Saturday, June 4th, 10am-2pm
Join us as we help celebrate the grand opening of The Wheel House!

"The name has changed but the faces remain the same. We still offer the best service, bike inventory, and hospitality in the area.

If you are looking for a new bike, or need some service or upgrades, get down to the biggest little bike shop in the world."

Ribbon Cutting at 10am

Door Prizes, Contests, Fun & Games throughout the day!
Interested in donating an item or service for the auction?
All interested presenters are asked to complete this simple online form.
For more information on participating in any of the above Chamber events please email Elyse Crossman or call (603) 543-1296
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Claremont Residents Share 125 Years of Entertainment Memories - Stage Whispers Available for Preorder
On June 22nd, the Claremont Opera House (COH) will celebrate its 125th anniversary since the building was dedicated in 1897. To mark the occasion, the COH is publishing a commemorative book about the early years of arts and entertainment in Claremont. The anniversary committee, composed of representatives from the City of Claremont, Fiske Free Library, Claremont Historical Society, Off Broad Street Players and the COH, have been working with the oral histories recorded in 1980 to
create a printed version of some of their stories.

Stage Whispers - A Living History, Retold will be released on June 25th during a celebration event. The book is based on the 1980 oral history
project, which is a collection of 41 interviews with 51 former Claremont residents, recorded on cassette tape with a published index of summaries. Ten of those interviewed whose stories fit the book's theme of arts and entertainment were selected to be included in the book.
They include:
Elizabeth Bell (1885-1989) recalls attending the 1897 dedication with her mother.
Earl Bourdon (1917-1993) remembers local and world class sports at the town hall.
Frank Bush (1902-1996) describes Claremont’s renowned music reputation.
Charles Chandler (1906-1995) shares stories about working for the COH manager.
Mable Cutting (1910-1998) describes Stevens baccalaureate on the COH stage.
Bertha Emond (1916-1991) recalls movies and vaudeville at the many theaters.
Albert D. Leahy Sr. (1903-1994) shares stories about entertainment at local parks.
Paul Mason (1897-1989) recalls watching opera at the opera house.
Cynthia McKee (1915-1994) shares how the COH was saved from demolition.
Effie White (1890-1992) recalls an elephant walking down the aisle to
exit the COH.

Other featured Claremont residents include Arthur Garneau, Laurina Issoire, Alice Joyal and Mildred LaPanne. When the book is released, the audio files will be made available to the public to hear all the narrators tell their stories.

Over the last 125 years, thousands of events were held within the Claremont Opera House and City Hall, while others were held at the many theaters, dance pavilions and parks around the city. “The book will remind long-time residents, and educate recent residents, about Claremont’s very special arts and entertainment past. A past filled with music, theater, culture, sports and intellectual pursuits,” said Felicia Brych Dalke, COH Board President.

This project was funded in part by a community grant from New Hampshire Humanities, which funded the writing of the book by Annalisa Parent, CEO of Laurel Elite Books in Claremont. “The Opera House is a unique asset in our community. I enjoyed both discovering and sharing more about its fabulous past, and I look forward to the community learning more about this treasure.”

Stage Whispers - A Living History, Retold is currently available for preorder at a discounted price of $20, with pick-up at the COH on or after the June 25th celebration event. Each book preorder will also receive one free ticket to the June 25th “125 Year Celebration” show featuring performances by area arts organizations including Off Broad
Street Players, the Claremont American Band, and West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts.

Production of the book is supported by Claremont Custom Framing & David Putnam Photography, and Laurel Elite Books. To preorder the book, go to For more information about the 125th anniversary book and show, or to sponsor this effort, please contact Felicia Brych Dalke at
Beth Zullo Promoted to Branch Relationship Manager for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
Beth Zullo has been promoted to Branch Relationship Manager for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s branch located in Sunapee, New Hampshire. In this role, she leads a team of banking professionals to provide solutions and guidance to help individuals, families, and businesses in the community meet their financial goals.
Beth has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. She worked at Lake Sunapee Bank, which was acquired by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust in 2017, as a teller for four years and then as Customer Information Files Manager for 12 years. She then served as an assistant to a financial planner at KLG Financial Solutions for three years. In 2021, Beth took on the role of Assistant Branch Manager for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s two locations in New London, New Hampshire.
Beth attended Keene State College before earning her bachelor’s degree in Business from Granite State College. She has also attended Northern New England School of Banking, where she earned the General Banking Diploma, Advanced Supervisor Certificate, Supervisor Diploma, and Bank Operations Diploma.
Beth is an active volunteer with animal rescue efforts. She is also certified as a Usui Reiki Practitioner Level I and II.
Beth and her husband, Anthony, live in Newport, New Hampshire.
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BeMobile Verizon is collecting unwanted crayons for Crazy Crayons to benefit local schools and daycare centers.
BeMobile Verizon is collecting used and broken crayons for Crazy Crayons, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the environment and enriching the lives of children.

Donated crayons will be sorted by color, melted down, and remanufactured into fun shapes like worms, dinosaurs and easy grip designs. The recycled crayons are then distributed to schools and daycares.

BeMobile and Crazy Crayons have a shared mission of impacting the community. “We are proud to have found an equally community-focused partner like Crazy Crayons to impact kids and give back to the wonderful communities that we operate in.”says Jason Prinsen, BeMobile Sales and Marketing Director. “ We look forward to being able to donate over 3,000 pounds of crayons to area schools!”

More than a half-million pounds of crayons are discarded annually throughout the U.S., which equates to roughly 60 million crayons. Crazy Crayons reduces environmental waste by recycling crayons rather than discarding them. BeMobile Verizon will be collecting crayons at all locations through June 15th. 
Arts Education Fund & Scholarship Information
The Center for the Arts believes the arts are essential to a student’s complete education and with so many cuts in programs the CFA believes it is their mission to keep the arts alive in local schools by supporting teachers and the school administrators in their efforts to provide creative programing for all of their students.

And to that end, the Center for the Arts Arts Education Fund is available to any teacher in the twelve towns of the Lake Sunapee Region, for teacher-led classroom projects and school-wide programs.

In addition to the Arts Education Program, the CFA also offers Scholarships to talented students in our region who dream of a future in dance, music, theater, writing or the visual arts. These students are the future of the arts, and the CFA acknowledges their passion and talent by providing them financial support.

$30,000 has been awarded over the past five years and 2022 applications are currently available. Scholarships are possible for summer programs as well as for high school seniors pursuing a college education in the arts.

The CFA encourages creative students to visit the website for more information and applications.
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Updates and Resources from Senator Shaheen's Office
State Small Business Credit Initiative:
Last month, the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) announced plans to deploy $300 million of State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Technical Assistance funding to support small businesses across the country. $200 million of these funds will be provided to states, the District of Columbia, territories, and Tribal governments that are participating in the SSBCI capital program to provide technical assistance to qualifying underserved entrepreneurs and very small businesses with fewer than ten employees. Another $100 million of funds will be transferred to the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) at the Department of Commerce, which will focus its technical assistance on helping underserved entrepreneurs seeking direct capital investment, such as venture capital financing.
Additional information can be found below:
·       Treasury press release
Local Restaurant Infrastructure Investment Program:
The Local Restaurant Infrastructure Investment Program provides awards to local restaurants seeking reimbursement for eligible equipment, infrastructure, and technology purchases up to an award cap of $15,000. Such purchases must be a result of or in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to be eligible under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. The application window closes on July 13th and more information can be found here.
USDA and EDA Resource Guide:
Last week, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development released a joint resource guide to help community organizations access USDA and EDA resources to build strategies to boost economic development in rural America. More information can be found below my email signature.
Compete for $10K at CWE's Backyard Pitch Room!
Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Backyard & CWE's Pitch Room Competition is back!
What: Unique sales pitch competition for food and beverage business owners 

Application Deadline: Friday, June 10th at 5pm ET 
Who: Applicants must be over 21 years old, based in New England, and currently operate a formal food and beverage business. Contestants will be selected based on their demonstrated connection to their brands and passion for their businesses.  
What’s Next: Selected contestants will make a two-minute pitch to a live panel of expert judges on Tuesday, June 28th at 5:30 PM. 
Proud Innovation 2022:
Learn from accomplished innovators June 15 & 22
Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as we celebrate Pride month with our free, online Proud Innovation 2022 series, coming June 15 and 22. These events are open to all.
Panel members will discuss how their education and experiences help them improve technology, rethink challenges, and transform new ideas into realities. Special guests include:
  • Arianna T. Morales, Ph.D., Staff Research Scientist, General Motors R&D Center
  • Suma Reddy, Co-founder and CEO, Future Acres
  • David Taubenheim, Senior Data Scientist, NVIDIA
  • Theodore ‘TJ’ Ronningen, Ph.D., Chair, Out to Innovate; Research Scientist, Ohio State University (moderator)

Panel members will talk about what it takes to turn individual passions into entrepreneurial successes. Special guests include:
  • Ana Maria Hernandez Marti, Founder and CEO, Equal Love
  • Jake Kenyon, Owner/Lead Dyer, Kenyarn, LLC
  • Robin Williams, Owner, Bowtie Behavior
  • Phillip Bailey, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce (moderator)
The Proud Innovation series celebrates LGBTQIA+ inventors, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who use their intellectual property to bring new ideas to market. This program is presented by the USPTO's Office of Innovation Outreach (OIO). For more information, please contact

And don't forget: Invention-Con 2022 is coming August 10-12
Invention-Con is the USPTO's annual conference for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small business owners whose success depends on guarding their creative work. Invention-Con 2022: "Inspiring and redefining the innovative mindset," is coming August 10-12. Learn more and register.
The content and opinions shared by our guest speakers during this program are not those of the USPTO, nor are they an endorsement of any persons, products, programs, or policies mentioned during the event. 

The USPTO offers many informative presentations, panels, and chats year-round. To learn more, visit our events page.

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