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Visiting Nurses of Meredith & Center Harbor launch Annual Appeal

MEREDITH — Charles "Chuck" Thorndike announced the launch of the official Annual Appeal campaign for 2014 to support the Visiting Nurses of Meredith & Center Harbor.

As Chairman of the VNMCH, Thorndike noted that the Visiting Nurses of Meredith and Center Harbor is a non-profit organization working to heal patients better and faster in their own homes, providing this service regardless of the patient's ability to pay.

He added, "Our mission is not about making a profit, but rather to promote healing and good health while minimizing pain and suffering. However, we must cover our costs and in today's environment our costs are going up while Medicare and insurance reimbursements are going down. Our agency needs the community's help to continue to provide these valuable services as we have done since 1923."

Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance provide about 80% of the VNMCH's revenue. The balance of their operating revenue comes from town grants and contributions from businesses and individuals. Donations will provide free flu vaccine, foot care and blood pressure clinics, walk-in aid at the Meredith office of VNMCH, as well as pre- and post- surgery in-home care.

Last year the community responded very generously to the Annual Appeal; however, costs continue to rise while Medicare and Insurance reimbursement continue to decline. The goal for this year's Appeal is to raise $40,000 in desperately needed operating funds. It is asked that anyone who can afford to contribute please consider making a donation to the Visiting Nurses of Meredith and Center Harbor of whatever amount their budget can afford, to make sure the VNMCH services are available to the entire community.

Thorndike closes by saying, "Your donation will make a difference in somebody's health and quality of life, right in your own community; so please, act today."


Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 12:10

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Partnership for Public Health gives first Workplace Champion award to Meredith Village Savings Bank

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) was recently awarded the 1st Annual Worksite Health Champion Award from the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health (LRPPH). The award was given on September 26th at LRPPH’s Annual Meeting in recognition of the Bank’s efforts to promote employee health and wellness.

Lori Groleau, PHR Human Resources Generalist, Employment & Wellness, acts as steward of the MVSB Wellness Program and Chair of the Bank's Wellness Committee – a group of employees that meet regularly to discuss and develop educational programs surrounding employee wellness.

"Our Wellness Committee members have truly made healthy living a cornerstone of our culture at MVSB," said David Cronin, Senior Vice President and Human Resources Officer. "The group's fun and educational programs have been varied and creative, appealing to a great number of our employees while improving the overall health and wellness of our organization. Ultimately we feel this allows us to provide high-quality, enthusiastic service to our customers while supporting our employees and their commitment within the communities we serve."

Highlights of MVSB's Wellness Program include: "Weigh-to-Go!" wellness program covering a wide range of topics including goal setting, meal planning, healthy cooking demonstrations and one-on-one nutrition counseling sessions with a licensed/registered dietitian. The "Eat Well, Be Well" series. Employee wellness fairs providing information and resources on heart health, cancer prevention and other topics, as well as testing of cholesterol and glucose levels and other health services.

Other highlights include annual flu shots, on-site nutritionist consultations, fitness challenges encouraging friendly competition among employees to become more active, adopt healthier eating habits, and strive for mind/body/spirit wellness, and monthly newsletter and intranet page featuring information about Wellness Committee activities, fitness tips, healthy recipes, and inspiring stories from co-workers who have made significant progress in reaching their fitness goals.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 12:07

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Plymouth Chamber Leadership Academy Kicks Off with Opening Retreat on Mayhew Island

BRISTOL — The Plymouth Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy held its opening retreat last month on Mayhew Island on Newfound Lake.

The inaugural class of eleven students and two instructors gathered in the cool, rustic camp lodge as a fire was started in the open fireplace for warmth. Jim Nute, Mayhew's Executive Director and the Leadership Academy's first guest speaker, welcomed the diverse group with an overview of their mentoring program and some inspiring stories of camp life for the boys.

Instructors and co-founders of the local Leadership Academy, Scott Stephens, Executive Director of Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Ty Gagne, CEO of Primex, facilitated the day using thought-provoking questions and activities, often referencing the pre-reading assignment, "Leadership in Crisis: Ernest Shackleton and the Epic Voyage of the Endurance".

The 2014 Leadership Academy class is comprised of 11 professionals who live or work in the greater Plymouth area. The focus of the newly launched Academy is to make connections in the community, encourage networking, foster collaboration and help individuals achieve their goals. Nine monthly sessions are held, covering topics such as history and culture, education, healthcare, economic development, environment and sustainability, human services, criminal justice and government.
The purpose of the Leadership Academy Program is to cultivate civic awareness and engagement among existing and emerging leaders within the region. Program participants are exposed to the many challenges and opportunities facing the region, and are encouraged to engage in those where they can exercise their passion and expertise toward improving the community.
For more information about the Leadership Academy program or the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce, you may contact the Chamber office at 536-1001, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 12:02

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Friends of the Gilman Library will meet

ALTON — The Friends of the Gilman Library will meet in the Agnes Thompson meeting room at the Gilman Library on Wednesday, November 6, at 1:30 p.m. New members with new ideas are welcome.

Founded in 1980, The Friends of the Gilman Library have supported the library in many ways. Throughout the years the Friends have sponsored numerous fundraisers and programs and have proven to be a real asset to the library. For more information regarding how to become a part of this very special group, stop at the circulation desk or attend the meeting mentioned above.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 10:00

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