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The Buzz Online

Published Monday May 10, 2021

The Buzz Online

In the spotlight: Van Otis Chocolates, which has been making life a little sweeter for visitors to Manchester since 1935, is making its first foray outside the Queen City opening a new retail location in Wolfeboro. The new store will open the week of May 24, be open seven days a week throughout the summer and feature Van Otis’ flagship Swiss Fudge, caramels, truffles, freshly dipped apples, and more.

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The Greater Concord Chamber of Commrece, will present it's annual Pinnacle Awards as follows: Small Business of the Year: Constantly Pizza, Inc.; Business of the Year: Associated Grocers of New England, Inc.; Nonprofit Business of the Year: Best Buddies NH; Business Leader of the Year: Nicki Clarke, Capitol Center for the Arts and Bank of NH Stage. The 16th Annual Pinnacle Awards Ceremony is Weds., June 16, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Beaver Meadow Golf Course in Concord.

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Michael Krzeminski, PLA was recently recognized for 25 years of service as a valued member of TFMorans Landscape Architecture department. He joined in 1995 as an assistant land planner/designer. He earned his NH Professional Landscape Architect license in 2016 shortly after the licensure program was created. Now, as head of TFM’s Landscape Architecture Department, he is also licensed in Massachusetts and Maine.

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Cookson Communications hired Kristen Lestock as director of communications and client engagement. Prior to joining Cookson, she worked as the director of communications at NH Motor Speedway

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The Business & Industry Association in Concord hired Richard Fabrizio as director of communications and policy. He previously worked for the Portsmouth Herald and Seacoast Media Group for 24 years, serving first as a writer and then as an editor.

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Kalwall in Manchester hired Michael Cook as a sales representative to cover Metro Boston and the South Shore. He brings over 15 years of experience in architectural- and construction-related sales, most recently as sales manager for Oldcastle Infrastructure.

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The NH Liquor Commission has surpassed $3 million in donations to NH nonprofits over the past six years with the conclusion of its largest and most recent fundraising effort for the NH Food Bank and Easterseals NH. NHLC’s Cheers for Charity! raffle raised $200,000 through the raffle of 52 bottles of coveted wine and spirits, which were awarded to two lucky winners from Keene and Gilford. Raffle proceeds will be split between the two charities.

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NHTrust is pleased to announce that Kelly Brown has joined the organization as assistant vice president, trust administration manager. Prior to coming to NHTrust, Brown provided wealth management services to affluent clients throughout New York City, Long Island and Fairfield County Connecticut. She was focused on streamlining customer interactions and evolving the personalized needs of her clients.

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Heidi Reynolds, AVA Gallery and Art Center’s executive director since November 2019, announced she will be leaving her position on June 30th to devote more time to her family as well as to her own creative pursuits.

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The Pierce Manse, the historic Concord home of NH’s only U.S. President, Franklin Pierce, will re-open for guided tours on May 27. The Manse will be open Thursday through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October.

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