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New Ipswich / Greenville / Wilton: E. coli counts back to normal levels

Monday, July 20, 2015

E. coli counts in the Souhegan River have dropped to well below acceptable levels, after heavy rains earlier this month caused large spikes in Wilton, Greenville and New Ipswich. The Souhegan River, along with the Merrimack River, is tested twice a month by the Souhegan Watershed Association as part of its regular water quality testing program. Since the beginning of June, heavy rainstorms have preceded Tuesday morning tests. Heavy rains increase the bacteria levels in the rivers, leaving both rivers with generally unacceptable levels of E. coli during test times. Last week no rain preceded the tests and the E. coli levels were reduced. E. … 0

Wilton: Donors sought at marrow drive

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It takes two seconds. A swipe of a cotton swab on the inside of your cheek. But that simple act could help save a life. Wilton Ambulance is holding a drive to register potential bone marrow donors. The largest push behind the drive is EMT Jonathon Sweeney, who has a very personal connection to the cause. In 2012, Sweeney was swabbed himself in … 0

Peterborough/Hancock: Weather a boon for ticks

Monday, July 6, 2015

Ticks — the moisture-loving, sometimes Lyme-disease-carrying insect — thrived in the Monadnock region in the wetter-than-normal June. “What’s good for them may not be quite so good for us,” said Alan Eaton, an entomologist at the University of New Hampshire entomologist and its integrated pest management coordinator. “It appears the two most common … 0

Parent Wise: Screens aren’t the enemy

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The media has most parents in a cold sweat over what will become of their children’s brains on digital devices. Parents are indeed breathless at the tsunami effect of technology, which advances faster than the knowledge of how … 0

Dog Tales: Dealing with reactive dogs

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A few weeks ago when Amy and I returned to the house after being gone for most of the day, I ran into the bathroom first. As I was turning around to, well you know, I caught sight … 0

Peterborough: Fundraising to train EMTs

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Michael Hutchinson, a Peterborough paramedic who served as outreach coordinator for Cheshire Medical Center until December, surveyed about two-dozen ambulance departments in the region in 2014, asking them about their biggest challenges. Their answer: training EMTs. Ambulance departments … 0

Antrim/New Ipswich: Project Search opens up a world of possibilities

Monday, June 22, 2015

Cynthia Vaillancourt wanted Laurie, her 32-year-old daughter, to come out of her shell. Laurie, who has a developmental disability, spent much of the last 11 years inside in their ranch-style house in New Ipswich, listening as her father … 0

Peterborough: Nursing home seeks funding

Monday, June 22, 2015

After the Scott-Farrar nursing home’s plans to build a larger, more modern facility fell through in the fall, the nursing home closed in April, citing financial reasons. But a pending loan has revived the century-old organization. Scott-Farrar hopes to resume the $15 million construction project if it can … 0

Greenfield: Woman cycles for children’s fund

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

After spending the winter dabbling in various forms of exercise to get in shape, Ellen Smith of Greenfield spied an advertisement for the Great Cycle Challenge — a call to bike as many miles as you can in … 0

Health services still underfunded

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

While the Senate Finance Committee’s budget restores what advocates say is critically need edin terms of Health and Human Services funding, it still falls short of Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan’s plan. The $11.3 billion biennium budget will go to the full chamber for a vote this week. Once … 0

Parent Wise: Is adequate enough, or should we set our sights higher?

Friday, May 29, 2015

Is “adequate” enough for your child? Are your children happy to go off to school each day? Do they look forward to soaking up knowledge like sponges wanting to know more and more? Do they come home with … 0

Dog Tales: Techniques to stop dogs barking

Friday, May 29, 2015

When it comes to tolerating barking dogs, there seems to be two kinds of people in the world: Those who don’t hear it, that’s me, and those who hear it in spades, that’s Amy. Last week, the three … 0

Eat local and in season

Friday, May 29, 2015

The arrival of the warm spring weather is a great reminder to eat with the seasons. There is nothing better than biting into a ripe warm sweet strawberry straight from the garden of a farmer who you know … 0