Local and Regional Briefs for January 14, 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018
Policy Director Departs Planned Parenthood

White River Junction — Planned Parenthood’s New Hampshire public policy director is leaving in order to spend more time with her family and work in her community, the organization announced in a Friday news release.

Jennifer Frizzell, who first worked as senior public affairs director for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England from 1999 to 2007, and has served as vice president for public policy for New Hampshire since 2011, worked her last day with the organization on Friday.

“I step away very confident in the ability of a new generation of leaders to preserve and secure the health and rights we have fought for and to build upon the momentum of support that is swelling in our current political environment,” she said in the release.

During her 15-year tenure, Frizzell coordinated litigation and legislative advocacy aiming to secure access to safe abortions and other services in New Hampshire. The organization has two clinics in the Upper Valley, one in White River Junction and another in Claremont.

“Jennifer’s impact on the reproductive rights movement in New Hampshire can hardly be quantified, and all of us at PPNNE extend our gratitude for her service and her incredible dedication to our mission,” said the organization’s President Meagan Gallagher in the release.

According to the release, Frizzell’s efforts included fending off state and federal lawsuits to open a Planned Parenthood health center in downtown Manchester in the early 2000s and the enactment of buffer zone protections for clinics that provide abortions in 2014.

She also worked to restore the New Hampshire Executive Council’s support for Planned Parenthood contracts, the release said.

The organization is currently seeking to fill Frizzell’s post and plans to announce the new hire later this month.

Leadership Upper ValleyHas New Manager

White River Junction — Vital Communities has appointed Rob Schultz, of Hanover, director of development and manager of Leadership Upper Valley, an integral program at the nonprofit.

Schultz has more than three decades of nonprofit leadership and development experience, including in his most recent position as area director of the Upper Valley region for Granite United Way. Prior to that he was executive director of COVER Home Repair in White River Junction for more than a decade.

“Vital Communities and Leadership Upper Valley create the space for some of the most important conversations and community organizing in the Upper Valley,” Schultz said in a news release. “This work gives voice to my passion for leadership development, my commitment to the Upper Valley as a great place to live and work, and my dedication to helping neighbors participate in the civic life of our community.”

As manager of the Leadership Upper Valley program, Schultz will help cultivate stronger local leaders by building participants’ understanding of the region’s issues, opportunities and resources; expanding their networks; and inspiring them to find new ways to serve their communities. He is uniquely qualified for that position, said Vital Communities Executive Director Tom Roberts.

“(Shultz’s) deep commitment to the Upper Valley, his skill as an educator and connector, and his passion for truly living the mission of Vital Communities offer incredible value to both the program and the entire organization,” Roberts said.

In addition to managing Leadership Upper Valley, Schultz coordinate fundraising efforts for Vital Communities as director of development. He will also oversee the community discussion lists that Vital Communities hosts throughout the Upper Valley.

Vermont Adult Learning Moves to New Location

Springfield, Vt. — Vermont Adult Learning’s Springfield, Vermont office has moved into a new location in the Fellows Gear Shaper Building, 100 River St. in Springfield.

The new space offers larger classrooms, a computer lab and meeting areas. The learning center will have expanded evening hours for classes including English language, computer skills and work readiness.

For more information call 802-546-0879, email windsorinfo@vtadultlearning.org, or stop into the learning center.

Divorce and Separation
Support Group to Meet

Woodstock — A divorce and separation support group will meet monthly in Woodstock, beginning on Monday Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. Meetings will be help at North Chapel Unitarian church, 7 Church St., Woodstock.

Childcare will be available.

The group will discuss feelings of loss and grief as well as the stigma attached to divorce.

For more information, contact Geraldine Fowler at office@northchapelvt.org or call 802-457-2557.

Vt. Public Hearing on Access To Primary Health Care

Montpelier — The Vermont Legislature is holding a public hearing on access to primary health care on Tuesday Jan. 23 from 5:30-8 p.m. The hearing will be held at the State House, 115 State St, Montpelier, in the House Chamber, located on the second floor.

People who are interested in speaking can sign up beginning at 5 p.m. Testimony will be limited to three minutes.

The Senate Committee on Health and Welfare and the House Committee on Health Care, which are hosting the hearing, will also accept written testimony.

For more information or to submit written testimony contact the House Committee on Health Care at 802-828-2264 or email lstarr@leg.state.vt.us.

Dartmouth Conference To Focus on Women’s Rights

Hanover — Dartmouth’s 2018 Regional Physicians for Human Rights Conference, held Friday and Saturday Jan. 19 and 20, will focus on women’s rights this year.

The conference, entitled “The 50%: The Changing Arc of Womxn’s Rights,” will examine the impacts of business, law, and socioeconomics on women and gender non-conforming individuals.

On Friday at 6:30 p.m. the documentary It’s Criminal, which tells the stories of incarcerated women, will be screened, followed by a panel discussion with the film director Signe Taylor and Dr. Ivy Schweitzer, professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Dartmouth College.

On Saturday speakers include Dr. Holly Atkinson, director of the human rights clinic for asylum seekers at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and Linds Jakows, the campaign manager for Freedom New Hampshire, an organization that aims to advance the rights of transgender individuals in the state.

All events will be held at Dartmouth College’s Life Sciences Center, Dewey Field Road, Hanover. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information and to register visit phr2018.wordpress.com.

Final Day for Proposals To ‘Bethel University’

Bethel — Today is the final day for volunteer “professors” to propose a class for Bethel University, the annual pop-up learning even that draws hundred of people to Bethel.

During the “Bethel University” event, which runs throughout March, any and all community members are invited to teach classes on any topic they like and the public can take those classes for free.

Class proposals can be submitted online at betheluniversityvt.org or by picking up a paper application at the Bethel Village Sandwich Shop or Bethel Public Library.

Last year, Bethel University included 77 classes and 1,100 students for classes ranging from painting to French.

Registration for the fifth year of classes at Bethel University will open in early February. For more information visit bu-vt.org.

Lake Sunapee Bank Pledges $25,000 to Newport Library

Newport — Lake Sunapee Bank has pledged $25,000 over three years to support the Library Arts Center in Newport. The pledge will go toward the center’s 50th anniversary endowment campaign, which aims to raise $500,000 to increase programing, engagement and staff at the arts center.

“As an advocate for community growth and social responsibility, we are proud to support the Library Arts Center in its efforts to provide cultural and artistic enrichment and educational opportunities in the community,” Curtis Simard, president and CEO of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, the parent company of Lake Sunapee Bank, said in a news release.

Kate Luppold, executive director of the Library Arts Center, said that the donation along with others to the endowment fund will allow the center to become more visible in the community. The center offers arts-based camps, workshops, performances, and exhibitions for children and adults in the greater Newport community.

Hikers Rescued After Getting Stranded by Water

Jefferson, n.h. — Ten hikers who got stranded between two overflowing brooks in the White Mountain National Forest are safe after an overnight rescue operation.

New Hampshire Fish and Game says the group planned to stay at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Zealand Falls hut Friday night but were unable to reach it after they got trapped between two fast-moving brooks that had overflowed due to heavy rain.

The group called for help just before 5 p.m. A team led by Mountain Rescue Service found them at 10:45 p.m., helped them across the brook and got them to the AMC Highland Center just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Officials say the incident is a reminder that hikers should monitor weather forecasts, carry appropriate equipment and be prepared to spend the night if necessary.

Dunkin’ Donuts Tests Shorter Name

Quincy, Mass. — Dunkin’ without the Donuts?

A new Dunkin’ Donuts store opening in the Boston suburb of Quincy is giving the idea a try, at least in name. Officials say the “next generation” store being unveiled Tuesday will be the first in the nation to be billed simply as “Dunkin.”

But the chain’s signature doughnuts aren’t going anywhere. The restaurant will still serve the fried treats that have been a mainstay for the company since its founding in Quincy in 1950.

The shortened name is part of a broader rebranding at several of the company’s stores. The Canton, Massachusetts-based company has been referring to itself as Dunkin’ in advertisements for years.

The Patriot Ledger reports the Quincy franchise also will pilot other new concepts, including multiple, high-tech drive-thru lanes.

— Staff and wire reports