Nashua Goes Back to School event connects community

School will soon be back in session, time for shopping, planning, and discussion – What do the children already have, what will they still need? – Is a new school in the picture, a new schedule to read? – Encouraging children to donate school supplies to help others conveys a new meaning to giving-one-to-another – To meet a school principal is good in this case, to hear about breakfast and lunch programs, this event is the place. Open to all students and their families in the Nashua School District, the Mailbag is happy to help provide the details-to-follow.

Nashua Goes Back to School – it’s a celebration!

Back-to-School supplies are being collected for the 13th annual Nashua Back to School celebration, set for 5-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Nashua Public Library. The free event will take place at the library’s outdoor plaza. The Nashua Back to School event will feature a meet-and-greet with Nashua School District principals who will be distributing donated school supplies. Needed items include thumb drives, backpacks, highlighters of any color, and one-inch three-ring binders. These items may be dropped off at The Telegraph office, 110 Main Street, Suite 1, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The Nashua Lions Club will conduct eye-screenings, NH Healthy Kids representatives will have informational applications, and the school district’s Food Services Department will have representatives on hand to answer questions about the breakfast and lunch programs. For more information contact the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce at 881-8333, or look for upcoming articles in The Telegraph, The Nashua Goes Back to School program is for all students in the

district, and is sponsored by the City of Nashua, the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce and The Telegraph. I’ll remind you next Sunday here in the Mailbag, too.

Treadmill needed for walking, helping with pain

“I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and must walk daily to relieve pain, yet do not have enough energy to go for a walk when it is too hot or too cold,” writes Debbie D. of Nashua (LTR 620). “I would appreciate it if you would put this in the Mailbag as soon as possible. Thank you.” More than three million people in the United States are diagnosed with Fibromyalgia each year and while treatment including medications, talk therapy, and stress reduction may help control the symptoms, this condition (which can last for years or be lifelong), cannot be cured. Fibromyalgia is often accompanied by fatigue and altered sleep, memory, and mood. Widespread muscle pain and tenderness are the most common symptoms. Recent heat waves which seem to be almost immediately followed by severe cold snaps may limit time for outdoor activity, even walking, for some folks. Anyone with a treadmill for Debbie can reach her at 577-0666. Let me know how things work out (be sure to limit workouts, too).

Bi-PAP machine could mean ‘homecoming’

“I have a huge favor for the readers,” begins a request from Tammy L. of Nashua (LTR 797). “My husband is in need of a bi-PAP machine. He is uninsured and has been in the hospital for a couple of weeks. Being uninsured, the cost of the machine is prohibitive at this time. He must have this machine to be able to come home. I can pick it up! Thank you ahead.” BiPAP (also referred to as BPAP) stands for Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure, and is very similar in function and design to a CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure). Similar to a CPAP machine, A Bi-PAP machine is a non-invasive form of therapy for patients suffering from sleep apnea. (Johns Hopkins Medical Health Library). Typically cost is about $1,000-$4,000 (without insurance) depending on the make and model of the machine and its features. If you can help Tammy’s husband enjoy a good night’s sleep at home every night, he and Tammy would greatly appreciate your giving them a call at 566-2759. Both are in my thoughts and prayers.

Updates

– Jean L. had shelving for Lucy W. of Nashua (LTR 2,810) but was unable to reach her. Chris’ Mailbag’s efforts to put these folks in touch with each other was successful. Jean writes “Lucy just picked up the shelving units. We connected through her email and a different phone number. Thanks for your help.

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