Thoughts from all over the Lebanon Area…

The Lebanon Economic Vitality Exchange Committee (EVEC), a joint economic initiative between the City and the Chamber, has had some great discussions recently. Our most recent meeting focused on land use regulation in the city and how to streamline planning and zoning requirements for efficiency. This Chamber feels strongly that we as a community must take a “proactive approach” to the challenges we face. Other subjects on the radar for EVEC include workforce housing, workforce development, and implementation of Lebanon’s downtown re-visioning/revitalization plan for the downtown area, as well as the creation of a re-visioning/revitalization plan for the West Lebanon area…

In fact, the Westboro Rail Yard in old West Lebanon is back on the table. A recent letter to the Governor from the Chamber turned some attention back to the eyesore that is the old rail facility. Some enlightening discussions with Lebanon’s most experienced stakeholders later and we have some ideas beginning to come into focus. Priorities include; figuring out how to facilitate state and local cooperation and even more importantly, how/who to pay for a significant clean up job. A first step would be to remove the old dilapidated, and in some cases burned out, structures. Estimates say that work alone could be more than $1 million, due to asbestos contamination in some details. Stay tuned…

Contemplate this: modern technology has made it possible for a business sign to be whole lot more than just a sign. LED equipment and computers mean that a sign can now be completely customizable. “Joe’s Market” can advertise daily specials out front on a full color screen, and can even show video and photos of Joe and his products. All this means big changes for the City’s sign ordinance. The Chamber has two members on the city’s newly constituted “Sign Task Force” to flesh out these and other issues and how they impact Lebanon. Businesses and individuals that have strong feeling on signage are encouraged to contact the Chamber so their voice can be heard…

After many years of use, the Chamber has decided to no longer manage the Information Booth on the green (under the bandstand). We will support the city as they choose how to repurpose the space. Of course, our office is always open to the public during business hours, and we’ll be getting a signboard out to let visitors know where we are.

Wouldn’t it be great to see more art in public spaces around Lebanon? A group is taking shape with arts stakeholders from around the City to do just that. Picture new sculptures on the green or murals on the retaining walls. Lebanon has quietly become an arts destination, in particular the downtown area with AVA, LOH and the new location for UVMC. Our ears on the ground have heard talk of a 501(c)(3) taking shape to realize the vision of more public art in Lebanon…

We have moved!

The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce is now located at 2 South Park Street, Lebanon, NH.

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May 16, 2012

Bradford, VermontARC Mechanical is proud to announce the training achievement of 10 HVAC technicians, installers and plumbers. One apprentice plumber is now a journeyman plumber; four ARC journeyman plumbers are now master plumbers; two service technicians have become Silver Certified Technicians through the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA); and three service technicians/installers are now qualified crane signalers.

Plumbers

Willie Bonser, a Corinth, VT resident, Nick Carbee, a North Haverhill, NH resident, Shaylor Duranleau, a Claremont, NH resident, and Brad Roy, a Woodsville, NH resident, are now master plumbers in Vermont. Brad also qualified as a crane signaler. All four are already master plumbers in New Hampshire.

Steve Copp, a Lebanon, NH resident and a 4th year apprentice plumber in NH, is now a journeyman plumber in Vermont.

Silver-Certified Technicians

Tyson Hayes and Jesse Webster, both Claremont, NH residents have earned Silver certification. To be eligible to receive this designation, technicians must have a minimum of 3 years work experience as an oil-heat technician, with at least 100 hours of training, plus they must place 78% or higher on the exam. Technicians must complete 24 hours of continuing education (CEUs) every five years to maintain accreditation.

Qualified Crane Signalers

Many of ARC’s HVAC installations require cranes to lift heavy equipment to rooftops, and the interaction between crane operator and the person signaling is critical, plus it must comply with the OSHA construction standards for SAFETY on the jobsite. Luke Hathaway, an Orford, NH resident; Brad Roy, and Andy Tomlinson, a Newbury, VT resident, have completed the competent person training for crane signals.

ARC’s staff includes seven plumber apprentices, six journeyman plumbers and thirteen master plumbers. Twenty technicians are certified to work on propane-fired HVAC systems; five are NORA certified technicians, thirteen are NATE-certified, and fifteen are qualified to work on refrigeration systems.

 

About ARC Mechanical Contractors 

In business since 1947, ARC Mechanical Contractors provides heating, cooling, ventilation, plumbing, mechanical piping, refrigeration, ductwork and controls for commercial, residential, institutional, industrial and municipal buildings/facilities. We also install geothermal, solar thermal and hybrid heating and cooling systems.

Located in Bradford, Vermont and Lebanon, New Hampshire, many examples of our work may be found throughout Vermont and New Hampshire, including Dartmouth College’s Alumni Gym and Whittemore Hall, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Woodstock Inn, and the Edgar May Health & Recreation Center.

 

Announcing 25 Years of Service

Jon Blodgett and partner, Frank O’Donnell of Blodgett’s Sash & Door, Inc. are announcing 25 years of service to the Upper Valley in June.

 Blodgett began the business in 1987 with O’Donnell joining him in 1992.  Both have been in millwork and or lumber sales for over forty years.  Frank is mostly involved in the window and doors side while Jon does kitchen designs and sales. 

 In the late 70’s both Jon and Frank with their families moved to the area.  They both worked for V.P. Winter, distributing windows and doors to NH and VT lumber yards.  Later on, Jon took on the closet shelving business.  He eventually moved to our present location in 1987 and opened Blodgett’s at 195 Mechanic St. in Lebanon.

 Jon has belonged to the Northeast Retail Lumbermen’s Assoc. and the NH Homebuilders.  He joined the Lebanon Rotary Club in 1989 and in July will take over as President.

Points of Interest – Heather Clow

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