Susan A. Reeves EdD, RN Named Chief Nursing Exec At D-H

LEBANON, NH – Susan A. Reeves, EdD, RN, dean of Colby-Sawyer College’s School of Nursing and Public Health, has been named Chief Nursing Executive for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-H), effective June 19.
In her new role, Reeves will be responsible for setting the strategic direction for nursing across the D-H system and for creating alignment for nursing practice across all D-H entities. She will be a key member of the executive team, reporting to the CEO and President and working with fellow chief officers to create a sustainable health system that is grounded in population health and the highest quality and value.
“We are delighted to have Susan take on this critical role in which she will articulate and implement a broad vision and strategy for nursing across our system and region,” said D-H CEO and President Dr. James N. Weinstein. “Dartmouth-Hitchcock is committed to creating a sustainable health system for the communities and populations we serve. Our nurses are critical to our success, and our integration of nursing within and across New England is essential today and into the future. Susan’s leadership will further our efforts to ensure that all nurses are able to work to their fullest potential, with continuing opportunities for education, research, and advancement.”
Reeves’ relationship with Dartmouth-Hitchcock dates back to 1980, when she graduated from the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Hanover. She spent the next 34 years at Mary Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, progressing from a staff nurse at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center to administrative positions including Director of Inpatient Psychiatry, and Director of Administrative Services. In 1998, she was named Vice President of Operations, with responsibility for the inpatient hospital, Emergency Services, and the Cancer Center. In 2007, she took on a new role as Associate Dean for D-H Partnership Programs at Colby-Sawyer College.

“I am deeply honored by the opportunity to serve the Dartmouth-Hitchcock system as its Chief Nursing Executive,” said Reeves. “Since I trained and started my career as a nurse at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital this seems, in many ways, very much like a homecoming. I look forward to rejoining my Dartmouth-Hitchcock colleagues, and to the work that we will do together as nurses to advance the patient care, education, and discovery missions of the D-H system.” After her retirement from D-H in 2014, Reeves became Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions at Colby-Sawyer, where she broadened and strengthened the links between the institutions. She will continue to serve in that role on an interim basis, both to support the cornerstone nursing program, and as part of her mandate to build and expand academic-nursing partnerships.

Reeves’s vision, expertise and leadership has played a significant role in the growth and success of Colby-Sawyer’s nursing and health professions programs. During her tenure, she has built an impressive, qualified team of nursing and public health faculty, all of whom share a commitment to high standards and to supporting student success. “I look forward to further developing Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s relationships with academic partners such as Colby-Sawyer College, to ensure the availability of a high-quality health professional workforce into the future,” added Reeves. “This is a significant opportunity for Susan and for Colby-Sawyer. She will be able to use, even more, her enormous talents as a nursing professional, administrator and leader,” said Colby-Sawyer President Susan D. Stuebner. “Colby-Sawyer highly values its partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and Susan’s leadership role there will be pivotal in advancing our programs.”


May 24, 2017

Lebanon Vet Honored at 7th Annual Wounded Vet Run
A Lebanon veteran was one of five vets honored at Boston’s 7th Annual Wounded Vet Run on May 21st. Specialist Brandon Boyd served in the U.S. Army as an infantryman during Operation Iraqi Freedom and relies on a wheelchair from spinal injuries received during combat. A hundred percent of money raised from this event goes to honor local wounded Veterans or charities of their choosing.
Lebanon police officers Corporal Michael Wright and Special Officer Peter Begin escorted bikes as part of the Wounded Vet Run in Everett, MA. The Wounded Vet Run is a Police, Fire and Veteran sanctioned event and an estimated 10,000 bikes participated at this year’s run in Boston.
NH Settles With Target for Security Breach
Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announced today that New Hampshire has joined with 46 other states and the District of Columbia in an 18.5 million dollar settlement with the Target Corporation.
Target’s November 2013 security breach accessed over 41 customers’ credit card information. New Hampshire will receive over $186,000.00 from the settlement. In addition, the agreement requires Target to maintain and support software on its network and to maintain appropriate encryption policies.
NY Man Sentenced for Trafficking Drugs and Money Laundering in VT
A New York man was sentenced to 110 months in Federal Prison for Selling Oxycodone and Laundering Money in VT. Michael J. Foreste, nicknamed “Beast,” was convicted last October on 10 charges involving his trafficking of oxycodone and money laundering in Vermont.
Court Documents showed Foreste received the oxycodone pills through a NYC police officer Andre Clark who received them from his sister Carol Clark. Carol Clark was receiving 100’s of oxycodone pills each month for a sickle cell disease. Foreste would transported the pills to Vermont and sell them on his own until April 2012 when Vermont State Police stopped Foreste and seized 659 oxycodone pills on I-91. After his arrest and conviction, Foreste started sending the oxycodone pills in Skittle bags to middleman, Dannis Hackney to sell in the Burlington area. Evidence at the trial showed the drug scheme produced more than $500,000 in profit for Foreste and was laundered between the four accomplices using various bank accounts. Foreste’s convictions and sentencing were the result of a multi-agency investigation and prosecution beginning back in mid-2014, spearheaded by Homeland Security Investigations.
Accident Leads to Arrest of Windsor VT Man
A Windsor VT man was arrested on Monday on multiple charges stemming from an accident in Lebanon NH last February. Lebanon Police said they responded to accident on Rt. 12A near Plainfield they located a single vehicle with extensive damage. After an investigation, they issued an arrest warrant for Christian West.
West was arrested in Vermont and waived extradition back to NH. He was charged with Conduct After an Accident, Negligent Driving, Possession of Prescription Drugs, Controlled Drug Acts Prohibited, Transporting Drugs in a Motor Vehicle, and Witness Tampering. West was held on $5,000 cash bail and arraigned in Lebanon District Court on Tuesday, where he was released on personal recognizance bail.

Lebanon Officers Participate in Wounded Vet Run

Corporal Michael Wright and Special Officer Peter Begin were honored to escort bikes as part of the 7th Annual Wounded Vet Run in Everett, Massachusetts on May 21, 2017. The Wounded Vet Run is a Police, Fire and Veteran sanctioned event and an estimated 10,000 bikes participated at this year’s run in Boston.
Each year a select few are honored in Boston’s Wounded Vet Run and this year, Specialist Brandon Boyd was one of those honored. Specialist Boyd is from Lebanon and we were proud to be able to escort the bikes on behalf of his hometown. “Specialist Brandon Boyd served in the U.S. Army as an infantryman during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Due to injuries he sustained in combat, Brandon must also rely on a wheelchair because of a spinal injury.” A hundred percent of money raised from this event goes to the wounded Veterans or charities of their choosing.
We wish Specialist Boyd and his family the best and thank him for his service.
To learn more about the Wounded Vet Runs across the United States, please visit here.

Accident Leads to Arrest

On February 26, 2017 at approximately 2:30am, Lebanon Police responded to the report of a motor vehicle accident on Route 12A, near the Plainfield town line. Officers located a single vehicle with extensive damage. A subsequent investigation led to a warrantbeing issued for Christian West, age 23, of Windsor, Vermont.
West was arrested in the State of Vermont on May 21, 2017 and waived extradition back to New Hampshire. He was charged with Class A Misdemeanor counts of Conduct After an Accident, Negligent Driving, Possession of Prescription Drugs, Controlled Drug Acts Prohibited, Transporting Drugs in a Motor Vehicle, and a Class B Felony of Witness Tampering. West was held on $5,000 cash bail and arraigned on May 23, 2017 at the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court where he released on personal recognizance bail.

May 23, 2017

Bellows Falls Woman Charged with Assault on Police Officer
A Bellows Falls woman was charged with Assault on a Police Officer and Disorderly Conduct on Monday. Vermont State Police said Meghan B. Hitchcock was put in protective custody because of her intoxication level. Hitchcock was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for an evaluation. While at the hospital, Hitchcock became aggressive towards the Troopers, kicking one and attempting to punch him. Officers arrested Hitchcock and ordered her held until sober at the Southern State Correctional Facility. She will appear on July 25th in Windham Criminal Court to answer the charges.

Cavendish Man Charged with Cruelty to a Child
Vermont State Police arrested a Cavendish VT man on Sunday for Cruelty to Child under 10 years of age. Police say they responded to a family fight at a Cavendish residence shortly after 8:00 AM on Sunday. After an investigation, officers discovered Travis J. West had assaulted a minor child in the household on Saturday. West was cited to appear in Windsor Criminal Court on a later date.


Sutton Police Issue Bear Warning
The Sutton Police are issuing a bear warning. Police say several sightings of an aggressive bear in the area of Blaisdell Hill Road were reported. The bear has also broken into at least three chicken coops. Sutton Police ask residents to contact NH Fish and Game at 603-271-3361 if they see the bear. If the NH Fish and Game office is closed, residents should call their local police department. A link for FAQ about bears is on the WNTK’s facebook page.
Hanover Seeks Volunteers to Pull Garlic Mustard
The Town of Hanover is seeking volunteers to pull up the invasive garlic mustard plant. Twenty-Five neighborhoods in Hanover are now known to have the invasive species. Displays are setup at the Howe and Etna Libraries, Town Hall, Hanover’s three schools, and the Black Community Center. Displays show the plant, map of known colonies, and handouts to help volunteers identify the plant with tips for its control.
Mink Brook West Trail and the Girl Brook Trail have signposts and stations where large drawstring trash bags for garlic mustard contributions, and trail users are encouraged to pull a few handfuls of the plant and place these in the bags provided. For more information, contact Vicki Smith at 603-643-3214.
VSP Sobriety Checks for Memorial Day Weekend
The Vermont State Police along with local and county law enforcement will be having sobriety checkpoints in Windsor County during the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. The sobriety check is done in an effort to monitor the flow of traffic along Vermont’s highways and detecting and arresting persons under the influence of alcohol or any drug that has impaired their ability to operate a motor vehicle.

Lebanon Police Annual Golf Tournament

Join Us! Donate! Be a Sponsor! These are ways you can be a part of our annual child health and community programs golf tournament on Thursday, July 20 at the Lake Morey Resort. For over twenty-five years, the Lebanon Police Department has raised funds through the golf tournament to support our youth and community programs.
Raffle donations and participation from the corporations, local businesses and individuals in the Upper Valley have made this tournament a success each year, as well as a fun time for those participating. We still have room for more teams to join us but the June 9 team deadline is fast approaching. To register a team or become a sponsor, the form can be found here
If you would like additional information, please contact either Officer Peter Begin or Administrative Assistant Beth Beraldi at 448-8800 or .

Lebanon Woman Arrested for DUI with Child in Car

On May 20, 2017, around 12:41 a.m. the Lebanon Police Department received a call that a woman was intoxicated and had just driven to a residence in Lebanon with a young child in the car.
Officers responded to Renihan Meadows and located, Courtney Briley, age 34. Briley was found to be intoxicated. After a brief investigation, she was taken into custody for driving under the influence and endangering the welfare of a child.
Briley was released on $2,000 personal recognizance bail and is due to be arraigned July 10 at the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court.

May 22, 2017

Two Springfield VT Women Arrested on Drug Charges
Two Springfield VT Women were arrested for selling heroin in separate arrests on Friday. Springfield police say Jessica Wood and Christine Carvage were arrested as part of their ongoing investigation into individuals selling heroin in various parts of Springfield.
Both women were released on citation. They will appear on July 11, in Windsor Criminal Court to answer the charge of selling heroin.


Kitchen Mishap Cause of 2 Alarm Fire in Newport
A kitchen accident was determined to be the cause of a fire that ravaged a multi unit apartment building in Newport on Saturday. Newport Fire Officials said heavy fire was coming from the downstairs apartment building when they arrived at 21 Summer Street just after 6:30 pm. Newport immediately issued a second alarm to call in multiple mutual aid companies. Two residents were treated at the scene for minor injuries but no other injuries were reported.
Firefighters searched the second floor for pets reported left behind in an apartment. They were able to save two dogs and a cat, but several other animals perished.
High heat, fire conditions and modified construction hindered fire fighting operations but the blaze was deemed under control just before 10:30 pm. Newport firefighters returned to the scene on Sunday to check for hotspots and clean up. The Red Cross is assisting several families displaced from the fire. The fire was investigated by the Newport Police and Fire Departments before determining the fire was caused by a kitchen accident.
Sullivan County Fugitive of the Week
Sullivan County’s fugitive of the week is Felicia Surething of Springfield VT. A warrant for Ms.Surething’s arrest was issued on May 10th after she failed to appear for her arraignment on May 4th. Ms Surething was indicted by a Sullivan County Grand Jury in February on one count of Conspiracy and Sale of Heroin and one count of being the Principle Accomplice for the sale of Heroin. In April Ms. Surething was indicted by the grand jury for one count of possession of a controlled drug.
Felicia Surething is a 28-year-old white female, 5’2” tall, weighs 230 pounds and has black hair and green eyes. Surething’s last known address was 123 Olive Street in Springfield VT.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Felicia Surething can call the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department at (603) 863-4200

Newbury VT Woman Killed in ATV Accident
A Newbury VT woman was killed in an ATV accident on Sunday afternoon. Vermont State Police said Christine Wheeler was found unresponsive pinned under her Polaris ATV shortly before 4 pm. The Polaris had rollover the top of down Wheeler’s, Fish Pond Road driveway and on top of her. Wheeler succumbed to her injuries at the scene.
Sunapee’s 250th Quilt
Sunapee’s 250th Committee will kick off the creation of a town quilt on Monday, June 5th. The committee will meet at the Historical Society Museum in the Harbor at 7 pm and invite all quilters and non-quilters to attend. Ideas for squares portraying Sunapee’s past using appliqué and embroidery are welcomed and encouraged. The Historical Society will provide some ideas and squares to use as a base. If you have, any questions Call Becky Rylander at 763-8809.

May 13, 2017

Springfield VT Man Charged with Lewd and Lascivious Conduct
A Springfield Vermont man has been charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child. Police said they arrested David J. LaClair on Thursday for offenses which occurred in 2010, in Perkinsville and Weathersfield Vermont. The incidences involved three juvenile victims. LaClair was released on a citation with a court ordered condition of release. LaClair is scheduled to appear in Windsor County Criminal Court today (Friday) at 12:30 pm to answer the charges.

Road Closure in Hartford VT
The Nutt Lane Railroad Crossing in Hartford Vermont will be closed to traffic on Tuesday May 16th, due to train track repairs. It will be closed from 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

The Emergency Exit on Latham Works will be open in order for people to get to and from their homes or work.

Special Meeting of Sullivan County Commissioners
The Sullivan County Board of Commissioners will have a special meeting this coming Monday, May 15th. The meeting is for the commissioners proposed 2018 fiscal year budget wrap up. The meeting will be in the Newport County Complex at 14 Main Street at 8:30 am.

NH Law Enforcement Memorial
Members of the public are invited to attend the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The event will be held on Friday May 19th, at 9:45 AM, at the site of the Police Memorial, located in Concord on the grounds of the Legislative Office Building on State Street. In case of rain, the hour-long ceremony will be inside the State House in Representatives Hall.

Speakers will include Governor Christopher Sununu and Attorney General Gordon McDonald, who will read the Roll of Honor, recognizing New Hampshire’s 48 fallen police officers.
The New Hampshire Police Association Pipes and Drums will perform at the ceremony, along with the Londonderry High School Marching Lancers performing several musical selections.

The New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Committee is still seeking donations for the perpetual care fund.


Tomorrow, River Street extension in Franklin will be closed from 8:00 to 9:15 AM for a 5k race. Central Street will also be closed from high school to Prospect Street, from 10:00 to 10:45 AM for a community day parade.

May 11, 2017

VT State Police Release New Info on Burglary
The Vermont State Police released new information on a May 4th burglary at a Rockingham Shell gas station. Police said, in addition to the loss of over a thousand dollars in cash, property, and damaged to the gas station, the thieves stole several thousand dollars from an ATM and 20 firearms from a private gun dealer on the property. Police estimate the theft to be between $15,000 and $16,000. According to police, the firearms were well documented and are traceable.

Kel Tec PMR 30, 22 mag serial WKK17
Colt 1911 100 Year Ann 45 serial 613711911
Ruger SP 101 Engraved 357 Serial 575-35965
Smith Wesson Shield 45 serial HDJ1510
Taurus 82 38 spl with lock box serial IP108271
Taurus 82 38 spl with lock box serial IS136465
Taurus 82 38 spl with lock box serial IW173563
Smith Wesson 69 44 mag serial CYX4424
Glock 43 9mm serial ZNR7622
Ruger Bearcat 22 serial 93-64915
Browning Medalion 338 WM serial 20516NVK17 Left hand
Ruger M77 270 Laminate serial 78720705 Left hand
Windham CDI 223 WW209931
Rock River Arms Operator 308 serial UT123699
Mossberg 183 DB 410 no serial
Glenfield 20 22 serial 71383148
Mossberg 340 BA 22 no serial
Remington 742 30/06 serial B7040958
Ruger 10/22 Sporter 22 serial 0007-32754
Remington 7600 25/06 Blonde stock serial B8536037

Anyone with information regarding this crime or individuals involved should call the investigators at the Westminster Barracks at 802 722-4600.

Annual NH State Surplus Auction
The annual NH State Surplus auction takes place on Saturday, May 20th at the States Surplus site at 144 Clinton Street in Concord. Surplus is from the State of NH and numerous Municipalities. There are over 150 vehicles, firearms, computers, snowmobiles, canoes, various types equipment, and more.
All Federal and State Laws pertaining to the sale of firearms will be strictly adhered to and all firearms will be subject to a 7-Day hold period.
Preview of vehicles and registration for the auction is on Friday May 19th from 8:30AM-3:00PM. Other items are available for preview on Saturday the day of the auction from 7:30 AM. Registration also takes place on Saturday from 7:00 AM.
Full payment is due the day of sale by cash, check accompanied by bank letter stating check will be acceptable for a certain dollar amount, Visa or MasterCard with a 3% convenience fee.
For more information visit

Dartmouth’s 45th Powwow
Over 1,000 people are expected to attend Dartmouth’s 45th powwow this weekend on the Green. The event runs Saturday May 13th and Sunday May 14th and has entertainment from that began at traditional dancers, drummers, and craftspeople in addition to food vendors. The Grand Entry Starts at noon.
In addition, traditional Native American Food will be offer by the Class of ’53. At the start of each day’s celebration, tribal communities will participate in the blessing of the grounds, the grand entry, and the intertribal dance.
Dartmouth’s powwow is sponsored by Native Americans at Dartmouth, the President’s Office, the Native American Program, and the special programs and events committee of the Collis Center for Student Involvement. In case of rain, the event will be in the Leede Arena. The Grand Entry Starts at noon.

All NH Boaters Must Pump Out Waste
The New Hampshire Department of Environment al Services (NHDES) reminds all boaters that all of NH waters even coastal waters are federally designated as No Discharge Areas. All boat sewage even if treated must go in a holding tank and emptied at a stationary or mobile facility. NHDES owns a mobile pump out boat, the Royal Flush that provides this service free in the coastal zone of northern NH. The Royal Flush is expected to launch with new engines in June. There is also a free mobile pump out boat service in Hampton Harbor, which is expected to be available in early May pending pre-season repair work. To request a pump out please call and make an appointment. For the Royal Flush call (603) 670-5130 or use VHF 9. For the Hampton Harbor pump out boat call 603-PUMPOUT (603) 786-7688. You will need to contact NHDES for a request form prior to your first pump out.
You can download the application here.
A map of stationary pump out stations is here.