Grappone Team Members for Life Project

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Rebecca Rene, Alicia Dufresne, Mitchell Blair, and Miranda Adams are seniors in the Bradley Three Year Honors Program at Southern New Hampshire University. Around twenty students are accepted to this program annually. As seniors, these students are required to enroll in a yearlong course and given a group assignment to consult with local companies in the community. Dr. Christine Blais, Assistant Professor of the Organizational Leadership School of Business, made contacts with various companies throughout the community. This is how Amanda Grappone Osmer was introduced to the soon-to-be SNHU Alumni.

Amanda and Chris Blais discussed the divide between Grappone retirees and the employed Grappone community. They were assigned to figure out ways to bridge this gap. The students brainstormed many ideas; one of the ideas was a family tree painting and unveiling celebration. Claire Racine, Director of Human Resources at Grappone, really liked this idea for the hallway. Additional ideas brought forth by these students did not fall by the wayside, as they created plans for Grappone to implement in the future.

The family tree is painted on the walls of the Human Resources hallway at Grappone. The painting consists of beautiful white birch trees and includes the names of our retirees. The students coordinated with Grappone team members, including Tara Hamel, who was the artist of the Grappone Team Members for Life painting.

Grappone invited a group of retirees to the unveiling ceremony on May 1, 2017. During the celebration Amanda presented how the project developed and the students shared their plans for post commencement. Larry Haynes, President of Grappone, calculated over 400 years of service amongst the retirees! Larry also awarded them with their Team Member for Life discount cards as a token of our appreciation.

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Millennial Education Day at Grappone

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In our 93rd year of business, we have a goal to transition younger generations into the future car buyers of Grappone. Mackenzie Duval, Luke Hynes, Olivia Imprescia, and Cameron Scotia are seniors at Southern New Hampshire University in the Martin Bradley Three Year Honors Program. These students implemented Millennial Education Day for their senior project. The mission was to help Grappone bring future generations into the dealership.

These four students complimented each others strengths and weaknesses.  In an effort to meet this goal for reaching millennials, they gathered information on Grappone’s car buying experience through shadowing, interviews, and surveys. This enabled the students to develop a general understanding of the process. Next, they felt it was important to educate other millennium buyers on the unique, negotiation-free sales process that Grappone fosters. This way, individuals could be prepared with knowledge and confidence when purchasing a vehicle after college.

The idea to host Millennial Education Day at Grappone surfaced. The vision of this strategy was to bestow trust in students with a warm welcome. Additionally, we want them to feel comfortable when visiting Grappone as first-time car buyers. The Education Day involved lunch, raffles and multiple seminars with Grappone team members. The seminars covered specific aspects of the company. Topics included Entrepreneurship & History, Financing & Leasing, and Environmental Awareness.

Mackenzie Duval shared her thoughts on the project, “We hope the students that attended took full advantage of what the day had to offer and the dealership made a lasting impression with them.”

Grappone Pledges CDFA Tax Credit Donation to Sandwich Children’s Center

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Children and Families. These words embody the community efforts of Grappone Automotive Group for 2017. Not only do we sell new and pre-owned vehicles, handle vehicle maintenance, parts, accessories and collision repairs; we’re also extensively involved with the community. In fact, community is embedded in our mission statement with our dedication to building lifelong relationships with team members, guests and community by serving with integrity, kindness, and respect.

Human needs start with the bare essentials: food, water, shelter, security, and warmth. Without these basic necessities, humans would not have the capability to materialize close relationships with family and friends. Moreover, humans would not be able to form the self-fulfilling characteristics needed to prosper and thrive as contributing members of society. Such traits include a willingness to learn, eagerness to explore, and the drive to discover the wealth of knowledge this world has to offer.

This comes full circle with our children; the children of today will become the leaders of the future. Amanda Grappone Osmer cannot stress the importance of this mindset enough with an absolute emphasis for creating safe, educational, and supportive programs that enable our children to live life in full bloom.

The Sandwich Children’s Center (SCC) can attest to this with their recent School Age Revitalization Project. With the help of Grappone Automotive and three other community-minded businesses, the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) awarded $125,000 to restore the school age classroom at the Sandwich Children’s Center. The funds came from these local businesses purchasing tax credits and pledging their donations to this project.

Karyn Ames, Director of SCC, thanked her supporters during the announcement in early April, “We are deeply grateful for your support and urge the public to support them in return. We could not have done this renovation without their generosity.” Karyn was joined for the announcement and appreciation by Sandy Cleary, Founder of the CruCon Cruise Outlet; Amanda Grappone Osmer, Owner and Fourth Generation Steward, Grappone Automotive Group; and Joanna Pearce, Senior Vice President & Risk Management Officer, Meredith Village Savings Bank.

The SCC building was originally built in 1855, making it over 150 years old! Needless to say, the renovations are absolutely necessary. The SCC will now have the infrastructure to continue with providing an educational foundation for school age children 5 to 12 and contribute to the growth and development of the Lakes Region, Granite State and world at large.

Fiddlers in the Showroom

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For the second consecutive year, Grappone Automotive Group was pleased to host the New Hampshire Fiddle Ensemble during their April concert series. Peaceful sounds resonated throughout the Toyota showroom on the evening of Saturday April 1, 2017. The snow storm was no match for the radiance that characterizes the Ensemble and their drive to put on a great show. The NH Fiddle Ensemble raised over $9,000 for the child abuse efforts of the New Hampshire Children’s Trust.

The Ensemble kicked off this benefit concert with a two set performance at the dealership. The group embodies many styles of music and plays a wide-variety of instruments in addition to the fiddle. These include banjos, cellos, harps, an accordion, and even a trumpet. Moreover, the concert highlighted beautiful singing and a yodel performance.

Main ensemble coach, Ellen Carlson shares her comments on the event, “The ensemble members just love doing the concert at Grappone Toyota. The acoustics are great and the members love that they can interact with the audience. All of the employees at Grappone are so accommodating and welcoming — even providing a “green room” for our members and having the parking lot clear on such a snowy day. The NH Children’s Trust and I find Grappone so easy to work with! I think this partnership of the arts, a community-minded company such as Grappone and a not-for-profit like the Children’s Trust has done some amazing things for a lot of people. We really appreciate their support.”

The Ensemble features musicians all across New England originating from diverse backgrounds and talents; not to mention children playing instruments behind their heads and hoola-hooping while playing music. In addition to the NH Children’s Trust, the group also supports the Franklin Opera House and Maine Irish Heritage Center during their benefit concert series.

Enjoy some footage from the show below!

For more information on the NH Fiddle Ensemble visit their website at www.fiddleheadscamp.com/Ensemble. To learn more about Grappone in the Community visit www.grappone.com/community.

Grappone in the Community Jennifer Spinney

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Jennifer Spinney, Grappone Toyota Appointment Coordinator Team Leader, volunteered for the Merrimack Valley Football Boosters on Wednesday, August 10th. When Jenn first arrived, she attended the team meeting with the coach, athletic director, trainer, assistant coaches and players. They spoke to the players about respect, grades, behavior, and team work. She was impressed by the response from the team as they listened to their peer’s valuable lessons, which included a conversation on adopting healthy lifestyle choices. She was amazed at how the Merrimack Valley Football Boosters philosophy mirrors ours, here at Grappone Automotive Group.

Jenn helped wrangle up the boys, created an attendance sheet for the coach, as well as, documented where the players stand with completion of their impact test, sports physical, camp registration, and IIE agreement. She also assisted with lunch preparation, serving, and cleanup. At the end of her day of volunteering, Jenn presented the Merrimack Valley Football Boosters with a $250 donation from Grappone in the Community, on her behalf.

The 2017 Ford Mustang has arrived in NH!

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The new 2017 Ford Mustang has arrived and they are looking better than ever. Since the first ever Mustang produced in 1964, Ford has significantly improved the iconic American muscle car in terms of performance, design, sportiness, capability and the latest Mustang is no exception. This year’s model got a serious technolomustanggy upgrade and has now added more available standard features to suit all of your needs. The 2017 Mustang’s handling is known for being exceptional and is more than capable of hugging around those curvy mountainous roads, gripping sharp corners, and weathering New Hampshire roads with ease, all without sacrificing style or comfort. Drive through Laconia and hit the strip at Weirs Beach in this summer’s hottest vehicle.

The NHTSA gave the new mustang an overall 5/5 safety rating, and the convertible received a 5/5 rollover rating leaving New Hampshire Ford Mustang drivers in pretty good hands.

There are plenty of options to choose from with 10 trim levels available, you can now opt for up to 526 ponies. The war among brand loyal consumers on the Mustang versus Camaro debacle will forever wage on. But as of right now, when compared to the 2017 Ford Mustang GT, the latest Camaro is no match. Don’t believe us? Come on into Grappone Ford for a test drive and check it out for yourself.

Grappone in the Community | Live and Let Live Farm

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Laura Evans, Grappone Toyota Appointment Coordinator, arrived at Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester, NH, on Friday, July 22nd, to meet with Terry Penny, a volunteer at the farm. She watched a short film on the history of how the farm came to be. She then went straight to work, at the Tack Shop, sorting rain sheets, turn out sheets and light blankets, and binning them up according to size. Laura’s next project consisted of unloading the truck’s inventory used at the Deerfield Fair Grounds the prior weekend for the Deerfield 250th Celebration. She also worked with Terry to saddle a horse for the very first time. Finally, Laura cleaned out the puppy pens and exercised the puppies to help release some of their built up energy!

At the end of her day of volunteering, Laura presented Terry Penny with a $250 donation from Grappone in the Community to help support the farm. Live and Let Live Farm is “A non-profit, Volunteer Rehabilitation, Rescue and Sanctuary for animals”, which relies solely on volunteers to run the farm. Laura had a wonderful time and is looking forward to returning to the farm again soon!

Car Batteries VS New Hampshire

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Dead Car Battery

“My Car Battery is Dead”

It happens to all us. You hit the ignition, and nothing. Your battery is dead, and it always seems to happen at the most inconvenient times. There are a number of things that have an impact on the life of your car battery, especially the climate we live in. In New Hampshire, we have cold winters and our car batteries unfortunately struggle to keep up. According to the AAA Auto Research Center, at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, a battery loses about 35% of it’s starting capability. At 0 degrees Fahrenheit, that loss increases to about 60%. At the same time, starting the engine in your car can take up to twice the amount of battery power so its by no surprise that cold weather with a weak battery, can lead to a very frustrating “no-start” situation.
 

Battery warning signs

  • Sluggish Crank
  • Pause/hesitation before engine turns over.
  • Recent jumpstart.
  • Corrosion around battery terminals
Corroded Battery
If your battery is 3 years or older, it is a good idea to get it tested. Getting your battery tested regularly at your local dealer, can prevent a “no-start” situation and can save you a ton of frustration. If you are experiencing a battery issues because of the recent cold weather in New Hampshire, we can help! Visit any of our dealerships and our Certified Technicians are here for you!

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Grappone Ford Service Center
530 Route 3ABow,NH, 03304
Service and Parts: (800) 528-8993

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Grappone Honda Service Center
519 Route 3A Bow, NH, 03304
Service and Parts: (800) 528-8993

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Grappone Toyota Service Center
594 Route 3ABow,NH, 03304
Service and Parts: (800) 528-8993

 

 

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Grappone Mazda Service Center
530 Route 3ABow,NH, 03304
Service and Parts: (800) 528-8993

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Grappone Hyundai Service Center

514 Route 3ABow,NH, 03304
Service and Parts: (800) 528-8993

Grappone in the Community with Stevenna Pisapia

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Stevenna Pisapia, Grappone Human Resources Assistant, had a blast volunteering at The Upper Room’s 14th Annual Family Matters Auction on Friday, November 6th to benefit southern NH children and families. While there she helped set up the tables for the auction, did registration, entered the bid numbers, and cashed everyone out at the end of the night. Stevenna said it was inspirational seeing the community come together to support such a great non-profit during a fun night of silent bids, live bids, raffles, and games. And on top of all of that fund raising, 75 children were sponsored directly at $250 a piece per child; the Grappone in the Community program directly sponsoring one of those children.

The Upper Room is a non-profit Family Resource Center located in Derry committed to the development of strong individuals and families in the community. Stevenna has previously volunteered and interned at The Upper Room and is very thankful she had an opportunity to go back through the Grappone in the Community program. She’s excited to volunteer again next year at The Upper Room’s 15th Annual Family Matters Auction!

 

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Grappone in the Community with Jenna Wible

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The weather was quite chilly, but the atmosphere was fun and welcoming when Jenna Wible, Grappone Ford/Mazda Parts Warehouse Representative, arrived at the Autism Speaks Northern New England 13th annual Walk on Sunday, September 20th. Jenna signed in and headed over to the Children’s Activity Area to set up and decorate the tent. She spent most of her time helping the children with coloring, making bookmarks and Halloween pictures. Each child got a sticker once they completed a craft which they could trade in for a prize. She also spent some time at the bounce house; when the children were finished bouncing she gave them each a lollipop.

Families from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont gathered on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University to support Autism Speaks’ mission to fund research and increase awareness to advocate for individuals with autism and their families. Special guests included: the UNH Men’s basketball team, WLNH 98.3 DJ “Mya,” and representatives from the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.

Jenna was proud to be a part of this event, and at the end of her day of volunteering she presented Autism Speaks with a $250 donation from Grappone in the Community, made on her behalf.

 

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