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Belknap Republicans meeting on Wednesday

BELMONT — The Belknap County Republican Committee will hold its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Top of the Town Restaurant, 88 Ladd Hill Road in Belmont.

Now that the November general election is history, the committee is extending its thanks all those candidates who stepped up to run for office this year. It takes a lot of time and dedication (and in some cases a lot of money) to run. Going forward, the committee will focus on election results and strategies for the future on a variety of matters such as the state budget deficit, the county jail issues, and legislation. The committee will also address upcoming items on the calendar such as County and State Committee elections.

Belknap County GOP meetings are open to all Republicans and like-minded Independents. As usual, those interested in having dinner and/or wish to socialize before the meeting, are asked to arrive as early as 5 p.m.

The committee once again reminds those planning to attend to bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.

For more information, please check the committee's website at www.BelknapCountyGOP.org, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 09:19

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Saturday marks 2-year anniversary of first comedy show at Pitman’s

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room is celebrating its two year of comedy anniversary show Saturday, November 15 at 8 p.m. with a triple header blockbuster event starring three of New England's top comedians.

It was November of 2012 when Pitman's owner Dick Mitchell, first delved into the comedy scene as 86 people showed up to the 94 New Salem St. venue for that first comedy night. Since them the room has become a comedy mecca for the lakes region as a parade of Las Vegas regulars, Comedy Central alum, and late night talk show comedians have taken the stage for the once a month comedy nights. A number of shows have passed the 200 mark and nearly every show during the non-summer months surpassed 150.

"It's been amazing," said Mitchell who also brings in top regional names in blues and jazz. "When we first started we had no idea the appeal would be this great, but we are now two years in it's easy to understand why the people keep turning out.

"The shows are high level events, the comedians are regulars in Las Vegas, many have television credits and the BYOB factor along with a $15 ticket makes it affordable to virtually everyone."

The November 15 show stars Larry Myles, a New England favorite who is making his first appearance at Pitman's, along with Chris Pennie (Las Vegas, CMT, Comedy Central) and Karen Fitzgerald.

Myles is a New England favorite who has worked all over the country as well as overseas for the USO entertaining troops throughout the world. Myles has appeared on the MTV Half-Hour Comedy Hour and MTV's The World's Smallest Comedy Club. He has performed at the Riviera in Las Vegas, the Comic Strip in New York City, and the Comedy Store in L.A. as well as other top clubs from coast to coast.

Fitzgerald is a national comedy act who has performed at some of the nation's top clubs as well as being heard on Sirius XM Radio. Fitzgerald has performed in Las Vegas and has appeared at such prestigious clubs as Side Splitters in Tampa, the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Wiley's in Dayton, OH, the Showcase Comedy Theater in Atlanta, Wisecrackers in Scranton, PA, Atlantic Beach Comedy Theater in Raleigh, NC, the Comedy Cabana in South Carolina and since returning to New England, every major club in the six state region.

Pennie is a full-fledged 'star' with a devoted following and credentials that are rapidly making him one of the most sought after comedians on the circuit. A national finalist in the CMT search for the funniest comedian in the country, Pennie has also been a finalist in the Plymouth Rock Comedy Festival and the Beantown Comedy Riots as well as being invited to the Laughing Skull Festival in Atlanta and the Boston Comedy Festival. When first starting out, Pennie was a finalist in the Mohegan Sun "Funniest Amateur Comic in New England." contest.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 08:51

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Appalachian Mountain Teen Project members plant tulips to celebrate Red Ribbon Week

WOLFEBORO — Ten members of the Appalachian Mountain Team Project Youth Leadership Council (AYLC) planted forty tulip bulbs at the Kingswood Youth Center. The bulbs were provided by the NH Partnership for Drug Free NH and were planted in recognition of Red Ribbon Week held annually during the last week in October.

AYLC participants "planted the promise" for healthy, drug-free lifestyles. Every October, the bulbs will flower, reminding us to stay on a substance-free path. After the activity, participants discussed the prevalence of drug and alcohol use in southern Carroll County, and in their lives. Youth shared stories and concerns, and kept coming back to the idea that there isn't much for youth to do in southern Carroll County for fun, especially youth who don't have abundant resources. AYLC participants decided to focus their annual project on changing that. They want to help plan weekend activities for southern Carroll County teens that are fun, relaxed, and substance free. AMTP and the Kingswood Youth Center (KYC) have stated that they are excited to help support these goals.

For more information about AMTP or to get involved in these initiatives, contact Ray Conner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (603) 569-5510.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 12:06

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EPTAM Plastics purchases tax credits in support of Community Land Trust


LACONIA — EPTAM Plastics continues to support the Lakes Region and its workforce with the purchase of $25,000 in state tax credits as part of LACLT's Portfolio Strengthening Initiative.

"We feel it is important to invest in the people and programs within our community. Affordable housing is a very real need and we are proud to support LACLT's mission," stated EPTAM Plastics President Jeff Hollinger.

EPTAM Plastics, established in 1981, started with just three employees in Gilford. Since then they have grown to more than 100 employees in their 60,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Northfield. They have had over 20 years of success in NH by delivering the highest quality polymer components for the aerospace, defense, power generation, medical products, semiconductor industries and more.

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 Thursday, 06 November 2014 12:02

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