by Paul Bousquest
After a quarter century of owning and operating the 1815 House and Seedhouse Café in Reading, Peter and Karen Bennett will be closing the property and business to take advantage of an opportunity of working in Ethiopia.
Karen, a civil engineer by profession, has previously worked with US AID programs in Kenya, Greece, and Tel Aviv. She has accepted a contract from US AID to work in this east African country to lead the design effort of building 85 new health clinics and rehabilitating 300 clinics that primarily deal with HIV patients. It is a five year project for which she is committed to at least two years working side-by-side with a native civil engineer preparing that person for carrying out the completion of the project.
Meanwhile Peter, the inveterate entrepreneur, is excited about establishing a business that benefits the 3.5 million residents of Addis Ababa where they will be living. He is no stranger to involvement in start-up businesses. The Harvard grad has established a dozen or more businesses thus far in his career.
The Seedhouse Café` will be closing following a New Year’s Eve party on December 31 featuring its sumptuous 25 course meal with rounds being served every 12 minutes. On New Year’s Day, Peter and Karen will host a farewell party and banquet. They will depart for Ethiopia in early January bringing to a close a business Peter has operated for the past 25 years together with Karen for the past 5 years.
The Bennetts have enjoyed their life in Reading and cherish the friends they’ve made and grateful for their staff and suppliers who have served them so well.
For more information and reservations for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day events call 802-484-1815.
VBA’s $1,000 Shopping Spree Won by Barnard Teen
Thirteen year old Ashley Johnson of Barnard was the lucky winner of the Village Business Alliance (VBA) $1,000 shopping spree. Her name was drawn by Santa Claus during the Wassail weekend activities on The Green last Saturday. The Grand Prize comprised twenty $50 certificates redeemable at any of the 28 Woodstock businesses. It is yet another initiative of the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce’s Village Business Alliance.
Ashley was presented her sweepstakes prize last Thursday evening in time to take advantage of the extended hours in which many downtown Woodstock stores participated. She is a 7th grader at Woodstock Middle School and is a member of the soccer team.
The VBA is a cooperative group of over 40 area businesses that have contributed time, money and energy over the past year. The effort resulted in augmenting the beauty of the village by planting and maintaining flower baskets on 16 lamp posts during the summer, stenciling trash cans to make them more presentable in the village, and working collectively to advertise Woodstock beyond the local area. The most recent effort of the VBA was last Thursday’s “Buy Local Night” where most Woodstock businesses remained open late and offered special sale items and discounts.
In the belief that a rising tide lifts all boats, the Village Business Alliance has made significant strides in beautifying the community and creating awareness of the advantages of shopping local. The result is to increase visitor and shopper traffic to make the community more viable.
Holiday Week Themed Dinners Featured at Woodstock Inn
The Woodstock Inn and Resort will feature a series of themed dinners during the holiday week. On Sunday and Thursday, December 26 and 30, the restaurant will feature an Alpine Ski Buffet while on Monday and Wednesday, December 27 and 29 it will offer an Italian Buffet. A Mexican Buffet will be featured on Tuesday, December 28th. The themed dinners will be served between 6 and 8 PM for just $28.95 (excluding tax and gratuity) for adults and $14.95 for children aged 5 -12.
Reservations may be made by calling 457-6609.
Lake Sunapee Bank Chairman Named NH Community Banker of the Year
Stephen W. Ensign, Chairman and CEO of Lake Sunapee Bank was recently named the 2010 New Hampshire Community Banker of the Year. A state-wide committee of citizens selected Ensign from a group of nominations.
Ensign began his banking career as a management trainee at Lake Sunapee Bank in 1971. Named president in 1987, he is credited with growing the bank’s assets from $17 million to $993 million while greatly expanding its community base.
Lake Sunapee Bank, headquartered in Newport, NH is a federally chartered stock savings bank with 28 offices including one in Woodstock.
In a related matter, it was announced that Lake Sunapee Bank has joined with Meredith Village Savings Bank in each purchasing 50 % of the shares of Charter Trust Company formerly owned by the Savings Bank of Walpole. Established in 1984, Charter Trust is an independent New Hampshire-based trust company chartered by the New Hampshire Banking Department. According to the announcement, it is the largest locally owned investment management company in northern New England.
Norris Cotton Cancer Center Awarded $12.8 Million Grant for Research
A new $12.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will enable three research facilities to explore the idea of using nanotechnology to combat cancer. This joint effort is being undertaken by the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Dartmouth Medical School and the Thayer School of Engineering. It is this collaboration that is so well-suited to work toward the integration of nanotechnology in basic and applied cancer research for both the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
NCI has designated Dartmouth as a Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNE). In making the grant, NCI cited Dartmouth CCNE for its leadership, outstanding research team and highly integrated and interdependent projects, placing it among the nation’s top centers in nanotechnology research.
Focus of the CCNE is on magnetic hyperthermia cancer treatment, according to Ian Baker, Dartmouth’s CCNE program director and a Sherman Fairchild Professor of Engineering. Said Baker, “The treatment involves delivering nanoparticles to tumor cells and then applying an alternating magnetic field to heat the particles and destroy the tumor.”
The goal of the research is that within five years to have advanced to clinical trials, the final test in the process of developing new treatments for cancer.
The research project has brought together 25 of the brightest scientists among the ranks of Dartmouth to advance this program.
We want to wish all of our readers and contributors to this column a Merry and Joyous Christmas.
The purpose of this column is to primarily recognize what is happening in the business community. You may reach Paul Bousquet via e-mail at Paulbousquet@comcast.net or by phone at 802-457-9256.