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New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signs executive Order streamlining veteran services ~ Courtesy Photo

 

Concord, NH – Today (Thursday) Governor Chris Sununu signed an executive order to initiate creation of one coordinated State operation for the provision of veterans services. The Governor was joined at the signing immediately after his State of the State address by guests David Meaney of the American Legion, Ray Goulet of the NH Chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America, Paul Lloyd of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and Ernest Sulloway of Disabled American Veterans.

“We must recognize a fundamental truth, that once a person signs those enlistment papers, they are a soldier for life,” said Governor Sununu.  “This executive order will bring coordinated veterans services under one roof in New Hampshire, which will bring resources together to streamline services for one simple goal: better outcomes for our veterans.”

The changes contemplated by the executive order will be a team effort involving Adjutant General Dave Mikolaities, the Veterans Council, the Office of Veterans Services (“OVS”), the Department of Health Human Services’ Bureau of Community Based Military Programs, and other Executive Branch officials and personnel.

The executive order directs the Adjutant General to develop and execute memorandums of understanding with both the Office of Veterans Services and the Bureau of Community Based Military Programs to provide for the streamlining and coordination of all veterans services provided by the State.  The memorandums of understanding will be executed within 60 days and fully implemented within 120 days.

Adjutant General Dave Mikolaities and OVS Director Bill Gaudreau also weighed in on the new executive order.

“New Hampshire’s veterans and their families will benefit immensely from having a single operation and point of contact for the services and benefits they have earned,” said Adjutant General Mikolaities. “I am grateful to Governor Sununu for his leadership and efforts on this issue, and the Adjutant General’s Department looks forward to working with the Office of Veterans Services and the Bureau of Community Based Military Programs to turn the Governor’s vision into a reality.”

“The Office of Veterans Services is excited to join the Adjutant General’s Department and the Bureau of Community Based Military Programs in this exciting and important initiative,” said OVS Director Bill Gaudreau. “The services provided by OVS will be greatly enhanced by this new coordinated effort.”

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Cynthia’s Challenge Chooses 2018 Beneficiary

by Christian Mower on February 15, 2018

MADISON, NH – Cynthia’s Challenge has announced the next beneficiary of the 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon to be held at King Pine Ski Area in East Madison, New Hampshire March 16-17, 2018.

All funds raised with this year’s event will benefit Freedom, New Hampshire’s Jacques Villeneuve, a nine-year-old boy who was born missing the main wiring between the left and right hemispheres of his brain, Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum.

He has also been diagnosed with Diplegic Spastic Cerebral Palsy an intellectual disability which pose both physical and mental challenges. Jacques’ parents have to physically lift him into their vehicle every time they plan on going anywhere and then have enough room for storage for his walking assistance devices.

This year’s goal is to raise $65,000 to purchase Jacques’ family a wheelchair accessible van. 
 
Jacques is a naturally happy and motivated nine year old who loves spending time outdoors and speaking with everyone he meets. Jacques cannot walk long distances without taking many of rest breaks and is in need of a handicap van to become more independent.
A wheelchair accessible van would be of incredible assistance to the Villeneuve family to get Jacques and his seven year old sister, Melanie, to their daily activities and appointments.
 
Now in its fifth year, Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon has raised over $181,000 to benefit children and their families. Starting in 2014, Cynthia Verrill was the first benefactor and resulted in her name being used to name the event. $35,000 raised for Cynthia was used to provide a seizure detecting service dog.

The second year, the event raised over $35,000 for Samantha Gillard who was in need of a wheel chair accessible van and the third year raised $61,000 for Kevin Dall to purchase a wheel chair accessible van and the fourth year raised over $50,000 for Faith Holt with more than 250 skiers and snowboarders participating to purchase a wheel chair accessible van. 
 
Cynthia’s Challenge was created in an effort to ease the financial burden upon children and their families associated with specialty medical needs.

King Pine Ski Area supports Cynthia’s Challenge with the support of local business and the surrounding community. Cynthia’s Challenge would not be possible without the generosity of major sponsors Atlas Fireworks, Bank of NH, Bolt Depot, Flatbread Company of North Conway, Granite State Adaptive, King Pine Ski Area, Mad Cow Screen Printing, Outdoor Escapes New Hampshire, Pepsi Co., Ride Away – MobilityWorks, Story Land, Thrivent Financial, Vertical Challenge and Yankee Smokehouse. 
 
For those that would like to contribute to this year’s Cynthia’s Challenge, online donations are welcome at https://www.cynthiaschallenge.org/

Story contributed by:
Alexandra Moore
Marketing Coordinator

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Madison Hoping To Offset Mold Repair Costs With Grant

by Christian Mower on February 15, 2018

 

MADISON, NH – Madison Elementary School’s Mold problem has racked up quite a bill but they’re seeking a grant to help ease the burden.

According to the Conway Daily Sun the cost of eradicating the severe mold problem at the school cost approximately $1.3 million.

SAU 13 Superintendent Lou Goscinski told the Sun there is some good news when it comes to the cost, saying that the school is set to receive $400,000 through a grant from the state department barring approval by the Governor and executive council. Adding that they plan to apply for other grants as well to help with the costs of repair.

Goscinski also said that the school district is looking at a $1.3 million warrant article for the town to approve, but with the grant they’ll instead seek a $900,000 bond.

The school is currently in the process of repairing areas were damaged due to mold removal.

Luckily there have been no reported incidents of health impacts to students or teachers due to the mold.

In December a sink leak in one of the classroom closest resulted in water damage, which lead to mold in the area.

Goscinski said that as a precaution they had the whole school tested, which lead to the discovery that other locations had sustained water damage leading to more mold. School officials said they isolated and managed the contaminated areas according to the recommendations of Air quality management service Inc. with the assistance of Service Master Cleaners.

Goscinski said the Town Health inspector, Code Enforcement officer, as well as the State Officials were contacted when they discovered the problem.

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CARROLL COUNTY, NH – Carroll County has the second lowest tax burden in New Hampshire according to a new study.

Tax season is in full swing and SmartAsset has released its fourth annual study on the Places with the Lowest Tax Burdens.

SmartAsset calculated the amount of money a specific person would pay in income, sales, property and fuel taxes in each county in the country and ranked the lowest to highest tax burden.

With no income or sales tax in the state the tax burden in the granite state was mostly calculated by combining property and fuel taxes in each county.

Coos County came in first with the lowest tax burden, followed by Carroll County, and then Belknap County

. According to the study Carroll County also has the second lowest property tax burden pay an average of about $2,900 annually, Coos pays around $2,800 annually.

For a look at the full study click here.

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Valentines Day Giveaway Winner Announced!

by Christian Mower February 14, 2018 Contests

Congratulations Christine Smith of Center Conway!   Christine has won a romantic time for two courtesy of 93.5 WMWV and Jackson Ski Touring Foundation   What Did She Win? 1 night stay for 2 at the Whitney’s Inn Dinner for 2 at the Shovel Handle Pub in Jackson   2 Learn to ski passes at […]

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Conway Town Municipal Budget Hearings Wednesday

by Christian Mower February 13, 2018 Front Page News

  CONWAY, NH – Conway residents will have a chance to have their voices heard about local budgets that they will then be voting on come April. The municipal budget committee will be holding hearings on the proposed budgets for the Center Conway, East Conway, and Red Stone Fire precincts, the Town Municipal Budget, and […]

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