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


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.

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: For more information about Ebola visit the CDC website at

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.