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Dover Mental Health Alliance Designates its First “Place”

At Dover Public Library, left to right, front row with Mayor Bob Carrier and Suzanne Weete, then Karen Morton-Clark, Melissa Lesniak, Denise LaFrance, Sam Lewandowski, Aimee Lockhardt, Mary Boisse, Heather Berube, Peggy Thrasher, Drew Maranhas.

DOVER The Dover Mental Health Alliance (DMHA), a newly formed coalition, is building a mental health friendly community in Dover, one place at a time. On Friday, February 26, the Dover Public Library was designated a safe, judgement-free “Place” by the Dover Mental Health Alliance, the first of its kind in the state of New Hampshire. Additionally, the Dover Public Library was also designated as a Recovery Friendly Workplace, becoming

the first organization in the City of Dover, and in the State of New Hampshire, to have both designations on the same day. Both organizations recognized the library at a small ceremony on a crisp Friday morning on the front steps of the Dover Public Library. “Staff of the Dover Public Library received training from both organizations and are excited to work with them to promote wellness in our community,” said Library Director Denise LaFrance. “We find

that we get people from all walks of life into our building, and a lot of our work has veered into the social services sector. As librarians, this is not something we have had training for, but want to be able to help.” The DMHA “Place” designation is available to any business, organization, or institution that strives to support their employees, colleagues, and customers’ mental health. It is a safe and judgement-free See HEALTH page 4...

Granite State Challenge Premieres April 3 on NHPBS STATEWIDE The 39th season of Granite State Challenge kicks off on Saturday, April 3 at 6 p.m. with Manchester Central v. Raymond on New Hampshire PBS. Co-producers Susan Adams and Ben Sparling spent months trying to figure out if they could green-light this beloved local high school quiz show amidst a worldwide pandemic. Everything, from the qualifying meet, which usually gathers at least 500 students in one day, right down to how the host, Jon Cannon, reviews every single question, was examined.

“The process was completely different this year. Some of it happened via Zoom, and in some cases, we were able to discuss the questions while being socially distant between episode tapings. But we had to find creative ways to have those conversations,” says Cannon. The New Hampshire PBS team was committed to putting on the show. They discussed remote taping via Zoom and also what it would look like if

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PORTSMOUTH Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Greeneville (SSN 772) and her compliment of more than 140 crew members arrived at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, March 26. While at the shipyard, Greeneville will complete scheduled maintenance work and several system upgrades. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is the Navy’s center of excellence for attack submarine overhaul, repair, and modernization. Greeneville measures more than 360 feet long and weighs more than 6,900 tons when submerged. Built by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in


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they decided to bring the teams into the studio. “We went through all kinds of mental gymnastics to try to determine

how we could deliver the show for our kids,” says Ben Sparling. Sometimes that meant having several different plans

that kept changing with state guidelines and CDC protocols. See CHALLENGE page 4...

USS Greeneville (SSN 772) Arrives at Shipyard Newport News, VA, Greeneville is the 61st submarine in the Los Angeles-class of fast attack submarines and the first U.S. naval vessel to be named in honor of the city of Greeneville, TN. Construction began on March 1, 1990 and the boat’s keel was laid on April 16, 1992 at Newport News Shipbuild-

ing and Drydock Company. Greeneville was christened on Sept. 17, 1994 and commissioned a U.S. Naval warship at Norfolk Naval Base on February 16, 1996. Greeneville changed its homeport to Pearl Harbor, HI, in March 1997, and was assigned to Submarine Squadron

One. From October 2001 to July 2004 Greeneville completed two Western Pacific deployments in support of the Global War on Terror, in addition to numerous exercises. Greeneville returned from its latest deployment on September 11, 2020. During this time, the ship and crew covered nearly 50,000 nautical miles to fulfill important missions in response to world events. On February 23, Greeneville’s homeport shifted to Groton, CT. Greeneville’s Commanding Officer is Cmdr. Robert Lane. He assumed command September 14, 2020. Greeneville’s host community is Dover.

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Pontine Theatre Presents The Green Shay

PORTSMOUTH Pontine Theatre brings George Savary Wasson’s early 1905 novel, The Green Shay to the stage April 9-11. The two-person production features Pontine Co-Directors, Greg Gathers and Marguerite Mathews. Wasson’s books have been described as “the most authentic Maine stories ever written,” and George Wasson, a resident of Kittery, Maine, has been ranked with Sarah Orne Jewett as a master of the New England idiom. Performances, scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., are offered online only to protect the health and safety of our audience members. Tickets are $27 and may be purchased online at www. pontine.org. For more information call 603-436-6660 or email info@pontine.org The Green Shay tells the story of the tragic drowning of two brothers, Abram and Elmer Spurling, whose Green Shay (a small sailing vessel) is destroyed one stormy day. Suspicion falls on young Asa

Kentle, and the residents of the harbor are thrown into conflict as they endeavor to solve the mysterious disaster. Pontine’s original adaptation creates a lively stage production featuring traditional folk melodies and a full cast of toy theatre figures who represent the book’s major characters. George Savary Wasson (1855-1932) had strong family ties to Penobscot Bay; his grandfather built vessels there which hauled lumber from Bangor to Boston. Wasson spent most of his summers with his grandfather at Brooksville. In 1872, his father took George to Stuttgart, Germany, to study painting for three years. After returning he opened a studio in Boston, where he specialized in marine painting, and was one of the members of the coterie at the St. Botolph Club with artists like French, Sargent and St. Gaudens. Not long after, when cruising to Castine, Wasson put in at Kittery Point and thought it the most paintable spot he had ever seen. He settled there in


1889, building a house with a studio in the top story of the general store, Frisbee’s Market. Just as he recorded in his sketch books the details of scows, pinkies, hay schooners and wrecks, so he salted down the speech of his neighbors in notebooks, and from this treasury of language evolved his stories. His first book, “Cap’n Simeon’ Store” was published in 1903; it was followed by “The Green Shay” (1905) and “Home from Sea”(1908).

Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds to be Presented at The Music Hall

NHAA’s 35th Annual Omer T. Lassonde Juried Exhibit PORTSMOUTH Local artists have interpreted the theme “Beyond the Boundaries,” for the 35th annual Omer T. Lassonde juried exhibition that opened March 31 at the New Hampshire Art Association’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery. An overwhelming number of impressive submissions from members and non-members were received and of 302 individual entries, the juror selected 92 works for the show. They will be exhibited and for sale in the gallery and online at www. nhartassociation.com through May 30. “The annual Lassonde exhibit is always one of the most competitive and exciting exhibits of the year,” said NHAA Board President Renee Giffroy. President of the New Hampshire Art Association. “These talented artists have been busy at work over the last year and it has resulted in an exhibit with a wide variety of unique and thought-provoking pieces.” Each year the NHAA

“The Blue Fairy,” an oil painting by Patricia Schappler.

hosts a juried exhibition in honor of Omer T. Lassonde, who as Administrator of the WPA Federal Arts Project in his native New Hampshire, helped found the New Hampshire Art Association in 1940 to exhibit and further the work of contemporary artists throughout the state. Lassonde is perhaps most famous for the year he spent painting the landscape and

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native life of West Samoa in 1930. In 1947, Ben Bradlee, late editor of The Washington Post, claimed that Lassonde had “done more than any man living to put New Hampshire on the map artistically.” There will be an online reception via the Zoom platform on April 15 at 6:30 p.m., when prizes will be awarded – 1st place, $1,000; 2nd place, $750 and 3rd place, $500. Honorable mentions will also be awarded. The public is invited to attend the Zoom reception to see the artwork and hear from some of the artists. Register at 603-4314230 to receive the zoom link.

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PORTSMOUTH On Tuesday, April 20 at 7 p.m., ornithologist, naturalist, and Pulitzer finalist Scott Weidensaul comes to The Music Hall’s historical stage as part of the Innovation + Leadership series. Weidensaul will discuss his new nature book A World on the Wing, an exhilarating exploration of the science and wonder of global bird migration in the face of climate change. The event includes an author presentation and interview with Jameson French, CEO of Northland Forest Products, naturalist, and birder, followed by an audience Q&A. The Music Hall is located at 28 Chestnut Street in Portsmouth. The theater is following state and local guidelines including requiring masks, social distancing, and contactless concessions, in addition to utilizing a brand new HVAC system. The ticket package for A World on the Wing is $46. In addition to a reserved seat, the package includes a signed copy of A World on the Wing ($32, hardcover), author discussion, and audience Q+A. Tickets can be purchased at www.themusichall.org or 603-436-2400.

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~ Arts & Entertainment ~ NHTP's 5th Storytelling Festival

Portsmouth Historical Society Presents Working Waterfronts PORTSMOUTH “Don Gorvett: Working Waterfronts” will open April 2 and run through September 12, at the Portsmouth Historical Society’s Academy Galleries in Portsmouth. The exhibit includes over sixty works from the early years to recent large color woodcuts. This ex-

Left to right: Randy Armstrong, Maya Williams, Diane Edgecomb, Pat Spaulding, Sharon Jones, Simon Brooks. Photo by Genevieve Aichele.

PORTSMOUTH New Hampshire Theatre Project’s Annual Storytelling Festival comes to The Music Hall’s Historic Theater in the heart of Portsmouth on Saturday, April 10 at 8 p.m. For one night only, five captivating storytellers will share personal and traditional tales inspired

by the theme “What Are You Waiting For?” The festival will feature Diane Edgecomb, Pat Spalding, Simon Brooks, Sharon Jones and Maya Williams. Stories of personal trials, overcoming adversity and finding joy in even the darkest of times will be hosted by Genevieve Aichele

and woven together through the music of Randy Armstrong, a virtuoso musician with decades of experience in world fusion music. Both in-person and livestream tickets are available. Ticket price is $36 inperson and $15 for livestream. For information and tickets, go to www.themusichall.org.

~ Calendar of Events ~ Wednesday, April 7 Small Business Resiliency Academy

The NH Small Business Development Center and UNH Extension are partnering to offer Resiliency Academy, bringing together small businesses and community leaders to work toward a resilient future. The two-hour academy sessions will focus on the intersection of small business and community resiliency. FMI: www.nhsbdc. org/resiliency-academy.

Morning Mixer

The Dover Chamber of Commerce will host a virtual morning mixer 8-9 a.m. This hour-long, fastpaced speed networking program starts promptly at 8 a.m. Participants are invited to share a “fast fact” in the registration notes to be shared with the group during the networking program. For Chamber members who bring their not-yet chamber member friends, the fees will be waived. FMI: melissa@ dovernh.org.

Friday, April 9 Kids Are Our Business Breakfast

The annual Kids Are Our Business Breakfast will take place virtually

at 8:30 a.m. and will showcase the importance and success of Haven’s Safe Kids Strong Teens education program. Registration is $10. Go to www.havennh.org to register and see what the community can do to keep kids safe.

networking 4-5 p.m. The program will include themes and prizes and will start promptly at 4 p.m. and consist of a rotation of groups of 3-5 participants every 10-15 minutes, throughout the hour. FMI: melissa@dovernh.org.

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Thursday, April 29

Bowl-A-Thon Fundraiser

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A fundraising bowl-a-thon event for the Dover Children’s Home will take place at Dover Bowl. Participants can sign up to bowl or pledge a bowler or team. Bowling sessions are 10-11:30 a.m., 121:30 p.m., 2-3:30 p.m., 4-5:30 p.m. Event includes prizes¡ COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed. Register at www.bowlathon.net or email Lauren at lpetratis@doverchildrenshome.org.

Story Times

Family Story Times will be held in-person in the Lecture Hall every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. Kids of all ages are invited to attend and a craft will be available to take home. Registration is required and attendance is limited to five groups. Social distancing guidelines will be observed. This program is for Dover Public Library cardholders only. To sign up for story times visit library. dover.nh.gov/events or call 603516-6052.

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PORTSMOUTH “Long Story Short” returns to the 3S stage via Zoom livestream on Wednesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. with stories about family and the families we create. During the show, the storytellers will take over the Performance Space at 3S, performing live from different locations within the space in a more casual take on the storytelling series. There will also be an interactive audience participation element where only the host knows what stories will come next. Long Story Short is not just a storytelling event. It’s an opportunity to share the funniest moments life brings us, the deepest human emotions, and the strangest day of our lives with complete strangers. This barebones storytelling series, hosted by Beth LaMontagne Hall, is free of pretense and over-rehearsed monologues. The show throws a mix of professional writers,

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children and contain supplies to create a fun, educational project. New kits will be released every Monday and will be available while supplies last.

How to Start Downsizing and Decluttering

On Tuesday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. the library is offering a free live virtual program on Downsizing and Decluttering. The presentation will provide some practical, easy-to-follow downsizing and decluttering tips that will get your home, office, or vehicle organized in no time! Anyone who has interest in learning to declutter their life is welcome to attend.

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performers, and average folks who have no public speaking experience whatsoever on stage with just a mic and a spotlight to tell a personal story based on that show’s theme. What makes Long Story Short unique is the off-the-cuff feel many of the stories have, including each show’s one open mic slot. Ticket price is what audience members choose: $5, $10, $15, $20, or $50. For tickets and information, go to www.3sarts. org or call 603-766-3330.


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State of the City

The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce with present the 2021 State of the City 9-10 a.m. with keynote speaker Chris Parker who will discuss the city’s Master Plan. For more information and to register, go to www.dovernh.org.

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Thursday, April 22

~ Library News ~ Dover Public Library

3S Art Space at 319 Vaughan Street in Portsmouth wants to help local artists clear out inventory, make space for new work, reach new audiences, and make some sales with their 2021 Yart Sale held April 29 - May 9. Space is limited so artists should sign up early. FMI: 603-766-3330 or info@3sarts.org.

hibit coincides with “Twilight of American Impressionism: Alice Ruggles Sohier and Frederick A. Bosley”. Portsmouth Historical Society’s Academy Galleries is located at 10 Middle Street in Portsmouth. For more information, call 603-436-8433 or visit www.portsmouthhistory.org. For more information


Kittery, ME We are often asked by the families we serve, here at JS Pelkey & Son and Bernier Funeral Homes, why certain expressions and traditions exist in the funeral service industry. One of the most often asked questions is “Why send flowers to a memorial service or funeral, aren’t they just a waste of money?” Well nothing could be further from the truth. As my friend Todd Van Beck recently wrote in an article: Flowers are sent to funerals for several reasons. Flowers are a means of expression. It is often difficult for those mourning a death to put feelings into words. Flowers are a visual expression of love, sympathy, and respect. They are a way of lending support and sharing the burden of grief. In addition to sending flowers to the funeral, there is a growing trend to send flowers to the home of the bereaved after the service. Some people also send flowers to the church in memory of the deceased. Flowers create a background of warmth and beauty which adds to the dignity and consolation of the service. Those who have attended services where there were no flowers have noted that something was

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bereaved’s feelings in the patterns of community support which are psychologically beneficial. Flowers, however, express the inexpressible – they are symbolic.

missing – that the funeral was depressing. The funeral meets the bereaved’s need for support. Death throws people into despair and depression by separating them from one who has provided love, companionship, and security. The funeral and customs provide the means by which those close to them can give their support and share their suffering. The funeral period provides for the expression of sorrow. Only through talking about the past can the bereaved person realize the extent of the relationship with the deceased, and accept the loss and suffering. Only through weeping and talking to good listeners can they release their grief and feelings of guilt and hostility. Experts in grief therapy believe that it can be expressed best through rites, rituals, and ceremonies. The ceremony deals primarily with intellectual concepts and doesn’t fully engage the

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There are three points to be stressed, finally, in connection with the tradition of funeral flowers. First, the role of flowers are both symbolic and aesthetic. They add great value to the richness and meaning of the ritual. Second, flowers represent sympathy extended to the bereaved. Third, flowers are sent to both the living and the dead. They are sent to the living as comfort and as tokens of respect for the deceased. We, at the JS Pelkey & Son and the Bernier Funeral Homes, hold the value of the work our local florists do in very high regard. We always encourage the families we serve to contact a local florist directly. Certainly there are national floral outlets that can be reached with a simple Google search but, honestly, the quality of these products are often substandard. Simply click the “Send Flowers” tab on our website and you will be directed to our list of trusted florists. Please call us about any questions with which we may help.

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Scholarships for Students in Healthcare SEACOAST The Foundation for Seacoast Health is proud to announce a scholarship opportunity for students pursuing health-related careers. Since establishing their scholarship fund, The Foundation for Seacoast Health has awarded over 660 scholarships to 320 individuals, totaling over $2.2 million in support. Since 1984, the core mission of the Foundation for Seacoast Health has been to promote health and wellness throughout the Seacoast

and enrich the lives of citizens through community-based supports and services. They define health as a broad sense – one that includes a positive physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. The scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a health-related field of study. The awards are based primarily on academic performance, personal achievements, extracurricular activity, and community involvement. The applicant must be a primary resident in one of the following

PRH Receives ‘A’ for Hospital Safety PORTSMOUTH Portsmouth Regional Hospital (PRH) was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Portsmouth Regional Hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. This award follows the recent announcement Portsmouth Regional Hospital was named New Hampshire’s only “Top Teaching Hospital” by The Leapfrog Group. In addition, Portsmouth Regional Hospital was one of only two New Hampshire hospitals for this term to receive an ‘A’ grade. HCA New Hampshire hospitals Parkland Medical Center and Frisbie Memorial Hospital were also recognized by Leapfrog with respective grades of an ‘A’ for Parkland and ‘B’ for Frisbie. “I’m incredibly proud of our staff and providers for their dedication to our patients and to our mission – especially in a year so consumed by the pandemic,” said Dean Carucci,

chief executive officer of Portsmouth Regional Hospital. “Receiving the Leapfrog Hospital Safety ‘A’ Grade is affirmation of the relentless commitment our entire staff makes to patient safety on the Seacoast.” Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public. “We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for Parkland Medical Center. With the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. health care system, we appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”

towns for a minimum of two years: Portsmouth, Rye, New Castle, Greenland, Newington, and North Hampton in New Hampshire; Kittery, Eliot, and York in Maine. The awarded students will be announced prior to June 30 and will be invited along with their families to a breakfast hosted by the Foundation for Seacoast Health Board of Trustees in their honor. The deadline to apply is April 30. For details, visit www. ffsh.org/scholarships/ or call 603-422-8200.

tailored to the specific needs of the business, part of the requirements to become a “Place” include: Learn, accept and display the Dover Mental Health Alliance’s (DMHA) vision and mission statement; Maintain a list of primary resources available that could help someone if they are experiencing an emotional crisis; Provide a safe space without judgment or discrimination for anyone seeking refuge at the “Place”; Schedule an employee

PORTSMOUTH The Seacoast Village Project is hosting a “Lunch & Learn” program featuring Kate DeBartolo of The Conversation Project on Thursday, April 6 at noon. The program will be held via Zoom video conference and requires advance registration. One of the most important moves adults make is naming trusted individuals to act on their behalf in the event they cannot make decisions on their own due to serious illness or in-

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hensive set of disposable iJig instruments, all delivered in a sterile package. With replacement components that are customized to a patient’s individual bone and ligament structure, this surgical method will help reduce sizing compromises that can lead to long-term pain after surgery. Dr. Davis is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon fellowship trained in arthroscopy and sports medicine. He specializes in the care of sports-related injuries, with a particular focus on injuries of the shoulder, hip and knee, and was most recently named the Access Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics Top Doctor for Orthopaedic Surgery for 2020.

...CHALLENGE from page 4 NHPBS facilities coordinator Shawn Roche went right to work. “I was asked to come up with a way to build separators which would allow the kids to be at the podium but not be in close proximity to each other. We had to keep safety in

...HEALTH from page 1 space for all. The DMHA vision is to create a culture that understands, embraces and addresses the complexities of mental health. The mission is to build a resilient community that is educated, responsive and conscious of the impact of mental illness. Inspired by the Recovery Friendly Workplace model, which includes providing support, resources, and trainings related to substance use disorder and behavioral health

“Lunch & Learn” Series Highlights End of Life Discussions

team to attend adverse childhood experience (ACE) training; Send an employee team to a Mental Health First Aid training; Ensure that a trained employee is onsite at all times during operating hours. For more information, visit www.recoveryfriendlyworkplace.com, www.communitypartnersnh.org, and www. facebook.com/DoverMHA/, or email Suzanne Weete at suzanneweete@communitypart nersnh.org.

mind at all times,” says Roche. Through trial and error, Roche spent over a week and a half coming up with a solution that eventually secured the idea that the show could go on. “The design I came up with was to use Plexiglass. It’s clear so you can see everything around it, but I also had to build a small frame so it would be secure but not interfere with the televised picture,” says Roche. But nothing about the student competitors changed on this season. “The kids were all bright and well-rounded, and everybody was thrilled to be able to play the game. The enthusiasm was as high as, if not higher than, it has been during a normal GSC season. I think it was a positive experience for everybody and perhaps a bright spot in their school year,” says Adams. “I’m proud of everybody

capacity. But how is that decision made? And how do you raise the issue with family members or close friends? Kate DeBartolo will share the work The Conversation Project has done nationwide to help people feel more comfortable broaching these sensitive topics. Kate DeBartolo is the director of The Conversation Project, a public engagement initiative of Health Improvement (IHI) with the goal of helping everyone talk about their wishes for care through the end of life, so those wishes can be understood and respected. The Seacoast Village Project is a network of older adults working together to get connected, get smart and help each other out as they grow older in their homes and communities. Founded in 2018 and based on a national Village Movement model of neighbor-helping-neighbor, the Seacoast Village Project is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to making “aging in place” a reality by supporting the social, educational and practical needs of older adults living independently. “The Seacoast Village Project is committed to helping our members educate themselves about topics related to growing older,” said Nancy Euchner, President of the Village’s board of directors. “The Conversation Project provides a helpful model for how to broach delicate subjects and we hope it will empower everyone to think about and raise these issues with their loved ones.” The April 6 program is open to all interested participants. For more information or to register for the program by April 5, visit www.seacoastvillageproject.org.

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~ News ~ Fuel Assistance Taking Applications Through April 30 SOUTHERN NH Southern NH Services’ Fuel Assistance program is taking applications through April 30 to help renters and homeowners pay for past or future energy use, according to agency Deputy Director, Ryan Clouthier. Says Clouthier, “As a community action agency our focus is on providing services to individuals and families with low incomes, and who are facing financial hardship. Fuel assistance is one of those programs that plays a key role in ensuring that families have warmth. Once that need is met, we’re more able to effectively work with that family on the other supports that they may

need.’ Benefits are calculated on a number of things, including household income, energy costs, and housing type. This allows those households with the lowest incomes and highest energy costs to receive the highest benefits. Applications are taken through our Community Services Offices throughout Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties. Households can also apply for and receive electrical assistance at the same appointment, if eligible. To apply, residents should call SNHS or RCA offices closest to them or call 1-800-3221073 to make an appointment. Applicants must qualify by household income for 30 days

prior to the appointment. Benefits range from $158 to $1575 may be available to homeowners or renters during the winter heating season. Eligibility and benefit amounts are determined by GROSS household income for a 30 day period, household size, and annual heating costs. One person can earn $2,978 per month and a family of four up to $5,728 per month to qualify. Southern New Hampshire Services, Inc., (SNHS) is a private, non-profit corporation chartered in the State of New Hampshire, May 21, 1965 in compliance with the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. It serves as the Community Action Agency for

School Board Passes Default Budget to Reopen Negotiations DOVER The Dover School Board unanimously passed a ‘default budget’ for fiscal year 2022 at its meeting on March 8, but stressed that budget work is ongoing. The default budget provides $73,075,963 for general fund operating expenses and Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties. SNHS is part of a nation-wide network of over 1000 Community Action Agencies providing advocacy for and services to America’s disadvantaged. Southern New Hampshire Services is an equal opportunity provider.

debt service. It is a $6,264,907 increase over the current 2021 fiscal year budget and $5,168,041 above the tax cap. “This budget represents only our operating budget from last year plus our contractual increases the City Council has already approved,” said Superintendent William Harbron during the budget workshop preceding the School Board’s regular meeting. Harbron told the School Board that passing the default budget would allow the School Board and School District to reopen negotiations with the Dover Teachers’ Union (DTU) See BUDGET page 7...

~ Ask The Computer Lady & Classifieds ~ Dear Computer Lady, I read your column and love it, I have learned so much from it! I want to know I was running Windows 7 and upgraded to Windows 10. Now I want to know. How can I make a DVD from installed windows 10 so I can do a fresh install of Windows 10 in the future. I tried to make a USB but it did not work properly. Regards, M. Dear M., If you want to do a fresh install of Windows 10 on the same computer, all you have to do is create an install disk using the tool and directions on Microsoft’s website at www.microsoft. com/en-us/software-download/ windows10. The tool is called the media creation tool, and Microsoft has some pretty good instructions for you to follow as you download first the tool, then the file for the disk. You will not need a product key since Windows 10 will authenticate using a hardware key that is unique to your computer. If you want to create an image of your current setup on your computer complete with files, drivers, and installed programs you will need to get a program like Acronis True Image which will allow you to make a complete backup of your hard drive, and also create a boot disk that will allow you to start the computer if the hard drive has crashed and restore the computer using the backup you made. When you create this type of backup on a regular basis, you also protect yourself against ransomware. Elizabeth Dear Computer Lady, I have an HP desktop and a HP tablet that both run Gmail. When I delete an entry on the desktop it doesn’t delete the same one on my tablet. Can this be done? Thanks, Ron Dear Ron, Yes, this can be done. In

fact, I’m surprised that it is not already being done. Gmail is a web based email program, you can access it from any internet- connected device from your computer to your phone. Normally, when you delete a message from any device, it is removed from your Gmail account on their server, which means that it is removed from all devices. The fact that your emails are not automatically synced means that one of your devices is using POP to download messages and not either direct access or IMAP. If you are using an email program on your desktop, try switching to direct access (https://mail. google.com) If you are using the email app on your tablet, try either direct access, or switch to the gmail app if it is available. If you want to continue to use your email program, you would need to set Gmail up for IMAP access instead of POP. You might need to get your local computer shop to set this up for you as it is too involved for this column. Elizabeth

under these conditions. Is there any way I can use the ad blocker without the other party detecting it? Or, is there another ad blocker I can use that they can’t detect? I also don’t think they should have the right to prevent me from accessing their website if I’m using an ad blocker. Thanks for any help you can give, Rose

Dear Computer Lady, I have been a reader for several years, and have learned a lot from you. This is the first time I am submitting a question. I have a Lenovo Ideapad 110S, with Windows 10. I use Firefox as my browser, and have uBlock Origin as my ad blocker. I have been entering sweepstakes at a particular website for several years, with the ad blocker on. Recently, a popup appeared, telling me it appears that I am using an ad blocker, and to please turn it off, since they provide their content for free, etc. With the ad blocker on, I can submit about 6 entries per minute. With the ad blocker off, the ads slow down the computer, so that it takes up to two minutes to submit one entry. Quite a difference! I resent the waste of my time, and I don’t have time to enter all the giveaways

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Dear Rose, If you think of every website on the internet as a place of business, kind of like a small shop, it might help. The reason this particular sweepstakes website was created is so that the owner can pay his or her bills. They offer a service to you (a convenient place to enter multiple sweepstakes) and instead of charging you for this service, they get paid by displaying ads. I know that some game sites (like pogo) offer a paid subscription to their site that removes the ads, perhaps the site you are using has an option like that. I don’t have much experience with ad blocking software,

so I can’t help with that part of your question. Elizabeth Dear Computer Lady, Thank you for all your help over the years. This is not a computer question per se. Why do so many sites, including Yahoo and Facebook have completely false information on the side of the site? For example, there are reports of deaths of celebrities, including movie stars and sports figures, that show up for several days on the side of the site. And there are reports that are completely untrue, that someone in the sports world has been suspended for life. The suspension never occurred. These are blatant examples of fake news. I have reported this to Facebook but never received a response. Thank you, Robert in CA. Dear Robert, You are talking about advertisements called, clickbait. Clickbait is purposely provocative and/or misleading in an effort to get users to click on it. Once the user has clicked on the clickbait, they are disappointed to find that the story is not really what it seemed, or all they see is

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a page full of ads with no story. Clickbait often generates income based on the number of clicks or the number of page views generated from the clicks. In addition, Facebook and other companies that are displaying the ads also make money when you click on them. If you and I don’t click on the clickbait links, no one will make money with them, and eventually they will stop displaying them. Elizabeth Interested in learning more? Elizabeth has answered thousands of computer questions over the years. To submit a question, email her at elizabeth.boston@ gmail.com.




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People and Business Profiles

Step Up Parents Receives Support

Bank Contributes $250,000 Women & Children’s Center

Left to right: Emily Moore of Wentworth-Douglass Foundation; Kimberley Foulkes of Newburyport Bank; Martha Bertsimas of Newburyport Bank; Alysa Morse of Newburyport Bank; Gregory Walker of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital; Lloyd Hamm, Jr. of Newburyport Bank; Jackie Eastwood of Wentworth-Douglass Foundation; Jeffrey Hughes of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital; Sheila Woolley of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital; Cristine More of Wentworth-Douglass Foundation; Sarah Kuhl of Wentworth-Douglass Foundation.

PORTSMOUTH Portsmouth-based Step Up Parents (SUP) was recently announced as charity recipient of the Moving Communities Campaign. In 2017, Lexi Leddy, Great Island Realty (pictured above), started her Moving Communities Campaign, donating a portion of all commissions to helping a local charity. To date, she has given back over $45,000 to the community. “I have a few people close to me who have stepped into the role of parent due to the issues with their loved ones and the opioid crisis. Making personal sacrifices to ensure that a child’s future has a better outcome deserves support and that’s exactly what Step Up Parents does,” said Leddy. “I am proud and honored to donate $3,000 to this deserving organization.” SUP has also received a $5,000 grant from The Fuller Foundation, Inc., a family foundation that supports non-profit organizations in the Boston area and New Hampshire seacoast. With generous donations like this one, Step Up Parents has been able to help over 100 kinship families, giving over $42,000 in assistance since its founding in 2019. “We extend our best wishes to Step Up Parents for continued success during these challenging times,” said Phil Hall, Administrator at the Fuller Foundation, Inc. “It is a pleasure to be among your current supporters.” Service Credit Union recently announced that they will continue as an official sponsor to SUP in the new year. “Service Credit Union is proud to support Step Up Parents and their critical mission of providing support for the amazing caregivers raising children of parents with

substance abuse disorders,” said Service CU’s VP of Marketing Wendy Beswick. “They are truly heroes, and we are thankful for their work in helping New Hampshire families.” Kinship families in the Greater Lakes Region, Plymouth and the Seacoast will benefit from the $5,000 grant given from Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The grant will support the individualized needs of kinship families raising the children of parents with substance use disorder as well as allow Step Up Parents to build its organizational capacity. “The stress and drain of the pandemic have resulted in an increase in substance misuse, meaning more kinship caregivers are being called upon to step up for the children,” said Denyse Richter, Step Up Parents Founder. “Many of these kinship families live in the MVSB service area, so this grant will allow us to continue our work and help these deserving families.” Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation provided a $1,700 grant from the Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation that will allow also assist kinship families in the Merrimack County area. Every year, Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation makes grants to nonprofits making an impact on the lives of New Hampshire communities. “The foundation allows us to support organizations like Step Up Parents who strengthen the places where we work and live,” said Linda Lorden, President of Merrimack County Savings Bank. “We can’t thank them enough for their incredible work and the

DOVER The Wentworth-Douglass Foundation has received a $250,000 gift from Newburyport Bank to create the Women & Children’s Strategic Initiative Fund to support necessary investments in technology and services to assist WentworthDouglass in continuing to provide exceptional and timely

care for families in the Seacoast. This $250,000 gift will help Wentworth-Douglass Hospital transform newborn care and support families and children in the Seacoast as they navigate parenthood and beyond. As part of this gift, the waiting area outside of the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

Local Residents Run for Chase Home PORTSMOUTH As part of the Winter Warriors Challenge, nearly a dozen local residents are running to benefit youth served by The Chase Home. Founded in 1877, The Chase Home in Portsmouth serves at-risk youth annually through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs. Some youth are served in the community while others live at The Chase Home. “We are pledged to run 3,000 miles in January and match 10% of all donations up to $10,000,” said Matt Sawyer, one of ten runners who make up The Icarus Project, representing a combination of runners from the Runner’s Alley racing team and a Seacoast Long Run group. As for why the group selected The Chase Home, he

said many of them are parents themselves. “We appreciate the challenges of raising children, even under optimal conditions,” he said. “We know that the kids at the Chase Home did not start with all the advantages that most of us did and they will have to overcome challenges that we can’t even imagine… We all feel good about trying to generate some support for the kids at Chase Home.” The team finished January with more than 3,700 miles and $5,225 and counting in donations. They will continue match donations as they come in. To learn more about the fundraiser, search ‘Winter Warriors (Icarus Project) Running for the Chase Children’s Home’ on Facebook. To learn more about the Chase Home, visit www.chasehome.org.

services they provide. Step Up Parents helps to ensure children are being cared for and raised in stable, loving homes, and we are grateful for their community leadership.” Additionally, SUP received a $1,500 grant from the Rotary Club of Portsmouth for the second year, to support kinship caregivers in New Hampshire. “Step Up Parents is one of those organizations where Rotary can put its money, knowing good help will go to parents who have had to step up and take care of their

grandchildren when their own children have been stricken by the opioid scourge,” said Jonathan Flagg, Rotary Club of Portsmouth President. SUP offers financial assistance to kinship caregivers throughout New Hampshire who have ‘stepped up’ to raise children with parent(s) who struggle with substance use disorder. To learn more about SUP, make a referral, or donate, visit www.stepupparents. net or call call 603-319-4739. Donations may also be mailed to PO Box 1603, Portsmouth, NH, 03801.

Women & Children’s Center is now officially named the Newburyport Bank Family Waiting Area. “We are incredibly grateful for Newburyport Bank’s support. As the busiest birth center in the region, the impact of this gift is extremely powerful in helping us serve the community’s healthcare needs. Thank you for investing in Seacoast families and standing behind our efforts to provide the latest technology and very best care,” says Interim CEO of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Jeffrey Hughes, MPH. “Every life is precious. If our gift to the Wentworth-Douglass Foundation can save one baby’s life, then it is absolutely worth it. We look forward to growing our relationship with Wentworth-Douglass as we work together to help guide families through every stage of life. I am very proud that Newburyport Bank is associated with the Wentworth-Douglass Women & Children’s Center and I challenge other institutions to follow in our footsteps and set the example for the community to help those who are less fortunate,” says President and CEO of Newburyport Bank, Lloyd Hamm, Jr. The impact of this gift is extremely powerful and we are incredibly grateful for their support. We appreciate Newburyport Bank’s shared philosophy and investment in the health of our Seacoast community.

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~ News ~ ...BUDGET from page 5 in efforts to find cost reductions to deliver a tax cap budget. “The DTU agreed to come to the bargaining table, and our discussions with them are ongoing,” Harbron said during the budget workshop. “We are extremely grateful that they have partnered with us in attempting to deliver a tax cap budget to the citizens of Dover.”

A clause in the contract agreement between the Dover School Board and the DTU ratified by the School Board and City Council in 2019 allows the parties to reopen negations for cost items and specific circumstances. The district has to present a default budget to the City Council to activate this clause should the budget be rejected by the City Council. School Board Chair

Amanda Russell reiterated the School Board and School District’s commitment to find cost savings for the 2022 fiscal year budget. “We are not done with the budget,” she said. Passing the default budget now “is the best decision the Board can make at this time with all of the information we have today.” The budget workshop can be viewed at ht t ps://

Students Receive Recognition CONCORD New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord recently announced their Dean’s List dovernh.viebit.com/player.php? hash=vqiuovJszrXZ. The School Board regular meeting can be viewed at https://dover nh.viebit.com/player.php?hash= L4alSDLTm5OL.

for Fall 2020 which includes: Bet ha ny M ichaud, Dover; Katelyn Frost, East Rochester; Hannah Kirk, Hunter Thurston, Exeter; Meghan Leddy, Portsmouth; Haley Huppe, Mercedes LaPanne, Abigail M i l ler, Claudia Nobrega, Richard Whitehouse, Hannah Winship, Rochester; Suhanna Miller, Rollinsford.

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23. Men’s hairstyle 24. Indicates position 25. One point east of due south 28. Businessmen may have one 29. Grass part 31. Running back Gurley 33. Unwavering 36. Options 38. Annoy 39. Greek mountain 41. Pastas 44. Fishes 45. Wrap 46. Potentially a criminal (slang)

48. Seize 49. The Constitution State 51. Upset 52. 1991 men’s Wimbledon champ 54. Central Chinese province 56. Predisposition 60. A notice of someone’s death 61. One-time Kentucky Rep. 62. Swiss river 63. Dried-up 64. Finger millet 65. __ Allan Poe 66. German river

67. Brew 68. Kenyan river CLUES DOWN 1. Millisecond 2. Acts as military assistant 3. Knot in a tree 4. Husband-and-wife industrial designers 5. The Ocean State 6. Point the finger at 7. Parts in a machine 8. Midway between northeast and east 9. Portray precisely

10. Blister 11. Mental illness 12. Nose of an animal 14. What students receive 17. Semitic peoples 20. Beats per minute 21. Family of drugs 23. Atrocious 25. Type of microscope (abbr.) 26. __ or bust 27. Icelandic poems 29. A citizen of Pakistan 30. Very pale 32. Metric linear unit 34. Sea eagle 35. Biblical judge of Israel 37. Isaac’s mother (Bib.) 40. Sino-Soviet block (abbr.) 42. Cool! 43. Large hotel room 47. Type of boat (abbr.) 49. Picked 50. Type of hookah 52. Attack 53. Directs 55. Belgian WWII resistance fighter 56. Finished negotiation 57. Heroic tale 58. Middle Eastern country 59. Protein-rich liquids 61. Malaysian Isthmus 65. Spielberg’s alien

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