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March 24. 2014 7:57PM

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Home show offers signs of improved economy, group says

Organizers of the 47th annual New Hampshire State Home Show this past weekend at the Center of New Hampshire/Radisson Hotel complex in downtown Manchester said it was one of the most successful in years and suggests an improving economy.

“Not only was there a large number of attendees for the second year in a row, with just under 10,000 throughout the three-day show, our vendors report that many follow up appointments were made, and it appears that people are ready to start projects that might have been on hold for awhile,” show chairman Dick Benson said in a statement.

Benson is the president of The New Hampshire Home Builders Association (NHHBA), which organized the event.

Patrons attending the show donated more than 3,200 pounds of nonperishable food to New Horizons for New Hampshire, a three-year tradition of the home show, the NHHBA said.

Show vendors can be accessed and contacted to discuss their products and services at www.homeshowallyear.com.

Foundation, bank donate $258,427 to food bank

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Electric Co-op and Northway Bank capped one of the largest-ever fundraising campaigns for the New Hampshire Food Bank with the recent presentation of a check for $258,427.

The NHEC & Northway Bank Food Bank Challenge was launched in September 2013 with the goal of raising $150,000 for the state’s only Food Bank, which annually donates nearly 10 million pounds of food to be distributed at 400 agencies across the state to the estimated one in nine residents in the state who are considered “food insecure.”

The campaign got a big boost when the NHEC Foundation announced it would match up to $70,000 of the total raised, and Northway Bank would match an additional $40,000. Donations came from all over the state — from businesses and individuals, including employees of New Hampshire Electric Co-op and Northway Bank who participated via a payroll deduction program.

On March 24, officials from both companies met with Gov. Maggie Hassan in the Executive Council chambers to present the donation check to NH Food Bank Executive Director Mel Gosselin.


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