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  • 03/02/2023 2:40 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Great Bay Services' Executive Director Pam Lowy has been invited to speak in Washington, DC in front of the Special Committee on Aging on the topic: “Uplifting Families, Workers, and Older Adults: Supporting Communities of Care.” Ms. Lowy will be the only representative of Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) providers to adults with disabilities to speak.

    She will be speaking to Chairman Senator Bob Casey, Ranking Member Senator Mike Braun, and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Richard Blumenthal, Elizabeth Warren, Mark Kelly, Raphael Warnock, John Fetterman, Marco Rubio, JD Vance, Pete Ricketts, Tim Scott, and Rick Scott. The primary focus of her testimony will be the need to increase Direct Support Professional wages. While we have other legislative goals as an industry, this is the one which could be greatly impacted by the current legislation being discussed.

    Watch the live stream at:

    The day before Ms. Lowy is to speak Great Bay Services will be celebrating their 69th anniversary of empowering adults with disabilities as valued members of our communities throughout Seacoast New Hampshire and Southern Maine. Learn more about GBS at

    Support our mission with a donation here

  • 03/01/2023 3:54 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    DOVER, N.H.  Wentworth-Douglass Hospital has been named among the best hospitals in the United States for the third straight year, according to Newsweek’s 2023 “World’s Best Hospitals” rankings published today.

    Wentworth-Douglass was ranked 189th of the 414 American hospitals rated on the publication’s US-based list – it’s highest ranking ever. The hospital was ranked 191st in 2022, 217th in 2021, 196th in 2020. The only other Seacoast hospital on the list is Portsmouth Regional at #414.

    “It’s very humbling to once again be ranked by Newsweek – especially in the Top 200 once again,” said Jeff Hughes, President and COO of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. “All our rankings and awards are a testament to our employees and their unwavering commitment to our patients and our community. I couldn’t be more proud that they are receiving this national recognition.”

    The publication also noted that Wentworth-Douglass performed “above average” in its infection prevention measures.

    The rankings, which debuted in 2019, were compiled by market and consumer data company Statista. In the 2023 edition, 28 countries and over 2,300 hospitals are featured in total, the most extensive and international edition to date. Every hospital in each country was rated by a score, which is based on four data sources: recommendations from medical experts (doctors, hospitals managers, health care professionals), patient satisfaction data, hospital quality metrics, and Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) implementation surveys.

    “The world's best hospitals consistently attract the best people and provide the best outcomes for patients as well as the most important new therapies and research. Of all the hospitals in the world, relatively few can do all those things year in and year out. The best belong to a very exclusive club,” said Nancy Cooper, Global Editor in Chief of Newsweek on the publication’s website.

    “The goal of this study is to provide a data-based comparison of hospital reputation and performance across countries. We hope this will be useful to patients and families seeking the best care for themselves and loved ones, as well as to hospitals as they benchmark themselves against their peers.”

    You can see the full rankings online:

  • 03/01/2023 1:33 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

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    Are you looking to take your career from good to great? Don’t just look for a job, consider a career where you empower people to enhance their financial well-being and make a difference to our communities. As an employee of HRCU, every day is an opportunity to thrive, and be part of a team working to ensure our organization is providing world class service to our members, employees, and our communities. Joining HRCU is more than being an employee; it’s about being a part of the HRCU family. We believe in empowering our associates, collaborating, and transparency.

    We are currently looking for a Senior Secondary Market Administrator to join our team, reporting to the Vice President of Lending.  The ideal candidate will be a highly skilled professional with experience onboarding, servicing, and reconciling loans being sold on the secondary market, specifically, Fannie Mae (FNMA). Must be able to provide investor oversight of post-closing activities including but not limited to resolving investor, warehouse, and custodian due diligence as an addition to the day-to-day mortgage loan operations department. Help to develop the team in understanding their responsibilities in the secondary (GSE) market to allow us to continue to better serve our members and prepare ourselves for continued growth in the mortgage department. This individual is expected to maintain a thorough knowledge of lending programs, policies, procedures, regulatory requirements, demonstrating a commitment to professional ethics, and complying with all Federal and State compliance policies.


    • Extensive knowledge of the secondary market and experience with first and second mortgage residential real estate lending; must have proven track record of selling and servicing loans. Minimum three years of experience required.
    • Experience using Fannie Mae platforms/systems for reporting and communication.
    • DU automated engine experience required. 
    • College degree preferred but could be substituted for extensive training and completion of course work in secondary market lending and specifically FNMA. The course work must be current with certifications.
    • Must have working knowledge of regulations affecting mortgage lending and experience working in compliance.
    • Experience working directly with all mortgage staff including originators, training of staff and not afraid to roll up your sleeves to get the job done. 
    • Be proficiency in multiple software programs (Fannie Mae, Ellie Mae Encompass and  Microsoft Office Suite.
    • High level written and verbal communication skills. Experience preparing reports for management. 
    • Possess well-developed communication skills where the importance of discretion, accuracy and clarity is substantial. 
    • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently.
  • 02/27/2023 3:48 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    The Four Paws Inn in Meredith has opened a second location in Albany called Albany Four Paws Inn with financing from MVSB (Meredith Village Savings Bank). The new location is convenient to the Mount Washington Valley and offers year-round doggie daycare, including all-day, cage-free playtime as well as overnight boarding and grooming services.


    Caption: From left, Cristy Martel, Albany Four Paws Inn owner, stands with Dan Osetek, MVSB Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending Team Leader, and Charlotte Murdock, Albany Four Paws Inn employee, at their new location at 1760 NH Route 16 in Albany.

  • 02/27/2023 3:06 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    MVSB (Meredith Village Savings Bank) is proud to donate $1,000 to the New Hampshire Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation. The NH Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation serves New Hampshire residents in need of vision and hearing assistance with screenings, hearings aids and cataract surgeries who have no means of purchasing these services.


    Steve Middlemiss, Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation President (right), stands with David McMahon, MVSB Branch & Business Development Manager, and Kayley Fouts, MVSB Branch Services Supervisor.

  • 02/27/2023 2:45 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Rochester, NH – SHARE Fund has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Bloomin’ 4 Good Program for the month of March.

    The Hannaford Bloomin’ 4 Good Program, which launched in August 2021, is an easy way for shoppers to give back. Every Bloomin’ 4 Good Bouquet with the red circle sticker sold supports a nonprofit organization local to the Hannaford in which it was purchased.

    SHARE Fund (aka Gerrys Food Pantry) was selected as the March beneficiary by local store leadership at both local Hannaford stores located 290 North Main Street, Rochester NH and Lilac Mall #2, Rochester NH . SHARE Fund will receive a $1 donation for every Bloomin’ 4 Good Bouquet with the red circle sticker purchased at these Hannaford locations beginning March 1st throughout the entire month.

    “Flowers can make someone’s day, brighten a room, spread a smile or offer hope,” said Skip Smith, Executive Director of SHARE Fund. “Now they can give back to help offer hope and support to our Neighbors in Need, too. Purchase a Bloomin’ 4 Good Bouquet at either Rochester   Hannaford in March to help our organization support our community better. ”

    SHARE Fund, Inc is a nonprofit based in Rochester, NH. Founded in 1993, SHARE Fund provides

    services  to meet the basic needs of our most vulnerable community members. The SHARE Fund operates

    three programs: Gerry’s Emergency Food Pantry to provide food and personal/household supplies as well

     as function as the distribution center for our Community Diaper Bank; the Community Clothing Shop, a

    thrift store which generates program income and also offers free shopping for families in need; and

    Emergency Financial Assistance, which provides payments to vendors for housing, basic utilities,

    emergency heating, and urgent medical needs.

    Learn more about SHARE Fund by visiting

    For more information about the Hannaford Bloomin’ 4 Good Program, please visit

  • 02/22/2023 2:58 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)


    February 22, 2023
    Contact: Rad Nichols, Executive Director, COAST

    Dover, NH – Due to the winter storm that is predicted to arrive overnight and result in moderate to heavy snow, with expected accumulating sleet and additional ice glazing, the decision has been made to curtail all service on Thursday, February 23, 2023. “The snowfall, accumulating sleet and ice, along with visibility concerns make it look like travel will be very messy Thursday. We feel this is the most sensible decision we could make based on the predicted conditions,” stated Rad Nichols, COAST Executive Director.

    Based on the current forecast, COAST plans to return to normal operations on Friday. When COAST resumes service, expect delays as storm cleanup may still be affecting the roads and walkways.

    Nichols commented further, “As always, 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, Facebook page at and twitter account @COASTbus to provide additional updates.

    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.

  • 02/21/2023 2:25 PM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    MVSB (Meredith Village Savings Bank) is proud to announce the promotion of Adam McKinney to Branch & Business Development Manager at the Bank’s Main Office at 24 NH Route 25 in Meredith. Adam previously served as Branch Services Supervisor at the same location and will take the place of Cathy Sleeper, who was recently promoted to Regional Vice President.

    “Adam cares deeply about the success of our community, and he is well regarded by customers for exceptional service and by his fellow team members as a dependable colleague and a strong leader,” said Sleeper. “We are pleased to recognize his hard work and dedication with this well-deserved promotion.”

    “MVSB has been serving the Meredith community for 154 years and I am proud to have the opportunity to continue that legacy of service both in the branch and by supporting clients with the latest online tools and technology,” said Adam. “We have an outstanding team here at the branch as well and I am excited for what the future holds.”

    Adam joined MVSB in 2019. He is a 2022 graduate of Leadership Lakes Region and currently serves as a Board Member for the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce.

    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


    Caption: Adam McKinney, Branch & Business Development Manager at MVSB Meredith Main Office

  • 02/17/2023 6:30 AM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    Rollinsford, NH- Take a break from cabin fever with stimulating conversation and a classic card game at the annual cribbage tournament at Rollinsford’s historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House on Saturday, March 4.

    All skill ranges are welcome, from beginner to seasoned expert. Guests are invited to come as a team or as individuals; solo players will be paired up with a partner on the afternoon of the tournament. Registration is at 1:00 pm and play begins at 1:30 pm. The entry fee is $30 per team or $20 per person, and a cash prize of $50 will be awarded to the tournament champion. Players are also asked to bring some food to share and the beverage of your choice. Paper goods and utensils will be provided.

    The cribbage tournament is a great opportunity to show support for the Colonel Paul Wentworth House, meet new people and have a fun time. Seating is limited so reserve your spot by sending an email to or by calling Mike at 603-817-4545 or John at 207-475-6150. When registering, please provide your name and the number in your party.

    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

  • 02/15/2023 11:00 AM | Emerson Doiron (Administrator)

    DOVER, N.H. – Kevin Sweeney, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital’s Director of Imaging, was awarded the 2022 President’s Award last Thursday – the organization’s highest honor.

    Sweeney has worked at Wentworth-Douglass for more than 14 years, leading the medical imaging team that conducts diagnostic scans for patients.

    “Kevin is a long-serving leader with a tremendous and consistent record of success,” said Jeff Hughes, President & CEO of Wentworth-Douglass. “He is patient, understanding, a good listener, and exemplifies all aspects of an amazing leader. Not only does Kevin juggle a busy and growing department, but he also cares for his staff and is genuinely concerned about their happiness.

    Sweeney, who was surprised during the ceremony by his wife Maria, said he was “in a state of shock.”

    “It’s so extraordinary just to be nominated. The thought of winning it never would have come into my imagination,” Sweeney said. “We talk about values all the time. That’s something that we press ever single day. And I have to tell you that makes a difference. That sense of value drives all of us. Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is a very, very special place.”

    In addition to his leadership responsibilities, Hughes mentioned that Sweeney can often be seen talking to patients while they anxiously await their exams, offering comfort and even transporting them to other departments if needed.

    “His kindness, compassion, and knowledge really make him stand out, said Hughes.

    Sweeney also promotes the field of radiology in the community, partnering with Dover High School and NHTI to showcase imaging technology and partner on clinical placement for additional training on state-of-the art equipment.

    This was the first time an individual has received the award since Stacey Savage in 2020. The award was given, for the first time, to all employees in 2021 in recognition of their contributions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Video of the ceremony can be found here:


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