AVH awards a $3,000 scholarship to three area high school students

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

Recipients are:

Christopher Lamphere of Milan, who successfully completed his first semester as a Pre-Med/Physician Assistant candidate at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

Brooke Nadeau of Gorham, who successfully completed her first semester as a Biology/Pre-Med candidate at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass.

Amanda Shute of Milan, who successfully completed her first semester as Biochemistry major at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.

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 established the Mariam Gaynor Scholarship Program to sponsor students in their pursuit of formal education and training in healthcare professions. Michael D. Peterson, president, stated that the scholarships awarded in Gaynor’s memory reflect the Hospital’s commitment to assist local area students in fulfilling educational and career opportunities in various healthcare fields.

For more information about the Mariam Gaynor Scholarship Program, please 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.

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WREN hosts naturopathic doctor to discuss American diet, March 26

BETHLEHEM — David Beaupre, ND, CNHP, will host a meeting to discuss “The Road to Health and Vitality.” The meeting will be held at the classroom at The Gallery at WREN, 2011 Main Street, Bethlehem, Saturday, March 26, 1 p.m.
Dr. Beaupre invites participants to discover how “the Standard American Diet is adversely affecting your health and what you can do to reverse its damage.”
A Graduate of Trinity School of Natural Health, Dr. Beaupre will describe the key components of keeping a body healthy, including the optimal diet for our species, proper food combinations, the nature of chronic conditions (i.e. arthritis, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, MS and cancer) and how true healing can be achieved naturally.
“We need to experience and learn what it is to be alive again in all our bodies: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually,” he said.
The cost for WREN members is $24; $30 for non-­members. For more information, or to find out how you can become involved in the Gallery at WREN, please call (603) 869-3100 or visit

Teen Dating Violence Awareness month

According to the National Domestic Abuse Hotline, each year 1.5 million high school students experience physical abuse from a dating partner. Only one-third of those victims seek help. Dating violence is the verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse of a partner. Teen victims of dating violence pose a higher risk of substance abuse, eating disorders as well as a risk of future abuse. To address this serious problem, AlertID is working to raise awareness by offering warning signs, advice for parents, and resources for victims.

AlertID, your neighborhood safety network, encourages families to be proactive about their safety and that of their children. AlertID founder, Keli Wilson states, “As a mother of three teenagers, teen dating violence is very close to my heart. At the company, we work hard every day to provide critical information to our members to help protect their families. I encourage every parent to take a few minutes to review these important tips and talk to their teens about this serious issue.”

Your child may exhibit some or all of the following dating violence warning signs:

· Makes excuses and apologizes for his or her partner’s behaviors

· Often has unexplained injuries, such as bruises or body pain

· Isolates him or herself from family and friends and only deals with his or her partner

· The dating partner frequently texts or calls demanding to know where and with whom he or she has been

· Is frequently upset or depressed but is unwilling to discuss the cause

Advice for Parents:

· Be a good example: Displaying positive and healthy relationships will model what an appropriate and respectful relationship with a significant other looks like.

· Teach your children to trust their judgment: Having an open conversation about dating violence, physical and verbal abuse is important in preparing your child to know how to safely and properly avoid abusive relationships. Discuss with your child characteristics of a healthy and respectful relationship.

· Create an open environment: Your child should know that they can come to you in times of need for support - not criticism or judgment. Maintaining a neutral position may help your teen to open up about their partner, so try listening and not immediately jumping to conclusions. Assure your child that if he or she ever finds him or herself in a violent relationship that he or she is not to blame.


National Domestic Violence Hotline: Dating Abuse Helpline offers real-time, one-on-one support from peer advocates. Text “loveis” to 22522 or Call 1-866-331-9474.

Loveisrespect: A website that aims to educate individuals on what it’s like to be in an abusive relationship and the importance of being able to identify healthy relationships.

Parent Help Guide to Start the Conversation with Your Teen:

CMC’s New England Heart and Vascular Institute expands services at Weeks Medical Center

LANCASTER — Catholic Medical Center's New England Heart and Vascular Institute is expanding its North Country collaboration to include on-site vascular services at Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster.

What is Vascular disease? Vascular disease affects the arteries and veins throughout the body. Left untreated, this can lead to heart disease, stroke, ruptured blood vessels, blood clots or kidney failure. Therefore, it is important to diagnose vascular conditions early and accurately. The vascular disease specialists from CMC’s New England Heart and Vascular Institute offer local, on-site evaluations and follow-up care at Week’s Medical Center for vascular disorders. They work collaboratively with the physicians at Weeks to provide an unparalleled level of care in the treatment of:

■ Peripheral arterial disease
■ Thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysm
■ Deep vein thrombosis
■ Carotid artery blockage
■ Diabetic foot ulcers
■ Varicose veins
■ Kidney artery blockage
■ Stroke

William B. Clutterbuck, MD, FACS Vascular Services. Dr. Clutterbuck is American Board certified in general surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He received his medical degree at Ohio State University and completed his internship and residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He completed a vascular fellowship at the Veterans Administration Medical Center at the University of Florida in Gainesville. In 1981, he moved to Manchester and founded The Surgical Care Group. Dr. Clutterbuck specializes in general and vascular surgery.

For appointments, please call (603) 627-1887.

Advocacy training teaches parents “My voice matters” — Next training held March 2 and 3

LANCASTER — On Feb. 17, a group of dedicated parents met at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for N.H. Children’s Trust’s parent advocacy training with the same goal: to learn how to advocate for their children’s and family’s needs.

N.H. Sen. Jeff Woodburn kicked off the evening and emphasized the power and influence of parent voices.

"You can choose to use it or not,” Sen. Woodburn said. "You can share your story personally or, if you are really brave, publicly."

Julie Day, Strengthening Families director at N.H. Children’s Trust, continued the training with a presentation on what advocacy is, how parents can get involved and why it is so important to speak up for their children and families. Day’s experience in the matter goes beyond professional, though.

“Teaching other parents how to advocate is so important to me because I’ve been there with my own children in the school system, health care providers, and insurance companies,” Day said. “It can be scary and frustrating when you don’t know where to start, but we want to show parents just how much their voices matter and how easy it can be.”

Attendees broke into groups to learn more about advocating in the domains of education, employment, and health and wellbeing by discussing issues that affect them personally in their lives and community.

My Voice Matters parent advocacy trainings provide Granite State parents the knowledge and resources they need to advocate for their families and children. No matter how “big” or “small” the concern, N.H. Children’s Trust wants parents to stand up and say, “My voice matters.”

“Children don’t know they have a voice,” reflected Jazmin Hernandez, a parent from Lancaster. “I learned that I have a voice that matters and that I need to speak up and fight for my voice to be heard.”

Additional Coös County trainings are being held in Colebrook on March 2 and Berlin on March 3. N.H. Children’s Trust encourages parents who want to gain the knowledge and resources they need to advocate for their families and children to attend.

Visit for more information and to register for parent advocacy trainings.

N.H. Children's Trust is committed to eliminating child abuse and neglect by raising awareness and educating providers who work with children and families about strategies to help families thrive and strengthen communities in New Hampshire. Funding for Coös County parent advocacy trainings has been generously provided by Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the N.H. Charitable Foundation and Plum Creek Foundation.