BETHLEHEM — On May 29, 2012, Senate Bill 291 for the appropriation to establish a North Country Fire Training Facility was signed. The Department of Safety established a committee composed of fire chiefs and firefighters from throughout the North Country to determine the needs and location of a training facility.
A site in Bethlehem, located within 60 miles of all of the targeted municipalities, was chosen based on location, cost of development, existing infrastructure and community acceptance. This 12.1 acre lot will be the home of a new four story burn building, as well as a classroom building consisting of a small conference/meeting room, a 35-40 student classroom and a field office. This is being renovated from an existing garage.
There had been discussion regarding the naming of the new facility, followed by an overwhelming agreement and acceptance of bestowing this honor on Executive Councilor Raymond Burton, who passed away on November 12, 2013. An item put forward by Governor Maggie Hassan resulted in a unanimous vote by Burton's fellow Council members, who decided that the new facility will be named, "Raymond S. Burton North Country Fire and EMS Training Facility."
"For decades, Ray Burton has provided unmatched dedication and public service to the people of the North Country and all of New Hampshire," Governor Hassan said. "Councilor Burton has steadfastly stood watch on behalf of the North Country and its people, and it is fitting to name this new facility in Ray Burton's honor as it seeks to train future generations of public servants to watch over and protect our communities."
"This facility will meet the needs of many fire and EMS agencies in the North Country. Through certification classes held there, these folks can receive the knowledge and skills necessary to allow them to respond to the emergency needs of their communities safely and efficiently. I also envision the site being used for community CPR and first aid classes as well as a meeting area for regional emergency management planning," said Deborah Pendergast, Director of NH Division of Fire Standards & Training and EMS. "We are so pleased to name our facility after Councilor Burton who is such a strong advocate for not only the needs of the citizens in his district, but of the needs of the emergency responders."
The burn building is scheduled to be complete by the end of January. Plans for the classroom building renovation are well underway with some demolition having being completed to date. That portion of the project should wrap up some time this spring at which time there will be a formal ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 07:43
SANBORNTON — The Sanbornton Congregational Church – UCC in partnership with the Sanbornton Town Library will be showing the film "The Birth of Christ" on Wednesday, December 4 as part of the monthly film series. The film will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the second floor of the library.
“The Birth of Christ” is a Christmas Cantata by Andrew T. Miller. This inspiring, musical celebration brings the Christmas story to vivid life through song, as the timeless characters--Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth and the shepherds-- reveal their humanity and passion through the music. Recorded live in Ireland, this historic premiere brings together a chorus of Catholic and Protestant singers who raise their voices in unity and peace around the central mystery of their faith.
The film features a narration of Luke's Nativity by Liam Neeson. Soprano soloist Amy Bils’ will present her rendition of the “The Magnificat”. Additional performances by tenor Robert McPherson and baritone John B. Cooper. Following the film will be a discussion led by Rev. Ruth Martz.
For further information call the library at 286-8288 or visit the church’s web site at uccsanbornton.org.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 03:06
BRIDGEWATER—For Halloween he dressed up as the Incredible Hulk. He loves monster trucks, as well as dirt bikes, fishing, his PS3 and zipping around on his go kart. Ty Clark of Groton is a typical fourth grader at Bridgewater-Hebron Village School (BHVS)—except the disease he is battling isn't typical.
Bridgewater-Hebron fourth grade moms are hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Bridgewater Town Hall on Friday, November 22 from 5 – 7 p.m. Dinner will be $5 per person, kids five and under eat free. There will also be raffle prizes, including a "Kimono" quilt made and donated by Linda Punturieri of Moultonborough, with all proceeds from the evening benefitting Ty and his family in his battle against lymphoma.
Ty was born with undersized kidneys. On June 8 of this year, Ty underwent a kidney transplant. At first things were going well, but subsequently he was diagnosed with an Epstein-Barr virus and infectious mononucleosis, which led to the development of post-transplant lymphoma. He spent five weeks over at Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) at the beginning of the school year, and since October 5, has been traveling back to CHaD once a week for treatment. His 18-weeks of treatment are scheduled to end in early February 2014.
His mom, Heather, explains between the six medications he is taking, in-home nurse visits and the gas for trips back and forth to CHaD for chemo, the financial impact to their family has been significant. All the while, Ty can't take his anti-rejection medications for the new kidney. So far, so good, but the fear he could loose after all this does linger as a possibility.
For now it is one day at a time, and Ty is feeling fortunate to have had little to no side effects from the chemo—his hair has thinned a bit. He is keeping up on his school work with the help of a tutor and when his white blood cell count is up, he enjoys visiting his classmates at BHVS. Heather says, "This challenge has changed Ty in that he is more willing to share what is going on. He has grown up a bit as he has to speak up and be his own advocate. And he has learned his friends will be there for him no matter what. That is comforting to him."
Heather says she, her husband Roy, and other two sons Nathan and Dakota, have been overwhelmed and blessed by the support from all the surrounding towns. "It is amazing," she says. "You don't know it is out there until it happens. We were definitely surprised by how the community has come together to help."
To follow Ty's progress, visit his information page at: www.caringbridge.org/visit/tyclark.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 10:45
LACONIA — Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) was called upon to fill a service gap in 2012, which lead to the creation of HomeAssist services to people in southern Grafton County. The highly successful program recently expanded to cover all of Belknap County when the previous service provider, Central NH VNA, declined to pursue their contract with the State Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS).
HomeAssist provides non-medical hands-on services for aging seniors such as meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping and laundry, escort and transportation, medication reminders, assistance with personal care, household responsibilities and general companionship. Experienced personnel from the Central NH VNA program have joined the LRCS HomeAssist assuring a smooth transition of services and increasing the capacity to serve more clients in Belknap and So. Grafton Counties The program enables Lakes Region seniors and individuals living with chronic illnesses in Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties to access the supports they need to be able to stay in their homes.
"The HomeAssist Program is grounded in the values and experience that LRCS brings as a local provider that knows first hand how to support families. We understand the importance of building relationships and our approach is both resourceful and flexible. We treat people how we would want to be treated," said Shannon Kelley, Director of Community Support Services.
Whether one can pay for the services privately or qualify for the Medicaid Home and Community Based Care Choices for Independence Program, the BEAS Title 20 Block Grant or have long term health insurance options, the LRCS HomeAssist Program provides the framework and supports to meet the individual's needs as directed by the individual or their representative.
For more information or to get assistance through HomeAssist call Lakes Region Community Services 524-8811 or visit www.lrcs.org.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 10:41
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