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Speare Memorial Hospital: ranks in top 20 (194)

PLYMOUTH — Speare Memorial Hospital has been named among the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation. This designation comes from the National Rural Health Association based on Speare's ranking on the Top 100 list from iVantage Health Analytics. The ranking is based on 62 publicly reported performance metrics including quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, affordability, population risk and efficiency.

"We place a tremendous emphasis on quality, performance and patient satisfaction, and this honor demonstrates our efforts are making a difference not only for our hospital, but for the local central New Hampshire communities we serve," says Speare's President and CEO Michelle McEwen, FACHE.

The Hospital Strength Index is a broad performance-based scorecard that provides a comprehensive framework on which to compare hospital performance across the country. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Index, and Speare Memorial Hospital is one of only 16 hospitals nationally—and the only one in New Hampshire—to make the Top 100 list each of the five years.

Speare Memorial Hospital is a 24-hour, acute care, non-profit community hospital and health care provider serving Plymouth and the communities of central New Hampshire. Visit online at www.spearehospital.com and join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2015 07:23

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Meredith Chamber plans business after hours at Bluegill Lodge

MEREDITH — The Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Business After Hours on Thursday, June 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Bluegill Lodge at Meredith Bay. Located at 616 Scenic Road, Laconia, The Bluegill Lodge at Meredith Bay offers one level living at its finest with a variety of floor plans to choose from ranging from approximately 1,400 square feet up to 2,000 square feet.

Design features include heated underground parking, outdoor grilling pavilion, on site fitness center, elevator service directly into each unit, lakeside decks and 2 to 3 bedrooms. This event is open to all in the Lakes Region business community and those attending will have the opportunity to tour three furnished models, each with a distinctive theme.

Refreshments will be served and the event provides a chance to network with area business leaders. The Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote the area and serve the businesses in the Winnipesauke Squam and Newfound Regions of Central New Hampshire.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2015 07:21

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060315 Opechee Garden Club members beautify WOW Trail

LACONIA — The Opechee Garden Club recently completed its spring maintenance and new plantings at the WOW Trailhead Gardens, located at Elm Street, near the Union Avenue intersection in Lakeport Square.

The initial formation of the "trailhead gardens" began in 2010, and was completed with the cooperation of the designer, Tom Jordan Associates, and Belknap Landscape, Inc., which installed pavers, built a stairway from the parking lot up to the gardens, and installed three benches sponsored by local businesses.

Since the garden's inception in 2011-2012, a committee of members of the Opechee Garden Club have beautified the entrance with plantings of trees and shrubs, and both perennial and annual flowers. This joint effort has made the area a lovely, restful, and peaceful setting, with the additional bonus of a wonderful view of Lake Opechee. In addition to the ongoing seasonal maintenance and planting program provided by the club, many Opechee Garden Club members participated in planting daylilies along the 1.3 miles of the WOW Trail during the spring seasons of 2012 and 2013.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2015 07:16

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The secrets of cellar holes revealed at Taylor Community

LACONIA — Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard.

On Monday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. in Taylor Community's Woodside Building, Adair Mulligan will explore the rich story behind such abandoned places and see how one town has set out to create an inventory of its cellar holes, piecing together the clues left behind on the landscape. Mulligan has a runaway curiosity about the natural and cultural history of Northern New England. She is author of "The Gunstock Parish, A History of Gilford, New Hampshire," as well as contributing to a number of publications. She writes the quarterly Lyme Historian newsletter and is co-leading a project to survey the town's many cellar holes. With a master's degree in Environmental Biology from Smith College, Mulligan is also executive director of the Hanover Conservancy.

This program is free and open to the public and made possible through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Please call 524-5600, Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to reserve seating.

For more information, visit www.taylorcommunity.org, or call 366-1400.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2015 06:54

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