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Boothby Therapy Services tax credit purchase supports WOW Trail

LACONIA — Boothby Therapy Services is supporting the WOW Trail with the purchase of $25,000 worth of tax credits. The Laconia based company, owned by Maren & Christopher Boothby, is the largest provider of speech and occupational therapy services to schools in New Hampshire.

"As long time residents and business owners, Maren and I recognize the critical impact a completed WOW Trail will have on the entire Lakes Region," said Christopher Boothby. "This project promotes physical health, enhances the quality of life for residents, and provides economic benefits to our travel/tourism economy that will increase with its continued development. On behalf of our nearly 50 employees across New Hampshire, we are proud to support the expansion of this important community resource."
The sale of the tax credits is made possible by the NH Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) award of $125,000 in credits to the WOW Trail. The CDFA is attracted to projects that show a high degree of community support, build partnerships, contribute to the economic well-being of an area, and leverage other funds.
Currently 1.3 miles in length, the WOW Trail is a planned 9 mile recreation path to be built alongside the active railroad corridor through the City of Laconia. When completed, it will showcase the three Lakes for which it is named: Winnisquam, Opechee & Winnipesaukee, as a part of the regional trail network that will connect Meredith to Franklin and the Northern Rail Trail.
"We're thrilled with the Boothby's support," said Allan Beetle, WOW Trail President, "As a former elected official and successful New Hampshire business owners, Christopher and Maren understand the economic impact a completed trail will have on our region. Their significant investment is a testament to their commitment to making the Lakes Region an even better place to live, work and play."
The WOW Trail is one of 14 projects awarded credits to sell by the NH CDFA, which was created by legislation in 1983, as a nonprofit public instrument of the State of NH. CDFA supports the development of vibrant and resilient communities by providing resources for community development efforts
To learn more about the WOW Trail's fundraising efforts, contact Gretchen Gandini at 520-8952.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 08:35

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3 Meredith churches sponsoring a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday afternoon

MEREDITH — Three Meredith churches are sponsoring a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 1:30 p.m. at the Memorial Garden at Trinity Episcopal Church on Route 25.

All creatures great and small (and their owners) are invited to the ecumenical service to celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, known for his love of animals. The event will be held rain or shine.

Those attending the service and blessing are being encouraged to bring pet food, cat litter, etc., which then will be donated to the Humane Society.

The service will last less than a half hour, and will include Bible readings, prayers, and a blessing for pets.

Organizers are reminding those planning to bring pets that the animals must either be leashed, caged, carried, or otherwise under their owner's control.


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Join LRCT for a Fall Hike along the Historic and Scenic Brook Walk

MOULTONBOROUGH — On Tuesday, October 7, join the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) for a fall hike along the Brook Walk, a historic and scenic trail within LRCT's Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area.

The Lakes Region Conservation Trust has conserved over 23,000 acres in the Lakes Region since its founding in 1979. The Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area in Moultonborough and Tuftonboro, totaling over 5,000 conserved acres, is the largest property owned by LRCT. The 30 miles of trails spread throughout this conservation area are maintained by a dedicated and enthusiastic team of LRCT volunteers.

During this guided excursion, participants will hike beside impressive gorges, following the course of Shannon Brook as it flows over rapids and seven spectacular cascades. LRCT's knowledgeable guides will share some of the interesting history of the Brook Walk, including when and why it was first established by B.F. Shaw long ago and some of the poems of the great poets who were inspired by it. Historic photos and postcard images will also be shared with participants along the way.

This easy-moderate 2 mile hike will follow the Shannon Brook Trail to the Brook Walk, looping back to Shannon Pond. The total elevation change during the hike will be 300 feet. Participants will be asked to arrive at 8:45 a.m. with a 9 a.m. hike start time. The trip will return at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Participation will be limited and preregistration is required ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 603-253-3301). Additional details about the hike will be sent out to those who preregister.

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Blues legend Larry Garner performing at Pitman’s Freight Room


LACONIA — Blues Legend Larry Garner will perform at Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in downtown Laconia on Saturday October 4 at 8 pm.

Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Garner, who is perhaps the most talented blues songwriter alive today, one of the top five bluesmen on the planet.

"I started playing guitar because I had an uncle, George, who taught me. He was a paraplegic, and he played like Jimmy Reed. I learned through him, and started playing at the church and behind a gospel group that played on the radio.''

Garner continued playing music during his military service, and playing in army bands while stationed in Korea steeled him for the life of a full-time musician. "I'm on tour all the time," he says. "I go to Europe and England a few times a year. Over there they really like my original stuff. They hear guys playing the blues, but when I come in, they come right up and say, 'Thank God — a real blues band."

Catered dinner available before the show. Call 527-0043 for details and reservations.

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