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N.H. Fiddle Ensemble playing at the Taylor Community

LACONIA — Come spend an enjoyable afternoon full of fiddle tunes and a variety of songs in many styles courtesy of the New Hampshire Fiddle Ensemble, Saturday, May 30 at 2 p.m. in Taylor Community's Woodside Building located at 435 Union Avenue.

The ensemble is a state-wide community and professional group including doctors, teachers, veterinarians, retired firefighters, excavators and more, who join with professional musicians to present an exciting program of music.

In preparation for this event community members have been rehearsing since December in locations throughout the state. They'll join with professional musicians in an upbeat and enjoyable program including Irish, bluegrass, Klezmer, swing, rock, blues, country, folk and Scottish music.

The event is free and open to the public. Please call 524-5600 Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to ensure seating.

 For more information, visit www.taylorcommunity.org

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:40

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Talk on amateur radio operation in Meredith May 28

MEREDITH — The head of the Central New Hampshire Radio Club will be the guest speaker at the Meredith Lions Club meeting on Tuesday, May 28, at the Meredith Community Center.

The club is inviting members of the general public to hear Tim Carter who will talk about how local Lakes Region radio operators help the community. He'll also share news about how technology has revolutionized amateur radio.

The talk begins at 6 p.m. with light refreshments.

Gone are the days of giant radios with glowing tubes in basements. An operator can now talk around the world outdoors with a radio the size of a paperback book. Carter will bring two radios that are smaller than a lunchbox to show all how this is possible.

For those interested in obtaining an amateur radio license, the Morse code requirement was dropped years ago. It's easy to get a license and beginner radios start at $35.

There is no fee but donations will be accepted to aid in Lions charities.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:35

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Financial Stability Partnership aims to reduce poverty in Belknap County

LACONIA — The Financial Stability Partnership is striving to find ways to reduce poverty in Belknap County.

The partnership -- a collaborative, community based initiative -- recognizes that poverty is an issue that no single organization can solve.

FSP activities are led by workgroups, which represent every sector of the community. FSP members include social service providers, local business leaders, and community volunteers. Current workgroups concentrate in the areas of early childhood, youth, health, workforce development, personal asset building, housing, and transportation.

A snapshot of recent activities includes:

The VITA program (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) which has helped local tax filers in Laconia and Franklin prepare about 542 federal tax returns, resulting in nearly $750,000 in refunds.

A new pilot program, "Wealth for All," has helped participants to build personal financial management skills.

About 30 social service providers attended the training "Your Money Your Goals" to help facilitate money management skills for use with their clients.

A number of child care centers in the region received training on how to achieve a higher quality standard ranking, to improve the level of care for local children.

To achieve and measure success, collective community action must be sustained over a period of time. In the upcoming year, the partnership expects to launch programs and initiatives related to:

-- Listening to feedback from our youth, and helping to address concerns that they identify in the community.

-- Increased involvement with solutions to impact substance misuse.

-- Continue to support efforts to grow the future workforce in the Lakes Region, through career development opportunities.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:29

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Mature Driver Course to be held in Meredith on June 24

MEREDITH — The next AARP Mature Driver Safety Program in Meredith is scheduled to take place Wednesday, June 24, at the Meredith Community Center.

The class will consists of two three-hour sessions: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

The classroom experience emphasizes defensive driving techniques, including new traffic laws and rules of the road. It points out how to adjust driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time.

There is no test. Those completing the course receive a certificate making them eligible for insurance discounts from certain insurance companies serving New Hampshire.

The fee for the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for others.

Registration is required, to register for the course call Bob Kennelly at 677-7187.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:18

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