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Plymouth State University Celebrates Arbor Day with Tree Planting

PLYMOUTH —  PSU's annual Arbor Day celebration on April 25 culminated with the planting of a Rose-of-Sharon "Red Heart" next to the Hartman Union Building.

The University's Director of Environmental Sustainability, Brian Eisenhauer was assisted by a group of preschoolers from PSU's Center for Young Children and Families in planting the tree. The ceremony marks the 18th year PSU has celebrated Arbor Day with a tree planting; in addition to beautifying campus, it serves as one of the institution's tangible commitments to environmental sustainability.

This year's commemorative tree, a beautiful Hibiscus syriacus, is a species of flowering plant reaching up to 13 feet in height, bearing large trumpet-shaped reddish flowers. It is native to Asia and is the state flower of Hawaii.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 08:45

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Bristol Church hosting Chili Supper May 17

BRISTOL — Om Saturday, May 17, the Bristol Baptist Church located at 30 Summer Street in Bristol will be having a Chili Supper from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Menu is mild chili with fixings to heat up to your taste, hot dogs, salad, corn bread, beverages and dessert . Cost will be $7 for adults, $3 for children under 12, and $20 for families of four or more. Take-outs will be available. For more information, call 744-3885.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 08:33

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Canterbury Shaker Village hosts 5k race

CANTERBURY — Canterbury Shaker Village will host the 7th Annual Grappone Automotive Canterbury Shaker Village Cross Country 5k race on Saturday, May 10, at 10 am. Day-of registration opens at 8:30 a.m. at the Village. Registration is $25. Children 10 and under are free.

Participants can run or walk the course, which is totally unpaved and totally beautiful crossing through fields, woods, around ponds and pastures of the National Historic Landmark. Music is provided along the course for inspiration and the first 300 registrants get t-shirts. Great prizes and hearty food will be available at the completion of the race.

The 5k is part of the Capital Area Race Series (CARS). Runners and walkers can pre-register at www.shakers.org.

The event is sponsored by Grappone Automotive, Concord Monitor, Professional Car Care of New England, Blue Dot Glass, Bond Auto Parts, Centrix Bank, CIGNA Healthcare, Concord Oral Surgery, Crossroads Chiropractic PC, D.L. Carlson Investment Group, Inc., Nobis Engineering, Orr & Reno, P.A., Sanel Auto Parts Co., Thoroughly Pro Affiliates, Inc. and Town Fair Tire.

Other upcoming events at Canterbury Shaker Village include A Star-Spangled Summer Picnic and Auction, the annual gathering benefiting Canterbury Shaker Village on Wednesday, June 25. Upcoming Shaker-inspired workshops include The ABC's of Letterpress Printing on May 17 and June 21 and Shaker broom making on June 21. To view the complete 2014 calendar of events and workshops visit www.shakers.org.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 08:27

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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.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 May 2014 08:19

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