New Hampshire Senior News

April 07. 2013 3:59PM
Evelyn G. Woodbury, right, accepts the Boston Post Cane Award last week from Hooksett Town Administrator Dean Shankles. (COURTESY)

Hooksett resident receives Boston Post Cane Award

HOOKSETT - Evelyn G. Woodbury, who at age 99 is the oldest resident of Hooksett, was presented with the Boston Post Cane Award and a town of Hooksett pin last week by Town Administrator Dean Shankle.

Though Mrs. Woodbury now lives in a Manchester nursing home, where the presentation took place, she still owns property in Hooksett.

Also at the presentation were her son, Charles Woodbury of Manchester, and Kathie Northrup, who presented Mrs. Woodbury with an ornament from the Hooksett Heritage Commission.

Mrs. Woodbury was a school teacher for 30 years, starting her career at age 17 in a one-room schoolhouse in Berwick, Maine.

Her name will be placed on a plaque in the lobby of the Hooksett Town Offices, where the cane is displayed.

The Boston Post Cane tradition dates back to the turn of the 20th century, when 700 canes were made for New England towns by the former Boston Post newspaper. The idea of having New England's selectmen and mayors pay tribute to their oldest residents by ceremoniously awarding them the canes was originally conceived as a publicity stunt by then Post Publisher Edwin A. Grozier. Many towns continue the tradition to this day.

Seniors invited to Derry's free community dinners

DERRY - Elijah's Table, a joint project of Etz Hayim Synagogue and the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, offers free dinners for the community each month.

Seniors and anyone in the community are welcome.

The dinners will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Episcopal Church, 1 Hood Road, and Sunday, April 21, at the synagogue, 1-1/2 Hood Road. The dinners are among several free community meals offered each month at different locations in Derry. For photographs of prior dinners and information about other meals, go to

Retired men to focus on 'Heart Healthy Living'

MANCHESTER - Janet Trotski, director of cardiovascular wellness with the New England Heart Institute at Catholic Medical Center, will give a presentation on "Heart Healthy Living" during the New Hampshire Retired Men's Association's meeting Tuesday, April 16.

Her departmental responsibilities include the Cardiac Teaching/Rehabilitation Programs, the Cholesterol Management Center, and the Outpatient Diabetes Resource Institute. She has a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's as a cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist. She also is a member of a variety of nursing, cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes and lipid organizations.

The association 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. Meetings are in Catholic Medical Center's Community Health Services Conference Room, lower level of 195 McGregor St., across from CMC. Meetings are free and open to interested men. For more information, contact Tom Arnold at or 965-3573.

The association 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 Jim Theodosopoulos at For cribbage information, call Bob Campbell at 669-4944 or email

Plymouth center sets date for annual senior dance

PLYMOUTH - The Plymouth Regional Senior Center, with the Plymouth State University Social Work Club, will host a Hawaiian luau dinner, music and dance Friday at the center, 8 Depot St.

Doors for the annual dance will open at 4 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 5 p.m. DJ Tim Keefe will provide the music. The event is free.

The university's a cappella group will perform during a dinner and show Wednesday, April 17. The event will begin with social time at 4:30 p.m. Dinner and the music will begin at 5 p.m. The menu will offer ham, potato, vegetable and dessert. Tickets are being sold in advance, and the suggested donation is $5.

Maples Suites to host free financial seminar

DOVER - Maple Suites is hosting a free seminar, "Organizing Your Financial Life," at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the senior living community, 30 Holiday Drive. The public is invited.

Thomas Torr, an elder law attorney from Cocheco Elder Law Associates in Dover, will conduct the seminar. Torr also hosts a weekly radio talk show, "Your Money & You," on WTSN in Dover.

Topics covered will include paying down debt, developing a budget, refinancing a mortgage, saving for the future, organizing all financial data and minimizing taxes, estate plansand insurance policies ad coverage.

For more information or to reserve a seat, call Maple Suites at 742-8820.

Talk on Lifeline alert app planned at Littleton center

LITTLETON - Tami Musty of Dartmouth-Hitchcock will be at Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday with information about Philips' new Lifeline medical alert mobile app for caregivers and a new wireless Lifeline system that will be available soon.

Friday, April 19, will be International Day at the center, with Israel as the featured country. George Mitchell will entertain with a song and dance before lunch. Amy Mitz will sing while seniors dine, then Nancy Rowe, who has visited Israel three times, will give a slide presentation on Israel's points of interest.

A bluegrass trio will perform after lunch on Tuesday, April 23. Straw hats and blue jeans are welcome.

For more information about activities, call the center at 444-6050.

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