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Chamber Member News & Events
Volunteers Needed
A Message from
Arrowhead Recreation Club

Need volunteers, for outside operations, inside concessions and ski shop, open on Friday night, Saturday, Saturday Night and Sunday. In addition we really need help during the upcoming school vacation periods, it’s just four hours a day, noon-4PM each day on Feb 20-21 (Thursday and Friday and Mon-Fri, Feb 24th – Feb 28th, and on our normal weekend schedule.
Vital Communities Seeks New Leader
Tom Roberts Departing
Vital Communities Executive Director Tom Roberts has decided to leave his position after five years of service, effective June 30, 2020.

“We are sorry to see Tom go. We will miss his leadership,” said Vital Communities board chair Ron Shaiko, senior fellow and associate director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College. “He will leave Vital Communities in great shape, and we are grateful that he will stay until the end of June to help with the transition to the new executive director.”

During Roberts’s tenure, the organization grew in status and stature, from an annual budget of $800,000 to $1.3 million, while achieving financial stability. Vital Communities recently completed a successful fundraising campaign, raising more than $112,000 for a Fund for the Future to support new initiatives. As it celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, Vital Communities refreshed its branding.

Its core programs continue to flourish—Energy, Food & Farm, Transportation, Local First, Valley Quest, Leadership Upper Valley, Discussion Lists, Corporate Council and Municipal Leaders Group. Several new programs have come on board in the last five years, notably Workforce Housing, Climate Adaptation, and a merger of the Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG) with the Energy program. Vital Communities is midway through its five-year strategic plan, one key element of which is reaching out to the “Route 11 Corridor” in the southern third of its 69 town area to engage more fully there.

The Board of Directors yesterday created a search committee that will begin work immediately to find Roberts’s successor. Hypertherm Vice President of People, Community and Environment Jenny Levy will chair the committee. “Tom leaves a strong legacy and big shoes to fill. We are ready to find the next leader to take the baton,” Levy noted. “We ask our many partners, volunteers and donors in the community to identify and encourage strong candidates to apply.”

After 30 years of public service, Roberts plans to take six months to a year off before taking on new work. “We have accomplished a lot here together over the last five years. It has been a privilege to work with our dedicated staff and board, together with this incredible Upper Valley community. Vital Communities is strong and will continue to flourish. During my time off, I plan to travel, spend time outdoors, hiking, reading and writing, volunteering and working on hobbies and projects at home and at my community at Cobb Hill Co-Housing. The beauty of taking a break will be seeing what unfolds.”

Vital Communities cultivates the civic, environmental and economic vitality of the Upper Valley. We bring people together, bridging boundaries and engaging our whole community to create positive change. Learn more at  vitalcommunities.org .
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News from Sullivan County Government
Sullivan County NH government has released a Request for Qualifications/Proposal for Construction Management Services Sullivan County Sober Housing with proposals due no later than Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 2:00pm. This request for proposal, as well as any updates/addendums, may be viewed on the County's Website Here. Questions regarding the request for proposal may be directed to the Sullivan County Manager, Derek Ferland via email or (603) 863-2560.

Sullivan County Government has released an Invitation to Bid for Vending Machine Services, with proposals due no later than Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 2:00pm. This request for proposal, as well as any updates/addendums, may be viewed on the County's Website Here. Questions regarding this invitation to bid may be directed to Sullivan County Director of Community Development, Nichole Cassidy via email or (603) 542-9511 ext. 292.
Claremont Opera House Shows
Places we LOVE in
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Choose your favorite outdoor place, building, restaurant, business or historical site. Any place where others can visit is perfect to share. Use your smart phone to snap a photo, then visit bit.ly/LoveSullivan to upload and describe what makes it special to you!
Community News & Events
2020 Labor Law Training Seminars Offered by NH DOL
The New Hampshire Department of Labor is offering a Labor Law training seminar on how to stay in compliance with NH Labor Laws. The United States Department of Labor will join us again this year. The seminar will be offered on 16 dates at a variety of locations throughout the state. These events are free and open to employers, businesses and the public. These seminars are made possible by the generosity of the businesses donating their establishment’s function room to host these events.
Please note: This year’s seminars are starting at 8:30am and ending at 12:00pm in an attempt to give the presenters and the audience more time for Q & A.
If you have 10 or more persons to register, please contact the NHDOL to discuss scheduling a separate training session.
To register for one of these training events please refer to the “Register for Labor Law Seminars?” link under the “How Do I …” section on the  Labor website’s home page .
Session dates and locations:
March 9, 2020            Alan’s of Boscawen Restaurant, Boscawen
March 11, 2020          Castleton Banquet and Conference Center, Windham
March 17, 2020          Portsmouth Country Club, Greenland
March 24, 2020          The Falls Event Center, Manchester
March 26, 2020          Derry Opera House, Derry
March 30, 2020          Beane Conference Center, Laconia
April 1, 2020              Havenwood – Heritage Heights, Concord
April 6, 2020              The Atlantic Grill, Rye
April 14, 2020            Sky Meadow Country Club, Nashua
April 16, 2020            Keene Ice, Keene
April 21, 2020            Comman Man, Claremont
April 28, 2020            Rochester American Legion, Rochester
April 30, 2020            Gorham Town Hall, Gorham
May 4, 2020               Haverhill Town Hall, North Haverhill
May 6, 2020               Wolfeboro Town Hall, Wolfeboro
May 12, 2020             Service Credit Union, Portsmouth
If you have difficulty registering online for any of these events, please call the NH Department of Labor at 603-271-0127 or email  InspectionDiv@dol.nh.gov