooperative out of bankruptcy and into the solid financial strength it enjoys today.

He is a long-time member of the Cooperative community, having served as a Director of the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) where he was a member of the Executive and Compensation committees and Chair of the Audit Committee. He also served on the Cooperative Research Council (CRC) Board of Directors and is past President of the Northeast Public Power Association (NEPPA), as well as past President, Vice President and Treasurer for the Northeast Association of Electric Cooperatives (NEAEC). Anderson is also past President of the Consumer Owned Energy Foundation. He is a Cooperative Credentialed Director and Founding Board member of the NHEC Foundation.

He has also served the greater community at large, active as a past board member of the Whole Village Family Resource Center in Plymouth, NH, the Plymouth Regional High School Board and past Director of Northway Financial, as well as the Pemigewasset National and Berlin City banks. He has also served on the Northway Financial Audit Committee. Anderson was presented the Aiken Award at the NEAEC Annual Meeting, held in May in North Conway.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 10:08

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PSU’s Elaine Doell is a ‘distinguished’ employee

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University's Director of Human Resources, Elaine Doell, has been recognized by her peers with PSU's 2014 Distinguished Professional, Administrative, and Technical (PAT) Award.

PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said Doell is a dedicated professional whose expertise, caring, and commitment are extraordinary.

"The Distinguished PAT award winner is characterized by intelligence and respect for others," said Steen. "Everyone who wins this award honors others in respecting them and working on their behalf. Award recipients are aware that the decisions they make affect real human beings. That is certainly true of Elaine, and that's incredibly meaningful."

Doell said she was surprised and honored at being chosen for the Distinguished PAT award. "I'm not often speechless, but this is really something.... Thank you so much for this award," said Doell. "I am going to continue to do all the things I do, treating people with fairness and respect."

Doell has been at PSU since 2002, serving as assistant director of human resources and as interim director before being named to her present position in 2012. She is responsible for campus recruitment and retention, training and development, payroll, benefits, employee relations, classification and compensation, and compliance. Doell also works closely with the PSU campus community in developing short-and long-range human resource goals to advance the university mission and to measure results. Since joining PSU, Doell has led the University through a significant change in its benefits program involving complex communication with multiple audiences. She designed an online discrimination and sexual harassment awareness training program.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 09:59

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Two local high school students win 'Your Skin is In' contest

MOULTONBOROUGH — ​The Melanoma Foundation of New England (MFNE) announced that​ ​Moultonborough Academy and Winnisquam Regional High School​ have​ been selected as a $500 prize winner of the Your Skin Is In no-tanning pledge contest.

The Your Skin Is In pledge contest ran from January-April, 2014 in High Schools and Colleges across New England, educating teens and young adults about the dangers of tanning and the direct link between tanning beds and melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Young melanoma survivors traveled to schools to tell their stories of survival and to encourage teens to take the Tanning is Out pledge.

Schools that registered for the Your Skin Is In contest were challenged with obtaining 70 percent participation by students signing the pledge. Student leaders at each school led the awareness campaign by hanging posters throughout the school, taking pledges during assemblies and lunch hour, and acting as ambassadors by spreading the word about the dangers of tanning. All participating schools that reached the minimum pledge number were entered into a drawing to win cash prizes that can be used toward their school, the prom, or other programming.

​​Deb Girard, MFNE's Executive Director, praised both Moultonborough Academy and Winnisquam Regional High School for committing to the Your Skin Is In program and learning the truth about tanning. She said, "Teens want to believe that 'it can't happen to them,' or that it's safe to just get a 'base tan' before the prom or before spring break. The truth is that there is no safe tan - whether in a tanning booth or outside in the sun - tanning can lead to skin cancer." She adds, "2.5 million teens annually use tanning beds. Through Your Skin Is In we've been able to reach a quarter million students and we hope the message resonates throughout adulthood. By taking the Tanning is Out Pledge these students become empowered to take charge of their own health, and become advocates for safe skin-care."

For any teens or young adults interested in learning more about the dangers of tanning, they can log onto mfne.org and watch a video entitled "Exposed" featuring young melanoma survivors explaining where they became "exposed" to melanoma and how it might have been avoided. Individuals or schools interested in participating in the 2015 Your Skin Is Program can call 800-557-6352 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 09:55

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Up with People comes to Laconia

LACONIA — The multinational cast of Up with People (UWP) that has toured to 38 countries around the world during the last 48-years, has announced that Laconia will be a stop on their 2014 tour. On Friday and Saturday, September 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. Up with People will perform public shows at Laconia Middle School in Laconia.

While in Laconia between September 1 and September 8, Up with People will spend time participating in service projects and live with local host families. Beginning in mid-July Up with People will be recruiting families to host international cast members during their stay in Laconia. By the end of their five-month world tour, the cast will visit dozens of communities throughout the United States, Europe and Mexico.

The international cast of 100 will also complete more than 1,000 hours of community service reaching out to and supporting many local non-profit organizations. Community members are invited to join the cast to give back to their own communities. Volunteering is not the only way to get involved, as anyone between the ages of 17 and 29 can apply to travel in future programs. In recent years many New Hampshire natives have traveled the world with Up with People, including local community members Beth Clay and Pamela Littlefield.

Voices, UWP's latest production, is a performance featuring both original and popular music and is a dynamic blend of feature soloists, full cast production numbers, fast-moving choreography and colorful costumes. Voices is inspired and motivated by recent worldwide events and aims to leave the audience feeling empowered to connect, communicate and create positive change in their communities.

Up with People's visit to Laconia is sponsored by Stand Up Laconia, Bank of New Hampshire, Aavid Engineering, Meredith Village Savings Bank and Laconia Police Relief Association. Local charities in and around The Lakes Region are the beneficiaries of the show. For more information or to become a sponsor visit www.upwithpeople.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 09:44

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