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  • 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)

  • 11/13/2019 10:54 AM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)


    8 Somersworth Plaza Somersworth, NH 03878

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  • 10/18/2019 9:43 AM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    Members of First Seacoast Bank accept the 2019 Cornerstone Award from Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, Chief Executive Officer at Cornerstone VNA.  L to R:  Jean Tremblay, Cindy Ward, Stacie Parker, Cheryl Thompson, Sharla Rollins, Jim Brannen, Julie Reynolds, Jim McKenna.

    Rochester, NH:  Cornerstone VNA recently recognized longtime supporter, First Seacoast Bank, with the 2019 Cornerstone Award at their “Home Sweet Home” fundraising event on Thursday, October 3rd at Flag Hill Distillery & Winery in Lee.  First introduced in 2012, the Cornerstone Award recognizes an individual or local business for their dedication and commitment to advancing the mission of Cornerstone VNA.

    As a nonprofit organization, Cornerstone VNA relies on the generosity of individuals and local businesses, and First Seacoast Bank has long been a champion and loyal supporter of Cornerstone VNA.  According to Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone VNA, “The support from the bank has been there in abundance, from sponsoring our events to members of their leadership team who have made significant contributions to our organization in their respective volunteer roles.”

    Sharla Rollins, AVP, Branch Administrator has been a Cornerstone VNA Board Member since 2011. As a dedicated and engaged board member, Rollins also volunteers her time as a member of the Board’s Executive Committee, Finance Committee and Strategic Planning Committee. 

    Jim McKenna, VP, Financial Advisor at First Seacoast Bank has been generously sharing his time as a Hospice Volunteer since 2017.  According to Kelly Doherty, RN-C, MSN, ARNP-BC, ACHPN, Hospice and Palliative Care Director, “We are deeply grateful for the special time that Jim spends with our patients and their loved ones, who benefit from the support and companionship he provides during his visits.”

    In 2016, First Seacoast Bank became the underwriter of an important new event called Caregivers Connect. This annual event has continued thanks to their generous sponsorship and provides an opportunity for Cornerstone VNA to provide support and education to family caregivers.  Additionally, First Seacoast Bank has been an ongoing sponsor of Cornerstone VNA’s annual silent auction event, which raises funds to provide access to care for those in need and support for innovative programs and services for people of all ages.

    “Since 1890, First Seacoast Bank has remained committed to making a positive difference in the local communities we serve,” said Sharla Rollins, First Seacoast Bank Assistant Vice President, Branch Administrator and Cornerstone VNA Board Member. “While our name may be new, our local values are constant, and today, we remain more committed than ever to our mission and are proud to continue our support of Cornerstone VNA and this wonderful region we call home,” she added.

    Cornerstone VNA is a non-profit home, health and hospice agency currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, social work as well as volunteer and support services through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 106 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end of life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit or call 800-691-1133

  • 09/24/2019 1:12 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)
    The agricultural product is now legal to grow in the state, but the federal government has the last word.

    Read more here

  • 09/19/2019 1:07 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    Focusing on existing customers is remarkably important for small businesses.  Read more here

  • 09/16/2019 1:37 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

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  • 09/04/2019 1:36 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    The statistics are staggering: Plastic is now the most common element found in oceans.  Read more to see how your small business can help.





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