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Moody Mountain Reservation created in Wolfeboro

WOLFEBORO — An Ossipee woman has donated a 250-acre property off Beach Pond Road in Wolfeboro to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, to be conserved and managed as the Moody Mountain Reservation.

Like most of the Forest Society's 178 other properties around the state, the Moody Mountain Reservation will be open to the public for hiking, hunting, wildlife watching, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and other non-motorized activities, and its current-use taxes will be paid by the Forest Society.

The donor, Cecily Clark, "has been a friend and supporter of our land conservation mission for many years, and this donation is one more way that she has shown her commitment to protecting the forests near her home forever," said Jane Difley, the Forest Society's president/forester. "We know she is placing her trust in us to care for this land as well as she has, and we are honored to be able to carry on her stewardship."

Clark, a sculptor and a founder of the Ossipee Children's Fund, conserved another 462 acres in 1994 by donating a conservation easement to the Forest Society on land that abuts the new reservation. Clark and her neighbors who have also conserved their land have conserved a total of 890 acres on Moody Mountain.

A wildlife enthusiast, Clark bought the parcel she donated in 1972 in order to keep it undeveloped. She said the easements and the donation have brought her peace of mind that the acreage will remain intact and unspoiled.

"I care about this land, I want it to be a habitat for wildlife and I also want other people to be able to enjoy it," Clark said. "I know it's in good hands with the Forest Society."

Moody Mountain is named for Clark's great-great-great-grandfather, Abner Moody, who was granted 320 acres there for his service in the Revolutionary War. The land has been passed down in the Moody family through the generations since the late 1700s.

The new Moody Mountain Reservation contains excellent wildlife habitat, with a mix of softwood cover, hardwood mast sources, wetlands, vernal pools, open ledge and streams. In accordance with Clark's wishes, the Forest Society will create a looping nature trail on the new reservation that will make the land more accessible for pedestrian recreation. "It will be a moderate trail, about a mile and a half through the forest, providing opportunities for walking through great habitat for deer, moose, bear and wild turkeys," said Ryan Young, the Forest Society land protection specialist, who will manage the Moody Mountain Reservation project.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 09:35

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SCORE hosting Jan. 14 workshop on business tax laws & implications

LACONIA — A local certified public accountant will lead a workshop designed to help businesses better understand the implications of various tax laws.

SCORE Lakes Region has scheduled the workshop featuring Kandi Edson, a CPA with offices in Gilford and Rochester, on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 5:30 p.m. at the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce offices, 383 South Main St.

With seating limited to 15 people, reservations are recommended.

Workshop organizers notes that in today's world of changing tax rules operating a small business is more challenging than ever. Proper tax planning helps prevent poor performance. Being prepared for tax obligations and the related filings requires more than good intentions. Owing to the complexity of tax law and the frequency and quantity of the annual changes to it, diligence, knowledge and persistence are required to optimize a company's tax outcome.

Edson has more than 25 years of experience as consultant and coach in the areas of audit and tax with individuals and companies in many industries, including construction, real estate, restaurant, medical professionals, service practitioners and nonprofit organizations. Her practice concentrates on forward thinking for businesses and individuals providing service to high net worth clients in the areas of taxation, budgeting, cash flow, growth, and succession. Through coaching clients will experience a catalyzing relationship, accelerating the process of great performance.

Topics which will be discussed during the workshop include:

• Learning how to arrange your business to optimize your tax situation.

• Understanding the opportunities and benefits available to the small business owner;

• How best to work with bookkeeping and accounting professionals.

• Your obligations and requirements for State and Federal tax reporting.

Registration is required for the workshop. The doors will open at 5 p.m., for registration and networking. The workshop is due to begin at 5:30 p.m. The cost for the workshop is $25 per person if paid in advance, or $30 at the door. Checks may be mailed to SCORE Lakes Region, 383 South Main St., Laconia, NH 03246. Those who wish can register online at http://lakesregion.score.org/localworkshops.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 09:18

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Sanbornton Congregational Church announces Christmas service schedule

SANBORNTON — Members of the Sanbornton Congregational Church, UCC at 21 Meetinghouse Hill Road in Sanbornton invite everyone to worship at 10 a.m. on Christmas Sunday, December 21.
The church will hold its annual Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. on December 24. As in past years, the service will open with a solo by a young chorister singing, "Once in Royal David's City". Other music will include traditional Christmas carols, many with well-loved descants and harmonization. Anthems will be performed by both the Junior and Senior choirs, and during the singing of "Silent Night," the "Holy Family" with shepherds and angels will enter the Meetinghouse.

Rev. Ruth Martz will be preaching. All are welcome to attend this beautiful service.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 09:10

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Rowell’s Sewer and Drain collected 1,061 items for Cash & Cans Drive

NORTHFIELD — Rowell's Sewer and Drain proudly announces the success of their third annual food drive. Donations were collected from their customers for the last couple months, resulting in a final total of 1,061 cans and non-perishables and $500 in monetary donations.

Due to Rowell's recent move to its new location in Northfield, the donations this year were collected at the Northfield Park 'n Go during the Mix 94.1FM Cash and Cans Food Drive. The staff at Rowell's expresses a heartfelt "thank you" to all their customers who so graciously donated to the success of this year's food drive.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 08:51

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