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Altrusa to Give Free Books to Kids

LACONIA — Altrusa of Laconia, in conjunction with the Granite State Reading Council, is busy planning a NH Family Literacy Day event which will be held on April 12th at Woodland Heights Elementary School in Laconia. From 9 a.m. am until noon, children attending the event will receive free books, as well as view exciting exhibits.

Exhibitors planning to attend include an interactive LEGO exhibit, geckos, an entomology exhibit, a Laconia Fire Truck, Smokey the Bear, Race Cars, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, NH Humane Society, Squam Lakes Science Center, Penny the Panda, Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, Laconia Police Department and much more. There is absolutely no charge to attend this event.

This is a statewide celebration of NH Literacy Day with similar events around the state. Altrusa is proud to have Laconia represented this year.

Altrusa is an international organization of volunteers who strive to improve their communities. Their primary focus is Literacy. For more information visit their website www.altrusalaconia.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 07:49

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Lakes Region Cupcake Challenge Returns to Belknap Mill

LACONIA — Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity will hold its second annual Cupcakes for a Cause Fundraiser on Saturday March 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the historic Belknap Mill in downtown Laconia.

Several local businesses and bakers will square off to be crowned the Best Cupcakes in the Lakes Region!

Admission is $10 and guests will vote on the best flavored cupcake. Each baker will submit 20 dozen miniature cupcakes of their most popular flavor as well as present them on an original made themed display. Votes will be tallied at 2 p.m. culminating with the winner being announced and crowned the Best Cupcakes in the Region. Last year's winner LaShunda Allen of Ooh La La Creative Cakes will be back to fight for her title!

Tickets can now be purchased at All Brite Cleaning and Restoration on Country Club Road in Gilford Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Some tickets will be sold at the door on a first come basis.

All proceeds from the event will go to Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity.

The mission of Habitat is to eliminate substandard housing in the world by working in partnership with people in need to build simple, decent, affordable housing. The houses are then sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 07:45

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Plymouth Chamber of Commerce planning Business After Hours event

PLYMOUTH - The Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce will host the next Business After Hours networking event at the Enterprise Center at Plymouth on March 27, from 5-7 p.m., in the large conference room on the first floor.

For this event, the Chamber has assembled the various resources available to businesses in central NH. Those in attendance will be representatives from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE, Grafton County Economic Development Council (GCEDC), and Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED).

Plymouth State University organizations that work closely with local businesses to offer much needed assistance will also be in attendance. The organizations they will be representing include the Student Design Company which provides graphic design services; Small Business Institute (SBI) which offers in-depth business studies including business plans, feasibility studies, and other specialized plans; Marketing Association at Plymouth State (MAPS) which works with area businesses on projects and initiatives; and a representative from the Global Education Office which helps to coordinate student internships with businesses the community.

For more information about Chamber events, or the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce you may contact the office at 536-1001, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 07:35

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LRGHealthcare recognized for efforts to reduce inpatient harm and readmissions

LACONIA  — LRGHealthcare was one of three organizations in the country recognized by the American Hospital Association (AHA) for efforts to reduce inpatient harm and reduce readmissions.

Dr. Vercin Ephrem, President of the Medical Staff and Gloria Thorington, Director of Patient Safety and Quality attended the AHA and Health Research & Education Trusts' (HRET) 'Hospital Engagement Network Best Practice Celebration' in November and presented LRGHealthcare's journey to implementing best practices and evidence based care that won the organization the national recognition.

LRGHealthcare is proud to have been recognized for its success in reducing harm and achieving the AHA's goals and is committed to providing the highest quality of care to every patient. That commitment requires an aggressive ongoing quality assessment and improvement effort, as to achieve the AHA's goal of reducing inpatient harm by 40% and reducing readmissions by 20%, LRGHealthcare met all ten areas for quality improvement. The quality improvement efforts ensure that the practices and hospitals continue to evolve with the latest medical research.

For more information about LRGHealthcare initiatives email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Director of Medical Safety and Healthcare Management, Gloria Thorington at 527-2934.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 07:32

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