Living Well workshops to help those living with chronic condition

FRANKLIN — A weekly workshop entitled Living Well will be held at the Franklin VNA for those suffering from a chronic health concern to learn ways to manage symptoms. The workshop, sponsored by LRGHealthcare, will be offered on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m., May 19 to June 23,at Franklin Regional Hospital.

Those attending the workshops will apply skills for living a full, healthy life with a chronic condition, learn to set weekly goals and develop a practical step-by-step plan for improving health and quality of life. Weekly topics include healthy eating, physical activity, relieving stress, pain and fatigue management, and more.

Workshop leaders will guide participants through this proven program developed by the Stanford University School of Medicine. These sessions are ideal for anyone living with a chronic health condition or a caregiver of someone with a chronic health condition.

For more information or to register for this upcoming workshops, call LRGHealthcare Education Services at 527-7120.

Sant Bani to offer an energy oriented open house

SANBORNTON — Sant Bani School is hosting a free Community Open House on Sunday, May 17, from 1-2:30 p.m.

Families can participate hands-on activities around the theme of energy. Led by experienced and dynamic Sant Bani teachers, families will get to build and take home a solar car, brew "worm tea" for their garden, make and eat ice cream, explore a vernal pool and more.  The Open House will highlight Sant Bani School's theme-based approach to teaching STEAMS (science, technology, engineering, arts, math, service).

This event is free. To RSVP call 934-4240 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Provider Changes at white mountain eye care & optical


PLYMOUTH — After more than 30 years of service to the greater Plymouth area, Dr. John Richards, ophthalmologist at White Mountain Eye Care & Optical, has announced his plan to retire from practice the end of May. Additionally, his colleague, Ophthalmologist Dr. Chris Russo, has made the decision to relocate closer to family and will departing White Mountain Eye Care at the end of June.

"These are wonderful personal transitions for both of these valued members of our medical staff, and we wish them the very best," notes Speare's Practice Administrator Charles Hulse. "To help ease the transition for our patients, two ophthalmologists will be joining us in June to provide on-going care while we recruit for ophthalmic specialists to permanently establish their practice with White Mountain Eye Care and join Speare's medical staff."

Dr. Harold Everett received his doctorate from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed further training at the University of California, followed by his residency at Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals. Dr. Everett is Board Certified in Ophthalmology. He was in private practice in Port Angeles, Wash., for 25 years and served as the chief of surgery at Olympic Memorial Medical Center. He and his wife enjoy outdoor activities with their two Labrador Retrievers.

Dr. Thomas Leland has been in practice since 1979 in Charleston, S.C. He trained at the Storm Eye Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Leland is a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow in the International College of Surgeons. Outside of medicine, he founded Classic Sports International, a full-service travel agency booking sporting trips world-wide.

Together, Dr. Everett and Dr. Leland will provide comprehensive eye care for patients and their families. Appointments can be made by calling White Mountain Eye Care & Optical at (603) 536-1284.


Gilford Parks and Recreation to sponsor sports lessons this summer

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring lessons in golf, archery and tennis this summer.

Youth Golf Lessons available through the Pheasant Ridge Golf Club on Wednesday evenings June 10-24 from 5–6:30 p.m. The lessons are available for children ages 7 and up and are led by golf pro and Gilford High School coach, Jim Swarthout. Registration is limited and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The cost is $70 per session.

Tennis lesson programs will be offered for youth and adults ages 5 and older during a four-week session on Mondays and Wednesdays from July 6 through July 29. Session times will be broken up by age. Professional Instructors from the Gilford Hills Tennis Club will be leading all sessions. Availability is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first come first served basis. The cost is $60 per participant.

A four-week session of Olympic archery instruction, to be led by certified archery instructors from Archery In Motion will be held on Tuesday afternoon/evenings from July 7 through July 28 at the Arthur A. Tilton Ice Rink. The beginner session will run from 4 to 5 p.m., with the intermediate session running from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. These classes are open to youth and adults ages 7 years old and up and no experience is required. Enrollment in this program is limited. Cost is $60 per person and includes all necessary equipment; you may also bring your own equipment (with approval by instructor).

Registration forms for all programs can be picked up at the Parks and Recreation office or can be found at Priority will be given to Gilford residents. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.