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Rebecca Rule will speak in Ashland May 14

ASHLAND — Well known New Hampshire writer and humorist Rebecca Rule will present "Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire", based on the research for her book of the same name, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, in the Ashland School Cafeteria.

She will tell stories of the rituals, traditions and history of New Hampshire town meetings, including the characters, the humor and the wisdom of this uniquely New England institution. The free program is largely funded by the N.H. Humanities Council and is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Town Library, who will serve refreshments. The Cafeteria is located in the wing of the Ashland School, at 16 Education Drive, off School Street in Ashland village.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 09:22

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Castle in the Clouds Opens for 2014 Season on May 10th


MOULTONBOROUGH — Castle in the Clouds will open for the 100th anniversary season on May 10.

The season kicks off on May 9 with Inspired by Nature, an Ikebana Luncheon. Space is limited for this flower arranging demonstration and lunch. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 603-476-5414. Inspired by Nature is sponsored by Spiderweb Gardens.

On May 10 the Castle opens and it is also Moultonborough Appreciation Day, sponsored by New Hampshire Electric Co-op. All Moultonborough residents, with proof of residency, are encouraged to come enjoy the property and tour the mansion for free. Also opening is our first art exhibition "Paperwasp", sponsored by White Mountain Subway.

Moms tour Lucknow for free on Mother's Day Sunday, May 11 and our popular Mother's Day Brunch also returns . Reservations for brunch are required; $32 for adults and $16 for kids 5-12. Reserve a table by phone at 603-476-5414.

The Castle will be open, weekends only, including Memorial Day Monday, May 26, until June 7 when the Castle opens daily for the rest of the season.

Castle in the Clouds is located off Route 171 (455 Old Mountain Road), Moultonborough, New Hampshire. Take Route 25 into Moultonborough, then south on Route 109 to Route 171 and follow the signs to the Castle entrance. Castle in the Clouds is a not for profit organization owned and managed by the Castle Preservation Society and dedicated to the interpretation and preservation of the historic Thomas G. Plant Estate, this year celebrating its 100th year. For information about Castle in the Clouds visit the website at www.castleintheclouds.org or call 603-476-5900.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 08:44

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Community College tuition dropping by 5% next year

CONCORD — Students at New Hampshire's seven community colleges will see lower tuition bills starting in the fall, 2014 academic year. The tuition reduction was announced as New Hampshire's community colleges enhance their focus on preparing more New Hampshire residents with 21st century skills and providing affordable college-to-career pathways.

The Community College System board of trustees announced a five percent tuition reduction, bringing the in-state per credit cost to $200 from its present level of $210. A three-credit course will cost $600, down from $630. For an in-state student taking a minimum full-time course load of twelve credits per semester, annual tuition costs will drop from $5,040 to $4,800.

New Hampshire's community colleges offer two-year associate degree programs and short-term certificate programs in a wide variety of career fields, linked to industry sectors with strong labor market demand including information technology, health care, business, hospitality, engineering technology, education and advanced manufacturing. Additionally, more than half the students who enroll in New Hampshire's community colleges intend to pursue transfer to a four-year school after earning an associate degree or some number of credits at the community colleges. Making the first two years more affordable will be a boost for students and families and increase the supply of skilled workers available for businesses across the state.

The reduction also came after the Governor and NH Legislature restored funding to the community college system that had been cut in the previous state budget. "Making higher education more affordable for all of our families is one of my highest priorities as we work to build a stronger workforce that will lead to innovative economic growth," Governor Hassan said. "I applaud the leadership of the Community College System of New Hampshire for their decision to reduce tuition and their continued commitment to the success of our students. This important step forward for our workforce builds on the progress we made in last year's bipartisan budget to restore investments in higher education in exchange for a tuition freeze."

Ross Gittell, chancellor of the community college system, said, "Reducing tuition and bending the cost curve in higher education helps students and their families fit a college education in their budgets. Whether students come to the community colleges to train for a career, or as a first step in a four-year college pathway, affordability is essential to their ability to succeed."

Gittell highlighted the fact that students with an associate degree earn on average 28 percent more than those with only a high school education in New Hampshire. And students who transfer from a community college to a four-year college do as well as those who start out at a four-year college. Gittell noted that the community colleges and the University System of New Hampshire, as well as other colleges throughout the region, have worked in recent years on making transfers easier.

New Hampshire's community colleges are accepting registrations now for the Fall semester, which begins on September 2. Links to all colleges at www.ccsnh.edu .

Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 08:34

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NH Housing and Finance Authority Names Meredith Village Savings Bank Top Correspondent Lender

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) was recently recognized by New Hampshire Housing and Finance Authority (NHHFA) as Top Correspondent Lender in 2013. The bank received the distinction at NHHFA's "Best of 2013" ceremony, during which top real estate offices, loan originators, and lenders were recognized for their dedication to helping homebuyers find affordable homes and loans.

Working with participating lenders, like MVSB, New Hampshire Housing offers a variety of mortgage and cash assistance programs to eligible New Hampshire residents in an effort to make homeownership more affordable. MVSB was awarded the Top Correspondent Lender award for achieving both the highest number of loans and the top dollar volume of loans through NHHFA in 2013.

"The steps to owning a home can be daunting and the goal of homeownership often appears out of reach for New Hampshire residents," said Brenda Mahoney, Director of Business Development – Homeownership for New Hampshire Housing. "We rely on community lenders, like Meredith Village Savings Bank, to help connect prospective homeowners with the right programs and resources to help them achieve their homeownership goals."

New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority is a self-supporting public benefit corporation. The authority operates a number of rental and homeownership programs designed to assist low- and moderate-income persons with obtaining affordable housing. Since its inception, New Hampshire Housing has helped over 40,000 families purchase their own homes and has been instrumental in financing the creation of more than 14,500 multi-family housing units. More information about its programs can be found on the agency's websites at www.nhhfa.org and www.GoNewHampshireHousing.com.

Meredith Village Savings Bank, founded in 1869, is an independent mutual savings bank with 11 offices serving individuals, families, businesses and municipalities in the Lakes Region and the Plymouth area.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:05

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