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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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