Press Releases

 

Friday
Dec052008

NH DOC - New Correctional Industries Administrator

(Concord, N.H.) New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn announced that Fred Nichols, a 14-year veteran correctional administrator was selected as Administrator of New Hampshire Correctional Industries. Administrator Nichols has worked for the Arizona, Idaho, and Oregon Corrections Departments. He will begin his new duties on December 5, 2008.

 

“Mr. Nichols brings sound skills in fiscal management, entrepreneurship, manufacturing operations, correctional security, inmate training, and an understanding of working within government systems,” Commissioner Wrenn said.

 

New Hampshire Correctional Industries is a self-funded operation within the NHDOC that includes training and manufacturing components. It provides job skills to approximately 300 inmates and reports about two-million dollars in sales annually. Its plants include the license plate, sign, print, and wood shops, furniture repair and manufacturing, and Information Technology. It also operates Corrections Creations, the corrections retail store.

Thursday
Dec042008

NH DHHS - NH Ranked Third Healthiest State in the US

Concord, NH – New Hampshire ranks as the third healthiest state in the country, according to the 2008 America’s Health Rankings list. The United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention compiled the annual list that was released on Wednesday. Last year New Hampshire ranked 4th healthiest in the report.

 

“This report shows the progress New Hampshire continues to make in improving the health of our residents,” stated Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Public Health Director Dr Jose Montero. “Despite the high marks though, there are still many challenges we face and we must continue to work on improving in those areas.”

 

According to the report, some of New Hampshire’s strengths include a low percentage of children in poverty; high immunization coverage with 93% of children ages 19 months to 35 months receiving complete immunizations; a low violent crime rate; and a low infant mortality rate. The report cites New Hampshire’s challenges as moderate public health funding and a moderate number of poor mental health days.

 

On a national level, Americans health has stayed flat for the past four years. The report indicates the biggest challenges the nation is facing are obesity, smoking and lack of health insurance. America’s Health Rankings evaluates a historical and comprehensive set of health, environmental, and socio-economic data to determine national health benchmarks and an annual ranking of the healthiest and least healthy states. This year Vermont ranked as healthiest in the nation; Louisiana was ranked the least healthy.

Thursday
Dec042008

Daily Grind: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Congress thinks it’s Santa Claus.

 

Shooting Febreeze with Mr. Cleanface

Mr. Cleanface thinks you stink.

 

Paging Dr. Einstein...

Only a true two-party system can stop the insanity.

 

Governors Against State Bailouts

Not every politician has a hand out.

Thursday
Dec042008

Shea-Porter Urges State Department to Keep Dover Call Center Open

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter urged Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to renew the State Department’s contract with AT&T in order to prevent the closing of the National Passport Information Center in Dover. The call center, which is scheduled to close in February, currently employs more than 300 people. In a letter to Secretary Rice, Shea-Porter noted the call center’s importance to the local economy and the excellent service it has provided the State Department for more than 10 years.

 

“I am going to fight hard to keep these jobs in our state,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “The workers have been loyal and productive and there is no reason to take these jobs away from them.”

 

Shea-Porter has been in close contact with Governor John Lynch about the planned closure.

 

A full copy of the letter is below:

 

The Honorable Condoleezza Rice

 

Secretary of State

2201 C Street N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20520

 

Dear Madam Secretary:

 

It has recently come to my attention that the State Department has decided against renewing the contract with AT&T Government Solutions in Dover, NH for the National Passport Information Center. I would ask that you reconsider this decision in light of the effect it will have on our local economy during these tough economic times.

 

The facility in Dover has provided the State Department with excellent service for twelve years. More than 300 employees in Dover are already trained, have the necessary security clearances, and deliver quality work for the State Department. Under the current decision, these workers will lose their jobs, the government would lose their experience and hard work, and our local economy will suffer.

 

Again, I respectfully ask that the State Department reconsider the decision and keep the facility in Dover.

 

Thank you for your attention to this most important issue.

 

Sincerely,

Carol Shea-Porter

Member of Congress

 

Thursday
Dec042008

Mayor Guinta to Host Public Forum on Television Conversion From Analogue to Digital

Manchester, NH – The Greater Manchester Federated Republican Women (GMFRW) is pleased to announce that the group will hold its annual Christmas and holiday party on Sunday, December 7 at Moe Joe's Restaurant on Candia Road in Manchester. The event will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Members of the Duperron family are attending to participate in honoring the recipient of the 2008 Bella Duperron Award, an award provided each year since 1992 to a Republican who best emulates the qualities of Bella Duperron and her active involvement in grass roots efforts. Past recipients include Ray Wieczorek, Nancy Beasley, William & Barbara Arnold, Leo & Rita Pepino, Simone Maloney, Claire Roy, Shirley Frank, Lucille Stevens, Jennifer Wrobleski, and Kathleen Cusson-Cail.

Our club will also be matching member contributions to teen gift donations made to the Manchester Area Foster and Adoptive Parent Organization, whom provides gifts for all children effected by foster and adoption in the Manchester region.

The Greater Manchester Federated Republican Women fosters the education and involvement of women and men in the political and public service process, including providing opportunities to become a candidate, greater access to meeting with local and high level candidates, and helping on political campaigns. It is one of several such groups across New Hampshire, and part of a state and national Federation.

The event is open to all Republicans and Independents interested in becoming more involved. Cost is $30 per person. For questions or to RSVP, please contact club President Kathy Cusson-Cail at gmfrw2008@earthlink.net.