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ConVal: Eye on the ball

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Last Saturday, ConVal High School senior Jake Hollander finished second at the NHIAA Division II state golf tournament. On the surface, his success may look like a typical tale of high school athletic success — in reality, it was anything but. By the time Hollander, a Peterborough resident, finished second in the tournament’s individual portion last Saturday, he had overcome all but one competitor, as well as the absence of a golf program at ConVal High School and an untimely case of Lyme disease with which he had been diagnosed in August 2013. The illness, spread by deer ticks, has a variety of symptoms — … 0

Business of health care: Large employers continue navigation of ACA

Monday, October 13, 2014

After a one year delay, large employers are faced with the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Shared Responsibility Requirement, more commonly referred to as “pay or play.” Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, employers with more than 100 full-time employees must offer affordable health care coverage to 95 percent of their full-time employees and their dependents, or pay a penalty. The penalty is applied if any … 0

Jaffrey: Remembering Steven

Monday, October 6, 2014

There are a lot of good things to remember about his son, Steven, said Ron Smith. About how much he loved the outdoors and how talented he was with his hands, his avid sportsmanship and love of hunting, fishing, skateboarding and snowboarding. How he could walk into a kitchen and open a cabinet … 0

Aging Concerns: Depression in the elderly

Friday, May 2, 2014

Older people should not expect to be prescribed the same antidepressant medication as younger people. What do I mean by “older people?”  People whom are in their seventies should not be on the same medication as their younger friends or family members. Research has indicated that Selective Serotonin … 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