AVCC member discount for Northern NH Tourism Conference

CRAWFORD NOTCH -- The Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Northern NH Tourism Conference on November 8, at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center at Crawford Notch. Androscoggin Valley Chamber members will receive a $10 discount and can enjoy in the conference’s full day of workshops, delicious luncheon and social hour for only $45.
In past years, this affordable, full-day conference has been highly praised by participants for its emphasis on networking and cutting edge, usable small business management and marketing tools. This year’s schedule includes a key note address from the Former CMO of Constant Contact, Nancie Freitas. Freitas will explore how marketing techniques familiar to New Hampshire’s small business owners can be redesigned and used to master the ever-changing landscape of new media.
Also presenting on new media marketing strategies and engaging visitors before, during and after their stays are Veronica Francis, President of Notchnet, Judy Window, founding partner of Granite State Ambassadors and Pam Sullivan, owner of Sullivan Creative and Marketing Consultant for NH Grand.
Other Conference Sponsors include NH Grand, Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the Appalachian Mountain Club. For more information and to register today, visit www.wrencommunity.com.

FairPoint expands broadband service in Jefferson

JEFFERSON -- More residents in the Granite State can quickly e-mail photos, download music and surf the Internet now that FairPoint Communications has expanded broadband service to more than 125 homes and businesses in the Jefferson, New Hampshire area.  FairPoint high-speed Internet is available for the first time to the eligible customers living in the areas described below.
Since April 2008, FairPoint has invested more than $182 million in its communications infrastructure and technology to bring broadband to northern New England, including building thousands of miles of new fiber across the region. FairPoint’s new fiber-based, high capacity network offers customers a better, faster way to communicate.
“Broadband access opens doors to the world for the residents and businesses in New Hampshire and is fundamental to the state’s future economic growth,” said Pat McHugh, FairPoint’s New Hampshire state president. “Our employees are working every day to build more broadband across the state. We are pleased to announce we have again expanded the availability of high-speed Internet to these additional homes and businesses.” 
This expansion is part of FairPoint’s plan to increase broadband access to 95 percent of its service areas in New Hampshire. High-speed connection areas include portions of the following streets/roads in Jefferson: Campground, Chambers, Crow, DuPont, Enman, Israel’s River, John Walker, Kennett, Meadows, Old Cherry Mountain, Owl’s Head and Sunset Paradise.
To find out if you are eligible for FairPoint’s high-speed Internet and to obtain information about prices and bundled plans, residential consumers can call 1-866-984-2001 or visit www.FairPoint.com.



Bank of New Hampshire supports Family Resource Center

GORHAM – Bank of New Hampshire recently presented the Family Resource Center of Gorham with $2,000 towards their Working Families Program. "The Family Resource Center is a true asset in the North Country," said Diane Alinovi, VP – regional office manager for Bank of New Hampshire. "Bank of New Hampshire knows the importance of helping New Hampshire families and communities and is happy to be able to help."
The Family Resource Center's goal is to build healthier families and stronger communities through positive relationships, programs and collaborations in the North Country. One of the primary branches of the Family Resource Center is the Working Families Program which supports families and individuals of all ages in managing their personal financial stability through the North Country's only Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
The Family Resource Center's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides federal income tax preparation for those earning below $58,000, free of charge. IRS-Certified volunteers with approximately 40 hours of training save taxpayers an average of $300 each year allowing families to keep more of their hard earned funds in their own pockets.
For more information on the Family Resource Center, visit www.family-resource-center.org.
Bank of New Hampshire, founded in 1831, provides deposit, lending and wealth management products and services to families and businesses throughout New Hampshire. With 21 banking offices throughout New Hampshire and assets exceeding $1 billion, Bank of New Hampshire is the oldest and largest independent bank in the state. Bank of New Hampshire is a mutual organization, focused on the success of the bank's customers, communities and employees, rather than stockholders. For more information, call 1-800-832-0912 or visit www.BankNH.com.

Gill's Flowers and Candy celebrating 112 yrs. in business

BERLIN -- Gill's Flowers and Candy Shop is celebrating 112 years of doing business in the Androscoggin Valley. In order to commemorate this special event, the shop has decided to provide free delivery for all orders in Berlin.
After 44 years in the floral business, Barbara Guay sold the store to Cindy Griffin in February of this year. However, Barbara maintains her presence by working at least two days a week doing what she enjoys the most - making floral arrangements. Also still in the store is Lori Lacasse who has been part of the operation for eleven years. Lori manages the floral design area of the business.
Since purchasing the business, Griffin has hired Kimberly Harris as General Manager. Through her efforts, candles, fudge, candy and gifts have been added to the shop to diversify the product lines in an effort to increase sales.
Everyone at Gill's is looking forward to the holiday season with a new line of candles coming in that will fit into the floral/candy aspect of the shop.
Stop into Gill's to wish the folks a happy 112th birthday, and remember there is now free delivery on all orders in Berlin.