PSU hosting Eating Disorder Conference

MEREDITH —  The Sixth Eating Disorders Conference, “Untangling the Web of Weight Disorders,” hosted by PSU’s nationally recognized Eating Disorders Institute and the Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation, is providing health, mental health and school professionals the latest information on disordered eating and weight disorders, tools, strategies and the organization and training of eating disorder treatment. The conference, northern New England’s largest, will be held September 25-26 at Church Landing at the Inn at Mill Falls. Institute founder, Dr. Mardie Burckes-Miller, said the conference will feature three tracks of discussion, Clinical Issues, Education and Advocacy and Diversity/Integrative Therapies.
“This year we have leading eating disorder speakers from the top treatment centers in the country sharing their expertise,” said Burkes-Miller. “It is important for health care and education professionals to increase and update their knowledge and skills in order to be able to effectively manage clients and to conduct sound educational programs. There will be more than 20 sessions in three focus areas, clinical issues, education/advocacy and diversity and integrative therapies.”
The conference features two keynote speakers, Dr. James Greenblatt of Walden Behavioral Healthcare on Food Addiction and Margaret Nagib, Timberline Recovery Center on Co-Occurring Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse Disorders. Specific issues to be discussed with a team of experts include tele-mental health counseling, insurance coverage for family members, males and eating disorders, bridging the gap: young adolescents to older women, eating disorder teams and prevention in schools, prevention programs, acceptance commitment therapy and motivational interviewing for professionals.
The conference is tailored for mental health, public health, and health professionals and educators; eating disorder survivors; and anyone who is interested in eating disorder prevention, treatment, or education and outreach programs for individuals, schools, and communities. Continuing Education Units will be available for a variety of professionals, and participants may also register for graduate credit.
“Many health, mental health, and school professionals have little or no academic training in this area and do not recognize the seriousness of eating disorders, and the link between eating disorders and obesity,” Burckes-Miller noted. “Anorexia nervosa, a brain disease, has the highest death rate of any mental illness. Binge eating disorder effects 1 of every 35 adults and effects more than 30 million in the U.S.”
For more information about the conference and registration, go to or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 603-535-2515.

Visit Juniper Knoll Farm's Alpacas on Sept. 27 & 28

BELMONT — On Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28, Juniper Knoll Farm invites citizen to visit their alpacas and learn more about these inquisitive, unique animals, the luxury fiber they produce, and why the alpaca business is environmentally friendly. The farm will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 307 Bean Hill Road.

Yarns, fiber and finished alpaca products will be available for sale. For directions please visit their website at

New Hampshire Humane Society now hosting children’s birthday parties

LACONIA — Recognizing that so many area children care about animal welfare, evidenced by the many who donate items in lieu of actual presents on their special day; New Hampshire Humane Society has launched a new program – hosting children's birthday parties.

"At least weekly, a child arrives with parents, siblings and close friends, to bring their bounty for the animals, selflessly donated in place of their own birthday presents", says NHHS Managing Director, Marylee Gorham. " We identified a way to further solidify the animal/human bond and host a teachable moment to the next generation of pet owners and animal advocates by accommodating birthday parties right at the shelter".

Celebrating a child's special day at the animal shelter on Meredith Center Road, Laconia will help her learn about the animals that call the shelter home. Parties can be booked right away The animal shelter Community/Training Room will be available for rental in two hour blocks on Saturdays, starting immediately. The 26'x33' space has a slip resistant floor, adjoining kitchen, bathroom access, and separate entrance. The program is offered for children five years of age and over, with up to fourteen party goers. A donation of $150 with include use of the space for two hours, with tables, chairs and kitchen facility, a tour of the shelter guided by trained NHHS representatives with supervised meeting of a shelter animal. Best of all, the birthday party honoree will be able to name one of the shelter's homeless pets, receive regular updates of their progress until adoption day, and enjoy NHHS Junior Membership. Food and decorations of the space are not included and must be carried in.
Guests are encouraged to bring gifts for the animals picked from the Society's Wish List. To learn more about the particulars of the program, booking arrangements, and cancellation policy, contact Andrea Bonner, Volunteer coordinator at 524-3252x306 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

New Hampshire Humane Society is a stand-alone animal welfare agency relying on support from private donors, business and the public who are aligned with their mission, finding forever homes. NH Humane Society is a registered 501 3 ( C ) charity pledged to care for the lost, abused, abandoned and unwanted creatures in the Lakes Region, until adoption day. For information about the many shelter programs, Wish List, and animals available for adoption call 524-3252 or check .

Monte Carlo Night in Moultonborough

rMOULTONBOROUGH — The Moultonborough Historical Society will hold a Monte Carlo Night on Saturday, October 4, at the Lions Club on Old Route 109 in Moultonborough, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Tickets are $25 per person, and there will be a buffet dinner, BYOB, followed by fun games of chance including craps, roulette, blackjack, and Texas Hold'Em. For more information, call Fran Vincent at 253-6250, or visit the Society's website at, where you can pay using PayPal.

Tickets are also available at the Lamprey House Museum, open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10-4. This is the fifth annual Monte Carlo Night with proceeds to benefit the Historical Society.