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Out & About: Upper Valley Rotary Clubs team up to hand out masks

Published: 7/31/2020 10:03:33 PM
Modified: 7/31/2020 10:03:29 PM

LEBANON — The Rotary Clubs of Hanover and Lebanon are teaming up with the Upper Valley Business Alliance and Upper Valley Young Professionals to distribute free, reusable face masks.

Masks will be available from 3-7 p.m. Friday, Aug., 7 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Parking Lot No. 9 behind Jesse’s Steakhouse on Route 120 on the Hanover/Lebanon Town Line. Each person will receive two masks, which are part of the Mask Up NH! program.

More information is available at

Cancer center gets grant to improve accessto clinical trials

LEBANON — A $820,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute aims to help increase rural patients’ access to new anti-cancer drugs at Dartmouth’s and Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center, according to a news release.

The project, “Creating Access to Targeted Cancer Therapy for Underserved Populations (CATCH-UP),” also seeks to address and reduce disparities in cancer outcomes between rural and non-rural populations.

Through the grant, the team at Norris Cotton aims to establish outreach, infrastructure and a process to improve access for patients from rural areas to early-phase drug trials through the NCI’s Experimental Therapeutics Clinical Trials Network. Some of the money will go to reimbursing patients in trials for their transportation costs, which has been a key limiting factor.

While Norris Cotton has long been a site for participation in NCI cooperative group late-phase trials, expansion into experimental therapeutics will provide access to more trials for previously treated patients with disease progression.

“By connecting with patients through outreach in largely rural northern New England, we’ll be able to provide important therapeutic opportunities that some patients may not otherwise have, and, over time, make a positive impact overall on cancer outcomes in our region,” said Dr. Steven Leach, Norris Cotton’s director, in the release.

AVA Gallery seekssubmissions forstorytelling series

LEBANON — AVA Gallery is looking for Upper Valley residents to submit stories on topic of “Change” for their quarterly storytelling series The Mudroom.

The event will be held the evening of Thursday, Sept. 10. Stories are limited to no more than 10 minutes, must be true and autobiographical, and must be told live (not read), according to a news release from the the Lebanon-based nonprofit organization. To be considered, email a summary of your story in fewer than 300 words and include a brief biography of fewer than 100 words to by Aug. 21.

Selected storytellers will be expected to attend a rehearsal held on the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 30, via Zoom (or in person if circumstances allow).

Fund school supplies for Hartland, Weathersfield, Windsor, West Windsor

WINDSOR — Community organizations are hosting a fundraising drive to pay for supplies for students in the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union towns of Hartland, Weathersfield, Windsor, and West Windsor.

Old South Church, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Sled Dog Disco have set a goal of raising $5,000 to purchase supplies for all 455 WSESU children who qualify for free or reduced-price school lunch, according to the health care center. A donation of $13 will cover supplies for one elementary school student, $11 will cover supplies for one middle school student and $10 will cover supplies for one high school student.

Please make checks payable to “Old South Church” and put “School Supply Drive” on the memo line. Checks should be mailed to: School Supply Drive c/o Mascoma Savings Bank, 105 Main St., Windsor., by Aug. 10.

New London Food Truck Festival canceled

The New London Food Truck Festival scheduled for Sept. 20 was canceled Friday because of concerns that public gatherings could help spread COVID-19.

The New London Rotary Club and recreation department made the announcement Friday.

“We had a very successful food truck festival last September and we wanted to do it again this year, but did not think it would be appropriate given the ongoing pandemic and potential for a large crowd,” Jerry Coogan, who chaired the festival committee, said in a news release.

Listen temporarily closes donation center

LEBANON — Listen Community Services temporarily stopped accepting gently used items for one week because of an “overwhelming” number of donations recently received.

The nonprofit’s donation center closed Wednesday, July 26.

It will reopen for regular hours of 9 a.m. to noon starting on Wednesday, Aug. 5, according to a post on Listen’s Facebook page.

— Staff reports

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