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New free workshop offered to strengthen tenant relations

LACONIA — The Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire, located at 719 North Main Street is for the first time offering a free, "Tenant 101" program to families in the Lakes Region.

"Tenant 101" will meet on Tuesdays, for 4 –weeks: January 28, February 4, 11, and 18 from 6-8 p.m. and includes an optional dinner from 5:30-6 p.m. This free series is open to all and specifically aims to support tenants who may have poor or negative landlord references. Many area landlords have agreed to accept this Tenant 101 certificate as your willingness to be a better tenant, which may offset a prior poor landlord reference.

Presenters Captain Steve Warren of the Salvation Army, Tammy Emery of LRCS Family Resource Center, Priscilla Bean of H&P Apartments, Leonard Campbell of Catholic Charities  Sheri Minor of Don Minor Rentals, Kerri Lowe of LRCS Family Resource Center, and Dan Feltes, New Hampshire Legal Assistance Housing Project Director will cover topics: what to look for in an apartment, what to expect in an interview, how to know if an apartment is affordable, tenant rights, the eviction process, and being a good neighbor.

"Tenant 101 is a collaborative effort between landlords, non-profits and tenants, designed to build strengths for positive tenant experiences," says Tammy Emery of LRCS Family Resource Center. "Participants will learn a variety of life skills in a supportive learning environment."

Advance registration is requested for this program. Limited on-site childcare and assistance with transportation is available with advance notice and approval. Space is limited, call Erika Lea, Lakes Region Community Services, at 528-0391, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to register. Attendance certificates are provided at the parenting programs sponsored by Lakes Region Community Services, Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire.


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 12:08

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Enterprise Center at Plymouth offers Programs for Small Businesses

PLYMOUTH – The Enterprise Center at Plymouth will offer free programs at several locations on what it takes to start, run, and grow a small business.

Director of the Enterprise Center at Plymouth, Michael Tentnowski, will share his insights and knowledge from 20 years of experience assisting entrepreneurs. Focusing on opportunity, management, and finance, he will teach the fundamentals of a simplified business plan, pricing strategies, and cash flow.

With assistance from Meredith Village Savings Bank, the Enterprise Center at Plymouth is offering these workshops at no cost to attendees at the Enterprise Center at Plymouth on January 30 from 9-10:30 a.m., Taylor Community in Laconia on February 4 from 9-10:30 a.m., MVSB in Meredith on February 11 from 4-5:30 p.m., and the Gilman Library in Alton on February 20 from 4-5:30 p.m.

These events are free, but space is limited. Reserve a seat by contacting the Center office at 535-3222 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Enterprise Center at Plymouth will also host a one-day, hands-on, business-planning workshop on Friday, January 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m..

Business and marketing professional, Ally Piper, owner of Brighteyes Creative, will walk business owners and entrepreneurs through the steps and stages of developing and growing a business on their terms. Using Ally's Napkin Note Biz Plan system as a guide, attendees will learn Ally's strategy for continual growth, ways to streamline efforts to build a consistent marketing machine, and how to leverage tools and technology to save time while steadily spreading the marketing message.

Seating for this event is very limited. Thanks to funding by the Community Development Finance Authority, the fee for this program is reduced to $49 per person (scholarships are available for those who qualify). Lunch and refreshments will be served.

For more information about programs or the ECP, contact the Center office at 535-3222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
This program is sponsored by the NH Community Development Finance Authority, Plymouth State University, and the Economic Development Councils of Belknap and Graton Counties.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 11:55

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Leadership Lakes Region group spends a day learning about educational issues

LACONIA — LRGHealthcare recently sponsored Leadership Lakes Region's annual Educational Issues Day.

The day was planned by three professional educators who graduated from the leadership program last year; Gilford Superintendent of Schools Kent Hemingway and Laconia School District's Technology Integration Facilitator, Karen Switzer and Academic Coordinator for Learning Steve Tucker. The trio was assisted by Leadership Lakes Region Coordinator Jennifer McLean.

The Day began at Gilford Elementary School where Principal Danielle Bolduc introduced three young students who demonstrated their computer programmed robotic vehicle. This was followed by three more students demonstrating their interactive computer math lesson using a classroom "smart board". Superintendent Hemingway and Curriculum Developer Scott Laliberte then walked the Leadership class through various computer exercises demonstrating the State's Common Core Standards.

The Leadership group then traveled to the new Huot Technical Center for a lunch prepared by the Culinary Arts students under the guidance of Department Chairman Jack Aldrich and Instructor Rhonda Fahrner. The students represented the towns of Gilford, Belmont, Tilton, Meredith and the City of Laconia. Following lunch, retired Huot Center Director Scott Davis led the group in a team building exercise followed by a presentation by NH Ball Bearing's Gary Groleau and Huot instructor Ken Martin about the Manufacturing/Engineering Program at the Center and the recent grant the Lakes Region Community College received to promote and assist students pursuing manufacturing careers.

The program continued with a presentation by Assistant Principals, Anthony Sperazzo from Gilford High, former member of Leadership Lakes Region, Christopher Ennis, from Laconia Middle School, the Laconia High/Middle Schools Resource Officer, Laconia Police Officer Steve Orton and the Director of the Huot Center, David Warrender. The four gentlemen covered safety and security issues as they pertain to schools in light of recent tragedies around the country. Several area college students and LHS senior Garrett Guillmett conducted a panel discussion with LHS Guidance person Wendi Hamill on innovative ways now available to high school students to earn Alternative Credit.

The Education Day concluded with the Leadership Lakes Region class of 23 area professionals taking a walking tour of the Huot Center followed by a computer lab demonstration of the Career Cruising Software; a program which allows students unsure of their career options to input their personal interest and choices with the software aligning those interests with potential careers to consider.

"Our Day was jam-packed" said Program Coordinator McLean "but the class really learned a lot by "going back to school' for this day" she added.

Leadership Lakes Region's next program, Economic Issues Day, is scheduled for February 5th. For more information visit www.leadershiplakesregion.org.

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Sanbornton Film Series opens with 'Groundhog Day'

SANBORNTON — The Sanbornton Congregational Church – UCC in partnership with the Sanbornton Town Library is sponsoring a Film Series held on the first Wednesday of every month on the second floor of the library. Show time is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

The first film, to be shown on February 5, will be "Groundhog Day'', (1993) 1 hour 42 minutes.

Bill Murray is at his wry, wisecracking best in this romantic comedy about a weatherman caught in a personal time warp on the worst day of his life. Teamed with a relentlessly cheerful producer (Andie MacDowell) and a smart-aleck cameraman (Chris Elliott), TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities.

But on his way out of town, Phil is caught in a giant blizzard, which he failed to predict, and finds himself stuck in small-town hell. Things get worse; Phil wakes the next morning to find that it's Groundhog Day all over again... and again... and again. Groundhog Day was cheered by critics as Bill Murray's best movie ever.

Following the film a discussion will be led by Rev. Ruth Martz.

For further information call the library at 286-8288 or visit the church's web site at uccsanbornton.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 11:34

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