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Seminar for potential first-time homebuyers in Franklin on March 3

TILTON — Franklin Savings Bank, Central Gold Key Realty and Priority Title are teaming up to present a free education session for individuals and families interested in building wealth through first-time home ownership. Sign-up for the free instruction session being held Tuesday, March 3 from 6-8 p.m. at the Community Learning Center in Franklin Savings Bank's Tilton Office. 

How does home ownership increase homeowner wealth? Simply by paying off a home loan and owning a home rather than paying rent, builds wealth. And, this is done each month in a regular and disciplined way. This educational workshop is presented in a non-sales environment to address key topics, including: the ins and outs of buying a home, the best time for a Purchase and Sales Agreement and loan application, how an offer is made, home loans and types of homes and what is the best for each individual home buyer. 

As an added benefit, attendees will know their individual / family price range for a home with complimentary pre-approvals and pre-qualifications at the event. To register, contact Marsha Foden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (603) 568-0380. Or visit Central Gold Key Realty in person at 821 Central Street, Franklin. Seating is limited and advance registration is needed to plan for the complimentary dinner.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015 09:27

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Lakes Region Community College offering Late Start Classes for spring semester

LACONIA — Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) is offering new Late Start Classes for the 2015 Spring Semester. Courses will begin on Monday, February 23, as well as the new Hybrid Term II courses that start Monday, March 23.

"Over the years potential students have missed the Spring Semester enrollment period and have been unable to take courses until the following semester," says LRCC Academic Affairs Vice President, Tom Goulette. "Not anymore. LRCC faculty and staff are ready today to assist more and more students in a timely manner!"

LRCC Late Start Classes beginning Monday, February 23 include College Composition, College Comp/Portfolio, Math Prep, and Introduction to Sociology. The Hybrid Term II, where half of the class is held online and half in the classroom, giving students the best of both worlds, starts Monday, March 23. Hybrid Term II courses include Software Applications, Designing for the Web I, Cultural Anthropology, Foundations of Conflict Resolution, Political/Social Issues of Human Services, Human Growth & Development, Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Dependency, and Critical Thinking and Decision Making. All of the classes mentioned above will be completed by Monday, May 11.

For additional information, contact the LRCC Admissions Department at 524-3207 ext. #6766. One may also call toll-free, 1-800-357-2992.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015 09:24

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Plymouth reverend offering ‘Ashes to Go’ on Main St.

PLYMOUTH — On this Ash Wednesday, many Christians will head to church for a special blessing. But for those who do not have time, there is another alternative in Plymouth: A program called Ashes to Go.

Next Wednesday the Rev. Grace Burson, of the Epsicopal Church of the Holy Spirit will administer ashes on Main Street in Plymouth from 2 to 4 p.m.

During the ritual, Burson will recite a short prayer, and then press ashes against each person’s forehead, moving her thumb in the shape of a cross, and saying, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

The ashes come from burned palms from Palm Sunday service last year.

On the Christian calendar, Ash Wednesday begins Lent, the 40-day period of reflection and fasting that leads to Easter.

According to the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, Ashes to Go is about bringing spirit, belief, and belonging out from behind church doors, and into the places where people go every day.

New Hampshire's Episcopal bishop, the Rt. Rev. Robert Hirschfeld, along with two priests, will administer ashes in Eagle Square in Concord, and another Ashes to Go ceremony is scheduled to take place in Portsmouth.


Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015 09:17

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Gilmanton Winery named a 'Farm of Distinction'

GILMANTON — Marshall and Sunny Bishop, owners of the Gilmanton Winery and Camelot Alpaca Farm, are the proud recipients of the "Farm of Distinction" Award, an honor presented at the 32nd Annual NH Farm & Forest Expo, held February 6 and 7.

The annual awards ceremony recognizes industry leaders and their contributions over the past year. "Farms of Distinction," a program of the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food that annually recognizes those New Hampshire Farms that go the extra mile to keep their busy farmsteads neat and attractive, thereby portraying a positive image for New Hampshire agriculture.

"We are extremely honored to receive this award. Running the winery and alpaca farm is rewarding in itself and to receive an award for doing our dream job is just icing on the cake," said owner Sunny Bishop.

The Gilmanton Winery opened in 2006 and is located in the former home of Grace Metalious, author of the novel "Peyton Place." The winery also operates as a restaurant serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Camelot Alpaca Farm is located on the same property, home to 14 Huacaya alpacas.

For more information about the winery, please visit www.gilmantonwinery.com or call 267-8251.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 February 2015 09:10

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