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Heart transplant recipient marks third year of his new life with a Celebrity Bartender Benefit

LACONIA — Heart transplant recepient John Ganong will mark the third year of life with his new heart at a Celebrity Bartender Benefit at the Lobster Pound in Weirs Beach on Saturday, January 4 at 7 p.m.
It all started on March 18th, 2003, when congestive heart failure hit John and open heart surgery was performed at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. It consisted of two valve replacements and repair of an aneurism on the aorta.
A few days later, the hospital installed a pacemaker to adjust the actual heartbeat.
The next six-and-a-half years went by pretty smoothly until the left side of John's heart got so weak it pretty much collapsed. This was in December of 2009.
John went to Catholic Medical Center again where they shipped him by ambulance to Tuft's Medical Center in Boston. They installed a heart pump to the left side of his heart which was run by batteries and a computer, all on a vest which he wore 24/7. The same type of pump, the "Heart Mate," is being used by former Vice-President, Dick Cheney. At this point, John got on the list for a transplant.
On January 3, 2011, John got the phone call about his transplant at 7 p.m. He got in his car, with his wife Brenda, to drive down to Tufts, calling the family on the way to tell them the news.
The transplant was a success and today John says he feels  better and better.
The donations John collects as celebrity bartender at The Lobster Pound will all go to the Cardiac Transplant Division at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.
Ganong says he would like to say "Thank You" to all his friends, family, doctors and nurses who have supported and helped him over the past ten years and he invites all to this joyous occasion in helping celebrate the third year of his new life.

Any and all types of donations would be greatly appreciated, and would be auctioned off with all proceeds going to the Cardiac Division of Tufts Medical Center. Ganong will personally pick up any donations. Last year this same event raised $1,850 for the Cardiac Division in just 2.5 hours. Call (603) 393-5590 to donate.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 10:34

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Kenney Bringing 'Cup of Joe Tour' to My Coffee House This Morning

LACONIA — Former State Senator Joe Kenney of Wakefield will bring his campaign for the GOP nomination for the District One Executive Council seat to My Coffee House at 92 Court Street at 10 a.m. today.

Kenney says that he is patterning his campaign on the way the late Ray Burton ran his many successful campaigns for Executive Council by  engaging people and seeking their endorsement.

''Local owners deserve some publicity and we want to help local business owners by making our campaign itself attract business for them,'' says Kenney, who is beginning beginning a tour of coffee shops and mom and pop restaurants promoting the New Hampshire Brand with an interesting twist. The first person to post their photo with Joe will win a free pound of coffee. As Kenney travels around the district he will be promoting locally owned brands and restaurants.

His message is buy local support local and help the local economy. Also, Kenney will be meeting people hearing their issues and letting them know why he believes that the district needs an Executive Councilor who has already served in state government and knows how to resolve problems for his constituents because he knows how state government works.

Kenney says that as a 14 year legislator he is the only candidate with State House experience and has the contacts and experience to help constituents. Kenney is a 30 plus year Marine who served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 10:28

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Gay Men's Chorus Holding Open Auditions for Spring Concert Series

MANCHESTER — The New Hampshire Gay Men's Chorus will be holding open auditions for its Spring 2014 concert series, "It's Showtime! Music from Stage & Screen" on Tuesday, January 7, January 14, and January 21, 2014.

The auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m at Brookside Congregational Church, 2013 Elm Street, Manchester, in the Manning House. All gay and gay-friendly men, age 18 years or older, who love to sing and want to make new friends, are invited to join the chorus. Regular rehearsal to follow at 7 p.m.

This not-for-profit, talented musical group, founded in 1998, is celebrating 16 years of bringing beautiful music to the people of New Hampshire, with regular concerts and special outreach performances in Manchester, Concord, Portsmouth, Nashua, Keene, and other parts of the state. For more information, visit www.nhgmc.com and the chorus's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/nhgmc.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 10:14

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Annual New Year's Day Paddle on the Winnipesaukee River

FRANKLIN — The Merrimack Valley Paddlers and Friends of the Winnipesaukee River in conjunction with the N.H. Department of Environmental Services and Choose Franklin will be having their annual New Year's Day Paddle on the Winnipesaukee River in Franklin, Tilton, and Northfield again this year.

Paddlers will take to the water between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. with novice and intermediate boaters paddling the "Upper" Winnipesaukee from Route 140 to Riverfront Park in Tilton. Expert boaters will paddle the "Lower" Winnipesaukee from Cross Mill Road in Northfield to downtown Franklin taking out at Trestle View Park. "This has become an annual tradition for paddlers and spectators alike and typically brings in paddlers from the New England states and beyond," said Ken Norton of Friends of the Winnipesaukee River.

Choose Franklin will be hosting spectators at Trestle View Park in in Franklin for First Day and will provide a warming tent, coffee, cocoa and chili. Trestle View Park offers excellent viewing for paddlers shooting the last set of Class III and IV rapids on the lower Winnipesaukee. Spectators can walk, snowshoe or ski on the Winnipesaukee River trail from Trestle View Park as well as the section from Rt. 140 to Tilton to watch paddlers coming down the upper section.

The goal of this year's paddle is to draw attention to proposed bridge over the Winnipesaukee River between Northfield and Tilton linking the existing sections of the Winnipesaukee River Trail. " The Winnipesaukee River Trail is a great example of local government, business, non-profits and community members all working collaboratively with state and federal government to clean up and conserve shore land green-space and provide alternative transportation and recreation for pedestrians" according to Rick Silverberg from the Winnipesaukee River Trail Association.

The bridge is planned to be located near the old mill dam just upstream of the island in Tilton on conservation land which each of the towns have acquired. A trail head will be located on the former site of Ernie's Used Cars which is being cleaned up through a cooperative effort of the Tilton Conservation Commission, Town of Tilton, NH Department of Environmental Services, US Department of Environmental Protection and the Winnipesaukee River Trail Association.

The Winnipesaukee River Trail is part of a regional pedestrian trail network which will eventually connect with Laconia and Meredith and Lebanon and Boscawen. The Winnipesaukee River Trail Association is working to raise the required match money to complete the bridge. Donations can be made to the Winnipesaukee River Trail Association PO Box 464, Franklin, NH 03235 or www.winnirivertrail.org

Paddlers will gather at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Franklin which will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for warming up socializing and refreshments hosted by the Merrimack Valley Paddlers. Merrimack Valley Paddlers will be encouraging those attending to bring food donations for the local soup kitchen. For more information about this event contact Ken Norton 286-3890

Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 10:11

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