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LRGH official speaks to Lake Region Rotary

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Rotary Club meeting on April 29 featured speaker Rebecca J. Doherty, Annual Fund and Special Events Manager for LRGHeathcare.

Doherty briefly discussed the 10th anniversary of Red Dress Gala held earlier this year. She also discussed how the monies raised from that event were spent. Most of the monies raised were used to purchase the Lucas Chest Compression System, a CPR mechanical device.

According to Doherty, LRGH has donated numerous devices in the past to local fire departments (Franklin and Laconia) and ambulance service providers. Based upon this year's event they were able to buy 6 more units and have donated them to several cities and towns, including Andover, Sanbornton, Gilmanton, Belmont, Bristol and New Hampton.

Doherty went to explain the following, "Sudden cardiac arrest remains a leading cause of death in the Western world. Although the average age is around 70, sudden cardiac arrest can strike even the young and athletic. The majority, 95% of all patients, die before they reach the hospital. Unfortunately these figures have not changed throughout the years. If advanced care is readily available, maybe as high as 25-30% of all patients could survive."

Cardiac arrest – or "clinical death" – occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops pumping and the blood circulation halts. The patient quickly becomes unconscious, without any subsequent breathing or pulse. As high as 70% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests are caused by cardiac events. There is however a wide range of other events that can cause a cardiac arrest; for example drowning, asthma, anaphylactic shock or traffic accidents.

Sudden clinical death can be reversible if the patient receives immediate care and the cause of the arrest can be found and treated appropriately. If in this critical situation the rescuer should call for help and immediately start chest compressions to sustain blood flow to the patient's brain. An early shock from a defibrillator device can potentially restart the heart's pumping function. This together with advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) provided by swift-acting paramedics and followed by attentive hospital care are an integral part of the rescue activities that are called the chain of survival.

To learn more about the Lucas Chest Compression System and how the devices can save people who are having cardiac arrest visit their website at www.lucas-cpr.com. For more information about the Lakes Region Rotary Club visit their website at www.lakesregionrotary.org.

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FRH Auxiliary holds annual meeting

FRANKLIN — Members of the Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary recently held its annual meeting to review initiatives of the past year and ways to best support the hospital and community services moving forward.

Held in November at Franklin Regional Hospital, the Auxiliary's Annual Craft Fair raised just shy of $2,200. The fair was a great opportunity to purchase hand-made gifts and everything needed for the holiday season, while supporting local artists and crafters.

In early December the Auxiliary's signature fundraising event brings community members together for the annual Lights of Memory celebration. In its 30th year this past year's ceremony honored dear friend Becky Ames, and recognized countless loved ones. $2,392 was raised from this heartfelt event in 2013, with funds designated to the employee scholarship program.

The Gift Shop at Franklin Regional Hospital is run by volunteers, and offers everything from flowers and cards to beautiful jewelry and unique gifts. Every purchase supports important initiatives at Franklin Regional Hospital, ultimately benefiting patients and staff.

Auxiliary members support community initiatives through events such as the Red Dress Gala; the Tanger Fit for a Cure 5K; the LRGHealthcare Golf Classic; and the hospital's involvement at Franklin Community Day. The Auxiliary is proud to be a $5,000 Cornerstone Level donor to the LRGHealthcare Capital Campaign.


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041714 PSU Capstone exhibit runs through May 15th: 2X PSU Capstone

PLYMOUTH — The Department of Art at Plymouth State University will present capstone works by seven senior student artists in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program that is currently on display in the Karl Drerup Art Gallery in the Draper and Maynard Building. The exhibit will be on display through Thursday, May 15.

BFA studio art faculty adviser Tom Driscoll said the amount of growth the faculty has seen in the students from their beginning foundations courses to this final exhibition is "truly astonishing." The work on view by the BFA seniors in studio art is the culmination of four years of challenge and nurturing that occurs in the context of the close relationships formed between our faculty and students. The students "develop their ability to see, their skill with materials and their ability to apply larger concepts to their work simultaneously. Throughout this process they are taught to recognize and nurture their personal voice and to develop the confidence to pursue their art beyond PSU."

Joshua Smith, a senior BFA major from Derry, and Kirstina Barrows of Merrimack, a senior BFA major with a minor in digital media and game design, will present their work in the area of studio art. Both Smith and Barrows entered the program in the drawing concentration. Smith will be exhibiting drawings and computer-generated images, some of which will be printed and some projected. Barrows will be exhibiting three-dimensional scrolls and head sculptures and perhaps some drawings.

Smith draws inspiration from evidence of design in objects, structures, mythology and machines. His current work is based on interactions that combine digital painting with computer programming, building from skills honed as a draftsman and mechanic. He says, "In the same sense that we suspend reality from dreams, or secularity from faith, I'm investigating our relationship with digitization and computing. I see the computer as an equal collaborator, and the work becomes evidence of a dialogue between human thinking and mechanical logic."

Barrows' work throughout his time at PSU has been ambitious and challenging to both herself and her viewers. Modern feminism has been a strong influence on her work. She explores many ways to interpret the idea of femininity, addressing gender issues and representation of gender in the arts.

Barrows' said, "My work comes from the heartbreak of realizing just how much of women's influence in the world of craft and art has been taken away and reduced to simplicity, superficiality and inferiority. By juxtaposing the attributes of ancient and modern femininity, a new aggressive version of the feminine image is created. These works are fragile and frantic, created with a desperation to tell the other side of the story, and often confront the viewer in this way, hopefully prompting them to question what femininity means to them, and why."

Graphic designers are Kayla Bernier of Silver Lake, a senior BFA major with a minor in media studies; Zachary Blake and Christian Bua, senior BFA majors from Gilford; Katie Johnson, a senior BFA major from North Attleboro, Mass., and Nathan Sprague, a senior BFA major from Dighton, Mass.

Bernier says that as a designer and photographer, she likes her work to be clean and organized so that it communicates a clear, direct message to the viewer. "I love the challenge of speaking through visuals," she says. Designing materials for her fictitious company "Vividae Paint Company" allowed her to showcase her design approach while incorporating "exciting and in-your-face" elements and an emphasis on color.

Nate Sprague hopes to go into marketing and advertising after graduation. He chose the 2020 Olympic games in Kuala Lumpur as the topic of his design plan. Sprague says the games will be the stage that allows Malaysia to show the world their capabilities as a country.

Sprague says, "The nature of the Olympics has allowed me to push my branding across a limitless number of applications. The goal has been to keep pushing more applications until I run out of time. Among my work you'll see anything from event banner displays to websites and print layouts for event programs. One of the major goals and challenges of the project was tying in a tropical and colorful essence of the region with the sophisticated look of the Olympics. Another big challenge was drawing from all the different aspects of an Olympics in Malaysia that were necessary to accurately represent the region. Figuring out how to tie them together into one brand was difficult at times."

The Karl Drerup Art Gallery in the Draper and Maynard Building on North Main Street is open Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday until 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

CAPTION — Capstone works from seven senior artists in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Plymouth State University are currently on display in the Karl Drerup Art Gallery in the Draper and Maynard Building. The image featured was created by Joshua Smith. (Courtesy photo)

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Pitman Comedy Night shows will start at 9 p.m. through summer

LACONIA — With night falling later as summer approaches, and in an effort to accommodate both local residents as well as vacationers, Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia, will be starting its upcoming comedy shows at 9 p.m., which will be in effect for the May, June, July and August comedy nights.

With the 9 p.m. start, it is hoped people will be able to take full advantage of the daylight hours and still be able to come out and enjoy high level stand up comedy for the next four months prior to returning to the regular 8 p.m. start in Sept.

"We had some people tell us they liked the 8 p.m. start but more wanted us to start later once the weather changed and it was staying light up until and after eight o'clock," said Dick Mitchell the owner of Pitman's. "We want to keep everyone happy, but we want to see how this works out.

"Last year we started the shows at 8, but it was still light out and the numbers were down. So we're trying something different. It's only our second summer doing this and we will have some numbers to compare once summer is over."

The April Comedy Night at Pitman's, which was the New York/Boston Comedy Clash starring Corey Rodrigues and Steve Bjork, drew rave reviews from the crowd of 170 that was in attendance. The May 17 comedy night event, which will begin at 9 p.m. is the LA/Boston Connection starring Lou Ramey and Joey Carroll as the main performers.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door the night of the event. For reservations email Pitman's comedy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or call Pitman's at 603-527-0043.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 01:12

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