The Exit Interview: Terry Appleby
Jan22

The Exit Interview: Terry Appleby

Most people in The Upper Valley have visited the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society at one point or another. With locations in Hanover, Lebanon and White River Junction, as well as auto service centers in Hanover and Norwich, the Hanover Co-op Food Stores does about 5,000 customer transactions each day, totaling around $72 million annually. For decades, the man behind that force was Terry Appleby, the co-op’s general manager from...

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The HR Pro: Making an Exit
Jan22

The HR Pro: Making an Exit

People are quitting their jobs at the highest rates in nearly 20 years, a sign that they are finding and landing other opportunities. The national quits rate — the percentage of employed workers who quit their jobs in a given month — reached 2.4 percent for three months last summer, the highest level since the start of 2001, before dipping to 2.3 percent in October. The U.S. has 7.1 million job openings, compared with 6 million...

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Made in the Upper Valley: Stave Puzzles
Jan22

Made in the Upper Valley: Stave Puzzles

It was 1970, and Steve Richardson was out of a job. He’d moved his wife, Martha, and their two young sons to the Upper Valley from New Jersey to work in a software development firm, but the company went broke and everyone was laid off. “Martha was working at Creare putting bread on the table,” he recalled, “while I was out re-inventing myself.” It’s not too much of a stretch to say that his professional life was in pieces. Richardson...

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The Business of Agriculture: Succession Is a Family Affair
Jan22

The Business of Agriculture: Succession Is a Family Affair

Agricultural enterprises constantly confront swarms of problems and issues as they try to be profitable and sustainable, but often there’s one in particular that hovers over everything, that vexes the owners for years and, occasionally, spells doom for the business. It’s the matter of succession — what will become of the farm when the present generation ages out and whether or not there’ll be the talent, interest and wherewithal to...

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SCORE Stories: Pampered Poultry Takes Flight
Jan22

SCORE Stories: Pampered Poultry Takes Flight

Claremont resident Julie Baker has turned a do-it-yourself home craft project into quite the nest egg: a business that designs and sells chicken diapers and tutus. (No joke.) While it sounds beyond quirky, it’s more popular than one might think, and Baker has been laughing all the way to the bank since she started Pampered Poultry more than 10 years ago. The 47-year-old Baker, who considers herself a bit of a hippie artist, has always...

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Old Business: All in the Family
Jan22

Old Business: All in the Family

A look at family-owned businesses in the Upper Valley, some 20 years later

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It’s All Relative: Multigenerational Businesses in the Upper Valley
Jan22

It’s All Relative: Multigenerational Businesses in the Upper Valley

Jason Whitney was a college student when he first worked for Whitney Pension Associates, his father’s retirement administration firm, then located in Wellesley, Mass. The summer job involved a lot of data entry, which was boring for a young man majoring in criminal justice and with his sights set on joining the FBI. “I hated it,” Whitney said. “I hated the job.” While waiting on the FBI, Whitney went out west to San Diego, where he...

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Old Business: 1968 Was a Year of Careers
Oct11

Old Business: 1968 Was a Year of Careers

A look at 1968, which was a busy year for growth and employment in the Upper Valley

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Old Business: Cool for the Summer
Jul20

Old Business: Cool for the Summer

A look back at how residents enjoyed the area’s season offerings in the 1960s.

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Powder Struggle: The Future of Mount Sunapee Resort

The future of the Mount Sunapee resort is under scrutiny by residents and formal review by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office. Tim and Diane Mueller, who have run the resort for more than 20 years, announced in June that they would sell the resort, along with their other two ski properties (Okemo in Vermont and Crested Butte in Montana), to Vail Resorts Inc. for $82 million. Since Sunapee is operated under the terms of a...

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