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Member News & Notices
Claremont Middle School Seeks Donations for Student Winter Carnival
A Winter Carnival will be held for CMS students where they will be doing various problem-solving activities and outdoor activities with an underlying theme of the Winter Olympics. They are currently seeking donations to make this week-long event a success.
Items Needed Include:
spoons, aluminum foil containers, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, straws, bottle caps, tinfoil, sleds, tissue paper, paper plates, clay, ribbon, paint, q-tips, string, glitter, plastic figurines, hot chocolate, marshmallows, cups, snacks
Donations can be brought to the CMS main office during school hours. Questions can be directed to Kaitlin Wallace at or 603-543-4250 ext 3115.
Merrimack Valley SCORE
Online Workshops
Cause Marketing and How to Promote it
February 24th at 2pm
Customers and clients want to know not only about the products and services you sell and offer but who as a business you are, what your business stands for, and your business's social responsibility. Cause marketing allows a business to showcase and promote a social cause that is important to customers, and it helps to foster brand loyalty.

Register online for this free virtual event today!
Reputation Management Gain More Positive Online Reviews and Manage the Negative Ones
February 25th at 2pm
Learn how to respond (and not respond) to TripAdvisor, Yelp, Google, and other review sites comments and reviews. Reputation Management is not just about reviews, social media comments are always a part of it: learn how to respond to Facebook, Twitter, blog, or forum comments. And More!

Register online for this Free Online Workshop
SCORE offers FREE business mentoring from experienced business leaders and business owners - sign up for a mentor today!
Center for the Arts, Lake Sunapee Region
First Friday MicroGallery Openings and More…
NEW DATE! Friday February 18th 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Join us for the opening reception of the Annual CFA Members Show at The New London Inn and Bar Harbor Bank and Trust on Main Street in New London. Also, we hope you will join us at the newest MicroGallery at Prospect Hill Gallery in Sunapee Harbor. Although not open that night, Penny Koburger’s exhibit continues at the Blue Loon on Main Street and Loa Winter’s exhibit continues at the Tatewell Gallery on Newport Road, in New London.
Plus, meet Richard Haynes in a special CFA Opening Reception at the Davidow Center for Art and Design at Colby-Sawyer College. An American visual storyteller, Richard Haynes uses his art not only to make society aware of the invisible in this world but also to inspire unity. He is a painter, photographer, educator, mentor, and powerful advocate for social justice who currently serves as the Associate Director of Admissions for Diversity at the University of New Hampshire.
Chronicle WMUR-TV Jennifer Crompton writes: "Artist Richard Haynes settled in New Hampshire following a journey he describes as "an African American looking for a better way." Richard Haynes: Culture Keeper, Culture Maker presents Richard’s most recent acrylic paintings done in his signature style of semi-abstract faceless figures rendered in flat, bold colors, portraying “blacks and whites harmoniously living, working and playing together, side by side, even touching, something that was forbidden in Haynes' childhood world." 

Stroll the Galleries and Enjoy the Art!  All exhibits are open during regular business hours as well and go through the end of April.

Please check our homepage for Covid updates and cancellations. Masks required at all venues.

For questions or more information contact
Sullivan County Community Grant Program
The Sullivan County Board of Commissioners are accepting grant applications for Fiscal Year 2023 from charitable non-profit organizations that provide services to the entire county, who are seeking public funding to support the delivery of those services to County residents. 
You may view previous year grant recipients; the updated County Grant Policy; and, attain the current grant application at the County’s website on the “County Community Grants” page by following this link:
Completed grant applications are due no later than 12:00NOON Friday, March 18, 2022. 
If your non-profit is interested in applying and would like to attain a Microsoft Word version of the application (and Excel workbook to use for your proposed budget) or if you have questions, please contact the Sullivan County Commissioners’ Office, 14 Main Street, Newport, NH, 03773 at (603) 863-2560 or e-mail  
SCHC Remodeling Project Work Group &
Executive Finance Committee
Public Meeting Notice 
Joint Meeting of the Sullivan County Delegation 
SCHC Remodeling Project Work Group 
Executive Finance Committee 
The Sullivan County Health Care (SCHC) Remodeling Project Work Group and Delegation Executive Finance Committee will convene for a joint meeting on:
Monday, February 21, 2022, 1:00 PM 
at the 
County Administration Building 
Commissioners Conference Room, Suite 1 
14 Main Street, Newport, NH, 03773 
This working group committee, per request of the Delegation, continues to meet to hear updates on the project that will include: 
1) discussion on potential next steps for the project, and 
2) any other business. 

Feel free to contact the Sullivan County Commissioners Office at 603-863-2560 Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, if you have any questions about this notice.
The meeting notice & corresponding documents available, may be accessed through the following link:  February 21, 2022 SCHC Remodel Work Group Committee & EFC Joint Meeting
Claremont Prepares to Celebrate 125 Years of Arts and Entertainment
In June, the Claremont City Hall and Opera House building will celebrate its 125th Anniversary since the dedication in 1897. A collaboration between the COH, City of Claremont (Business Development and the Fiske Free Library), Claremont Historical Society (CHS) and the Off Broad Street Players (OBSP) resulted in the formation of an anniversary committee to plan celebrations for the occasion. 

As part of their efforts, the committee is bringing the Claremont Oral History Project back to life. The oral history was originally published in 1981 as a collection of 41 interviews with former residents that was only available on cassette/CD, with a published index of summaries. This project was funded by New Hampshire Humanities. “The recordings are an amazing treasure about the history of Claremont, and in particular how the evolution of music and entertainment impacted the COH,” said Felicia Brych Dalke, COH Board President. In November, Colin Sanborn of the Fiske Free Library told Dalke and Christine Hawkins from the COH about the oral history, and they all agreed to expand access to this content as part of the 125th celebrations, resulting in the formation of the committee. 

A community grant application was submitted in January to New Hampshire Humanities to fund the writing of stories about some of the interviews, focusing on the history of arts and entertainment in Claremont. The grant was awarded on Thursday. The stories will cover events at the COH, the dance pavilions, and the movie theaters that were described in the interviews. “These stories will build on the work by the CHS and OBSP to create additional living history presentations in the manner of the Spirits of Claremont Series,” said Sharon Wood, a member of both organizations. “There is more planning to do but the content will be prepared for us to use,” said Wood. 

The stories will be published in June in both print and eBook format. Wayne McElreavy, CHS President, brings his knowledge of Claremont history and the CHS resources to support the project. “The publication will be a great way to increase interest in Claremont’s social and cultural history within the community,” said McElreavy. 

Other local organizations getting involved in the project include Laurel Elite Books that will author and publish the stories, Claremont Custom Framing and David Putnam Photography that will restore documents and pictures, and Claremont Community Television that will record a video history since 1980. “This is truly a Claremont focused effort that will bring the city together this summer to celebrate our rich history,” said Nancy Meyer, Business Development Specialist, City of Claremont, “and this is just the first of many outstanding projects and events to come!”  

More will be announced about planned events in the coming months, including a re-enactment of the building dedication in June. For more information about the 125th Anniversary or to help sponsor the effort, please contact
CO.STARTERS at River Valley Community College is a fast-paced, hands-on program focused on helping you go from business idea to action. The next 12-week session of CO.STARTERS starts March 11 and goes through the end of May.

Here’s what you get when you sign up for CO.STARTERS at RVCC:

  *  Weekly Workshops: You will attend 12 fast-paced, hands-on workshops on Thursdays from 6.30-9.30p on Zoom. Conducted by Alison Chisolm, Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at RVCC. Between sessions, you'll work on your own business using what you've learned and the resources available to you.
  *  1:1 Business Advising: You will be matched with a business advisor from the SBDC.
  *  Co-working space: You will have access to THEbusinessLAB, the co-working space at RVCC's Lebanon Academic Center.

The cost of the program is $325. Thanks to the generous support of the CDBG-Micro program administered by the NH CDFA, scholarships for low-moderate income starters are available.

Apply to the program now! Space is limited. Additional Info

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Employees Donate $12,000 Collected in Q4 to Six Nonprofit Organizations
 Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees recently presented $12,000 in donations from the Bank’s employee-driven charitable giving program, Casual for A Cause, to six nonprofit organizations in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The recipients of the contributions collected in Q4 2021 are: Community Closet and New Hope Midcoast in Maine; Kearsarge Food Hub and Willing Hands in New Hampshire; and Boys & Girls Club of Rutland County and LISTEN Community Services in Vermont.
Bank employees participating in Casual for a Cause dress casually on Fridays in exchange for a bi-weekly payroll deduction made to a pool of funds collected during each quarter. The employees then vote on the nonprofits to receive their contributions. Employees have donated more than $150,000 to more than 70 organizations since the program launched in 2018.
“Our employees truly care about the communities where we live and work, which is why they contribute a portion of their wages to the Casual for a Cause program,” said Jack Frost, VP Director of Community Giving at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “The program gives them a way to combine their charitable giving contributions and make more impactful donations to organizations who provide essential services to our neighbors in need.”
Companies interested in participating can email Nika Oakes at
Business Resources
Community Information
Youth Mentoring is Coming to Sullivan County!
Windsor County Mentors (WCM) is officially offering youth mentoring programs in Sullivan County! Local community groups from Sullivan County reached out at the end of 2021 to encourage WCM to consider offering its services in New Hampshire as there are currently very limited options for children to benefit from mentoring in Sullivan County. WCM has accepted that challenge!
WCM will be offering both community- and school-based mentoring options in Sullivan County. In both programs, after mentors complete a comprehensive background check and several hours of initial training, they are matched with a local child. In WCM’s community program mentors and mentees meet for two hours a week out in the community and engage in whatever activities they find fun or useful – from learning a new skill to just playing games. In the school program, mentors and mentees meet for an hour a week at the child’s school during the school day.
The benefits of mentoring are many, said WCM’s executive director Matthew Garcia. Strong social science research has shown that youth with mentors have:
-          Increased high school graduation rates
-          Higher college enrollment rates
-          Higher educational aspirations
-          Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
-          Improved behavior, both at home and at school
-          Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers
-          Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use
Any parent, teacher, or community member can refer a child to WCM for a mentor, through a quick and easy referral form. Any adult over 18 can apply to become a mentor. WCM can be contacted at for more information. You can reach out to Deryn Smith with the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network, and the Youth CAN Coalition with anything as well at
About Windsor County Mentors: Windsor County Mentors was founded in 1974 and has been creating and supporting mentoring relationships between caring adults and youth ever since. WCM has traditionally served all 24 towns in Windsor County, Vermont, the state’s largest county.
BIA Small Business Day
Friday, March 11th 9am-12pm
This online webinar is an opportunity for small business owners and managers to receive valuable information to help companies grow and prosper. This event will focus on important challenges and opportunities facing small businesses, and is presented in partnership with U.S. Small Business Administration and local chambers of commerce. Register Online
Pathway to Micro
Create your own pathway to success with NH SBDC’s new Pathway to Micro program!

Entrepreneurship is an alternative to fulltime employment that can offer you independence and flexibility. Starting a small business may sound daunting, but SBDC has a team of business advisors and educational resources to help you get started.

Who can participate in Pathway to Micro?

The Pathway to Micro program offers unemployed or under-employed individuals* the opportunity to launch a micro business (1-5 employees) of their own. Participants get confidential, highly individualized business assistance at no cost. Specialized education offerings for participants will be rolled out this year.

*People who are working part-time but want full-time employment or those with a job that does not fully use their existing skills, experience and education.

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