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Mid-State Health Center part of broadening availability of dental services

CONCORD — New Hampshire residents now have access to nearly 20 clinics with dental services around the state with the addition of two new locations in Littleton and Bristol.

Ammonoosuc Health Center in Littleton began seeing dental patients on December 8. The ACHS Dental & Oral Health Center is offering several services including exams, X-rays, cleanings, sealants, fillings and stainless steel crowns. They also offer prosthetics and oral surgery (simple extractions). Most insurances are accepted and a sliding-fee scale payment schedule is available.

Mid-State Health Center began offering dental services at their Bristol location at the end of November. Cleanings, sealants and some restorative services are among their offerings.

"With the addition of dental services at these two health centers, New Hampshire residents have access to nearly 20 different locations, including the Lakes Region and the North Country," said Jim Williamson, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Dental Society. "Their efforts will help us further our mission of providing high quality, affordable dental care to all New Hampshire residents at every age."

While many of these clinics accept various forms of insurance, uninsured patients may qualify for reduced rates based on a sliding fee scale.

The New Hampshire Dental Society has charted improvements in oral health care in the state through their More to Smile About report, noting significant strides made since 2010. In 2012, New Hampshire received an "A" grade on a Pew Charitable Trust report regarding dental sealants for children. However, a recent Department of Health and Human Services report cited some concerns about the oral health needs of seniors in the state.

"We will continue to work toward the goals in our More to Smile About report which include supporting current public and private partnerships to improve access and utilization of oral health care services," said Williamson.

The New Hampshire Dental Society is the professional association of dentists in New Hampshire. With more than 800 members, the association represents more than 84 percent of the practicing dentists in the state. To find a local dentist near you, visit www.nhds.org or call (603) 225-5961.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 12:15

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Education Theatre Collaborative children’s festival to be held on January 10

PLYMOUTH — Children in grades kindergarten through six are invited to participate in the annual Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) Children's Arts Festival Saturday, January 10, at Plymouth State University.

This special event offers opportunities for children to learn different aspect of the arts—music, dance, theatre, visual and language arts—while experiencing the themes of the current production, The Sound of Music.

In The Sound of Music, Captain Von Trapp takes on a new governess, Maria­—a nun too free spirited for any convent—to look after his over-disciplined children. The rebellious children first reject Maria, but learn to love her free-spirited nature as she introduces them to art, music, freedom and love. It is an engaging story with drama, intrigue, romance, comedy, history and lyrical music, set in Austria just as the German Army is taking over that country.
ETC co-producer and festival coordinator Robb Dimmick says, "ETC's Children's Arts Festival is a daylong adventure in music, dance, acting and the art of language. The Festival takes youth on a journey through the magic and possibilities of musical theatre. This year children will experience their 'favorite things,' selecting from among five workshops guided by some of the areas finest teachers and artists."
Festival hours are 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at PSU's Silver Center for the Arts on Main Street in Plymouth. In addition to workshops, the day includes a behind-the-scenes look at the Sound of Music set, and a special performance, "Bright Copper Kettles and Warm Woolen Mittens," by the hilarious Jim Gleich.

Workshops include:

· Brown Paper Packages Tied up with Strings: Art, with Denise Plante-Renaud

· Wild Geese That Fly with the Moon on Their Wings: Dance, with Emily Mower

· Doorbells and Sleigh Bells: Music, with Kirsten Mohring

· Crisp Apple Strudels and Schnitzel with Noodles: Language Arts with Karen McLoud

· Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens: Acting with Fran Page

The Children's Arts Festival registration fee is $35 per child. Please submit one registration form for each child. Some scholarships are available. Please bring a bag lunch. Snacks will be provided.

Register in advance online at http://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.p.m? event_id=17159/ or call Pam Irish at (603) 535-2647.

Contact Robb Dimmick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

And don't forget your tickets now for The Sound of Music, January 21–25 at Plymouth State University's Silver Center for the Arts Box Office, (603) 535–2787 or (800) 779–3869. The box office is closed December 13-January 1, but tickets are available online at silver.plymouth.edu. Beginning January 2, Box Office Hours will be 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

ETC information is online at www.plymouth.edu/outreach/etc.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 08:22

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Donations needed for Camp Resilience

GILFORD — The Patriot Resilient Leader Institute (PRLI), a local charitable organization that runs Camp Resilience for veterans and first responders, is seeking donations to conduct its third session in late January. This visit by 15 veterans and one police officer will take place January 26-29 if sufficient funds can be raised by then.

USMC veteran and PRLI Treasurer Chris Ray of Gilford pointed out that the PRLI has already run two very successful veterans visits. "Through the generosity of local people and organizations, coupled with the donations of additional supporters out of state, we have been able to conduct these first two events" said Ray. "Now we've got just five weeks to fund-raise enough money to cover the January visit and really need everyone's help" Ray added.

The January event will feature a mix of life skills training and physical activity; a formula for success learned from other veterans support groups nationwide. The veterans will enjoy ski lessons and skiing at Gunstock Mountain Resort plus an afternoon of snowshoeing and winter hiking. On the life skills side, they will learn the calming effects of yoga as a regular exercise as well as some basic cooking skills to make them more self-reliant. Other activities including water aerobics and light exercise workouts are also possibilities.

The veterans/first responder will be billeted, once again, at the Gunstock Inn. "Despite deep and very generous discounts from area merchants including the Gunstock Inn and Gunstock Mountain Resort, we still have significant costs to cover" stated PRLI founder Kurt Webber, US Army Retired. Anyone or any group wishing to make a donation to support the upcoming PRLI Camp Resilience session may donate via PayPal or credit card on the PRLI website (www.prli.us). Donations may also be sent to the PRLI account c/o Bank of New Hampshire, 62 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH 03246.

"We have seen the positive rehabilitative effect our PRLI visits can make on struggling veterans. Their personal feedback, and that of their VA counselors, attest to that" said Webber "and we're hoping to keep the momentum moving in the right direction with additional help from our friends and supporters throughout New Hampshire and beyond" The PRLI is a recognized non-profit with all donations tax deductible. The staff of the PRLI is 100% volunteers so all donations go directly to running veterans/first responders' programs.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 08:15

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QuickBooks workshops to be held at Lakes Region Community College


LACONIA — QB Support Services, LLC, Owner, Charlene Smith of Belmont, will be teaching QuickBooks Workshops this January at Lakes Region Community College on Prescott Hill in Laconia. The two-day Basic QuickBooks I Workshop will be on Tuesday, January 6, and Thursday, January 8, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The two-day Basic QuickBooks II Workshop will be on Tuesday, January 13, and Thursday, January 15, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Cost for each workshop is $100.

"I specialize in assisting small businesses, non-profits, and individuals in keeping track of their finances using QuickBooks, one of the most commonly used accounting software programs," says Smith, an LRCC Accounting Honors Graduate in 2010. "I am excited about the opportunity to pass my QuickBooks knowledge along to others in the community. The best way to assist businesses is to help them understand how to set up QuickBooks to maximize efficiency."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 08:09

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