Center Hires Garland Mill to Manage Renovation of Parker J. Noyes Building

Renovation of the historic 11,000-square-foot Parker J. Noyes building on Main Street in Lancaster, NH, begins June 29 as part of the Center's Community Investment work in Lancaster.

Parker J Noyes from front with sun IM 191004 034 DSC07118 web crpd“This gem of a building is getting a 100-year upgrade,” said Ben Southworth of Garland Mill. “It’s a very significant historic restoration and we’re excited to be part of it.” The Northern Forest Center hired Garland Mill as construction manager for the project.

The Center purchased the building in the fall of 2018 and is renovating the building to contribute to revitalizing Lancaster's downtown and supporting the local economy.

“We want the Lancaster area to benefit from this project from the beginning,” said Julie Renaud Evans, program director for the Northern Forest Center. “Working with designers and builders from the region is supporting local jobs now, and when the building is complete Taproot’s expanded operations and the new apartments should both make a very positive contribution to the vitality of Main Street.”

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The Bike Borderlands initiative – a collaboration between eight trail organizations facilitated by the Center – has created a campaign to instill a strong code of ethics within the mountain biking community. Ride With Gratitude calls on riders to respect the gift of mountain biking, care for others, protect nature, and hold each other to account.

"It’s a simple concept," said Maura Adams, program director for the Center. "Being able to use trails is an incredible privilege, and everyone benefits when we trail users recognize it. It makes us careful about how we treat landowners, trail managers, town residents, and the land itself."

ACRA thumbs up vote grants headerThe Adirondack Community Recreation Alliance (ACRA) has awarded five grants totaling approximately $15,000 to projects that connect outdoor recreation and Adirondack communities.

“These grants each support community-based recreation initiatives in several different regions of the Adirondacks,” said Matt Strickland of Vert Outdoors, who sponsored a proposal to analyze the feasibility of building a 2 – 3 mile long trail connector between the Hamlets of Horicon and Starbuckville.

The Alliance is a group of community leaders, outdoor enthusiasts and local entrepreneurs dedicated to enhancing and developing recreation assets, increasing region-wide stewardship, and advancing policies to secure long-lasting community and economic benefits for Adirondack towns and villages.

The Lancaster Rotary Club and the Northern Forest Center have teamed up to ensure that all students at White Mountains Regional High School (WMRHS) and Groveton High School can access the internet to fully participate in the distance learning necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

190606 NFC LancasterSchoolWalk 002 DSC09171 crpd smallThe Center donated $2,500 to the Lancaster Rotary Club to purchase mobile hotspots with prepaid data plans for students who lacked the internet access they needed, either because broadband internet is unavailable at their homes, or due to data limitations. “This should be enough data for them to use Google Classroom, watch assigned videos, email teachers and peers, maybe do a 10-minute hang-out for discussions,” said Rob Scott, WMRHS’s Career and Technical Education Director, who began distributing the hotspots and helping to set them up April 17.

WMRHS surveyed families by phone to see how many students would need a better digital connection to do their schoolwork and initially found 12 that needed help. As of April 28, Scott had delivered 12 data hotspots to WMRHS students, provided 10 devices to Groveton High School for students in SAU 58, and had 2 devices remaining.