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THE NEW HAMPSHIRE WOOD ENERGY COUNCIL has launched a program to promote heating commercial and institutional buildings with a local and renewable New Hampshire resource – wood. The council is funded in part by a $250,000 three-year grant from the U.S. Forest Service. The council will provide advice, support and direct assistance to municipal, school and business building owners considering wood as an affordable and renewable alternative to expensive and nonrenewable heating fuels like heating oil and propane.

FRANKLIN BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN is sponsoring the Velma Smith Dalphond Scholarship again this year. The scholarship is awarded to an applicant based on financial need, to a woman 25 years or older who works or lives in the Franklin BPW membership area and who is working toward advancing her skills and career with additional education. To apply, visit The deadline is May 24.

CATCH NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSING recently created a new business venture, Alliance Asset Management. Alliance provides property management, asset management and financial services for CATCH’s rental portfolio.

GET FIT NH in Concord hosted a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. The fundraiser gave kids the chance to help other kids with medical challenges. The Kids for Kids training fundraiser was disguised as play for the kids, bringing parents and kids together to exercise and have fun, all while raising money for families whose children have health challenges.

HEALTHY EATING ACTIVE LIVING (HEAL) awarded $20,000 to four projects supporting active transportation in New Hampshire communities. Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, YMCA of Greater Nashua, Friends of the Salem Bicycle-Pedestrian Corridor and the town of Warner each received $5,000 as part of the HEAL Active Transportation Grant Program. The overall goal of the grant program is to encourage widespread, safe and responsible use of walking and bicycling as forms of transportation in the state.

MEREDITH VILLAGE SAVINGS BANK donated $3,795 to Genesis Behavioral Health of Laconia and Plymouth. The bank matched all 2014 employee contributions to the Lakes Region United Way dollar-for-dollar. The $37,950 in matched funds were distributed evenly to 10 deserving nonprofit agencies.

THE BON-TON STORES 2014 spring Goodwill Sale, a cause-marketing partnership between the Bon-Ton Stores and GOODWILL INDUSTRIES INTERNATIONAL, collected more than 2.5 million pounds of clothing and textiles to benefit Goodwill’s job training and unemployment services. The donations to Goodwill have an estimated value of $10 million in revenue that will be used to fund local programs to help people find jobs.

CONCORD COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE announces the sale of a 1.87 acre parcel of riverfront land in downtown Laconia to Laconia Area Community Land Trust. The trust will construct a three-story, affordable housing apartment building on the lot.

ST. MARY’S BANK awarded a $2,000 grant to the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter to purchase a clothes washer and dryer for the organizations’s new facility.

THE GREATER CONCORD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is accepting applications for its business grants for teachers. Through the grant program, the chamber awards grants to teachers who have developed innovative teaching programs for use in capital-area schools. To apply, visit The deadline is May 30.

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