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Big band event organized by Temple B’Nai Israel nets $2,600 for Lakes Region Community Services

MEREDITH — The October 18 Freese Brothers Big Band performance held at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse attracted music lovers and dancers of all ages who enjoy the timeless music of the legendary Ellington, Basie, Miller, and Sinatra, as well as other swing and jazz legends.

A near sell-out crowd filled the theater, the dance floor and the balcony with over 160 tickets sold. The program was sponsored by Temple B'nai Israel's (TBI) 2014 'We Care' Program, benefited three other nonprofits - Lakes Region Community Services, the Freese Brother Band and The Winnipesaukee Playhouse.

Temple B'nai Israel donated the net ticket proceeds for this event, topping $2,600, to Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS), a community-based nonprofit that serves individuals and families living with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders. The Freese Brothers Big Band of Concord contributed proceeds to their Scholarship Fund to help train young musicians from New Hampshire's high schools to continue the Big Band tradition in the future. The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, a nonprofit community theater offering professional and Community Theater and arts education programs, hosted the event.

This multi-focused fund raising effort was devised by the TBI fund raising team and the Temple's Board of Trustees who decided this year to support not just Temple activities but to give back to the community by offering entertainment events where the proceeds would go to local nonprofits. After reviewing nearly a dozen candidates, LRCS was selected as the 2014 'We Care' partner.

"Our efforts in this first year of the 'We Care' program have been very rewarding for us. Practicing the principles of giving back to the community that we were brought up with is far more enlightening than simply reading about them," said Stu Needleman, who headed up the TBI event planning committee.

As the 2014 TBI 'We Care' partner, LRCS was also the beneficiary of the TBI sponsored Gathering Time folk concert held in June. "As a community-based organization, it doesn't get any better than community generated support, commented Christine Santaniello, LRCS Executive Director. "Our mission is dedicated to serving the community by promoting independence, dignity and opportunity- values shared by the Temple."


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Holiday Luncheon and Craft Fair at Meredith Congregational on Nov. 22


MEREDITH — The Congregational Church Women of First Congregational Church Meredith will hold their annual Holiday Luncheon and Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the church on Highland Street.

Shoppers will be able to find many of their gift list items either in Granny's Attic, or in the variety of Christmas crafts, beaded jewelry, hand-knit items, decorations and baked goods. In addition there will be chances to win one of the many specialty-theme gift baskets.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will feature Harvest Vegetable Soup, sandwiches, apple spice cobbler and beverage.

Proceeds from the fair will go toward school or camp scholarships, as well as donations for special needs within the church and community.

For more information call 279-6271


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State trooper to talk at Guys’ Night Out

GILFORD — A New Hampshire State Trooper will be the featured speaker at Guys' Night Out on Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Gilford Community Church.

Trooper 1st Class Charles George is a specially trained trooper who flies in the State Police helicopter and fixed wing aircraft over state highways to provide safety infraction information to ground state troopers. The Air Wing has a long tradition of enforcing speeding violations and other traffic related issues. George is an accomplished photographer for the State Police. He has many stories about events that have occurred in the state.

Guys' Night Out is a program for all the men in the Lakes Region. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour, beverages and snacks provided. Dinner by Ellie Murphy is served at 7 p.m. with the program by George to follow.

The cost for the evening is $12 and organizers would appreciate payment with reservation. Those planning to attend are urged to make their reservations by Nov. 17 by calling or emailing the church office at 524-6057 ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). The church is located at 19 Potter Hill Road.

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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/.

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