Tips to stay safe when temperatures soar

With hot weather in the forecast the American Red Cross reminds everyone of the steps they should take to stay safe when the temperatures rise.

“High temperatures, humidity and hot, indoor environments can quickly cause heat-related emergencies,” said Lloyd Ziel, chief communications and marketing officer for the American Red Cross in New Hampshire and Vermont. “Excessive heat can lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.”

The Red Cross has some simple steps to help beat the heat:

• Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. The temperature inside can reach a dangerous level within a few minutes.
• Slow down, take frequent breaks and drink more water than usual — even if you’re not thirsty.
• Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
• If working outdoors, take frequent breaks and use the buddy system.
• Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone, or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
• If possible, bring animals inside. If not, frequently check to ensure they are comfortable and have water and a shady place to rest.

The free Red Cross Emergency App provides instant access to expert heat safety tips. Users also have the option of receiving alerts for excessive heat watches, warnings and heat advisories. The Red Cross Pet First Aid App has steps pet owners should take to help keep their furry friends safe during hot weather. People can find the apps in their app store by searching for American Red Cross and at

People can learn how to prevent and respond to heat-related and other emergencies by taking a Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED or Advance Child Care Training course. A variety of online and in-class options are available. Course and registration information is available at


Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital awarded $100,000 to support hospital expansion and renovation

COLEBROOK — Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The fund was established in 2006 with a vision: “To serve as a catalyst for the region to move toward sustainable community and economic development in Coos County and surrounding communities.” The grant will support the hospital's capital campaign to renovate and expand the its emergency, rehabilitation and speciality services departments.

The cost of the UCVH capital campaign is expected to reach $2.5 million and the renovation will more than double the size of the current hospital emergency department while providing enhanced services and space for the rehabilitation department and specialty physician medical services. It will also create more comfortable patient registration and waiting space. Construction on the project is currently underway. The renovated and expanded rehabilitation and specialty services facilities reopened on June 12. Currently the campaign has raised $892,763 toward the $950,000 community portion of its fundraising goal.

The Tillotson Fund is one of the largest permanent rural philanthropies in the country, distributing more than $3 million in grants annually to support projects that focus on community revitalization. Grants are awarded to municipal, educational and nonprofit organizations throughout northern New Hampshire and bordering communities in the United States and Canada.

“On behalf of the board of directors and everyone at Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, I want to thank the Tillotson Fund and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for the generous grant supporting our capital campaign,” said hospital President Scott Colby. “The grant recognizes the importance of our community hospital in providing for the future health-care needs of the residents of the Colebrook area. Everything we do at UCVH is for the benefit of our community, and the Tillotson grant will help make our hospital and our community stronger.”

The expansion and renovation project includes increasing the number of private rooms in the emergency department from two to six and adding a private trauma room. The rehabilitation department now has more spacious treatment bays and has facilities for cardiac rehabilitation treatment. In addition, the number of exam rooms for specialty services has increased. Overall, the project incorporates improved space design in all areas and eliminates wasted space and inconvenience for both staff and patients.

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is a statewide community foundation, founded in 1962 by and for the people of New Hampshire. The foundation manages a growing collection of more than 1,800 funds created by generous individuals, families and businesses, and awards nearly $40 million in grants and scholarships every year. The foundation works with generous and visionary citizens to maximize the power of their giving, supports great work happening in our communities and leads and collaborates on high-impact initiatives.

The Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital capital campaign is ongoing. Anyone wishing to make a donation, at any giving level, is encouraged to send a gift to Capital Campaign 2016. Checks should be made payable to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital and mailed to UCVH, 181 Corliss Lane, Colebrook, NH 03576. You can also donate online at Look for the donate link on the homepage.

For more information about Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital and the capital campaign, visit or call (603) 237-4971


Free community presentation including naloxone administration training

BERLIN — A free community presentation and training on the administration of naloxone will be held on Thursday, July 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. This event will include the training of participants in the administration of the opioid overdose-reversal drug, naloxone and an opportunity for the group to engage in a question-and-answer session with a panel of field experts: N.H. Licensed Emergency Medical Technician and Errol Rescue training officer Jim MacDonald; and from the North Country Health Consortium, continuum of care facilitator Kristy Letendre and public health coordinator Elaine Belanger.

All are welcome and qualified attendees will receive a free naloxone kit — also called "Narcan" — with the completion of training. The training presentation will cover signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, the importance of calling 9-1-1 and rescue breathing, and step-by-step instructions on how to administer naloxone.

This event is organized by Coos County ServiceLink, a Tri-County Community Action Program, presented by North Country Health Consortium and hosted by Brookside Park Apartments. Presentation and training will be held at the conference room of the Brookside Park Apartments located at 155 Maynesboro St. in Berlin. Registration is appreciated but not required.

North Country Health Consortium is a non-profit public health organization based in Littleton that collaborates with health and human services providers in northern New Hampshire. To register or for more information about scheduling naloxone administration training for your group or at your next event, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (603) 259-370, x229. To learn more about North Country Health Consortium, visit


CAP Narcan TrainingAs Coos SeviceLink, progarm at a Tri-County Community Action Program, serves all members of the community and county, and makes home visits to those clients, the staff at SeviceLink in Berlin decided the ability to administer Narcan in an opioid overdose situation should be something they should be trained in. ServiceLink is the second ServiceLink in New Hampshire and the only ServiceLink north of Manchester to have the entire staff trained in the use of Narcan. Join the staff of ServiceLink and become trained in how and when to administer narcan on Thursday, July 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brookside Park in Berlin. Pictured from left, ServiceLink staff members Paul Robitaille, Cheryl O’Malley, Jeffrey Violette, Jennifer Williams and Louise Plourde. (COURTESY PHOTO)


White River Junction VA Medical Center establishes first art exhibit to improve patient and employee wellbeing

White River Junction, Vt. — Over the past year a handful of White River Junction VA Medical Center employees and James Burger, a local community member, have diligently worked to establish an art exhibit that would “bring veterans, employees, local community artists and artist organizations together with the intent of enriching others’ lives” and “to create an environment of happiness and contemplation, one thought, one smile at a time.” This project began as a proposal to the medical center’s director, Al Montoya, from John Bickford, associate chief financial officer.

Weldathon raises nearly $8,500 for children's hospital

By Edith Tucker
The Berlin Sun

BERLIN — A check for nearly $8,500 raised at White Mountain Community College’s first annual Weldathon on May 4 was recently mailed to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon.