The Exit Interview: William Craig
Jul28

The Exit Interview: William Craig

William Craig has worn many hats in his career. The Thetford Center resident is a lecturer in creative and college writing at Dartmouth College, and the author of Yankee Come Home: On the Road from San Juan Hill to Guantanamo. A former Valley News writer and editor, he’s also a jazz and rock bassist and avid motorcyclist. On June 1, he was elected board president of the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society, which operates the Co-op...

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Women and Business: Professional Organizers Help Clients Put Everything In Its Place
Jul28

Women and Business: Professional Organizers Help Clients Put Everything In Its Place

There’s a reason why home-improvement television shows are so popular: At the end of the episode the house in question is neat as a pin. There isn’t one item out of place. The hallway is not cluttered with boxes. A 1980s exercise bike doesn’t sit idle and dusty in the master bedroom. The bathroom vanity is not littered with bottles and jars and half-empty, capless tubes of toothpaste. In a word, the homes are organized, and who...

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SCORE Stories: Local Landmark Lou’s Celebrates 70 Years
Jul28

SCORE Stories: Local Landmark Lou’s Celebrates 70 Years

“Great food, fabulous staff and tradition are what keep me coming here about three or four times a week for the last 20 years,” said Hafiz Shabazz, who was seated at the counter on a recent visit to Lou’s Restaurant and Bakery in Hanover. That, in a nutshell, is why Shabazz, an adjunct assistant professor at Dartmouth College, is among the throngs of locals and visitors who have frequented this popular hangout since it began serving...

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Chamber Profile: Vermont Native Brings Expertise, Enthusiasm to Hanover
Jul28

Chamber Profile: Vermont Native Brings Expertise, Enthusiasm to Hanover

Tracy Hutchins brings decades of experience to her new role as executive director of the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce. The Derby, Vt., native headed up the Souhegan Chamber of Commerce in Amherst, N.H., before beginning her new position in the Upper Valley on May 1. “I had been in the chamber world for three years and before that spent 10 years working in downtown revitalization with two separate Main Street programs,” Hutchins...

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The Exit Interview: Tammy Taylor
Jun27

The Exit Interview: Tammy Taylor

The Bradford Fair, set for July 13-16, has been a tradition since 1947, but in recent years organizers have struggled to find vendors and exhibitors and attendance was down. Bradford, Vt., native Tammy Taylor remembers visiting country fairs with her father and riding the Ferris wheel and other rides together. “He could always convince the ride operator to let us stay on the ride for a few extra turns,” she said. “As...

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Women and Business: There’s a Tanzi Back on Main Street in Hanover
Jun27

Women and Business: There’s a Tanzi Back on Main Street in Hanover

It’s natural for a business owner to be proud of opening a new establishment. In the case of Heather Simpson Blake, proprietor of Tanzi’s Salon on Main Street in Hanover, the pride stretches back generations. Blake is the great-granddaughter on her mother’s side of Angelo Tanzi, who in 1897 opened The Hanover Fruit Co., which sat directly across Main Street from the site of Blake’s new salon. “I was inspired by my great-grandfather,”...

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Chamber Profile: Windsor Aims for ‘Distinct’ Improvements
Jun27

Chamber Profile: Windsor Aims for ‘Distinct’ Improvements

Windsor is on a mission to revitalize. Following the loss of two major employers in the last three decades, the small town suffered a period of decline, with a shrinking tax base, an aging population and decaying buildings. But the town is now home to more young families and seeing new investment. Much of the success is due to the efforts of the nonprofit Windsor Improvement Corp., or WIC, which last March rebranded itself as...

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New Hampshire Industries Powers Up: Consolidation Drives Claremont Manufacturer’s Growth
Jun27

New Hampshire Industries Powers Up: Consolidation Drives Claremont Manufacturer’s Growth

When New Hampshire Industries was looking to expand and consolidate its operations, the manufacturer found an ideal location in Claremont — a 137,000-square-foot building off River Road that was less than 10 years old and had never been occupied. The company, which makes steel and plastic pulleys for the consumer, commercial and agricultural equipment markets, along with sprockets and stamped and machined parts, was founded in Lebanon...

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Women and Business: Upper Valley Entrepreneurs Share How They Made Their Dreams Into Realities
May30

Women and Business: Upper Valley Entrepreneurs Share How They Made Their Dreams Into Realities

Passion, perseverance and adaptation were the dominant themes at a recent breakfast meeting hosted by the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce that included a snapshot of the status of female-owned businesses in Vermont and personal stories from four Upper Valley entrepreneurs. The event, Women in Business: Confronting the Challenges and Defining Success, was the last in the chamber’s business breakfast series until next fall. Event...

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