FRANKLIN — The A.W. Frost Insurance Agency is relocating to downtown and bringing a historic building back to life.
The City of Franklin adopted RSA 79-E to spur Community Revitalization and Development back in February of 2013.
The Adoption of RSA 79-E allows the City Council to grant tax relief for approved improvements to qualifying structures in the core downtown area. Franklin's first 79-E project was unanimously approved by the City Council on May 5 this year.
The A.W. Frost Insurance Agency, a division of Davis & Towle Insurance group, has been in Franklin for over 85 years. They recently purchased the former Northway Bank building downtown at 354 Central Street. Extensive interior renovations as well as façade improvements are currently underway. The architect on the project is Tom Wilson, Wilson & Wilson Architects from Bow.
Prescott Towle stated "We are excited to lead the way as the first business to take advantage of 79-E in Franklin and kick off what will hopefully be the first of many renovations happening in the downtown area". He further stated, "The process to apply for this tax incentive was made very simple by the great staff in the Planning & Zoning office".
"The City Council couldn't be more thrilled to support this project and sees this as an enhancement to the economic vitality of the downtown. The Council thanked A. W. Frost for improving a centrally located structure that is culturally and historically important" stated Elizabeth Dragon, Franklin's City Manager.
The Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce will be coordinating a ribbon cutting sometime in August when renovations are complete. Those who would like to learn more about this tax incentive can call the Franklin City Hall 934-3900.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 09:26
MEREDITH -- Seven college-bound area high school graduates have been awarded financial aid through the Meredith Village Savings Bank James D. Sutherland Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Each year, one graduating high school student from each community in which Meredith Village Saving Bank (MVSB) has an office is selected to receive a grant from the Sutherland Memorial Scholarship.
The recipients of this year's James D. Sutherland Memorial Scholarships are:
• Charley Cote of Alton Bay, daughter of Karen Clausen and Jeffrey Cote, attending the University of Vermont in Burlington.
• Derek Rossetti of Moultonborough, son of Missy Clifford-Rossetti, attending Plymouth State University.
• Emily Wernig of Gilford, daughter of Joseph and Jolene Wernig, attending University of New Hampshire in Durham.
• Mikayla Minor of Laconia, daughter of Shawn and Jennie Minor, attending University of New Hampshire in Durham.
• Olivia Miller of Plymouth, daughter of Susie McCann and Brandon Miller, attending Keene State College.
• Richard Burnham of New Durham, son of Glenn and Cassandra Burnham, attending University of New Hampshire in Durham.
• Spencer Perreault of Meredith, daughter of Alison and Jack Whynot, attending University of Vermont in Burlington.
The Sutherland Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of James Sutherland, who served as CEO and president of Meredith Village Savings Bank between 1982 and 1996. Each year the scholarship is awarded to deserving high school seniors from Gilford High School, Inter-Lakes High School, Kingswood Academy, Laconia High School, Moultonborough Academy, Plymouth Regional High School and Prospect Mountain High School.
Students who are interested in applying for the 2015 scholarship are encouraged to speak with their guidance office or visit the Community Involvement page of Meredith Village Savings Bank's website.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 09:22
GILFORD — New trail markers have been installed to aid hikers making their way along the Belknap Range Trail.
The distinctive markers were installed recently by Belknap Range Trail Tenders -- or BRATTS. The markers read BRT, which stands for Belknap Rapid Transit. The markers have been placed at all the intersections or trail junctions to guide hikers along the way between Gunstock and Mount Major.
The BRT is really an accumulation of many trails, all with different names and blaze colors and the BRATTS found it might be easier to put up these markers than have to repaint the blazes to a uniform color for the entirety of the trail.
Three volunteers, Steve and Beth Zimmer of Meredith and Bob St. Laurent of Laconia, put up the signs over a three-day period.
The BRT trail is approximately 12 miles long. It starts at the parking lot at Gunstock Mountain Resort and travels over Mount Rowe, Gunstock Mountain, Mount Belknap, Mount Klem, Mount Mack, Mount Anna, Straightback Mountain, Mount Major and ending at Mount Major parking lot on Route 11 in Alton.
An excellent guide is the new map of the Belknap Range by Weldon Bosworth of Gilford, available at the Gilford Town Library for a small fee or can be downloaded from the Belknap Range Trails website: www.belknaprangetrails.org
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 09:16
MEREDITH -- The Greater Meredith Program Promotions Committee is sponsoring a "Drop Anchor in Meredith" promotion event, with some local businesses offering discounts for the month of July and others giving discounts during the Antique Boat Show weekend of July 25-27.
A Drop Anchor Map and Events Guide is now available at participating businesses and the Meredith Public Library, and offers special discounts during July and into August.
The Greater Meredith Program's Promotions Committee will also hold a "Landlubber's Lot Dance" at the Community Park on Main Street July 26th from 6-9 p.m. with free popcorn and music provided by Joanne Newman of DJ Music Factory.
Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 11:01