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Melissa MacCombie, RN of LRGHealthcare Nominated for Clint Jones Nursing Award

LACONIA — The Foundation for Healthy Communities has announced that Melissa MacCombie, RN of Lakes Region General Hospital, was nominated for the Clint Jones 2014 New Hampshire Nursing Award.

This award recognizes a registered nurse, new to the profession of nursing, who exemplifies the practice of quality nursing care and demonstrates a career commitment to the nursing profession. Selection criteria include a demonstration of excellence and enthusiasm in the delivery of patient care; communication with patients, their families and healthcare colleagues; commitment to nursing as a career; and inspiration to other nurses and healthcare professionals as a role model.

Diane Main, RN- Director of Patient Care Services said "Melissa has strong clinical assessment skills and is very thorough in her care with each patient that she is caring for. In her delivery of care, Melissa goes above and beyond making sure all the patients' needs are being met. She has compassion and empathy and is a strong patient advocate. She does this in a calm, professional manner putting her patients at ease, providing the crucial emotional support and is able to teach, goes over the plan of care and follows through with the plan whenever there is a change. Whenever I am doing rounding on the patients, the patients share how well they are being cared for, they always share how "special" they feel when Melissa is caring for them and they definitely remember her by name. This speaks volumes to me as then I know she is communicating well with each patient as to who she is, what she is doing for them, with them and how they will get there while she is caring for them during her shift. Melissa takes the extra time with the family members and will contact physicians as well as surgeons to make sure they come to see the patients in a prompt manner whenever there are major questions or concerns being voiced."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 08:17

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Irwin Toyota celebrating 35th Anniversary

LACONIA — Irwin Toyota celebrates their 35th anniversary this year with many great successes, as they have maintained a tradition of friendly customer service and guaranteed satisfaction, along with a belief in continued community involvement in the Lakes Region and beyond.

Peter Irwin, founded Irwin Toyota in 1979, bringing a new brand of safe and reliable vehicles to many New Hampshire families. The Toyota dealership never stopped expanding and continues to grow. A Scion addition in 2002 brought many fresh and stylish looks to the Toyota brand, offering another choice for the Irwin customer.

Chris Irwin, Vice President of Irwin Automotive was quoted saying, "We are very excited to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Irwin Toyota. Since the founding of the dealership we have continued to grow thanks to our customers and employees."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 08:14

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Conservation District Holding Surplus Plant Sale Fundraiser

GILMANTON — The Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD) deadline for pre-paid plant orders has passed but there will be surplus plants for sale on Friday, May 2 at the Gilmanton Iron Works Fire Station from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, May 3 at Picnic Rock Farm on Route 3 in Meredith from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Offered on a first come, first serve basis are a variety of plants useful and delicious to both humans and wildlife. There are fruit bearing trees and shrubs, flower plugs, garden and landscaping plants, and Christmas tree seedlings. Most plants are sold as bareroot stock but some items are in pots. Your purchase will help support conservation efforts in Belknap County.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 08:11

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5th Annual Youth Fishing Derby and 25th Annual Chowderfest & Brews at Waterville Valley

WATERVILLE VALLEY — Waterville Valley will host the fifth annual Casting for Kirby Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, May 24 and the 25th annual Chowderfest & Brews in Town Square on Sunday, May 25. The events will kick off summer and showcase some of New England's finest chowder and brews, which will be available for sampling.

The youth fishing derby on Saturday will feature many varied prizes and a raffle. Participants can pre-register for the derby or sign up Saturday morning starting at 8 a.m.

At Sunday's Chowderfest the public will vote for their favorite, and the winning chef will take home the Golden Clam Award. Tickets will be available during the event from noon to 2 p.m. The celebration will include live music in the afternoon, accompanied by a brew tent featuring Smuttynose seasonal beers.

An evening concert rounds out the evening. For more information call the Town Square at 603-236-8175.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 08:09

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