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Forestview Manor gets perfect score in state survey

MEREDITH — Earlier this month, Forestview Manor had its annual State Survey by the Department of Health and Human Services, and they are pleased to announce that, for the third year in a row, they received a perfect score.

"This survey simply reiterates what we already knew, our staff does a fantastic job in caring for our Residents," said Executive Director Amanda Cook, RN. "Our staff members are committed to the people in our care. They are not only careful to do everything to the highest possible quality standard, but they also go the extra mile to create an environment that is warm, comfortable and just home for our Residents."

The survey was unannounced and the Inspector spent time at Forestview Manor doing a thorough review of all aspects of the  operation, records, and Resident care. As in previous years, the Inspector continued to be impressed with the quality of care the Manor provides and the level of excellence of daily operation. "I would like to thank the Forestview staff for their hard work and dedication," continues Cook, "Not only for our deficiency-free State survey, but also for the happiness and satisfaction of our Residents and families every day."

Forestview Manor is an assisted living facility offering a range of care, and specializing in care of Residents with Alzheimer's, dementia, and memory loss. For more information on our community, please call Heather at 279-3121.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 11:35

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Gluten-Free Cooking: Easy & Delicious class begins February 10 in Laconia

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education will offer a class on Gluten-Free Cooking: Easy & Delicious. The class will begin on Tuesday, February 10 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. and will run for a period of five (5) weeks. Sarah Baldwin-Welcome, a culinary graduate of Newbury College, will teach the class. She is the owner of Provincial Palate Inc. specializing in mustards and specialty catering.

Over 1 million Americans may have intolerance for gluten, a common ingredient in more foods than people may realize. Gluten is a protein found in all wheat, rye, barley, and oat products. The only medically acceptable treatment for gluten intolerance and Celiac Disease is to eliminate all gluten from the diet. Many people with other conditions may also benefit from a gluten and wheat-free diet, including Attention Deficit Disorder, Multiple Sclerosis, Lactose Intolerance, Autism, chronic fatigue, indigestion and malnutrition.

Wheat allergy is an abnormal immune system reaction to one or more proteins found in wheat. Allergy to wheat is one of the more common food allergies in children. If you or your child has a wheat allergy, the immune system has developed a specific antibody - a disease-fighting agent - to a wheat protein. A wheat allergy may result in a wide range of symptoms, including hives, difficulty breathing and nausea. Avoiding wheat is the primary treatment for wheat allergy. Wheat allergy is different from a disorder known as Celiac Disease, an immune system reaction that causes inflammation in the small intestines when a person eats any food containing gluten, one type of protein found in wheat.

So many people are discovering or being diagnosed with intolerance to wheat and gluten products. Many of life's culinary enjoyments are eliminated from their daily diet. People can learn to live without some of these things by replacing them with Wheat/Gluten-free ingredients and still enjoy pasta, pizza and crepes. Learn how to prepare basic recipes with gluten-free replacements as well as how to explore new gluten-free ingredients. Learn the basic ways to create prepare and enjoy a world full of great wheat/gluten-free foods.

Call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712 to enroll in this exciting and innovative Gluten-Free Cooking Class that begins on Tuesday, February 10.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 11:30

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Open mic event at Pitman’s Freight Room on Feb. 4

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room will be hosting the second open mic Community Coffee House of the month on Wednesday, February 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Last month, the Freight Room hosted its inaugural open mic Coffee House, which featured a wide array of talented individuals ranging from high school students to adult members of the community. The evening is aimed to allow community members to share their creative expression to others through vocal performances, instrumental pieces and poetry. All members of the community are invited to participate in or attend the event.

Proceeds from the first open mic event supported the Laconia High School Senior Class. The February event's proceeds will support local senior, Alana Persson, to offset the tuition cost for her year with Up With People (UWP). Persson will be traveling with the international non-profit organization from June 2015 to July 2016 with a cast of 100 individuals from around the world. During her year of travel, Persson will live in host families, each week giving back to others through community service, education, and music.

"I truly appreciate all the community has done to support me in this amazing opportunity and make it a reality financially," says Persson. "I was amazed at the turn out of the Coffee House last month, and was blown away by the talent that the community had to offer. I look forward to seeing the talent that the community has to offer next month. Hope to see you all there!"

Admission is $5 at the door. Cookies, tea, and coffee will be provided.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015 09:56

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Research at PSU to help forecast winter weather

PLYMOUTH — Ever get nervous about driving in winter weather? Wonder if those dark clouds overhead will bring flurries or perhaps something worse, like freezing rain? It's a common concern, and a legitimate public safety issue–New Hampshire citizens need accurate forecasts, particularly when winter weather leads to hazardous road conditions.

A new experiment underway on the campus of Plymouth State University may help forecasting winter storms and hazardous driving conditions. According to PSU Associate Professor of Meteorology Sam Miller, the Snow Level Radar (SLR) experiment is a joint effort between Plymouth State's meteorology program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a US federal agency that studies the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere.

"We often hear forecasters use the phrase, 'wintry mix,' which means it's going to be rain, snow, sleet or a combination of those things. The problem is, over a distance of just a few miles there could be freezing rain, which can be very dangerous, or ice pellets, which are annoying but don't create the same massive hazard to traffic that freezing rain creates," Miller said.

For the next two years, the trailer-mounted SLR unit will be parked adjacent to Grafton Hall, a student residential facility on the PSU campus. The unit consists of two upright cylinders containing radar and a computer system that collects the radar data. Miller says the unit sends out a low-power microwave signal to determine what's happening in the sky.

"The radar pulse goes up vertically, bounces off whatever precipitation happens to be falling, and then goes back to the unit and into a receiver box. The receiver feeds the information into a computer which then identifies how far the pulse went and what it bounced off of, whether it was liquid precipitation, if it was frozen, like snow, or if was it something that was melting," noted Miller. "The SLR determines where melting occurs because snow falls from colder air into warmer air. The instrument detects the level in the atmosphere where the frozen precipitation melts and changes into rain," noted Miller.

"It's a state-of-the-art instrument that provides a different way to look at the atmosphere," said Paul Johnston, a systems engineer at NOAA. "There are precipitation problems on the East Coast and with units like the SLR, we're starting to learn how to address those issues."

Brendon Hoch, an Information Technologist with PSU's Department of Atmospheric Science and Chemistry, said the data could eventually lead to specific forecasts for a variety of people, such as motorists, ski area snowmakers and public safety officials.

"We hope to be able to determine whether we're going to get a light, fluffy powdery snow or a wet heavy snow, and how much will accumulate," he said. "Light snow will accumulate much deeper in depth, and that can affect plow operations for state highways."

Michael Wessler, a junior meteorology major from Plymouth, added the SLR has been used almost exclusively on the West Coast. That PSU is now hosting the experiment is a boon to students who will be able to interact with this cutting-edge technology and equipment.

"It's getting into an area of forecasting and meteorology that isn't clearly defined or entirely understood," Wessler said. "It's exciting because we're analyzing newer data and using new technology in a location that hasn't been studied before."

Hoch said the only cost to PSU for the SLR installation is a modest amount of electricity; he also asserts there is enormous value for the University both educationally and scientifically.

"It's win-win. NOAA has a new location in which to test their instrument and PSU's students and faculty benefit from access to this important data," Hoch said.

The science of meteorology and weather forecasting has evolved dramatically over the past 30 years, primarily due to satellite and computer technology. Miller believes there is much more to learn and that's what PSU hopes to accomplish with the SLR project.

"We're taking theory and using it to improve what operational meteorologists do," said Miller. "The reason we all do this is, ultimately, to make better weather forecasts."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 11:02

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