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Bystander intervention policy at PSU aimed at preventing sexual violence

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University and a local crisis intervention agency Voices Against Violence are partnering to raise awareness about sexual assault by instituting a bystander intervention policy that will help prevent sexual violence and harassment and provide information and support to victims.

Jim Hundrieser, PSU's Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, said the policy encourages students to report any inappropriate behavior that they witness. "We are working to create a safer environment for our students," Hundrieser said. "The goal is to stop incidents from happening. We're telling students who witness something not to ignore it. It is important for students to tell someone in a leadership position and that can be done anonymously."

The policy and partnership were created in support of a recent White House report aimed at reducing the number of assaults on college campuses nationwide; the goal is to lessen the number of students who are assaulted and identify resources for students who are victims. While PSU is a safe institution as defined by federal and state authorities, the bystander intervention policy partnership is part of an ongoing effort to educate students and provide help to those who request it. Meg Kennedy-Dugan, Executive Director of Voices Against Violence in Plymouth, said their organization will provide resources to students, faculty and staff who want it.

"Voices Against Violence is thrilled to be collaborating with PSU in reaching out to survivors and friends as well as providing outreach and education to the campus community as a whole," Kennedy-Dugan said. Each first-year student seminar at PSU includes instruction on the bystander intervention policy and its importance in creating a safe environment for every student.

"Plymouth State has continued to educate students and created a campus culture that does not tolerate any forms of violence or discrimination," added Hundrieser. "This program will enhance our efforts to help educate our students."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 10:17

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HOliday family fair at Black Swan Inn on Sunday

TILTON — On Sunday, December 7 the Black Swan Inn will be hosting their Annual Holiday Family Fair from 1 to 5 p.m. to benefit the Animal Rescue League of NH.
The Basiliere's invite families to join them for a festive afternoon of traditional holiday music, hot cocoa and cookies, ornament making for the kids, handcrafted items for purchase and Special guests Santa and Elsa!
There will be a $2 admission per person. For more information call 603-286-4524

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 10:09

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Two local artists exhibiting at VynnArt Gallery in Meredith

MEREDITH — Local artists Chris Guyette and Smyth Bouchard are exhibiting at VynnArt Gallery on Friday, December 5 to Sunday, December 7. Artist's will be on hand to discuss their artwork on Sunday from 12-4. Refreshments will me served.

Christopher Guyette is a local artist who has been exploring the wonder of spray paint art uses various different approaches with the spraypaint so he can create different results. Each piece Guyette makes is one of a kind, and his its own unique qualities and traits.

Smyth Bouchard teaches Art at Merrimack Valley High school, where she encourages her students find the confidence to express themselves in their own way. When working on a piece she will often become fully engrossed in the creative process and will only "come up for air". "I create for myself. To explore my own abilities. What can I do? What am I capable of? Just how far can I push it? I create  to express my own thoughts and feelings —to share a little bit of myself," says Bouchard.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 10:05

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Bristol Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee to meet on Monday

BRISTOL — The Bristol Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee will hold its next meeting on Monday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m. at the Bristol Fire Department, 85 Lake St.

The committee is represented by a variety of local interests including the Fire, Police, and Public Works Departments, the Planning Board, the Newfound Area Nursing Association, and a local business owner. The group is focusing on the natural and manmade hazards that put Bristol at risk as well as the development of recommendations to protect the safety and well-being of town residents.

 Residents of Bristol and representatives from neighboring communities are encouraged to attend the committee's meeting and provide ideas.

Hazard Mitigation Planning, say organizers, is as important to reducing disaster losses as are appropriate regulations and land use ordinances. The most significant areas of concern for Bristol will be determined as a result of this process. In the 2010 plan these included urban fire, lightning, and winter hazards. With the update to the Hazard Mitigation Plan, community leaders will be able to evaluate the status of current plans, policies, and actions then develop and prioritize actions to reduce the impacts of these and other hazards. Community leaders want the town to be a disaster resistant community and believe that updating the Hazard Mitigation Plan will bring Bristol one step closer to that goal.

More information about the committee's work can be obtained by calling Bristol Fire Chief Steve Yannuzzi, who is also the town's Emergency Management Director at 744-2632 or David Jeffers, Regional Planner, Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-5341.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 10:00

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