Local woman named Road Scholar ambassador


MEREDITH — Jane Ramsay from Meredith was recently selected as the new area Ambassador to the Road Scholar program.

Road Scholar is the name of the programs created by Elderhostel, the leading not-for-profit organization that provides learning adventures for adults at an exceptional value.

Offering more than 5,500 programs annually, Road Scholar partners with educational organizations and cultural institutions throughout the United States, Canada and 150 countries around the world to provide unique educational experiences with the spirit of camaraderie and adventure.

As a member of the Road Scholar volunteer Ambassador program, Ramsay is now available to share some of her Road Scholar experiences with local groups by giving informal talks, free of charge, about Road Scholar and lifelong learning. Jane has attended 18 programs in various places in the United States and Canada and in Switzerland.

For more information or to arrange for a program presentation, please call (603) 677-7385.


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Land Trust honored for 'Green' practices


LACONIA — The Laconia Area Community Land Trust is one of 20 non-profit community development organizations nationwide which were recently recognized for their excellence in sustainable business and housing practices by NeighborWorks America.

To date, 81 network members – or nearly one-third of all organizations in the network - have earned the NeighborWorks Green Organization designation.

This is the fourth year of the NeighborWorks Green Organization program, which recognizes community development nonprofits in its network of more than 240 organizations that achieve a comprehensive commitment to sustainable operations — both in their lines of business and the corporate operations they run. The practice reinforces that when sustainable practices are comprehensively applied, people are healthier, housing is more affordable, employees have a better work environment, communities are more resilient, and organizations are more prepared for the future.



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Ski NH names Forrester legislator of the year

MEREDITH  —  Ski NH presented Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) with the Legislator of the Year award at its annual meeting at the Mountain View Grand Hotel in Whitefield.

This award is presented to legislators for their dedication to serving the people of New Hampshire, for keeping people informed on the legislative process and potential impacts, and for playing a pivotal role in issues that are important to the ski industry and to tourism in general.

During the 2015 legislative session, Forrester strived as Chair of the Senate Finance Committee to help preserve the funding for the Division of Travel & Tourism Development's promotional budget. Her leadership and understanding of the importance of the state's tourism promotional efforts impacted the outcome of the NH state budget, which will have a positive impact on organizations like Ski NH to attract tourists to the state.

Ski NH is the statewide association representing 33 alpine and cross country resorts in New Hampshire.

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Beyond the Belt opening in Center Harbor

CENTER HARBOR — Beyond the Belt Martial Arts is having a grand opening at its new Center Harbor location on Saturday, 0ct. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Those attending the grand opening at 12B Main St. in Senters Market will receive a free month of instruction with the purchase of a uniform. They will also have the opportunity to meet Sensei Carl and the instructors from Beyond the Belt. Classes will be going on for everyone to watch. Refreshments will be served. A drawing will be held for three free months and a uniform.


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Waterville Valley Resort Partners with APXnet to Improve Communications for Guests

WATERVILLE VALLEY — Waterville Valley Resort, one of the largest ski areas in New Hampshire, and APXnet, a communications service provider specializing in complex high-speed data networks, announced a unique marketing partnership to bring improved communications to the remote mountaintop ski area.

Under the agreement, APXnet delivered the latest in fiber optics to increase the bandwidth serving Waterville Valley Resort by more than 300 percent. The resort now has access to gigabit Internet connections, which were previously not available to the hard-to-reach location.

"Because we are so remote, building infrastructure is expensive and it's hard to find a partner willing to do it," said Matt Hesser, director of marketing for Waterville Valley Resort. "APXnet's proposal was almost too good to be true."

APXnet is delivering much-needed bandwidth to Waterville Valley Resort under a new program called "Resort Connect," which is targeted to ski area resorts. APXnet's Resort Connect offers high-speed bandwidth with considerable discounts in exchange for on-property and in-room marketing opportunities.

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