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Wreath Decorating Contest & Silent Auction
A new addition to this event this year is the wreath decorating contest and silent auction! Be ready to vote for your favorites and bid on the one(s) you want to take home! Thank you to Collision Pro LLC, Empty Nest Confections, R.E. Hinkley, Valley News, Doolittle's PrintServe, Mascoma Bank, The Common Man, River Valley Community College, Claremont Opera House, TLC Family Resource Center, Turning Points Network and Coldwell Banker for participating in our very first wreath decorating contest!

Door Prizes
Thank you to our friends at Empty Nest Confections, Claremont Opera House, Amcomm Wireless and Arrowhead Recreation Club for donating door prizes for this event!

President's Awards Recipients Announced
Our first public announcement of the 2020 President's Award Recipients for Business, Citizen, Model Youth, Non-Profit Organization & Young Professional of the Year!

The Night will Also Include
a 50/50 Raffle (tickets are $2 each or an arms length for $10), Lots of Delicious Food Catered by The Common Man including their famous Mashed Potato Bar, Adult Beverages and a few surprises!

Please help us streamline check in by registering
in advance to attend this event!
Chamber Member News & Events
 Vital Communities "Open House"
Join us to close out our 25th Anniversary year!
Friday, December 6, 5:30 pm
Remarks at 6 pm
The Engine Room, White River Junction

Followed by a dance party with livemixkings' DjSean from 7:30–11 pm—FREE if you attend Open House!

Celebrate 25 years of working together for positive change in the Upper Valley.
Get to know our staff, board, and other supporters while you enjoy
wine and abundant refreshments from great local businesses.
Volunteer of the Year, Super Quest Grand Prize, and door prizes awarded!

Followed by dance tunes from local favorite livemixkings' DjSean starting at 7:30 pm (21+). FREE to Open House attendees or $5 at the door.
A Nashville Christmas
December 13th 7:30pm
Claremont Opera House
The concert features traditional Christmas favorites along with songs by classic country music artists such as Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and others performed by the cast of classic country music revivalists, The Country Jamboree. The performance also includes guest appearances by Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison tribute artists and Santa Claus has also been known to make an appearance at the show.
“There is a certain magic that happens when you combine Christmas songs that are woven into the very fabric of American music with legendary classic country tunes by the likes of Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard…it makes for a very entertaining performance of great music,” said one of the show’s singers and front man, Major McCain.” He added “You can’t help but have a great time at this show.”
Las Vegas Weekly quoted, “an incredibly entertaining performance” and The Orlando Sentinel said, “lots of great music from beginning to end performed by an incredibly talented group.”
The show tours nationwide, with the goal of keeping the sounds of classic country music and traditional Christmas songs in the spotlight at venues from coast to coast. “This legendary music cannot be forgotten and we’re doing our best to keep it in the public eye,” said McCain. Members of the group have shared the stage with country music artists such as Travis Tritt, Lynn Anderson, Eddie Rabbitt, Joe Diffie, Juice Newton, Mickey Gilley and others.

Sweet Fire BBQ will be on hand with a cash bar.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online by phone at 603-542-0064 or in person at the Opera House Box office in City Hall Complex at 58 Opera House Square, Claremont, NH.

Employment Opportunities
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Announces 2019 Charitable Giving
In celebration of Giving Tuesday, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust announces the year-to-date results of its charitable giving programs. From January through November 2019, the Bank has donated more than $400,000 to approximately 450 nonprofit organizations throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. This includes more than $40,000 donated through the employee-driven giving program, Casual for a Cause.
“As a community bank, we understand the importance of partnering with nonprofit organizations so our collective efforts can make a significant impact on the communities where we live and work,” said Jack Frost, VP, Director of Community Giving at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “Nonprofit organizations provide critical services for families and individuals in need, and it’s our honor to help them further their goals and better the lives of the people and communities in Northern New England.”
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s charitable mission is to improve the economic prosperity and health of local communities through a commitment to impactful philanthropy and volunteer service engagement. Key focus areas for the Bank’s community giving are education and workforce development initiatives.
Some of the organizations that the Bank has donated to during 2019 include:
  • Maine – Camp Beech Cliff, Maine Seacoast Mission, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, Schoodic Arts for All, Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine, Emmaus Homeless Shelter, and YWCA MDI.
  • New Hampshire – The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens, Boys & Girls Clubs, Turning Points Network, Colby-Sawyer College, New London Hospital, United Way, Careers CLiC, Girls Incorporated, and Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter
  • Vermont – Northern Stage, Chandler Center for the Arts, Windsor County Mentors, Capstone Community Action, Central Vermont Habitat for Humanity, The Upper Valley Haven, HealthHub, Gifford Medical Center, and Everybody Wins! Vermont
The Bank also facilitates Casual for a Cause, an employee-driven charitable giving program. Bank employees dress casually on Fridays in exchange for a contribution to a pool of funds collected during each quarter. The employees then select and vote on three nonprofits to receive their contributions. Gifts contributed by Bank employees in 2019 totaled just over $40,000. 
In addition to financial giving, Bank employees have volunteered more than 6,000 hours to date in 2019 to help organizations serving the communities where they live and work. The Bank advocates and supports employee volunteerism, from promoting specific volunteer opportunities to providing paid time off for volunteer activities.
Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 to set aside a day that encourages people to do good. It has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Learn more about Giving Tuesday at  www.givingtuesday.org .
Turning Points Network Survey
Turning Points Network is looking for feedback on what we are doing well, how we can enhance or improve services, and if there are services that survivors need that you think TPN should provide.

To that end, we are asking you to fill out a survey to easily capture that information. We will utilize the aggregate feedback during our upcoming strategic planning.

The link to the survey is here and is also available through TPN’s website  www.turningpointsnetwork.org and Facebook page.

Other than Caitlin Cavanaugh viewing and collating the returned surveys, survey results will be shared anonymously and as an aggregate. Caitlin is a VISTA Member with TPN overseeing the distribution and collating of the surveys. 

Surveys are due by the end of December. 
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Kicks off Annual Holiday Toy Drive
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is kicking off its second annual Holiday Toy Drive on Monday, December 2. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at any Bar Harbor Bank & Trust from December 2 through December 13. All the toys collected will be donated to local nonprofit organizations throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
“When you are doing your holiday shopping this year, consider purchasing an extra toy and bringing it to your local Bar Harbor Bank & Trust branch,” said Joseph Schmitt, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “Together we can bring smiles to children in our communities who are in need of holiday cheer.”
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust collected more than 1,200 toys during the inaugural Holiday Toy Drive in 2018.
Places we LOVE in
Sullivan County
Choose your favorite outdoor place, building, restaurant, business or historical site. Any place where others can visit is perfect to share. Use your smart phone to snap a photo, then visit bit.ly/LoveSullivan to upload and describe what makes it special to you!
Community News & Events
December 11th, 9am to 5pm and December 12th, 9am to 1pm
Hope & Main - 691 Main St - Warren, RI 02885

Hello Food Safety Superheroes,
We are sending along this announcement of a 1.5-day program designed specifically to address product development and food safety issues faced by small processors.
Throughout the course, they will introduce the food science basics, important considerations when developing a new food product, share key elements required for product labeling, and provide an overview of key regulatory requirements for small and emerging food businesses, such as entrepreneurs and local food processors.
There is no registration fee, and  participants will receive a $50 stipend upon completion of course.
For more information and to register ,  please visit the following link: https://umasscafe.irisregistration.com/Home/Site?code=ProductDevRI
Registration Deadline:   December 9th
ServSafe in Mandarin Chinese
A ServSafe class that will be taught entirely in Mandarin Chinese will be held in Manchester on January 14. 2020.
Upper Valley Land Trust - Corporate Volunteer Program
The Upper Valley Land Trust has an exciting opportunity to offer Upper Valley businesses and employees! Now in its second year of operation, the Corporate Volunteer Program puts your employees to work in the community, volunteering with our local environmental nonprofit to make a difference socially and ecologically. This offering is designed to provide an opportunity for your Upper Valley business to spend time volunteering in the outdoors and strengthen bonds between your team members. This program will benefit your business in many ways:
·         Engaging employees in team building activities in a beautiful environment outside of the typical workplace
·         Involving your group with our local social and natural communities
·         Providing a philanthropy opportunity for a business and its employees
·         Reenergizing and resetting a team dynamic before diving back into work projects
We are ready to create a volunteer experience tailored to the needs of your company! Contact Paul Blazevich ( (603) 643-6626 x 201) for program offerings, more information on CVP, or to begin customizing your own volunteer experience. UVLT’s current project offerings for CVP are attached below, which also includes program logistics and a recommended packing list for participants.
The Upper Valley Land Trust is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, committed to preserving natural areas, working farmlands, and priority habitat so residents and visitors alike can enjoy the scenic landscapes that make the Upper Valley so special.