January 2021
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Therapy Goats Bring Comfort to Riverwoods During Pandemic

Dan Burbank, landscaping manager for RiverWoods at Exeter, knew he was on to a good thing three years ago when he and the facility's agricultural team brought three goats to the senior living complex. Residents in the independent living and assisted living community came out to welcome the animals, along with frail residents from the skilled nursing unit. One woman had lost all mobility and was in a wheelchair. She had to be pushed to the edge of the goat pen, Burbank recalled. 

Burbank and the other RiverWoods staff are determined to make those smiles happen through their agricultural program, which brings residents and nature closer. Sometimes the residents are the teachers, sometimes the staff, sometimes both. The idea for the goats was developed three years ago, according to Burbank. RiverWoods has an active adult education program where short-term courses are taught by residents or staff. The topics vary from year to year, he said, and cover a range of interests. Three years ago the topic was business management, and at the end, students had to come up with a business concept. From that, an agricultural team was developed, and they determined to bring in honeybees and goats to enhance the experience of residents.

Learn more at www.riverwoodsrc.org.
Unitil Unveils New Seacoast Operations Facility in Exeter

Unitil recently completed its planned 54,000-square-foot Seacoast operations facility in Exeter. The new facility is located on Energy Way, just off Exit 9 on Route 101, a location selected specifically to help facilitate swift response to outages throughout Unitil’s Seacoast service region.

The facility will be home to Unitil’s Seacoast electric distribution operations as well as its forestry, engineering and centralized electric dispatch teams. Unitil selected Manchester-based PROCON as the designer and construction manager for the project. While energy efficiency practices and other environmentally-friendly design choices have been made throughout the building, the building was designed as an “essential” facility, meaning it will be able to operate during a man-made disaster, similar to a police or fire station. During major weather events, the facility will serve as the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for the region and will support preparation, damage assessment, public safety, and restoration efforts as the hub of local operations.

Visit www.unitil.com for more information.
CMS Educator Named World Language Teacher of the Year

Cooperative Middle School teacher Marjorie Pim was recently named the 2021 New Hampshire World Language Teacher of the Year. The New Hampshire Association of World Language Teachers gave the veteran teacher the award for her work in preparing and supporting middle school students for high school language learning. One of her colleagues, Jacob Goodwin, nominated her after observing her in action during her classes.

Throughout her own high school and collegiate career, Pim studied French, Spanish, Danish and Japanese. She earned a bachelor of arts in East Asian studies from Bates College in Maine and a master of arts in Japanese studies. She started teaching at CMS when the school first opened in 1998, where she began and continues to bestow her love for languages to future generations through teaching Spanish and Japanese. To be voted the World Language Teacher of the Year, a teacher must be an innovative world language leader within the classroom and community and be dedicated to improving their own language skills. The NHAWLT will honor Pim at the NH Excellence in Education Awards Ceremony in June 2021.

Visit cms.sau16.org to learn more.
Local Organizations Participate in
Take Out Hunger

Soup from the Black Trumpet or homemade comfort food from the Green Bean is not what you would expect to find on the menu at a food pantry. Take Out Hunger is changing that. The goal is simple, to provide take-out food from area restaurants to feed the hungry. 

One restaurant that signed on immediately was the Green Bean in Exeter. Lori Whitney, who owns the restaurant with her husband Jeff, knew Bridges because their mothers had been in the same long-term care facility. Whitney’s mother also passed away last year. Whitney reached out to St. Vincent de Paul's pantry in Exeter at the same time someone from Take Out Hunger called them. It all felt meant to be, she said. Not only because it was a way to help feed those in need, but as a lifeline to restaurants like hers that have seen a decline in revenue. 

The organizers from Take Out Hunger are working to increase private and corporate donations. Riverwoods in Exeter and Durham just came on as a corporate sponsor. As of now, the goal is to see the program continue until spring.

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Leone, McDonnell & Roberts Adds Two New Team Members

The Certified Public Accounting firm of Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, PA is pleased to welcome Timothy Thompson as Senior Accountant and Benjamin Oquendo as Staff Accountant to the firm.

Timothy attended the University of Florida and earned his Masters of Accounting in 2013. Originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Tim holds a Florida CPA license and has spent the last seven years in various financial capacities. Tim has invaluable experience as a credit analyst with a proven track record of success in the banking industry. He also has a strong background in public accounting. In his role at Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, Tim focuses on preparing and reviewing tax documents for clients on both the federal and state levels.

Benjamin Oquendo graduated with highest honors (Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society) from San Diego City College in 2017, earning an Associate of Science in Business Administration. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Business, with a concentration in Accounting, from the University of New Hampshire, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2019. Benjamin served in the United States Navy from 2011-2015, where he served on the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Ingraham (FFG 61). He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Learn more at www.lmrpa.com.
Access Sports Medicine Doctor Successfully Mastering Conformis Total Knee Replacement

Dr. A. David Davis of Access Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics is finding great success with a revolutionary total knee replacement procedure. Utilizing the Conformis customized total knee replacement system, Dr. Davis is able to perform the surgery as an outpatient procedure and get patients back in their homes to rest and recuperate as quickly as possible.

The Conformis iTotal® knee replacement system is cutting-edge medical technology that consists of personalized implants to match each patient’s unique anatomy, an individualized pre-operative surgical plan and a comprehensive set of disposable iJig instruments, all delivered in a sterile package. With replacement components that are customized to a patient’s individual bone and ligament structure, this surgical method will help reduce sizing compromises that can lead to long-term pain after surgery. Dr. Davis is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon fellowship trained in arthroscopy and sports medicine. He specializes in the care of sports-related injuries, with a particular focus on injuries of the shoulder, hip and knee, and was most recently named the Access Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics Top Doctor for Orthopaedic Surgery for 2020.

Visit www.accesssportsmed.com to learn more.
January Chamber Spotlight:
Rejuvenations Professional Massage
Rejuvenations Professional Massage started 21 years ago in a changing room of a karate school in Portsmouth. During this time, they have been specializing in therapeutic massage for recovery, prevention of injury and massage for pain management. Rejuvenations offers a large variety of services including: Medical Massage, Cupping,
Instrument Assisted Massage, Kinesio-taping, Craniosacral Therapy, Sports Massage and Signature Therapeutic Massage and Pregnancy Massage, and Acupuncture.

Be more than relaxed. Be Rejuvenated.
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January New Members
9Round Epping | 24 Calef Hwy., Suite 14, Epping

Townsquare Media | 292 Middle Rd., Dover

Bodywise Physical Therapy | 285 Calef Hwy.,
Suite 11, Epping

Wunderly Financial Coaching
January Renewing Members
New for 2021, for those members who renew during their renewal month or before they will be entered in a raffle for a complimentary EBlast, valued at $150.
January's winner was Exeter Historical Society. Congratulations!
Membership Milestones
Congratulations to our members who are celebrating a milestone year with the
Exeter Area Chamber!

30 Years

20 Years

10 Years
Congratulations to our Award Winners!
Outstanding Woman in Business
Jennifer Desrosiers
Jennifer has distinguished herself as a leader not only in the industry, but has become a trailblazer in the entire greater Exeter and seacoast community. Her tenacity, innovative imagination, business brilliance, and compassion makes her an inspiration to many women, young girls, and fellow business owners. Her most notable community impact movement was LANEY & LU's ''Give a Smoothie, Give A Bowl'' Campaign during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This movement provided nearly 4,000 donated meals to hospital workers, first responders, and community members in need during these difficult times. This was noted by fellow restaurateurs and inspired others to follow suit. Not to mention during this time, she kept her entire team full employed, while keeping doors open to continue supporting over 30 local farmers, merchants, and vendors.
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