NH auto dealer continues to rebuild and give back to the local community

Berlin City Auto Group, located at 485 Main St., Gorham, has broken ground on new construction as part of a company-wide expansion that includes a $1.8 million project in Gorham. "We're continuing to invest in the local economy," said Ed Watson, general manager of Berlin City Auto Group. The project is one of three underway in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire Berlin City Auto Group dealerships totaling roughly $5.4 million.
The dealership having posted "double-digit improvements year over year" this newest project is not only a boon to the customers, but also a way to reward them. The biggest way Berlin City is achieving that is by hiring all local contractors.
General Contractor Ray's Electric is one of those businesses benefiting. Steve Binette, co-owner of Ray's said he's been working with the dealership over a year through the design phase and now into the construction. "It's a good project for the North Country," he said pointing out that his business has been solely committed to purchasing their vehicles from Berlin City for a number of years. Just as the renovations to the GM Superstore gave a new facelift to this area of Route 16, the renovations to the 485 Main St. location is going to give Route 16 a modern look.
The service department will have upgraded technology too to make the process more efficient and run smoothly. The upgraded facilities and technology will benefit both the customer and the dealerships.
The drive-in service entrance is one of the bigger changes to the building. The entrance will allow service customers to drive their vehicles directly in to a reception area where they will be met by Berlin City service staff at their car. This will allow them to get out of their car indoors, while also having the ability to engage in a discussion about maintenance concerns and updates.
With the solid economic performance on their side, Berlin City decided to make some major investments. In addition to remodeling the showroom and facade of the Gorham building and adding the new service entrance and amenities, approximately 1 year ago Berlin City began construction of a new Fiat dealership in Williston, Vermont. He said that is the first time the dealership group expanded the business since the recession. Additionally, the Toyota/Lexus dealership in Portland, Maine, underwent a showroom and service department expansion.

Solar joins Gallus and Green team

Gallus and Green Realtors in Berlin, NH is excited to welcome Susan Solar to their team.
Susan has been a North Country resident for over 40 years. She  has over 25 years of direct sales experience, reaching the highest managerial levels and earning numerous trips and awards.
Susan is no stranger to the public. She is a past President of the Androscoggin Valley Hospital Auxiliary, member of the Dummer School Board, and former English teacher in the Berlin School system. She is the author of four books, and member of the NH Writers' Project as well as other local author groups.
Married to Ed Solar, of E&S Rental, they have raised two children together.
Susan's background in sales and public recognition provide buyers and sellers experienced, reliable service. She specializes in all types of Real Estate, and is dedicated to honest, exceptional service.
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Badenhausen earns Building Science Principles certificate

Berlin- EXIT Realty Trailblazers is proud to congratulate Cimbria Badenhausen, their newest agent, who not only passed her real estate sales license exam recently, but also has obtained a Building Science Principles Certificate of Knowledge from the Building Performance Institute. Components of the exam included building science principles, residential energy efficiency systems, technical definitions, and energy conservation strategies. This awareness places her at the cutting edge of marketing sustainable features and maximizing peoples' understanding of energy features of Berlin area homes and commercial properties listed by her.

For more information about EXIT Realty Trailblazers, please call 603 326-7450. EXIT Realty Trailblazers is located at 151 Main Street (Tea Birds Building), Berlin, NH.


Coos County Family Heath welcomes new physician's assistant


Coos County Family Health Services is pleased to welcome Amy Lucas, to the permanent staff as a Clinical Physician Assistant.   Lucas is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of New England and will be joining the staff as a NH licensed medical practitioner in mid-August.  Her health care interests include primary care medicine with an emphasis in pediatrics, sports medicine and family medicine.

Lucas has a long track record in health care, having started as an emergency room volunteer at New London Hospital in New London. She also volunteered at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford, Maine and at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, NH. After learning more about the Physician Assistant career she shadowed family medicine PA’s at both New London Hospital and DHMC. After this exposure to clinical medicine she decided to go into college as a pre-physician assistant student, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Biology.

Lucas has a large variety of clinical experiences from her clinical rotations including working in the Emergency Department, Rural Family Medicine, Outpatient Internal medicine, General surgery and Orthopedics.  Locally, she did a Pediatrics clinical rotation at Coos County Family Health Services in Berlin and in inpatient Internal Medicine at Androscoggin Valley Hospital.

“We were all impressed with the range of Amy’s experience and the competence she showed during her student rotation at CCFHS,” said CEO Adele Woods. “Everyone liked her and appreciated her contribution to whatever area she served in.”

Growing up in the Lake Sunapee Region on a family farm Lucas is no stranger to the area. After her two clinical rotations in the North Country Lucas knew that this is where she wanted to practice.

She has demonstrated leadership abilities as president of her University of New England Physician Assistant class, co-president of the Student Health Advisory Council, and membership in the Leadership Task Force of the Student Society of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She has also served the Relay for Life for 3 years as the Mission Education Committee Chair, Advocacy Committee Chair and Sponsorship Committee Chair. She is currently a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, DownEast Association of Physician Assistants and New Hampshire Society of Physician Assistants.

In addition to her primary interest in Family Medicine, she holds a certification in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) with the American Heart Association and has also held a SOLO Wilderness First Aid certification for mountain rescue first responders.

A strong supporter of the New Hampshire 4-H Organization, Lucas has been active with them for more than half her life. She exhibited swine and working steers at various fairs throughout the state of New Hampshire and was part of numerous volunteering experiences. She has also helped organize events for the Future Farmers of America (FFA).

Lucas will be available to see patients at the CCFHS Pleasant Street Office in mid-August.  Please call 752-2040 to schedule an appointment.