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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The Exit Interview: Melissa Allen, of Gray Ledges Rentals and Property Management in Grantham
Jul20

The Exit Interview: Melissa Allen, of Gray Ledges Rentals and Property Management in Grantham

If you’re lucky enough to call the Upper Valley home, you might forget that your backyard is a vacation destination that people travel hours to get to. When the tourists come flocking to Lake Sunapee, Eastman or the rest of the Upper Valley, they all need a place to stay. That’s where Melissa Allen comes in. As the owner of Gray Ledges Rentals and Property Management in Grantham, Allen works with homeowners looking for a bit of extra...

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Made in the Upper Valley: Enfield’s Drummond Custom Cycles Is a Destination for Cyclists
Jul20

Made in the Upper Valley: Enfield’s Drummond Custom Cycles Is a Destination for Cyclists

For Dick Drummond, building a custom bicycle is where passion meets precision technology — and a bit of the unexplainable. “I develop points in space, X and Y coordinates, and I can design the frame around those coordinates,” Drummond explained. He was standing next to a dynamic fitting unit, a piece of machinery that looks like a stationary bike hooked up to a computer monitor. When customers come in for a custom fitting, they’ll...

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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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Create a Plan Before You Take the Plunge to Help Your Child Start a Business
Jul20

Create a Plan Before You Take the Plunge to Help Your Child Start a Business

Amazon. Chipotle. GoPro. These household-name businesses were launched thanks to investments by the founders’ parents. But parents also have sunk plenty of money into their offsprings’ doomed enterprises, sometimes endangering their retirements and family relationships in the process. Certified financial planner Jon Ten Haagen, of Huntington, N.Y., had a retired client who against his advice gave $100,000 — most of her savings — to...

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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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SCORE Stories: MyFarmersMarket Cultivates a Community
Jul20

SCORE Stories: MyFarmersMarket Cultivates a Community

Jennifer Bone is proud of her farming history. She’s been “digging” dirt for nearly three decades — tilling, planting, pruning and growing vegetables (or produce). “It’s hard physical labor. It’s hands and feet in the soil,” she shared. “It’s learning the language of the land, a language you can truly learn by feeling the soil, the air and the space between them. It’s all about breathing clean air, and experiencing the sun, wind and...

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The Last of Its Kind: N.H.’s Grafton County Farm Continues to Produce
Apr25

The Last of Its Kind: N.H.’s Grafton County Farm Continues to Produce

Its roots trace back to the early 19th century, when governments all over New England were looking for ways to reduce the economic and social costs of caring for the poor and infirm. Today the Grafton County farm in North Haverhill is the last vestige of a great experiment. Virtually every year, the future of the farm hangs in the balance as the county commissioners and the legislative delegation hammer out the operating budget. The...

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Old Business: A Walk Around the Lebanon Mall in Decades Past
Apr25

Old Business: A Walk Around the Lebanon Mall in Decades Past

A look back at the businesses that once were part of downtown Lebanon.

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Looking for Leaders: Leadership Upper Valley Trains Board Members for Nonprofits

When Susan Shinn joined Hanover’s Outreach House as administrator 14 years ago, she was hired by a strong and active board of directors largely recruited from the neighborhood where the previous administrator regularly walked, she says. Today, she’s struggling to find people to fill the eight or more board positions that are critical to keeping the small residential care home for seniors running. From business oversight to fundraising...

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