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Meredith Village Savings Bank Provides Financing for Woodlands Tavern

ALTON — With financing provided by Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB), co-owners Renee Bickford, James Bickford and Executive Chef Eric Weiss were able to purchase and renovate a site for their new restaurant, Woodlands Tavern on Mount Major Highway in Alton.

The co-owners worked with MVSB's Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer, Gracie Cilley, to purchase the former site of the William Tell Inn in Alton last year. The 19th century building has a long history as an inn, resort and restaurant. Despite its need for restoration and renovation, Renee, James and Eric could see the potential in the location and architecture; it was the perfect home for their new venture and a chance for Renee and Jim to help their talented friend and Executive Chef, Eric Weiss, achieve his culinary and restaurant ownership goals.

The building's iconic ceramic woodstove provides a warm and inviting atmosphere and the dedicated staff are eager to serve restaurant and tavern guests. The restaurant offers a casual approach to fine dining with a wide variety of fresh lunch and dinner options and specials. In the tavern, guests enjoy craft beers on tap along with signature cocktails and lighter fare. Upstairs community members are invited to reserve a private banquet room at no charge to provide a more intimate setting for events and parties.

"When it came to navigating the commercial purchase and lending process, we were so appreciative of the the personal time and attention we received from our local community lender," said Renee Bickford, co-owner. "Having Gracie on our team allowed us to focus on the many other challenges we faced as we worked to purchase, renovate and open our restaurant in time for the busy summer season."

Established in 2013, Woodlands Tavern began as a venture to highlight the friendship and skills of three friends, James, Eric, and Renee. A native of Berlin, NJ, Executive Chef Eric Weiss obtained his culinary education from the Academy of Culinary Arts and has worked in the US and internationally in the restaurant industry for 30 years. His menu provides a fresh and exciting approach to casual fine dining. The co-owners and their staff strive to provide a comfortable, inviting environment and build lasting relationships with their guests and in the community for years to come. For more information, visit www.woodlandstavernnh.com or call 603-855-2073.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:07

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Health policy expert to speak at Pemi-Baker GOP's annual dinner

PLYMOUTH — Dr. Betsy McCaughey will speak on the Affordable Care Act at the Sixth Annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, sponsored by the Pemi-Baker Valley Republican Committee.

McCaughey (pronounced McCoy) wears many hats. She is a patient advocate, health policy expert, author, former Lt. Governor of New York, and regularly appears on Fox News and CNBC. She has a doctorate in Constitutional History. McCaughey is a nationally recognized expert on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009 as amended in 2010, also known as the ACA and will bring her most recent book, Beating Obamacare:2014. Copies will be available for sale.

The event is scheduled for Saturday February 15, 2014 at the Woodstock Inn in North Woodstock. Social hour is from 5 to 6 p.m.; dinner starts at 6 p.m.. The charge is $45 per person in advance. A silent auction and a live auction will add to the festivities. Several candidates for office will be on hand and will be given an opportunity to say a few words. New potential activists and candidates are also welcome to this dinner to meet members of the local committee and other folks from the several area towns represented by the committee.

Join the PBVRC and friends for an informational and fun evening. Due to limited seating, call Cindy at 536-3880 for advance ticket purchases, or contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than February 12. The proceeds from this dinner benefit candidates and election efforts in 2014.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 09:56

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Comfort Food Buffet Saturday night at Meredith Church

MEREDITH — A "Comfort Food Buffet" will be held at the First Congregational Church of Meredith on Saturday, Feb. 15, 5:30-7 p.m.

The buffet will feature chicken n' biscuits, scalloped potatoes, mac and cheese, meatloaf, dessert and beverage

Cost: adults $8, children $4.

A conformation call or email would be appreciated but is  not necessary to attend. 279-6271, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 09:51

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Ippolito's new mattress center is largest in New Hampshire

MEREDITH -- Ippolito's Furniture is celebrating the grand opening of its new mattress center this weekend. The 15,000-square-foot showroom is the largest in New Hampshire, with 90 mattresses on display from every leading brand.
"Buying a mattress is about selection," said Chip Ippolito, co-owner of the family business founded in 1976. "You have to see the top brands side by side, and you want to see a large selection from each top brand."
Ippolito says every single mattress he sells is made in the USA. Customers can try 20 different models from Serta, Sealy, Simmons, Therapedic, Reposa and Tempurpedic.
Unlike chain sleep stores, which price mattresses at deep discounts off higher list prices, Ippolito's sells every mattress at a single, clearly-marked lower price. "We guarantee having the lowest price on any mattress," Ippolito said.
Customers should plan on spending 30 minutes to an hour choosing the perfect mattress to meet their comfort and budget needs. Styles include memory foam, hybrid, traditional and specialty. Prices range from $299 for a basic queen set to $10,000 for the top-of-the-line Tempurpedic.
Ippolito's is at 193 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith. For more information call 279-7974 or visit www.ippolitosfurniture.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 09:48

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