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Preschoolers learn importance of protecting their hearing

LACONIA  —  The students of Jenny Faro's class at Lakes Region Childcare Center in Laconia recently learned about preventing hearing loss by protecting their ears from excessive volume. Guest speaker Dr. Laura Robertson of Audiology Specialists in Laconia explained the measures children should take when they encounter loud noises. The three easy steps are "stop, block and run"; stop or reduce the noise, block your ears or run from the offensive sound.

"Loud noise is only okay when it's to alert you of an emergency situation", explained Robertson, who named a few exceptions such as fire alarms and ambulances. "Those things are supposed to be loud to get your attention".

Citing such things as lawn mowers, heavy machinery and fireworks, Robertson explained that many everyday objects are a threat to our hearing and that the damage can't be reversed. Passing around a set of sound suppressors for the children to try out, she demonstrated how well they work to block out excess noise.

Asking the children to think of adults in their lives who have a don't hear well, Robertson explained that most of them could hear perfectly when they were very young, but over time, repeated exposure to such noises did damage to the inner parts of their ears. She suggested that students be thoughtful and face these adults when speaking. She showed them how much better they could hear her when she faced them versus when she was turned away from them.

Robertson used helium balloons to illustrate how sound waves are picked up by the eardrum. The children enjoyed feeling the vibration of their voices as they made sounds while holding the balloons to their mouths.

Robertson, herself the mother of a five year old son, states "The quality of a child's hearing has a great impact on their ability to learn. By educating them about the things that threaten the health of their hearing, and empowering them to protect it, we increase the likelihood of them reaching their full academic potential".

Dr. Laura Robertson, Au. D. is the owner of Audiology Specialists in Laconia, NH. Visit their office at 211 South Main Street, or call (603) 528-7700, or visit them on the web at audiologyspecialists.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 08:56

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Arnold R. LaFrance, Jr., 48

BELMONT — Arnold Raymond LaFrance, Jr. (Bub) 48, passed away unexpectedly on April 1, 2014 in Hamilton, Ohio. Arnold was born in Laconia, N.H. on December 16, 1965. He was the son of Sandra Stockbridge and her husband Carl Stockbridge, Jr. of Belmont and Arnold LaFrance and his wife Betty LaFrance of Northfield, N.H.

He was raised in Belmont, N.H. and moved to Ohio in 1994 where he owned and operated a painting business. He enjoyed four wheeling, fishing, pool, darts, watching the New England Patriots, target shooting, big trucks, campfires and hanging out with his son.

He is survived by his ex-wife Brenda LaFrance and their son Justin LaFrance and a granddaughter, Josie LaFrance of Ohio. Sisters, Denise Houle and her husband Wayne of Northfield, NH, Sherry Reinholz of Laconia, and brothers Carl Stockbridge III and his wife Joanna of Franklin, and Jason Stockbridge and his wife Andrea of Kentucky. Nieces and Nephews, Kristy-Lee Houle, Jessica Houle, Brian Reinholz, Jennifer Hingston, Stephen Reinholz, Katie Reinholz, Brandon Stockbridge, Brianna Stockbridge and Ryson Stockbridge, several great nieces and a great nephew.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother Susan Hill in 1990 ad his paternal grandfather, Raymond LaFrance in 1995.

There will be no calling hours. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Lillian E. Twombly, 71

LACONIA — Lillian Evelyn Twombly, 71, formally of 251 Gordon Hill Rd, Alexandria, died at the Belknap County Nursing Home, Laconia, on Friday, April 4, 2014.
Lillian was born September 21, 1942 in Laconia, the daughter of Clarence and Dorothy (Henry) Twombly.
Lillian was a very loved person. She was kind, caring of others and respectful. Once people met her, they immediately loved her and recognized her inner and outer beauty.
Lillian, like her mother was artistic, she especially liked to draw landscapes (houses and flowers) and cats and at one time she made beautiful note cards that she gave to family and friends. She loved music and had a beautiful voice and a good memory for many songs, especially the "oldies" which she would sing with her friend, Richard H. Though she was a homebody at heart, when offered the chance she loved to travel. She went to Graceland and to Florida on several occasions.
Lillian had a loving and caring family and many friends; she will be missed by all who knew her.
Lillian's family, Jeanette and Larry Stinson and their granddaughter, Jessica Duran and other family members and her friends, Phyllis Tower, (since they were little girls), Penni and Larry Matthews, Richard Harris, Melanie Mardin and others were very important to her. She always looked forward to the time she would spend with Jeanette and opportunities to visit with friends. Upon moving to the Belknap Nursing Home, she became reconnected with family as a cousin, Denise Boudreau, worked there and so was able to reunite with family in Ohio, Miss Jean Henry and family, and in Kentucky.
Survivors include her nephew, James Stinson, of Vt. Lillian was predeceased by her sister, Jeanette Stinson and their parents.
There will be no calling hours.
A funeral service will be held on Friday April 11, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH.
Spring burial will be in Beech Grove Cemetery, Gilmanton, N.H.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Lakes Region Community Services, PO Box 509, Laconia, NH 03247-0509.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Lenten Music Series features Robert Couchon Concert

LACONIA — The Congregational Church of Laconia, UCC invites the public to share in Music for Lent. All events will be held in the sanctuary of the church, in at 18 Veteran's Square in downtown Laconia. An organ concert will be presented at noon on Friday April 11, and a Good Friday service will feature music by the combined choirs of the Laconia and Sanbornton Congregational churches.

An organ concert on April 11 will feature Robert D. Couchon, a native of Worcester, Massachusetts. He studied piano from the age of seven, and pursued a degree as a foreign language major before finally majoring in Organ at the Boston Conservatory of Music. While at the Conservatory, he was accepted as one of a very limited number of students of concert Organist, Virgil Fox, with whom he studied for five years. During that time, he also pursued advanced piano studies in New York City with Mary Louise Boehm, a concert pianist and pupil of the legendary German pianist, Walter Gieseking.

Mr. Couchon is currently Organist and Music Director of the United Church of Christ in Temple, New Hampshire, and Director of Music and Organist of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Parish in Winchendon, Massachusetts and also Organist of Temple Emmanuel-Sinai, in Worcester, Massachusetts, a position he has held for the past twenty six years. Mr. Couchon is also a frequent recitalist in the New England area and a teacher of both piano and organ.

On the evening of April 18 at 7 pm, a Good Friday service will be held at the church, with music by the combined choirs of the Laconia Congregational Church and the Sanbornton Congregational Church. The combined choir will be accompanied by Bob Bengtson, Director of Music and Organist of the Laconia Congregational Church and Doug Embree, Organist of the Sanbornton Congregational church, and directed by Dennis Akerman, Minister of Music and Choir Director at Sanbornton Congregational Church.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 08:11

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