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International Film Series continues with ‘Billu’ Mon.

LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library offers Billu on Monday, November 3 at 6:15 pm. This is another in the International Film Series shown monthly from September through June at the Laconia Public Library.
Billu, a poor barber, lives with his wife and their two children in a small village in India. Struggling, Billu lives an uneventful life until Bollywood superstar Sahir Khan is advertised as coming to his village for a film shoot. Billu has mentioned to his family that he knows Sahir from the past but has never elaborated how he knows him. When his children talk about their father's friendship with the star, word spreads throughout the village. Virtually overnight, Billu, who had previously been scorned by most due to his lowly state, becomes the center of attention. People who had spurned him only the week before now call him a close friend so that he will introduce them to Sahir. Billu refuses and downplays the friendship.
His situation changes again when Sahir arrives in the village and Billu consistently fails to introduce the people to Sahir. He is accused of lying about his friendship and everyone begins to doubt his character and integrity and scorn him. Rather than defend himself, Billu remains quiet about the nature of his and Sahir's friendship. Sahir's filming lasts about a week. The question becomes, What could the secret possibly be?
Sahir is played by the most famous current Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukk Khan, in this 2009 film. In this movie he is actually playing his own current life role in India. The Indian film industry is known for its Bollywood movies that always include much pop song and dance—a take-off on the Hollywood industry. The Indian film industry has expanded internationally over the years to rival western film.
The Laconia International Film Series is open free to everyone. Brief informal discussion follows the film. Light snacks are provided. For more information, contact Len Campbell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Carol Pierce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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LRGHealthcare providers recognized for care of patients with diabetes

LACONIA — The NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance) has recognized 17 more providers from LRGHealthcare for providing exceptional care to their patients with diabetes.

The NCQA's Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) was formed to provide clinicians with tools to support the delivery and recognition of high quality care. It's a voluntary program that's designed to recognize clinicians who use evidence based measures to provide excellent care to their patients with diabetes. A provider's participation in the program shows how much they value providing quality healthcare and following the latest clinical protocols to ensure their patients receive the best care at the right time. While LRGHealthcare now has a total of 35 recognized providers, several others are also participating and working on achieving their recognition.

The DRP program has 11 measures on which they score the providers. Measures include, but are not limited to Hgb A1C control, blood pressure control, LDL control, eye exams, foot exams, smoking and tobacco use, and kidney disease. If a provider attains the necessary score, they are then recognized by the DRP program for their skill in providing the highest level of diabetes care.

Dr. Ted Capron comments, "I think the most important aspect of the DPRP recognition is that it shows practitioners have consistently attended to a broad range of measurements over a long time"

LRGHealthcare currently has recognized the following providers for outstanding diabetes care: Dr. Mark Aronson, Danielle MacDonald, APRN, Dr. Richard O'Brien, Abigail Olden, APRN, Dan Griffin, APRN, Dr. Ashley Warner, Erica Russell, APRN, CNM, Mirno Pasquali, PA-C, Mary Bidgood-Wilson, APRN, CNM, Laurie Jorgenson, APRN, Janice Vaughn, APRN, Barbara Wood, APRN, Dr. Maireni Cruz, Dr. Michael Dipre, Dr. Roger Gutner, Dr. Valentin Milchev, and Dr. Noboru Murakami.

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Eddie Bauer store at Tanger Outlet participating in One Warm Coat program

TILTON — Participating in the One Warm Coat program for the first year is the Eddie Bauer store at the Tanger Outlet in Tilton, New Hampshire. They will be collecting gently used coats for the Santa Fund of The Greater Lakes Region. Give a Coat and share the warmth from October 27, 2014 through November 2, 2014. Donors will receive an additional $25 off a new outerwear item when they donate a gently worn coat at the local Eddie Bauer store.

One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that assists in the donation of coats. One Warm Coat helps individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country collect coats and deliver them to local agencies that distribute them free, to people in need. The organization's goal is to ensure that anyone who needs a coat has one. Providing this simple yet vital need helps people live productive lives year round. Nearly 4 million coats have been collected and distributed through One Warm Coat activities since 1992.

The Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region is a non-profit all volunteer program which operates year round to help children and families in need in the Lakes Region. Over the past several years, it has provided warm clothes, coats, boots and snow pants for children during the winter months.


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Local author to read from new book Monday at Moultonborough Library

MOULTONBOROUGH — Lakes Region poet Charlotte Cox will read from her newly published first book, Currents in the Stream, at the Moultonboro Public Library's monthly Evening of Poetry on Tuesday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. The library is located at 4 Holland Street, the intersection of Routes 25 and 109.

Currents in the Stream, released this month by North Star Press, has already gathered high praise from New England's poetry luminaries. Patricia Fargnoli, Poet Laureate of New Hampshire 2006- 09, says: "Here among the wealth of these poems, you will find childhood memories, family relationships, lyrical poems of nature, of marriage, of travels, of loss and, finally, of a woman alone in the world redefining her place in it. These poems glow with clarity, close observation, and a sensitive perception of the world."

In addition, John-Michael Albert, editor of the Poets' Guide to New Hampshire and former Portsmouth Poet Laureate, declares: "The highs and lows, the tragedies and comedies, of Charlotte Cox's rich life compress beautifully into the structures of lyric poetry. This is poetry that leaves plenty of room for us, her readers, to fire up our sympathetic memories."

Cox's writing has won prizes in the Poetry Society of New Hampshire's National and Member Contests and in the River Run Seacoast Poetry Contest. Her poems have been published in the Poets' Guide to New Hampshire, The Poets' Touchstone, Piscataqua Poems: A Seacoast Anthology, and The Widow's Handbook (Kent State University Press, 2014). She has had articles published in Library Journal, Public Libraries, New Hampshire To Do, and Seacoast Living. An active member of Poets in the Attic in Wolfeboro, she has been a featured reader throughout the Lakes Region. Cox will be available to sign copies of her new book at intermission.

The second half of Moultonboro's poetry evening will offer unrestricted open mike time for poets, musicians, and other writers from the audience. Priscilla Burlingham, poet, artist, and organizer of this series, says: "We encourage our listeners to participate, so bring something to share. There will be a large display of books and CDs for sale and browsing, and ample time to meet other creative people."

This event is free and open to the public, and complimentary refreshments will be served.

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