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Missing Boy from Naples Found

by Gino Devaney on December 2, 2020

On December 1st at approximately 2:30pm, the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a 13 year old Naples boy who was reported missing by his parents. The boy was last seen at his home at approximately 12:30pm.

The situation was complicated by the fact that the boy suffers from an intellectual development disorder, along with other serious medical conditions. The boy’s parents and law enforcement had tremendous concern for his safety and a Code RED alert was activated by the Cumberland County Regional Communications Center.

Code RED is an emergency alert system used to notify our citizens of emergencies in the area such as severe weather alerts, evacuation notices, missing persons and many other dangerous situations. An alert can be sent through land and cell phone calls, text messages, and email, and is capable of delivering up to 60,000 notifications per hour. A Code RED alert was sent to a targeted 10-mile radius of the boy’s home notifying residents and businesses to be on the lookout and to report any sightings or contacts with him.

While a Code RED was being sent, multiple K-9 teams were utilized in search efforts, along with members of the Maine Warden Service. Deputies eventually found the boy walking along Harrison Rd in Naples at approximately 6:00pm. He was uninjured and subsequently returned home to his parents.

Although Code RED did not play a part in locating the missing boy, it can be a tremendous resource to public safety agencies and extremely beneficial to our citizens. To sign up for the Code RED Emergency Alert system, go to www.cumberlandcounty.org and click on the link for Code Red.

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Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) announces partnerships with two social service agencies to provide community-based voluntary services (CBVS) for at-risk children and families. Waypoint, located in Manchester, and the Family Resources Center of Northern New Hampshire, located in Gorham, will provide critical support services across the state to promote safe, stable and nurturing families and communities.

Voluntary services are prevention tools to help families struggling with health and safety concerns that do not meet a finding of abuse or neglect today but could meet that standard without intervention by supportive community organizations. The new partnerships with Waypoint and the Family Resource Center will ensure that community-based voluntary services are available to families that have had initial contact with DCYF in order to strengthen the family setting and prevent future cases of abuse and neglect. These services will also increase DCYF’s statewide service array and advance efforts to provide New Hampshire families with the right services at the right time and in the right place.

“Ensuring that New Hampshire’s DCYF provides quality care and services to children and families across the Granite State has been a top priority of my administration,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “The announcement of these two partnerships, which will serve to provide voluntary services, is yet another step forward in ensuring we continue to meet that commitment and in ensuring support services are readily accessible to New Hampshire families directly within their communities.”

“We are thrilled to be working with two organizations with a demonstrated track record of helping children and families and with whom we have such a rich history,” said DCYF Director Joseph E. Ribsam. “Voluntary services help strengthen and preserve families, keep children safe at home, and foster environments in which they will thrive. As we continue to make our way through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, these community-based services will be a lifeline to our families as they regain their strength and resilience.”

“We are very excited by this opportunity,” says Borja Alvarez de Toledo, president and CEO of Waypoint. “Prevention services of this caliber will reduce reliance on state systems, and are transformative in the way they protect children and families.”

“We have been supporting families for more than 22 years through our five locations in the North Country,” said Patti Stolte, Executive Director of the Family Resource Center of Northern New Hampshire. “We’ve provided an array of services offered in our state from those seeking information on parenting to those needing interventions or even working towards family reunification. The new program under FRC known as Building Families Foundation is revolutionary in recognizing that families can experience a crisis, but with some intensive, short term care, can move quickly out of an at-risk situation with their family intact and achieve long-term success.”

In April 2020, DCYF issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to expand the system of CBVS with a focus on strengthening the protective factors of families, including nurturing parenting skills and capabilities, addressing concrete needs, and supporting healthy family functioning. Feedback from a Request for Information issued by DHHS in October of 2019 informed the RFP, which includes features such as family engagement, flexibility of services, performance improvement, and adequate funding for service delivery.

To read the RFP, please visit https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/business/rfp/rfp-2021-dcyf-03-commu.htm.

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December 1, 2020 (North Conway, NH) – Settlers Green has partnered with the Kiwanis Club of Mount Washington Valley for a special campaign on #GivingTuesday. Today, December 1st, purchase a Settlers Green gift card in any amount, and Settlers Green will match it with a donation to the Kiwanis Club.

#GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement that was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

“Kiwanis Club has always played a key part in supporting us with volunteers for the big bag giveaway during Bring A Friend each year, but since we eliminated the giveaway this year, we thought this would be a great way to support them and the community,” said Settlers Green Marketing Director Laura Lemieux. “We hope this will be the start of an annual tradition and plan to partner with different, local nonprofits and charities each year.”

The Settlers Green gift card can be purchased online at settlersgreen.com. All online gift card orders are mailed. You can also purchase a gift card at Customer Service from 9am-4pm today. Gift cards work at all retailers, services and restaurants at Settlers Green as well as select retailers and restaurants at Settlers Crossing. This is a one-day event and Settlers Green will match up to $2500 in gift cards sales as donation to the Kiwanis Club.

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North Conway, N.H., Thursday, May 10, 2018: Lucy Brook Farm (Cheryl Senter for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation) copyright cherylsenter.photoshelter.com

 

Conway, NH – The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust purchased a conservation easement on the Lucy Brook Farm earlier this month. Near the foot of Cathedral Ledge, this land includes over 3,000 feet of frontage along Lucy Brook and the Saco River. The farm also boasts a high-yield aquifer, important agricultural soils, and connectivity to other conserved lands. This corner of Conway was settled by the John Lucy family in the early 1800’s, and many of his descendants (including the Gaudettes) still live on and farm the land. This conservation easement will allow the farm to remain intact for future generations. We thank the Gaudette family for their vision, passion, and stewardship of the land.

“We offer our profound thanks to all the funders who made this project happen, as well as to the Gaudette family for their generosity and patience,” said the Land Trust’s President, Doug Burnell. “We first started talking with the Gaudettes more than four years ago about their conservation options and future vision for their land.  The conservation of their iconic farm is finally a reality, and it is now protected as farmland for generations to come, in perpetuity.”

This project was made possible with support from The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Agricultural Conservation Easement Program; The New Hampshire Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund; The NH State Conservation Commission Moose Plate Grant; The Town of Conway; an anonymous family foundation; and several donors who are dedicated to sustainable agriculture. In addition, the Gaudette family was instrumental in getting the project accomplished, both through their patience and by taking a reduction in the sales price of the easement.

The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our motto is “Preserving Land for Community Benefit.” USVLT has completed 74 conservation projects since 2001, totaling over 12,800 acres throughout the towns of Hart’s Location, Bartlett, Jackson, Albany, Chatham, Conway, Eaton, and Madison in New Hampshire, and Brownfield, Denmark, and Fryeburg in Maine. Learn more about the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust by calling (603)662-0008 or visiting www.usvlt.org

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Bernerhof Inn and American Legion Post 46 are Offering FREE Thanksgiving Meals to Those in Need

by Gino Devaney November 25, 2020 Front Page News

GLEN, NH —  Nick Panno, owner and innkeeper of The Bernerhof Inn, announced the inn is once again offering a free Thanksgiving meal to go to anyone in need who seeks a hot turkey day feast. The meals will be offered for curbside pick up from 12pm – 2:30pm on Thurs., Nov. 26, 2020. Nick […]

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White Mountain National Forest Service Now Offers Option to Purchase Christmas Tree Permit On-line

by Gino Devaney November 24, 2020 Front Page News

Campton, NH (Nov. 16, 2020) – White Mountain National Forest officials are welcoming the public to select and cut a Christmas tree on the White Mountain National Forest with the purchase of a $5.00 permit. For the first time, permits will now be available for purchase either on-line (an additional $2.50 service fee applies) or in-person […]

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