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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.

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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.

Holiday Gift Ideas

The Second Annual Art Celebrates Place calendars are flying off the shelves. Have you ordered yours yet? 

These gorgeous calendars feature selected artwork by local artists from the 2010-2017 Art Celebrates Place shows. They are wire-bound, high-quality calendars printed on heavy cardstock measuring 11 1/2″ x 11 1/2″. One for the office, one for home, and three for those hard-to-buy-for-cousins you’ll see at holiday dinners this month!

Pick one up at: the USVLT office in North Conway, White Birch Books, the Met Coffee House, Soyfire Candle, the MWV Chamber of Commerce office, Vintage Frameworks, the Local Grocer, Dutch Bloemenwinkel (Jackson), Jackson Art Studio, Edge of Maine Gallery (Brownfield), Spice & Grain (Fryeburg) or online at usvlt.org/2018-art-celebrates-place-calendar/.

Give the Gift of Land Conservation this Year!

What better way to spread joy this holiday season? Land Conservation is a powerful gift — a gift that only becomes more valuable over time. Give a gift membership to all those who value the precious landscapes of the upper Saco River region. The recipient of your gift will receive a “Welcome Package” with information on USVLT and local land conservation, recent newsletters, and schedules of upcoming events.  All members have voting privileges at our annual meeting, and all memberships are good for one year. Click here to give a gift membership today .

Got your calendars and gift memberships already? There are many more ways you can support USVLT:

  • Select USVLT as your preferred nonprofit while purchasing your holiday gifts on Amazon via smile.amazon.com (Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to USVLT).
  • Make a tax-deductible donation online here to the operating fund which funds the behind the scenes of our land conservation work.
  • Email info@usvlt.org to explore volunteer opportunities.
  • Help us finish the fundraising for the Pine Hill Community Forest by donating to this specific land project today!

As always, your support of the Land Trust today ensures that we can protect our region’s rivers, farms, and forests for the future.

 

King Pine Is Open!

Best Ski-In and Ski-Out Resort – New Hampshire Magazine’s Best Of NH 2017
Discover your winter tradition and enjoy a ski vacation at King Pine and Purity Spring Resort with family and friends. Winter fun on and off the slopes and choose from a variety of Purity Spring Resort slopeside, mountainside and lakeside lodging options.
Available Ski & Stay package includes accommodations, resort amenities, breakfast, lift ticket, XC skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating & more. Midweek non-holiday stays also include complimentary snowtubing and night skiing!
When booking a weekend stay, ask about our “Weekend Extender” special. Add a Thursday or Sunday night stay to your weekend reservation and receive 50% off that additional room night! Call us at 800-373-3754 or 603-367-8896 to book prime spot accommodations and dates today.
Winter Fun That Fits Everyone –
Order Gift Cards Today To Have In Time For Holidays
Whether its skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, ice-skating, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, cross-country, lessons, rentals, seasonal programs and more, a King Pine gift card is your one-stop shop for winter fun this holiday season.
A Snowgun Salute To You – Military Appreciation Specials
We thank those who have served and are serving our country. All Active, Retired & Veteran United States Military Service Men & Women can ski or ride for FREE until December 24, 2017. Military I.D. required, see this and other military discounts offered this season on our specials page.
Limited Knee-Hi Seasonal Program Spots Available
King Pine’s Knee-Hi seasonal programs have been teaching generations of skiers and you can enroll your child today in our affordable programs while space remains. Our midweek Knee-Hi programs for ages 4-7 include lift access with lesson and discount season passes for enrolled seasonal program participants also available.

Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice News

Gathering together with family and friends during the holidays can be a special time to share memories of loved ones who have passed. A beautiful way to honor the memory of a loved one is by purchasing a porcelain dove ornament, personalized with your loved one’s name, for a $25 donation to support Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice’s compassionate local hospice work. To order your ornament, please call Tracy Ames at 603-356-7006, choose Option 1 and Ext 10. You can also stop in at the Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice office at 1529 White Mountain Highway in North Conway.

Happy holidays from all of us at Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice!

“Music Gala Fundraiser for the North Conway Library: An Afternoon of Live Music on Sunday, Dec. 17 with Mary Bastoni”

The North Conway Public Library invites you to a wonderful gala event on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. featuring singer Mary Bastoni and pianist John Waldie. Mary’s versatile vocal style ranges from classic to contemporary and she will bring iconic female vocalists to life on stage that afternoon, along with John Waldie’s skilled performance at the piano.

The afternoon kicks off with a cocktail party at 4:00 p.m. at the M&D Playhouse.  Guests will enjoy a fantastic array of hors d’oeuvres and desserts, along with a selection of wine and beer. The magnificent buffet of appetizers and desserts will be prepared and donated by the best local chefs; wine will be donated by the White Mountain Winery and the beer will be donated by Tuckerman Brewing Co.

At 5:00 p.m. Mary Bastoni will present modern classics by iconic female vocalists such as Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Carole King, and many more.

The Music Gala is a fantastic opportunity to mix and mingle with friends and neighbors, to sample terrific food, and listen to beautiful music, all to support your local library.

Tickets are $40, including appetizers and desserts, open wine and beer bar.  Get your tickets now as we are sure that this wonderful gala event, which is a fundraiser for the North Conway Library, will sell out.

Tickets are available at the library and need to be purchased ahead of time. To make a reservation, call the library at 603-356-2961.

Tickets can also be purchased online with a credit card on the library’s website at NorthConwayLibrary.com .

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The North Conway Public Library, “Mount Washington Valley’s Free Community Library,” is a privately funded library that is free and open to the public. Its mission is to provide stimulating books, resources and services that educate, inspire and entertain people of all ages and backgrounds. Visit NorthConwayLibrary.com for more information.