Retired N.H. Supreme Court Justice to speak on mental health

BERLIN — Retired N.H. Supreme Court Justice John T. Broderick, Jr. will speak in Berlin on Friday, May 26, at 1 p.m. at the Berlin City Hall on the issue of mental health. Judge Broderick will share his family’s experience with mental illness, and will discuss the Change Direction New Hampshire campaign — a program designed to enhance public knowledge and awareness of mental illness/emotional suffering.

The event is free, open to everyone in the community and is being held in a venue accessible to those with physical disabilities.

Judge Broderick was a member of the New Hampshire Supreme Court from 1995 to 2010. During his last seven years on the court, he served as chief justice. Much of his focus as chief justice was on making the justice system in the state more accessible, affordable and understandable for citizens.

After stepping down as chief justice, Judge Broderick became dean of the law school at the University of New Hampshire. During his tenure at UNH, he founded the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy. Judge Broderick currently serves as senior director of public affairs at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Judge Broderick co-chairs the Change Direction New Hampshire campaign. This non-partisan, non-political effort was launched before 425 people at the New Hampshire State House in May, and is the first statewide launch of this national campaign in the country. The goal of the campaign is simple: to make the five most common signs of mental illness/emotional suffering as well known as the signs of a heart attack or a stroke. In short, the five signs are personality change, agitation, withdrawal, decline in personal care, and hopelessness. Someone may exhibit one or more signs.

Campaign organizers believe that by fostering discussion about the topic of mental health in homes, places of work and worship, public schools and colleges, municipal and state governments and other centers, the community can begin to change how others think about mental illness, and that by doing so, more people will seek help for themselves, their families and their friends.

The Change Direction campaign has received strong support by business and non-profit organizations throughout New Hampshire. Local organizations helping to sponsor the event in Berlin include Androscoggin Valley Hospital, Northern Human Services, Berlin Public Schools the City of Berlin and Coos County Family Health Services. For more information, contact Brandon Gilbert at Family Health by calling (603) 752-3669.

Justice BroderickRetired N.H. Supreme Court Justice John T. Broderick, Jr. will speak in Berlin on Friday, May 26, at 1 p.m. at the Berlin City Hall on the issue of mental health. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Cutline: Hospital employees donate to Hope Berlin Recovery Community Center

Casual for a Cause HOPE Recovery Center 1Androscoggin Valley Hospital held a Casual for a Cause Day on Friday, April 14, to benefit the Hope Berlin Recovery Community Center located at 823 Main St. in Berlin. Casual for a Cause Days provide an opportunity for hospital employees to make a donation to a charity and wear casual clothing for the day. The Hope Center is a peer-based facility that offers those who have gone through treatment a place to maintain their recovery process. Pictured from the left, AVH Casual for a Cause Committee members Bonnie Hamel, Stacey Pelkey and Linda Morris presenting a check to Keith Parker, lead peer; Reggie Moser, volunteer; and Tyler Haynes, volunteer of the Hope Center. For more information about the Hope Center, call (603) 752-9900. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Optometrist receives national award

CONWAY — The American Optometric Association has presented its Young Optometrist of the Year award to Dr. Angelique Sawyer, principal of Conway Eye Care and Coos Eye Care.
This national award recognizes a single optometrist each year who has been in practice less than 10 years and demonstrates remarkable leadership when serving her profession, her patients and her community.
A camera crew from the American Optometric Association will travel to North Conway on Wednesday, May 24, to film a video biography about Sawyer that will be presented during the awards' ceremony in Washington, D.C., on June 21. An estimated 4,000 optometrists from around the country are expected to attend the ceremony.
Sawyer's extensive service to her local community contributed to her selection for this award.
"Dr. Sawyer tirelessly promotes eye health at community health fairs, as well as careers in optometry at a local school career day," stated a press release from the association.
She created a Diabetic Eye Care Clinic in the Mount Washington area to provide diabetic eye-care services to uninsured individuals. She is a charter member of the Conway Area Lions Club and serves as health officer for sight and hearing and has extended vision screenings to all elementary school grades and preschools in the Conway area.
Sawyer graduated summa cum laude from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 2008 She then completed a residency in Ocular Disease and Primary Care. After four years working at an ophthalmology and optometry group practice, she joined Conway Eye Care in North Conway and Coos Eye Care in Berlin, a private practice in northern New Hampshire, working with Dr. Gary Cole, who has been practicing in the area for nearly 50 years.
Sawyer spends her days providing comprehensive optometric care to her patients, including: routine vision and contact lens services; glaucoma and ocular disease management; surgical co-management; emergency care; and hospital support. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.
Sawyer also serves her optometry profession. First elected to the New Hampshire Optometric Association's board of directors in 2011, she is currently president of the organization. She has served the New Hampshire association in many capacities, including Community Outreach and Legislative committees. In New Hampshire, she testified before state legislators to fight for increased access to important eye-care services. Her efforts in Member Services resulted in a recent 50 percent increase in new graduate membership.
Sawyer is also actively involved with her profession at the national level. Starting in 2010, as a member of the American Optometric Association's Student and New Graduate Committee, she proposed a nationwide initiative to create an online universal membership application, which was successfully adopted in 2015. She also assisted in the development of American Optometric Association Compass, an online student membership benefit tool. Now a member of the Membership Development Committee, Sawyer works to transition student and resident memberships, visits optometry schools to discuss with students the issues facing the profession, and coordinates the annual new graduate reception at optometry's meeting.
Providing eye care since 1925, Conway Eye Care and its sister office Coos Eye Care are full-service eye-care centers. The offices accept new patients and participate in most major health insurance plans. For more information and scheduling, call Conway Eye Care at (603) 356-3000, or visit the website

Tournament Raffle

Tickets are on sale for the Androscoggin Valley Hospital Auxiliary Golf Tournament Committee's tournament raffle at the AVH Switchboard.

Among the prizes are major league sports tickets, including four tickets for a Red Sox game, as well as a Beautyrest mattress and box spring set. Proceeds from the drawing will help to defray the cost for the new Toshiba Aquilion Prime 160 CT Scanner.

The grand prize is four tickets to the Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, Boston Red Sox versus Tampa Bay Rays 7:10 p.m. game. Seats are in Field Box 59, Row K, Seats 1 through 4. The tickets were donated by Gilcoine & Burke Insurance Agency, Inc.

The second prize is a Beautyrest queen mattress and box spring set (choice of luxury, plush or extra firmness). The set was donated by Top Furniture and valued at $1,029.

The third prize is two tickets to a Boston Bruins 2017/18 season game donated by Leaders For Today.

The fourth prize is two tickets to a Boston Celtics 2017/18 season game donated by Leaders For Today.

A 50/50 raffle is also being held.

Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 for both raffles and are available at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital Switchboard on the first floor of the Hospital. The winning tickets will be drawn at the AVH Auxiliary Golf Tournament on Friday, June 2, at the Androscoggin Valley Country Club. You do not need to be present to win.

For questions about the raffles or participating in the tournament as a golfer, sponsor or donor, call Beth Isaacson-Dupont, Golf Tournament Chairperson, at (603) 326-5661 or Donna Godin, Androscoggin Valley Hspital public relations and marketing assistant, at (603) 326-5607. Visit the hospital on the web at and on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.

New Hampshire Hypno-therapist to hold weight-loss and smoking cessation sessions at the center for the arts

BERLIN — Ed Lane will be conducting two sessions of hypnotherapy on Saturday, June 3, in the main hall at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts. The first session, starting promptly at 10 a.m., will focus on weight loss. The second session, scheduled for 12:30 p.m., will focus on smoking cessation.

According to Lane, the subconscious mind and its beliefs control what people do and how they feel. These beliefs determine if someone will be happy or sad, healthy or unhealthy and successful or not.

"Why not take active control of this powerful resource and stop drifting through life? Hypnosis and Emotional Freedom Techniques are probably the best methods of eliminating those old, unwanted, negative beliefs, emotions and habits. Doing so will allow you to live the rich and rewarding life you have always wanted," said Lane.

Lane, of A New You Center in Dover, offers a blend of Hypnosis and Emotional Freedom Techniques. According to Lane, the synergy created by combining these two modalities is nothing short of miraculous and must be experienced to be appreciated.

Lane, a board certified hypnotist, received his training from the Thomas Institute of Hypnosis in Manchester, and graduated first in his class with certification through the National Guild of Hypnotists. In addition to the core program for this certification, Lane has pursued training in pain management, weight reduction techniques, smoking cessation and regression techniques through the guild.

In 2008, Lane began his training in the McFall System of Hypnosis for Weight Loss and Smoking Cessation. According to Lane, this is the best training available anywhere and has allowed him to offer lifetime guarantees to his weight loss and smoking clients.

Lane has also been trained in Emotional Freedom Techniques and has received his certification. According to the release, he has formed a unique practice encompassing both of these modalities to create a complete mind-body program. Lane helps clients to overcome any emotional obstacles they may have which ultimately prevents overall healing by the use of Emotional Freedom Techniques. 

According to the release, over the past few years, Lane has been working directly with individuals and groups helping them to resolve their issues and live richer, more fulfilling lives. Lane is totally committed to his clients' needs and will always go the extra mile to ensure the best possible outcome. 

St. Kieran Executive Director Monique Lavertu and her husband Robin have been working with Lane since January and have both met with great success; losing 35 and 30 pounds respectively.

"The process helps us with putting what we already know into practice," Lavertu states. "The information isn’t earth shattering; we know we have to move our mouths a little less and our feet a little more. We are continually amazed with the choices that we make with regard to food selection and exercise. We don’t have to convince ourselves that we’d rather have carrots than chocolate cake. Given the choice these days, the cake loses every single time. We don’t try to explain it, we just know that it’s working for us!"

Pre-registration and payment is required. Call the office at (603) 752-1028 for information or stop by at 155 Emery Street, Berlin, to complete a registration packet. To learn more about Lane,  visit

2017.06.03 Ed LaneEd Lane, certified hypnotist. (COURTESY PHOTO)