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Campaign to preserve Lee’s Pond to kick off Nov. 8

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Moultonborough Conservation Commission is kicking off its campaign to protect Lee's Pond Preserve on Saturday, November 8. A public forum is scheduled for 11 a.m., in the Town Library at 4 Holland Street.

At 9 a.m., directly before the meeting, the public is invited to walk through the site. To attend, participants are asked to meet at 8:45 a.m. in the Magic Chef Catering parking lot, 882 Whittier Highway (Route 25). Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and uneven terrain. Those that cannot make the site walk are encouraged to attend the 11 a.m. meeting at the Library.

The Lee's Pond Preserve, map lot 76/4, is 37 acres of undeveloped land along the Red Hill River and Lee's Pond marshland. Offered for sale by a private trust, it is located in a high-priority conservation zone. The property provides diverse wildlife habitats and corridors, borders sensitive wetlands and has historical value. Located in the thriving 1800's village of Moultonborough Falls, historic photographs show a number of buildings along a dirt road, and cleared land that is much different than what we see today. The Conservation Commission is leading the effort to raise funds and partner with conservation groups to provide ongoing stewardship.

"It is fortunate that we have an opportunity to protect this important property before it is acquired for development", said Marie Samaha, Moultonborough Conservation Commission Chair. "We will only be successful with public support, private donations and volunteers to help with fund raising."

During the meeting attendees will receive guidance from a landscape architect, and will discuss why this land is worth protecting and the potential for shared use. A light lunch will be served.

For more information, please visit the Lee's Pond Preserve Facebook page at www.facebook.com/leespondpreserve or the project page on the Moultonborough Town web site, moultonboroughnh.gov/Pages/MoultonboroughNH_BComm/Concom/leespond, or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:57

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Belknap Landscape Company buys tax credits to support Community Land Trust

 

 

LACONIA — Belknap Landscape Company has been a longtime supporter of the Laconia Area Community Land Trust and continues to be with the purchase of $10,000 in state tax credits.

"Belknap Landscape is proud to be a sponsor of the Laconia Area Community Land Trust," stated owner, Hayden McLaughlin. "This organization supports so many in need in this area, and we are proud to be a sponsor. As in our business, building relationships is instrumental to a successful business, and partnering with LACLT is who we are. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to support all the good work the LACLT does for our community."

Last year, LACLT was awarded a total of $500,000 in tax credits to sell by New Hampshire's Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA). Once the credits are sold to business donors, LACLT can use the proceeds to continue upgrading 60 units of permanently affordable rental housing in Laconia. LACLT's mission is to provide permanently affordable housing and support programs to low- and moderate-income families so that they become economically self-sufficient. LACLT's tenants are employees of many area businesses and comprise a large portion of workforce in the Lakes Region in healthcare, manufacturing, service and hospitality industries.

Twenty years ago, LACLT began rehabbing scattered-site apartments in Laconia to create permanently affordable housing for working families. Now with the tax credits to fund a Portfolio Strengthening Initiative for these properties, LACLT is further investing in these community assets with capital improvements and green investment. LACLT seeks to improve performance by reducing expenses through roof repairs, boiler upgrades, installing new green flooring and energy-efficient fixtures, among other improvements.

Last year more than $4.1 million was recently awarded through the CDFA Tax Credit Program. Twenty-three community projects throughout the state sought tax credit funding; LACLT's Portfolio Strengthening Initiative was one of only three applications awarded its full request. The Tax Credit Program enables businesses to donate to LACLT in exchange for a state tax credit that can be applied against the New Hampshire business profits, business enterprise, or insurance premium taxes. The state tax credit is equal to 75% of that contribution. In addition, the contribution may be treated as a charitable deduction to the extent the federal laws allow. Tax credit may be carried forward during a five-year period. After both state and federal tax benefits are accounted for, a contribution of $10,000 actually costs the company less that 11% or $1,100. LACLT is responsible for securing donations/pledges from for-profit companies with a New Hampshire state tax liability.

For more information about purchasing tax credits from LACLT in support of their Portfolio Strengthening Initiative contact Linda Harvey at 603-524-0747, or visit www.laclt.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:52

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Boys Scouts to collect for food banks

GILFORD - Scouting for Food is an on-going annual program of the Boy Scouts of America that began in 1985. Pack 68 will be out on Saturday, November 1 placing collection bags in neighborhoods throughout the city, and will return on Saturday, November 8 to pick them up.

Scouting units across the country collect food for their local food banks over the course of one week in November. Each year, Cub Scout Pack 68 leaves plastic bags for their neighbors soliciting canned food items. One week later, the Scouts return to pick up and deliver the bags of food to a local food bank. 

Boy Scout Troop 68 be spending the night under the stars at Opechee Park on Saturday, November 1. They will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items from 3-9 p.m. Boy Scouts will also be collecting donations on Friday, November 7 at the following local grocers from 4-8 p.m.; Shaw's Supermarket, Gilford and Shaw's Supermarket, Belmont, and Walmart, Gilford. There will be a donation drop off bin at Hannafords Supermarket in Gilford from 10/31-11/7. All donations will be taken to the local NH Food Banks.

Scouting for Food is a project rooted in the very foundation of the Scouting movement and it's dedication for each boy to do a Good Turn daily. If you would like more information regarding the Scouting for Food program or about scouting in your community, please contact Tara Shore at 524-1367.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:41

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Golden View open for Trick or Treating on Halloween

MEREDITH — Golden View Health Care Center invites the public to trick 'r treat at Golden View on Halloween from 6-7:30 p.m.

Trick 'r treating at Golden View has been a tradition for many local families for over 30 years. All children ages 1-11, dressed in costume and accompanied by an adult are welcome. Adults who have children that are interested in attending, are asked to call ahead of time and check with the Resident Relations department.

The event is free and features lots of candy, refreshments, and safe trick 'r treating. Golden View is located at 19 NH Route 104 in Meredith.

For more information, contact Frank Vignand, Director of Resident and Community Relations, at (603) 279-8111 ext. 4123.

CAPTION — Resident June Crane shows off the quirky pumpkin she decorated. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:36

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