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Local & Regional Briefs: New Hires at Headrest

Published: 2/26/2017 12:40:34 AM
Modified: 2/26/2017 12:40:36 AM
Headrest Hires New Clinical Director

Lebanon — Licensed alcohol and drug counselor Kathleen Russo was recently hired as clinical director for Headrest Inc., the Lebanon-based nonprofit crisis hotline and addiction recovery service.

Russo has 30 years of experience in the field of addiction recovery and maintenance.

At Headrest, she is responsible for the re-establishment and redevelopment of the outpatient and intensive outpatient programs and for the continued advancement of Headrest’s low-intensity residential treatment program.

Russo is joined at Headrest by licensed alcohol and drug counselors Patricia Martick-Campbell and Robert Dorley.

Headrest provides the only 24/7 crisis hotline for New Hampshire, Vermont and parts of Maine, the organization said in a news release. Headrest also provides addiction recovery services to those in need of assistance, regardless of insurance coverage.

For more information, call 603-448- 4872.

Vt. Businesses Awarded $7.1 Million in Loans

Montpelier — Several Vermont businesses from across the state have been approved for loans from the Vermont Economic Development Authority.

The loans will go to a wide range of businesses, from snack companies to a specialty lumber mill.

A company that makes optical filters for microscope manufacturers will be receiving the largest loan at $1.5 million to help its expansion project in Bellows Falls, Vt.

More than $1 million will go to three commercial and agricultural solar energy projects. The development authority said the projects will be enough to power the equivalent of 147 average households.

Almost half a million dollars in loans will also go to a number of other small businesses that can’t get funding from traditional sources.

N.H. Senate Passes Junk Food Advertising Bill

Concord (ap) — Health advocates are praising a proposed bill that would limit the advertising of certain foods and beverages in New Hampshire schools.

The bill, which passed the Senate last week, says if a food or beverage can’t be sold in schools due to nutrition criteria, it shouldn’t be marketed in schools, either.

The ban would not apply to advertising on clothing or product packaging of items brought in by students.

Officials with the American Heart Association, the New Hampshire Pediatric Society, the New Hampshire Public Health Association and other groups praised the Senate’s action.

The bill now goes to the House.

Melting Snow, Rain Prompts Flood Watch in Vermont

Montpelier — With rain and warm weather in the forecast, the National Weather Service is warning about potential flooding in Vermont through the weekend.

The weather service said the combination of rain and snowmelt could cause localized flooding. A flood watch was in effect beginning Friday evening and continuing through Sunday evening.

The highest flood threat will be on rivers and streams, where ice is breaking up and could cause ice dams.

The weather service said much of any flooding is expected after moderate rainfall on Saturday.

Hostage-Taker Pleads Guilty To Bank Robbery

Concord (ap) — A man convicted of taking hostages at a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign office in New Hampshire in 2007 has pleaded guilty to bank robbery and cocaine possession.

WMUR-TV reported that Leeland Eisenberg pleaded guilty in Concord on Thursday.

His plea deal calls for a five-year sentence.

The 55-year-old Eisenberg was arrested in Manchester in August.

Eisenberg spent at least two years behind bars for the five-hour standoff at Clinton’s Rochester, N.H., campaign office during her first run for president.

No one was hurt.

Eisenberg was released on probation in 2009, but served prison time again for probation violations before he was paroled in June.

Crash Kills Pedestrian In Barre, Vt.

Barre, Vt. (ap) — Police say a 58-year-old Barre man was struck and killed by a vehicle in his hometown on Friday night.

Police said Brian Harris of Barre was struck by the vehicle and transported to a hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Police said the case remains under investigation and will be reviewed by the states attorney when it is completed.

— Staff and wire reports

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