Fairpoint adds broadband to Randolph

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 155 homes and businesses in the Randolph, New Hampshire areas.  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 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 Randolph: Baillargeon, Boothman, Cascade View, Durand, Glover Springs, High Acres, Mossy Glen, Pasture, Puggy Huddle, Randolph Hill, US Route 2, Valley and Wood Spring.  Other areas that benefited from this expansion were Jefferson on Jefferson Notch Road and Valley Road and in Shelburne on US Route 2.
To find out if a home is 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.



Gorham t-shirts headed for Kunsan, South Korea

GORHAM — As the crow flies, it more than 9,000 miles from Gorham to Kunsan, Republic of South Korea (ROK). That's how far 325 t-shirts for the "Kunsan Air Base Olympics" will have to travel. Nathan Corrigan, from Corrigan Screen Printing, has put together a simple, attractive design for an annual competition involving military personal from the US Air Force 8th Fighter Wing (AKA Wolf Pack) and the ROK Air Force 38th Fighter Group. t-shirts
The event had been called "Korean/American Sports Day" for many years, but in the spirit of the Olympics that were recently held in London, the Kunsan Air Base staff renamed their own series of sporting events. The friendly competitive event allows squadron level teams to compete head to head. There has been a long, proud, cooperative history between the American and Korean military, according to base staff.
How did a small t-shirt company in Gorham get the nod for producing shirts for Kunsan Air Base? It's thanks to former Gorham Parks and Recreation Director Mitch Weathers. Last year, Mitch, working as a Recreation Assistant at Kirtland Air Force base in New Mexico, had ordered other shirts for an event there. His boss, Paul Heagerty, appreciated the quality of work, service and pricing. After transferring to Kunsan, Paul decided to tap Corrigan Screen Printing again.
On one sleeve, Korean characters can be seen. On the other is an English translation. When asked if he had spell checked the Korean language, Nathan replied, "I can't read Korean. I'm printing what they sent to me and I'm assuming that it's correct."
In the overall context of global trade, the t-shirt order is insignificant. However, it's nice to see some American made and printed shirts, that were created locally, ready to be shipped for use by American and Republic of Korea Armed Forces. Let the games begin!

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."