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.


FairPoint expands broadband service in Gorham

More residents in the Granite State can quickly e-mail photos, download music and surf the Internet now that FairPoint Communications has expanded broadband service to more than 60 homes and businesses in the town of Gorham, New Hampshire.  FairPoint high-speed Internet is available for the first time to the eligible customers living in the areas described below.   

Since April 2008, FairPoint has invested more than $182 million in its communications infrastructure and technology to bring broadband to northern New England, including building thousands of miles of new fiber across the region. FairPoint’s new fiber-based, high capacity network offers customers a better, faster way to communicate.


“Broadband access opens doors to the world for the residents and businesses in New Hampshire and is fundamental to the state’s future economic growth,” said Pat McHugh, FairPoint’s New Hampshire state president. “Our employees are working every day to build more broadband across the state. We are pleased to announce we have expanded the availability of high-speed Internet to more homes and businesses in Gorham.” 


This expansion is part of FairPoint’s plan to increase broadband access to 95 percent of its service areas in New Hampshire. High-speed connection areas include portions of the following streets/roads in:

Gorham: Campground, Clay Brook, Evergreen, Glen, Hemlock, Marion’s, Mount Carter, NH Route 16, Stoney Brook and White Birch.


To find out if you are eligible for FairPoint’s high-speed Internet and to obtain information about prices and bundled plans, residential consumers can call 1-866-984-2001 or visit