Lebanon — Dartmouth Coach plans to begin operating its service to Boston and New York from its newly constructed Lebanon Transportation Center on Dec. 1.
The new location, the site of the old Miller Chevrolet and Cadillac dealership, is just off Interstate 89 and Route 120 on Labombard Road.
The bus company purchased the site in March 2015, and North Branch Construction began work on the facility in last spring. It will relocate from its existing station and parking lot at 90 Etna Road in Lebanon.
The new facility “will provide the company and its customers improved convenience off the interstate, secure self-service parking, additional dock spaces, and an expanded waiting area,” the company said in a news release.
The price for parking at the new terminal, which will have nearly 400 striped spaces, will be $3 a day.
“We’re thrilled with how this project has come out on the whole, but the parking is so important to our customers,” Harry Blunt, president of the transportation company, said in the release. “(W)e’ve had to resort to valet-only for the last few years because of space constraints, and we’re excited to offer plenty of self-parking at our new terminal.”
The Etna Road facility will remain in the hands of Dartmouth Coach for maintenance, cleaning and storing of buses.
Keith Skorupski, general manager for Dartmouth Coach, said the company will work to assist those who continue to show up at the old terminal.
“We’re planning on signage and staffing to redirect customers for at least the first few weeks that the new Transportation Center is open,” he said in the release.
Dartmouth Coach, which became part of Concord Coach Lines in the mid-1990s, makes nine round trips a day to Logan International Airport in Boston, and two round trips a day to New York City using 51 passenger Prevost XL motorcoaches.
The company will transport more than 200,000 people in and out of the Upper Valley in 2016, the release said.Company News
Vermont Amber Organic Toffee, of White River Junction, Blake Hill Preserves, of Windsor, and Farms for City Kids Foundation/Springbrook Farm, of Reading, Vt., were among the Vermont artisan foodmakers nominated for 2017 Good Food Awards in San Francisco on Monday.
Springbrook Farm was nominated for “Reading,” a raclette-style, washed-rind cow’s milk cheese. Vermont Amber Organic Toffee was nominated for its Fennel Seed Toffee. Blake Hill Preserves was nominated for its Gooseberry and Elderflower preserves. Grafton Village Cheese Co. also received a nomination for a cheddar produced on Farms for City Kids Foundation/Springbrook Farm.
The awards, organized by the nonprofit Good Food Foundation, are given to producers from across the country who support sustainability and social good within their communities. The winners will be announced on Jan. 20 at an awards ceremony at the historic Herbst Theater in the San Francisco War Memorial.Upcoming Events
Springfield on the Move and the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce are collaborating on the annual downtown Springfield holiday celebration on Dec. 2, beginning at 4 p.m., at the Springfield on the Move office at 6 Valley St. There, children may pick up sticker maps before visiting downtown businesses and organizations to get special treats and stickers to put on the map. When the map is full, children will return to the Springfield on the Move office for goodie bags filled with surprises. Caroling with the Springfield Community Band and the Springfield Holiday Community Chorus will begin in the People’s United Bank parking lot on Main Street at 5 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to arrive at 6 p.m. to light the town’s Christmas tree and visit with children. For more information, visit www.springfieldvt.com.
The Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network’s ninth annual Vermont Community Energy and Climate Action Conference is scheduled for Dec. 3, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee. The conference is aimed at supporting and growing the statewide network of town energy committees and building the capacity and expertise to help the state meet its goal of getting 90 percent of its energy in 2050 through renewable sources. The event will offers workshops and a keynote address by Soren Hermansen, director of the Energy Academy on the Danish island of Samso. Space is limited and advance registration is required at www.vecan.net. Cost is $35, $45 after Tuesday. Fee includes workshop materials, general sessions, breaks and lunch featuring local foods. For more information, email email@example.com or call 802-223-2328 ext. 118.
The Upper Valley chapter of SCORE is offering a full-day, hands-on workshop on WordPress on Dec. 3, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Franklin Pierce University, 24 Airport Road, Lebanon. This course will cover how to use WordPress to build websites and blogs and publish content on the Web. Each participant will have his or her own workstation and work on a dedicated WordPress website or blog. Gary Horsman and Vasilios Georgitsis will present the workshop. Horsman is in charge of marketing at A Global Reach, a business development and internet marketing company in Woodstock. Georgitsis is president of GlobeInt.com Inc. and owner of NHVT Computer Services LLC, both of Lebanon. Cost is $300. There will be a 1-hour break for lunch (not included) and light refreshments will be available in the room for the morning session. For more information or to reserve a spot, visit www.uppervalley.score.org or call 603-448-3491.
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Parking at the new Dartmouth Coach terminal will be $3 per day per car. An earlier version of this story inadvertently omitted the price of parking.