to be held in New London
Want to learn more about renewable energy and earth-friendly living while simultaneously putting money in your pocket?
Plan to attend the Kearsarge Region Energy & Environment Expo on Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, in the Mercer Gym on the Colby-Sawyer College campus in New London.
Open to the public at no charge, the Expo will offer free energy-efficient LED light bulbs to the first 25 participants through the door - plus exhibits and presentations on renewable energy (solar, geothermal and biomass), efficiency (LED lighting, weatherization and energy audits), and sustainability (composting, recycling and carbon-free living). There will also be a raffle, plus food and beverages.
Asked about the Expo's focus, New London Energy Committee chair Jamie Hess explained: "Energy costs are taking a big bite out of our pocketbooks, and most of that money ends up in out-of-state or foreign hands, providing no economic benefit to New Hampshire. The Expo will feature local folks offering affordable solutions that save energy, save money, clean up our environment and grow our local economy."
The event is organized by the Kearsarge Council on Aging Climate Action Group, New London Energy Committee, Andover Energy Group and Vital Communities. Exhibitors and presenters include Revision Energy, Solaflect Energy, Granite State Solar, Belletetes Building Supply, Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, and New Hampshire Audubon. Sponsorships and other support come from Artisans Workshop, Better Homes & Gardens Realty, Bonin Architects, Clarke's Hardware, Colonial Pharmacy, Flying Goose Brewpub, Four Seasons Sotheby's Realty, Pizza Chef, Springledge Farm and Tucker's.
To learn more about the Expo and see a schedule of presentations, look up "Kearsarge Region Energy & Environment Expo" on Facebook, or contact Jamie Hess at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Jacki Fogarty
OLLI at Granite State College (GSC) is halfway through an ambitious Spring Class schedule for local seniors making this semester the best one yet for folks over age 50. About 1/3 of the 217 courses offered in our four sites (Concord, Manchester, Seacoast and Conway) are offered in the Concord area, mostly on the GSC campus. With the advent of Spring, many classes are in the form of field trips and hikes.
Coming up in early May is From Bell to Broadband: 133 Years of Telephone History which is a tour of the New Hampshire Telephone Museum in Warner. Laura French and Paul Violette will lead the OLLI class through the exhibits of over 1,000 telephone-related artifacts while educating them about the real story of the invention. This tour, like all OLLI classes, is open to members and nonmembers over age 50.
Other local courses coming up in the next month with seats available include a hands-on workshop in Acrylic Painting, three literary offerings – Chaucer’s Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Two Novels by New Hampshire Authors, a discussion of Bobcats in New Hampshire and two wellness-focused courses – Tai Chi and Becoming a More Vibrant Healthier You.
Join your neighbors and friends at an OLLI class, tour or other event. You can find more information about joining OLLI, or attending a class either as a nonmember or a member (with a $20 discount!) on the OLLI website, olli.granite.edu. OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, is committed to providing high-quality, cost-effective, nonacademic education to adults over age 50.
Merrimack County Savings Bank and Meredith Village Savings Bank Announce Annual Community Photo Contest
Sister Banks, Merrimack County Savings Bank (the Merrimack) and Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) are launching their annual photo contest on Monday, April 2nd, 2018. Winning full color photographs will be featured on four websites: the two Banks, New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp (NHMB) and MillRiver Wealth Management; as well as in desktop and wall versions of printed calendars for both Banks. Final photos may also be included in desk calendars, holiday cards and note cards.
To Our Veterans: Are you aware that you may possibly be entitled to receive a tax credit on your property taxes?
A bill passed in 2017 that allows cities and towns in NH to vote in a “Veteran’s Tax Credit” against property taxes. It could be phased in over 3 years. The bill also modifies the time period for applications for recovery from the FRM victims’ contribution recovery fund.
If you have any questions about this, please reach out to me or ask your town tax collector if you would qualify for this valuable tax credit as a veteran.
Another important bill that passed I think you should be aware of HB1418. “Relative to transparency and cost control of pharmaceutical drug pricing”. The Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services would have to work with the Insurance Commissioner to develop a list of certain “critical prescription drugs” for purposes of cost control and transparency. The bill now goes over to the Senate for approval. It passed with a bipartisan 312:17 vote.
This term several bills in my opinion should be considered parental decisions, but some voted as if they feel only the State knows what’s best for each child. A good example is a bill that would have limited the type of beverages your children could have with their Happy Meals. While there may have been good intentions, these decisions should not be settled by a State mandate.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Merrimack County Conservation District, Stacy Luke, District Manager, email@example.com
The Merrimack County Conservation District is taking applications for its Stanley Grimes Conservation Scholarship to be awarded June 2018. This scholarship will be awarded to a resident in Merrimack County who has been accepted to a two or four year college/university (full time status) with the intent to pursue studies in the field of agriculture, forestry, environmental science, soil science, or a related natural resources program. Applicant must be attending the accepted college/university in the fall of 2018.
Applications must be submitted by May 4, 2018. For a full description of the scholarship and the application, please visit the district website at http://www.merrimackccd.org, call the District at 223-6020, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Merrimack County Conservation District
10 Ferry Street, Suite 211
Concord, NH 03301
With regard to the “Concord Next” Kick Off meeting next week, here is a quick summary and details of the project:
The City has hired planning consultants to complete a form based code update to the City’s Zoning Ordinance. Code Studio, from Austin , Texas, will be visiting Concord next week to conduct stakeholder interviews, tour the City for field work, and hold the Public Kick Off Meeting. The kick off meeting will explain the process, present the project timeline, and answer questions.
The Public Kick Off Meeting is on Wednesday, February 7th from 6-8 pm in Council Chambers. All are welcome to come and participate.
The revised ordinance is intended to guide development with a “character-based” approach to zoning regulation, similar to the recommendations of the Penacook Vision Plan, but for a larger area of the City. The project is intended to be completed over two years. The first year will focus on transitioning to character based districts for the downtown commercial and residential neighborhoods of Concord and Penacook, along with the reorganization of the existing code into a character based zoning format.
With regard to Penacook, this process is intended to build on the work that occurred previously during the Penacook Vision Plan meetings. The Vision Plan was actually sent to the consultants as part of the reference material for this project, and will be very helpful for them moving forward with the coding for Penacook. The last time I met with the Penacook Village Association, I was working on some revisions to the recommendations to more accurately reflect the desires of the community, and I indicated that I would return with those revisions. This is still the case. Those revisions will be folded into this process and be presented to the community when the consultants get to that point.
The second year of the zoning update will focus on creating a new vision and codes for the commercial corridors (e.g. Loudon and Fisherville), transitional areas, and performance districts. The project overall will be focused on commercial and residential districts within the Urban Growth Boundary.
Macro level information to provide context to the annual budget brought to voters for their approval
Each year in developing our budget, the Merrimack Valley School District asks for your support in our mission of “Ensuring that ALL students are provided with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to prepare them for college, career, and citizenship.” This is an extraordinarily lofty and challenging mission and our focus is on our students. We strive to spark a passion in and engage all of our unique learners. With that in mind, we also endeavor to be conscientious and conservative in our budget development. We take our charge as stewards of taxpayer’s money very seriously. Although our overall budget has not increased significantly in the past 4-years, school districts, towns, and cities in NH are all facing decreasing revenues that typically help offset certain expenses and provide financial support in our budgets.
The Merrimack Valley School Districts uses the following calculation to divide educational costs out to our MV communities:
Total Approved Budget (inclusive of all warrant articles) - Revenues = District Assessment
The District Assessment is then allocated (apportioned) to each town based on the number of resident students (ADMA - or Average Daily Membership in Attendance). 98.6% of the Assessment is distributed in that fashion. Approximately 1.4% of the District’s expenses are currently classified as “capital outlays.” These expenses are disbursed to the towns based on the equalized valuation of each community (estimated true and market value of all taxable property in a municipality). From these amounts, the local education portion of tax bills are set.
Over the past 4-years, the increase to the MVSD budget is a total of 1.89%. However, in that same period revenues (from the state and federal levels) have decreased by a total of 10.12%. Resultingly, the District Assessment has increased by 13.18% in this timeframe. The equalized assessed valuation of each town serves as the denominator in determining the local educational tax rate. As such changing valuations impact the tax rate as well. The Public Hearing for the proposed 2018-2019 budget in on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at MVHS.
The first day for candidates to file a Declaration of Candidacy for an elected Town or School office is Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Filing period ends 5:00PM Friday, February 2, 2018. All candidates should file with Linda Landry, Town Clerk. (See contact information below). Linda will also be available between the hours of 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM on Friday, February 2, the final day of the filing period.
CONCORD, N.H. – The New Hampshire-Vermont-Maine reciprocal snowmobile weekend is fast approaching, coming January 26-28, 2018 (Friday through Sunday). The tri-state event gives snowmobile enthusiasts a chance to explore new trails in northern New England.
"This weekend is one of the highlights of the winter for many resident and non-resident riders, especially with good riding reported in most of the state," said N.H. Fish and Game Captain Dave Walsh, who coordinates Snowmobile and Off Highway Recreational Vehicle enforcement, registration and safety education for New Hampshire.
CONCORD, N.H. -- Our recent record-breaking cold weather has formed some great early season ice this year on our lakes and ponds. Why not get outside and enjoy New Hampshire’s ice-covered waterbodies by learning how to ice fish?
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Let's Go Fishing Program offers free ice fishing classes at many locations around the state. Classes are designed for families and individuals who are new to ice fishing, or people who would like a refresher to get back into the sport. Instructors are trained volunteers who love to teach others the skills needed to get out on the ice.
Registration is required to save your spot. To register, visit www.fishnh.com/fishing/lets-go-fishing.html, select “Register for Ice Fishing Classes,” and then choose the date and location that works for you.