Awards and Presentations Given at Annual Meeting

Two very deserving individuals were honored at the Lake Sunapee VNA Annual Meeting held on March 7 in Newport. Claudia Lewis was announced as the winner of the 2017 “Joanne Hughes Volunteer Excellence Award” for her incredible dedication to The Renaissance Shoppe since 2005. The 2017 “Imagine the Possibilities Staff Award” was presented to Beth Eldridge, RN Case Manager, who has been quietly, competently and compassionately caring for members of the community and supporting her fellow staff for more than eight years.

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Members of the Board of Trustees were also recognized at the meeting. Newly appointed members include Dr. Gregory Curtis, Dan Junius and Lisa Richmond. Sheldon Boege is stepping down as Board Chair, but will still remain on the Board. He was thanked for his leadership and guidance by Jim Culhane, President & CEO, and Dr. Donald Eberly, incoming Board Chair.

claudia lewis

The more than 80 attendees were also treated to an engaging presentation by Dr. Alan Kono of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Heart & Vascular Center. Dr. Kono spoke on “The Role of Palliative Care in the Treatment of Advanced Cardiac Disease.” He stressed the importance of discussing and including palliative care measures much sooner in an individual’s disease process, which is a strength of the Lake Sunapee VNA’s Palliative Care Team. For more information about palliative care, call 603-526-4077.

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Good Day Respite

Are you caring for someone with memory loss?

Good Day Respite is a day program run by Lake Sunapee VNA that supports adults with mild to moderate memory loss and their caregivers. A Licensed Nursing Assistant oversees the program, which meets throughout the year on Mondays and Thursdays at Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church in New London and on Fridays at United Methodist Church in Lebanon.

Participants are dropped off by their caregivers at 10am, and throughout the day, enjoy discussion, games, lunch, crafts, entertainment and more. Volunteers help facilitate these activities, all of which provide stimulation and socialization for the program participants until their caregivers return to pick them up at 3pm. During the program’s five hours, caregivers of the participants have time for errands, activities and a much needed break, knowing their loved ones are in a safe and supportive place.

Each location can take up to 12 participants, and there is a nominal fee with scholarships available for those in need. If you care for an individual with memory loss, let Lake Sunapee VNA determine if the program is right for you. For more information, call 603-526-4077.

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Changes & Transitions: Growing Through Grief

Six-week bereavement support program to begin February 21st

Lake Sunapee VNA is pleased to offer “Changes & Transitions: Growing Through Grief” as part of its 2017 bereavement support schedule. This six-week program is designed to help people experiencing grief gain insight into the challenges of loss that can help one “grow through grief.” The program will be held every Tuesday from February 21 through March 28 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Lebanon Public Library, 9 East Park Street, Lebanon.

There is no fee and no registration necessary. For more information, call 526-4077.

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Dr. Kono to speak at March 7th Annual Meeting

Dr. Kono from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Heart & Vascular Center to speak at Annual Meeting

Alan Kono, MD, FACC, of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Heart & Vascular Center, will be the featured speaker at the LSRVNA Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 7th. Dr. Kono is Medical Director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy program and Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Critical Care unit at DHMC. His clinical and research interests are focused on advanced heart failure, diastolic heart failure, cardiology-oncology, hypothermia in sudden cardiac arrest, and palliative care and translational medicine in delivering optimal care. Dr. Kono, who works collaboratively with the LSRVNA Palliative Care Team, will speak on "The Role of Palliative Care in the Treatment of Advanced Cardiac Disease."

Free and open to the public, the LSRVNA Annual Meeting will be held in the Sugar River Bank Community Room at 10 North Main Street in Newport from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. In addition to Dr. Kono’s presentation, the meeting will include remarks by the agency’s CEO and Board Chair, as well as the presentation of two very special awards. Lights refreshments will be served.

To RSVP, contact Cathy Raymond at 603-526-4077 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Heidelberg Lodge IOOF #92 (a.k.a. Oddfellows) of New London continues its long-standing support of Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice

New London Oddfellows open their hearts again

Heidelberg Lodge IOOF #92 (a.k.a. Oddfellows) of New London continued its long-standing support of Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice by presenting its annual donation, which was gratefully accepted by Jim Culhane, President and CEO, on January 12. The Lodge supports local needs with the significant funds raised at its annual Christmas Auction, a 22-year tradition.

Heidelberg Lodge hails from the fact that before it was incorporated as New London, the town was originally called Heidelberg. Oddfellows have followed the guiding principles of friendship, love and truth in their service to the community and people in need. With approximately 10,000 Oddfellows Lodges in 26 countries, the New London Lodge, founded in 1895, is proud to be among them!

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Support LSRVNA by dining at the Coach House Restaurant on January 19th

Donate While You Dine!

Lake Sunapee VNA will be the fortunate recipient of the “Thursday’s Child” proceeds at the Coach House Restaurant on January 19th. Simply call the restaurant directly at 526-2791 to make a reservation for that evening. Then enjoy an elegant dinner with family, friends or colleagues, while supporting vital home care and community services…50% of the evening’s profits come back to Lake Sunapee VNA!

The Coach House Restaurant is located in the historic New London Inn at 353 Main Street in New London and supports local community organizations “one plate at a time” through its “Thursday’s Child” events. For more information, contact Cathy Raymond at 526-4077 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Craft Fair and Hospice Dinner

November Events to Benefit Hospice Care

November is Hospice and Palliative Care Month, which means the 11th Annual Craft Fair and the 28th Annual Hospice Dinner are right around the corner. Both events are held each year to benefit Hospice Care at Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA).

 This year’s Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, November 5 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church at 82 King Hill Road (Route 11) in New London. The event will feature unique crafts for every taste, raffles, food, music, a cookie walk and a silent auction, all in support of Hospice Care. Event organizer and LSRVNA employee, Cheyrl Fogwill, encourages everyone to “come check out our new look this year!” For more information, call 526-4077.

The annual Hospice Dinner will take place on Wednesday, November 16 at 6:00 pm at The Millstone at 74 Main Street in New London. This elegant evening to honor and benefit Hospice Care is $50 per person and includes hors-d’oeuvres, dinner choice of salmon, beef or vegetarian, and a complimentary cocktail. RSVP to 526-4077 by November 11.

For more information about the Hospice Care available through LSRVNA, go to https://lakesunapeevna.org/services/hospice.

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Ledyard’s 25th Anniversary Video Contest: The results are in!

Ledyard's 25th Anniversary Video Contest: The results are in!

It's all good! Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) ended in 4th place in the Ledyard Bank 25th Anniversary Video Contest and received an unexpected and much appreciated $1,500 cash award in recognition of our exceptional work!

A reception was held by Ledyard Bank on October 28th to celebrate LSRVNA and the other four local non-profit organizations entered in the contest.

WE HAVE SO MANY REASONS TO BE PROUD:

  • LSRVNA was one of just five local non-profits (among a long list of choices) selected by Ledyard Bank staff to be part of this very special contest.
  • LSRVNA was selected because of the amazing work our staff and volunteers do every day.
  • LSRVNA received lots of wonderful and free publicity throughout the region during the month of October.
  • LSRVNA video was watched by hundreds of people who learned more about the vital services we provide and some of the lives those services impact.
  • LSRVNA video is now posted on our website for others to see!

Thanks to everyone who “liked” and “shared” our video!

To view the LSRVNA video, go to https://lakesunapeevna.org/

To see highlights from the October 28th Ledyard Bank Reception, check out YCN News at https://ycnnow.com/2016/10/31/ledyard-bank-celebrates-25th-anniversary/

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Seeking Vendors for November 5th Craft Fair

The 11th Annual Craft Fair to benefit LSRVNA Hospice Care will be held at the Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church at 82 King Hill Road (Route 11) in New London on Saturday, November 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Crafters are sought to participate in this festive day, which will also include a Cookie Walk, Silent Auction, entertainment, food and more.

The fee per space is $40, and spaces are ten feet wide. Participants can set up on November 4 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and November 5 starting at 7:00 a.m. Upon arrival, each crafter will receive a coupon for a free coffee and pastry.

For more information, contact Cheyrl Fogwill at 526-4077.

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Bereavement Support During the Holidays

In addition to its ongoing bereavement support groups, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice has planned two special programs for the holidays. One is a two-part informational and learning program on how to handle the holidays after a loss. The other is the annual “Time of Remembrance” celebration to remember and honor the lives of loved ones who have died.

“Healing for the Holidays: How to Handle the Holidays After a Loss” involves two sessions to learn how to proactively manage the holidays after losing a loved one. Individuals can attend the program at the Lebanon Public Library at 9 East Park Street on October 24 and 31 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. or at LSRVNA in New London on November 3 and 10 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

“Time of Remembrance” is an annual event to celebrate the lives of individuals in the LSRVNA Hospice program and community who have died over the past year. This special ceremony will be held on November 8 at 6:00 p.m. in Foulkes Hall at Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church in New London and will include readings, music and refreshments.

For more information or to RSVP for any of these programs, contact the LSRVNA Bereavement Coordinator at 526-4077.

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