Three local graduates pursuing higher education in healthcare receive scholarships from hospital

BERLIN — Androscoggin Valley Hospital Foundation recently awarded Mariam Gaynor Scholarships to three high school students pursuing their education in the healthcare field.

Recipients are:

Meagan L. Accardi, of Berlin, who successfully completed her first semester as an Occupational Therapy candidate at the University of New England in Biddeford/Portland, Maine.

Monique A. Cote, of Gorham, who successfully completed her first semester as a Nursing candidate at Plymouth State University.

Cassandra M. Valerino, of Milan, who successfully completed her first semester as a Pharmacy candidate at the University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla.

These local graduates were each awarded a $3,000 scholarship to assist them in the pursuit of their educational goals in the healthcare field.

"Androscoggin Valley Hospital is pleased to help grow the number of individuals who pursue local healthcare occupations," commented Michael Peterson, AVH president. "We strive to support those who selflessly give back to our community by meeting its healthcare needs. The Mariam Gaynor Scholarships are a vital tool to help make these opportunities possible."

Mariam Gaynor, a former Berlin resident, bequeathed a portion of her estate to AVH. Since education was of significant importance to Ms. Gaynor, the monies are applied to this scholarship program.

For more information about the Mariam Gaynor Scholarship Program, call Linda Arsenault, director of Human Resources, at (603) 326-5635. Visit AVH at and on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest. AVH: Leading the Way to a Healthier Future.

Valerino Cassandra Scholarship Recipient 2017Cassandra Valerino

Cote Monique Scholarship Recipient 2017Monique Cote

Accardi Meagan Scholarship Recipient 2017Meagan Accardi

Nominate a volunteer to be honored for service to seniors

The N.H. State Committee on Aging and EngAGING N.H., are now accepting nominations for the Joseph D. Vaughan Awards. The Vaughan Awards recognize people age 60 and older for their outstanding volunteer service or advocacy on behalf of New Hampshire’s seniors.

The awards were initiated in 1962 to memorialize the Honorable Joseph D. Vaughan, a New Hampshire legislator who was involved in creating a State agency dedicated to the wellbeing of senior citizens. Selected winners will include an individual or couple from each county in New Hampshire and will be honored during a ceremony in the Executive Council Chambers at the State House on May 1.

For more information about the nomination criteria and process or to request a nomination form, contact Vaughan Awards event coordinator Roger Vachon at (603) 223-6903 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The nomination form can also be downloaded at

Aspergers support group and workshop for parents of teens and young adults

NORTH CONWAY — A support group will be held for parents of teens and young adults with Aspergers Syndrome. North Star Educational Services will share important information to help your child attend college or launch into the adult work force.

The support group will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Granite State College, room 209.

Granite State College is located at the Technology Center, 53 Technology Lane in Conway.

For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Shape up 2017 with Drums Alive at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts

BERLIN — Drums Alive certified instructor Denise Doucette will continue to offer the fitness program held at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts. New sessions have been added on Wednesday evenings to accommodate more people.  

These Wednesday evening sessions started on Feb. 15, and will continue almost weekly on Feb 23, Mar 1, 8, 22 and 29. The Thursday sessions will continue to meet at 9:30 a.m. with the new session starting Feb 23, and continuing on Mar 2, 9, 23, 30 and Apr 6. Both sessions will meet in the community room, located in the basement of the arts center. For $60.00, Doucette will provide the drum sticks, the exercise balls, music and guided instruction. Save $10.00 when you pre-register with full payment by the first class! Participants are required to sign a release of liability prior to participation.

Space is limited to 20 participants. Can’t make all six classes? Feel free to join them on the days that you can at $10.00 per class.

According to a press release submitted by instructor Doucette, the goal of the program is to improve lives through a unique sensory-motor drumming program involving drum sticks, an exercise ball, and music. She goes on to write that Drums Alive is designed to improve the quality of life for a wide variety of audiences; including mentally and physically challenged children; gifted and talented children; fit and healthy children and adults; children and adults with aggression issues; senior citizens; and patients with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and other life-altering conditions.

As with any exercise program, please check with your health care professional before making the commitment.

For more information about Drums Alive, to purchase a membership or loyalty card or to make a donation to the annual or capital improvement funds, contact the Arts Center at (603) 752-1028. St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts is located at 155 Emery Street in Berlin. You can also find them online at

Drums Alive Ball StickDrums Alive is designed to get you moving and in shape. (COURTESY PHOTO)


Additional funding allows people sixty and older to ride free on flex route

With the support of recent funding, Tri-County Transit is now able to offer individuals sixty and older free rides on all their flex route systems operating in Coos, Carroll, and Grafton Counties. Anyone that is eligible based on age is encouraged to apply for their free Plus Pass.

Applications can be picked up at the office located at 31 Pleasant St., in Berlin, mailed upon request to a home address, and are available on their website. For more information on what areas the flex routes cover, days of operation, where bus stops are located, and times the bus will be at the bus stops contact Tri-County Transit by phone or visit their website.

According to a press release submitted by Tri-County Transit, after advertising this new service for only three weeks 146 people have applied and more applications are coming in daily. The Plus Pass program is considered an affordable way to get to medical appointments, shopping, and social events along the flex routes operating in Coos, Carroll, and Grafton Counties. They also offer Door-to-Door personalized service but are unable to honor the plus pass for this service. For those sixty and older interested in using Door-to-Door service they accept donations from passengers sixty and older. Donations received are vital for them to continue operating services such as Door-to-Door and Long Distance Non-Emergency Medical Transportation rides.

If anyone would like more information regarding transportation services and the new Plus Pass program please contact Tri-County Transit, toll free 1-888-997-2020 or visit their website