AVRRDD recycles oil

Are you a "do-it-yourselfer" when it comes time to change the oil in your car, boat or lawnmower? What do you do with the used oil? Don't let it sit in your garage, go down the drain, or be dumped "out back." Let Androscoggin Valley Regional Refuse Disposal District (AVRRDD) take the used oil off your hands.
By giving the oil to AVRRDD, you are saving resources in a number of ways: protecting your community's water supply and your own property's value; preserving a valuable resource as all the oil collected is recycled; and you are spared any cleanup costs associated with a contaminated site.
Here's how you can recycle your used oil: 1) Collect your oil in a clear or semi-clear container with a close fitting cover - plastic milk jugs with screw on caps work well. (May include transmission, power steering, and hydraulic fluids) 2) Avoid contamination. Don't mix the used oil with any other household wastes, like antifreeze, gasoline or liquids such as water. 3) Label the container "Used Oil". 4) Bring the filled container to the location listed below.
Androscoggin Valley Regional Refuse Disposal District – Materials Recovery Facility (AVRRDD – MRF) 100 West Milan Road, Berlin, NH
Hours: Monday thru Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Note: This program is not available to commercial businesses.

Marshall Insurance opens office on Main Street

BERLIN—Marshall Insurance Agency, in business in Lancaster since 1928, has purchased the former Croteau Insurance business in the Berlin area and opened a second office in the Croteau spot at 324 Main Street in Berlin.
Marshall principal Greg Westcott is pleased to announce that longtime Croteau employees, Sylvia Rasmussen, and Jeff Morgan-Allain, continue with the business.
"It's a new day for the agency," said Westcott. "It's a natural fit for the Marshall Insurance Agency. We knew Jeff and Sylvia and we have clients here. Now we have two office centers."
In addition, Westcott said, "We see a lot of positive activity in Berlin. It is taking a turn. We wanted to be part of the resurgence of business here. We are here for the long haul."
"Our goal is to bring good quality insurance to the town," he continued. "We have brought insurance possibilities not represented here before. We are giving our clients opportunities they haven't had before with new companies and giving them more of a choice. It's all about choice."
They offer insurance "of all kinds," says Westcott.
Westcott himself has been in the business since 1986 when he and his wife, Lynnette, moved back to Lancaster where Lynnette, had grown up and her father, John, had inherited the Marshall Insurance Agency from his father, Rodney, the founder.
The Westcotts were both in the Navy when they met. Westcott was six years a nuclear power plant welder working on submarine reactors and Lynnette was a welding inspector—"One of the first women to be stationed on a naval vessel," Westcott notes.
After their return to Lancaster, the Westcotts bought the agency from her father in 1994 and continued the family business, while their children, Paige Elizabeth, now 23, and Rushton, 21, a senior at the Maine Maritime Academy, were growing up.
Paige is now with the agency, having majored in communications and marketing at Norwich University. Rushton, majoring in marine technology and captain of the drill team at Maine Maritime, expects to earn an unlimited tonnage license and continue in the Merchant Marine although his degree would permit him to work, as well, on shore power facilities of all types, according to Westcott.
Meanwhile, back in the new Marshall office in Berlin, Westcott is considering taking on another licensed insurance agent to handle the growing business.
He apologizes if it has been hard to get through to the agency recently technology switches have caused some delays.
"We appreciate people's patience during the transition. If the phones have been busy, we are working on it," he said. "With referrals and new business coming in, it's a busy shop."


Northway Bank partners with Cell Phones for Soldiers to provide troops with free calls home

BERLIN – Northway Bank and non-profit Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. are asking New Hampshire residents to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 369,000 troops are serving in the U.S. military overseas around the world. By donating to Cell Phones for Soldiers, New Hampshire residents can provide troops with that precious connection to loved ones back home.
During the entire month of August, residents can donate their phones at all 17 Northway Bank locations throughout the state. Visit northwaybank.com for a list of locations.
“We’re proud to support the troops from our community and all over the country as they serve overseas. Cell Phones for Soldiers is a great organization and wonderful concept. Each year we participate in this program, we are overwhelmed by the community’s response,” said Richard Sidor, Assistant Vice President at Northway Bank.
Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist at the ages of 12 and 13. The charity has since provided more than 150 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world. Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones for Soldiers distributes 12,000 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals.
“Each year we have been humbled by the amount of people and organizations like Northway Bank that take the initiative to support our troops,” said co-founder Brittany Bergquist. “We also have watched the communication gap between our armed forces and their loved ones continue to grow as more troops are deployed.”
Donated phones are sent to Michigan-based ReCellular for recycling. For every donated phone valued at just $5, Cell Phones for Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops.
Approximately half of the phones ReCellular processes are reconditioned and reused. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and responsibly recycled to reclaim materials, including:
Gold, silver and platinum from circuit boardsCopper wiring from phone chargersNickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packsPlastic from phone cases and accessories  
For more information, please visit www.northwaybank.com or www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active duty military members and veterans. Based in Norwell, Mass., Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old. The organization has provided more than 150 million minutes of free talk time to deployed military members. Beginning in 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” will provide emergency funds for returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com, www.helpingheroeshome.org or http://www.facebook.com/JoinCellPhonesforSoldiers.

 

RE/MAX Northern Edge Realty remains number one

BERLIN -- RE/MAX Northern Edge Realty is the top selling real estate office in Berlin, Gorham, Milan, Dummer, Shelburne and Randolph, NH, for the past four years regarding single family home sales. Beginning January 1, 2008 through August 15, 2012, 539 single family homes have sold, RE/MAX Northern Edge Realty were involved in 357 of those sales, that’s a 66 percent involvement in all single family home sales in the area based on Berlin, Gorham, Milan, Dummer, Shelburne and Randolph, NH, MLS statistics obtained from the Northern New England Real Estate Network for the period of  Jan. 1, 2008 through August 15, 2012.