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Trump visit expected to stir media frenzy

Trump visit expected to stir media frenzy

Another visit to New Hampshire by reality TV show host and real estate mogul Donald Trump apparently has caused quite a stir in the Nashua business community.

Trump will speak at the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Business Expo on Wednesday. Last month, the chamber sent out a press release not so much announcing Trump’s appearance, but that it had hired a public relations firm to handle media for the event.

Montagne Communications – a firm led by Scott Tranchemontagne, who handles public relations for businesses and political campaigns – will manage media requests for the Business Expo, Chamber of Commerce President Chris Williams wrote in a press release.

Trump, host of “The Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC, has hinted at a presidential run as a Republican.

In the release, Williams “predicts tremendous media interest in Trump’s Nashua appearance, given the response (last month) to Trump’s first New Hampshire visit as a potential candidate, as well as the fact that Trump’s address will be his first major speech in New Hampshire while he’s exploring a run for the presidency.”

When Trump visited Portsmouth on April 27, he toured the city in a bit of whirlwind, shaking hands and chatting with people before spiriting away in a limousine. He didn’t make any speeches.

In the press release promoting the handling of press for the Nashua visit, Tranchemontagne wrote: “The room will be packed. ‘The Donald’ will be in the house. And media from around the state, region and world will be recording it all. It will be the New Hampshire Primary at its finest.”

From sweets to Senate

Sen. Kelly Ayotte has opened an office in the space that for six years smelled of everything chocolate.

The commercial space on 144 Main St. – for years the aromatic home of Swan Chocolates – will serve as Ayotte’s local constituent office, but whether food and beverages will be offered remains to be seen.

Ayotte’s staff members and private contractors were seen last week remodeling the interior and placing the senator’s name on exterior signage. It is now open, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Swan Chocolate owners Michael and Theresa Anderson decided not to renew their lease when it expired at the end of February. They still operate a chocolate factory and retail store at 436 Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack.

Firefighters recognized

Two Nashua firefighters will be honored at the New Hampshire Union Leader’s annual Hero Awards ceremony Monday.

Nashua Fire Rescue Lts. John Araujo and Rick Wyatt reacted quickly in saving the lives of colleagues when battling the February 2010 five-alarm blaze at the historic Labine Building, according to the awards program.

Araujo was with his crew in the ballroom of the old building when he sensed the building was compromised, Deputy Fire Chief John Allison said. Just as Araujo pushed one firefighter and pulled another out of a doorway, the roof and two-story high ceiling collapsed.

Long experience in firefighting, similar to “good horse sense,” caused Araujo to act fast, added Nashua Firefighters Union President Jim Kirk.

Several floors below, Wyatt pulled his crew out of an area of the building realizing that the structure was in danger, and also saved them from harm with the roof collapse, Allison and Kirk said.

Listening to the acts over the scanner was “incredible,” Allison said.

“It was definitely a case of firefighter saving firefighters,” he said.

Araujo, Wyatt and the other 2011 Hero Award recipients will be honored at State House.

Concerts to support new band uniforms

Two concerts are scheduled this week to help raise money for new band uniforms for Nashua High School South.

The Nashua South High School Music Department will present “A Uniform Benefit Concert “ on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The concert will feature the Nashua Plays Festival Concert Band, the Nashua South High School Concert Band, the Nashua South Jazz Band and the Nashua South Honor’s Jazz Band. The South Concert Band will be premiering “For Stan,” a composition written by Nashua High School alumnus Andrew Cote in memory of fellow Nashua High School alumnus Stan Larsen. Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased by going to the Nashua High School South Music Booster website at

And on Saturday, the local classic rock band The Mad Express will perform at Alpine Grove in Hollis from 8 p.m.-midnight.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Nashua South Uniform Campaign for the purchase of new uniforms.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

Staff writers Albert McKeon and Michael Brindley contributed to this report. Albert McKeon can be reached at 594-5832 or Michael Brindley can be reached at 594-6426 or