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At Sugar River Bank, we firmly believe in being there for our community.   Whether overseas serving in our military or down the street-you are our neighbor and we are grateful to serve you.  Our employees generously donate their time and talent to support local organizations, events and charitable causes.

We are committed to making our communities better places to work and live whether its through our hard work ethic or financial contributions.  After over 100 years, were proud to say that Sugar River Bank is still locally owned and operated by dedicated people who live and work in the communities we serve. 

Years of Employment 2016

Sugar River Bank recently acknowledged 9 dedicated employees for their years of service to the Bank from 5 years up to 30 years!

Back Row:  Jenny Wheeler (5 years), Heather Roberts (15 years), Heidi Patten (30 years) and Ann O'Clair (10 years).

Front Row:  Sheila Lemieux (15 years), Joan Gross (10 years) and Mary Fellows (15 years).  Missing from the picture are Sherry Hodgdon (5 years) and Darlene Morse (15 years).

Teach Kids to Save 2016

Sugar River Bank recently participated in the Teach Kids to Save program in Newport.  Teach Children to Save (TCTS) is a national program sponsored by the ABA Foundation that organizes banker volunteers to help young people develop a savings habit early in life.

Above:  Josh Lizotte, Sugar River Bank, and a second grade class in Newport. 

Soup Fundraiser in Warner 2016

In March, our Warner branch held a soup fundraiser to raise money for the Warner Community Food Bank.

Above:  Amanda Alksnitis, NEXT Financial Group, Inc, Kayla Ferroli, Janet Duncan, Ginger Marsh and Christine Heath all from Sugar River Bank. 

Dancing With The Stars in Concord 2016

Our very own Mary Sullivan, Mortgage Loan Originator in Concord, participated in the 6th Annual Winter Fling Dancing With The Stars put on by NHTI Community College.  She did an amazing job with her partner, Nannu Nobis of Nobis Engineering, Inc.  The event raised over $47,000.00! Great job Mary and Nannu.

Photography, courtesy of Scott Bulger Photography. 

Years of Employment 2015

Sugar River Bank recently acknowledged 10 dedicated employees for their years of service to the Bank from 5 years up to 30 years!

Back row:  Bill Hatch (5 years), Dorothy Maynard (15 years), Liz Durrett (5 years), Angela MacCreighton (15 years), Cheryl Page (30 years) and Mark Pitkin (20 years).

Front row:  Sandy Warren (15 years), Jolene Chappell (10 years), Kathy Weinstein (30 years) and Mary Jannenga (10 years).

The Friendly Kitchen 2015

Four Sugar River Bank employees are volunteering their time throughout the year to help a non-profit organization in Concord called the Friendly Kitchen.  The Friendly Kitchen provides a nourishing warm meal to those who might not otherwise have one.  Our employees cook and serve breakfast to over 50 people in need!

Above:  Angela Kissell, Credit Administration Manager, Chandra Chiasson, Teller Supervisor/CSR  and Tina Blythe, Branch Administrator.  Missing from the photo is Steve Smith, IT Officer.   

Years of Employment 2014

Sugar River Bank recently acknowledged 16 of its employees for their years of service to the Bank from 5 years up to 35 years! 

 

Back row:  Brandy Waterman (10 years), Shaina Brock (5 years), Malarie Tremblay (5 years), Amanda Wood (5 years), Vanessa Thulin (5 years), Ginger Marsh (15 years), Barbara Nenninger (10 years) and Melissa Hansen (5 years).

Front row:  Peter Haynes (5 years), Leighann King (10 years), Lynn Rodeschin (35 years) and Corrie Dickman (5 years).

Not present:  Michelle Asanowicz (5 years), Kailea Fournier (5 years), Diane Sanborn (10 years) and Stephen Smith (10 years).

Fall Breakfast Forum 2014

Sugar River Bank held its fall breakfast forum for the members of the business community in October.  Guest speaker Dennis Delay  brought in a large crowd for his presentation on Economic Change in Sullivan County.  

Above:  Guest speaker Dennis Delay, Economist at the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studios.

Customer Appreciation Day 2014

Sugar River Bank held its annual Customer Appreciation Day in July to give thanks to its valued customers.  The theme this year was Western.  All five branches participated with decorations, serving hot dogs and give-a-ways!  A fun time was had by customers and employees.  Thank you to all of our customers who joined us.

Above:  Mark Pitkin, President and CEO having fun on the buggy.

Above:  Katie Osteen, Joan Gross, Gayle Fleming and Angela MacCreighton from the Grantham Branch.

Above:  Leighann King and Tara Booth cooking up hot dogs in Newport. 

Above:  Peter Haynes and his daughter Katie Haynes with their horses they brought for customers to see.

Above:  Erle Blanchard, Sugar River Bank Board Member, cooking up hot dogs in New London. 

Above:  Sheila Little, Kathy Sweeney and Jenny Wheeler, tellers in Newport. 

Above:  Kailea Fournier, Fran Bronson and Janet Duncan from the Warner Branch. 

Above:  Nancy Dickerman, SVP Internal Auditor, cooking up hot dogs in Grantham.

Above:  Karen Murphy, Melissa Hansen, Vanessa Thulin, Barbara Nenninger and Leslee Swett from the New London Branch.  

Above:  Dr. Richard Holmes, Sugar River Bank Board Member, cooking up hot dogs in Sunapee.

 

School Scholarships 2014

Sugar River Bank is pleased to support our local schools!  Three scholarships of $1,000.00 each were given to three outstanding students.

Above:  Allison Doucette, from Newport Middle High School, receiving a $1,000.00 scholarship from Sugar River Bank President and CEO Mark Pitkin.

Above:  Matthew Hahn, from Kearsarge Regional High School receiving a $1,000.00 scholarship from Tina Blythe, Sugar River Bank Branch Administrator. 

*Also receiving a $1,000.00 scholarship is Madison Fowler, from Sunapee Middle High School, who was not present for a photo. 

Sugar River Bank donates new scoreboard to Towle School 2014

Sugar River Bank recently donated $5,000.00 to purchase a new, much needed scoreboard for the Towle School gym.  

Above:  Doug Beaupre, Athletic Director, Earl Sussman, Superintendent of SAU #43, Mark Pitkin, President and CEO of Sugar River Bank and Phil Callanan, Principal of Towle and Richards School.

Loan Production Office Ribbon Cutting 2014

Sugar River Bank recently opened a Loan Production Office in Concord, located at 6 Loudon Road.  To commemorate the grand opening, a ribbon cutting was held with the Concord Chamber of Commerce.  

Above:  Paul Ebbs of New Hampshire Print & Mail Services, Joe Conway, VP of Commercial Lending at Sugar River Bank, Tim Sink, Chamber President, Mark Pitkin, President and CEO of Sugar River Bank, Lynn Perkins, Chairman of the Board for Sugar River Bank and Brenda Perkins of Kathleen Gallagher Family Realty.  

3rd Annual Peeps Diorama Contest 2014

Sugar River Bank was pleased to participate in the Library Arts Center 3rd Annual Peeps Diorama Contest in April.  The Bank received first place in the "Group" category!

Dancing With the Newport Stars 2014

Sugar River Bank would like to congratulate all the Dancing With the Newport Stars dancers, they all did a wonderful job.  The event raised money for United Way and the Newport Chamber of Commerce and was very successful.  A big thank you to Leighann King, Retail Specialist/Bank Trainer, who spent many hours of her time preparing her dance.  

Above:  Leighann King, Retail Specialist/Bank Trainer, and her partner John Archambeault danced               the  Cha Cha to Aretha Franklin's "Respect".  Great job!  Photo taken by Beth Rexford.  

Years of Employment 2013

Sugar River Bank recently acknowledged many of its employees for their years of commitment to the Bank from 5 years up to 30 years! 

Back row:  Dori Petrin (30 years), Terry Beaulieu (25 years), Marleen Tellor (10 years), Tina Blythe (15 years), Theresa Goyette (15 years).

Front row:  Chandra Chiasson (5 years), Nancy Connelly (5 years), Terri Crate (5 years), Cheryl Thibeault (10 years).  

Missing from the picture are:  Amy Loring (10 years), Kathy Sweeney (10 years) and Susan Ordway (5 years).  

BFS Group donates in Sugar River Bank's Name 2013

The BFS Group (Bank Financial Services Group) donated $500.00 to the Newport Food Pantry on behalf of Sugar River Bank.  

Above:  Cory McPhee, SVP of Sales at BFS Group, Mark Pitkin, Sugar River Bank President and CEO and William A. Spencer, Partner at BFS Group.

Senior Center at Sugar River Bank 2013

Members of the Senior Center used Sugar River Bank's lobby during the month of December to raise money for the Senior Center by selling for their annual fundraiser "Memory Tree of Lights".  

Above:  Donna Pitkin and Bob Evans volunteering in the Bank lobby for the Senior Center. 

Newport Food Pantry Donation 2013

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston recently made a donation of $1,000.00 through its Grants for New England Partnerships program to the Newport Food Pantry on behalf of Sugar River Bank.  Sugar River Bank is pleased to match their generosity with a $1,000.00 donation!

Above:  Mary Jannenga, CSR at Sugar River Bank and Board Member of the Newport Food Pantry, Rev. Nancy Topolewski, Jim Demers, New Director of the Newport Food Pantry, Peter Lovely, Rev. John Topolewski and Tina Blythe, Branch Administrator at Sugar River Bank.

Customer Appreciation Day 2013

Sugar River Bank held its annual Customer Appreciation Day in July.  The theme this year was Luau.  All five branches participated with decorations, serving hot dogs and give-a-ways!  A fun time was had by customers and employees.  Thank you to all of our customers who joined us.

Above:  Cooking hot dogs, Steve Smith, AVP/IT Officer and serving hot dogs, Tara Booth, AVP/Compliance and Risk Management.

Above:  Cindy Baron, Senior Vice President/Lending, Terry Beaulieu, Assistant Branch Manager and Vern Violette, Chairman of the Board at Sugar River Bank.

Above:  Vanessa Thulin, Melissa Hansen, Barbara Nenninger and Karen Murphy all from the New London branch.

School Scholarships 2013

Sugar River Bank is proud to once again support our local schools!  Three scholarships of $1,000.00 each were given to three exceptional students, all whom are attending UNH this fall.

 

 

Above:  Lydia Walker, from Newport, receiving a $1,000.00 scholarship from Sugar River Bank President and CEO Mark Pitkin.

 

Above:  Brandon Hansen, from Kearsarge, receiving a $1,000.00 scholarship from Sugar River Bank CFO Steven Thibodeau.

 

Above: Mariah Tenney, from Sunapee, receiving a $1,000.00 scholarship from Sugar River Bank Branch Administrator Tina Blythe.

Newport Rotary Penny Sale 2013

In May, the Newport Rotary held its annual Penny Sale to raise money  for the Newport Track Resurface Project, the Newport Rotary Club Dental Fund and the Newport Food Pantry.  This year they raised $8,200!  Sugar River Bank is proud to have several employees who helped with the Penny Sale to raise money for our community.  

Above:  Co-Chairmen of the Newport Rotary Penny Sale Steven Thibodeau, Sugar River Bank CFO, and Tara Booth, Sugar River Bank Compliance Officer.  

Photo provided by Archie Mountain.

April Breakfast Forum 2013

Sugar River Bank held its third breakfast forum for the business community.  The forums are one way the bank can give back to the community while providing some helpful information.  The guest speakers were George Copadi, current Commissioner of NH Employment Security and Bruce DeMay, the Director of the Ecomonic & Labor Market Information Bureau at NH Employment Security.  They discussed topics such as trends in Sullivan and Merrimack Counties unemployment rate and how the counties compare with the rest of NH, NH Labor Laws and Sullivan and Merrimack Counties population and work force.  Thank you to all who attended! 

Above picture:  Guest speaker George Copadi (picture taken by Bridgett Taylor)

Above picture: Guest speaker Bruce DeMay (picture taken by Bridgett Taylor)

Years of employment 2012

Sugar River Bank recently celebrated some of its employees for their many years of dedication to the bank from 5 years up to 35 years!  

Back row:  Steven Thibodeau (35 years), Cindy Baron (25 years), Michael Truell (25 years), Scott McGuire (25 years), Joan Swenson (15 years), Lisa Austin (15 years), Michelle Duford (15 years) and Janet Duncan (10 years).

Front row:  Lena Welch (5 years), Fran Bronson (5 years), Tara Booth (5 years), Gayle Fleming (5 years), Sue Church (5 years) and missing from the picture Vivian Stork (15 years).

Santa came to Sugar River Bank 2012

For the second year, Santa visited the bank so that children could meet him and have their picture taken with him!  This year, Santa was in Sunapee, Warner and Newport.

Above:  Sugar River Bank employees; Kayla West, Amanda Wood, Hannah Witmer, Janet Duncan, Santa, Ginger Marsh, Tina Blythe and Chandra Chiasson.

Stockings for the Troops 2012

In November, Sugar River Bank employees as well as the bank itself, donated items to make up 168 stockings to ship to our troops.  These stockings helped make up the 3,400 stockings that were a part of the MooreMart Holiday shipment from the NH National Guard Armory.  Steve Smith, AVP/IT Officer, coordinated the donations and worked directly with MooreMart for the deliveries.  A special thank you to Benanati Dental for donating toothbrushes and floss for the troops.

 

October Breakfast Forum 2012

Sugar River Bank held a second breakfast forum on October 3rd with guest speaker Beth Roberts, Senior Vice President of Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Regional Markets.  Beth discussed a very important topic; the changing health care landscape in New Hampshire.  The event was sponsored, in part, by PSNH and catered by The Old Courthouse.   

Above:  Beth Roberts, Senior VP Of Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and Debra Davis Timberlake, VP of Commercial Lending at Sugar River Bank.

Baseball Bucks Winner 2012

On September 28th, the grand prize drawing was held live in the Newport Lobby by WNTK and WCNL.  The winner of $1,000.00 from Sugar River Bank was Carrie Stetson of Newport.  Congratulations Carrie!!!

 

Above:  Carrie Stetson, winner; and Mark Pitkin, President and CEO

Sugar River Bank and MainStreet BookEnds of Warner work together 

The bookstore MainStreet BookEnds of Warner held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to present the newly installed solar array that provides 100% of the electrical needs for the building, as well as the adjacent Jim Mitchell Community Park.  The solar power system designed, built and completed in January by Harmony Energy Works out of Hampton, was funded through state and federal solar incentives, and received small business financing from Sugar River Bank. 

 

Above:  from left to right, Heath Sargeant from Harmony Energy Works;  Sugar River Bank CEO and President Mark Pitkin, and VP of Commercial Lending Bill Hatch; Neil and Katharine Nevins, owners of MainStreet BookEnds; Bethany Yurek from US Senator Jeanne Shaheen's Office; and George Horrocks, President of Harmony Energy Works.

Sugar River Bank Customer Appreciation Day 2012

Friday, July 27th, the bank celebrated its annual Customer Appreciation Day.  What a nice turnout and a fun day for all.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by!

Above:  Dave Lantz, Owner, M. J. Harrington & Co. Inc. and Sugar River Bank Board of Directors Member, Steve Smith, AVP of IT at Sugar River Bank and Vern Violette, Chairman of the Board , Sugar River Bank and Consultant, Kraft Foods.

School Scholarships 2012

Sugar River Bank is proud to support our local schools once again this year!  Scholarships of $1,000.00 each were given to three very deserving students.

Above:  Liza Mae Bourdon (Sunapee), Mark Pitkin, President and CEO, and Brittany Pitkin (Newport).  Missing from the photo is Megan Wirth (Warner).

Santa Claus at Sugar River Bank 2011

During the week of December 12th-16th Santa Claus visited each branch of Sugar River Bank.  Children were excited to see Santa and tell him what they hoped to get for presents.  Kids and parents alike enjoyed their visit with Santa.

Above:  Caleb North with Santa Claus in Newport

Years of Employment 2011

Sugar River Bank recently acknowledged some of its employees for their many years of dedication to the Bank from 5 years up to 35 years!  Congratulations everyone.

Back row:  Sheila Little (10 years), Ann O'Clair (5 years), Janie St. Martin (25 years), Nancy Dickerman (35 years), Greg Bouchard (5 years) and Heidi Patten (25 years)

Front row:  Elaine Starcher (5 years), Mary Fellows (10 years), Diane Morin (25 years) and Heather Roberts (10 years)

Missing from the photo are:  Darlene Morse (10 years), Joan Gross (5 years) and Elizabeth Dabrowski (5 years)

IOLTA Leadership Bank 2011

Sugar River Bank was recently announced as a 2010-2011 IOLTA Leadership Bank, a designation reserved for community-minded banks that provide preferred interest rates (2 percent or above) for the Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (IOLTA) programs.  The New Hampshire Bar Foundation, whose mission is to help fund programs to aid the vulnerable and disadvantaged in our state obtain access to civil justice, and increase awareness about our government and justice system.

Above:  Lisa Wellman-Ally of Elliot, Jasper, Auten, Shklar & Wellman-Ally Law LLP presents the award to Mark Pitkin, President of Sugar River Bank.

Baseball Bucks Winner 2011

The grand prize winner of Sugar River Bank's Baseball Bucks contest is Joshua Roman of Newport.  Congratulations!  Joshua won two tickets to Fenway Park on September 18th, along with an American Express Gift Card for $150.00 from Sugar River Bank.  Joshua is serving in the National Guard and recently just came home from working in Vermont helping to clean it up and restore it.  He and his wife, Andrea,  were able to go and enjoy the game on Sunday.  They had a fun time and were very appreciative of the opportunity!

 Olive G. Pettis Library Donation 2011

The Olive G. Pettis Library, in Goshen, recently received a $500.00 donation from Sugar River Bank to help with their technology upgrade.  They will be using the money to purchase new computers and other equipment for their upgrade.

Above:  Steven Thibodeau, CFO of Sugar River Bank, Donald Bailey, Cyndi Phillips and Mary Wirkkala

School Scholarships 2011

Sugar River Bank is proud to support our local schools!  This year, three scholarships of $1,000.00 each were given to three outstanding students.

Above:  Nick Sullivan, from Newport, receiving a $1,000.00 scholarship from Sugar River Bank President Mark Pitkin.

 

Above:  Katie Brode, from Sunapee, receiving a $1,000.00 scholarship from Sugar River Bank President Mark Pitkin.

 

Above:  Joshua Lizotte, from Kearsarge, receiving a $1,000.00 scholarship from Sugar River Bank President Mark Pitkin.

Library Arts Center 2011

Sugar River Bank recently donated $1,200.00 to the Newport Library Arts Center as an Exhibit Sponsor.

Above:  Leighann King- IRA Specialist and Head of Sponsorships, Katie Niboli-Library Arts Center Director, Mark Pitkin-President/CEO and Tina Blythe-Branch Administrator

Sugar River Bank Community Room 2011

The new Sugar River Bank Community Room is now open!  This is a brand new state of the art facility that is ideal for work conferences, wedding receptions, baby or bridal showers, weekly or monthly meetings or any other type of function you may need.  The room can accommodate 100 people and has a brand new kitchen, bathrooms and a projector and screen.

 

MooreMart Donations 2011

Sugar River Bank and its employees donated money and food items for care packages to be sent to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for the 4th of July.  This is a great cause that Sugar River Bank is proud to support.  Thank you to all those that are serving our country and to those that have served in years past.

 

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