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

Boys Scouts to collect for food banks

GILFORD - Scouting for Food is an on-going annual program of the Boy Scouts of America that began in 1985. Pack 68 will be out on Saturday, November 1 placing collection bags in neighborhoods throughout the city, and will return on Saturday, November 8 to pick them up.

Scouting units across the country collect food for their local food banks over the course of one week in November. Each year, Cub Scout Pack 68 leaves plastic bags for their neighbors soliciting canned food items. One week later, the Scouts return to pick up and deliver the bags of food to a local food bank. 

Boy Scout Troop 68 be spending the night under the stars at Opechee Park on Saturday, November 1. They will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items from 3-9 p.m. Boy Scouts will also be collecting donations on Friday, November 7 at the following local grocers from 4-8 p.m.; Shaw's Supermarket, Gilford and Shaw's Supermarket, Belmont, and Walmart, Gilford. There will be a donation drop off bin at Hannafords Supermarket in Gilford from 10/31-11/7. All donations will be taken to the local NH Food Banks.

Scouting for Food is a project rooted in the very foundation of the Scouting movement and it's dedication for each boy to do a Good Turn daily. If you would like more information regarding the Scouting for Food program or about scouting in your community, please contact Tara Shore at 524-1367.

Golden View open for Trick or Treating on Halloween

MEREDITH — Golden View Health Care Center invites the public to trick 'r treat at Golden View on Halloween from 6-7:30 p.m.

Trick 'r treating at Golden View has been a tradition for many local families for over 30 years. All children ages 1-11, dressed in costume and accompanied by an adult are welcome. Adults who have children that are interested in attending, are asked to call ahead of time and check with the Resident Relations department.

The event is free and features lots of candy, refreshments, and safe trick 'r treating. Golden View is located at 19 NH Route 104 in Meredith.

For more information, contact Frank Vignand, Director of Resident and Community Relations, at (603) 279-8111 ext. 4123.

CAPTION — Resident June Crane shows off the quirky pumpkin she decorated. (Courtesy photo)

Erik Ray Blues Band playing at Pitman’s on Friday

LACONIA — A Halloween Dance featuring the Erik Ray Blues Band will be held at Pitman's Freight Room on Friday October 31 at 8 pm. Admission is $15 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Montana native Erik Ray  has spent the past three decades purveying his brand of blues in the rough and tumble roadhouses and honky tonks of the Northwest. His unique One Man Big Band show has thrilled audiences and kept rowdy dance hall floors full. Steeped in the traditions of Delta and Chicago style blues, Traditional Country, Folk, Zydeco and Early Rock, Erik's pulsing slide guitar and harmonica, along with his intense vocals and syncopated foot rhythms, strive to keep the Blues spirit alive and moving forward.

Erik recently relocated to New Hampshire, shifting his cowboy lifestyle to pursue a new chapter of life in the Granite State and quickly earned the right to represent NH in the International Blues Challenge and make his way all the way to the finals in Memphis and will represent NH again this year.Wear your Halloween Costume and the best outfit chosen by the crowd will win 4 free tickets to a future show at Pitman's!

Catered dinner buffet available before the show. Call 527-0043 for details and reservations.