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COLD DAY . . . WARM HEARTS: Inaugural Great Glen Winter Charity Day Makes An Impact

Provided by Crispin Battles, Marketing Director of Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center

Pinkham Notch, NH — The Mt. Washington Auto Road, and its sister company Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, are proud to report that the inaugural Great Glen Winter Charity Day, held in frigid temperatures on March 11, was a success on many levels. The event brought together new friends and old, while raising over $2,500 for both local and national charities. Most importantly, however, the event inspired a sense of philanthropy among community members and customers alike, which will pay dividends well into the future. The company’s management and staff are firm believers in the words of noted philanthropist Eli Broad who once stated: “Charity is just writing checks and not being engaged. Philanthropy is being engaged, not only with your resources but getting people and yourself really involved and doing things that haven’t been done before.”

While the Great Glen Winter Charity Day held the moniker “inaugural” it was actually an evolution of an event that has been near and dear to the company since 2008. Originally held as a ski-a-thon fundraiser specifically for the ALS Association in recognition of Carl Johnson, an active community member who battled the disease, this year the event was expanded to include all charities so that participants could choose the cause that speaks to them. In total, 17 organizations received donations, including:

* Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation

* Conway Area Humane Society

* Tin Mountain Conservation Center

* White Mountain Swiftwater Rescue Team

* Kennett High School Project Graduation

* Family Resource Center of Gorham

* Jackson Biathlon

* MSPCA – Methuen

* Donna’s Dreamers

* ALS Association, Northern New England Chapter

* Casting For Recovery

* American Cancer Society

* Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

* Alzheimer’s Association

* American Lung Association, New Hampshire

* St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital

* Southern Poverty Law Center

Participants who donated $25 or more received a trail pass to ski, snowshoe, and fatbike at Great Glen Trails, as well as a catered lunch from the Glen View Café. Those who donated $50 or more were given a voucher to take a ride on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach to treeline on the Mt. Washington Auto Road — unfortunately, conditions were too cold for the SnowCoaches to run during the event. Our close-knit community, together with customers from other New England states, enjoyed the afternoon in the warmth of our lodge playing board games and relishing in the camaraderie of friends.

Plans are already underway to make the “second annual” Great Glen Winter Charity Day a landmark event for the 2018 winter season, and an ongoing part of the philanthropic activities hosted by the Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. The company’s events have a long history of raising funds for local charities and non-profit organizations, foremost among them being the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb which has raised over $1,000,000 for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, and the Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race which has raised over $80,000 for Coos County Family Health Services.

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The family-owned Mount Washington Summit Road Company was formed in 1859, and completed the road to the summit of Mount Washington in 1861. The Mt. Washington Carriage Road, now called the Mt. Washington Auto Road, has the long-held distinction of being America’s oldest man-made attraction. Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, opened in 1994, is one of New Hampshire’s premier Nordic ski areas, with 45 kilometers of trails for skiing, snowshoeing and fatbiking. During the summer months, the Outdoor Center focuses on human-powered outdoor activities including kayaking, biking, hiking and trail running. Both companies consider themselves stewards of Mt. Washington and the natural areas surrounding it, and feel strongly about supporting their local communities.

2017 Chili Cook-Off and Feelin’ Good 5K Race

Saturday, April 8th is the time to shake off the winter chills and join us for a fabulous foodie event to kick off our Spring season here in Mt Washington Valley! There will be plenty of chili and cornbread to keep you fueled for a day of fun, festivity, and a 5K race, plus North Conway Village shopping and the event’s  Red Hot Stops where you can find treats and shopping deals.

chili-5k-logoThis is the first year of the Feelin’ Good 5k Race through the White Mountain Milers. Burn some calories before indulging in chili and cornbread samples at the Cook-Off and explore beautiful North Conway Village by running or walking in the race! The race kicks off at Schouler Park in North Conway at 9:30am, where participants will race around the village and near Cranmore Mountain, finishing back at the park. Awards will be given to the top three overall runners and walkers.

The Feelin’ Good 5K is open for registration through White Mountain Milers and the RunReg website. The Race Fee is $35 per person and includes your entry to the Chili Cook-Off, access to the After Party at Abenaki Trail Restaurant, and store discounts at the Red Hot Stops.

Event Schedule:
  • 8:00AM – 5K Registration/Bib pick up
  • 9:15AM – 5K Registration tent is closed
  • 9:30AM- 5K Race begins
  • 10:45AM – Race Award Ceremony
  • 11:00AM – Chili Cook-Off Doors open 
  • 3:00 PM – Chili Cook-Off Ends
  • 4:00PM – Chili Cook-Off After Party & Award Ceremony

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About the Annual Chili Cookoff

Hosted by the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, the annual Chili Cook-off has featured the culinary creations of professional chefs, individuals, local organizations, and nonprofits for many years. What started with just a few vendors has now grown to more than 40 vendors. Hundreds of hungry chili fans will fill The Village of North Conway tasting the best of the Valley’s chili recipes.

The Many Ways to Enjoy the Day

chili-cookoffThere are so many ways to participate in the fun at the Annual Chili Cook-Off! Professional and non-professional chefs are welcome to register their team for their chance to win fabulous prizes and bragging rights. Chef registration is open and filling up fast! For more information, please review the 2017 Chili Cook-Off Chef Guidelines.

There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available for businesses to promote their brand. Sponsorship packages vary in cost and exposure and there are packages available for nonprofits. For more information, please review the 2017 Chili Cook-Off Sponsorship Packages document or contact the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.

chili-cookoff2In this event, ticket holders are judges, too! In purchasing tickets and sampling many delicious chili and cornbread recipes, ticket holders are in control of the “People’s Choice” vote. Ticket holders will receive three different colored tickets for use as ballots – one for Best Chili, one for Best Cornbread, and one for Best Display of Theme.

Event Tickets and More Information

Tickets for the Chili Cook-Off are $15 for adults and $7 for children, with free admission for children under 3. Interested parties may purchase Early Bird tickets by contacting the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, and tickets will be available on the day of the event for the same prices at the ticket booth.

There are lodging package agreements available for interested lodging properties in the area as well. Contact the Chamber for more information.

For more information on the Chili Cook-Off, visit http://www.mtwashingtonvalley.org, call the Chamber at (877) 948-6867 or (603) 356-5701 or email Visitor Services at visitor@mtwashingtonvalley.org.

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New and Exciting Business Workshops at the Tech Village in Conway NH

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For business professionals seeking new networking and professional development opportunities, the Tech Village in Conway, New Hampshire welcomes Joanne Randall, co-founder of Sprout for Business as she instructs three business workshops starting January 31 and extending into the month of February.  The workshops are free, supported in part through funding from the Community Development Microenterprise Block Grant. Each workshop begins with a half-hour networking opportunity from 8:30am to 9:00am. Workshops start at 9:00am and end at 10:30am and will be held in the Community Room at Granite State College, located at 53 Technology Lane in Conway.

January 31 – Standout Subject Lines: Get Your Email Opened!
How are your subject lines working – or NOT working – to capture the attention and interest of your audience?

February 2 – Look Great in the Inbox: Best Email Design Practices 
First impressions matter – how are YOU doing with your emails? This workshop will help you avoid common mistakes and maximize your emails for powerful impact!

February 16 – Measure Your Success: Email Marketing Analytics
Metrics can be like magic. Have you wondered: how can the reports and analytics of digital marketing give you the insight and key info you need to succeed?

Pre-registration for the workshops is required. To register, please email alisha@mwvec.com or call 603-447-6622. You may also register for workshops online by visiting the events calendar at https://www.sproutforbusiness.com/event-calendar.html. Please note that a journal for note-taking is required for each workshop, but laptops are optional.

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White Mountain Waldorf School Hires New Director of Advancement, Rose M. Heggeman

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The White Mountain Waldorf School is pleased to welcome Rose Heggeman as the new Director of Advancement.  The main focus of her work will be marketing, enrollment and fundraising. Rose is a Maine native, living in Bridgton with her husband, Jim, and their two children: Alana, age 5, and Xander, age 4, both of whom are attending the school.  Rose has a bachelor’s degree from Goddard College and spent over a decade working with the senior leadership team at Saint Joseph’s College in Maine.  She is also a registered yoga teacher and holistic health coach trained through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  Rose is excited be to joining the community and is looking forward to meeting all its members.

In her letter to the community, Rose expresses her enthusiasm and commitment to child development and education, as well as her passion for a Waldorf education. She explains, “Like many of you, we have joined this community because it provides a nurturing environment for child development, and a feeling of family where we can learn alongside each other, how to best cherish imagination and creativity.” Her vision for 2017 is to “discover new ways to increase engagement and provide space for members of our community to come together and strengthen our bond with each other and the greater school network of bright minds, big thinkers and problem solvers – just like our children!” The Mount Washington Valley welcomes you and thanks you for your dedication to education.

About White Mountain Waldorf School
The White Mountain Waldorf School, established  in 1985, teaches children a curriculum that balances academic, artistic, and practical life skills; fostering each child’s ability to think with clarity, feel with compassion, and act with purpose and social responsibility in the world. While the school started out as a a small nursery-kindergarten, it now enrolls preschool aged children up to 8th grade students.  The school’s mission is to instill creativity and a desire for learning, cultivates social responsibility and personal integrity, and supports the home and greater community.

For more information about the White Mountain Waldorf School, visit www.whitemountainwaldorf.org. 

Grand Celebration at Locally-Owned 7-Eleven in North Conway

Nicole L. Milewski, owner of North Conway 7-Eleven, welcomes the community to their grand celebration on Friday, January 20th, in celebration of becoming a locally-owned franchise. Visit 7-Eleven at any time during their regular business hours to participate in door prizes, free samples, lottery raffles, and give-a-ways. Join the fun and welcome a community-centered, generous franchise owner to the Mount Washington Valley!

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The North Conway 7-Eleven Store is located at 2039 White Mountain Highway in North Conway, New Hampshire. For more information about this event or the store itself, please call (603) 356-5858.

Northeast Credit Union Celebrates 80th Anniversary By Contributing to Their Community

Portsmouth, N.H. – Northeast Credit Union celebrated their 80th anniversary by spreading their generosity and community support to three local non-profits. The credit union asked community members to help them choose local non-profits to receive donations. After receiving over 2,000 votes for 15 different non-profit organizations, NECU would like to congratulate Zebra Crossings of Dover, N.H., an organization that enriches the lives of children with a chronic health conditions through fun and engaging medically-supervised programs. Not far behind was Connor’s Climb of Exeter, N.H., receiving a surprise donation of $1,000, followed by UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center of Goffstown, N.H., receiving $500 from the credit union.

Grateful for such a generous donation, Astrid Wielens, Executive Director of Zebra Crossings expressed, “Zebra Crossings provides empowerment programs for youth with chronic medical conditions. We aim to lessen the burden of chronic medical conditions by connecting kids through play and providing respite for caregivers. It is only through community support like this that we can make a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve.”

On behalf of Connor’s Climb of Exeter, N.H., another grateful non-profit for Northeast Credit Union’s generosity,  State Representative Susan Stover described the importance of such a donation, as the foundation thrives from donations, helping them fund Signs of Suicide (SOS) training for NH educators and schools to prevent youth suicide.

Development Director Veronica Lester from the third appreciative non-profit, UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center, expressed gratitude towards the community and Northeast Credit Union, saying, “The funds couldn’t have come at a better time and will be used as unrestricted funding, which is invaluable to the success of UpReach and allows us the flexibility to use the money toward our most current needs. We thank NECU for their support in allowing UpReach to provide safe, affordable and high quality equine assisted activities and therapies to individuals in the greater Manchester community.”

About Northeast Credit Union
Northeast Credit Union (NECU) has been a trusted neighbor and the financial partner of choice for people since 1936. Our central focus is our members and the communities in which we serve. We have over $1 billion in assets and serve 110,000+ members at branches in Berlin, Concord, Conway, Dover, Exeter, Gorham, Lebanon, Lee, Manchester, Merrimack, Northwood, Plymouth, Portsmouth, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and Rochester. We offer a full range of financial products and services. Along with traditional checking and savings accounts, they include mortgage and auto loans, investment products, business accounts, credit cards, and innovative online and mobile services. For more information, please visit www.necu.org.

For more information about the three non-profits mentioned in this article, please visit their websites:

The Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce congratulates Zebra Crossing, Connor’s Climb, and UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center on their new funds and commends Northeast Credit Union and the community for their commitment to non-profit charities and organizations. We hope this support of community inspires others!

Cooper Cargill Chant and Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce present Free Lunch & Learn Series

Cooper Cargill Chant and the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce present a Lunch & Learn series, Know the Rules, Avoid the Penalties, Win the Game.  Each session in this series will focus on an area of expertise from a Cooper Cargill Chant attorney. These Lunch & Learn sessions will give you the opportunity to learn and network with Cooper Cargill Chant attorneys in an informal environment on legal topics important to you.  All sessions are free and a new Lunch & Learn is presented each month!  Sessions will be brown bag lunches (bring your own lunch).  All sessions are interactive, so please bring your questions.  Here is more information about each of the sessions in the upcoming Lunch & Learn series:

November 10, 2016 – Upcoming Changes to Overtime Law Affecting Salaried Employees; and Other Perennial Labor Law Concerns for Employers, presented by Attorneys Christopher T. Meier and Leslie M. Leonard.  During this program, held at the North Conway Water District Bldg., 104 Sawmill Lane (behind POLO), attendees will learn about updates to FLSA that will take effect on December 1, 2016.  If you do not address critical employment and labor law issues, you are putting your business at risk. Are you ready?
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December 8, 2016 – Business Collections – I want my two dollars!, presented by Attorney Dennis Morgan

January 12, 2017 – Business Law – Business entity formation & registration – Let’s get this started!, presented by Attorney Kenneth Cargill

February 9, 2017 – Insurance Law – Are you covered?, presented by Attorney Paul Chant

And more to come soon.

Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council Annual Meeting

MWVEC is celebrating 25 years of serving the community and invites you to join them for a night of awards and recognition at their Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 17
$50 per person

5:00 pm – Cash Bar and Hors d’oeuvres
5:45 pm – Business Meeting
6 to 8:00 pm – Dinner and Awards Ceremony

RSVP by November 11
Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council
53 Technology Lane, Conway, NH 03818
603-447-6622

Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce presents its 104th Annual Meeting, Dinner and White Mountains Treasure Awards Presentation

 

The Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce will host its 104th Annual Meeting and Dinner at Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, Bartlett on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

The evening begins at 4:30 with the “Surprise & Delight Social Networking” hosted by TD Bank. Attendees will enjoy cocktail hour, networking, a candidate meet and greet and the Chamber’s annual silent auction. Attendees will have an opportunity to bid on items including gift certificates, ski passes, overnight stays, artwork, and much more. Anyone wishing to promote their business through business through a donation to the Silent Auction contact Scott Gleason at 603-356-5701.

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2015 White Mountains Treasures Phyllis Sherman and Audrey Vorparian pictured with MWV Chamber President Michelle Capozzoli and Memorial Hospital’s Scott McKinnon.

A three-course dinner follows during which time the Chamber will hold a brief business meeting to include a review of the Chamber’s programs and initiatives during the previous year and an overview of its strategic and marketing plans for the coming year. The White Mountains Treasure awards will also be presented. “This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize individuals for their lifetime achievement of outstanding community service and commitment to the Mt. Washington Valley”, said Janice Crawford, Executive Director. “If you know someone deserving of this recognition please let us know so they can be considered for this award.” Nomination forms can be found on the event page online at mtwashingtonvalley.org/events/2016annualmeeting. Submissions are due by October 7.

To wrap up the evening Eastern Propane & Oil presents entertainment with Boston comedian Mike McDonald. “Sharp”, “bright”, “witty” and “hilarious” are just some of the words people have used to describe Mike, who has entertained our troops with the USO in over 50 different countries, done specialty shows on fancy islands for major corporations, worked Vegas and Atlantic Cities Casino’s, and crushed the main-stage on Cruise Ships.

The Annual Meeting is a forum for business and community leaders to share an evening of networking and business-building. Seating is limited. Reservations can be made by calling Scott Gleason at 603-356-5701 x305 or registering online. The Chamber thanks all its sponsors including Premier Sponsor Eastern Propane & Oil and Social Hour Sponsor TD Bank. For more information on the Annual Meeting or Mt. Washington Valley Chamber visit www.mtwashingtonvalley.org 

About Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce in North Conway, NH is a not-for-profit association whose mission is to strategically market the Mt. Washington Valley as the premier New England vacation destination by enticing tourists with our year round attractions and natural resources. This fosters a business climate that promotes growth and collaboration in member communities, while protecting the area’s natural beauty.

 

Join the Gibson Center Fundraiser at Black Cap Grille Tuesday Night

Join the Gibson Center Tuesday, September 13 from 5 to 9 for a fantabulous night at Black Cap Grille at Settlers Crossing in North Conway. Join us for dinner, some shared appetizers, hearty desserts and the fabulous fare for which Black Cap is so well known. A portion of the proceeds goes to support The Gibson Center’s meal and transportation programs.

Since 1979, the Gibson Center has provided meals, transportation services and social and educational programs to seniors in the greater Mount Washington Valley area.

4th Annual Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon at King Pine

King Pine Ski Area at Purity Spring Resort is excited to announce the next beneficiary of Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon to be held in East Madison, New Hampshire March 17-18, 2017. All funds raised with this year’s event will benefit Sanbornville, New Hampshire’s Faith Holt, an 11-year-old girl living with skeletal dysplasia, seizure disorder and Crane-Heise Syndrome. This year’s goal is to purchase Faith’s family a wheelchair accessible van.

Faith was born pre-maturely and spent her first one hundred days in a neonatal intensive care unit. The combination of skeletal dysplasia, seizure disorder and Crane-Heise Syndrome require Faith to wear a soft-shelled helmet because she does not have a cranial cap. Due to multiple surgeries and her daily seizures, she uses a wheelchair for her mobility. Faith is the daughter of Doug Holt, an Air Force Veteran who served in Desert Storm, and sister to older brothers, Sean (19), Devin (16) and Cody (12). Faith’s mother, Stephanie Holt, passed away when she was six-years-old. A wheelchair accessible van would be of incredible assistance to the Holt family to get Faith and his other children to their daily activities and appointments.

Now in its fourth year, Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon has raised over $131,000 to benefit children and their families. Starting in 2014, Cynthia Verrill was the first benefactor and resulted in her name being used to name the event. $35,000 raised for Cynthia was used to provide a seizure detecting service dog. The second year, the event raised over $35,000 for Samantha Gillard who was in need of a wheel chair accessible van and the third year raised $61,000 for Kevin Dall to purchase a wheel chair accessible van.

Cynthia’s Challenge was created in an effort to ease the financial burden upon children and their families associated with specialty medical needs. King Pine Ski Area supports Cynthia’s Challenge with the support of local business and the surrounding community. Cynthia’s Challenge would not be possible without the generosity of major sponsors Atlas Fireworks, Bank of NH, Mad Cow Screen Printing, Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge, Thrivent Financial, Yankee Smokehouse & Pepsi Co.

For those that would like to contribute to this year’s Cynthia’s Challenge, online donations are welcome at https://www.kingpine.com/cynthiaschallenge. For more information, please call Purity Spring Resort at (603) 367-8896 or email marketing@purityspring.com.

North Conway Library Raises $213 with Fitbit Alta Raffle

Lois Hatch, of North Conway, won the North Conway Library’s Fitbit Alta raffle fundraiser.

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“When I called her, she was so excited and happy, which made me very happy as well,’’ said Andrea Masters, North Conway Library’s director, who thanked everyone who participated and bought raffle tickets. A total of $213 was raised and will be used toward books at the library.  “While this is one of the raffles that generated not that much income for the library, we were still able to buy almost 20 new books and DVDs!”

The Fitbit is one of the most popular fitness and sleep trackers ever and the brand new Fitbit Alta combines stylishness with functionality. It tracks steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, hourly activity and stationary time, as well as how long and how well you sleep.

Lois is a long time library patron and just turned 80, so she decided to do her 5th marathon up in Lubec, Maine and Canada.  “My friends said that I really needed something like a Fitbit to help with training, so I am very happy to win this and will certainly be using it for my next marathon!” said Lois.  Along with picking up her new Fitbit, she got a new tattoo as well, a post marathon tradition of hers.

The North Conway Public Library is a privately funded library that is free and open to the public; large enough to offer a broad selection and small enough to respond to the reading needs and preferences of its users.  The library receives no regular funding from the town of Conway, the State of New Hampshire, or the federal government; therefore, it depends on donations, corporate sponsors, and fundraising efforts like this.

For more information, visit http://www.NorthConwayLibrary.com or call the library at 603-356-2961.