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Community briefs: Habitat for Humanity seeks board members

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 10/31/2021 9:42:49 PM
Modified: 10/31/2021 9:42:51 PM
Habitat for Humanity seeks board members

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION —The Upper Valley branch of Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers to join its board of directors.

The nonprofit organization, which helps build affordable housing for lower-income families, is especially looking for people with backgrounds in real estate, banking, law, human resources, fundraising and information technology. Previous experience serving on a board is not required.

“The six core expectations of a board member are to provide financial oversight; provide strategic counsel and advice; donate both time and money; prepare for and attend board meetings; serve on or lead committees; and advocate for and champion the organization’s mission in the broader community,” according to a description on the group’s website.

Additionally, Habitat for Humanity is looking for people to serve as its Building Committee chairperson and Human Resources chairperson. For more information or to apply, visit or email

Woodstock school librarian honored

WOODSTOCK — Susan Piccoli, a librarian at Woodstock High School and Middle School, has been awarded the Vermont Humanities Council’s 2021 Victor R. Swenson Award.

The award is named after the nonprofit organization’s first executive director and honors a Vermont educator “who exemplifies excellence in the teaching of the humanities,” according to a news release.

Piccoli was previously a history teacher at the school before becoming the library media specialist. Piccoli has participated in Vermont Humanities’ statewide one-book Vermont Reads program with students at the school.

In October 2019, Piccoli partnered with teachers on a field trip for 120 students to visit U.S. Rep. John Lewis and his March Trilogy graphic novel co-author Andrew Aydin at an event in Burlington, according to the release.

“The entire sophomore class read March: Book One in their history classes,” Piccoli said in the release. “The moment I was proudest of during that trip was when my students lined up to shake John Lewis’s hand as they were waiting for the bus. The students found the book and the authors’ stories relatable and inspirational.”

D-H, NH Legal Assistance, launch program to help young families

LEBANON — Dartmouth-Hitchcock and New Hampshire Legal Assistance has launched a two-year pilot program to provide legal assistance to families with young children in the Upper Valley, including Sullivan County.

The program is being funded by $300,000 from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the Couch Family Foundation and D-H, according to a news release. It began in September and will run through August 2023. After the pilot program is over, the two nonprofit organizations hope to find funding to continue it.

In order to be eligible, a family must be expecting a child or have at least one child younger than age five. Staff at the clinics will be able to help families navigate applying for insurance benefits, employment discrimination, education discrimination and preventing evictions.

“This pilot project makes critical legal assistance support available to many families to improve health outcomes for themselves and their developing child(ren) during important times in child development, creating a positive impact,” Holly Gaspar, senior community health partnership coordinator for D-H Community Health Improvement, said in the release. “To support this effort, D-H will provide broad staff education around legal rights of patients, in particular those impacting social determinants of health needs, as well as offer a Project ECHO series open to educate the community at large on medical-legal challenges that can be identified during a clinical encounter.”

For more information, contact Gaspar at

NH Lions clubs seek medical equipment donations

CANAAN — The Lions clubs in Lebanon and Canaan are in need of durable medical equipment that they can distribute for free to those in need throughout the region.

The groups are in particular need of wheelchairs and bath transfer benches. They will also accept aluminum handicap ramps, electric wheelchairs, electric scooters, knee scooters, rollators, hospital beds, bed rails, grab bars, commodes and toilet risers.

Members of both the Canaan and Lebanon-Upper Valley clubs can come to pick it up.

To donate or for more information contact Harry Armstrong, of the Canaan Lions Club, at or 603-523-7093 or John Bayliss, of the Lebanon-Upper Valley Lions, at or 603-523-8144.

D-H vascular surgeon nationally recognized

LEBANON — The Society for Vascular Surgery Vascular Quality Initiative has honored Dr.Jack L. Cronenwett by naming an educational scholarship award after him.

Cronenwett is a vascular surgeon at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and emeritus professor of surgery at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine, according to a news release. The $50,00 Jack L. Cronenwett, MD Quality Improvement Scholarship Award will go toward assisting up to five vascular medicine students each year.

“With this scholarship supporting the academic and medical pursuits of the next generation of vascular-medicine professionals, I look forward to seeing how these scholars will further their knowledge of quality and contribute to the greater medical community,” Cronenwett said in the release.

Editor’s note: Email community news items to Liz Sauchelli can be reached at or 603-727-3221.

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