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Laconia Area Land Trust gets tax credit help from longtime building partner

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

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Indoor yard sale this Saturday at youth center

GILFORD — The Gilford Youth Center is hosting an Indoor Community Yard Sale on Saturday, April 26, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be more than 25 yard sales at the event. There is no cost for admission. Those interested in having a seller's table at the event should contact Scott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Gilford Youth Center is located at 19 Potter Hill Road in Gilford. For more information, visit gilfordyouthcenter.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 08:42

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Diane Blue Big Band at Pitman’s Friday evening

ACONIA — The Diane Blue Big Bandwill be at Pitman's Freight Room on Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m.. Admission is $12.

Boston's Diane Blue is a soul-stirring vocalist, skillful harmonica player and a crowd-pleasing entertainer. Voted "Outstanding Female Singer" in The Blues Audience 2011 Readers' Poll, Ms. Blue is a soulful and sassy performer with a strong and energetic delivery, serving up her own spin on soul, blues and R&B. She won the 2010 Massachusetts Blues Challenge, earning the honor of competing at the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

Diane has played harmonica and/or sung with guitarist extraordinaire Ronnie Earl, as well as international performers Luther Guitar Jr. Johnson (former sideman for Muddy Waters), Big Jack Johnson (of Clarksdale, Mississippi) and Irma Thomas (the Soul Queen of New Orleans), among others. Ms. Blue tours in the U.S. and abroad as a featured performer.

Diane is joined by Johnny Blue Horn Moriconi (trumpet/vocals), Mario Perrett (sax/vocals), Joe Barger (keys/vocals),

Bobby Gus (guitar), Lenny Bradford Bass/vocals) and Jeff "Jungle Boy" Thompson (drums)

Catered dinner available before the show. Call for information and reservations. www.pitmansfreightroom.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 08:30

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Medieval, Renaissance Forum Fri., Sat. at PSU

PLYMOUTH — More than 100 scholars will present their latest research on many aspects of medieval and Renaissance culture at the 35th annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum, April 25 and 26 at Plymouth State University. Plymouth State's forum is the oldest conference of its type in New England.

The theme of this year's event is "Authors, Artists, Audiences." Registration and coffee begins at 8 a.m. Friday at Lamson Library and Learning Commons on Highland Street.

The Forum officially opens at 8:45 a.m. following a procession from Rounds Hall to the Hartman Union Building Fireplace Lounge. The traditional opening ceremony will include music by the Plymouth State University Chamber Singers, just back from Carnegie Hall; a welcome by forum Director Karolyn Kinane, an opening poem by Festival Poet Laureate Phil O'Mara with Kinane, and an audience singing of Gaudeamus Igitur.

Public concurrent sessions are held in Boyd Hall, Lamson Learning Commons and Rounds Hall throughout the day Friday and Saturday on topics such as "Orality and Historiography: The Power of the Spoken Word in the Middle Ages," "Women Empowered by God," "Early Medieval Aesthetics," "Understanding The Canterbury Tales," "Sacred Art" and "Early Medieval France." Several undergraduate student panels are also scheduled.

Friday morning sessions are 9:30­–10:50 a.m. and 11:05 a.m.­­–12:25 p.m. and a chainmail workshop by the student Medieval Society is scheduled from 1:15–2:15 p.m. at a location to be announced.

Friday lunch will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Frost Commons off School Street, followed by additional concurrent sessions from 2:25–3:45 p.m.

This years Forum Keynote Speaker is Rebecca Krug, associate professor of English at the University of Minnesota, who specializes in late medieval English literature and culture. She will speak on "Margery Kemp and the Lonely Reader" at 4 p.m. Friday, in the Hage Room on the second floor of the Hartman Union Building.

Krug is the author of Reading Families: Women's Literate Practice in Late Medieval England, and a number of essays including pieces in The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Culture and A Cultural History of Gardens in the Medieval Age. She is currently writing an essay about lunar gardening in the medieval and modern worlds and completing a book about Margery Kemp.

A reception follows from 5-6:15 p.m. at the same location. Dinner, for which tickets are required, will be at 6:30 p.m. in Frost Commons.

Saturday registration and coffee begin at 8:30 a.m. at Lamson Library and Learning Commons, followed by concurrent sessions from 9 a.m. ­–10:20 a.m. and 10:35–11:55 a.m. Lunch will be held in Frost Commons from noon­–1:15 p.m. Afternoon sessions run from 1:30–2:50 p.m. and 3-4:20 p.m.

Doors open for the traditional Medieval Feast (tickets required) at 5:30 p.m. in Heritage Hall in Samuel Read Hall Building on Highland Street. Contact the forum director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for tickets.

Information about the Forum is online at Plymouth.edu/medieval and on Facebook at Plymouth State University Medieval and Renaissance Forum.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 08:17

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