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.