Seniors News: Volunteers added to Nashua area’s 'Book of Golden Deeds'

June 08. 2014 11:27PM
The Breakfast Exchange Club of Nashua’s 2014 “Book of Golden Deeds” nominees gather after an awards ceremony at Langdon Place of Nashua. Front from left are Shirley Gordon, Lucy Gagnon, Susan Sturrock and Ruth Quinn. Back row from left are Victor Schulze, representing nominee Joan Schulze, Jackie Marston, Kelly Noble, Bill Baukus and Bill Sturgeon, who accepted on behalf of the RSVP Bone Builders leaders. Joan Schulze and the RSVP Bone Builders group received special recognition at the awards breakfast for their volunteer service to seniors. (COURTESY)

NASHUA — Nine individuals and two groups were honored last month for their volunteer service to seniors in the Nashua-area community during the annual “Book of Golden Deeds” breakfast sponsored by the Breakfast Exchange Club of Nashua.

The “Book of Golden Deeds” is an Exchange Club program that honors a person or group that donates time, talent and energy, going above and beyond in their service to improve the quality of life of seniors in Greater Nashua.

The honorees were nominated by people or organizations that provide services to the elderly in Greater Nashua. Each nominee received a certificate of appreciation.

Singled out for special recognition were State Committee on Aging Vice Chairman Joan Schulze and a group of volunteers who serve as leaders at the Nashua-based RSVP Bone Builders program.

Schulze was recognized for her volunteer efforts that support not only Nashua-area seniors, but those throughout the state. As a SCOA member, she works closely with Greater Nashua Area Committee on Aging members to coordinate the flow of information between the local community and those responsible for crafting policies on seniors at the state level. A former state representative, she continues to make trips to the State House to advocate on issues that affect seniors. She also serves on the statewide ServiceLink Advisory Council and is a member of the current AARP Leadership Series program.

The 11 Bone Builders volunteers — Bill Sturgeon, Diana Ogrodowczyk, Peg Richardi, Bette O’Neil, Fran Bornas, Mary Fritsch, Norma Valley, Mary Stroup, Joan Stefano, Kelly Noble and Pauline Burke — each completed a daylong training program and now lead one of the program’s four no-impact weight training classes in the Nashua area.

The other nominees recognized for their volunteer service were:

• Bill Baukus, Nashua Senior Activity Center

• Lucy Gagnon, St. Joseph Community Services

• Shirley Gordon, Alzheimer’s Memory Cafe/Alzheimer’s caregiver advocate

• Jackie Marston, St. Joseph Community Services

• Norman Nadeau, St. Joseph Community Services

• Kelly Noble, Nashua Senior Activity Center

• Ruth Quinn, N.H. Senior Companion Program

• Susan Sturrock, N.H. Senior Companion Program

• Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Soup Kitchen newsletter mailing team

The Breakfast Exchange Club of Nashua focuses on community service projects and programs that benefit the area’s elderly, such as the Heat Up/Cool Down Energy Assistance Program and Senior Shopping Days, during which homebound elderly residents can have groceries purchased and delivered to their homes.

The club meets at 8 a.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at Langdon Place of Nashua, 319 E. Dunstable Road. New members are always welcome. For more information, email

Mayor’s Senior Luncheon next week in Manchester

MANCHESTER — Tickets are still available for the Mayor’s Senior Luncheon, which will take place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at the Radisson on Elm Street.Tickets can be purchased by those 60 and older for $5 at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., and will be on sale until the day before the luncheon. Tickets also may be used to validate for free parking at the hotel garage.Area businesses have donated many prizes, and drawings for them will be held throughout the luncheon, using the numbers on the back of the tickets.

The menu will consist of nacho chips and dips, chicken, fiesta corn, rice, taco salad and chocolate cake.Entertainment will include dancing and music by disc jockey Pam Valli. A surprise performance also is planned. For more information, call Barbara Vigneault at 624-6533.

Committee on Aging meeting set for June 18

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Regional Area Committee on Aging will have a general meeting from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St.

The MRACO meets the third Wednesday of the month except for July and August. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, call Barbara Vigneault at 624-6535.

Maple Suites’ free seminar on resources for families

DOVER — Maple Suites retirement community, 30 Holiday Drive, is hosting a free seminar, “Family Resource Information,” at 11 a.m. Saturday that will be conducted by Thomas Torr, an elder law attorney from Cocheco Elder Law Associates in Dover. The public is invited to attend.

Torr, who also hosts a weekly talk show, “Your Money & You” on WTSN in Dover, will cover the important types of information families need to compile and document in case of emergencies. Oftentimes when an emergency occurs, families don’t know where important paperwork — such as military discharge papers, wills, DNRs, tax returns, final wishes and insurance policies — are kept or even what their loved ones would want done.

For more information or to reserve a seat for the seminar, RSVP to 742-8820. Seminar attendees may stay for lunch afterward.

PBS’ Peggy Cappy to give yoga talk at RiverWoods

EXETER — RiverWoods retirement community will host Peggy Cappy, a yoga instructor, founder of Gentle Stretch Yoga and author of “Yoga for All of Us,” who will present a workshop Wednesday, June 18, on the power of yoga and meditation for adults in their 60s and beyond.

Cappy, who also is well-known for her best-selling PBS video series “Yoga for the Rest of Us,” and RiverWoods fitness manager Heidi Savage will share practical tips and techniques that can easily be added to daily routines.

The free luncheon workshop is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at RiverWoods’ Boulders Campus, 5 Timber Lane.

Seating for the workshop is limited. To reserve a seat, call 658-3014 or email

Central NH Home Instead offers home safety checks

With June as National Safety Month, the Home Instead Senior Care central New Hampshire office is reminding families that it’s a great time to check the homes of aging loved ones for potential hazards that could threaten their independence.

To help families accomplish this goal, the Home Instead branch is offering free home safety checks conducted by local senior care experts during a time that is convenient for the senior and their family.

“An annual safety check can help seniors avoid dangers that could threaten their independence,” said Lisa Byrne of Home Instead. “When we go into homes, we see a lot of red flags that are easily overlooked by those who are familiar with the home. Most of the time, these are relatively easy and affordable fixes — and they could be the difference between a trip to the emergency room and staying safe at home.”

The most common issues found are tripping hazards, bathrooms without assistive equipment, such as grab bars on the shower or tub, and storage that’s too high or too low.

A free home safety checklist, online safety assessment and recommendations for inexpensive modifications also are available at

To request a safety check or the home safety checklist, call the Home Instead Senior Care office at 668-6868.

Easter Seals’ services for vets topic for retired men

MANCHESTER —The N.H. Retired Men’s Association will learn about the variety of services Easter Seals offers veterans, during the group’s meeting Tuesday, June 17.

The speaker will be Harry Miller of Nashua, executive director of Military & Veterans Services for Easter Seals N.H. Miller is also a major general in the Army National Guard and serves as the commanding general of the 42nd Infantry Division headquartered in Troy, N.Y. He has been in the Army for 34 years and served two combat tours in Iraq.

Miller will discuss services for both active-duty military and veterans and their families through Easter Seals’ Care Coordination program. He also will discuss its philanthropic program, Veterans Count, which raises money to help military and veterans with emergency financial needs.

The association meets monthly with a social hour and refreshments at 10:30 a.m., followed by the guest speaker from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meetings are held at Catholic Medical Center’s Community Health Services Conference Room, 195 McGregor St. lower level, which is across the street from the hospital. Meetings are free and open to all interested men.

For more about the RMA, contact Tom Arnold at or 965-3573 or go to

RMA also has a computer group that meets the second Thursday of the month and a cribbage group that meets the second and fourth Tuesdays. For more about the computer group, email Bob Chase at For cribbage information, contact Bob Campbell at 669-4944 or

Saturday is AARP Day at the Millyard Museum

MANCHESTER — The Mill-yard Museum is offering a $3 discount on admission and a special lecture for AARP members Saturday.

Author and historian Carol Lee Anderson will give the lecture at 11 a.m. on cartoonist Bob Montana, the creator of the “Archie” comic strip. Anderson will discuss Montana’s life beyond “Archie,” including the local people and places he included in his comic strip and Manchester’s connections to him. Preregistration for the lecture is recommended by calling 622-7531.


Admission also includes access to all exhibits, including the permanent exhibit, “Woven in Time: 11,000 years at Amoskeag Falls,” which tells the story of the people who have lived and worked in Manchester and the development of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co., once one of the largest textile-producing companies in the world.


The downtown museum, at 200 Bedford St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The discounted admission for AARP members is $5; $3 for those 62 and older. Regular admission is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors 62 and older; $6 for college students; $4 for children ages 12 to 18; and free for children younger than 12. AARP members must show their membership card to receive the discount.

To find out more about other AARP local discounts and activities, go to, and

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