The Farnum Center opens new drug treatment center in Franklin

FRANKLIN — Construction is complete on a new facility to house services for substance abuse treatment in New Hampshire, and on Monday, Farnum Center welcomed 10 new clients into the newly opened "Ray House," named after New Hampshire's well-known and generous restauranteur, Alex Ray, of the Common Man Restaurant chain, who donated $100,000 to help with the project.
The newly expanded Farnum Center North in Franklin will provide inpatient treatment for women in need, and also has immediate space available for first responders and veterans in need, in a separate treatment wing dedicated to veterans. In all, the Ray House has 21 available beds. In the next few months, another 42 beds will be licensed and available for rehabilitation and treatment in the Webster House next door.
"We have opened our doors to anyone in need, but we recognize there is a special and significant need to tend to the men and women in uniform who have sacrificed for our country," said Dr. Cheryl Wilkie, senior VP of Substance Abuse Services at Farnum Center. "We have created a special unit dedicated solely to our veterans and to our first responders. They have given so much to us, and it's time for us to do what we can to give back to them."
Easter Seals Farnum Center broke ground on a major expansion in Franklin last fall. The nonprofit agency will offer new treatment services in two separate locations, Farnum Center in Manchester and Farnum North in Franklin. In addition, the process is underway to transition from peer recovery services to a fully licensed clinical program at Webster Place in Franklin. This will allow the facility to be fully flexible to handle a variety of inpatient and outpatient needs.

"The numbers speak for themselves and, sadly, 2015 set another record for the number of lives lost to drug overdoses," said Larry Gammon, president and CEO of Easter Seals. "This expansion is the first in what will be several steps to help those who are caught in this deadly addiction."
The New Farnum Center's Residential Service in Franklin will be a 30-day substance abuse treatment program with the capacity to serve 20 adults with primary substance abuse issues or co-occurring mental health and substance use problems. This program is for clients who require the structure and intensive support of a residential setting. Farnum Center is a comprehensive alcohol and other drug treatment facility that offers programming based on the philosophy of Health Realization and an array of services. Days are filled with education classes, meetings, group discussions, positive seminars and special presentations. Their goal is to teach participants that they have the tools they need to stay sober already within themselves. Farnum Center understands how important it is for you to get the help you need right away; that is why we have a new screening process called Open Access. They will be seen by one of the clinicians who will complete a thorough psychosocial evaluation and discuss what level of care would be most appropriate.

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The ribbon-cutting at the new Franklin Farnum Center took place Friday. (Courtesy Photo)

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The reception area at the Franklin Farnum Center. (Courtesy Photo)

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A bedroom at the Farnum Center. (Courtesy Photo)


Car crash closes Route 11-A, driver escapes serious injury

GILFORD — A man escaped serious injury after his car went off the road and down a 15-foot embankment Monday at 4:23 p.m. near Gunstock Mountain Resort on Route 11-A.
Fire officials said the car landed on its passenger side. After scaling the embankment with a ladder, rescue crews were able to break the driver's side window and help the man out. He was alone in the car.
"It was a very steep embankment," said Firefighter Dion DeCarli who said he didn't really have much contact with the man because he was helping to stabilize the car.
Route 11A was closed for about 30 minutes while the car was being pulled from the embankment by two wreckers. Crews remained there until 5:50 p.m.
The man was not transported by ambulance and DeCarli said the police are investigating the cause of the crash.
— Gail Ober

Pavilion gets approval for more camping


GILFORD — The Planning Board approved a request from The Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion (formerly Meadowbrook) to expand the number of events at which it could offer camping from 12 per year to all shows in a given year.

Restrictions included that the live music venue cap the number of campsites to 250 at all events except for a maximum of 1,000 sites at four events per season. The Pavilion must also discuss with the selectboard the detail rates charged by police and reach some sort of agreement as to how Gilford Police would be reimbursed by should the department need to call in extra officers for an emergency.

According to R.J. Harding, the owner of the venue, the goal is to be able to offer package deals to people attending shows over a two- to three-night period of time. For example, the Dave Matthews Band is playing two shows over two consecutive nights and the venue wants to be able to offer camping as part of a two-day package. He added that both shows are sold out.

Harding told the board that if, during one of their larger events, he reaches the point where the campers number more than is recommended by Chief Anthony Bean Burpee, he would pay for overnight police details. He also said that he has not reached that point yet, but would like to have the approval in place so he can try and book more events.

Bean Burpee, as well as many board members, expressed some concern with the number of potential campers. With 1,000 sites and up to six people per site, the potential for having as many as 6,000 people in one place is overwhelming to him. He said that, unlike the fire department, he has no financial ability to pay people for "on-call" status and should he need help from his own officers it would depend on a number of circumstances for each officer called.

As an example, he said he could call in officers, but if it's their day off, they can consume alcohol, leave the area or be otherwise unavailable. He allowed that there is some mutual aid response for emergencies from surrounding departments, the state police and the Belknap County Sheriff's Department.

Bean Burpee said he also fears a large increase in the number of people who attend shows will drink to excess because they know they don't have to drive.

Harding said he thinks this year the Pavilion could come close to 40 shows and his goal is to be able to offer a camping option for all of them. His site plan already allows for 1,000 campsites.

Realistically, he said the last year's average number of campsites was about 100 and the majority of them had only two campers, usually a couple. He added that while, other than The Dave Matthews Band, he has no back-to-back shows scheduled for this year, he would like the opportunity to do so as he continues filling the venue for the summer.

The Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion has a maximum seating capacity of 9,600 but Harding said they usually only book to 9,200 when they can.