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Friday
Aug212015

US Rep Guinta Visits Eastern Slopes Regional Airport for Expansion Update 

 

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Today, Congressman Frank Guinta visited the Eastern Slopes Regional Airport (ESRA) in Fryeburg, ME to meet with the Board of Directors to discuss their action plan for infrastructure development and airport expansion. Airports are a vital part of New Hampshire’s transportation infrastructure and promote local economic development and job creation.

 

ESRA is the only aviation access point for North Conway and the Mt. Washington Valley area. During his visit, Congressman Guinta met with a member of the airports Board of Directors, Carl Thibodeau, to discuss its existing infrastructure as well as participate in a detailed walkthrough of the airports future expansion plans.

 

The Eastern Slopes and Mt Washington Valley area is one of the state’s most popular tourist areas, but remains one of the least accessible for air travel with no New Hampshire regional airport inside a 50 mile radius.  Tourism is our state’s second largest industry, creating thousands of jobs and countless economic opportunities for small businesses, it is imperative that these areas be accessible. The expansion and improvement of the Eastern Slopes Airport is vital to strengthening our state’s tourism industry and I look forward to continuing to work with local and federal stakeholders to see this project through to a successful completion.”

 

Congressman Guinta hosted a roundtable with airport authorities in April and as a result ESAA board members were able to apply for a grant, issued by the Northern Border Regional Commission, that would fund the improvements needed to help maintain the airports role as a leader of the region’s transportation infrastructure.

 

Congressman Guinta and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) sent letters to the Northern Border Regional Commission in support of the funding. Both the Conway and Fryeburg municipalities have unanimously voted in support of investing in the airport and the MaineDOT has agreed to contribute a matching share. 

 

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Thursday
Aug202015

US Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH CD1)Meets with NH Council on Developmental Disabilities 

 

 

Manchester, NH – This morning, Congressman Guinta (NH-01) met with members of the New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities in his Manchester office to discuss initiatives to eliminate obstacles and promote opportunities for people living with disabilities.

 

The New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities carries out its mission through education, advocacy, and the funding of innovative projects that make significant differences in people’s lives.

 

“Due to the work of the New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities and the countless disability advocates across the nation, we are able to help individuals living with challenges to live more independently and participate more actively in our communities. Earlier this year, I held a bipartisan mental health care summit with stakeholders from across the state to identify areas where the federal government can be of assistance to patients and patient advocates alike.  I am in the process of writing a mental health care bill to address many of the challenges faced by those with a mental illness.  I look forward to continuing to work with great organizations like the New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities to increase accessibility and equality for all.”

 

One of the Council on Developmental Disabilities priorities is the Steve Gleason Act of 2015, which gives Medicare patients greater access to equipment needed to live fuller lives in our communities. Earlier this summer, Congressman Guinta proudly voted in favor of this bill, which has since been signed into law. The Steve Gleason Act ensures that individuals with disabilities will now have access to critical devices, such as speech- generators, or eye tracking technology through Medicare.

 

Congressman Guinta continues to support and encourage efforts to help assist those living with disabilities in the Granite State and throughout the country.

 

To learn more about the New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities please visit their website at www.nhcdd.org

 

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Sunday
Aug092015

US Senator Ayotte - Fill me in!

I’m proud of my efforts to make life better for hardworking New Hampshire families. We’ve pushed to make childcare more affordable, make it easier for families to save for college, and better prepare our young people for good careers.

But there’s still more work to do.
 
I value your opinion. What do you think is the biggest challenge facing Granite State families?
 
Take our one-question survey here.
 
Look forward to hearing from you,
 
Kelly

Thursday
Aug062015

NH DOS - MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AVAILABLE TO THOSE FROM LANCASTER TENT COLLAPSE

The New Hampshire Department of Safety

Office of the New Hampshire Fire Marshal

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO THOSE TRYING TO HEAL

LANCASTER, NH – Fire Marshal William Degnan announced today the availability of mental health services for those affected by the tent collapse in Lancaster on Monday that claimed the lives of two spectators and injured more than 50 others.

“This was a serious wind event that took the tent down and unfortunately took the lives of Robert and Annabelle Young and injured many others,” Degnan said. “I commend the heroic actions of patrons, local fire, police and emergency medical personnel who rushed to render aid and rescue trapped patrons. It’s important for the public to know that mental health services are available for anyone who wishes to speak with a professional who can help with the healing process.”

Many of the less-severely injured sought help from their primary care physician to keep from inundating hospitals that were treating the severely injured, Degnan said. Currently, one spectator remains hospitalized at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, he said.

The investigation will be lengthy and will require investigators to provide a complex analysis of data and spectator interviews before a final determination of the exact cause of the collapse can be reached, Degnan said.

Today, structural engineers from the State Department of Transportation worked with investigators from the Office of the Fire Marshal to examine the construction of the tent and compare that data against structural plans for the tent, he said. Yesterday, soil data was collected and is being examined with assistance from the Department of Environmental Services to better determine soil strength in the area around the tent, he said.

The National Weather Service has reported that a microburst with wind gusts of 75 mph and wind bursts of 90 mph occurred at the time of the tent collapse.

Degnan expressed his thanks to the medical community, the Coos County Sherriff, the Grafton County Sherriff, the County Attorney, the State Attorney General, the State Department of Environmental Services, the State Department of Transportation, the State Police, the American Red Cross, the National Weather Service, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for their continued assistance with this investigation.

Those who wish to speak with a professional for help with emotional and mental healing are asked to call one of the following health centers: The Mental Health Center in Berlin at 603-752-5194, White Mountain Mental Health in Littleton at 603-444-5358, The Mental Health Center in Colebrook at 603-237-4955, or Northeast Kingdom Human Services in St. Johnsbury at 1-800-649-0118.

The Fire Marshal asks anyone who was in attendance during the collapse to contact the Office of the Fire Marshal at FMO@dos.nh.gov or to call (603)223-4289.

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Thursday
Jul092015

US Rep Guinta Announces We the People Initiative

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Guinta (NH-01) launched a new initiative entitled “We the People.”  The purpose of which is to facilitate increased feedback from Granite Staters whose ideas have already led to legislation the Congressman has introduced and ushered through the House of Representatives. 

“Ultimately, Washington can only govern effectively when you are invested, you are involved and you are informing your representatives as to what the Congress should be focusing on.  For our republic to work, you must be in charge.  The “We the People” Initiative serves to make my office available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  I encourage everyone to email, call or text me to share your thoughts and ideas so that I may continue working to make Washington work for the great state of New Hampshire.”

 

With the help and feedback of key organizations, stakeholders and constituents in New Hampshire, Congressman Guinta has been able to get two pieces of legislation passed unanimously by the House of Representatives – including an amendment to prevent the closure of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and an amendment to increase funding for our nation’s drug courts.

 

Congressman Guinta is currently working on drafting a bipartisan bill to address our heroin epidemic to be released this summer and encourages those affected by this growing epidemic to participate in the “We the People” Initiative to introduce the best bill to help curb this issue.

 

Congressman Guinta encourages all constituents of New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District to participate in this new initiative by emailing wethepeople@mail.house.gov or by calling or texting 603.250.6850.

 

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