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Free First-time Homebuyer Seminar


LACONIA —  The Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT) has educated hundreds on all the ins and outs of buying a home. On September 20, a new group of would-be homeowners will learn everything they need to know about buying a home in a full-day seminar offered by LACLT, a HUD-approved housing counseling agency, and sponsored by Northway Bank.

So far, 300 (known) first-time homebuyers have graduated from LACLT's program, representing more than $44 million in local home purchases.

The seminar, to be held at the Northway Bank at Belknap Mall in Belmont, takes place on Saturday, September 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Topics include:

§ Credit and Budgeting

§ Qualifying for a Mortgage

§ Working with a Realtor®

§ The Home Inspection Process

§ The Closing Process

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

Register by calling Debra Drake, LACLT's Homeownership Director at (603) 524-0747 ext. 105 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.

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Loon Center hosting program on protecting Peru's macaws

MOULTONBOROUGH — On Thursday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loon Center in Moultonborough, the Lakes Region Chapter of the New Hampshire Audubon Society will present a program about "Winged Rainbows: Protecting the Macaws of Peru," with LPC Biologist Dr. Tiffany Grade.

Journey into the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, where researchers are investigating the ecology and life history of macaws as they work to protect them from increasing human threats. Biologist Tiffany Grade worked for three months as a volunteer researcher studying about a half-dozen species of macaws and about a dozen kinds of parrots and parakeets. She will introduce you to the macaws and the efforts to preserve these magnificent birds. Like loons, macaws have low reproductive rates, which complicates their survival.

The Tambopata Macaw Project is a long-term research project on the ecology and conservation of macaws and parrots in the lowlands of southeastern Peru. The forest there has the highest concentrations of avian clay licks in the world. A range of animals come to satisfy their need for salt along the river banks, but the biodiverse region faces an imminent threat from the paving of a highway. The project seeks to understand what the impacts may be for one of the forest's major icons.

The Loon Center is located on Lee's Mill Road; follow the signs on Blake Road from Route 25 near the Moultonborough Central School, or from Rte. 109 turn on to Lee Road and turn left on Lee's Mill Road. Refreshments will be served.

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6th Annual Lou "Black Eagle" Toy Run on September 21

LACONIA — The 6th Annual Lou "Black Eagle" Toy Run sponsored by the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association and the Native American Toy Fund will be held Sunday, September 21 starting out from Laconia VFW Post 1670.

Check in is at 10 a.m. and there will be coffee and donuts. Riders are asked to bring $15 or a toy of equal value. The two-hour ride around the Lakes Region gets underway at 11 a.m. and returns to the VFW at 1 p.m. where there will be  raffles, a 50/50, lunch and live music. All money raised goes directly to purchase toys for over 1,000 Native American children in NH, VT and Maine. For more information, call 603.483.2835.



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Team Taylor fund raiser at Patrick’s Pub on Sunday

LACONIA — Patrick's Pub in Gilford is lending its support to Taylor Community's Team Taylor in the fight to end Alzheimer's disease, Sunday, Sept. 14 through Thursday, Sept. 18. The restaurant will donate 25 percent of food purchases directly to Team Taylor from people dining at Patrick's Pub who mention Team Taylor to their wait staff as they're being seated. Taylor's team will donate all monies collected to the Alzheimer's Association at the Walk to End Alzheimer's.

The event is only one of many Team Taylor has been planning to help reach its goal of $4,500 for this extremely important cause. Whether you choose to dine at Patrick's Pub for one meal, or many during the five days, just remember to say you're there Dining for a Cause for Team Taylor.

Team Taylor is made up of a small, but dedicated group of individuals working at the Continuing Care Retirement Community in Laconia who are committed to the fight against Alzheimer's. This is the group's second year raising money and participating in the Walk. This year's Walk to End Alzheimer's takes place Saturday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. beginning at Arms Park, Manchester. For more information on this event or for questions on how to support Team Taylor's cause, contact Stephanie Bennett at 366-1280.


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