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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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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