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Laconia Airport's Operations are Earth-Friendly

GILFORD — Earth Day is celebrated in numerous ways throughout the nation, and at Laconia Municipal Airport in Gilford, “going green” is a just normal part of conducting daily business. If anyone thinks that the airport that lies in the heart of the Lakes Region isn’t constantly working toward making sure its operations are earth-friendly, they are in for a pleasant surprise.

The airport’s green initiatives begin with Laconia Airport Manager Diane Terrill, who explained, “We believe that environmental stewardship is everyone’s responsibility, and here at the airport we take that responsibility very seriously.”

“We’ve created and are constantly reevaluating our operating policies and every infrastructure and drainage improvement is designed with the philosophy of balancing the need for public safety with minimizing environmental impacts,” she added.

Over 140 acres of the airport property are part of a conservation easement that ensures the open space will remain in a preserved state. As part of that continued preservation, the removal of trees occurs only when it is absolutely necessary for the safe operation of aircraft within the airport environment. Additionally, airport personnel actively participate in a strict recycling program; however, the airport’s green initiatives go far beyond preservation and recycling.    

Student pilots are quickly made aware of environmental guidelines at the airport, starting with their first flight lesson. As part of the preflight inspection that student and licensed pilots perform prior to a flight, a sample of fuel is taken from the tanks of an aircraft, which allows the pilot to see if any water is mixed in with the fuel. In days gone by, after the samples had been checked, they were simply thrown onto the ground. Today, the airport has special containers in which pilots can deposit those samples. The fuel is then dealt with appropriately.

All fueling of aircraft when on airport property is performed only in locations protected by oil/water separators. If an airplane is washed, any of those fluids are captured and are then processed accordingly. Winter presents its own challenges for the airport, but no urea, salt, sand or de-icing chemicals are ever used on aircraft operating surfaces. This often creates more intense work for the crews that clear snow at the airport, especially when surfaces become icy. However, unnecessary impervious surfaces have been removed during infrastructure improvements without compromising safety and operational efficiency.

Terrill watches these initiatives closely, but the airport property is closely monitored for any pollution. Fourteen water test sites are located on airport property, and quarterly sampling and annual inspections are conducted by a team of consultants as part of the airport’s Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, commonly known as SWPPP. The plan, created in 2000, identifies potential sources of stormwater pollution, and if any are found, a plan is created to eliminate the problem. To date, no stormwater pollution has been identified at the airport.

Terrill is fully aware of the airport’s commitment to preserving the environment. “We live and work and raise our families in this community, and we’re committed to being good neighbors in addition to supporting the economic, social, and public safety fabric of our region, ” she explained.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 06:56

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Local dentists expanding their ‘Smile School’ program

LACONIA — Two local dentists are expanding their program to bring dental care education to area elementary school students across the region.

Dr. Melissa Kennell and Dr. Matthew Smith of Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region are involved with the Give Kids a Smile program sponsored by the American Dental Association. More than 1,500 central New Hampshire youngsters have benefited from the program so far.

Kennell and Smith have developed the Lakes Region Smile School — assemblies which include a brief elementary-age appropriate presentation, interactive questions and answers, a fun promotional video and take-home toothbrushes for each child. Assemblies were hosted by a dental team, including a pediatric dentist and hygienist – and took place on Fridays at 10 local elementary schools throughout the Lakes Region and Plymouth regional areas.

In an effort to make oral healthcare a priority for children and families, not only in the Lakes Region; and, in connection with the opening of their new Plymouth location at Boulder Point on the Tenney Mountain Highway, Kennell and Smith were excited to bring this educational program to Plymouth regional schools. Expanding the Lakes Region Smile School was a resounding success as the dental team of the Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region reached and educated over 1,547 students.

Expectations for Smile School 2015 are high, with Kennell and Smith committed and determined to reach even more children throughout the North Country, in a combined effort to educate children and their families while offering convenient and accessible pediatric dental care to these communities. To confirm your interest in the 2015 Smile School travel schedule; or, for more information on this program or any other questions, call 603-527-2500 in Gilford, 603-536-2500 in Plymouth, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 06:41

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Franklin Opera House hosting concert pianist Ann Sweeten on May 17

FRANKIN — Internationally celebrated American Composer and Concert Pianist, Ann Sweeten will be performing at the Franklin Opera House on Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Sweeten is a six time music awards nominee and ASCAP Popular Awards Recipient from 2002-2013. She also claims 10 chart-topping albums, 3 compilation albums and a brand new DVD, “An Evening with Ann Sweeten-Live at the St. George”. Over over the last 17 years Sweeten also holds the coveted distinction of Steinway Artist.

Sweeten's last release, In the Wake, was co- produced with Grammy award-winning artist/ producer and founder of Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman. On her new album, Tapestries of Time, Ann Sweeten continues her role as producer in another collaborative effort with Ackerman.

Regarding Sweeten's new work, Ackerman stated, “The pieces on her new recording continue to surprise with their stunning performance and episodic composition, but are somehow more cohesive and focused than ever. The resulting experience is one of dazzling chance taking which never strays from the emotional center of her intent. Not content to rest on her laurels, Ann Sweeten continues to evolve as an artist and performer.”

One of the more distinctive and recognizable musical signatures among all the piano/keyboard players recording today, Ann Sweeten’s style, comprised of intense passion, a brilliant melodic sensibility and heady technique will enamor fans of Robyn Spielberg, David Lanz, Yanni and George Winston alike. A Steinway piano is being provided for the concert by Frederick Johnson Pianos in White River Jct., Vermont.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for children. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on line at www.franklinoperahouse.org or by calling the box office at (603) 934-1901.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 10:14

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Lake Winnipesaukee Resort Renovates Spa to Create a Luxurious Health and Wellness Escape

MEREDITH — The Cascade Spa located in Church Landing at Lake Winnipesaukee recently announced the reopening of a their brand new renovated spa for social getaways and respite guests.

Designed with an Art Deco theme filled with bold colorful sunbursts, trapezoids and chevron patterns both fun and nostalgic, the newly designed spa by Pat Sava of Sava Designs features two new couples treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge with juice bar overlooking the pool, expanded treatment rooms and salon and nail services. With the help of Samyn-D'Elia Architects putting the design into work, Cascade Spa gives people a different level of spa experience.

"Our focus at Cascade Spa is to ensure our guests enjoy their moments of enjoyment and respite," says Spa Director Martha Zyla. "Our belief is wellness and beauty from inside out and now not only our services will reflect that...but the addition of our antioxidant water selections and juicing bar will complete our guests wellness journey."

"There are several reasons people come to enjoy our spa," says Zyla "a moment with friends and family – a quick social, romantic or weekend getaway and some may be here because they are battling a serious illness or undergoing chemo and want to supplement their health plan. The Spa experience coupled with our full spectrum approach to wellness reaches everyone."

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 10:12

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