MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Planning Commission is hosting a commission meeting, which will feature a presentation on the region's household hazardous waste disposal program, its role in protecting our water bodies and water supplies, as well as some of the challenges and opportunities on the horizon.
The meeting will be held Monday, April 28, starting at 6 p.m., at the Northfield Town Hall, 21 Summer St., Northfield.
Much has been done over the years to protect the quality of the surface and ground water throughout the state and region. Great progress has been made in curtailing the discharge of deadly chemicals and human wastes directly into rivers and lakes.
There are, however, other sources of pollution around us — household hazardous wastes. These include items such as kitchen and drain cleaners, automotive products, pesticides, fertilizers, and oil-based paints.
For more than 25 years LRPC has coordinated a program to enable Lakes Region residents and property owners to safely dispose of toxic products from their home, reducing the likelihood of contamination of surface or ground water. At this meeting LRPC staff will lead a presentation about this successful, regional program.
Other topics of the commission meeting will include a presentation by Rep. Scott Burns of Franklin who is the prime sponsor of the pending HB 1570-FN regarding Paint Stewardship and a proposed budget revision to commission's FY 14 budget.
As association of 30 communities, the LRPC has active programs in land use and environmental planning, transportation, watershed protection, economic development, technical assistance, and information services.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2014 08:09
TILTON —The Tilton-Northfield United Methodist Church will be holding its spring benefit auction on Saturday, April 26. Viewing is noon to 1 p.m. followed by the auction at 1:15 p.m.
Items to be auctioned off include NH League of Craftsman Tiffany Stained Glass designs, antiques 14K gold jewelry, Pastel seascape, scenic prints, overnights at NH resorts, assorted gift baskets, gift certificates for dining and beauty salons, Fisher Cats baseball tickets, Professional Disc Jockey services, and more.
Lunch available featuring hot dogs, chips, and beverages. For more information call 729-0245.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:55
LACONIA — Leadership Lakes Region held its annual Health Issues Day to inform the class of 21 business professionals about the leading issues related to health which are impacting the Lakes Region and beyond.
The day was sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental with the Taylor Community hosting half of the day and LRGHealthcare hosting the other half. "We had a rather jam-packed agenda with tours, guest speakers and demonstrations but it all came together to make for a most informative and interesting day for our leadership class" said Leadership Lakes Vice Chair, Leo Sanfacon, himself a retired dentist.
Getting the group off on the right foot health-wise was a presentation by Tammy Lévesque, Health Educator for the Partnership for Public Health. In addition to describing the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Program, she got the class to their feet for some basic movement exercises. An in-depth discussion of the Affordable Care Act by LRGH Senior VP for Financial Strategy and External Relations Henry Lipman was next.
He was followed by a panel consisting of Karen Barker, Lakes Region Food Network, Steve Whitman from PSU, Andy Howe, owner of Beans & Greens Farm and herbalist/nutrition counselor Sara Woods Kender. Their topic was Food Matters: Exploring the Relationships among Food, Health and Community. LRGH's Senior VP for Patient Care, Ellen Wolff and Stacy Sorrell, Clinical Director for Psychiatric Services, completed the morning agenda with their presentation on available psychiatric services in the Lakes Region. Both Wolff and Sorrell are themselves graduates of the Leadership Lakes Region program.
After lunch and a tour of LRGH, the group traveled to The Taylor Community where the Director of Marketing, Paul Charlton, Leadership Lakes Class of 2013, welcomed the group. Dr. Sanfacon then introduced the day's sponsor, Tom Raffio, CEO of the day's sponsor, Northeast Delta Dental. Raffio recently co-authored a leadership book with Barbara McLaughlin and former Celtics great, Dave Cowens. Raffio spoke about the leadership skills necessary to write and publish a book as well as those skills any good leader should have to value his/her people and create an atmosphere of productive team efforts in the workplace. The book is entitled "There Are No Do-Overs" and copies were given to each of the leadership class students a month earlier for them to read and discuss with Raffio. Diane Poh, also a Leadership Lakes graduate, then conducted an eye-opening Senior Sensory Simulation for the class to better understand the everyday issues facing senior adults.
"The final speakers for the day were Dr. Jose Montero, Director of Public Health for the State of New Hampshire and Lisa Morris, Executive Director of the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health. Ms. Morris, also a Leadership Lakes graduate, spoke about the regional plans for public health designed to complement the state plans. Dr. Montero, using his knowledge, experience and generous wit, had a power point presentation which focused on the major health issues confronting NH citizens. Charlton then concluded the day with a tour of the Taylor Community for the class. An impromptu raffle drawing was held to present one lucky class member with a Dave Cowens autographed copy of the Raffio, McLaughlin and Cowens book which Raffio donated to the class. Denise Sharlow, Executive Director of the Belknap Mill, was the lucky winner.
The next Leadership Lakes Day will be Economic Issues on May 1. Anyone interested in knowing more about Leadership Lakes or wanting to apply for the next class year is encouraged to visit the website at WWW.leadershiplakesregion.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:19
LACONIA — Longtime Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT) partner Gary Chicoine Construction Corporation of Weare is working on rebuilding local housing in a new way -- by purchasing $30,000 in tax credits.
Executive Director Linda Harvey noted, "Chicoine has built our largest new construction projects. We are very happy to have them support this rehab project through the purchase of tax credits."
LACLT has been selling state tax credits after being awarded $500,000 to by New Hampshire's Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA). Once the credits are sold to business donors, LACLT uses the proceeds to continue upgrading 60 units of permanently affordable rental housing in Laconia.
As a new nonprofit housing organization 20 years ago, LACLT began rehabbing scattered-site apartments in Laconia to create permanently affordable housing for families with low and moderate incomes. Now with the tax credits to fund a Portfolio Strengthening Initiative for these properties, LACLT will further invest in these community assets by installing new "green" flooring and energy-efficient fixtures, in addition to other capital improvements.
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 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 CDFA and its programs visit www.nhcdfa.org or call 603-226-2170.
To learn about purchasing tax credits from LACLT in support of their Portfolio Strengthening Initiative contact Hope Jordan at 603-524-0747 ext. 108.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 08:56