Volunteer of the Month: Melissa

Melissa Pemi Valley Volunteer

The Pemi Valley Chamber of Commerce relies solely on the passion and dedication of a small team of volunteers, who run the Visitors’ Center for the entirety of the time it’s open.

Our Visitor Center hours are Mon-Thurs 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fri & Sat 8:30 a.m. to 5;30 p.m. We’re even open on Sun from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Visitors’ Center is open year-round and assists visitors and guests with a whole range of important functions, including registration for ATVs and snow mobiles, licenses for fishing and hunting, and even runs its own gift shop full of wonderful New Hampshire keepsakes.

Each month, we recognize one volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in his or her own way, and this month is no exception. We are proud to introduce to you our newest Volunteer of the Month, Melissa, who has worked with us now for the last four months, and who has shown herself to be an invaluable member of our tight-knit team.

More About Melissa

Melissa was born and raised in the White Mountains area, and is currently a sophomore in high school. She is an avid reader and amateur historian who has spent hours pouring through old histories of the area, and even talking with our resident historian, Bonnie, who wrote the original Pemi Valley Histories. As a special project outside of school, Melissa has committed to updating the Pemi Valley Histories, and expanding on the volume with her own contemporary additions. She has undertaken this project with a gusto that we can only call “intense,” and yet despite the extra work dedicates to complete this task, Melissa is always available to help out any guest or visitor, with a warm smile on her face.

Recently, there was a rush of visitors to our fair Center looking for “leaf peeping” opportunities, which (for those of you non-native New Hampshirates is much less benign than it sounds). After several friendly – yet lengthy – conversations with visitors discussing the best roads to take to view the certain types of trees that were turning at that particular time, Melissa came up with the idea of creating a dedicated “leaf peeping” pamphlet and guide to hand out to guests who came in inquiring about the best roads and hikes to take. She interviewed several local arborists and trail experts, and created a lovely guide that is now available for sale (only $2 per guide, not too much of a tax on your pocket book), and we are incredibly proud of her most recent accomplishment.

So join us in saying, Thank you Melissa, for your continued hard work and quest to innovate our organization. The Pemi Valley Chamber of Commerce deems you this month’s Volunteer of the Month.

Sapphire Buying Tips

Sapphire is one of the most precious stones out there. The brilliant color sparkles and shines, and it’s also the birthstone of September-born babies. Sapphires are rare, but they aren’t as rare as diamonds. They can be more valuable though, and buying the right sapphire will ensure that you or the person you are giving it to is a happy one.

Here are some buying tips to get you started.

 Shop For Quality And Color 

It’s important to know what color of Sapphire you want, here you can find many beautiful and unbelievable shades of sapphire jewelry. Navy blue is the most prized shade, and it is the most expensive. Blues nearing black are cheaper, and blues nearing light blue are also cheaper. If you get a shade lighter or darker than navy, then you can get a more affordable stone. Few people will know the difference with this little trick.

Sapphire Isn’t Only Blue 

saphire gemstones and ringsWhile the blue range of sapphires is more valuable, there are also pink sapphires. These stones are beautiful and prized, and pink is a rarity in the gemstone world. Tanzanite is also a very popular gemstone as is showcases on tanzantieringshq.com. Sapphire jewelry doesn’t have to be just blue. They come in pink, yellow, green and even an orange-pink color.

Transparency Is Important

The more transparent a stone is, the more expensive it will be. This is because these stones sparkle and shine more than opaque stones will. If you want a quality stone, then go for transparency. If you just want a stone to enjoy, then opaque can be just as beautiful. Choosing sapphire-gemstone jewelry is more about what you want.

Inclusions Are Natural 

Inclusions are natural, and they will happen more often with blue sapphires. This can alter the price of your stone, but it also gives character. Inclusions can change the quality of the stone to l1 – l3, or they could just be an S2. Inclusions are something to look for when sapphire shopping.

Choose The Right Setting

The setting for your jewelry can magnify and enhance the quality of your stone to make it look better. Sapphires are designed and cut for their specific settings. The setting that shows off its natural beauty will be best.

Shopping for sapphire gemstone jewelry is a fun experience that will hopefully earn you the jewelry piece of your dreams. A lot of thought and effort goes into choosing the right stone and completed piece. There’s a lot to look for, and you need to be smart about the choices you make when buying a sapphire jewelry piece.