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5th Annual Paint Wolfeboro event to be held on September 6

WOLFEBORO  — The Governor Wentworth Arts Council's fifth annual Paint Wolfeboro event will be held on Saturday, September 6 at locations in downtown Wolfeboro. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the sale scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Community Bandstand in Cate Park.

 Visitors can watch works of art being created and can purchase pieces either during the day or at an afternoon sale in Cate Park. Mark Dearborn, a local musician and member of the Traveling Wolfeburys, will perform in the park from 2 to 3 p.m., and light refreshments will be served.

New this year, children can join in the outdoor painting fun by trying their hand at watercolor painting in Cate Park from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. For a small donation, each child can create a painting to take home, along with a watercolor kit for future fun. Children must be at least four years old and accompanied by an adult.

For more information or a registration form, visit wolfeboroarts.org, email the group at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call one of the co-chairs: Debbie Hopkins (603-569-4994) or Madelyn Albee (603-569-1701). Artists pay $15 to participate, and they set the price for their paintings and keep 60% of the proceeds from the sale of their work. Any unsold paintings remain the property of the artist. 

New Hampshire painters who have registered include Marilyn Bodwell and Ilona Train of Mirror Lake, Betty Kanca of Effingham, Shirley FitzGerald of Middleton, Emily Marsh, Polly Cain and Ann Tracy of Wolfeboro, Emily Johnson of Nashua, DJ Geribo of Alton, Flo Parlangeli of Pembroke, Aline Lotter of Manchester, Sharon E. Allen of Derry, and Elizabeth Lewandowski or East Hampstead. Massachusetts painters include Charles McCarthy of Beverly and Melanie Christon of Haverhill.

Money raised from the Paint Wolfeboro event funds educational activities sponsored by the Governor Wentworth Arts Council, including grants to schools and libraries in five local communities. Rain date for the event is Saturday, September 13.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 09:12

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Dog Obedience Class Registrations being accepted

LACONIA — The next dog obedience class will run from September 3 – 24, at the Laconia Community Center. Beginners from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, advanced 7:00 – 8:00 pm, running every Wednesday.

The cost will be $50 for the 4 weeks. Dogs must have all of their shots before joining the class. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. For questions and registration, go to the Laconia Parks & Recreation Department's office at the Community Center at 306 Union Avenue or call 524-5046.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:36

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Speare's Sleep Lab Nationally Accredited

 PLYMOUTH — Three years after offering central New Hampshire residents hope for a better night's sleep, the Sleep Lab at Speare Memorial Hospital has earned national accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). The AASM's mission is optimal health through better sleep, and is dedicated to setting standards of care and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research.

"We congratulate Speare Memorial Hospital's Sleep Lab on meeting the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep orders disorder center," says Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, AASM president. "The Sleep Lab is an important resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value, in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders."

To receive accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM, including: sleep technologists certified and registered with the Board of Registered Polysonographic Technologists; quality assurance measures through patient satisfaction and turnaround time on reports; and meeting all facility specifications.

"We've been working toward certification since the beginning," says the Sleep Lab's care coordinator, Registered Therapist Darcy Farina, "as there is a great deal of data gathering and documentation required. We have always been confident in quality of care, but accreditation demonstrates we meet and exceed national standards of care in sleep medicine." Accreditation also means more patients can get their care at Speare's Sleep Lab, having now become a preferred provider for other insurances including Harvard Pilgrim.

Director of Cardiopulmonary and Radiology Services Linda Nestor notes, "Accreditation of the Sleep Lab reinforces the confidence patients and referring providers have in our program. It underscores that the best care is available right here at Speare."

When the Sleep Lab opened at Speare in June 2011, it was to provide central New Hampshire communities with access to "better sleep." According to Dr. Michele Gaier, medical director of the Sleep Lab, sleep apnea is still significantly under reported and affects 20 million Americans, "but awareness of how good sleep can impact a person's overall health has dramatically increased over the last 20 years."

Since opening, the Sleep Lab has conducted 476 sleep studies in-house, and in April of this year, began offering out-of-center sleep studies. This is in response to changing standards of care and insurance requirements. Either way, "When you treat people and they sleep well it is life changing," notes Dr. Michele Gaier, medical director of the Sleep Lab.


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Former Lakes Region resident to join Boston Ballet for ‘Swan Lake’ this fall

BOSTON — The Boston Ballet will be kicking off its 2014 season with a familiar but much sought after production of "Swan Lake". The world renowned company welcomes a former Lakes Region resident Sean Paul Cormier to make several appearances as a "Courtier" and a role of praising and carrying 3 of the top women performers. The show will open on Thursday, October 30 and will run through Sunday, November 16 at the Boston Opera House in the revitalized theater district in the heart of Boston.

This is not Cormier's first endeavor with the dance company, he has appeared in "La Bayadere" and "Sleeping Beauty" in various roles in past few years. The Boston Lyric Opera company was actually the beginning of a live stage performance career through which he was in "Mac Beth", "Barber of Seville" and the "Magic Flute", which all are Italian and German based singing where Cormier could perform among them as a character actor. Although known for such appearances in movies such as "The Departed", "21", "Great Debaters", "Game Plan" and various commercials and print media over the years, he has welcomed the transition with open arms and a sense of satisfaction when meeting the challenge.

"You know....it's a rush, its live and 10,000 people or more a night with people on stage and off who know their stuff and I'm carrying beautiful, confident, fit, and strong women, so its intimidating and I am more focused overall," Cormier said. Over time, Cormier has found his niche and reinventing himself has become common practice for him over the years, so appearing in a ballet in a position that requires physical strength is not a surprise to his entourage of performers and friends. His preparations are extensive, which entail training with cast members, three miles walking a day, weights, working his own company which is labor intensive and closes the day with mixed martial arts for the strength and balance that's needed for this specific role he explained.

"The body takes a beating and by the end of 16 hours of constant activity your mind starts to tell you what you need and want of course, so it comes down to mental endurance and conditioning" he explained.

Cormier's recent Winter-Summer work has been in walk on roles and character development roles in CBS' "Young & Restless" New York City's satellite location. Boston Ballet is an American ballet known all over the world for its premier events and displays of art and dance. The Boston Opera House where "Swan Lake" will debut in the Fall of 2014 is originally a movie palace in 1928 and is one of the most unique facilities that hosts national tours and performances in its downtown Boston location.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:19

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