Weekly Newsletter
Claremont Senior Center has completed a renovation project sponsored through a grant from Home Depot. The project included renovation of the kitchen and the Owens room, the main function room. In addition to providing materials, several Home Depot employees and volunteers worked on the tasks. Senior Center volunteers worked on the project as well, some utilizing their professional skills. Plumbing service was also provided by GPS plumbing, gas related work was done by technicians from Eastern Propane, and electrical service and installation was donated by Leon Hobbs. The project lasted about two weeks with minimal disruption in events and services at the Center.
Interested in donating an auction item to the event? Please email Elyse

Thank you
for making this event possible!

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available - Click Here for more information.

Chamber Member News & Events
Sullivan County Invitations for Bids
Sullivan County NH government has released an   Invitation for Bids  for Rehabilitation Services , with proposals due no later than Friday, August 30, at 2:00 pm. This request for proposal, as well as any updates/addendums, may be viewed on the County’s website.    

Questions regarding the request for proposal may be directed to the Sullivan County Nursing Home Administrator, Ted Purdy  or via T. (603) 542-9511 Ext. 217. 

Sullivan County Commissioners Meeting Schedule

The Sullivan County Commissioners will convene for a special meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 10, 2019, 1:00 PM  at the Sullivan County Health Care Facility, 5 Nursing Home Drive, Unity, NH, 03743 – First floor Business Conference Room. 

Click Here to view meeting agenda and corresponding documents available.

Also, a reminder of upcoming events and meetings:

  • Thursday, August 29, 6:00 PM - Delegation Meeting
  • Place: Newport, NH - County Administration Building, 3rd Floor Probate Court Room, 14 Main Street, 03773

  • Tuesday, September 3, 3:00 PM - Commissioners Meeting
  • Place: Newport, NH - County Administration Building, 1st Floor Commissioners Conference Room, 14 Main Street, 03773

  • Monday, September 16, 3:00 PM - Commissioners Meeting (the Special Ribbon Cutting Presentation for the new Gazebo on the Common has been moved to the October Unity Commissioners Meeting)
  • Place: Unity, NH - Sullivan County Health Care Facility, 5 Nursing Home Drive, 03743

Visit the County's website Calendar at  www.sullivancountynh.gov  , for the latest updates, or, call the Commissioner's Office during regular business hours, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM at Tel. 603.863-2560.
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust School Supply Drive Results
Thank you to all who participated in Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s first annual School Supply Drive held from July 22 thru August 16, 2019. A total of more than 3,500 items were collected at branch locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont which included notebooks, folders, glue sticks, pencils, and more. 
“All donations support students and educators in the communities we call home,” said Joseph Schmitt, SVP/Chief Marketing Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “These supplies will help local children actively participate in classroom learning, making the educational experience better for both students and teachers.”  
Heather LaBlanc and Bryant Dole of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust in West Lebanon, NH gather for delivery the school supplies donated at the branch during the Bank’s first annual School Supply Drive.
Group Rides are Rolling at Claremont Cycle Depot
Monday Nights:
No drop road ride from the shop. Departs at 6pm.

Tuesday Nights:
MTB group rides (intermediate-advanced) announced weekly on our Facebook/Instagram pages.

Saturday Mornings:
The DONUT GRAVEL RIDE departs the shop at 7am. Always a good time and covers around 30 miles/3k feet and of course, donuts!

Vital Communities Seeks Proposals from Social Enterprises for  Community-Based Crowdfunding Program
Vital Communities invites emerging and established social enterprises to submit project proposals to  The Local Crowd (TLC) Upper Valley , a new community-based crowdfunding program.
Vital Communities is one of five sites nationwide selected to participate in the National Science Foundation grant-funded project with Wyoming-based company The Local Crowd. TLC combines a world-class rewards-based crowdfunding platform with business and campaign technical support for the emerging fourth sector of the economy—social enterprise. This initiative is designed to uncover the best ways to support social enterprises—mission-driven organizations that use business principles to make their communities and the world a better place.

Seminars & Trainings Presented by Clark-Mortenson Agency
State and federal regulations are part of doing business; but fines and penalties for non-compliance don't have to be. Clark-Mortenson compliance workshops cover a range of topics, from labor laws to federal mandates. Our presenters focus on specific, practical information that you can use to improve your  compliance  practices right now. Designed for company owners, managers and HR directors, our workshops are open to all local businesses and most events are free of charge.

September 12, 2019 & September 13, 2019 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

September 25, 2019 at 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

October 16, 2019 at 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Climate Change Leadership Academy
Vital Communities and the Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup invite community members to apply for the first ever  Upper Valley Climate Change Leadership Academy . The six Academy meetings between October 2019 and April 2020 will include expert presentations, group discussions, and collaborative work sessions on the topic of climate change. Academy participants will also develop and launch climate-change service projects in their communities.
Interested community members can apply online before September 15 at vitalcommunities.org/adaptation . Applicants do not need prior knowledge about climate change to participate. There is no fee to apply. Once selected, participants will pay a $30 enrollment fee to cover the entire six-month session; scholarships are available.
“A lot of people want to do something about climate change, but it can be hard to figure out what,” says Erich Osterberg, associate professor of earth sciences at Dartmouth College and a member of the Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup. The new academy will offer participants practical ways to turn that desire into action, he says.
The Upper Valley Climate Change Leadership Academy will meet the second Wednesdayevening of each month (except December) in Lebanon. Participants are expected to attend all six meetings and must attend at least five to graduate. The Academy wraps up in April with a public presentation of participants’ projects, which may include art, public education, community workdays, and any other activity that generates positive community impact related to climate change.
“The Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup has hosted semiannual forums for years, recently with support from Vital Communities,” says Sarah Brock, energy program manager at Vital Communities. “We’re excited to try this new approach that will help people take their concern for climate resilience and turn it into strong climate leadership for their communities and the Upper Valley.”
Details and a brief application are available at  vitalcommunities.org/adaptation .
Taverne on the Square is now offering a 15% discount for lunch to all business members of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce. Lunch is served from 11:00am to 4:00pm

For your convenience you may consider calling an hour ahead of your desired pick up time. Then simply pick up your lunch order to go. If you prefer, we will be happy to have it ready to serve to you!

Simply mention promo code: Jasper56
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
Food Service Update
ServSafe ®  is a nationally recognized food safety certification program of the National Restaurant Association. Participants passing the exam given at the end of the class, with a score of 75% or higher, will receive ServSafe ®  Food Protection Manager Certification. Certification is valid for five years.
The cost of the training is $140 which includes the ServSafe ®  Manager Book, 7th Edition & Exam. For persons with disabilities, dietary, language or financial difficulties requiring special accommodations, please contact us prior to the event. Given ample time, we will make any reasonable effort to arrange accommodations. Books and exams are available in several languages, please check with our office for availability before registering.

Upcoming ServSafe ®  classes:  All classes are from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Cheshire Medical Center - 580 Court St. - Keene, NH
Must register by 9/15/19.  Register Here
Sullivan County Health Care - 5 Nursing Home Dr. - Unity, NH
(95 County Farm Rd. on GPS) 
Must register by 9/22/19.  Register Here
Mt. Eustis Commons - 260 Cottage St. - Littleton, NH
Must register by 10/23/19.  Register Here

S.A.F.E. - Safety Awareness in the Food Environment
S.A.F.E. (Safety Awareness in the Food Environment) is a free 2-hour training that covers personal hygiene; cross-contamination; controlling time and temperature; and safe food handling. It’s a comprehensive introduction for new or seasonal employees and a valuable refresher for longtime staff! Trainings can be done right at your facility.
Upcoming S.A.F.E. Classes:    Classes are offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day.

Keene Public Library - 60 Winter St. - Keene, NH
Must register HERE  by noon on 9/19/19
Claremont Savings Bank - 145 Broad St. - Claremont, NH
Must register  HERE  by noon on 10/10/19
UNH Cooperative Extension Grafton County Office
3855 Dartmouth College Hwy. - North Haverhill, NH
Must register HERE  by noon on 11/7/19
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.
An Opportunity from our friends at the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce