'Warding Off the Winter Blues' is topic of Feb. 15 lecture

BERLIN — Amanda Dustin, APRN, family nurse practitioner, Coos County Family Health Services, will present, "Warding Off the Winter Blues in the North Country" on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. in the AVH Mt. Success Meeting Room.
Dustin will discuss what Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is; the biological clock and what affects mood levels; what puts people at risk for SAD and how it complicates lives; and taking steps to reclaim joy. Following Dustin’s presentation, participants may ask her questions.
"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." - Albert Camus
Interested participants may register online at, under Calendar of Events. For more information, call James Patry, senior director, Patient Experience and Marketing, at (603) 326-5606. In addition to the web, AVH is on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.

Community service project benefits Homeless Outreach

Members of the Human Service Class of 2017 at Hartford Area Career and Technology Center recently connected with Dianne Munson of Homeless Outreach and raised over $500 and 20 bags of warm clothes, books, shoes, blankets, sleeping bags, tents and more,

The items will be given to the 1,054 people who contact Tri-County Community Action Program's Homeless Outreach workers in Northern New Hampshire.

Phone numbers to contact Homeless Outreach are: Littleton (603) 444-0184; Tamworth (603) 323-7400 Ext. 110; Berlin (603) 723-6131; and Lebanon (603) 443-6150.

Career Tech class 2017Back row from the left, John Hurford, Salena Barratt, Ashleay Wilcox, Kaycee Herschel and Sarah Pushee. In the front, Tina Wu, Crista Pringle, Halie Lowell, Michele Morrell and Dianne Munson. Not pictured, Andrew Melkonian, Alexis Vieu and Kari Robinson.

Casual for a Cause

Dress CasualAndroscoggin Valley Hospital employee's who participated in Casual for a Cause donated $247 to the Heating and Electric Assistance Program, at Tri-County Community Action Program, Inc. The donation will assist Berlin and Gorham clients with fuel and electric needs during the cold winter months. Pictured from the left, James Patry, AVH senior director Patient Experience and Marketing, Donna Seif, AVH Public Relations and Marketing, and Andrea Brochu, TCCAP Energy, Elder and Outreach director. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Red Cross in need of donors

Following several rounds of severe winter weather in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to help restock its shelves to overcome a shortage.
Since Dec. 1, about 300 blood drives across 27 states have been forced to cancel due to inclement winter weather, resulting in more than 10,500 blood and platelet donations going uncollected. Despite the weather, hospital patients still rely on transfusions.
Blood donor Jim Taylor knows how it feels to have a loved one waiting for a transfusion. His son Aaron was born with a rare liver condition. In the short two months of his life, he received 115 blood products. Taylor said each transfusion gave his family more time with Aaron, so he encourages others to give.
“When the Red Cross says there is a shortage, they are not exaggerating,” said Taylor. “I now know from experience that what they are saying is somewhere there is a father waiting on the donation that will save his son’s life. When the Red Cross asks for help, what that means is a new dad is praying for a miracle.”
For the tenth year, the Red Cross and Dunkin’ Donuts have partnered in January to help increase donations and reward generous donors. Through the Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference campaign, all those who come to give blood or platelets now through Jan. 31 at Red Cross blood drives in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and parts of New York will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts card. The $5 DD card can be used toward the purchase of any item at participating Dunkin’ Donuts – including coffee, hot chocolate and baked goods, among other items.
Upcoming blood drives in the local area:
Feb. 9: The Berlin VFW, 1107 Main Street, Berlin from noon to 5 p.m.
Jan. 24: Congregational Church, 147 Main Street, Colebrook, from noon to 5 p.m.
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at to save time when donating.

Nominations sought for the Sylvia Evans Award

Coos County Family Health Services is seeking nominations for this year’s Sylvia Evans Citizenship Award from members of the greater Androscoggin Valley Region.
Each year a woman is chosen for the award from a list of nominees who have devoted their time and energy toward community service to improve the lives of people in this region.
The Sylvia Evans award provides an opportunity to highlight the extraordinary and often unrecognized contributions that women have made to the region. It also serves as a means of providing a role model for others all to emulate. The award has been given each year since 1981 and is named after Sylvia V. Forman Evans, a remarkable local leader who passed away on March 31, 2005, in Danville, Calif. This year’s award presentation will occur on April 7, 2017, at the White Mountain Community College in Berlin.
The winner of the 2016 award was Nicole Plourde of Berlin. Plourde was recognized for her work as Parish and Community Services Coordinator for Catholic Charities of Berlin, President of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Chair of the Berlin School Board. Tony Poekert, retired Director of Parish Social Ministry of Catholic Charities, spoke of how Nicole’s deep spiritual faith has infused her social ministry. “She has worked to open the hearts of the community to respond to the needs of their less fortunate neighbors without passing judgment. Nicole is among those doers who make things happen.”
In addition, and following the practice of recent years, CCFHS is also seeking nominations from the community for their “Young Leadership Award” recognizing an outstanding female high school student from the Androscoggin Valley who has worked to improve the lives of people in her community.
Any group or individual wishing to make a nomination may do so by sending a written description of the nominee’s contributions in this region along with the nominee’s name, address, telephone number and email address to: Coos County Family Health Services, Attn: Sylvia Evans Committee, 54 Willow Street, Berlin, NH 03570.
The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 3. For more information please call Linda Blanchette at (603) 752-3669 ext. 4014, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..