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8 - April 13, 2012 | Hudson - Litchfield News Enterprise Bank donates $25,000 to REDC’s Business Training Center


submitted by Regional Economic Development Center of Southern New Hampshire Enterprise Bank has announced that it is donating $25,000 to the Regional Economic Development Center of Southern New Hampshire’s (REDC) Business Training Center Tax Credit program. REDC received a Tax Credit Award from New Hampshire’s Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA), which funds community development projects through the use of tax credits for NH businesses that contribute. The donation will allow REDC to develop a business training center in southern New Hampshire, with a goal of providing a one- stop shop for entrepreneurs, existing businesses, lenders and community leaders seeking assistance to help them stimulate economic activities in their communities. “We are proud to have Enterprise Bank as a business partner in this venture. Enterprise Bank continues to be one of our strongest lending partners as we work to create jobs throughout the Region through our alternative lending programs. This funding will enable us to support growing and challenged businesses as they work to create and retain jobs as well as make our communities and the southern New Hampshire region more competitive,” said Laurel Bistany, Executive Director of REDC. The REDC provides technical assistance, strategic planning and alternative financing to 42 municipalities in Rockingham and Hillsborough counties. “Enterprise Bank’s mission is to help create successful businesses, strong, vibrant and prosperous communities. Our mission of supporting the entrepreneurial spirit blends well with REDC’s plans to develop a business


REDC’s Business Training Center is supported by the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, the Small Business Development Center, Senator Shaheen, Congressman Guinta, and the Town of Raymond. About the Regional Economic Development Center (REDC) REDC was established in 1994 as a non-profit economic development organization with a mission to serve new and growing businesses in Southern NH. In 2003, REDC achieved designation as the only Economic Development District (EDD) in Southern NH. As part of the EDD designation, REDC is awarded funding to continue the important task of planning for our region’s economic growth, to include annually updating the region’s CEDS. A CEDS is required to qualify for EDA assistance under its Public Works and Planning Programs. REDC’s website is www.redc.com.


About the Enterprise Bank


Dwight Feeney, Enterprise, Justin Ducharme, Enterprise, Laurel Bistany, REDC, Peter Rayno, Enterprise, John Phelan, Enterprise, Laura Fraser, Enterprise.


training center and the important efforts of their organization to promote job creation, broaden the tax base and improve the quality of life in southern New Hampshire, “ said Peter Rayno, Senior Vice President and Regional Commercial Lending Manager for New Hampshire. The new business center aims to include electronic support for training sessions sponsored by area business groups, trade associations and education institutions. REDC said it will use 18 years of proven organizational leadership and project management experience to manage the Center to support emerging companies that embrace the


principles of entrepreneurship and technology innovation.


In addition to partnering with bank lenders,


venture capitalists and business counselors from the Small Business Development Center, REDC will also partner with the University of New Hampshire, the Green Launching Pad, and several other organizations to link technology innovators and local universities to the private sector. REDC’s goal is to shape the economic horizon by identifying and supporting emerging companies that attract and retain younger workers with high-paying jobs. The development of the


Established in 1989 and headquartered in


Lowell, Massachusetts, Enterprise Bank is a commercial bank and financial services company which operates 19 full service branches including 4 located in the New Hampshire towns of Salem, Derry, Hudson and Pelham. The Bank’s mission is to help create successful businesses, strong, vibrant and prosperous communities, and to create opportunities and wealth for its customers, shareholders and employees. In 2010, Enterprise Bank was recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work in America” by the Great Places to Work Institute. More information can be found at the Bank’s website, www.enterprisebanking.com.


PMA Students and Staff Collect $2,300 in Pennies to Build a Home for Nino


submitted by Sister Maria Rosa, PM Presentation of Mary Academy (PMA) students and help support the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary in Hudson by donating pennies/coins to help build an orphanage for Nino and many other homeless children in the Philippines.


PMA students were going home last week and telling their parents that the “Sisters had a baby, well, it’s true!” Last January 2011, a baby was found on the doorsteps of the sisters’ convent in the Philippines. The baby was only two hours old, when the sisters found him naked on their doorsteps. The Sisters immediately took the baby to the hospital to get him checked and called the police to let them know that the baby had been dropped off at their door. To this day, no one has claimed the baby, so guess who’s raising the baby? The Sisters! And guess what has happened with each passing day? The sisters have fallen in love with the baby and have called him “Nino,” short for Anthony. Guess what the Nino’s last name is? Rivier, after Anne Marie Rivier, the founder of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary … too cute, I must add! Nino now lives with the sisters, an unusual occurrence in convent


life! Here’s our dilemma. What to do with Nino? He now has 1,126 moms, all of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary! We have fallen in love with Nino, and none of us wants to give him up. Instead, we have decided to open an orphanage in the Philippines


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for unwanted babies (we want Nino to have brothers and sisters). The orphanage will open in May, but we need help to finance the orphanage. So anything you can do to raise money for Nino and all the other unwanted children who will join him will be a great help. The Penny Challenge is a great beginning! The orphanage will be a real home for the children. The Sisters of the Presentation of Mary will care


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Artists from St. Francis of Assisi School are ‘Drawn to the Music’ by the NH Philharmonic


submitted by Mrs. Peg Robinson, St. Francis Art Teacher This year, students from St. Francis of Assisi School


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in Litchfield had an opportunity to participate in a state wide program sponsored by the NH Philharmonic called “Drawn to the Music.” Students created illustrations after listening to music from the ballet suite “The Firebird” by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. This year, 130 illustrations were selected out of 12 schools that participated. The following students’ illustrations will represent St. Francis of Assisi School in the concert on April 28: Ethan Labbe, Elizabeth Rupert, Bria Soule, Caroline McSorley, Justin Pelham, Jakob Soule, Brianna Carney, Corinne Robinson and Justin Welter. Congratulations to all the students that were selected as well as all the students that participated in this program. We are very proud of you!


From left to right, bottom to top: Mrs. Gallaghan, Music Teacher for St. Francis. Bottom row: Caroline McSorley, Elizabeth Rupert,


Ethan Labbe, Bria Soule, Mrs. Robinson, Art Teacher for St. Francis. Top row: Jakob Soule, Justin Pelham, Corinne Robinson, Brianna Carney, and Justin Welter.


MOMS Club of Hudson News


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Members of the MOMS Club of Hudson recently enjoyed a Story Time and Spring Picnic at the Rec Center. Kristin Paradise from the Rodgers Memorial Library read Bear in Sunshine by Stella Blackstone and The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood to 16 moms and 24 children. The kids listened attentively while enjoying snacks on blankets with their favorite stuffed animals. The event ended with a fun stuffed animal parade: the kids gave a ride to their favorites in crafty, colorful baskets that they made during the story time. The MOMS Club of Hudson is a support group for Moms and their children offering crafts, park


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