BRIDGEWATER—For Halloween he dressed up as the Incredible Hulk. He loves monster trucks, as well as dirt bikes, fishing, his PS3 and zipping around on his go kart. Ty Clark of Groton is a typical fourth grader at Bridgewater-Hebron Village School (BHVS)—except the disease he is battling isn't typical.
Bridgewater-Hebron fourth grade moms are hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Bridgewater Town Hall on Friday, November 22 from 5 – 7 p.m. Dinner will be $5 per person, kids five and under eat free. There will also be raffle prizes, including a "Kimono" quilt made and donated by Linda Punturieri of Moultonborough, with all proceeds from the evening benefitting Ty and his family in his battle against lymphoma.
Ty was born with undersized kidneys. On June 8 of this year, Ty underwent a kidney transplant. At first things were going well, but subsequently he was diagnosed with an Epstein-Barr virus and infectious mononucleosis, which led to the development of post-transplant lymphoma. He spent five weeks over at Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) at the beginning of the school year, and since October 5, has been traveling back to CHaD once a week for treatment. His 18-weeks of treatment are scheduled to end in early February 2014.
His mom, Heather, explains between the six medications he is taking, in-home nurse visits and the gas for trips back and forth to CHaD for chemo, the financial impact to their family has been significant. All the while, Ty can't take his anti-rejection medications for the new kidney. So far, so good, but the fear he could loose after all this does linger as a possibility.
For now it is one day at a time, and Ty is feeling fortunate to have had little to no side effects from the chemo—his hair has thinned a bit. He is keeping up on his school work with the help of a tutor and when his white blood cell count is up, he enjoys visiting his classmates at BHVS. Heather says, "This challenge has changed Ty in that he is more willing to share what is going on. He has grown up a bit as he has to speak up and be his own advocate. And he has learned his friends will be there for him no matter what. That is comforting to him."
Heather says she, her husband Roy, and other two sons Nathan and Dakota, have been overwhelmed and blessed by the support from all the surrounding towns. "It is amazing," she says. "You don't know it is out there until it happens. We were definitely surprised by how the community has come together to help."
To follow Ty's progress, visit his information page at: www.caringbridge.org/visit/tyclark.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 10:45
LACONIA — Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) was called upon to fill a service gap in 2012, which lead to the creation of HomeAssist services to people in southern Grafton County. The highly successful program recently expanded to cover all of Belknap County when the previous service provider, Central NH VNA, declined to pursue their contract with the State Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS).
HomeAssist provides non-medical hands-on services for aging seniors such as meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping and laundry, escort and transportation, medication reminders, assistance with personal care, household responsibilities and general companionship. Experienced personnel from the Central NH VNA program have joined the LRCS HomeAssist assuring a smooth transition of services and increasing the capacity to serve more clients in Belknap and So. Grafton Counties The program enables Lakes Region seniors and individuals living with chronic illnesses in Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties to access the supports they need to be able to stay in their homes.
"The HomeAssist Program is grounded in the values and experience that LRCS brings as a local provider that knows first hand how to support families. We understand the importance of building relationships and our approach is both resourceful and flexible. We treat people how we would want to be treated," said Shannon Kelley, Director of Community Support Services.
Whether one can pay for the services privately or qualify for the Medicaid Home and Community Based Care Choices for Independence Program, the BEAS Title 20 Block Grant or have long term health insurance options, the LRCS HomeAssist Program provides the framework and supports to meet the individual's needs as directed by the individual or their representative.
For more information or to get assistance through HomeAssist call Lakes Region Community Services 524-8811 or visit www.lrcs.org.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 10:41
LACONIA — The Family Resource Center of Central NH with support from the Bank of NH is excited to host a financial literacy workshop titled "Borrowing Basics" at the Family Resource Center, 719 North Main Street, Laconia on Thursday, November 21 from 6-8 p.m.
This free, one-time workshop is for anyone who wants to understand how credit works, the types of credit available, and if they are ready to apply. Information on Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) will also be provided. The class will be facilitated by Karen Wilson of the Bank of NH. Optional dinner is provided at 5:30 and child care is available upon request.
"Borrowing Basics" is based on an evidence-based curriculum titled "Money Smart." On November 21, participants will learn how to define "credit" and "loan", identify three types of loans, the costs associated with getting a loan, and learn why it is important to be cautious of rent-to-own, payday loans, and refund anticipation services.
LRCS has offices in Laconia and Plymouth which combine to serve families residing throughout Belknap and Southern Grafton Counties. For more information contact Joanne Piper Lang at 603-524-8891or visit www.lrcs.org.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 10:39
WOLFEBORO — Back Bay Skippers were established in 2008, with the assistance of the New Hampshire Boat Museum and the Laconia Model Yacht Club, to promote radio-controlled sailing in the Wolfeboro area. Their mission is to build and sail a fleet of sailboats, also known as 1 M Solings, while providing participants and spectators an avenue to enjoy this fun and engrossing hobby.
The NH Boat Museum is accepting applications for the winter Model Yacht Making Workshop. The schedule starts in January and runs for 6-7 weeks. Dates are determined by the group after all applications are received. The cost to participate is $395.
During the course, people build their own model sailboat with guidance from members of the Back Bay Skippers. The group meets once a week in the Museum's heated workshop for the work sessions. Everything needed, except paint and batteries, will be supplied, and model-building experts will guide paerticipants every step of the way. Participants do not need any woodworking or model building experience.
Participants can register and pay on-line at the Museum's website at www.nhbm.org/model-sailboat-building/model-yacht-building or call the Museum at 569-4554. Application forms may also be requested via email at
Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 10:35
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