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March 6, 2014

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DERRY — Derry Medical Center invites everyone to a Business After Hours event, under the auspices of the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, March 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy some healthy hors d’oeuvres created by Tidewater Catering while touring the facility and talking to health educators and instructors. Learn about the center’s exercise classes and personal training, as well as medically supervised Derry Medical Center wellness programs, including weight management with First Line Therapy and HMR, Diabetes support groups, and nutrition counseling.

The Derry Medical Center gym is at 14 Tsienneto Road.

The event is free for all members and guests, courtesy of Derry Medical.

RSVP by calling 432-8205 or emailing Stacey@gdlchamber.org.

Saint-Gaudens means revenue for state

A new National Park Service report shows that 33,663 visitors to national parks in New Hampshire spent $1.5 millionand supported 27 jobs in the state in 2012.

“The national park in New Hampshire attracts visitors from throughout the region,” said Mike Caldwell, NPS Northeast Regional Director. “Whether they are out for an afternoon, a school field trip, or a family vacation, visitors come to have a great experience, and end up spending a little money along the way. This new report shows that national park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy — returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service — and a big factor in our state’s economy as well, a result we can all support.”

New Hampshire is home to Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service. The report shows $14.7 billion of direct spending by 283 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 243,000 jobs nationally, with 201,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.75 billion.

According to the report most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores (39 percent), hotels, motels and B&Bs (27 percent), and other amusement and recreation (20 percent).

To download the report, visit nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm.

Housing sales drop in January

New Hampshire residential unit sales dropped 13 percent in January, down from a strong January a year ago, but prices continued their upward trend, 14 percent higher for the month than in January of last year, according to data released recently by the New Hampshire Association of Realtors.

The 696 closed sales in January were a substantial drop from the 801 of a year ago, but even so it was the second best opening month since 2006. And the $220,000 median price was the highest seen in a New Hampshire January since 2009.

January sales volume, meaning the total dollars exchanged in the month’s transactions, saw an increase of over 9 percent.

Locally, only Grafton and Rockingham counties saw increased residential unit sales in January.

Six to nine months’ supply is the range typically cited as being a balanced market, while a larger number indicates a buyers’ market and lower numbers a sellers’ market. In recent years, the number has consistently been in the high teens, and as much as 20 in 2009.

January ended with 7.3 months’ supply of inventory.

New listings in January dropped by nearly 9 percent from the same period a year ago.

Condominium sales in New Hampshire, meanwhile, saw a similar trend in terms of sales and price, with unit sales down 5 percent but median price ahead by 17 percent, to $165,000, in January. Sales volume saw a 4 percent increase.