Category Archives: Community Corner

Cooper Cargill Chant Continues Annual Support to Mountain Top Music Programs

June 14, 2018

Pictured (Left to Right): Attorney Christopher Meier and Jeanne Mason.

Attorney Deborah Fauver, Conway moderator, selectmen discuss problems at the polls

April 23, 2018

CONWAY — Selectmen on Tuesday expressed concerns that electioneering may have discouraged voters from going to the polls during the April 10 election. The town moderator, who is also an attorney at Cooper Cargill Chant, discussed the laws with the Sun on Wednesday.

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Cooper Cargill Chant Legal Assistant, Hilary Plourde, joins Berlin’s Salvation Army Advisory Board Committee.

March 8, 2018

In picture from left to right: Hilary Plourde, Captain Joyce Thornton, Captain S. Gary Thornton, and Simon Wells.

Cooper Cargill Chant Sponsors MWV Regional Collaboration Housing & Economic Sumit

November 16, 2017

This exciting Summit brings together housing professionals and advocates to examine key policy and issues and develop a strategic action plan.  It will feature expert panelists that are intended to shine a light on the perspectives and concerns regarding affordable housing among local business owners, builders, and housing authorities.

This discussion will provide a platform for strategic dialogue related to the current economic impacts and future growth of our business communities. Business leaders, economic developers, state officials and specialists will share ideas, practical knowledge and experiences  for further development and improvements in Mount Washington Valley and other rural areas throughout the state. 

Event hosted by the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort & Water Park.

For more details visit the MWV Regional Collaborative website: http://www.mwvrc.org/.

Attorney Leslie Leonard sworn in as President for the Rotary Club of North Conway for 2017-2018

June 23, 2017

Cooper Cargill Chant Attorney Dennis Morgan Volunteers on the KHS Scoreboard Project Committee

January 25, 2017

Kennett High School Scoreboard Project Closing In On Fundraising Goal

The Kennett High School Scoreboard Committee has announced the receipt of a donation by the Zeb’s Charitable Fund in the amount of $1,500.  This grant will be a welcome addition to the monies already raised for the purchase and installation of two electronic scoreboards for the girls and boys field hockey/lacrosse/soccer fields.  “These scoreboards will be a tremendous enhancement to the spectator experience and give our athletes a sense of pride in their school when competing on the athletic fields,” commented Neal Weaver, Kennett High School Athletic Director.

The Scoreboard Committee, partnering with the Gary Millen Foundation on the project, is closing in on the amount needed for the scoreboards.  “We are over 50% towards the fundraising needed for this project.” commented scoreboard committee member Dennis Morgan, “and very much appreciate everyone’s support. We are so close and hope the community will put us over the top as we schedule future fund raising events.”  The first such event will be a “Dine To Donate” fund raising event on January 26th from 5:30 pm – 9 pm at Black Cap Cafe.  A large fund raising event will take place later on in April.

If interested in making a contribution, checks can be sent to Kennett High School Athletic Department (re: Scoreboard Project), 409 Eagles Way, North Conway, NH 03860.  For further information, contact Neal Weaver at 356-4335.  Information on Zeb’s Charitable fund may be found at www.zebs.com.

Attorney Deborah Fauver to serve as panelist for “Being Mortal” Event regarding end of life decisions and advance care planning.

September 23, 2016

‘Being Mortal’ film screening event to be held Oct. 5

“Hope is not a plan.” — Dr. Atul Gawande
CONWAY — The Mount Washington Valley community is invited to a free screening of the PBS Frontline documentary, “Being Mortal,” on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Kennett High School.

Following the film, a panel of local professionals will answer audience questions and share their own perspectives on advance care planning. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with refreshments and informational displays; film begins at 6 p.m. in Loynd Auditorium.
The evening is hosted by Visiting Nurse Home Care & Hospice, Memorial Hospital and members of the Community Health Collaborative. According to Sandy Ruka, Visiting Nurse executive director, the screening is another part of the group’s ongoing campaign to bring advance care planning education and assistance to the community.
“The film encourages families to have these tough but important conversations,” said Ruka, who chairs the collaborative’s advance care planning committee. “We also hope it can be a catalyst for discussions between patients and their health-care providers. The goal is to take real steps in identifying, communicating and documenting our end-of-life wishes.”
The Hospice Foundation of America selected the collaborative to host the event as part of the foundation’s “Being Mortal” public awareness campaign. The national effort is based on Dr. Atul Gawande’s best-selling book, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Really Matters in the End.”
The project uses the PBS Frontline film, “Being Mortal,” to educate audiences on the importance of talking about end-of-life preferences and values with families and medical professionals. Gawande asks, “How do we start the conversation with our loved ones and health-care providers? What would our priorities be if our time was limited?”
Leona Cloutier, family nurse practitioner with Memorial Hospital Primary Care, says working in family practice means embracing end-of-life care. “We have to educate people that these are not sad conversations to have. By knowing how a person wants to be cared for at the end of life, you have the chance to honor their wishes.”
Cloutier also stresses the importance of conversations between patient and provider. “I think it’s important to have well thought-out and meaningful conversations with my patients. Being prepared gives family members the chance to spend more quality time with their loved one.”
A guided discussion will take place after the screening facilitated by Rev. Mary Edes and Julie Lanoie, hospice volunteer director. Panelists include Dr. Rachel Hamilton of Memorial Hospital Primary Care, Dr. David Ladly of Saco River Medical Group, Rev. Sean Dunker Bendigo, attorney Deborah Fauver of Cooper Cargill Chant, Christine MacDonald of White Mountain Community Health Center, Memorial Hospital’s discharge planner Jennifer Grise, Jayne Maher from ServiceLink and family caregiver Jane Duggan.
Ruka said the group felt it was important to have a diverse panel available to answer questions. “It helps people see how all of these roles are inter-related in the discussion of advance care planning.”
She added that more educational opportunities are already planned for later in October. For those in health-care related fields, Continuing Medical Education credits are available through Memorial Hospital for the Oct. 5 program. Cooper Cargill Chant and the Hospice Foundation of America are sponsoring the event.
In his book, Gawande wrote, “As our time winds down, we all seek comfort in simple pleasures — companionship, everyday routines, the taste of good food, the warmth of sunlight on our faces. We become less interested in the rewards of achieving and accumulating, and more interested in the rewards of simply being.”
“After all,” he concluded, “our ultimate goal is not a good death, but a good life to the very end.”
For more about the “Being Mortal” event or advance care planning services, call Visiting Nurse, Home Care & Hospice at (603) 356-7006 or (603) 800-499-4171, or Memorial Hospital Population Health at (603) 356-5461, Ext. 2187. Additional event information can be found at VNHCH.org.

 

Cooper Cargill Chant Attorney Chris Meier Accepts Special Recognition for the MWV Trails Association From Governor and Executive Council

September 14, 2016

Photo Caption: Chris Meier (third from right) Accepts Special Recognition for the MWV Trails Association From Governor Maggie Hassan (center) and Executive Council.

NORTH CONWAY, NH –  Volunteerism and public service is part of the culture at Cooper Cargill Chant, northern New Hampshire’s largest law firm. This fact was exemplified on September 7, 2016, when Attorney and Partner Chris Meier received special recognition on behalf of the non-profit Mount Washington Valley Trails Association, on whose board Meier serves as President. Meier and the MWVTA received a special proclamation from Governor Maggie Hassan and Executive Council members at their North Country meeting last week at the North Conway Community Center in North Conway, NH.

The MWV Trails Association and its Rec Path Committee are working to build and maintain multi-use recreation paths within the Mount Washington Valley area that provide residents and visitors alternative community access and opportunities for safe and family-oriented recreation and transportation. It is their mission to build pathways in the community for families, elders and kids to walk, run, bike, rollerblade, and ski in a safe and pleasant environment.
 
The MWVTA is just one of the non-profit organizations supported by Meier and by Cooper Cargill Chant. Chris also serves on the board of the MWV Chamber of Commerce and a past board member of many other organizations including the New Hampshire Bar Association, the White Mountain Community Health Center and the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust.   Collectively, Cooper Cargill Chant attorneys give their time to dozens of local organizations, including the MWV Children’s Museum, Rotary, Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation, MWV Economic Council and more.
 
Meier shared, “It was a great honor to accept the proclamation from Governor Hassan on behalf of the Trails Association and Rec Path Committee. It recognizes the hard work of the entire board, and the support of townspeople who recently voted in favor of the effort. It’s great to be part of a law firm that encourages and expects its attorneys to be community-minded.”
 
Meier joined Cooper Cargill Chant in 2007, and became a director in 2010. Before coming to New Hampshire, Chris practiced in Massachusetts and clerked for the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court.  He concentrates his practice on the litigation of business, commercial, land use, probate, and consumer disputes.  Chris also counsels businesses in the areas of regulatory and corporate compliance, land use and municipal permitting and litigation avoidance. Chris regularly represents clients before both State and Federal courts throughout New England, administrative tribunals, municipal boards and private arbitrators and mediators.
 
Cooper Cargill Chant is the largest law firm north of the lakes region in New Hampshire. With its main office in North Conway, New Hampshire, Cooper Cargill Chant lawyers have over 150 years of experience. Cooper Cargill Chant attorneys are recognized leaders of the New Hampshire Bar Association, have chaired the Boards of the New Hampshire Bar Association, the New Hampshire Association for Justice, and the New Hampshire Bar Foundation. Lawyers have won numerous awards for their representation of clients throughout New Hampshire, including awards for legal service to the poor, for work in domestic violence cases, in helping form and develop businesses, and in personal injury work.
 
For more information, call 603-356-5439 or visit them online at www.coopercargillchant.com .

 

Cooper Cargill Chant Paralegal Elizabeth Johnson Awarded 2016 Affiliate of the Year

June 14, 2016

Cooper Cargill Chant and Presidential Title’s paralegal Liz Johnson was awarded the 2016 Affiliate of the Year by the White Mountain Board of Realtors for her dedication to the association, civic work and business accomplishments.

Cooper Cargill Chant partners Meier and Morgan coach MWV Lacrosse Club Teams

May 12, 2016

NORTH CONWAY — What do Cooper Cargill Chant partners Chris Meier and Dennis Morgan share in common, besides a law office and legal expertise? You can find them both most Monday and Thursday afternoons this time of year on the fields behind Kennett Middle School, dedicating their time and talents to coaching Mount Washington Valley Lacrosse Club teams. Attorney Meier coaches the fifth and sixth grade girls’ team and Attorney Morgan coaches the fifth and sixth grade boys’ team. The MWV Lacrosse Club serves the youth of SAU No. 9 and No. 13 plus Fryeburg, Maine.

What began as a parental interest (both men coach their own children’s teams) has since grown into an interest in supporting the sport of Lacrosse for all student athletes in the area, and both now also serve on the Board of the Club.

According to Morgan, it’s all part of their firm’s philosophy of giving back to the community. “We’re coaching our own kids, but we’re also doing it because it’s important for everyone in our office to volunteer. It’s nice that it matches up with a family interest too.”

Meier added, “We’ve decided as a firm to require that all attorneys volunteer time in the community, and we encourage our staff to do the same. The attorneys each serve on two or more local non-profit boards, and practice-wide we serve on more than 20 boards. By having each Cooper Cargill Chant team member dedicate time to a non-profit and mission in which they believe, the goal is that our collective legal experience and enthusiasm can enrich the community in which we live and practice law as well as by.”

The Club organizes and runs youth and club lacrosse teams in the Mount Washington Valley and supports the Kennett Eagles High School Lacrosse teams. The club has been around for many years and was founded originally with a goal to build a youth program to support high school varsity programs. The Club is actively working to get the high school girls’ program recognized as a varsity program.

Meier started the girls’ elementary level teams two years ago, and now, including all age levels, there are 50 participating. Earlier this year, he joined the organization’s board to further help grow the girls’ program. He shared, “There is no shortage of girls who want to compete. Our goal is to get it to a varsity level at Kennett, and continue the reliable feeder program at the elementary and middle school levels.” The girls’ team is following the successful example of the boys’ team, which has been recognized as a varsity sport for over 5 years. Morgan states, “It’s growing in popularity and getting better and better. It’s been great having the youth program feed into the varsity program. Lacrosse is the fastest growing team sport and the oldest team sport in North America.”

Morgan and Meier kicked off practice for the lacrosse season in early April, and games for the program started on April 30.

The boy’s youth programs have now grown to include four teams ranging from third through eighth grade. The Kennett Eagles Boys Lacrosse teams are KHS sanctioned varsity and JV teams that compete in Division 22 NHIAA. The girls high school club team (grades 8-12) plays games against both public and private schools in the area. The club also has a co-ed K-2 to introduce younger kids to the sport as well. The club strives to make it a fun yet disciplined program for all participants. Their belief is that lacrosse is not just a game but a sport that combines athletic skill, intelligent decision making, encourages teamwork and teaches life lessons as well.

Those wishing to learn more about the Club can go to their website: www.mwvlax.com.

Cooper Cargill Chant is the largest law firm north of the lakes region in New Hampshire. With its main office in North Conway, Cooper Cargill Chant lawyers have over 150 years of experience. Cooper Cargill Chant attorneys are recognized leaders of the N.H. Bar Association, have chaired the Boards of the N.H. Bar Association, the N.H. Association for Justice, and the N.H. Bar Foundation. Their lawyers have won numerous awards for their representation of clients throughout New Hampshire, including awards for legal service to the poor, for work in domestic violence cases, in helping form and develop businesses, and in personal injury work. For more information, visit them online at www.coopercargillchant.com or call (603) 356-5439.

 

Attorney Dennis Morgan Named President of the Pequawket Foundation

February 18, 2016

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Dennis L. Morgan, director at the law firm of Cooper Cargill Chant, was named President of the Pequawket Foundation at their annual meeting on February 11, 2016. Morgan became a member of the organization in 2010 and nominated as trustee in February 2013. Morgan succeeds outgoing President Jody Skelton.

“I’m honored to be appointed President of the Foundation,” stated Morgan. “I look forward to continuing the legacy of our original supporter, Helen Gibson, who along with her husband Harvey Dow Gibson, gave so much to our community.”

Morgan shared that leading an organization that solely supports local organizations and individuals attracted him to the role. The scholarship program it supports is particularly of interest to him – the Bill and Esther Levy Scholarship Fund. Since it was established in 2004, it has awarded over $850,000 in scholarships to Kennett High School graduates heading to college.

Among his professional accomplishments and affiliations, Dennis was named as in 2014 as a Top 10 Attorney by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys; and is a member of the Carroll County Bar Association; New Hampshire Bar Association, Board of Governors; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys; and the New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association.

Morgan is an active member of the community. In addition to his role as President for Pequawket Foundation, he also is Past President for the Eastern Slope Ski Foundation, Director for the Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation, and Vice President/Director for the Mount Washington Valley Lacrosse Club.

The Pequawket Foundation was founded on December 31, 1958, by a group of Valley business leaders, initially for the purpose of preserving rail service to the region. Later, the Foundation was funded by the proceeds of the sale of the Gibson Block on Main Street in North Conway. This was a gift of Mrs. Helen Gibson, a generous community leader whose mark, along with that of her husband, Harvey Dow Gibson, can be found on myriad community resources around the valley. The Pequawket Foundation assets total over $475,000, and grants made to community organizations have exceeded $440,000 since 1992.

Morgan joined Cooper Cargill Chant in 2001. Cooper Cargill Chant is the largest law firm north of the lakes region in New Hampshire. With its main office in North Conway, New Hampshire, Cooper Cargill Chant lawyers have won numerous awards for their representation of clients throughout New Hampshire, including awards for legal service to the poor, for work in domestic violence cases, in helping form and develop businesses, and in personal injury work.

For more information on the Pequawket Foundation, go to www.pequawket.org.

Attorney Paul Chant Named New President of MWV Economic Council

November 20, 2015

Much has changed in the Valley, during the past 25  years.  Our support for the MWV Economic Council and its mission has remained steady.  Thank you to Scott McKinnon for his service as President over the past year and wishing great success to Attorney Paul Chant as incoming President 2015-2016.

Presentations to the White Mountain Board of Realtors

November 6, 2015

Cooper Cargill Chant Attorneys Ken Cargill and Tyler Ray and Paralegal Elizabeth Johnson presented to new members of the White Mountain Board of REALTORS® at the Tech Village on November 5, 2015. The topics of their representations were Title Search, Title Insurance, The Closing Disclosure and The Closing Table.

Ray Joins Upper Saco Valley Land Trust Board

May 22, 2015

Attorney Tyler Ray recently joined the board of the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust.  He is pictured with USVLT’s Executive Director William Abbott.

Cooper Cargill Chant Supports MWV Children’s Museum

May 6, 2015

Cooper Cargill Chant Attorneys at Law donated $500 to the Mount Washington Valley Children’s Museum’s Annual Appeal.  The check was presented to Shelly Morin, Executive Director of the MWV Children’s Museum, by Attorney Leslie Leonard of Cooper Cargill Chant, who is the President of the Museum’s board of directors.

Ray Joins Leadership Program

January 22, 2015

Attorney Tyler Ray attended the Mount Washington Valley Leadership kickoff event on Tuesday Jan. 13th. Tyler is the 3rd member of the Cooper Cargill Chant team to go through the leadership program including Chris Meier who was a member of the inaugural class in 2008.

CCC Supports White Mountain Board of Realtors

January 22, 2015

The firm co-sponsored (along with Northway Bank) the White Mountain Board of Realtors January monthly meeting and holiday party. Cooper Cargill Chant Attorneys and staff were in attendance.