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Law Enforcement Grows Beards for the 6th Annual Winni Dip

LACONIA —  For this year's 6th Annual Winni Dip, spectators will be seeing more facial hair than normal taking the Dip into Lake Winnipesaukee. You might think it's to help insulate the face from the cold water but that is just an added benefit.

This year, Police Officers are growing facial hair for Special Olympics in conjunction with the Winni Dip. Officer, Brian Levesque, from Merrimack PD proposed the idea in November at the Annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement conference. Several agencies loved the idea and proposed it to their chiefs. With a chief's approval, officers need to donate or fundraise $100 to go to Special Olympics for the Winni Dip. Officers started growing their beards on February 1 and will continue to grow them until the Winni Dip, which is happening this weekend on Saturday, March 8.

After the Dip into frozen Lake Winnipesaukee, officers with a beard will be treated to a nice clean shave by Polished & Proper Barbershop & Shave Parlor of Laconia. Polished & Proper will be on site at the Winni Dip to clean the officers up and send them back into to their communities polished and proper.

"It has been such fun seeing the 'Grow a Beard' fundraiser created and initiated by Law Enforcement come together," stated Mary Conroy, president of Special Olympics New Hampshire. "We've been quite impressed by the number of beards being grown, the money raised and the reaction from the local communities. We look forward to even more agencies getting involved next year."

The schedule for the Winni Dip is:

Saturday, March 8, 2014 – Winni Dip
The Margate at the Lakefront
9:00 – 11:00 am: Dipper Check In
11:30 am: "Rock 'n Roll" Costume Parade
Noon: First Wave of Dippers Enter the Water
12:30: Post Dip Lunch and Awards

Sunday, March 9, 2014 – High School Dip
The Margate at the Lakefront
9:00 – 11:00 am: High School Dipper Check In
11:30 am: "Prom" Costume Parade
Noon: Dippers Enter the Water
12:30: Post Dip Lunch and Awards

Participants commit to raising $250 (including a $50 non-refundable registration fee). High School participants need to raise $175. All Dippers enjoy the Post-Dip Lunch & Celebration along with a guest and will receive a hoodie or vest.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:40

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Vermont Choral Singers perform in Meredith on March 28-29

MEREDITH — The thirty singers of the Saint Michael's College Chorale will sing in Meredith on March 28-29.The first concert will be held on Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, followed by a concert on Saturday, March 29 at 5 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church in Meredith.

The Chorale is directed by Nathaniel G. Lew, Associate Professor of Music at Saint Michael's, a liberal-arts residential Catholic college located in the Burlington area of Vermont. Pianist Annemieke Spoelstra of Sharon VT will accompany the group. Among the Chorale members are two students who are residents of the area Kelly Ainsworth, junior, of Meredith and David J. Tetreault, junior, of Bristol.

The Friday night Chorale will perform a concert including works of Palestrina, Vivaldi, and Mozart, as well as spirituals and collegiate songs. Admission is free, and a collection will be taken for the church. For more information call (603) 279-6271.

The Saturday night Chorale will sing European and American sacred works as part of the celebration of the Eucharist. For more information, call (603) 279-4403.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:23

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Covering New Hampshire helping Granite Staters enroll in affordable healthcare

CONCORD – To help New Hampshire residents who are uninsured find affordable coverage, Covering New Hampshire will be hosting Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment events throughout the Lakes Region during the month of March.

Open enrollment on the Marketplace closes on March 31 and those who have not enrolled in a health insurance plan by this date will not be able to enroll in a Marketplace plan again until October, when the next open enrollment period begins. Covering New Hampshire enrollment events are focused on providing important health insurance information to uninsured consumer and the community. They will include a brief overview of the Affordable Care Act and an opportunity to access HealthCare.gov through on-site computers with the help of a local Navigator or Marketplace Assister.

Covering New Hampshire has already held dozens of events across the state to help people enroll, many in connection with community health organizations that serve thousands of New Hampshire patients each year. There are 40 more events scheduled this month, at least one each day. Below is a list of events being held in the Lakes Region.

March 6: Plymouth Enrollment Event at Speare Memorial Hospital, Grady Conference Room, located at 16 Hospital Rd. Co-sponsored by Mid-State Health Care. Hours 5-7pm.

March 7: Plymouth Enrollment Event at Mid-State Health Center, Conference Room, located at 101 Boulder Point Dr. Co-sponsored by Mid-State Health Care. Hours 10am-1pm.

March 10: Meredith Enrollment Event at Inn at Mills Falls/Cummings Room, located at 312 Daniel Webster Hwy. Co-sponsored by ServiceLink. Hours 3-7pm.

March 11: Plymouth Enrollment Event at Pease Public Library, located at 1 Russell St. Co-sponsored by Mid-State Health Care. Hours 1-3pm.

March 12: Plymouth Enrollment Event at Whole Village Family Resource Center, located at 258 Highland St. Co-sponsored by Mid-State Health Care. Hours 1-3pm.

March 13: Plymouth Enrollment Event at Speare Memorial Hospital, Grady Conference Room, located at 16 Hospital Rd. Co-sponsored by Mid-State Health Care. Hours 5-7pm.

March 14: Plymouth Enrollment Event at Mid-State Health Center, Conference Room, located at 101 Boulder Point Dr. Co-sponsored by Mid-State Health Care. Hours10am-1pm

March 14: Tilton Enrollment Event at The Hampton Inn, located at 195 Laconia Rd. Co-sponsored by ServiceLink. Hours 10am-2pm.

March 15: Laconia Enrollment Event at Laconia Hospital, located at 80 Highland St. Co-sponsored by ServiceLink. Hours10am-2pm.

March 18: Plymouth Enrollment Event at Pease Public Library, located at 1 Russell St. Co-sponsored by Mid-State Health Care. Hours 1-3pm.

March 19: Plymouth Enrollment Event at Whole Village Family Resource Center, located at 258 Highland St. Co-sponsored by Mid-State Health Care. Hours 1-3pm.

March 20: Plymouth Enrollment Event at Speare Memorial Hospital, Grady Conference Room, located at 16 Hospital Rd. Hours 5-7pm.

March 21: Plymouth Enrollment Event at Mid-State Health Center, Conference Room, located at 101 Boulder Point Dr. Co-sponsored by Mid-State Health Care. Hours10am-1pm.

March 22: Laconia Enrollment Event at Health First Family, located at 22 Strafford St. Co-sponsored by Health First Family. Hours 10am-2pm.

March 22: Franklin Enrollment Event at Health First Family, located at 841 Central St #101. Co-sponsored by Health First Family. Hours 10am-2pm.

March 24: Meredith Enrollment Event at the Inn at the Mills located at 312 Daniel Webster Hwy. Co-sponsored by ServiceLink. Hours 3-7pm.

March 25: Plymouth Enrollment Event at Pease Public Library, located at 1 Russell St. Co-sponsored by Mid-State Health Care. Hours 1-3pm.

March 26: Plymouth Enrollment Event at Whole Village Family Resource Center, located at 258 Highland St. Co-sponsored by Mid-State Health Care. Hours 1-3pm.

March 28: Plymouth Enrollment Event at Mid-State Health Center, Conference Room, located at 101 Boulder Point Dr,. Co-sponsored by Mid-State Health Care. Hours10am-1pm.

March 28: Tilton Enrollment Event at Hampton Inn, located at 195 Laconia Rd. Co-sponsored by ServiceLink. Hours 10am-2pm.

March 29: Laconia Enrollment Event at Laconia Hospital, located at 80 Highland St. Co-sponsored by ServiceLink. Hours 10am-2pm.

March 29: Franklin Enrollment Event at Franklin Hospital, located at 15 Aiken Ave. Co-sponsored by ServiceLink. Hours 10am-2pm.

March 30: Laconia Enrollment Event at Laconia Hospital, located at 80 Highland St. Co-sponsored by ServiceLink. Hours 10am-2pm.

March 30: Franklin Enrollment Event at Franklin Hospital, located at 15 Aiken Ave. Co-sponsored by ServiceLink. Hours 10am-2pm.

People can find the location and time of events near them by going to coveringnewhampshire.org. This site also provides information about the health insurance plans available to New Hampshire residents, including price estimates. As always, uninsured residents can enroll in a plan at HealthCare.gov, or talk to people available to answer questions through the federal Health Care Hotline at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325).

Covering New Hampshire is the official, free resource for Granite Staters to learn about the Health Insurance Marketplace and the new, affordable health insurance plans that are now available. Covering New Hampshire aims to help people understand the new health care law and assist in connecting people with Health Insurance Marketplace. The organization also connects people with in-person assisters who will help them enroll and with organizations that can help them get coverage.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 12:58

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Melcher & Prescott Helps Rebuild Laconia With Tax Credits

LACONIA — Melcher & Prescott Insurance is helping rebuild Laconia's housing stock by purchasing $35,000 in tax credits from the Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT).

Calling the program a win-win, Melcher & Prescott president H. Thomas Volpe said, "Melcher & Prescott welcomes the opportunity to support the Laconia Area Community Land Trust in fulfilling its mission to provide clean and efficient moderately-priced housing and effective property management for our communities. Its projects restore older housing while returning a sound tax revenue stream for our cities and towns."

Over the past two years, Melcher & Prescott employees have provided more than 65 hours of highly-skilled volunteer service to LACLT. Linda Harvey, Executive Director of LACLT, said, "Melcher & Prescott has been serving the community for 150 years and has been a partner to us for 20 years. We are grateful for their terrific service and support."

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.

As a new nonprofit housing organization 20 years ago, LACLT began rehabbing scattered-site apartments in Laconia to create permanently affordable housing for families with low and moderate incomes. Now with the tax credits to fund a Portfolio Strengthening Initiative for these properties, LACLT will further invest in these community assets by 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.

Melcher & Prescott Agency, incorporated in 1862, is a locally-owned independent insurance agency providing Property & Casualty along with Life, Health, and Benefits products and services.

CDFA, created by legislation in 1983, is a nonprofit public instrumentality of the State of New Hampshire. CDFA administers nearly $57 million in funding resources, which includes a combination of state Tax Credits and federal Community Development Block Grant, Neighborhood Stabilization, and Energy Reduction Funds.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 12:53

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