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Volume 20 Number 44 May 14, 2010 20 Pages

A Quack-tastic Rescue!

One of the 12 ducks that were retrieved from the storm drain on Derry Road on Saturday afternoon

Enterprise Bank

to Open Branch Office in Hudson

submitted by Mary Ellen Fitzpatrick

CEO Jack Clancy recently announced that Enterprise Bank will further expand into Southern New Hampshire with the establishment of the bank’s 18th branch location at 45 Lowell Road in Hudson. The site of a former Bank of America branch office, Enterprise Bank will soon begin renovations to the existing facility while providing increased efficiency, customer convenience, and technological enhancements to the location. Enterprise is currently in the process of pursuing all regulatory approvals, and according to Clancy, “The bank looks forward to warmly welcoming customers in Hudson in late 2010.”

Established in 1989 and headquartered in

As the mother duck flew overhead, two of the babies swam back and forth from one drain to another under the roadway, eluding capture

Lowell, MA, Enterprise operates full-service branch banking offices in the Merrimack Valley, North Central Massachusetts, and Southern New Hampshire. Enterprise Bank entered in the New Hampshire market in 2004 in Salem, and later opened a temporary office in Derry in 2009. Shortly after opening at 60 Crystal Ave. in Derry, the bank broke ground (new construction) at 47 Crystal Ave. for a new full-service banking office, which is expected to open in June. “Enterprise Bank has a growing customer base of professionals, business owners, non- profits, and individuals living and working in Southern New Hampshire,” commented Clancy. “This third New Hampshire location provides added convenience and accessibility to customers as the bank continues its expansion plans. Over the past seven years, Enterprise has assembled a tremendously talented and skilled team of banking professionals, commercial lenders, and investment advisors in New Hampshire to provide Enterprise Bank’s signature, five- star service to all customers. The Hudson office will add additional convenience as

Firefighter Greg Rich passes two ducklings to a fellow firefighter Enterprise Bank will soon begin renovations to 45 Lowell Road in Hudson for their 18th branch location

New Hampshire customers may now do business in either Salem, Derry, or Hudson.” “At Enterprise Bank, we pride ourselves in taking an active role in our communities,” according to Clancy. “We believe that business acumen and community consciousness must go hand in hand. We appreciate that many Hudson families and businesses have roots in the Merrimack Valley area, and we look to expanding many existing relationships and establishing many new ones.”

A strong, responsive, and well-managed community bank, Enterprise Bank has been recognized as a leader in the financial services industry. In 2009, Enterprise Bank was honored to receive the Corporate Philanthropy Award from Boston Business Journal, recognizing Enterprise as the number-one business in the region for employee volunteer hours in the community. The bank was also recognized for the second

consecutive year as one of the Boston Globe’s 100 Top Places to Work. Enterprise Bank has 17 full-service branch offices located in the Massachusetts cities and towns of Lowell, Acton, Andover, Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Fitchburg, Leominster, Methuen, Tewksbury, and Westford, and Salem, New Hampshire. Enterprise has a temporary full-service branch in Derry, and anticipates that it will open its permanent office at 47 Crystal Ave., Derry, in June. As of March 31, assets were posted at $1.366 billion. Total assets, investment assets under management, and mortgage loans serviced totaled $1.874 billion.

Enterprise Bank and Trust Company is listed on the NASDAQ Global Market under the stock symbol “EBTC.” For further information on Enterprise Bank, log on to our Website at EnterpriseBanking.com.

Heavy for Our Heroes:

A Real Adrenaline Rush

by Maureen Gillum

The Alvirne Booster Club

Firefighter Bob Haggerty directs vehicles, Captain Dave Morin watches for the ducks in the drain, and firefighter Corey Morin tends the safety line

launched its first annual Heavy for Our Heroes strongmen and women’s competition on May 8 at Alvrine High School. Despite last Saturday’s cold and rain, the exciting event drew about 150 enthusiastic spectators to cheer on dozens of the region’s most powerful men and women competing in insane feats of strength.

Greg Rich applies duck decals to his helmet, which fellow firefighters awarded him with for his second duck rescue since joining the Hudson Fire Department

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“Unfortunately, the weather kept us from bringing in a larger crowd,” admitted Karen Bonney, Alvirne’s Athletic Director, “but it gave us a good chance to learn the ropes on this first-time event.” She said she was “very excited” about making this an annual community event at AHS, as “these guys are so incredibly strong and impressive to watch.” Bonney also commended the many Boosters volunteers, especially the event’s co-chairs, Karen McAdam and her husband, AHS Girls’ Varsity Soccer coach Lance McAdam, on a very well- run event with lot of great food and grillage. The nearly five-hour competition was enthusiastically emceed

Te Humvee pull at Alvirne’s Heavy for Our Heroes on May 8

by its co-sponsor and visionary, John Duncan, owner of Johnny D’s TUFF, a functional fitness personal and group training facility in Nashua. A long-time Granite State Strongman, “Johnny D” developed Heavy for Our Heroes with the Alvirne Boosters to benefit the High School’s athletic program and the Chaplain’s Military Relief Fund of the NH National Guard, which helps military members and their families facing hardships. As such, the NH National Guard was well represented and Alvirne’s Junior ROTC team also conducted

Thanks to All Who Donated

Postal workers

collected 144 contain- ers of food for Hudson’s St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at the Blessed John XXIII Parish.

Rob Rodriquez unloads one of the mail trucks loaded with food.

the event’s opening flag ceremony in honor of all who have proudly served, past and present. “This has been an amazing show with a great crowd who believes in our cause,” cited Duncan at the event. The 29-year-old fitness champion, who never allowed the weather to dampen the day, chided with a grin, “Our troops show up 24/7 in all kinds of weathers and conditions, so we’ve got no excuses.” The major events of the competition were broken down into gender, experience, and size class; all meticulously timed, measured, and recorded. Among the crowd- pleasers were 200-pound atlas balls hoists, TUFF finger lifts (steel girders from 175 to 390 pounds), and a strongman triad (up to 350-pound sand bag run, barrel keg, and sled pull). The day’s “signature event” was the dual Humvee pull, where heavyweight competitors pulled two 14,000-pound tan vehicles, escorted by the NH National Guard. “This was an excellent

performance, but these guys put me

to shame,” assessed iconic Alvirne janitor Gerry Michaud, who was part of Saturday’s rapt audience. The competitors are clearly a breed apart; many powerful men and

a few women who come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and from a wide geographic range. They are all dedicated – and crazy enough – to undertake the physical and mental challenges of some astonishing feats. It is truly mesmerizing to see and feel the agony and ecstasy in competitors’ contorted faces and guttural screams in each event.

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