Dr. Peter Mason Is Lebanon Citizen of the Year

In recognition of his decades of service to Lebanon and the surrounding communities, the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) has named Peter Mason, MD, its Citizen of the Year for 2017.  A committee comprised of many previous recipients of the award voted to honor Mason with this prestigious award.  Dr. Mason will have his name added to a plaque that hangs in Lebanon City Hall listing the previous distinguished honorees; the award will be presented at the LACC Holiday Social at Fireside Inn on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, beginning at 5:00 pm.

Dr. Mason is a family physician who joined the medical staff of Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon in 1981. He has done extensive work with under-served populations at the Good Neighbor Health Clinics (which he co-founded in 1991), The Haven, Headrest and the Claremont Soup Kitchen. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of ACTS Honduras and has worked in the country to further their goals of fostering cross-cultural understanding and promoting sustainable programs for health, education, agriculture and economic development in that country. His recent local practice has focused on substance use disorders in both Lebanon and Claremont, and he has provided state and regional guidance on treating opioid use disorders in a primary care environment. He is also involved in teaching students in several capacities at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Since 1972, the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce has presented the award to a recipient that represents the finest qualities of good citizenship in Lebanon. The award criteria for the LACC Citizen of the Year include being a resident of the City of Lebanon who has performed exemplary deeds of community service for his or her community and the region in general.

See the full list of Lebanon Citizens of the Year.

Salt hill Pub Is Our Business of the Year

The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce has named Salt hill Pub of Lebanon and West Lebanon their 2017 Business of the Year. A committee of the five previous years’ recipients chose to honor Salt hill for their success in business that includes their two Lebanon locations: on the mall in downtown Lebanon and in the West Lebanon. Salt hill also has establishments in Hanover, Newport and Newbury N.H. The Business of the Year award will be presented to Salt hill at the LACC Holiday Social at Fireside Inn on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, beginning at 5:00 pm.

Chamber Board member Bob Jackman of LaValley Building Supply nominated Salt hill, saying, “This business is a great example of how the American entrepreneurial spirit, many hours, days and weeks of hard work, a formula for business that the area needs, and an excellent local population add up to a community-involved company that has great value to all of us in the Upper Valley.”

Each year the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce honors a Business of the Year and a Citizen of the Year at their annual holiday social. This year’s event will be held at Fireside Inn in West Lebanon, NH on December 13th beginning at 5:00 pm. Tickets for the event may be purchased by calling the Chamber at 603-448-1203 or by visiting the Chamber’s website, lebanonchamber.com.

The Business of the Year Award has been presented annually since 1999. The criteria for consideration includes: sustained business success, providing a superior work environment for employees, providing exceptional service to customers and/or stakeholders and to serving the broader community in deeds and action.

See the full list of Businesses of the Year.

The Chamber’s Annual Meeting

The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce held its 101st Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 31 in Lebanon. We elected new officers and re-elected four directors to new terms. Attendees also heard a presentation from Mary Bihrle, CFO of Hypertherm.

“We are really thrilled about what the future looks like,” said Curt Jacques, outgoing Board Chair and owner of West Lebanon Feed and Supply in West Lebanon, “with a healthy membership and a strong vision for the future.”

Rich Wallace, Advertising Director at the Valley News, was elected Board Chair, with Jay Simms of Tyler, Simms and St. Sauveur, CPAs, P.C. as Treasurer and Charlene Ashey of River Valley Community College as Secretary. Simms, Wallace, Chris Gilman of Service Credit Union and Kevin Purcell of Purcell Properties were re-elected to the Board.

Bihrle delivered a short presentation on the topic of employee ownership, describing the challenges and advantages of the model Hypertherm uses and answering questions about its management and implementation.

Thank you to everyone who came and helped us launch another successful year at the Chamber!

Chamber Holiday Social

Join us for a night to remember!

Annual Holiday Social
Wednesday, December 13
5-8 pm
Fireside Inn and Suites, West Lebanon

We’ll honor the Business and Lebanon Citizen of the Year and celebrate the season in style.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

  • Premier—$1500: Includes banner display in foyer and behind
    podium in the ballroom, logo on event program cover, mention at top of ceremony as premier sponsor, one table (8 seats) at event
  • Partner—$1000: Includes name on sponsor list in foyer, logo inside event program, mention at top of ceremony as partner level sponsor, one table (8 seats) at event
  • Supporter—$750: Includes name on sponsor list in foyer, logo inside event program, mention at top of ceremony as supporting level sponsor, 4 entry tickets for event
  • Reserve your table—$200: One table at event (8 seats)

For more information or to book your sponsorship, contact Bridgett at the Chamber or call (603) 448-1203.

Purchase your tickets here or call the Chamber.


Holiday Social Tickets




Join the Chamber for Our Annual Meeting

The Chamber’s Annual Meeting will be Tuesday, October 31 from 7:30-9:30 am at the Fireside Inn and Suites, West Lebanon.

Join us for breakfast, networking and the election of new Officers and Directors! Our keynote speaker will be Mary Bihrle, CFO of Hypertherm.

Tickets are $15; to purchase, use the PayPal button below or contact the Chamber at (603) 448-1203.




Granite Air Center at KLEB Now an Authorized Beechcraft Service Center

Granite Air Center in Lebanon has recently signed an agreement with Textron Aviation designating their maintenance facility as an Authorized Beechcraft Service Center for Baron and Bonanza piston aircraft.

Owners Jason Archambeault and Greg Soho are very excited about this new authorization. “Our maintenance department has always been an important aspect of our business,” says Soho. “This new authorization is a continuation of our growth, and allows us to broaden our product offerings.”

“As a part 145 Repair Station, we have already been working on many different makes and models, including Beechcraft products,” says Jason Archambeault, who also acts as the company’s Director of Maintenance. “Now we will also be able to offer warranty service and support to Baron and Bonanza owners, giving new aircraft owners more flexibility in where they have their aircraft serviced.”

Becoming an Authorized Beechcraft Service Center requires a strong commitment from the maintenance facility, as well as a heavy investment in tooling, equipment, and training. For Archambeault, committing to these requirements was never in question. “We love being able to provide our customers with top notch experiences that make aircraft ownership more enjoyable. If we have to spend some money in order to ensure our customers are happy, then so be it. After all, if people are not happy in aviation, then why bother?”

Granite Air Center has long been a Cessna Propeller Service Station. As such, its technicians have all received extensive training, to include Cessna factory training on Cessna specific products, and Garmin factory training on the G1000 line of integrated avionics. Their technicians also have extensive Beechcraft training and experience, with one of them having worked for a large Beechcraft Service Center in the past, and another having owned their own Bonanza for a long time. Even so, Granite is committed to keeping its technicians’ knowledge and skills up to date. “We have always believed in the importance of quality training for our technicians,” says Soho. “Going forward we will expand our training program to include more Beechcraft specific topics.”

Granite Air Center is a fixed based operator (FBO) located in the heart of New England, at the Lebanon Municipal Airport (KLEB) in West Lebanon, NH. Granite Air provides fueling services, short and long-term hangar storage, concierge services, and maintenance services 365 days a year, and is a founding member of World Fuel Services’ Air Elite Network, a network of uniquely exceptional FBOs. For more information contact: Jason A. Archambeault Granite Air Center LLC 58 Airport Road West Lebanon, NH 03784 Phone: 603-298-6555 Email: jarchambeault@graniteair.com

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