A New Future for Mount Ascutney
Jul20

A New Future for Mount Ascutney

Brownsville — With the Ascutney Outdoor Center under construction, a new tubing hill and lift set to open this winter and plans underway for the installation of a T-bar to service about nine ski trails, West Windsor is poised to step out from the shadows of the bleak and uncertain future it faced eight years ago when the Ascutney Mountain Resort ski area closed. Standing outside the center on a warm spring morning, Steve Crihfield,...

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A Region for All Seasons: In the Upper Valley, Recreation Is a Serious Business
Jul20

A Region for All Seasons: In the Upper Valley, Recreation Is a Serious Business

Summer on Mount Sunapee is in full swing as the town of Sunapee prepares to celebrate its 250th anniversary in August. On the slopes, visitors can enjoy an expanding array of warm weather activities like three-dimensional archery, mountaintop yoga and guided hiking. The Adventure Park features rope courses and rock climbing, and the newly opened Evolution Bike Park offers 5 miles of lift-served mountain biking trails with names like...

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Video: Life on the Farm in Grafton County
Jul19

Video: Life on the Farm in Grafton County

Click the image below to play Valley News video by Carly Geraci and Maggie Cassidy. Read more about the Grafton County Farm from our story in the spring edition of Enterprise.

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How to Stop the Flow of Junk Mail and Save Trees — and Your Sanity

Many people love to hate junk mail — and they have lots of different ways of quantifying their disgust: New York University says 5.6 million tons of junk mail end up in American landfills every year. Ecocycle.org says we may spend as much as eight months of our life sorting junk mail. TreeHugger.com claims junk mail’s annual carbon contribution is equal to that of seven U.S. states combined. Of course, these stats all come from people...

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Mixing It Up
Feb23

Mixing It Up

The Hartford and Woodstock chambers of commerce teamed up for a mixer last month at Simon Pearce in Quechee that drew 120 people. The event, featuring free hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a raffle, was wonderful, said Beth Finlayson, director of the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce. “People had a great time and got to see a new area of Simon Pearce not everyone sees,” she said. In addition to the new bar, they viewed the upstairs loft, a...

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Making Friends, Making Careers
Feb23

Making Friends, Making Careers

Two 20-somethings walk into a pub, and notice everyone there is over 60. A setup for a joke? No, just a snapshot of Andrea and Matt Denhart’s first night out in the Upper Valley. “What did we do?” wondered Andrea, now 27. Ohio natives, the couple moved to the area two years ago from New York City for Matt’s job. “It’s a beautiful area,” Andrea remembers thinking. “There’s got to be something out there.” Well, of course there was, and...

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The HR Pro: Top Human Resource Issues for 2016, Part I
Feb23

The HR Pro: Top Human Resource Issues for 2016, Part I

From the evolution of employee sick leave to an increase in disability claims, from changing workplace demographics to overtime expansion, human resource professionals are facing a variety of new and developing challenges this year. This month’s column will address four health-related topics. Next month, we’ll look at four workplace and employment issues. Paid Sick Leave The paid sick leave revolution is upon us. As of today, four...

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People in Business: March 2016
Feb23

People in Business: March 2016

Nicolaas Bekker, of Lyme, has been named a vice president and Norwich branch manager for Ledyard National Bank. Bekker has nearly 20 years of customer service experience, first in the hospitality industry and then in banking. He earned a master’s degree in film and television studies from the University of Amsterdam. He began his banking career in Fairfield County, Conn. Since arriving in the Upper Valley in 2010, Bekker has served as...

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Chamber Profile: Lebanon Chamber Marks Centennial, Prepares for New Leadership
Feb23

Chamber Profile: Lebanon Chamber Marks Centennial, Prepares for New Leadership

On Friday, Feb. 11, 1916, the Granite State Free Press reported on the goings-on among the roughly 6,000 residents of Lebanon. The items included news of one Helen Campbell, who went to visit a friend in Etna for a few days; plans for a Valentine Leap Year dancing party at Town Hall; and a report that Rudolph White had returned to his job at Plamondon Brothers grocery after a six-week absence due to illness. The last entry gave an...

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‘What Effect Can You Have?’
Feb23

‘What Effect Can You Have?’

Participants in the 10-month Leadership Upper Valley program from Vital Communities discover the rich diversity of the Upper Valley region. They gather in municipalities across the Twin States, grapple with critical regional issues, connect with local service organizations and establish a strong, collegial network. After graduation, as an outgrowth of their learning experience, participants often step into new leadership roles —...

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