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Homebuyer Seminar January 25 in Laconia

LACONIA — Would-be homeowners can learn everything they need to know about buying a home in a full-day seminar offered by the Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT), a HUD-approved housing counseling agency, and sponsored by The Bank of New Hampshire.

So far, 286 first-time homebuyers have graduated from LACLT's program, representing nearly $43 million in local home purchases.

The seminar, to be held at Lakes Region Community Services, 719 North Main St., Laconia, takes place on Saturday, January 25, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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 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.

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 LACLT and its programs, call 524-0747, or visit www.laclt.org.


Last Updated on Monday, 20 January 2014 10:05

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Squam Lakes Watershed Plan Being Updated


HOLDERNESS — The Squam Lakes Association and Plymouth State University will host a Strategic Watershed Planning Meeting on Thursday, January 23 from 4-6 p.m. at the SLA Resource Center at 534 US Route 3.

In 1991, the NH Office of State Planning completed a Squam Lakes Watershed Plan. In the twenty-three years since the plan was adopted, a lot has changed in the region, however the plan has not.

Several graduate students at Plymouth State University, enrolled in a land use planning class, have focused on applying local planning concepts. The class is working with the SLA to better understand local town planning, identify current land use issues and priorities within local communities in the watershed to determine how a new watershed plan can best be developed.

The SLA is inviting boards of Selectmen, Planning Boards, and Conservation Commissions from Ashland, Center Harbor, Holderness, Moultonborough, and Sandwich as well as the Lakes Region Planning Commission to this meeting. Anyone concerned with the future of the Squam Lakes region is welcome to attend.

The meeting agenda includes an overview of watershed planning, the 1991 Squam Lakes Watershed Plan, preliminary work by the students in reviewing town Master Plans and land use regulations; a summary of the SLA's conservation, education, and recreation programs; and a discussion seeking input to help shape the development of future Squam Lake watershed planning efforts.

To learn more about the SLA and its up-coming events and programs, visit www.squamlakes.org or call (603)968-7336.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 10:34

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Irwin Automotive to Host Free Credit Clinic on January 22

LACONIA — Irwin Automotive will host a free Credit Clinic on Wednesday, January 22 from 5-6 p.m. designed to help community members in bettering their credit scores.

The focus of the clinic will be on overcoming credit challenges through improving or rebuilding credit and eventually buying a vehicle. Food and soft drinks will be served with a door prize and grand prize winner chosen. Space is limited to 40 participants. Make a reservation by contacting David Shafman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-581-2994.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 10:29

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Retired Educators meeting Tuesday at Giuseppe’s

MEREDITH — The next Lakes Region Retired Educators' Association's meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21 at Giuseppe's Restaurant at Mill Falls Marketplace. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. 

The meeting will include an informal social time to share books read, hobbies, and/or types of volunteering. A buffet lunch will be provided.

The cost will be $16 per person, including tax and tip. Reservations are due Friday, January 17. To make a reservation call 253-8559 or 524-4062.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 10:26

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