Sheryl Rich-Kern

Correspondent

Sheryl Rich-Kern has been contributing stories for NHPR since 2006, covering education, social services, business, health care and an occasional quirky yarn that epitomizes life in New Hampshire. Sheryl’s Challenges of Autism series won the first place award for a feature story from the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.
 
In addition to producing news for NHPR, Sheryl has filed stories for Word of Mouth, as well the nationally-syndicated Environment Report, All Things Considered and Marketplace. She also writes for several business magazines.
 
Prior to her endeavors with radio, Sheryl worked as a public relations specialist and an adjunct college professor. She graduated Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and film, and earned a master’s degree in management from Lesley College in Cambridge.
 
Sheryl has lived in Nashua for more than 20 years.
 

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NH News
9:44 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Older Addicts Face Limited Treatment Options

Farnum Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

  The latest census numbers project that more than a quarter of New Hampshire’s population will turn 60 or older by the year 2030, up almost 40 percent from 2012.

And in that same year, the number of older adults with mental health problems could meet or exceed the number of younger adults with mental health issues.  

Among the most common mental health issues: depression and alcoholism.

This silent epidemic is creating an array of challenges for the health care workforce in New Hampshire.

Dick Lievens of Tilton sits at a coffee shop in Manchester.

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NH News
2:11 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Older Boomers Face Stigma Over Drinking Problems

Dr. Stephen Bartels, Director, Dartmouth Center for Health and Aging
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

It’s common knowledge that in New Hampshire those between 18 to 25 years of age have a drinking problem.


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NH News
10:15 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Nashua's Historic Mansion Sold

Frank E. Anderson House, Nashua
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

UPDATE: One of Nashua’s largest historic mansions, the Frank E. Anderson estate — last used as a school and a home for retired nuns — was sold Wednesday.

The Nashua Telegraph reports an auction scheduled for Thursday was canceled after news of the sale broke.

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NH News
9:43 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Survivors of Suicide Loss Attend International Day of Healing

Diane McEntee, Allison Sharpe, Maureen Sloan
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

  

  This Saturday marks the 15th annual International Survivors of Suicide Day.

In New Hampshire, bereavement groups in Concord, Hampstead, Merrimack, Plymouth, and Keene will gather for an international teleconference on suicide loss. 

Local survivors will have a chance to tell their own personal stories and hear mental health experts discuss the latest research on suicide and grief.

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NH News
1:54 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Innovative Perks Improve Workplace Productivity

Amy Sherwood and Trevor Hughes - IAPP
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

Arcade games. Billiard tables. Onsite oil changes and dry cleaning. No limits on vacations.

These are just a few of the perks companies like the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) are cooking up to attract and keep top talent.

The IAPP produces conferences and courses for people who do things like investigate cybercrime or evaluate privacy ethics.

CEO Trevor Hughes shows off the IAPP headquarters, a converted machine shop designed to look more appealing with wood beam ceilings and funky artwork.

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NH News
4:28 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Nashua Mayor Responds to Police Investigation

Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau spoke publicly on Friday, November 8, in response to a police investigation of her and her husband, David.

In front of about 30 people at city hall, Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said that a small number of people are the cause of a smear campaign against her and her husband, David.

On Monday, November 4, the Lozeaus released documents from a 2009 investigation that accused her of kickbacks and her husband of bid-rigging and drug use.

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NH News
11:07 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Saturday Rally Supports Late-Night Worker Safety

Local gas station where Shannon Cothran worked
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

Friends of a fired convenience store employee who pulled out a gun to prevent a robbery are holding a rally in Nashua on Saturday at 2 PM at the local Shell gas station where he worked. 

This past Monday at 3 AM, Shannon Cothran was the lone employee at the downtown gas station in  Nashua.

When a masked individual came in, demanded money and threatened him with a knife, Cothran pull out his gun.

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NH News
11:03 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Protest For Fired Clerk Who Pulled Gun On Armed Robber

Organizer Kevin Boyle
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

    

  About 50 people rallied in Nashua to protest the firing earlier this week of a convenience store clerk who wielded a handgun to ward off an armed robber.

Supporters of fired employee Shannon Cothran stood near the local gas station where he worked in downtown Nashua on Saturday.

The held up signs, calling for a boycott of Shell gas stations, owned by Massachusetts-based Nouria Energy.

Kevin Boyle organized the demonstration.

He says while Cothran did break the company’s no-weapons policy, the company needs to reexamine its attitudes:

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NH News
6:08 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Convenience Store Clerk Knew He Could Be Fired For Carrying A Gun

Friends of a fired convenience store employee who pulled out a gun to prevent a robbery are holding a rally in Nashua on Saturday at the local gas station where he worked.

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Business and Economy
2:37 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Local Start-ups Win $100K in Prize Money

Steve Graves of Kinetic Surface Controls
Sheryl Rich-Kern, NHPR

The New Hampshire High Tech Council and the non-profit abi innovation hub , hosted the state's largest high tech start-up competition  at the second annual Tech Out competition in Nashua this week.

A tech-savvy crowd came to network and pitch their grand ideas to investors.

One of the 20 accredited investors, Jesse Devitte of Borealis Ventures says that, "We’re interested in smart, passionate people that have an idea that can make a material change in the market, where there’s real pain, and we’ll invest in those people."

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NH News
4:46 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

After A Funding Cut, CHINS Program Is Back

Judy Lavoie, grandparent
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

  Two years ago, legislators cut the budget for the Children in Need of Services program.  Only kids with severe emotional problems could receive help.

That left parents and parole officers with few resources to prevent kids from running away from home or skipping school.

But a new law restores the program , although in a slightly different form.

Unlike in previous years, families in conflict don’t have to go to court to receive social services.

State officials and child advocates are keeping a close watch on how the process unfolds.

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Queen City Crime
6:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Manchester Police Deal With Cultural Conflicts Within Refugee Community

Kamal Basnet
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

Close to 3000 refugees have arrived in Manchester in the last decade, many from the war-torn regions of Somalia, Sudan and Iraq.  Another 200 are expected to arrive in the city this fall.

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Foodstuffs
2:48 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Blossoming Wine Industry Relies On More Than Hardy Grapes To Survive

Amy LaBelle and Cesar Arboleda of LaBelle Winery.
Sheryl Rich-Kern

Unlike maple sugaring or beekeeping, wine making is not a typical agricultural pastime in New Hampshire.

But new techniques in viticulture, along with classic Yankee persistence, are making local wine production a larger part of New Hampshire’s agricultural mix.

According to the New Hampshire Winery Association, the state now has 30 wineries, double the number here in 2005.  New Hampshire wine is no longer a rarity in local grocery and liquor stores, farmers markets and restaurants.

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Word of Mouth
9:49 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Silence And Photographs: Nashua Man Walking To California

Greg Hindy
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern

It’s summer. And for many college grads, a last chance to do something daring before entering the real world. Greg Hindy plans to spend a year walking from New Hampshire to California. Along the way, he’ll take photographs with a field camera. He calls it a performance art project, mostly because of the unusual rules of the journey.

Greg Hindy is taking a yearlong vow of silence.

That means no talking, no writing, no texting or watching TV.

Hindy took off a week ago.

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NH News
5:55 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Executive Council Approves Plaistow Rail Study

On Wednesday the Executive Council authorized a new rail study  — one that examines whether to bring trains to Plaistow.

This study will cost far less than one approved earlier this year, for $3.9 million dollars to look at extending commuter rail from Lowell, Massachusetts to Nashua and then on up to Manchester and Concord.

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