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In the past few years I have been bouncing around living in "someone else's home." Whether it was an apartment I was renting or a partner's home I was sharing, it has never been "mine." I have rambled on (in this column) about landscaping and remodeling projects, but they honestly never felt…

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I thought I would look at the real estate activity on the Lakes Region's four largest lakes and compare the first 5-months of closed sales this year to the same period in 2020.

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As we head into the process of interviewing and hiring a builder/contractor, I couldn't help but wish we could avoid this step. We all want to hire the best people, whether for our business or for projects around the house. Even hiring the neighborhood kid to mow your lawn still comes with i…

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Memorial Day weekend has arrived, and all of us are excited to kick off the summer season. The Lakes Region is home to 273 Lakes, Ponds, and rivers and there's plenty to do both on and off the water. I could spend hours just talking about our lakes, but here are a few ideas to put on your bu…

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I have to be honest with you — I looked up "rumination" to make sure I was spelling it correctly. Much to my delight, the second definition (from Oxford Languages) was "the action of chewing the cud." If you know me, you know I love cows! What a fun way to start my day.

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Back in April, the red hot search on Google was “when is the housing market going to crash?” That specific search had soared 2,450% in that one month. Another search, “how much over asking price should I offer on a home in 2021?” spiked 350% in one week. Obviously, consumers are concerned…ar…

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The decision to take the plunge into the world of real estate ownership is a big one. There are a myriad of factors at play both internally (for you) and externally (for the banks, realtors, etc.). I recently read an article about how to decide if you are ready to purchase a house with someo…

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The 17,000 resident, “City on the Lakes,” is nestled on the shores of three of New Hampshire’s desirable lakes: Winnipesaukee, Winnisquam, and Opechee.

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I'm not old enough to have referred to the "loo" as a water closet or "WC." And I'm not British enough to call it a loo! I'm guessing it was a "potty" when we were kids, but I'll have to check in with mom on that one. All that aside, the bathroom is one of those odd rooms where we don't real…

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Alton is a scenic community with wonderful natural resources. The town envelopes the southeastern point of Lake Winnipesaukee and includes the southeast side of Wolfeboro Harbor. Alton was settled in 1770, mainly by farmers. When merchants arrived, they convinced the farmers to incorporate, …

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LACONIA — City departments ran up more than $200,000 in COVID-related expenses between when the pandemic first hit in mid-March and the end of the year, according to a report released by City Manager Scott Myers on Monday.

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For one person who registered on Friday for a COVID-19 vaccine, the shot means that she can stop worrying about the virus making her seriously ill. For another, it’s hope that life will return to normal. For a third, the vaccine means that he might be able to see his beloved again.

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LACONIA — The majority of the city’s public school students will continue to attend school under a hybrid schedule. But because some school staff members or students have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has, there are “some pockets” within the scho…

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MEREDITH — On Wednesday, Jan. 13, Hermit Woods Winery & Deli decided to temporarily close due to an employee reporting to have tested positive for COVID-19. The employee had not been present in the winery since Jan. 8. Immediately upon learning of the infection, to ensure the maximum deg…