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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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Gilford Community Church to host Christmas Fair

GILFORD — The Gilford Community Church's annual Christmas Fair will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, while Santa's Land will take place in the adjoining Gilford Youth Center.

Featured will be Santa's Attic with white elephant articles, Santa's Bookstore, Santa's Kitchen, homemade crafts, baked goods, jewelry, children's toys and games, books. In addition gift baskets will be raffled off.

The church is located at 19 Potter Hill Road in Gilford Village.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 08:32

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Noel Shoppe at Festival of Trees features local creations

MEREDITH — This year's Festival of Trees held at Waukewan Golf Course, Waukewan Road, Center Harbor will be open to the public Friday, December 5 from 2-6 p.m., Saturday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, December 7 from 12-4 p.m. Admission will be $3 for adults, and $2 for children 6 and above. Children 5 and under are free.

The Noel Shoppe is proud to present unique gifts created by Lakes Region crafters and businesses such as the ever popular Lakes Region calendar by Bonnie Edwards, Photographic Portraits. New this year, Edwards has reproduced a 1784 map of the Lakes Region which can be purchased as a print, a matted print or framed. Local potter, Diane Lane, will feature fairy houses and Trish Eisner has created appetizer trays with eye-catching glazes to brighten any home. Scented goat milk soaps by Jess Storey of Winona Glen Farms, "Loon" etched martini glasses, beaded bracelets by Debbie Brown, tassel bracelets and necklaces by Katie Humber, handmade fudge by Kristen Anderson and pillows by Kris Nagengast of Chase Island Designs are just a few of the gift selections. Wood turner Meredith resident, Wayne Blake will present his wooden bowls and bread boards. Wayne, will also be the Artisan-in-Residence on Saturday afternoon, December 6th from noon to 2, will discuss the process of wood turning.

The Noel Shoppe is, once again, partnering with Michelle Taft at Bayswater Books in Center Harbor and she has arranged for author, Lynn Plourde, along with illustrator, Russ Cox, to be on hand to sign their new book, "The Merry Moose Christmas" during our Gala Night, December 4 from 5:30 to 8p.m. Gala guests will be treated to appetizers and desserts, and a cash bar, while browsing the unique selection of live and silent auction items from businesses and friends, such as NH Motor Speedway, Meredith Automotive, Country Cottage, DaSilva Motorsports, Ambrose Brothers, Country Drummer, Bryant Paving, Threads, Hermit Woods, Gunstock, Mills Falls and more. Tickets are $25 advance only and can be purchased at Cackleberries Garden and Gift Shop in Meredith and at Fashion Forward in Moultonborough.

"Magic and Mittens" will especially delight children ages 3-8 Saturday, December 6 with presentations at noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. Each child will receive a special holiday treat. Admission is covered by the "general admission – no further charge. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. For reservations, call Karen at 253-3167.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 08:22

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