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Veterans cheer news of health clinic n Berlin/Colebrook

ANDROSCOGGIN VALLEY - Area veterans are hailing the news that the Veterans Administration will be opening health care clinics in Berlin and Colebrook.
"It's going to help us a lot," said Marine Corp veteran Gilles Laramee of Berlin.
Once the clinics are up and running, Laramee said local veterans will not have to travel to get basic health services. A Korean War veteran, Laramee said many local veterans are getting older and the round trips to Littleton, North Conway, and White River Junction,Vt. are tough.
"We're real happy about it," said Jay Sprinkle, head of the Vets Center in Gorham.
U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen said the decision came after three years of lobbying by the state Congressional delegation. She said the VA heard loud clear from the state's congressional delegation about the need for the health clinics in the North Country. She said the delegation pointed out that New Hampshire does not have a full-service VA hospital.
"It should be a huge benefit for veterans who have been traveling long distances to get the heath care they need," Shaheen said in a phone interview.
Shaheen said there are an estimated 1,000 veterans in the Colebrook area and 1,500 in the Berlin area.
The part-time clinics will offer primary care, preventive health care, lab draws, and telehealth services.
Naaman Horn, spokesman for the Department of Veterans Affairs center in White River Junction, said the center is still identifying appropriate sites and programs in the two communities to collaborate with for services and is exploring options. The goal is to get the Colebrook clinic up and running by the fall and then shift focus to Berlin. He said new clinics typically are open two to three days per week. As use by veterans increases, hours are assessed to ensure the needs of North Country veterans are met and can be expanded as needed.

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Codet to expand Colebrook facility

COLEBROOK – Codet, Inc., a third generation family business with headquarters in Coaticook, Quebec, plans to build an 11,500-square-foot addition to its manufacturing facility in Colebrook and hire 25 new employees.

Codet makes apparel for its three brands, Big Bill Protective Apparel, Big Bill Workwear and Wood'N Trail for Outdoor Apparel.

"Codet considered other states for its expansion but the company decided to stay and grow in New Hampshire because of Colebrook's quality labor force and the state's low taxes," said Michael Bergeron, business development manager for the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development.

Beno Lamontagne, the North Country's business retention specialist for the division, has worked with the Codet team since it moved to Colebrook in 1992.

"Colebrook's strong cultural ties to Quebec and the town's business friendly climate demonstrate that we welcome Quebec companies with open arms," said Lamontagne.

The expansion will be completed by the end of the year.


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Berlin firefighters contain fire to living room

 BERLIN -- Firefighters Friday contained a fire to the living room of an apartment at 98 Mason Street and prevented the fire from spreading throughout the two-apartment complex.
Fire Chief Randall Trull said the tenant and a friend were leaving the apartment shortly before noon when the pair heard the smoke detector go off. The tenant went inside to make sure everyone got out of the building. The second apartment houses Louie's Barber Shop operated by Louie Bartoli. A neighbor called 911 and reported the fire
Trull said investigators had not determined what caused the fire but started in the living room. He said the living room was gutted and the furniture destroyed but the fast response of firefighters kept the fire limited to the room. He said there was smoke damage and some minor water damage to the apartment but the barbershop was not impacted.
The building is owned by Francine and Real Boyer of Dunbarton and the couple was en-route to Berlin Friday afternoon.

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Maine man indicted for Gorham Dunkin Donut burglaries

April 21, 2014

LANCASTER – A Maine man has been indicted for two separate burglaries at Dunkin Donuts in Gorham.
Glen Michaud, 51, of 153, Eddie Kahkonen Road, Norway, Maine was charged with two Class B felony counts of burglary alleging he entered Dunkin Donuts on Jan. 30 and on Feb. 9. He was also charged with a Class A misdemeanor charge of possessing burglary tool.
Michaud was arrested at approximately 2 a.m. on Feb. 9, after Gorham police responded to a report of an individual breaking into the Dunkin Donuts at 191 Main Street. He surrendered to officers after a brief standoff.
Meeting on Friday, April 18, the grand jury returned 46 indictments against 14 individuals.
Jamie F. Letarte, 42, of 87 Jimtown Road, Gorham was on two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault on a female minor, one count of indecent exposure, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
Two Vermont men were charged with burglary at a Milan residence last April. Dylan Lohr, 18, of 26 Jones Street, St. Johnsbury, Vt., and Nathaniel Aldrich, 23, of 1522 Route 5 South, Sutton, Vt., were both charged with two counts of burglary at the Walker residents on Milan Hill. Lohr was also charged with seven counts of theft alleging he took various firearms from the house.
Sterne Toussaint, 28, of 146 High Street, Berlin was indicted on three counts of sale of a controlled drug (crack cocaine and methylone), two counts of intent to sell a controlled drug (crack cocaine and methylone), and possession of a controlled drug (crack cocaine).
A Clarksville man was indicted on four counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and four counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault under circumstances involving kidnapping. The indictments against Lawrence J. Eldridge, III, 51, of 205 Blue Jay Lane, Clarksville, allege the assaults occurred in August 2009 against a 29-year old woman.
Codi Verratti, 22, of 7 Pinette Street, Groveton, was indicted on a charge of aggravated felonious sexual assault against a 15-yer old girl.
Kayla Correau, 27, of 25 Glen Road, Gorham, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled drug (burprenorphine and methylphenidate) and one count of operating after certification as a habitual offender.
Dakota Montminy, 18, of 392 Success Road, Milan was indicted on a count of burglary at a Berlin home.
David C. Senecal, 42, of 79 Windlow Lane, Candia was charged with issuing bad checks totaling over $22,000 to a Gorham business.
Maureen A. Couture, 49, of 671 Presidential Highway, Jefferson, was two counts of aggravated DWI with serious bodily injury resulting and two counts of DWI second or third offense. The indictments allege Couture was driving while intoxicated earlier this year and caused a motor vehicle accident in which she was seriously injured.
Raymond Hood, Jr., 58, of 321 First Avenue, Berlin was indicted on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking. He was alleged to have taken advantage of an elderly women to take over $1,500 for goods and services he had not provided.
Trisha Gaudette, 27, of 7 West Street, Groveton, was indicted on a charge of possession of a controlled drug (morphine).
Jessica Langmaid, 23, of 12 Summer Street, Lancaster, was charged with possession of a controlled drug (buprenorphine)


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