March 31st, 2017





April 2017







Adopt a Highway

Adopt a Highway Litter Removal Service of America, Inc. (AAHLRSA) was founded by Teryl Macia, a visionary with a background in public relations, who saw an opportunity to help companies build and grow their brands while providing support with the cleaning of our roadways and the well being of the environment.

In it’s early stages Adopt a Highway Litter Removal Service of America partnered with the California Department of Transportation to develop a sponsorship program, which expanded nationwide and now supports 23 markets.

Since it’s inception, AAHLRSA has cleaned millions of miles of U.S. roadways and cannot wait to clean more!

Chesco has taken part in this program for 14 years, removing trash from a two-mile stretch of Route 10 four times between April and November. The first clean-up will be at some point in April this year, depending on the weather. We welcome anyone who is interested in participating to call Chesco, 357-3915, for more information.


Sign Up for Community Garden

Are the seed catalogs calling your name? City of Keene Parks and Recreation Department is offering space in our Community Gardens for the 2017 growing season.

You can save your spot for this coming season by spotting in at the office. Please be aware of the growing season dates listed below. KPRD will not be out in gardens any earlier.

At the rear of Monadnock View Cemetery, adjacent to Cedarcrest, is a plot of land that KPRD makes available as garden space for the public.  For a nominal fee, folks can rent the space for the season and grow their own veggies!  There is an agreement form to fill out prior to planting, so stop by the Recreation Center at 312 Washington Street to reserve your space.


Easter Egg Hunt!

Saturday April 15, 2017 at 10:00AM the annual Easter Egg Hunt is held at Fuller Park, in front of the Recreation Center on Washington Street for Keene resident youngsters age 3-8 years old. Bring your basket for collecting. This event is free for Keene residents. Sponsored by KPRD and Ye Goodie Shoppe.


As temperatures thaw out for spring, it’s a great opportunity to roll up our sleeves and refresh our homes to kick off the new season. Despite what many advertisements try to tell us, cleaning doesn’t have to include harsh, abrasive chemicals. It’s possible to use natural and simple ingredients you may already have in your home to achieve that squeaky clean feeling without worrying about inhaling fumes or wearing protective gear. Here are a few options to consider as you get down and dirty with spring cleaning this year:

Baking soda – This wonder ingredient can tackle a number of cleaning tasks. For example, create a paste with water and baking soda to clean your oven – apply to the inside of the oven, let sit for a few hours, and then remove with a clean, damp cloth. You can also pour baking soda and vinegar in your garbage disposal to deodorize any lingering smells – and it makes a fun fizz the kids might enjoy.

Vinegar – Another multi-tasking star, distilled white vinegar is great at cutting through stains, mold, smells and more. If the smell of vinegar bothers you, you can add essential oils to your cleaning solutions. Mix vinegar with water and a bit of dish detergent to make an all-natural glass cleaner. If you have hard water, vinegar can cut through the deposits left behind. Remove the showerhead if possible and place in a bowl with vinegar overnight. If you can’t remove it, tie a plastic bag with vinegar around the showerhead to enable it to soak.

Lemons – The acidity in lemons can work wonders, and a lemon is a great natural scrubber when cut in half and dipped in salt or baking soda. Try microwaving half a lemon in a mug of water for five minutes, then letting it sit for ten – the steam will loosen up gunk and stains in the microwave. Or juice the lemon and combine with oil and water to create a natural wood polish.

Microfiber cloths – Instead of filling up your trash cans and landfills with paper towels, try reusable microfiber cloths. They work great when dusting or cleaning windows and can be laundered and used again next time.

Borax – This powder can boost your existing cleaners and clean surfaces when added to water. Add some to your laundry to get rid of stubborn stains. Sprinkle into your toilet bowl and leave overnight before using a brush to scrub out rings.

These are just a few of the many natural ingredients you can use to make safe, effective cleaning solutions for your home. Others include castile soap, hydrogen peroxide, oils, salt, and essential oils, among others. Consider trying one or more this year as your embark on your spring cleaning!


February 3rd, 2017


February 2017


Matt Guyette



New England Healing Sports Association (NEHSA) is a charitable organization located at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, New Hampshire. Founded in 1972 as a weekend alpine ski program for people with physical disabilities, it serves those who want to enjoy active and independent lives through participation in sports. In the past 40 years it has grown to include a wide variety of physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities. NEHSA also takes pride in welcoming our disabled Veterans home, whether it is for therapeutic reasons or for rest and relaxation. In addition to adaptive skiing, both stand-up skiing and sit skiing, NEHSA also provides services for adaptive snowboarding, cross-country skiing, kayaking, rowing, tubing and water skiing. The services for these sports include access to specialized adaptive equipment, access to highly skilled coaches, and individual instruction. Through these programs, NEHSA enables its clients to gain a sense of independence, a positive attitude, access to social opportunities, and personal growth through the challenges that sport and recreation present.
General Contact Information
Office Phone: 603-763-9158
Fax: 603-763-4400
General Inbox:
Mailing Address
PO Box 2135
Newbury, NH 03255
Physical Address:
1398 Route 103
Newbury, NH 03255


The Salvation Army 15 Roxbury Plaza, Keene, NH 03431 1-603-352-0607; e-mail: Website: Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 2 pm Thrift Store: 132 Monadnock Highway, Swanzey, NH 03446 1-603-357-2207 Mon.-Sat. 9 – 5 Provides food assistance(food pantry) and assistance with clothing, small furniture, linens and other small household items through thrift store vouchers, as well as some other limited material and financial assistance. Offering other social, educational, recreational and religious programs for children and adults. Also counseling, information and referral services.

Saint James Church 44 West Street, Keene, NH 03431 352-1019 Thrift store hours: Mon.- Fri, 10-4; Sat. 10-2. 352-3697 Helps individuals find the household and clothing items they need. Accepts Manna Fund and Shelter Vouchers for clothing and household goods.

Troy Helping Hands Center 1 Depot Street, PO Box 240, Troy, NH 03465 242-3007 e-mail: jeannedrugg@hotmail Hours: Mon.-Fri 10-1:30 Sat.9:30-1:30 Provides food from its pantry for Troy and Fitzwilliam residents. Provides clothing based on family size. Open to public for clothes and household items.



Community Kitchen, Inc. 37 Mechanic St., Keene, NH 03431 352-3200 Provides free meals in a comfortable setting to all people in the Monadnock Region Mon.-Fri. 5-6:30 and Sundays 11-12:30. Take home boxes of food are available on Wednesdays from 12:30-5:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 11:30-4:00 p.m. Provides information on food pantries in outlying communities.

Food Stamps Keene District Office 809 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431 357-3510 or 1-800-624-9700 A program of NH Dept. Of Health & Human Services. Assists families in applying for food stamps if they are eligible.

St. Vincent Depaul Society 173 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431 357-1647 (Mon., Weds., Fri. 7 PM – 8PM) A program of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Provides a food pantry.

WIC Program 63 Community Way, PO Box 603, Keene, NH 03431 352-7512, Extension 4234 e-mail: A program of Southwestern Community Services. A supplementary food program offering nutritious foods, nutrition education, breast feeding support and health care referral to women with young children who qualify for the program.

Monadnock Family Resource Center 30 Washington Street, Keene, NH 03431 357-6870 or Fax: 357-8394 Offers a wide range of programs and services designed to make the task of parenting a little easier. Programs include parenting workshops, groups and home visiting programs. Baby Time is for Medicaid eligible pregnant moms in Cheshire County. Home visitors are certified in a nationally recognized parenting education program. The program provides moms with health, parenting information, support and linkages to community resources. It also includes visits from a nurse. Family time provides services in the home to families who need parenting support and linkages to community services. Mother Cares offers support to new moms by matching an experienced volunteer with a new parent. Other programs include: Parent Outreach, Dads Time, All R Kids and New Hampshire Employment Program.


November 29th, 2016


December 2016

By Matt Guyette





Monadnock Developmental Services, Inc.

121 Railroad Street, Keene, NH 03431



Do you know someone who might need support? Do you have questions about eligibility? Are you curious about the entry process, waiting list, or your own status? Contact Dale Miner, MDS Intake Specialist, for prompt information and a clear explanation of our services and the developmental disabilities system.


Nursing supports are available to those individuals receiving residential supports through MDS. Nursing trains Direct Support Professionals to administer medications safely and in compliance with state regulations.

Personal Care Services Provider

The Personal Care Services Provider program offers non-medical personal care to elderly and chronically ill adults enabling them to live independently and safely in their homes and communities. This program gives people choice and control regarding their personal care services. Participants can name another person to help manage their services if they wish. If you want to live at home in your community, the PCSP program can work for you.


Respite is designed to provide short-term care for a family member with a developmental disability or chronic health condition. The program is a resource for making matches between families and providers. Respite services can be accessed through a referral from your Service Coordinator. Limited Respite funds are available to families who qualify. For more information about the Respite program, contact Katie Sickles, Respite Coordinator at 603-352-1304.

MDS Transportation

Because of the serious shortage of transportation in our region, MDS has developed a transportation system that serves more than 100 people every day (M-F), on a very tightly managed schedule. MDS Transportation operates daily (M-F) with five demand response routes, using five vans (three mini-vans, two wheelchair vans).Drivers transport supported individuals to and from their day programs, places of employment, and to other appointments. For the most part, the drivers for each route remain the same each day so that our clients can have a friendly and familiar travel experience. These MDS vehicles are also made available for those individuals requiring transportation after regular business hours and/or on weekends. All driving is by MDS employees. For more information on MDS Transportation, please contact Deb Clark at 603-352-1304

The holidays are approaching and I’m eagerly awaiting schmaltzy Bing Crosby on the radio, a snowy wonderland, and merrymaking with family and friends. While we start the season humming “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” by the end, we too often find ourselves stressed, sick, and five pounds heavier.

Here are a few tips to make sure the season starts and stays wonderful for you and your family.

Stay warm

❆ While you’re enjoying the outdoors, it’s important to wear layers of clothing. Children are especially susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia, so dress them in an extra layer and have them to come inside frequently to warm up.

❆ Avoid cotton! Warm, wicking options like wool, silk, polypropylene, or nylon are good base layers. Top this off with a wind-breaking, waterproof outer layer. Keep a hat on and wear gloves, wool socks, and waterproof boots.

Injury prevention

❆ Be aware of icy conditions and take appropriate precautions, whether you’re in the car or on foot. Give yourself extra time and drive slowly to your destination. Salt the walkways around your house.

❆ While candles, fireplaces, and light decorations are beautiful, they can also be fire and burn hazards. Make sure cords and any open flames are out of reach of toddlers.

❆ When everyone’s enjoying the eggnog, and the house is brimming with laughter and good cheer, the children can sometimes get into trouble. A responsible adult should supervise at all times.

Illness prevention

❆ Viruses can really put a damper on your holiday season. Washing your hands is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from “catching a cold.” Wash with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds and do so before eating a meal; when preparing food; after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose; after using the restroom; and after coming into contact with someone who is ill.

❆ Everyone six months and older should receive the influenza vaccine, unless you have a specific contraindication (your healthcare provider can answer your questions).

❆ Newborns should be protected from illness as much as possible and no one with a fever or an active illness should come into close contact with the baby.

❆ If your child has asthma, keep a close eye on them because flares tend to occur more often in the winter months. Follow the asthma action plan set by your provider.

Eat healthy and exercise

❆ While it’s tempting to overindulge, after the fifth holiday party enjoyment can turn into regret. An excessive amount of sugary, salty, and fatty foods contribute to fatigue and weight gain. Enjoy these in moderation. Focus on fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

❆ Many of us don’t get as much exercise as we should in the wintertime. I’ve been there — cuddling up by the fireplace is very enticing! But we benefit physically and mentally from regular exercise. Aim for the recommended one hour of aerobic activity daily for kids and two-and-a-half hours a week for adults.


September 23rd, 2016





October 2016

By Matt Guyette

Monadnock Pumpkin Festival

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016

Where: Cheshire Fair Grounds, 247 Monadnock Hwy., Swanzey, NH

This family-friendly event includes carved pumpkin displays, a carving contest, a children’s costume parade, a pumpkin catapult, a craft fair, pony rides and a Fright Fest haunted fairgrounds area. Admission is $5 and kids 5 and under are free.

Visit for more information.

New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival (formerly, the Keene Pumpkin Festival)

When: October 22, 2016

Where: Downtown in Laconia, NH

Visit for more information.

Seasonal Influenza

Don’t let the flu get you this season! What You Should Know for the 2016-2017 Influenza Season

2016-2017 Influenza Season

  • WHO should get a yearly flu vaccine? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older including pregnant women and people who have chronic health conditions. Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk for serious complications from influenza.
  • Preventive Steps 1. Take time to get a flu vaccine 2. Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs. 3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them
  • WHERE can I get the flu vaccine? Flu vaccines are offered by many doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies and college health centers, as well as by many employers, and even by some schools. Even if you don’t have a regular doctor or nurse, you can get a flu vaccine somewhere else, like a health department, pharmacy, urgent care clinic, and often your school, college health center, or work.

Granite State Independent Living (GSIL) is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote life with independence for people with disabilities and seniors through advocacy, information, education, support and transition services.

  • -At Granite State Independent Living we believe in the importance of mutual RESPECT and we celebrate diversity.
  • -At Granite State Independent Living we believe all individuals should have CHOICES.
  • -At Granite State Independent Living we believe in individual EMPOWERMENT.
  • -At Granite State Independent Living we believe that all individuals have the right to define their own level of INDEPENDENCE.
  • -At Granite State Independent Living we believe in COLLABORATION.Keene, NH Office 105 Castle Street, Room 7 Keene, NH 03431 603-228-9680 1-800-826-3700 (toll-free) | 603-903-0869 (fax)
  • -At Granite State Independent Living everything we do is done with INTEGRITY.

Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities

91 Maple avenue

Keene, NH 3431

United States

603 358 3384

603 358 3389

Contact Name: 

Cathy Gray

Cedarcrest Center offers children with special medical and educational needs a healthy, safe environment where they can grow and develop to their fullest potential. The Center provides a calm, comfortable setting in which children are surrounded by caring, dedicated staff who encourage and nurture them every moment of the day.


July 27th, 2016



August 2016

By Matt Guyette

Summer fruits and health benefits

      Watermelon – this summer fruit not only helps to quench the thirst but is also a good source of beta carotene, vitamin C, pectin, lycopene, potassium and iron.

       Apricots – fresh apricots are good source of iron, vitamin C, beta carotene, potassium and fiber. Dried apricots help people with fluid retention and constipation. The health benefits of apricots includes anemia, cancer, skin diseases, fevers, earache, indigestion and constipation.

       Berries – enjoy most of the berries in summer. Strawberries with stem intact can be stored up to one year with or without added sugar. The phytochemicals in blue berries, blackberries, strawberries helps boost immunity, have a protective effect against cancer, protects against heart diseases and circulatory problems. Cranberries have a healing effect in urinary tract infection.

        Peaches and plums – contain good amount of vitamin C, beta carotene, antioxidant phytochemicals and anthocyanins all of which help to eliminate the free radicals from the body.

        Papayas and mangoes – both are excellent source of vitamin C, beta carotene, vitamin A and fiber. Eating sufficient amount of mangoes alone can make the body a rich store of vitamin A which lasts for months.

        Cherries – bright red cherries not only taste great but also contain ellagic acid which inhibits the growth of carcinogenic cells in the body.

        Pineapples – besides being packed with most of the vitamins and minerals, pineapple is a very good source of an enzyme bromelain which aids digestion.

Run…Bike…Hike…Play and experience the Paths of Keene!

Welcome to the beautiful Keene area, nestled in the southwest corner of New Hampshire offering unique recreational opportunities to people of all ages and interest – biking, jogging, or hopes that people who live in the area or are visiting can enjoy our beautiful outside. Enjoy your journey through forests, fields and a vibrant downtown filled with shops and restaurants.

We envision opportunities for you to enhance your health and well-being by enjoying your outside experience on our trails and parks. Our trails are paved, gravel or natural to offer a variety of experiences – downtown to forested parks and active farms for all levels of experience and expectations.

Otter Brook Lake U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Phone: 603-352-4130

Location: From Keene, East 2 miles on NH 9 to recreation area, Keene

Activities & Amenities: Summer season the park offers dozens of picnic tables and over 50 fireplace grills, group shelters, a ball field, potable water and sanitary facilities. Swimming opportunities include a 400-foot-long beach with a change house. Boating is available via a boat ramp for canoes, rowboats, sailboats, and boats with electric motors. Gas-powered motors are welcome to 10HP: larger motors may be conditionally used by permit, available from park rangers. Hunting and fishing are both permitted any season, subject to state laws and regulations. There are no trash receptacles at Otter Brook Lake, it is a Carry-in Carry-out trash facility. No Entry or Use Fees

Fruits to be eaten during summer

What are summer fruits?

Like the name suggests, the term “summer fruits” refers to a variety of fruits that are easily available, during the summer season. During the summer it is common for people to lose their appetites, which makes them stay away from rich and heavy foods. Fruits that are juicy and tart seem to be the most naturally cooling effect on the body, during summers. Hence, when it gets too hot, several people rely exclusively upon recipes made using summer fruits and vegetables. Summer fruits can be used in a variety of foods and beverages. However, in addition to satisfying the taste buds and refreshing the body, most summer fruits are very healthy. This is because they are very high in vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, phyto-chemicals and fiber. The amount of fat that is present in most of the summer fruits is negligible, but there can be some exceptions. Moreover, since the water content of most summer fruits is between 80% and 90%, they can help add a healthy and radiant glow on the skin.

List of summer fruits

There are several varieties of fruits that are available during the summer. Given below is a lost of some of the most common summer fruits, as well as the health benefits that are associated with it.

• Apricots: High in Beta carotene, which gets converted to Vitamin A by the body
• Berries: High in antioxidants and help the body fight off several diseases
• Cherries: Contain diuretic properties, as well as Vitamin C
• Honeydew melon: Help treating infections in the urinary tract
• Mangoes: Rich in Vitamin C & E & also contain potassium, iron & nicotinic acid
• Nectarines: Can help with fluid retention, constipation and high cholesterol
• Papayas: Great for weight loss and can also help in improving digestion. It is often used as a natural remedy for constipation too.
• Peaches: Can reduce anemia, fatigue as well as high cholesterol
• Pineapples: Contains antioxidants that protect the body against diseases. Also great for digestion and weight loss.
• Watermelons: Can help treat kidney, bladder and other digestive problems

 Once in season, it is easy to purchase these summer fruits and vegetables from anywhere, like a fruit market, or a grocery store. These fruits can all be mixed together to make a tasty and nutritious fruit salad or a smoothie. Fixing a salad is very easy as compared to other recipes. For those who are not really watching their weight, a summer fruit trifle could make a tempting dessert.
Summer is the season where the sun rays are at their highest peak. To stay well hydrated is very important in these days. Although most of the fruits like apples, bananas, or pears are now available through out the year, some fruits are seasonal.Aug2016back

May 25th, 2016



June 2016

by Matt Guyette

Tips to avoid the dangers of overexposure to the sun and heat during summer activities

Excessive heat and ultraviolet (UV) radiation are dangerous to people’s health. Each year, more people on average die in the U.S. from heat waves than from any other natural disaster. And every hour, one American dies from skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the U.S.

During the summer months, days are longer and more people are outside for longer periods of time, increasing the health risks from heat exhaustion and overexposure to the sun. Cities and suburbs are particularly vulnerable to higher temperatures during the summer.

Many cities and suburbs have air temperatures that can be up to 22 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the surrounding countryside. Buildings and roads intensify heat and UV dangers as they absorb the sun’s rays and radiate the heat back throughout the day and night, known as the heat island effect. Heat islands can intensify heat waves. To help reduce the heat island effect, plant trees, shrubs, and vines, which create shade and protect people from UV radiation.

To avoid heat exhaustion and overexposure to the sun, follow these steps to stay cool and safe this summer:

Stay hydrated.

Wear lightweight clothing. To keep your body temperature down and stay protected from UV radiation, wear lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing.

Apply sunscreen. Approximately 30 minutes before heading outside, apply SPF 15 or higher sunscreen, and reapply every two hours.

Protect your eyes and face. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes from sun damage and the development of cataracts.

Seek shade. Find shade during the sun’s peak hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to reduce the risk of too much sun exposure

Teach sun and heat safety. Keep an eye on others, particularly the elderly, remind them to be safe in the sun and the heat. Watch for signs of heat illnesses, which can include hot and dry skin, confusion, hallucinations, and aggression.

Check the UV Index. When planning outdoor activities check the UV Index to identify the times that pose the greatest risk for overexposure to the sun.

Check the Air Quality Index. On hot summer days, ozone levels can rise making the air unhealthy to breathe so be sure to check the air quality index before heading outside.

The Farmers’ Market of Keene
The market offers a great selection of vegetables, fruits, dairy products, meat, eggs, preserves, wines, and maple products. Bakers are also present selling breads, cookies, granola, and other tempting treats. And don’t forget to check out the local crafters selling furniture, soaps, and jewelry. 
Saturday, May 7 on Gilbo Ave from 9a.m. to 1p.m. The market will be held Tuesdays and Saturdays through October.

Importance of Hydration in the Summer Heat

It’s that time of the year when we not only have to concentrate on eating healthy, but on staying properly hydrated too. The summer heat can cause discomforting symptoms if regular and adequate fluids are not consumed.

Water is one of the most important components of our daily diets. Water helps lubricate internal surfaces, flushes toxins through the kidneys, transports nutrients throughout the body, maintains healthy blood pressure, regulates body temperature and sustains healthy vital organs.

Symptoms of Dehydration

Dehydration can happen at any time of the year in any weather condition. Summer heat seems to bring on more instances of dehydration due to larger losses of body fluid through sweating. Be conscious of the following symptoms to help prevent or treat dehydration:

  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Tiredness
  • Decreased urination
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Fever
  • Delirium

Water Consumption Recommendations

The National Institute of Medicine recommends about 3 liters of fluid for males and 2 liters for women. This includes all beverages like coffee, juice, water, tea, milk etc. Additional fluid may be needed but can generally be found in the moisture of foods. The general recommendation for eight 8 oz glasses of water per day converts to about 1.9 liters. This amount would be sufficient for most women, males need slightly more. Exercise and excessive sweating cause extra water loss and create higher fluid needs. Be sure to maintain proper hydration before, during and after strenuous exercise, especially in the summer heat.


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.


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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.