Lebanon Area Chamber Names Its Business, Citizen of the Year

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Lebanon — The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce has named Salt hill Pub its 2017 Business of the Year, and Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital family physician Peter Mason has been selected as Citizen of the Year.

Salt hill Pub, with locations in Lebanon and West Lebanon, as well as Hanover, Newport and Newbury, was chosen by a committee of the five previous award recipients for its “sustained business success, providing a superior work environment for employees, providing exceptional service to customers and/or stakeholders and to serving the broader community in deeds and action,” the Chamber said in a news release.

“This business is a great example of how the American entrepreneurial spirit, many hours, days and weeks of hard work, a formula for business that the area needs, and an excellent local population add up to a community-involved company that has great value to all of us in the Upper Valley,” said Chamber board member Bob Jackman, of LaValley Building Supply, who nominated the business.

Mason was selected for the Citizen of the Year award in recognition of his decades of service to Lebanon and the surrounding communities.

Mason, of Lebanon, joined the medical staff of Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in 1981 and has done “extensive work with under-served populations at the Good Neighbor Health Clinics (which he co-founded in 1991), The Haven, Headrest and the Claremont Soup Kitchen,” the Chamber said in the release. He is also a member of the steering committee of ACTS Honduras and has worked in the country to help foster cross-cultural understanding and promote sustainable programs for health, education, agriculture and economic development in that country.

In the Upper Valley, he has focused on substance use disorders and he has provided state and regional guidance on treating opioid use disorders in a primary care environment. He is also involved in teaching students in several capacities at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

A committee of many previous recipients of the award voted to honor Mason with the award. His name will be added to a plaque that hangs in Lebanon City Hall listing the previous honorees.

The awards will be presented at the Chamber’s Holiday Social at the Fireside Inn on Dec. 13, beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets for the event may be purchased by calling 603-448-1203 or by visiting lebanonchamber.com.