Two projects in central New Hampshire are among 10 statewide which will share more than $1 million in wetlands protection grants, the state Department of Environmental Services has announced.
The local projects which will receive the funds are:
-- $64,236 for the protection of 27.44 acres of land and one mile of shoreline on Lake Wicwas in Meredith. The Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) and Lake Wicwas Association will permanently protect four separate parcels in the northeast part of the lake. The parcels protected include four potential vernal pools, an island, and the largest marsh area (12.5 acres) within the lake that provides habitat for the only nesting loon pair.
-- $197,707 to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust to permanently protect approximately 86 acres of land located on Guinea Ridge Road in Gilmanton. The parcel is located within the focus area of the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition (BRCC) and will protect approximately 21 acres of wetlands and 65 acres of upland along a significant wetland and perennial stream resource located in the BRCC Focus Area.
The funds come from the Department of Environmental Services Aquatic Resource Mitigation -- or ARM -- Program. The fund is a mitigation option for certain projects impacting wetlands which are unable to provide other forms of mitigation. An ARM Fund Site Selection Committee is charged with identifying proposals to be funded by selecting high priority projects that most effectively compensate for the loss of functions and values from the projects that paid into the Fund. According to the law, the projects determined to be appropriate for receipt of ARM Fund monies are subject to approval by the Army Corps of Engineers and the NH Wetlands Council.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 10:41
LACONIA — The Irwin Automotive Group is committed to making a difference in the Great Lakes Region community. Last month the Irwin Automotive group set out to raise money for the WLNH Children Auction by donating $1 for every tire that was sold. With the help and support from Irwin Automotive group customers who purchased new tires for the often treacherous winter driving conditions in the Lakes Region, we were able to raise $1,157 for this great cause.
The NH1 Children's Auction on WLNH began as the simplest of ideas, and WOW what a journey this has been. The phenomenal growth due to the many people that have contributed to this worthy event has created many challenges along the way. Far from simple has been the challenge of how to distribute the funds that you the citizens of the Greater Lakes Region have invested in this annual event. The Irwin Automotive group is looking forward to supporting this great cause next year.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 10:35
TILTON — Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) delivered student-made holiday cards to residents of the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton as a way of thanking them for their service to our country. Kuster delivered the cards as part of her second annual "Holiday Cards for Heroes" Drive; through this program, Kuster partners with local schools to help New Hampshire students make holiday cards for New Hampshire veterans.
"I was so honored to get a chance to visit the New Hampshire Veterans Home, where I handed out lovely holiday cards made by local New Hampshire students and visited with the courageous veterans who reside there. Our veterans sacrificed so much to protect the rest of us, and I'm happy to have the opportunity to give a small token of our appreciation back to them," said Kuster. "I'm proud that so many students helped spread holiday cheer to these men and women who bravely served our country. During the holidays, it is inspirational to see our young people showing such generosity of spirit, and commitment to honoring our state's veterans."
Over the past few weeks, the students made holiday cards to honor New Hampshire veterans. Congresswoman Kuster recently stopped by schools in Nashua and Concord to visit classes and encourage students that participated in the program.
The daughter of a WWII veteran, Congresswoman Kuster currently serves on the U.S. House Veterans' Affairs Committee.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 10:31
LACONIA — Lakes Region Realtors distributed food plus more than $4,000 in cash this past week to help area food pantries, churches and service organizations feed hungry children and adults during the holidays.
"This donation comes at a time of great need, when demand intensifies and our resources are taxed," said Susan Colby, executive director of Bristol Community Services. "We're very grateful to realtors who are committed beyond the purchase and sale of a home."
The 2014 holiday food drive continues the Lakes Region Board of Realtors decade-long commitment to the fight against local hunger. This year, it's food and fundraising effort has set an all-time Board record in cash and food donations to organizations striving to keep pace with an ever growing demand for food among the region's poor, said Paula Hinckley, co-chair of LRBR's Community Service Committee, which is spearheading the drive on behalf of the entire organization.
"With more than 50 million Americans now living in poverty and millions of households, according to published reports, attempting to survive on incomes of no more than $2 per person a day, there is much to be done to continually meet the challenge of hunger in the communities we serve," Hinckley said.
Food pantries, churches or service organizations in LRBR's service areas of Carroll, Belknap and Grafton counties received canned and packaged foods plus cash to be used primarily for the purchase of perishable food items, such as turkeys and vegetables, according to Randy Hilman, Realtor and fellow LRBR Committee member.
"Hunger in America, like homelessness, is painfully real," Hilman said. " Our food pantries are reporting that usage is increasing across our area and that recipients include single adults, senior citizens and families with children.
"While we cannot solve the larger issues of poverty, hunger and homelessness here at home, we intend in our small way to contribute food during the holiday season to the real men, women and children in our midst who are hungry."
Added Colby: "As a professional group promoting the dream of homeownership, its members also have compassion for those who struggle to meet their basic daily needs."
LRBR is the local governing body of the New Hampshire and National Associations of Realtors. It has more than 800 active Realtors and affiliate members. The Board, through its committee system, supports broad-based community activities and programs, such as the annual food drive.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 10:27
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- Irwin Auto collecting hats & boots for Salvation Army
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