NH Senior News: Breakfast Exchange Club adds volunteers to Book of Golden Deeds

June 07. 2015 7:55PM
Some of the nominees for the Breakfast Exchange Club of Nashua’s 2015 Book of Golden Deeds gather after an award ceremony at Langdon Place of Nashua. Sitting from left are Dorothy Pitman, Pat Jewett and Gabrielle Kinney; standing is James Panagoulias. Jewett received special recognition for her volunteer service to seniors. (COURTESY)

NASHUA — Eight people were honored recently for their volunteer service for seniors in Greater Nashua 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 for continuously donating time and talent to those in need. Each of this year’s nominees has made a significant contribution to the area’s senior community, the club says.

The honorees were nominated by individuals or local organizations that provide services to the elderly. Each nominee received a certificate of appreciation.

Pat Jewett received 2015 Book of Golden Deeds recognition for her longtime volunteer efforts to support her Litchfield community and the seniors who live there, including driving cancer patients and others to appointments; signing up volunteers for town clean-up day; collecting and delivering socks to seniors in hospitals and nursing homes; and planning special events such as a “Christmas in July” that included presents, carols and a turkey dinner. Jewett also is an officer in the local senior citizens group. She was a selectman for 27 years, a longtime school board member and sat on several committees, including the town budget and recreation committees. She has been a member of the Hudson Grange for 55 years.

“On behalf of the club and the Golden Deeds committee, I want to thank everyone who took the time to make a nomination, and the volunteers who spend hours upon hours enriching the lives of the seniors living in our community,” said Suzanne Koperniak, chairman of the Golden Deeds planning committee and club president, in announcing the winners. Nominees also recognized for their volunteer service:

• Dorothy Pitman and James Panagoulias, St. Joseph Community Services volunteers who both were nominated by Steve Ayotte.

• Theresa Marie Hamel, VerJean Nolan, Carol Howe and Mary Ellen Hopkins, all Greenbriar Terrace volunteers who were nominated by Nancy Wheeler.

• Gabrielle Kinney, a Nashua Senior Activity Center and St. Joseph Hospital volunteer who was nominated by Bill Sturgeon and Pamela Caetano.

The club focuses on community service projects that benefit the elderly, such as the Heat Up/Cool Down Energy Assistance Program and Senior Shopping Days, when homebound elderly residents have groceries delivered to their homes. It also arranges to have flags delivered to veterans each November and flowers to homebound seniors for Valentine’s Day.

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 BXCNashua@gmail.com.

Manchester Water Works focus of talk to retired men

MANCHESTER — Manchester Water Works’ new director, Phil Croasdale, and deputy director, David Miller, will present information on some of their current projects during the Retired Men’s Association’s next meeting on Tuesday, June 16.

This year, they are working on construction of two new 6.5 million gallon low service storage tanks to replace a 140-year-old reservoir and on developing an alternative water supply source (from the Merrimack River) to augment Manchester’s water supply. Miller is a University of New Hampshire graduate who has been with the water department for 19 years. Croasdale has worked with water works for 22 years, primarily as a chief financial director. He earned a bachelor’s in management from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from New Hampshire College.

The Retired Men’s Association, or RMA, meets monthly with a social hour and refreshments at 10:30 a.m., followed by a guest speaker from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Catholic Medical Center’s Community Health Services Conference Room, 195 McGregor St., lower level, which is across from Catholic Medical Center. Meetings are free and open to all interested men.For more information about RMA, contact Tom Arnold at tomtarnold@att.net or 965-3573 or go to www.nhretiredmen.org.

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 techie7@comcast.net. For cribbage information, contact Bob Campbell at 669-4944 or email soupie28@comcast.net.

Mayor’s Senior Luncheon next week in Manchester

MANCHESTER — The Mayor’s Senior Luncheon is planned from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, at the Radisson on Elm Street.

Tickets, which are $5 each, are still available for those 60 and older and can be picked up at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., until the day before the luncheon. Tickets also can be used as validation for free parking in the Radisson garage. Identification is required for proof of age when purchasing a ticket.

The luncheon will reflect a ’50s theme. Organizers say to expect a special attraction and to bring a camera for a photo-taking opportunity. The afternoon also will include prizes, entertainment, dancing and food. Many businesses also have donated gift certificates.

For more information, call Barbara Vigneault, Senior Services director, at the center at 624-6533.

Sunday dinner campaign to benefit Meals on Wheels

Lisa Byrne, owner of a Home Instead Senior Care office in New Hampshire, is on a mission to see more families share sit-down Sunday dinners with their senior loved ones.

The reason? She says new research shows that 50 percent of surveyed families living near senior relatives believe they do not share enough meals with older loved ones, losing an important family connection.

“For seniors, it’s not what’s on their plate that matters most at mealtime — it’s who is at the table with them,” Byrne said. “When seniors share meals with a companion, they have a better mealtime experience — both nutritionally and emotionally.”

To encourage families to make time for these meals, the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation will donate $1 to Meals on Wheels America (up to $20,000 total through July 31) for each person who commits to regularly scheduling family dinners at SundayDinnerPledge.com.

To help families host a Sunday dinner, the private-pay home care agency has partnered with celebrity chef and mother of four Melissa d’Arabian to develop easy, nutritious recipes. The recipes, along with tips such as how to involve seniors in meal planning and ideas for pre- and post-dinner activities, can be found at www.SundayDinnerPledge.com or call Byrne’s office at 668-6868.

Presidential Oaks offers Concerts on the Green

CONCORD — Presidential Oaks retirement community, 200 Pleasant St., is welcoming the public to its Summer Concerts on the Green.

All of the concerts, which are free, will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays.June 16: Nevers’ 2nd Regiment, including patriotic, pop and Broadway music.June 30: Fountain Square, Dixieland and jazz.July 14: East Bay Jazz, pop and rhythm and blues.July 28: Bedford Big Band, big-band era classics.Aug. 8: Freese Brothers, including swing and big band.Aug. 25: Concord Coachmen, barbershop, doo-wop.

If the weather is inclement, the concert will move inside to Presidential Oaks’ auditorium. For more information, call Krista at 225-6644, ext. 184.

Center to host NAMI series on caring for older adults

PLYMOUTH — NAMI-NH (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is presenting a Side by Side series at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., on what people caring for older adults need to know.

The sessions, which are free and open to the public, are scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Each one also will include a question-and-answer period.June 9: Understanding dementiaJune 23: Coping with changing and challenging behaviorsJune 30: Meeting caregiver needs: supports for the support person

For more information or to reserve a seat, call Diane at the center at 536-1204.

The center will be closed Wednesday.

To celebrate Fathers Day, the center plans its first Belt Sander Races at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 18. Men who own a belt sander can race the tool to the finish line. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest time and best decked-out machine. A cookout will follow the races at noon.

A Senior Golf League meets at noon Thursdays. For details, call Ron at 536-1204 or Norm at 744-6739.

A book discussion group meets from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the center. Seniors must sign up one month in advance to get and read a copy of the book.

Other ongoing activities include RSVP’s Bone Builders program, tai chi and dao yi, a wood-carving class, a chess club, a pool club, gentle yoga classes, country line dancing and cards.

AARP workshop on turning a hobby into a business

NASHUA — An AARP survey of Granite Staters 50 and older shows that work plans at traditional retirement age are changing and that only 10 percent say they are going to retire then and never return to work.

That is why AARP New Hampshire, Small Business Administration, SCORE and Center for Women’s Business Advancement have teamed up to offer a workshop Wednesday, June 24, on the steps necessary to take the leap from a fun pastime into a serious endeavor.

The “Making Your Hobby a Business” workshop is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St.The free workshop is open to the public, but registration is required at http://aarp.cvent.com/HobbyNashua. Space is limited, so advance registration is necessary. Participants do not need to be an AARP member.

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