Lebanon Police Corporal Receives Unsung Hero Award
Corporal Michael Wright of the Lebanon Police Department is an Unsung
Hero. Wright received the award for his efforts to go beyond the call of duty for his work with abuse issues in our region.
Wright received the award at the annual professional conference at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) on Tuesday. The conference is a joint effort between Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD), the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Grafton and Sullivan Counties at DHMC, and The Family Place in Norwich, Vermont.
The Lebanon Police Department and the CAC work together in the mission to seek justice against those who violate the law and to care for those affected by
Cathy Bean, Program Manager of the CAC of Grafton and Sullivan Counties said of Corporal Wright that he exemplified courage and dedication to helping children and families whose lives have been impacted by child abuse.
Heroin Opiate Forum in Newport
Concerned citizens, community activists, law enforcement, and state officials gathered Wednesday morning at Salt Hill Pub in Newport to discuss opiate and heroin addiction in Sullivan County. Alice Beaudry Halleck organizer of the event held the event to bring awareness to the community wide problem.
The first speaker was James Vara the Governor’s new Advisor on Drugs and Behavioral Health. Vara who has been on the job for ten days explained that the special legislative session this past January implemented new bills regarding the sale of fentanyl, and the monitoring opiate prescription drugs. According to Vara over 5,000 doses of Narcan were administered last year saving thousands of lives. Although the state is making some progress with the disease of addiction, more treatment centers and transitional housing are needed.
Other speakers at the event were Sara-Lowe Bouchard and Dustin Beaudry who both shared their personal stories. Ellen Beliveau of FASTER of Claremont, NH, Grafton County Commissioner, Mike Cryans who spoke on Grafton County Drug Court, and Liz Henning, Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network.
Springfield VT Forest Fire
Over 25 pieces of firefighting equipment and 13 mutual aid fire companies fought a 3-alarm forest fire in Springfield VT yesterday. The fire was off Route 5 near Missing Link Road. The fire broke out just after 11:00 am and smoke could be seen in Charlestown NH. Crews from Springfield, Rockingham, Bellows Falls, Westminster, Chester, Ascutney, Ludlow, Reading, Weathersfield, Proctorsville and Cavendish in Vermont as well as Charleston and Walpole, NH helped battle the blaze for over seven hours. No cause was given for the fire but residents were reminded to use extra caution. All outside burning with any outside, flame is very discouraged and smokers are asked not throw your cigarettes out the window as these are one of the leading causes of fires.
Lake Sunapee Earnings
Lake Sunapee Bank Group (LSBG) on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings of $2.5 million. The bank, based in Newport, New Hampshire, said it had earnings of 29 cents per share. The bank holding company posted revenue of $15.1 million in the period. Lake Sunapee Bank shares have risen nearly 1 percent since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, shares hit $14.12, a decline of 12 percent in the last 12 months.