Sunapee Green-Up Day set for May 3

Sunapee, N.H. — Sunapee Green-Up Day is coming up. Volunteers are needed for this annual road-side clean up set for Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 9 a.m. to noon. The raindate is Sunday, May 4.

Green-Up Day is a tradition in town. Family and friends turn out and pick up roadside litter town wide. The volunteers then gather at noon at Sunapee Harbor for a picnic that is sponsored by local businesses and organizations.

Volunteer forms are available at Abbott Library and the Sunapee Town Office building, Edgemont Road, and on the event website.

Participants are asked to bring their completed form to the sign-in at the Safety Services Building, 9 Sargent Road, at 9 a.m. on the morning of the event to get a clean up area assignment. The form asks where you would like to participate. For reference, see the Green-Up Day Maps link, and click here for the Volunteer Form.

 

Upper Valley Naturalist Training Registration Now Open

UVLT Naturalist Training-walk in the woodsUpper Valley, N.H. — The Upper Valley Land Trust and Hulbert Outdoor Center are sponsoring an Upper Valley Naturalist Training from April 23-May 17, 2013.

The Upper Valley Naturalist Training program is an in-depth introduction to the ecosystems and wildlife found in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire.

The training is designed to be accessible for the beginning naturalist, but also of interest to more seasoned naturalists, particularly those looking for a way to share their knowledge with the larger community.

The training will include four Wednesday evening classroom presentations and four Saturday field sessions.

Topics will be presented by local experts and include geology, plant communities, wetland ecology, birds, interpretive techniques and more. Space is limited, so interested participants should register now.

For more information and the training schedule, visit www.uvlt.org or call 603-643-6626.

Community bike tune-up and swap held in New London

Geordie Sousa ’13, of Colby-Sawyer College and the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative, was one of the volunteer “mechanics” at the Community Bike Tune-Up and Swap on May 4th.  Together with Professor Harvey Pine and fellow student Doug Foley ’15, they estimate they tuned-up 35 bikes.

Geordie Sousa ’13, of Colby-Sawyer College and the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative, was one of the volunteer “mechanics” at the Community Bike Tune-Up and Swap on May 4th. Together with Professor Harvey Pine and fellow student Doug Foley ’15, they estimate they tuned-up 35 bikes. Courtesy photo.

New London, N.H. – On the New London Town Green on May 4, the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative (KVTI) hosted a successful Community Bike Tune-Up and Swap that may become an annual KVTI event.

The bike tune-up and exchange was made possible through partnerships and support from Colby-Sawyer College, the New London Police Department, Pizza Chef, Hole in the Fence Café, Arctic Dreams and Village Sports.

On a sunny Saturday afternoon KVTI members distributed coupons contributed by Arctic Dreams, Hole in the Fence Café and Pizza Chef to the 20 community members who donated bikes.  Those members also facilitated 12 swaps for people who brought in smaller bikes and “traded-up” for a larger size, and eight other people went home with a “new” bike.

In addition, three volunteer mechanics were on hand to offer free tune-ups and advice. Professor Harvey Pine from Colby-Sawyer College and students Geordie Sousa ’13 and Doug Foley ’15 worked on approximately 35 bicycles throughout the day.

Two New London Police Department officers, Patrolman Eben Lamson and Detective Tom Anderson, distributed free helmets, and John Kiernan from Village Sports sized the helmets and was on-hand to provided additional technical assistance and equipment as needed.

Candis Whitney from the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative welcomes participants to the Community Bike Tune-Up and Swap as they enter the donation area on the New London Town Green. Over 20 bicycles were donated on the May 4 event.

Live music was provided by Ben Dobrowski, co-owner of Greenhill Collective Farm in Sutton, N.H.

Bikes that were not claimed by the end of the day were donated to local children and to Colby-Sawyer’s Chargers Stable, a free bike-share program for students.

The Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative encourages the nine towns in the Kearsarge Valley to develop a greater reliance on local resources – food, energy and human resources in particular – to address the impacts of global issues such as economic insecurity, environmental instabilities, and dependence on non-renewable energy.  Its members include Colby-Sawyer College students, faculty and staff, as well as residents from surrounding communities.

For more information visit the KVTI blog or www.meetup.com/transition-Kearsarge.

 

Sunapee Green-Up Day is May 4, 2013

greenupday artSunapee Green-Up Day is Saturday, May 4, 2013.

Local families and individuals are invited to turn out from 8:30 a.m. to noon to clean up road-side litter. This is an annual event in Sunapee and includes a picnic at Sunapee Harbor for the volunteers.

To join the clean-up, complete the volunteer form available at the town office building and library and online at: www.sunapeegreenupday.com. The website also provides safety tips, road maps and neighborhood captains.

Participants will pick up bags at the May 4 check-in held at the Sunapee Safety Services Building, Sargent Road, from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. And if you would like to clean up your neighborhood before the 4th, call Rose Batts at 603-763-4920.

Capture the heat: Workshop on geothermal energy for the home

Logo of the Geothermal Energy Association.Experts to describe ‘the magic of geothermal heating/cooling’ at free workshop in Andover, New Hampshire

Andover, N.H. — A workshop on residential geothermal energy systems, which capture the nearly constant 50-60-degree (f) temperature trapped below the earth’s surface and use it to heat and cool the home, will be offered by two local experts on Saturday, April 6, in Andover, New Hampshire. The program will be held at the Andover Town Hall meeting room, Main Street, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The workshop is open to the public at no charge and is the second in a series sponsored by the Andover Energy Group, a local organization of volunteers. The first, held in February and focusing on solar energy, attracted over 80 attendees.

Leading the workshop will be Dan Grace of Dunbarton, whose Capital Well Clean Water Center is described as “one of New Hampshire’s most experienced geothermal well installers,” and Bill Wenzel, head of a Merrimack heating and air-conditioning business that bears his name. Wenzel is a certified installer for the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association, a non-profit organization established to advance geothermal heat pump technology.

Experienced in team presentations, Grace and Wenzel will offer an illustrated “Geothermal 101” session describing “the magic that is geothermal heating and cooling,” and answering questions. Refreshments and handout materials will be available..

Advance registration is encouraged but not required. For more information and to register, e-mail Maria Glorioso at glorioso@tds.net or call 603-735-6128.

Established in 2011, the Andover Energy Group has offered several public workshops and an “energy awareness day” featuring guided tours of local homes using alternative energy sources. It also oversees local distribution of the Green Energy Times, a bi-monthly newspaper devoted to clean energy. A workshop on home weatherization and another on financing alternative-energy installations are tentatively planned for later in the spring.

UVLT offers training for naturalists

Green Leaf

The Upper Valley Land Trust and Hulbert Outdoor Center are sponsoring an Upper Valley Naturalist Training from April 23 to May 19, 2013.

The training is designed to be accessible for the beginning naturalist, but also of interest to more seasoned naturalists, particularly those looking for a way to share their knowledge with the larger community.

The Upper Valley Naturalist Training program is an in-depth introduction to the ecosystems and wildlife found in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire.

The training will include four evening classroom presentations and four weekend field sessions. Topics will be presented by local experts and include geology, plant communities, wetland ecology, birds, interpretive techniques and more.

Space is limited, so interested participants should register early. For more information and the training schedule, visit www.uvlt.org or call 603-643-6626

An invite to Kearsarge Valley Going Local

Tina Clarke

Transition Trainer Tina Clarke will be the guest speaker at Kearsarge Valley Going Local, a community-wide gathering to be held on the campus of Colby-Sawyer College, New London, on Saturday, March 30, from noon to 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

New London, N.H. — A community-wide gathering to build self-reliance and resilience, while promoting sustainability and enhancing quality of life in the Kearsarge Valley Region, will be hosted in the Ware Campus/Student Center on the Colby-Sawyer College campus in New London on Saturday, March 30, from noon to 5 p.m.

The event—Kearsarge Valley Going Local: Local Food, Local Business, Local Skills— is organized by the Kearsarge Valley Transition Initiative Task Force and students in the Environmental Studies Community-Based Research Project class.

The public is invited to attend.

Organizers want to draw upon the ideas, skills and experiences of area residents to develop positive localized solutions to discuss the regional impacts of larger global issues such as economic insecurity, environmental instabilities, and dependence on non-renewable energy.

The day will begin with an optional brunch (noon to 1:00 p.m.) that will feature live music from one of the area’s favorite folk artists, Click Horning. Brunch is $6 for adults, $3 for children.

The activities to follow will offer opportunities to find shared interests, to learn about local resources, to network share contact information, and to develop practical strategies that can be implemented in the Kearsarge Valley.

The overall direction and focus for the day will also be guided by participants’ own ideas and strategies for:

  • sustaining health and well-being,
  • creating a strong regional food system,
  • supporting a vibrant local economy and
  • developing more resilience in our region.

To RSVP, recommended but not required, email: transition.town@colby-sawyer.edu or go to Meetup.com Transition-Kearsarge

Certified Transition Trainer Tina Clarke will be the guest speaker. Clarke, of Turner Falls, Massachusetts, has worked with over 120 Transition communities across the country, and has been a trainer, program director and consultant for 25 years, supporting and guiding leaders in over 400 local, national, regional and local organizations.

Turner has directed citizen training programs for 17 national faith communities, and she directed Greenpeace USA’s national citizen Activist Network. She also founded and led campaigns on energy, environmental justice and toxins for New England Clean Water Action.

Most recently she was a consultant with 350.org, the Massachusetts Municipal Association, and the Sustainability Institute.

Turner’s passive solar, Platinum LEED, low-toxic, largely locally-built “Power House” won the Massachusetts utility company-sponsored competition, the Zero Energy Challenge, and the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s 2010 Zero Net Energy Award.

To learn more about this event or to RSVP, visit www.meetup.com/Transition-Kearsarge or www.kearsargetransition.com, or call Jenisha Shrestha, 205-482-2699.

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