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December
21

Berlin, NH – The Berlin office of Badger Peabody & Smith Realty recently donated $250 to the Toys for Kids Program and presented the check to David Dubey. The Toys for Kids program is sponsored by the Cpl. Richard Demers Detachment of the U.S. Marine Corps League. 
 
Toys for Kids is not Toys for Tots, rather it's a similar program collecting donated gifts and 
monetary donations to buy gifts and give them to families with children who would otherwise go without, including foster children. Toys for Kids had red collection boxes located in several establishments in Berlin and Gorham. They give to children up to age 18 and all donations stay within Coos County. 

For the agents and staff at the Berlin office, giving is part of their culture and that of the firm as a whole. In 2022, the firm donated to a number of organizations including Granite United Way, the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce and many more. 

Badger Peabody & Smith Realty is theNorth Country, Mt. Washington Valley, Lakes Region of NH, Western Maine and Northeast Kingdom of Vermont representative ofLeading Real Estate Companies of the World.With a membership that spans six continents, LeadingRE connects more than 550 firms and 135,000 sales associates who produce over 1.1 million real estate transactions each year. With combined resources of over 60 full time agents, and eight offices, Badger Peabody & Smith Realty can be reached online at www.badgerpeabodysmith.com.  

November
29

Wings Markets in Thetford and Fairlee, Vermont recently changed hands. Don and Mary (Wing) Davenport announced the sale of both markets to Sam Adams of Williamstown, VT.

Wings Market was started by Mary's father, Stan, in Thetford in 1954 and has been a family owned and operated business since. Mary worked in the store and eventually purchased the store upon her father's retirement. In 1994 Mary and her husband, Don, purchased some property and opened the Wings Market in Fairlee, Vt in 1995. Both are full-service markets with active delis. The Fairlee location offers gas and diesel as well.

The Davenport's hoped to sell the markets to someone who would continue to operate it as it has been and to keep the Wings Market name. "Don and I had been chatting off and on with Sam about the stores and when we decided it was time, we started to talk with him a bit more seriously." Don added, "We both feel Sam is a good fit for our stores and the community and are confident he will continue to offer the area quality products and good service. We are very comfortable leaving Wings Market(s) in his hands."

Adams is no stranger to the grocery business. He owns and operates a store in Williamstown, VT known as "Pump and Pantry". "We had heard that the Davenports were considering selling at least one of the stores a year or so ago and reached out to them. One thing led to another and we started discussing purchasing both stores. My family and I are delighted since we feel this will be a good fit for our business moving forward. We look forward to becoming active participants in the Thetford and Fairlee communities and hope to continue to foster the goodwill that the Davenports have left us."

Adams indicated there will be some upgrades to systems and some modernizing over the next few months but other than that, the transition should be seamless. Many of the Davenports' staff will continue with him so there will be familiar faces to greet and assist everyone as they shop.

Mary M. Doherty, an associate Broker with Badger Peabody & Smith Realty was pleased to represent the Davenport's and assist Adams with this transaction.

Badger Peabody & Smith Realty has a dedicated commercial department specializing in the sale of businesses, commercial buildings and lease space. Their commercial department services the North Country, Mt. Washington Valley, Lakes Region of NH, Western Maine and Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. With combined resources of over 10 commercial full-time agents, and eight offices, Badger Peabody & Smith Realty can be reached online at www.BadgerPeabodySmith.com

November
4

Franconia, NH – The Gale River Motel, one of New Hampshire's leading eco-friendly lodging in the heart of the White Mountains has been sold.

Former owner, Kevin Johnson and his family have been operating the Gale River Motel since 2002. Over the course of the past twenty years, Johnson has updated the Motel with a focus on sustainable lodging, earning many local and national awards. After enjoying two decades in the hospitality industry, Johnson is filled with mixed emotions to start a new chapter.

Johnson decided it was time to sell in order to take some time for himself and his family as well as to be able to devote more time to the Town committees and non-profit organizations that he cares so much about. "Owning the Gale River Motel has been a wonderful experience for me and my family. My children were raised there and even though they are now grown, they still call it home." said Johnson. "I thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many people from all over the world. While I will miss this interaction with visitors, many are frequent, repeat guests and I look forward to seeing them again when they are in the area." Johnson intends to stay in the area and looks forward to taking the time to enjoy things that his guests have come to love about the greater Franconia area.

The buyers will be operating under Gale River Vacations, LLC and are from New York but have visited the area often. They were looking for an investment, as well as a vacation spot for themselves when in the area and the Gale River Motel checked all their boxes. The easy access to highways, views, proximity to skiing and all four-season recreational activities is a major plus to area visitors, and they will benefit from and add to all that the former owner has accomplished. There are no immediate plans for any major changes to the motel's operation and at least for the immediate future they will continue to offer daily motel units as well as seasonal ski rentals.

Johnson was represented by Mary Doherty and the buyers were assisted by Linda Matheson both of Badger Peabody & Smith Realty.

Badger Peabody & Smith Realty has a dedicated commercial department specializing in the sale of businesses, commercial buildings and lease space. Their commercial department services the North Country, Mt. Washington Valley, Lakes Region of NH, Western Maine and Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. With combined resources of over 10 commercial full-time agents, and eight offices, Badger Peabody & Smith Realty can be reached online at www.badgerpeabodysmith.com

October
26

We recently released our Fall 2022 Badger Peabody & Smith Realty Buyer's Guide. This eight page guide has our latest market watch by Andy Smith, listings and more. You may have received one in your mailbox, but if not, you can read it here as well! Click here to read the Fall 2022 Badger Peabody & Smith Buyer's Guide.

October
15

We are lucky to live and work in communities where we can participate in a number of events that work to make our communities stronger. Recently, we were pleased to be one of the sponsors of the Kamik 5K held on September 17th.

This past week, the event organizers presented over $22,000 to the beneficiaries of the event and we were thrilled to take part.
Beneficiaries included the following groups: Veterans to Veterans, The Ammonoosuc Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Recovery Friendly Workplace, Boy Scout Troop 209 and the people's choice - Littleton Dog Park.

Representatives from the event sponsors were on hand including Kelly MacKay from New England Wire Technologies, Rebecca Metcalf from Casella, Alicia Vosinek from Passumpsic Bank, Andy Smith from Badger Peabody & Smith Realty. Other sponsors included: Secured Network Services, McLane Middleton, Mascoma Bank, Littleton Industrial Development Corporation, Mountain View Dental and Union Bank.

To learn more about the Kamik 5K, you can visit them here.

December
2

We've been busy and pleased to announce several staff additions and promotions at Peabody & Smith Realty during recent months! These additions and promotions help us provide even more services throughout the region to our clients and customers.  

For us, as we grow, it is important for us to support our agents, which in turn benefits our clients and customers. These staff appointments allow us to truly offer a dedicated team to our clients and customers and further help our agents with the multi-faceted careers they have. 

The new Executive Assistant at the Littleton office, Megan Landry assists the agents in all transactions from listing to closing and beyond.?She also supports the firm's marketing departments with social media initiatives. Megan is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and holds a degree in sociology.  

A licensed real estate Sales Associate, Gaige Pequeno is the Manager of Agent Success. In the newly created position, he assists agents at Peabody & Smith Realty and its partner Badger Realty with technologies that enable them to keep in touch with their clients and customers now and in the future and employ technology to create an even stronger experience for the firm's clients and customers. Gaige works out of all of the firms' offices, from Conway and Berlin to Holderness in the Lakes Region and all points between. 

Gaige is a native of the area and graduated from Lisbon Regional School and attended the University of New Hampshire where he studied Business Administration. 

For over a decade, we've had the pleasure of working alongside April Reinhard. April joined Peabody & Smith Realty more than 13 years ago in the Littleton office where she oversaw everything from project management to assisting clients, customers and agents. Recently, she took on a new role as Executive Assistant to President Andy Smith, working on special projects, office administration and more.  
 
April is a North Country native and is recognized by her colleagues for her positive attitude, strong work ethic, and the ability to step in to help get any job done. 
  

Katy Soukup, the Executive Assistant in Franconia helping the residential and commercial agents, will be transitioning to a new position as the licensed commercial Executive Assistant for all of the Badger Realty and Peabody & Smith Realty offices. Based in Franconia, she will be working to market commercial properties and assisting all of the commercial agents in all of the offices across the two firms.  

Katy is a 2005 graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Recreation Management. Katy grew up just south of the White Mountains in Campton. She has worked in the hospitality industry around New England, and returned to the North Country in 2013.  

Congratulations Team! 

Megan Landry Gaige Pequeno April Reinhard Katy Soukup

 

November
12

It's a great story, and true and when Jane told us earlier this year, we could picture it!

Jane shared a story that it's never too early to earn your customer service chops. At a very young age, Jane worked in a retail business where one of her jobs at Christmas was to open the toys and play with them in the store, which prompted people to purchase the train set or doll house because she was having so much fun.  

Jane said, "This exposure propelled me into a lifelong career in various customer service-related?positions and eventually into Real Estate," she says. We have had the pleasure of welcoming Jane to Peabody & Smith Realty. Jane is a full-time Sales Associate in our Littleton office. Jane is from Dalton is has done a great job helping people find their place to call home and listing property. 
 
Family changes brought Jane and her husband to the North Country several years ago, and they are now part of a multi-generational household with her daughter and grandsons. Jane is grateful to live in such a wonderful place. She enjoys skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, canoeing and all the other outdoor activities that are available to us in this area.

Welcome Jane!

November
11

Peabody & Smith Realty has a wonderful employment opportunity! We are looking for a full-time Executive Assistant in our Franconia office. Seeking a responsible and reliable person who is detailed oriented and organized to support a successful real estate team. Candidate must have prior administrative experience, customer service skills with strength in multi-tasking and working
computer knowledge including Office 365. Prior real estate, legal or marketing experience is a plus! To apply, email your letter of interest and resume to: April Reinhard , aprilr@peabodysmith.com  

November
9

Our Fall 2021 Peabody & Smith Realty Magazine is now out and can also be read and viewed here as well. 

We have some great articles about enterprising women in the our area who are following their passion and working hard, helpful hints to prepare your home for winter and more! 

If you would like us to send you a copy, please let us know! 

October
25

It was a rainy morning here in Northern New Hampshire, but our Franconia office at Peabody & Smith Realty was covered in pink! Pink Flamingos!
 
Our office was the lucky recipient of a getting "Flocked" by the Profile School Class of 2022. 

The class fundraiser is a popular one in the area! These pink beauties showed up sometime in the night, and were discovered when dawn arrived. These will be on our lawn for few days, until they make their way to their next destination - we have paid the Profile Class of 2022, $30 to have them leave a little faster and go to someone else's lawn...where will they turn up next? 

Photo credit to Deb Ugo from our Franconia office. Thank you Deb and thank you to whoever "Flocked" us...they were at Iron Furnace Brewing on Sunday morning, so we have a good indication where they may have been sent from!

If you want to send these along to someone, feel free to get in touch with the senior class. You can also purchase "flocking" insurance, should you want to avoid this! Either way, feel free to contact Jill Brewer at Profile School, jibrew@profile.k12.nh.us 

  

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