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Horseshoe tournament at Legion Post to benefit Making Strides

LACONIA — American Legion Post 1 will host a horseshoe tournament benefiting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on Sunday, Aug. 23.

Registration will take place starting at 9 a.m. and the games are due to begin at 10 a.m.

This will be a draw for partner and round robin games. This event is open to the public and will include 50/50 games.

Food will be available at a reasonable cost.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015 08:16

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Sant Bani’s new woodland playground nears completion

SANBORNTON — Parents, students and staff gathered at Sant Bani School recently to build a sandbox, spread mulch, plant groundcover and cut saplings for a new playground and woodland playscape that has been in development over the summer.

The play area, designed in the spring by a faculty committee, is intended to provide a gateway for children to explore one of the many woodland areas on campus during recess times.

Swingsets, a slide and other play structures are arranged on a grassy hillside next to the woods, with paths leading through a stone wall into a forest clearing featuring mossy boulders, fallen tree trunks and other natural features to explore.

"Our teachers make really good use of our setting during class time, taking students on nature walks to observe the woods, fields and streams, or going outdoors for writing or art," said Jessica Pine, Director of Curriculum and Program. "Adding this play area builds on our students' ability to experience and interact with nature during their free time as well."

Special financing for the project is provided by an endowed fund created in honor of Richmond Mayo-Smith, who was a trustee of the school and grandparent of two Sant Bani graduates. Mayo-Smith dedicated his life to education and inquiry and was passionate about seeking meaningful ways of connecting with people and the environment.

"Spending time in the woods and connecting with nature was really important to Richmond," said Kent Bicknell, Head of School. "It feels very appropriate to use this funding to create a lovely woods space that will encourage all who enter to explore and reflect."

Extensive renovations are also being made inside the school's main building this summer, including the creation of brand-new classrooms for grades K, 1, 2 and 6; a new kitchen/multi-purpose room, and a new nurse's office, along with other enhancements to the building and grounds.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015 08:13

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Meredith Farm Museum open on Sat. afternoons

MEREDITH — The Meredith Historical Society's Farm Museum  on Winona Road is open every Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m. through Columbus Day weekend..

The Farm Museum contains the common implements of early farm life in the Lakes Region.These farm and home tools were donated by the Society for the Preservation of NH Forests as well as from the Meredith Historical Society's own collection. A traveling trunk is also available for schools and organizations that are unable to visit the Farm Museum.

non-profit 501c(3) organization.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015 08:09

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New physician joining Speare Primary Care


PLYMOUTH — Dr. Michael Watto has joined the practice of Speare Primary Care.

Dr. Watto brings a broad mix of medical experience to the practice, having spent the past 21 1/2 years in the Army. Eight years after becoming an Army office Watto went to medical school at Kansas City University in Kansas City, Mo., where he received his medical degree. He completed a residency in family medicine at Fort Benning, Ga., and later earned a master's in public health from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.

Other highlights of his Army career include serving with an airborne brigade at Fort Richardson, Alaska, a 14-month deployment to Iraq with that organization, and providing medical coverage for the All Army Boxing Championships in Arizona.

"We are seeing a change in the doctor and patient relationship," notes Dr. Watto. "Patients have access to so much more health information then in the past. I consider myself their medical adviser/expert. It is my job to help them make the right choices. As a primary care provider, I like to develop a relationship with my patients so we can see the big picture and pull it all together."

After the Army being his community for the past 20 plus years, Dr. Watto says he and his family are looking forward to being a part of the Greater Plymouth community. They like the outdoors and look forward to all the activities offered by living among the lakes and mountains, as well as the cultural offerings of Plymouth State University. His wife is originally from New Hampshire, and together they have two children.

"Dr. Watto joins two other physicians and four advanced practice professionals at Speare Primary Care," says Speare's Director of Physician Practices Charles Hulse. "He is another important building block helping to ensure central New Hampshire patients have sufficient access to primary care services."

Dr. Watto will be accepting new patients age 13 years and older beginning Sept. 8. Appointments can be made by calling Speare Primary Care at (603) 536-1881. The office is located on the second floor of Speare Memorial at Boulder Point, 103 Boulder Point Drive, off Tenney Mountain Highway in Plymouth.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015 08:03

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