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PSU Dean of Students recognized for advocacy against domestic and sexual assault

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University Dean of Students, Jeff Furlone, has been recognized by two agencies for developing and implementing initiatives with a local crisis services agency, Voices Against Violence (Voices).

As a PSU representative, Furlone has collaborated with Voices in creating a formal Memorandum of Understanding to more clearly define the relationship between the two entities, the first agreement of its kind between a New Hampshire college or university and a crisis center.

In February, Voices presented Furlone its Beverly Seavey Award, which is given each year to an outstanding community member who has "gone above and beyond" to help end domestic violence. Meg Kennedy Dugan, executive director of Voices says, "Jeff has walked more students in crisis over to our offices than any other person. He is one of the most caring and compassionate people I have had the pleasure of knowing."

Furlone says, "PSU has been referring people to Voices for years, but this agreement defines our share of the work—our responsibilities, and the services for which PSU pays. The experience students have had with Voices has been positive at the worst times of their lives—they feel supported and respected by Voices staff."

Furlone's team, which includes Kara Lewis Barker, program support assistant, and Janette Wiggett, assistant dean of students, holds regular seminars and encourages student volunteerism with Voices, as they continually update policies and procedures on the issue at the university level. Furlone and Wiggett initiated training by Voices staff for University residence directors to provide them and their students with appropriate information and services, and have developed workshops and best practices for other agencies and universities on topics related to sexual and domestic violence. Through his vision, Furlone has incorporated Voices as a resource throughout PSU's website and on campus.

"Furlone and his team are working to change the culture on campuses around the issue of sexual abuse," says Maureen McDonald, executive director of the coalition. "This has resulted in a dramatic change in the collaboration between PSU and Voices Against Violence, a coalition member." McDonald says, "He [Furlone] is a dynamic and knowledgeable speaker on the issues of campus sexual assault and has worked collaboratively with other stakeholders to expand PSU's sexual assault prevention work and efforts to support victims."

Furlone is active in the Campus Consortium, a project connected to the New Hampshire Attorney General's office that creates a forum where New Hampshire's post-secondary institutions can develop and implement strategies to end violence against women on campuses. Additionally, he is a member of the multidisciplinary Plymouth Area Sexual Assault Resource Team, and recently received the Victim's Rights Day Award from the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Frank Cocchiarella says, "Jeff has an incredible knack for balancing professionalism with compassion. As dean of students, he is committed to being fair and supportive of all students, but he always goes the extra mile when it comes to their safety."

Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 07:47

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LRCS Honors Employees for their dedication to the organization

LACONIA — Lakes Region Community Services executive director Christine Santaniello and board president R. Stuart Wallace presented certificates of appreciation to long-term employees and Shared Family Living providers at the LRCS Annual Celebration held on April 9 in Laconia.

"As our agency has grown and changed over the years, employees continue to be with us to support our mission and the individuals and families we serve. We are very proud to have such dedicated employees and to honor their service at our organization's 40th Milestone Celebration," stated Christine Santaniello, Executive Director.

Twenty-three employees were honored this year for reaching the longevity milestones of 10, 15, 20, and 25 years of service to the organization. LRCS Longevity Awardees for 2015 include: 25 Years; Steve Barton, Nancy Brown, Lyn Carlson, and Laurie Vachon. 20 year recipients include; Diane Bedford, Judy Maguire, Melanie Mardin, Wendy Robb, Mary St. Jacques, and Judee Teichert. 15 year recipients include; Ellen Noyes, and Penny Rumley. 10 year recipients; Cathy Dupuis, Loretta Gilpatric, Joanne Hammel, Donald Harris, Nancy Kirk, Suzanne McCormack, Joyce Moore, Joan Poitras, Charles Slaughter, Wendy Shaw, and Susan Smith.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 07:37

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Soak up the rain program assists homweowners with managing runoff

MEREDITH — It's been a long, long, long winter, and homeowners everywhere are looking forward to planting their flower and vegetable gardens, as well as raking and cleaning up leaves, twigs, and sand left over from the fall and winter. Spring! A time of re-birth, budding trees, the return of birds, snow melt and spring rains.

Unfortunately, all those snow banks along roads and driveways, and snow piles in parking lots are not just snow. They contain sand and salt, and other pollutants, which, when the snow melts, get carried along in the melt water to roads, storm drains and streams. Stormwater from rain can also lead to water pollution in streams, ponds, and lakes, as it carries pollutants washed off from roofs, driveways, parking lots, and roads.

Now is a good time to assess your property and fix erosion and water runoff issues. By installing rain gardens, rain barrels, infiltration trenches, and other low-cost practices, residents can reduce their stormwater footprint and feel good about making a positive contribution toward clean water in their community by literally 'soaking up the rain'.

Stop by the Meredith Public Library to view the 'Soak up the Rain' display and pick up some 'Do it Yourself' stormwater practice guides. You can also determine your property's stormwater footprint by signing up for a one on one property assessment with Alec Dunlap, an Inter-Lakes High School senior, who is assisting the Lake Winnipesaukee Association with the Soak up the Rain program in Meredith as part of an internship arranged by Allison Duffield, Executive Director of the Career Partnership Program at Inter-Lakes High School. The display will be up at the library until May 8th.

Adapted from the NH Department of Environmental Services 'NH Residential Loading Model', the Stormwater Footprint Calculator (What's Your P?) is an online tool that allows a homeowner to not only determine their stormwater footprint, but also potential reductions in pollutant load from the installation of stormwater treatment practices. The 'What's your P? calculator was developed by GreenInfo Network for the Lake Winnipesaukee Association (LWA) through funding obtained from the Samuel P. Pardoe Foundation, and can be found at http://winnipesaukeegateway.org/resources/phosphorus-calculator/.

Those who are interested in a one-on-one walk-through of the on-line "What's Your P?" tool tailored specifically for their property, may sign up at the library to schedule a meeting with Dunlap. Alec will be available at the Meredith Public Library on Monday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, from 11 am to 12:30 p.m., and Wednesday, May 6, from 9 am to 10:30 am. The length of the one-on-one session is up to the landowner.

The SOAK program is managed by the NHDES Watershed Assistance Section. The program trains local organizations to work with property owners to install clean water practices. As a SOAK partner, the Lake Winnipesaukee Association will be holding several workshops this spring to assist individuals and homeowners learn how to soak up the rain on their properties. For more information about SoakNH, visit the SoakNH website at http://soaknh.org/ or contact Pat Tarpey at the Lake Winnipesaukee Association at 581-6632.


Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 06:48

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AutoServ dealerships hosting AARP safe driving course


TILTON — AutoServ is hosting an AARP  "Smart Driver'' course on Friday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be a lunch break so participants are welcome to buy lunch in the AutoServ café located at the dealership or bring lunch on their own.

This course can be used for point reduction and some NH insurances companies will give discount for attending class.

Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. The fee can be paid to the instructor on the day the class is held.

Contact Carolyn at 729-1120 to register or for more information.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2015 06:44

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