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

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 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

Rindge: A journey continues

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Don Burness is always looking for new places to go, interesting books to read, and exciting things to learn. When Don met his wife, Mary-Lou, nearly 50 years ago, he found someone else with equal energy, someone else … 0

Jaffrey: A commitment to life & love

Monday, January 13, 2014

Growing pains are a natural part of childhood, of learning more about the world and how to live in it. But for someone like Michael Wood, a 23-year-old Jaffrey resident who was born with spinal bifida, a childhood … 0

Health: Boot camp challenge was the kick-start I needed

Monday, January 6, 2014

Think you’re in good shape? If so, maybe it’s time you put your fitness to the test by undergoing a workout with a professional trainer. You’ll probably find out you’re not as strong as you thought, and you’ll probably discover a few muscles you didn’t know you had. … 0