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  • 03/24/2022 1:46 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Rochester, NH – Cornerstone VNA, a local nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, recently received a generous donation of $484 from the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) students at the Richard W. Creteau Regional Technology Center at Spaulding High School in Rochester, NH. This donation is a result of a special bake sale that the students organized to support the Kiddie Cornerstone Fund at Cornerstone VNA.

    The Kiddie Cornerstone Fund was established in 2016 to provide gifts for the organization’s pediatric patients to bring smiles to their youngest patients and to promote hope and healing at home. In addition to gifts, such as books, coloring books, and small toys, funds are also used to purchase gas cards to assist with transportation to medical appointments for families in need.

    “Childhood illnesses are scary for young patients and their families, and the financial burden can be so overwhelming,” shares Erika Lee, Director of Advancement. “Thanks to donations to our Kiddie Cornerstone Fund, we can provide an extra layer of support in the form of toys and books, special equipment, gas cards, and even gifts over the holidays. We are very grateful to the students for their efforts to support our young patients.”

    HOSA Co-President, Mia Baillargeon shares, “We are fortunate enough to have a great group of ladies [students] this year that are passionate about serving the community and reaching out to those who may need it most. Of course we could have raised money for ourselves, but this was something more honorable, that makes an impact on others.” HOSA Advisor, Lisa Kumph adds, “Our HOSA group was very excited to be able to support the children in our community. The students and staff at Spaulding High School and the Creteau Tech Center demonstrated their generosity through support of the bake sale.”

    For more information or to make a donation to the Kiddie Cornerstone Fund, visit cornerstonevna.org/kiddie-cornerstone-fund or call Erika Lee at 603-332-1133 x1203.

    Cornerstone VNA is a non-profit organization, currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 109 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 www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.



  • 03/09/2022 7:46 AM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Rochester, NH – The City of Rochester and Vouchers for Veterans is proud to announce that they will once again be putting heroism on display this Memorial Day Weekend. Like last year’s event held at the Rochester Common, full size American Flags will be displayed around and within the 1/3-mile oval park. The Field of Honor is free to the public and will open on Saturday, May 28,2022, at 9am. The display will remain in place until dismantling early Tuesday morning, May 31, 2022. Each night at 7pm a bugler will play taps to commemorate members of all branches of the armed forces. This year 550 flags will be erected with 100 of those dedicated specifically to NH and ME veterans who died in service. The multi-day event expects to draw thousands of visitors who will come and pay their respects to the men and women who have served our country, some with the ultimate sacrifice.

    Flags are available to dedicate at www.vouchersforveterans.org. Each flag is 3 feet by 5 feet and costs $40.00. You may choose to purchase and pay securely online or print a form and mail it with a check. You may also choose to honor a specific veteran, living or deceased, or allow Vouchers for Veterans to choose one on your behalf. If you purchase multiple flags they will be located together within the display. Volunteers will be on-site throughout the weekend to help you locate your flag(s). Many veterans will show their pride in serving their country by purchasing one for themselves and many friends and family members of veterans will want to honor their veteran in this way. Each flag will be identified with a laminated card containing the name, branch and rank of the veteran. Those who died in action will be denoted with a black cross and each card is attached to the flagpole with a yellow silk ribbon. After the event you may keep your flag, or you may donate it back for future events. Flags may be picked up on June 4, 2022, from 2-5pm at the American Legion Post 7. You may choose to have your flag mailed to you. All sales end May 15, 2022, or until flags are sold out.

    A Memorial Day Ceremony will take place on Monday, May 30th beginning at 11am. The American Legion Post 7 will open the ceremony with the presentation of colors followed by the laying of the wreaths for each branch of the military. Mayor Paul Callaghan will welcome all in attendance and provide opening remarks. General Donald Bolduc will speak next, followed by other guest speakers yet to be determined. Vouchers for Veterans has reached out to others and invited them to speak at the ceremony, including Governor Sununu and Senators Shaheen and Hassan. As it is still early in the planning process, they hope that those invitations are accepted. For those that wish to, they may bring a chair to the ceremony.

    Jeanne Grover, President of Vouchers for Veterans, is very excited to bring this event back for a second year. “Last year’s event was very emotional for many visitors”, said Grover, “I witnessed several people wiping away tears as they strolled among the field of flags and read the names on the cards. I was also very moved when I saw George Sherwood play taps at his deceased brother’s flag despite the cold and rain that day. I expect to see him and his lovely wife Jane again this year.” George Sherwood is a 94-year-old World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient.

    Vouchers for Veterans would like to thank their generous sponsors this year. Holy Rosary Credit Union is sponsoring 60 flags this year to commemorate their 60th Anniversary. Those flags will specifically honor those veterans that died while serving their country. They are also providing several volunteers to help through the planning process and the weekend of the event. Other sponsors include WitWay Supply Co., Home Depot, and Lowes. For anyone interested in becoming a sponsor for this year’s patriotic event, please reach out to Vouchers for Veterans for more information at 603-817-6030.

    Since 2016, Vouchers for Veterans has provided vouchers to local veterans for the purchase of fresh locally sourced food at local farmers markets. New this year, veterans may begin attending designated Winter Farmers Markets, as well as choosing each week from 9 participating farmers markets in September.

    Grover states, “This is a first in the nation program of its kind. The program helps three different groups of people simultaneously. The veterans receive the fresh food and ‘thanks’ for serving, the farmers, growers, and food preparers receive the face value of each voucher redeemed, and lastly by keeping it local the money stays in the community. It’s a win win win!”

    Their two largest contributors, Iron Tails Saloon and Swim With A Mission, have made it possible for VforV to now provide fresh food weekly to New Hampshire and Maine veterans five months out of the year. Also, while attending the markets, the veterans have an opportunity to speak with a representative from Military Affairs and Veterans Services to learn of benefits for which they may qualify yet did not know existed. The program is not based on need and is intended to be a “thank you” from community members for the veterans’ service.

    All net proceeds help to fund Vouchers for Veterans.

    https://www.vouchersforveterans.org/about/


  • 03/09/2022 7:37 AM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Rochester NH - HRCU is proud to announce we have received the 2021 Best of the Best “Best Transaction Experience” and “Best New Member Experience” Awards in North America by CU Solutions Group and Member XP. This is the second year we have been recognized for “Best Transaction Experience”.

    Best of the Best recognition is awarded to credit unions for excellence in one or more of nine categories that focus on all experiences that the member has with a credit union, including: Loan, Transaction, New Account, New Member, Mortgage, Member Support, and ITM Transaction. Award recipients are surveyed for ease of use across all banking channels and the likelihood the respondents are to recommend others to use the credit union based on their experience.

    “Exceptional service is critical to the success of the credit union. We are so proud of our staff who earned these and who truly work each day to carry out the credit union philosophy of people helping people”, said Director of Branch Administration Carlynne Pouliot.

    “I couldn’t be more proud of our staff that go above and beyond every day to help our members and ensure that each experience is genuine and meaningful”, said President & CEO Brian Hughes, “It is an honor to be recognized by CU Solutions Group and Member XP for what we work so hard to accomplish”.

    Member XP is dedicated to helping credit unions create an extraordinary customer experience. Their goal is to make credit unions the number one choice for financial consumers by having the power to make a difference in the financial lives of their members and creating engaging member experiences at every credit union every day. https://www.memberxp.com/

    CU Solutions Group is a credit union service organization offering leading edge products and services in the areas of technology, marketing, HR performance and strategic advisory. Our company’s dedication to the credit union mission is reflected through service excellence to credit union clients, credit union system partners and credit union leagues spanning 48 states. https://www.cusolutionsgroup.com/

    HRCU is a state-chartered and federally insured community credit union that has been serving the New Hampshire community since its inception in 1962. With several locations throughout the seacoast, HRCU prides itself on helping its members achieve their financial goals through convenient, up-to-date services and a compassionate, personalized approach. https://www.hrcu.org/



  • 02/03/2022 10:02 AM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Hello New Hampshire Businesses,

    Several tourism associations and chambers, including the Lakes Region Tourism Association, Ski NH, the White Mountains Attractions Association, and the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce, are collaborating to collect statewide data on the use of J-1 and H-2B visa programs, and any other international worker visa programs that may be used by employers. We'd love to hear from you about whether or not you’ve used these programs in recent years, and your participation will help us to better advocate for these programs at the Federal level. The survey should only take 5-9 minutes, and your responses can be completely anonymous if you choose.

     

    TAKE THE SURVEY  (or copy and paste this URL into your web browser  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XP82C78)

     

    We truly appreciate your participation and time,

    Amy Landers, Jessyca Keeler, John Nyhan, and Charyl Reardon

     


  • 01/28/2022 12:59 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Concord, N.H. – (Jan 25, 2022) – As the ongoing pandemic continues to impact tourism destinations worldwide, New Hampshire experienced a record-breaking summer and strong year overall according to New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development (DTTD)’s research.

     

    “New Hampshire is the best place to live, work, raise a family – and also take a vacation,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “With this record-breaking summer tourist season, it’s clear that the Granite State is the number one destination for families looking to have fun, experience our beautiful state, and shop tax-free. Thanks to all the businesses who helped make it happen – next year’s going to be even better!”

     

    In Summer 2021, the state welcomed 4.4 million visitors who spent more than $2.1 billion, breaking previous records set pre-pandemic in Summer 2019 and representing a 21% increase in visitors and a 5% increase in spending for the season. With winter and fall, Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, New Hampshire had a record number of visitors at 12.8 million spending over $5.5 billion, which equals $322.6 million in state tax revenue.

     

    "My hats off to this state’s incredible tourism industry, going from recovery to record breaking in one season like this” said Taylor Caswell, commissioner of NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs. “Our Tourism team here at BEA kept a marketing presence in key states throughout the pandemic, so while other states retreated, we were poised to come out of the gate fast … and that worked.  We have every reason to believe that people are coming back and loving what they can see and do here in New Hampshire for an experience of a lifetime.”

     

    As a result of DTTD’s strategic marketing efforts across paid, owned and earned channels, FY2021 yielded one of the strongest returns on investment (ROI) measured. The total fiscal year ROI generated $197 in visitor spending for each $1 invested – and $12.08 in tax revenue for each $1 invested. Based on the average visitor spending on taxable categories in the state, FY21 marketing efforts generated more than $35.7 million in state and local taxes (+7% from 2019’s $33 million).

     

    "While we still have a long road to recovery, these numbers are evidence that New Hampshire’s dining, lodging, and attractions are delivering popular options and memorable experiences at the very time consumers need it most,” said Mike Somers, CEO and President of the NH Lodging and Restaurant Association.  “Were it not for workforce shortages and supply chain issues, New Hampshire's hospitality businesses would have prospered even more during this summer's record-breaking season.”

    Here are more details and results by seasons:

     

    Spring/Summer 2021

    Knowing that competition would be fierce for Summer 2021 tourists, New Hampshire made the largest marketing investment in the past four years at $2.4 million. The campaign resulted in a ROI for each $1 invested, $12.08 was returned in taxes. All seven regions of the state reported an increase in both visitor spending and overnight visits in Spring/Summer 2021, when compared to 2019.

     

    Winter 2020/21

    Winter 2020/21 total visitor spending achieved $1 billion, nearly reaching the pre-pandemic Winter 2019/20 total of $1.2 billion, and total trips of 2.7 million was just shy of 2020’s 2.9 million.

     

    Fall 2020

    Total spending in Fall 2020 returned $286 in visitor spending and $16 in tax revenue for each $1 invested, garnering the fiscal year’s strongest ROI.

     

    Tourism leaders from around the state reflect on the last year:

     

    Dartmouth Lake Sunapee Region

    Tracy Hutchins, President, Upper Valley Business Alliance

    “The data on increased visitation from the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism clearly shows what we in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region know: this area is a terrific place to visit for a day or spend a vacation. This region may be one of New Hampshire's "quieter" regions, but if you are looking for great outdoor experiences, terrific food, and a huge variety of cultural experiences (such as home to the only professional opera company north of New York, live performances and theater, arts & crafts), then the DLSR is the place to be! From enjoying sunsets on Sunapee or Mascoma Lakes, to shopping in Hanover, and riding the 56-mile rail trail from Lebanon to Boscawen or watching the exciting mountain bike races at Arrowhead in Claremont, there is something for everyone.”

    Great North Woods

    Paula Kinney, Executive Director, Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce

    “The Androscoggin Valley reports a very busy summer tourism season in 2021.  Many of the hospitality businesses reported a record-breaking season, with August especially busy. Despite all the changes and special accommodations these businesses had to face due to the pandemic, getting outside in the warmer months and enjoying all that our region has to offer was incredibly popular. The money that tourism brings into our area is extremely vital to our economy and small businesses.  Businesses look forward to the busier times to help bring them through the “off season” when they rely solely on the locals supporting them.”

    Lakes Region

    Amy Landers, Executive Director, Lakes Region Tourism Association

    “The Lakes Region had a record-breaking summer and fall season this year.  So far winter has been extremely strong as well.  During Christmas vacation week activities such as tubing and skiing were sold out and occupancy was at a record high throughout the region. There is large demand for our New Hampshire product.  Visitors are looking for outdoor recreation; scenic drives; natural beauty and the urban setting we offer.  We’re already seeing strong bookings for 2022 and many properties are above last year’s figures for prebooking’s.  Our advice is to plan and book early so you are not disappointed.”    

    Merrimack Valley Region
    Tim Sink, President, Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce

    “The record-breaking numbers for visitor spending throughout the State this spring and summer were very encouraging.  Business and leisure traffic in the Merrimack Valley region was up substantially, and that is most welcome good news during these challenging times.”

     

    Monadnock Region

    Luca Paris, President & CEO, Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce

    “As a business owner before taking over the Greater Keene and Peterborough Chamber in September of 2021, I noticed a real increase of people coming to our region. We did as much as we could to make our guests comfortable and folks from surrounding areas like Vermont and Massachusetts felt that was the case in the summer of 2020. AS the summer and fall of 2021 rolled in we received so many return guests to the area. The City of Keene felt the increase as did other border towns of the Monadnock Region. I have a saying I share with all new visitors to our region; you may find the Monadnock Region by accident, but I guarantee you will come back on purpose. I believe that was a large part of what happened to our region and the growth in visits!”

     

    Seacoast Region

    Ben VanCamp, Chief Collaborator & President, Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth

    “It is encouraging to see the numbers reflect what we experienced in Portsmouth this past spring and summer.  Everyone was ready to travel and smaller, walkable destinations like Portsmouth were desirable.” 

     

    White Mountains Region

    Charyl Reardon, President, White Mountains Attractions Association

    “After so much uncertainty in 2020 and even some still today, it is wonderful to see how strong Tourism has rebounded in the White Mountains welcoming several million visitors, millions in travel related spending, and support for so many households and nearly 15,000 tourism related careers. It goes without saying that Tourism brings people, and people bring Investment. Tourism is vital to the economic growth of not only the White Mountains region, but throughout New Hampshire. Just ask any of the restaurants, retail shops, campgrounds, and lodges. Or the banks, hospitals, and schools that serve the residents who depend on tourism.”

     

    For the full report, visit www.visitnh.gov.

     

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    ABOUT THE NH DIVISION OF TRAVEL AND TOURISM DEVELOPMENT
    The Division of Travel and Tourism Development, as part of the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs, works with the state’s seven travel regions to increase visitation, travel and visitor expenditures in order to expand business activity and employment throughout the state. The division is responsible for domestic and international advertising and public relations, literature publication and distribution, 
    www.visitnh.gov administration, grant administration and research to monitor and measure the impact of travel and tourism to the state. For more information about New Hampshire tourism, call 603-271-2665 or visit www.visitnh.gov.

    Stay connected with New Hampshire tourism on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest and YouTube, and be sure to follow the #LiveFreeNH tag to see what other people are saying about New Hampshire.

     

    Media Contact:

    Kris Neilsen

    Communications Manager, Division of Travel and Tourism Development

    Kris.M.Neilsen@livefree.nh.gov

     

     


  • 01/28/2022 12:23 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)
    Good Afternoon,


    Assistant Director Ralph Morang and I hope our viewers are well and staying healthy. January highlights include our work with the Noble Virtual Middle School and videos of MSAD 60 concerts we covered.  We seek someone interested in helping us produce a news program that summarizes Berwick happenings.  Check out the last page for more information.


    Love is in the air.  Well, not quite yet but Valentine's Day is right around the corner.  February movies are all about love.  

    Click Here to Open in Canva - this version includes the videos you can enlarge to view.  (No membership required - the newsletter will open automatically)

    Attached below is the PDF version for those preferring to read without the videos.

    Newsletter 6 - February 2022.pdf

    Terri Wright, Director

    Berwick Community Media

    11 Sullivan St.

    Berwick, ME  03901

    www.berwicktv.org

    Office:  207-698-1101  Ext. 153

    Cell:  207-459-6155


  • 01/28/2022 12:17 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Energy company prestaging crews in advance of heavy snowfall and high winds; encouraging customers to also prepare

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (Jan. 28, 2022) – With the track of this weekend’s powerful snowstorm still uncertain, Eversource is preparing for whatever the storm may bring. The heavy snowfall and strong winds expected early Saturday into Sunday can bring down trees or tree limbs onto electric lines and equipment causing power outages. In advance of the storm, the energy company is strategically prepositioning equipment and line and tree crews across the state – including additional out-of-state crews – so they’re ready to respond quickly and safely to any storm-related outages. 

     

    “We’ve had a close eye on this storm since the beginning of the week and continue to carefully track its path using several weather services and storm models,” said Eversource President of New Hampshire Operations Doug Foley. “This storm continues to be tough to track, and we aren’t leaving anything to chance. We have hundreds of line, tree and service workers who will be geared up and ready to respond to this storm and any damage it may cause to the electric system. We also remind customers that restorations may take longer as we ensure the safety of our employees who will be responding in challenging road conditions.”

    Eversource reminds customers to always stay clear of downed wires and to report them immediately to 9-1-1. Be sure to report any outage online at Eversource.com, or by calling 800-662-7764. Customers who signed up for the company’s two-way texting feature can send a text to report an outage and receive outage updates as they happen. 

    Customers are encouraged to prepare for the storm by assembling or restocking a storm kit which should include essentials like flashlights, batteries, water, non-perishable foods, pet food and essentials and any needed medicationsIn addition, make sure cell phones and devices are full charged, create an emergency plan with family members and check on elderly neighbors and friends.

    Additional preparedness tips can be found at Eversource.com.

     


  • 01/27/2022 12:30 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Dover, NH – Due to the winter storm that is predicted to hit this weekend, the decision has been made to curtail all service on Saturday, January 29, 2022. “We have been watching the weather forecasts closely and, while we try to avoid having to shut down, we feel this is the most prudent decision we could make based on the predicted conditions,” stated Rad Nichols, COAST Executive Director.


    COAST services will operate as normal on Friday, January 28. The expectation is that COAST will return to regular operations starting on Monday, January 31. When COAST resumes service, expect delays as storm cleanup may still be affecting traffic.


    Nichols commented further, “When traveling after the storm, please be safe on your way to and from bus stops. Please do not wait for the bus on top of snowbanks. Find the nearest driveway opening; make sure you are visible to the bus operator and wave as the bus approaches. In low light conditions wave a lit cell phone or flashlight to make you more visible to the bus operator.” COAST recommends wearing bright clothing, having reflectors and carrying a flashlight.


    For updated information on COAST services, please tune in to area radio and television news outlets. COAST will also be using its website at www.coastbus.org, Facebook page at www.facebook.com/COASTbus and twitter account @COASTbus to provide additional updates

  • 01/24/2022 1:03 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)
    Illustration of a cell phone and lock with the following text, Data Privacy Day: January 28, 2022. The SBA logo is at the bottom.

    Cyber Attacks are a Growing Concern for #SmallBiz

    Cyber-attacks are a growing threat for small businesses and the U.S. economy. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Report, the cost of cybercrimes reached $2.7 billion in 2020 alone.

    Small businesses are attractive targets because they have information that cybercriminals want, and they typically lack the security infrastructure of larger businesses.

    According to a recent SBA survey, 88% of small business owners felt their business was vulnerable to a cyber-attack. Yet many businesses can’t afford professional IT solutions, have limited time to devote to cybersecurity, or they don’t know where to begin.

    Start by learning about common cyber threats, understanding where your business is vulnerable, and taking steps to improve your cybersecurity.

    Learn about the threats and how to protect your data here 


  • 01/21/2022 3:11 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Presented by SCORE Small Business Mentor Heather Turner

    Join the SBA and SCORE as we review upcoming business trends for 2022.  Learn how to stay up-to-date on small business marketing efforts with online marketing, internet security and privacy, automated marketing initiatives, and learn what’s new in the marketing trend forecast for 2022. 

    If you are a small business owner ready to discover the best marketing efforts to put your business on the right track for the coming year, this FREE workshop includes promising opportunities for you to grow your small business.

    Register today!!

    January is National Mentoring Month. Join us as we celebrate with SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteers and expert business mentors. Since 1964, SCORE has helped 11 million entrepreneurs start or grow a business. SCORE's  volunteers provide free mentoring, workshops and educational services to communities nationwide. 


ABOUT THE FALLS CHAMBER

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. 

       

CONTACTS

Emerson Doiron, Executive Director

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

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