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Boy Scout Troop's Spaghetti Supper Raises funds for Alaska trip

GILFORD — "North to Alaska!" - This is the ambitious goal that the boy scouts in Troop 243 in Gilford have set for themselves. During their annual planning session for 2014 last December, the boy leaders in the troop set a goal of doing a "high adventure" trip to Alaska in the summer of 2015.

The first fundraising activity for Troop 243 in 2014 will be a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, March 1 at the First United Methodist Church of Gilford-Laconia. The dinner will include all the spaghetti, salad and garlic bread you can eat and will run from 5 to 7 p.m.. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 12 and under. For more information on this event, call Carl Gebhardt at 528-2369 or Kurt Webber at 520-3989.

Cost of the trip is estimated at $1300 to $1400 per scout and scouts have a goal of having $1000 in their troop account by the end of 2014.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:25

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Belknap County Conservation District tree, shrub and more fundraiser is on

GILFORD — Help support conservation efforts in Belknap County by purchasing edible fruit and nut bearing plants for your garden, landscape, or woodlands from the Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD) Tree, Shrub and More Sale Fundraiser.

For over 20 years BCCD's selections have offered the public a wide variety of plants useful and delicious to both humans and wildlife. There are fruit trees such as apple, peach, pear, plum, cherry, and crabapple; also offered are blueberries, strawberries, elderberries, raspberries, grapes, asparagus, shallots, and garlic, horseradish. Wildlife and woodlot plants include trees and shrubs such as fir, walnut, oak, sugar maple, winterberry (holly), high bush cranberry, dogwoods, lilac, birch, mountain ash, and flowers to attract pollinators such as bees and butterfly.

Most plants are sold as bareroot stock but some items are in pots. To view BCCD's Tree Sale order form and plant descriptions please visit website www.belknapccd.org or to have the information sent to you in the mail contact BCCD at telephone (603) 527-5880. The deadline to place your order is March 19.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:20

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St. Francis Rehab and Nursing Center is recognized for Quality

LACONIA — St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center 406 Court Street, Laconia NH 03246 is recognized by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) as having achieved all four Quality Initiative Goals.

The Quality Initiative Recognition Program set in place by the AHCA focuses on the following four Quality Initiative goals:

• Safely reducing hospital readmissions within 30 days during a skilled nursing stay by 15%
• Safely reducing the off-label use of antipsychotics [medications] by 15%
• Increasing staff stability by reducing nursing staff turnover by 15%
• Increasing customer satisfaction by having 90% of residents and families willing to recommend their center to others

Dr. David Gifford, MD, MPH and Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at AHCA reports "These centers are leading the charge on our journey to promote better outcomes in long term and post-acute care,"

St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is 1 of only 2 facilities to receive this recognition in the state of New Hampshire, and collectively, 1 of 67 when looking at all facilities nationwide.

Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of ACHA joined in celebrating individual centers like St. Francis for their "tremendous success" in this the initial year of The Quality Initiative Program. He underlined specifically what this achievement and recognition means stating...

"In a short time, these skilled centers have devoted themselves to these goals and exemplified what the Quality Initiative is ultimately about – improving the lives of the individuals we serve".

St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is owned and operated by Catholic Charities of New Hampshire and located in the Lakes Region overlooking Lake Winnesquam. Its staff form an Interdisciplinary Team of physicians, nurses, therapists, healthcare specialists, activities professionals and social work that focus on the individualized needs of the person served. St. Francis specializes in services ranging from rehabilitative care following a hospitalization, traditional long-term-care, dementia and Alzheimer's support and Hospice and palliative care.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:16

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Several Affordable Care Act enrollment fairs planned

LACONIA — Donna Toomey, Certified Navigator at HealthFirst Family Care Center, has announced the upcoming schedule of Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Fairs. At these Fairs, a group of local Certified Marketplace Assisters from the Service Link Resource Center and HealthFirst Family Care Center, will assist people with enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

In order to complete the enrollment process, people are asked to bring their Social Security number (or document number for immigrants), their employer and income information for each household member who needs insurance coverage, and either a copy of their W-2 or tax statements or a sample pay stub. They should also bring the health insurance policy number(s) for any members of their household. It is also important to bring a completed Employer Coverage Tool for every job-based plan for all members of their household that are eligible for such a plan, even if they're not enrolled.

Fair dates are as follows:

-- Friday, February 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Hampton Inn, in Tilton.

-- Monday, March 10, 3-7 p.m. at the Inn at Mills Falls (Cummings Room), in Meredith.

-- Friday, March 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Hampton Inn, in Tilton.

-- Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Lakes Region Hospital, in Laconia.

-- Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Health First Family Care Center, in Laconia.

-- Monday, March 24, 3-7 p.m. at the Inn at Mill Falls (Cummings Room), in Meredith.

-- Friday, March 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Hampton Inn, in Tilton.

-- Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lakes Region Hospital, in Laconia, and Franklin Hospital, in Franklin.

-- Sunday, March 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lakes Region Hospital, in Laconia, and Franklin Hospital in Franklin.

Anyone needing more information may call the Service Link Resource Center at 528-6945, Health First Family Care Center at 934-1464 extension 119, or LRGHealthcare at 524-3211 extension 3500.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:07

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