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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

Concord: Online event on special education

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Parent Information Center of Concord will hold a free brown-bag lunch webinar on the basics of special education on Tuesday from noon to 1:30 p.m.. The online event will provide participants with an introduction to the New Hampshire special education process. It includes a brief overview of … 0

Keene: ‘Bald is Beautiful’ fundraiser

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The seventh annual Bald is Beautiful fundraiser, sponsored by Norris Cotton Cancer Center will be held on May 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at MJD & Co Hair Design in the Colony Mill Market Place in Keene. The event’s goal is to help to diffuse the … 0

Peterborough: What makes death so scary?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

When Jacqueline Vanallen’s husband passed away, she brought her 7-year-old grandson to visiting hours. Vanallen encouraged her grandson to touch her husband’s hair, hands, and fingers. Vanallen’s grandson turned to her, and said, “He’s dead, alright.” “It was … 0

ConVal: Teaming up and taking steps for cancer research

Monday, April 13, 2015

Purple blanketed the red-and-white gym at Keene State College on Friday night, as hundreds of feet pounded pavement at the Relay for Life. No team raised more money at the fundraiser for cancer research than Team Carney. Emma … 0

Dublin: An unlikely recovery

Monday, April 6, 2015

A traumatic brain injury that paralyzes half of your body and destroys your short-term memory can be seen as a death sentence for most. Allan Pinney saw it as an opportunity to grow stronger. After suffering a brain … 0

Peterborough: Making the tough choice to wear a wig

Thursday, February 26, 2015

“When you start brushing your hair and clumps of it fall out, that’s when you have to commit,” Kim Short said. Short, a two-time cancer survivor, experienced one of the many detrimental side effects of a battle with … 0

Peterborough/Keene: Substance abuse support group formed

Monday, April 6, 2015

As she has watched her son struggle with substance abuse since the time he was a young teenager, Sue Cullinane of Rindge has been looking desperately for support — and not just for her son, but for herself. There was a dearth of peer-to-peer support for those that … 0

Peterborough: Smoking cessation program at MCH

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Beginning April 14, Monadnock Community Hospital is introducing a newly designed six-week Smoking Cessation Program designed to maximize success for individuals who want to quit smoking. Titled, “Quit 2B Fit,” the program includes unique educational components, coupled with supportive coaching to help participants achieve success. Participants will learn … 0

Food is medicine

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Did you know that an apple a day is as effective as a statin drug? Statisticians in England explored the question: which would be better for everyone over age 50, to eat an apple a day or take … 0

Parent Wise: Can you be friends with your child?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Wish I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard “Never be friends with your child.” The thinking behind this, I presume, is that children need a parent’s authority; they do not need to be a confidante. True … 0