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Business Notes: March 30, 2014

Keene, N.H. — New Hampshire Fast- Roads has completed a 161 middle-mile, fiber-optic broadband network and 86 miles of last-mile fiber connections in western New Hampshire that will bring high-speed Internet service to residences and businesses in 19 towns, including Orford and Enfield.

With funding provided by the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority, the Department of Commerce-Broadband Technology Opportunity Program, a consortium of local community banks, New Hampshire Business Finance Authority and others, a regional 247 mile fiber-optic network has been built in western New Hampshire to deliver gigabit broadband to community anchor institutions, businesses, and residents.

FastRoads is a limited liability corporation under Monadnock Economic Development Corp. in Keene, N.H. It is an open access last-mile wholesale provider to broadband service providers.

Open access ensures competitive pricing and excellent quality. FastRoads’ goal is to ensure that the region’s businesses, institutions and residents have a broadband infrastructure that supports jobs and sustainable economic development, a news release says.

Company News

Marie Thresher, of Williston, Vt., has joined Merchants Bank as chief risk officer.

“Marie brings enhanced managerial experience to our internal audit processes, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and risk assessment protocols,” said Michael R. Tuttle, Merchants Bank president and CEO, in a news release.

Thresher has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Central Connecticut State University and holds multiple certifications related to her field, including certified internal auditor, certified information systems auditor, and certified risk information systems control.

A former senior vice president and chief auditor of People’s United Bank, she is also a member of the Green Mountain chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Albany, N.Y. chapter of the Information Security and Control Association.

In addition, she serves on the board of Vermont Cares, a locally based nonprofit institution.

Upcoming Events

Parts one and two of the six-part collaborative documentary film Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie One State. Many Visions is being shown this afternoon at 4 and 6:30 at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph. On April 11, parts three and four will be shown at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., and on April 18, the final two parts will be shown at 5:30 and 7:45 p.m.

T he Vermont Movie is about the many voices, culture and political traditions that give the Green Mountain State its rebellious, iconoclastic spirit and democratic values. The series is sponsored The Vermont Movie filmmakers and Building A Local Economy. Tickets are $5 for one; $8 for two; light food and drink is provided between shows. For more information go to TheVermontMovie.com or call 802-649-3242.

Last Call , a documentary film about limits to growth, is being screened Tuesday, April 1, at 5 p.m. at the Loew Auditorium in the Black Family Visual Arts Center at Dartmouth College in Hanover. The film is a groundbreaking and controversial study of planetary limits. There will be a question and answer session with Dennis Meadows, Limits to Growth co-author and Enrico Cerasuolo, Last Call director. A reception will follow the film at 6:30 p.m. The screening is sponsored by Dartmouth’s Porter Fund for the Sustainability Minor and Environmental Studies Program, Department of Film and Media Studies, French and Italian Department, and the Donella Meadows Institute.

The New Hampshire Bar Association is offering a free foreclosure legal clinic in Lebanon on April 16, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The clinic is designed for New Hampshire homeowners who are facing foreclosure or foreclosure-related financial and legal problems.

Homeowners who attend the clinic will meet one-on-one with an attorney who specializes in mortgage and foreclosure cases to formulate a plan to avoid, cope with or fight foreclosure, depending on individual circumstances. Seating is limited, pre-registration for this clinic is required.

To register, contact Vanessa Beauchesne, at 603-715-3255 or register by email at FRP@nhbar.org.

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