Shirley and Richard Van Dyne are White Mountains Treasures

Shirley and Richard Van Dyne are described as mainstays of Memorial Hospital’s entrance for 10 years – and that’s just the beginning. The list of Shirley & Richard Van Dyne’s combined service is extensive, and includes (but is probably not limited to) helping with Tin Mountain Conservation Center, North Conway Community Center, MWV Mud Bowl, Volvo Tennis Tournament, RSVP of Carroll County, The Salvation Army, Boy Scouts of America, John Fuller School reading programs, Madison Elementary School, the Albany Historical Society, Girl Scouts of America, Meals on Wheels, blood drives with the American Red Cross, the Albany Civic Group, and Memorial Hospital.

Shirley and Richard Van Dyne, center, receive the White Mountains Treasure Award from Lee Myles, Interim CEO, Memorial Hospital and Kathy Bennett, VP Community Relations.

The Van Dyne’s have logged in over 2500 hours of service to Memorial Hospital alone over these last ten years, and their service to the community through the aforementioned organizations spans more than 50 years.

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Floyd Corson is a White Mountains Treasure

Floyd Corson can be found every Sunday playing the organ at the First Church of Christ. He began his volunteering experience by stepping in to cover the organ for a single Christmas season, and instead remained the volunteer organist for the last 19 years. As an accomplished organist and pianist, Floyd has brought outstanding musical performances for anyone present at church on Sundays.

In addition to his Sunday services, Floyd was the pioneer of the White Mountain Musical Arts and the Bach Festival, which celebrated its 30th year this past summer. Floyd is highly regarded amongst his peers and the main reason the Mt. Washington Valley has been fortunate enough to host so many talented musicians of his field for such little money is a result of their respect for him.

Floyd Corson, center, receives the White Mountains Treasure Award from Lee Myles, Interim CEO, Memorial Hospital and Kathy Bennett, VP Community Relations.

He’s also an accomplished hiker, who’s summited all of New Hampshire’s 4000 footers, and this passion has moved him to volunteer at the Mount Washington Observatory.

For more information on the Chamber’s Annual Meeting!

Conway Area Humane Society opens Re-Tails Resale Shop

The Conway Area Humane Society (CAHS) recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of their new ReTails Resale Shop located at the far end of the Conway Area Humane Society Shelter building in Conway. The shop is open Monday – Saturday with many items for sale including furniture, clothing, sporting goods, bedding, collectibles and more!

Volunteer opportunities are available. For more information email Katy at kbailey@conwayshelter.org or visit conwayshelter.org.

Pictured from left Valerie Horn, Board Director, Payton Cressey, Board Director, Katy Bailey, Volunteer Manager, Virginia Moore, Executive Director, Nate Marles, Board Chair, Cheryl Mitchell, Volunteer, and Suzie Laskin, Board Director.

For more information visit Conway Area Humane Society.

2018 Employer of the Year – Badger Realty

The Employer of the Year Award is given each year to a business that demonstrates respect for employees and other business partners and excellence in creating a safe and inviting workplace. The Employer of the Year is also a business offering solid pay/benefits and the opportunity for training and advancement.

This year the Employer of the Year Award goes to Badger Realty. Since 1965, Badger Realty has been a staple of the Mount Washington Valley and a leader of community projects, volunteerism, and advancement. Dick Badger & Brenda Leavitt have created a family-oriented culture within an industry that had not historically been recognized through teamwork. They believe in the power of continuing education and encourage their employees to continue their professional development through education and training whenever possible.

Dick Badger is pictured with Janice Crawford, Executive Director, MWV Chamber of Commerce

Since 1995, Badger Realty has hosted an annual holiday party that included travel, lodging and meals for their employees and significant others. These annual trips have rewarded and brought happy employees (and spouses) to such destinations as Bermuda (5 times), Aruba, Captiva, the Bahamas, Walt Disney World, and Quebec.

A sign of a healthy company is their dedication to the community, which is why local non-profit organizations are crowded with Badger Realty’s agents and support staff. Some of the organizations served by Badger employees include Jen’s Friends, End 68 Hours of Hunger, Habitat for Humanity, Starting Point, Arts Jubilee, the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund and the Mt. Washington Valley Trails Association.

Since longevity is an indication of a positive workplace, it’s notable that 18 employees with 10 or more years of service at Badger Realty, and eleven of those have more than 20 years.

2018 Entrepreneur of the Year – Coldwell Banker Wright Realty

Entrepreneur of the Year is awarded each year to a business in existence for seven or more years which fills a need within the community and demonstrates creativity, innovation and community involvement. Additionally, the business must be people-and-principle oriented as well as profitable.

This year the Entrepreneur of the Year Award goes to the team at Coldwell Banker Wright Realty. Owners Antonella Bliss, Lindsey Maihos and Rose Robinson took over leadership at Coldwell Banker Wright Realty during the same year as the economic crisis, and though the company has experienced ups and downs, 11 years later it has more than doubled its sales volume. In addition, they now have 19 agents and 4 support staff with future plans to expand their office space in Conway.

Lindsey Maihos, Antonella Bliss, and Rose Robinson, Owners, Coldwell Banker Wright Realty.The company has been recognized as the Premier Bronze Office by Coldwell Banker.

Their commitment toward the industry pushed them to host a real estate course in Conway. In the past young professionals interested in a real estate career had to travel outside the area to take the course and obtain a real estate license. Now, they can do that right here in the Valley. This program was instrumental in helping THRIVE recipient Theo Charles successfully become a licensed REALTOR®.

As a business team, they give back to the community through time and donations, encouraging others within the company to also give back to the community.

Business Owners Policy Business Insurance

Part of the series provided by Chalmers Insurance Group
The Importance of Insurance and How it Can Protect Your Finances

Business owners have a lot to consider when choosing insurance that fully protects their business. One coverage option, a business owners policy (BOP), can take the guesswork out of the process. A BOP bundles several types of coverage in one package, similar to the way a homeowners policy works, but is designed for small and midsized businesses.

BOP Key Features

A BOP generally combines the following types of coverage in one convenient bundle:

  • Commercial property insurance—Covers losses to property from common perils. It also covers office equipment, furniture, inventory, machinery, raw materials, computers and anything else that is vital to business operations.
  • General liability insurance—Covers a company’s legal responsibility for any harm it may cause to others, up to the policy limit. It also covers attorney fees and medical bills for anyone injured by the company.
  • Business interruption insurance—Reimburses for loss of income if a covered disaster interferes with the successful operation of the business.

Exclusions

Although a BOP is a convenient insurance option for small to midsized business owners, it does not cover professional liability, auto insurance, or workers’ compensation. Life, health and disability coverage is also excluded. For those exclusions, business owners can purchase separate insurance policies. Other examples include the following:

  • Crime coverage—Although it is minimal, crime coverage can be added to a BOP to cover losses as a result of crime, such as employee dishonesty and computer fraud. Typical crime coverage ranges between $1,000 and $5,000.
  • Data breach coverage—This coverage is commonly added to BOPs to help remedy the following losses resulting from data breaches:
    • Notifying impacted individuals
    • Hiring crisis communication consultants
    • Defense and settlement costs from associated lawsuits
    • Replacement of lost income
    • Extortion and ransom payments

Errors and omissions (E&O) coverage—Businesses that provide services for a fee can be sued by customers who claim that they were harmed because the business failed to perform its job properly. E&O coverage pays for any judgment for which the insured is found legally liable, up to the policy limit. It also covers legal defense costs.

Ideal Candidates for a BOP

Businesses that have the following characteristics are ideal candidates for a BOP:  

  • Operate in a physical location, whether home-based or outside the home
  • Have assets that can be stolen, including products, cash, furniture and digital property
  • Are at a high risk for lawsuits
  • Employ less than 100 employees and have less $5 million in sales

The following types of businesses frequently purchase BOPs to protect from losses not covered by general liability insurance:

  • Manufacturers
  • Religious organizations
  • Apartments
  • Restaurants
  • Technology consultants and solutions providers
  • Wholesalers
  • Retailers

Eligibility

Small to midsized businesses need to meet specific criteria to be eligible for a BOP. When determining eligibility, insurers consider factors that include the type of business, size of its primary location, class of business and revenue.

Premiums for BOP policies are based on eligibility factors, as well as financial stability, building construction, security features and fire hazards.

When purchasing business insurance, it is important to obtain the right amount. Contact Chalmers Insurance Group for guidance as to whether a BOP is a logical choice for your business 800-360-3000.

Protect Against Risks With an Umbrella Policy

Part of the series provided by Chalmers Insurance Group
The Importance of Insurance and How it Can Protect Your Finances

In the event that someone is injured on your property and you are found legally responsible, you could be faced with a costly financial burden. In fact, without a personal umbrella liability insurance policy, any expenses beyond the limits of your standard policy are your responsibility. This applies to your insurance policies including: homeowners, renters, automobile, watercraft and more.

Personal umbrella liability insurance typically provides an extra layer of protection over your personal assets for when your standard liability coverage is exhausted.

Engaging in everyday activities can put you at risk for a lawsuit. Simple things like having a swimming pool or entertaining guests in your home, having a young driver in house, all can increase the chance that someone will get injured and sue you. To minimize your financial risk, consider a personal umbrella liability policy.

Why is a personal umbrella liability policy important?

It works to fill the gaps in your coverage and provides the following benefits:

  • When litigation ensues, it’s typically for a large amount. If you get into a car accident and injure several people, you could be sued for millions of dollars; well beyond the limits of your automobile policy. You can also be held responsible if your dog bites someone, if your child injures another kid in a fight or if a handyman hurts himself at your home.
  • Umbrella policies cover your costly legal fees because the insurance company assumes the risk for you.
  • Coverage is inexpensive and easy to obtain. Just give your Chalmers account manager a call to add it on to your current policy, 800-360-3000.
  • You’ll have peace of mind knowing that you are covered in case of a fluke occurrence.

How much coverage do you need?

Take into consideration your total personal assets and your potential for personal risks when determining how much coverage you need.

A wide range of factors, such as whether you have hired help, if you have teen drivers at home or if you operate your business out of your home, will determine how much coverage is appropriate for your circumstances.

What are the policy limits?

A $1 million limit is typical and higher limits are available.

Contact Chalmers Insurance Group today to determine how much coverage is right for you 800-360-3000.

Lilliputian Montessori School Celebrates New Toddler Program

The Lilliputian Montessori School celebrated the opening of their new toddler program with a ribbon cutting on September 10. The program offers quality child care for children ages 13 months – 35 months with options for two day to 5 day programs as well as before and after care.

Lilliputian also has a preschool and pre k program for children ages 2.5 to 6 years old.

The school curriculum follows the child development research and writings of Dr. Maria Montessori, giving each child the freedom to work and move within limits, which are achieved through order, respect and self-discipline. Through this environment each child develops the skills and self-confidence to allow for a lifetime of creative learning.

“Our nurturing environment provides a gentle bridge from home to school”, said Amber McCay, Executive Director. “Through meaningful hands on activities, children are able to strengthen their language, self-help, motor and social/emotional skills in a prepared environment”.  

The school is located at 65 Seavey Street, North Conway. For information please call 603-356-4464 or visit thelilliputianschool.com.

Pictured from left: Lynn Lyman, Eastern Propane, Andrew Donohoe, former student, Amber McCay, Executive Director, Carrie Burkett, Board President, and Courtney Hamel, Lead Toddler Teacher.

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Ribbon Cutting for Groups

Groups, a mission-driven medical practice that offers affordable treatment for opioid use disorder in rural communities, celebrated the opening of their ninth New Hampshire location with a ribbon cutting September 4.

Pictured from left; Heather Prebish, Clinical Director, Jennifer Leiser, Office Coordinator, Melissa Fernald, Counselor, Lori Boisvert, Office Coordinator and Trainer, and Evan Stuart, Regional Manager

“We provide effective and affordable treatment to recover from opiate use” said Heather Prebish, Clinical Director. “At Groups, you can get the therapy and medication you need to regain control of your life. Unlike programs where you meet alone with a physician, we bring everyone together. People at different stages of recovery learn from each other, build collective wisdom, and hold each other accountable. Our counselors help you make a deep personal transformation and find purpose in life”.

Groups is located at 1620 East Main Street, Center Conway. For information please call 1-800-683-8313 or visit joingroups.com.

Golfing with Donald Ross in Mt. Washington Valley, New Hampshire

By Kathy Bennett

One of golf’s most renowned course architects was Donald Ross. Players seek out his courses around the country. But lucky golfers coming to the Mt. Washington Valley don’t have to go far – our region boasts 3 courses designed by the legendary Scotsman. Whether you’re traveling here for a weekend or a week (or a lifetime!) you’ll be able to play a piece of golf history right here in the New Hampshire!

What makes a Donald Ross Course special? According to Andy Ross, it’s the course’s playability. “Donald Ross, one of the giants of the golden age architecture era, became the most prolific architect of all time with over 400 golf course designs to his name. Ross was the first “professional” golf course architect in America as he was able to build a successful and efficient business during the golden age era. He has more top 100 courses than any other architect and has had over 100 major championships and USGA events hosted at his courses, far and away the most of any architect. Ross’ transcendent skill was his ability to create playability at his courses for the beginner while still challenging the best players ability to score.”
With credentials like that, golfers of all abilities should make the trip to Mt. Washington Valley and plan a fall golf trip today!
The 18-hole Mount Washington Course was designed by legendary Scottish Architect Donald Ross and was completed in 1915. Its backdrop features New Hampshire’s spectacular Presidential Mountain Range. This Par 72, 7,004-yard-course has hosted four New Hampshire Opens and the prestigious New England Open Championship in September 2010.

Reopened on August 1, 2008, the Mount Washington Course has been restored to Donald Ross’ original plans by noted golf course architect Brian Silva, including bunkers crafted in a classic flair and infinite varieties of recovery shots in the closely cropped areas around the putting greens. The par 5 eleventh hole and the par 3 fifth hole feature stunning views of Omni Mount Washington Hotel and surrounding mountains.

For more information on this course.

Hungry for more golf? Mt. Washington Valley has dozens of courses to choose from. Read all about them here.

 

Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, PA Announces Promotions

Four staff members at the Certified Public Accounting firm of Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, PA have been promoted.

Jason Gaskell, licensed CPA, has been promoted to Manager. He first interned with Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, PA as a University of New Hampshire undergraduate where he gained firsthand experience working with our diverse client base as an advisor and problem solver. Jason graduated cum laude from UNH and joined the firm in 2009 where he has managed a multitude of accounting responsibilities in the Dover and Stratham, NH offices. Making his home in Dover, Jason enjoys playing hockey and golf, as well as spending time with family and friends.

“We’ve been fortunate to have Jason as part of the LMR Dover team for nine years. His expertise focuses on helping individuals, closely-held businesses, employee benefit plans, and nonprofit organizations, both in the tax and auditing areas,” said Partner Paula DePlanche.

On the heels of successfully completing the CPA Exam, Ryan Maran has been promoted to Supervisor. Working primarily out of the Wolfeboro, NH office, Ryan launched his accounting career with Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, PA in 2012 as a recent college graduate. He graduated cum laude from the University of New Hampshire in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and completed his graduate degree in 2013, earning a Master of Science in Accounting. Ryan loves the outdoors, especially hiking, camping and playing sports with his family.

“Ryan continues to be a tremendous asset to our team here at Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, PA and will excel in his new role as Supervisor,” said Partner Evan Stowell. “His strong technical abilities and tireless work ethic enable him to provide top notch service to the firm’s clients while maintaining a healthy balance with his family life.”

Kim McLaughlin and Thomas Vanderhoof have both advanced to the position of Senior Accountant.

Graduating summa cum laude from Plymouth State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a minor in Professional Communication, Kim has been with Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, PA since 2015. A licensed CPA, Kim is a mentor for the New Hampshire Society of CPA’s Young Professional Mentorship Program. She works in the Dover, NH office and when she is not working enjoys anything that involves creating memories with friends and family…traveling, snowboarding, hiking and hanging out at the beach.

In speaking about Kim’s dedication to the firm and her clients, Paula noted “Kim is a hard worker and has taken on more responsibilities with both our tax and auditing clients.”

Thomas earned his Associates in Business from the University of New Hampshire Thompson School of Applied Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Merrimack College. He joined Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, PA after graduating in 2011, working in our Dover, NH office. Outside of the office, Thomas enjoys playing hockey, golf, water skiing and floating on the lake.

According to Paula, Tom is always willing to lend a helping hand. “He is a valuable resource to our interns and new hires, helping them navigate through the various software packages to giving them tips on efficient ways to get the work done.”

About Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, PA

The Certified Public Accounting firm of Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, PA has been serving clients since 1973. They have steadily grown into a multi-partner firm with five offices throughout New Hampshire, offering consistent coverage and access to clients. With extensive resources, industry experience and a commitment to excellence, Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, PA delivers personalized financial, accounting and tax solutions to clients throughout New England and across the country.

Infinger Insurance Celebrates Move to New Office in North Conway

Infinger Insurance, a family owned, independent insurance agency, celebrated their move to Pepsy Corner, 1205 Eastman Road, North Conway with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, August 30. The former Sound Resort building was renovated and remodeled to offer an expanded office totaling 4,000 square feet featuring a lobby area, office spaces for staff, conference rooms and a full kitchen.


President Wayne Infinger is joined by his three sons, Nate, Dave and Michael and 10 employees, in addition to 5 who work in the Norway, ME office.

For more information, go to infingerinsurance.com or call 603-447-5123. Hours are 8 am – 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday. The Norway office can be reached at 207-743-6554.

Pictured from left Kathy Ela, Diane Woodward, Michael Infinger, Nathan Infinger, Wayne Infinger, David Infinger, Kristal Merrill, Keri Cathcart, Tonya Fox, Kimberly Wood, Megan Ramsay, Margaret MacDonald, and Kevin Drew.

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