May 2021
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Seacoast Family Promise Unveils Third Transitional Housing Facility

Pati Frew-Waters, executive director of Seacoast Family Promise, looked around the transitional housing organization for homeless families’ latest housing acquisition and said, it was “just perfect.”

Seacoast Family Promise held a ribbon-cutting for its newest housing unit at 480 Breakfast Hill Road in a former multi-family home previously owned by Bethany Church. Frew Waters said the home is currently able to house five families who are taking part in Seacoast Family Promise’s programs. Frew-Waters said the upstairs has an additional kitchen that can be put into use if a family requires isolation due to COVID-19 exposure or it can eventually be converted into additional living space for a sixth family. Currently, there are four families residing in the new facility, she said. Over the course of much of last year, Frew Waters said a number of the churches Seacoast Family Promise partners with to house families in the program had shuttered their doors due to COVID-19 infection concerns.

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50 Years of Richie McFarland Children's Center: Meet Jim Kaplan

For the past 23 years, Jim Kaplan has been one of the hardest-working employees in Exeter Hospital’s cafeteria. The 52-year-old arrives for a shift from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. five days a week, during which he clears and washes dishes. He can be a man of few words with strangers, but everyone at the hospital knows him. 

When Jim was born with Fragile X syndrome, a genetic disorder characterized by mild-to-moderate intellectual disability, his mother Sue was determined to help him live as independently as possible. At the time, there were no schools for children with disabilities and she placed an ad in the Exeter News-Letter seeking other parents of children with challenges. Maureen Barrows, Jane McFarland, Mildred Wool and Sue Dillenbeck answered her call. The five mothers became the founders of the Richie McFarland Children’s Center (RMCC), which opened with eight students in October 1971, and is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021.

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Owners of Brookside Market to Sell Popular Exeter Store

After 3½ years behind the counter of Brookside Market and Deli, owners Pete Aresco and his husband Ben Bright are selling their convenience store.

The store located at 51 Hampton Road gained widespread notoriety after selling New Hampshire's first winning Mega Millions ticket in 2019.
But more than the publicity they gained from the lottery hype, Aresco said the relationships with customers they have forged in their time owning the store has been “the ride of a lifetime.” In the post, they thanked their “loyal” customers who they credited with having “grown this business to the success that we could have never imagined.”

Aresco said after working alongside his husband for 12 hours a day, six days a week, both felt it was time for a change. They said they will be staying on for the next month to help train the new owner. He said for loyal customers who came to love their pizza and sandwiches, the offerings will not change, and it was important for him to find a new owner who wanted to continue their recipes.

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RiverWoods Starts Podcast for Boomers

Cathleen Toomey credits the idea for her new senior-themed podcast to other people's curiosity. Toomey knew there had to be a better way and she found it with her new podcast, "Seniority Authority,"

Toomey said that in her work with today's elders, she has noticed that, "We need to change the way people are thinking about aging. It's not about a number - it's about your attitude and ability."  The idea for the podcast was born from the questions. The aging of the boomer generation brought the need for answers to the forefront.

A marketing professional, Toomey has noted that when she was growing up, businesses stopped marketing to people over 50. Now people 50 and over stay active and relevant, she said, adding, "We are a powerhouse." Toomey said the podcast is geared toward people 50 and older.

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Members Helping Members

Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, has opened in Exeter. Franchise owner Matt Goyette said he’s holding a grand opening and fundraiser from Wednesday, May 26 to Sunday, May 30 to support the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Exeter. Customers with a special fundraising coupon may make a minimum $3 contribution to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Exeter in exchange for a regular sub. 

Before becoming a Jersey Mike's franchisee, Goyette was in commercial lending for 23 years. Since 2010, Jersey Mike’s locations throughout the country have raised more than $65 million for local charities. In 2021, the company’s 11th Annual Jersey Mike’s Month of Giving in March raised over $15 million for more than 200 charities nationwide. 

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Scammans Plan to Rebuild Barn

A devastating fire destroyed Scamman Farm’s four-story, 80-foot-long barn built in 1836 Monday night, and 300 of the family’s chickens perished. The fire also spread to the exterior of a restored English-style barn built in 1750 but was prevented from destroying the building altogether by firefighters.

The Scammans said they plan to rebuild the barn, but due to the condition of the foundation following the fire, they said it may have to be erected in a nearby location or elsewhere on the property. In the aftermath of the fire, the Scammans reflected on 50 years living at their farm, which hosted major state and national political events, and today offers agrotourism attractions in the fall, such as a corn maze. In 2009, the 200-acre farm was placed into conservation.

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May Chamber Spotlight:
TASC (Transportation Assistance for Seacoast Citizens)
TASC is a community service organization based in Hampton, NH. It coordinates a group of volunteer drivers to transport persons, who can no longer drive themselves, to wherever the volunteer driver is willing to go. TASC was formed years ago and serves the communities of: Brentwood, East Kingston, Exeter, HamptonHampton FallsKensington, North HamptonRye, Seabrook and Stratham.
While the rides are provided free to the passengers, TASC receives financial support from the towns in our coverage area as well as local businesses, private donors and through fundraising events held throughout the year.
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PMI Greenrock
881 C Lafayette Road, Hampton

Jersey Mike's Subs
141 Portsmouth Ave, Unit C, Exeter

92 Portsmouth Ave., Suite #2, Exeter
May Renewing Members

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Membership Milestones
Congratulations to our members who are celebrating a milestone year with the
Exeter Area Chamber!

15 Years
RCH Pavement Maintenance

10 Years

5 Years
Congratulations to our 2021 Community Award Winners!

2021 Community Awards ~ Small Business of the Year
Kathy Beebe exudes so much leadership with everyone that she encounters. She cares so deeply for the people impacted by trauma, violence, and much more and has the skills to look at things on a visionary level to build systems level change to impact our communities in the best way. Her positive outlook that when a community comes together we can all better people's lives is shown each and every day through her leadership, service, and attitude. Anyone would be lucky enough to be at a table with her, work for her, or be in a community that is impacted by her leadership.

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