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Gilford Rotary Club Christmas tree sale to take place at new location

GILFORD — The Gilford Rotary Club will launch its 28th season of selling Christmas trees to benefit local charities December 5 – 14. Look for the Gilford Rotary Christmas tree sale in a new location at the Gilford 8 Cinemas on Route 11, Gilford. Browse the great selection of fresh cut trees from noon till 7p.m. Monday- through Thursday and 9 am to 8 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

These New Hampshire grown, freshly cut, premium trees include hundreds of 1st quality fraser fir and balsam trees in all shapes and sizes from table top to 12 feet tall. Plus decorative holiday wreaths. Again this year Gilford Rotary will have two collectable Christmas tree ornaments. One, a 24 kt finished depiction of the Tannery Hill covered bridge- constructed by Gilford Rotary members and Gilford townspeople in 1995- can be purchased for $15.

The second ornament is a limited edition Herman Defregger crystal/Lake Winnipesaukee theme that is $40. New this year are Rotary bird feeder wreaths selling for $15 or two for $25. Stop into the Gilford Rotary trailer and register to win one of 30 special raffle items. There's free hot chocolate, hot dogs and yummy corn chowder for all customers.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 November 2014 10:48

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Lakes Region Singers plan holiday concerts

GILFORD — The Lakes Region Singers will present two performances of their annual Christmas Concert this year – an evening program on Friday, December 19, at 7:30 p.m., and an afternoon program on Sunday, December 21, at 3 p.m. Each concert will take place at the First United Methodist Church, on Route 11-A in Gilford, and will include performances by both the Youth Chorus and Adult Chorus.

The Adult Chorus performance will feature the exciting "Festival Gloria," the tender "Carol of Joy," and a stirring medley called "Tidings of Joy." Other sacred pieces will include "O Child Divine" and "Creation Will Be at Peace." The second half of the program will strike a lighter note with contemporary favorites like "Irving Berlin's Christmas," "Cool Yule," and "Winter Wonderland of Snow."

The Youth Chorus will perform "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," "A Candle's Light," and "Snowflake Dance." They will also join the Adult Chorus in "Love Came Down at Christmas." The show will conclude with a rousing version of the familiar carol, "Joy to the World," complete with brass, percussion, and the Hallelujah Handbell Choir. Piano and organ accompaniments will feature the talents of Kelly Cleveland of Belmont.

A suggested donation of $8 per person or $15 per family of four will be taken at the door to help cover expenses. There will be free homemade refreshments at each intermission. In addition, this year every concert goer who chooses to bring a food item for the local food pantry will be entered into a drawing for a free ticket to the Singers' Spring Concert. Director Karen Jordan states, "Because we are a community organization, we want to give back not only through our music but also through our support of these food donations. We hope you'll be generous."

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 09:03

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Stewart Associates Architects supports Land Trust

LACONIA — Stewart Associates Architects has been a longtime supporter of the Laconia Area Community Land Trust (LACLT) mission to develop permanently affordable housing. Peter Stewart, the firm's Principal, served on the LACLT Board of Directors and as Board President. His firm continues to support LACLT's mission, most recently by purchasing $1,000 in state tax credits.

Last year, LACLT was awarded a total of $500,000 in tax credits to sell by New Hampshire's Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA). Once the credits are sold to business donors, LACLT can use the proceeds to continue upgrading 60 units of permanently affordable rental housing in Laconia. LACLT's mission is to provide permanently affordable housing and support programs to low- and moderate-income families so that they become economically self-sufficient. LACLT's tenants are employees of many area businesses and comprise a large portion of workforce in the Lakes Region in healthcare, manufacturing, service and hospitality industries.

Twenty years ago, LACLT began rehabbing scattered-site apartments in Laconia to create permanently affordable housing for working families. Now with the tax credits to fund a Portfolio Strengthening Initiative for these properties, LACLT is further investing in these community assets with capital improvements and green investment. LACLT seeks to improve performance by reducing expenses through roof repairs, boiler upgrades, installing new green flooring and energy-efficient fixtures, among other 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 than 11% or $1,100. LACLT is responsible for securing donations/pledges from for-profit companies with a New Hampshire state tax liability.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 08:51

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RE/MAX Bayside gives turkeys to St. Vincent de Paul

LACONIA — The owners, staff and associates of RE/MAX Bayside and Bayside Rentals donated 30 turkeys to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Laconia for Thanksgiving distribution. Each year the Society distributes hundreds of thanksgiving baskets to families in need throughout the Lakes Region.

RE/MAX Bayside owners Rob Wichland and Chris Kelly feel that community support is very important and above all during the holidays when many families are struggling. "We are thankful to be able to offer our support at this time of year," said Rob RE/MAX Bayside is also extremely involved in the Toys for Tots program. It is one of the region's busiest drop off locations. Please feel free to drop of new, unwrapped toys and gifts at either the Meredith Office (208 Daniel Webster Highway at the junction of Rts. 3 & 104), or at the Laconia Office (423 Main Street at the intersection of Union Avenue and Rt. 106 in downtown Laconia). Your donations are greatly appreciated."

For more information about the Toys for Tots program call RE/MAX Bayside's Meredith Office at (603) 279-0079, the Laconia Office at (603) 527-8200, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 08:41

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