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Rand Paul to make campaign stop in Gilford

GILFORD — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul will do a meet and greet on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 1:15 p.m. at the Gilford Mobil Mart at 1400 Lakeshore Road, in front of Shaw's.

Paul, one of 17 Republicans running for president, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 in Kentucky. Paul worked as eye surgeon in Kentucky before seeking office. He is the son of former Texas congressman and GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 August 2015 08:21

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Speare Oncology Clinic welcomes Dr. Benitez


PLYMOUTH — A new physician has joined the staff of the Oncology Clinic at Speare Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Cibar Benitez, M.D., is a physician with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, of which Speare's Oncology Clinic is a regional affiliate, offering patients access to sophisticated cancer care close to home.

Trained as an internal medicine physician, Dr. Benitez is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. After earning his doctorate from Universidad Nacional de Asuncion in Paraguay, he completed his residency at Sinai-Grace Hospital of The Detroit Medical Center in Detroit. Following his residency he went on to complete a residency in geriatric medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit, and a Hematology-Oncology Fellowship at St. John-Providence Hospital in Southfield, Mich.

Dr. Benitez is especially sensitive to the needs of elderly patients requiring cancer treatment. "I have a special interest in geriatric oncology" says Dr. Benitez. "I like to work with the family of the patient, as they are an integral part of the treatment. Sometimes treatments need to be adjusted and I work with the patients and their families to find the best options for them." He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, helping to bridge the language barrier for some patients.

Speare's outpatient Oncology Clinic offers chemotherapy, infusions and injections for other non-cancer related conditions including: anemia, blood transfusions, arthritis, Crohn's disease, enzyme replacement therapy, multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis.


Last Updated on Friday, 28 August 2015 08:16

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Belmont's next Farmers Market is Sunday


BLEMONT — Belmont's third Farmer's Market of the season is scheduled for this Sunday, Aug. 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Gardens are plentiful and will provide a fabulous selection of nutritious vegetables for purchase. There will also be a large selection of yummy treats to tempt your sweet tooth.

Other products available from local vendors will be goat's milk soap, maple syrup, woodworking items, lotions, soy candles, and so much more. Coffee with be available and there will be an opportunity work on a puzzle or play a game of chess.

All activities take place near the Tioga Pavilion and Belmont Mill on Mill Street. For more information, contact Gretta Olson-Wilder, Special Events Coordinator, at 603-998-3525 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 28 August 2015 08:10

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Sept. is great time to sign up for Belmont Library card

BELMONT — With September being observed as Library Card Sign-up Month, the Belmont Public Library is encouraging people of all ages to make the most use of the library's collection and also the range of special programs it offers.

Next monty the library will join with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has a free library card.

Resources at the Belmont Public Library are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement.

The library's monthly LEGO Club — the first Saturdays of each month at 10:30 a.m.; and weekly story times — Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. — emphasize creativity and literacy.

This month, the Belmont Public Library is launching 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The library encourages parents to prepare their children for learning to read by reading to them every day. Inspired by programs around the country, the Belmont Public Library will reward those who reach milestone levels. The library is also giving away literacy calendars developed right here in New Hampshire.

Today's libraries aren't only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where everyone can collaborate using new technologies or relax with peers. The library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources that can be accessed in person or online.

In September, the library offers hands on time with Ozobots, miniature robots which can be programmed to race each other. Grades 3-6 can try their skills Monday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m., and grades 7-12 are welcome the next day at the same time.

Library staff is teaching a reservation-only class in how to use our genealogy resources, including Ancestry Library Edition and exclusive print resources, on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m.

The Belmont Public Library invites those who are interested in supporting their library to attend one of two informational meetings about creating a Friends of the Library group taking place on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m., or Monday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. for more details and a chance to participate.

September's book group features "The Paying Guests" by Sarah Waters.  Copies of the book are available at the library or through NH Downloadable Books, available with your library card. The group meets Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m.

Adults who are seeking a creative outlet are welcome to join the Belmont Public Library craft nights on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Each week features a different activity and all skill levels are welcome.

"Our library provides access and programs for all ages," says library Director Eileen Gilbert "For preschool age children we offer early literacy and lap sit story times to encourage school readiness, for older children and teens we supplement education with hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) programs, and for adults we offer interest-based groups and workshops. There's really something for everyone and it's all free with a library card."

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Belmont Public Library in person or visit the library online at www.belmontpubliclibrary.org.

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