KINDNESS IN THE MIDST OF A PANDEMIC

Businesses and people throughout Mt Washington Valley step up to offer generous resources for the sake of kindness

Article by Marti Mayne, Maynely Marketing

In the wake of the health, economic and social destruction from the novel virus, kindness and generosity have emerged throughout Mt Washington Valley. Often in the most unexpected ways, people and businesses have found ways to help others, asking for nothing in return.

“There have been so many businesses who’ve stepped up to help out in such astonishing ways,” noted Janice Crawford, Executive Director of the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. “I’m so proud to be a part of the community of giving that Mt Washington Valley represents, and I thank every one of the individuals and businesses whose generosity amazes me,” she finished.

15 acts of kindness from businesses throughout Mt Washington

Memorial Hospital created a “Train the Trainer” presentation in partnership with Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.  This PowerPoint presentation was offered free to business owners as a resource for training their employees.  With the presentation came a myriad of invaluable instructional posters, learning materials and resources for employers to share with their staffs.  Will Owen, Nursing Educator, in conjunction with his colleagues Nick Dukehart, Andre Murphy and Becky Adams spent many hours developing, presenting and sourcing materials for the training seminars to help offer valuable safety training for businesses in the process of re-opening.

BNI has helped the Mt Washington Valley obtain and distribute PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) when supplies were hard to come by. “BNI has offered super service in trying to find PPE products that we could sell to members for cost,” shared Janice Crawford, with enthusiasm.

Outfront Media Group donated a billboard on Route 16 to welcome guests back to the Valley. The billboard reads “Welcome to Mt Washington Valley. We’re all in this together with miles of space to keep us apart”.  The friendly greeting welcomes visitors and residents to the Valley as they arrive, with a small additional reminder to wear a mask.

Fryeburg Fairgrounds built wooden structures to be used as a base for sanitizing stations. A supplier has been found for dispensers and liquid (not gel) sanitation too.  These sanitizing stations are free-standing and can be purchased at cost from the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Contact Janice Crawford.

MWV Radio, Badger Realty, Conway Sun, Cranmore Mountain Resort and the business community have all offered amazing support for the 2020 graduates of Kennett and Fryeburg Academy, creating a memorable graduation ceremony and offering support and outreach to the entire 2020 graduating class of Kennett High School and Fryeburg Academy.

SAU9, 13 and SAD 72 teachers, administrators and faculty all switched gears and quickly shifted to remote learning during the pandemic.  Parents of school children of all ages suddenly became in-home teachers, putting jobs on hold. “All of those who created online learning and who supported it (and continue to do so) during the pandemic deserve special recognition,” added Janice Crawford.

Minuteman Press shared its Bounce Back Program with businesses throughout Mt Washington Valley. They distributed a COVID-19 awareness and prevention poster at no charge to any business in the Valley and provided free local advertising to help stimulate business.

Believe in Books distributed more than 7000 books to 1500 households through their Books on Break Literacy Program.  In addition, Believe in Books provided online lessons and story hours for children at home.  In addition, in an effort to provide programming to enhance children’s well-being during the COVID 19 home quarantine, the Laura Foundation along with TD Social Skills created Life Lessons: Strategies to Reduce Stress and Improve Relationships. These free weekly video lessons and activities have been geared directly toward students to enhance their social and emotional well-being.  Along the same lines, Tin Mountain Nature Conservancy has gone remote with a myriad of workshops offering both remote learning and interesting nature exploration.

Ed Butler worked tirelessly with NH Re-Opens to represent lodging and the Mt Washington Valley. Ben Wilcox also represented Mt Washington Valley’s tourism and attractions concerns spending hours of time helping to advise the Governor on spending issues to help New Hampshire businesses.  “All those involved in drafting guidelines for re-opening have spent countless hours creating safety and operational protocols to keep New Hampshire safe,” added Janice Crawford.

“No kudos would be complete without a shout out to all essential workers, from medical personnel to emergency responders, grocery and drug store workers, our dedicated media who’ve covered the pandemic every day, including Conway Daily Sun, Outside TV – White Mountains TV, WMWV, Valley Vision and Magic 104fm, restaurants who quickly shifted to take-out then outside dining, and all of those who continued to work tirelessly throughout the pandemic deserve kudos for their tenacity and help,” added Janice Crawford.  “In addition, for all of those furloughed employees who’ve continued to work with no pay or had to find new resources and incomes, hats off to you too,” she finished.

In one final act of kindness: As a thank you, the owners of the Cranmore Inn are honoring the residents of Carroll County, NH and the locals who have been helping each other over the past few months (and who have been quarantined at home) a staycation. “We are offering every Carroll County NH resident the opportunity for a one or two night staycation at the Cranmore Inn between now and June 18 for just $29 + tax per night.  Reservations must be made via telephone…while supplies last,” shared Christopher Bellis, co-owner.

“It takes a Valley to raise the spirits of an entire community,” shared Janice Crawford in closing. “There have been so many acts of kindness during this historic pandemic. I’m in awe of the benevolence shown throughout the community,” she finished.

For more information on Mt Washington Valley, NH visit www.MtWashingtonValley.org, where you’ll find resources for businesses, re-opening information, and more during the COVID-19 pandemic.  To learn more about visiting New Hampshire, go to www.VisitNH.gov.

Katie Young and AO Lucy distributing books through Books on Break program. (Credit: Believe in Books).

North Conway Country Club – Get Ready to Swing!

By Kathy Bennett

If, like a lot of people, you have been itching to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors, a round of golf at North Conway Country Club might be just what the doctor ordered.

Golf courses were reopened earlier this month for members and residents of New Hampshire. While there are modifications required currently, Golf Pro Kevin Walker ensured that the guest experience remained top notch.

You will notice some differences for check in. Walk up to a new outside window to check in with the pro shop. Tee times are spaced out a little more – 12 minutes apart to ensure social distancing. If you are renting a cart, plan on driving solo – another adaption to encourage space between players.  On the date we played last week, the pro shop was readying to open for modified retail operations as of May 22. Their well appointed shop offers apparel, gloves, clubs, balls, tees and anything else the golfer wants or needs. Rumor has it they also offer repairs for the occasional snapped club (or so I’ve heard).

If you haven’t played NCCC, you will notice two things immediately from the first tee. One is the working train tracks immediately in front of the club house. Conway Scenic Railroad runs popular old-fashioned train rides from the adjacent Schouler Park train station. Our tee time was delayed a minute or two as they re-positioned some train cars on the tracks out front. The sight of the antique engine was worth the wait!

The second thing you’ll notice is the spectacular views of Cathedral Ledge. As you hit the ball off the elevated first tee, you can’t take your eyes off it! Maybe that’s why I can’t hit the ball. That’s my excuse anyway! However you swing it, you’l drink in the views as you watch your ball sail down to the first fairway and beyond.

Speaking of fairways, the greens – and the entire course– was in spectacular shape especially for early season. Walker and his team had spent the weeks leading up to opening focusing on course maintenance and their hard work and dedication to quality shows. The course has been at the center of North Conway Village since it was founded as a 9 hole course in 1900, then known as Kearsarge Golf Links. In 1935, it was modified and a 2nd set of tees were added. Then come 1975, an additional 9 holes were added.  Fun fact – the back nine were designed by local Architect William Levy, former owner of The Yield House, long a popular employer and retail establishment in North Conway!

It makes sense that with their “downtown” village location that NCCC this year is partnering with another North Conway icon, the Eastern Slope Inn Resort. Look for special rates for guests at Eastern Slope Inn Resort once that property – and all NH lodging businesses – get the green light to reopen!

NCCC is ultimately a playable course, good enough for professional events and players but forgiving enough for anyone to play and have a delightful round. My friend and I played the far forward tees to keep up with the pace of play and to avoid feeling too intimidated by the longer distanced holes.

More fun facts about NCCC. They easily claim the best driving range in Mt. Washington Valley, including areas to practice pitching and putting as well as driving. The driving range was planning to reopen soon the day we visited. NCCC also is a best kept locals secret for drinks and dining with a view at the Ledgeview Grille. Like all restaurants currently, service is limited to outdoor dining. If you’re going to eat outdoors, this is the place to go!

While some attractions and activities are not yet opened in Mt. Washington Valley, golf is definitely the sport du jour. The course was hopping – albeit socially distanced – on a beautiful mid-week day last week when we played. NH residents and members are welcome to come swing into spring and enjoy all that NCCC has to offer right now!

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Golf Season Tees Off in Mt. Washington Valley – Indian Mound Golf Club

By Kathy Bennett

With temps in the 40s and winds steady at 18 miles per hour, May 12th was a brisk but sunny first day on the links for me this year. But after 7+ weeks of COVID isolation, we were game for anything. So we bundled up and headed south to Indian Mound Golf Club for a first round of 2020.

May 11 marked the first day the golf courses were allowed to open under the state of NH’s reopening plan, welcoming NH residents and club members. Jonathan Rivers, owner of Indian Mound Golf Club, was on top of the guidelines and offered guests many safety options. A stand with face masks was on the walkway from the parking lot – guests were asked to wear then in the area in and around the pro shop but not necessarily out on the course.

Jonathan shared that they are working towards offering pro shop sales by phone in advance. Just call ahead and they can offer things like gloves and balls and have them ready for you when you arrive for your tee time. While their rest rooms are open and heavily sanitized, they are trying to limit traffic in the building.  There was ample hand sanitizer on the counter in the pro shop. And to avoid having too many hands removing golf balls from the hole, a special device facilitates ball removal with a flip of a putter. Clever!

When we arrived, we were greeted outside and the cart was waiting for us at the first tee. A couple of workers were busily cleaning carts as they came in from use, and the scent of sanitizer was in the air.

In typical Indian Mound fashion, the course was in remarkable shape. Clearly Jonathan and his team have been working hard on the greens in preparation for this opening week. While some greens still had evidence of aeration marks, everything was imminently playable – especially considering we had snow on the ground as recently as last week. Spring flowers were in bloom and were a welcome sight for these sore eyes too.

After seven months off the course, I was pleasantly surprised to have not forgotten how to swing a club. Several strong drives and a few satisfying putts are all it takes to make you crave the game more. The bright sun warmed things up as the afternoon wore on despite the winds. It was pleasant to see others enjoying the game … from a distance of course. My husband and I shared a cart. Others were walking the course. One foursome darted about, each player in an individual cart, an option the Mound offers its players now to encourage social distancing.

River’s Edge Grille & Tavern was not yet open but Jonathan said they are preparing for outdoor dining when it is allowed to reopen on May 18th. They are lucky to have a large outdoor patio and grill which no doubt will serve them well this strange season. They will also have their beverage carts running weekends.

With the ease of social distancing, the lure of burgers cooking outside, drinks in a golf cart and the great outdoors … might 2020 be the Summer of Golf? It’s hard to imagine a better way to get back at it while still helping us all stay safe and separate. I know I’ll be back for more. I’ll be the one in the face mask.

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Mount Washington Valley Adult Day Center Cookie Drive Through

Friday, May 8, marked the first ever Cookie Drive Through at the Mount Washington Valley Adult Day Center. Guests and their families were invited to the center for a freshly baked muffin, a hot drink (thank you to Aroma Joe’s who donated the coffee) and a bag of cookies to take home.

Guests were first greeted by a giant banner, then welcomed by RN Coordinator, Julie VanDyne, and her daughters, Vanessa and Nadia. They said hello, made sure everyone that wanted masks had them on, checked in on people’s health and well being, and shared uplifting messages on signs they made.

From there guests stopped along the way to talk with staff, volunteers and some of their program teachers, including Dixie Lea from Sunshine Yoga and Jeanne Limmer from Jeanne Limmer Dance Studios, who were lined up along the driveway.

When they arrived at the Portico, staff and volunteers tending the Mobile Cafe got to visit with and serve the guests and their families a hot beverage and fresh baked goods. Family members said that this Cookie Drive Through was the first time at least one of the guests has been out of the house since social distancing began. Several others said that they had been looking forward to the Drive Through all week and hoped the ADC would do it again.

Please read this latest update from
Sue Ruka RN, Ph.D.
Director Elder Health Services and Population Health
MWV Adult Day Center
Memorial Hospital
603 356-4980 ext 7701

For more information on the Mount Washington Valley Adult Day Center visit them online.

Bookmark This for When We Can Welcome You Back for the Best Margarita and Tacos in the Mt. Washington Valley

Cinco De Mayo is coming up and we just have to let you in on some of the valley’s best spots for the creative takes on classic tequila drinks, ice cold beer and out of the world tacos. Yes, it’s true that at the time of this posting, the Mt. Washington Valley can’t welcome you to actually enjoy these things in person due to COVID-19, but we want to interrupt your feed (on social media and at the dinner table) with a reminder of all that is waiting for you when we can enjoy a drink and a taco together. Gift cards and curbside to go are available at many of the valley’s restaurants if you’re looking for a way to support local businesses during this time.

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Your first must-stop on your margarita and taco tour is at Cafe Noche as you come into town on Route best margarita in north conway nh16.  This restaurant is the OG of valley restaurants serving Tex-Mex classics and knock you off your feet margaritas. The owner fell in love with the country of Mexico years ago, and has been bringing a piece of it back with him each time he returns from a visit.  Enjoy all of your favorites from burritos to quesadillas to tacos all piled high with guacamole and salsa. Pair it with a Corona in a Margarita if you dare!

If you’re looking for a fantastic, but lighter version of the Classic Margarita, Black Cap Grille in North Conway, makes a flavorful “Skinny Rita.” It will hit the spot and keep you refreshed, but it won’t leave you feeling uncomfortable. If you want the real thing, don’t worry, Black Cap has you covered there as well.

Speaking of the real thing, you’ll definitely want to bookmark Fiesta ice cold margaritasJalisco’s as a must-stop on your Cinco de Mayo tour. Located in North Conway, it offers indoor and outdoor seating. Mentioning seating is important, because Fiesta Jalisco’s margarita’s will knock you off your feet, they’re so delicious. An insider tip would be to order their “Skinny Margarita” in pitcher form. It has a splash of freshly squeezed orange juice, sliced lemon and lime and is bursting with flavor. A pitcher serves four, but no one says you have to share!

We might get a few odd looks at this next statement, but one of the best places for a margarita in north conway, nhbest drinks you can have in the valley to celebrate Cinco de May with isn’t a margarita at all. It’s the Mexican Mule, served at The Oxford House Inn, in Fryeburg, Maine. The Oxford House Inn has a speakeasy in its basement that serves casual fine dining and every Tuesday, seasonally, it offers a Taco Trio night. While you can order the Mexican Mule on any night it’s open, why not line it up with unsung hero of the week; Taco Tuesday! The Mexican Mule is made with tequila, hand made chile liquor and spicy ginger beer. It’s served in a copper mug with a slice of crystallized ginger and a lime wedge. Trust us when we say it’s delicious!

On the other side of the state line, about thirty minutes north, Matty cold beer and tacos.B’s is slinging some really good tacos. Like really, really good. Located at the base of Attitash Mountain, Matty B’s vibe is super chill, super relaxed and it serves up awesome food and ice cold beer. Plus any one of its bartenders can throw down a margarita worthy of the tacos it serves.

A landmark for any margarita aficionado and tex-mex lover would margarita in north conway, nhhave to be Margarita Grill. The creative concoctions the bar tenders create at The Grill, as it’s known by locals are never ending and always delicious. Flavors range from Grapefruit Hibiscus to Cucumber Mint to Peach Habenero and the list goes on and on. Each month features an entirely new creation and of course, they have an entire menu dedicated to the different tequilas Margarita Grill carries, so you can have a traditional margarita as well. Margarita Grill has also made a commitment to the ideaology of SOHL, featuring items on their menu that are Sustainable, Organic, Homemade and Local. They work closely with local farms to source many of the ingredients in their dishes.

World Art Day in Mt. Washington Valley!

**It’s World Art Day! And even though we can’t have you physically here due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we wanted to take you on a virtual art tour of some of the valley’s hotspots for artists! The businesses below are temporarily closed to visitors coming into the physical stores. Many offer online ordering and viewing.  Keep these galleries, restaurants, and shops in mind for an art tour when we’re able to invite you back to the Mt. Washington Valley.**

April 15th marks World Art Day!

A worldwide recognition that celebrates the international collaboration through art, World Art Day first came into inception by the International Association of Art. While the epicenter of this celebration resides in Los Angeles, the ripple effect of honoring art’s important place in society can be felt all the way in the mountains of Mt. Washington Valley!

Not only does the vast expanse of national forest and New England’s highest peak, Mount Washington, provide the ultimate illustration, it also acts as a muse for a community of artists.

The valley’s history is steeped in artistic works from artists hailing from cities such as Boston and New York. These artists would visit the valley for its endless well of inspiration, paint incredible landscapes and then bring them back to buyers in the cities from which they came.

The paintings were so unbelievable “Bostonians” and “New Yorkers” visited the valley in droves, just having to see the White Mountains for themselves. From there the vacation destination, known as the Mount Washington Valley took off!

Years later, the valley has curated a haven for artists. From oil to acrylic to sculpture to landscapes to abstract works of art, the walls of the White Mountain National Forest is home to a hub of creativity. Treasured pieces can be found in the forms of galleries, murals, installations, statues, antiques and more.

While the valley is currently under a “Stay-at-Home” order due to the COVID-19 crisis, we want to share some of the best places to go for an art tour for when you can finally visit the valley!

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  1. Start in Conway!
    The Cassidy Gallery is a fine art and craft gallery and features the

    A peek inside Cassidy Gallery’s front door, in Conway, NH.

    work of over thirty fine artists and artisans from the Mount Washington Valley and New England. Offering high-quality framed original art by professional artists, many pieces depict local scenes.

    Macomber Glass Studio is a glass blowing and metal working studio, open to guests, by chance or by appointment. You can see Nathan blow glass, check out the small gallery, or see some of the works in progress. From January through April, you can also stop by the studio and learn how to blow your own glass ornament for $25.00!

  2. Artist Kristen Pobatschnig works on Tin Mountain’s 3-wall mural.

    Tin Mountain Conservation Center’s  Nature Learning Center
    Many programs out of its Nature Learning Center in Albany. This building is a work of art in itself,  utilizing local materials, including 20 species of wood all harvested in New England, most within 10 miles of the Center. Slate covering the lobby, kitchen, classroom and restroom floors was procured from Vermont. The art within the walls of the NLC, is just as impressive and includes natural displays, as well as a mural spanning three walls.

  3. Take a Drive to Fryeburg!
    The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center is home to Fryeburg Academy’s own award-winning music and theater productions. As well as touring musical and theater groups. The LHEPAC is also home to the Pace Gallery which rotates featured art showcases. Each show is unique and evokes a wide range of emotion and presents an array of talent.
  4. Head North to North Conway!
    Settlers Green features a walkable art exhibit featuring fourteen

    “Can We Talk” painting by Rebecca Klementovich. On of the featured pieces on Settler Green’s art tour.

    pieces of art. Each work in Settlers Green Public Art initiative reflects themes such as dance, community, the whimsical, mountains, granite and fashion. The outlet village has invested deeply into the art community, and is proud to feature artists from around New England, including three local artists.MWV Arts Association hosts a gallery at Norcross Circle in North Conway Village that art enthusiasts can visit. This non-profit also hosts the annual event “Art in the Park,” happening on Saturday, August 1, 2020 and Sunday, August 2, 2020 in Schouler Park right in North Conway Village. MWVAA members also showcase their art at The Met Coffeehouse in North Conway Village and Settlers Green.

    Frontside Coffee Roasters is a hometown favorite coffee house. You’ll immediately feel a relaxed vibe when you walk in. The friendly baristas, large windows letting bright light in and walls filled with art immediately invite you to sit back and chill. Frontside rotates featured art regularly, highlighting local and regional artists.

    Zeb’s Model A truck. A must-stop on Main Street in North Conway Village.

    Zeb’s General Store is the epitome of old New England charm. With the state’s longest candy-counter and two floors of New England made gifts and crafts, you’ll immediately be transported to the time of yesteryear. Not only does Zeb’s General Store radiate an old-time feel, it features a 1929 Model A Truck, parked outside the store. A must-stop on your art tour of Mt. Washington Valley!

    League of NH Craftsmen is a historical gallery, which features contemporary and traditional fine crafts by over 200 of NH’s finest artists and craftsmen. You can also take an array of classes there including pottery classes!

    The Met is a local hotspot with two locations, one in North Conway Village and one in Settlers Green. Both spots feature art from the members of the Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association. Enjoy works in the form of acrylic and oil paintings, photography and more.

  5. Keep Going to Jackson!
    Jackson Art Studio and Gallery is a working studio where you can

    Jackson Art Studio and Gallery’s show-room.

    find working artists creating and demonstrating on weekends. Jackson Art Studio and Gallery is home to modern, eclectic and interesting works of art.

    The Wentworth – An Elegant Country Inn pays homage to its rich history of origin, where it was built as a wedding gift In 1869, by Joshua Trickey for his daughter Georgia Trickey’s marriage to her husband-to-be, General Marshall Wentworth. Historical books, documents, and scrapbooks are maintained in the inn. Something that makes the Wentworth even more special is that its home to paintings by traditional landscape painter, Erik Koeppel.

 

A Big Shout-Out to Mt. Washington Valley Health Care!

How lucky are we to have access to patient and emergent care?!

Part of what makes the Mt. Washington Valley great is that it’s off the beaten path. But even though it’s in its own world, it still provides access to multiple levels of health care. We are so thankful to all of our medical facilities, doctors, nurses, practitioners, and administrative staff who are working tirelessly to guide us through this pandemic.

Health care in the Mt. Washington Valley is multifaceted. The valley has facilities that offer patient care for routine check-ups and appointments. The valley also is home to a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital through Memorial Hospital, as well as a 24-hour emergency department, amongst other services. Residents and visitors can find medical professionals in the Mt. Washington Valley that offer focused medical care ranging from family medicine to women’s health to, diabetes care, behavioral health, physical therapy and more.

All of these levels of health care in the Mt. Washington Valley are working tirelessly for residents and visitors regularly and now in the wake of COVID-19 they aren’t slowing down. Staff and administrators from all of the valley’s medical facilities are providing excellent care and adapting to the changing landscape of health care in COVID-19’s wake. Each practitioner is finding ways to support our community through care, support, and expertise. And for that we are so thankful.

This list doesn’t begin to cover those working hard at the front lines in the valley, but it is a start! Thank you, thank you, thank you…

Memorial Hospital
White Mountain Community Health Care
Discover Health and Functional Medicine
North Country Healthcare
Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice
Timberland Home Care

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce is staying up-to-date on pressing issues and creating messages of hope and accurate information on valley businesses, events and more during this time. Please follow us on Facebook and instagram for more information and sign up for our monthly newsletter, here.

Photo by Wiseguy Photography. 

Inaugural First Season Online Auction to Support Tin Mountain Conservation Center

Online Auction 5:00 PM Sat. March 28 – 5:00 PM Sun. April 5

The clocks have moved forward, the birds are singing and the sap is flowing – all signs that it’s time for spring and Tin Mountain Conservation Center’s First Season event. In an effort to keep everyone safe and well and despite a few hiccups along the way, the Inaugural First Season Online Auction will ready for your bid beginning 5:00 PM on Saturday, March 28 (a date and time already on many calendars) through 5:00 PM on Sunday, April 5. The catalog is open and available for viewing (you don’t have to register to look at the catalog) at charityauction.bid/Firstseason2020 or through a link on the Tin Mountain Website at tinmountain.org. Registration is needed if you want to bid or purchase a scholarship. If you bought tickets online, AND have your code, you can use the code as your password.  If you don’t have the code, don’t worry, simply click “Forgot my Password” and follow the instruction.  If you didn’t buy tickets online, simply follow the instructions to register, enter your credit card (secure and encrypted), confirm your email and start bidding. Once you register, a ‘My Account’ tab will appear in the top menu.  This lets you keep track of your bids, donations, sponsorships, etc. Clicking an item enlarges the photo and provides additional information. There’s a box for a proxy bid, this lets you set your maximum bid and the system will automatically increase your bid until that maximum is reached.  If you have questions, please email info@tinmountain.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

This year’s online auction features colorful handmade quilts, exquisite jewelry, one-of-a-kind artwork, and photography, delicious treats as well as many useful and unique items as well as wonderful gift certificates.  You may want to mix and match items and gift certificates for example bid on the estate diamond and amethyst ring and the gift certificate for pastoral services for a wedding ceremony or combine the dental exam gift certificate with the cookie of the month or a delicious pie or creamy, fudge. Combine exquisite jewelry and a gift certificate for a night on the town with dinner and a show. For the outdoor enthusiast there are gift certificates for lift tickets, cross country ski passes, snowmobiling rentals, boat rides, whale watches and more.  For the music lover, there are four gift certificates for Stone Mountain and if you want to get a bird’s eye view of the White Mountains be sure to bid on the plane ride. There are antique handmade wooden canoe paddles, a complete kayak package and beautiful original artwork by local artists and photographers. Camp scholarships, Tin Mountain memberships and High School Scholarships are also available as “Buy it Now” items.

All proceeds from First Season support the ongoing environmental education, conservation and research programs offered by Tin Mountain throughout the year.  Auction proceeds support school and camp programs, the Nature Program Series, expand conservation and research programs, and provide computers, printers, as well as ‘keeping the lights on’ at the Nature Learning Center and Tin Mountain’s other facilities.

Thank you to all the thoughtful and generous donations from local businesses, residents, and sponsors that provide continued support for First Season and Tin Mountain Conservation Center.  Special thanks to our sponsors:  Lupine Pet, Eastern Propane & Oil, Chalmers Insurance, The Soaking Pot Infusion Spa, Mason & Mason Insurance, Green Thumb Farms, Country Consulting Group, Hastings Malia, Infinger Insurance, Green Mountain Furniture, Crest Auto, The Oxford House, Hart’s Restaurant, Hannafords, Varsity Beverages, Lindt Chocolate, Valley Auto, Fryeburg Academy, Fryeburg Fair, Conway Daily Sun, Outside Television, WMWV 93.5, Magic 104 FM, Easy 95.3, Valley Promotions, Northway Bank.

We’ll miss seeing and catching up with everyone during this year’s First Season and yet take comfort knowing that folks are following the health guidelines, staying home and practicing social distancing.  We hope you remain safe and well and look forward to seeing you on the trails and at the Nature Learning Center soon.

Light up the town as a sign of optimism in Mt. Washington Valley, NH

Businesses throughout New England are struggling to find ways to cope and help others as the economic issues created by the Coronavirus pandemic continue to move up the curve.  From small gestures of kindness to volunteerism and cutbacks, everyone is jumping in to help.  Brenda Leavitt of Badger Realty in North Conway, NH had a simple idea that’s catching on in other communities.  “Let there be light to offer hope,” she suggested to the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.  From that simple conversation a movement is now underway for Mt Washington Valley businesses to join other communities in encouraging businesses to leave their lights on at night offering hope to all.

Brenda relayed her revelation in a story about the late Dick Badger, founder of Badger Realty. “Our former leader, Dick Badger, deserves the credit for this idea,” explained Brenda. When we opened Badger Realty in Jackson many years ago, Dick would stop in after the office was closed and turn the lights on in the lobby. He always said, “We will leave the lights on for you!”, she added.  “There is nothing more concerning to me than ‘darkness’. Since our office is closed to the public traffic at present, I did not want the office to be dark. This is our way of lighting the way to hope,” suggested Brenda.

“We are suggesting that you keep your front door light and/or storefront lights on throughout the night to offer optimism and raise spirits,” recommended Janice Crawford, Executive Director of the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce in a recent letter sent to members.  In addition, she suggested, “Changing your light bulb to green is one more additional step you could make to add to the feeling.  Green is the color of hope.  If you still have your Christmas lights in your windows, consider changing the bulb to green and keeping them on.”  In addition, the chamber requests that all holiday greenery that’s browned now be removed to show that the community has not abandoned hope.

Twinkling white lights in trees and hedges or around roof lines however are also encouraged to stay on or even be added.  This is a phenomenon that’s happening in communities around the country, to bring back a little of the magic of Christmas, according to an article in TIME. Already in North Conway Village, Badger Realty, Toy Chest, Spruce Hurricane and a growing number of additional businesses are leaving outside lights on all night to send a message of optimism to residents of Mt Washington Valley and visitors.

For more information about visiting Mt Washington Valley, NH along with updates from businesses being impacted by Coronavirus, go to www.MtWashingtonValley.org. For more information and updates about New Hampshire, go to www.VisitNH.gov.

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Photo by WiseguyCreative.com

Shop Locally! Update from the White Mountain Independents.

The White Mountain Independents is a network of locally owned and operated retail businesses throughout the Mt. Washington Valley. Over 20 businesses have joined together to create a unique shopping experience and bolster the local community. By its very nature, an independent store is special in its ambiance, selection and customer service. While the COVID-19 crisis has created an economic impact felt throughout the Mt. Washington Valley, with many stores temporarily closing, the White Mountain Independents have created a list of different offerings its members stores have available at this time.

**Please know that things change daily as we all react to COVID-19, so please check the WMI facebook page and website and individual store sites for the most up-to-date information.**

Bavarian Chocolate Haus has closed both its physical retail locations (North Conway NH and Bridgton ME) temporarily. Its online store is open and will be stocked with Easter and spring confections to purchase for delivery.

The Christmas Loft has closed their stores including Tricks & Treats. It has thousands of products available online. It’s offering free shipping with any purchase. You can also email with any questions.

The Cigar Shenanigans retail store is open daily from 11:00am to 9:00pm. It’s also serving amazing coffee available to go!

Fields of Ambrosia’s hours have been shortened to Wednesday through Saturday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm to 3:00pm. It will continue to do all it can to provide a safe environment for its customers and employees and will close if required or necessary.

Four Your Paws Only is still open and is also offering call ahead curbside pickup for those not comfortable coming in. Call 603-356-7297. It is now adding early bird hours for Senior Citizens on Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:00am to 9:00 am.

It’s My Girlfriend’s Consignment Boutique is closed. It will be posting photos of product on Facebook and Instagram and customers can message the store or email it.

Jewelry by Timothy & Psaledakis and Friends’ showroom is not open for browsing. It is minimally staffed and offering its repair and custom order and ‘buying’ services by appointment.  Call or text 603-733-7880 to arrange for its services. Timothy and staff are willing to come out to your car too!

The Penguin Gallery has closed midweek, but will be open from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday. You can shop online at tootoocool.com with more products being added everyday. It offers free shipping over $50.00 or you can pick-up for free in store.

Ragged Mountain will remain open to service its customers and provide employment for its employees in both manufacturing and retail. It will continue to do all it can to provide a safe environment for its customers and employees and will close if required or necessary.

RavenWood Curio Shoppe has closed temporarily.

The Rugged Mill is currently closed to the public until further notice. You can shop online, here. They are currently offering 10% off everything. When you purchase online use the promo code 10ALL. We are offering Curbside Pickup (Same day pick up is available before 3pm and we will just need 1 hour to process the order). Also, we will be posting periodic updates on our Facebook page. I am also available by appointment. I can be reached by email at info@theruggedmill.com or on my cell phone at (603) 520-4622

Soyfire Candle Bath and Body is offering online shipping and curbside pickup. Please email info@soyfirecandle.com or call 603-356-8969 or reach out through Facebook messaging to arrange a time to make the exchange. Also gift certificates are available online.

White Mountain Winery is open Friday, Saturday & Sunday this week for call in orders and pick up outside only. Their number is 603-356-9463. They will be updating our hours each week and posting information on its facebook page.

Spruce Hurricane is closed. Although it does not have online shopping, it will continue to post merchandise on its Facebook and Instagram pages. From there you can request any additional photos and product information. We are happy to ship purchases for a flat fee of $10. Shopping appointments can also be made for special circumstances. As always gift certificates are available. Contact us via phone 603-356-3854 or email sprucehurricane@yahoo.com

Valley Artisans & Vintage Market will be open at least Friday through Sunday, perhaps with limited hours. It encourages customers to call and make an appointment. We will be at the shop working on projects and spring cleaning, but we will not fly our open flag or sign.

Veno’s Specialty Foods & Meats is open, offering drive-thru service only. If you can, please call ahead your order. 603-662-0615.

White Birch Books is closed but employees will be in-store Monday to Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm and are offering  online ordering, curbside pickup, and call ahead appointment shopping for special instances. Special as needed home delivery is also an option. Call ahead with any questions – 603-356-3200 , Email: info@whitebirchbooks.com with any questions.

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Update from Mt. Washington Valley Chamber Executive Director

This morning all the Chamber of Commerce Directors participated in a conference call with Governor Chris Sununu and Commissioner Taylor Caswell from the Department of Business and Economic Affairs.

The following issues were shared with promises from the Governor and Commissioner to look into possible solutions:

Labor concerns with the potential lack of J1 students may provide for an easing of child labor laws as they relate to 14 and 15 year old persons who could work later hours if laws allowed

  • Delay payment of 9% Rooms and Meals taxes
  • Delay payments of health insurance premiums – Governor Sununu will discuss options with the Department of Insurance
  • Banking Industry is considering short-term loans, Governor is considering expanding the use of the Business Finance Authority to guarantee loans
  • Commissioner is communicating with SBA the need to lower the interest rate from the current 3.7% they are offering
  • The Office of Tourism has pulled back all marketing for Spring tourism as a non-essential expenditure.

Businesses are experiencing messaging from citizens that they are being socially irresponsible if they do not close.  This is not a fair message to harass businesses with at this time.  Creating a new model of providing business services is the prudent approach.  This model would review the latest suggested guidelines from the CDC and governing bodies.

There is no evidence of the COVID-19 virus having been spread through food service.  The state has traced every occurrence to its cause.  Remember all restaurants are highly regulated for food safety and use ServSafe as a way to train their Food Managers, Handlers, Bartenders etc.  If interested see: https://www.servsafe.com/ServSafe-Food-Handler/Buy-Handler-Products

At this time there is no intention of closing State Parks

All non-essential spending and new hiring at the state level has been suspended in order to prepare for evolving expenditures to provide funds for services being identified as needed by this “new normal”

Business opportunities are available for those who can manufacture masks, protective medical products.  The federal government may ease regulations allowing states to manufacture these much needed items. Contact Taylor.Caswell@livefree.nh.gov if you have ideas

As we go forward we will be reviewing opening restaurants outside spaces for a start.

The Governor shares that we can expect this experience to go on for longer than a few weeks but to stay optimistic knowing that the entities that can are processing the needs and getting services to us.  Keep the chamber informed of any business related needs that we can have a positive impact on as we are counting on them to keep us informed.

Keeping the Lights On

A solid idea came to me via Brenda Leavitt of Badger Realty. Where possible lets keep our outside lights on and storefront lights on to send a message of optimism to our citizens and visitors. Changing your door light or seasonal window lights to green would be a message of hope as well.  It will be fun to see how many of you can participate.  This is a great story to send out to our guests as we keep in touch for when they can return.

President Announces
Income tax payments will be due July 15th instead of April 15th.

Stay tuned for more!

Business Owner’s Policies (BOPs) 

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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 and workers’ compensation. Workers’ 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:

o             Notifying impacted individuals

o             Hiring crisis communication consultants

o             Defense and settlement costs from associated lawsuits

o             Replacement of lost income

o             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.

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