Salem Community Patriot 2 - February 18, 2011
Mom Needs Some Help: Rockingham ServiceLink Resource Center
‘Good Morning, Rockingham ServiceLink Resource Center, May I Help You?’
by Connie Young
Rita said, “Oh, I did not expect to get a real person; I have made so many calls and listened to so many voice messages that I never thought I would talk to a live person! This was the last number I was going to try. I was ready to give up, but I DO need help. I just don’t know where to turn for information and when I call somewhere it is always a voice message or I get passed along to another agency.”
Rita explained she is 78 and cares for her husband who suffers from a chronic illness. Recently, she has had some of her own health issues and is finding it difficult right now to care for her husband, her home, and herself. “It is so difficult, and everything is so complicated. I just need a little help, but I have no idea where to start. How will we get along; how will I care for my husband? I guess we are just old and this is the way it
Selectmen Discuss Styles Road Building Development
by S. Aaron Shamshoyan A $600,000 waiver was sought from selectmen at Monday night’s meeting by Brian Hannon of Salem Corporate Park Associates. As part of a plan to develop two more buildings off of Styles Road, a road will be constructed to connect the end of Keewaydin Drive to Styles. The road will also allow for utilities to be connected, creating a loop and requiring larger pipes deeper in the ground. The road will cost about $549,000 to construct. If office space is constructed, there will be around $430,000 in yearly tax revenue. There will also be an impact fee for office space of $460,000. Selectmen Roth said, “I’m always looking more for making it an active site with first-class office buildings versus just the warehouse.” The town has the right to waive the fee since the money will be for a capital improvement project. The board voted
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SELECTMAN on MARCH 8, 2011 Selectman McBride:
· Has worked tirelessly to maintain a low tax rate
· Supports Fiscally Conservative Budgets
· Is a Strong Advocate for Salem Seniors and Veterans
· Supports Salem Road improvement program
·Supported Salem Council on Aging effort to build the addition to the Ingram Senior Center at no cost to the Salem Tax payers
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in favor of allowing the Planning Board to grant the waiver.
Salem High School HOBY Ambassadors Named
submitted by Salem High School Jonathan Rheaume, a sophomore at Salem High
School, was recently named the school’s Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) Ambassador for the 2011 NH-HOBY seminar to be held on June 3-5 at the St. Methodios Retreat Center in Contoocook. Sahil Kalyani, also a sophomore at Salem High School, was named as the alternate Ambassador and will also be attending the state seminar.
men were selected from a group of sophomores that applied for the honor of being selected as their school’s HOBY ambassador. A committee of school administrators, teachers, and former HOBY winners read through the applications, which contained information on
applicants’ grades and courses taken, as well as three essays detailing the applicants’ leadership experiences and reflections regarding their roles in their school and community. Jonathan Rheaume has demonstrated leadership through his attainment of the rank of Eagle Scout and was selected to attend the Boy Scouts National Youth Leadership Training program. He is very active and has held numerous leadership roles in his troop, and actively mentors younger troop members. Jonathan has also exhibited a commitment to scholarship by earning a very high grade point average through his enrollment in numerous honors-level courses. He is also an excellent athlete and has excelled as a member of the cross-country and wrestling teams. He is a member of the Student Council and has been an elected member of his Class Council for the past two years. Sahil Kalyani has also demonstrated his
commitment to leadership through his involvement in the Boy Scouts of America, and has also been selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Training program. He is a Troop Guide and is responsible for working with younger Scouts. He tutors elementary school
students and is a frequent volunteer at Salemhaven nursing home. Sahil is also an excellent student, who has earned exceptional grades in many rigorous, honors-level courses. He is a two- year member of the Student Council and 2013 Class Council. Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. HOBY programs provide youth selected by their
schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning, and motivation-building experiences. HOBY also provides adults with opportunities to make a significant impact on the lives of youth by volunteering. Over 4,000 committed HOBY volunteers plan and execute the programs each year, serving both at the local HOBY affiliate level and on HOBY’s Board of Trustees. Due to the selfless efforts of volunteers and the contributions of generous donors, nearly 9,000 students participate in HOBY programs annually. Today, over 375,000 proud alumni make HOBY stronger than ever. HOBY alumni are leaders in their schools and communities, throughout the United States and the world, making a difference for others through service.
House and Senate Begin Open-Data Efforts in Spirit of Transparency
submitted by NH House of Representatives and State Senate House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and Senate President Peter Bragdon (R-Milford) recently
approved a new initiative regarding data sharing. In the spirit of open government and transparency, the New Hampshire General Court implemented bulk data sharing downloads on its Website, making it easier for outside organizations and individuals to track legislation. This sort of bulk data is useful to
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groups and organizations interested in tracking legislation. Without the availability of bulk data downloads, data-rich Websites are often times vulnerable to a practice known to the tech-savvy as data scraping, which is burdensome to Websites. “This new data sharing download
replaces an out-of-date system that made tracking individual bills difficult, and is an important component to the legislature’s continuing commitment to more open government,” said Bragdon. “We’ll start seeing its benefits immediately.” “We are committed to bringing
transparency to state government and making it easier for people to know what their government is doing.
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should remove excessive traffic and reduce the server load, which will, in turn, make use of the Website much faster for the public,” said O’Brien. Plans are underway to include
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The ServiceLink staff person let Rita know about the services that might help her and how best to connect with them. With a new confidence, Rita contacted the services and found help. The staff person also suggested Rita might want to talk with the ServiceLink Caregiver Specialist. The Caregiver Specialist is available to answer questions and help families find resources to support them in their challenging roles. Rita started to be less overwhelmed with the challenges of aging and care giving. Rita called the ServiceLink office again with a Medicare billing problem. Staff helped her to resolve that problem and told her to call anytime she needed. Rita sent a note to ServiceLink saying that everyone aging in New Hampshire or caring for someone should have the ServiceLink number on their refrigerator! She says: “I never knew that there was one local place that I can call to find the information and answers I need. Now, I don’t worry as much because I know where to call to start to solve the problems—find the solutions! Aging is challenging—but I can do it with ServiceLink!”
Whether it is a simple question or complicated situation, the ServiceLink staff are trained to help you find and understand the information and answers that help you to age well! There are no wrong questions! ServiceLink can assist you to access the resources to make informed decisions, make connections to helpful resources, and help you become more involved through various community opportunities and develop a healthier lifestyle. Rockingham County ServiceLink Resource Center is located at 287 Lawrence Road in Salem. The office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call or visit the office, or visit the website at www. rockinghamservicelink.com
. All ServiceLink services are provided at no cost! The telephone number is 1-866-634- 9412 or 893-9769. All calls are confidential. ServiceLink can help you find the answers you need as you age, care for a loved one, or live with a disability or chronic illness.
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