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Yoga studio to mark Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

MEREDITH — A local International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, at Sacred Waters Yoga Studio fron noon to 3 p.m.

The gathering will include a screening of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's new documentary, "The Journey."

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. Organizers say that for many loss survivors, attending a Survivor Day event is an opportunity to discover that they are not alone in their experience of losing someone they know and love to suicide.

To learn more about International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, visit survivorday.org, call 603-528-2145, or email Tammy Levesque of the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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LRGH giving purple caps to newborns through Dec.

LACONIA — We've all heard it. The newborn is crying and the new parent, barely awake and so frustrated, mutters, "What's wrong?"

There's a common belief that if a baby won't stop crying, it's because something is wrong and the parent needs to fix it. Sometimes though, the best thing to do is to put the baby back in its crib and walk away. This is where the purple hats come in.

This November and December, Lakes Region General Hospital, one of New Hampshire's birthing hospitals, is giving a special gift to newborns' families. Babies receive PURPLE, hand-knit hats to serve as a reminder to parents that their baby will likely go through a stage of increased crying. This is in addition to the regular education new parents of over 80% of infants born in New Hampshire already receive on the Period of PURPLE Crying – the normal developmental stage of increased crying infants may go through between two weeks and six months of age.

To caregivers and parents, this stage can be exasperating to say the very least. With an elevated level of stress and frustration, shaken baby syndrome and other forms of infant abuse can happen to even the most unsuspecting new parent. In fact, the most common trigger of Shaken Baby Syndrome is frustration with infant crying. The hope is that these PURPLE hats will remind parents and caregivers to have a plan when their blood starts to boil and that this crying, though at times horribly upsetting, is normal if the child is healthy and comfortable.


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Meredith man lauded by AARP for his volunteer service

CONCORD — Rich Crocker of Meredith, a community leader dedicated to issues of aging, has been honored by AARP New Hampshire with its the Andrus Award for Community Service.

Crocker received the award at a recent celebratory luncheon held to honor about 60 volunteers.

The Andrus Award for Community Service, named after AARP's founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, recognizes outstanding AARP volunteers who are making a powerful difference in their communities in ways that are consistent with AARP's mission, vision and strategic direction.

"We are thrilled to bestow upon Rich Crocker the most celebrated volunteer award given by AARP," said AARP New Hampshire State Director Todd Fahey. "Rich has spent an incredible amount of time and energy helping people and her community and is very deserving of this award."

"Rich's dedication to service is incredible," said AARP New Hampshire State President Dick Chevrefils. "He is passionate about people and brings that passion, leadership, energy and commitment to his volunteer endeavors. It's no wonder Rich Crocker was chosen by a committee of his peers for AARP's highest volunteer honor."

AARP is just one of the many organizations that has benefited from Crocker's service. After retiring, he became a full-time volunteer, punctuated by a few part-time jobs. He chairs the State Committee on Aging and is or has been active in the Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, Center for Aging and Community Living at University of New Hampshire, Grafton County Area Committee on Aging, and AARP New Hampshire. Whew!

"My wife and I had another very important role," said Crocker. "And that was as caregivers. For six years, we cared for my elderly mother in our Plymouth home. Being a caregiver was exhausting but it was a gift ..... a gift to be with my mother until her last breath!"

Born in Massachusetts, Crocker graduated with a degree in political science from University of Massachusetts, attended University of Florida and then joined the Peace Corps, working with citizens in Brazil on basic hygiene and sanitation. There were other careers along the way – education, developmental disabilities and aging services. And a master degree in education from University of New Hampshire.

Crocker and his wife, Barbara, have a blended family that includes six children and 19 grandchildren. Last December, they moved from Plymouth to Meredith.

Also honored at the volunteer recognition was Retired Educator of the Year, Lois Beach of Wolfeboro.


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Enterprise Center hosting QuickBooks seminar on Dec. 4

PLYMOUTH — Charlene Smith, Certified ProAdvisor of QuickBooks and founder of QB Support Services, LLC, will present the program QuickBooks: Online vs. Desktop on Thursday, December 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Enterprise Center at Plymout

During this evening workshop, Smith will help attendees learn whether QuickBooks is right for them, the difference between online and desktop versions, how to change from desktop to online, and more. This workshop is presented in partnership with SCORE Lakes Region and is for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn more about Quickbooks, its applications, and benefits.

Seating for this complimentary event is limited, so reserve a spot today by clicking the "Seminars" page on the ECP website, www.EnterpriseCenterNH.com, contacting the Center office at 535-3222, or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Founder of QB Support Services, LLC in Belmont whose business philosophy is "to assist small businesses, nonprofits, and individuals with your QuickBooks needs," Smith has a background in accounting and insurance. Over the years she has acquired an advanced QuickBooks certification as well as certifications in Enterprise, Online, and Point-of-Sale.

As part of their ongoing commitment to business growth and development, the Enterprise Center at Plymouth brings educational seminars and professional skills training to Grafton and Belknap Counties. The ECP is an incubator/accelerator that provides a one-stop shop of services and referrals to assist business owners and entrepreneurs through all aspects of business acumen. For more information, please contact the ECP at 535- 3222 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 10:31

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