September 2020
Digital Tradewinds is a monthly publication highlighting members of the
Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce.
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TASC Helping Assists Older Adults During Pandemic, Seeks Drivers

During the pandemic, TASC helped give hundreds of rides for medical and essential trips. Now that the state has reopened, demand for transportation is higher than ever.

Officials with the agency said recently their number of drivers has dwindled. Many are seniors themselves and all but a handful have stepped back because of COVID-19. TASC has procedures in place to make sure drivers and passengers are safe. Including stocking up on masks and hand sanitizer along with deep cleaning of vehicles.

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Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics Awards Scholarship

Nicholas Frattali, a graduate of Exeter Area High School Class of 2020, is the winner of Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics 2020 ‘Access to Education’ Student Athlete Scholarship. Mr. Frattali was chosen from sixteen applicants and will receive a $3,000 scholarship.

While at Exeter High School, Mr. Frattali was an integral member of the National Honor Society. He volunteered for numerous service projects including Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Ending 68 hours of Hunger, and Annual Blood Drives for the American Red Cross. In his sophomore year of basketball knee surgery benched him for the last half of the season. Never in his basketball career had he sat out for more than a day or two. Throughout the months of rehab Nicholas persevered and learned that by “focusing on my teammates playing rather than myself, I improved my character and the appreciation for the people around me.” Nicholas will be attending UMASS-Amherst.

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Tobey & Merrill Insurance Celebrates Milestone

There are nations that couldn’t sustain themselves for 100 years, yet for a century Tobey & Merrill Insurance agency has thrived through a commitment to its customers, community and employees. Today, the third and fourth generations of Merrills are leading, but the tale of Tobey & Merrill begins as the world was embroiled in The Great War, when Herbert Tobey bought an insurance agency from Reverend Edgar Warren in 1916.

Dean and his brother Geoffrey are the third generation of Merrill’s guiding the agency today, following their father Russell in the role. And a few years ago, Dean’s daughter Kim Merrill Wood joined as the fourth generation to take up the mantel. All three remember the “grandpa” who got things going with Herbert Tobey, setting the standard for the way business would run. This was a man, they said, who always looked to the future and never dwelled on the past.

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Business NH Magazine Names Best Companies to Work For

For 23 years, Business NH Magazine has recognized businesses that go out of their way to create workplaces that recognize engaged employees are more productive. The 2020 competition attracted applicants from across the state. Those businesses deemed winning companies received the highest scores on an employee engagement survey, conducted by The Employee Engagement Company in Woburn, Mass., and an extensive employer survey, detailing benefits and workplace practices. Fully, NH companies exceeded the bar of excellence. 

One Exeter Area Chamber member was named to the list, while another was named to the hall of fame list.

Vapotherm was named to the Hall of Fame List.

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Hay Creek Hotels Opens 907 Main in Cambridge

907 Main, the highly anticipated boutique hotel is slated to open in the heart of Central Square, features sophisticated and refined amenities including
67 guest rooms, a two-bedroom penthouse, a new restaurant, The Dial, and forthcoming rooftop bar,
Blue Owl.

907 Main will honor the building’s 19th century architecture while seamlessly combining a sleek,
contemporary style to create an atmosphere that is chic and vibrant. With extensive safety and
healthcare guidelines outlining property protocols, employee and guest sanitation and wellness policies,
907 Main will be ready to safely welcome guests this fall. Hay Creek Hotels and Gensler concepted each venue within 907 Main to reflect the freewheeling culture and art of the Central Square neighborhood. There are subtle yet creative hints of whimsy throughout the property to delight guests.

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American Independence Museum Reopens for Tours

Live tours are back at the American Independence Museum, albeit hosted at safe social distances for members of the public. Tours have began and explore the history of Folsom Tavern and the grounds of the triangular parcel of land that makes up the museum’s property, while the Ladd-Gilman House remains closed. Executive Director Emma Stratton said in the wake of the museum shifting to a full virtual setup amid the coronavirus pandemic, it’s been a nice change of pace to have guests return in-person. She said tours are currently limited to the museum’s grounds and Folsom Tavern, which offers more open space inside and features new visual elements.

A tour explores the history of the property owners who lived in the former houses on the museum along Water Street in colonial times. Some of these historical figures included the tavern’s first owners Samuel Folsom and his wife Elizabeth. Her sister Margaret was rumored to have kissed George Washington during his collation, a light breakfast, during a stop at the tavern in 1789, according to tour guide Mike Welch.

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June Anniversaries

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Congratulations to our Award Winners!
Educator of the Year
Jonathan Theberge

This award recognizes an educator with an Engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues and the community. This year’s winner was Jonathan Theberge, Welding Technologies teacher at the Seacoast School of Technology. As shared with us in his nomination by SST Principal Sharon Wilson, Jonathan is passionate about his profession. No matter who his audience is, he finds a way to share his excitement for his work and the industry. Without fail, after listening to Jonathan, students and parents have gained knowledge, excitement, and a new appreciation for “the wonderful world of welding.”

Business of the Year-Non-Profit

HAVEN is the largest violence prevention and support services organization in the state of NH, providing support and assistance to thousands of clients are impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. HAVEN is dedicated to addressing public health through violence prevention and improving the well-being of children and families- offering support for those in crisis as well as educational programming. 

Each month, the Exeter Area Chamber will honor two award winners from the

Congratulations to all of our winners!

2020 State of the Region
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Zoom Virtual Event
Regional leaders from the industries of healthcare/telehealth, real estate, and employment services join us for an interactive discussion on current trends, what's ahead, and how to prepare for the future.

$15 for Chamber members and $20 for Not-Yet Chamber members. Once registered, a confirmation email will be sent that will include the zoom information.

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