LRGH names cancer center for benefactors


LACONIA — LRGHealthcare on Tuesday named its Hematology/Oncology unit the Anderson Ganong Cancer Center to honor Lynn Anderson and Brenda Ganong, a pair of courageous patients and steadfast benefactors whose compassion and generosity have sustained patients of the unit for years.

Anderson was diagnosed with cancer in 2000. One day, while being treated, she overheard another patient say that he could not afford the cost of a particular medication. Before the year was out, Lynn and her husband, Jerry, had endowed the Anderson Pharmacy Fund, which has ensured that oncology patients at LRGHealthcare receive the medications they require ever since.

Ganong began a five-year cycle of treatment for cancer at LRGHealthcare in 1998. Moved by the loss of loved ones and her own experience, in 2003 she and her husband staged what is called "Brenda's Ride with Friends: Fighting Cancer One Mile at a Time," a motorcycle trip from the The Weirs to Waterville Valley and back, which takes place every August to raise funds and heighten awareness in support of the effort to overcome cancer.

Marge Kerns, vice president of clinical services, described Anderson and Ganong as "two strong, special ladies" who have supported the oncology program for more than a decade whose spirit is reflected in the decor. The dragonflies, depicted in bold and decisive colors, she said, expressed "power, poise, living in the moment and enjoying life to the full."

"Lynn and Brenda are wonderful," said Sandy Marshall, director of public relations, marketing, philanthropy and volunteer Services. "They help to provide our patients with what they need but what insurance does not provide to ease the strain of their treatment."

06-07 Anderson Ganong Cancer Center ribbon cut

Lynn Anderson, left, and Brenda Ganong, center, snip the ribbon to dedicate the Anderson Ganong Cancer Center at LRGHealthcare with encouragement from Marge Kerns, right, vice president of clinical services. (Michael Kitch/Laconia Daily Sun)

Laconia School District sued by parent over child’s progress


LACONIA — A local parent who is unsatisfied with the way the school district is handling his child's individual education program has filed a request in Belknap County Superior Court asking the judge to order the district to give him progress reports.

The parent is also asking for a temporary injunction that would prevent his son from being discriminated against, claiming the boy's rights to equal access to bathroom facilities, his right to physical privacy, his right to not be bullied by staff members, and his right to the least restrictive environment.

The apparent problem is whether or not the child, who is 5 years old, can go to the bathroom by himself.

The injunction was made ex parte, or without informing the other party, but Judge James O'Neill refused to grant it without a hearing, which is scheduled for June 24.

The parent has also asked that all of his son's documents and paperwork be given to him before the hearing so he can assess for himself whether his son has regressed, progressed or stayed the same. He has also asked the school district to provide him with alternatives to counseling and and groups from which his son can benefit.

A discovery hearing is scheduled for June 20.

In his request, the parent says he rejected an IEP prepared by the school because it doesn't have a baseline from which he can understand whether or not his child has made any progress.

The parent is representing himself in court. Assistant Superintendent Kirk Beitler of the Laconia School District declined comment.

Man held for threatening two with knife on Church Street


LACONIA — A Merrimac Street man was ordered held on $2,000 cash only bail after allegedly threatening people who were walking down Church Street at 11:15 p.m. Monday with a knife.

According to affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, Ryan Cheney, 40, was in a silver car that passed four people, including a child, who were walking along the street.

The two alleged victims told police they were having fun and making some noise, when Cheney, who was a passenger in a silver Volkswagen that made a U-turn near Busy Corner, then pulled alongside of them.

The woman said Cheney started yelling at them and came at them brandishing a knife. She said he threatened to kill one of the men she was with, then her, her child, and finally a second man who was with them.

One of the men said Cheney got out of the vehicle, so he asked him if he had a cigarette. He said Cheney pulled the knife and said, "Does it look like I have a cigarette?"

Once called, police affidavits said they recognized the car as one that had been involved in an earlier disturbance, was detained and told not to return to the area. He faces an additional charge of default or breach of bail.

Affidavits said Cheney is a convicted felon and also faces one count of being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon and allegedly using that weapon in a threatening manner.