March 25th, 2016


April 2016

Matt Guyette


A mental spring cleaning gives us the opportunity to clear our mind, get rid of habits that don’t serve us, plant seeds of positivity and start creating the life we want, says Susan Pearse, co-author of Wired for Life: Retrain your Brain and Thrive. She has these three simple tips to spring clean your mind:

  1. Start meditating– spend 5 minutes in nature a day or even better ensure you are awake and fully there for every conversation, task and experience.
  2. Dissolve negative behaviours– have a whinge-free day or set aside time for a “stress ban”. “Challenge the way you think and see things from a different perspective,” Susan says.
  3. Do activities that nourish your brain– visit an art gallery, choose a magazine you’d never normally read or study a language. “Keep your neural networks firing and growing.”

Blueberry Fields

For seventeen years Blueberry Fields has provided for the natural living needs of Keene residents from its unique and easily accessible site on Emerald Street. From 2006 to 2013, Blueberry Fields has won the People’s Choice Award every year as the Best Natural Food store in the Keene Shopper voting; thereby, validating its approach to natural living.

34 Cypress Street, Keene, NH Mon– Sat, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sun 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (603) 355-8008

The Monadnock Food Co-op’s Healthy Food for All Program, is an initiative that gives more people access to healthy, local and organic food options.  The program’s launch coincided with Monadnock Food Co-op’s event A Place a the Table Event in Keene, sparking more conversation and collective action around hunger, obesity and national food policy in United States.

The Healthy Food for All Program assists low income community members  by offering them a10% discount on everything they purchase, except alcohol, and was developed with the support of the Cooperative Fund of New England and the Neighboring Food Co-op Association. In order to apply, customers should see the Customer Service Manager with proof that they receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants, Children (WIC), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, or with a letter from The Community Kitchen of Keene demonstrating their need.

Recharge your health for spring

Has spring snuck up on you and suddenly you realise you are not emotionally or physically ready to throw yourself into the warmer weather?

Here are some easy-to-action tips to help you spring clean your health today.


Spring is a great time to conduct a diet audit and see which areas can be improved, says Nutrition Australia spokesperson Orla Hugueniot.  One of the best ways to fix the family diet is to get into the habit of meal planning. “There are lots of tools online to help you set up a meal plan. And it means you shop in advance for what you need and always have the ingredients on hand.” As part of this plan and audit, try to build in the five serves a day of vegetables you need to stay healthy. “Spring is a great time for light soups, veggie-rich stirfries and nourishing salads,” Orla says. And check your fibre content. “Most of us don’t get anywhere near the 35g-30g of fibre we need a day. A diet rich in grains and fruit and veg will help this,” she adds.  Fibre supplements such as Metamucil are also a delicious, convenient way to add essential fibre to your diet. Start your day with Fibrecaps Metamucil into at least 250ml of water for a quick and easy fibre hit.


Give your body some shock treatment and overhaul – or restart – your exercise routine, says Adelaide personal trainer Ryan Willets. He’s not meaning you need to head straight out and run a marathon, but if you’ve had a sluggish winter you need “to shock the body in spring and reap the benefits in summer”. He understands that seeing a shining golden ball in the sky may not be enough motivation for many of us, he has another simple tip. “Buy something new to train in. It could just be a cheap singlet or some sports socks but it can inspire you to get out an exercise.” If you’re hitting the great outdoors again for the first time in a while, “stay on top of your hydration levels”.  “Once you head outside to exercise again, you will need to monitor your water intake or you will be come quickly fatigued or cramp up and not enjoy exercising,” Ryan says.


January 25th, 2016


February 2016

By Matt Guyette





Tips For Winter Wellness

  1. Go for a walk even when the weather is really cold – your body has to work overtime to get warm and you may burn up to 50% more calories than you would on the same walk in summer! But remember, go a little slower until you get warm and keep up the hydration.
  2. If you find it hard to get motivated to exercise in winter…just think of spring and how much harder it is to get back into shape rather than maintain your fitness throughout the winter.
  3. Be aware of tendonitis and stress fracture if you don’t exercise in winter and expect to pick up where you left off after a whole winter with no exercise.
  4. Instead of picking up a cup of hot chocolate to keep yourself warm, try a herbal beverage.
  5. Gain an interest in indoor sports as opposed to cycling and jogging outdoors. Don’t forget that swimming at an indoor pool is an option for a great cardio workout!
  1. The cold air and indoor heaters can dry out your skin. Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water each day and use moisturizers throughout winter.
  2. Buy some indoor plants to soften up the dry atmosphere caused through heating. Indoor plants give off moisture and oxygen and the colours will brighten up a dull day outside.
  3. Caught a cold or flu? If the infection is above the neck (nose, throat) you could be OK to complete a low intensity workout. However, if you have symptoms that are worse than an average cold (chest congestion, muscle aches), exercise will only make you worse and delay your recovery. Rest is the best medicine.
  4. Wear the right clothes when exercising in winter. Polypropylene is the perfect fabric to wear underneath a tracksuit, which will provide great insulation but minimise moisture loss. Gore-Tex is a fabric used widely for providing protection from the rain and wind.
  5. Feel like sitting on the couch with a video and snacking on a cold, wet day? Reach for a protein bar or packet of soy nuts instead of high energy, high fat snacks.


The American Red Cross is glad to work with the media in getting the word to NH residents about ways to plan, prepare for and respond to disasters and other life-threatening emergencies.

We send out news releases whenever the Red Cross responds to a local or regional disaster. Please let the Communications Director know if you want to receive those releases.

We also can provide Red Cross experts for live or taped interviews on disaster response and preparedness subjects, or training in health and safety or medical careers. Give us a call.

The Red Cross also sends out Public Service Announcements and public access Community Bulletin Board listings.

For any questions, please call the Communications Department at 1-800-464-6692 or cell at 603-545-8038.

Thank you for your interest in spreading the word about the humanitarian services of the Red Cross.


83 Court Street

Keene, NH 03431


Office Hours: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Our Mission

The Monadnock Food Co-op is cooperatively owned and operated by people in our community, and exists to meet our community’s need for:

  • An accessible, community-owned downtown food market
  • A marketplace that welcomes and connects community
  • A healthy, sustainable food system
  • The support of local farmers and producers
  • Appropriate education and training for the community
  • A strong, sustainable and improving local economy


November 20th, 2015



December 2015

By Matt Guyette



Tis the Season for Healthy Holiday Eating The holiday season can seem like on giant smorgasbord. And, for anyone not interested in bulging waistlines, this holiday obstacle course of high-fat foods, alcohol, and calories can seem insurmountable. Here are tips from weight management experts that can help make your holiday season a healthy one.

Don’t try to diet during the holidays. Set a goal of trying to maintain your present weight. That way, you have a realistic goal. You allow yourself to indulge here and there, but you don’t go over the edge.

Pace, don’t race. Pay attention to how quickly you eat and exactly what you eat and drink. Savor the flavor by eating slowly and choosing your food carefully

Remember that alcohol is packed with calories, choose light beer and wine over mixed drinks. A holiday-sized mixed drink can have as many as 500 calories or more.

Offer to bring a favorite low-calorie dish to holiday parties, so you know there will be at least one “safe” item available. Stand far away from buffets so you’re not tempted to nibble constantly.

Make the effort to continue a regular exercise program. Exercise will help keep extra calories away, but it also can reduce the stress of social events and family get-togethers.

Don’t go to a party or event on an empty stomach. Before going out, snack on protein, like chicken or cottage cheese. Protein satisfies and helps you eat less. Some people have the idea that if they skip lunch, or don’t eat all day, they can eat more later, but skipping meals means you’re hungry, and your chances of overeating later are much higher.

Keep an eye on your portion sizes. In the heat of celebration, portion sizes can be excessive. Instead of eating a large amount of food, try to eat a large variety of foods.

Don’t let a hectic holiday schedule force you to eat fast food. Prepare and freeze several quick, healthy meals. That way, you have an option other than high-fat, fast-food meals.

When the party is at your house, put low-calorie and fat-free salad dressings on the menu. Pack the table with flavorful vegetable dishes, and make reduced-fat versions of your family’s favorite traditional dishes.

Make decisions about what you’re going to eat. Weight management is all about moderation and making healthy decisions.

Cheshire County assistance programs.

Financial assistance from your town

The various towns and cities in Cheshire County New Hampshire offer assistance to those who qualify. Individuals and families may get help with paying rent, utilities, heating expenses, free food and certain prescription medications. In addition, the towns are a great place to stop by to get referrals to local charities and non-profits, and to gain access to various government assistance programs. All towns are required to provide these resources to residents per New Hampshire state laws. Keene New Hampshire (603) 357-9809. Roxbury and Surry also offer aid. Phone (603) 352-3075

Cheshire Community Action Agency – Southwestern Community Services, Inc.

Electric Bill Assistance Program – This option provides qualifying PSNH customers with a discount on their monthly electric and utility bills.

Fuel Assistance Program – This is a resource that provides financial assistance for paying heating bills and utility expenses to handicapped, elderly, and low-income residents.

Rent help and eviction prevention – This particular assistance program offers eviction prevention services, including landlord/tenant mediation, budget counseling, one-time financial supports, and referrals to other resources and non-profits.

Neighbor Helping Neighbor Program – This is an energy assistance program that provides funds and emergency help for paying utility bills as well as energy assistance (electric or natural gas) to needy families and individuals who are experiencing some type of financial hardships, if the family has a disconnection pending, and if the family is ineligible for help from the Fuel Assistance Program.

Food Pantry – Can help people provide food for their family.


September 29th, 2015


2015 Monadnock Pumpkin Festival  

Keeping 25 years of Tradition Alive!

Come Join the Fun! The Monadnock Pumpkin Festival is being held at the
Cheshire Fairgrounds in Swanzey, NH, this year. This family-friendly event
features The Great Pumpkin Mile*, A huge Children’s Activity tent, Baking
Contest, Carving Contest, Fireworks Display by Atlas Fireworks, a Pumpkin
Catapult contest, Children’s Costume Parade, Amusement Rides*, Costume
contest, Fright Fest at the Pumpkin Fest!*, Thousands of Lit Jack O’Lanterns,
street performers and Live entertainment presented by the Keene Music Festival.

Saturday, October 24th, 2015


Cheshire Fair Grounds

247 Monadnock Highway

Swanzey, NH 03446


The Community Kitchen Food Pantry Keene, NH

The Community Kitchen Food Pantry is a food pantry. Documentation Required: For all household members: proof of name, address, income, date of birth; prefer photo ID. Food pantry service hours: Wednesdays 12:30-5:30pm and Thursday: 11:30am-4pm. .  * Make sure you check by calling the food pantry to confirm that they still are in operation and the hours as the hours have not changed.  Do you have items to donate? Contact The Community Kitchen Food Pantry at the phone number provided above to see if they can use any items you may have to donate.


Southwestern Community Services assistance programs.

Cheshire and Sullivan County New Hampshire residents are served by the Southwestern Community Services. A goal of the non-profits to help low income, unemployed, and struggling families get back on the path to self-sufficiency. That is the focus.

However, some short term assistance, or referrals to financial aid, may be available as resources allow. A main goal is to prevent homeless and utility disconnection, especially for seniors, families with children, and the disabled.

Energy bill assistance and conservation

SCS Energy Services runs several assistance programs, including some crisis components, that are especially designed to help the residents of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties. Their programs include the Electric Assistance Program, Fuel Assistance, the Senior Energy Assistance Program and also the Neighbor Helping Neighbor Program.

The Electric Assistance Program helps qualified low income customers get a rebate or credit on their monthly power bill. Qualifying factors include the household gross income and the type of space heating installed in the home. Cheshire and Sullivan families can apply for the Electric Assistance Program any time during the year.

Residents over the age of 60 can look into the Senior Energy Assistance Program. It provides funding and energy assistance funds to low-income Cheshire and Sullivan residents who otherwise not capable of caring for themselves with appropriate supportive services.

The New Hampshire Fuel Assistance Program provides funds and cash grants for heating, natural gas and utility expenses to handicapped, elderly, and low-income residents of Cheshire and Sullivan counties.

Southwestern Community Services has a few locations in the area. They are as follows.

  • Cheshire County, 63 Community Way, Keene, New Hampshire 03431, call 603.352.7512 or dial toll Free: 800.529.0005
  • Sullivan County, 96-102 Main Street, Claremont, NH 03743. The phone number is 603.542.9528.


July 29th, 2015



August 2015

Matt Guyette



Drinking moderate amount of water in summer carries several health benefits for individuals. Our body carries 70% water thus needs adequate quantity of it to function properly.

Let’s see what does drinking 7-8 glass of water a day truly bring for your health and how much beneficial it is to keep body and muscles regulated on hot days.

  1. Weight loss. Water is an effective appetite suppressant. So, consuming water cuts down hunger and reduces need for extra meals. That results in losing valuable weight and keeping one fit and healthy during summer.
  2. Water is a wonder drug dealing dehydration. 7-9 glass water intake a day regulates body temperature and replaces the essential electrolytes lost due to excessive sweating.
  3. For mental health, mental creativity and mental productivity water plays vital role. Consuming sufficient amount of water liquefies brain blood that makes brain more efficient, creative and productive. You think better and thus work better. It also combats sudden mental strokes during summer and cures headache as well.
  4. Drinking good quantity of water flushes out toxins and poisonous compounds out of body. It regulates digestion avoiding constipation, acidity, kidney stone and stomach cramps.
  5. More the heart pumps water more it becomes strong and protects against heart attacks. Thus drinking water makes heart healthy. It also increases blood flow to the heart enhancing its health.
  6. Drinking adequate amount of water rejuvenates skin. It keeps skin hydrated making it radiant and glowy. It also combats acne and aging.
  7. When body exhausts, water works like an energy drink. It boosts energy in body fighting against fatigue, dizziness, sluggishness, lethargy and other heat related illness.
  8. Drinking moderate amount of water a day lubricates muscles and joints that is a cure against cramps and sprains.
  9. Water deals various diseases such as giddiness, bloating, belching, obesity, anemia, cough, irregular menstruation and urogenital diseases.
  10. It is simply starting a day with consuming 5-6 glass of water altogether. Water therapy is useful in dealing hormonal problems, blood pressure, kidney related problems and heart attack.


Neighbor Helping Neighbor (SCS)

This program provides funds for utility energy assistance (electric or natural gas) to needy individuals who are experiencing hardships, have disconnects pending, and are ineligible for help from the Fuel Assistance Program. (This non-profit charitable funding is generously supported by corporate matching contributions from customers and employees of Unitil/Concord Electron, Keyspan, Unitil/Exeter & Hampton Electric, Granite State Electric, Northern Utilities, Natural Gas, and Public Service of New Hampshire.)


Cooling Tips

  • Use the thermostat on your air conditioner/dehumidifier so it will cycle on and off only as needed.
  • Attics should be properly vented to reduce heat build-up from the sun.
  • Compact fluorescent lights use 75% less electricity than regular bulbs. Consider using compact fluorescents for most commonly used lighting.
  • Invest in energy efficient appliances. Look for appliances with the ENERGY STAR label.
  • Close windows and shades on hot sunny days.
  • At night, open the lowest living level window and correspondingly highest and furthest away living level window to use the building’s natural stack effect (warm air rises) to draw out warm air to be replaced with cooler night air.


May 29th, 2015



   June 2015

    By Matt Guyette



Mosquito Season is Here – Public Urged to Take Precautions

Warmer weather is finally here and southern New England residents are no doubt spending more time outdoors. However, with increased outdoor activity, the public is at risk of becoming a meal for summer’s most dangerous and pesky pest – the mosquito. As such, Braman Termite and Pest Elimination, a pest management company servicing southern New England, is urging the public to take preventative measures to protect themselves and their families. “Mosquitoes are emerging across the country due to recent rainfall and an increase in temperatures,” said Jerry Lazarus, third-generation owner of Braman Termite and Pest Elimination “With the threat of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, it’s important for people to take the necessary precautions to prevent mosquito bites when spending time outdoors in the coming months.” The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of public health, food and property from household pests, offers the following tips to avoid becoming a mosquito meal:

  • Eliminate areas of standing water around the home such as flowerpots, birdbaths, baby pools, grill covers and other objects where water collects. Improperly pitched gutters are frequent breeding sources. Mosquitoes need only about a ½ inch of water to breed.
  • Screen all windows and doors. Repair even the smallest tear or hole.
  • Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. If you must be outside during those times, consider staying inside a screened-in porch or dressing in clothing that leaves very little exposed skin.
  • Avoid wearing dark colors, loose-fitting garments, and open-toe shoes.
  • Always use an insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus when spending time outdoors or traveling, especially in areas known to have increased mosquito populations.

Diethyl-meta-toluamide, also called DEET (/dt/) or diethyltoluamide, is a slightly yellow oil. It is the most common active ingredient in insect repellents. It is intended to be applied to the skin or to clothing, and provides protection against mosquitos, ticks, fleas, chiggers, leeches, and many other biting insects.



“The Adopt-a-Highway program, also known as Sponsor-a-Highway, is a promotional campaign undertaken by U.S. statesprovinces and territories of Canada, in addition to national governments outside North America to encourage volunteers to keep a section of a highway free from litter. In exchange for regular litter removal, an organization is allowed to have its name posted on a sign in the section of the highways they maintain.”

Chesco is involved with this program. We are responsible for a section of Route 10 leading up to the Gilsum town line, and a sign credits Chesco for litter removal. We collected 27 bags of trash our first time out and we will go 3 more times this year. There are many volunteers from Chesco who participate; it is fun and it feels great to help improve our community!


Keene Public Library

Beginning May 30, 2015, and continuing through the summer, the library will be closing at 1 pm on Saturdays.  Saturday open hours through September 5, 2015, are 9 am – 1 pm.  On September 12 we will resume our regular 9 am -5 pm Saturday hours.


Summer Precautions Against Ticks

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seven varieties of ticks in the United States transmit diseases to humans.  It’s important when you are out this summer that you take a few precautions: 1) Avoid contact with ticks.  Use a repellent and wear light colored clothes.  2) While bathing and showering check carefully for ticks.  3) Immediately remove ticks with a pair of tweezers.  Grasp the tick as close to the surface of your skin as possible.  4) Watch for symptoms of tick-borne diseases.  Symptoms include fever, aches and pains, chills, and can sometimes be followed by a rash.  Should you experience any of these symptoms you should contact your physician immediately.




March 31st, 2015


April 2015


Matt Guyette


Disability Rights Center – NH, 1-800-834-1721

If you or someone you know has a TBI, we can provide: • information and referral • advocacy • legal representation

Here are some examples of the types of problems we may be able to assist on:

  • You are being discriminated against because of a TBI.
  • Your child had a brain injury, and is not doing well at school. Schools are required to identify children who are eligible for special education, and to provide special education to children who need an individualized education. Some children with TBI who are eligible for special education do not receive it. Other children with TBI receive special education, but do not receive appropriate services.
  • You are having difficulty finding or keeping a job because of a TBI.
  • You were denied Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Aid to the Permanently and Totally Disabled, or other Public Benefits.
  • You require housing, assistive technology or other types of service to live more independently or in the community.
  • You (or someone you know) is in prison, jail, or other facility and you are not getting medical or other services you need due to your TBI.


Adult Service Coordinators at MDS work with individuals and their families to:

  • -Create an environment that empowers individuals to speak out for themselves and receive the highest quality services available;
  • -Search for opportunities, connections and ways to make the seemingly impossible probable;
  • -Offer information, explore options and network with others;
  • -Increase community awareness of the talents and gifts those with disabilities can offer.

Ladies’ Wildwood Park

A 15.4 acre wooded parkThe park was created in 1890 when a stately grove of trees was threatened by development. Unfortunately the hurricane of 1938 leveled most of the original grove. The City replanted with red pines and a few hugh white pines are all that remain from the original woods. The park is mostly flat and criss-crossed with trails.  To get there: The park is located at the intersection of Park Avenue and Arch Street. Parking is available in Wheelock Park across Park Ave.

Robin Hood Park and Forest

A 130 acre forest park with a pond In 1889 George Wheelock donated 12 acres of land to be called “The Children’s Wood”. In 1896 he added 83 acres which he named Robin Hood Forest. The forest is located on a west-facing hillside with a scenic pond at its base. The park has numerous ledges and massive boulders. A small stream cascades into the pond. A maze of trails criss-crosses the park. The facilities include a swimming pool, tennis courts, playground equipment, picnic tables, park benches and a playing field. Bathrooms are open in the summer and the pond is groomed for skating in the winter. A detailed brochure on Robin Hood Forest and the Children’s Wood is available from the City of Keene Parks and Recreation Department.  To get there: Turn left at 366 Reservoir Street off of Roxbury Street. Parking is in the lot between the pond and the swimming pool.

Ashuelot River Park

157 acre park including the Ashuelot River and adjoining wetlands The main trail along the east side of the river begins at the West Street Entrance. The pathextends north to the bike trail near the Route 9 bypass. At that point you can cross the bike path bridge and follow a much smaller trail along the west bank of the river north to the Tanglewood Estates trailer court or follow the paved bike path which continues on to Wheelock Park. The park was newly landscaped and rededicated in 1996. .  To get there: Heading away from downtown Keene on West Street, pass the Colony Mill Marketplace on your left. Turn right at the next stoplight to park at the main entrance. You can also enter the park from the bike path between Wheelock Park and Court Street. Maintained by the City of Keene Parks and Recreation Department


January 20th, 2015

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Matt Guyette



Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides nutritious foods to income eligible seniors 60 years of age or older. CSFP foods are purchased by the US Department of Agriculture from national manufacturers, and are the same quality of name brand foods. Nutrition education and useful recipes are available to help plan meals using CSFP commodities.


The CFSP program distributes food packages to local communities on a bi-monthly basis. CSFP food packages do not provide a complete diet, but rather are good sources of the nutrients typically lacking in the diets of the target population. These packages can include a variety of foods, such as non-fat dry and evaporated milk, juice, farina, oats, ready-to-eat cereal, rice, pasta, peanut butter, dry beans or peas, canned meat or poultry or tuna, and canned fruits and vegetables.

Application and Contact Information

Like the WIC program, CSFP staff travels often in order to provide services for both Sullivan and Cheshire counties. The most convenient way to contact the program is to call 603.352.7512 ext. 4240 or 800.529.0005 ext. 4240 and leave a message on the program’s voicemail. Calls are returned as promptly as possible, usually within 24 hours.

Food Pantry

The Food Pantry is a tool used in many of the other Housing Stabilization programs to help consumers lessen their financial burdens. When consumers apply for Fuel Assistance, Homeless Prevention Funds, Workforce Development, and WIC programs, a budget form is completed. Sometimes it is found that consumers are not able to purchase food or other necessary items because a lot of their income is spent on rent/mortgage, auto payments, fuel, child care, and so on. It has also been found that some consumers are not paying their rent/mortgage, purchasing fuel, paying taxes or auto payments because they need to purchase food and other necessary items. In response to this, SCS operates a small pantry that programs can use as a supplement to consumers’ budgets. A couple days’ worth of food or personal care items or a week’s worth of diapers can go a long way in someone’s budget.


For more information about the Food Pantry, please call 603.352.7512



Welcome to the cough-cold season in New England. No other time of year boosts the sale of cold remedies and humidifiers more than this one. Most of the expenditures are not worth it in the final analysis. Coughs are most commonly due to the dry air in our homes. Simply leaving a window open in the sleeping area will humidify a room more cheaply and effectively than any humidifier. Most cough remedies have drying agents in them and actually make cold symptoms worse. A plain expectorant such as Robitussin Expectorant or quaifenisin syrup has no drying agents and can help with nighttime coughs.

Get outdoors and enjoy the winter. Cold weather increases the time that we expose each other to various viruses and flu like illnesses. Studies show that outdoor workers have fewer of these illnesses than those of us who remain in indoors and in close quarters.

Cough & Cold Over 200 viruses cause “colds” in humans. Symptoms include runny stuffy nose, sore throat, cough with phlegm and/or low-grade fever. Colds make children feel miserable but are not dangerous. Over-the-counter cough and cold preparations are generally not effective, especially for the 6 month to 5-year-old age groups, but many parents like to try them. Extra fluids, elevated head of the bed, salt-water nose drops, and humidified air can sometimes help alleviate symptoms. Nasal mucus normally changes from clear to cloudy to green or yellow by day 3 or 4 of a cold. Call the office if:

  • Your child’s breathing is rapid or labored
  • Your child has a fever

Flu Vaccine If your child has a history of asthma, respiratory disease, chronic heart disease or other chronic illness, he/she may benefit from the flu vaccine which is a preventive measure to consider. We run a flu vaccine clinic at Centre Pediatric Associates.

Winter Safety Tips Burns are more common in winter. Heaters, radiators and wood stoves now become a hazard and we serve more hot soups and drinks in the winter. If a child should get burned by a hot liquid remove the clothing immediately as it will hold the heat against the skin. Put cold water or ice on the burned area as soon as possible. The sooner you cool off the burn area the less deep the burn will become. Call us after instituting these emergency measures for further advice.

Encourage your children to use helmets for skiing, snowboarding and sledding. The ski schools don’t seem to push the use of helmets, but we have seen enough severe head injuries due to winter sports to urge you to use helmets.

Sleep Longer — Honor your circadian rhythm, which responds to your environment’s light and darkness. In the wintertime when the sun sets around 6 p.m., use this as a reminder to wind down. Leave your work at the office, keep the lights in your home dim and give into those feelings of sleepiness. Creating a sanctuary of calm in your bedroom with cozy blankets and your favorite pillow will have you dreaming in no time.Feb2015back


November 29th, 2014


December 2014

By Matt Guyette


Easter Seals New Hampshire  12 Kingsbury Street, Keene, NH 03431 Vocational Services – Phone: (603) 355-1067 Early Support Services (Early Inervention) – Phone: (603) 352-0165 Foster Family Program – (603) 352-5724 Easter Seals provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Family Resource Connection Toll free: 1-800-298-4321; A statewide phone resource center providing information and resources for families with young children. Familystrength 206 Roxbury Street, Keene, NH 03431 Phone: (603) 357-8722; www.familystrength.orgFamilystrength is a non-profit organization that was built on its passion for helping families and individuals find effective and lasting solutions to life’s most difficult challenges that may involve, severe stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, family or sexual violence, child abuse, neglect or mental illness. Salvation Army Thrift Store:  132 Monadnock Highway, Swanzey, NH 03446 Phone: (603) 357-2207; Mon.-Sat. 9-5 Provides clothing and other material assistance.

Friendly Meals  835 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431 Phone: (603) 357-352-2253 Other area offices: Stone Arch Village, (603) 352-7525; Harper Acres, (603) 357-4589; Hinsdale, (603) 336-7087; Troy, (603) 242-7986; Marlborough, (603) 876-3980; Jaffrey, (603) 352-2253; Stoddard, (603) 446-3478, North Walpole, (603) 352-2253; Westmoreland, (603) 399-7085; Marlow, (603) 446-7064 or 446-3490. Available in many Cheshire County communities for seniors and individuals with disabilities who are homebound, and not able to prepare a meal. For those with special needs, breakfast bags, weekend meals and special diets are also available.

Granite State Independent Living 21 Chenell Dr., Concord, NH 03301 Phone: (800) 826-3700, (603) 228-9680; A statewide nonprofit, service, and advocacy organization that provides tools for living life on your terms – so you can navigate your own life and participate as fully as you choose in your community, just like everyone else.

New Hope New Horizons Community Way, Keene, NH 03431 Phone: (603) 352-7512; New Hope New Horizons (NHNH) provides life enriching services to adults of all abilities so that they may achieve their personal hopes and dreams.

Attention Chesco clients and staff…

Our holiday party is Dec 19th at the Elks in Keene on Roxbury St.  The party is 11-1pm

The Community Kitchen, Inc. 37 Mechanic St., P.0. Box 1315, Keene, NH  03431  (603) 352-3200 Fax (603) 355-0179   Take home supplemental food boxes are available once a week on either Wednesdays from 12:30 to 5:30pm or Thursdays from 11:30 am to 4:00pm. The boxes contain staples such as bread, cereal, pasta, protein, etc. Verification of name, address, date of birth and income for all household members is required. We ask that participants bring a box or laundry basket to carry the food. Dinner is served weeknights from 5:00—6:30 pm. We do our best to offer well-balanced nutritional meals: main dish (meal, poultry or fish), vegetarian dish, starch, choice of two vegetables, garden and fruit salads, assorted sides, desserts and beverages. Anyone who is in need of a prepared meal or companionship is welcome. This is an excellent chance for you to learn more about The Community Kitchen in a more relaxed weekend atmosphere. Families, businesses and organizations are welcome to reserve a specific Sunday to prepare a light lunch, then serve and clean-up after the meal. Children ages 14 and over are welcome to volunteer. Please call for more information at (603) 352-3200 Community Kitchen Mid-day Meal on Sundays   Hard to believe, but this program has been offered for almost 2 years now. Our Guest Chef prepares a light lunch every Sunday along with the help of an excellent group of energetic volunteers. This freshly prepared meal is offered each Sunday from 12:00 – 1:30PM (doors open at 11AM). These meals are created in a large part with donated products and the vision of our Guest Chefs. Please give us a call at (603) 352-3200 if you would like more information or to find out how you can participate in this or our evening Hot Meal program.   When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. Prolonged exposure to cold will eventually use up your body’s stored energy. The result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. This makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because a person may not know it is happening and won’t be able to do anything about it. Dec2014back

September 23rd, 2014

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  By Matt Guyette

Cheshire County assistance programs.

Financial assistance from your town

The various towns and cities in Cheshire County New Hampshire offer assistance to those who qualify. Individuals and families may get help with paying rent, utilities, heating expenses, free food and certain prescription medications. In addition, the towns are a great place to stop by to get referrals to local charities and non-profits, and to gain access to various government assistance programs. All towns are required to provide these resources to residents per New Hampshire state laws. Keene New Hampshire (603) 357-9809. Roxbury and Surry also offer aid. Phone (603) 352-3075

Cheshire Community Action Agency – Southwestern Community Services, Inc.

Electric Bill Assistance Program – This option provides qualifying PSNH customers with a discount on their monthly electric and utility bills.

Fuel Assistance Program – This is a resource that provides financial assistance for paying heating bills and utility expenses to handicapped, elderly, and low-income residents.

Rent help and eviction prevention – This particular assistance program offers eviction prevention services, including landlord/tenant mediation, budget counseling, one-time financial supports, and referrals to other resources and non-profits.

Neighbor Helping Neighbor Program – This is an energy assistance program that provides funds and emergency help for paying utility bills as well as energy assistance (electric or natural gas) to needy families and individuals who are experiencing some type of financial hardships, if the family has a disconnection pending, and if the family is ineligible for help from the Fuel Assistance Program.

Food Pantry – Can help people provide food for their family.

Senior Energy Assistance Program, which is known as SEAS, provides emergency energy bill assistance, grants, and funds in an amount of up to $270 per elderly household for individuals and families.

Call the Keene NH based Southwestern Community Services, Inc. at (603) 352-7512. While the above list touches upon many of their programs, other resources are available as well. Read more Southwestern Community Services (SCS) programs.

Consumer Credit Counseling is a non-profit that helps people through difficult times. Services offered include budget counseling, foreclosure prevention, and debt management programs. Call the Keene New Hampshire agency at (800) 327-6778. Find other debt help programs.

Emergency help for food, information, and paying bills

The Keene Salvation Army may be able to help people facing a crisis. The phone number is (603) 352-0607. Among the programs and services offered include a food pantry, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and holiday meals and gifts, and they rarely may have funds for paying bills, or can direct people to agencies that can help with bills, rent, and more. For example, find programs that offer rent help.

How to Winterize Your New England Home

This time of year, many of us are busy decorating and planning for the holidays. In doing so, we often overlook preparing our homes for the cold weather. Getting your home ready for the winter season can make a drastic difference in your utility bill. To help, here are some tips for winterizing your New England home from The Boston Globe which we recommend.

The first very simple step you can take is to make sure all of your windows are securely locked. Of course, locked windows are important to ensure the safety of your home, but they also help to prevent any drafts. Many homeowners do not realize that unlocked windows usually leave a 2 millimeter opening at the top, which is plenty of space for cold air to whisk in.

Just as windows may allow a lot of cold air in, your doors are probably doing the same. If your door jiggles or you feel a draft walking by entrance ways, you may want to invest in a door sweep. Door sweeps are long metal or rubber extensions attached to the door to close the gap between the edge of the door and the flooring. A quick way to test your doors is to close a dollar bill in them and try to pull it out. If it slips out with ease, you know you are losing money through that door. Invest in stick-on rubber weather stripping if that is the case.

Lastly, everyone loves to have their fireplace blazing as much as possible in the wintertime, but did you know that it could be costing you a lot more money than you ever thought? Be sure to close the flue in your fireplace when it is not in use. Many people just do not even think of it, and keep it open year round. Doing this leaves a huge tunnel open for outside air to flow into your home.

We wish you a warm and cozy winter at your New England home. For more inspiration, tips and ideas on home design in greater Boston, be sure to like David Sharff Architect on Facebook!


Halloween Safety Tips for Grown-ups

Parents of trick-or-treating kids can get so caught up in the fun themselves that they might forget some simple safety ideas that could keep everyone out of trouble. Having a fun and safe Halloween will make it all worth-while!

Kids love Halloween! They get to dress up and get free candy! What a perfect holiday! Give your kids some precious Halloween memories that they’ll have for life.

If you take your kids to a sponsored event, like a safe Halloween thrown by your church or community center, make sure to keep an eye on them at all times. Even though it seems less dangerous, you are still in a strange environment full of people that you don’t know. All it takes is a minute with your back turned to find your child gone.

Cell phones are everywhere now! Everyone seems to have one, they can be so affordable. Make sure that your child has a pre-programmed cell phone with him/her if they go out on Halloween night! Make sure that all important numbers are already there and ready for use. Oct2014back