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Irwin Auto collecting hats & boots for Salvation Army

LACONIA — The Irwin Automotive Group is collecting boots gloves and hats to help benefit the Salvation Army this holiday season. During the winter months we often take for granted being warm and being protected from the cold, but many Lakes Region residents are without this luxury. Irwin Automotive looks to help the less fortunate and brighten their winter by keeping children warm and safe.

Boots, hats and mittens enable children to dive into the snow, build a fort and make a snow angel. Both Irwin locations at 59 Bisson Ave and 446 Union Ave in Laconia will have specified drop off containers for these donations from December 9th through Monday, December 23rd.

The Salvation Army's motto, "Doing The Most Good by feeding, clothing, comforting, and caring defines the spirit of the Holidays" and Irwin Automotive Groups mission within the local community. Chris Irwin, Vice President of Irwin Automotive was quoted saying, "It is always important go give back to the community and help in any way that one can, but the Holidays in particular make us think of others and how important it is to be warm and safe."

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 09:38

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Life coach leading workshop on Dec. 30

GILFORD — Create your New Year's resolutions and set your intentions for 2015 during a fun, dynamic workshop. Life Coach Emily Clement will lead the free workshop at Body Design by Joy on Tuesday evening, December 30 at 6:30pm. All are welcome.

The workshop will give you an opportunity to define, design and experience a life you'd love living. You'll be invited to imagine and define what you desire, specifically in the areas of: relationships, health, financial freedom, and career. The quality of your life is a direct reflection of the quality of questions you ask. You'll be invited ask bigger, creative more expansive questions and get comparable answers. Your potential is far greater than the circumstances and conditions that surround you. You deserve to be your best self; make 2015 your year!

Clement is a certified life coach through the Life Mastery Institute. She helps groups and individuals set goals and bridge the gap from where they are to where they want to be. Visit www.EmilyClementLifeCoach.com. Body Design by Joy is a complete wellness. Joy and her outstanding team of health and wellness professionals are committed to meeting client's individual goals. Offerings span from personal and group training programs to cutting-edge fitness classes. Body Design is well known for their other top-notch services including physical therapy, massage therapy, dietetic services, aesthetic services, and sunless spray tanning. Body Design by Joy is located at 25 Sawmill Road, Gilford. Reserve your space by calling Emily Clement, 520-6300 or Body Design by Joy, 524-1860.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 09:31

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Moody Mountain Reservation created in Wolfeboro

WOLFEBORO — An Ossipee woman has donated a 250-acre property off Beach Pond Road in Wolfeboro to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, to be conserved and managed as the Moody Mountain Reservation.

Like most of the Forest Society's 178 other properties around the state, the Moody Mountain Reservation will be open to the public for hiking, hunting, wildlife watching, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and other non-motorized activities, and its current-use taxes will be paid by the Forest Society.

The donor, Cecily Clark, "has been a friend and supporter of our land conservation mission for many years, and this donation is one more way that she has shown her commitment to protecting the forests near her home forever," said Jane Difley, the Forest Society's president/forester. "We know she is placing her trust in us to care for this land as well as she has, and we are honored to be able to carry on her stewardship."

Clark, a sculptor and a founder of the Ossipee Children's Fund, conserved another 462 acres in 1994 by donating a conservation easement to the Forest Society on land that abuts the new reservation. Clark and her neighbors who have also conserved their land have conserved a total of 890 acres on Moody Mountain.

A wildlife enthusiast, Clark bought the parcel she donated in 1972 in order to keep it undeveloped. She said the easements and the donation have brought her peace of mind that the acreage will remain intact and unspoiled.

"I care about this land, I want it to be a habitat for wildlife and I also want other people to be able to enjoy it," Clark said. "I know it's in good hands with the Forest Society."

Moody Mountain is named for Clark's great-great-great-grandfather, Abner Moody, who was granted 320 acres there for his service in the Revolutionary War. The land has been passed down in the Moody family through the generations since the late 1700s.

The new Moody Mountain Reservation contains excellent wildlife habitat, with a mix of softwood cover, hardwood mast sources, wetlands, vernal pools, open ledge and streams. In accordance with Clark's wishes, the Forest Society will create a looping nature trail on the new reservation that will make the land more accessible for pedestrian recreation. "It will be a moderate trail, about a mile and a half through the forest, providing opportunities for walking through great habitat for deer, moose, bear and wild turkeys," said Ryan Young, the Forest Society land protection specialist, who will manage the Moody Mountain Reservation project.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 09:35

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SCORE hosting Jan. 14 workshop on business tax laws & implications

LACONIA — A local certified public accountant will lead a workshop designed to help businesses better understand the implications of various tax laws.

SCORE Lakes Region has scheduled the workshop featuring Kandi Edson, a CPA with offices in Gilford and Rochester, on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 5:30 p.m. at the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce offices, 383 South Main St.

With seating limited to 15 people, reservations are recommended.

Workshop organizers notes that in today's world of changing tax rules operating a small business is more challenging than ever. Proper tax planning helps prevent poor performance. Being prepared for tax obligations and the related filings requires more than good intentions. Owing to the complexity of tax law and the frequency and quantity of the annual changes to it, diligence, knowledge and persistence are required to optimize a company's tax outcome.

Edson has more than 25 years of experience as consultant and coach in the areas of audit and tax with individuals and companies in many industries, including construction, real estate, restaurant, medical professionals, service practitioners and nonprofit organizations. Her practice concentrates on forward thinking for businesses and individuals providing service to high net worth clients in the areas of taxation, budgeting, cash flow, growth, and succession. Through coaching clients will experience a catalyzing relationship, accelerating the process of great performance.

Topics which will be discussed during the workshop include:

• Learning how to arrange your business to optimize your tax situation.

• Understanding the opportunities and benefits available to the small business owner;

• How best to work with bookkeeping and accounting professionals.

• Your obligations and requirements for State and Federal tax reporting.

Registration is required for the workshop. The doors will open at 5 p.m., for registration and networking. The workshop is due to begin at 5:30 p.m. The cost for the workshop is $25 per person if paid in advance, or $30 at the door. Checks may be mailed to SCORE Lakes Region, 383 South Main St., Laconia, NH 03246. Those who wish can register online at http://lakesregion.score.org/localworkshops.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 09:18

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