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Community School offering Farm Explorers program

SOUTH TAMWORTH — The Community School in South Tamworth is now enrolling for its Perkins Farm Explorers program. All programs run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in 10-week sessions and start the week of Tuesday, September 9. 

Geared toward homeschooled children, teacher Heidi Fayle leads children ages 8-12 in dynamic, hands-on ecology/science; writing/stewardship; and American history courses. Ecology/science meets on Tuesdays, writing/stewardship on Wednesdays, and American history on Thursdays.

Participants can sign-up for one, two or three days. For more information about the program or to inquire about financial aid call 323-7000. 

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 09:00

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Spaghetti dinner at VFW to benefit Morgan Corliss

LACONIA -- A fund-raiser to benefit a local girl who needs an organ transplant is scheduled to be held Saturday, Sept. 6, from 6-10 p.m. at the Laconia Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 143 Court St.

The event which will include a spaghetti dinner, a silent auction and raffles, will benefit the family of Morgan Corliss who is now in Children's Hospital in Boston awaiting a kidney transplant.

According to the event's organizers, Morgan's insurance is not enough to cover all her medical expenses.

The cost to attend the Sept. 6 fund-raising dinner is $10 per person. Children under age 5 can eat free.


Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 08:56

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Meredith Hazard Mitigation Committee to meet

MEREDITH — The Meredith Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee is in the process of updating the town's 2009 Hazard Mitigation Plan. The committee will have its next meeting on August 28 at the Town Hall Annex 5 Highland Street starting at 10 a.m. 

The committee, which is represented by a variety of local interests including police, fire, public works, community development, and InterLakes school district are focusing on the natural and manmade hazards that put Meredith at risk as well as the development of recommendations to protect the safety and well being of town residents. Residents of Meredith and representatives from neighboring communities are encouraged to attend and provide input. Hazard Mitigation Planning is as important to reducing disaster losses as are appropriate land use regulations and ordinances.

The most significant areas of concern for Meredith include severe winter weather, earthquake, high winds, and heavy rains. With the update to the Hazard Mitigation Plan, community leaders will prioritize actions to reduce the impacts of these and other hazards. Community leaders want the town to be a disaster resistant community and believe that updating the Hazard Mitigation Plan will bring Meredith one step closer to that goal.

For more information please call Chief Kevin Morrow, Meredith Police Chief and Emergency Management Director at 279-4561 or David Jeffers, Regional Planner, Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-8171.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 08:52

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LRGHealthcare initiatives in patient safety and infection control rated among the best in state

LACONIA —  A collaborative effort between departments at LRGHealthcare has resulted in multiple recognitions in patient safety and infection control in the past six months.

Earlier this summer, Franklin Regional Hospital (FRH) received a 2014 Healthgrades Patient Safety of Excellence Award. This award recognizes the top 10% of hospitals as leaders in patient safety based upon the analysis of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHQR) patient safety indicators. Over 4,700 hospitals are evaluated and 381 hospitals were recognized with having the lowest occurrences of thirteen serious, potentially preventable complications during a patient stay. FRH was one of only two hospitals in the state of New Hampshire to be presented with this award.

Lakes Region General Hospital (LRGH) was 1 of the only 4 hospitals in the state having a lower than predicted surgical site infection rate, based on the number of surgeries provided, according to the State of New Hampshire Healthcare-Associated Infections 2013 Hospital Report. "A major part of creating a safe environment for our patients is teamwork," stated Dr. M. Abigail Dacuycuy, Medical Director of Infection Control and Prevention, "the focus and energy from staff in taking all necessary precautions is evident."

The hand hygiene campaign measures the compliance rate of all clinical departments within the LRGHealthcare organization; both hospitals, Hillside Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC), and Laconia Clinic ASC. The NH Healthcare Quality Assurance Commission collects data from all hospitals and ASCs in the state and considers a 95% compliance rate as the standard of care. Darlene Burrows, Director of Infection Control and Prevention, says that while LRGHealthcare as a whole averages between a 90% and 95% compliance rate, all departments are working towards achieving a 100% compliance rate.

With summer coming to an end and autumn around the corner, Dr. Dacuycuy and Darlene (on behalf of the entire LRGHealthcare staff) would like to remind the community that flu season is approaching. LRGHealthcare will be offering flu clinics at various sites throughout the Lakes and Twin River Regions starting in mid-October. Please be on the lookout for specific dates, times, and locations.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 08:47

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