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Federal prison achieves accreditation

BERLIN – The federal prison in Berlin received initial accreditation by the American Correctional Association on Aug. 17.
Achieving accreditation was a goal set by Warden Esker Tatum when he took over the top job at the Berlin federal prison last fall.
The accreditation process included an onsite audit of FCI Berlin's level of compliance with over 500 correctional standards, followed by an accreditation hearing at the recent ACA Conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah. FCI Berlin was found to be in compliance with 100 percent of the established standards.
ACA and the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections (CAC) are private, nonprofit organizations that administer the only national accreditation program for all components of adult and juvenile corrections.
The ACA accreditation of operations in the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has been an ongoing process since the accreditation of the first federal institution, USP Terre Haute, in 1979. Institutions are initially accredited for a period of three years based on published ACA standards. ACA reaccreditation is achieved in conjunction with the BOP's Program Review process through the Intensive Reaccreditation Process.
The federal prison is still not operating a full capacity. Currently there are approximately 260 staff employed at the prison, which will employ 342 when at full capacity. There are a total of 1,090 inmates. The prison is designed to house 1,152 medium security inmates and 128 minimum security inmates.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 21:37

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Judge orders Croteau to remove junk vehicles

LANCASTER – Coos County Superior Court Justice Peter Bornstein has granted the city of Berlin's petition for a preliminary injunction and ordered Paul Croteau to remove all junk vehicles and material from his property on Jericho Road within 30 days.
Bornstein also ruled that Croteau must provide the city with documentation that all unregistered and uninspected vehicles and as well as junk are removed and taken to a licensed junkyard.
Noting that Croteau had argued he is running a vehicle repair business, Bornstein said he must provide a valid work order for any vehicles he is repairing, countersigned by the owner.
During a hearing Friday on the petition, City Attorney Christopher Hilson told the court Croteau owns two lots on Jericho Road. The properties are split within two zoning districts – rural residential and general business. Hilson said neither zone allows for the storage of junk motor vehicles and other junk. The city charged there are multiple vehicles on the lot without inspection stickers and Croteau uses motor vehicles and trailers to store goods and materials for longer than 90 days. He is also charged with storing old parts and metal on the property.
The city notified Croteau in writing on March 28 that his use of the site violated city ordinances and state statutes and he was given 30 days to abate the violations. Hilson told Bornstein there had been recent clean up efforts. By last Thursday afternoon, he said one lot had been cleaned up but the other, while improved, still remained in violation.
Representing himself, Croteau insisted he is running a repair and towing facility.
"I'm not a junkyard – not by any means," Croteau told Bornstein. "Nor did I ever run a junkyard at this location," he said.
Croteau said the photographs submitted into evidence by the city show all the vehicles on his property have plates. He said most of the vehicles belong to his customers and are inspected.
To support his argument, Croteau produced a receipt for work he did last year on a vehicle belonging to Berlin Code Enforcement Officer Joseph Martin. He questioned whether Martin would have done business with him if his operation were illegal.
Croteau said for years there was a recycling yard on the property. He said after he purchased the property in 2012, he and his son spent three weeks cleaning up old junk left on the site. He said some of that junk is what remains and stressed he is "not buying stuff off the street and putting it on the lot."
Croteau said he does have a trailer on the property but said there are over 30 trailers stored on lots within five miles of his property. He said there are seven trailers on his neighbor's property. Hilson objected to Croteau's effort to introduce a list of trailers on the road and Bornstein upheld the objection, telling Croteau to focus on his own property.
Bornstein said the preliminary order will remain in effect until the court issues a final order.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 21:08

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ATV and UTV Collision in Dixville

DIXVILLE – No injuries were reported when two Off-Highway Recreational Vehicles collided Saturday afternoon on the Greenough Pond Road.

Fish and Game officer Eric Fluette said an ATV operated by by Trevor Carlson, 20, of Torrington Conn., was traveling south on Greenough Pond Road at approximately 2:45 p.m. Saturday. Carlson was traveling across and down the left side of the road when he noticed a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) heading north as he turned back to the right side of the road.
In an attempt to avoid a head-on collision both Carlson and the operator of the UTV, Robert Buswell, 77, of Sunapee, turned their vehicles but they still collided.
All parties involved, including Joyce Buswell, 75, of Sunapee who was a passenger in the UTV, were utilizing safety equipment and were not injured in the collision. Errol Rescue responded to the accident scene and checked over those involved. No one was transported from the scene for medical treatment.
The accident remains under investigation with charges pending. Fish and Game would like to remind OHRV riders that when meeting oncoming traffic, operators of OHRV's shall reasonably turn to the right and reduce speed to avoid collision.

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Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 20:10

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Three Coos communities receive funding through Rural Development

USDA Awards $3 million to Bolster Rural New Hampshire Communities
PLYMOUTH – Three Coos County communities were among 11 rural organizations in the state to share over $3 million in federal grants and loans through USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities and Water and Environmental Grant and Loan programs.
Gorham received a $17,600 Community Facilities Grant to install a new roof and blown-in insulation to allow snow to slide off the roof, stop leakage into the building and increase energy efficiency.
Errol received $1.4 million in Water and Environmental Program grants and loans to improve its water system infrastructure by constructing a new bedrock wall, atmospheric storage tank and upgrade pump station controls and water meters.
Stratford received a $15,000 Community Facilities Grant to purchase a new backup Emergency Operations Center generator for the town hall.
Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster visited the Bridge House Veterans Shelter in Plymouth Thursday to announce $3,061,900 in federal grants and loans to non-profit organizations and towns in the state.
The Bridge House operates a 20-bed homeless shelter and will use a $35,200 USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Grant to create a Veterans and Homeless Advocacy Center and thrift store in the Plymouth American Legion Hall. The center will provide mental health services, an on-site nurse and job training.

"These grants and loans provide rural communities with the infrastructure and support they need to thrive" said USDA Rural Development New Hampshire and Vermont State Director Ted Brady. "These federal dollars will be invested in our children at schools and libraries, in our returning warriors at veteran's organizations, in our health and environment in water facilities, and in a myriad of other critical projects that h New Hampshire a great place to live."
Other recipients include:
* Belknap Mill Society with a $15,600 Community Facilities Grant to make 87 windows more sound and energy efficient in Laconia's Belknap Mill.
* Camp Starfish: $1.5 million Community Facilities Loan Guarantee to purchase Camp Monomonac in Rindge to convert into a camp providing individualized attention-education to children ages 5 to 17.
* Effingham Library: $4,700 Community Facilities Grant to replace substandard shelving, which will allow for expansion in the teen and children areas.
Town of Groton: $25,000 Community Facilities Grant to purchase a new plow truck with sander to plow roads and assist with road repairs.
* Haverhill Cooperative School District: $3,300 Community Facilities Grant to improve the energy efficiency of the Woodsville Elementary and High School's walk-in refrigerator and freezers.
* Somersworth Police Department: $7,300 Community Facilities Grant to purchase a 24-channel system that will record all of the needed communication lines for 911 telephone and radio traffic.
* Warren School District: $38,200 Community Facilities Grant to purchase learning center computer equipment, science lab equipment and lockers.
USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities Grant and Loan Program provides grants and low-interest loans to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns to construct, enlarge, or improve community facilities for health care, public safety, and community and public services. This can include the purchase of equipment required for a facility's operation.
USDA Rural Development's Water and Wastewater Disposal Loan and Grant Program (WEP) provides loans and grants for the development, extension, repair or improvement of water and wastewater systems, including solid waste disposal and storm drainage in rural communities with a population of 10,000 people or less.
For more information on Rural Development visit the Vermont/New Hampshire Rural Development Website (www.rurdev.usda.gov/nh-vtHome.html) or contact USDA RD at (802) 828-6000.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 August 2014 22:11

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