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Santa Land in Gilford is on Dec. 6

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department and Gilford Youth Center will be sponsoring the 6th Annual Santa Land Program on Friday, December 5th from 5-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Gilford Youth Center. 

This program offers area youth the opportunity to participate in some holiday themed games and activities leading up to taking their picture with Santa Claus. For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:56

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‘Yes, Virginia, the Musical’ staged by Interlakes Summer Theatre Dec. 6 & 7

MEREDITH — Is there a Santa Claus? Children all around the world have been asking this question for centuries. In 1897, young Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to The New York Sun newspaper. Her quest for truth inspired one of the world's most famous editorials and helped an entire city believe.
Interlakes summer Theatre will present "Yes, Virginia, the Musical", Saturday, December 6th at 4:00 & 7:00 and Sunday December 7th at 3:00 at the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium in Meredith. Producing Artistic Director, Nancy Barry, Paul Gregg, from this summers "Big, The Musical", and fan favorite, Mikey LoBalsalmo, star alongside local youth in this musical based on the unforgettable true story. Bring the whole family, and celebrate the holidays with a little bit of magic.
All audience members are invited to join us before the show to write their own letters to Santa. Interlakes Theatre will collect the letters on behalf of Macy's, which will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for every letter they receive this holiday season. There will also be a "Christmas Shoppe" where children (and adults) can choose and buy little presents for their friends and family.
Tickets are $20. for Adults and Seniors, $10. kids under 18. Seating is reserved and can be purchased in advance by calling 603-707-6035, or online at www.interlakestheatre.com, or at the door.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:48

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2nd Annual Moultonborough Village Community Holiday Open House is Dec. 12

MOULTONBOROUGH — The 2nd annual Moultonborough Village Community Holiday Open House will be held on Friday, December 12. Several Moultonborough Village businesses will be opening their doors to the public to celebrate the holiday season. Events will be taking place throughout the day, with fun for all ages.

In addition to the "open houses" there will be a holiday decorating contest. The public will decide who has the best display. Stop in at any of the participating locations to pick up a "holiday décor" contest ballot. Ballots will be collected at Zelek & Associates throughout the day until 8 pm.

Participants in the open house include:

Beyond Obsessions – Open House until 7pm and will have a free hat and scarf set with any purchase from 5-7 pm.

Burns Automotive – Open house with cookies and cocoa.

Meredith Village Savings Bank – will have their Moultonboro Village Branch lobby open from 9 am to 5 pm and will be serving coffee and cookies with holiday lighting and decorations.

The Moultonborough Recreation Department will host an open house from 5:00-6:15pm. The festivities will begin with a reading of the Polar Express and will include decorations, refreshments, and a holiday craft project for the kids.

The Moultonborough Library will have an Open House from 11 am to 3 pm. At 6:30 pm a Holiday sing-a-long, Holiday goodies and a visit from Santa.

Lacewood Group – Open House from 1 pm to 5pm.

Moultonborough Harvest Church – Open House

Moultonboro United Methodist Church – Door will be open with Christmas movie, live nativity, gifts and refreshments.

Zelek & Associates – Open house from 4 pm to 8 pm serving hot cocoa, holiday cheer, appetizers, a Christmas Cookie Buffet and indoor and outdoor holiday decorations.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:44

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Speare Hospital implementing new bedside reporting practices

PLYMOUTH  — On this particular day, Sandra Lehner of Holderness is resting comfortably in a hospital bed playing the role of the patient. Standing around her are several nurses from Speare Memorial Hospital's Medical Surgical Unit engaged in conversation about Sandra's pretend condition. They are preparing to roll out their new bedside reporting practice.

As a Family Advisor, Sandra is there to react and provide feedback from the patient perspective on everything from eye contact with her and language used, to how well they actually engage her in the discussion about her condition. From this role playing exercise, the nurses can refine their bedside reporting process to maximize the patient-centered care experience.

Bedside reporting at change of shift is becoming the standard of care at many hospitals as, nationwide, healthcare moves toward a more patient-centered care approach. The process involves the current nurse giving a thorough report of the patient to the oncoming nurse at the patient's bedside. Research has shown there to be many benefits of bedside reporting. First and foremost is an increase in patient safety and quality of care. The patient is more involved in, and informed of, their plan of care, and caregiver trust is increased as the patient is reassured that all of their information and concerns are addressed.

A Family Advisor is an individual who has been a patient, or family member of a patient, at Speare. They volunteer to be a part of the Family Advisory Council which meets on a regular basis to help Speare Memorial Hospital in their clinical care and quality service improvement efforts by centering in on the end user of healthcare—the patient. A Family Advisor will partner with clinical teams and committees ensuring that the patient experience is present at all levels of policy and procedure development.

Having the Family Advisor participating in the education sessions as nursing prepared to start bedside reporting was a unique opportunity. It allowed nurses to genuinely focus on the patient's perspective and how they might feel about the process. The Medical Surgical unit is very excited about this change in practice and hope that our patients and families feel even better cared for during their time with us at Speare.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:37

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