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The Buzz Online
Published Monday, June 5, 2017

From Left: Karen Morton, executive director of Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley, and Meg Fleming, president of SymQuest. Photo: SymQuest

This Week’s Spotlight: SymQuest Group, an IT services and office technology provider with locations in Keene, Maine, New York and Vermont, opened its eighth office at 66 Benning St., Ste. 7 in West Lebanon. At a ribbon cutting event for the new 4,400-square-foot location, the company announced grant recipients for its One Grand of a Helping Hand for Upper Valley Nonprofits campaign, which donated $11,000 total to several nonprofits in NH’s Upper Valley and Vermont. Recipients include: David's House, Good Beginnings, Good Neighbor Health Clinics, Green Mountain Children's Center, Twin Pines Housing Trust, American Precision Museum, Developmental Services of Sullivan County, Enfield Shaker Museum, LISTEN Community Services, Spark! Community Center, The Center for Cartoon Studies, Upper Valley Aquatic Center, Upper Valley Waldorf School, Vermont Adult Learning, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, WISE and Woodstock History Center.


Brady Sullivan Properties donated $5,000 to NeighborWorks Southern NH to support the organization’s 25th anniversary year of community events. The nonprofit organization works to increase the creation and availability of affordable rental housing and homeownership opportunities in the state.


Tyler Crews and Madison Kochanek, seniors from Derryfield Academy in Manchester, received first place and $4,500 at the fourth annual competition run by BizGen in Durham, which aims to support young entrepreneurs. The duo pitched Lily Pods, a technology-based solution for common pains and cramps.


Alyssa Pockell, an attorney with Forman, Clark, Pockell, and Associates in Londonderry, joined the Kiwanis Club of Manchester. The organization is an entirely volunteer community service club that provides services to the youth of the city. 


Gilford Got Lunch received $2,500 from Bank of NH to help feed children of the Gilford community. The nonprofit works with the Gilford School District to provide lunches and breakfasts on the weekends throughout the school year in addition to a 10-week summer delivery program that provides healthy lunches all summer long to those in need.


Healthy Monadnock in Keene organized a “Bag the Butts Day” on Earth Day which cleaned up more than 6,000 cigarette butts, enough to fill two wheelbarrows. The initiative brought out 138 volunteers to clean areas in Keene, Swanzey and Winchester.


The Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce relocated its office from Littleton Opera House at 2 Union St. to Thayers Inn at 107 Main St. The staff will remain the same, and Sue Pilotte will continue managing the opera house while the chamber transitions.


Merrimack County Savings Bank in Concord donated $1,500 each to the Friendly Kitchen in Concord and the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter. The donation was made on the 150th day of this year, which is the bank’s 150th anniversary year.


North Branch Construction in Concord broke ground for a new 40,000-square-foot indoor shooting and self-defense complex for Freedom Alley Shooting Sports in Tyngsborough, Mass. The two-story facility will feature four indoor shooting ranges and will also include a Krav-Maga self-defense studio, fitness gymnasium, café, executive offices and a VIP lounge.


The Northeast Delta Dental Foundation granted $8,000 to support Families First Health and Support Center’s on-site dental care, a school-based program and mobile dental care for people experiencing homelessness. Last year, the Portsmouth-based nonprofit provided on-site dental care to 1,800 children and adults; screened and educated 1,900 schoolchildren; and served 210 homeless and other low-income patients through weekly visits to Cross Roads House in Portsmouth, St. Vincent de Paul Community Assistance Center in Exeter and The Salvation Army in Rochester.


One Mill Plaza, an office building next to Laconia City Hall, pledged $5,000 to the redevelopment of the Colonial Theater at 609 Main St. in Laconia. The project aims to renovate the theater into a cultural center for the city.

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