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Knit Purple Crying Caps to Raise Awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome

GILMANTON — "Purple Caps" is a campaign to raise awareness about the fact that many infants are injured by being shaken. It educates people about how to deal with normal infant crying in a safe and appropriate way. When infants are very young they go through a period as purple crying and their crying ramps up in frequency and intensity. This can be hugely frustrating for parents and is the time during which parents are most likely to shake a baby out of frustration. That's why purple has been chosen as the cap color for this project.

The Gilmanton Corner Library would like to invite all knitters and crocheters to the Corner Library every Saturday 10 a.m.-12 to knit caps for these babies. On Saturday, January 18, the first session will explain "Shaking Baby Syndrome". June Garen will be giving the instructions for knitting the caps. Free pattern and donated purple wool will be provided.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 07:19

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Adult Snowshoeing Program Scheduled for Tuesday Mornings

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a series of snowshoe hikes for any adults looking for fresh air, fun and exercise on Tuesday mornings this winter.

Participants will meet in the Gilford Town Hall at 9:30 a.m. prior to each hike. The first three hikes are scheduled for January 7 at Weeks Woods in Gilford, January 14 at Ramblin' Vewe Farm in Gilford and January 21 at the Winnipesaukee River Trail in Tilton.

For those in need of snowshoes, a limited supply is available for each hike at a nominal fee. They may be reserved one hike in advance on a first come basis by calling the Parks and Rec office. All interested participants must RSVP at least one day prior to each hike. The cost of the hikes is $1 per person, per hike and snowshoe rentals are $4 per hike.

For more information or to RSVP, contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 10:39

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Heart transplant recipient marks third year of his new life with a Celebrity Bartender Benefit

LACONIA — Heart transplant recepient John Ganong will mark the third year of life with his new heart at a Celebrity Bartender Benefit at the Lobster Pound in Weirs Beach on Saturday, January 4 at 7 p.m.
It all started on March 18th, 2003, when congestive heart failure hit John and open heart surgery was performed at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. It consisted of two valve replacements and repair of an aneurism on the aorta.
A few days later, the hospital installed a pacemaker to adjust the actual heartbeat.
The next six-and-a-half years went by pretty smoothly until the left side of John's heart got so weak it pretty much collapsed. This was in December of 2009.
John went to Catholic Medical Center again where they shipped him by ambulance to Tuft's Medical Center in Boston. They installed a heart pump to the left side of his heart which was run by batteries and a computer, all on a vest which he wore 24/7. The same type of pump, the "Heart Mate," is being used by former Vice-President, Dick Cheney. At this point, John got on the list for a transplant.
On January 3, 2011, John got the phone call about his transplant at 7 p.m. He got in his car, with his wife Brenda, to drive down to Tufts, calling the family on the way to tell them the news.
The transplant was a success and today John says he feels  better and better.
The donations John collects as celebrity bartender at The Lobster Pound will all go to the Cardiac Transplant Division at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.
Ganong says he would like to say "Thank You" to all his friends, family, doctors and nurses who have supported and helped him over the past ten years and he invites all to this joyous occasion in helping celebrate the third year of his new life.

Any and all types of donations would be greatly appreciated, and would be auctioned off with all proceeds going to the Cardiac Division of Tufts Medical Center. Ganong will personally pick up any donations. Last year this same event raised $1,850 for the Cardiac Division in just 2.5 hours. Call (603) 393-5590 to donate.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 10:34

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Kenney Bringing 'Cup of Joe Tour' to My Coffee House This Morning

LACONIA — Former State Senator Joe Kenney of Wakefield will bring his campaign for the GOP nomination for the District One Executive Council seat to My Coffee House at 92 Court Street at 10 a.m. today.

Kenney says that he is patterning his campaign on the way the late Ray Burton ran his many successful campaigns for Executive Council by  engaging people and seeking their endorsement.

''Local owners deserve some publicity and we want to help local business owners by making our campaign itself attract business for them,'' says Kenney, who is beginning beginning a tour of coffee shops and mom and pop restaurants promoting the New Hampshire Brand with an interesting twist. The first person to post their photo with Joe will win a free pound of coffee. As Kenney travels around the district he will be promoting locally owned brands and restaurants.

His message is buy local support local and help the local economy. Also, Kenney will be meeting people hearing their issues and letting them know why he believes that the district needs an Executive Councilor who has already served in state government and knows how to resolve problems for his constituents because he knows how state government works.

Kenney says that as a 14 year legislator he is the only candidate with State House experience and has the contacts and experience to help constituents. Kenney is a 30 plus year Marine who served in Afghanistan and Iraq.


Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 10:28

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