NH Grand celebrates 10 years of promoting the North Country

LANCASTER — Since 2007, North Country businesses of all sizes have partnered with New Hampshire Grand, northern New Hampshire’s marketing initiative that promotes the region, its businesses, attractions and Chambers of Commerce to residents and visitors to the state.

Using a multi-faceted tourism website, nhgrand.com, an active Facebook page and a comprehensive, targeted advertising and public relations campaign, NH Grand’s goal is to create awareness of the region’s many attractions, including restaurants and lodging, tax-free shopping, events, recreational opportunities and more that draw vacationers to the area.

NH Grand offers cooperative marketing and sponsorship opportunities. Other initiatives that return a great benefit to members include bi-monthly e-newsletters, the NH Grand Blog, the NH Grand Downloadable Guide Book, digital and print advertising, and representation at national and international trade shows.

“NH Grand successfully promoted over 40 tourism-based businesses in northern New Hampshire during 2016-17,” said Katelyn White, NH Grand Marketing Manager. “During 2017-18, our partner businesses will be part of a $60,000 comprehensive integrated marketing campaign promoting tourism in the North Country. We intend to reach new audiences and potential visitors by developing unique pitches around events and activities in the North Country.”

“NH Grand’s promotional platform presents a unified approach for highlighting what our region offers the travelling public through adventure, downtown venues, and multi-day itineraries,” said Chris Thayer of the Appalachian Mountain Club. “AMC has been a cooperating partner since the program’s inception and finds value in the collaboration and audience reach that NH Grand achieves through tourism economic development.”

“Experience New Hampshire’s Grand North” is the brand of New Hampshire’s North Country marketing initiative — also known as NH Grand — and is the official visitor information source for the Great North Woods and the Northern White Mountains.


RE/Max donates to Operation Warm

Recently Realtors with RE/Max Northern Edge Realty made a donation to Operation Warm. On hand to receive the donation were Berlin Firefighters Noah Hallgren and Brandon Bisson. Since partnering in 2012, the International Association of Firefighters has provided brand-new winter coats to 250,000 children living in need. Their mission is to provide brand new coats to children living in need across North America — positively impacting their school attendance, self-esteem and overall health and well-being.

ReMax Donates to Operation WarmFront row (from left): Berlin Firefighters Noah Hallgren and Brandon Bisson; second row: Realtors Carl Mercier and Jennifer Stewart; back row: Realtors Chris Lunn, Wayne Micucci, Steve Grone and Mark Danoski. Missing from the photo: Matt Martel, Lucie Remillard and Brent Bouchard. (COURTESY PHOTO)

RE/Max donates to Toys for Tots

REMAX donates to Toys fo TotsRealtors with RE/Max Northern Edge Realty recently donated $500 to the Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots Program. On hand to receive the donation was Tony Dube. The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Front Row, (from left): Wayne Micucci, Tony Dube, Jennifer Stewart. Back row: Steve Grone, Chris Lunn, Carl Mercier, Matt Martel and Mark Danoski. Lucie Remillard and Brent Bouchard also participated.

Decision to dismiss charges against Gorham mill owner is final

By Barbara Tetreault

GORHAM — The high profile fraud case against Gorham Paper and Tissue owner Lynn Tilton came to a quiet close last Tuesday when the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission finalized the decision to dismiss the charges.

Noting its Division of Enforcement had not filed a motion to review the administrative law judge’s decision to dismiss the charges within the 21-day deadline, the commission ruled that decision was final.

“The order contained in that decision is hereby declared effective. The initial decision ordered that this administrative proceeding is dismissed,” stated the brief notice issued by the SEC.

Following a five-year investigation, the SEC in 2015 charged Tilton and her company, Patriarch Partners, defrauded investors by hiding the poor performance of loans in three collateralized loan funds with total assets of $1.5 billion.

The SEC claimed Patriarch Partners was able to collect almost $200 million in fees it was not entitled to receive by misleading investors.

Tilton aggressively fought the charges, countersuing the SEC in U.S. District Court or the Southern District of New York, arguing the limited discovery and time frame allowed by an SEC administrative hearing violated her constitutional rights. She called for the case to be heard in federal court by a jury. Tilton pursued her challenge all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the country’s highest court rejected her appeal.

A three-week administrative hearing was held in November 2016 before SEC Administrative Law Judge Carol Fox Foelak. This past September, Foelak concluded the charges were unproven and dismissed the proceedings.

“The investors knew that the funds’ business model was to lend to a number of distressed companies with the idea that, while some would succeed, enabling the funds’ investors to be paid, others would fail,” Foelak wrote in her 57-page decision.

The colorful Tilton calls herself the “Diva of Distressed” based on her business model of buying up distressed companies and attempting to turn them around. One of those distressed companies was the Gorham mill, which was closed when she purchased it in 2011. She invested over $30 million to install a new tissue machine.