Volunteers Wanted

Volunteer Your Time

 

Kensington, NH – The Carriage Barn Equine Adaptive Therapy Programs is looking for volunteers to assist with Therapeutic Horseback Riding & Carriage Driving, Fundraising, Events, and Fun Activities.  Volunteers are needed at various times throughout the week to work with horses and clients. 

 

Teens, adults and retirees welcome (volunteers must be at least 14 years old).  Experience and horse knowledge is a plus, but not required.  Are you a student with a community service requirement (Honor Society, Scouts, 4-H, Graduation, etc)?  If so, we would love to hear from you!

 

Anyone interested in learning more can contact The Carriage Barn at 603-378-0140, email carriage-barn@comcast.net, or check out our website at www.carriage-barn.org.

 

The program offers services in Kensington, NH and seeks to promote the health and well-being of individuals of all ages with disabilities by enhancing their physical, psychological, cognitive and emotional healing and strengthening through equine activities.  The Carriage Barn is a 501c3 Not-for-Profit Organization, as well as a member center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International.

Free Virtual Event for Family Caregivers

Cornerstone VNA Offers Free Virtual Event for Family Caregivers

 

Rochester, NH:  Cornerstone VNA is pleased to announce the return of Caregivers Connect, a special annual event that focuses on providing support and education to family caregivers.  This free virtual event, featuring a special keynote speaker, will take place on Tuesday, March 9, from 10:00am – 11:30am.

“We are very excited to present a virtual Caregivers Connect event this year, particularly during this isolating pandemic. We recognize that the theme of support and resilience will most surely resonate with our local family caregivers tremendously.” states Janice Howard, Director of Life Care – Private Duty at Cornerstone VNA.  Howard adds, “In addition to learning more about caregiving and the importance of self-care, this event will underscore the fact that there are other caregivers who experience similar things, giving them a strong sense of support and understanding.”

Attendees will hear from keynote speaker, Dr. Aaron Blight, founder of Caregiving Kinetics and author of When Caregiving Calls: Guidance as You Care for a Parent, Spouse, or Aging Relative. Dr. Blight speaks with groups all over the world to share his knowledge and expertise about caregiving. In workshops and conference talks, he invites participants to think deeply about the meaning and significance of their individual caregiving experiences. Blight’s presentation will focus on “Framing the Care Experience: Foundational Support for Caregivers.”  

The first 50 registrants will be mailed a complimentary copy of Dr. Blight’s book, When Caregiving Calls, after their attendance is confirmed on the day of the event. To register for this special event or to learn more, call 800-691-1133 x1109 or visit cornerstonevna.org/CC21.

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 www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

About Maine’s Malaga Island

Learn about Maine’s Malaga Island

 

South Berwick, Maine- Old Berwick Historical Society will present an online lecture on Thursday, February 25, at 7:30pm about Maine’s Malaga Island. In 1912, the State of Maine evicted a community of African-American and white residents from their homes on Malaga Island. Racism, economic struggles, and eugenics all led to the devastation of this group of people. Presented by Kate McBrien, this talk will explore the history behind this story that was hidden for so many years.

 

Participants can register for the online lecture up 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.

 

Kate McBrien is the Deputy Secretary of State for Archives at the Maine State Archives in Augusta. Before serving in this role, Kate worked at the Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum in their curatorial and public engagement departments. At the State Museum, she researched and curated the award-winning exhibit “Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives” about the Malaga Island community. 

 

The Counting House Museum is currently closed until March. 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  www.oldberwick.org.

Seacoast Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol virtual open house

The Seacoast Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol invites you to a virtual open house on the 25th of February beginning 6:45pm.  If you are between 12 and 18, and are interested in Aerospace or leadership, then this program might be for you.  If you are interested, please visit our website at seacoast.cap.gov and click join us and we will get you more information.

Winter Farmers’ Market

Winter Farmers’ Market at Rolling Green Nursery in Greenland on February 13th from 10AM – 2PM. We’ll have fresh and local fruits, veg, meats, and dairy for you. Please know that masks are required, and we would appreciate one person per family attend the market. We have planned for these vendors to be there. See you there!

Lecture on Maine’s Suffrage Movement

Lecture on Maine’s Suffrage Movement

 

 

 

South Berwick, Maine- Old Berwick Historical Society will present an online lecture on Thursday, January 28, at 7:30pm. Author Anne B. Gass will share the story of her great-grandmother’s role in the fight for women’s right to vote in Maine. Gass is author of the book “Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine’s Fight for Woman Suffrage”. Florence Brooks Whitehouse was a novelist painter, vocalist, and mother of three sons when she first joined the suffrage movement in 1914. The lecture explores Florence’s life up to 1914 and her leadership in moving suffrage forward in Maine, joining forces with national leader Alice Paul in a desperate, last-ditch effort to ensure that the Maine legislature ratified the 19 th Amendment that would give women voting rights. Slides of historic photos accompany this lecture.

 

Participants can register for the online lecture up 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.

 

 

 

Gass serves on the Steering Committee of the Maine Suffrage Centennial Collaborative and as the Maine Coordinator for the National Votes for Women Trail, a project of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites. She also serves on Maine’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and is Vice-President of the Gray Town Council. As a professional, Gass has continued her great-grandmother’s activist tradition. She is the founder and principal of ABG Consulting LLC, a small business supporting nonprofits, local and state governments, and foundations in their efforts to help people in need build stable, productive lives. Gass received her BA degree from Reed College in 1982 and a MA from the University of Maryland in 1987.

 

 

 

The Counting House Museum is currently open by appointment only. 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  www.oldberwick.org.

Cornerstone VNA Builds Their Future

Cornerstone VNA Builds Their Future

 

On October 15, 2020 Cornerstone VNA, a nonprofit home health and hospice care organization, broke ground on an important capital project to expand their building and renovate their existing space. This project marks a pivotal moment in the organization’s 108 year history, and positions them for continued success in the future.

 

Cornerstone VNA has been in their current location at 178 Farmington Road, Rochester, NH since 2001. Over the last 20 years, Cornerstone VNA has experienced significant growth. According to Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, President/CEO of Cornerstone VNA, “Over the past ten years, we have more than doubled our service area from 19 to 43 communities, and the number of patients served each year continues to climb – from 1,750 to over 5,500 in the last 10 years.” Reynolds shares that the organization has also grown in staffing from 85 employees in 2010 to over 170 employees today.

 

“As we’ve grown, we have managed our spatial needs by reconfiguring offices and renovating our basement in 2018, but the time has come to expand our building to better support our staff, our patients and our community”, says Reynolds.  This project will ensure the continued success of Cornerstone VNA’s  award-winning programs and services, the care provided by their frontline workers, and essential training of all staff.

 

In the words of Rochester NH Mayor, Caroline McCarley, “The City is so excited that Cornerstone VNA is doing this expansion. I began my time with the VNA way back when I first moved to town, as a volunteer in the well-child clinic, and the work they have done and the expansion is just amazing.”

 

Cornerstone VNA is proud to be working with SMP Architecture of Concord, Groen Construction of Rochester, and First Seacoast Bank, who have all teamed up to build a new wing for the Hospice, Palliative Care and Intake Departments, as well as larger community meeting and training spaces. Additional renovations will be made to the existing building to address administrative staffing needs, for improved family support, and to enhance building safety and accessibility.

 

President of Groen Construction, Fenton Groen is thrilled that Cornerstone VNA selected Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) for their new addition. “Compared to conventional wood construction, the use of ICFs will minimize the total cost of the building by increasing the speed of construction, higher safety ratings and increased energy efficiency,” he explains.

In fact, the new ICF addition with continuous insulation and solid concrete walls will assist in reducing the long-term operating expenses for Cornerstone VNA by reducing heat and cooling costs of that space by at least 30%.

 

Tamara Crooks-Faulkingham, RN, BSN, Hospice Director says , “It will be extremely helpful to have the added space to better serve our patients. It will allow us to work more efficiently as a team, which will lead to enhanced coordination of care.” Barb Boulton, RN, MSN, Program Support Director & Compliance Officer adds, “The Intake Department’s role as the initiator of the patients’ electronic health record and our active participation in coordination of care requires a detail-oriented mind and calm work environment with minimal interruptions.  Our new space will create an environment which encourages high quality work that is essential to documentation integrity.”

 

Cornerstone VNA’s goal is to raise $2 million for this important project. To date, the organization has garnered support from their Board of Directors, the Cogswell Benevolent Trust, local businesses and over 100 generous donors. As the 2020 beneficiary of the 15th Annual Seacoast Half Marathon, Cornerstone VNA has dedicated the race proceeds to support this expansion and renovation. 

 

According to Advancement Director, Erika Lee, “We are a healthy organization, but the support we receive will help us reduce the debt and length of debt incurred.” Lee adds, “Donations for our capital project will be key to our success. They will enable us to focus on investing in emerging opportunities to benefit our patients and to be prepared to weather unexpected challenges, such as the current pandemic.”

 

Cornerstone VNA recognizes that the heart of healing begins at home and stands poised and committed to providing home health and hospice care to their New Hampshire and Maine service area communities for generations to come. For those who are interested in supporting Cornerstone VNA’s important building expansion and renovation project, Cornerstone VNA offers a variety of flexible giving options and can guide donors in making a meaningful investment that aligns with their philanthropic goals. Additional details and project photos can be found at cornerstonevna.org/buildingourfuture.

 

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 www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

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