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Please visit our COVID-19 Page which includes links to area resources for both individuals and businesses as well as a listing of area businesses hours of operation.

In today's press conference the Governor announced two additional websites that may be of interest to those looking to volunteer as well as a portal for companies to donate or produce to supplies help provide for our healthcare and first responders.
Update from the Chamber Director
Like many of you I am working remotely in order to do my part of social distancing. I can be reached by phone (603-543-1296) or email and will continue working to enhance, promote and support economic stability and growth in our community.

Last week I participated in a conference call with Governor Sununu and many other Chambers of Commerce throughout the state. This was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about his plan for the State of NH as well as an opportunity to ask questions. We anticipate these calls will continue and I welcome you to share your questions with me so that I may be able to ask during these calls.

I am also currently working with the folks at Vital Communities and other Upper Valley Chambers of Commerce from both sides of the river on some additional projects and resources - stay tuned!

Additionally I invite you, individuals, businesses and organizations, to reach out to me with any questions, comments or concerns you might have. If I don't have the answers I will do my absolute best to find them for you.

In addition to standard phone service the Chamber also has Zoom video conferencing available if you'd like to connect face to face while maintaining social distancing.

While we all navigate these uncertain times lets all remember to be kind.

Elyse Crossman, Executive Director
Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce
As the impact of the current crisis continues to unfold, we want to get a pulse on how our business community is being impacted. If you would take a few minutes to complete the survey online here it will help us to develop and advocate for the most relevant solutions that will help keep our area thriving in these uncertain times.
Effective March 24, 2020 the Valley Regional COVID Hotline phones,
603-542-7850, will be answered from 8a-12p. Any patient that meets the criteria for testing will be given a testing time slot between 12p-4p. 
This will be 7 days per week.
Sullivan County Commissioners Meeting
The Sullivan County Commissioners will convene for a special meeting scheduled for  Thursday, March 26, 2020, 9:00 AM  in  Newport NH - Sullivan County Administration Building, 14 Main Street - 1st Floor Commissioners Conference Room .

Ways to access this meeting live or to access after are shared on the notice. Feel free to contact our office at 863-2560 or via email .

Click on this link to view meeting agenda and corresponding documents available.
A Message from Hannaford
As the scope and impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Hannaford remains focused on providing you and our communities with the food, medicine, and other essentials your family needs. We are closely monitoring the situation and reacting quickly to changing circumstances.

Our whole community is facing unprecedented challenges. To help, Hannaford is pledging $250,000 in donations to support local food banks. This will support them in fulfilling their crucial role of providing food to those at risk of going hungry. We also have implemented a program that makes it easy for you to donate toward hunger relief, right at your local store.

As we have all seen, a surge in demand for goods has challenged food retailers and caused low inventory and out-of-stock conditions in our stores. We know this is frustrating. However, please be confident that our supply chain is healthy and resilient. We are identifying new sources for high-demand items. Hannaford is bringing product into our distribution centers every day and getting it out to stores as quickly as possible.

At stores, we are simplifying how we do things so that our associates can focus on refilling shelves with that product and serving our customers' most-important needs. To help us, we hope you will shop only for what you truly need. This will help ensure others have access to those products too.

I want to emphasize that the health and safety of our associates, customers and communities is job one for us, and we are following the guidance of public health officials closely. Among the actions we are taking on your behalf and to support health in the community, we are:
  • Shortening our daily hours of operation to provide time for additional cleaning and to restock shelves. Effective Saturday, March 21, most stores will now be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with a few closing at 8 p.m. on certain days.
  • Adding a dedicated time when customers who are 60 or over and individuals identified as being identified by the CDC as at high risk may shop, providing them with the opportunity to have more social distance while in the store. These special hours for our 60+ customers are 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week. We are asking our local communities to help us ensure the integrity of this measure. Our goal in this effort is to limit occupancy in the stores during this time.

Additionally, Hannaford home office associates are working from home to help slow the spread of COVID-19. In our stores, our associates have comprehensive cleaning and hygiene practices in place to ensure our stores remain safe spaces to work and visit.

One final thought: consider thanking our store associates as they assist you with your in-store experience. Without them, Hannaford would not be able to provide the services you depend on. They are the everyday heroes who make it possible for you to keep yourself and your family nourished during this time of uncertainty. My entire leadership team and I are incredibly proud of the efforts our associates are making.

Together, we will continue to navigate the challenges that COVID-19 presents and come through this time stronger than ever.
Mike Vail, President
Hannaford Supermarkets
State Calls on Business Community to Help Address COVID-19 Crisis
CONCORD – New Hampshire companies and manufacturers with the capacity to meet the critical demand COVID19 is placing on the nation’s healthcare centers can now connect with the State of New Hampshire for coordination.
The State seeks companies that can donate or produce lab, testing or diagnostic supplies, personal protection equipment (PPE), or medical expertise.
“New Hampshire companies are nimble, innovative and ready to produce for critically needed supplies in the fight against COVID19,” said Gov. Chris Sununu. “This portal will help us assess the capabilities of companies and make sure their products reach the medical professionals who need them.”
Business and Economic Affairs (BEA) Commissioner Taylor Caswell said he wants to hear from companies that can immediately produce PPEs, including N95 and medical face masks; surgical gowns; face shields; ventilators; latex gloves, and swabs.
“I’ve already heard from dozens of companies who are ready to adapt and adjust their operations to provide the protection, equipment and knowledge base to stop the spread of COVID19,” he said. “I am confident our companies can make a significant contribution to this effort.”
On , companies will find a link to a list of the needed products and links to the Center for Disease Control guidelines for their production. BEA will work with companies to coordinate and facilitate distribution.
Amcomm Wireless - Verizon Wireless
Updated Hours
Monday-Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm, 
Sundays will be 12:00pm-5:00pm

What’s the best way to communicate during such an epidemic? Your smartphone, and we know that; and we want to help as much as we can. 
Starting today, Verizon is waiving Upgrade Fees, Activation Fees & Setup Fees. Activation fees & Set up fees are automatically waived, while the upgrade fee is credited through a Bill Incentive Credit. *This will be for a limited time.
Working remotely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
- available via email and phone at (603) 276-5132
TPN Cancels 14th
Annual Steppin’ Up to End Violence
5K Walk & Fun Run

With consideration for everyone’s safety, as well as the economic impact of COVID-19, Turning Points Network has made the difficult decision to cancel our annual fundraiser, Steppin’ Up to End Violence 5K Walk & Fun Run May 2nd.

“And, in light of the uncertainty ahead – medically, financially and socially for our entire community -- we will not be rescheduling the event this year” said Deb Mozden, TPN Executive Director.

“We want to extend a huge thank you to the team leaders who have already reached out to us and asked if they can continue to fundraise for Steppin’ Up, even if the event is cancelled. Our response to you is a resounding yes!” said Jenn Ucci, Development Director.

Steppin’ Up was expected to raise $85,000 to support TPN programs through June 30th. Without Steppin’ Up, TPN is now vulnerable to a budget deficit that could impact vital services.

Any fundraising that teams and sponsors can continue to pledge in spite of the event cancellation will be deeply appreciated. Six advocates continue to work every day to meet the needs of survivors because domestic and sexual violence continue and may even increase because of forced isolation during this health pandemic.

To our teams, sponsors, volunteers and community, we will miss your comaraderie and your excitement to be part of such a meaningful and fun community event. Perhaps we will all come together in a myriad of other ways instead to help members of our community who are extremely impacted by this pandemic – those who will lose their income, their housing, their health. We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information, please call 603-543-0155 or email .
West Central Behavior Health
What We’re Doing To Help

These are unsettling times for our clients, our staff, and all of us involved in healthcare service delivery. Given our focus on mental health, our present objectives are to protect the health and safety of our staff and our clients. This means our Senior Leadership Team is meeting regularly (via videoconferencing) to assess and respond to daily changes locally, state-wide, and at the national level. Our offices remain open at this time, but staffing is reduced due to our initiative to encourage people to work from home whenever possible. Clients, please consult with your clinician or team to talk about video conferencing or phone conferencing. We are here. Please call on us.
Our current agency goals in this time of COVID-19 include:  
  • Use of telehealth and telephone to deliver services to clients whenever possible and as soon as possible.
  • Minimizing face-to-face contact between work colleagues and between staff and clients.
  • Working from home whenever possible to eliminate the spread of the virus.
  • Increased cleaning of our facilities.
  • Encouraging social distancing and good hygiene habits like frequent hand washing.
  • Postponing events or activities for larger group gatherings.
  • Posting regular updates on our website and on our Facebook page: @WestCentralBehavioralHealth
  • Proactively reaching out to clients who need our help and support now, more than ever.

In a time where nothing feels normal or routine, we are striving to ensure that we continue our services to clients and implement, no matter how temporary, a creative and effective means to do so. The only way for us to remain available to our clients is to ensure our own staff's physical and emotional safety. Technology and tools for telehealth are being disseminated to establish as many options as possible for remote work.

West Central staff are pulling together to maintain their steadfast commitment to our mission. It is not easy in times like these when the landscape changes daily. Yet we’re making continual adjustments to be nimble, and to react quickly as information and resources change. Above all, staying healthy while delivering essential services to our clients drives our efforts.  

How to Cope During This Stressful Time

Remain calm and know that the entire health system is working to respond and keep all of us safe.   Coping with stress and anxiety during the outbreak may be difficult. 
To learn more about how to cope with anxiety and stress, visit: .
To learn about Coronavirus symptoms and how to protect yourself, visit the CDC website at: .
For continuously updated local information, visit the NH DHHS website at: 

We are all doing our best during this unprecedented and stressful time. We remain dedicated to our clients and our mission to provide mental illness and substance use disorder treatment to individuals, families, and our communities while helping to reduce the stigma associated with these conditions.

Thank you. Stay healthy. Practice social distancing. Please wash your hands often. 
Our Emergency Services crisis team is taking calls at:
Stevens High School Alumni Association News
"To each and every one of my alumni friends,

It is with sadness and regret that after thinking long and hard about this coronavirus, and discussing with board members, we have decided that for the safety and health of all people, Stevens Alumni, for the first time ever, will cancel Alumni Weekend. Believe me, this decision has not been easy to make, but I feel this decision is in the best interest of all of us, and is for the safety and wellbeing of alumni as well as citizens of Claremont and surrounding areas to cancel all planned alumni events the weekend of June 13th.

I leave it up to 5 year classes to make their own decisions as to whether to have their own parties and functions or to move forward and plan for next year.

I have talked to some that have to come from other locations and they have stated that with travel at a standstill and the added burden of possibly renting a car and reserving a room, some are not sure what they will do. Others have already decided to wait it out and not come home this year.

There are many people out of work and funds are low and they most certainly don’t have extra to come home for parties and other functions.

As much fun and enjoyment as we have, I don’t feel it is worth the risk.

I think we should move forward and start planning our 150th. The five year classes such as 50 and 51, 55 and 56 and so on could double up on celebrations. The 5 yr classes from this year could still work with the 2020 float theme and 2021 could chose from whatever new theme is picked for the 150th. We would have a spectacular parade and other special functions to celebrate 150 years. What do you think? I can only hope that we are all on the same page.

We still need to have an annual meeting, choose next year’s theme for our 150th, and of course the scholarship awards will have to distributed. We’re just not sure how yet.

My phone is open for questions and comments: 603-504-5702 or you can email the office at or at my home email If you have parade questions please call Dick Girard at 603-543-6398

Any dues and donations you can spare this year will be much appreciated. If you buy the parade fund raiser tickets enclosed in the newsletter, that money will be held to help with parade expenses in 2021. The winners will be announced in the fall.

We will keep everyone updated as best we can through Facebook , the website , the newspaper and emails.

Take care, stay healthy and safe!
Doug, class of 1963
Stevens Alumni President
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