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Debt Triage Class – Getting Back on Track

LACONIA — The Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT) is holding a Debt Triage class  on Thursday, July 24th from 6:00 to 8:30 pm in the Community Room at the Laconia Police Department on 126 Salem St. The class is sponsored by Franklin Savings Bank.

Classes are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available. Laconia Police Department is handicap accessible.

Debt Triage classes cover budgeting, cutting waste, changing behaviors, prioritizing debt, repairing credit, improving and understanding credit reporting, and more. Designed for those on a tight budget, the class will also focus on financial preparation to achieve specific goals, such as reducing debt, reestablishing credit or preparing to own a home. Learn to eliminate waste, prioritize expenses, understand your spending habits, stretch your dollars, and get on the path to healthy spending habits. Learn tips and strategies for saving. All class participants are eligible for individual budget/credit counseling.

Register today by calling Debra Drake, Homeownership Director of LACLT at 524-0747 ext. 105 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Advance registration is required.

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Lecture Series at Science Center focuses on Animal Populations in Peril

HOLDERNESS — Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is holding a series of free lectures about animal populations in peril. Our Dynamic Earth series runs on Tuesday evening's beginning at 7 p.m. and feature presentations about different animal populations in peril in New Hampshire. All lectures are free and open to the public but reservations are requested by calling 603-968-7194 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Details about individual lectures from the series are below.

The Elusive Lynx

Tuesday, July 15

The lynx once roamed New Hampshire forests from the White Mountains to the Canadian border. By the 1960s these secretive animals had seemingly disappeared from the state. After years of recent large-scale habitat conservation efforts in the North Country, several lynx sightings, including four kittens, occurred in 2011. New Hampshire Fish and Game Biologist Will Staats, who first spotted the cats after decades of absence, will share the biology, status, and current research about this elusive animal. There is no charge to attend this lecture but reservations are requested by calling 603-968-7194.

For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.

Bats in Decline

Tuesday, July 22

Many residents throughout the state have noticed very few bats flying around their neighborhoods. Science Center Senior Naturalist Dave Erler will discuss the causes for the decline in bat populations and share what the future holds for New Hampshire's eight species of bats. There is no charge to attend this lecture but reservations are requested by calling 603-968-7194.

For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.

Restoring a Rare Rabbit

Tuesday, August 5

Despite the rabbit's reputation for prolific breeding, the New England cottontail is being considered for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act and is currently listed as an endangered species in New Hampshire. As recently as the 1960s, these rabbits were found throughout southern and central New Hampshire. Today only a few remnant populations occupying less than 25% of their historic range remain in the Seacoast and Merrimack Valley regions. Haley Andreozzi will speak about the biology of New England cottontail and the conservation efforts underway to help restore this rare rabbit. Haley is the Wildlife Outreach Program Coordinator for University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and works with the New Hampshire Covers and Speaking for Wildlife programs. There is no charge to attend this lecture but reservations are requested by calling 603-968-7194.

For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.

 

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Local players win prizes in MahJongg tournament

GILFORD — The 2014 Lakes Region Mah Jongg Tournament was held June 27th at Pheasant Ridge Country Club in Gilford. One hundred players from around New England participated in a full day of play and catered meals.

Top Lakes Region finishers were Ann Brienza of Meredith, second place winner who took home $175, and Barbara Dionne of Laconia, who finished in a three-way tie for fifth place and won $16.67

For information on upcoming American mah jongg tournaments, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Moultonborough Academy Students Gets Hands On Lesson in Handling Stormwater Runoff

MOULTONBOROUGH — Moultonborough Academy students under the direction of their teacher Shaw Smith performed a community service project at the boat ramp of Lees Pond.
The boat ramp to Lees Pond was retrofitted with lake-friendly landscaping techniques that will divert and reduce the amount of rainwater runoff. Runoff from this boat ramp flows directly into Lees Pond and contributes phosphorus, sediments, and other pollutants that reduce water quality and supports the growth of invasive weeds such as milfoil. This volunteer effort will improve the health of Lees Pond and showcases simple and relatively inexpensive examples of how homeowners can implement runoff water reduction projects on their own property.
This student project was a unique collaboration between municipal agencies, non-profit organizations, and public school students. The Moultonborough Conservation Committee, The Lee's Pond Homeowners Association, and the NH Lakes Association worked with the teacher to develop the program. Student volunteers identified the problem, researched solutions, and sought expert advice.  Scott Kinmond, Moultonborough Road Agent, provided technical advice and acted as a critical municipal liaison. Andrea LaMoreaux of the NH Lakes Association provided advice and training on stormwater mitigation techniques. Once the students created a final plan they presented it to the Moultonborough Selectmen for discussion and approval.
The project's advantages to the Town include: low cost, relatively easy implementation (no permits were required since the work was done by hand), reduced pollution in an important watershed resource, community involvement, and the development a model for other projects. It is a win-win project for all involved.
The students constructed and installed two "rubber razors" to divert water that runs down the initial steeper portion of Lee's Pond Access Road. Two "water bars" were also created near the bottom of the gravel road ramp to absorb runoff' before it enters the pond. The project was funded by the Moultonborough Conservation Committee, and the NH Lakes Association donated the converted industrial belts needed to construct the rubber razors.
Student volunteers Gwen Fifield, Brittney Delaney, Emily Blundo, Quin Trexler, Danielle Harrington, Eleanor Eaton, Riley Swedberg, Jordan Burrows, Jessica Hiitner, Mackenzie Lovering, and Aidan Conn designed and installed the "rubber razors" and "water bar" and will also landscape the area to better absorb the diverted storm water into vegetated swales and rain gardens. They hope their efforts will encourage homeowners and communities to manage the storm water runoff on their properties.

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