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Shop Claremont for the Holidays
HOW IT WORKS:
  1. Make a purchase at a participating business, listed here.
  2. The business will stamp a Shop Claremont for the Holiday card in the amount of your purchase and give you the card.
  3. Once the card is full turn your completed card in at any of the participating businesses for a chance to win their prize. 
The drawing will take place on January 2, 2021.
Additional businesses can register to participate online here.
FREE Safety and Cleaning Supplies Available
Could your business or organization benefit from safety or cleaning supplies to assist with the continued journey of recovery and prosperity as we start to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic? We have additional items available at no cost to you! Please complete this simple online survey for what you could use for your location. Chamber membership is not required to benefit from this program.
Member News & Notices
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Recognizes Employees for Outstanding Achievements in 2020
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust recognized twelve employees during the Bank’s Employee Appreciation Week for their outstanding contribution to the organization’s success in 2020. The peer-nominated awards recognize employees whose behavior exemplifies Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s core values of Communication, Professionalism, Initiative, Quality, Positivity and Teamwork, which guide the actions of all employees and set the expectation for customers. 
 
Tiffany Ash and Melissa Case were the recipients of the Communications Award, which recognizes an employee who shares the right information clearly and quickly to build great relationships. Ash, Regional Retail Operations Manager, has been with the Bank for 16 years and is located in Newport, New Hampshire. Case, AVP Branch Relationship Manager for the Bank’s location in Brandon, Vermont, has been with the Bank for 15 years.
 
Jeff Charland and Beverly Veilleux were the recipients of the Professionalism Award, which recognizes an employee who treats others with care and respect. Charland, VP Regional Relationship Manager, has been with the Bank for five years and works from the Rockland, Maine, office. Veilleux, Senior Wealth Administrator, joined the Bank in 2019 and is located in Bangor, Maine.
 
Nichole Lee and Jarmila Silva were the recipients of the Initiative Award, which recognizes an employee who continually works to improve the customer experience team development. Lee, Branch Relationship Manager for the Bank’s location in South China, Maine, has been with the Bank for seven years. Silva, Branch Relationship Manager for the Bank’s location in Concord, New Hampshire, has been with the Bank for two years.
 
Emily Gerrard and Cody Mundy were the recipients of the Quality Award, which recognizes an employee who ensures the Bank adheres to the highest quality standards. Gerrard, Staff Account, has been with the Bank for nine years and is located in Newport, New Hampshire. Mundy, Customer Service Representative, has been with the Bank for two years and is located in Concord, New Hampshire.
 
Tiffany Law and Lindsay Moore were the recipients of the Positivity Award, which recognizes employees who create a rewarding and exciting place to work. Law, VP Community Banking Relationship Manager, has joined the Bank in 2019 and is located in Nashua, New Hampshire. Moore, Commercial Lending Assistant, has been with the Bank for two years and is located in Newport, New Hampshire.
 
Shania Adams and Katherine Paine were the recipients of the Teamwork Award, which recognizes an employee who builds great teams to make positive things happen. Adams, Personal Banker, has been with the Bank for four years and works out of the Hillsborough, New Hampshire, office. Paine, Assistant Branch Manager for the Bank’s location in New London, New Hampshire, has been with the Bank for five years.
Lynne Ford Recognized with American Bankers Association’s 40 Under 40 in Wealth Management Award
Lynne Ford, Vice President & Wealth Manager at Charter Trust Company, a subsidiary of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, has been named a member of the American Bankers Association’s 40 Under 40 in Wealth Management, class of 2021. The honor recognizes wealth management and fiduciary professionals who are committed to the highest standards of achievement at work and in their communities.
 
“When you have client meetings with Lynne, you see very quickly how caring and committed she is to clients,” said Jason Edgar, President of Charter Trust Company. “Lynne is an accomplished wealth management professional, and the 40 Under 40 in Wealth Management Award from the American Bankers Association is a well-deserved reflection of her talent and dedication to our clients.”
 
Lynne has more than 17 years of wealth management experience, all with Charter Trust Company. She joined the company as a Wealth Administrator in 2003 and has taken on roles of increasing leadership responsibility. Lynne was named Vice President in 2016. In her current role, she assists individual, business, and municipal clients with estate planning, retirement planning, asset management, gifting, cash management, business planning, account administration, and tax planning.
 
Lynne holds a bachelor’s degree in Law and Government with a concentration in Legal Studies from Rivier College. She has successfully completed the courses of study for the American Bankers Association Trust Administration Level I, II & III with emphasis in Taxation and Estate Planning, Trust Administration and Investment Management.
 
Lynne, her husband Jeremy, and their three daughters live in Canaan, New Hampshire.
Arrowhead Recreation Club
Please think about volunteering this winter. As for winter operational help, we had some experienced help move out of the area so we disparately need help on the lifts, on the tubing area, in the ski shop, ski and snowboard instructors, first-aid, and in concessions. Also need help on equipment and lifts for maintenance and repairs.
 
Gift cards and season passes are available for sale, go to our web site, at www.arrowheadnh.com to the online store.
 
To keep both our guests and staff safe during the year of COVID, working with guidance and requirements from CDC, OSHA, State, and Ski Industry. Here are some of the new guidelines for the upcoming winter season.
There is much more detail to the guidelines, just highlighting a few areas, plus there are a variety of staff/volunteer guidance changes as well, trying to ensure a safe and enjoyable winter season.
• Season pass holders become VIPs, as they will not need a reservation for skiing, snowboarding, or tubing, so purchase your season passes now
• All guests will be asked to complete a one-time online release form and will be asked to check-in at the main desk at every visit. This process will aid in the contact tracing processes if a COVID exposure were to occur
• Mask are required at all times with the following exceptions; when eating or taking a break, where social distancing is possible (when not in tubing area or ski/snowboard lift areas). Mask usage exemption also applies to young children and guests or staff that have a medical condition. The state of NH has recently implemented a mask mandate requiring the use of a mask in locations that are open to the public for both inside and outside locations where social distancing cannot be reliably controlled
• Plan to live out of your vehicle. Lodge is to be limited to bathroom use and seating will be divided up for food service use, short term tubing guest (2hr limit) and some all-day seating areas for skiers and snowboarding.
• Lodge capacity will be limited to 64 Guest on the main floor plus the basement function room will be available with up to another 22 guest.
• Upstairs function room is limited to 31 guest. The basement function room will not be available for reservation this season.
• Food service menu has been stream lined to reduce wait time and excessive food handling during the preparation process. Hot food items will be packaged in To-Go packaging
• Tubing sales will be limited to 50 per session, plus allowances for season pass holders to a total capacity of 70
• There will be a reservation system in place
TLC Family Resource Center - Crowdfunding Campaign
For more than 25 years, TLC Family Resource Center has depended on donations from individuals, corporations, private and family foundations, clubs, and communities of faith to maintain its high level of programming for children, youth, and families. 
This giving season we are reaching out and asking you to support our newest fund, Building Connections. We are hosting our first ever Crowdfunding Campaign! Click to learn more.
Sullivan County News
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 www.sullivancounty.gov  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 commissioners@sullivancountynh.gov 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
The Project ECHO Team at Dartmouth-Hitchcock invites you to join our newest ECHO:
SCIENCE & PRACTICES TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE AND BUSINESSES PRODUCTIVE AS COVID-19 CONTINUES
12-week online program launches 27 January 2021; every other Wednesday from 12:00-1:00 pm EST

Free of charge but must register

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, understanding of the virus and strategies to keep people safely engaged in productive work and business encounters is evolving. This second DH ECHO series on COVID-19 for employers and organizational leaders will examine advances in scientific understanding of COVID-19 and its prevention and management. It will explore timely new topics of importance such as strategic distribution of COVID vaccines, emerging perspectives on aerosols and ventilation, business travel considerations, and operationalization of pods to safely maximize social and work interactions. It will update more familiar topics such as PPE, surface and facility hygiene, regulatory changes, and emotional health during COVID with the latest information. Critical new topics will be integrated as they emerge.

Each session will include a brief didactic and robust discussion.
Session topics:
1. New and emerging insights into COVID-19 - 1/27/2021
2. Vaccines: strategic roles and roll out - 2/10/2021
3. Particles, ventilation and social distancing: current understanding - 2/24/2021
4. Facility and materials hygiene - 3/10/2021
5. Travel considerations for businesses - 3/24/2021
6. Masks and other PPE best practices - 4/7/2021
7. Meeting regulatory expectations during COVID - 4/21/2021
8 – 12 TBD pending interest and pandemic status 

Invited Participants: Employers and their teams, organizational leaders, employee assistance/health/wellness personnel, occupational medicine professionals, worker advocates, and representatives.

What is Project ECHO?
Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) transforms the way education and knowledge are delivered. This telementoring model uses video-conferencing technology to connect participants with subject matter experts. ECHO® sessions use case-based learning to provide education. Participants learn from experts, participants learn from each other, and experts learn from participants as best practice emerge.
The Greater Sullivan County Community Relief Fund Continues to Accept Requests
The Funding Steering Committee is still accepting requests for non-profits to access community relief funds. As the current state continues to evolve, the Committee wants to ensure that any non-profit organization in need assistance due to COVID-19 is able to apply for these funds.

We are asking partners to begin to anticipate their needs during the recovery phase of COVID-19. Click here to access the request form if your agencies has unmet needs of any kind, current or anticipated. Please reach out to GSCPHN@hitchcock.org with questions. 

More about the Community Relief Fund 

Click here for a list of agencies who have been funded.  

Our most recent press release can he found here.
   
A huge thank you to Sullivan County government, Region 1 IDN and our new partner Sullivan County United Way for their work on this project! 
NH SBA Information & News
SBA Working Capital Loans Available
in New Hampshire for Drought

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and private nonprofit organizations in New Hampshire due to drought that began on May 26, 2020. 
The loans are available in the following New Hampshire counties: Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack and Sullivan.

Additional information available here and here.
Ways to Connect with SBA New Hampshire:

Website: www.sba.gov/nh
Twitter: @SBA_NH
Phone: 603-225-1400
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