Boston's BayBank Inc. is on the acquisition march in southern New Hampshire, but community bankers are ready to do battle.

"Anytime you have somebody as good as BayBanks, sure it's going to create a challenge," said Christopher J. Flynn, president and chief executive of $310 million-asset Peterborough Savings Bank. "It doesn't really bother us. We just know that we have to continue to get better."

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