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Gilford Library celebrating National Novel Writing Month

GILFORD — Gilford Public Library will be celebrating National Novel Writing month with fiction writing workshops for adults and teens, led by Abi Maxwell, the author of the novel Lake People. The adult writing workshop will be held on Saturday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. 

The month-long, drop-in fiction workshop for teens is open to grades 5 through 8. Sessions will take place on Tuesday, November 4, 18, and 25 and will run from 3-4 p.m. Interested teens above the 8th grade level may participate in the adult program with approval from Abi and a parent or guardian.

Abi holds an MA in literature and an MFA in fiction. She teaches writing at both the college and community level.The library will also have a number of ongoing activities at the circulation desk all month, including a "Start a Story" activity that will culminate in a drawing for a grand prize. For more information or to sign up for a workshop call the Gilford Public Library at (603) 524-6042.

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‘Stage Coaching in the Old West’ talk in Sanbornton

SANBORNTON — The Sanbornton Historical Society presents lecturer Mike McKinley on Thursday, November 6 at 7 p.m. at the Lane Tavern.

McKinley who has experience as a guide for various National Parks historical sites, will describe colorful characters and their adventures while approaching and crossing the Great Divide by stage coach: "A through ticket and fifteen inches of seat: Stage Coaching in the Old West"

Refreshments are served after the program. For more information call 286-4526.

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Campaign to preserve Lee’s Pond to kick off Nov. 8

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Moultonborough Conservation Commission is kicking off its campaign to protect Lee's Pond Preserve on Saturday, November 8. A public forum is scheduled for 11 a.m., in the Town Library at 4 Holland Street.

At 9 a.m., directly before the meeting, the public is invited to walk through the site. To attend, participants are asked to meet at 8:45 a.m. in the Magic Chef Catering parking lot, 882 Whittier Highway (Route 25). Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and uneven terrain. Those that cannot make the site walk are encouraged to attend the 11 a.m. meeting at the Library.

The Lee's Pond Preserve, map lot 76/4, is 37 acres of undeveloped land along the Red Hill River and Lee's Pond marshland. Offered for sale by a private trust, it is located in a high-priority conservation zone. The property provides diverse wildlife habitats and corridors, borders sensitive wetlands and has historical value. Located in the thriving 1800's village of Moultonborough Falls, historic photographs show a number of buildings along a dirt road, and cleared land that is much different than what we see today. The Conservation Commission is leading the effort to raise funds and partner with conservation groups to provide ongoing stewardship.

"It is fortunate that we have an opportunity to protect this important property before it is acquired for development", said Marie Samaha, Moultonborough Conservation Commission Chair. "We will only be successful with public support, private donations and volunteers to help with fund raising."

During the meeting attendees will receive guidance from a landscape architect, and will discuss why this land is worth protecting and the potential for shared use. A light lunch will be served.

For more information, please visit the Lee's Pond Preserve Facebook page at www.facebook.com/leespondpreserve or the project page on the Moultonborough Town web site, moultonboroughnh.gov/Pages/MoultonboroughNH_BComm/Concom/leespond, or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Belknap Landscape Company buys tax credits to support Community Land Trust



LACONIA — Belknap Landscape Company has been a longtime supporter of the Laconia Area Community Land Trust and continues to be with the purchase of $10,000 in state tax credits.

"Belknap Landscape is proud to be a sponsor of the Laconia Area Community Land Trust," stated owner, Hayden McLaughlin. "This organization supports so many in need in this area, and we are proud to be a sponsor. As in our business, building relationships is instrumental to a successful business, and partnering with LACLT is who we are. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to support all the good work the LACLT does for our community."

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 Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:52

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