New Plaistow Regional Health Center Coming Next July to Feature Urgent Care Walk-In Service

A new Plaistow Regional Health Center, including an urgent care walk-in component, is slated to open next July. The new Center, operated by Exeter Hospital and Core Physicians,  will be located at 127 Plaistow Road, Plaistow, N.H., and will include Core Physicians’ primary and specialty care, along with Exeter Hospital adult and pediatric rehabilitation services. In addition, the new location will house ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care providing care for the treatment of non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries in people of all ages. “We understand the value that a walk-in facility such as ClearChoiceMD provides to not only our patients but the community at large. The delivery of healthcare is changing and at we are always looking for ways to provide enhanced access to care for our patients.

Lydia Vazquez Joins Align Credit Union as Vice President of Lending Compliance

Lydia Vazquez has joined Align Credit Union as vice president of lending compliance. Vazquez is responsible for compliance and support relating to all lending services and oversees the administration of lending-related technology.  Lowell-based Align Credit Union has branches in Haverhill, Methuen and Amesbury. Align Executive Vice President Brian Bacci said, “She is a results-driven financial lending professional with a history of moving organizations forward. She has the breadth of experience that will allow her to make a positive impact in our lending areas.”

Vazquez comes to Align with more than 20 years of experience in the lending industry at both banks and credit unions. Prior to joining Align, she was assistant vice president of residential lending operations and originations and fair lending officer at Leominster Credit Union and a senior underwriter and loan systems administrator at Avidia Bank in Hudson.

Merrimack Valley Chamber Honors Retiring Wil Carpenter at Jan. 7 Haverhill Mixer

The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce is having its Annual New Year Celebration in Haverhill Tuesday, Jan. 7, with well wishes for retiring Vice President Wilfred N. “Wil” Carpenter. The mixer takes place from 5-7 p.m., at the Tap Restaurant & Brew Pub, 100 Washington St., Haverhill. Appetizers, cash bar, door prizes and of business networking are planned. Admission is $10 for members and $20 for others.

Haverhill-Based Broco Oil Receives $500,000 State Grant to Take Biodiesel by Rail

A Haverhill-based home heating fuel supplier was awarded a $500,000 state grant to help create improved rail access near its Hale Street depot. Located at the former Ronnie’s Oil, 168 Hale St., Broco Oil is bringing biodiesel fuel by railroad to serve local customers. It is expected to bring 367 more railcars and result in 2,850 fewer truck trips annually. Broco is providing 40% of the project cost. Last June, owner Bob Brown told WHAV his company is expanding the oil terminal to bring in biodiesel by rail using two formerly dormant railroad switches.

Haverhill Bank Partners with Ruth’s House for a Successful Giving Tuesday

Ruth’s House, the Washington Square thrift shop, is thanking Haverhill Bank for matching the first $1,000 of Giving Tuesday’s donations. Besides the public thrift store, operating since 1992, Ruth’s House gives referred clients season-appropriate clothing, including new socks and underwear quarterly; and provides seniors over 55 with winter coats and accessories. Ruth’s House President Barbara Donegan says, “Haverhill Bank has long been a friend of Ruth’s House allowing our team to make a difference to those in need in the Merrimack Valley. This donation allows us to warmly clothe the children, seniors, families and veterans in the community — we thank all those that donated and Haverhill Bank for the match!”

Arcadia Brings Community Solar Project to Methuen, Promises Benefits for Renters

If you rent in Methuen or your house isn’t appropriate for solar panels, a new community solar project promises renewable energy and utility savings. Washington, D.C.-based Arcadia is building a solar array at 15 Aegean Drive, Methuen, and is launching its first community solar project in Massachusetts this month along with developer Madison Energy Investments. “The future of energy is people-powered, and we look forward to bringing Methuen households hassle-free guaranteed solar savings,” said Arcadia CEO Kiran Bhatraju. “Community solar can, and should, be easy to access for everyone in the state of Massachusetts.”

The company’s Methuen project is 230 kilowatts DC and is big enough for about 50 subscribers, the majority of whom are low-income ratepayers. A company statement said the project is the first of many for Arcadia and Madison Energy Investments in Massachusetts, with a pipeline of at least 15 projects all scheduled to come online next year.

Members Approve Merrimack Valley and Ocean Spray Employees Credit Unions Merger

Members of Merrimack Valley Credit Union and Ocean Spray Employees Federal Credit Union, this week voted in favor of merging the two organizations. More than 70 percent of Merrimack Valley Credit Union, one of the 10 largest credit unions in the state, and 96 percent of Ocean Spray Employees Federal Credit Union, approved the merger. John J. Howard, President and CEO, Merrimack Valley Credit Union. “We are very excited to welcome Ocean Spray Employees Federal Credit Union members to our family.”

For the past two years, Ocean Spray Employees Federal Credit Union has shared a location with Merrimack Valley Credit Union’s Bridgewater branch. A statement said there will be no lay-offs or elimination of any positions.

Merrimack Valley Chamber Plans Holiday Mixer at Lanam Club Dec. 17

The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce is having its “Annual Holiday Season Mixer” Tuesday, Dec. 17, in Andover. Appetizers, cash bar, door prizes and business networking takes place in a festive atmosphere. Chamber members and guests meet between 5 and 7 p.m., at the Lanam Club, 260 N. Main St., Andover. Admission is $10 for members and $20 for non-members.