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Committee on Aging to discuss veterans benefits

GILFORD — The Belknap County Area Committee on Aging will hold a program on veterans benefits on Friday, November 14 at 10 am in the Wesley Woods Community Room off Rte. 11A, behind the First United Methodist Church in Gilford.

Wendy Decoff from the VA Medical Center will be here to answer questions about veterans benefits. Contact Stace at 603-528-2555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to RSVP.

The mission of the Belknap County Area Committee on Aging is to advocate and inform the public on matters relating to the development and implementation of local, state and federal programs/issues affecting well-being, independence and dignity in keeping with New Hampshire's goal to keep seniors healthy, helping to realize their full potential.


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110415Hands Across the Table meeting at Temple B'Nai Israel this weekHands Across the Table dinner to be held at Temple B’Nai Israel

LACONIA — The weekly Hands Across the Table dinner scheduled for Wednesday, November 5 will be held at Temple B'Nai Israel, 211 Court Street, Laconia. Doors open at 4 p.m. with the dinner starting at 5 p.m. This change is for one week only, to allow the St. Andre Bessette Parish to prepare for their Nutcracker Christmas Festival.

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Grant will help PSU recruit counseling & psych students

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University is taking the lead on combating mental health and substance abuse problems throughout New Hampshire with the help of $2.2 million in federal grants. The three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) allows the University's professional counseling and school psychology program to recruit more students by offering them stipends during their internships, which increases the number of student interns providing mental health and substance abuse services to children, adolescents and transitional-age individuals.

This HRSA grant initiative was created in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting to provide better-trained school professionals to identify and treat troubled students. These grants will allow PSU to offer stipends to more than 100 master's-level interns in school psychology, school counseling, and clinical mental health counseling who work between 600 and 1,200 hours. Currently, students in these programs receive no stipend during their internships, while paying up to $7,000 for school credits while having little free time for a part-time job.

"In addition to the financial support provided for student internships, this funding will be transformational; allowing us to deepen our relationships with schools, mental health organizations and other external partners in an effort to ensure that children, adolescents and young adults in New Hampshire have better access to critical mental health services," said Gail Mears, Dean of PSU's College of Education, Health and Human Services.

The University will use the funding to focus on prevention and clinical intervention and treatment for at-risk youth and their families and put a special emphasis on meeting the needs of "transitional-age" persons ages 16 to 25 who are at risk for mental illness, substance abuse and suicide, and the least likely to seek continuous help. According to figures compiled in the past two years by the NH Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated one in five people ages five to 19 in New Hampshire has a diagnosable mental health disorder, while the same age group has some of the highest rates of alcohol and drug use in the country. This funding will facilitate inter-professional collaboration with a local primary care health center and school, community mental health centers, and law enforcement with the primary goal of nurturing safe communities.

The $2.2 million awarded to PSU are among the largest social sciences grants ever awarded to a USNH school; Goodnough believes PSU will see an influx of students who aspire to be school psychologists and counselors, but could not afford the program without a stipend.

"We know that mental health and substance abuse issues can create problems anywhere, even New Hampshire," said Goodnough. "It's been hard for our students to endure the financial hardship to become trained counselors and school psychologists, so this grant is very exciting."

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Pitman’s hosting Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet Thursday

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in Laconia is pleased to announce that it will host the Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet Tribute to Dave Bruebeck on Thursday, November 6 at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

From the White House to the Kennedy Center and now it Pitman's Freight Room, the Eric Mintel Quartet has been dazzling audiences with their tribute to Dave Bruebeck.

The quartet features Eric Mintel piano, Jack Hegyi electric bass, Dave Mohn drums, and Nelson Hill, alto saxophone.

Catered dinner buffet available before the show. Call 527-0043 for details and reservations. www.pitmansfreightroom.com

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