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  • 02/03/2020 1:15 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    Eversource Customers Benefit from Strong Increase in Reliability


    Investments in a smart, self-healing grid are reducing the number of outages


    MANCHESTER, N.H. (February 3, 2020) — Eversource’s commitment to enhancing system reliability is significantly reducing the number of power interruptions that customers experience, with outages in the Granite State down by nearly 38 percent in 2019 compared to 2018. This improvement stems from the energy company’s investments in strengthening and modernizing its electric system, including a program to install hundreds of smart fuses to the system throughout the Granite State. These smart fuses can automatically restore power to customers when a tree limb temporarily contacts wires and help to protect the electric system when a problem is detected, such as a current surge or overload.

    “Our continued investments in developing a smarter, more resilient, and more flexible grid are delivering direct reliability benefits to our customers and allowing us to reliably and seamlessly connect more clean energy resources onto our system,” said Eversource NH President Joe Purington. “Additionally, our commitment to enhancing the electric system throughout the state will help us to reach our goal of being carbon neutral by 2030 and support continued economic growth across the region.”

    Smart fuse.

    Eversource has invested more than $3 million to install more than 500 smart fuses on its electric system throughout New Hampshire since 2017. The energy company plans to expand the program in 2020 by installing more than 200 devices on the system throughout the state. In addition to its smart fuse program, Eversource will continue to install smart switches, devices that enable system operators to remotely reroute power to customers in minutes. The energy company has installed more than 1,230 smart switches over the last five years and continues to replace utility poles with more durable structures, install hundreds of miles of covered wire, and conduct robust tree-trimming programs to ensure the reliable delivery of energy to customers.


    Eversource customers across New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut all experienced a significant improvement in reliability in 2019. January through December of this year represented the system’s strongest reliability performance across Eversource’s entire service territory since 2013—the first full year following the merger in 2012 between Northeast Utilities and NSTAR Electric & Gas.

    Eversource crews installing a smart fuse.

  • 01/14/2020 3:30 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    The 3rd annual Monarch School of New England Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at the Rochester Country Club.

    This year’s tournament is generously underwritten by Eastern Boats, and will directly benefit the innovative programs and therapies that help our students with special needs to lead active, healthy lives.

    MSNE students will be helping out again this year on the course! There will also be fabulous auction items, delicious food, the beverage cart, contests, polo shirts, raffle prizes and more.

    Sponsorship and player opportunities are available! Contact Amanda Martineau at: to learn more.

    Register Here:

    2020 MSNE Golf Registration Sponsor Form Pg 1.pdf

  • 01/14/2020 1:49 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    What/Where: Gravy, 6 Main St, Somersworth, NH 03878

                  603-841-5316 /

                  American regional home cooking in a fun, fast-casual setting in the iconic old 1876 Rail Station in downtown serving lunch, dinner, takeout, and delivery six days a week. Gravy, in one form or another, is a part of the fabric of our lives and tables. No matter where you grew up, no matter the ethnicity, there was gravy. And it always made things better. Gravy restaurant provides a dynamic menu format that lets you create your own dish from a selection of gravies. First, pick your gravy. Second pick what you’d like to put it on (e.g. buttermilk biscuit, fried chicken, meatloaf). Lastly, choose from a selection of toppings to make it your own. Recreate a childhood favorite or take it to a level you never could at home. Combine it with a local draft beer, cider, wine, soft drink, old fashioned milk shake, or ice cream float. Guests will order from the counter, seat themselves, and have their order brought to them at their table. How??? When you order we will ask for your nickname or alias. When your order is ready we’ll call it out and bring it over. From there the rest is Gravy. Another beer? Sure, we’ll bring it over. Dessert, you bet. Ice box cake, bread pudding, cobblers, pies, and other traditional home spun favorites will be there. Meat lovers and vegetarians alike will have plenty to choose from and while the gravy is THE thing, there will be other options as well such as an iceberg salad, our signature Gravyburger, and children’s menu. Just like Grandma’s house, if Grandma was a little funky and weird.

    When: Coming January 2020!

                  Hours: Open Tuesday – Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Closed Mondays,

    Who: Longtime Seacoast Chef Mark Segal is the owner and creator of Gravy. Chef Segal grew up in southern CT. in a theater/restaurant family and attended the C.I.A. in New York. He has worked for James Beard Awarded Chefs Lydia Shire, Susan Regis (Boston), Nancy Silverton, Suzanne Goin, and Joachim Splichal (Los Angeles) while honing his craft. He arrived on the Seacoast in 2002 from Los Angeles as opening Exec. Chef of Pesce Blue in Portsmouth, having already established ties to the Seacoast going back to childhood.  He then went on to helm the kitchen at the One Hundred Club (Portsmouth) for almost a decade before going on to a stint at Demeters Steakhouse and then as Corporate Chef for Tinios Hospitality. Segal has been a leader in the culinary community since his arrival and has been nominated multiple times as Chef of the Year by the Seacoast Spotlight Awards. He was a long time Board Member of Share Our Strength Seacoast and has been involved in many community activities over the years. Chef Segal looks to bring that same sense of community with him to Somersworth and Gravy restaurant. Gravy is a return to his culinary roots and the foundations of his love for food and the memories that go with it. Fun, relaxed, simple, comforting, ………..and tasty.

    Contact: Mark Segal / 603-498-4202 /             

    Why: Because we like you………and Gravy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!                ###

  • 01/13/2020 1:08 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    SOMERSWORTH- John Hall, Executive Vice President of Profile Bank, is pleased to announce that Shane Brewer has joined the bank as a Commercial Loan Officer. While based out of the Bank’s Somersworth Branch, he is eager to assist commercial customers in all the markets the Bank serves. “Shane’s personable and professional demeanor, combined with his proven business development skills, make him a welcome addition to the Profile Bank commercial lending team” states Hall.

    Brewer graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After moving to the seacoast area with his wife, he graduated from Southern New Hampshire University in 2017 with a Master of Business Administration. His diverse background and experience in retail banking and small business lending made him the ideal candidate to contribute to the continued growth of Profile Bank’s commercial customer base. Brewer can be reached at or by calling (603) 330-8472.

    Profile Bank is a locally owned and managed true community bank. With branches in Rochester, Sanbornville, Alton and Somersworth, Profile Bank will continue to support and invest in the communities it serves well into the future. For more information about Profile Bank’s products and services visit

  • 01/10/2020 12:06 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    Great Bay Rochester Hosts Open Labs Tour Event on January 22nd

    Provides close-up glimpse of training designed for exciting hands-on high-tech careers

    People who enjoy working with their hands and are interested in developing skills with high-tech equipment used in aerospace, auto racing, medicine and other exciting industries are encouraged to attend the Open Labs Tour from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Rochester Campus of Great Bay Community College.

    The Rochester Campus is home to Great Bay’s short-term advanced manufacturing and technical programs, which lead to careers in high-demand fields and the promise of good wages, benefits and professional opportunities.

    The Open Labs Tour is open to anyone looking to begin or advance a career that involves making, testing and inspecting “cool stuff” used in aerospace, the marine and automotive industries, medicine and consumer goods.  This is free and open to the public.

    January 22nd, 4-6:00PM

    Great Bay Community College

    5 Milton Road


    For more information, contact Lisa Proulx –,  (603) 427-7641

  • 01/07/2020 3:59 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

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    Snowshoe Rangers at the Wentworth House 

    Step back in time at Rollinsford’s historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House on Saturday and Sunday, January 18 and 19, and meet Captain John Harmon’s Snowshoe Company of Rangers, a group of historical reenactors who portray the soldiers who patrolled the New England frontier during the 1740s and 1750s.

    Snowshoe companies were formed to patrol the colonial frontier during the long winters and protect the northern settlements from attack by the French and their Native American allies.  Members of Harmon’s Company will be in residence at the Wentworth House and will demonstrate the use of flintlock muskets and traditional snowshoes, plus the clothing, equipment and tactics used by the frontier militia. 

    Visitors may also tour the Wentworth House; warm up by the hearth and watch food being prepared in 18th century fashion; and experience other aspects of winter life in colonial New England. 

    Event hours are Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm.  Admission is $5 for adults; the event is free for children and ARCH members.   

    The circa 1701 Wentworth House is located on Water Street in Rollinsford and is maintained by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH).  For more information about this and other events at the Wentworth House, consult the ARCH website at or Facebook at The Colonel Paul Wentworth House. 

  • 01/06/2020 10:42 AM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)


    Somersworth, NH  -- January 2020 – Thomas G. Dumais, CPA and Kevin J. Ferland, CPA of  Dumais & Ferland, CPAs, LLC, 472 High Street in Somersworth, NH are pleased to announce that Robert S Fuller, a CPA at their firm since 2014, has been promoted to Partner.

    Rob Fuller is a Somersworth native who resides in Dover with his wife, Sarah Fuller, and son, Teddy. Rob is the Treasurer on the Board of Directors of My Friend’s Place and is a volunteer coach with Dover Baseball. Prior to joining Dumais & Ferland, CPAs, LLC in October of 2014, Rob received a BS in Accounting from Bryant University, spent 7 years with an International Big Four Firm as a Senior Tax Accountant, and then worked in private industry for six years.

    Dumais & Ferland, CPAs, LLC is a full-service public accounting firm providing complete tax, accounting and auditing services to clients throughout the greater Seacoast area. The firm continues a tradition of accountants that live and work within the communities that they serve.

    Individuals and members of the business community may contact Rob Fuller at Dumais & Ferland, CPAs, LLC by calling (603)692-5358 or via email at

  • 12/30/2019 8:20 AM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

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    ROCHESTER, NH – This December HRCU donated to 27 local non-profit organizations as a part of their sixth-annual Christmas Caring Campaign. For the first time, HRCU opened the process up to their membership, allowing members to nominate organizations that they felt deserved to be recognized and supported.

    This resulted in 10 organizations who were not part of the Christmas Caring Campaign in 2018 receiving donations this season. This group of new recipients included Cross Roads House, Friends in Action, Catholic Charities New Hampshire, First Church Congregational, The Ryan Home Project, End 68 Hours of Hunger – Dover, End 68 Hours of Hunger – Farmington, We Care Food Pantry, Strafford County Meals on Wheels and the Dover SHARE Fund.

    “It was great to get such a strong response from our members during the nomination process,” said HRCU President & CEO Brian Hughes. “This helped us learn about and support new organizations that we may not have known had such a need without hearing from our members.”

    Of the 27 non-profits who received donations this year, most focused on important causes in the community such as homelessness, meal services, youth support and addiction recovery.

    For a full list of organizations who received donations, please visit

    HRCU is a state-chartered and NCUA federally insured community credit union that serves over 22,000 members throughout the New Hampshire Seacoast since 1962.  You are eligible to be a member if you live or work in New Hampshire

  • 12/19/2019 10:40 AM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)



    News Release


    Eversource Announces Leadership Change

    in New Hampshire


    Bill Quinlan promoted to President of Transmission across the company,

    VP of Electric Operations in NH Joe Purington to take over as President of NH Operations


    MANCHESTER, N.H. (December 18, 2019) — Eversource today announced that current President of New Hampshire Operations Bill Quinlan will be promoted to President of Transmission and that Joe Purington will succeed Quinlan as the leader of New Hampshire operations. In his new role, Quinlan will oversee all operations and development of the energy company’s transmission system in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, with a focus on facilitating the integration of new clean energy resources. Purington, currently Eversource New Hampshire’s Vice President of Electric Operations, will become President of New Hampshire Operations on January 1, 2020.


    “I’m honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead Eversource’s New Hampshire operations, continuing our important work to ensure that the people and businesses of the Granite State have the power they need for their everyday lives,” Purington said. “At Eversource, we’re focused on innovative solutions that lower costs for our customers, enhance reliability, and advance clean energy, and I look forward to working with our dedicated employees and stakeholders across the state to achieve those goals.”


    Since joining Eversource in 2014 as Vice President of New Hampshire Operations, Purington has been responsible for overseeing Eversource’s field and system operations, and for ensuring consistent approaches to engineering, construction, and maintenance of Eversource’s electric distribution and transmission system. Under his leadership, the energy company developed a state-of-the-art control center, launched its troubleshooter program to strengthen rapid response during emergencies and outages, installed distribution automation and smart switch technology across the electric system to reduce the number and duration of outages, and created its successful Electrical Lineworker Certificate Program in partnership with Manchester Community College and IBEW. 


    Purington previously served as Director of Electric Distribution at Central Maine Power (CMP), a business unit of Iberdola USA, as well as Director of System Operations for CMP, New York State Electric & Gas, and Rochester Gas & Electric. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University and an associate degree in applied science from Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute. Purington also serves on the board of Granite United Way.


    “I’m proud of all that we have accomplished since 2013 to better meet the needs of our customers in the Granite State, and I look forward to this new opportunity to help ensure that all of our customers benefit from a robust, reliable and resilient transmission system,” Quinlan said. “From completing the restructuring of the electric utility industry and the sale of our generation facilities, to the installation of innovative technologies that enhance the reliability of our electric system and help support a clean energy future, we’ve made great progress over the last several years in New Hampshire.” 


    “Joe Purington’s expertise and commitment to serving the people of New Hampshire has been integral to our efforts over the last five years, and I’m confident that the state will continue to benefit from his leadership for years to come,” Quinlan added.


    Quinlan first joined Eversource—previously Northeast Utilities—in 1984, and gained extensive experience spanning across his career in the company’s operations, policy, legal, regulatory, technology, and business development. Since becoming President of New Hampshire Operations in 2013, Quinlan led Eversource’s efforts with the State of New Hampshire and other key stakeholders to reach a settlement agreement on the deregulation of the state’s electric utility industry and establish an enhanced reliability program, then successfully oversaw the sale of the company’s generation facilities; championed energy efficiency, battery storage, electric vehicles, and other clean energy innovations; and continued to demonstrate Eversource New Hampshire’s leadership in employee volunteerism, economic development, and community engagement, including leading Eversource’s partnership with Easterseals New Hampshire on their highly successful Walk+5K Run.

    Joe Purington.

  • 12/03/2019 9:32 AM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)





The Falls Chamber of Commerce is a professional association of businesses in  the falls area.  We are the catalyst that facilitates business growth , prosperity, partnership and success for our members. 


Bonnie McNair, Executive Director
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