Mike Cryans Op-Ed

To the editor:
I am extremely disappointed with the recent budget passed by the New Hampshire House of Representatives. In particular, I want to highlight the impact it will have on crucial senior services.
This year’s budget calls for a 50 percent cut to the Meals on Wheels program, congregate meals at senior centers, transportation services for seniors, as well as the elimination of ServiceLink, which connects seniors to services available to them.
Over the years I have attended many congregate meals at numerous senior centers throughout northern New Hampshire. I thoroughly enjoy being part of the social atmosphere these dinners provide, as well as seeing the seniors appreciate a nutritious, delicious meal. After the meal, many of them remain at the center to relax, socialize, play various games, listen to entertainment, etc. I have seen firsthand the value of this wonderful program.
I had never actually participated in the Meals on Wheels program until last week, when I was able to join a Meals on Wheels driver during his rounds. It was an eye-opening experience.
In addition to having meals delivered to them, for many housebound seniors the deliverer is the only person they see all day. The driver I rode with explained to me the importance of checking in on these seniors to make sure they are safe. While many of them are experiencing difficult living situations, they are very appreciative just to see a smiling face. And, it is equally gratifying for the deliverer to visit with them.
I encourage all state senators as they prepare their budget to do as I did — take a ride with someone who delivers for the Meals on Wheels program. If they see firsthand what I saw, I doubt they will cut this valuable program along with the services being impacted by the House budget.
Indeed, all of the above programs help many seniors stay in their own homes/apartments at a much lower cost than their being in nursing homes.
My final thought. Can you imagine these vital services being cut by a staggering 50 percent? I can’t.
Michael J. Cryans
Grafton County
Commissioner
Hanover

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Carroll County Caucus

Please join us for the Carroll County Democratic Committee Caucus on Thursday, May 14, 2015, 6 p.m. at Runnells Hall, Chocorua, NH, and hear from our keynote speaker, EXECUTIVE COUNCILOR CHRIS PAPPAS, and other speakers who will get us ready for the 2015-2016 election season!!  Other business will include elect our officers for 2015-2016, and talking about how we can best elect Democrats up and down the ticket in 2016.   Please note that this event is a potluck and BYOB, please consider bringing a dish, and please consider running for a position on our executive committee (however please do not feel compelled to do any of these things to attend).    We will be electing a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and two at-large seats.    

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Madison, Tamworth & Freedom Democratic Caucus, Monday March 30th

Tonight; 6:30PM @ the Madison Library.

There will be a three-town caucus for all registered Democrats in Madison, Tamworth & Freedom.  The purpose of the caucus is to talk about local Democratic organizing and elect town coordinators who will help organize our efforts over the next few years.  We will discuss whether it makes sense for us to join forces to create a more effective local outreach and communication effort.

Please join us.  Representatives Butler and Ticehurst will attend and answer any questions you may have about the current legislative season.  Your Democratic neighbors and friends will discuss how we can be more successful in our local efforts.

The Madison Library is on Village Road next to the Fire Station and Town Hall and across the street from the Post Office.

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CARROLL COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 6 p.m. at Runnells Hall, Chocorua, NH

Please join us for the Carroll County Democratic Committee Caucus on Thursday, May 14, 2015, 6 p.m. at Runnells Hall, Chocorua, NH.  The caucus occurs every other year to elect our officers and prepare for the coming elections.  Our keynote speaker will be announced at a later date.  Please note that this event is a potluck and BYOB, and please consider running for a position on our executive committee.  We will be electing a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and two at-large seats.
E-Mail ctmeier@gmail.com with any questions, thoughts, or agenda items.

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Governor Deval Patrick to speak at Grover Cleveland Dinner on September 12

As heard on WMUR, and reported in the Boston Globe, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, will be our keynote speaker at the upcoming annual Grover Cleveland Dinner on Friday Evening, September 12.  For more information and to order tickets and meals, please go to our Act Blue event page: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/grover2014
Governor Patrick is an inspirational speaker and this event will help energize us for the very important upcoming elections.  Tell your friends!  Tell your neighbors!  And bring your dear Aunt Eunice!  See you there.

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Democrats and Daylilies

Democrats and Daylilies, the annual event for Moose Mountain Democrats, will be held on  Friday, July 18th, 2014 from 4-7 pm, at Martha Pike’s house, 195 Governor’s Rd Brookfield NH 03872.   Carol Shea Porter will be headlining.

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2014 Election Season Kickoff Meeting, Thursday May 8, 2014

Carroll County Democrats to Hold 2014 Election Season Kickoff Meeting, Thursday May 8, 2014 at 5:30 – 9:30 pm, Sunny Villa Restaurant, 1020 Rte. 16, Ossipee, NH

The Carroll County Democratic Committee will host their 2014 Election Season Kickoff Meeting, on Thursday May 8, 2014 at 5:30 – 9:30 pm, Sunny Villa Restaurant, 1020 Rte. 16, Ossipee, NH.  The meeting will commence at 5:30 pm with a presentation and hearing by the State Democratic Party Platform Committee, to provide Carroll County residents a chance to comment on and provide input to the 2014 State Party Platform that will later be presented at the State Convention in June.    At 6:30 pm, we will proceed into the County Summit agenda, which presentations on what each elected office entails (designed for the interested candidate), candidate recruitment, basic fundraising, messaging, and general electioneering.

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Carroll County Democrats to Sponsor Forum Jan. 16 with District One Executive Council Candidate Michael Cryans

The Carroll County Democratic Committee will host an open forum with Michael Cryans, the Democratic candidate for the District One Executive Council Seat, on Thursday, January 16, 2014, gathering at 6:00 pm, program at 6:30 pm, at the Runnells Hall, Runnells Hall Road (off 16 behind the post office) in the Village of Chocorua, Tamworth, NH.  Mike will be discussing his background and experience that he will bring to the position, his priorities in seeking the seat, and what the Executive Council does for New Hampshire.  There will be a question and answer session after the presentation.  Attendees are invited to and welcome to bring dinner for themselves or to share prior to the presentation.  Questions please call Chris Meier at 603-356-5439.

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North Conway Reception And Public Meet and Greet with Michael Cryans

Please join us for a Reception And Public Meet and Greet with Michael Cryans

Democratic Candidate for Executive Council District One

Hosted by the
Carroll County Democrats and

Chris Meier

Paul Chant

Charles Greenhalgh and Tina Craig

Danielle Richey Santuccio

Gino and Beth Funicella

(host committee still in formation)

 At The Met Coffee House

2680 White Mountain Highway, North Conway

Monday, December 16, 2013
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Supporter Reception

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Public Meet and Greet

Come join Michael Cryans on December 16th for a special reception before he meets with local residents to listen to our interests and concerns, and to discuss his campaign for the New Hampshire Executive Council.

Suggested Contribution for Pre-Meet and Greet Fundraiser

Host – $100, Sponsor – $75, Friend – $50, $25, $10

You may donate directly at:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/northconway

Please RSVP to Chris Meier at

(603) 356-5439 or ctmeier@gmail.com

If you require accommodations to attend this event,
please contact Chris.

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