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Business Notes: Feb. 9, 2014

Perkinsville — Jean-Luc Matecat is the new executive chef at The Inn at Weathersfield.

Matecat will have the responsibility of creating and overseeing the culinary offerings for both inn and dinner guests, teaching classes at the inn’s non-professional classroom studio, The Hidden Kitchen, and managing the inn’s organic vegetable and herb garden.

As a native Vermonter and son of a French chef, Matecat went to culinary school in California and has worked in kitchens from Nantucket to northern Vermont and in France.

“I’m truly excited to be a part of the next chapter unfolding here at The Inn at Weathersfield,” Matecat said in a news release.

“It’s a privilege to work in a place with such a rich culinary history. The Inn’s deep connection to the local agriculture and farms is a natural fit for me, because it is such an important part of how I choose to live my life and run my kitchen.”

Co-owner Marilee Spanjian said Inn officials reviewed over 90 applicants for the post.

“It was a unanimous decision. Jean-Luc’s respect for local farm fresh food is a way of life for him.”

The Inn at Weathersfield is open year-round on 21 wooded acres with 12 guest rooms. Built in 1792 and having served as a stagecoach stop, the two-story inn had been a private residence for over 150 years.

Company News

Wells River Savings Bank has renewed an existing $117,942 working capital loan to Bradford Veneer & Panel Co. I nc. in Bradford, Vt. The Vermont Economic Development Authority made the renewal possible by continuing its 75 percent mortgage insurance agreement for another year. The loan restructuring was part of VEDA’s recently approved $4.7 million in development financing for commercial energy, small business and agricultural projects throughout Vermont. VEDA is Vermont’s statewide economic development finance lender.

Rusty J. Mosca, director of the auditing and accounting practice of Nathan Wechsler & Co. PA, has been elected director and treasurer of the New Hampshire/Vermont Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. He was elected at the group’s annual meeting on Jan 30 in Amherst, N.H.

Mosca joined the firm in 1987 and was admitted as a principal in 1994. He is a 2012 Leadership New Hampshire graduate and is a member of the New Hampshire Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a director of the N.H. Humanities Council. Mosca has served as chairman and board member of Havenwood-Heritage Heights Retirement Community and served on the board of Associated General Contractors of New Hampshire.

Pamela A. Pantos , executive director of Opera North, has been named one of the Outstanding Women in Business in New Hampshire by New Hampshire Business Review. The awards celebrate women who have excelled, not only in their professional lives, but as leaders and role models. The awards will be presented Tuesday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Manchester Country Club, Bedford, N.H. Tickets are $35 per person. To register, email Katy Miles at kmiles@mcleancommunications.com.

Upcoming Events

The BALE community dialogue series “Why Build A Local Economy: Community, Engagement, Gratitude and Story” continues Thursday night at 6:30 at Chandler Music Center in Randolph. For more information, contact BALE at info@balevt.org, 802-498-8438 or www.balevt.org.

The River Valley Human Resources Association will offer a presentation on compensation tr ends on Thursday, at 8:15 a.m., at Mascoma Savings Bank, 243 Sykes Mountain Ave., White River Junction. Networking starts at 8 a.m. The presentation will be given by Frank Sadowski, partner at Gallagher, Flynn & Co. It is designed to provide information for HR professionals and small business owners. Sadowski will be using the latest compensation data from Vermont and the country to identify trends and their effect on recruitment, retention and culture of organizations. Reserve space and provide in-advance questions by emailing Lori Brown at Lori.Brown@mascomabank.com.

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