October 2017 Newsletter
The vibrant colors of Autumn have arrived and we welcome people from all over the region, country and the world to our towns and villages to see the wonderful foliage of our beautiful region. Although it is a colorful time, Autumn is also a time of thought, reflection and renewal.

After a series of very successful events in the past few months including our Garden Tour & Tea, Farm Tour, 48 Hour Film Slam and Paddle the Border, we at the Chamber will be settling down to plan for 2018. However, that doesn't mean things still are not happening! We are actively planning our Economic Summit, scheduled for December 4 to welcome our region's community leaders, Selectboard members and elected officials to come together, enjoy good food and discuss the economic challenges and successes of our region. In addition, we are reviewing topics for our 2018 educational forums and seminars. Look for a survey coming soon to get your thoughts about what topics you would like to see offered. There is also a Business After Hours planned for Thursday, November 9 at An Affair to Remember in Woodsville, NH. This will be a great time to visit the Sheltons' combined An Affair to Remember/Everything But the Cook store and get updated on all the exciting things happening in Woodsville. Also, we will soon start the process of accepting nominations for Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year. Keep your eyes open for information on how to nominate deserving businesses and individuals in the coming weeks! Please note that as we plan for the coming year, we would love to have your input as to what you would like to see your Chamber do in 2018. Feel free to email us at cohasechamber@gmail.com or call us at (802) 518-0030 with your suggestions!

Enjoy this beautiful season!

Erik Volk
Executive Director
Upcoming Events
Please visit our WEB page at www.cohase.org for more details on any of these events and a listing of other events in our area. Details of the Featured Events listed below appear at the bottom of our WEB page.

October 17 - Our Love-Hate Relationship w/ Agricultural Fairs, Bradford UCC, Bradford, VT October 18 - A Symposium for Civic Engagement, Alumni Hall, Haverhill, NH
October 20 - Lula Wiles, Court Street Arts @ Alumni Hall, Haverhill, NH
October 20 - Putting on the Ritz For Ray, Common Man Inn & Spa, Plymouth, NH
October 20-29 - Ethan Frome, Old Church Theater, Bradford, VT
October 28 - Pumpkin Festival, MyFarmers Market, Groton, VT
October 31 - Trunk or Treat, Bradford Fairgrounds, Bradford, VT
November 3 - Bradford Midnight Madness Events, Bradford, VT
November 3 - Le Vent Du Nord, Court Street Arts @ Alumni Hall, Haverhill, NH
November 4-5 - The Logger & The Fiddler, Bradford Academy, Bradford, VT
November 9 - Chamber Business After Hours, An Affair to Remember, Woodsville, NH
November 10 - Camerata New England, Court Street Arts @ Alumni Hall, Haverhill, NH
November 12 - Brunch, Beats & Auction, Court Street Arts @ Alumni Hall, Haverhill, NH
November 18 - Holiday Craft Fair, Haverhill Coop. Middle School, North Haverhill, NH
December 2 - Atlas Kay, Court Street Arts @ Alumni Hall, Haverhill, NH

Member Moment - River Meadow Campground & RV Park
We were pleased to speak this month with Diana Fadden, who along with her husband Alvin Fadden owns River Meadow Campground & RV Park. Bobbie Bienvenue, a longtime employee also joined us for the conversation. River Meadow is located at 3125 Dartmouth College Highway in North Haverhill, New Hampshire along the beautiful Connecticut River. The campground offers 123 spacious full hookup RV sites with picnic tables and fire rings; 7 rental cabins, heated pool and hot tub, playgrounds, basketball court, horseshoe pit, cornhole area, two ponds with fountains, river access, canoe & kayak rentals, an event pavilion, convenience store, laundry room, showers and more! You can contact River Meadow by email at camp@rivermeadowcampground.info , by phone at (603) 787-6700, visit them online at at www.rivermeadowcampground.com or visit them on Facebook.

How long have you owned the campground and did you have much experience in this type of business?
We took over the business a little over five years ago from the previous owner. Although we were involved with the prior owner, we had never worked at or owned a campground before. We rely on a lot of help from a lot of good people such as Bobbie and many “Workampers” and seasonal folks who help keep the campground running. Bobbie was here before we took it over and brought a lot of experience and knowledge. She was a previous campground owner.

What are “Workampers”?”
These are folks who work for a Campground in exchange for getting their campsite for free. They help us out in so many ways and we are so thankful for them. They assist with everything including cleaning, gardening, pool maintenance, landscaping, organizing events, assisting in the store and so much more. It is very common in the campground industry and a lot of retired folks “Workamp” because it is an inexpensive way to live and is very social. There is actually a magazine just for folks engaged in the lifestyle.

Do you have a lot of folks who return each year?
We do. We currently have 78 “Seasonals” who return each year and whose camping units remain here in the off-season. They are spread out throughout the entire campground. We pride ourselves in having a really special group of Seasonals. They are friendly, courteous and welcoming to all. On average, we have about 30 families on a waiting list for Seasonal spots, but very few of our Seasonals leave. We also offer plenty of transient sites and get a lot of returning campers who rent by the weekend, day or month.  Our patrons, whether Seasonal or Transient, come from all over, as far as Florida, Wisconsin and Canada. The majority though are from as close as right here in North Haverhill and our border States.  This summer we welcomed a lot of new names we believe we picked up from a New Hampshire Trade Show. We are thankful for their support of River Meadow Campground.

Did you and Alvin grow up in the local area? Are you natives?
Alvin was born and raised in Haverhill. I (Diana) was actually born in Athens, Greece. Although my parents were both from the local area, my Dad was enlisted in the Air Force, and we lived in various places in my younger years.  I was 12 when my Dad retired, and we returned to live in Woodsville near family.  Alvin and I met on a blind date set up by a friend of Alvin’s. His mother and my mother both went to school with each other in Groton, Vermont.

What do you like best about the business and what are your biggest challenges?
We enjoy the people the most. You get to meet a lot of people which is great. We really have a nice family community. Our campground is well-laid out and spacious and we keep it very clean and tidy. We feel when you do that, people respect the premises in return. We receive our biggest compliments regarding the cleanliness, and the friendliness! We really like that. Our dream is to put in a bigger swimming pool!
Although it is nothing new, taxes and regulations remain our biggest challenge. For example, current legislation requires Seasonal Campers to register their RVs or either they or us must pay a property tax on the Camping Unit. The loss of the Blackmount Rail Trail for people with ATVs was a challenge. Luckily, because of a lot of hard work and persistence from the local ATV Club and Town of Haverhill, an alternate route was finally approved.

Cottage Hospital is Putting on the Ritz!
Cottage Hospital will be hosting its second annual benefit for  Cottage Hospital’s Ray of Hope Unit  on October 20, 2017. The Great Gatsby-themed gala will be held at the Common Man Inn & Spa, located in Plymouth, NH from 6 PM -10PM, and will feature music by the Wicked Smart Horn Band, an acclaimed local band based out of Franconia, NH.

The Ray of Hope unit is a voluntary adult behavioral health program that benefits hundreds of individuals throughout the tri-state region and beyond. Since its inception in October 2016, the unit has successfully helped hundreds of patients navigate through their mental health challenges and get back to a healthier lifestyle. The unit’s name is a nod to the late Raymond Burton, executive councilor of NH District 1, who proudly served the state of New Hampshire for over 40 years.

Cottage Hospital is committed to bringing awareness, education and intervention to the behavioral health needs of our residents – and you can easily be part of our community’s circle of support. Your tax-deductible ticket purchase or business sponsorship will help sustain and expand our mission in the ongoing mental health crisis.

Please consider joining Cottage Hospital for an enchanting 1920s-styled evening of great food, dancing and mingling with friends! For those who have never experienced fall in the White Mountains, be prepared to be blown away! It’s truly a magical time of the year.

Tickets to the gala are normally $150 for one ticket and $200 for 2 tickets.
However, Cottage Hospital is offering Chamber members the chance to purchase two tickets for the price of one!

Please call Event Director Maryanne Aldrich, at ( 603)747-9707  for questions or additional details about tickets and business sponsorships.  You can also click here for more information about the event.
VT Releases Economic-Demographic Report
The Vermont Department of Labor recently released is Economic-Demographic Profile of Vermont. This report contains detailed information about the current status of Vermont's population and economy.

How does your county compare to the state as a whole? How are home sales in our area doing compared to other parts of the state? How do our school enrollments compare to others towns across the region?

This free study can provide you with some interesting data and insights.

Topics included in the report include:

  • Top Vermont Industries
  • Comparisons of Economic and Demographic makeups of Vermont counties
  • Population changes and population change projections
  • Employment statistics by County
  • Agricultural comparisons by County and comparitive farm statistics
  • Timber harvesting statistics by County
  • County Tax Revenue statistics
  • Home Sale comparisons
  • Education statistics and comparisons
  • Commuting Patterns by County
  • And much more!

To access this report, please click here.

Paddle the Border Fall Event Attracts Over 100 Paddlers
The Cohase Chamber was once again pleased to co-sponsor the Fall Paddle the Border event on Sunday, October 1. Over 90 boats were launched and over 100 people participated in the 2017 Fall Paddle the Border. People came from all over NH, VT, MA and CT as well as from other countries including Sweden and Germany. The temperature started out cold but warmed up quickly! The paddle began at the boat launch at Newbury Crossing in Newbury, VT and proceeded to Bugbee Landing in Bradford, VT.

Financial support and volunteer support were provided by the Cohase Chamber as well as the Newbury Conservation Commission, Bradford Conservation Commission, Haverhill Recreation and The Upper Valley Land Trust.

The Cohase Rotary Club offered delicious burgers, hot dogs and beverages and the Strawberry Farm Band provided musical accompaniment as paddlers arrived. Thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors who made this wonderful event possible and especially to Michael Thomas, who is always the key force behind this bi-annual event.

It is always heartwarming and satisfying to see our area organizations work together to produce an event which showcases the beauty of our area!
Vermont Member Dental & Vision Plan Available
Vermont employers can take advantage of our membership in the Vermont Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (VACCE) to purchase dental and/or vision insurance at a discounted rate through the VACEPlus program. The program has recently announced their rates for 2018 and is happy to announce that they were once again able to negotiate a rate hold on all product offerings. Any employee can purchase the vision coverage, regardless of whether or not they are participating in a dental plan. All participating employers or those who wish to participate should communicate all policy additions, changes or terminations no later than December 15, 2017. In addition, all participating businesses must be members of the Chamber in good standing.

The program will continue to offer a second, lower priced dental option which utilizes the more discounted PPO network. Participating PPO dentists agree to fee schedules as payments in full, providing deeper discounts that result in greater savings to groups and enrollees.

The 2018 VACEPlus rate schedule is below.

Delta Dental Plan One: PPO Plus Premier
  • Single/ $49 per month
  • 2 people/ $89 per month
  • 3+ people/$149 per month

Delta Dental Plan Two: PPO
  • Single/$39 per month
  • 2 people/ $69 per month
  • 3+ people/$109 per month

VSP Vision
  • Single/$12 per month
  • 2 people/$19 per month
  • 3+ people/$29 per month

For more information about these plans or to enroll, please visit www.vaceinsurance.com, email vacehealth@vtchamber.com or call (802) 229-2231.