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Alan MacRae to address Lakes Region Camera Club

MEREDITH — On Thursday, September 4 at 7 p.m. local photographer Alan MacRae will present a program on 'Lighting and Photography' to the Lakes Region Camera Club located at The Trinity Episcopal Church in Meredith. 

While MacRae is best known for his project Portraits of Laconia - a photographic salute to residents of Laconia and surrounding towns who have made outstanding contributions to their communities, he is a talented portrait photographer in studio or on location, and also photographs local events.

As all photographers know, photography is really all about light. LRCC members will take away more knowledge about how to use and manage light in a variety of shooting situations. For more information and samples of MacRae's work, visit his website at http://alanmacrae.photography.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 08:44

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5th Annual Paint Wolfeboro event to be held on September 6

WOLFEBORO  — The Governor Wentworth Arts Council's fifth annual Paint Wolfeboro event will be held on Saturday, September 6 at locations in downtown Wolfeboro. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the sale scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Community Bandstand in Cate Park.

 Visitors can watch works of art being created and can purchase pieces either during the day or at an afternoon sale in Cate Park. Mark Dearborn, a local musician and member of the Traveling Wolfeburys, will perform in the park from 2 to 3 p.m., and light refreshments will be served.

New this year, children can join in the outdoor painting fun by trying their hand at watercolor painting in Cate Park from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. For a small donation, each child can create a painting to take home, along with a watercolor kit for future fun. Children must be at least four years old and accompanied by an adult.

For more information or a registration form, visit wolfeboroarts.org, email the group at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call one of the co-chairs: Debbie Hopkins (603-569-4994) or Madelyn Albee (603-569-1701). Artists pay $15 to participate, and they set the price for their paintings and keep 60% of the proceeds from the sale of their work. Any unsold paintings remain the property of the artist. 

New Hampshire painters who have registered include Marilyn Bodwell and Ilona Train of Mirror Lake, Betty Kanca of Effingham, Shirley FitzGerald of Middleton, Emily Marsh, Polly Cain and Ann Tracy of Wolfeboro, Emily Johnson of Nashua, DJ Geribo of Alton, Flo Parlangeli of Pembroke, Aline Lotter of Manchester, Sharon E. Allen of Derry, and Elizabeth Lewandowski or East Hampstead. Massachusetts painters include Charles McCarthy of Beverly and Melanie Christon of Haverhill.

Money raised from the Paint Wolfeboro event funds educational activities sponsored by the Governor Wentworth Arts Council, including grants to schools and libraries in five local communities. Rain date for the event is Saturday, September 13.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 09:12

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Dog Obedience Class Registrations being accepted

LACONIA — The next dog obedience class will run from September 3 – 24, at the Laconia Community Center. Beginners from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, advanced 7:00 – 8:00 pm, running every Wednesday.

The cost will be $50 for the 4 weeks. Dogs must have all of their shots before joining the class. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. For questions and registration, go to the Laconia Parks & Recreation Department's office at the Community Center at 306 Union Avenue or call 524-5046.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:36

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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.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:29

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