, Derry, New Hampshire


April 4, 2013



“This award recognizes Cara’s commitment to growing her business and offering an amazing opportunity for others to achieve their dreams,” said Jill Blashack Strahan, Tastefully Simple founder and CEO.

Tastefully Simple is the original national home tasting party company featuring easy-to-prepare foods. For more information about Tastefully Simple products, tasting parties or the business opportunity, contact Hayden at For more information about Tastefully Simple, visit

Hampshire First offers virtual challenge

Hampshire First Bank is committed to helping youth learn the importance of making informed financial decisions throughout their lives. Through the bank’s Strive program and partners such as New Hampshire Jump$tart Coalition, employees work directly with students to help them grow into financially responsible, independent adults.

In January, Londonderry branch manager Lauren Neves and customer service representative Rebekah Kersten met with second-graders at Londonderry’s Matthew Thornton Elementary School as part of a series of lessons on personal finance. They visited first-graders in the fall and have plans to continue partnering with the school district.

The bank also recently kicked-off the “Get 10 Virtual Quest,” a virtual scavenger hunt that challenges students to use problem-solving to answer questions every consumer should know. The “quest” focuses on retirement planning and how to use the bank’s financial calculator as a guide to select an appropriate Individual Retirement Account..

The quest is open to all New Hampshire students, ages 14 to 18, and runs through April 19. Students who complete the quest and answer all 10 questions correctly will be entered to win a $30 iTunes gift card and an iPad mini (and one for his or her teacher, too).

For more information about the Strive program, visit

Chester firefighter completes training

More than 20 firefighters from 11 municipalities graduated on March 15 after completing their Firefighter 1 course through the the New Hampshire Fire Academy. The 216-hour program was completed by training at the Warner Fire Department for nearly four months. The chief instructor for the program was Goffstown Lt. Mark Lemay.

Chester firefighter Justin Lemay completed and graduated from the program.

The Firefighter 1 training program taught the new firefighters about the history of firefighting, the use of personal protective gear, operation of self contained breathing apparatus, use of ladders, different nozzles and sizes of hose.

The mission of the New Hampshire Fire Academy is to increase the capability of New Hampshire’s fire and emergency services.

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