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VFW Post 1670 to host meat bingo


LACONIA — Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 1670 will host a meat bingo tomorrow on Friday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the post home on Court Street.

There will be a lot of prizes, including 50/50s and a winner take all.

Food will be provided for all who attend.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 09:31

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Northway Bank purchases tax credits from local affordable housing group

LACONIA — Northway Bank has recently purchased $2,500 in tax credits from the Laconia Area Community Land Trust.

Since its formation in 2005, Northway Bank has been a member of the Land Trust and a sponsor of the non-profit's home ownership programs.

New Hampshire’s Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) awarded LACLT $500,000 in tax credits to sell to businesses (statewide, more than $4.1 million was recently awarded through the CDFA Tax Credit Program). Proceeds from the sales are being used to upgrade 60 units of LACLT’s permanently affordable rental housing, many of which are showing significant wear and tear.

LACLT, which develops permanently affordable housing in the Greater Lakes Region, is working on a Portfolio Strengthening Initiative for its earliest properties. For years, these have provided safe, well-managed homes for hundreds of people while increasing property values and tax revenue. Because LACLT remains committed to preserving these permanently affordable community assets, the aging units need a capital infusion to position them for success for the next two decades.

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 actual out-of-pocket expense is less than 11 percent after allowable state and federal deductions. Tax credits can be purchased to benefit LACLT now through June 30, 2015 and can be used on payment or during a five-year period following purchase.

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 Wednesday, 07 May 2014 09:22

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Laconia one of four NH communities receiving a grant to plan for immigrant integration

CONCORD — – The Endowment for Health, New Hampshire's largest health foundation, announced grant awards of more than $350,000 for the quarter. Seventeen grants were made to support a variety of health-related projects.

"Four of the Endowment's recent grants will focus on a place-based initiative to create welcoming communities in New Hampshire," said Endowment for Health President Steve Rowe. "Additional grants will be used to help bolster the capacity of the state's advocacy organizations, create infrastructure to support children's behavioral health, and track data related to early childhood development," he added.

Some of the recently awarded grants illustrate the Endowment's strategy in these areas, including the following projects:

Immigrant Integration Initiative Community-Based Planning – A total of $44,000 was awarded to four New Hampshire communities, including Greater Laconia, Manchester, Concord and Greater Nashua. The grants will support a collaborative planning process that will help advance the integration and inclusion of immigrants and refugees in New Hampshire.

"Across the United States, a growing number of cities and towns are recognizing the economic and social benefits of fostering a welcoming culture for new and diverse populations," said EH Program Director Kelly Laflamme. "As New Hampshire's communities diversify and our native population ages, we have an unprecedented opportunity to capitalize on the infusion of youth, talent, energy, and innovation that immigrants bring to our state," she said.

The lead organizations receiving $11,000 planning grants in each community are as follows:

Greater Laconia – Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, Inc.
Manchester – Organization for Refugee & Immigration Success (ORIS)
Concord – Second Start
Greater Nashua – United Way of Greater Nashua, Inc.

Each community will engage in a collaborative local process that includes the perspectives of local government, neighborhood leaders, providers, and the community at large.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 09:14

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Pitmans Hosting Bruce Marshall Group Friday Night

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in downtown Laconia is pleased to announce that the Bruce Marshall Group will be performing Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m.

The Bruce Marshall Group live show treats their fans to a soaring ride as they rip through a catalog of original material that truly sets this band apart. They love to mix it up, whether it's pulling off exciting jams that build with dynamics and layering, or playing the concise arrangements of their songs with discipline and taste. The sound defies categorization, slipping seamlessly around touches of Blues, R&B, Rock and Southern Boogie.

The interplay between Bruce and longtime guitarist Dave Cournoyer is the heart and soul of their performances. The songs are mostly upbeat, but even those dealing with love lost and missed opportunities, carry an underlying sense of hope and optimism. The band features original music by Bruce plus a high energy mix of Allman Brothers Southern Rock, Blues, Soul and Funk. Bruce is a member of The Toy Caldwell Band (Marshall Tucker) and has performed with Dire Straits, BB King, James Montgomery, Kate Taylor, Susan Tedeschi and more. Bruce Marshall on lead guitar and vocals, Dave Cournoyer on guitar and vocals, Pete Premo on drums and Andrew Renault on bass.

Admission $12, doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a catered dinner buffet ($10). Call 527-0043 or 494-3334 for dinner details and reservations. Pitman's is a BYOB venue. www.pitmansfreightroom.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 08:53

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