Rick Lang of Kingston has been nominated for both the coveted IBMA Songwriter of the Year, as well as the IBMA Mentor of the Year Awards. Congratulations, Rick!

As part of this year’s Commencement Ceremonies, Northern Essex Community College President Lane Glenn conferred the rank of Emeritus Status on several long-time members of the faculty and staff, who have recently retired. At Northern Essex, the rank of emeritus is an honor that recognizes sustained excellence in performance, character, and meritorious service to the college. Local honorees: Stephen Fabbrucci of Atkinson was named vice president emeritus of human resources. He started at the college in 1977 as director of personnel. Over the years, he was promoted to assistant dean of human resources, associate dean of human resources, dean of human resources, and, his most recent position, from which he retired in 2019, vice president of human resources and labor relations. Suzanne Van Wert of Plaistow was named professor emerita of English. She joined the college’s English faculty in 1983 and, for many years, she was chair of the department. Suzanne was a gifted teacher, and she also made many contributions to the college. She led the institutional assessment of the six core academic skills, which were instituted in 2014, to ensure that students had the outcomes needed to succeed in further college studies or their careers. She also was instrumental in building frameworks for learning assessment on campus, serving as co-chair of our Assessment of Student Learning Committee.

Judge David D. King, Chief Administrative Judge of the New Hampshire Circuit Court, has been named the 2021 Innovator of the Year by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). Judge King was recognized by the NCJFCJ at their annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Among his accomplishments, King was lauded for leading the formation of the Family Division, a single court division devoted to all family and juvenile justice issues in New Hampshire.

Access Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics (ASMO), is pleased to announce that Chelsea Backer, D.O., has joined their Exeter practice. Dr. Backer specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all non-operative sports injuries. Her areas of expertise include therapeutic ultrasound for joint and tendon injections, nerve hydrodissection, percutaneous needle tenotomy and barbotage, platelet-rich plasma therapy, shockwave/extracorporeal pulse activation technology (EPAT), concussion management, non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, and osteoporosis management.

Newburyport Bank has donated $1,500 to the Hampton Historical Society to support their Fall Festival 2021. The Fall Festival will take place at Tuck Field on October 10. It will be a day for family fun with games, live music, performers, and delicious food. Museum buildings will be open during the event and assorted games and activities will be stationed around the field for people of all ages to enjoy.

Brittney Phillips, DDS has joined Core Pediatric Dentistry. She joins Jennifer Creem, DMD, MS and Lindsay Decker, DMD at the practice at 5 Hampton Road in Exeter. The dentists at Core Pediatric Dentistry are referred to with their first names. Dr. Brittney, as she is known to her patients, received her undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University, and received her DDS from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. For more information about Core Pediatric Dentistry, call 603-773-4900 or visit corephysicians.org.



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