Community Support Services, Helping the Community for 30 Years

by Robyn Hatch

Speaker Matthew Ertas, with Jane Dichard and Cathy Spinney

A meeting took place at the Atkinson Country Club for the 30th Annual Meeting for Region 10 Community Support Services, Inc.  The agenda started out with cocktails, then a call to order and Opening Remarks by Cathy Spinney (Board President) and Introductions by Kathy Murphy (Board Secretary).  Dinner was served with more than enough food for all.  The Guest Speaker, Matthew Ertas (Bureau Administrator) spoke to the crowd with much enthusiasm.  An Awards Ceremony took place for Community Leadership, Community Partner, Community Spirit, Direct Support Professional, Employer, Personal Achievement, and Volunteer.  Closing remarks were done by Jane Dichard (Executive Director).

The mission  statement for Region 10 is to support people who have developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders, in partnership with families and caregivers, to enhance their independence and personal

growth while fostering meaningful relationships and involvement within their communities.

The services provided through Region 10 to individuals with developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders will be meaningful to them and flexible enough to accommodate their preferences and needs.  Basic needs for food, clothing, shelter, and comprehensive health services will be met.  Individuals and families will be supported in their planning efforts and in achieving the goals they seek.  The involvement will be respectful

of personal values, choices and dreams.  As desired, individuals and families will be assisted to involve other family, friends and community members in their lives.  By encouraging maximum independence, facilitating

relationships and providing educational opportunities, they will assist individuals to become less dependent upon Region 10 and the service system and more reliant on themselves and the natural relationships they have

developed.  The vision is for inclusion within the communities.

Region 10 is proactive in securing funding and other resources so that individuals will not have to wait for needed services.  They utilize the relationships and networks developed and will continue to collaborate with

others on common goals.  The expanded ability to provide support through increased opportunities for internships and volunteers, by creating management of existing resources and through development of new revenue sources.  Together with individuals and families receiving support and in conjunction with provider agencies, clear outcomes for services are identified.  Region 10 establishes regional goals and direct efforts to

eliminate any barriers hindering accomplishments.  Direct Support Professionals will be empowered in the work place, feel valued and respected, and will support in any and all personal growth.  The agency encourages both personal and regional advocacy and remains vigilant in areas of rights and rights protection.

Region 10 also serves as a resource regarding disability and support issues, sharing experience, providing education and working in partnerships with others for the inclusion of all individuals within the communities.  They work to foster natural community supports by increasing opportunities for community members to become involved with individuals who have disabilities.

Through these efforts, members of the business, professional, health care, government and overall community at large become more aware and responsive to the needs of individuals with disabilities.  Communities will be more accessible and will welcome individuals and will support by being active participants within them.  Communities know about Region 10, the work that is done the contributions made and they will be recognized as a community partner committed to working for the betterment of the  community for everyone.

“Tell me and I’ll forget; Show me and I may remember; Involve me and I’ll understand.” – Anonymous.

Brie Dillion, with parents Bill (Financial Director) and Ann Dillion

Ben with his family and his painting

Wheelchair Ramp “A Blessing”

by Jay Hobson

A wheelchair ramp that was donated to the Mailloux family at 25 School St. by the Knights of Columbus has been installed.  The ramp was the culmination of effort by several parties that oversaw everything, from clearing the area of brush and small trees to the design and construction of the ramp.

“This ramp is such a blessing!  I can’t begin to express my gratitude to everyone that made this a reality,” said Marion Mailloux, who had been confined to the house and needed the ramp to be able to get out for doctors visits and other errands.  “It’s just so good to see the sky again.”

The project began with Frieda Smith, who found out about Mailloux’s needs.  Mailloux and her husband, Victor, needed the ramp because both rely on wheelchairs, and Victor hasn’t been able to get out to do yard work due to a heart condition.  The donated equipment and manpower from Stacey Tree Service, who cleared the way of trees and brush with additional help of volunteers, got the space ready.  Roland Theberge designed and built the ramp that is according to Mailloux “portable” and the Knights of Columbus commissioned its building and installation.

“What’s really nice is that the ramp is made in three pieces and is not a permanent fixture to the house.  It can be removed and relocated when we don’t need it anymore.  It can go on for generations for people who need it,” Mailloux said.

According to Mailloux, she was awakened early on the Saturday morning when the brush was being removed, and heard laughter among the workers.

“It was so nice to hear the workers laughing and seeming to enjoy what they were doing.  Now I look at what they’ve done for us and it is just such a wonderful blessing.  I want to thank everyone involved,” Mallioux said.

Harvest Fest full of Adventure

by Robyn Hatch

Friends for life, Shannon Lamb (pink) and Shea Callahan

North Salem held their yearly Harvest Fest on a cold and blustery night.  A full crowd showed up with lots of money to purchase tickets to buy games and food.  The biggest seller was the hayride put on by a Kingston company that is the only company that will travel to school functions.  The horses were big and beautiful, and there was much giggling as the wagon started off for the ride around the backfield.  There was pizza, and plenty of munchies.  There was face painting and spill art, lollipop trees, and prizes won all over the school, so much for the kids to participate in the classrooms, as well as in the gym.  The people arrived all night and it wasn’t unusual to see the Principal walking around and chatting with her students.  She also did a great job in discovering all the owners of the lost and found items in the hallway. This wasn’t a fund raising event, but a “fun night” for family and friends.  It was well organized by the PTA and friends and family members.  It was a safe night and full of adventure for everyone.

Zac Nardone and Anthony Quintal having fun

Meteorologist Kevin Skarupa Honored by Salem Historical Society

by Robyn Hatch

Kevin really enjoys talking to the public about weather

The Salem Historical Society was honored to present Meteorologist, Kevin Skarupa from News 9 Daybreak and News 9 at Noon with Erin Fehlau.  This incredible television personality eyes himself as a “Weather Geek,” yet he was able to gives us a great lecture and slide show on the past 100 storms that have taken place in the New Hampshire area.

Kevin earned a meteorology degree from Lyndon State College in Vermont and he currently holds both the AMS Television Seal of Approval and the new Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal.  Kevin has also worked for KIMT in Mason City, IA; WPBF in West Palm Beach, FL; and WKRN Nashville, TN.

If he looks familiar, Kevin worked at WMUR back in 1998 doing weekend weather under the name “Kevin Joseph.”

One of his favorite parts of the job:  visiting dozens of schools a year talking with students about the weather.

The toughest part:  in the morning alarm clock, which goes off around 1 a.m.

 Kevin enjoys playing golf, running, and watching sports.  He lives with his wife Melissa (a Merrimack native) and a miniature Beagle, Shilo.

Kevin took us through the last 100 years with some pretty incredible facts.

The following are some of Kevin's facts.

On April 12, 1934, a huge storm over the Great Lakes with a huge pressure over the Canadian Maritimes producing wind like no one has been able to measure since.

The observatory atop Mt. Washington had only been established two years, but little did the shortened crew of three know what was to come as they woke up at 4 a.m. that morning.  Strong southeast winds were already being clocked at 150 mph.  As the hours passed, 220 mph winds were the norm between noon and 1 p.m. with gusts up to 229 mph!  Then at 1:21 p.m. while fighting to keep ice from locking up the anemometer, the crew measured a wind of 231 mph - the highest velocity officially recorded.

While the location of the observatory has changed since that fateful day and the wind record was challenged (unsuccessfully) in 1997 in Guam by Typhoon Paka, the record still stands today with Mt. Washington holding the title of “World's Worst Weather.”

Another storm:  In mid March 1936, there were 12 days of rain coupled with a dramatic snowmelt which produced the worst flood in Manchester's history.  All told, over 7 inches of rain fell in less than two weeks across a good portion of the state due to two slow moving storms.

The worst hit areas were the Merrimack and Piscaaquog Rivers.  All but two bridges in Manchester were closed.  The National Guard was called in as local law enforcement  was overwhelmed with flooding rescues.

Over 200 animals perished at the Manchester Zoo, trains were at a standstill with tracks underneath in Concord, the town of Plymouth was isolated for days.

It was a struggle to save the Amoskeag Dam with so much debris and late winter ice flows coming down the Merrimack.  So this day, the flood stage of 35 feet stands as the record for the highest level of the Merrimack River!

There are coastal storms and there are nor'easters...but for a week in February 1969, this snowfall shattered the record books in the Granite State.

A strong nor'easter stalled off the New England coastline for three and a half days bringing a total of 98 inches of snow to Mt. Washington and 77 inches to Pinkham Notch.

On the 25th, more than 49” inches of snow fell, making it the snowiest 24 hours on record atop the rock pile.  Contributing to the 172.8 inches of snow that ended up falling that month, and at its height, two days later

Pickham Notch's snow depth reached a staggering 164”!

Totals across the rest of the state were also significant:  about 3 feet fell from the upper valley through the Lakes Region and Merrimack Valley making it one of the heaviest snowfalls this state has ever seen.

Talking about something different.  It was a hot, humid day in early June 1953.  Many remember that day for the “Great Worcester Tornado” but at the exact same time there was one of the strongest twisters ever seen in New Hampshire.  As strong thunderstorms rolled in from the west, a tornado formed in Exeter and moved across the north side of town.  It cut a two-mile path over 100 feet wide.  In its path, 15 homes and businesses were unroofed or damaged mainly along the Jady Hill section of town.  The tornado also severely damaged the Exeter County Club while a tournament was being played.  Luckily only five residents were hurt in what was measured as an F3  tornado with winds over 150 MPH.  The conservative estimate on damage was one hundred thousand dollars in a matter of minutes.

Remember, there were no tornado warnings in the 1950's so they were really lucky no one was killed in that tornado.

Finally, to give you another storm that made a big impression...

It takes a special kind of setup to create what happened around Halloween 1991.  A late season hurricane “Grace” was slowly curving out to sea along a strong cold front when it combined with another area of low pressure near the Canadian Maritimes.  The combination of three distinctly different air masses and its results were so large it was subbed “The Perfect Storm.”

From North Carolina to Nova Scotia tremendous seas and high tides produced almost unprecedented damage.  In New England, tide heights have only been exceeded by the Hurricane of 1944 and matched only by the Blizzard of '78.  In New Hampshire, there was street flooding in several coastal towns, ten thousand lobster traps in Rye Harbor were lost.  Boat docks and piers were destroyed.  As the storm moved away as an “Unnamed Hurricane,” there was 5.6 million dollars in damage in New Hampshire.  A movie “The Perfect Storm” was later made about this event and became a big hit.

The last storm mentioned for this article should be called the “Storm of the Century;” it took place in March 1993.  This intense blizzard had it all...nearly hurricane force winds, heavy snowfall and record cold.  It was unique in two ways, first its massive size and at one point it stretched from Southern Canada to Central America with snow falling as far south as Florida.  It was also a milestone in weather prediction, for this was the first time computer models picked up on a major storm five days away!  When it arrived, New Hampshire residents were ready.  The Red Cross shelters were already set up in case the power went off.  The jackpot for

snowfall was the town of Lincoln with 35” and over 8-foot snowdrifts.  At the coast, lobster traps were washed and the roof was ripped off the Chamber of Commerce Pavilion at Hampton Beach.  A state of emergency was

declared for all of New England where the average snowfall for all six states was 15”.  It was the first time in history New Hampshire requested Federal Aid for snow removal.  It was the fourth costliest storm in U.S. history totaling over 6 Billion dollars.

Kevin presented an incredible talk.  There was more information then could be obtained and kept.  The whole purpose of his lecture was to really start to get people interested in weather, to study patterns, and to see

that really amazing things happen when least expected.  Good job and much was learned by being our speaker at the Historical Society!

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