The Business of Agriculture: ‘The Milk Problem’
Apr25

The Business of Agriculture: ‘The Milk Problem’

It’s been said for generations: If U.S. dairy farmers — each and every one — would cut their production by 5 percent they’d all come out way ahead, with money to cover the forgone sales and lots more cash from sharply higher prices for the rest of their production. Sounds simple, but fat chance it could ever happen. The nation’s milk-producing infrastructure is a juggernaut, an undisciplined juggernaut that’s locked into a chronic...

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Made in the Upper Valley: Andrew Pearce Bowls (Video)
Apr25

Made in the Upper Valley: Andrew Pearce Bowls (Video)

For Andrew Pearce, success depends on knowing what appeals to his customers, even if they themselves can’t quite put their fingers on it. Earlier this spring, he gestured toward a satiny, ample sized wooden bowl on display in the retail area of his business, Hartland-based Andrew Pearce Bowls, where softly playing jazz and the low whir of a woodworking machine traded air time. “The sexy curve down the side, a machine-made bowl doesn’t...

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Don’t Get Fooled Again: Consumers, Businesses Targeted By a Relentless Stream of Scams
Apr25

Don’t Get Fooled Again: Consumers, Businesses Targeted By a Relentless Stream of Scams

They want your money. They go phishing for your personal information and “spoof” your caller ID. They infect your computer or your smartphone with malware. They promise you riches and threaten you with jail. They’ll do anything they can  to get their hands on your money, your credit card numbers or your bank account information. They’re costing Americans billions, and the people and businesses of the Upper Valley are not immune to...

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The Exit Interview: Shanna Moody
Apr25

The Exit Interview: Shanna Moody

Shanna Moody is on a mission. The Newport, Vt., native is the founder of Shining Success, which provides free professional clothes to men and women seeking employment and has outfitted 145 job seekers since 2009. The 44-year-old Moody, who moved to Claremont in 2001 to be near her husband’s family, is a secretary at Life Fellowship Foursquare Church in Charlestown, an esthetician at Walpole Village Salon and a mother to two...

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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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