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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On the Hunt for Help: Upper Valley Employers Fight for Workers
Oct11

On the Hunt for Help: Upper Valley Employers Fight for Workers

The signs are everywhere, and are hard to miss. Now hiring. Help wanted. Jobs available. Apply online. All positions needed. They appear outside manufacturing plants, stuck in the ground at fast-food establishments and big-box retailers or posted just inside the door. They can be spotted on rural roads with no surrounding buildings, or along a town’s main thoroughfare. Applications for employment are prominently displayed as customers...

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SCORE Stories: Fred Thomas, an Enterprising Skipper With a Voyage Beyond Comparison
Oct11

SCORE Stories: Fred Thomas, an Enterprising Skipper With a Voyage Beyond Comparison

When Fred Thomas recently made his way to SCORE’s Upper Valley Lebanon office for a meeting, he exited the elevator self-assuredly, with purpose and a kick in his step. He appeared to be all business. The 91-year-old Thetford resident’s stride might have been aided by a recently replaced hip, but the titanium enhancement alone is not what keeps Thomas on the go. Over the course of his life, he has consulted for entrepreneurs and...

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Leadership Upper Valley: Employers Tap Into Program to Equip Workers, Bolster Community
Oct11

Leadership Upper Valley: Employers Tap Into Program to Equip Workers, Bolster Community

Employers and their workers have lots of choices when it comes to investing in professional development. Workshops, conferences, degree programs, mentoring — there’s a range of opportunities locally, regionally and beyond to help employees build their job and leadership skills, and companies are increasingly seeing the value in investing in their employees. But there’s more to professional development than the hard skills necessary to...

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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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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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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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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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