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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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Meredith Chamber accepting nominations for recognition awards

MEREDITH -- Nomination forms are now available for the Meredith Chamber of Commerce's Annual Awards and Recognition Program, the Chamber has announced.

The purpose of the program is to recognize individuals, businesses, groups, and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Meredith area community, according to Chamber President Marcus Weeks.

The Citizenship Award is presented to an individual or business who has demonstrated outstanding leadership or individual accomplishment while the Civic Project Award is presented in recognition of civic projects which benefit the community.

The Community Pride Award is presented in recognition of accomplishment in the field of landscape maintenance or physical improvement to a property.

In addition, a Special Recognition Award has been created to recognize an individual, business, group or organization worthy of special recognition for contributions that have been of significant benefit to the Meredith community.

Individuals, groups, and businesses in and around the Meredith area are eligible to make a nomination.

Susan Cerutti, Chamber executive director, said nomination forms are available to the public by calling the Chamber or stopping in the office at 272 Daniel Webster Highway. All nomination forms must be returned to the Chamber by Sept. 8.

The awards will be presented at the Chamber's Annual Meeting on Oct. 21 at Hart's Restaurant.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 08:39

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Sunday is Belknap County day at Gunstock

GILFORD — On Sunday, August 24th, Belknap County Residents can get $30 off any of the Gunstock parks major attractions including Zip Tour, Segway Tour or the Aerial Treetop Adventures. Younger members of the family can enjoy the Explorer Course in the Aerial Treetop Adventures for just $10.

"We are making this a deal for our local friends, before they have to say goodbye to summer", says Greg Goddard, GM. "Everyone will have a blast this Saturday with Gilford Old Home Day, then come on up and have some fun this Sunday at the Adventure Park with these Belknap County resident only deals"

Belknap County Residents can also get the new Discover pass for just $25 to enjoy the other activities all day including Lift Rides, Big Air Bag Launch Ramp, Water Wars, Climbing Walls, Bungee Jumpers Slackline Park, Water Activities and more! The Discover Package will keep the whole family laughing all day.

Lastly, all Belknap County Residents are invited to take a lift ride free this Sunday, August 24th. The first chair goes up at 9 a.m. the last chair down comes down at 4:45 p.m. The Panorama lift, the 3rd longest lift in the state of NH will bring visitors to the top of the mountain in just 14 minutes. 

All the details can be found at Gunstock.com in the events section. Residents will be required to bring proof of residency (license or tax bill) to get these deals. Reservations are recommended for those wishing to participate in the major attractions such as the ZipTour, Aerial Treetops Adventure and Segway, and should be made by calling the adventure park direct at 603-737-4388.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 08:35

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