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Speare's Sleep Lab Nationally Accredited

 PLYMOUTH — Three years after offering central New Hampshire residents hope for a better night's sleep, the Sleep Lab at Speare Memorial Hospital has earned national accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). The AASM's mission is optimal health through better sleep, and is dedicated to setting standards of care and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research.

"We congratulate Speare Memorial Hospital's Sleep Lab on meeting the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep orders disorder center," says Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, AASM president. "The Sleep Lab is an important resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value, in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders."

To receive accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM, including: sleep technologists certified and registered with the Board of Registered Polysonographic Technologists; quality assurance measures through patient satisfaction and turnaround time on reports; and meeting all facility specifications.

"We've been working toward certification since the beginning," says the Sleep Lab's care coordinator, Registered Therapist Darcy Farina, "as there is a great deal of data gathering and documentation required. We have always been confident in quality of care, but accreditation demonstrates we meet and exceed national standards of care in sleep medicine." Accreditation also means more patients can get their care at Speare's Sleep Lab, having now become a preferred provider for other insurances including Harvard Pilgrim.

Director of Cardiopulmonary and Radiology Services Linda Nestor notes, "Accreditation of the Sleep Lab reinforces the confidence patients and referring providers have in our program. It underscores that the best care is available right here at Speare."

When the Sleep Lab opened at Speare in June 2011, it was to provide central New Hampshire communities with access to "better sleep." According to Dr. Michele Gaier, medical director of the Sleep Lab, sleep apnea is still significantly under reported and affects 20 million Americans, "but awareness of how good sleep can impact a person's overall health has dramatically increased over the last 20 years."

Since opening, the Sleep Lab has conducted 476 sleep studies in-house, and in April of this year, began offering out-of-center sleep studies. This is in response to changing standards of care and insurance requirements. Either way, "When you treat people and they sleep well it is life changing," notes Dr. Michele Gaier, medical director of the Sleep Lab.


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Former Lakes Region resident to join Boston Ballet for ‘Swan Lake’ this fall

BOSTON — The Boston Ballet will be kicking off its 2014 season with a familiar but much sought after production of "Swan Lake". The world renowned company welcomes a former Lakes Region resident Sean Paul Cormier to make several appearances as a "Courtier" and a role of praising and carrying 3 of the top women performers. The show will open on Thursday, October 30 and will run through Sunday, November 16 at the Boston Opera House in the revitalized theater district in the heart of Boston.

This is not Cormier's first endeavor with the dance company, he has appeared in "La Bayadere" and "Sleeping Beauty" in various roles in past few years. The Boston Lyric Opera company was actually the beginning of a live stage performance career through which he was in "Mac Beth", "Barber of Seville" and the "Magic Flute", which all are Italian and German based singing where Cormier could perform among them as a character actor. Although known for such appearances in movies such as "The Departed", "21", "Great Debaters", "Game Plan" and various commercials and print media over the years, he has welcomed the transition with open arms and a sense of satisfaction when meeting the challenge.

"You know....it's a rush, its live and 10,000 people or more a night with people on stage and off who know their stuff and I'm carrying beautiful, confident, fit, and strong women, so its intimidating and I am more focused overall," Cormier said. Over time, Cormier has found his niche and reinventing himself has become common practice for him over the years, so appearing in a ballet in a position that requires physical strength is not a surprise to his entourage of performers and friends. His preparations are extensive, which entail training with cast members, three miles walking a day, weights, working his own company which is labor intensive and closes the day with mixed martial arts for the strength and balance that's needed for this specific role he explained.

"The body takes a beating and by the end of 16 hours of constant activity your mind starts to tell you what you need and want of course, so it comes down to mental endurance and conditioning" he explained.

Cormier's recent Winter-Summer work has been in walk on roles and character development roles in CBS' "Young & Restless" New York City's satellite location. Boston Ballet is an American ballet known all over the world for its premier events and displays of art and dance. The Boston Opera House where "Swan Lake" will debut in the Fall of 2014 is originally a movie palace in 1928 and is one of the most unique facilities that hosts national tours and performances in its downtown Boston location.

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PSU deemed a ‘Green School’ by Sierra Club

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University's environmental sustainability efforts are catching the attention of the country's largest environmental advocacy group. The Sierra Club has named PSU to its list of America's Greenest Schools. According to the Sierra Club, the rankings are based on "an extensive questionnaire that asks about everything from where a campus gets its energy to whether its landscapers use native plants and its cafeterias offer recycled napkins." Brian Eisenhauer, PSU's Director of Environmental Sustainability, said he's proud of the institution's efforts in being green.

"In my experience the greatest asset we have at PSU is the depth of commitment to sustainability that exists in our students, staff, and faculty, and perhaps just as importantly, in our community," Eisenhauer said. "PSU's efforts to be more sustainable involve students and community partners directly in what we do; we have ideas from students and classes directly affect our operations, and I think our willingness to listen and learn from each other as a community has everything to do with our successes."

Eisenahauer noted the Sierra Club's list of environmentally sustainable schools considered a large amount of data. "One reason the Sierra Green Schools list is so meaningful is the comprehensive nature of their analyses, which involves a great deal of information about campus operations, curricular efforts, and co-curricular activities," he said. "At Plymouth State University we like to say that "green is more than our school color", and to that end we have made efforts to integrate sustainability not just in academic classes, but across our operations and thinking. It is this depth of commitment and the many, many ways it takes shape at PSU that have led to this recognition as one of the institutions of higher education playing a leadership role in addressing sustainability issues.
Eisenhauer added that PSU places a high priority on creating an awareness of sustainability issues for each student.

"An important part of our sustainability goals at PSU is to ensure that all of our students become aware of sustainability through their education and co-curricular experiences, and see the importance and value of including sustainability as a factor in the personal and professional decision making. As result of these efforts we have a very environmentally aware student body at PSU, and we continue to be pushed by them to pursue excellence in our sustainability efforts."

Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU News Services Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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ATV raffle tickets available through Sun.

BELMONT — The Friends of Belmont Football will be showing their ATV, a 570 Polaris 4 by 4 for the last time at D&D Market in Belmont this Saturday, Aug. 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The machine is being raffled off to raise money for the football program.

Raffle tickets will be available through the end of Sunday, Aug. 31, at D&D Market and also at Brookside Pizza in Belmont.

Ticket donations are $20 each. All proceeds are used to support Belmont student athletes who are participating in a brand-new cooperative football team headed up by Gilford High School. These Belmont athletes will be competing at the Junior Varsity level for two years and will then have a chance to compete cooperatively as a Gilford-Belmont Varsity Football team. Friends of Football is appealing to members of the community to show their support of the boys in the program.

Prizes include the Grand Prize of the ATV, and three cash prizes of $250, $100, and $50. There will be four winners drawn on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1. Winners will be notified directly, and Friends of Belmont Football will reveal the winners to the media if it receives the winner's consent.

Friends of Belmont Football officials note the organization is responsible for all funding of the involvement of Belmont players and has taken great efforts to not impose any costs on Belmont taxpayers. They appreciate donations in any amount to help the youngsters play football.

Friends of Belmont Football is a 501-3c-recognized charity which allows donors to take advantage of tax deductions.

To make arrangements for a raffle ticket purchase or make a donation, call 603-707-1048 or come to D&D Market on Saturday, Aug. 30.

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