The Business of Agriculture: Flavors of the Valley Offers Critical Marketing Opportunity for Upper Valley Farms
Mar28

The Business of Agriculture: Flavors of the Valley Offers Critical Marketing Opportunity for Upper Valley Farms

“We showed up in Fairlee in 2013 and barely had a farm,” said Danielle Allen of Root 5 Farm, recalling the winter when she and her partner, Ben Dana, arrived in the Upper Valley after purchasing the former Your Farm on Route 5. “Right off, I heard about Flavors of the Valley. It was a way to introduce ourselves, meet our new community and be out there. We met all the other vendors, as well, to start to introduce ourselves to other...

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Chamber Profile: Claremont Native Aims to Invigorate City’s Chamber of Commerce
Mar28

Chamber Profile: Claremont Native Aims to Invigorate City’s Chamber of Commerce

If Elyse Crossman could bottle her energy and focus, she’d be a multimillionaire. At 29, Crossman is young to be leading a chamber of commerce, a fact often pointed out by people meeting the lively Claremont native for the first time. “You’re not the first person to mention that,” Crossman said with a laugh in response to a remark on her youth. “I’ll be the big 3-0 in October.” Sitting in her office in the historic Moody Building on...

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The Big Event: Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce’s ChocolateFest Returns
Mar28

The Big Event: Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce’s ChocolateFest Returns

After a short hiatus, Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce’s ChocolateFest returned this year — with a twist. First held at Colby-Sawyer College, the 20-year-old fundraiser’s popularity outgrew the New London venue and was moved to Mount Sunapee Resort, where it attracted more than 600 people. The event wasn’t held in 2016, due to logistical challenges, but on March 19 it made a comeback at a new location, the Center at Eastman in...

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E-Waste Not, E-Want Not: Reducing, Reusing and Recycling Our Electronic Castoffs
Mar28

E-Waste Not, E-Want Not: Reducing, Reusing and Recycling Our Electronic Castoffs

You don’t find cathode ray tube televisions in stores anymore. Also called CRTs, these heavy electronic boxes have been replaced by flat-screen TVs and computer monitors. That doesn’t mean they’ve vanished. Drop by an electronic waste collection event in the Upper Valley, and you’ll see them out in droves. “We continue to be deluged by CRTs,” said Lynn Rubinstein, executive director of the Northeast Recycling Council. Electronic...

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SCORE Stories: Everything’s Coming Up ‘Clover’ for Woodstock Gift Shop Owner
Feb27

SCORE Stories: Everything’s Coming Up ‘Clover’ for Woodstock Gift Shop Owner

Patricia Eames loves living and working in Woodstock, where people visit from around the state, the region, the country and even the globe. Among their stops: Eames’ Clover Gift Shop in the heart of downtown. Established in 1923, the 1,200-square-foot boutique at 10 Elm St. offers a variety of products and gifts, most made in America — from locally made quilts, linens and hooked pillows to paper products, jewelry and handmade soaps —...

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Dartmouth’s Hany Farid Builds the Tools to Tackle Society’s Ugliest Problems
Feb27

Dartmouth’s Hany Farid Builds the Tools to Tackle Society’s Ugliest Problems

Hany Farid is the ideal dinner party guest. He’s gregarious and quick-witted. He can engage in substantive conversation with the most unrelatable guests: the introverted Egyptologist, the basement-dwelling technophile, the neighborhood neurosurgeon, even the insufferable armchair geophysicist and eccentric ecologist. Published in all the aforementioned fields, and numerous others, Farid’s interests and impact are exceptionally broad....

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Video: Longtime Ski Boot Fitter Steps Into New Career as Pedorthist
Feb27

Video: Longtime Ski Boot Fitter Steps Into New Career as Pedorthist

If their customers are lucky, sports shops have at least one employee who’s a whiz at fitting shoes and boots. During his four decades in the ski industry, David Strousse was that guy. “I’ve seen thousands and thousands and thousands of feet, and they’re all different,” said Strousse, a tall, personable Hartland resident. When it comes to ski boots, “practically everybody needs a tweak.” Over time, his quest to make customers as...

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Chamber Profile: Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce in Transition
Jan30

Chamber Profile: Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce in Transition

Like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Dan O’Halloran believes there’s no place like home. The Plainfield native attended Lebanon High School and Plymouth State University, where he studied marketing and economics, but never imagined he’d stay in his home state. “I always thought I would leave New Hampshire and go west somewhere, but somehow I never left,” said O’Halloran, 35, who just wrapped up a two-year term as president of the Lake...

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The Big Event: Cohase Chamber of Commerce Issues Annual Awards
Jan30

The Big Event: Cohase Chamber of Commerce Issues Annual Awards

More than 90 people turned out for the Cohase Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting at Lake Morey Resort. The draw? A chance to support the chamber’s business and citizens of the year, get a rundown on its recent accomplishments and catch up with their cohorts, said Erik Volk, the chamber’s director. “Folks are really engaged in their businesses” and don’t have a lot of opportunities to socialize, Volk said in a telephone interview....

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