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For more information on participating in any of the above Chamber events please email Elyse Crossman or call (603) 543-1296
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News from Sullivan County
Attached is an updated schedule of the FY23 Budget Review with a new date of Friday, May 13th at 3PM added to the schedule to continue discussions about the budget. A link to the May 13th folder can be found at: May 13, 2022 FY23 Budget Review

Just a reminder that the Board of Commissioners will convene with the County Manager and the Executive Finance Committee members to continue their review of the FY23 County Manager's Proposed Budget with interviews of FY23 Community Grant applicants on Friday, May 6, 2022 at 9:00 AM in Newport, NH - 14 Main Street 3rd Floor Probate Court Room.​  Other county business may be conducted at this time.  

A summary of the County Manager's budget, copies of the FY23 Budget Review notices, with any handouts shared at the meeting for the FY23 Budget Review discussions, may be accessed at:  May 6, 2022 FY23 Budget Review-Community Grant Applicant Interviews

Click on the link above to view any meeting agenda & corresponding documents available.

For help accessing any documents, please contact our office at 603-863-2560 or via email at
Companies interested in participating can email Nika Oakes at
Arts Education Fund & Scholarship Information
The Center for the Arts believes the arts are essential to a student’s complete education and with so many cuts in programs the CFA believes it is their mission to keep the arts alive in local schools by supporting teachers and the school administrators in their efforts to provide creative programing for all of their students.

And to that end, the Center for the Arts Arts Education Fund is available to any teacher in the twelve towns of the Lake Sunapee Region, for teacher-led classroom projects and school-wide programs.

In addition to the Arts Education Program, the CFA also offers Scholarships to talented students in our region who dream of a future in dance, music, theater, writing or the visual arts. These students are the future of the arts, and the CFA acknowledges their passion and talent by providing them financial support.

$30,000 has been awarded over the past five years and 2022 applications are currently available. Scholarships are possible for summer programs as well as for high school seniors pursuing a college education in the arts.

The CFA encourages creative students to visit the website for more information and applications.
Art for Ukraine
In response to the devasting events taking place in Ukraine, the Center for the Arts is hosting a fundraiser to raise much needed funds for Ukrainian Relief.
"Art for Ukraine" includes over 25 donated pieces of art by award winning artists in the Lake Sunapee Region. The public is invited to view the art as part of the May 6th First Friday Gallery Night Stroll and also to see additional pieces online at
The CFA asks the public to support this effort by purchasing art, or by making donations online. Art will be available to purchase through the end of May. All proceeds from the sale of this artwork, and all donations, will go directly to Ukrainian Relief Funds. Please make your selections early!
The CFA thanks the following artists for their generous donations to this fundraiser: Peter Anderson, Anna Marie Ash, Betsy Derrick, Bill Balsam, Mary Belecz, Megan Cardillo, Kathleen Curwen, Elizabeth D’Amico, Gwen Fuller, Ludmila Gayvoronsky, Jack Harkins, Nancy Hendrix, Pam Hill, Barbara Hunting, Mimi Wiggin, Andrea Lapins, Gwen Nagel, Rick Stockwell, Juliana Twomey, and many others.
New art is added online everyday! To see the entire gallery of “Art for Ukraine” please visit .
For more information please contact us at
CFA Arts Scholarships are now available for summer enrichment and college programs
The Center for the Arts invites students in grades 7-11 and High School Seniors entering college to apply online now. Deadline is June 1st.

Thanks to the generosity of our members and the community, the Center for the Arts awards scholarships each year to student artists, musicians, writers, dancers, and theater majors, for both summer enrichments programs and college level studies. The Center for the Arts has awarded over $30,000 to students in the Lake Sunapee Region with a dream of pursuing their education in Art, Music, Theater, Dance and Literature.

Eligible students must:
  • Reside in one of the 12 towns in the Lake Sunapee Region: Andover, Bradford, Danbury, Grantham, New London, Newbury, Newport, Springfield, Sunapee, Sutton, Warner, or Wilmot.
  • Be enrolled in public or private school, or home schooled.
  • Submit a completed application for a scholarship to fund arts-based enrichment education.
  • Agree to share their talent with the community

CFA Scholarships have helped to fund local students participating in prestigious programs at home and around the world, including Joffre Ballet in NYC, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Kinhaven Music Intensive, the Rockettes, the Greece Screenwriters Lab, the New London Barn Playhouse and the Kearsarge Conservatory for the Performing Arts. High School seniors have gone on to pursue their arts studies at Dartmouth, Smith, Colby-Sawyer, Hart School of Music, and the Chicago Art institute, just to name a few.

Last year’s Scholarship winners were Matt Gallagher, from Newport was awarded the Gusta Morgan Teach Scholarship, for Leadership in the Arts. Matt has been attending Dartmouth College. Bailey Carmody, from Warner, was awarded the Madge Rizza Scholarship for Performing Arts. Bailey has been attending Plymouth State University this year. Anya Moorehouse, from Sunapee and Sydney Laurendeau from Bradford, received scholarships to attend the Dance Education Program provided by the Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston and the American Society of the Teachers of Dancing, located in Nashua, NH. Katie Renner and Annalise Renner from Newport and a Junior at Newport High School both received scholarships to attend RB Productions Summer Theater Program at the Concord Center for the Arts in Concord, NH.

The CFA believes the arts are essential and strives to support our youth as the pursue their dreams.
We are proud of these talented students and are delighted to help them on their journey,” -Scholarship Chair Sue Elliott.

Applications be made online at Deadline is June 1st.
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Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network Upcoming Opportunities
1.       Alcohol Awareness Night- Keep Your Teen Safe: How to Keep Your Teen Safe During Prom and Graduation Season- May 11th, 6:30-7:30pm
a.       Target Audience: Parents and Caregivers
b.       About: This is a FREE virtual information session to learn tips and important ways to support your teens safety around substances. We will look at current trends around topics like substance misuse, safe driving, mental health, and more, and also provide support around how to talk to teens around celebrating millstones safely, the dangers of distracted driving, and tips to keep your teen safe.
c.       Registration link here

2.       Community Conversation: How Building Strong Relationships with Youth Prevents Substance Misuse- May 17th, 6:30-7:30pm
a.       Target Audience: Parents, caregivers, teachers, coaches, community members
b.       About: This is a FREE 1 hour virtual discussion around how building strong relationships with youth can positively influence their lives, build resilience, and let our youth feel heard, supported, and connected. This program will start with a quick 4 minute video around the topic, and then will dive into a deep discussion where we want to hear from you!
c.       Registration link here

3.       Connect Suicide Prevention for Educators- May 19th, 3:30-5:30
a.       Target Audience: Restricted to Educators
b.       About: This is a FREE 2 hour virtual training for educators to learn how to recognize their role as a gatekeeper and risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs for suicide in persons at risk. This training will help participants gain comfort in knowing how to connect with a person at risk, and how to connect them with available resources.
c.       Registration link hereLimited to the first 30 people.

4.       Youth Mental Health First Aid- May 24th, 9am-2:30pm
a.       Target Audience: Parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring
b.       About: This is a FREE 4 hour training for the community that is designed to teach participants how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
c.       Registration link hereLimited to the first 30 people.
This is a three-session academy that includes an intro webinar, a SBDC-led small business resiliency plan virtual training and an in-person tour of NH communities highlighting small businesses and community leaders practicing the many aspects of resilience.
The Academy is free and designed for businesses, community leaders and volunteers, economic development professionals, entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, and anyone interested in small business and community resilience.
Session 1 Webinar - Virtual via Zoom
Introduction to Small Business and Community Resiliency Webinar
May 25, 2022, 9 am – 11 am
Session 2 Regional Training Meeting for Businesses - Virtual via Zoom
Trainings for small business resilience plan development in the Central, Southern and Seacoast Regions
June 1, 2022, 9 am – 11 am
Session 3 Walking Tour of NH Communities Practicing Resilience
June 7 | June 14 | June 16 In-person Walking Tours 9-11 am Celebrate resiliency in our communities with a visit to a local downtown.

For information: or visit us on the web: Resiliency Academy
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