Category Archives: Community Connections

Visit Tuckerman Brewing Company for music, friends and beer!

By Isaac Rader
for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

Just recently we visited Tuckerman Brewing Company to enjoy the  band Dark Train Express. The atmosphere is very comfortable with picnic tables, cornhole games and, of course, their great local beer. Personally, we really like the Rockpile IPA.

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Starting in 2015 Tuckerman Brewing Company has hosted a concert series and each summer they have some of the top regional acts entertaining the crowd outside under the tent in warm weather. And every Saturday they feature great local musicians in their Tasting Room.

Check out their event calendar for future tasting room and concert events. The brewery is also available for private parties, rehearsal dinners and birthday parties.

Next up – 21st Birthday Bash! The brewery turns legal!
January 19th, 2019
Doors open at 7:00
This is a 21+ show (legal ID required)

Photo Credit – Shem Roose

Band: Kat Wright Band plays from 8-10pm
Cover Charge: $15
Food Provided by: Magic Foods Catering

Limited tickets are available online or can be purchased in the Tasting Room during regular business hours.

For more information >

 

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Memorial Hospital Supports Ski Helmet Safety for Local Children

Memorial Hospital once again has ensured that every child in its community that wants a ski helmet, gets one, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. It’s all part of a helmet safety initiative to ensure that local school children have appropriate helmets for their participation in elementary ski programs including the Eastern Slope Ski Club’s (ESSC) Junior Ski Program in the Conway School District and, new this year, the Fryeburg Junior Ski Program.

Memorial Hospital Foundation created the Roger C. Clapp Memorial Ski Helmet Fund to help put “a lid on every kid.” Clapp, who passed away in 2013, was a hospital trustee for many years and a passionate lifelong skier. Family and friends make memorial donations to the fund and continue to encourage contributions to it. Special thanks this year go to former hospital trustee Phil Davies, who served alongside Roger Clapp for many years and this year made a generous gift to ensure that the program continue again this year. Additional contributors to the program include many employees who give through a special employee giving program.

The National Ski Areas Association reports on their website that while skiing or boarding responsibly is the first priority for safety, helmets are an important second line of defense. The group reports that wearing helmets can decrease the risk of head injury by 10 to 50 percent. It can also mean the difference between a major head injury and a minor head injury, or between a minor head injury and no injury at all.

Conway Elementary School students Mattie Macomber, Cami Newton and Jillian Howland pose at Cranmore Mountain with Jessica Stewart, Athletic Trainer at Orthopedics at Memorial Hospital. The students are wearing helmets received through the Roger C. Clapp Ski Helmet Program.

“Memorial Hospital provides many healthcare services to help injured skiers and snowboarders, from fixing broken bones to physical therapy, athletic training and concussion care, but our preference is to help skiers and riders to prevent injuries in the first place,” said Jessica Stewart, Athletic Trainer at Orthopedics at Memorial Hospital. “We are lucky that we have the Roger C. Clapp Helmet program to help local children prevent head injuries.”

Many families face difficult financial situations at home which can make it hard for them to find the funds for equipment. As families may struggle to pay for basic necessities, things like skiing equipment may not be a part of their budget. That’s what makes this program so important for students who may not be able to afford it on their own.

This year, over 200 helmets were distributed to students in December, prior to the start of the youth ski program season. To qualify for a free helmet, students must be enrolled in the school’s free/reduced rate meals program while others have the opportunity to purchase helmets at a significant discount.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Roger Ski Clapp Helmet Fund may find more information at www.memorialhospitalnh.org/ways-to-give/make-a-donation or call 603-356-5461, x2269.

Floyd Corson is a White Mountains Treasure

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

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

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

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

For more information on the Chamber’s Annual Meeting!

Conway Area Humane Society opens Re-Tails Resale Shop

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

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

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

For more information visit Conway Area Humane Society.

2018 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