The Monthly Scam Spotlight: The Firewall Fraud

Have you ever been scammed? Or wondered if someone is trying to scam you? You’re certainly not alone. According to the Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, in 2018, nearly 3 million reports of fraud and identity theft were made to the Federal Trade Commission, resulting in a loss of nearly $1.48 billion.

Posted by Peter Begin on Sep 4, 2019
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The Intervale Center: Good for Farms, Good for Land, Good for People

Rising in the town of Cabot in Washington County, Vermont, the Winooski River flows westward across half the state, winding its way through Colchester, Winooski, and Burlington on its approach to Lake Champlain. From above, it looks like a ribbon tossed upon the land.

Posted by Mariah Davis on Aug 28, 2019
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The Community Kitchen: Working to Reduce Food Insecurity

Imagine for a moment you are the sole breadwinner of a household of four in New Hampshire. Between two part-time jobs, you earn a little more than $23,000, placing you in the 8 percent of New Hampshire residents who live below the poverty line.

Posted by Mariah Davis on Aug 21, 2019
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The Randolph Area Food Shelf: Increasing Access to Fresh Produce

Do you remember the first time you tried kale? Celery root? What about Swiss chard? If you didn’t grow up eating these produce items frequently grown here in the North Country, you might understand how turning an unfamiliar bunch of greens or a strange-looking root into an appealing meal can be a real stumper.

Posted by Mariah Davis on Aug 14, 2019
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The Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society: Improving the Lives of People and Pets

At Mascoma Bank, one of our most important goals is to be a force for positive change. No less an authority than Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” If that’s true, the Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society is making us all look good. 

Posted by Mariah Davis on Aug 8, 2019
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Rediscovering Independent Bookstores in the Upper Valley

Where can you go to find quite a lot of humanity’s collective wisdom, plus a whole lot of wonderful entertainment, at your fingertips for a very reasonable price? And where there are friendly, knowledgeable people eager to help you find what you’re looking for?

Posted by Sherry Noyes on Jun 18, 2019
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Defeating the Invaders—What to do with Invasive Species

The aliens are coming, if they are not already here. And we don’t mean little green men from Mars. We mean plants—invasive plants, to be precise.

Posted by Flossy Courtemanche on Jun 11, 2019
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Surviving Spring: Black Flies

“They’re baaaack!” By which we don’t mean supernatural evil spirits come to terrorize you in your home. We mean something even worse, and very much of this world—black flies.

Posted by Janet Costa on Jun 4, 2019
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Mascoma Bank receives award from American Psychological Association

Mascoma Bank is thrilled to announce that we were honored with the American Psychological Association’s 2019 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award at a ceremony on March 28 in Washington, DC.

Posted by Mascoma Bank on May 28, 2019
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Golfing for Good

Golfers in the Upper Valley never need much of an excuse to spend time on the greens. The slightest hint of warm weather brings them out in droves in early spring, and they stay out there driving, chipping, and putting until their fingers freeze in late October or early November.

Posted by Sherry Noyes on May 22, 2019
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