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Land Trust adds first-time homebuyer course to schedule

MEREDITH — Due to overwhelming participant demand, the Laconia Area Community Land Trust has added a first-time home buyer seminar to its November schedule. This month's seminar takes place Saturday, November 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Seneca Ladd Building in Meredith.

So far, 285 first-time homebuyers have graduated from LACLT's program, representing $42.4 million in local home purchases. The seminar, sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank, will discuss credit and budgeting, qualifying for a mortgage, working with a realtor, the home inspection process, and the closing process.

The First-time Homebuyer Seminar is free and open to the public; advance registration is required. Continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Register by calling Debra Drake, LACLT's Homeownership Director at 524-0747 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . LACLT's full seminar and workshop schedule is available online at www.laclt.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 12:22

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Laconia Holiday Parade will be Nov. 30

LACONIA — Laconia Main Street Program and the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce announced that the annual Laconia Holiday Parade will be held on Saturday, November 30.
This year the parade will be held on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. The parade will begin at Wyatt Park, continue down Main Street, and end at the historic train station in Veteran's Square with the lighting of the Christmas Tree.
Following the parade, spectators are encouraged to have lunch at one of the many downtown restaurants or cafes including My Coffee House, The Soda Shoppe, Vintage Café, Burrito Me, Laconia Village Bakery, Downtown Deli & Connie's Ice Cream Counter inside Laconia Antique Center, Water Street Café, Déjà vu Café or Hector's Fine Food & Spirits.
Registrations are now being accepted for those that wish to participate in the parade. Last year, over 70 floats participated in the holiday parade.
To learn more about the event or obtain information about parade registration, go to www.LakesRegionChamber.org and click on the Community Calendar. Forms will also be available at Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce at 383 South Main Street or All My Life Jewelers at 639 Main Street in Laconia.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 12:13

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Visiting Nurses of Meredith & Center Harbor launch Annual Appeal

MEREDITH — Charles "Chuck" Thorndike announced the launch of the official Annual Appeal campaign for 2014 to support the Visiting Nurses of Meredith & Center Harbor.

As Chairman of the VNMCH, Thorndike noted that the Visiting Nurses of Meredith and Center Harbor is a non-profit organization working to heal patients better and faster in their own homes, providing this service regardless of the patient's ability to pay.

He added, "Our mission is not about making a profit, but rather to promote healing and good health while minimizing pain and suffering. However, we must cover our costs and in today's environment our costs are going up while Medicare and insurance reimbursements are going down. Our agency needs the community's help to continue to provide these valuable services as we have done since 1923."

Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance provide about 80% of the VNMCH's revenue. The balance of their operating revenue comes from town grants and contributions from businesses and individuals. Donations will provide free flu vaccine, foot care and blood pressure clinics, walk-in aid at the Meredith office of VNMCH, as well as pre- and post- surgery in-home care.

Last year the community responded very generously to the Annual Appeal; however, costs continue to rise while Medicare and Insurance reimbursement continue to decline. The goal for this year's Appeal is to raise $40,000 in desperately needed operating funds. It is asked that anyone who can afford to contribute please consider making a donation to the Visiting Nurses of Meredith and Center Harbor of whatever amount their budget can afford, to make sure the VNMCH services are available to the entire community.

Thorndike closes by saying, "Your donation will make a difference in somebody's health and quality of life, right in your own community; so please, act today."


Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 12:10

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Partnership for Public Health gives first Workplace Champion award to Meredith Village Savings Bank

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) was recently awarded the 1st Annual Worksite Health Champion Award from the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health (LRPPH). The award was given on September 26th at LRPPH’s Annual Meeting in recognition of the Bank’s efforts to promote employee health and wellness.

Lori Groleau, PHR Human Resources Generalist, Employment & Wellness, acts as steward of the MVSB Wellness Program and Chair of the Bank's Wellness Committee – a group of employees that meet regularly to discuss and develop educational programs surrounding employee wellness.

"Our Wellness Committee members have truly made healthy living a cornerstone of our culture at MVSB," said David Cronin, Senior Vice President and Human Resources Officer. "The group's fun and educational programs have been varied and creative, appealing to a great number of our employees while improving the overall health and wellness of our organization. Ultimately we feel this allows us to provide high-quality, enthusiastic service to our customers while supporting our employees and their commitment within the communities we serve."

Highlights of MVSB's Wellness Program include: "Weigh-to-Go!" wellness program covering a wide range of topics including goal setting, meal planning, healthy cooking demonstrations and one-on-one nutrition counseling sessions with a licensed/registered dietitian. The "Eat Well, Be Well" series. Employee wellness fairs providing information and resources on heart health, cancer prevention and other topics, as well as testing of cholesterol and glucose levels and other health services.

Other highlights include annual flu shots, on-site nutritionist consultations, fitness challenges encouraging friendly competition among employees to become more active, adopt healthier eating habits, and strive for mind/body/spirit wellness, and monthly newsletter and intranet page featuring information about Wellness Committee activities, fitness tips, healthy recipes, and inspiring stories from co-workers who have made significant progress in reaching their fitness goals.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 12:07

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