Category Archives: Community Connections

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!

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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 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.

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.

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.

Who loves to read?

If you love to read you should attend the White Birch Books and North Conway Public Library’s author luncheons! It’s a great way to enjoy a book, be with friends, and talk with the author. Sea Dog Brewery recently hosted Meghan Weir, and her novel: the Book Of Essie. It’s always fascinating to hear about the creative process!

We took a trip to Africa with the North Conway Public Library

The North Conway Public Library hosted a wonderful series of lectures through the winter. The last one featured local residents, Ed and Kathy Bergeron, who shared their experiences and photographs from a safari through Kenya and Tanzania, Africa.

North Conway Public Library Presents Antiques Roadshow with Ken Gloss on the Value of Old and Rare Books

The North Conway Public Library will present Ken Gloss, a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, for a discussion of the value of old and rare books. Gloss, owner of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, will give the free and open talk on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Obs-Weather Discovery Center in North Conway Village, in the fully accessible downstairs meeting room.

Gloss will talk about and show some of his favorite finds of old and rare books and describe some of the joys of the “hunt,” as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. There is also a Q&A session before the conclusion of his talk.

Following the talk and question-and-answer session, he will give free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them or will do so at his shop in Boston.

Gloss has appeared as a guest appraiser on PBSAntiques Roadshow numerous times over the years and has been a popular guest on WBZ Radio as well as other radio, TV, and cable stations numerous times. His articles continue to appear in various antique journals and in print and online consumer publications.

“Ken Gloss has the reputation of being very entertaining and very informative, and he certainly knows all there is about old and rare books,” says North Conway librarian Andrea Masters.

“I’m sure there are a lot of people who have old and rare books, or have an interest in them,” she said. “We’re hoping people will come to find more information about the value of them.”

Gloss will also talk about the history of his historic bookshop (brattlebookshop.com), which goes back to circa 1825. He is a second-generation owner.

The Brattle Book Shop, Yankee Magazine Editor’s Choice Award for Best of New England, is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores. Kenneth Gloss succeeded his late father, George Gloss, a well-known figure both in Boston and national antiquarian circles. “I found that books were in my blood and that I would never be really happy if I abandoned the business,” says Ken Gloss.

This event will be held at the Weather Discovery Center, no reservations necessary. There will be time after the presentation for questions and discussion.  Homemade cookies will be served and coffee is generously provided by Frontside Grind of North Conway.

The program is free of charge, although donations to the Library are greatly appreciated. For more information about the program, please check the library’s website at NorthConwayLibrary or call the library at 603-356-2961.

Eggs & Issues Business Leaders’ Breakfast

The Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council  presents

TOM HOLMES

Conway Town Manger

Brown Wooden Mallet Near Brown Chicken Egg

 Please join us at the next Eggs & Issues Business Leaders’ Breakfast, Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 8:30  featuring Conway Town Manager Tom Holmes as he discusses upcoming warrant articles. 

 

We hope to see you there! 

 

To register on line, click here.

For questions contact Susie Hall-Kennett at
447-6622 , or email – susie@mwvec.com.

Suggested donation $10.00

 

Honor a Leader in the Industry! Now Accepting Award Nominations

travelFor over 30 years the New Hampshire Travel Council has recognized and acknowledged individuals and businesses that have demonstrated dedication and excellence in the travel and tourism industry.

Please consider nominating a leader you admire to publicly honor them for their impact on the industry. Nominations must be received by April 6, 2018.

Nomination Form

2018 NH Travel Council Award Categories

Dick Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes long-lasting and permanent contributions to the industry.

Mildred Beach Travel Person of the Year honors individuals that made a significant contribution to the advancement of the industry during the past year.

The Business Excellence Award is presented to a business who achieved significant success, growth, and customer service during the past year.

The Visit New Hampshire Award is a new this year and recognizes individuals, companies, or organizations with outstanding marketing and promotional campaigns during the past year

Chalmers Insurance Group Passes the Torch to the Next Generation

It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that Chalmers Insurance Group announces Bruce and Bill Chalmers have transferred ownership of the Chalmers Insurance Group to the fourth generation of Chalmers family members, Jim Chalmers and Dottie Chalmers Cutter, effective January 1, 2018.

Bill and I proudly leave the Chalmers Insurance Group in the hands of a Leadership Team that has largely been together since 2014 and eighty-six co-workers who each day carry on the 160-year tradition of providing quality insurance products and financial security to our community-based neighbors with personal and friendly service,” said Bruce Chalmers.

Our transition to the fourth generation has been carefully planned to set a balance for our entire family. Bruce and I are very proud of the end results and look forward to mentoring when asked. We are confident in Jim and Dottie’s abilities as leaders, combined with the experience, vision, and expertise of Steve Cote, President, to take Chalmers Insurance Group into the future and hopefully into the hands of the 5th generation,” said Bill Chalmers. 

The Chalmers brothers have worked side-by-side in this widely – respected family business for 44 years, cultivating impressive growth and sustained triumph through building strong relationships, making strategic acquisitions and actively supporting their communities and causes for which they are passionate. I am forever grateful for the life and business lessons learned through the words and actions of Bruce and Bill,said Steve Cote.

Bruce and Bill will assume new roles as valued Directors and Mentors (and, of course, continue as great dads!) Jim and Dottie are proud and honored to embrace a rare opportunity to steward their family’s organization to the 5th generation.

This is an exciting time to be in Insurance and to own and operate a business. Our industry and consumer demands are more diverse and complicated than ever before. Future success requires mindful planning and fearless execution – adapting to new times and differentiating from the competition in meaningful ways that bring value to all relationships. We are privileged to partner with our management team and co-workers to address these challenges head on – to support a more innovative and engaging workplace and offer a more interactive and resourceful risk management experience for our clients. We are most thankful to our dads for a tremendous opportunity and for their trust in us to take this great family-owned and operated business into the future,” said Dottie and Jim.

Chalmers Insurance Group:
Proud of our history. Excited for our future.

Chalmers Insurance Group thanks their clients and carrier partners for their loyalty and partnership and are most pleased to share their exciting news with you.

Bretton Woods Announces Future Enhancements

 Omni Mount Washington Resort is pleased to confirm that work has commenced on an exciting enhancement to our B-Chair Double Chair Lift and the Latitude 44 restaurant. We will be replacing the existing lift with a new, state of the art eight passenger gondola, which will run year-round, as well as a 10,000 square foot mountain side restaurant. Both will offer unprecedented alpine views of the highest mountain range in the northeast. This project represents a major investment in the Bretton Woods ski area, New Hampshire’s largest, and will be a highly anticipated new amenity for Omni guests and day visitors alike.

We look forward to sharing more details in an official announcement in the new year, in advance of the gondola’s 2018 – 2019 ski season debut and the mountain-side restaurant’s summer 2019 opening.

For more information, please call 603-278-3304.