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Belknap Republicans to hear from Sen. Forrester at January 7 meeting

BELMONT — The Belknap County Republican Committee (BCRC) has announced that their next monthly meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 7 at 6:30 pm at the Top of the Town Restaurant, 88 Ladd Hill Rd in Belmont. Please note that the BCRC meeting has been scheduled to take place one week earlier than normal to coordinate with the Annual State Committee meeting scheduled for Saturday, January 10 at the Pinkerton Academy.

The guest speaker for the January 7 meeting will be State Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-District 2), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Senator Forrester will discuss the budget and alternatives to address the reported deficit, as well as the Senate's agenda for the next two years.

In addition, the committee will be holding its bi-annual election of officers for the upcoming two years. Recently elected members of the State Committee representing Belknap County are encouraged to attend this month's meeting to vote for the slate of officers.

As is the committee's common practice, if you're interested in having dinner (at your option) and/or wish to socialize before the meeting, plan to arrive as early as 5 pm. And, the Committee reminds everyone planning to attend that winter is a very difficult time for those less fortunate. So, please be sure to bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.

For more information, check our website at www.BelknapCountyGOP.org, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 December 2014 10:32

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Ice skating party for Alton youth & families Friday at Laconia Ice Arena

LACONIA — The Alton Community Youth Activities (CYA) team and the Alton Centennial Rotary Club will host an ice skating event at the Laconia Ice Arena for Alton's youth and families on Friday, January 2 from 1:15-3:30 p.m.

The time reserved is exclusively for the Alton Community and the Barnstead families that have youth who are attending Prospect Mountain High School. There will be a box available for donations of non-perishable foods for the Alton Food Pantry; those who donate will receive a free surprise raffle ticket.

Tickets will be available at the entrance to the event. Ticket price is minimal per person; youth under age five skate free. Skates will be available or sharpened free at the event. For more information contact Dick Wallace at 393-3652 for further information or questions.


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LRGHealthcare pharmacist Larry Routhier wins Bowl of Hygeia Award

LACONIA — The 2014 recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia, an award sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association Foundation and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, is Larry Routhier of LRGHealthcare.

The Bowl of Hygeia Award is presented annually by participating pharmacy associations in each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the ten Canadian provinces. The recipients are selected by their respective associations for their outstanding record of community service. Among his many accomplishments, Routhier was a selectman and police commissioner in the town of Gilford, served on the zoning board, conservation commission, capital improvements commission, and is a member of the Gilford Rotary.

A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Routhier is currently the Director of Pharmacy Operations for LRGHealthcare.

Congratulations are also in order for Vice President of Clinical Services, Marge Kerns, on receiving the Excellence in Innovation award. This is a national award coordinated by the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations, and recognizes and honors a qualified pharmacist who has demonstrated significant innovation in their respective practice, method or service directly or indirectly resulting in improved patient care and/or advancement of the profession of pharmacy.

In 1998, Kerns established the first pharmacist run Coumadin Clinic offered to the public sector in New Hampshire. She also oversaw the development of one of the earliest in-patient dosing protocols for warfarin.

Kerns is advancing the profession of pharmacy and the improvement of patient care through the active participation of pharmacists as vital members of the medical team. As part of that initiative, LRGHealthcare established a pharmacist in the Oncology department in 1998, pharmacists on the patient care units in 2005, and most recently embedded a pharmacist into the outpatient provider offices. Her innovative work has undoubtedly changed the practice of pharmacy in New Hampshire.

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Faro Italian Grille to host celebrity bartender on Sat.

LACONIA — Heart transplant recipient John Ganong will mark his fourth year of new life with a Celebrity Bartender Benefit at the new Faro Italian Grille in Weirs Beach (formerly the Weirs Beach Lobster Pound) on Saturday, January 3,  at 7 p'm.
It all started on March 13, 2003 when congestive heart failure hit John and open heart surgery was performed at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. It consisted of two value replacements and repair of an aneurism on the aorta.
A few days later, the hospital installed a pacemaker to adjust the actual heartbeat.
The next six and a half years went by pretty smoothly until the left side of John's heart got so weak it pretty much collapsed. This was December 2009.
John went to Catholic Medical Center again where they shipped him by ambulance to Tuft's Medical Center in Boston, MA. They installed a heart pump to the left side of his heart which was run by batteries and a computer, all on a vest, which he wore 24/7. The same pump, the Heart Mate, used by former Vice-President Dick Cheney.
At this point, John was placed on a list for a transplant.
On January 3 John got a phone call about his transplant at 7 pm. He got into his car with his wife Brenda to drive down to Tufts, calling his family on the way down to share the news.
The transplant was a success and today John says he feels better and better.
The donations John collects as the Lobster Pound's celebrity bartender will go to the Cardiac Transplant Division at Tuft's Medical Center in Boston.
John would like to say Thank You to all his friends, family, doctors and nurses who have supported and helped him over the past 10 years and he invites all to this joyous occasion in helping celebrate the fourth year of his new life. ''Thank you for your generous support in the past. Last year we raised $3650 in just 2 ½ hours.''

There will be live entertainment by the band known as Sometimes 4. They were there last year. For more information or to donate please call John at 603-393-5590

Last Updated on Monday, 29 December 2014 10:15

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