Northeast Credit Union Gorham Branch Reopening Lobby

In an effort to provide greater convenience for its members, Northeast Credit Union announced that it is reopening the lobby at its Gorham branch. The branch has been offering service through its drive-up window only, but starting on Monday, Nov. 4, the Gorham location will once again be a full-service branch with lobby hours on Monday, Thursday, and Friday from noon until 5 p.m. The drive-up hours will remain the same.

Robert Wester, Senior Vice President of Operations for Northeast Credit Union noted, “We are pleased to be opening the lobby at the Gorham branch in order to provide the best possible service for our members in the location that is most convenient for them.”


New Hampshire liquor outlets will collect food for state food bank

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) announced that, beginning today, it will collect nonperishable food donations for the New Hampshire Food Bank at all of its 77 New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet stores throughout the state. This is the second year that the stores will serve as collection points for the New Hampshire Food Bank; New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet stores collected more than two tons of donated food in 2012.

The New Hampshire Food Bank is a program of New Hampshire Catholic Charities and is the state’s only food bank. The Food Bank relies on donations to serve more than 140,000 New Hampshire residents who are hungry. The need is particularly urgent as colder weather approaches and the public can help by donating nonperishable food items at their local New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet store now through December 31, 2013.

Specially-designated collection boxes will be prominently placed in each store to accept non-perishable donations of the following items: Canned soups, vegetables, fruit and proteins such as tuna and chicken; all types of boxed pasta; pasta sauce; packaged macaroni and cheese; ramen noodles; and peanut butter and jelly. 

The New Hampshire Food Bank has been working to relieve hunger in the Granite State since 1985. In 2012, the Food Bank distributed more than 8 million pounds of food through 400 partner agencies and nearly 150 mobile food pantries. Agencies include food pantries, neighborhood centers, low-income housing sites, senior nutrition centers, family crisis centers, hospices, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after school programs and day care centers. For more information, visit


Conway Eye Care Optometrists Honored for Service to American Optometric Association

From left: Dr. Gary Cole, Conway Eye Care; Dr. Andrea Thau, AOA Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. Angelique Sawyer, Conway Eye Care


The New Hampshire Optometric Association and its parent organization, the American Optometric Association, recently recognized two Conway Eye Care optometrists, Dr. Gary Cole and Dr. Angelique Sawyer, for their membership and service for 50 years and 10 years, respectively.  Presenting the award was Dr. Andrea Thau, Secretary-Treasurer of the American Optometric Association.  

The New Hampshire Optometric Association held its annual education conference and business meeting at the North Conway Grand Hotel October 18-20.  Optometrists from around the state met to further their professional education, to discuss changes in the health and eye care arena, and to build relationships among colleagues, all while enjoying the sights and scenery of the Mt. Washington Valley.  

In addition to the membership award ceremony, the NHOA held its annual elections, and Dr. Sawyer was re-elected to the position of Vice President for the state association. Conway Eye Care's third optometrist, Dr. Laurel Pulsifer, was recognized for her 25 years of membership and service during the 2011 NHOA meeting.

“The doctors of Conway Eye Care have long made it a priority to not only provide the highest quality eye care to their patients, but also to give back in return with service to their community and leadership in their profession,” Said Dr. Cole.

Founded in 1925, Conway Eye Care and its sister office Coos Eye Care in Berlin, are full service vision care centers, offering complete eye exams for patients of all ages; OCT scanning diagnostics; treatment for eye diseases; and eye surgery performed by Martin Whittaker, M.D., of Riverside Eye Center. The offices accept new patients and participate in most major health insurance plans. For more information, call Conway Eye Care at 603-356-3000 or Coos Eye Care at 603-752-3510.

Citizens Bank named one of the nation’s best banks by Money Magazine

 Money Magazine has selected Citizens Bank as one of nation’s best banks in its 2013 list of "The Best Banks in America." Citizens Bank was recognized for its level of customer convenience available through its 24/7 customer contact center, its banking specialists available online via instant messaging and its network of approximately 1,400 branches and 3,600 ATMs. Money’s “The Best Banks in America” feature is in the November issue.

“Our customers typically choose to bank with us because of how easy it is to access their accounts at their local branch, through our 24/7 customer service center, at an ATM, online or on their mobile phones,” said Brad Conner, Vice Chairman of Consumer Banking for RBS Citizens Financial Group. “We are committed to making banking simple, clear and personal and we are proud to be recognized by Money Magazine as one of The Best Banks in America.”

In addition to a “robust presence” defined by its many branches and ATMs, Money recognized Citizens Bank’s extended branch hours that include 7-day-a-week supermarket branches.

“Customers are busier than ever, and our convenience options underscore our commitment to help customers bank when, where and how they want,” said Conner.

Citizens Bank’s convenience options also extend to its Mobile Banking apps for Android and iPhone, which are generating the most-positive customer feedback in the industry, according to two independent reviews. An August report issued by Xtreme Labs noted that “Citizens Bank is the only bank with the highest rated apps on both Android (4.5 stars) and iOS (4.5 stars) platforms.”

These findings echo a December 2012 Javelin Strategy & Research report that ranked Citizens Bank #1 for mobile-banking customer satisfaction.

To learn more about Citizens Bank, call the bank’s 24/7 customer contact center at 888-910-4100, like the bank on Facebook, follow the bank on Twitter or visit the Citizens Bank website.