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Steve Rigopoulos of Steve's Lettering works in his 2,000 square foot workshop. Rigopoulos is back to his regular working day after a long bout with Lyme disease dating back to 2011.

Jaffrey: Living with Lyme: a struggle and a success

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

JAFFREY — Not many people would be happy about the opportunity to get back to 10-hour days at work. But for Steve Rigopoulos, owner of Steve’s Lettering in Jaffrey, who spent several years struggling with crippling fatigue and pain brought about by an undiagnosed case of Lyme Disease, finally getting back to business was a joy. “It wasn’t my choice,” said Rigopoulos about the time when he had to cut back on his sign business to accommodate a slower pace. “It wasn’t out of laziness. I missed it when I couldn’t do it. It was real tough. Fortunately, we didn’t lose anything,” he said, referring … 0

ML: Moist weather means more ticks

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A moist summer has made ideal conditions for the local tick population to thrive, according to Alan Eaton, a specialist in entymology with the UNH Cooperative Extension. “As to this year, depending on your viewpoint, either been a terrible or great year for ticks,” said Eaton, who has been working on a long-term … 0

Getting in touch with what’s inside

Monday, July 21, 2014

TEMPLE — In one of the paddocks of Touchstone Farm in Temple, two black horses trot, free of bridle or saddle. Some volunteers approach them. Sometimes, the horses allow them to come close for a pat. Other times, they wander off in a new direction. Without leads, there is no way to make … 0

Q&A: Pet health, outdoors

Friday, May 2, 2014

Editor’s note: Due to some omissions in a Q&A in the April 22 HealthFirst, we are running this column by Dr. Charles DeVinne. Spring is an important season for pet owners as animals become eager to spend more time outdoors. The following is intended to help spread awareness … 0

Keene: Special education, film event at Antioch

Friday, April 18, 2014

“The Spirit of Inclusion: Holistic Special Education” will be held at Antioch University New England on Thursday, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. It is free and open to the public. The event, sponsored by AUNE’s Education Department, will feature the film “Including Samuel,” as … 0

Peterborough: MCH participates in bike tour

Friday, May 2, 2014

Team Orange members, which include a Monadnock Community Hospital group, will once again participate in Breathe New Hampshire’s Annual Seacoast Bike Tour by logging their exercise sessions during hospital-based or home-based rehabilitation. Participants are encouraged to achieve their personal exercise goals while being part of a larger statewide … 0

Keene: Running analysis at Cheshire Medical

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Farnum Rehabilitation Center at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene now has a new Running Gait Analysis program for those who want to improve their running efficiency and reduce the stresses associated with improper running technique. Led by Maria Oberlander, physical therapist with graduate training in biomechanics and exercise … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Ageing concerns: Why getting a dementia diagnosis makes sense

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Getting a formal diagnosis of dementia helps people to realize they need to plan for their future as soon as possible — while the person with the diagnosis can still make decisions. This is the time to meet … 0

Keene/Rindge: Colleges collaborate with substance abuse prevention

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Monadnock Voices for Prevention, the Regional Public Health Network for Substance Misuse Prevention, Keene State College, Franklin Pierce University, and Cheshire County are partnering in a collaborative effort on The Partnership for Success II Grant. The grant coordinates each of these organizations to construct and implement a plan … 0

Peterborough: 5K run for recreation scholarship fund

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Well School will host a 5K charity fundraising event on June 1 at 9 a.m.  All net proceeds from this event will be donated to The Peterborough Recreation Department Scholarship Fund. This fund is used specifically to offer opportunities to youth throughout the area to participate in … 0