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Hudson - Litchfield News 6 - August 19, 2011


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by Elaine F. Cutler, Ed. D., Superintendent of Schools, SAU 27, Litchfield School District


by Elaine F. Cutler, Ed.D. As we enjoy the last few weeks of summer, teachers and administrators are preparing for the beginning of the new school year. Litchfield students enjoy the strong support of the community and are served by dedicated and professional teachers. We are confident that our students will have a positive and productive academic school year. We are working diligently to make this year as fiscally efficient as possible. To that end, bus schedules will be available on-line at www.litchfieldsd.org and will be posted on the doors at each school. Bus schedules will no longer be printed in local papers as a cost cutting measure. When parents receive their packets of opening school information, they will be asked to provide an email address where permission slips, report cards, newsletters and information can be provided to your home electronically. We are making every effort to go ‘paperless” so that public funds can be used primarily for academic costs rather than administrative costs that can be reduced by electronic means. For those families who do not have an email address, please notify your child’s school and accommodations will be made for


you and your family. For the first time in over five years, lunch prices have increased as a result of increased production costs. The cost for a full lunch will be as follows: Griffin Memorial School - $1.75, Litchfield Middle School - $2, and Campbell High School - $2. Free and reduced lunch applications will be sent home with all students the first week of school. In light of the current economic situation, more families are eligible for assistance. Last week a listening session was held by the Litchfield School Board regarding the Educational Adequacy Funding that has been restored to the Litchfield School District. The PowerPoint presentation is available at www.litchfieldsd.org and Litchfield Cable Service has been providing reruns on the meeting. A vote of the community is needed in order to access the


funds. The Litchfield School Board will discuss the input from the community, the process they will use, and determine a timeline at the August 24 meeting. The Litchfield School Board takes great pride in our schools and welcomes your comments and suggestions. You may contact any Board member or professional staff member using the directory available at www.litchfieldsd.org.


For the First Time There is NH Specific Data About COPD - the Third Leading Cause of Death


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submitted by Beth D’Ovidio, Breathe New Hampshire Breathe New Hampshire has announced the first New Hampshire data about COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) in a new report called “COPD in New Hampshire.” According to the statewide respiratory health organization, 5.3 percent of New Hampshire adults have COPD, a costly and widespread chronic disease that has just been named the third leading cause of death in the U.S. by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). COPD is a serious and progressive lung disease that over time makes it increasingly difficult to breathe. It is also known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis. “While there is not yet a cure for the disease,” said Diane Smogor, VP of Program Services at Breathe New Hampshire, “There are many effective treatments that can help patients lead healthier, more active lives with fewer symptoms.” More than 12 million people in the United States are currently diagnosed with COPD and it is estimated that at least 12 million more may have COPD but are not yet diagnosed. “Too many people are living with COPD and don’t know it, so collecting this research is an important first step in better understanding how COPD affects the people in our state,” said Smogor. “Up until now, we have had no definitive NH data about COPD. We could only rely on national data, and even that data is limited because COPD has not received the attention or resources it has needed.” Breathe New Hampshire used the 2008 New Hampshire Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (NH BRFSS) to gather this baseline data. The NH BRFSS is an annual telephone health survey administered by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Public Health Statistics and Informatics, (BPHSI) in the Division of Public Health Services. Questions about COPD are not included in the standard survey, however, specific targeted questions may be added, if approved and funded. Breathe NH sponsored the addition of a question about COPD to assess the prevalence of COPD diagnoses in the state, and to learn more about the characteristics of individuals with COPD based on their own answers. Some key findings include:


• Women have a significantly higher rate of COPD than men in New Hampshire. • A significantly higher proportion of New


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Hampshire adults with COPD say their health is fair or poor, have more bad health days, and have activity limitations because of physical, mental or emotional problems as compared to adults without COPD.


• Nearly one out of five adults with COPD (21.7 percent) is not able to work compared to only 3.1 percent of adults without COPD.


• Tobacco use remains the main risk factor for developing COPD and New Hampshire adults with COPD are more likely to be current or former smokers.


Other findings are related to health care access, co-morbidities, immunization, and health related quality of life. “COPD is a significant public health problem in our state. This report is one step to bring more attention to COPD. The data will help us identify steps that individuals and organizations can take to better address the disease,” said Smogor.


Some of the recommendations Breathe New Hampshire is making based on this report include: taking steps to reduce the stigma associated with COPD; encouraging all health care professionals to follow clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of COPD; and providing more spirometry testing in the state. Spirometry is the simple non-invasive test that is the gold standard for screening for and evaluating COPD. “We are presenting this data as a resource for New Hampshire’s public health community and advocacy groups,” said Daniel Fortin, President and CEO of Breathe New Hampshire. “It provides a baseline for future COPD data collection, analysis, and program planning.


Breathe New Hampshire has been waging a COPD awareness campaign for the last few years. “We have a volunteer COPD Awareness Team that meets monthly to strategize how best to raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with COPD,” said Smogor. “It is often a disease of shame and blame because of the association between tobacco use and COPD. What people need to understand is tobacco use is a disease of addiction and most people begin using tobacco as a teenager and therefore, became addicted at a very young age.” As many as one out of six COPD patients never smoked.


Breathe NH is a Breathe Better Leadership Partner with the NHLBI’s COPD Learn More Breathe Better® COPD awareness campaign. Funding for this report was provided by the Learn More Breathe Better® campaign. For more information or to read the full report, visit www. breathenh.org or telephone 800-835-8647.


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Foundation is currently taking The National 9/11 Flag on a journey across America where local service heroes in all 50 states will be given the historic privilege of stitching the flag back to its original 13-stripe format. Once the flag is made whole again by the 10th Year Anniversary of 9/11, The National 9/11 Flag will become part of the permanent


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your community who deserves the honor of stitching the National 9/11 Flag when it comes to New Hampshire August 23 at Portsmouth Fire Station 2, 3010 Lafayette Road in Portsmouth at 10 a.m. followed by stitching open to the public until 1 p.m. If you know someone who is a shining example of service and sacrifice to their local communities, whether this person is a wounded warrior, military veteran, first responder, educator, student, volunteer service leader, or someone who lives their life in a heroic manner, please go to www.National911Flag.org and click on “Nominate a Service Hero.” The public is encouraged to come and view the flag and welcome to take part in the public stitching of the New Hampshire patch. We were all impacted on that fateful day in September, not only here in Portsmouth, but across the nation people watched as the attacks unfolded. We gasped with horror as the buildings came down taking firefighters, police officers, neighbors, friends, and family. The New Hampshire patch honors them all including, Thelma Cuccinello, Carol Flyzik, Carl Max Hammond, Jr., David Kovalcin (Hudson), Robert Leblanc, Louis “Neil” Mariani, Tom Mcguinness, Michael and Kathleen Shearer and Douglas Stone, all from New Hampshire.


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