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  • 06/24/2024 10:49 AM | Theresa Tozier

    Lydia’s House of Hope (LHOH) encourages Seacoast area residents to dine out at their favorite local participating restaurant on Thursday July 11th and Friday July 12th to benefit Lydia’s House of Hope! Enjoy a delicious meal and support LHOH’s mission to break the generational cycle of homelessness in our communities.

    Twelve awesome local restaurants from across the Seacoast of Maine and New Hampshire are joining us in support of our program, which moves families from ‘homeless to wholeness!’ To support us, simply dine out on the day of the event and let your wait staff know you are there for ‘Dine Out & Do Good’ to support Lydia’s House of Hope.

    Two restaurants are participating on Thursday evening, 7/11 - Moxy’s and Street in Portsmouth. On Friday, July 12th, the list of participating restaurants includes Earth Eagle North, Kelley’s Row, and The Rail at La Stazione in Somersworth; Cinco’s Cantina at both their Epping & Dover locations; Chapel + Main in Dover; The Tour Golf & Grill and La Napoletana in Portsmouth; and in Maine: Lee Franks in South Berwick and Loco Cocos Tacos in Kittery. Each restaurant is donating a percentage of their earnings to support Lydia’s House of Hope.

    Executive Director, Theresa Tozier, states “Our last Summer Dine-around fundraiser in 2019 helped us to grow our program exponentially! We are so excited to bring back Dine Out & Do Good this year, which will help us to raise the funds needed to continue serving families. As we are not state or federally funded, community support is essential to our mission!”

    For more information about the participating restaurants, visit Follow Lydia’s House of Hope on Facebook for important event updates.

    For questions about the event, please contact Maria at or call 603-441-5288. More Information about Lydia’s House is online at

    About Lydia's House of Hope: Lydia's House of Hope is a highly structured 365-day transitional program for women and children escaping the generational cycles of homelessness, domestic violence, trafficking, substance misuse, food insecurity, and hurdles unimaginable to most. LHOH’s parent company, Seeds of Faith Inc., is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to move families from homelessness to wholeness. More Information about Lydia’s House is online at

  • 04/10/2024 3:16 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    The Dover, Rollinsford, South Berwick Lions Club welcomes Kennebunk Savings Bank as a Bronze Sponsor for their Third Annual Charity Corn Hole Tournament.

    The tournament, which takes place at The Barn at Dunn Farm in Berwick, Maine on August 10, 2024, will benefit local charity “Annie’s Angels” ( Annie’s Angels helps families struggling with life threatening illness and disabilities in and around the seacoast area.

    Gold, Silver and Bronze Sponsorships are available.

    Kennebunk Savings Bank is a returning sponsor this year. Doug Smith, Senior Social Responsibility Administrator at Kennebunk Savings Bank states, “At Kennebunk Savings, we believe that being a good neighbor means investing in our community; that’s why since 1994 we’ve contributed 10% of our annual earnings to local charitable organizations. This year marks the 30th anniversary of this commitment, and our total giving since the program’s inception will surpass $20 million! Doing our share and connecting with the people and organizations that strengthen our community are part of what we call our Community Promise.”

    Turnout is expected to exceed 500 people, including players and spectators. Sponsors will be featured on T-shirts, banners, plus additional options.

    The Dover, Rollinsford and South Berwick Lions Club wishes to thank Kennebunk Savings Bank for helping to make a difference in our community. For more information, or to become a sponsor, visit

    The Lions Club of Dover, Rollinsford and South Berwick is a member of the Lions Club International, which began in 1917. Their motto is “We Serve.” The club gathers on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at Cara Irish Pub in Dover. For more information about the Dover, Rollinsford, South Berwick Lions Club, visit

  • 03/22/2024 10:36 AM | Jane Bard

    Cider Flights & Tasty Bites featuring North Country Hard Cider
    Saturday March 23, 2024, 7-9pm, 6:30pm VIP entrance 

    Grown-ups, join us at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire for an evening of hard cider sampling and tasty nibbles! This 21+ event will feature tastings of five all-natural hard ciders provided by North Country Hard Cider, based in Dover, NH. Included in the ticket price are four-ounce pours of cider, paired with tasty bites from local restaurants and activities sure to bring out your inner child! Participating businesses include Fat Dog Kitchen, Ohana Kitchen, Stalk Restaurant, HiFi Burritos, Flag Hill Distillery & Winery, Thirsty Moose Taphouse, Flight Coffee, Evviva Trattoria, Lindt Chocolate, and Sweetened Memories Bakery. A portion of each ticket sold supports Children’s Museum of NH exhibits and programs.

    VIP Tickets cost $50/person or $35/person for VIP Designated Drivers, and includes early access to the event at 6:30pm and one extra cider pour (6 total). VIP tickets will not be sold at the door. General Admission Tickets cost $35/person or $25/person for General Admission Designated Driver Tickets, and includes entry at 7pm and 5 cider pours. If we haven’t sold out, tickets will be available at the door for $40/person for General Admission or $30/person for Designated Drivers. Get your tickets online at or at the door.

  • 03/20/2024 3:44 PM | Olivia Sullivan

    Atkinson, NH – Award-winning Palmer Gas & Oil (PGO) secured its eighth consecutive win as Best Fuel Provider by New Hampshire Business Review’s 2024 Best of Business (BOB) Awards.

    “It is such an amazing honor to receive our eighth consecutive win,” says Peter Iacobucci, General Manager of Palmer Gas & Oil. “This award is extra special to all of us at PGO as it is decided by customer voting. We work hard to bring warmth and comfort to the families that we service, and this shows that they appreciate all that we do. Every PGO employee has contributed to this win, a result of our great teamwork and of all of us following our motto of Friendly, Simple, Safe.”

    PGO is a one-stop shop that provides fuel, service and equipment sales, and installation throughout New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts.

    For further information, please see

    Palmer Gas & Oil (PGO) is a family-owned and operated propane and oil delivery and service company based in Atkinson, New Hampshire with over 90 years serving New Hampshire, Northern Massachusetts, and Southern Maine. PGO's automatic delivery, easy payment, and scheduled maintenance plans make it simple for its customers to keep their tanks full and their equipment serviced. A full sales, service, and equipment installation business, PGO is unique to the industry in that it is truly a one-stop shop. PGO is a Business NH Magazine Business of the Decade winner in the Retail/Wholesale category, a multi-award winner of the Best of Business (BOB) awards for best fuel provider as well as a multi-award winner in the Union Leader Readers’ Choice award for oil and propane delivery, a Business Excellence Award winner in consumer services for large organizations from NH Business Review and has an accredited A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

  • 03/19/2024 2:28 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    ROCHESTER, NH (March 19, 2024) – HRCU, a leading credit union known for its commitment to exceptional member service and community involvement, is proud to announce its receipt of the prestigious “Best of the Best in Mortgage Experience” award from Member XP. This recognition comes alongside HRCU’s hard-earned achievement of earning the BankSafe Trained Seal from AARP for the fourth consecutive year, underscoring its ongoing efforts in fighting financial exploitation and enhancing fraud prevention among older consumers.  

    The “Best of the Best in Mortgage Experience” award by Member XP recognizes credit unions who provide exceptional service and support to its members throughout the home financing journey, from consultation to closing and every step in between. This award is based on hundreds of thousands of member surveys across the country at participating credit unions. Using data from these surveys, Member XP can identify the credit unions who are providing best-in-class service.

    Simultaneously, the AARP BankSafe Trained Seal is a prestigious recognition for a bank or credit union’s proactive commitment to the financial safety of older consumers. HRCU’s team participated in extensive training, learning best practices in recognizing and preventing financial exploitation targeted to seniors. The AARP reports financial organizations with the BankSafe Trained Seal have protected over 150 million members and consumers and have saved them more than $200 million in fraud prevention.

    “We are deeply honored to receive the ‘Best of the Best in Mortgage Experience’ award from Member XP and to be recognized once again with the AARP BankSafe Trained Seal,” said HRCU’s president and CEO, Brian Hughes. “These accolades reflect our unwavering commitment to providing our members with not only the best financial products and services but also the highest level of protection against fraud and exploitation. At HRCU, we believe in strong, lasting relationships with our members, and these achievements are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team.”

    About HRCU

    HRCU (Holy Rosary Credit Union) is a state-chartered and federally insured community credit union serving more than 24,000 members throughout New Hampshire and York County, Maine. Established in 1962, HRCU has several branches in the NH Seacoast region with assets exceeding $400 million. HRCU prides itself on helping its members achieve their financial goals through convenient, technology-driven services and a compassionate, personalized approach.

  • 03/15/2024 2:22 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    ‘Paintings for a Purpose’ Art Show to Return this Summer

    Dr. Marc Bard will once again be hosting the ‘Paintings for a Purpose’ art show this summer with 100 percent of profits from the sale of his watercolor art going to local charity.

    Nonprofits interested in being considered as a beneficiary of the art show are invited to complete a brief survey at on or before Friday, March 29. Beneficiaries will be selected by a committee of community members.

    The ‘Paintings for a Purpose’ art show will feature Dr. Bard’s watercolor paintings of local sights and scenes. In addition, this year Dr. Bard is joined by Dr. John Ingard, whose inspiring Lakes Region wildlife photographs will be also be available for purchase. An opening reception will be held in late June at the MVSB (Meredith Village Savings Bank) Main Office at 24 NH Route 25 in Meredith and art will be on display at that location throughout the month of July. During August, artwork will be displayed in the Bank’s Wolfeboro Office at 66 North Main Street. All are invited to stop in to view and purchase.

    “We are honored to once again have the opportunity to work with Marc to host this special event that blends an appreciation for the stunning lakes region with our shared passion for giving back,” said Marcus Weeks, MVSB President. “The show of the support was tremendous last year and we look forward to continuing to support Dr. Bard as he grows this event and its community impact each year.”

    The 2024 ‘Paintings for a Purpose’ art show will be Dr. Bard’s 5th annual fundraiser. Last year’s event raised more than $10,000, which was donated to the Meredith Food Pantry to support food insufficiency in local communities.

    Visit to view samples of Marc’s paintings.

    Now in double overtime of Dr. Marc Bard’s fulfilling career as medical illustrator, practicing physician, author, health care executive, and national health care consultant, Dr. Bard currently devotes his time to enjoying his Squam Lake environs with his wife Carol and, whenever possible, his children and grandchildren. He enjoys studying watercolor painting and contributing to the success of local non-profit charitable organizations by donating all proceeds from his paintings to support their missions.

    MVSB has been serving the essential banking needs of people, businesses, nonprofits and municipalities for over 150 years. As a mutual savings bank, MVSB has no stock-holders but rather operates for the benefit of its customers, employees and community. Since our founding, one thing has always remained true: caring is at the heart of everything we do. By building and nurturing relationships, we believe that we can cultivate a community where we all thrive. It all starts with caring about our customers and neighbors. To learn more, visit any of the local branch offices located in New Hampshire in Alton,

    Ashland, Center Harbor, Gilford, Laconia, Melvin Village, Meredith, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Rochester or Wolfeboro, call 800.922.6872 or visit

    Caption: From left, local artist Dr. Marc Bard presents a watercolor depiction of Meredith Bay to Marcus Weeks, MVSB President. Courtesy Photo

  • 03/12/2024 9:46 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    Sponsorships are now available for the Third Annual Charity Corn Hole Tournament to be Hosted by Dover, Rollinsford, South Berwick Lions Club

    The Dover, Rollinsford, South Berwick Lions Club is hosting its third annual Corn Hole Tournament on August 10, 2024 at The Barn at Dunn Farm in Berwick. Funds raised will benefit local charity “Annie’s Angels” ( Annie’s Angels helps families struggling with life threatening illness and disabilities in and around the seacoast area.

    Gold, Silver and Bronze Sponsorships are available through June 30, 2023.

    Last year the group raised $6,000 for Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Health thanks to the local business community that rallied to support the cause, including SC Digital, Seacoast Tree Care, Southers Construction, J. Lapierre Construction, Jayco Disposal, Key Auto Group, Kind Farms, Somersworth Nissan, High Effect Web Design, Insurcomm, Jennifer Halteman Insurance, Meineke, BankNH, Kennebunk Savings, M&T Bank, and Servpro.

    Turnout is expected to exceed 500 people, including players and spectators. Sponsors will be featured on T-shirts, banners, plus additional options. For more information, or to become a sponsor, visit

    The Lions Club of Dover, Rollinsford and South Berwick is a member of the Lions Club International, which began in 1917. Their motto is “We Serve.” The club gathers on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at Cara Irish Pub in Dover. For more information about the Dover, Rollinsford, South Berwick Lions Club, visit

  • 03/12/2024 12:48 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    The Lions Club of Dover, Rollinsford and South Berwick has been busy meeting the needs of the community.

    Thanks to volunteers, local business sponsors and members, in 2023 the club:

    * Raised $6,000 for pediatric cancer research
    * Donated $500 for the Ryan Home Project
    * Donated $400 to Camp Sunshine
    * Recycled 4,836 pounds of plastic films which would otherwise end up in our landfills
    * Recycled 500+ pairs of eyeglasses
    * Screened over 1,000 children for early diagnosis of vision issues, (15% identified as needing followup)

    Much more is planned for 2024!  For more information on becoming a member, please email

    The Lions Club of Dover, Rollinsford and South Berwick is a member of the Lions Club International, which began in 1917.  Their motto is “We Serve.”  The club gathers on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at Cara Irish Pub in Dover.
    For more information about the Dover, Rollinsford, South Berwick Lions Club, visit

  • 02/14/2024 10:44 AM | Rad Nichols

    COAST Receives $25,000 Grant from Cogswell Benevolent Trust: Funding will support construction of new facility in Dover

    DOVER, NH: Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation, more commonly known as COAST, was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Cogswell Benevolent Trust. The grant funds will help support the final design and construction of the nonprofit organization's new administration, operations, and maintenance facility in Dover.

    For more than 40 years, COAST has been connecting people and communities in the Greater Seacoast region. In the last 15 years in particular, COAST has experienced its most significant growth. In order to better meet its current operational needs, be responsive to future demand and reduce its environmental impact, COAST plans to build a new facility on its current property in Dover. The project will be funded through a combination of federal, state (including NH CDFA tax credits), local, and private sources. The recent award from the Cogswell Benevolent Trust brings the total funds raised to 82% of the $17.3M projected cost.

    “A new, efficiently designed facility will be transformational for COAST and for the workforce, students, seniors, individuals living with disabilities, and lower-income families that we serve,” said Rad Nichols, Executive Director of COAST. “We are so grateful to the Cogswell Benevolent Trust for investing in both the regional economy and in climate action. The new facility will help ensure that COAST will be a reliable and environmentally responsible resource for the people of the Greater Seacoast for the next 40 years and beyond.”

    The City of Dover recently issued a site plan approval and conditional use permit for the project following a review by the Planning Board. At 17,500 square feet, the new operations, maintenance, and administration building is 6,000 square feet larger than COAST’s existing and leased space combined. The maintenance area is designed with two additional bays (5 total) to support the current and growing fleet. The new administration area contains space to hold larger meetings, for driver training, as well as sufficient room for dispatchers and supervisors to oversee operations. It will also house the TripLink regional call center. An additional new 28,000 square foot building would allow COAST to store its fleet out of the weather.

    As a nonprofit, COAST must raise its $7.5-8.0M budget annually. The new operations, maintenance, and administration building will provide numerous benefits both financial and environmental. The new facility will eliminate $70,000 in current annual operating expenses, lower COAST’s carbon footprint with improved energy efficiency (e.g. solar panels, heat pumps, modern construction, and reduced vehicle idling), return staff to one location whereby increasing productivity and efficiency, increase onsite safety, and reduce maintenance hours through shop infrastructure upgrades.

    “Public transit is not a virtual job—mechanics, drivers, and dispatchers start work at 4:30 in the morning and leave after 10:00 at night,” said Nichols. “The new facility is crucial to our current operation and an absolute necessity if we are to meet the transportation needs of a growing population that increasingly values public transportation as a climate-friendly, and more socially equitable, alternative to private automobiles.”

    More information about COAST’s plans for their new facility can be found at

    About COAST

    Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to champion and provide customer-focused public transportation with a commitment to excellence in safety and service. COAST is currently funded primarily by federal and local government support but is looking to diversify its revenue streams. COAST is governed by a board of directors representing the communities served, two regional planning commissions, and many local and state agencies. For more information, visit

  • 02/12/2024 1:47 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    The Falls Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce the appointment of Jim Martin, Sales Manager for Palmer Gas and Oil, to its esteemed Board of Directors.

    With a distinguished career in sales management and a proven track record of excellence, Jim Martin brings a wealth of expertise and dedication to his new role. His leadership has been integral to Palmer Gas and Oil's success, exemplified by their recent achievement of winning the 8th consecutive Best Fuel Provider title in the New Hampshire Business Review 2024 Best of Business (BOB) Awards.

    Jim's commitment to community engagement is evident through his active involvement with The Falls Chamber over the past year and a half. As a dedicated member, he has demonstrated a strong passion for advancing the interests of local businesses and fostering economic growth.

    A graduate of the University of Connecticut with an MBA from Daniel Webster College, Jim Martin's academic background, coupled with his extensive industry experience, positions him as a valuable asset to The Falls Chamber's Board of Directors.

    Outside of his professional endeavors, Jim is a devoted family man, residing in Londonderry, NH, with his wife Karen and their two children, Kathryn and Tommy. His deep roots in the community further reinforce his commitment to the chamber's mission of promoting economic vitality and prosperity.

    "We are thrilled to welcome Jim Martin to The Falls Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors," said Bonnie McNair, Executive Director of The Falls Chamber. "His wealth of experience, coupled with his passion for community development, will undoubtedly strengthen our efforts to support local businesses and drive economic growth in the region."

    Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Jim Martin as he assumes his new role within The Falls Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

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