Avery Insurance Agency awarded special citation by Hanover Insurance


WOLFEBORO — Avery Insurance Agency, with offices in Wolfeboro, has been appointed to The Hanover Insurance Group's President's Club, an elite group of independent insurance agencies from across the country.

Agencies named to the company's President's Club are recognized for delivering outstanding value to their customers through insurance expertise and responsive service.

Avery Insurance Agency was one of only 125 independent agencies recognized with this distinction across the country. The Hanover partners with 2,200 independent agents nationwide.

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Meredith Village Savings names Cathleen Sleeper to head Main Office



MEREDITH — Cathleen "Cathy" Sleeper has been promoted to branch and business development manager for Meredith Village Savings Bank, overseeing the bank's Main Office at 24 Route 25 in Meredith.

Sleeper was previously the branch services manager for MVSB's Ashland office.

Sleeper joined MVSB in 2009 as a teller in the Main Office. She was promoted in 2010 to customer service representative. Sleeper was promoted again in 2013 to teller supervisor, and became branch services manager for MVSB's Plymouth and Ashland offices in 2016.

She is an active member of the Career Partnership Program for the Greater Meredith Program, and has been a longtime volunteer for the Inter-Lakes School District and for various organizations in local youth sports.


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Modern Woodmen opens Franklin office 

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Sheryl Duford, center, financial representative for Modern Woodmen of America, cuts the ribbon to mark the grand opening at Modern Woodmen's new office in Franklin, as representatives of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, city of Franklin officials, and family and friends look on. The new office at 419 Central St., serves members, their families, and residents in and around the Franklin area. Non-profit Modern Woodman offers life insurance, annuity and investment products, along with fraternal member benefits for their families and their communities.  (Courtesy photo)


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Bristol school receives donation from Hannaford program

Bristol school receives donation from Hannaford program

BRISTOL — The Bristol Hannaford Supermarket recently presented Newfound Memorial Middle School with $1,000 through the Hannaford Helps Schools program.

Overall, Hannaford Supermarkets has distributed checks for more than $640,000 to k-12 schools in New England and New York through the Hannaford Helps Schools program in 2017. Customers triggered the donations by purchasing eligible products.

Schools use the donations for whatever items students need locally, whether that is new computers, musical instruments, sports gear, field trips or playground equipment.

Under the program, customers received three "school dollars" – equivalent to cash – for every four participating products purchased.



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Larry Poliquin, center, manager of the Hannaford supermarket in Bristol, presents a giant $1,000 check to Newfound Area School District Superintendent Stacy Buckley, and Jay Lewis, principal of Newfound Memorial Middle School, which will used the donated funds for a variety of purposes. (Courtesy photo) 

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Sealite makes promotions, adds staff in Tilton

TILTON — Sealite, a global leader of innovative navigation technology for the marine and aviation markets, has made several changes and additions to the company's Tilton-based U.S. office.

Lee Walker from Plainfield has been promoted to sales executive from an inside sales position. In his new role, Walker will be responsible for expanding the company's U.S. distribution network and supporting the existing customer base. Walker has been with Sealite since 2013, where he successfully maintained the existing network while expanding sales in the territory.

"Lee has done an outstanding job for Sealite USA over the last few years. He's solidified the relationships with our customers to expand sales in the U.S. market and successfully supported our in-field sales development managers. I have great confidence that he will continue to pursue the levels of excellence he's shown over the last three years," stated Sealite USA President Tara Stewart from the company's US headquarters in Tilton.

Three new staff have been added to Sealite USA as the company continues with an aggressive growth plan.

Joanne Phillips and Jason Wernig have been appointed to inside sales positions. In these roles, Phillips and Wernig will handle incoming order processing, coordinate order fulfillment, manage existing accounts, and support the in-field sales executives and business development managers.

Phillips, a Belmont resident, has held previous sales and account management positions in the manufacturing, distribution and retail market sectors throughout New England.

Wernig brings extensive customer service experience to his new role in inside sales from the restaurant management and real estate fields. He and his family reside in Gilford.

The third new addition to Sealite's Tilton office is Michael Brace in the role of production technician. Brace will assist in the assembly and coordination of parts for the company's aviation, obstruction and helipad lighting products. Prior to joining Sealite, Brace held installation and maintenance positions for the in-home security and theater markets. He resides in Andover.


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