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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

Peterborough: Doctors at North Meadow leaving MCH

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Patients of doctors Scott Jaynes and Annika Brown want to know why the couple is leaving Monadnock Community Hospital for Dartmouth­-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, and why MCH hasn’t fought to keep them. Hospital administrators and trustees say … 0

Peterborough: Peer-to-peer support at the River Center

Monday, March 16, 2015

A peer-to-peer support group for those struggling with mental illness or emotional difficulties to be held Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon at the River Center. This ongoing group, offered by Monadnock Area Peer Support, is run by trained facilitators. It is a safe place for adults with … 0

Dress in Blue Day is Friday

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Please join me and wear blue tomorrow, Dress in Blue Day, to increase awareness of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer, or cancer in the colon or rectum, is the second leading cause of cancer death and the third most … 0

Jaffrey: Forum on drug use Tuesday

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

On March 10 from 4 to 6 p.m., the Jaffrey Civic Center will host a discussion on drug use in our towns. Terry Choate will be discussing the extent of the drug problem in the area, recognizing signs of both addiction and distribution of drugs, rising up as … 0

Rindge: Prayer Garden open March 8-10

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Prayer and Meditation Garden will be open to the general public March 8-10 at the First Congregational Church in Rindge. The Prayer Garden offers participants a unique opportunity to explore their relationship with the Divine by reflecting on beauty, gratitude, transformation, prayer, peace, love and the breath … 0

Keene: Manual about blood pressure now available

Friday, February 27, 2015

In recognition of American Heart Month, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services are pleased to announce the release of “Ten Steps for Improving Blood Pressure Control in New Hampshire: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Community Partners.” This guide details … 0

Concord: Anthem speaks on data security breach in N.H.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Editor’s note: this story is adapted from an article which appeared in Wednesday’s Concord Monitor. Almost four weeks after the insurer disclosed a massive nationwide data breach, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield released an initial estimate on the number of New Hampshire customers “impacted” by the cyberattack: 667,866. … 0

New Ipswich: Benefit for cancer-stricken local

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

An auction and benefit dinner will be held Friday to benefit Lynda Swenson of New Ipswich. Swenson was diagnosed in January with a grade II diffuse astrocythoma, a cancerous tumor that starts in the brain and tends to remain there. She is currently being treated at the Brigham … 0

Dog Tales: When dogs could be dogs

Thursday, January 29, 2015

When I hear myself say, “When I was young...,” I must admit it makes me feel old. Life is different now. When I was young, I had to walk two miles to school. Well, not really, but boy … 0

Parent Wise: Walking on eggshells or shell-shocked?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ever feel that way? You try desperately to avoid the inevitable meltdown, the screaming “No!,” the next “I don’t have to and you can’t make me,” or the falling on the floor in a fit of tears, in … 0