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Photo courtesy of WinterKids

 

January 14, 2021 – WinterKids kicks off the 4th annual Winter Games this week across the state and in New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey, and Canada!  In Maine, kids, teachers, and families in nearly 100 communities are participating in the Games. Teachers and families receive a Playbook, resources, and incentives to complete a 4-week series of fun outdoor physical activity and nutrition challenges. There are over 6,000 kids participating this year.

“We are thrilled to offer a fun, active way to engage all kids in outdoor learning throughout the winter,” says Julie Mulkern, WinterKids Executive Director. “This year, the Winter Games is focused on resilience, inclusion, community and service within the context of celebrating winter through outdoor physical activity, nutrition, and family engagement,” says Mulkern.

WinterKids’ Winter Games allows kids to participate, whether they are receiving in-person education or learning at home. Embracing outdoor learning helps to avoid the pitfalls of online learning and the negative effects of excessive screen time – particularly for those in elementary school. WinterKids provides resources for both teachers and parents to get their kids outside and active. There is also a WinterKids Winter Games Facebook group for resource sharing, and downloadable activities on the organization’s website.

The Winter Games resources are designed to be used in the winter and beyond for outdoor, active learning.

For teachers, parents, and community groups who want to join the fun, please visit www.winterkids.org today to request materials while they last.

WinterKids is the nonprofit organization that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through education and fun, outdoor winter activity. The organization delivers innovative outdoor programs for families, schools, and communities. WinterKids’ Major Community Sponsor is Hannaford.  WinterKids’ Supporting Sponsors are Agren, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, L.L.Bean, Portland Glass, WEX, and WMTW 8 and The CW. The WinterKids Winter Games are made possible with support from Bingham Program, Hydro Quebec, Backyard Farms, MMG Insurance, University of New England, Johnny’s Select Seeds, Hannaford SnackPals, Playworks, Aroma Joe’s and Subway of Maine. Learn more at WinterKids.org

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Pictures Courtesy of Special Olympics NH – At the 2020 Winter Games

 

Special Olympics New Hampshire is excited to bring you a brand new Penguin Plunge in 2021, aimed to offer everything you love about the Plunge, while encouraging you to participate safely wherever you are.  You’ll still be able to get cold and earn bragging rights, compete for prizes like best costume and top fundraiser, earn incentives for the funds that you raise…and support more than 3,000 Special Olympics New Hampshire athletes across the granite state! SONH’s Mark Ericson joined Roy Prescott on the WMWV Morning Show today and told us all about it. Listen and check out the details below!

Please register and fundraise, and Get Ready to Plunge!

Take the Plunge between February 3rd and February 7th!

You will receive a Plunge Pail that contains everything you need for your DIY Plunge: a party pack, snack pack, and any incentives that you’ve earned.  Once you receive your Plunge Pail, you are set to Plunge however you’d like…

Get creative, this is your year to do it your way!

Take video or photos of your Plunge, add them to your fundraising page and be sure to tag #SONHPlunge on social media.

Important Dates to Remember:

Friday, January 29th: All Plungers must meet the $350 fundraising minimum by this date.

Saturday, January 30th to Tuesday, February 2nd: Your plunge pail will be delivered to you.

Wednesday, February 3rd to Sunday, February 7th: PLUNGE!

For more details go to SONH.ORG

Pictures Courtesy of Special Olympics NH – At the 2020 Winter Games
Pictures Courtesy of Special Olympics NH – At the 2020 Winter Games

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Photo Courtesy of Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office

 

Under the leadership of Sheriff Kevin J. Joyce, who took office in 2010, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office became one of four Sheriff’s Office’s nationwide to be awarded the National Sheriff’s Association Triple Crown Award in 2020.

The Triple Crown Award was established by the National Sheriff’s Association to recognize those sheriff’s offices, which achieve simultaneous accreditation from three accrediting bodies, The Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, the American Correctional Association’s Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, and the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare.  Currently, there are a total of 3,081 Sheriff’s Offices in the United States.  Only 68 other Sheriffs’ Offices have ever attained this award since the award was established in 1993. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is the only agency in Maine to have received this award.  Accreditation is a team effort that involves all agency personnel.

This is a significant accomplishment that the Sheriff’s Office personnel should be commended on for the ongoing pursuit of excellence in public safety.

The Cumberland County Jail was the State of Maine’s first adult detention facility to have achieved accreditation from the American Correctional Association in 2002.  In 2005, the agency became accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare illustrating their commitment to providing nationally accepted standards of care in health services delivery to the inmates housed in the facility.

In 2015, the agency became accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies for demonstrating compliance with the best practices related to life, health, and safety procedures for the agency and ensuring law enforcement is prepared to meet basic community service expectations and manage critical events.  The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is committed to maintaining the pursuit of best practices in law enforcement, corrections, and public service.

For more information please visit cumberlandso.org

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Conway Motor Vehicle Accident Victim Identified

by Gino Devaney on January 11, 2021

On January 10th, 2021 at approximately 8:00 pm officers from the Conway Police Department responded to a report of a single vehicle, motor vehicle crash on Stark Road.

It was reported that a white 2012 Infinity G37X sedan was traveling south on Stark Road and struck a tree just off the right-hand side of the roadway.  Upon arrival of police and rescue personnel, the male operator, who was the single occupant of the vehicle was found to be unresponsive.  He was immediately cared for by members of Conway Rescue and Ambulance and was transported to Memorial Hospital but his injuries proved to be fatal.

Immediately following the crash, a portion of Stark Road was closed to thru traffic in order to allow the Conway Police Department Accident Reconstruction Team to document the scene.  The road was re-opened at approximately 9:40 pm.

The individual involved has been identified as Jeffrey Lund, 52, of Center Conway.  The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Anyone with any additional information isasked to contact the Conway Police Department at 356-5715.

Suzanne Kelley-Scott

Lieutenant

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Naples, ME Traffic Stop Leads to Charge of Aggravated Trafficking of Illegal Drugs and More

by Gino Devaney January 11, 2021 Front Page News

Picture courtesy of Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office   On January 10, 2021 at approximately 0004 hours, a Deputy with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle on Roosevelt Trail in Naples for a suspended registration.  During the inventory of the vehicle, the Deputies located a significant amount of illegal narcotics, a firearm and cash. […]

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Governor Chris Sununu to Nominate Attorney General Gordon MacDonald as Next Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court

by Gino Devaney January 7, 2021 Front Page News

Concord, NH – Yesterday, Governor Chris Sununu announced that he will nominate Attorney General Gordon MacDonald to serve as the next Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. The nomination will be made today, January 7th, at the first Executive Council Meeting of 2021. If confirmed, AG MacDonald will succeed Chief Justice Bob Lynn, […]

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