Chamber Profile: Newport’s Brand Ambassador
Aug30

Chamber Profile: Newport’s Brand Ambassador

Ella Casey first came to Newport, N.H., in 1966. Her husband was serving in the military in Vietnam and she, her mother and two young daughters drove through town on a visit. “I had two little kids and I needed a job,” Casey said. “One time riding through Newport, my mother pointed out that there were two banks in town. I had worked in banking in California, so I applied to both and got a job … at what was then the First...

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SCORE Stories: Inside Morano Gelato’s Decision to Franchise
Aug30

SCORE Stories: Inside Morano Gelato’s Decision to Franchise

Morgan Morano, CEO and owner of Morano Gelato, has experienced an amazing seven-year run — first mastering the art of making gelato, then serving thousands upon thousands of people who lined up outside the flagship Hanover location for a taste of the luscious treat, and then taking the leap into franchising the business. Morano is the first to attribute her success to the Hanover community and its continued support of the shop. Now,...

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The Creative Economy: For Members of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Creating Art is Big Business
Aug30

The Creative Economy: For Members of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Creating Art is Big Business

On a hot and hazy August morning the gates of the annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, N.H., are just opening. Already there is a steady stream of cars pulling into the resort and excited whispers among fairgoers that Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is shopping here today. Visitors run their hands over tapestries, watch glassblowers in action and peruse handmade jewelry. For Miriam Carter, the...

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The Little Hospital That Could: CEO of Cottage Hospital Is Determined to Make a Big Impact
Aug30

The Little Hospital That Could: CEO of Cottage Hospital Is Determined to Make a Big Impact

As the chief executive officer of Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, Maria Ryan wears a lot of hats — financial adviser, advocate, mentor and more — but one of her favorite roles is visiting with patients in the hospital. “My meeting schedule is like a hamster wheel, but if I have five minutes sometimes I’ll just go and ask permission to go in and meet patients,” Ryan said during a recent interview. “And it just fills my heart.” In fact,...

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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: 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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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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