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Amy Manzelli Appointed to NHBA CLE Committee

BCM co-owner, Amy Manzelli, has been appointed to the New Hampshire Bar Association CLE Committee for the 2021-2022 bar year.  The CLE Committee is charged with arranging for and advising on the content of continuing legal education programs and facilitating the production of lectures, seminars, institutes and other instruction on legal subjects to keep the members of the NHBA abreast of progress of the law and encourage lawyers to exercise the highest level of professional integrity as Officers of the Court.

CLF Brings Free Legal Services to New Hampshire Farmers and Food Entrepreneurs

Legal Food Hub will help build a resilient local food system

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) has launched its Legal Food Hub in New Hampshire. The hub is a first-of-its-kind network that connects smaller-scale farmers, food businesses, and food-related organizations with pro bono legal services to help start, grow, and operate their businesses.

“Local farmers and food businesses are essential pieces of a healthy and thriving community,” Sara Dewey, Director of CLF’s Farm and Food Initiative. “Too often, high fees and complicated legal issues are a barrier to entrepreneurs and farmers getting their businesses off the ground. Communities, residents, and our climate benefit when these businesses prosper, and it’s time they are given the tools they need.”

The goal of the program is to help provide legal services for farmers and food entrepreneurs to bring economic stability to the local farm and food sector. Economic stability for these businesses will also increase regional food production and build a more just food system for all New Englanders.

“Access to legal services and education is key to building the resilience of New Hampshire’s family farms and local food systems. The Legal Food Hub is an exciting and important new resource for small farmers and advocates working to support them,” said Seth Wilner of University of New Hampshire Extension. “This network will be a huge help to farmers and agricultural service providers alike. It is a wonderful complement to our existing resources.”

“Strengthening the sustainable local food system in New Hampshire is vital to the health and well-being of the Granite State,” said Amy Manzelli, an attorney at BCM Environmental & Land Law in Concord who is a Legal Food Hub volunteer. “The legal community has a critical role to play in the food system and BCM Law looks forward to serving New Hampshire’s farmers through the Legal Food Hub.”

“In New England, farmers enjoy a significant benefit because of the Legal Food Hub’s work to support local agriculture. The Hub offers pro bono legal services to family farmers looking to address a legal issue,” said Jim Gerritsen of Wood Prairie Family Farm. “Knowing Legal Food Hub has our backs allows us to focus on the farming we love.  Because of them we sleep better at night.”

More information about the Legal Food Hub is available at www.legalfoodhub.org.

Amazon Distribution Facility Proposed to Replace Green Meadow Golf Course

Attorney Amy Manzelli represents Save Hudson NH – a group of more than 50, many of which have houses abutting or near the proposed distribution facility. While this project aims to create new jobs, for those abutting the facility and for the residents of Hudson, the project will increase congestion, decrease property values, harm natural resources, negatively affect quality of life, and create nuisance.

Read more about the project here.

The residents being represented by Amy Manzelli voiced their concerns at the August 12th Planning Board meeting. Residents submitted comments to the Planning Board, and of the 126 only 3 or 4 were not directly opposed to the project. 

Read some of these concerns and comments made by Amy Manzelli here.

Professional Soccer in Portland

Attorney Beth Boepple has been working with Jonathan Culley and Gabe Hoffman-Johnson together with the city of Portland to find a possible location for a soccer stadium. Portland may have a professional soccer team as soon as 2022, once a location is agreed upon and the city is awarded a franchise. Gabe hopes to involve the public when it comes to naming the team and the duo believes that the team will benefit the city as much as the city’s community and diverse population will bode well for the sport. 

Read more about the United Soccer League coming to Portland here

Amy Manzelli participates in NOFA-NH’s Share the Bounty Day

 

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire (NOFA-NH)’s first ever Share the Bounty Day occurred on September 28, 2019. This fundraiser took place at local participating businesses that donated a portion of their day’s proceeds to NOFA-NH’s 2020 Farm Share Program. This program provides limited income New Hampshire families with local, fresh, organic produce at a reduced cost. Amy Manzelli, the Board President of NOFA-NH participated in this fundraiser with a table stationed at The Works in downtown Concord, NH.

Read more about this fundraiser, the Farm Share Program, and other exciting news in NOFA-NH’s October E-Newsletter

 

Beth Boepple Helps Save Historic Carey Cottage

Beth Boepple successfully negotiated and drafted a lease on behalf of BCM’s client, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF), which has forestalled the historic Carey Cottage in Portsmouth, NH from possible demolition.  The minimum 40-year lease provides a long-term alternative to demolition of the historic property and includes provisions for renovation of the site, leading to the eventual establishment of a headquarters for a newly-created center dedicated to fostering the growth of nonprofit organizations.  Beth will now guide SPNHF through the due diligence and permitting process, which is expected to be compeleted by early November.

Click here for more details about this exciting endeavor!

 

 

BCM Joins Clean Energy NH

BCM Environmental & Land Law is excited to become the newest business member of Clean Energy NH, New Hampshire’s leading clean energy advocate working to support policies and programs that strengthen NH’s economy, protect public health, and conserve natural resources.

BCM owner Jason Reimers joined Clean Energy NH for its member cruise on Lake Sunapee on July 26, 2019.  It was a terrific event full of bright sunshine and beautiful NH scenery!

 

 

Beth Boepple Continues to Fight the Proposed NECEC Transmission Line Project

Beth Boepple has been tirelessly working on behalf of the 4,200+ member grassroots group Say NO to NECEC to fight the proposed 145-mile long Central Maine Power/AVANGRID New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line in pending Maine regulatory proceedings.  As a part of that representation, Beth recently filed a Complaint with the Office of the Maine Attorney General raising concerns about a conflict on interest on the part of Llyod Trafton, a Somerset County commissioner who also sits on the board of directors of a nonprofit group poised to benefit financially from the transmission line project. Due to these conflict of interest allegations, Trafton recently resigned from his position on the board of directors; however, his status as a Somerset County Commissioner continues to cause concerns.

Click here for more details about this story.

 

 

Beth Boepple Honored With a Distinguished Service Award from Conservation Law Foundation

Elizabeth Boepple, Esq., was recently awarded a Distinguished Service Award for her work in connection with the Conservation Law Foundation’s (CLF) Legal Food Hub.

Beth is a strong supporter of northern New England’s local food system. She has been a “champion of the Legal Food Hub since its launch in 2014.”  Beth has dedicated countless hours of her time assisting the Legal Food Hub farmers, food entrepreneurs, and other supporting organizations in various areas of food and farming law, ranging from real estate and land use issues to commercial and banking matters.  Beth’s commitment to sharing her knowledge and experience is admirable, and everyone at BCM is proud of her work.  Congratulations Beth!

Click here to read more about the CLF Legal Food Hub and Beth’s honor.

BCM Underwrites Saving Special Places

BCM Environmental & Land Law was pleased to once again underwrite Saving Special Places, NH’s annual land conservation conference, which took place on Saturday, April 6th at Prospect Mountain High School in Alton, NH. This critical annual conference gathers land conservationists from various fields to provide focused and timely education and discussion about a variety of conservation-related issues, including wildlife & forest management, conservation easement tax benefits, climate change adaptation, valuation of conservation easements, re-imagining conservation, accreditation, stewardship, timber harvesting, and option to purchase for agricultural value. Amy Manzelli presented a seminar regarding agritourism and conservation easements.  Jason Reimers and Kelsey Peterson both also attended this highly successful event.