A Twofer: Nine Students Receive High School Diplomas and NECC College Degrees at Once

More than 500 graduating seniors from 22 local high schools earned college credits in addition to their high school diplomas this year as participants in Northern Essex Community College’s Early College Program. Students and their families celebrated at an Early College recognition ceremony on May 16, held on Northern Essex’s Haverhill Campus. The students earned a total of 8,139 credits while in high school, an average of 16 credits each, which translates to a full college semester. The students will transfer their credits to 57 different public and private colleges, from UMass Amherst to Worcester Polytechnic Institute to Northeastern University. At least 90 have elected to attend Northern Essex in the fall.

Anna Jaques Hospital Receives Baby-Friendly Hospital Designation from National Group

Anna Jaques Hospital, a member of Beth Israel Lahey Health, has been redesignated as a Baby-Friendly Hospital by Baby-Friendly USA, the accrediting body and national authority for the global Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Dr. Glenn Focht, president of Anna Jaques Hospital said, “This designation is a testament to our commitment to ensuring that every patient who delivers a baby at our hospital is given the resources, information and support needed to help her and her baby get the best, healthiest start in life. We are proud of our team members for their hard work throughout this rigorous redesignation process and for their dedication to helping our newborns and families thrive.”

The distinguished Baby-Friendly USA honor recognizes that Anna Jaques Hospital is adhering to the highest standards of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. These standards are built on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, a set of evidence-based practices recommended by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund for optimal infant feeding support in the first days of a newborn’s life. The Baby-Friendly USA recognition was first awarded to Anna Jaques Hospital in 2018.

North Andover Man, Passenger Suffer Injuries in Hampton, N.H., Toll Plaza Crash

A 78-year-old North Andover man and his passenger were hurt yesterday after his car struck a concrete barrier at the Hampton, N.H., Toll Plaza. At about 4:11 p.m., Thursday, state troopers assigned to the Troop A barracks responded to a report of a crash near the cash toll collection area on Interstate 95 northbound. Troopers responded and found two in the vehicle. A passenger was determined to have serious injuries and was not alert. After discovering the passenger side doors were inoperable due to damage, Trooper Daniel Bourque broke the rear passenger side window to get inside the vehicle and further assess the passenger’s injuries.

Tempers Flare After House Passes Gun Background Check Bill Again

by Annmarie Timmins, New Hampshire Bulletin
May 23, 2024

It was a dramatic 15 minutes on the House floor Thursday afternoon. First, the House likely picked a fight with the Senate by voting overwhelmingly to revive and send back to the Senate a gun background check bill senators tabled last week. This time, the House attached it to one of the Senate’s priority bills, which would put $40 million toward a new prison. Moments after the House vote, the bill’s sponsor confronted another House member for allegedly yelling “liar” at him while he was speaking. Rep. Terry Roy, the Deerfield Republican who sponsored the bill that would add some mental health records to gun background checks, responded to questions from the Bulletin via text messages after the House resumed its work.

Eagle-Tribune Owner CNHI Plans to Sell 10 Southern Newspapers

CNHI, the Montgomery, Alabama-based parent company of the Eagle-Tribune and other area newspapers plans to sell 10 southern publications to Carpenter Media Group. In a statement, the two companies said Thursday they have reached a preliminary agreement for Carpenter to buy 10 newspapers spread across Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, as well as a printing plant in Valdosta, Georgia. The papers include Alabama papers, Athens News Courier, Cullman Times and St. Clair News Aegis; Meridian (Mississippi) Star; and Georgia newspapers Dalton Daily Citizen, Milledgeville Union-Recorder, Valdosta Daily Times, Moultrie Observer, Thomasville Times-Enterprise’ and Tifton Gazette.

Finegold Says Unanimous Senate Vote to Increase Education Aid Shows Unified Commitment

Haverhill and area communities running into shortfalls when it comes to paying for schools during the next term may receive a bit of relief if a state Senate bill becomes law. The Senate this week voted unanimously to increase minimum state aid to schools from $104 to $110 per pupil during debate on the budget for the year that begins July 1. Sen. Barry R. Finegold, a co-sponsor of the budget amendment, said he advocated for the resources both as the child of public-school educators and the product of a public education. “This increase in funding reflects modern-day costs and will help schools continue to serve its students at the highest level. The Senate’s bipartisan action on this issue demonstrates a unified commitment to our student’s wellbeing and academic success,” said Finegold.

Groveland Police and Fire Work Together to Help Deliver Baby Girl Tuesday at Home

Members of Groveland’s police and fire departments worked together Tuesday to help safely deliver a baby girl. Groveland Police and Fire were dispatched about 8:45 a.m. to a home for a report of a woman actively in labor. Fire Chief Robert Valentine, firefighter/EMT Jeff Dalton, firefighter/EMT Dan Manning, Groveland Police Lt. Heather Riley and Sgt. Steven Petrone arrived within two minutes. Valentine, Dalton, Manning, Riley, and Petrone used their experience and training to keep the mother calm and assist with the delivery.

Sandown, N.H., Recalls Native Son Who Died in America’s Civil War

A son of Sandown, N.H., who gave his life to preserve our nation’s unity and defend democracy for his own generation and those who followed, will be remembered during the town’s Memorial Day celebration. Sgt. Daniel Marston, whose mother’s family—the Flanders—had lived in Sandown since before the American Revolution, grew up in town. He ran a local wheelwrights shop, but during the Union’s lowest point in the war, left to fight. He and other Sandown men joined one of New Hampshire’s nine-month infantry regiments.