Newport Senior Center News

February 20

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NEWPORT — The only thing burning at the Newport Senior Center this past week was Sullivan County Nutrition Services “Basket of Burning Love”. The lucky winner was Joyce Goodwin.

Joyce took home a wicker basket filled with Belgian chocolates, hand cream, stuffed animal dog, bottle of wine donated by Norwegian Cruise Line, 2 valentine wine glasses, candles, Brunch for two gift certificate donated by Courthouse Restaurant, bubble bath, two movie passes donated by Cinema 6, floral gift certificate donated by Petal Patch and a pair of scratch tickets.

The proceeds from this raffle will go towards SCNS cash match obligation for our Meals-on-Wheels, congregate meals and transportation programs. We would like to thank Anna Dixon for her outstanding saleswoman skills to make this fundraiser a huge success.

This is important because SCNS receives partial state and federal funding to help with the cost of providing these great programs. However, we cannot access these partial funds if we do not match the funds from other resources.

Without the partial support from state and federal sources, we could not operate. The fundraisers, client donations and municipal supports are important to our ability to continue to provide these stupendous programs that you have come to know and love.

In addition, we would like to thank our sponsors once again. We know that businesses are asked to support a lot of beneficial programs available and we are grateful that businesses continue to support the older adults we serve on a daily basis.

The Newport Senior Center and SCNS are both committed to supporting older adults to the best of our ability. Support Comes in many different forms. Whether it is through SCNS meals and transportation services or the NSC socialization activities and active living programs or just providing inspiration to individuals who are experiencing changes during the aging process.

On Thursday, February 20 Thomas Farmen and his dog Bessie will be at the Newport Senior Center at 1 pm to share their inspirational story of how a brave, chocolate Lab has become an expert mentor and teacher on how to grow older with grace and optimism. The discussion is open to the public and is $5 per person.

Sandy Cornish has discovered a new exercise craze that is sure to get your attention. This exciting new exercise program will begin on March 2 at 10 a.m. I don’t want to give out too many details at this time, but hints can be found at the NSC or visit us on Facebook: Newport Senior Center Home of Sullivan County Nutrition Services to find a few more hints.

Local News

CROYDON — Croydon Police Chief Richard Lee made a dramatic exit from his job Tuesday night when the Croydon Board of Selectmen voted to dissolve its one-man police force that Lee has headed for approximately 20 years.

NEW LONDON — Ten years ago, Kearsarge Regional School District sent students home with blizzard bags for the first time to prepare them to continue their studies, regardless of inclement winter weather.

CLAREMONT — It may be snowy and cold, but Turning Points Network has its eye on spring with planning underway for its annual Steppin’ Up To End Violence 5k Walk and Fun Run scheduled for May 2nd.

WILMOT — Would you like to learn more about your neighbors who are running for town office in the March 10 election? If yes, then plan to attend a candidates’ night hosted by the Wilmot Community Association (WCA) from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday, March 5 at the Red Barn, 64 Village Road.

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NEWPORT — Nine members of the Sullivan County Delegation braved stormy weather and after a 90-minute session in the County Probate Courtroom Tuesday night, unanimously supported a request by county officials to purchase the former Eagle-Times building on Sullivan Street in Claremont for $325,000.

NEWPORT — The annual meeting of the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce attracted a crowd of 140 people Thursday night, Feb. 6, at the Newport Opera House.

NEWPORT — The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts has announced it is now accepting applications for its grant programs and has scheduled four regional workshops designed to help applicants seeking Arts Council funding during the upcoming fiscal year.

NEWPORT — A Child Find Developmental Screening Clinic sponsored by the Newport School District will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on March 2, 16 and 30 and will be free top Newport residents.

MANCHESTER (AP) — Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire’s presidential primary election Tuesday night, narrowly edging moderate rival Pete Buttigieg and scoring the first clear victory in the Democratic Party’s chaotic 2020 nomination fight.

NEWPORT — Brent Wilmot, 38, a Stevens High School graduate in the Class of 2000, will join the Newport Police Department as its new chief effective Monday, March 2.

NEWPORT — The proposed Newport School District operating budget for 2020-21 at 9 a.m. Saturday stood at $21,012,925 at the outset of the annual Deliberative Session.

GRANTHAM — The Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon (JOSA) Series continues its 2019-2020 season with a performance by Tenor Saxophonist Extraordinaire Dan Moretti on Feb. 9th at The Center at Eastman’s Bistro Nouveau. 

CLAREMONT — Three comedians will appear at the Claremont Opera House on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 8 p.m. with a Night of Comedy. Comedians scheduled to appear include Tom Hayes, Jody Sloane and Rob Steen. 

NEWPORT — The following building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical permits were issued during the month of January by the Newport Town Office of Planning and Zoning:

NEWPORT — Outstanding local citizens and organizations will be honored at the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Meeting on Feb. 6 at the Newport Opera House. The festivities will start at 5:30 p.m.

NEWPORT — The ad hoc Newport School Board Superintendent Search Committee has declared a failed search for a school district leader for the 2020-2021 school year.

Sports

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RAYMOND — The 2020 NHIAA Team Bowling State Championship will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22nd at Striker’s East Bowling Center in Raymond.

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NEW LONDON — Colby-Sawyer senior Lexie Hamilton (Sunapee) recorded her second triple-double in seven days and third of her career to help the Chargers to an 81-51 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) victory over Lasell.

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NEW LONDON — Colby-Sawyer senior Lexie Hamilton (Sunapee, N.H.) has been honored by the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) and Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). Hamilton was named GNAC Player of the Week and to the NEWBA Honor Roll.

Nation

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Stocks slumped again on Wall Street Tuesday, piling on losses a day after the market's biggest drop in two years as fears spread that the growing virus outbreak will put the brakes on the global economy.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A month before the Supreme Court takes up cases over his tax returns and financial records, President Donald Trump on Tuesday made the unusual suggestion that two liberal justices should not take part in those or any other cases involving him or his administration.

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BOSTON (AP) — After nearly a dozen years moving through the U.S. visa system, Sai Kyaw's brother and sister and their families were at the finish line: a final interview before they could leave Myanmar to join him in Massachusetts and work at his restaurant.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump loyalist Roger Stone was sentenced Thursday to more than three years in federal prison, following an extraordinary move by Attorney General William Barr to back off his Justice Department's original sentencing recommendation.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved a bipartisan measure Thursday aimed at limiting President Donald Trump's authority to launch military operations against Iran, with eight Republicans joining Democrats in a post-impeachment bid to constrain the White House.

Politics

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Democratic rivals to Bernie Sanders are preparing to try to knock him off his front-runner perch in a debate Tuesday night before a critical South Carolina primary that could dramatically reshape the race.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Victoria Coates, a top official on the National Security Council, is being reassigned amid fallout over the identity of the author of the inside-the-White House tell-all book by “Anonymous.”

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is facing a more intense spotlight on his past leadership on issues of race and policing as he tries to translate his strong showing in Iowa and New Hampshire into support in more diverse states.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Exulting in his impeachment acquittal, a defiant President Donald Trump took a scorched-earth victory lap Thursday, unleashing his fury against those who tried to remove him from office and pointing ahead to his reelection campaign.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Thursday that it intends to open free-trade talks with Kenya in pursuit of what would be the first trade agreement between the United States and a nation in sub-Saharan Africa.

World

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NOVI SANZHARY, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's effort to quarantine more than 70 people evacuated from China over the new virus outbreak plunged into chaos Thursday as local residents opposing the move hurled stones at the evacuees and engaged in violent clashes with police.

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BEIRUT (AP) — Over 140,000 Syrians have been displaced in the last three days alone by violence in the country's northwest, bringing the total of those uprooted in a Syrian government offensive against the last opposition stronghold to over 800,000, the United Nations said Thursday.

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ISTANBUL (AP) — As their flight abruptly descended into Istanbul and hit the ground with a rumble, a Turkish couple tensed up. They soon relaxed when they heard a routine announcement telling passengers they could use their cellphones while the airliner raced down the runway.

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This should be peak season for a 12-room hotel near the train station in the Chinese industrial hub of Wuhan. The Chinese New Year usually brings in plenty of travelers and delivers profits of around $3,000 a month.

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