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Financial Stability Partnership aims to reduce poverty in Belknap County

LACONIA — The Financial Stability Partnership is striving to find ways to reduce poverty in Belknap County.

The partnership -- a collaborative, community based initiative -- recognizes that poverty is an issue that no single organization can solve.

FSP activities are led by workgroups, which represent every sector of the community. FSP members include social service providers, local business leaders, and community volunteers. Current workgroups concentrate in the areas of early childhood, youth, health, workforce development, personal asset building, housing, and transportation.

A snapshot of recent activities includes:

The VITA program (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) which has helped local tax filers in Laconia and Franklin prepare about 542 federal tax returns, resulting in nearly $750,000 in refunds.

A new pilot program, "Wealth for All," has helped participants to build personal financial management skills.

About 30 social service providers attended the training "Your Money Your Goals" to help facilitate money management skills for use with their clients.

A number of child care centers in the region received training on how to achieve a higher quality standard ranking, to improve the level of care for local children.

To achieve and measure success, collective community action must be sustained over a period of time. In the upcoming year, the partnership expects to launch programs and initiatives related to:

-- Listening to feedback from our youth, and helping to address concerns that they identify in the community.

-- Increased involvement with solutions to impact substance misuse.

-- Continue to support efforts to grow the future workforce in the Lakes Region, through career development opportunities.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:29

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Mature Driver Course to be held in Meredith on June 24

MEREDITH — The next AARP Mature Driver Safety Program in Meredith is scheduled to take place Wednesday, June 24, at the Meredith Community Center.

The class will consists of two three-hour sessions: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

The classroom experience emphasizes defensive driving techniques, including new traffic laws and rules of the road. It points out how to adjust driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time.

There is no test. Those completing the course receive a certificate making them eligible for insurance discounts from certain insurance companies serving New Hampshire.

The fee for the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for others.

Registration is required, to register for the course call Bob Kennelly at 677-7187.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:18

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Entries for MVSB photo contest due by May 30

MEREDITH — The Meredith Village Savings Bank's (MVSB) annual Community Photo Contest is currently underway with entries due by the close of business on Saturday, May 30.

Winners of the calendar contest will have their photographs featured in the MVSB's full-color 2015 Community Calendar, which is distributed free-of-charge to the community in the fall. Selected photos may also be used for the Bank's desktop calendar, holiday cards and/or note cards. Winners of the website contest will have their photos featured as the banner photo on the Bank's website (www.mvsb.com) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/meredithvillagesavingsbank). Winning photographers will be awarded a $50 cash prize for each photo selected and used.

The Bank encourages photo submissions that demonstrate a strong focus on community events and people enjoying and participating in the variety of venues, attractions and local businesses the Lakes Region has to offer. Whether amateur or professional, all photographers are encouraged to submit their favorite photos.

Entries may be for either the Calendar Contest or Website Contest or both, but separate entry forms must be submitted for each contest. The required format for the Website Contest entries differs from the Calendar Contest, therefore people asked to review the detailed specifications listed. Official entry forms and contest rules are available at any MVSB location or online at www.mvsb.com/photocontest. Submissions can also be mailed to: Meredith Village Savings Bank, Attention: Photo Contest, PO Box 177, Meredith, NH 03253.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:09

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Bristol Baptist Church to host a ham & bean supper on June 20

BRISTOL — Bristol Baptist Church will be serving a Ham & Bean Supper on Saturday, June 20 from 5-7 p.m.

The menu will be Ham & Beans, potato salad, rolls and beverage. Dessert will be Strawberry Shortcake. Costs for meals are $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12, free for those under five years of age, and $25 for families of four or more. Take-outs are available by calling
744-3885 after 3 p.m.

For more information call 744-3885.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:04

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