John Paul Jones Garden Is Open! A reminder that we have a little slice of heaven in downtown Portsmouth. The garden at the John Paul Jones House is open the public—all you have to do is open the gate to enjoy a walk through the flowers or a picnic on the lawn. Located at 43 Middle St on the corner of State St.
Wright Museum in Wolfeboro plans to reopen on Monday, June 22, 2020, subject to approval by the state’s reopening task force. Our hours for the 2020 season will be Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm, and Sundays 12pm-4pm.
Mixed Media Exhibition
at The Dover Art Center, 1 Washington St, Dover
Deadline – July 31, 2020
The Art Center is hosting a juried group exhibition of Mixed-Media Art
Apply here – https://forms.gle/yKNhRiu5Cdd4S1V97
Mixed-media is the creative combination of two or more different mediums that are used to create a new and distinctive piece of art. Mixed-media artwork can incorporate elements of collage, 3-D assemblage, found objects and pages from books, maps, photographs as well as innumerable paint, paper and cloth combinations. All mixed-media works will be considered.
Virtual On-line Gallery
Opening – September 1, 2020
Closing – October 31, 2020
* Available to view in person by appointment from September 15 – October 24, 2020
20th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic scheduled for September 3-5, 2020. The fun starts Friday, August 28th, 2020 when 200 tons of imported sand is dropped on Hampton Beach. View all entries on line at our Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting Classic Facebook page. Voting for People’s Choice Award. Sat., September 5 at 8:00 PM Awards Ceremony on Sea Shell Stage. Special Fireworks Display at 9:30 PM. The event will be light for nightly viewing thru September 14th.
Cornerstone VNA Offers Virtual Hospice Volunteer Training
Rochester, NH: Cornerstone VNA, a nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, is offering a free virtual training beginning in June for individuals interested in becoming a Hospice volunteer. Due to COVID-19 protocol, this virtual training will take the place of the standard in-person training. This comprehensive 8-week virtual Hospice volunteer training program will focus on: the history of Cornerstone VNA, Hospice history and philosophy, the volunteer job description, the Hospice team, medical and psychosocial aspects, family involvement, and spiritual care.
Once trained, volunteers can offer companionship, respite care and their own unique skills to patients and family members in their community for a little as 2-4 hours per week. No medical or volunteer experience is necessary to make a positive difference and provide comfort, support and a reassuring presence to Hospice patients and their families.
According to current Cornerstone VNA Hospice Volunteers, “Hospice volunteering has been the most rewarding and humbling experience of my life” and “Hospice visiting has shown me how to be present.” Cornerstone VNA invites individuals to be a part of this enriching and meaningful volunteer experience. To register for this training or for more information about the Hospice Volunteer Program, please contact Nancy Nicolazzo, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at 603-994-7041 or NNicolazzo@cornerstonevna.org.
Cornerstone VNA is an independent 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.
Lights of Love Torch is Passed to Cornerstone VNA
Rochester, NH: The Frisbie Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board is pleased to announce that it has passed the torch of their annual Lights of Love event to Cornerstone VNA, a local nonprofit home health and hospice care organization. Lights of Love, an annual event founded in 1986 by Jane Cooper Fall, welcomes community members to pay tribute to the people who have had a special impact on their lives. Lights of Love has continued to be an important community event due to the work of Jane and The Frisbie Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board. Although Jane passed away in October 2018, her legacy will be continued with pride and honor by the Cornerstone VNA team.
Due to the recent acquisition of Frisbie Memorial Hospital by HCA Healthcare, The Frisbie Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board enthusiastically agreed to transition the Lights of Love Celebration to Cornerstone VNA. Pam Verbicky, Frisbie Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board President notes, “For over 30 years, Jane Cooper Fall was the driving force behind Lights of Love. Jane always said that Lights of Love was not a fundraiser but rather a way for community members to pay tribute to those who had touched their lives. Because community was so important to Jane and the role Cornerstone VNA has in the community, it is was an easy decision for the Auxiliary Board to transition Lights of Love to the VNA. We are confident they will run the program in accordance with Jane’s wishes for many years to come, thus providing a lasting legacy to Jane’s benevolence.”
For nearly 50 years, Cornerstone VNA has been very proud to have known Jane and celebrate her many accomplishments. In 1970, Jane became president of the Farmington VNA, which is now known as Cornerstone VNA. Over the years, Jane remained very involved with the VNA and even served on the Board of Directors until 1997. During Cornerstone VNA’s 100th year, Jane was presented with the 2013 Cornerstone Award for her dedication and years of service to the VNA. She also served for more than 50 years on the FMH Auxiliary, and received numerous awards for her volunteerism and outstanding service to health care in the community.
According to Dr. Bob Rubino, who has been involved with the event since its inception, “It was a great joy to me to learn that our Lights of Love Christmas program will continue because of Cornerstone VNA. In speaking to a few men in the chorus, they were delighted to hear that we will be continuing to ‘make music’ at the Christmas season, thank goodness!”
The 34th Annual Lights of Love Celebration will take place on December 2nd at the Frisbie Memorial Hospital Conference Center in Rochester, NH. According to Cornerstone VNA President/CEO, Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, “Due to Cornerstone VNA’s close relationship with Jane and The Frisbie Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board, it is the perfect way to continue this annual tradition of celebrating and remembering the special people in our lives. We are grateful for this opportunity and to many of the Frisbie Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board Members who will continue volunteering to support Lights of Love alongside our team.” Please visit cornerstonevna.org/lightsoflove for more information and to sign up to receive special event notifications.
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.
The Annual Kites Against Cancer goes virtual! From now through June 7th, fly your kite and take pictures. Post your pictures and videos on the Exeter Hospitals Kites against Cancer Facebook page. This family event is to benefit Beyond the Rainbow Fund at Exeter Hospital. Learn more and make donations at www.unitedinwellness.org.
Paws Walk Reimagined! Saving Lives from Your Own Backyard! Wherever you are, whoever you’re with, join us on Sunday, June 14th for a virtual take on our life-saving event! Paws Walk is the New Hampshire SPCA’s largest grassroots fundraiser. The proceeds provide vital medical treatment and a second chance for dogs, cats, pigs, rabbits, horses and all other animals here at our shelter. It supports programs like our Humane Education classes for children, low-cost rabies clinics and a food share program benefiting families in-need. Fund raise from home and walk with us in your own backyard. Together, we can save animal lives one step at a time! https://nhspca.org/paws-walk/
Something really cool to see! Explore the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History from your home! Move at your own pace through the 360-degree room-by-room tour of every exhibit in the museum at https://naturalhistory2.si.edu/vt3/NMNH/
Smiles on the Screen – Remote Programming for Adults with Disabilities
DOVER — The halls are empty, but the building is far from quiet. A piano player leads a chorus of singing voices coming through computer speakers. In another room, a staff member runs a morning meeting, with laughing voices from a Zoom call.
This is what community participation at Great Bay Services looks like during the COVID-19 crisis.
Great Bay Services provides support to more than 150 adults with disabilities and their families in Seacoast New Hampshire and Southern Maine. Programs include community participation services, job supports, independent living, and case management.
Community Participation Services (CPS) is typically based outside of the centers, with clients and staff making day trips to different locations, volunteer sites, and other activities. It also includes educational opportunities, like music therapy, drama, and art classes.
With concerns for our participants, Great Bay acted quickly and moved their CPS program to remote learning, with staff conducting online classes, conference calls, and one-on-one calls so clients still receive daily services. They also connect with their peers to combat anxiety, depression, and isolation in a very vulnerable population.
The change is coming under the leadership of Great Bay Services’ new Executive Director Pamela Layne, who joined the staff in the midst of the crisis.
“We are living in highly unusual circumstances, and we are once again finding ourselves in the midst of change – this time having to find new and creative ways of providing vital services to the individuals we support while protecting everyone’s health and safety,” said Layne. “Great Bay has survived for 66 years, and I continue to be impressed by how resilient we are as an organization.”
Layne has experience working for educational, non-profit organizations, and disability services in the United States and abroad, including the International OCD Foundation, the European League of Institutes of the Arts, and UNH’s Student Accessibility Services.
Her relationship with Great Bay Services began when her brother David joined the Great Bay bowling team in 1979.
“It is with tremendous joy and pride that I join the remarkable team at Great Bay Services, an organization that has been an integral part of my own family’s support system,” said Layne. “To be joining the staff here is deeply meaningful to me.”
Pam Layne will oversee Great Bay’s operations from their Dover, New Hampshire and Sanford, Maine locations.
“All of our programs are still in operation, though at a reduced level,” added Layne. “People don’t always realize that individuals with disabilities make up part of the essential workforce. They are still working, and our job coaches are right alongside them.”
Great Bay Services was founded in 1954 by a group of parents who refused to send their children with disabilities to the state institutions. The organization continued to be instrumental in the class-action lawsuit that shut down the institution system in New Hampshire. Today, GBS is still on the forefront of innovative and progressive care of adults with disabilities in New Hampshire and Maine.
Anyone looking to support Great Bay Services are invited to send their tax-deductible donations to Great Bay Service, 23 Cataract Ave, Suite 1, Dover, NH 03820.