Music Education for Everyone

Music is a collaborative art. People who play music together learn to work together and form the connections that result in strong communities. At Mascoma Bank, working to promote strong communities is an important part of who we are. That means, supporting organizations like the Upper Valley Music Center aligns perfectly with our philosophy.

Posted by Mariah Davis on Sep 18, 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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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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Environmental Volunteering in the Upper Valley

There’s always that point in an Upper Valley winter when you are gripped with a dreadful possibility—spring will never come! There’s just too much snow, too much cold, too much ice, for spring to ever find its way home. The crocuses and daffodils don’t stand a chance.

Posted by Flossy Courtemanche on Apr 10, 2019
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Things to Do This Spring & Summer

Emerging from a long winter hibernation can be disorienting. You hole up so long inside the house you nearly forget what the rest of the world beyond your doorstep has to offer. What are these things called sunshine and warmth? Where should I go? What should I do?

 

Posted by Sarah Powell on Apr 3, 2019
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Winter in the White Mountains

This is hard to believe, but not everyone who lives in the White Mountains loves to ski or snowboard. Some of us, in fact, don’t like it at all. When winter sets in, we hibernate for months, reading books and binge-watching our shows.

Posted by Janet Costa on Mar 19, 2019
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Five Healthy Activities to Try this Winter

Not that there’s anything wrong with spending your entire winter sitting as close to the fire as you can, reading books, or binge-watching your favorite shows. But if, at some point this winter, you decide you would like to take a different tack to surviving this longest of New England seasons, you’re in luck.

Posted by Sherry Noyes on Mar 12, 2019
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