Fiore Article Olive Oils and Vinegars closing location in Wolfeboro

WOLFBORO — Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, an award-winning regional source for extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars, will be seeking a stand-alone location to add to its existing locations in Maine: Bar Harbor, Rockland, Freeport, and Brunswick. As such, effective Nov. 15, its tasting room within Wolfeboro-based Orazio’s Gourmet is closed.

Fiore has been on a steady growth track over the past eight years and has been evaluating additional New Hampshire locations for several years. “The Fiore brand is well-recognized in New England and our customer base welcomed our collaboration in Wolfeboro, leading to a great first high season in New Hampshire,” said Pat O’Brien, director of marketing at Fiore. “We are actively exploring options in the Lake Winnipesaukee region as well as other New Hampshire locations and will use this off season to identify our direction for spring of 2018.”

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Wescott Law attorney helps farmers with business advice

LACONIA — For the past 10 years, the UNH Cooperative Extension Program, in conjunction with the Agriculture and Natural Resource Business Institute, has offered a nine-week course for those seeking a career in farming. The fall 2017 course was held at Lakes Region Community College, with past courses held in various locations throughout the state.

“Participants have serious aspirations; their goal is to make a living through farming,” according to Kelly McAdam, field specialist for the Belknap County Cooperative Extension Program. “This is a growing trend here in New Hampshire; ours is one of the few states in the country that experienced an increase of farms in the last census, conducted in 2012.”

McAdam reports that during her five years with the program the class has been filled to its capacity of 25 students. Students come from all over the state and range in age from millennials to retirees, with some looking to buy farms while others farm land they currently own.

The purpose of the course is to help strengthen the economic viability of businesses involved with agriculture and natural resources. In addition to topics relating specifically to farming, the program also covers business financing, marketing and record keeping, as well as legal and insurance concerns. Students develop an operational plan for their business proposal through a combination of hands-on activities, web based tools, and presentations, such as one recently offered by attorney Brett Allard of Wescott Law in Laconia.

Seventeen people attended the presentation in person with another seven attending online via Zoom.
Allard spoke about the advantages and disadvantages of the various business entities from a liability standpoint.

“Commercial farms are often situated on the same property as the owner’s personal residence. Due to this, the primary concern expressed by participants was the protection of non-business assets from any potential claims,” said  Allard. “An LLC is probably the most practical entity for a smaller start-up operation; whereas if they were seeking investors to help raise capital, I might recommend forming a corporation.”

Allard was quick to recommend attendees consult with a CPA to discuss the tax consequences of any entities being considered.

UNH Cooperative Extension, partners with private firms, nonprofits, and government agencies to help new and existing business owners. Participation in the program helps students meet borrower-training requirements for the USDA Farm Service Agency. For information on the program, contact McAdam, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 603-527-5475.

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Irwin to host holiday party Dec. 13

LACONIA — The Irwin Automotive Group is inviting all customers to their annual Holiday Customer Appreciation Party. Join the  staff at the Irwin Automotive Group Wednesday, Dec. 13, for a holiday party where the guests of honor are the customers that the Irwin Automotive Group has gotten to know personally over the years through its service department and sales department.

Chris Irwin, vice president of the Irwin Automotive Group, said, “We have been lucky enough over the years to get to know many great customers of the Irwin Automotive group who we consider friends.”

Join them for food, beverages, and door prizes. They'll be raffling off a set of new snow tires to one lucky customer (must be present to win). Join them at 5 p.m. for the festivities and RSVP by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (603-581-2968) for Irwin Toyota-Scion Ford-Lincoln and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 603-581-2993 for Hyundai.

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Lake Winnipesaukee Association toasts a successful partnership to protect the lake

MEREDITH — Proceeds from the recently crafted Winnipesaukee Rosé by Hermit Woods Winery are being put to good use by the Lake Winnipesaukee Association.

Not only is Lake Winnipesaukee the third largest lake in New England, it is also the most visited lake, bringing hundreds of thousands of people each year to swim, boat, fish and enjoy its magnificent beauty. A little over 44,000 acres, it’s a lot of area for the Lake Winnipesaukee Association to cover in their mission is to protect the water quality and natural resources of the lake. As Pat Tarpey, Executive Director, explains “The lake enjoys good water quality today, but is under threat from stormwater runoff, invasive plant and animal species, nutrient loading, and more. Our organization relies on memberships, donations, and grants to monitor and tackle the threats facing the lake, which is why we are very grateful to Hermit Woods Winery for their commitment to our lake protection programs.”

This past spring, Hermit Woods Winery crafted a new wine, Winnipesaukee Rosé, to help raise funds for and awareness of the lake association’s work. The Winery is donating 10 percent of the profits from the sale of the wine to the Lake Winnipesaukee Association, and recently presented the organization with a check for $1,934, bringing the total donated this year to over $3,400. Per Ken Hardcastle, Hermit Woods winemaker, the partnership has worked out better than anticipated.

“Everything came together perfectly," he said. "I am very happy with the wine, the beautiful label created by Stephen Hodecker, and am so pleased that all this came together for such a good cause.”

Bob Manley, Hermit Woods co-founder, is also enthusiastic about the partnership. “This is the second installment of what we hope to be many, many more. Our Winnipesaukee Rosé has become one of our best selling wines. It’s not only a great way for us to help raise the funds this organization needs to do the good work they do, but the distribution of our wine helps raise awareness of the organization across the state. You can now find our Winnipesaukee Rosé in the New Hampshire State Liquor stores.”

Local artist Stephen Hodecker donated the artwork for the label, as well as giving the Lake Winnipesaukee Association 20 percent of the proceeds from sale of his and his sister Christine’s artwork exhibited at the winery, generating over $600 for the association.

“It’s been such a great experience working with Bob Manley and Stephen Hodecker," said Tarpey. "Their positive response to this project, and the resulting success of the wine has been amazing. Our work stems from a deep appreciation and love for the lake and its environment, and desire to keep it beautiful and clean for countless generations. We cannot do it alone; it is gratifying to know that local businesses care and want to help."

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Bob Manley and Ken Hardcastle of Hermit Woods Winery and Pat Tarpey, executive director of the Lake Winnipesaukee Association, toast their successful partnership to protect the lake’s water quality. Proceeds from the sale of Hermit Woods wine, Winnipesaukee Rosé, has generated over $3,400 in support of the Lake Winnipesaukee Association’s lake protection programs. (Courtesy photo)

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Speedway names Lisa McGahan Salesperson of Year

LOUDON — Lisa McGahan of Manchester has been named New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s Salesperson of the Year for the second straight year. As the speedway’s director of corporate relations, McGahan received the award on Wednesday night in Las Vegas, where NASCAR is hosting its annual awards banquet.

With more than 75 accounts to manage, McGahan increased her year-over-year book of business by 67 percent, while also exceeding her overall sales goal by 62 percent.

“Lisa’s leadership and ambition has made her an invaluable asset to our corporate sales team. Lisa has an uncanny ability to wear many hats within our department, which is a huge reason behind her being the recipient of this award for a second straight season,” said Steve Markos, vice president of corporate sales for NHMS. “I am immensely proud of Lisa’s accomplishments for the 2017 season, but I also know that she’s not the type of person to settle – so this means only bigger and better things for Lisa and New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2018.”

As the speedway’s director of corporate relations, McGahan managed her accounts as well as the suite and hospitality staff, Victory Lane Committee and played a large role in all partnership activation during both Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekends. She also co-directed all event-related activities at the speedway throughout the 2017 season.

“It was very humbling to win this award last year, and it’s certainly even more so to win it again in 2017,” said McGahan. “Nothing is more important to me than the relationships I build through our sales department. We have a very clear vision here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, so living up to those high expectations is certainly something I’m very proud of.”

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Lisa McGahan is joined by NHMS VP/GM David McGrath, SMI VP of Sales Braun Smith, NHMS VP of Corporate Sales Steve Markos, and SMI President and COO Marcus Smith in Las Vegas. (Courtesy photo)


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