Bank of NH Supports Gale School
Bank of New Hampshire purchased $20,000 in New Hampshire CDFA tax credits to support the redevelopment of the Gale School at 60 Concord Street in Belmont Village. The project will transform the historic schoolhouse into a community facility that will include on the first floor a new early learning center operated by the Boys & Girls Club.
“Our region has an immense need for high quality child care so more people can work and our economy can continue to grow,” said Tiffany Baert, Vice President, Marketing Officer for Bank of New Hampshire. “The Gale School project is a great combination of historic preservation and economic development. We are excited to be part of it.”
“We have a lot of families on our waiting list for child care,” said Chris Emond, President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Central New Hampshire. “The Gale School project presents a great opportunity for us to expand this critical service needed throughout the Lakes Region.”
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$517,000 in NH Business Tax Credits Available
To learn more about how your business can support this project, please visit https://www.lrcommunitydevelopers.org/gale-school-fundraising.html or contact Carmen Lorentz at (603) 524-0747 ext 110 or CLorentz@LRcommunitydevelopers.org. Thank you!
New Study - Local Regulations Drive NH Housing Shortage
Please take some time and check out this important new study about the housing shortage in New Hampshire from The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy. The study finds that residential building regulations, mostly at the local level, are a major cause of the state's housing shortage. Many Lakes Region towns are in the top 25 municipalities that have local conditions that make are restrictive to build new housing.
Visit https://jbartlett.org/2021/10/local-building-regulations-drive-n-h-housing-shortage-bartlett-study-shows/ to read more and to find a link to the full results of the study.
Money for Housing in the Build Back Better Act?
Democrats in Congress continue to negotiate over what to cut from the $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better Act” in order to make it palatable to moderate Democrats in the Senate, whose support is necessary in order to get the bill approved. Reports indicate that at least $1.5 trillion must be cut from the package in order for it to garner enough support to pass in the Senate. The bill approved by House committees included $327 billion in funding for a range of affordable housing provisions, which would represent an historic investment in housing. At the moment, it is unclear how the negotiations to cut the cost of the bill will affect the funding for housing. LRCD signed on to this letter to Congress urging them to maintain key provisions of the funding.
Stuart La Salle - 15 Years with LRCD
Finance Director and Asset Manager, Stuart La Salle, just reached the milestone of 15 years with the organization.
Stuart has contributed so much to LRCD and it is impossible to capture it all but here are a few highlights of what Stuart has accomplished in his 15 years with the organization:
We are grateful for his long and dedicated service.
Community Building - Family Fun Day
During spring 2021, LRCD built a partnership with the YMCA of Greater Boston that enables LRCD kids ages 8-13 to attend their North Woods Camp for Boys or Pleasant Valley Camp for Girls in Tuftonboro at a 50% discount. In September, we co-hosted a Family Fun Day at the camps where LRCD families were able to experience the fun of camp for an afternoon. The children and their families got to tour the camps, swim, kayak, and try archery. As a result, we have 11 LRCD kids excited to go to camp in summer 2022.
Campers will learn outdoor skills, conquer fears and build confidence. They will gain problem-solving skills, boost socialization skills and self-esteem while learning about environmental and personal responsibility. We expect that through their camp experience, children will feel more empowered to make positive decisions as they grow, build life-long friendships with kids from different socio-economic backgrounds, and make lasting memories.
We are currently working to raise funds to cover the other 50% of their tuition, plus extra to help supply these kids of low-income with the things they need to bring to camp. To date, we have raised enough funds for four scholarships thanks to the support of Winnies Socks, Franklin Savings Bank and the Heart & Hands Thrift Shop Meredith. If you'd like to support our summer camp scholarship program please contact Caitlin Meaney at email@example.com or at 603.524.0747 ext. 108
Take the Wheel NH Graduate
A recent graduate of the Take the Wheel NH program has been given the keys to her new car!
This full-time working mom of three entered the program this May diligently working through each program step and with the financial counselor. When her car broke down in September and it was not worth fixing she was ready to purchase a more reliable and affordable car.
LRCD continues to be grateful to the hard working and generous partners of this program, HOMEteamNH, Franklin Savings Bank, and Grappone Automotive Group. We are also grateful to the programs major funder, The Linden Family Foundation.
Study finds that synthetic chemical in consumer products linked to early death.
Human absorption of Phthalates has already been found to be disruptive of hormones, especially in males, and to have other negative side effects. This new study published in the peer-reviewed journal of Environmental Pollution is now linking it to premature deaths.
Reducing your use and exposure to plastics that contain Phthalates can be good for your health and the health of the planet.
Here are tips to reduce you and your family's exposure to Phthalates:
Wood & Clay Supports Gale School
Wood & Clay, a local company that specializes in custom home construction and renovation in the Lakes Region, purchased $50,000 in New Hampshire business tax credits to support the redevelopment of the Gale School in Belmont. The project will transform the historic schoolhouse into a community facility that will include on the second floor a new program center for Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS).
Wood & Clay, based in Gilford, is owned by husband and wife team Kevin Beland and Shannon Robinson-Beland.
"We hope our contribution inspires other local businesses to support this wonderful project," said Shannon Robinson-Beland. "It's exciting that LRCS will be part of the next chapter for the Gale School - what a great way to put this historic building back to good use serving local families again."
"We had been thinking for a few years about opening a satellite program center," said Rebecca Bryant, President & CEO of LRCS. "The Gale School will be a great location for us - a place where we can offer our full range of programming to new families and to existing clients who will find it more convenient."
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