community

plan before you plant

Today is Arbor Day and plenty of our neighbors will spend the weekend planting new trees in their yards. But what kind of tree should you plant? Shopping for saplings in a nursery is nice, but just like browsing catalogue photos on your iPad, you really don’t get a sense of what a tree will look like in the real world. You need something more like a showroom. With that in mind, we invite you to visit the Utility Arboretum at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth.

paying bills

I am having trouble paying my bill. What should I do?

With the high cost of many daily essentials these days, some customers can be just one bad break away from falling behind on their monthly electric bill. We understand times are tough, and even more so during the winter months when heating your home becomes a top priority. That’s why PSNH is offering customers who have fallen behind a winter payment arrangement that can help take some of the stress out of life.

Showing off Volt

Pooja Shah, senior engineer in PSNH’s Electrical System Control Center, assisted by Diane Charney, employee relations consultant, recently facilitated a workshop at the annual Expanding Your Horizons conference hosted by Exeter Area General Federation of Women’s Clubs. The workshops, held at Stratham Cooperative Middle School, included hands-on activities to help middle school-age girls make the connection between scientific theory and how it’s applied in various career options.

PSNH recently concluded an informational outreach to elected officials in eight New Hampshire communities, providing interactive updates on several energy-related issues, ranging from energy delivery choice to storm restoration and the future of The Northern Pass project, a plan to transmit hydro-electric energy from Québec to serve New Hampshire and New England.

Rose Eppard and Rich Chagnon

The new Memorial Bridge that will link Portsmouth and Kittery is now one step closer to a bright future. The Memorial Bridge Project announced this week that PSNH will donate $40,000 to its $200,000 illumination project to light the new bridge with LEDs.

santa

On December 10, Tilton Area Work Center employees Pam Paquette, Kim Smith, Josh Mazzei, Donna Keeley and Santa Claus (Bill Steff) visited residents at the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton and brought hundreds of donations that were collected throughout PSNH. The annual outreach originated with working foreman Marc St. Cyr, a retired Air National Guard M/Sgt. Marc is an officer with VFW Post 1631 in Concord, and part of their mission is dedicated to serving our veterans.  

PSNH has donated $10,000 to the African Burying Ground Memorial Park in Portsmouth, becoming one of its first major corporate donors.

Each year since 1992, the Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne State Park in Rye has welcomed nearly 70,000 families and students who can enjoy a hands-on learning experience about New Hampshire’s coastal environmental history. This month, the Center celebrated its 20th anniversary with a gala dinner, and PSNH President Gary Long was proud to represent the company as the Center’s first corporate sponsor.

green revolution

A core team of PSNH employee volunteers recently drafted their final plans for construction of a hybrid house in SEE Science Center’s Green Revolution Exhibit.  The exhibit at the Manchester museum teaches about sustainability, conservation, and renewable energy.

water faucet

Behind the scenes of the everyday business of providing reliable electricity, PSNH and its employees are active supporters and participants of initiatives that are important to the communities of New Hampshire and our way of life. Two of those focus areas are education support—in particular, tomorrow’s leaders in science, engineering, and math—and stewarding our natural resources.

By Elizabeth LaRocca, Southern Div. Community Relations

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