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Community Land Trust celebrates 20 years

LACONIA — Nearly 100 members, residents, funders, and supporters of Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT) recently gathered at the Belknap Mill to celebrate LACLT's 20th anniversary. State Senator Jeanie Forrester surprised founding Executive Director Linda L. Harvey with a NH Senate Resolution recognizing the Land Trust's 20 years of affordable housing development as well as Harvey's 20 years of service to LACLT.

In its 20 years, LACLT has developed 220 units of permanently affordable housing in 63 buildings in Laconia, Meredith, Tilton and Wolfeboro, co-developed 32 units in Belmont, and has 24 units now under construction in Wolfeboro. LACLT has provided housing and supportive services to more than 1,500 adults and children and is currently housing over 400 adults and children. At the same time, LACLT has provided transitional housing to 65 formerly homeless families; provided more than 2,000 people with free first-time home buyer and financial management education; created 285 first-time homeowners who purchased $42.4 million in real estate, invested $66+ million in the Lakes Region, and paid over $2 million in property taxes.

"The Land Trust is Laconia's Big Papi," commented Laconia's Mayor Mike Seymour, who served as the event's master of ceremonies. He added, "It wouldn't have happened without the passion of the staff, board and volunteers."

Outgoing Board Chair Peter Stewart welcomed new board members Rick Fogg of Alton and Geoff Ruggles of Gilford. Board member Kerri Lowe spoke of her journey as a single parent purchasing her first home with help from LACLT. Lowe also described her daughter's experience having lived in a LACLT property. "My daughter could move into a safe affordable place, and then she could plan the rest of her life," Lowe said, adding that as a board member, "I am a resident representative. I get to be a voice of the residents."

New Board Chair Ryan Barton addressed the group by video, noting that LACLT "impacts families so significantly, as it directly battles homelessness, unsafe housing, lack of family support, instability and it does so with a stewardship mentality, making the most of every resource available." Barton added, "The needs are great and I know of no better team, no more effective organization to address them, than the Laconia Area Community Land Trust."

The event was generously sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank and The Hodges Companies, with additional support from NeighborWorks® America. Food and beverage sponsors were T-Bones & CJ's of Laconia and Hermit Woods Winery, and the music was provided by Peter Brunette.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 08:46

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Christopher Williams performs at Pure Life Meditation Center on Friday, November 15

PLYMOUTH — Pure Life Meditation Center in Plymouth presents Christopher Williams in concert on Friday, November 15 at 7-9:30 p.m.

Hailing from Nashville, Tenn., Williams is a songwriter, storyteller and entertainer offering songs that are honest and confessional, yet never over bearing. Performances engage the audience through an appealing mix of passion and humor. Touring nationally for the last 14 years, Williams has built a faithful following of listeners around the country, releasing nine albums on his own label. He has toured with the Grammy Award winning band, Jars of Clay and has played with Arlo Guthrie, David Wilcox, Patty Larkin and Ellis Paul. Audrey Drake will be opening the concert.

Tickets are $15 in advance. Seating is limited. Call 707-9621 for tickets or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:31

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Laconia professional firefighters food drive for St Vincent De Paul

LACONIA — The Laconia Professional Firefighters are accepting donations for the St Vincent De Paul Food Pantry at both the Central Station, 848 N. Main St, and the Weirs Station, 7 Lucerne Ave.
With the holidays upon us all local food pantries are in need of donations. The Laconia Firefighters have placed a drop box in each station lobby that the public can access. Here is a list from the St Vincent De Paul website as to needed donations: canned meats and beef stews, canned soups, canned vegetables, canned fruit, tuna fish, canned juices, tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, pasta, macaroni and cheese.

Personal care and baby items are also needed. These include diapers, tissue, and toilet paper. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving cream are also welcomed. Baby wipes and baby food are also most appreciated.

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T-Bones conducts fundraiser for Turkey Plunge through November, 17

LACONIA — T-BONES Great American Eatery and Cactus Jack's of Laconia are taking part in the Turkey Plunge to benefit the Salvation Army of Laconia. As an annual tradition, Laconia T-BONES and Cactus Jack's employees collect donations amongst themselves and dress up to participate in the annual event.

Guests are encouraged to visit T-BONES and Cactus Jack's at 1182 Union Avenue in Laconia through Sunday, November 17, 2013. Every five dollars donated to the Salvation Army of Laconia at Laconia T-BONES and Cactus Jack's will earn guests a spin on the Donation Prize Wheel as a thank you to patrons for their support. The wheel is full of great prizes, intended to be a win, win for the guest and plunge team.

The Salvation Army is celebrating 120 years of service in the Lakes Region. This past year, they have given out over 17,000 meals and 7,000 food baskets and provided about 9,000 bed nights at the local Carey House shelter. Laconia staff will be present at the Turkey Plunge on Saturday, November, 23 at noon at Opechee Cove beach to take the plunge for the cause.

Jason Bolduc, T-BONES and Cactus Jack's general manager, said "The Turkey Plunge is an annual tradition for our employees and it's really such a great cause. Our guests' support helped tremendously last year and we're hopeful this year will be a success too!"

For more information about the Salvation Army of Laconia, visit www.use.salvationarmy.org/laconia. For more information about T-BONES Great American Eatery, find us online at www.T-BONES.com.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:09

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