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Cryans tours Lancaster

by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter

Newly elected Executive Councilor Michael Cryans paid a recent visit to Lancaster where he met with residents. (Photo by Tara Giles) (click for larger version)
March 27, 2019
LANCASTER — Last week, recently elected Executive Councilor Mike Cryans paid a visit to Lancaster where he chatted with residents and toured a few businesses in town.

Prior to arriving in Lancaster, Cryans met with Ed Shanshala the CEO of Ammonoosuc Community Health Services in Littleton. There he met with staff members and discussed services offered and talked about what their approach is to overall health with their patients. Dental services were a topic of conversation and a tour of new state of the art equipment was had.

Cryans enjoyed lunch at the Granite Grind in Lancaster where he met with the Rotary.

"There, I met some old friends and introduced myself to the club. I listened to a presentation on the history of Mt. Washington including the 150 year old Cog Railway, which was fascinating," said Cryans.

"I was asked about running the hill climb back when I was much younger; only one hill in that race," he joked.

Local Lancaster resident Greg Cloutier then brought Cryans on a tour of Main Street, where he learned of several revitalization projects that have recently taken place as well as future endeavors.

"We went into some shops and stopped in at North Country Ford," said Cryans.

Anne Paquin, the Human Resource Manager at Trividia along with Senior Director of Operations, Dean Hoffman, discussed concerns filling vacant positions with the new Councilor. While there, Cryans toured the facility and learned about the back history of the company, including the fact that the company was previously the well known P.J. Noyes Company.

"From Trividia, we then went to Weeks Medical Center to discuss issues facing critical access hospitals in rural areas with Week's President Michael Lee," said Cryans.

Of the meeting, Lee said, "I am very grateful that he took time to stop and talk about pressing issues in the North County, namely poverty, substance use disorder (Weeks MAT and LRH/ AVH Hub programs), healthcare work force shortage and transportation."

Lee added, "He was impressed with the new Lancaster Patient Care Center. Representative Troy Merner attended the meeting with Mike; special thanks to Troy for assisting North Country Health Consortium on supporting the IDN funding at the recent county meeting. The IDN funds have been pivotal in starting a lot of needed programs in the North Country including Weeks' MAT program."

Lee noted that he was impressed with Cryans who just completed 3,000 consecutive days of running without a break.

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