Member Spotlight: Northern Lights Music

Northern Lights Music has been a highlight on Main Street, Littleton since 1978. We spoke with owners Dan and Moocho Salomon about their business.

Why did you decide to open a music store?
Dan was waiting for Moocho to finish up her degree at Franconia College since he was a semester ahead. He opened up a teaching studio in Littleton while he was waiting. It had accessories and a few instruments to supply his students.

Dan thought that with the student population at Franconia college that there would be a market for a small music/teaching studio. Unfortunately, the year Northern Lights Music was born Franconia College closed its doors. Of course, the store has evolved over its 40 year lifespan starting as a music store, then selling everything from satellite dishes to stereo equipment and then going back to  its roots as a music store which is what it does today.

What services and products do you offer?
The store offers some of the finest guitars in the country now, from luthiers from across America. Collings from Austin Texas, Santa Cruz from California, Bourgeois Guitars from Lewiston, Maine and National and Fender are just some of the companies that are represented today. The store supplies accessories, does repairs and even supplies some fun things for the tourists on Main Street who wander in. The store’s website is an important component of our store today and people can “visit” the store virtually before traveling to see the Main Street location. Northern Lights also ships nationally as the website offers a great up-close representation of what’s in stock for guitars.

 

What roles do each of your family members play in the business?
Dan is the founder and is alway sought for his expertise and wealth of knowledge on all things guitar. Moocho keeps the eye on merchandise, displays, and the retail image. Sons Asher and Ben have been around the store all their young lives and have been working in the business since college. Asher is the videographer for the store’s YouTube page and photographer for the website. He and Ben both are great salesmen and bring essential youthful enthusiasm to the store. Their ability to do IT work has been an important contribution to the store. Everyone in the family is a musician.

 

 

Which town do you live in?
Bethlehem

 What do you love about the Littleton area?
Dan and Mooch always wanted to stay in the area after the College closed. They have always loved hiking, skiing and swimming in the rivers, loving the White Mountains and the quality of life up here. Littleton has always been the center of commerce for the area and it has been interesting and exciting to see its evolution. When we started out it still had Saranac Gloves and JJ Newberry. Now there are hip little shops and a great art and music scene.

How long have you been a Chamber member?
We’ve been a member of the Littleton Area Chamber since the beginning of the store in 1978. We just thought, as we were starting out, that that was the right thing to do.

Are you doing anything fun to commemorate your 40th anniversary?
We will have a celebration for the 40th on June 21st!

Member Spotlight: Thayers Inn

In the early 1840’s Henry L. Thayer was a successful Littleton merchant in the early 1840s. He had always dreamed of building a modern hotel with character. Despite warnings of failure, the dream started taking shape in 1843 when he purchased the lot just east of his store. Although the exact year construction began is unknown, sources indicate January 14, 1850 as opening day for “Thayer’s White Mountain Hotel.” Thayer’s found success not long after when the railroad came to Littleton in 1852.

Additionally, stagecoaches were owned and operated by Thayer to transport guests between the hotel and the train depot as well as on tours of Franconia and Crawford Notches.

Henry L. “Dad” Thayer and his son Frank operated the hotel into the late 1800’s. In 1984, “Thayer’s White Mountain Hotel” became simply “Thayers Inn.”

With its Greek revival architecture and commanding position on Main Street Littleton, the hotel maintains a long history of hosting Presidents, leading politicians, celebrities and other notable dignitaries. Slanted doors and crooked floors add character to the building and is testament to its heritage and post and beam construction. Today the hotel comprises of 35 bedrooms and suites, Grill One Eleven restaurant – serving lunch and dinner, and space for private and corporate events.

Member Spotlight: Kerri Harrington, LAc

Kerri Harrington, LAc is an acupuncturist based in Littleton. We spoke with her about her business.

When did you start your business?
I’ve been nationally licensed since 2001 and have had my NH licensure for 8 years and my business for four. Previously I was licensed in Vermont. My business first opened on Cottage Street and I moved to 32 Main Street about a year ago, just above The Coffee Pot.

Originally I was pre-med in undergrad at Hamilton College, focused on neurobiology and totally geared towards becoming a doctor. Then I joined the Peace Corps and served on the Chinese border ofKazakhstan from 1994 to 96. While there I was introduced to a lot of different ways of healing because they treat things differently. They deal with a lot of chronic conditions at home and use natural healing methods.

 

When I came back and was thinking about med school, something switched and I began looking at other options. I decided to go to California to study acupuncture.

What services do you offer?
I’m an acupuncturist with a larger scope of practice. I offer acupressure, massages, cupping (deep tissue), and moxibustion (fire and herbs).

I see a lot of people as part of their circle of healing. They have their MD, they may see a therapist, and they see me. A lot of things come together to help the situation. It’s truly holistic medicine.

People come to me for pain the most, but I do work with mental health. Asthma, chronic conditions, insomnia.

I can accept insurance.

Which town do you live in?
Bethlehem. My husband teaches math at the White Mountain School and I’m the mom to a 12 and 14 year-old.

What do you love about the Littleton area?
Just about everything! I love the community. There’s so much to do, especially in the arts and the music. I’ve been an assistant at the Loading Dock since the beginning. I’m also the guitarist in Not Your Mother and play in a ukulele band called the Mother Pluckers. “Acupuncture by day rock star at night.”

Member Spotlight: State Farm – Lynne Warren

Lynne Warren is a State Farm agent based in Lincoln. We spoke with her about her business.

When did you open your State Farm Agency?

After continuously traveling for nine years for my job, I decided it was time to do something that would allow me to stay closer to home. I had always been an entrepreneur and wanted to do something where I was contributing and participating in the community.

I have friends who have been State Farm agents for years and they love it. And it hits all the marks for me – be in the community, participate in the community, and entrepreneurship. After a year of preparation, my State Farm agency opened September 1, 2017.

State Farm is one of the financially strongest companies (not just insurance companies) in the country. We were #33 on the Fortune 500  for 2017. When you are purchasing insurance – you are buying a promise. I would want to buy that promise from a strong company – so I can rest assured they will be there to deliver on that promise.

What type of insurance do you offer?
-Auto
-Home
-Life
-Short/Long-term disability
-Hospital income
-Liability
-Personal articles
-Business
-A variety of financial services. Visit www.insuredbywarren.com to learn more.

State Farm has been the #1 auto insurer in the U.S. since the 1940’s, the #1 home insurer since the 1960’s, and is the #1 life insurer as well.

Which town do you live in?
Sugar Hill – We absolutely loved the culture, which was hugely different from the small town we came from in Florida.

What do you love about living in the Littleton area?
We love the cohesive community feel that the North Country in general has and Main Street communities like Littleton with a walkable downtown. The change of seasons rather than hot and hotter have also been wonderful.

Tell me about the signpost painting that you are pictured with.
I had a vision of the old hand-painted signpost painting for my office.

With the help of friends, Maxine and Brenda Aldrich, I was able to connect with New Hampshire artist Giselle Thompson. Giselle took my idea and ran with it – to create this beautiful piece you can see hanging in my office. I selected the places for the sign, and she added the local scenery and wildflowers.

Meet Our New Intern: Skylar Carr

Skylar grew up in Lancaster and is a 2017 graduate of White Mountains Regional High School. She is attending Endicott College for Hospitality Management with a concentration in Event Management and a minor in Dance. Continue reading to learn more about Skylar.


Why did you decide to intern at LACC?

While searching for a internship, I realized that a lot of larger hotels and event companies aren’t near me. I had to do a lot of searching and I thought that I was going to end up staying downstate to complete my internship. However, one of my friends at Endicott mentioned that she had done an internship at the Chamber of Commerce in her town and she loved it! She told me that it is a great start for an internship in the Hospitality field, because the Chamber plans events all over the area. As an aspiring event planner, I thought this would be the perfect start to my future as an event planner!


What is your post college dream job?

My dream job after college is to be a wedding planner, but I wouldn’t mind planning other events as well. However, if I decided that event planning wasn’t working out, I would LOVE to work in a luxury hotel!


How do you think your experience with LACC will help you in your career?

I think that my experience at LACC will help me with my career, because I am learning a lot of different aspects of the hospitality industry. From planning events, to marketing, to social media aspects, etc. I feel as though I am learning a lot of great skills sets that are going to be a asset to my future of work. I also believe that being a part of a Chamber, means meeting all the members of the local businesses and networking. This is huge in this industry, because you have to be great with people and willing to put yourself out there.


What do you love about the Littleton Area?

I have lived in Lancaster, NH my whole life, but I frequently come to Littleton! Whether it is to shop, eat, or to visit the river district. I love walking along main street as well and seeing all the local businesses, they are some of my favorite places to shop. Plus, there are endless places to eat here and they are all delicious! The town is just so friendly and there are a lot of places to go and things to see in just one small town. Even with the temperatures lately, you can’t complain about living in the mountains!


What are your favorite hobbies and activities?

Dance is my all time favorite activity. I danced for 11 years at Dance Images and now I am going into my 12th year of dance at Endicott College. I am apart of the Repertory Dance Ensemble at Endicott College. I am excited that I have the opportunity to continuing dancing in college. Aside from dancing, I love to plan events, work with kids, shop, spend time with family and friends, and listen to music.

Member Spotlight: Grid North Guide Service

Grid North Guide Service’s mission is to provide their guests the opportunity to experience the beauty of the New Hampshire Wilderness through various activities, such as fishing, canoeing, ice fishing, and more.

We spoke with owner Paul Starring to get the scoop on Grid North.

 

When did you open Grid North Guide Services?

I started Grid North Guide Service, LLC in 2016 after I became a Licensed New Hampshire Fishing Guide. Working as a teacher at the Woodland Community School in Bethlehem kept me busy during the 2016-2017 school year, but I used my free time preparing to guide during the 2017 spring, summer, and fall months. My first guest was from California and he was interested in catching eastern brook trout. I took him to a spot where the fish were rising and he caught his fill of rainbow & brook trout.

 

Why did you decide to open Grid North?

I have always loved the outdoors and for years I searched for jobs that would put me in an outdoor environment. The idea of becoming a guide was on my mind for years, but it wasn’t until 2015 that I started to pursue it. A NH business, called the NH Outdoor Learning Center, offered a three day course to prepare individuals for the NH guide test. The test included a written portion and an oral board test. Upon passing the written test I went before a board of two conservation officers and a local guide/retired conservation officer. The test comprised of showing comprehensive map & compass knowledge, first aid, fish identification, boating laws & safety, and a lost person scenario. As an outdoorsman I am continually trying to become better in the outdoors and learn new skills. The NH guide test not only gave me the chance to become a guide, but was a way to test myself as an outdoorsman. At the end of 2016, I decided to challenge myself even more and began to prepare for the Maine guide test, which is known to be one of the hardest guide tests in the country. In the spring of 2017 I became a Registered Maine Guide for Recreation & Fishing. I guess to sum it all up; I enjoy the challenge of the outdoors, the continued need to learn new skills, and the ability to pass my knowledge and passion on to others.

 

What do you love about being a guide?

I love the forests, mountains, fields, lakes, rivers and streams of NH. There is nothing better than standing in a beautiful river, casting a fly, and looking at the pristine beauty of the White Mountains. Being able to take a guest outdoors to experience what I love is great. I have guided individuals who are both experienced and beginners. Most guests are interested in fly fishing and hire me as a guide for my knowledge of the area and for a better chance to catch fish, which is never a guarantee. I enjoy watching a guest catch a fish and fight to bring it in, almost as much as I love catching fish. The excitement on their face gives me a great sense of satisfaction.

 

Activities Grid North can guide you on:

  • Fly fishing – multiple fish species in a boat or wade fishing
  • Spin Fishing – multiple fish species in a boat or wade fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Canoeing 14’ Old Town Canoe – paddle trips and fishing
  • Fishing from my 21’ Freighter Canoe with outboard engine.
  • Scenic boat rides in the freighter canoe
  • Wilderness Navigation classes
  • Coming soon – Multiple days remote fishing trips into Maine – Fly into remote lakes & ponds by seaplane or hike in.

 

Which town do you live in?

I moved to NH when I was four and Littleton has been my home for 30 years. I live in an old farm house (1839) with my wife and three daughters.

 

What do you love about living in the Littleton Area?

Growing up in Littleton I spent the majority of my time outside either behind my house or hiking through the woods with my friends. I have fond memories of grabbing a fishing pole with my best friend and heading down to a pond near his house to catch pickerel, when were only 9-10 years old. Now that I am older I still pursue my outdoor hobbies like fishing and hunting, but also enjoy the ability to grow vegetables, raise chickens & pigs, and harvest firewood of my land. Being on the outskirts of Littleton I have the ability to enjoy all the outdoor activities I love to pursue, but I can also quickly head into town to spend time with my family eating at a great restaurant or shopping on Littleton’s beautiful Main Street. Littleton is also a great place to raise a family and my daughters can experience everything this area has to offer. I am truly blessed to live in such a great place.

Dawn D. Bugbee Elected to Board of Directors of Union Bank

 

Morrisville, VT – David S. Silverman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank announced today that, on August 19, 2015 the Board of Directors of Union Bankshares, Inc. appointed Dawn D. Bugbee of South Hero, Vermont to the Board of Directors of Union Bank.“We are excited and honored to have Dawn Bugbee on Union Bank’s Board, stated Silverman.

Dawn’s financial expertise at the corporate level and keen understanding of customer service will be of great value to Union Bank’s board and management team. We look forward to her contributions as Union Bank continues to grow.”

 

Bugbee, a CPA, is currently Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Green Mountain Power Corporation. Previous positions held include CFO of Northwestern Medical Center of St. Albans, Vermont and serving as Senior Audit Manager for a regional accounting firm. Dawn served on the board of Vermont Educational and Health Buildings Finance Agency for the past ten years. She serves on the Goodwill of Northern New England board. Dawn is married to attorney Jesse Bugbee of Kissane Associates in St. Albans and has four grown children.

 

The Reviews are In: MAN OF LA MANCHA is “Terrific,” “Full of energy and pathos”

“An enthusiastic recommendation: MAN OF LA MANCHA is definitely worth the trip to Jean’s Playhouse in Lincoln, NH. A vigorous, impassioned cast, inspired by the charismatic, energy-filled performance of Scott Severance as Quixote; a stellar set design with incredible lighting and visual effects … and a tight and attentive musical score performed by a small but extremely capable pit. In its disparate elements as well as taken as a whole, MAN OF LA MANCHA is everything you could want in a professional summer theatre offering, and more. Definitely go and see it while it’s here.”

 

“This show was full of energy and pathos and, in my opinion, one of Severance’s best performances in his long, historic career…. MAN OF LA MANCHA is one of those shows not produced so often these days. There’s no overt sexual connotation and it’s not a bio-pic of the members of a popular rock band. It’s simply classic, well-constructed musical theater. A good choice and a very good production. Go see it!”

 

MAN OF LA MANCHA is the beloved musical about mad knight Don Quixote’s search for “The Impossible Dream.” Miguel de Cervantes, an author imprisoned during the Spanish Inquisition, reenacts the moving story of Don Quixote to win back a package of papers that had been taken from him.  His inspiring and passionate story follows a man on the edge of madness and tells of love and adventures. MAN OF LA MANCHA is playing August 20-25 at 7:30 pm and August 26 at 2:00 pm.

 

Heir to the throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness, fulfillment and his own “Corner of the Sky.” He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the un-extraordinary moments that happen every day. PIPPIN is playing August 13-18 & August 27-29 at 7:30 pm and August 19 at 2:00 pm.

 

Join us for the remainder of our 29th Mainstage season from the award-winning Papermill Theatre Company this fall for DAMES AT SEA (Sep 3-Oct 3) and SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR (Oct 8-17). Admission is $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $16 for children and students. Jean’s Playhouse is located at 34 Papermill Drive in Lincoln, adjacent to ongoing construction of the Riverwalk at Loon Mountain site off I-93 Exit 32. Visit JeansPlayhouse.com or call 603-745-2141 for more information.

 

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Pippin and Man of La Mancha Opening at Jean’s Playhouse!

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Heir to the throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness, fulfillment and his own “Corner of the Sky.” He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the un-extraordinary moments that happen every day. Pippin opens on Thursday, July 16 at 7:30 pm at Jean’s Playhouse and will alternate performance dates with Man of La Mancha through August 29. Matinee performances at  2:00 pm will be held on August 5 and 19.

Man of La Mancha is the beloved musical about mad knight Don Quixote’s search for “The Impossible Dream.” Miguel de Cervantes, an author imprisoned during the Spanish Inquisition, reenacts the moving story of Don Quixote to win back a package of papers that had been taken from him.  His inspiring and passionate story follows a man on the edge of madness and tells of love and adventures. Man of La Mancha opens on Thursday, July 23 at 7:30 pm at Jean’s Playhouse and will alternate performance dates with Pippin through August 29. Matinee performances at 2:00 pm will be held on July 29, August 12 and August 26.

Jean’s Playhouse is proud to announce a special deal for New Hampshire residents only! Enjoy great Summer Theatre on Fridays this July and August at Jean’s Playhouse and save big if you are a New Hampshire resident simply by showing your New Hampshire driver’s license; that’s right: just show your driver’s license and you can purchase tickets for any FRIDAY EVENING performance of Pippin or Man of La Mancha– for only FIFTEEN DOLLARS! Summer just got a whole lot better… and what better way to spend time with family and friends this summer than enjoying some great theatre in the White Mountains!

Join us for the remainder of our 29th Mainstage season from the award-winning Papermill Theatre Company: Pippin (July 16-Aug 29), Man of La Mancha (July 23-Aug 26), Dames at Sea (Sep 3-Oct 3) and Same Time, Next Year (Oct 8-17). Admission is $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $16 for children and students. Jean’s Playhouse is located at 34 Papermill Drive in Lincoln, adjacent to ongoing construction of the Riverwalk at Loon Mountain site off I-93 Exit 32. Visit JeansPlayhouse.com or call 603-745-2141 for more information.

Want to take the family to Jean’s Playhouse?  Join us this summer for hilarious and engaging performances of such beloved stories asArabian Nights, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Pinocchio! IMPACT Children’s Theatre will be at Jean’s Playhouse every Wednesday and Saturday morning until Saturday, August 15. IMPACT Children’s Theatre plays at 10:00 am everyWednesday and Saturday morning on the big stage in Lincoln. Admission is $7.50 for kids and $5.00 for parents. Call 603-745-2141 or visit www.jeansplayhouse.com to purchase tickets!

Door-Slamming Hilarity at Jean’s Playhouse with Lend Me a Tenor

In September 1934 at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, arrives late to appear for his one-night-only performance as Otello.  When he becomes unexpectedly incapacitated, the staff scrambles to find a convincing enough replacement to fool the audience.  When the real Il Stupendo is ready and able to assume his role, events begin to unfold disastrously and hilariously.

Now announcing a special deal for New Hampshire residents only! Enjoy great Summer Theatre this July and August at Jean’s Playhouse and save big if you are a New Hampshire resident simply by showing your New Hampshire driver’s license; that’s right: just show your driver’s license and you can purchase tickets for any performance of Lend Me a Tenor, Pippin or Man of La Mancha– for only FIFTEEN DOLLARS! Summer just got a whole lot better… and what better way to spend time with family and friends this summer than enjoying some great theatre in the White Mountains!

The 29th Mainstage season from the award-winning Papermill Theatre Company is Lend Me a Tenor (July 2-11), Pippin (July 16-Aug 29),Man of La Mancha (July 23-Aug 26), Dames at Sea (Sep 3-Oct 3) and Same Time, Next Year (Oct 8-17). Jean’s Playhouse is located at 34 Papermill Drive in Lincoln, adjacent to ongoing construction of the Riverwalk at Loon Mountain site off I-93 Exit 32. Visit JeansPlayhouse.com or call 603-745-2141 for more information.

Want to take the family to Jean’s Playhouse?  Join us this summer for hilarious and engaging performances of such beloved stories asGoldilocks and the Three Bears, Arabian Nights, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Pinocchio! IMPACT Children’s Theatre debuts at Jean’s Playhouse on Wednesday, June 24 at 10:00 am and will continue every Wednesday andSaturday morning until Saturday, August 15. IMPACT Children’s Theatre plays at 10:00 am every Wednesday and Saturday morning on the big stage in Lincoln. Admission is $7.50 for kids and $5.00 for parents. Call 603-745-2141 or visit www.jeansplayhouse.com to purchase tickets!

 

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