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Out & About: DHMC gets $1M to combat opioid crisis

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 8/15/2021 10:52:25 PM
Modified: 8/15/2021 10:52:26 PM
DHMC gets $1 millionto combat opioid crisis

LEBANON — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has been awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to increase prevention, recovery and treatment options for those struggling with substance misuse disorders in rural New Hampshire.

“There is an urgent need to provide comprehensive treatment to individuals and families suffering from substance use disorders and to reduce the barriers to accessing care,” Dr. Luke J. Archibald, director of addiction services at DHMC, said in a news release. “This initiative aims to decrease the stigma that prevents people with substance use disorder from receiving appropriate health care, helps people to bridge transitions between care settings and improves screenings for medical conditions commonly experienced in this population.”

U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee along with Rep. Annie Kuster, worked to get the grant, which is through health and human services’ Rural Communities Opioid Response-Implementation program.

D-H, American Epilepsy Society partner to improve treatment

LEBANON — The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Epilepsy Center and American Epilepsy Society have received a $1.5 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a joint program titled “Disrupting Disparities: Documenting and Addressing Gaps in Epilepsy Care through Healthcare Provider Education and Training,” which will begin in September.

Practitioners involved in the program will learn how to better address the social determinants of health that may impact “underserved people” with epilepsy, according to a news release from Dartmouth-Hitchcock. It will be run alongside the two organizations’ Home Based Self-management and Cognitive Training Changes Lives (HOBSCOTCH) Institute.

Practitioners will receive training online and in-person.

Registration openfor Woodstock dog parade

WOODSTOCK — Registration is open for the Woodstock’s annual “Puppies and Pooches on Parade,” which is scheduled to take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 28.

The seventh annual event is a fundraiser for Friends of the Norman Williams Public Library. It costs $25 per dog to register.

Among the categories are “Most Precious Petites,” “Mightiest Mid-size,” “Gentle Giant,” “Ms. Fashionista” and “Mr. Beau Geste.”

The “Crowd Pleaser” category will be decided by the crowds’ cheers at the in-person event, according to a news release from the organization Each dog will receive a bandana and a special ribbon for participating.

Registration forms can be found at or by emailing

Volunteers needed to help with parking at Quechee Balloon Festival

QUECHEE — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Dept. are looking for people who are interested in volunteering as parking attendants at the Quechee Balloon Festival, which takes place Sept. 3 to 5.

There are over 60 volunteer slots that weekend, according to an announcement from the department. Volunteers must be 16 and older to participate. Among the tasks are parking vehicles, helping direct traffic flow, collecting donations and patrolling the lot. All volunteers receive free admission to the festival.

To sign up, visit or call 802-295-5036.

All proceeds collected from parking — which is by donation — will go to the Brian Hanson Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to Hartford residents to participate in recreation programs.

The department’s goal is to raise $5,000 the weekend of the festival.

Public feedback needed forRoute 4A transportation corridor

ENFIELD — The Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission is asking the public for its feedback on their draft of the NH Route 4A transportation corridor chapter, which is part of the nonprofit organization’s “Regional Corridor Transportation Plan.”

Route 4A runs through Lebanon, Enfield, Grafton, Springfield, N.H., and Wilmont, N.H. The draft plan includes strategies and projects to help improve transportation safety and access for drivers, walkers, bicyclists, and public transit users along New Hampshire’s Route 4A and roads that connects to it, according to an announcement from the organization.

Read the draft of the plan at and email comments to Alex Belensz at

The Route 4A corridor is one of eight regional transportation corridors that the planning commission is studying as part of the Regional Corridor Transportation Plan.

Billings Farm & Museumannounces winners in quilt show

WOODSTOCK — Six quilters were honored by members of the public who voted for them for the People’s Choice Award during the annual quilt show at Billings Farm & Museum.

In the full-size quilt category, Norma Ippolito, of Chester, Vt., won first place for “Confetti Carnival”; Mary Guntz, of Hartland, won second for “My Red & White Quilt”; and NeomiLauritsen, of Weathersfield, took third for “Variation on Kaffe’s Facet.”

In the small/medium quilt category, Linda Diak, of Chester, Vt., won first place for “Berkeley”; Mary Jane Arvidson, of Brownsville, won second for “Floral Bouquets”; and Kathleen Geagan, of Brownsville, won third place for “Kaleidoscope.”

The exhibit is on display at Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock through Aug. 22.

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