FamilyCouncilPicnicJune2019Do you have a family member who lives with you and receives services from MDS? Are you looking for something to do that s/he and the whole family can enjoy? Join us on Sunday, June 2 for the MDS Family Council’s annual Fun Day Picnic at the Inn at East Hill Farm in Troy, N.H. This event runs from 2-5 p.m. and is free, but you MUST register with Lurleen at MDS by May 24th.

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The Family Fun Day Picnic promises fun for all ages with visits to the animals (pony rides not included), lots of games and activities. There will also be swimming available so bring bathing suits and towels. A picnic-style meal will be served at 2:30 p.m., including cheeseburgers, hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, chips, sides, lemonade, iced tea, coffee, water, as well as homemade cookies and brownies. This is a free event and open to the whole family (BUT EVERYONE MUST REGISTER). Please RSVP to Lurleen at MDS by Friday, May 24: 352-1304 or lurleen @

DrinkandDoGoodCooper's Hill Public House in Peterborough donates 10% of sales one Thursday each month to a different charity, as their Drink & Do Good program.

This month, 10% of sales on Thursday, May 23rd will be donated to the MDS. And they will also give $1 for every Mint Julep sold during the month of May to MDS.

Cooper's Hill is located at 6 School Street, diagonally across from the MDS Peterborough office. Hours are 4 - 11 p.m. Hope to see you there!


JEdwardsPosterPFMSPeterborough Folk Music will present a benefit concert with Jonathan Edwards to help raise awareness and funds for Monadnock Developmental Services (MDS). The concert is set for Saturday, June 8 at the Alumni Recital Hall at Redfern Arts Center, on the Keene State College campus. MDS is pleased to collaborate with PFMS for this special event, which is sponsored by People’s United Bank.

Jonathan Edwards is an accomplished musician who has been a favorite singer/songwriter in New England since the 1970s. For more than four decades, Jonathan has delivered songs of passion, insight, and humor, all rendered in a pure and powerful tenor voice which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age. His work includes “Sunshine” “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy” “Shanty” and “Stop and Start It All Again”. Click here to sample Jonathan Edwards songs on YouTube.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit individuals and families served by MDS, providing funds for the critical unmet needs of those with developmental and related disabilities in our region.

Tickets are $30 in advance online at or at Toadstool Bookshops, or $35 at door (cash or check only), with open seating. Doors open at 7, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

ACTION ALERT!  Senate Finance Committee Public Hearings on Budget

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - Concord - State House Representatives Hall  1 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - Manchester - City Hall  7-9 p.m. (map)

Marylouise Alther (603-313-8693 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is available to help you make a difference in whatever way works best for you.

Ways to get involved:

  * Attend in person and testify (biggest impact)

  * Attend in person, wear pink.

  * Provide written testimony to submit to the Senate Finance Committee.

  * Call your local representatives on the Committee and ask them to support developmental services.

Click here for Testimony Tips

Sample Testimony

Click here for Talking Points on the Budget hearing

It is time to write letters and make arrangements to attend one of these hearings. Even if you don't want to give testimonies, your presence is counted by the Finance Committee as they weigh options.

Please contact Marylouise Alther if you wish to attend one of the hearings, write letters or call your Senators. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-313-8693.

Marylouise Alther, MDS Legislative Liaison, is following issues and activities in Concord. She will keep families and individuals posted as things progress. Here is a note from Marylouise asking families, staff and individuals to help support the issue of the Medicaid rate increase as well as

MDS Staff & Families: Please Do Your Part to Make a Rate Increase for Disability Services Happen this Legislative Budget Session!

I serves as Legislative Liaison and Family Education and Support Coordinator for MDS. I am asking staff, individuals and families to make a concerted effort in coming weeks and months to advocate for a rate increase for Medicaid reimbursement, which hasn't been changed in 10 years.

We need help from our families and staff to speak out, write letters or visit Concord when the Senate budget hearings happen in late April. This funding for a rate increase affects YOU. Your voice is critical to ensure that the budget, with a wage increase, is passed.

It is a fact that at these hearings, the Finance Committee counts the number of pros and cons for support of bills. If one of us speaks out about a specific topic, our voice is heard and counted. Just imagine if we have dozens of people speaking to this issue, what an impact this would make!

Here’s what you can do to help:
1. Write letters. I will supply the paper, etc., and script for you.
2. Call your Senator: Who is my Senator?
“I am calling to let Sen. _____ know that I support a rate increase for Medicaid reimbursement, which hasn't been changed in 10 years." Their staff can take your call and deliver your message. Please check above for contact information for the senator who represents your town.
3. Go to the Senate Finance Committee hearings. These will be held in Concord and perhaps one or two more in different towns. I can take three people in my car to Concord, and help arrange rides if needed. Further information will be provided as to date, location and time.

Please do your part in making these increases happen.
Thank you!
Marylouise Alther, Legislative Liaison
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