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Holy Trinity students advance in National History Day competition

LACONIA — Selected students from Holy Trinity School seventh and eighth grade classes each won first place awards in the states National History Day competition, qualifying them to move on to the national competition next month in Washington, D.C.

Holy Trinity Junior High students Addie Dinsmoor, James Marceau, Dominique Bolduc, Allison Jope and Sam Cooney performed a play entitled "Yoder v. Wisconsin: Denied Rights and Failed Responsibilities" which they wrote, choreographed and designed the set to re-enact that landmark Constitutional case involving conflicts between education and the Amish's rights to freedom of religion, securing the 1st place for best theatrical group presentation.

Seventh graders Cheyenne Wright, Christina Beane and Brigid Hosmer created a documentary entitled "To Pledge or Not to Pledge, That is the Question" about another landmark U.S. Supreme Court case centered on freedom of religion conflicts with a school's mandatory flag salute, also securing first place for best documentary.

The two groups will now compete at nationals hosted by the University of Maryland June 15–19, and are fundraising to cover the cost to attend nationals. Anyone interested in contributing to support their success is urged to email Karen Sullivan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send checks payable to "HTS" to 50 Church Street, Laconia, NH Attn. NHD.

The students will host a bake sale at St. Andre Bessette Parish churches after all masses the weekend of May 10-11, as well as a car wash/hot dog sale at AutoServ in Tilton on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CAPTION — (back row): Sam Cooney, Christina Beane, Addie Dinsmoor, James Marceau (front row) Allison Jope, Brigid Hosmer, Dominique Bolduc, Cheyenne Wright, with HTS Teacher Karen Sullivan who received NH's "History Teacher of the Year" at the 2013 National Competition. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 10:58

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LRGH stresses importance of recognizing of stroke


LACONIA — May is National Stroke Awareness Month. LRGHealthcare wants to make our community aware that by thinking F.A.S.T. you can help save lives and improve recovery. These simple letters can help you recognize the signs of stroke and get help right away.

F- Face- Look for an uneven smile

A- Arm- Check if one arm is weak

S- Speech- Listen for slurred speech

T- Time- Call 911 right away

"Time is crucial in the treatment of stroke, as on average, every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke and roughly every four minutes someone dies from a stroke," said Sally Minkow, Director of Education Services at LRGHealthcare. "The earlier a stroke is recognized and the patient receives medical attention, the greater chance of recovery."

Strokes occur when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and vital nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures. When this occurs, part of the brain is deprived of blood and oxygen, destroying millions of valuable nerve cells within minutes.

Other stroke symptoms include the sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, sudden trouble walking, and dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, and sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Stroke is a leading cause of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. According to the American Stroke Association, approximately 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke each year. The resulting damage from a stroke can lead to significant disability including paralysis, speech problems and emotional difficulties. Treatment may be available if you get to the emergency room immediately upon recognition of stroke symptoms. Leading a healthy lifestyle, including lowering risk factors like high blood pressure and weight, can also help reduce your stroke risk.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 10:05

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School open houses to focus on technology, engineering

BELMONT — The NH Technology Education Association announces an Open House at selected schools around the state during the week of May 12-16. Technology and Engineering are important parts of an integrative STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) curriculum. The open house will allow the public to visit elementary, middle and high school programs to see first-hand how our children use technology and engineering along with math and science to invent, innovate and solve problems.
Participating in the open house will be Belmont Middle School in Belmont, Wednesday, May 14, 5-7 p.m. Contact Joe Wernig. Visitors will see sample projects, displays of student work and students transforming materials into items that solve specific design problems.
The NH Technology Education Association (NHTEA) is a professional group of K-16 educators striving for technological literacy among NH students. NHTEA advocates for technology and engineering education and advises the NH Department of Education on areas involving curriculum, school requirements and teacher certification. The association sponsors teacher workshops and is affiliated with the New England Association of Technology Teachers and the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 02:10

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LRGH providers cited for excellent diabetes care

LACONIA — The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has recognized 17 providers from LRGHealthcare for providing exceptional care to their patients with diabetes.

The NCQA's Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) was formed to provide clinicians with tools to support the delivery and recognition of high quality care. It's a voluntary program that's designed to recognize clinicians who use evidence based measures to provide excellent care to their patients with diabetes. A provider's participation in the program shows how much they value providing quality healthcare and following the latest clinical protocols to ensure their patients receive the best care at the right time. .

The DRP program has 11 measures on which they score the providers. Measures include, but are not limited to Hgb A1C control, blood pressure control, LDL control, eye exams, foot exams, smoking and tobacco use, and kidney disease. If a provider attains the necessary score, they are then recognized by the DRP program for their skill in providing the highest level of diabetes care.

Dr. Ted Capron comments, "I think the most important aspect of the DPRP recognition is that it shows practitioners have consistently attended to a broad range of measurements over a long time"

LRGHealthcare is proud to currently have 17 providers recognized by the NCQA's Diabetes Recognition Program. The following providers have been recognized for outstanding diabetes care: Dr. Barry Chapin, Dr. Melissa Hanrahan, Dr. Ted Capron, Dr. Carolyn Crosby, Colleen Nolan, APRN, Dr. Diane Kistler, Jodi Goodrich, APRN, Dr. Peter Doane, Denise Naiva, APRN, Dr. James Clifford, Dr. Paul Friend, Dr. Mary Dacuycuy, Rebecca Rose, PA-C, Dr. Adora Maharaj, Dr. Lawrence Rush, Dr. Susan Bayer, and  Richard Young, APRN.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 09:45

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