Red Cross Seeking Volunteers
The Red Cross in NH and VT is seeking volunteers. Volunteers make up 90 percent of the organization’s work force and their volunteers come from all walks of life, experience, talent and compassion to help deliver the Red Cross Mission of alleviating suffering.
In NH and Vermont the organization on average deploys volunteers to respond to disaster that displace families every 17 hours. They need strong corps of trained volunteers to ensure that no family goes without.
April 7 – 9, 2017 – Keene, NH
Friday, April 7 – 6pm to 930pm
Keene Red Cross Office – 83 Court St, Keene NH 03431
Saturday, April 8 – 9am to 4pm
Keene Rec Center – 312 Washington St, Keene NH 03431
Sunday, April 9 – 8 am-1:30 pm
Keene Red Cross Office – 83 Court St, Keene NH 03431
Questions: Contact Edward Blanchard at 603-513-9895 or Edward.Blanchard@redcross.org

Wilmington VT Classes
April 21 – 23rd 2017 – Wilmington, VT
Friday, April 21st – 5:30pm to 9pm
Saturday, April 22nd – 8am to 5pm
Sunday, April 23rd – 8am to 4pm
All classes will be at Wilmington Vermont Fire Department, 18 Beaver St, Wilmington, VT 05363
Questions: Contact David Muse at 802-598-0338 or David.Muse@RedCross.org
Those interested in volunteering can attend boot camps being held in Keene NH April 7-9 and Wilmington VT April 21 – 23 can register here https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org/?nd=vms_public_form&form_id=1233

Claremont Business Owner Dies
A local business man and Newport native has passed away. Steve Allen Cossingham, 65 of Newport, founder and President of National Field Representatives in Claremont passed away on Saturday from injuries he received in horseback riding accident in March. Cossingham also owned Full Circle Farm in North Newport where he and his wife Deborah established therapy horse programs.
Visiting hours will be held at Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont on Wednesday evening, April 5 from 4 – 7 pm.
A funeral service will be held at Stringer Funeral Home on Thursday morning at 11 am with Ken Cossingham officiating. Burial will follow in the West Claremont Burying Ground.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the NFR Donation Committee, P.O. Box 1440, Claremont, NH 03743 to continue Steve’s and NFR’s continued commitment to further serve the community.

NH State Police Seek Information In Accident
NH State Police are seeking information on a box truck that caused a single car accident on I-93 yesterday. Police say shortly after 9:30 am a sheet of ice flew off the top of box truck in the southbound lane of I-93 in Bow hitting a Toyota sedan. The ice smashed the Toyota’s windshield and caused minor lacerations to the driver’s hands. The box truck continued southbound without stopping. If anyone has information relative to the incident, please contact Trooper First Class Daniel Baldassarre at 603-271-3636.

Sullivan County Remains in 9th Place for Healthy Communities
Sullivan County came in at number 9, for the healthiest of New Hampshire’s 10 counties, only leading Coos County at number ten. Sullivan County’s neighbor Grafton County ranks number three. The findings are in the eighth annual County Health Rankings released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
The 2017 Rankings reinforce the five public health priorities identified in the Network’s Community Health Improvement Plan:
• Increasing access to care, with a focus on dental and mental health;
• Impacting substance misuse by implementing evidence-based prevention programs and facilitating the development of a robust regional substance use continuum of care;
• Improving healthy eating and active living with an initial goal to reduce adult and childhood obesity;
• Supporting healthy families with an initial focus on decreasing the number of teen births, increasing elder care and child care, and overall improvement in the social determinants of health; and
• Preparing for public health emergencies, including planning and exercising to quickly distribute medications to residents.