Local Companies Receive Job Training Grants
Two local companies received job training grants in April. Creare Inc. of Hanover received a grant of $4,200 for training seven employees in Python programming with Continuum Analytics. In addition Benson Woodworking of Walpole received a grant of up to $2,550 to train 20 employees in Lean Manufacturing. The two companies were part of a field of five receiving job training grants announced by Governor Hassan on Friday. Other companies who received grants were Lightec Inc. of Merrimack, Osram Sylvania of Hillsboro and K.W. Thompson Tool Company Inc. of Rochester. The Job Training Fund has awarded $7,882,066.64 in grants since October 2007.

Sunapee Fire and EMS Hold Blood Drive
The Sunapee Fire and EMS Department is hosting its first blood drive of 2015 on May 11 at the Safety Services Building. Donation hours will be 2 pm to 7 pm. Walk-ins are welcome as space and time allow, but appointments are highly recommended. To schedule an appointment go to http://www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: SunapeeNH.

Brush Fires Keep Area Firefighters Busy
Communities in VT and NH saw several brush fires over the weekend. A large garage fire that started just after 8:30 pm in Chester VT on Saturday caught onto surrounding brush. The fire began moving towards a residence, cause the closure of Rt.10 and power shut off to the area. Firefighters from Chester and mutual aid departments were able to save the dwelling. The investigation into the blaze was turned over to the Chester VT police Department.
Newport firefighters were busy on Saturday night also with a fire on Old Goshen Road. The fire started about 7:30 and burned two acres. Newport firefighter and EMS Copeland Miller said it is a dangerous time of year for brush fires with the woods and grasses being so dry.

Sunapee, Goshen, Lempster and Croydon aided in the effort along with their forestry equipment and all firefighters were released just after 9 pm.

Former VA Governor Gilmore Visits Newport
gilmoreFormer Virginia Governor, republican Jim Gilmore is eyeing a run for President. Gilmore stopped at the Salt Hill Pub on Friday afternoon to speak with supporters and activists. Although he is well known in the south, he knows he needs that same name recognition in NH. Gilmore answered questions and talked about his plans for job creation, tax reform and national security. Prior to being Governor, Gilmore was the State Attorney General and an elected prosecutor and gave his insights into events in Baltimore.
Gilmore expressed concerned over law enforcement being undermined
In addition to stopping in Newport, Gilmore made stops in Carroll County and Hillsboro.