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Inter-Lakes earns another NHIAA Sportsmanship Award

MEREDITH — For the second time in three years, Inter-Lakes High School has been named the Sportsmanship Award winner for NHIAA Division III high schools.
The banner, which will be displayed on the wall of the Inter-Lakes High School gym, just below the banner which the school was awarded for the 2011-12 school year, was unveiled at a school assembly Friday morning at which it was also announced that Inter-Lakes had won the Division III Hoops for Hunger award for raising the most money for local food banks at high school basketball games.
I-LHS Principal Patti Kennelly credited athletic director Jeff Cloos, now in his fourth year with the school, for helping create the atmosphere which made the awards possible.
''I've been principal here for 18 years and in the first 14 years we never won this award. Now we've won it for the second time in three years. It's a big deal,'' said Kennelly.
Cloos said that his goal when he became athletic director was to involve the athletes, coaches, fans and the community in an effort to achieve a balance between good sportsmanship and being competitive and said that goal was certainly achieved in the 2013-14 school year in a number of sports, including football, girls soccer, cross-country, Nordic skiing, baseball and track and field.
''We're the second smallest school in Division III and winning this honor while competing at a high level takes a positive fan base,'' said Cloos.
Jeff Collins, new executive director of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association and former Portsmouth High School principal, was on hand to congratulate the school. ''The sportsmanship banner is voted on by your peers and reflects what you do every time you put on your jersey,'' said Collins. Coaches in every sport are given a form to rate every opponent they face throughout the year, assigning whether the team had positive, neutral or negative sportsmanship. Point totals are tallied each season, with schools in each sport being ranked and then combined with the rest of the programs to come up with a composite seasonal ranking.
Collins said ''everyone can take pride in this,'' and singled out Principal Kennelly for praise, noting that she had bought a cake for the whole school to share as part of the celebration.
Christina Gribben, guidance department director, said that the school has taken part in Hoops for Hunger program for the past three years, collecting money at all boys and girls basketball games, including junior varsity games, for the last three years.
Last year the school raised $973.44 which was distributed between the Meredith and Center Harbor food pantries.
''We hope to break $1,000 this year,'' said Gribben, who later announced that a special fund at the school was donating $75 to the St. Baldric's foundation for children's cancer research.

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 October 2014 12:17

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Late touchdown rallies Merrimack Valley past Sachems, 2-17

PENACOOK — Merrimack Valley scored the winning touchdown with 23 seconds remaining last night and sent the Laconia Sachems home with a 20-17 loss.

Laconia held a 14-0 advantage at half-time but a Kyle Chaisson field goal was all the scoring the visitors could muster in the second half.

The Sachems' lead was built on a Keith Schultz touchdown run and a scoring pass from Matt Swormstedt to Chaisson.

Laconia's record backs up to 4-2 in NHIAA Division II play. The MV Tribe's record is now the same, though Laconia plays in the North Conference and Merrimack Valley competes in the East Conference.

Next Friday, the Sachems head to North Conway to take on North Conference leading Kennett. The Eagles were undefeated entering last night's contest at Lebanon.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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LRGH subject to small Medicaid reimbursement penalty for readmission rate considered to be too high

LACONIA — Lakes Region General Hospital was among nine hospitals in New Hampshire penalized by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services for what are considered excessive readmission rates.

The penalty, introduced in 2012 by the Affordable Care Act, is intended to prod hospitals into ensuring that when they discharge patients they will not need to return in order to eliminate unnecessary care and curb Medicare expenditures. A formula is applied to calculate the penalty, which amounts to a reduction in Medicare's payment for every patient of up to three-percent.

Lakes Region General Hospital was not penalized in the first two years of the program, but this year incurred a penalty of 0.22 percent the fourth lowest levied against the nine hospitals, which will reduce its Medicare payments to 99.78 on the dollar in 2015. With total Medicare payments in the neighborhood of $18 million, the penalty represents a loss of revenue of less than $40,000.

In a prepared statement, Gloria Thornington, director of medical safety and health management at LRGHealthcare, said the corporation is "proud of the record we've had with keeping readmissions to the hospital at a minimum." Since the standards were introduced she said that the hospital pursued "Better Outcomes by Optimizing Safe Transitions" (BOOST) and "Almost Home", programs aimed at minimizing the likelihood of readmission and preparing patients to manage their care.

Thrnington said that "for many of our diagnoses, our readmission rate has consistently been amongst the lowest, putting us in the top 10 percent of hospitals in the Unied States." She said that when patients are discharged, they receive a follow-up call within 48 hours and an appointment with their primary care provider within seven days. "This year's data," she said, "reflects new measures and we see this as a great opportunity to learn where we can improve upon our programs and continue to keep readmissions at a minimum."

The standards have been criticized for failing to adequately adjust for those hospitals, like Lakes Region General Hospital, that serve a disproportionate number of patients enrolled in Medicaid and receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), who studies show have relatively high readmission rates.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 12:56

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Man accused of trying to break into Laconia home had left jail 90 minutes earlier

LACONIA — The young man who allegedly tried to break into a home on Anthony Drive Wednesday afternoon had been released from the Belknap County House of Corrections about 90 minutes before he was caught.

Derek Camerato, 19, of Tilton has been arrested Tuesday night by Tilton Police and charged with shoplifting. Because he was intoxicated, he was taken to jail and released at 7:51 a.m. Wednesday.

At 9:30 a.m. police received a report from a woman on Anthony Drive, off the top of Lake Opechee, who reported a man was trying to break into the house across the street from her.

The woman said she she watched Camerato "mule kick" the front door and then go around to the side of the home. Police said one of the windows was smashed and the screen was cut.

Camerato had allegedly been walking through the neighborhood and knocking on doors offering his services as a handyman in the event someone answered. At the home he tried to enter, there was no one home at the time.

When Camerato was apprehended, police said he had a number of items on him that he did not have when he was released from jail, including a hunting knife and a wooden pipe with a small amount of marijuana. A second glass pipe was found in the grass at the victim's house.

Police said he had a number of unusual items in his pockets, like woman's sunglasses, jewelry, and other small concealable items.

During his appearance in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday, Det. Chris Noyes argued that he should be held on cash bail because he violated the terms of his bail within minutes of being released from the jail and poses a risk to the general public.

Camerato's attorney Kate Geraci argued for personal recognizance bail and told the court that he is not a flight risk. She said he has family in the area.

She said he can live at 19 Pine Street in Tilton with one of his friends. Geraci said Camerato has anxiety and is bi-polar. She said he has spent time in hospitals for mental illness. She argued he can't get the help he needs while he is incarcerated.

Judge Jim Carroll ordered him held on $500 cash bail. Should he post bail, he is to live in Tilton and stay away from Anthony Drive, his victims and the people who reported him to police.

Anyone who has any information about this case is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 12:50

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