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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; we are still looking for a few business or organizations to decorate wreaths. The wreath will be provided to you and needs to be returned (or arranged for pick up) by 4pm on 12/5. You can decorate the wreath in any style you wish; they will be displayed at the Holiday Celebration for attendees to vote for their favorite (which wins bragging rights and some additional acknowledgments in the newsletter & an e-ticker ad). Also attendees will have the opportunity to bid on the wreaths; with the wreath generating the highest bid also received acknowledgments in our newsletter etc. If you would be interested in decorating a wreath please contact Elyse today via email or call 603-558-4539

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!

Friendly reminder that you MUST
in advance to attend this event!
Chamber Member News & Events
Mayoral Notes from November 18, 2019
Support Local Small Businesses 

Small Business Saturday is a national effort to encourage consumers to shop at local, independently owned businesses on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. This year makes the 10th annual Small Business Saturday which will fall on November 30. In 2018, over 650 mayors and city officials across the nation participated in this effort. At our Council meeting on November 13, I issued a proclamation in support of this and in recognition of the invaluable role that small businesses play in the Claremont economy and in our community as a whole.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are 30.7 million small business in the country, representing 99.7 percent of all firms with paid employees. These businesses are responsible for 64.9 percent of net new jobs created from 2000 to 2018. Given such statistics, it is evident that small businesses are the backbone in local economies across the nation.

Claremont small businesses provide jobs, consumer products/services, and attract people to the community. However, their important is not linked solely to their economic impact. They are also participants in strengthening the social fabric of our community. Often, they are sponsors for local sport or community events. Many times they donate their time and resources for a variety of causes. Without them, we could not thrive.

As any owner will tell you, running a successful business is challenging. The hours are long, the risk is great, and the rewards are not immediate. Small businesses must be creative and agile in order to compensate for market changes and emerging trends. We can recognize their hard work and their impact on the community through our support.

Participating in Small Business Saturday is one way of demonstrating our support. In 2018, U.S. consumers spent an estimated $17.8 billion at independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday. On average, 67 cents of every dollar spent at local small businesses stays in the local community.

You can help keep those dollars in Claremont. Your participation on November 30 will not only benefit the businesses at which you shop, but also the community as a whole. If there is a local business that you have never visited, consider taking this opportunity to do so. Your business will be most appreciated.

Charlene Lovett is the Mayor of Claremont and welcomes your feedback. Please email questions, comments or concerns to her at clovett.ccc@gmail.com
Dirty Deeds - The AC/DC Experience
November 30th 8pm
Claremont Opera House
Claremont Opera House welcomes, for the first time on it's stage, Dirty Deeds, The AC/DC Experience out of Boston, MA. The band has been touring the country for over 20 years bringing forth their high energy and wildly entertaining tribute to one of the world's best rock bands, AC/DC! Dirty Deed's performance revisits all the timeless AC/DC hits along with a theatrical ride through rock n' roll history bringing you back to the early music that was at the roots of AC/Dc's rise to stardom. Earning a reputation for their attention to detail and passion for AC/DC, Dirty Deeds the AC/DC Experience recreates the exact sound of AC/DC by performing the songs authentically note for note along with capturing the unique and exact tone that the super group has come to be known for.

Band members love the music and always make the fans part of the show. One band member said, "It's the best music there is. It's energy. It's a party. It's a show. It's Rock and Roll!"

Tickets are $29 and can be purchased in advance online, by phone at 603-542-4433 or in person at the Opera House Box Office in City Hall Complex at 58 Opera House Square. Tickets are also available night of the show. Beer and wine sales available before the show and during intermission from Sweet Fire BBQ.
 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
Come and hear some of your favorite Christmas songs country style with A Nashville Christmas , from Galaxy Entertainment, on Friday, December 13 at 7:30 pm. 

This ultra-entertaining show also has some great traditional country music sprinkled in and special guest appearances by some folks you might know…..Maybe Elvis, Roy O, or, S. Claus! Orlando Sentinel says, “Lots of fun from beginning to end.” 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.
Claremont Savings Bank Announces New Hires
“We are very pleased to have Adam and Sean join our Commercial Banking Team,” says Jim Lynch, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking. “Their experience and enthusiasm for working with business owners will benefit our customers and will also help Claremont Savings Bank to continue fulfilling our mission of supporting local businesses and the communities we serve,” adds Lynch.
Sean Long, VP, Commercial Lending.
Mr. Long comes to CSB with a degree from Champlain College and New England School of Banking at Williams College. His career in banking spans nearly 20 years and includes serving as Retail Market Manager, Vice President, Corporate Lending and Vice President, Commercial Lending and Upper Valley Market Manager with local and community banks. Mr. Long has received awards for his excellence in banking and he sits on Boards for youth sports and economic development organizations. “I am excited to be joining the team at Claremont Savings Bank, I look forward to working in the communities we serve to support and service their business needs,” adds Long
Adam Pippin, AVP, Commercial Lending. Mr. Pippin comes to CSB with a B.S. in Business Administration from Lyndon State College. He has worked in the Financial sector for nearly 10 years and brings Commercial Lending experience from previous local community bank employment. Mr. Pippin is the President of the Board for Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont, is a Commercial Lending Committee member for the Vermont Bankers Association and is a Board Member for Space on Main, a CoMaker Space in Bradford, Vermont. Adam will be based out of CSB’s West Lebanon, NH office. “I am excited to be a part of such a great organization, that values our local communities and is supporting our continued growth within the Upper Valley region.” 
Sullivan County Conservation District Annual Awards Dinner
The Sumner House, Charlestown, NH
December 9, 2019; 6:00 - 8:00 PM
We hope you will join us as we recognize the great work being done by volunteers, individuals, and partner organizations to conserve natural resources, support local agriculture and promote place-based education in Sullivan County.

Conservationists of the Year are Harvey and Christina Hill of Charlestown. 
Volunteer of the Year is Nancy Walker of Unity.

The buffet dinner includes a choice of chicken cordon bleu, broiled salmon and veggie alfredo, as well as salad, seasonal veggies, rolls, and chocolate cake or apple crisp for dessert.

  • 5:30pm Doors will open.
  • 6:00pm Dinner Buffet 
  • 6:30pm SCCD Staff will share successes and their vision for the future, NRCS partners will share, awards will be given out.
  • 7:00pm Keynote Presentation: "Protecting Special Places: A Land Conservation Discussion with the Upper Valley Land Trust." The talk will explore the importance of conserving land for future generations, the state of land conservation in Sullivan County and the surrounding region, and current efforts to conserve the region’s best resources, including viable farmland.
Space is limited this year, so make sure to RSVP soon! Dinner tickets are $20/person and checks should be made out to "SCCD".  

RSVP by December 2, 2019 with Dawn by phone, 603.504.1004 or email  ddextraze@sullivancountynh.gov

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 Collects More Than 3,000 Food Items in Annual Food Drive
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust collected more than 3,000 food items during the bank’s 31st Annual “Food for Good” Food Drive. Between October 21 and November 22, 2019, customers and employees dropped off non-perishable food items at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust branches to help our neighbors in need. The collected items were then delivered to over 30 food pantries across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
“Thanks to the generosity of our customers, neighbors, and employees, the shelves of our local food pantries are a little more stocked for families in need during Thanksgiving and the winter months ahead,” said Joseph Schmitt, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “Giving back to the people in the places we call home is a priority for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, and we are honored to provide this outlet for community giving.”
Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.6 billion in assets. As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company. For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit  www.barharbor.bank  or call 888-853-7100. Member FDIC.
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
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.