LRGHealthcare Family Birthplace Installs "state of the art" newborn safety system

LACONIA — LRGHealthcare has recently installed a new and innovative Infant Safety System developed by Certa-Scan Technologies and is the first and only healthcare system in the state of New Hampshire to offer this innovative technology.

The system allows the hospital to capture high resolution newborn footprints which can be used for precise identification in situations like abduction, lost baby or natural disaster. Footprints are a biometric, unique to each baby, so they can be used for identification throughout a lifetime. The standard ink footprints are of no use to law enforcement officials as most are not clear or complete prints for identification.

The Newborn Safety System has been praised by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The system is safe for use on babies and provides outstanding footprint quality. Nurses prefer the system because it is ease of use, and replaces the time consuming, and often time's messy ink and paper method. The digital foot prints and security photo are stored in the newborn's medical record. In addition to the added layer of safety, every new mom receives an attractive certificate of her newborn's footprint. When she returns home, she can visit a special website to enhance the certificate and download a digital copy of her baby's footprint. These additional benefits are provided as a gift from LRGHealthcare.

LRGHealthcare is on the cutting edge of using high technology to increase safety, security, customer service, and patient satisfaction.



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Noted chef giving cooking demonstrations at Major Brands

BELMONT — Baron's Major Brands in Belmont will be hosting Chef Kurt von Kahle in the newly remodeled Bosch/Thermador showroom, where he will be serving up some tasty delights as he demonstrates a variety of appliances from Thermador, including the Professional Series 48 gas range top with grill, single wall oven, built-in steam/convection oven, and the Freedom 36 induction cooktop.

This community offering is a way to showcase Baron's appliance offerings, while demonstrating to the consumer how to best utilize your choice. With family commitments and our active lifestyles, learning how to prepare healthy food in a quick, convenient manner is important to all of us. Baron's is teaching us how to make the most from our appliance purchase.

Join Chef Kurt, executive chef/owner of Kurt's Kitchen, this summer at Baron's Laconia/Belmont appliance showroom. Known as one of the area's leading kitchen consultants, Chef Kurt is a national appliance specialist and certified trainer for many well-known appliance brands including Bosch, Thermador, AGA, Marvel, XO, Vent-A-Hood, Jenn-Air and Bertazzoni.

Chef Kurt will be focusing on healthy cooking using the Thermador Professional Series 48² gas range top grill and the Thermador Professional Series steam/convection oven at Baron's Major Brand Appliances. These free "live cooking" demonstrations will take place on July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 10, and Aug. 17, from noon to 3 p.m.

Chef Kurt provides in-home and in-store kitchen consulting services and cooking classes, and is the author of "Convection Cooking for the Home Chef." He has appeared on the popular television show "The Chef's Kitchen," and he hosts a video series of helpful cooking tips and demonstrations via his YouTube channel, Kurt's Kitchen Channel.

Located at 225 Daniel Webster Highway (Route 3) in Belmont, Baron's Major Brands Appliances is the Lakes Region's premier family-owned appliance, TV and mattress store. Known for providing products with innovative design, exceptional beauty, superior performance, and long-

lasting value. Baron's carries a wide variety of the best-known brands, including Bosch, Thermador, Sub-Zero, Wolf, Miele, Jenn-Air, Viking, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Whirlpool, GE, KitchenAid, Maytag, LG, Samsung, and Serta.

Baron's Major Brands Live Cooking Demonstrations are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Heidi at 603-524-0163.

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How Fire N' Stone quickly became the region's go-to stove and hearth store

Six years ago, local residents Angelo and Sarah Farruggia started a chimney cleaning and repair business based out of their home. Almost immediately, they recognized a need for a much broader service and retail operation. The result is Fire N' Stone, which has grown each year to become the region's premier full-service stove and chimney operation.

Angelo and Sarah started their small chimney cleaning and repair business out of their home in 2009 with the goal of providing the best chimney service in the area. Shortly after they opened, they found a very large need for chimney services in the Lakes Region and expanded, outgrowing a home based operation and opening a service location in Gilford.

Adding more service crews over the next year, they decided to embark on their next expansion – a showroom location with the best stoves and fireplaces available. This was a major need for the area in their eyes, as the Lakes Region had many great stove shops but none that provides all services from start to finish of a hearth project.

"Most of the other shops sell you the stove and the transaction is done. Some might have one install crew or a sub-contractor to do the install, but none provide in-house service after the sale for masonry, chimney cleanings and repairs leaving you to look for another outfit to complete those tasks," said Angelo. Their vision was to provide an experience where a customer could come in and have a new fireplace designed, purchased, installed, finished in stone, and annually serviced all under one roof by certified staff rather then dealing with different companies or sub-contractors to complete the job and for regular servicing.

With this plan began the search for a location. Angelo and Sarah wanted to keep the business local, as they both grew up in this area and started the business with the intent of providing the best service to the Lakes Region where they still reside. They found a great location to ease into the transition in Tilton. The storefront on Route 3 offered a great location as well as the chance to take an older, neglected building and restore it. Their first full season at that location was in 2010. Each year since, Angelo and Sarah have expanded their showroom with state of the art pellet, gas, and wood stoves and fireplaces as well as custom stonework.

As Angelo said, "If it's anything to do with fireplaces or masonry, we do it, and we do it the best". Technicians and showroom staff regularly attend trainings to keep up to date on current codes. Fire N' Stone is the only chimney business or stove shop in the area with staff that is certified through both the Chimney Safety Institute of America ( as well as the National Fireplace Institute ( "We find most other chimney businesses miss many safety hazards because they are not trained properly on what to look for and homeowners take their opinion as fact, since they are supposed to be the professionals, which leaves families unknowingly burning in unsafe conditions. Unfortunately New Hampshire does not require any licensing, training, or certifications to be a chimney technician or hearth installer which is scary. At Fire N' Stone all our technicians carry the certifications required in other states so we can provide you with the best service possible to protect your home and family," said Angelo. They also utilize video chimney scanning equipment so they can find things that the naked eye will miss. "We are invited into homes, we see the same people year after year helping them address their hearth and chimney needs and keeping their families warm and safe. We watch some of these families grow with the addition of a new family member and children growing up as we come back year after year. This is what we always envisioned, a local business with a personal touch. I know it sounds cliche but it honestly feels like they are not just customers but family, a part of the Fire N' Stone family", says Angelo.

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Meredith printing business sold, will operate as Copy Express

MEREDITH — Miss Print has been purchased and will now be doing business as Copy Express.

New owners, Brian and Janet Heffron, of Moultonborough, spent a lot of time researching the right addition to their copy center in Manchester, N.H. Copy Express in Manchester has been doing business for over 30 years. Brian and Janet have extensive printing and graphics reproduction experience in each of their backgrounds. Brian owned a graphics firm in Burlington, Massachusetts as well, and has 35 years experience and Janet has 30 years in marketing and advertising. The Sellers, Paul and Claudette Bradley were represented by Anthony Avrutine of RE/MAX Bayside, who also assisted the buyers.

Brian and Janet have raised three children and have been living in New Hampshire for many years. While they've summered in Moultonborough since 1997, eight grandchildren have expanded the family, and on any given day customers might find one of the kids helping out at Copy Express.

Copy Express will continue its Manchester location as well, and add the Meredith location as a subsidiary. Expansion plans include more color copying and enlarging capabilities; boat, window and vehicle vinyl lettering, signs, banners, feather flags, notary and JP services.

Brian and Janet invite new or existing customers of the business to visit for a grand tour, as several longtime staffers are busy making introductions. Copy Express can be reached at (603) 279-5939.

RE/MAX Bayside's Commercial Division is located at 423 Main Street in Laconia and operates statewide. Anthony Avutrine can be reached at (603) 527-8200.

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