Local First Alliance: What Goes Around Comes Around at Three Tomatoes Trattoria
Sep25

Local First Alliance: What Goes Around Comes Around at Three Tomatoes Trattoria

When Robert Meyers and his business partner Jim Reiman opened Monsoon, a Southeast-Asian bistro and satay bar, in then-newly established Centerra business park in 1997, the place was ahead of its time for the Upper Valley. The building was bright and modern in design, centered around an open kitchen, hip with its bright colors, stainless steel and slightly industrial vibe. The food was like nothing available in the area at the time,...

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Over 100 Years, Trumbull-Nelson Has Left Lasting Impact on the Upper Valley
Sep25

Over 100 Years, Trumbull-Nelson Has Left Lasting Impact on the Upper Valley

In its 100 years of business, the Trumbull-Nelson Construction Co. has left its mark on the Upper Valley in scores of very visible ways. From new construction to restoration and remodeling, from residential to commercial to industrial projects it’s hard to spend any time at all here and not be touched by the company’s work. Caught a movie at The Nugget Theater in Hanover? Trumbull-Nelson built that in 1951. Paid a parking ticket at...

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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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The Business of Agriculture: Cold, Wet Weather Delays Hay Harvest, Reduces Quality
Aug30

The Business of Agriculture: Cold, Wet Weather Delays Hay Harvest, Reduces Quality

In mid-to-late July, hundreds of acres of Upper Valley fields and meadows were showing tan and brownish stands of first-crop hay, stuff that should have been harvested and stored away in barns a month and a half earlier. It’s been a once-in-a-decade kind of hay year, one with a lot of rain and many cloudy, cool days that dragged out the harvest, reduced its quality and left farmers frustrated and discouraged. Even when the sun came...

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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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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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