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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Banking on the Future: Upper Valley’s Community Banks Are in a State of Transition
Jan30

Banking on the Future: Upper Valley’s Community Banks Are in a State of Transition

When Clay Adams joined the Mascoma Savings Bank board in 2011, he felt compelled to disclose an unsettling fact to fellow board members: For his banking needs, Adams relied on USAA, the Texas-based financial services giant that has always dealt with customers through the mail and by phone (and now internet), and which, despite being one of the largest financial institutions in the country, doesn’t have local branches where customers...

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Made in the Upper Valley: Vermont Amber Toffee’s Sweet Success Poses Growth Challenges
Jan30

Made in the Upper Valley: Vermont Amber Toffee’s Sweet Success Poses Growth Challenges

It didn’t take long for Elizabeth Feinberg’s organic toffee business to come to a boil. Just months after starting Vermont Amber, the White River Junction resident outgrew her home kitchen. Recently, she picked up an account in Massachusetts — her first outside the Twin States. And in January, her company was among eight in Vermont to receive a Good Food Award — a national contest sponsored by the Good Food Foundation and the Good...

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The Big Event: Upper Valley Young Professionals Ring In Holidays
Dec28

The Big Event: Upper Valley Young Professionals Ring In Holidays

A wind chill advisory, freezing temperatures and the general busy-ness of the season didn’t affect attendance at the Upper Valley Young Professionals’ holiday party, held Dec. 15 at the Norwich Inn. “We had a huge turnout,” which was “very awesome and inspiring,” said board member Andrea Denhart. The 50 or so partygoers included 2017 Miss Vermont USA Madison Cota, founding members of the young professionals group, and plenty of new...

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Powered by Pellets, Energy Company Bolsters Local Economy
Dec28

Powered by Pellets, Energy Company Bolsters Local Economy

Editor’s note: The is the first in a new series highlighting members of Local First Alliance, a program of Vital Communities.   When Morton Bailey started his company, Lyme Green Heat, nearly a decade ago, oil prices were high and wood-pellet fuel was dramatically cheaper. It made wood-pellet stoves a pretty attractive heating option for Upper Valley homeowners, and Bailey’s business selling bagged wood-pellet fuel grew steadily...

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SCORE Stories: League of New Hampshire Craftsmen
Dec28

SCORE Stories: League of New Hampshire Craftsmen

“History has shown again and again that the state and nation which supports its art lives on forever.” — Royal Bailey Farnum, a leader in the field of arts and crafts and among the first advisers to the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. Farnum’s comments reach back to the early 1920s but remain the hallmark of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and its Hanover Fine Craft Gallery. The league has been fostering and nurturing...

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Lebanon-Based Global Rescue: ‘They Saved My Life’
Dec28

Lebanon-Based Global Rescue: ‘They Saved My Life’

Should you find yourself gored in the flank by a Cape buffalo in Zimbabwe’s bush, suffering kidney failure 100 days into a 1,945-mile Arctic expedition, playing host to a life-threatening airborne bacteria while on holiday in Namibia, lying broken at the bottom of a 70-foot crevasse in the Himalayas, or stranded without food or water in Haiti following a magnitude 7.0 earthquake, Lebanon-based Global Rescue is coming for you. That is,...

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The Business of Agriculture: Vermont Farmers Wonder How They’ll Pay for Act 64’s New Water Quality Rules
Nov29

The Business of Agriculture: Vermont Farmers Wonder How They’ll Pay for Act 64’s New Water Quality Rules

If you want to rile up a Vermont dairy or livestock farmer, just bring up the subject of Act 64 and its emerging body of regulations, which some fear are going to push them out of business. The law is aimed at cleaning up Lake Champlain and, more generally, to preserve and enhance water quality all throughout the state — something the farmers say they want to be sure happens — but after many months of public forums and hearings, the...

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