Gorham Town & Country Inn and Resort receive NHESGR Statement of Support

GORHAM – The New Hampshire Employer Support of Guard and Reserve is privileged to award many Statements of Support (SOS) to businesses and industries throughout the state. But it is not often that the SOS award goes to WWII Army Veterans. Last week NHESGR volunteer Dan Lavertue had the honor to present the award to the Town and Country Inn and Resort in Shelburne, NH. The inn was opened in 1956 by Ralph and Lucille Labnon and has always been a vital part of the greater Berlin-Gorham area. Ralph, known locally as Navy, is deceased, however Lucille, known as Lupe, is still involved although the day-to-day operation of the inn is handled by their two sons Randy and Scott. Through the years the family has employed several members of the local National Guard Units and has been gracious hosts to many military functions including retirements, deployment send-offs and welcome home celebrations. The SOS award is a testament to that support as the Labnons have always been active and giving members of the community.
The Statement of Support confirms that the Town and Country Inn joins other employers in pledging that:
  • They fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).

  • Managers and supervisors will have the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.

  • Town and Country will continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families in peace, in crises and in war.

Today, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units. I am asking all NH employers to review and amend their current human resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA),” said NHESGR Chairman David Quinn. “Many NH employers provide ‘Above and Beyond’ support with pay differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits, which complement coverage provided by the military, when their employees are mobilized.”
As the 1.3 million members of the Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions that require extraordinary actions on the part of everyday citizens, ESGR will continue to be the informational agency for the employers Guard and Reserve service members. ESGR will advocate relevant initiatives, recognize outstanding support, increase awareness of applicable laws, and resolve conflict between employers and service members. More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at www.nhesgr.com, or by calling Jim Goss, Employer Support Specialist of the NHESGR at (603) 225-1342.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
1555 Wilson Blvd., Suite 319, Arlington, VA 22209
800-336-4590 www.esgr.mil
Dan Lavertue, Scott Labnon and NHESGR Chairman David Quinn.

Learn about doing business with state and local businesses

Want to learn more about doing business with NH State and Local Governments? The department of Resources and Economic Development is co-hosting the State and Local Vendor Fair with the Department of Administrative Services on July 11 from 8 to Noon at the Arthur D. Kehas Criminal Justice Training Facility, 17 Institute Drive, in Concord.
This is a great business matchmaker opportunity to learn about future government project plans, the government purchasing process, and meet one on one with government purchasing officials. This event is free and will be attended by dozens of State and Local representatives from Health and Humans Services, Transportation, Safety, Information Technology, Bureau of Purchase and Property, Bureau of Public Works, University of New Hampshire, Community College System, NH Municipalities and many more.
Refreshments will be sponsored by: Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLC.
To register online go to http://nhptap.ecenterdirect.com  or call NH-PTAP at: 603-271-

Citizens Bank names Barbara Laros a Residential Loan Officer

MANCHESTER – Citizens Bank has named Barbara Laros a Residential Loan Officer. She will support the northern New Hampshire region and Canaan, Island Pond and Beecher Falls, Vermont. Her office is in Colebrook. 
Laros develops relationships with real estate partners to provide first-time and repeat home buyers with the home borrowing products and services that are right for them.
Laros joined Citizens Bank in 1999. Previously, she was Vice President, Business Banking Sales for the New Hampshire and Vermont markets. She has worked in the financial services industry in the New Hampshire and Vermont markets for 18 years, where she has held positions of increasing responsibility with Citizens Bank and other financial institutions.
"Citizens Bank is committed to the mortgage business and, specifically, to growing our home financing capabilities in the New Hampshire markets and throughout our retail banking geography," said Glenn Carter, National Strategic Sales Manager in the bank's Home Lending Solutions division. "Barbara's knowledge of the industry and her expertise will help our customers assess their indivisdual home borrowing needs."
Laros resides in Colebrook. She been active with the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, the Belknap Mill Society and the Laconia Downtown Association. She holds an Associates Degree in Business from Somerset Country College in Somerset, NH.

O.C. Nails opens in Gorham

By Sarah Kinney

A month ago, Van Phan opened O.C. Nails at 299 Main Street, Gorham, in the former Last Chance Video store.
Phan named the salon after Orange County, California where she moved away from to be closer to family she has in New Hampshire.
It was in California that she trained for nail services and worked in the industry for over 20 years.
"I like it when someone has nice nails," Phan said.
She offers acrylic, gel powder, or solar pink nails for $20 to $50, manicures with color are $15 and French manicures are $20, pedicures with color are $30 (French $35), a manicure & pedicure combo is $40, polish changes or designs are an additional $3 to $12. O.C. Nails has a range of gel colors and service combinations ranging from $5 to $85. A full listing of services is available at facebook.com/O.CNailsNH or at the salon.
Phan can assist four to five people at a time. O.C. Nails can also accommodate groups with advance notice and Phan's son assists.
O.C. Nails is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and in the summer on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both walk-in and appointments are accepted. You can make an appointment by calling 466-2688.