Steph's PawPals adding line of dog food to her product line

BERLIN -- Steph's PawPals is going to be 15 years old May 4, 2013 and running a small business in the world we live in has not always been easy, said owner, operator, Stephanie Bilodeau.
However, it is her passion and she continues to strive to make it grow. That is why she will soon be adding a line of holistic dog food (Life's Abundance and Royal Canine) to the products she carries at her dog grooming shop on Glen Avenue in Berlin.
"Food is a huge part of your pet's life. It literally means life or death. If you use a commercial brand there is a chance of expensive chronic health issues, urinary tract infections, kidney stones and cancer. You may pay more for your pet's food but in the long it will avoid expensive vet bills," she said.
Grooming is beneficial to pets as well, said Bilodeau. She noted that during these tough economic times many of her clients are keeping up on their pets grooming but there is a percentage who are putting their pet's grooming off. When it comes to putting off your pet's grooming it is like gambling in a way, she pointed out. When they go too long, grooming is more time consuming and harder stress wise on your pet. It also causes very dangerous shave downs where skin tearing, irritations or much more serious health issues occur and you may get referred to your vet.
"As a professional groomer who attended a one on one grooming school and who has experience with a veterinary background I believe in quality not quantity in both grooming and when it comes to your pet's food as well. Even if it comes at a sacrifice please provide the best possible care and home for your furry loved ones. They are only here for us for a short time so we should make it the best for them. You will not regret it, trust me," she said.
"I also invite anyone to stay with their pet during grooming so they can rest assure their pet is being pampered," she concluded.
For more information call Steph at (603) 723-6192.

Keene Medical Products holds second annual educational summit

FAIRLEE, VT. -- Keene Medical Products held their second annual Educational Summit meeting at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont on November 1. Approximately 125 employees and 40 exhibitors attended the event.
The day was filled with home health care educational opportunities with classroom style instruction along with equipment demonstrations. The employees chose different classes that they wanted to participate in. Along with the educational tracks and vendors, there were members from the River Valley Community College Massage Therapy Program giving all attendees a chance to relax and receive a massage.
Willem Lange, who appears in many Keene Medical Products’ television commercials, was the keynote speaker at the event. He started out by saying, “I am Willem Lange and these are not the knees I was born with.” This phrase is the tag line in one of his more popular commercials.
After an eventful day, all staff members walked away with a greater knowledge of the home medical equipment business.
Local and national exhibitors helped sponsor the event, including meals and prize giveaways. Sponsoring exhibitors included Drive Medical, Invacare Corporation, Invacare Supply Group, medSage Technologies, Philips Home Healthcare Solutions, Resmed Corporation and Sigvaris.


Merrily's Home Made Joys

GORHAM -- Something that was going to be another hobby for Merrily Lepage has turned into a business; making goat milk soaps, lotion and soy candles.
Through the years Merrily's passion for alternative healing had grown. She bought a farm on Gorham Hill to provide a healthier lifestyle for herself and boyfriend Dan Brennon. It was about a year ago that Merrily thought about soap again and the benefits of goat milk products. That's when the studying and research began. With lots of help from the Internet, she researched the different herbs have medicinal purposes.
"Everyone knows that lavender is a naturla soother and relaxant but did you know that some of its other properties are that it's an antiseptic which is used against acne, may be used for dermatitis, eczema, insect bites, abscesses, sores, wounds, rheumatism, sprains and burns. Add this to a homemade soap with all the benefits that goat milk has and this is a product that everyone can benefit from," she said.
Goat milk applied to the skin contain natural emollients that act as a moisturizer and are loaded with nutrients and vitamins. It has the closest PH level to our skin, can reduce wrinkles, can reduce inflammation, soothes dry and damaged skin and has been proven to effectively treat acne. The benefits of homemade soap are that it is less allergenic and not so harsh on the skin  as synthetically loaded commercial bars and detergents bought in the stores," she explained.
In June, she made the first batches of liquid soap and lotions, just in time for the local Farmers Market. The first soy candles were made at the beginning of September. Merrily said she decided to add the soy candles because she thought they would make great gift packs with the soap and lotions. She even made a few soy wax melts for those who like to use the warmers.
At the beginning of July Merrily and Dan bought their first goats. One will be kidding out soon, which means not only that the herd will grow but for the main purpose, fresh milk! Right now she has been buying the goal milk but is anxious to use fresh milk from her farm in her products and have some to drink as well.
Merrily has been busy making fragrant soaps, lotions and candles fo fall and Christmas/winter and is planning on special fragrances for all major holidays and seasons.
Merrily's Homemade Joys can be purchased at the upcoming Harvest and Holiday Farmers Markets on Nov. 17, and Dec. 8, and at the holiday craft fair at AVH on Nov. 10. The soaps can be purchased at Middle Earth and a few soaps are at Reagan's Floral and Craft Shop in Berlin. In Gorham, Food for Life is carrying Merrilly's full line of products and Gorham Hardware Store is selling the hand cleanser with odor control soap, which is much like Lava soap without the after drying harshness. And, of course, the products are on sale at Merrily's home on Rt. 2, 282 Gorham Hill Rd., in Gorham, just come to the front door or call first at 1-802-489-2544. Look for her soon on Facebook.

Craig Kuntz, O.D. joins Conway Eye Care and Coos Eye Care

NORTH CONWAY — Conway and Coos Eye Care has added a third full-time optometrist to its staff, Craig Kuntz, O.D. With 15 years optometry experience, Dr. Kuntz previously operated his own practice as part of Clear Vision Eye Centers in Henderson, Nev., a suburb of Las Vegas.
Prior to that he was associated with Kenneth Westfield, M.D., a large, multi-location ophthalmology group in Nevada. During his six-year tenure there, Dr. Kuntz provided patients with glaucoma treatment and management; cataract pre- and post-operative care; and diabetic retinopathy, dry eye and macular degeneration evaluation and follow-up.
“We are delighted to have Dr. Kuntz join our practice,” said Gary Cole, O.D., owner of Conway Eye Care and Coos Eye Care. “Our patients will appreciate his engaging and warm personality,” he added. Dr. Kuntz joins Dr. Cole and Dr. Laurel Pulsifer, who will continue to see patients at both practice locations.
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and raised in Boulder City, Nev., Dr. Kuntz has spent much of his life in the western part of the U.S. He received his Bachelors of Visual Science degree and Doctorate of Optometry with distinction from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. He completed an externship in medical based optometry at the Portland, Ore., Veteran’s Administration Clinic.
Dr. Kuntz is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Nevada and Southern Nevada Optometric Associations, and the contact lens section of the American Optometric Association. Dr. Kuntz is Nevada State Board of Optometry Certified in treatment and diagnosis of eye disease including glaucoma. He is actively involved in the pre-operative and post-operative management of laser refractive surgery (Lasik/PRK) and cataract surgery.
The relocation to the beauty of New Hampshire is an exciting prospect for Dr. Kuntz, his wife, Stephanie, and their children. “We are excited to be returning to a small town environment with so many pretty lakes and green scenery,” he said about his new home. “It’s quite different from the desert.”
Dr. Kuntz enjoys spending time with his family and donates his time to the Boy Scouts of America and enjoys teaching the youth in his church.