Cornerstone VNA Homebound Patients Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Cornerstone VNA Homebound Patients Receive COVID-19 Vaccine


Rochester, NH:  Cornerstone VNA, your local nonprofit home care provider, is pleased to announce that the COVID-19 vaccine is now being administered to their homebound patients. On March 17, Cornerstone VNA’s Quality Improvement Director, June Gallup, RN, MS, made her first stop at a patient’s home in Farmington, who was thrilled to receive her first dose. New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) reporter, Alli Fam, joined Gallup to document this important milestone in distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to homebound patients.

When the patient was asked by the NHPR reporter what it meant to get the vaccine in her home, as opposed to going elsewhere, Audrey replied, “Oh, wonderful! I was so worried. I don’t walk well anymore, and I get extremely tired every time I have to go out. I kept thinking, ‘how am I going to get to a clinic to get my shot?’ And when they told me I could get it at home, I was very happy.” Audrey added, “It’s made a world of difference. The walking would have been very difficult for me to get to a clinic. It’s wonderful.”

Cornerstone VNA has been working closely with the State and Regional Public Health Networks, as well as the Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance of NH on a plan to get vaccines for truly homebound patients, and their eligible caregivers, who cannot get to a fixed vaccine distribution site.  Due to strict COVID-19 protocols, administering vaccines at home takes an extremely coordinated effort. Cornerstone VNA nurses travel to patient homes, fill out the required paperwork, and then wait 15-30 minutes after the vaccination is given to be sure the patient does not have an adverse reaction. Additionally, with any of the COVID-19 vaccines, there is a time limit of 6 hours to use all the doses from the time the first dose is drawn up from the vial.

Cornerstone VNA’s COVID-19 Response Coordinator is managing a list of patients who have documented their desire to get vaccinated at home. Due to the time sensitive nature of administering the vaccine, the Response Coordinator is scheduling patients who live within a close proximity to one another.  In addition to Gallup, Sandy Powers, RN, Wellness and Gerontology Nurse, and Home Care Team Manager, Lisa Romanovitz, RN, will join in the effort to administer vaccines to patients at home. In a significant and poignant show of support, two Cornerstone VNA retired nurses have offered to temporarily return to assist the COVID-19 vaccination team if needed.

According to Gallup, “I am very excited that we as an agency will be able to help get people vaccinated. I am grateful to the State of NH, Public Health Networks, and more importantly the staff at Cornerstone VNA who have worked together to make this a reality.  I am proud to do my part to be part of the solution.” Gallup adds, “The opportunity to administer the vaccine to our most vulnerable homebound citizens is a reward in itself, but the hope that we all feel in moving past this pandemic is what gets us all through these challenging times.”

To learn more, call 800-691-1133 or visit

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 108 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 or call 800-691-1133.

The Art Center is accepting applications for our June 1 – September 30, 2021 Artist Residency Program


2021 Artist Residency Program

The Art Center is excited to announce the 2021 Artist Residency Program, in our space at the Washington Street Mills in Dover, NH. We welcome artists working in a wide variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, fiber arts and mixed media, who are interested in temporary studio space and exhibiting in our gallery.  This opportunity is made free to the selected artists thanks to our Benefactor, Peter Henry of Market Square Jeweler. This opportunity of a lifetime is valued at $2,500.

Residency Program Periods
February 1, 2021 through May 31, 2021 (Yuliya Shuel current resident)
June 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021
October 1, 2021 through January 31, 2021

This is a studio residency only; housing is not included

Artists will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in their art practice, with access to draw inspiration from Dover’s historic downtown, the Cocheco river, and the local arts and culture scene. Artists will have full access to a 160 sq ft studio space with a shared utility sink. 

The selected artists will have four months to develop a body of work throughout their residency that will be displayed in the 2022 Artist Residency Exhibition in the gallery space at its conclusion.


Check out our 2020 Artist in Residency Exhibition on display now –

For more details and to apply visit –



Rebecca Proctor

The Art Center

1 Washington Street, Suite 1177

Dover, NH. 03820


Lessons to Learn from Maine’s Bicentennial

Lessons to Learn from Maine’s Bicentennial


South Berwick, Maine- Old Berwick Historical Society will present an online lecture on Thursday, March 25, at 7:30pm titled “Commemorating Maine Statehood:


What can we Learn from the Bicentennial?”. This illustrated presentation and discussion by Dr. Liam Riordan explores the statehood process in Maine that culminated in 1820 with formal separation from Massachusetts. That struggle engaged a range of challenging public issues that are still recognizable today. Commemorating statehood can help us to better understand the explosive place of slavery vis-a-vis the Maine-Missouri Crisis, the sharp partisan conflict and repeated separation votes that took place from 1792-1819, the uncertain international border and regional diversity issues in the State, and the struggle for Wabanaki sovereignty.


Participants can register for the online lecture on the Old Berwick Historical Society’s website. Admission is free to members, with a $5 suggested donation for non-members. The lecture is open to the public.


Dr. Riordon is a Professor of History at the University of Maine. He was awarded the Fulbright Scholar Award in 2012. In 2020, he was honored with the Neal W. Allen, Jr., History Award to recognize and honor outstanding contributions to the field of Maine history, awarded by the Maine Historical Society. Riordon was a consultant to the Portland Museum of Art, Maine Historical Society, and Maine State Museum for exhibits related to the state bicentennial. He is currently working on, “Maine Statehood, its Legacy, and Commemoration,” an interdisciplinary collection of twelve essays to be co-edited with Richard Judd.


The Counting House Museum is currently open by appointment. The Old Berwick Historical Society’s 2021 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

Annual Maple Month upon us

Now it’s Annual Maple Month in March of 2021. Join the fun at approximately 100 sugar houses throughout the state who invite the public to share in this centuries-old craft of maple sugaring. Experience why pure New Hampshire maple syrup has long been a delicious harbinger of spring. Share the excitement with your family during the sweetest time of the year. Find where to go and more at .

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