July 2020
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The Angry Donut Recognized in New Hampshire Magazine

It’s been said that the world runs on donuts. Actually, no one said that. But they should, because everyone loves donuts. Since we live in a region where you can score a glazed every 100 yards or so, the trick is finding the best. Real enthusiasts will go out of their way to unearth a treasure, and a little inside knowledge can lead to a sweet, satisfying reward.

The Angry Donut & Cafe-Don’t let the name fool you — there are some pretty happy bakers plying their trade in Stratham. There’s no other way to explain the utterly unique donuts at The Angry Donut & Cafe. Scratch-made, hand-cut and fried on-site daily, Angry Donuts are unlike any other. Founder Tom Quill — his official title is “Optimist” on his business card — uses brioche dough, which results in a lighter, airier, much more moist donut that has a bit of a pastry texture. Flavors include chocolate sea salt, maple bacon (bacon!), cinnamon sugar and raspberry jelly.

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Galley Hatch Manager Celebrates 50 Years

The Galley Hatch Restaurant has seen five decades of change since it opened in 1970, but one man has remained a fixture from the beginning.

Harry Bobolas was surprised when he arrived at the Galley Hatch for what he thought was a general celebration of the restaurant’s 50th anniversary. He quickly learned that the gathering of ownership, town officials and Galley Hatch regulars had come to celebrate and thank him for his 50-year tenure.

The gathering in the Galley Hatch parking lot included Bobolas’ fellow local U.S. Marines like Police Chief Richard Sawyer and former selectman Phil Bean. Bobolas was a Vietnam War veteran who has since organized several Marine Corps birthday celebrations at the Galley Hatch over the years. Restaurant owner John Tinios installed a new flag pole in the parking lot and placed a plaque there commemorating Bobolas’ Gold Anniversary.

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Exeter Adult Education Welcomes New Executive Director

SAU16 is excited to announce Michelle Voto as the new Director of Exeter Adult Education. Michelle has worked in the field of education for 23 years. Her richly diverse experiences include positions at both the secondary and post-secondary level. In 1997, Michelle began her career at the post-secondary level as a Director of Admissions, Associate Professor in Business Education, and Academic Dean for Continuing Education at Hesser College/Kaplan University. 

After seven years, Michelle made the decision to transition to the secondary level where she focused on developing and implementing alternative educational pathways in the Adult and Community Education Program and Career Technical Education in the Nashua School District.  

To learn more, visit adulted.sau.org.
Palmer Gas & Oil Recognized as Best of the Decade

Palmer Gas & Oil (PGO) has been named Business of the Decade by Business NH Magazine. PGO was recognized for its achievements in the Retail/Wholesale category. Business NH Magazine invited the winners of its Business of the Year and Business Leader of the Year awards between 2011 and 2019 to apply for the Business of the Decade competition. Nearly 50 judges participated in scoring the applications through two rounds of judging to determine the winners.

Palmer Gas & Oil (PGO) is a family-owned and operated propane and oil delivery and service company based in Atkinson, New Hampshire with an over-85-year history serving New Hampshire, Northern Massachusetts and Southern Maine. They are also four-time winners of the Best of Business (BOB) awards for best fuel provider and has an accredited A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Visit palmergas.com to learn more.
Seacoast Dermatology Welcomes
Dr. Hagger Ali

Seacoast Dermatology PLLC is pleased to announce the addition of Hagger Ali, MD, MS, MPH to the growing medical dermatology practice. Dr Ali is currently accepting new patients of all ages. 

A recognized leader and role model in medicine, Dr. Ali received acknowledgements for demonstrating clinical excellence, outstanding compassion for patients, their families and healthcare colleagues. Accolades include the prestigious Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award and honorary membership into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.  She received her Master of Biomedical Science in Immunology and Master of Public Health from Tufts University of Medicine in Boston. Ali obtained her Doctor of Medicine from Marshall University in Huntington, WV, graduating with Junior Alpha Omega Alpha honors. Completing residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, she was awarded a resident grant from the American Academy of Dermatology to advance the study of dermatology abroad.

Visit seacoastdermnh.com to learn more.
Mark Levesque Joins First Seacoast Bank

First Seacoast Bank announced the addition of Mark Levesque as vice president, IT operations manager.

Levesque brings more than 15 years of information technology experience to FSB previously working in several industries including retail, healthcare and financial services. A graduate of Boston University, he holds a bachelor’s degree in computer systems management. He holds several professional certifications including CompTIA A+ and Network+, Microsoft Office Suite Certification and is a Cisco Certified Network Associate. Levesque has contributed his time and technical skills to several nonprofit organizations including the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Quabbin Mediation, YES BizCenter and House of Hope, all based in central Massachusetts. He is also a volunteer foster care case reviewer for the Department of Children and Families in Massachusetts.

To learn more, visit firstseacoastbank.com.
We want to help spread the word about YOUR business!
As a member of the EACC, you have a number of tools available to help you
promote your business.

Ready to learn more? Attend our next FastTrak Meeting:
Wednesday, September 9th, 8:30-9:30am
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Congratulations to our Award Winners!
Chairperson's Award

Exeter Area Chamber Board Chair, Rachael Ela, chose Greg to be recognized with the Chairperson's award because he understands the impact a vibrant Parks & Recreation department has on the overall health of a community. His proactive approach working in partnership with others has made a large impact not only on the Parks & Rec. Department, but on the Chamber and community at large- most notably making the Powderkeg Beer & Chili Fest into the incredibly successful event it has come to be.

Business of the Year-Health & Wellness

Exeter Power Yoga & Healing Center recently celebrated their second anniversary. Their vision is to create a loving, inclusive community, offering yoga, Reiki, meditation or therapeutic for people in Exeter and surrounding communities.
Each month, the Exeter Area Chamber will honor two award winners from the

Congratulations to all of our winners!

New Members | July

Know a business who wants to join the Chamber?
Contact Bobbi Vandenbulcke, Director of Member Partnerships at bobbi@exeterarea.org .

Thank You to our Chamber Champions!
We would like to take a moment and say thank you to those organizations and individuals who donated to the Chamber Champion Campaign during the months of June and July:

The Bickford Family
George Soderberg
Patty Lovejoy

Want to learn more about how you can become a Chamber Champion?

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