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Franklin Hosptial to again host Summer Farmers Markets

FRANKLIN — Franklin Regional Hospital is once again hosting a weekly Summer Farmer's Market in collaboration with the Franklin Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Coalition. Local vendors will be on the lawn at FRH on Tuesday afternoons from 3-6 p.m. beginning June 3rd.

Encouraging healthy lifestyles of community residents is the focus of the market and shoppers will get to enjoy locally-grown produce and other fresh local foods in an easily accessible location.

The market is now seeking applications from interested vendors. Ideal vendors will include local produce, meat, dairy, bread, and other food vendors such as local specialty items. There is no fee to participate as a vendor and space is limited. Please call the number below for more information or a vendor application.

For more information please call Melissa Rizzo in Education at 934-2060 ext. 8369.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:15

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Trinity Church Renting Space for Town Wide Yard Sale

MEREDITH — Saturday, May 17 is the date for the fabulous Meredith Town Wide Yard Sale. Once again Trinity Episcopal Church, Route 25, Meredith will be having a Bake Sale, Book Sale and Yard Sale and will be renting tables for $25 each or 2 for $40.with set up outside in the lower parking lot.

Trinity is an 'Official' Site and will appear in the Yard Sale Map. Set up can begin at 8 a.m. to catch the early birds and will go until 2 p.m. Those wishing to set up their own tables can reserve a site for $25 in advance. Don't wait to call in to reserve at 279-9926 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:10

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Laconia Clinic Employees Raising Awareness for Colorectal Cancer

LACONIA — One in 20 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer. It's a scary statistic and it's one of the reasons why The Laconia Clinic employees helped raise awareness of colon cancer, a disease that can be prevented through screening but is still the second leading cause of overall cancer deaths in the United States. The event took place in conjunction with the Colon Cancer Alliance's National Dress in Blue Day which takes place during the month of March.

"We wanted to make a difference in the lives of our employees and our patients. Our Dress in Blue Day event raised awareness throughout our staff and patients regarding colon cancer and the importance of being screened. By creating more awareness around this disease, we will save lives," said Lisa Fowler of the Laconia Clinic. "It's important that we do our part by helping the Colon Cancer Alliance create a future free of colon cancer."

National Dress in Blue Day is held on the first Friday in March in communities and offices throughout the nation. The Colon Cancer Alliance first launched the Dress in Blue Day program in 2009 to bring nationwide attention to colon cancer and to celebrate the courage of those affected by this disease. Today, individuals, businesses and community groups across the country participate by wearing blue and urging others to do the same. Blue is the nationally recognized color for colon cancer. By "getting blued," we hope to raise public awareness and save lives. For more information on dress in blue day, visit www.dressinblueday.org.

For more information on colorectal cancer screenings contact your primary care provider.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:02

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Preschoolers learn importance of protecting their hearing

LACONIA  —  The students of Jenny Faro's class at Lakes Region Childcare Center in Laconia recently learned about preventing hearing loss by protecting their ears from excessive volume. Guest speaker Dr. Laura Robertson of Audiology Specialists in Laconia explained the measures children should take when they encounter loud noises. The three easy steps are "stop, block and run"; stop or reduce the noise, block your ears or run from the offensive sound.

"Loud noise is only okay when it's to alert you of an emergency situation", explained Robertson, who named a few exceptions such as fire alarms and ambulances. "Those things are supposed to be loud to get your attention".

Citing such things as lawn mowers, heavy machinery and fireworks, Robertson explained that many everyday objects are a threat to our hearing and that the damage can't be reversed. Passing around a set of sound suppressors for the children to try out, she demonstrated how well they work to block out excess noise.

Asking the children to think of adults in their lives who have a don't hear well, Robertson explained that most of them could hear perfectly when they were very young, but over time, repeated exposure to such noises did damage to the inner parts of their ears. She suggested that students be thoughtful and face these adults when speaking. She showed them how much better they could hear her when she faced them versus when she was turned away from them.

Robertson used helium balloons to illustrate how sound waves are picked up by the eardrum. The children enjoyed feeling the vibration of their voices as they made sounds while holding the balloons to their mouths.

Robertson, herself the mother of a five year old son, states "The quality of a child's hearing has a great impact on their ability to learn. By educating them about the things that threaten the health of their hearing, and empowering them to protect it, we increase the likelihood of them reaching their full academic potential".

Dr. Laura Robertson, Au. D. is the owner of Audiology Specialists in Laconia, NH. Visit their office at 211 South Main Street, or call (603) 528-7700, or visit them on the web at audiologyspecialists.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 08:56

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