Annual Tall Sips Brewfest

Annual Tall Sips Brewfest fundraising event will be held at the Hampton Airfield, 9A Lafayette Road, North Hampton, from 4 to 7 p.m. on September 18th. Admission is $35 per adult for unlimited 3-ounce samples from 10 local brewers. There will also be food, entertainment, and active and static aircraft displays to go with beer. Proceeds from this event go to our Sea Challenge Scholarship Fund.  Make a difference in someone’s life by joining us and drinking some beer. Tickets at http://sailportsmouth.org/.

Cornerstone VNA Celebrates Building Expansion, Special Donors and Friends

Cornerstone VNA Celebrates Building Expansion, Special Donors and Friends

 

Rochester, NH – Cornerstone VNA, your local nonprofit visiting nurse association, held a special event on August 26th to celebrate the completion of their exciting building expansion and renovation. Cornerstone VNA proudly partnered with SMP Architecture of Concord, Groen Construction of Rochester, and First Seacoast Bank on this significant project, which began last October. The August celebration also included a special presentation to recognize their generous capital campaign donors and to honor their 2020 and 2021 Cornerstone Award recipients.

 

Guests received guided tours of the new and improved areas, which includes a new wing for Hospice, Palliative Care and Intake, expanded spaces for community programming and staff education, a dedicated family room, a dedicated mother’s room, a new volunteer workspace, and a beautiful multi-purpose outdoor patio. According to Erika Lee, Cornerstone VNA Advancement Director, “It was so much fun to be able to share the excitement of our new spaces with our donors and give them a tour of our building. We have a bright future ahead thanks to the support of so many community members and donors, and especially thanks to the work of our incredible staff, volunteers and board members.”

 

During the event, guests enjoyed a special presentation that included the announcement of their Cornerstone Award recipients, given to an individual or group dedicated to advancing the mission of Cornerstone VNA. The 2020 Cornerstone Award was given to Dr. Archana Bhargava, Medical Director at Frisbie Memorial Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care and Hematology, and longtime Cornerstone VNA board member. Erika Lee explains, “The presentation of our 2020 Cornerstone Award was delayed a year due to COVID-19, so we were thrilled to finally honor Dr. Bhargava for her important contributions to our organization and the community.”

 

Dr. Bhargava was instrumental in establishing a Palliative Care program at Cornerstone VNA in 2014. As a local physician, she identified a need in the community for this type of service and knew that patients would greatly benefit from receiving this type of support to better manage their chronic illness. Thanks to Dr. Bhargava’s vision and passion for the program, Palliative Care has grown tremendously over the past 7 years. The program now includes a partnership with Frisbie Memorial Hospital and Portsmouth Regional Hospital to provide in-patient consultations by Dr. Andrew Kunkemueller, Palliative Care Medical Director at Cornerstone VNA.

Dr. Bhargava also helped establish a special Kiddie Cornerstone Fund. The Fund, which was launched in 2016, is used to purchase gifts for pediatric patients to build relationships and ease anxiety when receiving care at home by Cornerstone VNA pediatric nurses. Gas cards are also purchased to help families with travel expenses to medical appointments. According to Julie Reynolds, RN, President/CEO, “We are very pleased to honor Dr. Bhargava for this important award.  She continues to share her passion and expertise to strengthen our organization, and to improve the quality of life for our patients and the community.”

 

The 2021 Cornerstone Award was given to four local community Mask Maker Groups: Tara Estates Mask Brigade, Face Mask Makers from Barnstead and beyond, Seacoast Mask Makers, and Friends of Farmington. These generous area mask makers pooled together their fabrics and elastics, fired up their sewing machines and got to work at a rapid pace. They developed safe ways of picking up completed masks from each other and proudly delivered their masks to organizations around the community, including Cornerstone VNA. According to June Gallup, Quality Improvement Director, “At a time when medical masks needed to be used for patient care by our field staff, these beautiful handmade masks were just what we needed to share with our office staff, patients, families, volunteers and caregivers.”

 

In the span of 12 months, Cornerstone VNA received over 2,200 handmade masks from these mask maker groups and local individuals in a show of extreme kindness. Erika Lee adds, “They were a bright and happy spot for us during a time of great uncertainty.” Attending the event and accepting their special awards were Karen Williams from Face Mask Makers from Barnstead and beyond, Kathy King from Friends of Farmington, Amy Ouellette from Seacoast Mask Makers, and Lise-Marie Descoteaux from Tara Estates Mask Brigade.

 

Community members are welcome to call the Advancement Department at Cornerstone VNA to set up a time to tour their building expansion and renovation. Call Erika at 603-332-1133 x1203 to schedule a tour or to learn more about how you can donate and be a part of Cornerstone VNA’s capital campaign. You can also visit cornerstonevna.org/buildingourfuture.

 

About: 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 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.

Casting Call for Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

Casting Call for Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on Wednesday, September 8, and Thursday, September 9 from 6:30pm–9:00pm at Garrison Players Arts Center, Corner of Roberts Road and Portland Ave (Rte 4), Rollinsford.

Some parts have been cast from our original 2019 production; however, we still have many parts to fill.

Needed: Singers of all ranges and ages for Madrigals who narrate and sing traditional Christmas carols.
Singing auditions specifically on September 9 with Music Director, Kathy Fink.

Also, Men aged 18–40 and Women 18 and up.  Singing and non-singing roles.
Small children for Tiny Tim age 6–9.

Questions: E-mail dwiley224@live.com

Garrison Players Arts Center (GPAC) is a nonprofit, volunteer-based community theatre group dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the area by presenting high-quality theatrical performances geared for family audiences. Established in 1953, the players encourage people of all ages to enjoy and participate in the many facets of the performing arts, and to help maintain the Garrison Players Arts Center. For more information about auditions, shows, or GPAC, visit the website at www.garrisonplayers.org

Great Bay Services Unveils New Logo

Great Bay Services Unveils New Logo

 

Dover, NH/Sanford, ME – A lot has changed in 67 years. 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, the nonprofit is still on the forefront of innovative and progressive programs for adults with disabilities.  

 

To reflect the evolution of Great Bay Services, the nonprofit is unveiling a new logo, designed by Eileen Berezni.  It incorporates the same elements of the soaring seagull and the waves of Great Bay.  But rather than separating the pieces, the new logo unites the bird, waves and name in the same image. 

 

“We wanted to emphasize our longevity, our mission, and our name,” said Executive Director Pamela Layne.  “We are part of the community, not separate.  Rather than the seagull above Great Bay, the new logo shows that we are merged with the whole.”

 

The new logo also updated the color scheme, while still using the cool blue and green tones that have always represented Great Bay Services.

 

“Our organization is constantly developing,” added Layne.  “We wanted a logo that people didn’t associate with the old Great Bay Services, sheltered in Newington.  We operate all along the greater seacoast area from Hampton, NH to Portland, ME.  We serve not only our members, but their families, their employers, and other area nonprofits where our clients volunteer. We are part of the community, enriching the community – we are Great Bay.”

 

Tote bags featuring the new logo will be available for $15 by contacting 603-842-5344.  The bags were printed by Spectrum Designs, a New York based company which employs adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

 

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.

Cornerstone VNA Seeks Volunteer Balance Coaches

Cornerstone VNA Seeks Volunteer Balance Coaches

 

Rochester, NH – Cornerstone VNA, your local nonprofit home health and hospice care organization, is looking for volunteers to join their well-received ‘A Matter of Balance’ (MOB) program as a Volunteer Balance Coach.  MOB is designed to help community members manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity by attending a special 4-week program led by Balance Coaches.  Volunteer Balance Coaches are specially trained to help participants become more confident about managing falls, identify ways to reduce falls, and lead exercises to help increase strength and balance. According to Judy Goodnow, Cornerstone VNA Volunteer Balance Coach, “Participants really enjoyed the class and felt that it helped with their balance and stability.”

 

The next coaches training will take place on August 30 and 31, from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Cornerstone VNA main office on 178 Farmington Road in Rochester, NH.  No previous experience is needed to become ‘A Matter of Balance’ Volunteer Coach.  Once trained, volunteers will be assigned in pairs to facilitate community balance programs that will take place over a 4-week period for two 2-hour sessions each week.  Volunteers are asked to facilitate at least two ‘A Matter of Balance’ programs per year.

 

If you are interested in joining this outstanding volunteer team, please contact Katie Michaud, MS, OTR/L at kmichaud@cornerstonevna.org or 603-332-1133 x1186.  You can also find additional details at www.cornerstonevna.org/volunteer/.

 

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 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.

Historic Downtown Portsmouth Walking Tours

Historic Downtown Portsmouth Walking Tours Daily at 10:30 am plus Saturdays and every other Friday at 2:30 pm starting from the Discover Portsmouth Welcome Center. This daily 75-minute walking tour covers the streets, stories, buildings, and architecture of historic downtown Portsmouth. You can make online reservations at https://portsmouthhistory.org/walking-tours/

Motorcycle Show

Motorcycle Show on Sunday August 8th from 11:30 to 2:30 pm benefiting Chris’ Pets for Vets at Gibb’s Garage, Portsmouth. No Motorcycle? No problem! Come anyway and revel in the sights and sounds of the motorcycles competing for the “Stock”, “Custom” and “Vintage” awards with prizes awarded at 1:30. LIVE music, great food and good times!

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