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By ASSOCIATED PRESS - | Nov 25, 2019

Post Office closed for Thanksgiving

NASHUA – In celebration of Thanksgiving, Post Offices across the state will be closed on Thursday and there will be no mail delivery.

Full delivery and retail operations will resume on Friday.

Hassan meets with ‘Girl Up’ club

BELMONT – U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., on Monday met with members of Belmont High School’s Girl Up club to discuss the importance of gender equality in all aspects of society, including government. Girl Up is a global movement founded by the United Nations Foundation that provides resources to help young women effectively serve their communities and promote gender equality globally.

“These young women represent our country’s future leaders, and I am so grateful for their passion and desire to ensure that all women have the opportunity to thrive,” Hassan said. “It is fantastic to see young people take initiative and fight for the change that they wish to see, and I am looking forward to seeing what they accomplish.”

“We were so glad to have Senator Hassan come in to speak with the girls about her experience as a woman in politics, and provide insight into her unique experience having been both governor and senator,” Edith Takantjas, Girl Up adviser at Belmont High School, said.

“I was really excited to meet Senator Hassan and learn more about what she is working on to support young women in the Senate, Sana Syed, a member of Girl Up, added.

N.H. man sentenced to 2 years in prison

CONCORD – Dustin Grant, 34, of Colebrook, was sentenced on Monday to 24 months in federal prison for the distribution of Suboxone, U.S. Attorney Scott Murray said.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on Feb. 14, Grant sold Suboxone to an individual who was cooperating with law enforcement officers. The sale occurred within 1,000 feet of an elementary school.

Grant previously pleaded guilty on July 1. After completing his sentence, Grant will be on supervised release for a period of four years.

Suboxone is a Schedule III controlled substance that is often prescribed as a treatment for opioid withdrawal symptoms. As an opioid itself, however, it is still subject to abuse if injected or snorted and can produce a euphoria similar to other opioids like heroin and fentanyl.

“Drug trafficking has impacted families throughout the Granite State, including those located in rural as well as urban areas,” Murray said. “By trafficking in Suboxone, the defendant sold a prescription drug unlawfully and contributed to the opioid crisis that is gripping New Hampshire.”

New taxpayer online system in the works

CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire’s Department of Revenue Administration is offering a new system online for taxpayers, overhauling decades-old technology.

The department, which collects more than $2 billion in taxes each year, expects the transition to be complete by the end of 2021.

The new Revenue Information Management System and Granite Tax Connect, its online user portal, launched Oct. 28 for more than 9,000 taxpayers, including those who pay meals and rentals, nursing facility quality assessment and Medicaid enhancement taxes.

The taxpayers can file taxes electronically and schedule automated online payments, along with other tasks.

St. Anselm students deliver Thanksgiving baskets

MANCHESTER – Members of the Saint Anselm College community gathered in the Abbey Church on Monday for the annual blessing of Thanksgiving baskets to help food-insecure households across Greater Manchester.

Saint Anselm Campus Ministry’s college-wide collection and donation of Thanksgiving baskets has become a much-loved Anselmian tradition. There were 162 baskets collected, the highest number in the program’s history and well in excess of this year’s goal of 135 baskets.

All baskets were delivered to Catholic Charities New Hampshire, who distributed them to individuals and families in need across the area. During the basket blessing, representatives from Catholic Charities shared that this year’s baskets will feed more than 1,000 people. Every basket contains a Thanksgiving meal for five to eight individuals, with items such as turkey, stuffing, potatoes, vegetables and desserts.

“Today is a day that our community puts our faith into action,” Joycelin Raho, campus minister at Saint Anselm, said. “This is a concrete sign of the generosity our community has, and the love we offer to those in need in light of our faith.”

Appleby confirmed for higher education

CONCORD – New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut on Monday congratulated Stephen Appleby on his confirmation as director of the Division of Educator Support and Higher Education. The Executive Council confirmed Appleby to the post with a bipartisan vote of 4-1. Appleby had served as the Administrator of the Bureau of Credentialing since July 2018.

For almost 20 years, Appleby owned and operated the New Horizons Computer Learning Centers franchise in Nashua, a New Hampshire licensed career school providing IT and project management training to companies, governments, and individuals. He was co-founder of the New Hampshire Council of Professional Education, a 501(c)(3) organization representing licensed career schools throughout the Granite State.

“Steven brings extensive experience from the private sector and from within the Department. I can think of no one better qualified to take over this vital division,” Edelblut said. “His team has already delivered better and faster service for New Hampshire teachers, and I am thrilled that he will now be able to expand his responsibilities.”

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