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Local briefs: COVER hires new executive director

  • A procession of vehicles decked out to celebrate LGBTQ Pride moves down North Main Street in White River Junction, Vt., Saturday, July 25, 2020. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to James M. Patterson

Published: 7/18/2021 9:00:24 PM
Modified: 7/18/2021 9:00:26 PM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — COVER Home Repair has selected Helen Hong as its next executive director.

Hong, who has worked at Twin Pines Housing Trust for 13 years, will begin leading the nonprofit organization that assists low-income homeowners with home repair projects in September, following two months of part-time training, according to a news release. She will succeed Bill Neukomm, who has served as executive director since spring 2016.

Hong served on COVER’s board for six years, including as chair from 2015 to 2016. She has also volunteered on home repair projects throughout the region and at the store in White River Junction.

Scotland House names new executive director

QUECHEE —Scotland House Adult Day Health and Wellness has selected Eric Fritz as its next executive director.

Fritz, of Taftsville, was previously executive director at Woodstock Terrace Assisted Living in Woodstock, according to a news lease from Scotland House, which serves older adults from age 60 and up who have early onset dementia, are considered frail, have limited physical abilities and are isolated. He replaces Gretchen Cole, who had been with Scotland House since it opened in 2018 and left earlier this year to oversee the memory care unit at The Village, a senior living facility in White River Junction.

Fritz has worked in health care operations for more than 40 years, the majority of it in geriatric long-term care. He has a master’s degree in health care administration and is a licensed nursing home administrator.

White River Junction Pride Parade seeks participants

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The WRJ Pride Parade is seeking participants for its second annual event, which takes place at noon Saturday, July 24.

People who are interested in participating with a vehicle should email to register. Those who wish to walk or ride their bikes in the parade do not need to register in advance. Participants will gather at the Main Street Museum (58 Bridge St.) at 11:30 a.m. to decorate their vehicles. The parade starts at noon and goes throughout downtown White River Junction.

Following the parade, there will be vendors, food, live music, free HIV/HCV testing, games and more at the Main Street Museum.

WRJ Pride kicks off Wednesday at 7 p.m., with “Revenge of the (wrjpride) Movie Night” which will be held both online and in-person. An online discussion titled “Book Queeries: WRJ PRIDE A virtual Booksellers Chat” takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday. Christine Hallquist, who ran for governor of Vermont as a Democrat in 2018 and leads the Vermont Community Broadband Board, will give a talk titled “We Can Achieve Liberty & Justice for All” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Main Street Museum, followed by a bonfire. For a full schedule of events, visit Facebook: “WRJpride.”

NH DOT holds meeting about Orford bridge project

ORFORD — People interested in learning more about plans to replace a bridge on Route 25A that spans Baker Pond Brook in Orford can attend a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, at Orford Town Office, 2529 Route 25A.

Those who cannot attend in person can stream the meeting via Zoom at The state-owned bridge has been red-listed since 2016, meaning it is inspected twice a year. During the forum, state Department of Transportation officials will discuss replacement options, how the roadway may be changed, how long construction could last and the impact on traffic and access to the Appalachian Trail. Also up for discussion is how the project will coordinate with a planned replacement of another in Orford — Brackett Brook over 25A — which has been red-listed since 2013.

For more information, contact David L. Scott at or 603-271-2731.

Curbs to be installed on Hartford roundabout this week

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Construction crews will be working on installing curbs and other work along the shoulder of Route 5 and Sykes Mountain Avenue from Monday to Friday this week as they work to complete the new roundabout by October.

While no lanes will be closed, drivers should be cautious of cyclists and pedestrians, who will be able to use a sidewalk on the northbound lane of Route 5.

For more information, call 802-496-8963 or email

Lebanon Opera House seeks volunteers for music festival

LEBANON — Volunteers are needed to help out in a variety of roles during a three-day festival in downtown Lebanon this August.

The Lebanon Opera House’s Nexus Music and Arts Festival takes place from Aug. 13 to 15. Among the volunteer roles available are: set up/clean up/breakdown, greeter, information booth, stage monitor, traffic/crosswalk monitor, floaters, green room attendant, merchandise attendant and silent disco monitor. Shifts vary between 2½ and 4 hours long. Complete descriptions of roles and signups are at

For more information, call 603-448-0400, ext. 172, or email

Volunteers needed for League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair

NEWBURY, N.H. — The League of N.H. Craftsmen’s is seeking volunteers for its annual fair, which takes place from Aug. 7 to 15 at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, N.H.

The nonprofit organization particularly needs volunteers for Saturday, Aug. 7 and Sunday, Aug. 8, the first two days of the fair. People can help organize children’s activities, demonstrations, hand out surveys, work in the membership and information tent, and oversee booths for craftspeople taking a break.

For more information or to signup, visit or call 603-224-3375 for additional questions.

Bradford teen center selects interim director

BRADFORD, Vt. — Christiane Carroll is the new interim director of The Hub, a teen center located at 9 Barton St., in Bradford, Vt.

Carroll, who previously served as director of East Corinth’s Blake Memorial Library, replaces Patrick Peters, according to a news release from the nonprofit organization. Among the programs offered at The Hub for children in grades 7 to 12 are food and nutrition, STEM education and the Magic Club. There are also video games, pool and air hockey tables, computers, crafts and snacks.

“The Hub is a wonderful thread in the fabric of our rich community and I’m pleased to have the opportunity to give back to and work with our youth, as well as collaborate with other local organizations,” Carroll said in the release.

For more information about The Hub, visit or Facebook: “Bradford Teen Center.”

Supply drive supports school district’s students

WINDSOR — Three area organizations are sponsoring a school supply drive for the 347 students living Hartland, Weathersfield, Windsor and West Windsor who qualify for free and reduced price school lunch.

Old South Church, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Sled Dog Disco are looking to raise $3,500 by Aug. 13, according to a news release from the Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership: $10 will cover supplies for one elementary school student; $16 will cover supplies for one middle school student; and $22 will cover supplies for one high school student.

Checks can be made payable to “Old South Church,” with “School Supply Drive” written on the memo line and mailed to School Supply Drive c/o Mascoma Savings Bank, 105 Main St., Windsor, VT, 05089.

For more information, contact Courtney Hillhouse, community outreach specialist, at or 802-674-7334.

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