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Central N.H. VNA & Hospice flu shot clinics

LACONIA — Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice will be offering flu shots at clinics around the area starting next week.

The schedule of clinics is:

-- Tuftonboro, Town Hall, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-noon.

-- Alton, Community Center, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1-2:30 p.m.

-- Belmont, Belmont Senior Center, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-noon.

-- Sandwich, Doris Benz Center, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

-- Wolfeboro, Wolfeboro Congregational Church, Friday, Oct. 17, 12:30-2 p.m.

Clinics are able to bill Medicare Part B, Medicaid, Harvard Pilgrim and Anthem Blue Cross. The cost for those who have different insurance or none will be $25.

Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people), and serious problems from influenza can happen at any age. People age 65 years and older, people of any age with chronic medical conditions, and very young children are more likely to get complications from influenza.

Because the flu is contagious everyone is encouraged to receive a flu vaccine, say Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice officials.


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‘Keep the Heat On’ sets goal of $50,000

PLYMOUTH — The 10th Annual Keep the Heat On (KTHO) fundraiser will take place in Plymouth State University's Prospect Hall on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, with a goal of raising $50,000 for fuel assistance to families in fifteen local communities.

This event, which includes a buffet dinner provided by more than twenty area restaurants, as well as exciting silent and live auctions, always receives tremendous community support. Last year, KTHO brought in a record $46,000, but incredibly, that money ran out by the end of March. The need for assistance continues to grow, and the KTHO Committee’s fundraising goal grows with it.

While the autumn foliage is still in its glory, the Plymouth Area Community Closet (PACC) is already gearing up for the winter heating season. State and Federal fuel assistance remain limited, which means that the money raised at the KTHO dinner and auction will be critical in addressing the need for help in Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Campton, Dorchester, Ellsworth, Groton, Hebron, Holderness, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Warren, Waterville Valley, and Wentworth. In addition to the proceeds from ticket sales, auctions, and contributions, the generosity of sponsors adds significantly to the amount of fuel assistance the PACC is able to distribute. Last year, sponsors donated over $20,000 to KTHO, but to reach the $50,000 mark, sponsorship will have to be even higher in 2015. Business' or community members interested in sponsoring the event are encouraged to call Sponsorship Chair Bill Bolton at 238-2995, Auction Chair Joyce Weston at 536-2856, or KTHO Committee Chair Martha Richards at 536-2279.

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Huot Law Enforcement Students Investigate Their Future


LACONIA — Students studying Law Enforcement at the Huot Technical Center have many opportunities to explore exciting career options within the field ranging from local and state police departments, federal law enforcement agencies, fish and game wardens, criminal investigators, correctional officers and private security. One thing they all have in common is the responsibility to protect citizens and their property, apprehend suspects and enforce the law.

Gilford Patrol Officer Adam P. VanSteensburg and his K9 Partner "Ike" presented to the Law Enforcement Class about the partnership between Ike and Officer VanSteensburg. Officer VanSteensburg explained the important role of dogs in law enforcement operations and the two main classifications of police dogs (K9's), detection and general purpose.

While Detection dogs are most commonly trained to detect either drugs or explosives (never both) they can be trained to detect anything. In airports, for example, police canines have food detection dogs or ones that detect money. There are also K9s trained to detect cadavers (human remains), and even pregnant female lobsters (for fisheries officers).

General purpose K9s are trained in tracking, apprehension (bite work), article searches (items with fresh human scent, as in a gun that was thrown away), building searches, and open searches (suspects hiding in woods or field, no tracking). Throughout the presentation, Ike demonstrated various skills, with the highlight being the apprehension of a suspect, who in this case was played by former Laconia Police Chief Miket Moyer.

The K9 class presentation is one of many learning experiences that provide students with the knowledge and skills to transfer into higher education and the workforce.

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Shaker Village hosting program about ‘Magnificent Barns’

CANTERBURY — Canterbury Shaker Village presents “Magnificent Barns!” an illustrated lecture by painter and illustrator on Sunday, October 19 from 4-5:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.

“Magnificent Barns!” explores the achievements in architecture, agriculture, and design made by the Shaker communities in the building of their major barns during the 19th century. Agriculture was one of the principle economic enterprises of the Shakers and their efforts toward perfection and achievements as innovators resulted in the construction of some of the most notable barns of their era.
The lecture will be presented by artist Robert Braun and includes more than 160 archival photos, maps, and drawings of historic barns. Also included will be a selection images created by Braun for the Shaker Barn Project, a series of paintings, scale drawings, and models that both document and illustrate a number of important Shaker barns as they were originally built. Representations of livestock and poultry known to have been raised by the Shakers or typical of the era and geography enliven the paintings and expand the subject matter to include animal husbandry.
Braun is an accomplished artist who has been an Art Department Illustrator for films including The Great Gatsby, Revolutionary Road, The Departed, and The Manchurian Candidate. Braun has worked as a Design Assistant producing paint elevations and models for numerous Broadway productions as well as the Metropolitan and Washington Operas. He has also created murals and done decorative painting for Michael Graves, Diane Von Furstenburg and Iris & B.Gerald Cantor as well as illustrations for museums and the National Park Service.
“Magnificent Barns!” was originally presented in 2013 at the Shaker Seminar at Mt. Lebanon, New York, an event that also included an extensive survey of the barns in New York State. A question and answer period will follow the lecture and full-sized high quality giclee prints of the original watercolors in the Shaker Barn Project will be available for sale after the presentation. For more information or to pre-register visit www.shakers.org.

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