Planned community in Peterborough wins kudos

By Casey Farrar
Sentinel Staff
Published Thursday, May 28
PETERBOROUGH — It’s a rainy spring day, but a handful of residents of Peterborough’s new cohousing development are out and about on paved walkways winding through the neighborhood.
Nineteen of the homes have been sold and about 35 residents ranging in age from 2 to 70 fill the neighborhood that sits about 1 mile from downtown Peterborough.
Part of the draw for many families has been the community’s environmentally friendly elements.

Last fall, one of the single-family homes in the neighborhood was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest certification.

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It’s not just the blues

Mom looks to help moms share postpartum troubles
By Casey Farrar
Sentinel Staff
Published: Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The day she went home from the hospital with her newborn daughter Adlay Rose, a weight settled heavily on Caitlin R. League.

She had already been battling physical illness and depression throughout her pregnancy and coming home made the new Keene mother feel even more overwhelmed and anxious.

“I felt the earth go out from under me pretty much,” League said. “I was just panicking about panicking, panicking about being alone with her. I almost would say it was performance anxiety.”

Fortunately, she’d already met with Amanda R. Houle during prenatal visits and knew she could turn to her for help. Houle is a behavioral health consultant for Monadnock Family Services at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene. She works with pregnant women and new mothers through a pregnancy wellness program at the hospital.
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Westmoreland resident turns 114

By Casey Farrar
Sentinel Staff
Published: Monday, May 18, 2009
WESTMORELAND — Not everyone gets a birthday card from the queen of England, the president of the United States and the Boston Red Sox.

But then again, not everyone is Mary J. Ray, a resident at Westmoreland’s Maplewood Nursing Home who turned 114 Sunday.

Ray is the world’s third oldest person — trailing behind the oldest, Gertrude Baines of California, by one year and 41 days and only seven days behind the second oldest, Kama Chinen of Japan — according to the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group.
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A currency of good deeds

‘Time dollars’ help provide services

By Casey Farrar
Sentinel Staff
Published May 08, 2009
ANTRIM — When Sydney B. Wilson-Smith of Antrim needed help restoring an old table, she didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the project.
The 5-year-old program’s currency is good deeds. And in these cash-strapped times, it’s a concept that is drawing increasing attention, says Christine B. Polito, director of the People’s Service Exchange.

Pandemic memories

Current outbreak recalls, for some, the deadly Spanish flu of 1918

By Casey Farrar
Sentinel Staff
Published May 3, 2009
Clara C. Seamour, 99, remembers the autumn day in 1918 when her mother came to pick her up early from school.

For days, people at the Rindge farm where Seamour’s parents worked had been falling ill as a pandemic flu made its way through the town, she recalls.

“There was a lot of sickness,” said Seamour during an interview Friday at Good Shepherd Healthcare Center in Jaffrey, where she now lives. “That flu was flying around like the dickens.”

Eventually, schools and businesses closed for a few days as people tried to contain the illness, she said.

So far, the number of people infected by the most recent outbreak known as swine flu pales in comparison to the 1918 Spanish flu. Continue reading