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The Buzz Online
Published Monday, July 31, 2017

From Left: Karen Weston, Mayor of Dover; Molly Hodgson, president of the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce; Edwin Garside, Elaine Charles, Kelley McCoy, Katherine Lafevers, William Young, Daniel Morrison and Pamela Morrison of Optima Bank & Trust; Denny Anderson and Tom Sullivan of Sullivan Construction; Scott Vlasak of Bruce Ronayne Hamilton Architects; Dick Ellis of Sullivan Construction; Cory Belden of Altus Engineering; Bob Tucker, Karen Kindle and Robert Gagnon of Optima Bank & Trust. Photo: OBT

This Week’s Spotlight: Optima Bank & Trust broke ground on its new 3,400-square-foot, two-story branch at 920 Central Ave. in Dover, the former location of Fiddlehead Farms Marketplace (which is reopening at 451 High St. in Somersworth). The bank’s current Dover loan office at 130 Central Ave. will continue operations until the new branch opens toward the end of this year. Development partners on the project include Altus Engineering in Portsmouth, Bruce Ronayne Hamilton Architects in New Ipswich and Sullivan Construction in Bedford.


A&A Search Staffing opened an office at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth. The company offers staffing services for entry-level to C-level IT positions in Massachusetts, NH and North Carolina.


Bangor Savings Bank is opening a loan production office at 36 Maplewood Ave. in Portsmouth, its first NH office. The location will include a team of commercial and mortgage lenders and will eventually offer business services, including payroll and merchant offerings.


Child and Family Services relocated its Nashua office to 113 West Pearl St. The new facility offers updated amenities and more space.


Dermatology and Skin Health in Dover hired Stephen Moyer, effective August 1. He most recently worked at Elliot Dermatology in Manchester.


Holy Rosary Credit Union in Rochester hired Kristen Ramsey as compliance manager, overseeing the credit union’s compliance with state and federal banking regulations and its risk assessment program. Ramsey has 16 years of experience in credit unions, most recently as risk/compliance manager for Granite State Credit Union.


Leslie Simpson, assistant VP – Rochester office manager for Bank of NH, joined the board for Friends of Hyder Family Hospice House in Dover.


Mason + Rich Professional Association, an accounting firm in Concord, hired Donna Deos as business operations manager. 


MOMS, a powersports retailer with locations in Manchester and Massachusetts, opened MOMS North Country in Lancaster. The family-owned business was opened as Motorcycles of Manchester in 1973.


Proulx Oil & Propane in Newmarket hired Greg Shughart as service manager of its operations team. Shughart has worked in various roles in the industry since retiring as a ship propulsion plant and HVAC operation and maintenance specialist with the Navy in 1996.

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