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Join Elyse for Resiliency Academy
NH SBDC & UNH Cooperative Extension Launch Resiliency Academy
Work toward recovery and plan for future disruptions...whenever they happen.

The NH SBDC and UNH Cooperative Extension are partnering to offer the Resiliency Academy to help small businesses and communities
move toward economic recovery and future resiliency.

Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
April 7th, April 21st, May 5th, May 19th, & June 2nd, 2021

The Resiliency Academy consists of five two-hour sessions of virtual learning. Each session will focus on a different resilience topic with related readings, videos, and online content. Businesses will receive the tools and support they need to develop or update their business resiliency planGCCC Executive Director, Elyse Crossman, will be participating in this academy and looks forward to seeing some Claremont area businesses join her.

Do you have time to spare and want to make a difference in your community?
TPN is in need of volunteers!
You provide the heart… we provide the training. Our next volunteer training will begin in March. Please visit our website or call Amanda at 603-543-0155 for more information!
Arrowhead Recreation Club News
We have volunteer needs all the time, can be outside in the tubing area, inside for kitchen and concessions help, the ski shop, and ski and snowboard instructors ( have a backlog of lesson requests).
Upcoming operating schedule;
Regular Schedule:
Friday night 6-9PM, Saturday 10AM-4PM, Saturday night 6-9PM, Sunday 10AM-4PM

With guidelines in place, things have been going reasonably well at Arrowhead.
Typical operations requirements are; outside operations of at least 6 people for each session, food service 3 people at a time, a first-aid person on site and two in the rental shop.

If you can help let us know, please pick out some days and times to volunteer. If you have questions please contact us.
Anyone who tubes, skis or snowboards must be on a one time release form.
Tubing is by reservation only. It's an online reservation listing all attendees and must be done before 5PM the day prior to the reservation. No reservations needed for skiing or snowboarding.

For all information and links to the required forms go to our web site,
Claremont Opera House Sees the Light
The Claremont Opera House is getting some much needed restoration. The exterior features nine, large, stained-glass windows, along with many other smaller accent windows. Six of the windows are on either side of the seating in the opera house and were covered with decorated covers to black out the space for performances. While there have been minor repairs over the years, all of the windows were essentially intact in place for almost 125 years and served their purpose well. Time and the elements have taken their toll. Some are on the verge of literally falling apart, and all of them are overdue for maintenance. Thanks to the foresight of our directors and the efforts of former Executive Director Louanne Lewit and current board member John Bennett, the Claremont Opera House has been named as the recipient of two $20K NH State Conservation Committee (NH SCC) Moose Plate grants to help fund the work.

The proposal identified thirteen windows adjacent to the Opera House as needing repair and restoration. Tom Driscoll, owner of Sash & Solder based in the historic Button Factory building in Portsmouth was selected to remove, restore, and reinstall the windows in phases, prioritizing the windows most in danger of failing. Driscoll relaunched his personal restoration business in 2015 after spending fifteen years restoring windows in the Boston area and across New England. He spent five years at Serpentino Stained Glass, a studio in Needham, MA with an international reputation for excellence in historical restorations. There he worked on projects such as the restoration of windows from Temple Emanuel in Manhattan, the Culinary Institute of America in Poughkeepsie, and chapels at Princeton University and Boston College. Recent work includes: churches in Manchester, Portsmouth, Concord, and Belfast ME; a meeting house in Epsom; and the NH State House.

The total cost for this restoration is $112,000 and improvement is projected to likely come in around another to $12,000 to $15,000. Funding is still needed for this and other projects, and the Claremont Opera House needs the community's help to raise money. More information can be found online here.

Dedicated in 1897, the Claremont Opera House has long been a cultural hub for the region, but closed in the 1960s due to disuse. A team of dedicated leaders, elected officials, and community members came together, developed a plan, and dedicated thousands of hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars to save the space and it had a grand re-opening of the Opera House on May 26, 1979. Since that time, Friends of the Opera House and Boards of Directors have raised funds to maintain and expand the venue’s capabilities to host national touring acts, community events and locally-produced programming. During the downtime of the pandemic, the Board and staff of the Opera House have been very active to ensure that the facility will not only be ready to host performances and events but also continue to protect and preserve the unique historic aspects of the venue itself. Several other projects have been identified as needing attention and are moving forward.

The Claremont Opera House is supported in part by grants from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as, the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation.

ABOUT THE CLAREMONT OPERA HOUSE: The Claremont Opera House is a Historic Performing Arts Venue located at 58 Opera House Square, Claremont, NH. Box Office phone: 603-542-4433. Administration office: 603-542-0064.
Vital Communities News
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Vital Communities is Hiring!
Vital Communities, a regional nonprofit located in White River Junction, VT, seeks a full time Project Coordinator to implement successful, equitable, inclusive, and community-based projects across multiple issue areas. Initial project assignments will include an e-bike subsidy pilot program and the third round of a crowd-funding campaign supporting locally-owned businesses. The Project Coordinator will lead these and other projects in collaboration with staff and community partners. Responsibilities include managing community partnerships, recruiting and training volunteers and program participants, creating project materials, managing project budgets, seeking community input to inform continuous project improvement, and reporting on project outcomes. 

Successful candidates will have a passion for working collaboratively at the local level on issues related to civic, economic, and environmental vitality. Because project assignments change over time, flexibility and willingness to learn about new issues, topics, and approaches are essential. Other qualifications include excellent project management skills, ability to manage several projects simultaneously, ability to work independently and as part of a team, and strong verbal, written, and visual communication skills. Full job description at Email resume and cover letter to Vital Communities will begin reviewing applications on February 17, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Marketing Workshop & Technical Assistance Available
Could your business benefit from professional consulting services to improve your marketing? Vital Communities’ Local First is hosting a free marketing workshop AND providing an opportunity for several farms and businesses to take advantage of reduced-cost one-on-one consultation with Drive Brand Studio.

Free Virtual Workshop- March 15, 2021, 9-10:20 am
The pandemic has required businesses to up their marketing game and online presence. Nancy Clark from Drive Brand Studio will share some simple and realistic ways to improve your marketing. You’ll learn how to use back-to-basics tactics whether you’re a first-time or time-pressed experienced marketer. 

Join this workshop and be eligible for an opportunity to work with Drive Brand Studio for 10 hours of reduced-cost technical assistance thanks to funding from USDA.

Get professional assistance with your website, email marketing, social media outreach, e-commerce, and more. Details here and register for the workshop here.
City of Claremont Boards, Committees and Commissions
Boards, Committees, and Commissions play an integral role in the community. They are comprised of citizens who generously volunteer their time and expertise. Being a city volunteer is a way to participate in community affairs, to work with interesting people, and to aid in Claremont's development.

Anyone who is a Claremont resident and would like to offer their services is welcome to apply for a seat on the Board, Committee, or Commission of their choice. The City Council, Mayor, or City Manager appoints new members according to the method dictated by city policy.

Did you know -
Sullivan County Government has a YouTube Channel?
Sullivan County Pictures Project
In a way to help show off our region, one of the projects I’m collecting pictures for is to highlight on county war memorials and to display these in a video on our Sullivan County New Hampshire Government Facebook page and through the video banner of pictures on the website  during Memorial Day weekend 2021.  
Yes, lots of advance planning 😊 as I hope to collect pictures capturing all our New England four seasons! If you have, or know anyone who has, pictures that would be great for this project, please feel free to send the pictures to with info about where the memorial is located and who took the picture. 
P.s. War memorials are not the only pictures we would enjoy receiving. If you have other scenic views of the region, don’t hesitate to share those, too. Thank you.
Business Resources & Community Information
Substance Use Cost Calculator for Employers Webinar on March 17, 2021 at 2pm
Join the National Safety Council and NORC at the University of Chicago for a free webinar to learn about the new Substance Use Cost Calculator for Employers. Substance use is an issue in every U.S. workforce, with 1 in 12 workers dealing with an untreated substance use disorder. To address these issues, National Safety Council and NORC collaborated to update the Substance Use Cost Calculator for Employers, funded by Nationwide. This authoritative, easy-to-use tool can help employers understand how substance misuse impacts their bottom line and what they can do to address it. Access the calculator and be sure to register for the webinar.
Older Adult Volunteer Award Now Accepting Nominations
The nomination period is now open for the NH State Commission on Aging and EngAGING NH annual “Older Adult Volunteer” awards!  Nomination submission accepted up until Friday, March 19, 2021.

The goal is to celebrate and recognize individuals or couples over the age of 60 who are volunteering in ways that serve to build strong communities. Through engaging ourselves and others we weave connections that contribute to and strengthen our communities. 

Celebrating the contributions of people demonstrates the difference any one of us can make at any point in our lives on the lives of others. This year more than ever, we need to celebrate each other. Please take the time to make a nomination!

  1. Use the nomination form (found here) returning it by Friday, March 19th to:
  2. A joint committee of the Commission and EngAGING NH will review all nominations and select one person or a couple from each county to be honored.
  3. A Virtual Awards Ceremony will be schedule during the month of May in observation of Older Americans Month. Governor Sununu will be invited to participate in the presentation of the awards, schedule permitting.
  4. Every nominee (not only the award recipients) will receive a letter of commendation to let them know that they are appreciated by their community. 
It’s been a challenging year. Please use this opportunity to contribute to a celebration of people in our community who helped us to persevere through it.
Claremont MakerSpace Events Schedule
View the entire class schedule and upcoming events online here.
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