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Speare Hospital establishes Ebola operational team

PLYMOUTH — As October comes to a close, the headlines about Ebola in the United States are: Bently the dog, belonging to the nurse from Dallas, Tex., is Ebola free and going home; the doctor in New York City's Bellevue Hospital is the one person currently hospitalized with the virus; and the nurse in Fort Kent, Maine who recently returned from West Africa remains symptom-free and fighting her quarantine.

This is the national backdrop to the local and statewide efforts to prepare for Ebola here in New Hampshire. Over the past month Speare Memorial Hospital has been working with other New Hampshire hospitals, state public health officials (NHDHHS), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). As the Ebola situation continues to evolve, Speare has established an Ebola Operational Team that meets weekly to review and enhance its readiness to appropriately identify a patient suspected to be infected with the Ebola virus, while ensuring the safety of staff, other patients and the community.

Here is how Speare Memorial Hospital will respond: Speare's primary role will be to identify a patient suspected of being infected with Ebola using the CDC screening tool. Patients coming to the Emergency Department, or any Speare affiliated provider, with flu-like symptoms including:a fever of 100.4○ F (subjective or greater than or equal to), and experiencing headache, weakness, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or bleeding will be asked if they: have traveled within the last 21 days, and if yes, was it to an Ebola-affected area, or exposed to a person with Ebola.

Based on responses, should a patient be suspected of being at high-risk for Ebola, immediate action will be taken to isolate the patient and inform the NHDHHS, who will coordinate transport to a designated facility. Speare has the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE including gowns, hoods, gloves, masks, etc.) that meets the most recent standards issued by the CDC that no skin is exposed when the PPE is being worn. It is important to note that the new CDC guidelines for PPE have not been updated because of new ways in which the virus is transmitted, but rather to maximize the protection from the PPE based on lessons learned.

As the Ebola situation continues to evolve, Speare will post updates to its website: www.spearehospital.com. For more information about Ebola visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 08:51

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John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band at Pitman’s


LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street will host John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band on Saturday, November 8 at 8 pm.

Admission is $20 in advance $25 at door and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Grammy Award Nominee and Handy Award Nominee, John Primer is truly "The Real Deal" Fresh off the heels of his great success with the Muddy Waters Band, John signed on with the legendary Magic Slim. For the next 14 years, he toured with Magic Slim & The Teardrops, bringing tight, house-rocking sounds to every corner of the earth.

But John's days as a sideman were numbered with his solo career taking off in the early to mid-90s with the critically acclaimed album "Stuff You Got To Watch," for Earwig Music in '93, and in '95 the veteran blues man released the critically acclaimed "The Real Deal," on Code Blue. He has since toured extensively in support of his ten solo albums to date.

Catered dinner buffet available before the show. Call 527-0043 for details and reservations.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 08:48

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Tilton Sports Center to host Business After Hours networking event on Wednesday evening

TILTON — The Tilton Sports Center will host the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Tilton Sports Center is located at 100 Autumn Drive.

The event will be an opportunity for area business professionals to connect and learn all that Tilton Sports Center has to offer.

Attendees are invited to test out the turf field, take a swing in the batting cages and see all that the facility has to offer. The center offers leagues and programs for participants of all from age 3 to 75-plus. Leagues are offered in soccer, lacrosse, baseball, softball, volleyball, and kickball for both youth, school age children and adults.

Door prizes will be awarded.

Attendees are encouraged to bring you sneakers to this event.

For more information, contact the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce at 524-5531. Registration is now open on the Chamber's website at www.lakesregionchamber.org or Facebook.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 08:45

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Education Theatre Collaborative at PSU holding auditions

PLYMOUTH — The Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) at Plymouth State University, a 2013 Moss Hart Award winner for excellence in community and children's theatre, announces auditions for its January 2015 production of "The Sound of Music." Performances will be held January 21-25 at the Silver Center for the Arts, under the direction of ETC Cofounder and Artistic Director Trish Lindberg.

Auditions for this musical will be held at The Silver Center. The first day off auditions will be held on Sunday, November 16. Times and age groups for auditions are as follows: 1–2:30 p.m. children grades 3 and 4; 3–4:30 p.m. children grades 5 and 6; 5–6:30 p.m.: grades 7 and 8; 7–9:30 p.m. high school and university students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members. This is the preferred date for children grades 3-8 to audition. This age group does not have to prepare anything in advance or schedule an individual time.

Additional audition dates include Monday, November 17 and Tuesday, November 18. Children grades 3-8 4­–5:30 p.m.; high school and university students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, November 19 from 4–6:30 p.m. for grade 3-8 students, and from 7:30–9:30 p.m. callbacks and auditions for high school and university students and adults.

All high school, university students, adults, and community members must contact Brenda Gleich at (603) 535-2803 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule an individual time and should bring a piece of prepared music.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 08:40

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