By Matt Guyette
Walk-in Wednesdays at HCS!
Walk-in Wednesdays will be held from 3pm-5pm the 1st Wednesday of every month. The next Walk-in Wednesday will be August 1.
· HCS Keene Office ~ 312 Marlboro Street
· HCS Peterborough Office ~ 45 Main Street, Suite 316
· HCS Charlestown Office ~ 33 Arborway
How can you tell when it’s safe to live independently and when someone needs just a little help? Find out! The first Wednesday of each month, our staff members who specialize home care, geriatric care management and hospice will be on hand to talk with you individually about your specific concerns. Drop by for completely free, off-the-record, no-commitment advice.
Welcome to Walk-in Wednesdays, where worries lighten as you learn about ways we can help.
If you are unable to come to a Walk-in Wednesday in person, feel free to call 1-800-541-4145 with your questions anytime.
HCS is Medicare certified and licensed by the State of New Hampshire. Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services programs are provided to all service eligible individuals without regard to age, race, religion, sex, handicapping conditions, marital or economic status, except where constrained by specialized funding. HCS
Clarence DeMar Marathon
The 35th Annual Clarence DeMar Marathon will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2012! This race starts in beautiful Gilsum, New Hampshire, and ends on the lovely Keene State College Campus at Appian Way. The course is USATF Certified and will be an official qualifying Boston Marathon Course. For details on the race, and information on registering as a participant, please visit the Clarence DeMar Marathon Race Committee website.
Blue Man Group Trip
Who are those Blue Men? Come with KPRD to find out on Saturday September 15th Depart Rec Center 12 noon. Show is at 5PM at Charles Playhouse, Boston.
Join the Keene Parks and Recreation Center as we go to The Charles Playhouse to see the Blue Man Group. This is a fun, interactive show that will last about 1 1/2 hour. Blue Man Group is a creative organization centered on a trio of mute performers that present themselves in blue paint, latex bald caps, and black clothing. This is a show that will have you wanting to come back again and again. Cost for this trip is $70 per person, and includes admission and bus transportation. You will also have time to spend in Faneuil Hall before going to the show!
Call 603-357-9829 or stop by 312 Washington Street to reserve your seats now.
New Hampshire State Parks, near Keene for hiking, walking, etc.:
Annett Wayside Park
Picnic sites near non-sectarian Cathedral of the Pines, a national shrine.
Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area
Route 9, Chesterfield
Footpaths along a gorge, which a stream has carved deep into ledge; picnic areas.
Greenfield State Park
Route 136, Greenfield
351 acres on Otter Lake, campground with 252 tent sites, swimming, fishing, picnicking, snowmobiling.
Miller State Park
Route 101, Peterborough
Oldest state park, scenic auto road to 2,280-foot summit of Pack Monadnock Mountain, picnic sites, walking trails.
Monadnock State Park
Jaffrey, between Routes 101 and 124
21 family tent sites, seven youth-group sites, 30 miles of trails to the 3,165-foot summit, from which parts of all New England states can be seen on clear days.
Otter Brook State Park, Keene
Just off Route 9, between Keene and Sullivan
Residents and visitors enjoy the swimming and picnicing facilities here. Fireplaces are available.
Pisgah State Park
13,000 acres of wilderness in Chesterfield, Hinsdale and Winchester
Hiking, hunting, fishing, ski-touring and snowmobiling. No overnight camping or campfires.
Rhododendron State Park
off Route 12 in Fitzwilliam
More than 16 acres of wild rhododendron that bursts into bloom in mid-July; a National Natural Landmark that’s one of the largest tracts of the hardy shrub north of the Allegheny Mountains. Trails, picnicking. Gentle hiking through a scenic area.
Wantastiquet State Forest
Includes land in Chesterfield and Hinsdale
The mountain rises 1,100 feet above the Connecticut River with sheer cliffs overlooking it. Original tract of 847 acres donated to the state with two additional parcels of 488 acres in Chesterfield and 90 acres in Hinsdale to be added at a later date.
Just off Court Street. The City of Keene created Goose Pond in 1868 as an additional water supply but stopped using the water in the 1930′s. Trails and old roads lead into this area from many directions. From the parking lot a trail leads uphill. It is an easy ten minute walk to the pond. Then about a 45 minute walk around the pond.
OTTER BROOK RECREATION AREA
, Route 9, Keene. This beach is maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers. Buoys mark off a swimming area that goes out to a 6-foot depth. Its 400 feet of beach slopes out gradually. Visitors older than 12 pay $1, with a maximum of $3 a car. Otter Brook is mostly sunny but there are a few shade trees. Picnic sites stretch along the river. There are no lifeguards on duty. Park rangers maintain order at the beach and are certified in CPR. The park has horseshoe pits, a ball field, two restrooms and a changing facility. There are 55 fireplaces and 90 picnic tables. Groups can rent a small picnic shelter for $40 per day. A larger one rents for $60. Use of electricity is an additional $5. Water quality is tested biweekly. Otter Brook is a river-fed beach. A boat launch is available, but no gasoline driven motorboats are allowed.