Cornish Man Honored by Lake Sunapee VNA for Service in National Guard

Honoring Melvin O. Clark

On January 11, 2018 Melvin O. Clark was honored by Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) at a “We Honor Veterans” ceremony in his Cornish home. Members of the LSRVNA caregiving staff acknowledged Mr. Clark for his service in the Army National Guard, where he voluntarily enlisted in 1953. With his son, Alan J. Clark, and grandson, Cullen A. Clark by his side Mr. Clark was presented with a plaque and pin honoring his service, as well as a commemorative memory book to help document stories, facts and special life moments. At the time of his final Honorable Discharge (“awarded as a testimony of honest and faithful service”) in 1961, Mr. Clark was a Corporal Grade E4 in the 4th Howitzer Battalion of the 197th Artillery based in New Hampshire. In addition to being a skilled marksman, Mr. Clark drove a Howitzer tank. Son, Alan, recalls how much his father loved driving the Howitzer and was reportedly seen chasing an occasional wayward deer or driving through a river just to see if he could get to the other side. Rumor has it that he was also usually the first in line for dinner!

As a civilian Mr. Clark was an expert and highly regarded stone mason, even building a fireplace for Guy Lombardo. Says son Alan, “Lucille Ball loved that fireplace so much that she had Melvin build one for her home in the White Mountains.” His expertise can be seen in the unique almost three-story hanging chimney at the Hopkins Center. Schools, state parks, stone churches all give testament to his mastery. He is the only person who knows where time capsules are in stone church foundations. “And when he wasn’t working, he always loved to dance!” shares Alan.

In 2011, LSRVNA was the first home care agency in New Hampshire to become a national “We Honor Veterans” Partner. Partners must meet specific requirements to enhance care for patients who served in the military during their lives. For more information please call 603-526-4077.

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PHOTO CAPTION: (Standing) Cullen Clark (left) and Alan Clark share in the moment with Melvin Clark after the “We Honor Veterans” presentation.

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Bereavement Support Program

Threads of Hope

Lake Sunapee VNA will offer a new seven-week bereavement support program called “Threads of Hope” beginning on January 17th in Claremont. Choose the afternoon series at Valley Regional Hospital or the evening series at TLC Family Resource Center. This free program will center around a little book with very large healing potential as participants journey through 12 questions asked by many grieving people and learn to respond to these questions in helpful ways. And you will keep the book!

The program will be held on Wednesdays, January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 1:00 to 2:30pm at Valley Regional Hospital, 243 Elm Street, Claremont. It will also be held on those same dates from 5:00 to 6:30pm at TLC Family Resource Center, 109 Pleasant Street, Claremont. RSVPs are requested by calling 603-526-4077.

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Lake Sunapee VNA Partnering with Summercrest on Film Screenings

In an effort to encourage more open discussion about end-of-life decisions, Summercrest will be holding two free documentary screenings for the community in partnership with Lake Sunapee VNA.

The film "Nine to Ninety" addresses what it takes to live, love and die with dignity and grace in the modern age. "Being Mortal" explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the doctors, nurses and family members who care for them. Community members and health care providers are encouraged to see these films and be part of the national conversation taking place in our community that asks: Have you and your family had these important conversations and planned ahead?

"Nine to Ninety" will be shown on Thursday, January 11 at 10:00 am (snow date of January 18). "Being Mortal" will be shown on Thursday, February 8 at 10:00 am (snow date of February 15). Both films will be shown at Summercrest at 169 Summer Street in Newport and will be followed by a discussion guided by Lake Sunapee VNA staff.

RSVP to Leigh Stocker at 603-863-8181 or

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Year-End Giving

Year-End Giving: Many ways to give…many ways to help

Because Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice is a non-profit organization, tax deductible donations are accepted … and needed … in order to fulfill our mission. With many ways to give, here are a few:


It’s easy to give stocks and other marketable securities. The value of the gift is based on what the stock or other security sold for on the day of the donation (i.e. the average price between the highest and lowest quoted selling prices). And donors who give long-term stock (stock owned for more than one year) that has appreciated in value avoid paying capital gains.

Retirement Assets

To donate retirement plan assets during your lifetime, you would need to take a distribution from the retirement account, include the distribution as income, account for any taxes associated with the distribution, and then contribute cash to the charity—with one exception: People who are age 70 ½ or older can donate up to $100,000 from their IRA directly to a charity and avoid paying income tax on the distribution (known as a qualified charitable distribution).

Check / Credit Card

Simply send a check (payable to LSRVNA) or use a credit card online to donate.

There is still time to get a tax-deduction for 2017! Contact Cathy Raymond at 603-526-4077 with questions.

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Lempster Veteran Honored by Lake Sunapee VNA

On November 9, 2017 Richard Lounder of Lempster was honored at a “We Honor Veterans” ceremony in his home, offered by Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice to patients who served in the military. LSRVNA became a national “We Honor Veterans” Partner in 2011, the first home care agency in New Hampshire to do so. As such, the agency has made a commitment to train staff and volunteers to better meet the unique needs of home care and hospice patients who are veterans. With family members by his side, Mr. Lounder was presented with a “We Honor Veterans” certificate, pin and memory book.

Mr. Lounder served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1954. He was stationed at Pease Air Force Base, Portsmouth, NH and at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska. He worked on landing gear, remembers the pilots being friendly, and that he served with good people. While in Alaska, where temperatures could go as low as -68 degrees, he recounts seeing polar bears and eating salmon that he was fortunate to catch. When asked about the food in general he responded, "Don’t ask!" Mr. Lounder and his family were deeply touched and thankful for this special recognition.

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(Left to right) Daughter Molly Berry, granddaughter Diane Berry and partner Louise Richards at the ceremony for Richard Lounder.

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2017 Kearsarge Community Kids’ Christmas Project

Be a Sponsor of the Kids’ Christmas Project

Once again, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) is coordinating the Kearsarge Community Kids’ Christmas Project, and there are two ways you can help bring joy during the holidays by supporting local families in need:

  • Make a cash donation to help fulfill the wish lists of area children and families this year by mailing a check payable to LSRVNA Elf Fund to: LSRVNA, PO Box 2209, New London, NH 03257.
  • Adopt a family and fulfill their wish list.

For more information or to help in either of these ways, call the “Elf Line” at 603-526-4077 ext. 356 by November 17.

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Bereavement Support During the Holidays

In addition to its ongoing bereavement support groups, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) 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 lost.

Holidays can lose their luster after the loss of a loved one. “Handling the Holidays After a Loss” is a two-part program that explores ways to proactively plan and maneuver through the holidays. It will be held at LSRVNA at 107 Newport Road in New London on November 2 and 9 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 5:30 p.m. in the Sugar River Bank Community Room at 10 North Main Street in Newport and will include readings, music and refreshments.

Both of these programs are free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, call 603-526-4077.

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Community Health Forums in Claremont, Lebanon and Wilmot

Share your thoughts about the health of our region!

As part of its 2017 Community Health Needs Assessment, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice invites you to attend one of its Community Health Forums, being held to help identify and address the health needs of our community.

All three forums will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. “We hope area residents will join us to share their thoughts and concerns about the health and wellness of our region,” says Jim Culhane, President and CEO. “While Lake Sunapee VNA can’t address every need, we can work as an agency and community partner on those issues where we can have the greatest impact.”

RSVPs are appreciated by calling 603-526-4077

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Lake Sunapee VNA Hosts “Small Plates for a Big Cause”

The Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice annual summer party will be held on Tuesday, September 12th at 5:30 p.m. at the New London Historical Society and will feature tapas (yummy small-plate selections from area chefs), a sangria bar, music and more.

Bring friends, family or colleagues to a festive, relaxed evening while helping to sustain vital home health care and hospice services for our community. Tickets are $75. Sponsorships (which include tickets) are available at several levels and are so important to the event’s success. If you can't attend the event, consider being a sponsor instead (see sponsorship information below).

For tickets and information, contact Cathy Raymond at 603-526-4077 or



LUMINARY:  $1,500   

  • Half-page ad in program book
  • Name displayed at event
  • Name in thank you ads, press releases
  • 6 complimentary tickets to use as you wish

STAR:  $500    

  • 1/4 page ad in program book
  • Name in thank you ads
  • 4 complimentary tickets to use as you wish

BENEFACTOR:  $250   

  • Name listed in program book
  • 2 complimentary tickets to use as you wish

Although sponsorships are accepted at any time, please notify us by August 25th in order to be included in the Program Book.

Tickets not being used by Sponsors will be offered to Lake Sunapee VNA staff!

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“Widow to Widow” Grief Support

Embrace a New Chapter in Your Life

If you are a woman grieving the loss of a spouse or significant other, “Widow to Widow” may be just what you need to help embrace a new chapter in your life. This ongoing bereavement support group meets on the first Monday of each month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Lake Sunapee VNA, and participants may attend as much or as little as they like.

In the words of one participant, “This group provides an opportunity for women to come together and share their unique stories, laughter—and sometimes kleenex—in a safe place of compassion and confidentiality.”

For more information or to RSVP, call 603-526-4077.

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