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The Humble Host Interviews an Absent Joyce Craig

(Hours 3b,c) Rich started the segment by talking about Mayoral candidate Joyce Craig.  He then took a call from John Lyscars, who informed him about Education on Tap, an upcoming meeting that both Craig and Mayor Ted Gatsas are invited to.  Finally, he continued his interview with the absent Joyce Craig, focusing on education issues.  Tune in to get all of the details! (Hour 3c) As Rich continued his interview with the non-present Joyce Craig he inquired about her stance on the opioid epidemic, taxes and more.  Tune in to hear her responses!...

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On Air News Read for September 18, 2017

September’s shaping to be a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Month for opioid overdoses in the Queen City.  (Apologies to Alexander!) Manchester Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Officer Christopher Hickey released September’s month to date statistics showing fifty one suspected overdoses, including four fatalities.  There were sixty three overdoses, with five fatalities, in all of last September.  Thus far this year, there have been five hundred ninety eight suspected overdoses, including forty six deaths. On the Safe Station front, as of Friday, one thousand five hundred ninety six people had made a total of two thousand three hundred...

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Mayor Gatsas on Sanctuary Cities, Opioid Epidemic, Smoking Ban, Etc.

(Hours 3b,c) Rich talked to Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas.  The conversation addressed the following topics: Should Manchester consider being a Sanctuary City? Defying the Federal Government on Immigration law Aldermen Levasseur’s statements regarding the opioid epidemic Housing solution for addicts Treatment funding And more! (Hour 3c) Rich and Mayor Gatsas continued with: Expanding the smoking ban Feedback about opioid crisis handling by Jane in Amherst CA Hoitt building utilization Relocation of district offices Destruction of trash cans John in Hooksett called about Healthcare benefits for School Board members Cruisin’ Downtown Event...

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On Air News Read for August 28, 2017

Manchester had a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week (apologies to Alexander) last week as the city experienced a massive spike in overdose calls.  Calling the week “disastrous,” the Manchester Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services Officer Christopher Hickey said, quote: “starting (last) Saturday afternoon at around 3 o’clock, something hit the streets that hit the users hard.” From the nineteenth at about three until the twenty fifth at about three, the department responded to forty one overdose calls.  None were fatal.  Hickey speculated that the surge in overdoses was caused by a change in the mix of what...

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On Air News Read for August 2, 2017

The federal government published information on proposed rate increases for New Hampshire’s Obamacare Health Insurance Exchange for 2018, yesterday.  As expected it showed that consumers in the individual market will likely face increases of more than forty percent, which New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny said was, quote: “alarming, especially for the 94,000 New Hampshire residents who obtain their insurance through the individual market.”  Sevigny blamed quote “continued uncertainty at the federal level” for the increase and said the Department of Insurance was quote: “actively engaged to identify options to lessen the impact on the thousands of families who rely...

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On Air News Read for July 31, 2017

While the numbers for July aren’t final quite yet, Manchester Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Officer Christopher Hickey has released updated statistics on the opioid crisis as of yesterday.  He decided to go into the office to do some paperwork after rappelling down the facade of the Brady Sullivan Tower at 1000 Elm Street as part of the Granite United Way’s Live United Over the Edge fund raiser, which this year dedicated proceeds to the Safe Station program which provides on demand treatment to addicts. As of yesterday, the department had responded to seventy suspected overdose scenes, including two...

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Joyce Craig the Critic

(Hour 2b) Rich talked about a Facebook comment that Mayoral candidate Joyce Craig posted, in which she criticized Mayor Ted Gatsas’ handling of the opioid crisis.  He talked about Safe Stations and Serenity Place, before tackling Craig’s view that the Queen City should fall in line with the Paris Climate Accords.  Tune in to get the details!...

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Live United Over the Edge Rappelling Fundraiser and Safe Station Details

(Hour 2c) Rich talked to Mollie Markins, Director of Marketing and Communications and Granite United Way, and Christopher Hickey of the Manchester Fire Department for Community Connections.  He started by talking to Mollie about the upcoming Live United Over the Edge rappelling fundraiser, which is raising funds for the Safe Stations Initiative.  He then spoke to Christopher, who discussed Safe Stations, sharing about it’s impact, the percentage of Queen City participants and more.  Tune in to get the details!...

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On Air News Read for July 17, 2017

The pace of the opioid crisis seems to have slowed a bit.  On Friday, just shy of halfway through the month, Manchester Fire Department Emergency Services Officer Christopher Hickey released stats showing there’d been thirty two overdoses and one death thus far.  That compares with eighty one overdoses and eight deaths for the month of July last year.  If the current trend holds, it would reflect a significant improvement over last July. Meanwhile, the number of Safe Station visits continues to rise, with more than two dozen having taken place just in the last week, bringing the total to...

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On Air News Read for June 12, 2107

Manchester’s fire department unions are looking for copycat contracts that mirror those given to the Manchester Police Patrolmans Association and the Association of Manchester Police Supervisors.  Those deals gave cost of living raises of three percent a year for three years, revived Fast Day, the holiday done away with when the state adopted Civil Rights Day decades ago, as a paid holiday and added Hazardous Duty Pay of forty dollars per week in the first year and fifty dollars per week thereafter, which, since it goes to every firefighter, is a sneaky way of hiding the real percentage of...

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