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NH House - NH Medal of Honor Roll to Be unveiled 


Concord—The New Hampshire Medal of Honor Roll, established in 2010 with the passage of Senate Bill 509, will take up residence in the State House beginning this Wednesday morning.  The legislation, originally sponsored by former Senator Jack Barnes (R-Raymond), directed the Adjutant General to provide for the design and manufacture of the New Hampshire Medal of Honor and to maintain a Medal of Honor Roll which shall be available for public viewing.  On Wednesday morning, September 30, at 10:00 a.m. a display case containing a shadowbox with a New Hampshire Medal of Honor, an explanation of the medal, and the New Hampshire Medal of Honor Roll of those names who have been presented with the distinguished honor will be unveiled in a ceremony held opposite Room 103 in the State House.


The New Hampshire Medal of Honor is awarded to “any New Hampshire Citizen who has given his or her life while in military service to protect and serve the rights and freedoms of the people of New Hampshire on or after November 4, 1979.”  The New Hampshire Medal of Honor is awarded with the recommendation of The Adjutant General by Joint Resolution of the New Hampshire Senate President, the House Speaker, and presented by the Governor to the family members of the recipient (RSA 110-B:81).


This summer Major General William N. Reddel, III, the current Adjutant General for New Hampshire, formally requested approval of the Joint Legislative Facilities Committee to prominently display the case in the State House.  On Monday June 8, 2015, the Joint Legislative Historical Committee recommended the placement of the Medal of Honor shadowbox, and on August 19, 2015, the Joint Legislative Facilities Committee approved the actual placement of the display.


The original legislation creating the New Hampshire Medal of Honor Roll was also cosponsored by then Senator Maggie Hassan (D-Exeter) along with Senators Bette Lasky (D-Nashua) and Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry).  Co-sponsors from the New Hampshire House included Representatives Al Baldasaro (R-Londonderry), Kris Roberts (D-Keene) and the late Leo Pepino (R-Manchester).






NH DHHS - Fluoridation Awards 

City Water Systems in Concord, Dover, Laconia, Lebanon, Lancaster, and

Manchester Receive Award for Fluoridation Efforts

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services,

Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) announced today that the City of

Concord Water Treatment, City of Dover Water Department, Lancaster Water

Department, Laconia Water Works, Lebanon Water Department, and Manchester

Water Works have each been awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from

the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fluoridation is

the adjustment of the level of fluoride, a naturally occurring element, in

drinking water to an amount that is effective for preventing tooth decay.

The award recognizes those communities that achieved excellence in

community water fluoridation by maintaining an optimal level of fluoridated

water throughout 2014. In all, 2,282 awards will be given out across 33

states. Although seven of these have been awarded to New Hampshire

communities, less than half of the people served by a public water system

(46%) receive fluoridated water. New Hampshire ranks 43 in the country for

the fluoridation of public water systems. Many New Hampshire residents

receive water from private wells which may or may not have naturally

occurring fluoride.

“Community water fluoridation is one of the most effective ways that

communities can prevent tooth decay in children and adults,” stated Dr.

Katherine Weno, DDS, JD, Director, CDC Division of Oral Health. “Our

current research shows that people living in communities with fluoridated

water have about 25% fewer cavities.”

Community water fluoridation has been recognized by CDC as one of ten great

public health achievements of the 20th Century. Currently, nearly

three-quarters (73.9%)—or 204 million people in the United States—served by

community water systems have access to optimally fluoridated tap water. CDC

recommends water fluoridation as a safe, effective, and inexpensive method

of preventing tooth decay. In fact, every $1 invested in fluoridation saves

at least $38 in costs of dental treatment.

“The New Hampshire DPHS fully supports community water fluoridation as a

strategy to improve the public’s oral health. The proper amount of fluoride

from infancy through old age helps prevent and control tooth decay,” said

Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of Public Health at DPHS. “I commend the

high quality work of the water departments in Concord, Dover, Laconia

Lancaster, Lebanon and Manchester. All residents that receive water from

these municipal services can enjoy community water fluoridation’s safe and

protective benefits.”

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NH Providers Association - Announces 2015 award winners

CONCORD — The NH Providers Association today announced the winners for its 2015 Providers of the Year, Intern of the Year, and Excellence in Board Service Awards at its Annual Meeting in Concord. The mission of The NH Providers Association is to represent its members in advancing substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery through public policy, leadership, professional development, and quality member services. Governor Maggie Hassan and representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, and U.S. Congresswoman, Ann McLane Kuster, joined the group to commend the award recipients and to address the Association’s membership.

Each year, the NH Providers Association selects award recipients for recognition at their annual meeting. A list of the 2015 award winners follows:

Treatment Provider of the Year: Headrest, Inc

Prevention Provider of the Year: Greater Derry Regional Public Health Network

Recovery Provider of the Year: Families Sharing without Shame

Intern of the Year: Jennifer Wayman with Serenity Place

Excellence in Board Service: Sarah Sadowski, NH Providers Association Board Secretary, employee of New Futures.

Recipients of the Provider of the Year awards were selected by the NH Providers Association Board of Directors after careful consideration of nomination criteria. Winners are those whose exceptional delivery of services to the community sets a high standard of quality and impact in the substance abuse and behavioral healthcare field. While the organizations serve as exemplary models overall, particular focus may be given to success related, but not limited, to board excellence, programmatic evaluation and impact, fundraising, innovation, and collaboration with other entities.

The NH Providers Association commends all of the award recipients and other nominees for the work that they do to impact the field of substance misuse in the state of New Hampshire. Award recipients were recognized at the NH Providers Association annual meeting and each agency was awarded with a monetary donation and plaque. “The organizations and individuals recognized today have proven records of improving lives in their communities, and adopting innovative, client centered services and programs” said Abby Shockley, Executive Director of the NH Providers Association. “We continue to support and recognize the value of innovative solutions to difficult challenges in the world of substance abuse, and we are committed to supporting agencies that are doing the same.” Photos of the awards ceremony can be seen on the NH Providers Association Facebook page by visiting More information on the NH Providers Association can be found at



NH Rep.Rouillard awarded Toll Fellowship 


Freshman Legislator from Goffstown Among 48 National Winners



Concord—Rep. Claire Rouillard of Goffstown, serving her first term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, has been awarded the prestigious Henry Toll Fellowship given annually by the Council of State Governments (CSG).  The program, named for CSG founder Henry Wolcott Toll, is one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials.  Each year Toll Fellows bring 48 of the nation’s top officials from all three branches of state government to Lexington, Ky for an intensive six-day, five-night “intellectual boot camp” designed to stimulate personal assessment and growth.


Speaker Shawn Jasper, who nominated Rep. Rouillard for the fellowship, saw early on in the legislative session that the freshman was a quick study.  “Claire grasped the legislative process early in the session and has made a significant contribution to the House.  It is rare to have a freshman part of the leadership team, but Rep. Rouillard certainly earned her title as Assistant Majority Whip,” said Speaker Jasper.  “She has a very bright future in state government should she choose to stay on that path,” he added.


Rep. Rouillard represents Hillsborough County, District 6, and has been serving on the House Judiciary Committee while assisting the Majority Whip Richard Hinch of Merrimack.  Rep. Rouillard is a graduate of the Franklin Pierce Law School in Concord, known today as the University of New Hampshire Law School. 


Since 1986, 20 New Hampshire government officials have received the Toll Fellowship, including Deputy Secretary of State Dave Scanlan, current Democratic Leader Stephen Shurtleff, State House Chief of Staff Terry Pfaff, and State Senator Sharon Carson.


Rep. Rouillard will join the 47 other fellows in Lexington, KY from August 28 through September 2, 2015.




NH Rep Shurtleff receives Caroline Gross Fellowship 


Veteran Legislator and City Councilor Honored at the State House


Concord—Representative Stephen Shurtleff of Penacook, a 6-term member of the New Hampsire House of Representatives and a member of the Concord City Council since 2007, was recognized today in State House ceremonies by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for demonstrating a high standard of performance during his years in public service. 


The Caroline L. Gross Fellowship was established in the memory of the former Concord legislator who worked in numerous positions in the House of  Representatives, the Governor’s office, and as a State Representative from Concord.  In 1989 she was appointed House Majority Leader, a position she held until her death in 1993.  Upon her death, her family, friends, and colleagues established this fellowship fund to nurture the next generation of public servants.  Speaker Shawn Jasper, who served as the Assistant Majority Leader under Rep. Gross, called her, “one of the most remarkable ladies I have ever met,” also calling her an important mentor in his development as a legislator. 


The Caroline L. Gross Fellowship honors individuals for their extraordinary work in public service. This annual award pays tribute to a woman whose own dedication to public service lives on through the work of the fellowship recipients.  The fellowship enables the recipient to attend a 3-week summer seminar at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Rep. Shurtleff, who is the current House Democratic Leader, never served alongside Caroline Gross, but he told his colleagues in accepting the fellowship that he shared her legacy.  “I believe that we all have the ability to look for the thread that binds us instead of shining a light on the issues that may divide us,” said Shurtleff.


Rep. Shurtleff has been a member of the House since 2005 (6 terms). He has served on Criminal Justice (2 terms), Judiciary (2 terms), Legislative Administration (3 terms) and Pension Reform (1 term), as well as numerous House leadership roles.  He has also served as Concord At-Large City Councilor since 2004.  He is a former United States Marshal supervisory deputy for the U.S. Department of Justice.