Hudson - Litchfield News 8 - May 6, 2011
PORCELAIN VENEERS Modern
technology has entered and had a great
influence on materials and techniques employed in
the dental profession. One such technique involves the porcelain laminates, or "shells", which are permanently bonded to the front surfaces of teeth. They are suited to cosmetically enhance ones smile, and are used to correct a variety of dental conditions including: diastemas (spaces between teeth), broken or chipped teeth, permanently stained or discolored teeth, and misshapen or crooked teeth.
There are many advantages of laminates over conventional procedures. First, often no anesthesia is required. Second, laminates are custom fit to ones teeth making them stronger and more resistant to chipping. Third, a high luster is obtainable on the outermost surface on the laminate, making it more stain resistant than conventional bonding. Fourth, very little tooth structure, if any, is removed during the procedure making veneers less time consuming and more conservative than full crowns. Veneers can last for years depending on how well they are taken care of. Proper oral hygiene at home coupled with regular, professional dental care will insure maximum benefit from this technique.
Griffen Carbonneau Honored as Bellwether Community Champion
PAUL W. GOLAS, D.M.D. 262 Derry Rd (Rt. 102), Litchfield, NH 03052 • 880-4040
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submitted by Kristin Hagerman Throughout the 2011 baseball season, Bellwether Community Credit Union is honoring individuals who have made a positive impact on the lives of others through a premier community outreach program with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Griffen Carbonneau and Michael Rose (Manchester) were the first recipients of the Bellwether Community Champion award, an accolade given to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to our community. At their April recognition games, each champion threw out the first pitch and was celebrated during an on- field pre-game presentation. Carbonneau and Rose were selected by Bellwether Community Credit Union for their heroism and selfless efforts. In April, 11-year- old Griffen made headlines across the state when he was credited for saving his younger brother Nathin’s life. When Nathin choked on a carrot during dinner, Griffen used the Heimlich maneuver he learned in school to dislodge it. The Charbonneau family resides in Hudson.
“Griffen and Michael’s
courageous efforts define the meaning of a Bellwether Community
Champion,” explained Michael L’Ecuyer, President/CEO of Bellwether Community Credit Union. “Their actions have not only benefited the lives of others, but have also inspired our community. We encourage everyone to consider nominating a special person who they believe deserves recognition.”
Nominations for the Bellwether Community Champion program are being accepted through August 1. There are a number of ways to nominate a Bellwether Community Champion. Nominators can download a form at bccu.org
. In addition, nomination forms are available at any Bellwether Community Credit Union branch. Winners will be selected
throughout the baseball season.
photo courtesy of New Hampshire Fisher Cats Griffen Carbonneau
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by Lynne Ober It’s a growing problem—what will the millions of Americans who take prescription drugs do with leftover medicines? How will they handle over-the- counter medications that have reached their use-by date? Most of us don’t know. However, the Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA) is trying to help. On Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs could be turned in with no questions asked.
Saturday’s effort was the second such event since
September. In September, the collection netted more than 242,000 pounds of prescription drugs at 4,100 sites nationwide. With over 1,000 additional sites this time around, DEA expects higher figures from the April 30th event. Prior to the event, the DEA stressed that all drop-offs would be done with complete confidentiality and under a “no questions asked” basis.
Hudson, Litchfield, Pelham, and Windham police manned the drug drop-off sites in our four towns.
Like many others, I had some expired over-the- counter medicines and some medicines that my mother had been taking prior to her death. All of those went into a plastic bag and when I got to one of the two drop-off sites in Hudson, I was told to put the bag into a large box. One box had already been filled and was sealed with tape. While chatting with the officer manning the drop-
off in Walgreens Drug Store, I discovered that one could drop off unused or expired medicines at the police station for appropriate disposal. The officer also commented that many who had been in said that they had medicines leftover after the death of a loved one and wanted to get rid of them. According to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more their seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue and the Partnership for a Drug Free America believes that 2,500 teens misuse prescription drugs that they get from friends or find at home in the family medicine cabinet. With all that in mind, the DEA decided to begin “Drug Take-Back Day.” The DEA will burn the medicines collected in an environmentally safe way.
Alvirne In-School Suspension Program Makes Connections
by Doug Robinson At Alvirne High School, the district-wide in-school suspension program has been classified as a “tremendous success, one that I am very proud of,” according to Hudson School Superintendent Randy Bell.
Alvirne High School (AHS) initiated an In
School Suspension (ISS) program designed to help students “identify behaviors,” understand the triggers of those behaviors, and then, with the assistance of school paraprofessionals, help guide and mentor the students so that they learn from their mistake. Students first learn about their disruptive behavior, proceed to learn how to identify its onset, and then learn how to change their behavior so that it does not remain disruptive to the student’s community. “The ISS program at Alvirne was created and is designed to support students who earn punitive consequences beyond the consequences already in place in previous years, including Saturday detention and after-school Administrative detentions. ISS provides an additional layer of behavioral academic consequence that does not have negative academic consequences,” comments Program Coordinator and At-Risk Teacher, Amy Friedrich. Mistakes such as skipping class, tardiness, forging a teacher’s name on a hall pass, and disruptive behavior list only a few of student infractions, which in the past would have previously suspended a student from the AHS campus. “We talk and get to know them,” commented
Friedrich. “We help these kids understand that they cannot continue to make poor choices for a length of time, without paying a price. We work with them also to help them transition from the middle school to AHS and from AHS to college. In addition, we assist these kids on how to apply for a job and gain employment.” On any given month,
approximately 65 students receive ISS. However, class size is limited to 12, allowing the paraprofessional’s time to assist each student personally. “A student who skips Saturday detention is the major reason for ISS,” commented AHS Principal Bryan Lane. When questioned by School Board member Amy Sousa whether transportation was the issue as to why students skip Saturday detention, Lane stated that he constantly works with parents to adjust the time required in ISS. He stated that he even has students “meet me at 6:15 a.m. I am here, so, why not have them here, too.” ISS offers the students the opportunity to learn.
Resources are provided to facilitate the learning, and with the paraprofessionals, students learn how to process their behavior and partner with their paraprofessional teacher to strategize as to how to change that behavior. Using self-evaluating forms that study the student’s character traits, students learn what traits need attention. Students also provide the educators with a self-evaluation, which is used to follow up with the student on an on-going basis. Students have confided in school officials that ISS “has made a huge” difference in their lives. Students admit that the paraprofessionals help them see “beyond the snapshot.” Lane continued to state that the grade point averages of the students in the ISS program have also gone up as a direct result of the mentoring, tutoring, and guidance offered. In speaking about AHS’s ISS program, School Board member Patty Langlais commented that, “these are not bad kids; they just made bad choices.”
According to Lane, “They [Amy Friedrich and
Jeremy Griffus] have found a way to outreach. They have done the job you [the School Board] have asked. It is an
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atmosphere of positive nature growing through the kids, these teachers are making a difference. As a district, they have a real good hold on a situation which could have got out of control.”
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