There are two things New Englanders can count on – mud season and taxes. The bright side of mud season is that it means we’ve made it through yet another winter. The good news about your taxes is that Local First Alliance has a great local business member to help with that.

John Ring, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), has lived in the Upper Valley for more than 40 years and is proud to be an 11th-generation Northern New Englander and a Local First Alliance member. Born and raised in Claremont, John now works out of his home in Norwich and has been a CPA since 1971. He knows how hard it is to make it through a winter here and that the last thing you need is trouble with your taxes. As a CPA who calls the Upper Valley home, he is an advocate of shopping and banking locally as much as possible.

Just in case you are nervous about the perils of mud season and driving on those back roads, Local First has you covered there, too.

A.B. Gile, Inc. Insurance, based in West Lebanon, combines a deep sense of community with an understanding of local insurance needs. Founded in 1871, they offer auto, home, renters, and commercial insurance for private and business clients. If you’ve become distracted with thoughts of summer and warmer days, they also offer boat insurance.

What happens when you do business with a great Local First member like A.B. Gile? They reinvest their profits in our community. This local business alone contributes to more than 75 nonprofits throughout the Upper Valley region.

“For almost 140 years, A.B. Gile has been guided by three rules: to be fair and honest, interested in our clients and their problems, and to treat our clients’ needs as if they were our own,” said Alan Harkabus, small business claims manager for A.B.Gile. “A.B. Gile’s community support has included supporting youth sports, the arts, Special Olympics, law enforcement, and initiatives like Vital Communities. It is our responsibility to give back to the community we live in.”

For more dedicated Local First members who can meet your shopping and service needs, visit our online directory.

Thank you for supporting our Upper Valley economy. Wishing you warm thoughts for a beautiful spring.