Forum, March 10: In search of a ride back from the bank — the blood bank

Saturday, March 09, 2019
In search of a ride back from the bank — the blood bank

Perhaps others in our community have the same stumbling block to donating blood — once or regularly — that I do: I can easily get to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center by bus, but I’d really need a door-to-door ride back, and coordinating with a family member who has a hectic schedule makes this a bit of a challenge.

I’ve given blood twice before, in New York. The first time was easy, even for someone like me, with a considerable terror of needles. But the second time I felt unexpectedly wobbly. Talk about challenges! I was there with my mother, who was receiving a transfusion, so it was the fairly unwell caring for the seriously unwell and maneuvering both of us into a taxi home and doing my own self-pampering afterward. But as usual, I digress …

In response to the recent Valley News article on encouraging blood donation volunteers (“DHMC out for donated blood: Hospital uses incentive programs to boost giving,” Feb. 3) I’d say this: I don’t want any reward for showing up and giving, other than the glow of perhaps helping to save or make easier someone else’s life. I might enjoy receiving, but certainly do not need, the blandishment of any material rewards program.

But I do need that fully — I mean fully — door-to-door ride home. I live in an elevator building but at the far end of a long hallway, and I’ve had my experience of that endless-corridor feeling when not feeling well. Sure, the best case is that I’ll have given my pint or so with no adverse effects. But it’s the unexpected that one must plan for.

So, how can we organize a blood donation volunteer driving squad with whom such rides could be arranged? I gift you the idea. Now run with it.



20 years of difference-making women

Because of the fantastic women in the Kearsarge-Lake Sunapee, Connecticut River Valley and Upper Valley regions of our beloved New Hampshire, we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon this year.

We sure hope you will join us at Colby-Sawyer College’s Wheeler Hall on May 15 as we honor extraordinary local women and high school girls at a fun, inspirational and positive event to benefit Lake Sunapee VNA Pediatric Services. We are also very appreciative of, and happily welcome, the men and businesses who also support our efforts.

Please save the date and get your place reserved early (space is limited) by contacting Cathy Raymond at Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice at 603-526-4077 ext. 231 or by email at craymond@lakesunapeevna.org.

We all look forward to welcoming you then and to celebrating the arrival of spring and each other.


Wilmot, N.H.

The writer is the founder and lead volunteer of the Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon.

Upper Valley movies still lack diversity

Deb Beaupre’s recent Close-Up column (“At a theater near us? Movies starring black women bypass the Upper Valley,” Feb. 23), immediately reminded me of a movie I’d really wanted to see in 2012, Red Tails. As I read the column further I saw that not only had she, too, wanted to see it, she’d actually driven to Concord so she could. While I didn’t drive to Concord, I was eventually able to see it and it was great. But not here.

At the time, I asked the manager of the movie theater on the Miracle Mile in Lebanon why they weren’t showing it. His response? He said his distributor said there weren’t enough black people living in the Upper Valley. I was furious. Red Tails is a true story that took place in World War II. This was history! This group, the Tuskegee Airmen, became the most requested fighter group in England by U.S. bomber pilots because they brought home more bombers safely than the white fighter pilots.

With Green Book and the like, the Upper Valley has made progress. But, as Beaupre points out, more needs to be more.


West Lebanon

Omission is an error, too

Kudos for Deb Beaupre’s prickly plea to show a more varied (racial) palate of movies in the Upper Valley (“At a theater near us? Movies starring black women bypass the Upper Valley,” Feb. 23). I assume the movie theaters in the area try to cater to what they think will sell. But in deciding what might sell, they determine what media is out there.

Racism arrives swaddled in errors of omission, too.



The canyons of Route 12A

Some of the driveways off Route 12A in West Lebanon are in terrible shape and must be affecting business. As one tries to enter the Weathervane-Panera complex, it would be impossible to miss the canyons with anything wider than a bicycle. Then, to go from this driveway to Walmart is, to quote Elvis, to get “all shook up.” This little street was supposed to keep traffic off 12A, but nobody willingly goes this way twice.

I understand that the main driveway is supposed to be redone in conjunction with the new liquor store, but shocks, suspensions and blown tires are happening now.

With all the new construction and upgrading going on along the strip, it seems as if a little cash could be spared for some hot patch. I don’t care if someone has to fill those holes every week. Get it done.