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Camp Spinnaker Empowers Kids with Asthma

TUFTONBORO — For families of a child with a chronic health condition, the summer months can present some unique challenges in regards to summer camps and programs. Many camps do not have the staffing capacity or program structure that supports the needs of children with a chronic medical condition. Zebra Crossings aims to provide that level of support for kids and families. Our medical staff provide support and administer medication which gives parents the much needed peace of mind and respite. Our program model considers the various needs of our participants and provides a fun and engaging environment for kids to thrive in and to gain a sense of independence.

Last year Zebra Crossings, supported by New Hampshire's Hospital for Children, successfully launched Camp Spinnaker, a residential asthma camp for kids ages 8 to 12 in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Campers from New Hampshire, Massachussetts and Vermont joined for an empowering experience. Campers discovered what they are capable achieving when their asthma is well controlled.

A 2013 camper parent reflected on the impact of the camp on her son:
"This is such a great experience for children with asthma. Being surrounded by kids in the same situation takes away the shyness and hesitation in learning more about what "having asthma" means. For my child, he came home owning it rather than it owning him."

This summer we welcome more kids to join us the week of August 17-22,  at Camp Merrowvista in Center Tuftonboro. In addition to usual summer camp activities such as swimming, archery, rock climbing and crafts, we integrate an extensive but fun asthma education program into the week. The camp fee is $400 per camper.

Zebra Crossings' mission is to enrich the lives of children with a chronic health condition, including those at risk of developing chronic health condition by fostering greater self-confidence, a sense of independence and a desire to realize their full potential through fun and engaging enrichment programs that build a strong and caring community support network for families.

Zebra Crossings ability to grow and provide more opportunities for children with a chronic medical condition is as a result of community support from our sponsors and supporters. For all programs Zebra Crossings provides need based scholarship support.

To find out if Zebra Crossings could benefit a child you know,  visit our website at www.zebra-crossings.org, call Astrid (603) 312-2052 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 09:21

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Bristol Baptist to host chicken barbecue

BRISTOL — A chicken barbecue will take place Saturday, Aug. 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Bristol Baptist Church, 30

Summer St.

The meal will consist of barbecue chicken, potato and pasta salads, mixed vegetables, cranberry sauce, rolls and beverage. Dessert will be blueberry cobbler with ice cream.

The cost for the meal is $8 for adults, $3.50 for children under 12 years outs will be available.

Further information is available by calling 744-3885.


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Classical pianist to play at Taylor Community

LACONIA — Classical pianist Archie M. Richards Jr., will present a program of classical music, Broadway tunes and old-time favorites, Friday, Aug. 1, at 2 p.m. in the Woodside Building at Taylor Community, 435 Union Ave.

A former stockbroker, financial planner and now journalist, Richards has played piano all his life. In the 1970s he benefitted from teacher Kyriena Siloti, the daughter, student and assistant of renowned Russian pianist Alexander Siloti. The elder Siloti was a student of Franz Liszt.

The performance is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Please call 524-5600, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Program on Panama Canal at Wolfeboro Library

WOLFEBORO — George Stosur will present the program "Panama Canal: From Moving Mountains to Killing Mosquitoes" on Thursday, August 7, at the Wolfeboro Public Library at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to all.

In the history of building the Panama Canal, the world's most important shortcut between two oceans, it is arguable whether moving mountains or killing mosquitos was more difficult. This presentation will range from the French initial attempt, and eventual bankruptcy, to the American successful completion of the canal. Also covered will be the man who "spoke softly but carried a big stick," Dr. Gorgas with his mosquito campaign, Walter Reed of Washington fame, George Goethals whose tough military management completed the canal under budget and ahead of schedule, and Woodrow Wilson who triggered the last big explosive that marked the completion of the construction.

This herculean effort was completed 100 years ago with the first ship sailing the Panama Canal on August 14, 1914. The lecture will also cover the current work to build an even larger Panama Canal and will include many photographs and diagrams.

George Stosur recently retired from the U.S. Department of Energy where he directed research related to global energy resources and climate change. He is now a part-time teacher and speaker on world energy issues, maritime sciences, environmental problems, and unusual earth-sea phenomena.

For more information call Cindy Scott at the Wolfeboro Public Library at 569-2428 or visit www.wolfeborolibrary.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 09:03

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