Centennial Celebration and 2016 Annual Meeting

Insider September 16.inddJoin Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice for our Centennial Celebration and 2016 Annual Meeting on September 28th at The Inn at Mill Falls Church Landing, Meredith, NH.  Cocktails and hors d’oeurves starting at 5:00pm, Welcoming remarks and A Year in Review at 5:45 then a presentation by Professor Molly Girard Dorsey of the University of New Hampshire, followed by a Buffet Dinner.

RSVP is required.  Please inform Brian Winslow at 603-524-8444 or you may register online by clicking here before September 21st.

Professor Dorsey will help us look back on the last 100 years with her presentation titled, “Major Events in Medicine and their Relationship with Community Healthcare.”  Molly Girard Dorsey is an associate professor of History and core faculty member in Justice Studies at the University of New Hampshire.  She teaches classes on the history of medicine, legal history, and war & society.  She has published a book on chemical warfare in World War I and is working on a project on the integration of civilian professionals, including nurses and doctors, into the modern American military.

The event is sponsored by:

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice Attains Highest “We Honor Veterans” status.

Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is a “We Honor Veterans” partner with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veteran Affairs.  Just recently Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice has been recognized for attaining the highest “We Honor Veterans” partner status.

Over the past three years, the We Honor Veterans team at Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice has worked diligently to promote a Veteran-centric culture in our community. By educating ourselves on how to best serve Veterans in our community, we have been able to educate others on the multi-faceted care of the Veteran population. Building strong working relationships with key VA resources to better provide access to benefits provided by the VA administration was a vital piece of this project. Outreach started in small groups within our organization and expanded to community groups and facilities. Spreading the knowledge of how to best serve our Veterans has been an eye opening experience as well as an honor.Meredith, Gilford, Laconia, Center Harbor, Moultonboro, Belmont

We are extremely proud of the Veteran certificate presentations that our Veteran Volunteers and other hospice team members present to acknowledge our Veteran patients who have given selflessly to our military in order to protect our country and its citizens. A certificate, pin and hand knitted red, white and blue throws and a much deserved salute are key components of these heartwarming presentations.

Wolfeboro’s Appeal Attracts Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice House Tour Owner

Close to town, within easy walking distance to shops and restaurants and within driving distance of their grandchildren, the new owners of this 1850 in town farmhouse have made Wolfeboro their permanent residence. This is just one of four homes on this year’s Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice House Tour to be held on Wednesday, July 13th from 10 to 4:00.  Tickets for the tour as well as an optional lunch ticket are now available at Black’s Paper and Gift Store at 8 South Main Street in Wolfeboro. The tour tickets are $40.00 and the luncheon tickets are $15.00. This year’s luncheon will be held at O Bistro at The Inn on Main.

Wolfeboro, Home & Garden Tour, Alton, Wakefield

1850 Era In-town Farmhouse Living Area

Over the past three years the owners of this home have transformed it into an exquisite, eclectic home filled with unique paintings and furnishings most of which was purchased while they traveled the globe. They have had a lot of experience renovating several residences over time but an old house was the first for both of them.  Much of the interior of the first floor was gutted. Walls were taken down, new wiring was installed throughout and several small rooms on the first floor were converted into what is now a living area, dining area and modern kitchen. There are beautiful dark wood floors throughout the living and dining area. The kitchen is now a modern bend of black and stainless appliances, white cabinets, modern lighting fixtures and a stunning stainless steel backsplash.

There are several unique pieces of object d’art found throughout the home including artwork by Canadian painter Charles Malinsky, Murano glass from Italy and an impressive dining room table and sideboard designed by Swede Schmidt for Mustache Flats furniture. There is a lovely sitting area at the back of the home which overlooks the back deck and yard beyond. A half staircase leads to what was originally an attached barn now converted into a spacious master bedroom with en suite with garage and storage area underneath. Additional guest bedrooms are located on the second floor of the home.

Dine Around raffle tickets will also be sold this year on Saturdays leading up to the tour. Look for house tour volunteers who will be selling tickets at one of the following locations – Hunter’s Shop n Save, Harvest Market or Blacks Paper and Gift Store.

For twenty-nine years this tour has continued its mission of supporting the financial needs of the Hospice program within Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice. Over time the hospice program has grown from meeting the needs of a specific family to making the difference in the lives of many. For more information about the services provided by Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice call 603-524-8444.


One of America’s primo tribute bands, Yellow Brick Road – a Tribute to Elton John, will dominate the stage at the McEvoy Theater on the New Hampton School campus in a benefit for Lakes Region Community Services at 7:00PM on Saturday, June 18th. This high energy reenactment of everything you have ever seen or heard of Elton John’s legendary staging and music will come alive for you and your friends in this tribute to a living artist.

Meredith, Center Harbor, Moultonborough

The group’s leader, Gerald Brann, IS Elton John in vocal, performance and instrumental brilliance. Every detail of an actual Elton John concert is present: white piano, flamboyant tailor-made costumes, glasses and the huge range of songs. Honed to perfection and officially endorsed by the International Elton John Fan Club, this tribute band performs up and down the Eastern part of the United States, as well as performing in Las Vegas as part of the British Invasion show and with the Augusta Symphony before an audience of nearly one thousand people. Traditionally, tribute bands bring to life beloved music and musicians of the past and this rendering of Elton John’s music is famed as one of the best.

This is the fourth “We Care” concert organized by Temple B’nai Israel of Laconia in which the net ticket proceeds are donated to a local and deserving non-profit.  Event Chairperson Stu Needleman says, “We’ve sold out every show that we have organized due to the talent of our scouting team and its leader, Ken Goodman. On this occasion, the event will be held in a larger venue and as always, the ticket price includes high quality home baked refreshments and beverages. The music of Elton John appeals to everyone and every age group, and Yellow Brick Road will perform hits from Sir Elton’s huge body of work from rock that will move your body to ballads that will touch your heart. We know that the community will support this great cause, while having an amazing and fun evening.”

TBI is delighted to welcome back 2014 “We Care” recipient Lakes Region Community Services (LRCS) as the beneficiary of the net profits from this event. Lakes Region Community Services (www.lrcs.org), a community partner for over 40 years, offers comprehensive support and services to individuals with developmental disabilities and/or acquired brain disorders and their families. LRCS is a state designated Area Agency serving residents of Belknap and Southern Grafton counties, with offices in Laconia and Plymouth. The mission of LRCS is dedicated to the community by promoting independence, dignity and opportunity, and its comprehensive services and wide-ranging programs provide supports from birth throughout the lifespan. LRCS’ Family Resource Center of Central NH (FRC-CNH) is a community based center available to anyone seeking programs, resources, activities or supports designed to strengthen families. The FRC-CNH mission is to strengthen families and their communities by enhancing social connections and offering programs and services with a primary goal of strengthening adult capacities to improve child outcomes.

The McEvoy Theater at New Hampton School is located less than 5 minutes from Exit 23 off of Interstate 93 at 70 Main Street, New Hampton. Its central location will make it convenient for everyone in the Lakes Region and Central NH.

By purchasing a ticket ($27.50), you will enjoy great music, food and drink while supporting a local and deserving agency.  Complimentary delicious snacks and desserts can be enjoyed at 7 PM and the concert, with open seating, begins at 7:45PM.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.tbinh.org. Questions may be directed to info@tbinh.org. For more information about the performer and some music samples: www.tributetoeltonjohn.com.

If you are not a member of the International Elton John Fan Club, you will want to be after your June 18th evening with the Yellow Brick Road-A Tribute to Elton John!

Chamberlin’s VNA Jamboree in Tuftonboro to Benefit Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice

On Saturday, June 18th a group of talented musicians will be hosting the Sixth Annual Chamberlin’s VNA Jamboree to benefit Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice. Spearheaded by Harold Chamberlain the evening will feature many talented musicians, a live auction and approximately 100 attendees.  In the past their efforts have resulted in over $1000 annually in donations to support Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice. Music will start around 5:00pm at the Tuftonboro Corner United Methodist Church, 129 Mountain Road (Route 171), Tuftonboro, NH 03816 .


Harold Chamberlin, Host of the Sixth Annual Chamberlin’s VNA Jamboree

“Victorian Cottage” Featured on 29th Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice House Tour

Step into the era of Queen Victoria when you enter this “Victorian Cottage” as it was called on the original building plans in 1895. This is just one of the four outstanding homes on this year’s 29th Annual Home Tour sponsored by Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice on Wednesday, July 13 from 10:00 to 4:00.Lakes Region Homecare VNA Hospice Wolfeboro House Tour

Tickets for the tour are $40 and can be purchased at Black’s Gift and Paper Store, after June 13th, located at 8 South Main Street, Wolfeboro. An optional luncheon ticket is also available. This year’s luncheon will be held at O Bistro at The Lake View Inn from 11:30 to 1:30. The price of the lunch ticket is $15.00.

In the 121 years since this lovely home was built, two separate additions have been added to its grandeur. In 1980, a four-story addition to the back of the home created an art studio on the lower level, a music room above that and a master bedroom on the second floor. The current owners expanded the house further by constructing a large, beautiful kitchen/sunroom above a new ground floor garage. When the old side porch was taken down, much of it was repurposed to add a new rear entry and back stairway leading from the music room down to a new brick patio and expansive backyard. A newly installed dumb waiter enables the owners to transport groceries and heavy packages from the lower level garage to the kitchen.

There is period furniture mixed in with the new on all three floors of the home. The many original Victorian mantels found throughout contain the classical elements of the time such as pilasters, columns and classical moldings. The mantle and surround in the music room was hand carved by an artist in 1893 whose name appears on the back of the mantle. Also located in this room is an 1885 Steinway baby grand piano which has been lovingly restored after serving as a leather-covered piano in a bar!Gilford Alton Tuftonboro

Other features in this seven-bedroom home include the original butler’s pantry and the 1895 lighting fixtures in the front parlor, the library and the dining room. The remodeled bedrooms and bath on the top floor were originally built as servant’s quarters.

House Tour committee members will once again be selling Dine Around raffle tickets on Saturdays leading up to the tour as well as on the day of the tour. Look for them at one of the following locations: Black’s Paper and Gift Store, Harvest Market or Hunter’s Shop n Save. For more information call 569-2729.

Things You Should Know About Lyme Disease and Other Tick-borne Diseases

New Hampshire (NH) continues to have one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the nation, and about 60% of deer ticks sampled in NH are infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease (2014, Medscape).

Lakes Region, Visint Nurses, VNA, Central New Hampshire Hospice, Pediatrics

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Additional preventative measures can include:


  • Avoid tick-infested areas when possible and stay on the path when hiking to avoid brush.
  • Wear light-colored clothing that covers arms and legs so ticks can be more easily seen.
  • Tuck pants into socks before going into wooded or grassy areas.
  • Apply insect repellent (20-30% DEET) to exposed skin. Other repellent options may be found here: Outdoor workers in NH are at particular risk of tickborne diseases and they should be reminded about methods of prevention.
  • Do daily tick checks to look for ticks on the body, especially warm places like behind the knees, the groin, and the back and neck.
  • Pets returning inside may also bring ticks with them. Performing tick checks and using tick preventatives on pets will minimize this occurrence.
  • Shower soon after returning indoors to wash off any unattached ticks and check clothes for any ticks that might have been carried inside. Placing clothes in the dryer on high heat for an hour effectively kills ticks. A recent study suggests that if clothing is not wet, shorter drying times (minimum of 6 minutes) may effectively kill ticks.
  • Remove ticks promptly using tweezers. Tick removal within 36 hours of attachment can prevent disease.
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms of tickborne diseases for 30 days after a tick bite. Patients should contact their healthcare provider if symptoms develop.