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Meredith woman acheives hiking milestone



MEREDITH — Life-long Meredith resident, Sandy Keyser Price achieved a hiking milestone on February 11 by completing The Grid and became the Fifty-First finisher of the Grid.

The Grid is a hiking a term unique to New Hampshire's hiking community and is defined by summiting all of New Hampshire's 48-4,000 ft. peaks in every month of the year. This amounts to 576 climbs of the highest 48 mountains in the Granite State. Sandy's final hike was completed on the summit of Mt. Eisenhower via the Crawford Path Trail.

On this day she was joined by a contingent of 21 other hiking enthusiasts, friends and well-wishers.
What makes Sandy's accomplishment unique is that she didn't start hiking until she was in her late forties and then became a serious hiker after she was 60. She finished the Grid at the age of 69. Sandy is the oldest women to complete this feat.

She also thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail at the age of 60, has nearly completed the Long Trail in Vermont, and has summited all 67 of New England's 4,000 ft. mountains. She is currently attempting to hike the New Hampshire 48-4,000 ft. peaks in a single winter season and finish the New England hundred highest and New Hampshire's hundred highest mountains .
Sandy is a life-long resident of Meredith. She lives with her husband Hayward and is the mother of 4 adult children, a grandmother and great grandmother. Sandy is a realtor at ReMax Bayside in Meredith. She will continue to hike the mountains of New England with many of her hiking companions. So, if you are hiking on one of the many trails in the White Mountains you may run into this remarkable woman climbing yet another mountain.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 11:07

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Program tonight about saving Sadhana Forest in Haiti

PLYMOUTH — Tonight at 6 p.m., the Friends of Sadhana Forest will sponsor New Hampshire for Haiti, at the Flying Monkey Theater in Plymouth.

The program will include the showing of the award-winning independent short film, The People's Forest: The Story of the White Mountains, followed by presentations by Chris Rimmer, Executive Director of the Vermont Center for Eco-Studies, (expert on the endangered Bicknell Thrush), and Aviram Rozin, Executive Director of Sadhana Forest Haiti, a world renowned expert in wasteland regeneration and conservation strategies.

Representatives from the Audubon Society, The White Mountain National Forest, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the Museum of the White Mountains and others will be on hand for a discussion to explain the ways in reforestation on the Island of Hispaniola may just be the crucial next step in the journey of restoring habitat crucial to endangered species here in New Hampshire (Bicknell Thrush), as well as a sustainable economic progress for the people of Haiti.

The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Thaddeus Guldbrandsen Plymouth State University Provost for Research and Engagement.

Today, wilderness and wildlife form the basis for our prosperity and the quality of living that we enjoy here in the Granite State. But it might have been very different if not for the visionary efforts of number of key individuals at the turn of the 20th century.

Here in New Hampshire 100 years ago, after decades of aggressive clear cut logging, the landscape was barren, cleared of the lush forest cover that we consider iconic of our state today.

Fortunately for us, an innovative partnership between environmentalists, members of the business community and other generous private individuals provided the impetus for a truly remarkable environmental comeback for New Hampshire.

The People's Forest tells the fascinating story of the people who established the White Mountain National Forest and the obstacles they overcame to get the job done.


Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 10:54

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Senior Moment-um group meeting at Pizza Hut

GILFORD —  The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a Senior Moment-um program on Monday, March 2nd. Participants will be meeting at Pizza Hut on Union Ave. in Laconia at 11:15 a.m. to enjoy a buffet lunch. The buffet includes salad, various types of pizza, pasta and breadsticks. Each participant is responsible for their own lunch cost which is $5 for the buffet plus the cost of their drink. Participants are asked to RSVP by Friday, February 27th.

For more information or to RSVP, contact the Gilford Parks and Rec. Dept. at 527-4722.

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Belknap County Nursing Home recognized for excellence

LACONIA — On January 14 the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) identified Belknap County Nursing Home one of the top performing skilled nursing facilities in the United States. Each year, ACHCA uses Minimum Data Set quality indicators, occupancy, and three years of survey data to identify excellence among nursing facilities. The Belknap County Nursing Home areas of excellence included:
- three consecutive years of superior performance on Health, Fire Safety, and Complaint Surveys conducted by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, including a zero deficiency survey in 2014.
- 98.75% facility occupancy
- avoidance of Special Focus Facility status
- high performance on Quality Measures associated with the Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes quality goals
Having met these goals; the facility qualified for the ACHCA Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. This award recognizes facilities for achieving excellence well beyond the Nursing Home Compare Five Star rating system. Fewer than 300 of the 15,000 skilled nursing facilities in the U. S. (less than 2%) qualified for this distinction.
The Facility Leadership Award was introduced by one of ACHCA's most revered leaders, the late Eli Pick, in 2008. Eli worked with colleague John Sheridan of eHealth Data Solutions to develop an awards program that uses data driven criteria to objectively identify high-performing skilled nursing facilities and the leaders who make them excel. Today, Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award recipients are identified using publicly collected data by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which is pulled and evaluated by an independent third party. Leaders of the high-performing skilled nursing facilities will be celebrated and honored during ACHCA's 49th Annual Convocation and Exposition in San Antonio, TX on April 14.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 10:38

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