Take-Back Day collects old, unused prescription drugs

Take Back 2013On Saturday, April 27, the Sunapee Police Department and other police departments and community partners across the state will take part in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take-Back Day.

The program provides the public a free and safe disposal method for potentially dangerous prescription drugs that are expired, unused or unwanted.

This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Collections will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations in Sullivan County:

  • Charlestown Police Department, 2 Claremont Road, Charlestown
  • Claremont Savings Bank, 145 Broad Street, Claremont
  • Grantham Police Department, 300 Route 10 South, Grantham
  • Sullivan County Complex, 14 Main Street, Newport
  • Sunapee Police Department, 9 Sargent Road, Sunapee
  • Washington Police Department, 5 Halfmoon Pond Road, Washington

The program has both a public safety and environmental protection focus.

Keeping drugs off the streets

“Many people are not aware that medicines that are no longer needed but remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse, including theft,” the Sunapee Police Department release said. “Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.”

A majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet, according to studies.

“Drug overdoses have been rising in the state and nationally for more than a decade,” said Liz Hennig, coordinator of Communities United Regional Network for Sullivan County.

“More New Hampshire residents now die of overdose than car crashes. Most young people who get hooked on these drugs start by getting them from someone’s medicine cabinet. If we dispose of these medications safely, we help keep our young people free from addiction and drug abuse.”

Protecting the environment

Many people do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash.

Studies show pharmaceutical residues in waterways and in wildlife.

Flushing unused prescription drugs down the toilet or sink drain or putting them in the trash is an unsafe option in many instances. Human medication and other chemicals have been measured in fish, and can result in behavioral changes and a reduction in male fish populations.

The drugs can also affect bacteria in ways that could change our entire ecosystem and spawn antibiotic-resistant pathogens.

Community take-back programs help keep these drugs out of water systems and the environment.

‘Ice out’ on Lake Sunapee

Ice Out Day on Lake Sunapee was Thursday, April 18, 2013. In the morning, a mass of  ice blocked boat passage north to south on the lake. However, the ice was gone by 2:30 that afternoon. "Ice out" is determined when a boat is able to navigate the length of the lake from Georges Mills to Newbury. Photo by Charleen Osborne, Sunapee.

Ice Out Day on Lake Sunapee was Thursday, April 18, 2013. In the morning, a mass of ice blocked boat passage north to south on the lake. However, the ice was gone by 2:30 that afternoon. “Ice out” is determined when a boat is able to navigate the length of the lake from Georges Mills to Newbury. Photo by Charleen Osborne, Sunapee.

Sunapee, N.H. — “Ice out” on Lake Sunapee was declared on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

Ice blocked boat passage from north to south at the islands at 8 a.m. By 2:30 p.m. the ice mass was gone and “Ice Out” was called by Richard Osborne and his family.

“Ice out” is determined when a boat is able to navigate the length of the lake from Georges Mills to Newbury.

See earlier “ice out” dates via the town website: Lake Sunapee Ice Out Chart.

Lake Sunapee MV Kearsarge sinks, awaits crane and salvage


“It’s pretty much sunk, most of it is on the bottom,” said owner Peter Fenton, reports Dan Seufert for the Union Leader.  Read more via MV Kearsarge sinks at Sunapee dock | New Hampshire NEWS07.

The popular local restaurant boat took on water Thursday while tied up at its berth on Lake Sunapee, the town dock at Sunapee Harbor.

Salvage efforts are underway. A crane will be brought in Saturday to lift the boat, according to several news reports. The scene has attracted wide-spread interest and media coverage.

MV Kearsarge has been sailing Lake Sunapee for 30 years. It operates from May to October hosting dinners and special functions.

The boat’s stern settled into the icy water to the bottom of the lake, which is shallow dock side. It makes for a sad sight.

On Facebook posted Friday, the Peter Fentons, owners of the boat and Sunapee Cruises, expressed their thanks “to the community for all the good thoughts and support that you have sent our way these past 24 hours. We are so lucky to live in such a great, thoughtful and caring community.”

“We are very thankful that no one was injured and to be working on a solution with great people. Tomorrow [Saturday], we will be working with a salvage company to determine the best way to raise the Kearsarge. We are still looking into what caused this issue and hope to know more tomorrow. Thank you again for your thoughts and support; this is why we love this area.”

Related article via WMUR: MV Kearsarge restaurant ship sinks

via SunapeeNews.com: Lake Sunapee dinner boat takes on icy water

Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee

Lake Sunapee Christmas Bird Count is Dec. 15

CBC MapLake Sunapee Region, N. H. – It is almost time for the Lake Sunapee Christmas Bird Count. The count in our area will take place on Saturday, December 15. Gary Stansfield, Goshen, is the local coordinator.

National Audubon Society sponsors the annual count, which is international in scope. In New Hampshire, 21 counts will be held from December 15 to January 1.

Whether you trek outdoors or count birds from the back window, all can join in. For more info about the Lake Sunapee count, contact Stansfield at inuknh@gmail.com. Click on the map to find other count circles and leaders.

Capital Comments: N.H. Medicaid and the new healthcare law

Capital Comments from State Senator Bob Odell

A constituent that I hear from periodically wants me to introduce a bill to nullify the new federal health care plan.  He writes, “Obama Care must be nullified within our state to eliminate the vast, new, unconstitutional powers over health care …”

In the days following the election, some legislators, government officials, stakeholders like insurance companies and health care providers and the media are focusing on the implications for New Hampshire of the Affordable Care Act, which even the President has said is appropriate to call Obama Care.   About 100 of them turned out last week at the Department of Health and Human Services headquarters to be briefed on the part of the new law dealing with Medicaid.

HHS Commissioner Nick Toumpas introduced the program explaining that while the U.S. Supreme found the new law constitutional, the federal government cannot force states to increase the number of people on Medicaid, the program that provides services to indigent people.  Commissioner Toumpas said policy makers, the legislature and the Governor need to determine whether or not we will expand the number of people on our Medicaid rolls.

After support for public schools, Medicaid is the next largest spending line in the budget.  To serve about 120,000 Medicaid eligible New Hampshire residents, the state spends $600 million annually that is matched by another $600 million from the federal government. Continue reading

It’s Election Day! Vote!


It’s November 6th, It’s Election Day! GOTV efforts are underway and candidates and campaigns are in the last push to encourage voter turn-out.

Sunapee voters go to the Sherburne Gym, Route 11, to cast their ballots. The poll hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On the ballot are candidates for federal, state and county offices, from president to county commissioners, as well as two controversial constitutional amendment questions.

For voting sites across the state visit the Secretary of State website: poll locations and hours.

If you’d like to preview your ballot, visit the SOS website for towns using Accuvote ballots and paper ballots. Sunapee voters can visit the Town Clerk website for voter and election information.

Constitutional Questions

At the bottom of the ballot this year, voters will find constitutional amendment questions including one about taxation, the other about legislative power and the judiciary. Telegraph staff writer David Brooks provides a summary for voters. Visit: http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/statenewengland/982439-469/a-quick-guide-to-those-constitutional-amendment.html

Voter ID and Registration

New Hampshire poll workers will be asking voters for identification. But you can vote without it by signing a “challenged voter affidavit.” It declares the voter is “duly qualified” to vote in the town.

Valid forms of voter ID include a driver’s license, non-driver’s photo ID, student or military ID, government ID, U.S. passport (even if expired), and any other ID acceptable by the supervisor of the checklist, the moderator or the clerk.

Same-day registration is allowed with proof of age, domicile and citizenship. A driver’s license, passport or birth certificate is normally acceptable proof.

For more information, visit the N.H. Secretary of State.

Kearsarge/Sunapee LWV will hold candidates forum

Kearsarge/Sunapee Region, N.H. – The League of Women Voters of Kearsarge/Sunapee will be holding a candidate forum on Tuesday, October 30 at 7 p.m. in New London. The forum will be include state senate and state representative races for the towns of Newbury, New London, Sunapee and Wilmot. The public is encouraged to attend.  Location: Whipple Hall, corner of Main Street and Seaman’s Road, next to the town green. Election Day is November 6, 2012.

MKIM’s Turtle Island summer camp, openings in July

It’s not too late to register for Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum’s (MKIM’s) Turtle Island Day Camp.

The camp, on MKIM’s 10 acres of fields and forest in Warner, offers boys and girls (ages 6-12) outdoor activities, crafts, games, storytelling, music and art based on Native American culture, all with an environmental awareness component.

The remaining weekly themes are:

  • The Powwow is Coming!
  •  Survival Week
  • Land, Lore, and Animals
  • Weave a Story Web

There are still a few spaces available in all four weeks, but call soon if you want to enroll your child, said Lynn Clark, the museum’s executive director.

Sign up for as many weeks as you want! For more information go to IndianMuseum.org, where you can download a registration form, or call 603-456-2600 x226.

Extended care is available mornings and afternoons. Turtle Island Day Camp is completely accessible and is licensed by the State of New Hampshire.  Financial aid is available, and Turtle Island Day Camp accepts N.H. Childcare Assistance funds.

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum was founded in 1990 by Charles “Bud” and Nancy Thompson as an educational and cultural center to connect visitors with Native American culture, past and present, and to encourage respect for our environment.  The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum seeks to challenge all of us to improve the quality of our lives and our world.  The museum is open daily May 1 – October 31, Monday – Saturday 10-5, Sunday noon-5,  and on weekends in November through mid- December.

Capital Comments: Senate colleauges applaud Matt Houde

From State Senator Bob Odell

In the State Senate your age or length of service are not measures of the respect your colleagues have for you. Matt Houde (Plainfield) has proven that.

The Senate will meet in regular session just one more time, on June 6, so tradition calls for departing Senators to make some farewell remarks leading up to our final day in Concord. That started last week when Senator Ray White (Bedford) did a roll call of departing Senators with some special and often humorous comments. Senator White is leaving the Senate himself after just one term.

When he came to Matt Houde, Senator White called him a “class act” and noted that as one of the five members of the minority in the Senate, he has often been on the “losing side” over the past two years. But Senator Houde never lost his patience nor took things personally or even raised his voice in debates.

The week before Senator Houde had received a standing ovation from Senators for his work leading the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is the only member of the minority to have a committee chairmanship and the reward was an avalanche of bills to manage through the legislative process. This year more bills found themselves in Senator Houde’s committee than any other. Continue reading

N.H. and the Civil War: How Memorial Day came to be

As part of New Hampshire’s “May is Preservation Month” observation, the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources is publishing a series of articles exploring the Granite State’s involvement in the Civil War.

This week, the focus is on how massive casualties during the Civil War changed the way we mourn the dead and led to the establishment of Memorial Day.

Approximately 33,000 New Hampshire soldiers – ten percent of the state’s 1860 population – served in the state’s cavalry, light battery, heavy artillery, eighteen infantry and two U.S. sharpshooter units. Of those, approximately 4,300 died on the battlefield or of injury or disease. Nearly 1,600 or so others were never accounted for.

At the time, both the North and South were accustomed to death being an intimate, family, at-home experience, with family plots and community cemeteries serving as final resting places. Loved ones dying far from home – with their bodies often buried in undocumented, mass graves – necessitated new ways of honoring the dead.

Women in the south began decorating the graves of soldiers with flowers before the war was over; later, towns in the north began doing so with formal, organized occasions.

Gov. Natt Head (1881) issued the proclamation formally establishing Decoration Day as a holiday in New Hampshire. The portrait of Gov. Head can be seen on the third floor of the N.H. State House.

In 1868, Commander in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic John A. Logan designated May 30 a day for “decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion.”

In 1881, New Hampshire Governor Natt Head issued a proclamation formally establishing Decoration Day as a holiday in our state.

Decoration Day evolved into what today we call Memorial Day, which honors all Americans who gave their lives in the armed services, in all wars.

In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday to be observed on the last Monday in May; New Hampshire continued to officially observe the holiday on May 30 until 1993, when Governor Stephen Merrill signed legislation joining the federal observance.

To learn more about Decoration Day in New Hampshire, visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr and click on the “May is Preservation Month.”

Images made available by the N.H. Division of Historical Resources.

N.H. and the Civil War: The homefront

As part of New Hampshire’s “May is Preservation Month” observation, the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources is publishing a series of articles exploring the Granite State’s involvement in the Civil War. Throughout the month, Sunapee News will post article highlights with links and images.

This week, the focus is on both the growth of industry and social reform: The Homefront

Part of the mill complex in Harrisville today, listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1977. From the collection of the NH Division of Historical Resources, Concord.

By the mid-1800s, manufacturing was already a growing presence in New Hampshire’s towns and cities.

During the Civil War, mills increased production of woolen blankets and clothing and other war supplies as demand on the front lines rose.

More workers went to work at the mills, turning villages into towns and towns into cities. As a result of this increased production, the state’s rural populations were dramatically reduced, forever changing the landscape.

Read about Harrisville, a village whose existence has always been tied to the ups, downs, and history of the woolen industry, and how it benefited from the war’s demand for woolen cloth.

Social Reform

A wide variety of social reforms – most notably the anti-slavery movement – swept both the state and the nation during this time.

The Hutchinson Family Singers, part of a family of sixteen children from Milford, began giving concerts in the 1840s. By the 1860s, their songs about abolition, temperance and women’s rights were known throughout the country. Even today, they are considered an important influence both musically and socially.

>>For more about the state’s industry growth and social reforms during the Civil War, visit NH-DHR: May is Preservation Month.

>> For N.H. Civil War Calendars and Databases, visit the division’s page: N.H. Civil War

The N.H. Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. The historical, archeological, architectural, engineering and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among the most important environmental assets of the state. Historic preservation promotes the use, understanding and conservation of such resources for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of New Hampshire’s citizens. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/nhdhr or by calling (603) 271-3483.

Across New Hampshire: A time to talk water

Let’s talk about water. “We need to hear from you,” said John Gilbert, chairman of New Hampshire’s Water Sustainability Commission.

“Please join us for an evening that is designed with the general public in mind. The meetings will consist of small group conversations, not presentations by talking heads.”

  • What about water is important to you?
  • What are you concerned about?
  • In what direction should New Hampshire be heading with respect to water resources and infrastructure?

On May 8, 2012, the Commission will hold a statewide conversation on the subject of water at five sites around the state: New London, Keene, Manchester, Greenland and Berlin.

The Water Sustainability Commission, created in April 2011 to address the sustainable management of water resources and water infrastructure in the Granite State, is expected to report to the Governor by September 2012.

“The decisions we make or fail to make about water sustainability in the next few years will shape our futures and those of our children,” wrote Gilbert in an e-news announcement from NH-DES (Department of Environmental Services).

The meeting in New London will be held at Tracy Library, 6-9 p.m.

New Hampshire Listens, a project of the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire, will facilitate the conversation.

Pre-registration required.

>> For more info and to register, visit the Commission on Water Sustainability or call (603) 862-0692.

Interested in learning more about water resources?

Check out the following:

Montessori school fundraiser: “Bids for Kids” is May 5

The Newport Montessori School will host their Annual “Bids For Kids” Auction at the Newport Opera House on Saturday, May 5, 2012, with over 60 items up for silent or live auction.

The silent auction and cocktail hour start at 5 p.m. Dinner and live auction at 6:30 p.m. After-event-fun and dancing to DJ Jeff Markle, til 11 p.m. Tickets ($25 per person) are available at McCrillis and Eldredge Insurance and 31 Mane Street in Newport, New Hampshire.

The Newport Montessori is a private non-profit school in Newport, New Hampshire. Its student population reaches from Cornish to New London and Springfield to Grantham and towns in between. Proceeds will benefit the school’s special programs: art, Spanish, physical education, music and cultural events.

For more info, contact Margaret Coulter, the PTO president, at margcoult@hotmail.com or (603) 863-2869.

Lyme disease: One woman’s mission

Author Laura Piazza of Sunapee, New Hampshire, has chronic Lyme disease, a condition that changed her life, and has her speaking out.

“In light of my experience, including a misdiagnosis, I now strive to arm people with the knowledge they need to keep themselves healthy.”

Laura will give a free educational program about Lyme disease in Sunapee, at the Safety Services building on Sargent Road, on May 9, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. The event, sponsored by Abbott Library, will focus on providing usable information about: prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Laura set out to learn all she could about the illness after finally learning, yes, she had Lyme disease. This came after many years of symptoms, confusion and doctor visits.

In late 2010 she published Recipes for Repair: A Lyme Disease Cookbook that she co-authored with her mother Gail Piazza. The whole foods cookbook follows a doctor-written anti-inflammation diet that benefits Lyme patients and those with any inflammatory or auto-immune condition.

Prevention is the best defense

Laura says Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are preventable and now travels the state speaking about her history of misdiagnosis and educating the public with prevention techniques and informing them how the wait-and see approach can have dire consequences.

Lyme disease is the number one infectious disease in the USA, she says.

“Yet medical practitioners and patients harbor many misconceptions around diagnostics and treatments. For example, many doctors around the state will tell you to wait for symptoms, including the infamous bull’s eye rash, and then they’ll prescribe antibiotics.”

“Other doctors, however, will treat, as a preventive measure, with 30 days of antibiotics because they believe the wait-and-see approach is too risky,” Laura added.

“I was not aware that a wait-and-see approach could result in a chronic and difficult-to-treat illness. Looking back, I wish I had known about the different standards of care when it comes to tick-borne illness.”

At the event in Sunapee, Laura will hand out materials about Lyme prevention, answer questions and speak about common concerns, such as: What to do if you find an attached tick.

Laura will also discuss the role of nutrition in battling illness and offer light refreshments from her cookbook, Recipes for Repair. She will have copies available for purchase at a discounted rate and will be donating 10% of the night’s sales to the Library Capital Campaign Fund.

For more info…

>> Go to www.RecipesforRepair.com — for Laura’s prevention tips and news and events.

>> To register for the Sunapee program, visit www.abbottlibrary.org or call 603-763-5513.

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum opens contemporary gallery

On display in MKIM's new gallery: Talon and Horse, Shoshone-Bannock, Idaho -- an archival pigment ink print by photographer Annie Holt of Lyndeborough, N.H. (Photo courtesy of Annie Holt.)

The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, New Hampshire, opens a new gallery for contemporary art on May 1 with a show of Native American regalia.

Aln8baw8zow8ganal: Splendid Clothes, Splendid Traditions, the gallery’s first exhibit, will feature clothing and accessories as well as paintings and photographs through July 15.

Aln8baw8zow8ganal (al-non-ba-won-zo-won-gan-al) is the Abenaki word for traditionally made clothing; literally translated as Indian clothes.

Making and wearing regalia is a highly visible way of communicating identity and of connecting to tradition; many Native-themed arts revolve around regalia.

Crafted by Andy Bullock, this beaded hood will be on display. It represents the traditional headdress of the Wabanaki people. Andy, a Wampanoag, has beaded for 35 years. (Photo courtesy of Andy Bullock.)

The exhibit of regalia, accessories, paintings and photographs will include work from New England artists: Monica Alexander, Rhonda Besaw, Natalie Holt Breen, Andy Bullock, Chris Bullock, Liz Charlebois, Darryl Peasley, Tammy Bucchino, Annie Holt and Pam Tarbell.

Admission to the gallery is free. (Visit the MKIM website for museum admission prices.)

The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum serves as an educational and cultural center connecting visitors with Native American culture, past and present, and to encourage  respect for our environment. Nancy Jo Chabot is the museum curator. For more info, visit: www.indianmuseum.org or contact Executive Director Lynn Clark, (603) 456-3244.

Note: The “8” in “Aln8baw8zow8ganal” represents a unique sound of Abenaki language we do not have in English. It represents a nasalized, unrounded ‘o’.


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