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,...

Read More
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...

Read More
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...

Read More
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...

Read More
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...

Read More

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...

Read More
The Exit Interview: Andrew Winter
Apr25

The Exit Interview: Andrew Winter

Andrew Winter is a busy guy. As the executive director of Twin Pines Housing Trust, he’s always on the lookout for new affordable housing opportunities. Here, he talks with ENTERPRISE about the nonprofit’s mission, its challenges and why he’s excited about what’s in the works. (Questions and answers have been edited for clarity and length.) What role do you play in helping Twin Pines to accomplish its...

Read More
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...

Read More

The Social and Economic Impacts of Nonprofits Are Undeniable in the Upper Valley — But Is That a Good Thing?

What drives the economy? Usually, when we think of a thriving economy, we picture private, for-profit companies and a burgeoning bottom line. A mental picture of the Upper Valley economy, however, would be seriously incomplete if the nonprofit sector wasn’t given a prominent place. “It’s straight-up huge,” said Rob Schultz, the director of development at Vital Communities, a White River Junction organization focused on fostering...

Read More

Our Newspaper Family Includes: