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Business Notes: April 27, 2014

Lebanon — The New Hampshire Farms Network has received a $5,000 grant from The Byrne Foundation to expand the food information website.

The Network, which was founded by Lebanon resident Helen Brody, is a website that links farms with consumers and businesses and works to develop a greater understanding of the importance of farming for food security, public health, economic development and land conservation, a news release says.

Farm profiles are featured on the nonprofit site, along with information about events, farmers markets, the role of women in farming, recipes using local ingredients, links to New Hampshire Food System Builders and more information.

“Receiving The Byrne Foundation grant means we will be able to attract and compensate qualified freelance writers to create profiles,” Brody said.

To create a profile, a writer must visit a farm, interview the farmers and take pictures before writing the piece and receiving final approval from the farmer. The site now profiles 80 of 4,300 New Hampshire farms, and the goal is to add 10 profiles this season, she said.

Combining her interest in farming and cooking, Brody published New Hampshire from Farm to Kitchen in 2004. The book profiles 30 working farms in New Hampshire with recipes using the vegetables, fruits, meats or other raw ingredients from each.

Company News

TLC Nursing Associates, a company that provides round-the-clock senior health care services as well as flexible staffing for the health care industry, has opened an office at 93 South Main St. in West Lebanon. TLC is operated by licensed and certified health care professionals and was founded in 2006 by Mohamed Basha, a registered nurse who still runs the company. TLC has additional offices in the Vermont and New Hampshire region. Bruce M. Waters, the senior broker at Lang McLaughry Commercial, represented the landlord and assisted the tenant with this office lease.

Black Moon Games, a startup retail store offering tabletop games and cards, as well as space to play, is opening before the end of May at 2 Mascoma St. in Lebanon. The new store will be owned and operated by Anthony Vandenberg, who has been gaming as a hobby for more than 18 years and has attended events and conventions all over the country. The new store, which is beneath the Lebanon Village Market, is more than 2,500 square feet and has room for playing games. Bruce Waters represented the landlord and assisted the tenant with the lease.

Upcoming Events

The second in a series of community conversations about climate change and building climate resilient communities in the Upper Valley will be held Monday, at 5:30 p.m., in Auditorium E at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. The workshop is free and open to the public but space is limited. Register by contacting Mike McCrory at mmccrory@uvlsrpc.org or at 603-448-1680.

The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its 22nd Jim Wechsler Memorial Golf Tournament on May 13, starting at 12:30 p.m., at The Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee. Teams and individuals take part in the tourney, which is a fundraiser for the Wechsler Scholarship Fund. The fund supports adults interested in continuing their education. It has given out nearly $80,000 in scholarships since its inception in 1992.

The cost to participate in the tournament is $95 for individuals and includes greens fees, a golf cart, golf favors and a continuous cookout. Sponsor opportunities also remain available. For more information, contact the chamber at 603-448-1203.

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