March 19, 2016 9:06 pm0 comments

Newport, NH: At its meeting of March 7, 2016, the Sullivan County Board of Commissioners voted to incorporate the court diversion and family services programs formerly managed by Community Alliance of Health Services into the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network, for which the County is fiscal agent. Alecia Farquhar, who has served as director of the court diversion and family services with Community Alliance for the past four years, will continue to manage the programs for Sullivan County, under the new title of Greater Sullivan County Diversion Services. (more…)

Michael Gervais, Jr. and Glenn Johnson Team Up For Run at Stafford Speedway 2016 SK Modified® Track Championship

March 12, 2016 6:10 pm0 comments


(Stafford Springs, CT)—When the green flag falls on the 2016 SK Modified® season at Stafford Motor Speedway, there will be a new team combination made up of two familiar faces.  Michael Gervais, Jr. will team up with Glenn Johnson to drive Johnson’s #15 SK Modified® in search of the track championship.  Johnson has been an owner at Stafford for over 20 years and is still in search of his first championship, while Gervais will be looking to add the SK Modified® title to the SK Light championship that he won as a rookie driver back in 2009.  Both parties are looking forward to the 2016 season with sponsorship from Morrison & Johnson, Long Island Performance and NJK Automotive.

“About 3 weeks ago, Michael’s spotter Ray Griffen stopped by and asked about Michael possibly driving the car,” said Johnson.  “I thought it over and we set up a meeting where we put all our cards on the table and we made a deal.  Michael is a gentleman and Mike Pettit told me that Mr. Gervais was just like me and I’m super excited about going racing this season.  I want to win races and a championship and Michael wants the same things.  We tried to win a championship with Doug [Coby] and it just didn’t work out for us.  I’ve been at Stafford for 22 years now and as everyone knows, the SK Modifieds® are a tough game.”

“It’s a good feeling to be able to pair up with someone like Glenn,” said Gervais.  “He’s very passionate about the sport and after our meeting we’re both pretty excited.  We wrecked our car at Thompson at the end of the year and while we’ve been in the process of getting the car back together we thought let’s look around and see if we can maybe find another team to hook up with and try something new.  We talked with several teams and Ray had the idea to talk with Glenn and that led to our meeting.  Glenn has been looking for a championship and we’ve been looking for a championship.  Glenn definitely has the equipment for us to be able to go out and win a championship so I don’t think it’s a stretch for us to think we can do that.”

Gervais teaming up with Johnson means that Gervais will have to get to grips with a new chassis as Johnson’s car is an LFR chassis.  Gervais has previously run Troyer and Chassis Dynamics chassis in his SK Light and SK Modified® experience but he doesn’t think it will be too much of a hassle behind the wheel of an unfamiliar chassis.

“I had a Troyer when I first started and then we ran a CD for many years,” said Gervais.  “I’m excited to try out the LFR car and see what it’s all about.  I’ve heard really good things about the car and I’m looking forward to seeing how the car feels and if it’s any different than what I’ve been used to.  I don’t think driving wise it will be any different but I’m sure what I’ll need in the car will be different with what kind of adjustments the car might need.”

Johnson and Gervais will combine their crew members and Gervais thinks that everything is in place to challenge for wins right away.

“I’m pumped right now,” said Gervais.  “We were already excited but to see how excited Glenn was to be working with us, we think it’s going to work out really well.  I think both crews will work well together.  We all have the same goals to win races and try to win a championship.  We definitely want to get at least one win this season and if we can get consistent finishes, I think we’ll all be pretty happy with that.”

Gervais will take his first step towards winning races and making a championship run at the first SK Modified® race of the 2016 season which will be a 45-lap feature commemorating the running of the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler.  Action gets underway Friday, April 22 with a practice session for Stafford’s weekly divisions and the Mr. Rooter Trucks.  The practice session will be open to the public at no charge.  Action continues on Saturday, April 23 with Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the Whelen Modified Tour cars, along with heat and consolation races for Stafford’s weekly divisions, the U.S. Legend Cars, and the Mr. Rooter Trucks.  Saturday will wrap up with feature events for the SK Light, Limited Late Model, DARE Stock, Legend Cars, and Mr. Rooter Trucks.  Spring Sizzler action continues on Sunday, April 24 with the NAPA Auto Parts Pit Party from 11am-noon followed by Stafford’s SK Modifieds® in a special 45-lap feature and Late Models joining the Whelen Modified Tour in feature action.

Tickets for the “Greatest Race in the History of Spring” are on sale now at the Speedway Box Office.  Tickets are priced at $38.50 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Reserved seating will be priced at $42.00 for all ages.  All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax.  Discount Tickets will be available at all 57 participating NAPA Auto Parts stores beginning on Monday April 4th.  For a full list of the 57 locations throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island, call the speedway office or visit us on the web at

For more information on the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, or to order tickets, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at

Olson Apartments Joins Stafford Motor Speedway Contingency Program

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(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that Olson Apartments of Feeding Hills, MA has signed on to become the newest member of the tracks’ Contingency Program for the 2016 season.  Olson Apartments will furnish a weekly $75 bonus to the third place finisher in each SK Light feature event this season.  Olson Apartments’ contingency award, combined with contingency awards from SK Light contingency partners, Dunleavy Truck & Trailer Repair, Maybury Material Handling, On Time Accounting and New England Racing Fuel means that SK Light driver’s contingency awards are in excess of $10,000 throughout the season. (more…)

We Can Help!

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Family-to-Family is an educational program that is FREE for family members,
partners and friends of individuals over the age of 17, who have a mental illness such as:

Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic
Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

 Is there someone in your life that has one of these illnesses?
 Have you been struggling to understand their illness and
how to help them and your family to cope?

The “Family-to-Family” course is taught by local trained volunteers who have family members
with a mental illness.  In this course you will learn about these illnesses and their treatments;
how to improve communication with your loved one; solve problems; find the help you need;
and take care of yourself.

Family-to-Family is a FREE, 12-session educational program.
Classes Start:  Tuesday March 29, 2016
Location:  Claremont, NH
Contact the Teacher:
Pat Whitney,, 603-763-5054
Donna Stamper,, 603-863-2621
Registration is Required
To register, please contact Pat or Donna at the information above or register online at

If you have any questions regarding the Family-to-Family educational program,
please contact Liz Hodgkins, Education and Support Program Coordinator,
via email: or (603) 225-5359, x322

Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center awarded community health grant by Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation

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WINDSOR, VT – Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) has received a grant of $5,000 from the Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation in support of the Windsor Connection Resource Center (WCRC). The grant will be used to help further the work of the WCRC’s “PATCH” team – a local network of health care providers and social services agencies.

The primary goal of this PATCH network, of which MAHHC is a member, is to improve community access to high-quality health care services by making it easier for people to find and connect with providers. “Right now, because there are so many different agencies and programs, it can be hard for people to be aware of all the resources available,” said Jill Lord, RN, Director of Community Health at MAHHC.  (more…)

Eric Berndt Looking to Continue Winning Ways in Stafford Speedway’s SK Modified® Division

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(Stafford Springs, CT)—When the green flag is unfurled on the 2016 SK Modified® season at Stafford Motor Speedway, Cromwell native Eric Berndt will be looking to pick up right where he left off in 2015.  Through the first 20 races of last season Berndt was having a solid season and sat fifth in the points standings.  But wins in the final 2 races elevated Berndt up to fourth in the final standings and gave him and his #66 Cos’ Central Auto / North End Auto Parts team a ton of positive momentum heading into the winter. (more…)

Stafford Speedway Season Ticket Savings Deadline Is March 16

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(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Motor Speedway’s 2016 Season Ticket Packages are available and offer a savings to race teams and fans.  After March 16, all season ticket packages will increase in price.  Season tickets include General Admission, Reserved Seat, Season Paddock Pass, and Kids Club season packages.  Season tickets offer fans access to all Stafford Motor Speedway NASCAR Racing events during the 2016 season, including NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, and Modified Racing Series events.  Season tickets do not include admission to Monster Trucks, Swap Meets, or Monday Night Wild Thing Kart events.  (more…)

TSI Harley-Davidson to Sponsor Stafford Speedway NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Race for 9th Consecutive Season

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(Stafford Springs, CT)—Stafford Motor Speedway has announced that TSI Harley-Davidson of Ellington, CT will be the title sponsor of the track’s 125-lap NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event for the ninth consecutive season.  This year’s edition of the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 will take the green flag on Friday, June 3rd.

“We’re happy to be partnered with Stafford Speedway once again for a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event,” said Harry Levesque, Owner of TSI Harley-Davidson.  “NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events always draw the biggest crowds to Stafford and sponsoring the race is a great way for us to be able to showcase the latest line of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.  Our display allows us to interact directly with the fans to tell them all about our Harley-Davidson bikes and our Jumpstart, which allows fans to actually sit on the bike, give it some throttle and go through the gears, is a one of a kind experience and we really enjoy interacting with all the race fans.” (more…)

How to Cook Like a Professional Chef at Home

March 11, 2016 3:46 pm0 comments

(StatePoint) Every home baker or chef has asked the same question at some point: why don’t my cakes or dishes look and taste like the ones from my favorite restaurant? The answer: culinary professionals know secrets and tricks that most home chefs don’t.

Some of these are simple and easy to adopt in your kitchen. (more…)

Jill Lord, RN, Named Director of Community Health at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center

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WINDSOR, VT — Kevin W. Donovan, President and CEO of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) recently announced the appointment of Jill Lord, RN, as the Hospital’s Director of Community Health. Lord’s new position reflects her long commitment to community health and her effectiveness in leading initiatives aimed at improving public health in Windsor, Woodstock and the surrounding region. (more…)