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The New Hampshire Community Loan Fund is very concerned about employee wellness and encouraging healthy choices. Gunner Siverly served Rustic Crust pizza from a portable oven. Each year we organize wellness activities that include interactions with benefit vendors, on-site flu clinics, group exercise sessions, and, most recently, the opportunity to learn more about and to sample local food products. On a beautiful fall afternoon, members of our staff Wellness Committee and three food producers...
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I’m impressed with the good ideas that were generated during the brainstorm at NH Food Strategy and Network’s recent Regional Listening Session in Littleton, N.H. One that caught on in our table was helping corner store owners find profitable ways to introduce healthy, locally sourced food. It’s a great idea because convenience store offerings account for a lot of the nutritional choices for many people, in both urban and rural settings. The key to creating this shift is making it profitable...
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A just-released report from the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a good reality check on the benefits and challenges that manufactured-home owners experience. The report covers one of the biggest hurdles for people buying a manufactured home−the lack of purchase financing. Manufactured homes (sometimes called mobile homes) account for 6% of all occupied housing, yet receive only 2.5% of all home purchase loans. In 2012, when we studied manufactured-home finance options in...
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“I pledge to honor all the people.” What a great promise. On October 2, I had the privilege of attending the swearing-in ceremony for Andrea K. Johnstone as United States Magistrate Judge for the district of New Hampshire. In her remarks, Andrea committed herself to “honor all the people” as a federal judge. This echoed the very-moving praise from those who spoke previously about Andrea’s fairness, kindness, toughness and ability to hear the whole story from all sides. Andrea gave the New...
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The women and men who choose to provide early childhood education are some of the most-caring and -dedicated professionals you will encounter. I’ve had the opportunity and privilege over the past year to work with directors and board members from nine early childhood programs in Coos County. They were brought together by the Business of Child Care Initiative, a pilot program designed to provide assessment tools, support and training that helps child care providers sharpen their business skills...
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I came back from vacation this summer to discover the sad news that Chuck Leahy had died. It was all the more unnerving and poignant because I had left myself a to-do list and “Call Chuck Leahy” was the first task. Chuck served on the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund’s board for seven years (1997-2004). He was a great help not just in those ways you depend on a lawyer to be attentive, but in the wonderful texture of his understated presence. His knowledge of New Hampshire was deep, so he kept...
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This June, three more groups of manufactured-home residents in Washington state joined the growing national movement of resident-owned communities (ROCs). Strength, the People Magazine of the Basin, an annual publication of The Columbia Basin Herald, recently published an article chronicling the conversion of three privately owned Moses Lake (WA) parks to cooperatives. The story is one that we here at ROC-NH know well. Courtesy of ROC Northwest When the cooperative development specialists...
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New Hampshire’s coastline is small in comparison to those of Massachusetts and Maine, but that doesn’t matter to the fish. Great-tasting fish like Gulf of Maine yellowtail flounder, white hake and cape shark are caught by more than 20 New Hampshire fishing boats. NH Community Seafood Executive Director Josh Weirsma Those fisherman began collaborating with consumers last year to protect the ocean and sustain the state’s fishing industry while also supporting the local economy. They created a...
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Ahhh, summer is here. Warmer weather, longer days, and more time outdoors. For the ROC-NH team, the arrival of summer coincides with annual membership meetings, and all the hustle and bustle of working with ROCs as they plan and organize to make the meetings as productive and efficient as possible. Annual meeting is a time for members to connect, vote on the business of their cooperative, and help create a vision for the upcoming year. The election of officers on the board of directors is a...
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A homebuyer recently suggested that first-time home buyers would benefit from a handout that covers the basics of the loan process. We do provide a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau booklet called Shopping for your home loan to Welcome Home Loan borrowers. A good home inspection can alert you to problems, and possibly lower the sales price I love working with first-time buyers, who are always excited and full of questions. I’ve distilled the most common topics we discuss into a top six, and...
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