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Day in the Sun to Support Solar Pool a Success

September 26, 2012

On Sept. 20 I posted some photos from the Pemi-Baker Community Health Golf Tournament.  Below is a more in-depth write-up about the tourney.

Those who participated in the 1st annual Pemi-Baker Community Health (PBCH) Golf Tournament at Waterville Valley Golf Club on September 16th enjoyed a fun day of golf while raising $7,235 towards a large solar energy thermal system installation at PBCH.  This new system will provide the majority of heat for the therapeutic pool as well as hot water for showers.

The golf, played in scramble format, made for a lot of hilarity as novices and “experts” teamed up enthusiastically.  The first place team was captained by Tom Delaney with John Morrill’s team coming in a close second.  Jill Romano won the putting contest, Arthur Joyce the straightest drive, and Jim Diluca and Dolly Riess the closest to pin contest.

The Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI) is installing Solar Collectors and PBCH has received incentives from NH Electric Coop, State of NH, Plymouth Better Buildings and Retail Merchants of NH totaling $27,490. PBCH must raise the additional $35,000 to cover the cost of the energy efficiency projects and the $7,235 raised at the golf tournament was a great boost to the efforts.

Pemi-Baker Community Health, is our local nonprofit provider for home care, hospice, and outpatient therapy. They offer aquatic fitness memberships as a fun place where serious work gets done. The centerpiece of PBCH’s outpatient Rehab Therapy and Aquatic & Fitness programs is the heated pool for therapeutic, non-weight-bearing and weight-bearing exercises. The pool offers a near-zero gravity medium that improves mobility and flexibility for physical therapy patients and fitness memberships.  PBCH Energy Savings Project is projected to pay for itself by providing $7,574 in annual energy savings! This is money that can go right back into the care provided to our community.

PBCH is thankful for the amazing generosity of the tournament’s sponsors and donors which included Annie’s Overflow, Bruce Saenger/Saenger Consulting Group, Coyote Grill, David Towne MD, DEI Systems, Diamond’s Edge, North Dumont Construction, Forrest Howes Auto Repair LLC, Fugaky Restaurant, Hannaford, Hunter Delaney, J&M Plumbing and Heating, John Hession, Kathleen Beriau, Mainstay Technologies, Malone, Dirubbo & Company, MegaPrint, Owl’s Nest Resort and Golf Club,  PainMD,  Pemi-Glass & Mirror, Rand’s Hardware, Riess Construction, Riess Security Storage, Sean Stone/B&D Stone Property,  Squam Lake Inn, Stephen Knipstein,  Sunset Grill , Terry & Chip Roper/Roper Real Estate, Tony’s Italian Grill and Pub, Tractor Supply,  Waterville Valley Realty, Waterville Valley Ski Resort, and Waterville Valley Golf Club.

Many thanks to the volunteers!   Aggie Guilbert, Diane Scarbrough, Stefanie Corbett, Bruce Saenger, Amy Dennis, John Morrill, Stephen Morrill, Bob Guilbert, Mark Bissonnette, Susan Dumont, Darlene Toomey, Mary Ellen McCormack, Tom Delaney, Wendell Broom, Sarah Lester, Chandra Engelbert, Charlene Boulanger, Leia Bridgham, Dolly Riess, Val Michaud, Carole Osmer, Mike Riess, Mike Aronson, and Steve Bourdeau.

So much fun was had that the golf tournament committee voted to set a tentative date for September 15, 2013 and hope you will join in next year!  In the meantime there is still another $10,000 needed for the Pemi-Baker Community Health’s energy efficiency projects.  The community’s support is essential to PBCH and environmental sustainability is an extension of PBCH’s mission to promote the health and well-being of the community.

>> Learn about PBCH online.

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget. 1-888-987-8333.

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