LACONIA — For the past two decades, truck stops around the country have been equipped with electrical outlets and heating/air conditioning connections to prevent long-haul truckers from idling their engines and emitting dangerous diesel fumes for extended periods. Now, Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia has implemented this same technology for ambulances.
After patient delivery or before patient transport, ambulances often idle for extended periods of time, sometimes an hour or more, in order to keep medical equipment charged and to keep vital medications at the proper temperature. Diesel exhaust contains a variety of toxic components including carbon monoxide, particulates and volatile organic compounds linked to asthma, emphysema and even cancer. Ironically, ambulances often idle directly outside emergency room doors where their exhaust emissions can easily travel into the emergency room.
Ambulance anti-idling kiosks look similar to gas pumps but instead of fuel, they provide a power cable that connects to the ambulance, keeping the motor battery and medical equipment charged. They also offer a window-mounted duct that supplies heated or air-conditioned air to the ambulance. These allow the ambulance to wait for long periods of time with the engine turned off.
The hospital received a $19,000 grant from the Department of Environmental Services to partially cover the purchase and installation of two MediDock kiosks outside the emergency room. Funding came through the federal Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) of 2008 that appropriated funds for diesel emissions abatement efforts throughout the U.S.
Angela Drake, Director of Environmental Compliance and Waste Stream Management, stated that with the success of the anti-idling kiosks, emissions from ambulance idling will be cut drastically and someday, be a thing of the past.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 02:17
FRANKLIN — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Concord will launch an afterschool program and summer day camp at the St. Gabriel's Parish Center (formerly St. Mary's School) on Elkins Street in Franklin, starting January 2.
Open to students in grades 1-8, the Boys & Girls Club of Franklin will offer a safe place to belong, caring mentors and enriching activities like homework assistance, community service and leadership development, health and life-skills programming, physical fitness activities, arts and crafts and much more.
The Club will be open Monday through Friday after school until 6 p.m. with extended vacation and snow day hours. Free transportation from local schools will be provided. The income-based membership fee ranges from $5 to $65 per week ($45 to $105 for school vacation weeks).
Afterschool Program applications are currently being accepted; summer day camp applications will be available in February. For more information and an application visit concordkids.org or call 224-1061. Unit Director Tom Charbono can be reached at 998-9984.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 02:11
BELMONT — AFL, a manufacturer of fiber optic cable and accessories, is helping to sponsor the televised portion of the annual WLNH Children's Auction which raises funds for a number of community organizations in the central New Hampshire area.
Seán Adam, general manager for AFL's Noyes test and inspection division, presented the sponsorship funds to Denise Beauchaine, executive director for Lakes Region Public Access (LRPA), an organization that provides public access services to towns and cities. The sponsorship is made possible by AFL's Community Outreach Program.
"The annual Children's Auction has become a major campaign in this area dedicated to improving the lives of area children in need or at risk," commented Adam. "With early intervention and support by these organizations and programs, children who might otherwise 'fall through the cracks' can receive help and support from the community and, in the long run, be guided toward productive and rewarding lives."
Over the past 31 years, more than $2 million has been raised for local charities, all through volunteer efforts, community donations and corporate sponsorships. Nonprofit organizations that have benefited include the Salvation Army, Greater Lakes Region Santa Fund, Laconia and Gilford Police Departments Relief Family Funds, St. Vincent de Paul Children's Foundation, Genesis Behavioral Health, Appalachian Mountain Teen Project, Central NH VNA Pediatric Program, Lakes Region Child Care Services, Greater Lakes Region Child Advocacy Center, and the Health First Family Care Center.
The Children's Auction is scheduled for today through Saturday on LRPA, and will be televised in its entirety. Those who want to watch the auction can tune into MetroCast, channel 25, or watch online at www.lrpa.org. Click on the "Watch CH25 Live!" link to access the live video stream. For more information about the Children's Auction, visit www.childrensauction.com.
AFL's Community Outreach Program was created in response to the growing need for support in our communities and the desire to make a difference. The program consists of grants, employee engagement projects, tree planting initiatives and more.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 02:07
CONCORD — The newest Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) was recognized during a ceremony Tuesday, December 3, in the Executive Council Chambers at the State House.
Peter Burdett, Gilmanton Iron Works, was selected by Secretary of the Army John McHugh to represent the State of New Hampshire.
CASAs, who were formally recognized in 1922, have become a vital part of the Army, promoting good relations between the Army and the public and advising the secretary about regional issues.
Each state, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories have one or more CASAs appointed to provide a vital link between the Army and the communities for which they serve. CASAs are usually business or civic leaders who possess a keen interest in the welfare of the Army and their communities.
Burdett retired from the U.S. Navy in August 1993 at the rank of Commander. He works for Merrill Lynch and is a financial advisor, an Assistant Vice President and Certified Financial Manager (CFM).
He graduated from Springfield College with a BS in Physical Education and Health, 1972. He received a Masters Degree in Public Administration and Manpower Management from Golden Gate University in 1980. He also received a Certificate in Financial Planning from Merrimack College 2001.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 01:16
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