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Dumoulin named Vice President of Business Expansion at Service Credit Union

PORTSMOUTH -- Service Credit Union President/CEO Gordon Simmons is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Gerald Dumoulin as Vice President of Business Expansion at the credit union.
Dumoulin comes to Service Credit Union through a merger with Guardian Angel Credit Union where he held the position of President/CEO. He has more than 40 years of financial service experience, having been employed by Guardian Angel Credit Union since 1974.
He has also served as chairman of the New Hampshire Credit Union League, Northern Chapter President and is serving on the Berlin Industrial Development Board as treasurer. He received a B.S. in business administration from the University of New Hampshire.
In his new role at Service Credit Union, Dumoulin will identify, coordinate, recommend and execute all matters pertaining to Service Credit Union involvement in the Coos County community. He is responsible for the effective execution of our business expansion and relationship management activities regarding member growth and service initiatives.
"Mr. Dumoulin's commitment to the greater Coos County community is without equal. He has a clearly demonstrated track record of the spirit of the credit union movement of people helping people," said Gordon Simmons, president/CEO of Service Credit Union. "His addition to the Service Credit Union senior leadership team is a great match."
Service Credit Union is a full service financial institution with more than 200,000 members worldwide, offering a wide range of financial products to its members. With 48 branches including two staffed 24/7 contact centers, and full internet banking services, Service Credit Union serves anyone who lives or works in New Hampshire, four towns on Cape Cod, and all branches of the U.S. Military and Department of Defense employees and their families. With over $2.5 billion in assets, Service Credit Union has 31 branches in New Hampshire, one in Massachusetts, 15 branches on U.S. military bases in Germany and a Virtual Branch.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:36

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Cold a bigger problem for city crews

BERLIN – So far the cold weather has proven to be more of a challenge to the city's Public Works and Water Departments than the snow.
Water Works Superintendent Craig Carrigan said the department has 179 households running water constantly because of the danger of frozen pipes. The department has a running water list of about 100 households that are susceptible to winter freeze-ups. Some winters there are no freeze-ups and the list is not activated.
But this year, Carrigan said so far there have been 125 freezes-up and 179 homeowners are approved to run water in areas where there have been frozen pipes.
Some of the frozen pipes were caused by the large leak the city incurred on Route 110. But Carrigan said others are a result of the extremely cold temperatures, which have driven the frost line to a depth of about five and a half feet – about two feet deeper than normal. He noted weather forecasters are calling this the coldest February on record.
The department suffered a small water leak Tuesday at the end of Denmark Street. Carrigan said they were able to keep water running to all but one home on the street. The leak was being repaired yesterday.
Public Works Director Michael Perreault said this has been a typical winter in terms of snowfall. One area hit hard has been the city's salt and sand budget. He said there is only $18,000 left of a total appropriation of $160,000.
Perreault said his department's overtime budget was about 50 percent spent at the end of January. He will review that budget next week when the February figures are in.
Perreault said there have been some equipment breakdowns that the crews have worked around.
Asked about the impact of the subzero temperatures on the city's solid waste crew, Perreault noted it was 25 degrees below zero when the crew started work Tuesday. He said the employees dress warmly with special boots and gloves. They also rotate positions between being outside picking up municipal solid waste and inside driving the truck.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 20:35

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How this year’s snow budget has added up

GORHAM – Despite what seems like higher than normal snowfall amounts, Gorham's budget for snow removal has remained in good shape. Overall the town estimates that 30 percent of this year's budget has been used since Jan.

So far the bulk of the $209,360 budget has been spent on salt and overtime. Contract services for picking up snow have also seen an increase with 52 percent of the budget already being used.

"Typically we don't like to be over 30 percent this early in the year. Expenses occur throughout the year and our budget carries over to Nov. and Dec," said Town Manager Robin Frost.

The department has also run into unexpected repairs including two sidewalk plows and a salt truck. Both plows need repairs before the warmer weather comes roughly totally $3,700.

"The Public Works Department has done a fantastic job. We have eight to ten guys working from different departments to keep up with the snow. So far we have been able to keep all the sidewalks clear and the snow removed. So if you see a local plow driver, thank them," said Public Works Director Austin Holmes.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 14:50

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Family of three displaced by fire after homeowner tried thawing pipes

GORHAM— A portable gas heater left unattended to thaw frozen pipes is blamed for a fire that displaced a family of three on Monday afternoon.

The fire broke out at around 4 p.m. under the mobile home at 13 Memory Lane and spread quickly to the interior.

Hearing the call, park owners Wally and Nathan Corrigan were first on the scene, and were able to contain the fire using an extinguisher.

Additional firefighters arrived within minutes; however, the bathroom received substantial damage as well as smoke damage to the rest of the home.

"The fire department did a good job. When a mobile home gets going, it can be hard to get it put out," said Fire Chief Rick Eichler.

Eichler warned homeowners of the dangers of trying to thaw frozen pipes. He urged homeowners not to leave heating elements unattended for any reason.

Eichler also reminded residents to let the firefighters go back into a burning building to rescue pets, and not to interfere with the process.

A total of 22 firefighters responded to the scene, including six from Shelburne and two from Randolph.

Two adults and one infant were treated at the scene and released.

The fire scene was cleared by 5:13 p.m.

Gorham-FireFirefighters quickly responded to a fire on Memory Lane in Gorham on Monday afternoon (KIRSTAN LUKASAK PHOTO)

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 22:33

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