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Lyndeborough: A friend in need

Monday, March 31, 2014

For Dan Taylor, it was a waiting game. His kidneys had been failing for more than a year. He was on the list for a kidney transplant, but was looking at a waiting list of three to five years to get access to a compatible organ. And while he wasn’t on dialysis yet, it was a decision that was looming. … 0

Parent Wise: Discipline that’s punitive doesn’t work

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Discipline? Absolutely — as long as it’s positive Often when I talk about the benefits of shared power, connection and problem-solving, a parent will ask me, “Are you saying that we shouldn’t discipline our children?” or “Isn’t that undermining my authority?” Great questions. Historically our parenting culture has equated discipline with punishment. The dictionary defines punishment as “the infliction or imposition of a … 0

Dog Tales: Punishment works, but should you use it?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

In the 1980s when I first started training dogs, everything was taught through the use of punishment. If the dog moved out of heel position, he got a swift and meaningful “pop” on the metal choke chain. If your dog didn’t respond to the choker, you used a prong collar. Prong collars have … 0

Jaffrey-Rindge: Ambulance service in financial jeopardy

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

After 66 years of providing medical transportation for emergency calls in the Jaffrey-Rindge area, representatives of the Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance Service say that if existing financial issues, particularly with billing patients, continue, services may have to be altered … 0

ML: Finding a balance

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

For Patti Szydlo of Peterborough, her diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease started with a tremor in her right thumb. Doctors thought it was an essential tremor, the most common movement disorder, and didn’t prescribe any treatment for it. Within … 0

Three lessons from my road trip

Monday, February 3, 2014

Dream big. I don’t remember exactly when I made the decision. I know it was shortly after my husband told me he had cheated on me and somewhere between counseling sessions, moving out, and running my own wedding … 0

Dog Tales: Your senior dog needs compassion

Monday, February 3, 2014

Thor is 13 years young. He’s a yellow lab that has been with me since he was a puppy. He is what we call my “heart dog.” My daughters all grew up with him, playing, running, chasing tennis … 2

Peterborough: Mental health, ACA top list of concerns at MCH

Monday, February 3, 2014

PETERBOROUGH — Lack of support for those with mental health issues, concern about the cost of providing coverage to the uninsured and lack of options under the Affordable Care Act were the hot topics at Monadnock Community Hospital’s annual legislative breakfast on Friday. Hospital Chief Executive Officer Peter … 0

Medicaid expansion and the baby connection

Monday, February 3, 2014

Imagine what it is like for a tiny baby to smile up at its mother and not get a smile back. In recent years, doctors, nurses and researchers like myself have learned a lot about postpartum depression and how to identify women at risk. We know, for example, … 0

The legacies we carry

Monday, February 3, 2014

Ever wonder why you do what you do? Ever find yourself behaving in ways that you never meant to? Ever feel out of control of a reaction? We live our lives, choose our experiences and relationships, hold beliefs about ourselves, and raise our children according to how we … 0

Give Kids a Smile program offers free dental appointments

Monday, February 3, 2014

Free dental appointments for children ages 3 to 18 are being offered in Cheshire County as part of the annual “Give Kids a Smile” program. Parents interested in getting their child a free dental exam should call 762-3770 or email givekidsasmileday@yahoo.com. They will then be paired with a … 0

Peterborough: HCS offers hospice volunteer training

Monday, February 3, 2014

Hospice at HCS is offering a volunteer training program starting in March for those who are interested in becoming volunteers. The training will begin on March 3 and continue on Monday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. through April 14. Training will be held at the agency’s Peterborough … 0

Peterborough: Transplant offers hope

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

In October, Steve Mahoney Jr. was still waiting on his miracle — a bone marrow donation match that could save his life. His parents, Laura and Steve Mahoney of Peterborough, were also anxiously waiting. Now, a donor has … 0