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Community briefs: Grantham Village School named Blue Ribbon school

  • Anglers take advantage of the calm waters of the Ompompanoosuc River during an early morning fishing outiing near the Norwich, Vt., village of Pompanoosuc on Sept. 19, 2021. (Ron Hedgepeth photograph) Ron Hedgepeth photograph

Published: 9/26/2021 7:57:03 PM
Modified: 9/26/2021 7:57:06 PM
Grantham Village School named Blue Ribbon school

GRANTHAM — The U.S. Department of Education has named Grantham Village School as a Blue Ribbon School.

The designation honors the best schools in the country. In New Hampshire, the state’s chief education officer can nominate three schools per year, according to release from Grantham Vilalge School.

In order to be nominated, schools must have high graduation rates and be in the top 15% statewide in English and mathematics

“We are so pleased that our small and mighty school, and our entire supportive community, has earned this important recognition and chance to be an example to others,” Superintendent Sydney Leggett said in a news release. “All members of our Grantham community work collaboratively to prepare ‘Hawks’ for a lifetime of curiosity and kindness with rigorous academics, enthusiastic and dedicated staff, supportive parents, and innovative programming.”

Leggett, principal Kristen Reed and a teacher will travel to Washington, D.C., in early November for the awards ceremony.

“Like schools everywhere, GVS is navigating our way through the pandemic. Our whole community has made difficult decisions and continual adjustments to how we educate our children,” Reed said in the release. “Throughout this experience, we have been able to survive and even thrive thanks to a deep well of resilience and support.”

West Central awarded Drug-Free Communities grant

CLAREMONT — West Central Behavioral Health Center has been awarded a Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The nonprofit organization — which has offices in Claremont, Newport and Lebanon — will receive and distribute $125,000 each year for five years.

The funding will benefit the Youth CAN (Claremont and Newport) Coalition, which will work to build partnerships with other organization to prevent and reduce substance misuse in youth in the two communities, with a focus on alcohol and marijuana, according to a news release.

Members of the Youth CAN Coalition include: Claremont Learning Partnership, UNH Cooperative Extension, Newport School District, Newport Police Department, Sullivan County Family Treatment Court, Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network (GSCPHN), Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce, WCNL Country, Claremont Elks Lodge, Greater Sullivan County Medical Reserve Corps, Keady Family Practice, Groups Recover Together, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Upper Valley Community Nursing Project hosts panel about pandemic

LEBANON — The Upper Valley Community Nursing Project will co-host a panel discussion about the COVID-19 pandemic from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The panelists are Dr. Donald Kollisch a board member and medical advisor of the Upper Valley Community Nursing Project; Doris Yates, Hanover Community Nurse; Conor O’Dea, director of the Vermont State Unit on Aging, Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living; and Carole Zangla, associate director of Grafton County Senior Citizens Council. It will be facilitated by Alice Ely, executive director of Public Health Council of the Upper Valley.

Among the topics they will discuss are the delta variant, concerns and challenges community nurses have, and the response from the Twin States, as well as area agencies. The public will have a change to ask questions.

After registering at, participants will be emailed a link to the event.

— Liz Sauchelli

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