Great Bay Services Trail Tale

Great Bay Services Trail Tale

 

Dover, NH – With more than 65 years of history, the story of Great Bay Services is the story of disability rights and services in New Hampshire.

 

Founded as a small family school for children with disabilities, GBS has expanded to supporting more than 150 adults with disabilities in Strafford, Rockingham and York Counties with community participation services, employment supports, case management and independent living assistance.

 

Learn more about Great Bay Services and all they offer at the Trail Tale.  Walk the Dover Community Trail beginning at the Dover Rotary Trailhead, 33 Chestnut Street, Dover, NH.  Along the route read signs and scan QR codes to learn more about the story of GBS and how our clients are a valuable and integrated part of our communities. The QR codes link to interviews with GBS guardians, clients and staff who talk about the many aspects of Great Bay Services.

 

The event takes place from November 1-7, to allow supporters to do the walk at a time that is convenient to them. This also removes all concerns of large groups.

 

The Trail Tale is sponsored by Bottomline, with support from CGI Business Solutions, Coastal Copier, DF Richard, Dover Paint & Varnish, Dupont’s Service Center, Kennebunk Savings, Market Square Group at Morgan Stanley, Martel Plumbing, and Mr. Electric.  Thanks to the City of Dover.

 

Great Bay Services is asking walkers to donate $20 each to support its programs.  Donations can be made to the nonprofit at www.greatbayservices.org or by mailed check to 23 Cataract Avenue, Suite 1, Dover, NH 03820.

 

Great Bay Services was founded in 1954 by a group of parents who refused to send their children with disabilities to the state institutions. Today, GBS is still on the forefront of innovative and progressive programs for adults with disabilities.

 

Any families with loved ones searching for adult services in New Hampshire or Maine are welcome to contact Great Bay Services at 603-842-5344.

Lecture and Tours Focus on South Berwick’s Fire of 1870

Lecture and Tours Focus on South Berwick’s Fire of 1870

 

South Berwick, Maine- On Thursday, October 22, at 7:30pm, local historian Wendy Pirsig will present an online account of this dramatic community story in treasured photos, maps and eyewitness accounts from the Old Berwick Historical Society archives. One hundred fifty years ago, South Berwick’s town center lay in ruins following a cataclysmic fire on the night of July 25-26, 1870.  Citizens then pulled together and raised the iconic brick business block that defines the village today. 

 

Participants will sign up on the Old Berwick Historical Society’s website or by calling the Counting House Museum. Admission is free to members, and $5 suggested donation to non-members.

 

Wendy Pirsig has spent 30 years studying local history through the Old Berwick Historical Society archives. In 1989, Pirsig began cataloguing thousands of documents in the Counting House. She served on OBHS board as well as collections, fundraising, properties and finance committees and has been OBHS past vice president and president. Pirsig has contributed endless hours to many exhibits and lectures, as well as material for the Hike through History and OBHS website. She also edited the 2007 OBHS publication The Placenames of South Berwick.

 

In conjunction with the lecture, there will also be two History Strolls about the Fire of 1870, on Saturday, October 17 & Saturday, October 24, both at 10am. OBHS archivist John Demos will present the tours. Limited to 6 people per tour, masks & reservations required. Meet in the parking lot of the South Berwick Post Office. Tour is open to the public and free of charge, $5 suggested donation for non-members. Sign-up on the OBHS website or call the museum.

 

The Counting House Museum is currently open by appointment only on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Old Berwick Historical Society’s 2020 lectures are generously sponsored by Kennebunk Savings and supported by historical society members and donors. More information is available by calling 207-384-0000 or at  www.oldberwick.org.

Mixed Media Exhibition

Mixed Media Exhibition

September 1 – October 31, 2020

A Virtual and In-Person Exhibit

 

The Art Center in Dover, New Hampshire, is pleased to host a virtual and in-person exhibit of Mixed Media Art. Curator Rebecca Proctor is making a national name for The Art Center in Dover, New Hampshire. She is excited and honored to represent 25 talented artists and their striking, eye-catching creations.

 

The Mixed Media Art Exhibition is a spectacular one. The objet d’art in this exhibit demonstrates a plethora of colors, textures, and layers. Each piece brings the viewer to a specific place through structural representations, organic, and nature. Some pieces are static, while others swirl you through a movement of bright, deep, or muted colors. Love nature? Check out “Bluebirds,” an original artwork created by Suzanne Aulds that combines quilt fabric with oil on canvas. Do you need a splash of color in your space? Then, look at artist Alisa Marie, who combines melted crayons, acrylic paint, and glass facets to dazzle the onlooker.

 

Take advantage of The Art Center’s virtual exhibit online

https://www.theartcenteronlinegallery.com/ 

 

Here, you can visit virtual rooms to preview the show at The Art Center Gallery. Click on the forward arrow to view each gallery room display. Click each piece of art, and you will be able to view the artist, title of the work, price, size, and the ability to purchase the work right from the website. This show is one of the most fantastic to date. Please join us! The exhibit runs through the end of October.

 

The Art Center address is One Washington Street, Suite 1177 in Dover, NH. For more information, visit www.theartcenterdover.com

 

The online gallery at https://www.theartcenteronlinegallery.com/ or contact The Art Center directly at (603) 978-6702 or theartcenterdover@gmail.com. You can also follow The Art Center on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Julie Reynolds Named Board President of the Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance of NH

Julie Reynolds Named Board President of the Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance of NH

Julie Reynolds RN, MS, President/CEO of Cornerstone VNA has assumed the role of Board President of The Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance of NH. The Alliance is a non-profit membership organization that enhances the ability of home care agencies to provide the best care possible to New Hampshire residents. Prior to being named President, Julie served as the Board’s Vice President for two years.

According to Gina M. Balkus, APR, Chief Executive Officer of The Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance of NH, “Julie is a recognized leader in home health and hospice who has been active in The Alliance for many years.  Her experience and expertise will be invaluable as our organization adapts to the evolving health care environment.”

It is notable that in addition to this new assignment, Reynolds was named 2020 Nurse Leader by New Hampshire Magazine, in partnership with the New Hampshire Nurses Association for their annual Excellence in Nursing Awards. Furthermore, under her leadership, Cornerstone VNA was named Business NH Magazine’s 2020 Health Care Business of the Decade.

Under Reynold’s stewardship, Cornerstone VNA is known for its work of providing high quality care, innovative services, and support for local communities. Reynolds states, “It is amazing to see the strides that Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care specialties have made over the years.” Reynolds adds, “I take great pride in assuming the Board President role of such a reputable and important statewide resource, which has been tremendously supportive of our efforts.”

About Cornerstone VNA:

Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 107 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

Jennifer Gullison Receives Home Care Service Award

Jennifer Gullison Receives Home Care Service Award

Cornerstone VNA congratulates their own Jennifer Gullison RN, MSN, VP of Operations, on being awarded the 2020 Home Care Service Award from the Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance of New Hampshire at their annual meeting, which was held virtually on September 25, 2020.

The Home Care Service Award is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to home health or hospice in the state through their work in education, research, advocacy, or leadership. According to Julie Reynolds RN, MS, President/Chief Executive Officer at

Cornerstone VNA, “In her 19 years at Cornerstone VNA, Jennifer has earned the respect of staff, community health partners and patients. She is a team player who shares her expertise willingly within her agency and among Alliance members.”  Reynolds adds, “Jennifer has worked in our agency, her community and with the Alliance to improve health and well-being.”

 

There are many ways in which Jennifer has shared her expertise. For example, when Cornerstone VNA created a unique program to delegate basic wound care tasks to Licensed Nursing Assistants, Jennifer shared her agency’s training program through a webinar series for Alliance members. In 2019, the Alliance developed an initiative with the Quality Improvement Organizations to roll out a sepsis screening tool in home settings and Jennifer led the way. Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. Cornerstone VNA was one of the first agencies to train staff on sepsis care with the goal of preventing sepsis readmissions and deaths.  She also worked with Frisbie Memorial Hospital, which incorporated the tool into their admission process, and she is currently training staff at local fire departments.

 

In addition, she expanded telehealth at Cornerstone VNA and has worked with their telehealth vendor to improve the educational components of the product, earning her national recognition. She has testified on telehealth at State House hearings, sharing examples of how telehealth has directly improved care for patients.  As certified chronic care trainer, Jennifer trains all her clinical staff in chronic care management, including the uses of disease-specific protocols to deliver the best care possible to patients. According to Reynolds, “She most truly embodies what this special award represents.”

 

About Cornerstone VNA:

Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 107 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

Dover Public Library’s Annual Book Sale

The Friends of the Dover Public Library’s Annual Book Sale will be a one day sale on Saturday, October 17 from 10 am to 1 pm. Grab bags for $5 will be available in categories such as non-fiction, mysteries, children’s titles, and more. Please support the Friends of the Library by stopping by.

Public Drive-Through Flu Clinic September 30

Cornerstone VNA Offers Public Drive-Through Flu Clinic September 30

 

Cornerstone VNA, a local nonprofit provider of high-quality, skilled care at home, is pleased to offer the community a drive-through flu clinic on Wednesday, September 30 from 10:00am until 12:00pm. The clinic will be held outside in the parking lot at their headquarters at 178 Farmington Road in Rochester, NH. Community members will follow the entrance to the Cornerstone VNA building and turn left, following the orange cones. Cornerstone VNA clinical staff will be on hand to administer the flu vaccine. Flu vaccines are covered by most major insurances, please bring your insurance card. The cost for the flu vaccine is $40 without insurance.

 

“We are so pleased to offer this convenient service during this pandemic,” Jennifer Gullison RN, MSN, Vice President of Operations shares. “We want to make it as easy as possible for our community members to protect themselves against influenza this year.”

 

With the added impact of COVID-19, the preventive influenza vaccination is even more important for everybody. The health care system is facing special challenges this year, so keeping flu infections down will greatly benefit these organizations.

 

Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit organization currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 107 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

2020 Winter Faire Reworked!

2020 Winter Faire Reworked! Spread out over 5 Saturdays from 8am to noon at the First Church Congregational of Rochester. On October 3rd it’s Clutch Corner, Once Again Jewelry and Halloween Stuff. Oct 10 is Handcrafts, Bakery and Country Pantry. Oct 17 features Apron Alley and General Store. Oct 24th is Recycled Xmas and Xmas books nook. Nov 7 includes 2020 Gift baskets, Beef Stew to go, handcrafts and raffles.

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