Well Water Safety Workshop – May 10

The WCA and the Wilmot Conservation Commission will present a program about Well Water Safety starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10 at the WCA’s Red Barn.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn about private wells, how they work, and how to test the quality of the water in those wells. Information also will include ways private well owners can protect their ground water, testing guidelines and issues that can impact drinking water.

This free program is part of the WCA’s David White Health and Wellness Series.Speakers will include Abby Fopiano, P.G., water well program manager, NH Department of Environmental Services Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau; Amanda Cosser, NH Public Health Labs; and Kathy Rodgers, RCAP Solutions.

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Having the Conversation – A Workshop at the WCA

New date – snow shut us down on March 8. Join us April 12!

It is always difficult to discuss end of life. The WCA will make it easier by hosting a workshop and panel of experts on this difficult but important topic. The program will begin at 5:15 p.m. with light refreshments on Thursday, April 12. The workshop is part of the Chief David White Safety and Wellness Series.

Dr. Kristi Saunders works with hospice and palliative patients

Speakers will include Dr. Kristi Saunders, Hospice Medical Director and Barbara Woolley, Social Worker from the Lake Sunapee VNA and Hospice, Cheryl Dean, Chaplain and Advanced Care Planning facilitator at the New London Hospital and W. Michael Todd, an attorney specializing in Estate Planning and Elder Law.

Susan Nye and her father Joe have had the conversation.

The program will focus on advanced health care planning. From considering your wishes to choosing a health care proxy and providing loved ones with directives, the panel will take you through the decision making and communications processes. “Most of us have a difficult time tackling this topic. The staff at both the hospital and the LSVNA & Hospice have been more than helpful with me and my family,” says Susan Nye, WCA administrator. She adds, “A lawyer is also critical to put it all together on paper.”

Established in memory of Wilmot’s former police chief, the workshop series covers a wide range of safety and health-related topics. The series is possible due to generous donations made to the WCA in Chief White’s name. All talks and workshops are free and open to the public.

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Tick Talk at the WCA Red Barn

The WCA and the Wilmot Conservation Commission are joining forces to host an illustrated talk about ticks and Lyme Disease. At 7 p.m. Thursday, October 12, Alan Eaton, Ph.D., an entomologist with UNH Cooperative Extension, will discuss tick biology, the diseases they spread to humans and how people can minimize the chances of becoming a victim.

“My tick work began in about 1989,” Eaton said. “It was clear that tick problems were increasing here, and we had no publications to answer questions. So I started monitoring, writing and giving presentations.”

The free program is part of the WCA’s Chief David White Memorial Safety and Wellness Series.The WCA is delighted to co-sponsor this and future events with the Wilmot Conservation Commission. The commission supports educational programs to identify health hazards found in nature.

Wilmot and area residents learn more about Narcan®

On September 28 the WCA Red Barn hosted another Chief David White Safety and Wellness workshop.  Alarmed that New Hampshire ranks second in the nation for the number of opioid-related deaths per capita, the WCA board decided to take a proactive and productive approach to the issue. The result was this educational workshop on Narcan® . Narcan® is an opiate antidote that can reverse the effects of an overdose. More than 25 people attended the program.The group included many safety and emergency officers and personnel.

Ann Davis, event coordinator thanked the team of presenters by saying, “It was a terrific presentation. It was informal yet very informative and professional. The team fielded the audience’s diverse questions with aplomb.”

Speakers at the program were, from the left, Pamela Drewniak, EMS and Emergency Prep coordinator at New London Hospital, David Zuger, chief, Wilmot Police Department; Tim Monahan, director of EMS and Emergency Preparedness at New London Hospital; Kyla Pillsbury, captain, Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department; and Kirsten Vigneault, director, Community Health and Emergency Preparedness at the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network, an affiliate of Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Lindy Heim of Wilmot attended the workshop and praised the team, “It was an EXCELLENT program on a disturbingly difficult problem we face here in NH. Thanks for getting all these knowledgeable people together to help us understand and maybe even help someone.”

The Wilmot Community Association (WCA) is proud to support the Chief David White Safety and Wellness Series. The series is possible due to generous donations made by family and friends to the WCA in David’s name.  

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The WCA will host a Narcan® training

The WCA and the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network will host an illustrated talk and training session about Narcan® (also known to as Naloxone). The program will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 28 at the Red Barn, 64 Village Road in Wilmot.

Speakers will include Pamela Drewniak, EMS and Emergency Prep coordinator at New London Hospital, Kirsten Vigneault, director, Community Health and Emergency Preparedness at the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network and Tim Monahan, director of EMS and New London Ambulance Service. Representatives from the Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department and the Wilmot Police Department will also be in attendance and available to provide additional information.

The program will cover information about how Naloxone works, training on how to administer the product and time for questions from the audience. At this time, Narcan® is the only FDA-approved nasal spray that is an antidote for known or suspected opioid drug overdoses.

At the conclusion of the illustrated talk and training sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to practice administration as well as receive a free kit, which includes two doses of Narcan®. “Following the 439 people in New Hampshire who died from a drug overdose in 2015, the NH Department of Health and Human Services purchased Naloxone kits for distribution,” Vigneault said. “The nasal spray is very easy to use and the training only takes about 20 minutes.”

Wildlife diseases next topic for Chief David White Safety and Wellness Series

Wildlife_Services_National_Rabies_MgtAfter rabid foxes and skunks were found in the Kearsarge region in 2016, the WCA is proud to announce the next topic in the Chief David White Safety and Wellness Series. Wildlife Biologist Anthony Musante will present a program on rabies and other wildlife diseases at 2 p.m. Monday, April 17. The talk and slide show will be held at the WCA’s Red Barn at 64 Village Road in Wilmot.

Encountering a rabid animal is frightening and can have serious consequences. Anthony Musante is with the USDA/APHIS-Wildlife Services. He will share information and answer your questions about rabies, avian influenza, tularemia, leptospirosis and other wildlife diseases. He will also cover surveillance of these diseases in New Hampshire.

Established in memory of Wilmot’s former police chief, this workshops series covers a wide range of safety and health-related topics. The series is possible due to generous donations made to the WCA in Chief White’s name. All talks and workshops are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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