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January 2019
In This Issue
Solar Array Result of Energy Initiative Donation
An energy efficiency and renewable energy initiative launched in 2017 continues to pay dividends for Seacoast communities.  ReVision Energy agreed to donate 103 Tier 1 solar panels to The Children's Museum of New Hampshire    in Dover---part of a 318-panel rooftop solar array at the Children's Museum and adjacent  Dover Indoor Pool , which share a common electricity meter. A public ribbon cutting is planned in February to unveil the arrays. Yankee Thermal Imaging also completed two weatherization projects for area nonprofits.

The combined 101.7-kilowatt solar array on the museum and pool roofs will generate approximately 120,000 kilowatt-hours of clean electricity per year and offset more than 126,000 pounds of carbon pollution annually for decades to come. The system is expected to provide roughly 30 percent of the combined electricity needs of the two facilities, although that ratio could rise to 50% or more once planned LED lighting and other efficiency upgrades take place. The solar array is projected to save approximately $550,000 in electricity costs long-term.

Visit www.revisionenergy.com for more information. 
Howe, Riley & Howe Joins Wipfli
Howe, Riley & Howe announced  that the firm has joined Wipfli, one of the top 20 accounting and consulting firms in the United States. As part of this combination, the firm's 50 associates, including six partners, have joined Wipfli.

According to Alison Perrella, co-managing partner of Howe, Riley & Howe, c hange is occurring at a strong pace for their clients and Howe, Riley & Howe has a long history of helping their clients navigate change to achieve success in the marketplace. This combination with Wipfli will enhance their ability to continue to meet and exceed the evolving needs of their clients.  With associates in offices across the United States and in India, Wipfli ranks among the top 20 accounting and business consulting firms in the nation. 

Visit www.hrhcpa.com for more information. 
Shaheen & Gordon Welcomes Ratte
Chris Ratté has joined the Dover office of Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. Ratté has been practicing law in New Hampshire since 1998 and in Maine since 2005. His practice focuses on business law, real estate transactions, and estate planning.

Ratté helps business clients from acquisition or startup to the final dissolution or sale of the business, with all of the many challenges of owning a small business in between. His business practice includes corporate and LLC formation, contracts, commercial leases, corporate administration, and employment law. Chris is a licensed title insurance producer in New Hampshire and Maine.

Visit www.shaheengordon.com for more information. 
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Opens The Doorway
Wentworth-Douglass is pleased to be working with the state of New Hampshire to combat the opioid crisis. The Doorway, operated by Wentworth-Douglass Hospital , opened on January 3 to help connect people with the right treatment programs and community-based support to combat their disease. The Doorway, operated by Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, is one of a network of nine regional hubs located throughout the state to provide clear points of entry for any NH resident seeking treatment for a substance use disorder.

Services offered at The Doorway include screening and comprehensive assessments,  e valuations for substance use and mental health services, r eferrals for treatment and other health and social service needs, including outpatient and inpatient treatment, peer support services, mental health services, housing, food banks, etc. and care coordination. 

For more information, visit www.wdhospital.com
Now Accepting Scholarship & Educator of the Year Nominations
The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for their Student Scholarship program which will award one area student $1,000 to be used towards post-secondary education costs.  The Chamber is also collecting nominations for their annual Educator of the Year award which includes $1,000 to be used towards classroom expenses.  Both programs are organized by the Chamber's Business & Education Partnership and sponsored by Measured Progress, Inc.

Seacoast Dermatology Welcomes New Team Member  
Seacoast Dermatology PLLC announces Maria Petkova NP-C, as the newest team member of the growing dermatology practice.
Board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Petkova is working closely with doctors at Seacoast Dermatology to diagnose and prescribe treatment for a variety of skin conditions. Her special areas of focus include skin cancer detection, and the diagnosis and treatment for women's skin-related health issues including adult acne, GYN dermatology, hair loss, anti-aging and nutrition.  Completing her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nutrition and Dietetics, and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Simmons College in Boston, Petkova was graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors with an emphasis on Family Medicine and OB/GYN. At the Harvard School of Public Health, she focused on Women's Health Research studies. She also assisted in the development and management of cutaneous oncology clinical trials while at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research in Boston. 

For more information, visit www.seacoastdermnh.com
HBL Group Names Martineau Employee of the Year
HBL Group, LLC was pleased to announce their 2018 Employee of the Year is Senior Account Manager, Paula Martineau. The Employee of the Year award is a staff voted on award recognizing one employee who has gone above and beyond. 

According to HBL partners and staff, Paula embodies the spirit of teamwork and is always available to help others. She consistently receives great feedback and goes above and beyond for her clients. She was recognized with a plaque and $100 gift card to the restaurant of her choice.

For more information, visit www.hblgroupllc.com
NECU Promotes Auger
Northeast Credit Union (NECU) announced the promotion of Debbie Auger to Vice President of Marketing. Auger oversees the Marketing Department and is responsible for developing and executing compelling marketing, branding, and communication strategies to increase visibility and drive the growth of the credit union. She provides direction for business and market development, promotion and advertising and NECU's community investment strategies and participation.

Prior to joining NECU in 2016 as AVP of Marketing, Auger served as the Director of Client Services for Sean Tracey Associates, a Portsmouth-based advertising agency. She was responsible for account management, providing branding solutions including re-brands and developing dynamic, award-winning ad campaigns and strategies for financial, insurance and healthcare clients. She is a NH Native, an avid sports fan, and actively involved in supporting community initiatives and organizations such as CHaD NH East-West High School All-Star Football Game.

For more information, visit www.necu.org
Cornerstone VNA Celebrates Employees and Volunteers
Cornerstone VNA recently held their annual appreciation breakfast at the Oaks in Somersworth, which is a special event to celebrate employees and volunteers.  Congratulations were given to Janice Howard, Life Care Director, who achieved her 30 year pin, and who also received the 2018 Cornerstone Award for her dedication and commitment to advancing the mission of Cornerstone VNA.  In addition, congratulations were given to Jo Ann Pearson, RN, BSN, recipient of the Nightingale Award for exemplifying Florence Nightingale's work through best practice, mentorship, education and change. 

Volunteer Coordinators, Ann Vennard and Nancy Nicolazzo, also recognized the many volunteers who support staff and patients. Collectively, over 65 volunteers comprised of companion, senior companion, pet companion, Hospice, A Matter of Balance, outreach, caregiver café, office and board of directors have given over 5,575 hours of their time in 2018.

Visit www.cornerstonevna.org for more information. 
Welcome  New Members
(Joined January 1-January 30, 2019)

SEH Studios
Susan Hanna | 1 Washington Street, Suite 1119, Dover | www.sehstudios.com
Bad Lab Beer Co.
Evan Eppler | 460 High Street, Somersworth | www.badlabbeer.com 

Professional Carpet Care & Cleaners
Peter Holt | 213 Route 236, Berwick, ME | www.facebook.com/professional-carpet-care

Keslar Insurance Agency
Lisa Keslar | 55 Main Street, Newmarket | www.keslarinsurance.com 

Christina Van Blake | 50 Pointe Place, Suite 11, Dover | www.designedathome.com 

Harmony Homes
Samantha Hosking | 40 Briggs Way, Durham | www.harmonyhomesnh.com 

Granite State Group at Morgan Stanley
Danielle Hamor | 1000 Elm Street, 14th Floor, Manchester | fa.morganstanley.com/granitestategroup

Member Renewals
We wish to thank the following organizations who renewed their Chamber membership in January.

Bamford Investment Company, LLC
Dennis Munson Plumbing & Heating
Philip A. Jennison, Inc.
Renewal E-Blast Raffle
Members who renew their membership during their renewal month are entered to win a free dedicated e-blast to go out on their organization's behalf.  Valued at $225! 

The renewal e-blast winner for January was Dover Days Inn!
Get your membership in on-time to win!