Memorial Butterfly release June 28

GROVETON — Northwoods Home Health and Hospice, a division of Northern N.H. Healthcare Collaborative, will hold its fourth annual Memorial Butterfly Release on Sunday, June 28, at noon. This event is open to the public and will be held at Speedway 51 in Groveton, during the Blessing of the Bikes weekend. Releasing live butterflies for a loved-one is a unique way to honor and remember them.

In support of their Hospice mission of providing compassionate end-of-life care, grief support and education of the highest quality to patients, families and the community, Northwoods Home Health and Hospice is offering this Memorial Butterfly Release as a time of reflection and celebration of loved ones we have lost. It will also be a time when people come together for a common purpose: To honor the lives of loved ones who have died.

For a donation of $15 for a single butterfly or for orders of three or more for $13 each, participants will receive a live Monarch butterfly in memory of a loved one. Envelopes containing the butterflies will be passed out at 11:30 a.m. — just prior to the butterfly release. The names of loved ones will be read aloud during the memorial. The Monarch Butterfly is nature's ultimate symbol of change, transformation and beauty.

Due to the nature of ordering live butterflies for this event, butterflies need to be reserved and paid for ahead of time. If you are unable to attend the butterfly release but would still like to purchase butterflies, a Northwoods Hospice representative will release the butterfly. Orders to reserve Monarch butterflies may be placed at Northwoods Home Health and Hospice Office at 278 Main St., Lancaster or by calling 788-5020: ask for Marissa Rexford. Butterfly orders are due by May 29.

AVH Auxiliary Golf Tournament Raffle

The Androscoggin Valley Hospital Auxiliary Golf Tournament Committee is hosting its 27th annual golf tournament in June.

The tournament includes a raffle with chances to win three prizes: a Red Sox getaway, Red Sox tickets, or rocker recliner by England. Proceeds from this drawing will help purchase a new Sorna eXpedo Vertex 25ei CD-Burning System for the imaging services department.

The grand prize is a Boston Red Sox getaway with overnight stay for two. The package includes two tickets to the Saturday, July 11, Boston Red Sox versus New York Yankees 7:15 p.m. game and an overnight stay for two at the Hotel Commonwealth in Boston following the game. Seats are in Loge Box 140, Row CC, Seats 3 and 4. The tickets are donated by Gilcoine & Burke Insurance Agency, Inc., and the overnight stay is donated by Russ and Edwina Keene.

The second prize is four tickets to the Sunday, June 14, Boston Red Sox versus Toronto Blue Jays 1:35 p.m. game. Seats are in Section 12, Row 2, Seats 5 through 8.
The third prize is a rocket recliner by England. The contemporary style recliner is American-made in Tennessee, comes with more than 50 fabrics to choose from, and is donated by Top Furniture.

Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The winning tickets will be drawn at the AVH Auxiliary Golf Tournament on Friday, June 5, at the Androscoggin Valley Country Club. You do not need to be present to win.

Tickets may be purchased at the AVH Switchboard or by mailing a check made payable to the "AVH Auxiliary" to AVH Auxiliary Golf Tournament, 59 Page Hill Road, Berlin, NH 03570. Ticket stubs and a photocopy of the completed tickets will be mailed to the purchaser.

For questions or information about becoming a tournament sponsor, golfing in the tournament, or making a prize, goodie bag or food/beverage donation, call Beth Isaacson-Dupont, golf tournament chairperson, at (603) 326-5661 or Donna Godin, AVH public relations and marketing assistant, at (603) 326-5607. Visit AVH on the web at and on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Pinterest.


Cutline: Celebrating Nursing Home Week

Nursing-Home-WeekSt. Vincent de Paul Rehabilitation and Nursing Center celebrated National Nursing Home Week with residents, staff, volunteers and families with a weeklong celebration. This year’s theme was "Bring on the Fiesta." A Fiesta was enjoyed by all with sombreros, maracas, margaritas, Mexican music and churros. Pictured left to right first row: Janet Nicoletti, Gladys Murphy, Claire Landry and Stacey Buteau, activity assistants Back Row: Don Enman, Ron Morris, Eva Villnave, Pauline Caouette and Josephine Fontaine.

Information packets created to help with homeless outreach

Homeless Outreach Intervention & Prevention information packets have recently been distributed throughout the Coos, Carroll and Grafton County areas in an effort to connect social, medical and municipal groups with Tri-County Community Action Program’s homeless programs.
Tri-County Community Action Program Inc., a multi-purpose social service agency headquartered in Berlin, maintains 54 Service Center Sites and administers 57 programs across three counties.
Homeless Outreach Intervention & Prevention, the mission of which is dedicated to making sure every resident of the North Country has access to programs that will prevent an episode of homelessness and provide the assistance needed to secure shelter should homelessness come to pass, operates contact offices in Lebanon, Littleton, Tamworth and Berlin/Lancaster.
According to a press release of April 23, state Department of Health and Human Services commissioner Nicholas Toumpas stresses that, “In these times of limited resources, it is more critical than ever that we band together to find solutions to end homelessness.”
The Homeless Outreach Intervention & Prevention packet provides contact numbers, program information and direction for dealing with potential or existing homeless situations. Anyone looking for information regarding homelessness or to receive a packet should call the Tri-County CAP Homeless Outreach office in Littleton at (603) 444-0184.

Linda Morris: Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner

It was my honor and pleasure to welcome over 55 volunteers on Tuesday evening, April 14, for the annual volunteer recognition dinner. The phenomenal success of the volunteer program here at Androscoggin Valley Hospital is a reflection of the ever increasing dedication and enthusiasm displayed by our volunteers.

However they choose to volunteer — baking, transport, gift shop, clerical work greeters, putting to together the newsletter, making phone call, selling tickets, mailing cards — it is a tremendous help to the staff.

I hope as a volunteer, they have met fascinating people, made wonderful friends and have had the joy of improving someone's day through small acts of kindness.

I appreciate their gift of time, energy and enthusiastic support and I was glad to take the opportunity to say a heartfelt "thank you." They are a precious commodity and I celebrated them for sharing with so many.

In 2014, Androscoggin Valley Hospital had 75 volunteers who contributed a total of 9,417 hours. Our Auxilians donated an incredible $66,000 to the AVH this past year. Their dedication to this organization has sponsored speakers, electronic charging stations, a nitrous oxide delivery system for Women's Services and a Zoll R Series advanced life support defibrillator for the emergency department. I shared with them that I serve on the state level and many hospitals, big hospitals no long have an auxiliary — again, a true testament to all that they do.

A moment was taken to remember our friend Warren Johnson. I think you will all agree that he was a wonderful individual, the first to step up to the plate and lend a hand. He was a fascinating man who could tell you about a place he had traveled. He made you feel like you were there. He is missed greatly, not only by his fellow volunteers but also the AVH family. Many have said that even if they didn't need anything in the gift shop, if Warren was on duty they stopped in. Definitely big shoes to fill.

Congratulations to the following on receiving service hour pins:

100 Hours: Craig Eichler, Judy Levesque, Jean Scolere and Lynda Thayer.     

500 Hours: George Labrecque, Lucille Mainguy, Juliette Smith and Leo Valle.

1,000 Hours: Sandra Jensen, Christina Lavigne, Lorie Losier and Theresa Lessard.

2,500 Hours: Pete Gagne, Rita Gagne and Yvette Hachez.

The following volunteers we recognized for their service in 2014: Jean Croteau, Fred Devoid, Pete Gagne, Gilles
Laramee, Christina Lavigne, Sandra Jensen, Nancy Pickford, Brad and Sue Wyman and Virginia Vachon.

New volunteers in attendance, having joined AVH since last year's awards were introduced, including: Elaine Bergeron, Linda Chaisson, Conrad Deuttsch, Gilles Laramee and Ginette Noyes.

Like any award and dinner program, it is not possible without the help of so many. I'd like to thank a few people who helped make the evening such a special event. It just couldn't be done with out them: the kitchen staff, for sharing their space with In A Pinch and helping to get things ready; our wait staff that evening, Dan Blais, Bill Blunden, Dennis Desmond, Diane Paradis, Jerry Nault and Gisele McKenzie and our greeter and photographer Sue Perkins.

The evening concluded with many raffles and a group photo of all who attended.

Linda Morris is the coordinator for AVH Volunteer Services.

recognizedvolunteersphoto0415Volunteers who went above and beyond in 2014, pictured from left: Gilles Laramee, Pete Gagne, Jean Croteau, Virginia Vachon, Christina Lavigne, Fred Devoid, Lucille Mainguy, Nancy Pickford, Sandra Jensen, Brad Wyman and Sue Wyman.

morrislindalosierloriphoto0415AVH Volunteer Services Coordinator Linda Morris with volunteer Lorie Losier.