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  • January 20, 2021 4:11 PM | Anonymous

    Dr. Simone Lessac-Chenen, Chief Medical Officer at Little Rivers Health Care, offers a local update on COVID-19 in Vermont and New Hampshire and takes questions from the audience during her virtual Keynote Address at the 2021 Cohase Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. She is introduced by Andrew Barter, Chamber Board President and Chief Operating Officer of Little Rivers Health Care.

  • January 18, 2021 1:14 PM | Anonymous

    At the 2021 Annual Meeting on January 19, 2021, active Chamber members will be invited to vote on the following nominations for the Board of Directors. Each director is nominated for a three-year term that will continue until December 31, 2023.

    A Note from our Executive Director:

    It is my pleasure to support all of the following nominations. The Cohase Chamber is fortunate to have such an experienced and engaged group of community leaders on our Board of Directors.  Brian Emerson and Jennifer Hall have been working with us in an acting capacity during this tumultuous year, and I look forward to working with them, and all of the returning directors, into the future. 

    Nominations for New Directors

    Brian Emerson
    River Bend Community & Technical Center

    Jennifer Hall
    AVP, Deposit & Municipal Services Sales Officer
    Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank

    Nominations for Director Renewals

    Lisa Hervey
    Vice President (retired)
    Housewright Construction

    Erin Odell - Board Vice President
    VP Business Development
    Colby Insurance Group

    Richard Pollack
    Bradford, VT

  • January 05, 2021 4:13 PM | Anonymous

    As 2020 comes to a close, I want to thank all of our members, supporters, and partners for sticking with us through this difficult year, and I look forward to working with all of you in 2021.

    Coming up in just two weeks, on January 19th at 6:30pm, is our Annual Meeting, which will take place via Zoom this year. We will hear from Little Rivers Health Care's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Simone Lessac-Chenen, who will give the keynote address on what we can expect from the pandemic in 2021. We will also be awarding the 2020 Business and Citizens of the Year Awards to Hatchland Farm and Carolyn & Larry Coffin. The public is welcome to attend, and active members will be invited to vote on new directors and updated bylaws. Please register now at to receive Zoom login information for the event. We hope to see you there!

    If you have not yet seen the recording of the 2020 Economic Summit, featuring an insightful discussion with entrepreneurs and tradespeople about the connection between school and work, then I encourage you to watch.

    Looking forward, one of the things we are most excited about this year is the launch of our new website at, which includes an expanded Local Business Directory. It is now much easier for customers to find Chamber members online, and I encourage everyone to browse the directory to find local businesses to support. In the coming year it will more important than ever before to support local business and the community, and we are doing our part to help make that easier for you! If you are interested in adding your organization to the directory, you can find more information about joining the Cohase Chamber here.

    As 2021 begins, and with so many of our lives and livelihoods altered this past year, the Board of Directors and I will continue to look for new ways that we can connect with you. As always, I welcome your feedback and suggestions about how we can best support your work and the region. Please reach out to me any time.


    Ruth Ann Hacking
    Executive Director

  • January 05, 2021 3:35 PM | Anonymous

    The Cohase Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Hatchland Farm has been named the 2020 Business of the Year, and Carolyn and Larry Coffin of Bradford, Vt., have been named 2020 Citizens of the Year. Awardees are honored annually for their leadership and impact on the region.

    Hatchland Farm is a multi-generational dairy farm that is well-known for bottling their own milk and making delicious ice cream that attracts locals and visitors alike to their farm store in North Haverhill, N.H.

    “At a time when dairy farms are under increased pressure, it has been thrilling to see the ice cream stand at Hatchland Farm grow into a thriving local attraction, and I am excited to see it expand even further in the coming year. Hatchland supports the community, and the community supports the farm, and everyone wins,” said Ruth Ann Hacking, Executive Director of the Cohase Chamber of Commerce.

    Kristen May, speaking on behalf of Hatchland Farm Management and The Hatch Family, expressed appreciation for winning the award during such a difficult year, “Amongst the craziness of this pandemic, we have done our best to continue business as usual. There certainly have been some bumps along the way, but with a great bunch of employees and the support of our community, we have managed to keep things going. Our goal, as a business, has always been to provide quality products, offer job opportunities, give back to our community and to operate as an efficient, environmentally conscious unit. It is certainly appreciated when someone takes notice of your efforts. So, we are deeply honored by the recognition.”

    Carolyn and Larry Coffin are being recognized for two lifetimes of giving back to the community. The depth and breadth of their impact is felt in every corner of Bradford and beyond. Carolyn grew up on the family farm on the Bradford-Fairlee line, and Larry grew up in Orford. Married in 1968, they have lived on South Pleasant Street in Bradford since 1969. There they raised their two daughters Anne and Sarah and find delight in four grandchildren.

    A 1927 article in the local newspaper entitled “Hometown Progress” reflects their philosophy toward community service. In part, it says “the progress of a community depends principally upon the things the average run of people do. We all have to take hold and help. Everyone should consider himself on a committee to that purpose.” 

    This couple’s contributions are both individual and as a team and are characterized by decades of attention. Personal community service was reflected in their chosen occupations: Carolyn as a medical/dental assistant and Larry as a classroom teacher. Together they worked to establish both Operation Santa Claus and the Thanksgiving baskets annual donations and made sure they were carried out successfully for many years. For 25 years, they organized the local annual Prouty SAG stop and, upon their retirement from that leadership role in 2015, were awarded the Heart of the Prouty Award.

    For about an equal amount of time, they organized the making of all the rolls and gingerbreads for Bradford’s annual Game Supper. More recently, their annual plant sale has benefited the Bradford Public Library. Carolyn has recently retired from the Bradford Beautification Committee. For years, many have admired her special attention to the gardens at the Bradford Academy. Larry has served on the Bradford Public Library’s Board and served as President of the Bradford Historical Society for many years. He was also Town Moderator for 41 years. Scholarships for college students have always been of particular concern to him and he has worked with both Oxbow Scholarship and Bradford Academy Alumni Scholarship programs. His retirement project has included a monthly column in the Journal Opinion on local regional history. 

    Carolyn and Larry firmly believe that the progress and improvement of a community depends on ordinary citizens’ roles. They also realized that there is a time in a project when passing the role off to others is prudent. They have always believed that a worthwhile project will be taken up by others and they rejoice when they see that is true.

    Larry and Carolyn Coffin were nominated for the award by Monique Priestley, who remarked, “Larry and Carolyn have been silent orchestrators that have been driving much of what keeps Bradford running, connected, and looking good.” She continued, “They have served as a role model to me and so many others and have been a huge inspiration for me to get so involved.”

    Chamber members and the public are invited to attend the awards ceremony during the Cohase Chamber’s virtual annual meeting on January 19, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. To attend, please register for the event online at

  • December 12, 2020 3:37 PM | Anonymous

    The 2020 Cohase Economic Summit was held virtually on December 7, 2020. This year's event began with regional updates from community leaders, and then moved onto a panel discussion featuring local entrepreneurs and tradesfolks to learn of their experiences in education and the workforce. This was followed by a presentation on career pathways and workforce development by Ken Cadow.

    Watch the full summit recording below.

    Summit Chapters
    15:46 State & Local Updates
    32:40 Education Updates
    56:42 Panel of Entrepreneurs & Tradesfolks
    1:42:57 Presentation by Ken Cadow

    Ken Cadow: 2020 Featured Presenter

    Ken Cadow is the Director of Career Pathways & Workforce Development at Randolph Union High School. Ken came to education after exposure to many careers: studio artist, taxi driver, town treasurer, store clerk, and officer in the US Navy. Eventually, he opened his own thriving wholesale and grocery business, where he got a taste of what it means to look for talent in the workforce. After selling the business in 1998, Ken and his family moved to Vermont, where he began his third career in education. His work in the schools aims to integrate the traditional academic curriculum with in-depth, hands-on experience in the working world, giving students a sense of where they might fit in, and teachers a sense of how the skills taught in their classrooms apply beyond graduation requirements. The result is the fully scalable Deployed Classroom, a model in which a teacher and a full class partner with local business and industry. Ken was awarded Champion of Education by the State of Vermont in 2017 and the New Medallion Award by the Vermont Business Roundtable in 2019.

  • November 15, 2020 2:38 PM | Anonymous

    We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year Awards! Submit your nomination by clicking a link below for more information and then filling out the form at the bottom of the page. The deadline for nominations is December 1, 2020.

    The Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year Awards are presented annually to a business and an individual who have had a significant impact on the community in the past year. Winners will be celebrated at the Cohase Chamber Annual Meeting to be held virtually on January 19, 2021.

    Submit Business of the Year Nomination

    Submit Citizen of the Year Nomination

  • September 12, 2020 5:56 PM | Anonymous

    Sunday October 4, 2020 – 17th Year!

    A Canoe and Kayak paddle on the Connecticut River held in May and October. PTB was started as a way for community organizations from Vermont and New Hampshire to work together to Show Case our shared asset, the Connecticut River. PTB promotes the natural, cultural, scenic and recreational resources of the Connecticut River, in a way that would also provide an economic boost to the area. PTB is held twice a year weather permitting-no rain dates are planned.

    The Fall Paddle 2020 date is Sunday October 4th, from the Newbury Boat Launch beside the Newbury Haverhill Bridge, to the Bugbee landing in Bradford, Vermont.

    The Spring Paddle 2021 date is May 23rd: [ 18th Year] From Woodsville Community Field to the Bedell Bridge State Park Boat Launch off Route 10, Haverhill Corner, NH.

    There is a shuttle service from the take out, to the launch sight. This Shuttle Service has been providing by Butler Bus Company (we thank them).The Shuttle Service is available from 10am to 11am; This gives us a suggested launch time of 10:30 to 11:30am. The approximate paddle time for the spring and fall paddle is 3-1/2 to 4 hours.

    All events are weather permitting, and all participants must abide by safe boating rules and regulations.

    Covid 19 Guidelines:

     Wearing Mask a must, when on the Bus and when volunteers help you get in and out of your boat. 6 foot spacing in line.
     To ride the Shuttle Bus your must have a mask on, temperature taken, give info for Contact Tracing, safe seat spacing on the bus every other seat.
     If you choose to use your own transportation All Safe Boating and Covid Rules Still Apply
     We are not having the BBQ lunch or music by Strawberry Farm band this year to adhere to Covid Social Distancing Guidelines.

    So come, meet new friends and fellow paddlers, whatever the reason join the fun!

    To learn more about PTB or to get involved contact:
    Michael Thomas 802-757-3960
    Newbury Conservation Commission
    Cohase Chamber of Commerce
    Haverhill Rec. Department

  • September 11, 2020 6:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Cohase Chamber’s Economic Development Committee is planning upcoming programs and events to support the local business community as the pandemic continues, and we need your input!

    Do you have a few minutes to let us know how you are doing and how we can help? Please submit your answers no later than Friday, September 18, 2020.

    Take the Survey!

  • March 27, 2020 6:03 PM | Anonymous

    The Cohase Chamber of Commerce board of directors is pleased to announce that Ruth Ann Hacking of Haverhill, N.H., has been named the new executive director. She succeeds Sarah Pushee, who left the Chamber earlier this year to focus on her family and her other active roles in the community.

    “The hiring committee was universally impressed with all of Ruth Ann’s experiences and skills, and we are excited for all of the possibilities that will come with her as the executive director,” states Andrew Barter, board president of the Cohase Chamber and chief operating officer of Little Rivers Health Care in Bradford, Vt.

    Hacking grew up in New Hampshire and is a graduate of Smith College. She brings to the position a passion for local economies and a career spent managing a range of small businesses, from software development to agriculture. She is the owner of Half Wild Arts, a farm in North Haverhill, N.H., producing locally grown herbal body care products, and was previously the Farm & Food Program Manager at the Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network in Bethlehem, N.H.

    “I believe that we are stronger when we work together and use technology to expand rural economies without giving up our local character,” says Hacking. “These issues have been forced into the spotlight recently with the outbreak of COVID-19 and the rush to do business from a safe distance, but they are not new problems for businesses in the Cohase region, and the urgent times that we find ourselves in provide us with an opportunity to find solutions as a community.”

    Hacking joined the Chamber on March 10, 2020, and focused immediately on providing resources and support to local businesses impacted by COVID-19.

    The Cohase Chamber of Commerce serves the Vermont towns of Newbury, Bradford, and Fairlee and the New Hampshire towns of Haverhill, Orford, and Piermont. The Chamber provides member businesses with regional marketing, networking and educational opportunities as well as sponsoring community events such as Paddle the Border and the Annual Farm and Garden Tours.

    For more information about the Cohase Chamber and its COVID-19 response, please email, visit, or follow @cohasechamber on Facebook.

  • January 05, 2020 6:10 PM | Anonymous

    The Cohase Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winner of their Annual Business of the Year Award. Craig Hervey Housewright Construction, Inc. has been selected as the 2019 Business of the Year. The award will be presented to Craig Hervey, Housewright Founder and President, at the Cohase Chamber Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January 21 at Alumni Hall in Haverhill Corner, New Hampshire. Both Chamber members and the general public are invited to attend and take part in the celebration.

    When Hervey launched Housewright in 1985, he was a sole proprietor operating out of his home and a rented barn in Newbury Village. As the business grew, he moved it to its current location at 5365 Main Street in Newbury. From humble beginnings, Craig and his talented, dedicated team have built the business into one of the most respected residential construction firms in the Upper Valley, with their core values of fairness, honesty, teamwork, empathy and finding creative solutions to problems leading the way.

    The Housewright brand has become synonymous with high quality projects, and their work has been featured in both Architectural Digest and New England Home. Vermont Business Magazine and KeyBank recognized Craig Hervey Housewright Construction, Inc. as a 2019 Vermont Business Growth Award recipient during a celebration held on September 17, 2019 at the Hilton Hotel Burlington where Governor Phil Scott presented the awards to each of the 25 recognized businesses. Appearing on the list for the first time, Housewright Construction was ranked #10 with a five-year growth rate of 153.3%.

    Their agility enabled Housewright Construction to survive multiple down-cycles in the Upper Valley economy. A family-friendly workplace, Housewright offers health insurance and retirement benefits to employees. This consideration of employees has shown itself in a dedicated and committed staff, with a third of their 26 employees being veterans between 15 to 30 years.

    As Craig and wife Lisa, Housewright Vice President, approached retirement, they developed a succession plan with a goal of imperceptible change. On January 1, 2020 longtime employee and COO, Jeff Page, will assume ownership of the business ensuring continuity for clients and employees in the years to come.

    Honorees will be presented their award at the Cohase Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Dinner on Tuesday, January 21 at Alumni Hall in Haverhill Corner, New Hampshire. We invite Chamber members and the general public to attend and take part in the celebration. Tickets for this event are $25 each and available for purchase by visiting RSVPs must be received by January 14, 2020.


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