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AARP Tax-Aide Program to be offered Laconia Senior Center

LACONIA — Again this year the AARP Tax-Aide program, which provides Free Tax assistance in preparing and electronically filing federal income tax returns, will be offered at the Laconia Senior Center at 17 Church Street.

While the program gives special attention to all those 60 years of age and up, taxpayers with low and moderate income will also be accommodated by AARP personnel.

Assistance will be provided as follows: Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., (February 5 through February 26) and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (February 6 through (April 10)

The service will be offered on an appointment basis. Call the Laconia Senior Center at 524-7689 to make an appointment.

Taxpayers are asked to bring the following: photo ID, copy of last year's income tax return, W-2 forms, any 1099 forms, dependent care provider info, proof of itemizing deductions, and Social Security cards or documentation for yourself and all dependents.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 09:53

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Tim Caverly and his Allagash tails scheduled for Taylor Community

LACONIA —  Tim Caverly has spent his life in Maine's outdoors. Growing up shadowing his father, who was a fire warden with the Maine Forest Service, and his brother, a ranger in Baxter State Park, it was natural for him to seek a career in the outdoors.

Tim will share his experiences in the outdoors Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at Taylor Community's Woodside Building, 435 Union Ave. The event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP by calling 524-5600, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Originally from Skowhegan, Maine, Tim began working as a ranger at Sebago Lake State Park while in college. Afterward, he continued his employment with the Department of Conservation with assignments as manager of Aroostook and Cobscook Bay State Parks, as well as being a regional supervisor of the Allagash Region. This Region included the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and Penobscot River Corridor. He was supervisor of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway for 18 years.

In 1999, Tim retired from the Department after a 32-year career. He resides in Millinocket, and worked for five years in the Millinocket School System. He now writes and presents programs full-time throughout New England, enjoys raising Golden Retrievers and sharing stories about the Maine woods.

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Survey and public input sessions to help plan future of Meredith Public Library

MEREDITH — The trustees of the Meredith Public Library have begun work on a Master Plan for the library and one of the issues the plan must address is the deteriorating state of the library building. In the 2014 budget the Meredith Select Board designated some funding for the most serious of these problems and the library received and L-CHIP grant to assist with this.

However, much more remains to be done. An inspection by the State Fire Marshal found that the Meredith Public Library building had several life-safety code violations. In order to meet code, the library will need to replace an historic staircase, move the Children's Room from its current location and possibly will have to install a sprinkler system, among other things. Before investing in costly renovations, the trustees thought it wise to examine what the needs of our library will be in the future.
Last fall, a committee of Meredith citizens was formed from all parts of the community including working professionals, parents of young children, a representative from the Friends of the Library, a teacher from Inter-Lakes school, a teen from Inter-Lakes High School, and two representatives from the Meredith Public Library Board of Trustees. The Library Director attends all meetings in an advisory role.
By interviewing staff, surveying the community and hosting public input sessions, the Master Plan Committee is tasked with making a recommendation to the Meredith Public Library Board of Trustees regarding the future of the library. With that recommendation as a baseline, the trustees will begin the task of drafting a Master Plan.
The committee will be distributing surveys throughout the community in places such as the Town Hall, Community Center, Library and the Inter-Lakes Schools. In addition, visit: www.meredithlibrary.org to access an online version of the survey and to learn more about the library's issues. Those who opt to leave their contact information on the survey will be entered into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire. Deadline for inclusion is March 31. The committee will also be hosting public input sessions where members of the community will be invited to share their opinions about what they feel the future of the library should be. Meetings to be announced at a future date.
The trustees have contracted with Full Circle Consulting to help with their Master Plan. This service was partially paid for by a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

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Feb. 7 Deadline Set for NHEC Board Candidates

PLYMOUTH — Members of the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, Inc. (NHEC) interested in being considered for nomination to the Board of Directors should submit their material to the Nominating Committee by noon on February 7. More information is available on NHEC's web site at www.nhec.coop.

"The Co-op seeks highly qualified members with diverse personal, professional and geographical backgrounds, as well as broad education and experience," said NHEC President/CEO Fred Anderson. "As a member-owned, non-profit organization, serving on the board of directors is one of the ways members have a direct impact on how this democratically controlled organization is run. It is an important and rewarding job."

Board members are elected to three-year terms. Three of the 11 seats are up for election this year. Election ballots will be mailed to all members in May. Winners will be seated at the Annual Meeting of Members, Tuesday, June 3. The Nominating Committee meets numerous times to review the applications and interview candidates for the Board of Directors. After completing the process, they nominate a slate of candidates to be included on the ballot. The candidates selected will be identified on the ballot as having been nominated by the Nominating Committee.

If you are interested in applying, contact Sharon Yeaton at 603-536-8801 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a candidate packet. NHEC is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving 83,000 homes and businesses in 115 New Hampshire communities.

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