RUMNEY — Dan and Linda Kimble of Rumney have learned it is indeed possible to have too much of a good thing, in their case goat milk; but the couple, along with their six children, found a way to turn this excess into a thriving family business.
What started with a few goats to provide the family with nutritious milk, led to such a surplus that the Kimbles were able to supply other local families and still have plenty to spare. Not being ones to waste anything, they tried a number of ways to put the excess to use, eventually trying their hands at making goat milk soaps for the family and selling it at farmers' markets in the area.
The Kimble children are homeschooled and the opportunity to make and sell products has always been part of their lesson plans. Over the years the family has made and sold food and craft items including everything from breads to bunk beds. "The children learned about math through measuring, whether it be wood or flour" Linda explains. "They've also learned about the manufacturing process, wholesale versus retail and how to provide good customer service".
The response to the soaps is so positive that Dan realized they were on to something. The family rebranded their business (previously Kimble's Crafts) to Big Rock Goat Farm in April of this year. The name came from Linda who noted that goats love to climb, and in direct view from the kitchen window is a big rock frequented by their many goats. The business' marketing team went to work creating a new logo and redesigning their ecommerce website. The family frequently sells their line of all-natural skin care products at craft fairs and festivals all over the state, as well as online. Meanwhile, Dan, a website programmer by trade, has been busy getting the soaps into a number of local businesses.
One of those businesses is the New Hampshire Country Stores at the new Common Man Visitors' Centers on both the north and south sides of I-93 in Hooksett. The stores are just one part of the immense project undertaken by Granite State Hospitality, a partnership between Alex Ray, owner of the Common Man family of restaurants and Rusty McClear, co-owner of Mill Falls at the Lake, located in Meredith. The northbound store opened ahead of schedule in September while the southbound one is still under construction.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 09:36
MEREDITH — The Meredith 250th Anniversary Celebration Committee is sponsoring a Logo Contest to find the right design to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the Town of Meredith. The contest is open to all high school students residing in the Inter-Lakes School District, including those being home schooled or attending out-of-district private schools.
The design must incorporate the years 1768-2018 and the town name: Meredith, NH. It should also depict one or more themes central to the town's image: The lakes, mountains, Indian Island and the Latchkey. The winning design will become the property of the Meredith 250th Anniversary Celebration Committee.
The winner will receive a prize of $250 donated by RE/MAX Bayside Realty.
When asked, Broker and Co-owner Chris Kelly said, "It so exciting to be able assist in the planning of Meredith's 250th celebration. As chairman of the GMP's Career Partnership Program I love that we are including our students to help us brand the marketing and celebration of this event. I think it is amazing all that happens in Meredith and we feel blessed to be a small part of the activity."
Designs must be submitted by Saturday Feb. 28, to: Meredith 250th Anniversary Celebration Comm., ATTN: Logo Contest, C/O GMP, P. O. Box 1417, Meredith, NH 03253.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 09:14
ALTON BAY — They have camped out in remote and forgotten jungle villages in Nicaragua and have worked among villagers who struggle to eek out a living under incredibly hostile conditions. After seeing the challenges faced by these villagers, two Massachusetts men have concluded that the most critical need in the communities they serve is clean drinking water and are determined to do something to meet that vital need.
On Saturday, November 22, Tom Clay and Harry Aldrich will be leaving from Alton Bay, in the wee hours of the morning and walking all the way around Lake Winnipesaukee to raise money to drill and install deep, sealed wells in the poor communities of Nicaragua's Miskito wilderness. The funds will go to the registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit relief and development organization, Peace and Hope Frontier Mission (PHFM), which serves isolated communities in Nicaragua's eastern frontier region (sometimes called the Miskito Coast).
Furthermore, ever responsive to the unanticipated and urgent needs of their vulnerable river communities, PHFM and Clay and Aldrich have decided that the funds raised by this walk should also go toward mounting a relief effort to these villages, whose annual rice crop has recently been destroyed by devastating rains and severe floods, threatening food security for months to come.
Both Clay and Aldrich are PHFM board members, have served as volunteers among the people of the Miskito wilderness, been moved by the villagers' hardship and struggles and feel that clean water could transform the lives of these downtrodden, but courageous villagers. Aldrich reflects, "How wonderful it would be for a mother to give her child a cup of clean water without fearing the harm it might do." He adds, "Clean, sealed wells are a sustainable, long-term preventive solution to this problem and can be a game changer for these villages."
This is the third year these two tenacious trekkers have been walking to raise money for the work of PHFM and sore muscles and blisters attest to their passion to help the villagers of this remote corner of the world. Although one is a financial advisor and the other a software engineer by trade, Clay and Aldrich have also shown their heart for the work of PHFM in the sacrifices they have made to travel to and labor in the villages and to serve on the organization's board of directors. Their choice of this year's walking route, in part, springs from their memories of times spent at Camp Brookwoods in Alton during their youth.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 09:11
LACONIA — The Tenth Annual Salvation Army Turkey Plunge is set for Saturday, November 22 at Opechee Beach.
For the past nine years, this singular event has generated thousands of dollars for the Lakes Region Salvation Army. It is a fun-filled family event for Plungers and their supporters. This year we're looking for as many civic clubs, school groups, church groups and businesses to "take the Plunge" as teams. Individual plungers are also welcome.
After the Plunge, there's a luncheon at the adjacent Laconia Middle School. The luncheon is not just for Plungers, but is open to the public and features food from some of the area's top restaurants and the LRCC Culinary Arts students. A $5 donation at the door is requested. Purchase of tickets for lunch make individual's eligible for numerous door prizes from area merchants.
To commemorate ten years of Plunging, the mascot, Tommy Turkey, has reached out to his buddy Max from the Monarchs Hockey team and Max has agreed to join Tommy at Opechee Beach. Both mascots will be available for free pictures with the kids beginning at 11 a.m.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 09:07