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"Senator McCain's win isn't surprising to those of us Republicans who are active on environmental issues," said Ted Leach, Carbon Coalition Co-chair, a former NH State Representative and current board member of the Albuquerque-based Republicans for Environmental Protection.
Climate change will be the focus of this talk as former Monadnock Ledger publisher Ted Leach addresses this timely topic from an environmental, political and journalistic perspective.
How does a newspaper publisher land in the middle of the climate change discussion?
Almost three decades ago, one of the largest solar panels in New England was located in downtown Peterborough, New Hampshire, hanging on the back of the Monadnock Ledger Building.
After acquiring the building, the old Peterborough Baptist Church, one of Ted's first tasks was to attack fixed costs.
"It had nothing to do with climate change," says Leach, "it was all about dollars.
Installing the solar panel and a large wood stove saw the Ledger's fuel oil usage plummet from 1780 gallons per year to 76 gallons.
As Leach Newspapers, Inc. continued to expand with newspapers in South Carolina and Nantucket Island, so did the appearance of more environmentally related stories.
State, regional and national awards for environmental reporting began pouring into the newspaper family, and Ted's "MO" as a desktop environmentalist was given shape.
When not in the editor's chair, Ted squeezed in five years at the Harvard Extension School where he followed a curriculum focused on environmental management.
When he formed the New England Marionette Opera in Peterborough in 1992, he launched a unique program called Environmental Echo.
Each performance began with a short multi-media moment during which the audience was informed that a portion of all ticket sales was being directed to two environmental organizations, Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C. and the Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock.
In 2000 Leach was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives and was the author of the amendment that became the first four-pollutant bill in the nation, a recognition that carbon dioxide emissions need to be brought under control.
He was Chairman of the Clean Air subcommittee and he was the founder of the bipartisan Environmental Caucus.In 2003 he was asked to become co-chair of The Carbon Coalition, New Hampshire Citizens for a responsible energy policy.
As for that solar panel on the back of the Ledger Building, it was destroyed when the building burned on New Year's Day, 1999.
It has been replaced by a large solar hot water system on Ted's house in Hancock.
"This decision had both a financial and climate component," says Ted.
New England Marionette Opera -- Meet Our Magic Makers
EDWARD R. (TED) LEACHFOUNDER AND GENERAL DIRECTORAt the age of 4 1/2, Ted left his house in Chappaqua, NY, and headed down the Saw Mill River Parkway toward New York City to join the circus.
When discovered by local police, who knew him well, Ted was returned to his home by a vote of 4-3 with his mother abstaining.
After countless hours in classrooms at The University of Tulsa, its College of Law and Harvard University, Ted was still focused on the circus - which explains why several of the current company of marionette manipulators were poached from Ringling Brothers.
In an earlier life, Ted was the owner and publisher of weekly newspapers in New Hampshire, South Carolina and on the island of Nantucket, MA.He lives with his wife Beverly and his dog Typo on a quiet lake in New Hampshire and he has no spare time.
"She was a natural" says theatre general director Ted Leach.She has continued with the company ever since and has performed in every production, touring company included.
She has performed Marcello in La Bohème, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, Amahl, and Cavaradossi in Tosca, (her first chance to die on stage).
With such an intensive performing schedule, she still finds time to pursue a career in publishing and print production.
During an interview for a theatre office position, Sharon became so animated in describing her past career that theatre General Director Ted Leach convinced her to try out as a marionette manipulator.
Started in 1992, by then newspaper publisher Edward R. Leach, the New England Marionette Opera now performs both at home and at guest appearances in venues throughout the world.
The five-year old company features two Puccini icons, La Bohème and Madame Butterfly, and is adding Tosca in 1997.
It was the first company to ever present Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, and its holiday production of Amahl and the Night Visitors has already become a major New England tradition.
Also in its repertoire are Carmen, Macbeth (Verdi), and The Barber of Seville.
The company has a separate division called OK (Opera for Kids) Opera which currently has Mozart's Magic Fantasy, A Journey Through Mozart's Magic Flute in its repertoire.
Edward R. (Ted) Leach, founder of the New England Marionette Opera, gets lots of advice from some of the La Bohème cast.
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