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  • 09/21/2022 2:40 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Vouchers for Veterans recently received a $5,000 donation from MVSB (Meredith Village Savings Bank) to support their efforts to provide Veterans in New Hampshire and Maine with food vouchers redeemable at local farmers markets.

    “We are committed to giving back to our Veterans, and the voucher program allows us to show our appreciation by offering fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and other goods,” said Jeanne Grover, Vouchers for Veterans President. “The program has only continued to grow since we started in 2016 from the outpour of community backing we have received. We are incredibly thankful for local organizations such as MVSB who have supported our efforts.”

    “MVSB recently joined the Rochester community with the opening our new branch and we are excited for opportunities to invest in our local communities,” said Jolene Whitehead, MVSB Branch & Business Development Manager. “We are proud to donate to this program as it not only gives back to those who have served, but it also benefits the local growers and farmers.”

    Vouchers for Veterans is a Rochester-based nonprofit that sets up booths at participating local farmers markets where Veterans can receive and redeem their vouchers. Go to vouchersforveterans.org to learn more, donate or find a list of upcoming dates and locations. 

    Unlike a stock bank, MVSB is a mutual savings bank that operates for the benefit of its depositors, borrowers and surrounding communities. As a result, MVSB has remained steadfast in fostering the economic health and well-being of the community since it was founded in 1869. For over 150 years, Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB), has been serving the people, businesses, nonprofits and municipalities of New Hampshire. MVSB and its employees are guided by the values of accountability, mutuality, excellence, respect, integrity, teamwork and stewardship. To learn more, visit any of the local branch offices located in Alton, Ashland, Center Harbor, Gilford, Laconia, Melvin Village, Meredith, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Rochester or Wolfeboro, call 800.922.6872 or visit mvsb.com.


    Caption: Jolene Whitehead, MVSB Branch & Business Development Manager, (left) and Nicole Ames, MVSB Mortgage Loan Officer NMLS #2370119, present a donation check to the volunteers at Voucher for Veterans at MVSB’s new Rochester branch.


  • 09/19/2022 2:34 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    MVSB (Meredith Village Savings Bank) is proud to announce the promotion of Stacy Trites to Senior Vice President, Senior Retail Banking Officer. She currently serves as Assistant Vice President, Branch & Business Development Officer for the Bank’s Moultonborough branch office. She will assume her new role in October and will succeed Marcus Weeks, who was recently announced as the next MVSB President.

    Trites will oversee all retail banking activities for MVSB, which includes supervising the branch and business development teams and leading the Bank’s product and service sales and customer support.   

    “Over the past decade, Stacy has been a vital contributor to our growth and success of MVSB and we are excited to honor her hard work and passion with this promotion,” said Weeks. “She empowers her employees to learn and grow, has been deeply involved in the local communities, and has developed meaningful relationships with our customers. We look forward to continuing to grow under her leadership.”

    “The thing I enjoy most about working at MVSB is the relationships we build and that there is a true sense of care in everything we do,” said Trites. “Although I will certainly miss working closely with customers day-to-day at the branch, I look forward to ensuring the continued personalized community banking that MVSB is known for and to helping fine tune our products and services to support customers with their financial needs.”

    Trites joined MVSB in 2009 as a part-time teller in the Wolfeboro office and has held several retail leadership roles with the Bank. She was promoted to Branch Service Supervisor at the Laconia office in 2013 and to Branch & Business Development Manager at the Moultonborough Office in 2016. In 2020, she was promoted to her role of Assistant Vice President, Branch & Business Development Officer.

    In the community, Trites serves as a trustee for the Eastern Lakes Region Housing Coalition Beck Memorial Fund and treasurer of the Kingswood Vocational Student Building Trust. She is also a past chair of the Governor Wentworth Regional School Board and a graduate of the Leadership Lakes Region program.

    Trites holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Journalism from the University of New Hampshire and she recently graduated from the rigorous New England School for Financial Studies program at Babson College. She grew up in the Lakes Region and currently resides in Wolfeboro where she enjoys spending time on the lake with her husband Tom and their three daughters.

    Unlike a stock bank, MVSB is a mutual savings bank that operates for the benefit of its depositors, borrowers and surrounding communities. As a result, MVSB has remained steadfast in fostering the economic health and well-being of the community since it was founded in 1869. For over 150 years, Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB), has been serving the people, businesses, nonprofits and municipalities of New Hampshire. MVSB and its employees are guided by the values of accountability, mutuality, excellence, respect, integrity, teamwork and stewardship. To learn more, visit any of the local branch offices located in Alton, Ashland, Center Harbor, Gilford, Laconia, Melvin Village, Meredith, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Rochester or Wolfeboro, call 800.922.6872 or visit mvsb.com.


    Caption: Stacy Trites, Senior Vice President, Senior Retail Banking Officer


  • 09/14/2022 2:42 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Local nonprofits who wish to apply for a grant from the MVSB (Meredith Village Savings Bank) Fund can do so by October 15. The application and instructions can be accessed online at mvsb.com/community-involvement.

    Established in 1997, under the leadership of John Starrett, then-President and CEO of the Bank, the MVSB Fund at New Hampshire Charitable Foundation makes grant-based contributions to nonprofit organizations that enrich and improve the quality of life for residents living in the Bank’s service areas.

    Since the Fund’s inception, nearly 550 grants have been awarded, totaling more than $1.7 million dollars in contributions to a wide range of environmental, social, educational and historic projects throughout the greater Lakes Region, Plymouth and Seacoast areas of New Hampshire.

    The MVSB Fund has supported literacy programs, after-school programs, environmental monitoring, as well as education and restoration of historic structures, organizations that provide support for individuals and families in challenging circumstances and equipment that helps save lives. While not focused on a particular category, Fund administrators are mindful of the receiving organization and their contribution to the quality of life in the communities being served.

    Grants generally range from $1,000 to $15,000 and are awarded to 501(c)(3) nonprofits and public agencies based in the Lakes Region, Plymouth and Seacoast areas. Projects supported are of high priority and need for the applicant organization and are related to their mission or development; demonstrate a clear, practical plan with objectives for services, participation and results; leverage other funding and/or voluntary support; offer evidence that project objectives will be accomplished within the grant period and demonstrate cooperation and collaboration with other organizations to provide greater community impact.

    Go to mvsb.com/community-involvement to learn more and to apply.

    Unlike a stock bank, MVSB is a mutual savings bank that operates for the benefit of its depositors, borrowers and surrounding communities. As a result, MVSB has remained steadfast in fostering the economic health and well-being of the community since it was founded in 1869. For over 150 years, Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB), has been serving the people, businesses, nonprofits and municipalities of New Hampshire. MVSB and its employees are guided by the values of accountability, mutuality, excellence, respect, integrity, teamwork and stewardship. To learn more, visit any of the local branch offices located in Alton, Ashland, Center Harbor, Gilford, Laconia, Melvin Village, Meredith, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Rochester or Wolfeboro, call 800.922.6872 or visit mvsb.com.


  • 09/09/2022 10:06 AM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Dover, NH – The region’s public transit system is on track to resume limited Saturday service beginning on September 17. COAST has not operated any Saturday service since late-May because of a shortage of bus operators.

    “At this point we have enough operators who are willing to work extra shifts on a regular and ongoing basis to announce the return of limited Saturday services, starting on September 17,” said Rad Nichols, COAST Executive Director. “Unexpected staffing challenges can of course affect these plans,” he added.

    Saturday services will be limited to the following bus routes and service hours, for now.

    Route 1 (Dover/Somersworth/Berwick): 9:30 am – 3:25pm, with a service gap between 11:30am and 12:30pm

    Route 12 (Rochester/Somersworth/Dover): 8:30am – 4:00pm

    Route 13 (Dover/Portsmouth): 7:30am – 3:30pm

    Route 14 (Rochester): 9:00am – 1:55pm

    Route 41 (Lafayette Trolley): 9:00am – 3:50pm, with a service gap between 12:00 and 1:00pm

    COAST, like many public transit systems across the country, has struggled to hire enough staff to maintain their full bus schedules.

    As the COAST board of directors considers the upcoming FY23 operating budget, increases in operator pay and other potential enhancements to retain current and attract new staff are being considered. “One of our primary goals is to address the issues we are having with bus operator staffing, and to consider what we can do to address that as we develop the upcoming operating budget,” stated David Sandmann, COAST’s Chair of the Board.

    For the most up-to-date information on COAST services, please visit COAST’s website at www.coastbus.org, Facebook page at www.facebook.com/COASTbus and twitter account @COASTbus

    The Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST) has provided public transit service to the Seacoast New Hampshire region since 1982. COAST is a public, non-profit transit system that relies primarily on federal and local government support to operate. COAST is governed by a board of directors representing the communities served, two regional planning commissions, and many local and state agencies.

    Photo credit: Erin Thomas


  • 08/31/2022 3:00 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Dover, NH – The Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST) is thrilled to announce that our new bus tracking mobile app will officially go live on Tuesday, September 6.  Passengers can download Passio GO! to their smartphones to view arrival times and bus locations in real-time. This app is free to download from the Google Play or App Store. The current mobile app used for tracking COAST buses, DoubleMap, will no longer track the locations of COAST buses as of September 6.

    With this technology upgrade, Greater Seacoast public transit riders can access Information about individual COAST routes, schedules, and stops. Riders can also set bus arrival alerts and tag favorites, saving time, and reducing wait times at bus stops. Additional alerts for route changes or delays serve to keep all riders informed.

    “As was the case with the rollout of our previous bus tracking mobile app, there may be a break-in period for our staff as we integrate the new technology into our day-to-day operations,” remarked Rad Nichols, COAST Executive Director. “We are very excited to move to this new platform and expect that our passengers will be pleased with the new app. The convenience of being able to see how our bus system is operating in real time on your phone or computer makes a real difference for public transit users.”

    About COAST
    The Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST) has provided public transit service to the Seacoast New Hampshire region since 1982. COAST is a non-profit agency, operating a regional public transit system that relies primarily on federal and local government support to operate. COAST is governed by a board of directors representing the communities served, two regional planning commissions, and many local and state agencies. COAST’s vision is to be an innovative leader in providing a broad range of public transportation services, connecting, and coordinating a robust network of transportation options for everyone. For additional information, please visit www.coastbus.org.

    About Passio Technologies
    Named as one of 2018's TAG Top 40 Innovative Companies in Georgia, and to Inc. Magazine’s 5,000 fastest growing companies for 2018 and 2019, Passio Technologies is a leading provider of fixed route, paratransit, non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT), and on demand solutions for transit systems of all sizes. Passio’s exclusive platform answers the daily challenges present in managing transportation systems, providing a single solution that integrates the technology that passengers demand and operators require for excellent transit service. Through onboard connectivity, IoT collection and integration, and cloud-based, open-architecture aggregation, Passio provides over 225 transit agencies with operational authority, improving mobility for passengers nationwide. For additional information, please visit www.passiotech.com.


    Contact:

    Rad Nichols

    rnichols@coastbus.org

    603-516-0782

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  • 08/31/2022 10:01 AM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    MVSB (Meredith Village Savings Bank) is proud to continue its support of the Monarch School of New England with a $5,000 sponsorship for the Horticultural Therapy and Gardening Program. This program provides unique opportunities for students to learn, grow and reach their full potential in a nature-based setting.

    “Kathy Perry, our full-time registered horticultural therapist, offers individual and small group therapy catered to each student’s goals using gardening activities,” said Diane Bessey, Monarch School of New England Executive Director. “We are thankful for support from community partners like MVSB, which allow us to continue and grow these therapeutic and educational programs that help our students learn in a variety of ways.”

    “The school expanded their horticultural therapy program with the recent renovation of their beautiful new gardening space, where students learn everything from growing and nurturing plants to cooking and creating art,” said Jim Carrigan, MVSB Regional Vice President, Branch & Business Development Manager. “We are extremely proud to show our support for the program with this contribution.”

    Jim, Jolene Whitehead, MVSB Branch & Business Development, and Melissa Clark, MVSB Branch Services Supervisor, regularly volunteer at the school. Jolene also serves on the Board of Directors.

    The Monarch School of New England is based in Rochester and supports students with special needs from more than 30 school districts across New Hampshire and Southern Maine. Their comprehensively trained staff members work one-on-one with each individual, uniquely integrating both education and therapy to ensure successful transitions to school and the community. Go to monarchschoolne.org to learn more.

    Unlike a stock bank, MVSB is a mutual savings bank that operates for the benefit of its depositors, borrowers and surrounding communities. As a result, MVSB has remained steadfast in fostering the economic health and well-being of the community since it was founded in 1869. For over 150 years, Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB), has been serving the people, businesses, nonprofits and municipalities of New Hampshire. MVSB and its employees are guided by the values of accountability, mutuality, excellence, respect, integrity, teamwork and stewardship. To learn more, visit any of the local branch offices located in Alton, Ashland, Center Harbor, Gilford, Laconia, Melvin Village, Meredith, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Rochester or Wolfeboro, call 800.922.6872 or visit mvsb.com.


    Caption: From left, Melissa Clark, MVSB Branch Services Supervisor, Jim Carrigan, MVSB Regional Vice President, Branch & Business Development Manager, Diane Bessey, Monarch School of New England Executive Director, Kathy Perry, Horticultural Therapist and Jolene Whitehead, MVSB Branch & Business Development Manager.

    Jaron Jenkins

    Marketing Communications Manager

    Meredith Village Savings Bank

    603.279.9186 jjenkins@mvsb.com

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


  • 08/06/2022 4:00 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    South Berwick, ME- Queer writers of all levels are welcome to sign up for Community Word, a free ten-week writing class, co-hosted by Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance and Historic New England, Wednesdays, September 14-November 16, 4:30-6:00 p.m. at Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum.

    Community Word will bring together LGBTQIA+ youth and elders to express and share stories, words, and moments from their lives.

    Instructor Jan Bindas-Tenney will support participants in considering queer friendship and the fierce bonds, sadness, and light of queer chosen family by reading letters between Audre Lorde and Pat Parker, poems by Cameron Awkward Rich, Danez Smith, and CA Conrad among others.

    Participants will experiment with creative writing, generate new work, pursuing and polishing at least one selected piece to be collected with other participants’ work in a published chapbook at the end of the class.

    Iconic Maine author Sarah Orne Jewett (1849 - 1909) found the love of her life in Annie Fields. Theirs was a mutually supportive and committed relationship that allowed each to pursue their passions. Jewett was born in her South Berwick home and as an adult spent several months there each year, most of that time devoted to writing. The house was a constant in her life.

    Participants must pre-register for the series. To learn more and register, go to https://www.mainewriters.org/calendar/communitywordsarahornejewett.

    For any questions regarding this workshop, please contact Taryn Bowe at taryn@mainewriters.org.

    Made possible in part by a donation from The Fabulous Find to Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum.

    Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum is located at 5 Portland St., South Berwick, Maine. 207-384-2454, email JewettHouse@HistoricNewEngland.org

     www.HistoricNewEngland.org

    Historic New England is the largest and most comprehensive independent preservation organization in the U.S. and welcomes the public to thirty-eight exceptional museums and landscapes, including several coastal farms. The organization operates a major collections and archives center in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and has the world’s largest collection of New England artifacts, comprising more than 123,000 decorative arts and objects, and 1.5 million archival documents including photographs, architectural drawings, manuscripts, and ephemera. Engaging education programs for youth, adults, and preservation professionals, and award-winning exhibitions and publications are offered in person and virtually. The Historic New England Preservation Easement program is a national leader and protects 118 privately owned historic properties throughout the region.

  • 08/04/2022 8:57 AM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Rollinsford NH-– Thrive Meals has opened its doors in Rollinsford, NH. Thrive aims to give you back the foods you love, the time you spend making them, and the health that you deserve. 

    On Wednesday August 4th, 2022, The Falls Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of Thrive.

    “I am in love with the small community aspect of Rollinsford and getting to work so closely with other local businesses, while expanding out into the Portsmouth, Dover, Somersworth, and Rochester area from our brick-and-mortar location in Rollinsford, NH. At Thrive, we are passionate about contributing a small piece into other people's lives, through helping them to create better health with the meals that we are providing, the foods they are eating, and helping them to discover empowerment through nutrition,” stated Naomi Andrick, owner of Thrive. 

    You can find more information on Thrive on their website: https://thrivebalancelife.com/

    The Falls Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting business members to attract new business and to increase their ROI. The Chamber serves the business community in the Falls area including Somersworth NH, Rollinsford NH, and N. Berwick, S. Berwick, and Berwick ME. If you have any questions, please email Emerson at emerson@thefallschamber.com

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: Emerson Doiron 

    Email: emerson@thefallschamber.com 

    Phone: 603-749-7175




  • 08/02/2022 11:45 AM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    South Berwick, ME— Faked identities, slapstick comedy, and a set of marriages—join us this summer for an outdoor performance of Theater in the Open’s The Game of Love and Chance Sunday, August 14, 5:00-6:30 p.m. in lush garden at Hamilton House, overlooking the Salmon Falls River.

    Pierre Marivaux’s classic romantic comedy will have you in stitches as two couples use deceit to figure each other out. Silvia and Dorante play the game and love and chance with each other—are you game?

    Bring a beach chair, blanket, and a picnic for your enjoyment!

    Tickets are $20. Purchase online at https://my.historicnewengland.org/13902/ham-love-and-chance or at the gate.

    For more information, email HamiltonHouse@HistoricNewEngland.org or call 207-384-2454. www.HistoricNewEngland.org.

    Hamilton House is located at 40 Vaughan’s Lane, South Berwick, Maine.

    A professional theatre company based in Newburyport, MA, Theater in the Open has its roots in outdoor theatre, creating works that consider story and space. https://www.theaterintheopen.org/

    Historic New England is the largest and most comprehensive independent preservation organization in the U.S., and welcomes the public to thirty-eight exceptional museums and landscapes, including several coastal farms. The organization operates a major collections and archives center in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and has the world’s largest collection of New England artifacts, comprising more than 123,000 decorative arts and objects, and 1.5 million archival documents including photographs, architectural drawings, manuscripts, and ephemera. Engaging education programs for youth, adults, and preservation professionals, and award-winning exhibitions and publications are offered in person and virtually. The Historic New England Preservation Easement program is a national leader and protects 118 privately owned historic properties throughout the region.



  • 08/01/2022 8:30 AM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Rollinsford, NH- Rollinsford’s historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House will host Banjos, Bones, and Ballads, a program of tavern songs, banjo tunes, early hymns, sailor songs, and humorous stories by well-known singer and folklorist Jeff Warner, on Thursday, August 18 at 6:30 pm. Funded by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities with additional local support from Janco Electronics, this program is free and open to the public, and no pre-registration is required.

    Jeff presents musical traditions from the lumber camps of the Adirondack Mountains and the whaling ports of New England to the Outer Banks fishing villages of North Carolina, and accompanies his songs on concertina, banjo, guitar, and several pocket instruments, such as bones and spoons. He is a Folklorist and Community Scholar for the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and a former State Arts Council Fellow. A founder of the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, Jeff has toured nationally for the Smithsonian Institution and has recorded for Flying Fish, Rounder Records and other labels.

    The public is invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy this program in the garden of the Wentworth House. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved to First Parish Federated Church, 150 Main Street, South Berwick, ME.

    Located on Water Street in Rollinsford, the circa 1701 Wentworth House is maintained by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH) as an educational and cultural center. For more information about this and other programs at the Wentworth House, check the ARCH website at www.paulwentworthhouse.org.

    New Hampshire Humanities nurtures the joy of learning and inspires community engagement by bringing life-enhancing ideas from the humanities to the people of New Hampshire. Learn more at www.nhhumanities.org.


    Contact:  Julia Roberts

    Email: julialroberts@comcast.net

    Phone: 603-749-1966

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Emerson Doiron, Executive Director

info@thefallschamber.com
603.749.7175
office hours by appointment: 472 High Street, Somersworth NH 03878

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