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Moultonborough Academy Students Gets Hands On Lesson in Handling Stormwater Runoff

MOULTONBOROUGH — Moultonborough Academy students under the direction of their teacher Shaw Smith performed a community service project at the boat ramp of Lees Pond.
The boat ramp to Lees Pond was retrofitted with lake-friendly landscaping techniques that will divert and reduce the amount of rainwater runoff. Runoff from this boat ramp flows directly into Lees Pond and contributes phosphorus, sediments, and other pollutants that reduce water quality and supports the growth of invasive weeds such as milfoil. This volunteer effort will improve the health of Lees Pond and showcases simple and relatively inexpensive examples of how homeowners can implement runoff water reduction projects on their own property.
This student project was a unique collaboration between municipal agencies, non-profit organizations, and public school students. The Moultonborough Conservation Committee, The Lee's Pond Homeowners Association, and the NH Lakes Association worked with the teacher to develop the program. Student volunteers identified the problem, researched solutions, and sought expert advice.  Scott Kinmond, Moultonborough Road Agent, provided technical advice and acted as a critical municipal liaison. Andrea LaMoreaux of the NH Lakes Association provided advice and training on stormwater mitigation techniques. Once the students created a final plan they presented it to the Moultonborough Selectmen for discussion and approval.
The project's advantages to the Town include: low cost, relatively easy implementation (no permits were required since the work was done by hand), reduced pollution in an important watershed resource, community involvement, and the development a model for other projects. It is a win-win project for all involved.
The students constructed and installed two "rubber razors" to divert water that runs down the initial steeper portion of Lee's Pond Access Road. Two "water bars" were also created near the bottom of the gravel road ramp to absorb runoff' before it enters the pond. The project was funded by the Moultonborough Conservation Committee, and the NH Lakes Association donated the converted industrial belts needed to construct the rubber razors.
Student volunteers Gwen Fifield, Brittney Delaney, Emily Blundo, Quin Trexler, Danielle Harrington, Eleanor Eaton, Riley Swedberg, Jordan Burrows, Jessica Hiitner, Mackenzie Lovering, and Aidan Conn designed and installed the "rubber razors" and "water bar" and will also landscape the area to better absorb the diverted storm water into vegetated swales and rain gardens. They hope their efforts will encourage homeowners and communities to manage the storm water runoff on their properties.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 09:35

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Granite State Credit Union Breaks Ground on New Tilton Branch

TILTON —  Members of Granite State Credit Union's Executive Team were on-hand to assist with the recent groundbreaking of the credit union's new Tilton office.

Denise Caristi, president and CEO of Granite State Credit Union was joined by Robert Fleury, executive vice president and CFO, Michele Plaza, senior vice president and CIO, Jack Reed, owner of JBR Associates, LLC, the Amherst construction company building the branch, JBR project manager Bob Cove, as well as Dave Gross, senior project manager of the Blakiston Group LLC.

The 5,500-square foot branch located at 51 Tilton Road, will feature a two-lane drive-up window, drive-up ATM, and more. "We're excited to enhance convenience to our members with a branch north of Concord. In fact, member requests for a Tilton location played a large role in the decision to expand our statewide branch network with the addition of this newest branch," notes Caristi. "With 2015 marking 70 years of service to residents and businesses throughout the state this is just one more way that Granite State Credit Union fulfills its motto of 'We are NH!'"

Granite State Credit Union currently has locations in Amherst, Candia, Concord, Derry, Manchester, Nashua, and Seabrook. As a full-financial service institution, Granite State Credit Union serves individuals, families and businesses with membership open to anyone living or working in New Hampshire. For more information, contact Granite State Credit Union, 1-800-645-4728 or visit gscu.org.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 09:29

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Interlakes Summer Theater to present 'Miss Saigon'


MEREDITH -- "Miss Saigon," the Tony Award-winning musical will presented July 15-27 at the Interlakes Summer Theater. This will be "Miss Saigon's" Lakes Region premiere.

"Miss Saigon," with music and lyrics by Claude-Michel Schonbert and Alain Boublil, is a love story and a moving testament to the human spirit. It tells the passionate tale of a young Vietnamese bar girl, Kim, played by Quynh-My. Kim falls in love with an American GI, named Chris, played by Justin Luciano, who is stationed in Saigon during the Vietnam War.

Other cast members include Cartreze Tucker as John, Kelliann DiCarlo as Ellen, Tony Rodriguez III as the Engineer and Jesse Alvarez as Thuy. The production also has a dynamic supporting cast bringing heart-pounding energy to the stage.

As the story continues, Vietnam falls to the enemy, and Chris and Kim are separated. Many years later Chris returns to Vietnam looking for Kim and discovers she is still alive and raising their son. The noise of helicopter blades brings audiences closer to Chris and Kim as the Viet Cong close in on Saigon. With little time Chris has some painful decisions to make.

"Miss Saigon" had a run of nearly 4,100 performances during its 10 years on Broadway between 1991 and 2001. This musical has been seen in more than 300 cities in 15 countries. The London stage is currently doing a revival with opening day ticket sales setting a new world record.

For tickets and information, call 1-888-245-6374 or visit the website at www.interlakestheatre.com

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 09:25

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"Retreat" at The Studio with Artist Linda Basha Brookshire

LACONIA — Sometimes from the weather, sometimes from the world, "Retreat" is an appealing idea for many. Artist Linda Basha Brookshire from Mt. Vernon has created a community of small mixed-media work exploring this concept, and will be at The Studio, 50 Canal Street in Laconia, on Sunday July 13 for a reception beginning at noon.

Using small fragments of antique and vintage cloth bits and pigment, the artist has created evocative landscapes with titles that allow the viewer's mind to create stories and engage with the pieces on a level beyond just the visual. "Winter Camp", "The Valley is Rich", "Many Stacks of Books" -- all invite reflection and conversation.

Beginning at 1:30, there will be an artist's talk and open discussion about the series of works and the ideas of sanctuary, refuge and retreat. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Light refreshment will be provided, and the gift shop will be open as well until 4 p.m.

The Studio is located at 50 Canal Street in downtown Laconia. For more information call 603-455-8008 or visit www.thestudionh.com. Hours are Tuesday 2-7pm, Wednesday-Friday 10-5 pm, Saturday 9-3 pm and Sunday noon-4 pm. "Retreat" hangs in the gallery through August 10.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 09:18

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