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Tree Lighting Ceremony Saturday Night in Alton

ALTON — Family fun is planned for Saturday, December 7, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in downtown Alton with "Light-up the Night" events.
The Alton Historical Society is pleased to participate in this town sponsored event. Among the other activities planned by the Town of Alton Parks and Recreation Department, the Historical Society's Museum, located in the lower level of the Gilman Library, will be open for browsing and warming up. Hot beverages and light refreshments will be available.

In addition, the J. Jones Freight Buiilding, located adjacent to the B&M Railroad Park on Depot Street behind the Alton Town Hall, will be open for the public to tour. The J. Jones Freight Building will also be a drop-off point for the popular hayrides provided by Alton Home and Lumber Center. A bonfire will be provided at this location and s'mores will be available for the young at heart while supplies last.
Events of the evening will culminate with the Tree Lighting at the Ginny Douglas Park at 6:30 p.m.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 11:05

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Santa Claus Will Visit Center Harbor December 6

CENTER HARBOR — With a twinkle in his eye and red lights leading the way, Santa Claus will continue a long tradition of visiting E.M. Heath Supermarket in Center Harbor on December 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

While allowing his reindeer some time to rest for the big night on Christmas Eve, Santa Claus will have the help of the Center Harbor Fire Department with a fire truck parade escorted by the Center Harbor Police Department to deliver him to E.M Heath Supermarket at 5 p.m. The Santa Claus Parade leaves from the Center Harbor Fire Station and goes up Route 25B to Chase Circle then over through Kelsey Avenue down Bean Road to Route 25 to the Main Street entrance to E.M. Heath Supermarket.
Once Santa arrives to greet all the good boys and girls waiting excitedly in front of E.M. Heath Supermarket, he will climb down from the fire truck and greet the children as he makes his way inside the store to visit with each child. Each child will have a visit with Santa Claus, tell him if they have been good or bad and give him their Christmas wish list. Each child will then have a free picture taken with Santa Claus and receive a small gift. There will be milk and fresh baked cookies for the children while they wait for their visit with Santa Claus. Pictures will be available in store on Monday December 9 hanging on the freezer section doors for the children to take home.

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Lunch While You Shop at Unitarian Universalist Holiday Fair December 7

LACONIA — Enjoy a soup and bread lunch while shopping for Holiday goodies at the Unitarian Universalist Holiday Fair on Saturday, December 7, 9 a.m. to 2  p.m.

Again this year the fair features "theme" baskets to be raffled. Raffle tickets will give you a chance at a basket of treats. These are awesome values for the price of a raffle ticket.

The fair includes the always popular Cookie Walk, baked goods, crafts, jams and jellies, jewelry and nearly-new items, holiday gift items, books, videos and cds.

The Unitarian Universalist Church is at 172 Pleasant Street in Laconia. The doors open at 9 a.m., and lunch is served beginning at 11,

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120313 Franklin Savings Bank Supports Plan to Upgrade Housing (488 w/3 col FSBTax) 3 col. photo

LACONIA — Franklin Savings Bank has jump-started the Laconia Area Community Land Trust's (LACLT) tax credit campaign to upgrade its properties by being the first business to purchase $30,000 in tax credits from the nonprofit.

New Hampshire's Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) recently awarded LACLT $500,000 in tax credits to sell to businesses (statewide, more than $4.1 million was recently awarded through the CDFA Tax Credit Program). Proceeds from the sales will be used to upgrade 60 units of LACLT's permanently affordable rental housing, many of which are showing significant wear and tear.

"We are so grateful to Franklin Savings Bank for being the first business to purchase credits. We will need a lot of participation from the community, and they quickly stepped up. They are a wonderful community bank, and we are delighted by their leadership," said Harvey.

LACLT, which is celebrating 20 years of developing permanently affordable housing in the Greater Lakes Region, is working on a Portfolio Strengthening Initiative for its earliest properties, which for years have provided safe, well-managed homes for hundreds of people while increasing property values and tax revenue. Because LACLT remains committed to preserving these permanently affordable community assets, the aging units need a capital infusion to position them for success for the next two decades.

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 actual out-of-pocket expense is less than 11% after allowable State and Federal deductions. Tax credits can be purchased to benefit LACLT now through June 30, 2015 and can be used on payment or during a five-year period following purchase.

Franklin Savings Bank provides businesses, organizations and families loan, deposit and investment services throughout Central New Hampshire. Established in 1869, this community bank actively partners with an array of local organizations and activities through financial support and direct participation. With online banking and account opening at its award-winning Internet branch at www.fsbnh.com; investment, insurance & financial planning services offered through Independence Financial Advisors, a wholly-owned subsidiary; offices in Franklin, Bristol, Boscawen, Tilton, Laconia and Gilford; and a home and commercial loan office in Bedford; Franklin Savings Bank effectively serves these and surrounding communities. More information can be found at fsbnh.com and at facebook.com/franklinsavingsbank.

Laconia Area Community Land Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a member of NeighborWorks® America, and is supported in part by membership donations and the Granite United Way. Its mission is to assist low and moderate income families achieve economic self-sufficiency through the development of permanently affordable housing opportunities and associated support programs.

For more information about purchasing tax credits from LACLT in support of their Portfolio Strengthening Initiative contact Hope Jordan at 603-524-0747, or visit www.laclt.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 10:54

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