Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Named One of “100 Great Hospitals in America

dhmcLEBANON, NH – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) has again been named to the annual list of “100 Great Hospitals in America” as compiled by the health care industry publication Becker’s Hospital Review.

Becker’s cited DHMC as one of the “most prominent, forward-thinking and focused health care facilities in the nation.” Hospitals included on the list are home to many medical and scientific breakthroughs, provide best-in-class patient care and are stalwarts of their communities, serving as academic hubs or local mainstays.

DHMC is the only New Hampshire hospital on the list, and was previously named to the “100 great hospitals” list in 2012. Read more ›

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VA Medical Center in WRJ Hosts Open House

White RiverWhiteRiverJunction Junction VA Medical Center is hosting an Open House & Information Fair on Monday, April 7, 2014, from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. The Open House will be held in the Research Building (building 44) at 163 Veterans Drive White River Junction, VT.

If you served in the Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge, you may qualify for health care benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. VA staff will be available to answer questions and assist Veterans with completing their VA health care application. Veterans and their family members can also visit information tables to learn more about VA compensation benefits and available health care services. Read more ›

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Truck Fire in Grafton NH

fireflamesGrafton. – The Grafton Fire department was toned for a truck fire/possible structure fire at 355 Dean Road in Grafton at 9:43PM on Tuesday April 1. Upon arrival, it was found that the pickup truck was park within 4 feet of the structure. Arriving crews quick extinguished the blaze.
Chief Babiarz credits rapid response of crews prevented the structure, a Mobile home from being involved.
The truck was a total loss, estimated damage $11,000. The cause was determined to be electrical. There was no damage to the building. Mutual aid was provided by Danbury, Canaan, and Enfield.
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Hurry Sullivan County Plant Sale Ends Thursday

Sullivan CountyJust a few days left to order fruits, perennial vegetables, , hardwood and softwood trees, and wildlife plants from the Sullivan County Conservation District annual plant sale.  Orders are being taken until Friday, April 4, and plant pick up date is Saturday, May 3 at the Ahern Building at the County Complex in Unity.  A link to the Plant Sale catalog and order form is on the front page of the Sullivan County website www.sullivancounty.gov or call Lionel Chute at 542-4891

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Vermont State Police Seek Information on Westminster Burglary

Vermont State Povtsp-ajasarolice are seeking information on a burglary at Kenneth Beebe Plumbing and Heating on Rt. 121 in Westminster.  Police say someone gained forcible entry into the business between 5:30 pm on Monday and 9:00 am Tuesday and took cash from the business.  Anyone with information should call Trooper Berry at the Rockingham State Police Barracks at 802-875-2112.

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AG Office Releases Names of Murder/Suicide in Barrington NH

fosterNew Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Foster, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert L. Quinn, and Barrington Police Chief Richard Conway announce that the Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Thomas Andrew, has completed the autopsies on the bodies of two people found deceased in a residence in the Town of Barrington on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

The bodies have been identified as those of Pauline Grassett, age 44, and Glenn Grassett, age 61, who lived at 60 Layne Farm Road in Barrington. Dr. Andrew has concluded that Glenn Grassett shot his wife, Pauline multiple times. Her death has been ruled a homicide. Glenn Grassett shot himself once in the head. His death has been ruled a suicide. The weapon, a Glock 9 mm, was recovered at the scene.

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Acworth Man Taken By DHART After Early Morning Crash

acworthAn Acworth Man was taken to DHMC by DHART after he rolled his truck over an embankment just before 8:30 am on Tuesday. Police say Michael Blake 65 was traveling south on Hll road when he lost control of his truck turning onto Beryl Mountain Road and struck the guardrail on the bridge. The cab of the vehicle detached from the frame and went further down the embankment. Where Blake was extracted and had sustained serious injuries. . Police say defective equipment was a contributing factor in this crash.

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LeBlanc Waives Probable Cause Hearing, Has Bail Lowered

leblancJudge Bruce Cardillo lowered Chrstopher LeBlanc ‘s bail to $150,000 cash down from $250,000 after LeBlanc‘s attorney Skip Campbell argued it was excessive and exceeded the purpose of bail. Campbell requested lower bail with a surety bond and home confinement with LeBlanc staying at his parent’s home in New London where LeBlanc was raised. County Attorney Mark Hathaway argued that LeBlanc has a prior federal conviction in 2006 for interstate transfer of stolen government property and felt that the public would be at danger since a former student from when LeBlanc was a student teacher at Indian River Middle School came forward after his arrest to say LeBlanc had solicited her for sex. The County Attorney said he feared LeBlanc might try to tamper with witnesses since he interfered with the investigation LeBlanc waived his probable cause hearing and case will now go to a grand jury at Sullivan County Superior Court.

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State Fire Marshal Investigating Deadly Fire in Danville NH

degnanState Fire Marshal J. William Degnan, Danville Fire Chief Steve Woitkun and Danville Police Chief Wade Parsons regret to announce that one victim of the fire that occurred on March 31st, 2014, has died. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending positive identification, expected tomorrow via the NH Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
The joint investigation by the Danville Police and Fire Departments, along with the NH State Fire Marshal’s Office, is ongoing. Additional information is expected to be released upon completion of the investigation.
Fire Marshal Degnan and Fire Chief Woitkun want to take this opportunity to remind everyone to practice fire safety in their homes by installing and maintaining working smoke and CO detectors, utilizing electrical and fuel burning appliances and extension cords in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines, and keeping exits clear and accessible to the Fire Department. Please contact your local fire department for literature regarding home fire safety.
This incident remains under investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Danville Fire and Police Departments. Further inquiries may be directed to Investigator Eric Berube at the Office of the State Fire Marshal

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Sunapee Visioning Session Brings No Clear Consensus

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Ron Garceau asking a question during Sunapee’s Visioning Session for the Old Abbott Library Building

Sunapee residents used electronic polling devices to tabulated their opinions on the various options on what to do with the old Abbott Library. The only consensus was the majority of those in attendance wanted to keep the building in its original form. Dave Montambo said he felt the answers were skewed because of the political makeup of those in attendance. Various ideas were presented from moving the building at a cost of $150,000 – $215,000, using the school for special placement students as Sunapee School District Superintendent Russell Holden expressed, or using it as an archival library as Sunapee’s Historical Society’s President Becky Rylander would like to see. Other ideas presented were a senior citizen center and an arts center. John Augustine said the town would not only have to pay the Library Trustees their 75 percent portion of the building but would also have to pay for the upkeep of the building each year.

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