Category Archive: Health

Mar 14

6th Annual Health and Fitness Fair on March 16th

The Timberlane Regional School District will hold its 6th annual Health and Fitness Fair on March 16, 2016 from 3:00 PM- 5:30PM.  The health fair, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, NH.

There will be information on nutrition, diabetes awareness, concussion awareness, disease, colon cancer, blood pressure screenings, hearing screenings, acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, massage, health and fitness topics, and many more informative booths.

Also, the marrow registry, “Be the Match and Donate Life” organizations will be at the health fair.  For those interested, it involves a simple cheek swab and is covered by most health insurance in NH, MA, Conn., and RI (please bring your health card).  Michael’s Fund of Fall River, MA will cover the cost for those without coverage.  You never know who in the Greater Timberlane Community we may be able to help.

What:  Timberlane Regional Health and Fitness Fair

Where:  Timberlane Regional High School Cafeteria 36 Greenough Rd, Plaistow, NH

When:  March 16, 2016, 3:00PM-5:30PM   (Snow Date-March 17, 2016, 3:00PM-5:30PM)

Cost:  Free

If you are interested to be a vendor or a sponsor or have any questions; please contact Patti Mangini at Email with any question.

This event is sponsored by the Timberlane Regional School District Wellness Committee.

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Jan 07

**Two-hour Delay on Thursday, January 8th**

Due to anticipated extreme wind chill factors, the Timberlane Regional School District will have a 2-hour delay for all students and staff on Thursday, January 8, 2015.  There will be no AM Kindergarten or preschool classes.

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Aug 06


Access Sports Medicine is hosting a FREE Sports Physical Clinic on August 7th from 5-7pm at their office at 13 Plaistow Rd in Plaistow.  No appointments are necessary and students will be seen on a walk-in basis.  All area students are welcome to attend and receive a sports physical.  They do request a $5 donation for each physical and all proceeds will be returned to that student’s school athletic program. 

If you cannot make it tomorrow, Access is hosting two additional clinics, Monday, August 11th in Rochester (323 Gonic Rd) and Tuesday, August 12th in Exeter (1 Hampton Rd).  All clinics are held from 5-7pm and no appointments are necessary.

More information can be found at

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May 20

DHHS Issues Reminder about Disease Prevention Efforts for Tick Season in New Hampshire

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Publish Date:
May 20, 2014

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is reminding residents that tick season is upon us once again and that people should take precautions to prevent being bitten by ticks and being potentially exposed to Lyme disease or other tick-borne illnesses. In 2013, 1, 689 cases of Lyme disease were identified in the State of New Hampshire, with the highest rates of disease in Hillsborough, Rockingham, and Strafford Counties. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were over 30, 000 cases in the United States in 2012 (the most recent year for which data are available), and New Hampshire had the highest incidence rate of Lyme disease in the county.
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdoferi and is transmitted to people by the bite of an infected black-legged tick (also known as the deer tick). The greatest risk for Lyme disease is between the months of May and August when the black-legged tick is in the juvenile stage; it’s the size of a poppy seed and very difficult to see, so individuals may be unaware they have been bitten. Ticks that transmit Lyme can also transmit other diseases, such as anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Powassan virus. Although not as common as Lyme, these diseases can also cause illness.
“Unfortunately Lyme disease remains common in New Hampshire, ” said DPHS Director of Public Health Dr. José Montero. “We cannot afford to let our guard down since we also know that a high proportion of ticks in New Hampshire are infected with the Lyme spirochete. We would like everyone to consistently take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families from becoming ill from this and other tick-borne diseases.”
Symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache, fatigue, and often a skin rash that is round and looks like a bulls-eye. Lyme disease is treatable with antibiotics, but if left untreated can lead to severe headaches and neck pain caused by meningitis (inflammation of the spinal cord), pain and swelling in the large joints, shooting pains that may interfere with sleep, and heart palpitations and dizziness.

DHHS recommends taking the following precautions to prevent tick bites:

  • Avoid tick-infested areas such as overgrown grass, brush, and leaf litter
  • Use insect repellent labeled as effective against ticks
  • Wear protective clothing (long pants and long sleeves to keep ticks off skin)
  • Do daily tick checks on yourself and family members, especially after being outdoors
  • Reduce ticks around your home by keeping grass short and removing leaf litter
  • Speak with your healthcare provider if you are bitten by a tick or if you notice a large round rash anywhere on you.

For more information about Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases, visit the DHHS website at or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at


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Sep 19


September 19, 2013

Dear Parents and Guardians,                                                                                                     

First, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience as we navigate through this mosquito season in which sick mosquitoes can and are being detected on a daily basis.  Keeping our students safe is our primary objective and your understanding is most appreciated. 

For clarification purposes please note that my Power Announcement (formerly AlertNow) of yesterday is to suspend outdoor activities for students who will be in locations/towns detecting EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) or WNV (West Nile Virus).  Outdoor activity has NOT been cancelled district-wide; just in areas testing positive for sick mosquitoes. In SAU 55, the only towns with positive detection (as of the date of this letter) are Sandown and Hampstead.  In Sandown’s case, EEE was detected right on Sandown North school property so all outdoor activity at Sandown North is suspended and will remain so until further notice.  Sandown Central and Hampstead’s outdoor activity is also suspended, but just throughout the weekend (more on this below). 

Yesterday’s directive stated that any outdoor activity taking place off of school grounds, including athletic events and field trips, needs to be vetted to determine if EEE or WNV has been detected in the town of the trip/event’s destination.  If detection is positive, the trip/activity needs to be suspended (cancelled or rescheduled).  This order will remain in effect throughout the weekend (excluding high school athletics whereby reasonable accommodations have been approved and are already in effect).

Beginning Monday, September 23rd:  Students will be allowed to participate in outdoor activities in all locations provided reasonable accommodations are made (except for outdoor activities on Sandown North property).  Those accommodations will include confirmation that:

The activity is restricted to the hours of dawn to dusk (between the hours of 8am to 6pm);

  1. Confirmation of industrial spraying in areas affected/detected to have sick mosquitoes; and
  2. Insect repellants are available and used by students and staff. 

Additionally, parents will be given the choice of opting out of any activity the district has approved under reasonable accommodations as listed above.  It will be the parent’s responsibility to contact their school to opt out.  Therefore, it is important that parents take an active role in monitoring their student’s school outdoor activities schedule.    

It is likely that this will be a reoccurring concern for us for years to come, so again, I thank you for your understanding and support as we make these very important decisions on a day-to-day basis.


 Dr. Earl Metzler,

Superintendent of Schools

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