Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: Farnum Center: Blight to bright
The center offers the state's first medical detoxification unit. Wilkie said that some people are so sick during the first days of treatment they often leave to find more drugs to make the pain go away. With medication and proper nutrition, the success rate improves because patients find it easier to make it through the first difficult days.
People come to the center from all walks of life, and there are always beds available for people with money and/or insurance to cover the $12,000 cost of the 30-day residential treatment program. There are also 16 beds, paid for by the New Hampshire Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, available for indigent patients. Those beds have a 30- to 90-day waitlist.
For more information about The Farnum Center's programs, visit www.estreatment.org or call 622-3020.
We laughed, we cried, and laughed some more at the Go Red for Women Luncheon to support the American Heart Association last week. The Radisson was filled with lovely ladies wearing red and I had the pleasure of sitting with several of them, including Union Leader Community Relations Manager Shannon Sullivan, WZID's Marga Bessette, and a duo from McLean Communications — Sharron McCarthy and Tricia Baker Schmitt.
I didn't win anything, but I still had fun joining about 400 people at last Thursday's KW Cares auction and raffle at Fratello's. The annual event, organized by associates at Keller Williams Metropolitan in Bedford, raised more than $18,000 for local charities. I had a chance to chat with Keller Williams associate Joe Dion and his wife, RMS Mortgage loan officer Vreli Dion, as well as Realtor Kate Moran and her husband Matt Welch of the Manchester Monarchs organization.
Support The Majestic Theatre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Chateau Event Center. Three separate auctions will be held to give you a chance to bid on unique items and take a chance at winning awesome raffle prizes including an iPad. This is a great opportunity to mingle with Majestic's murder-mystery characters and get a start on your holiday shopping. This event runs in conjunction with Majestic's dinner theater presentation of "The Curse of The Hopeless Diamond." Free daily bidding runs Friday and Saturday, 6-7 p.m. and Sunday 12:30-1:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend the dinner theater will need to make reservations. For more information, visit www.NH365.org.
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