Even though there’s no snow on the ground volunteers are working at Arrowhead Ski Area. Since 2001 the ski area has been run solely by volunteers for the pure joy of providing low cost skiing, tubing and snowboarding for families in the Claremont area. Volunteer Tom Burnham says they need volunteers. Areas where volunteers are needed are for the ski shop, lift operations, tubing area, first aid, Concessions and ski and snowboard instructors. There are some benefits to donating your time, it’s fun and a free pass for your kids. Those interested in volunteering can stop by Arrowhead at 18 Robert Easter Way, Claremont, NH any Saturday or visit their website here.
Lebanon residents who get sewer service from the city will see their rates go up by 9 percent next year. While not a happy subject for City Council members, they approved the rate increase knowing that work on the system has to be done now. Councilor Steve Wood wants to see some long range planning done and instead of utility customer paying the full tab, he would like to spread it around to all city residents to pay a portion of capital improvements.
Councilors requested City Manager Greg Lewis come back to them in the first quarter of 2014 with proposals to look at the current rates and how to keep costs in check.
Public comment over the increase led the council for a review on how capital improvements to the water and sewer systems are funded. Most of the system is extremely old and while improvements have been made due to Federal E.P.A. rules, many more miles of upgrades are needed.
A MinuteClinic has opened inside C.V.S pharmacy in West Lebanon. The clinic is a new venue for delivering health care and is in partnership with D.H.M.C. Treatment for acute illnesses, wellness and prevention services are given by licensed nurse practitioners and review and support is provided by Medical directors who are family physicians from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Primary Care practices.
The clinic hours are Mon-Friday 11am -7 pm and Sat and Sun 10am – 4 pm and no appointment is necessary. Services start at $79.00 with most health insurances accepted. Dartmouth-Hitchcock C.E.O and President Dr. James N. Weinstein said, “This partnership with MinuteClinic exactly fits our strategic priorities of improving the health of our population, providing value-based care, and using different payment models to reduce costs.” MinuteClinics have six locations in NH with plans to open 150 nationwide.
To learn more about the MinuteClinic visit www.minuteclinic.com
Mark Beauchesne spoke about the biennial hearings that are being held in December. The meeting give the general public an opportunity to offer input on any aspect of Department operations. The two sessions are Tuesday, December 10th at 6p.m at N.H. Fish and Game’s Region 1 Office on Route 3 (629B Main Street) in Lancaster, N.H., and Wednesday, December 11th at 6:00 p.m. at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, in Concord, N.H.
North Newport Cemetery will soon be getting an expansion. Ken Dennis, Newport’s Buildings, Grounds and Cemetery Manager presented plans for an expansion on the Wells property adjacent to the cemetery. Newport acquired the property in the 1990’s for additional burial plots. Dennis plans to add 269 plots since current available burial plots are dwindling. Dennis told Selectman Gary Nichols there is about a year’s time before there is a problem.The Selectboard asked Dennis to get a preliminary bid on the project along with a bid for further expansion on the property.
A Claremont man was arrested in Westminster VT Tuesday night on an outstanding warrant charge. Police say Larry Daniels 24, had an outstanding warrant from Windham County Court for failure to appear on two counts of violating a restraining order.
Troopers found Daniels in a car parked in a Westminster driveway after receiving a call Daniels was route to the residence. Daniels was taken into custody without incident and held at the Southern State Correctional Facility for lack of 5 Thousand dollar bail. He will appear in Windham County District Court.
The Max Six Wheeler used to take Swenson out of the woods. Photo courtesy of Sunapee PD
Corey Swenson who sustained head injuries from a logging accident last week in Croydon is off the critical list. Swenson’s mother Sheila said “His recovery is beyond expectations.” Although there will be some therapy needed, Corey engages in conversations and is walking. Although more tests are needed Swenson is expected to make a full recovery. EMT’s used a Mac to retrieve Corey who was unconscious 2 miles into the woods
James W. Perrillo plead guilty to second degree murder to his wife Natalie Perrillo Tuesday morning in Sullivan County Superior Court. Perrillo shot his wife Natalie Perrillo on Apr. 26 2012 in their family home Grantham NH. At the time of the murder James W. Perrillo told police he got the gun “to scare Natalie,” whom he suspected was having an affair with former student Josh Towle, 20 of Littleton NH. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 18.
Prison and correctional Facilities are preparing for the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) audit in January. The law passed under President George W. Bush in 2003 but it wasn’t until late 2012 the final adoption of national standards were approved. The law applies to Offender-on-offender sexual assault and abuse, Staff-on-offender sexual misconduct, and Offender-on-offender and staff-on-offender sexual harassment. Ross Cunningham, Superintendent of Sullivan County Corrections says it’s about keeping a safe environment. According to Cunningham Sullivan County is on target with the requirements. The facility allows the auditor to enter and tour lockups, review documents, and interview staff and detainees, as deemed appropriate by the auditor.
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