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Free Smoke Detector Battery Changes for Area Seniors


FRANKLIN — It's time for a change...a battery change that is! LRGHealthcare is pleased to announce their 13th annual Senior Safety Day, to be held on Saturday, October 26.

Partnering with local fire departments in the communities of Franklin, Tilton, Northfield, Andover, Hill, Belmont, Sanbornton, Bristol, New Hampton, Laconia, Meredith, Center Harbor, Moultonborough and Gilford, this program offers free smoke detector battery changes for seniors.

Fire department representatives will be available to visit your home with replacement batteries and smoke detectors. They will also offer free installation to homes not properly equipped with enough smoke detectors.

If you are a senior in one of these communities or if you know of one who could utilize this great service, we encourage you to call today. For more information or to schedule your free appointment, call Franklin Regional Hospital at 934-2060 ext. 8329.

A working smoke alarm can more than double your chances of surviving a fire. Take the necessary steps to remain safe -- make the call today.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 10:17

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Meredith Bay Trick or Trot Saturday

MEREDITH — The inaugural Meredith Bay Trick or Trot 5k and Spooky Sprint 1/4 miler  will be held Saturday, October 26.

This family friendly event begins with a kids run at 9 a.m., known as the Spooky Sprint which starts at Hesky Park. Kids are encouraged to dress in ( running safe) costumes and sprint the spooktacular 1/4 miler distance around the Bay. All little ghost and goblins will be treated to a prize at the finish line. Spooky sprint is $5. Following the Spooky sprint, the 5k road race begins with walkers starting at 915 a.m. and runners at 9:30 a.m. Registration is at Hesky Park between 8:15 a.m. through 9:30 a.m. on race day.

Those who dare to dress in costumes for the 5k race can be entered in the costume contest. Check out the costume categories on the website meredithbaytrickortrot.com. Lots of bewitching prizes for contest winners. 5k race is $25.

This year Meredith Bay trick or trot is to benefit the Meredith Emergency food pantry which serves Meredith, Center Harbor and New Hampton.  Registrations can be picked up at the Fitness Edge in Meredith or the Meredith Library. Or register at Hesky park at 8:15 on Saturday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 10:15

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LACLT Awarded Tax Credits to Upgrade Properties

LACONIA —  The Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT) has been awarded $500,000 in tax credits to sell by New Hampshire's Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA).

The proceeds from the sale to business donors will be used to upgrade 60 units of permanently affordable rental housing owned by LACLT, many of which are showing significant wear and tear.

Twenty years ago, the Laconia Area Community Land Trust began rehabbing scattered-site apartments in Laconia. Five years later, LACLT finished its first major project – a $1.4 million revitalization of the city's Avery Hill neighborhood. Pine Hill and other Land Trust projects quickly followed.

Now LACLT is working on a Portfolio Strengthening Initiative for these 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.

Statewide, more than $4.1 million was recently awarded through the CDFA Tax Credit Program. Twenty-three community projects throughout the state sought tax credit funding; 10 initiatives were approved. LACLT's Portfolio Strengthening Initiative was one of only three
applications awarded its full request.

Awards made to these organizations are tax credits, not cash. 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
state tax credit is equal to 75% of that contribution. In addition, the contribution may be treated as a charitable deduction to the the extent the federal laws allow. Tax credit may be carried forward during a five-year period. After both state and federal tax benefits are accounted for, a contribution of $10,000 actually costs the company less that 11% or $1,100. LACLT is responsible for securing donations/pledges from for-profit companies with a New Hampshire state tax liability.

CDFA, created by legislation in 1983, is a nonprofit public instrumentality of the State of New Hampshire. CDFA administers nearly $57 million in funding resources, which includes a combination of state Tax Credits and federal Community Development Block Grant, Neighborhood Stabilization, and Energy Reduction Funds. CDFA supports the development of vibrant and resilient communities by providing
resources for community development efforts.

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 Thursday, 24 October 2013 10:11

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PSU Faculty Woodwind Trio performing at Taylor Community on November 10

LACONIA — The next concert of the 2013 Taylor Community Music Series, sponsored by Bank of New Hampshire, will be presented by the Plymouth State University Faculty Woodwind Trio. The event is free and open to the public and is scheduled for Sunday, November 10 at 3 p.m. in Taylor's Woodside Building, Laconia.

The woodwind trio is comprised of Kenda Corcoran, oboe; Aubrie Dionne, flute; and Matthew Marsit, clarinet. The concert will include selections from Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart.

Corcoran is Adjunct Instructor of Oboe at PSU. She is also principal oboe in the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra. She has more than 30 years of teaching experience in both vocal and instrumental music and is currently the Band Director at Moultonborough Central School. Dionne is an active performer, teacher, conductor and adjudicator in New England. She was recently named principal flutist of the New Hampshire Philharmonic. She is on the faculty of the Manchester Community Music School, PSU and the Summer Youth Music School at UNH.

As an active conductor and clarinetist, Marsit has led ensembles and performed as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician throughout the U.S. He's currently on the artistic staff of the Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts at Dartmouth College as the Director of Bands. He serves as clarinet faculty at PSU.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:43

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