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Residents of Gilford manufactured home parks purchase their community

GILFORD — Residents of Edge of Woods I, II and III in Gilford closed recently on the purchase of their 49-unit park, making it New Hampshire's 112th resident-owned manufactured-home community.

Using training and technical assistance from the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund's ROC-NH™ program, residents organized and formed the Edge of Woods Homeowners Cooperative, Inc. in order to convert their privately owned manufactured-home parks into a resident-owned community when it came up for sale.

The cooperative then negotiated with park owners Claire Perrier, Samantha Bernasconi and Michael Normandin for the purchase price of $1.79 million before finalizing the deal with financing from Franklin Savings Bank and the Community Loan Fund.

"It seems like such a long road, but we are finally owners of the Edge of Woods parks and look forward to owning and managing them. They're a nice place to live," said Edge of Woods Homeowners Cooperative, Inc., President Brian Pineault. "There is still so much we do not know, but we look forward to ROC-NH assistance to help navigate our path through uncharted waters."

Now that Edge of Woods I, II and III is a resident-owned community (ROC), homeowners there are eligible for products and services, like real, fixed-rate mortgages, that haven't been available to them previously.

For 31 years, the Community Loan Fund has worked in towns and cities across New Hampshire to connect people and families with the loans and training that allow them to have affordable homes, secure jobs and greater opportunity.

The Community Loan Fund helped Meredith homeowners form the first cooperative park in 1984. Since then, 6,363 homeowners in N.H.'s 112 resident-owned communities enjoy access to home mortgages, an annual leadership program, a bi-annual conference, a management guide for cooperatives and other resources available through ROC USA® and the Community Loan Fund.

A full list of resident-owned cooperatives in New Hampshire is available at http://www.communityloanfund.org/how-we-help/roc-nh/nh-cooperatives.

For more information on the Community Loan Fund, go online to www.communityloanfund.org or call Director of Communications and Marketing Steve Varnum at (603) 224-6669, ext. 277.

Established in 1983, the Community Loan Fund was one of the first Community Development Financial Institutions in the nation, and has received industry awards and recognition for social impact, financial strength and performance. For more information, visit www.communityloanfund.org or call (800) 432-4110.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 07:57

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EMT Exam Prep class offered at LRCC in May

LACONIA — The New Hampshire Division of Fire Standards, Training, and Emergency Medical Services (NH Fire Academy & Bureau of EMS) will be offering an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Exam Preparation Session at Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) beginning on Thursday, May 7 at 4 p.m.

"The EMT Exam Preparation Session is a great opportunity to partner with the Bureau of EMS, offering the Training Session, and welcoming area EMS providers to LRCC," says LRCC Fire Technology Professor, Eric Perry. "LRCC personnel jumped at the opportunity to host the Bureau of EMS on the Laconia campus as we have an Advanced EMT program finishing at the same time. The extra exam preparation will benefit members of LRCC's campus community as well as other local EMS providers."

"Currently certified EMT Intermediates who are transitioning into Advanced EMT candidates have to take the same national certification exam," continues Perry. "This program gives them a sneak-peek at the exam content and provides an overview of test-taking strategies."

For additional information about the EMT Exam Preparation Session, contact Perry at 524-3207 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 07:29

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Conservation District says don’t ‘off-road’ in mud season

LACONIA — The Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD) urges people to refrain from driving their trucks and recreational vehicles in open fields and down unstable woods roads during 'mud season'. While this activity may provide a few moments of fun the damage may be seen and felt for many years. The initial damage of 'off-roading' during mud season is the immediate loss of ground cover plants and exposure of the soil.

Very often this is followed by loss of the exposed soil which can be washed away by rain, snowmelt, and sometimes blown away by strong winds. If the area of exposed soil is uphill from a stream, pond or lake there is a good chance the soil will end up washing into the water and may cause several forms of pollution.

Another form of soil erosion is caused when mud is transported on the tires or body of a vehicle. This valuable soil eventually litters the roadway or is lost at the car wash. The general rule of thumb is that it takes 500 years for nature to make just one inch of soil; and soil is the resource that is responsible for much of our food, our building materials, medicine, and our economy.

The soil doesn't need to be eroded away to become a problem. Soil can become compacted, or become too hard for plant roots to grow in or water to soak in to. This happens when wet soil is repeatedly pressed down by vehicles or footsteps. The evidence of compaction can be seen as poor quality or complete loss of plants in the area affected. One type of damage that may take more than one season to become evident is the death of large trees. A driver doesn't need to run into a tree to harm it. Large trees close to the tracks of a frequently driven over area may die due to the trauma and loss of soil suffered by their roots.

For more information on soil erosion prevention, tips on how to keep our water healthy, or the Opechee Bay Forest visit the Belknap County Conservation District at 2 Airport Road, Gilford, or telephone 527-5880.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 07:26

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Knights of Columbus support Eagle Scout’s project at Camp Fatima

GILFORD — Ian McNeil, a Life Scout in By Scout Troop 243, is working on Eagle Scout project which will see as many as three handicap amps installed at Camp Fatima in Gillmanton Iron Works.

McNeil, who has attended the camp for seven years, says that one area in the Junior Division of the camp is only 50 percent handicapped accessible and that each ramp which is built will allow at least seven more handicapped campers to attend each camp session.

He says that each ramp will cost about $1,200 for supplies and that he is looking to raise $3,6000 for his Eagle Scout project.

He is asking donors to make their checks payable to Troop 243 and in the memo section write Ian McNeil's Eagle project and send it 26 Orchard Drive, Gilford NH 03249. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by those who would like to volunteer for the project, which will see building work take place in May and early June.

Among those organizations contributing to support the project are the Knights of Columbus, Laconia Council 428.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 07:22

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