NH Senior News Notes
March for Meals events in 4 NH locations
Organizers are making final preparations for the second annual March for Meals events that will take place Saturday, May 18, at four locations.
By 10 a.m., walkers will be underway from Northeast Delta Dental, 1 Dental Drive in Concord; Livingston Park in Manchester; Horse Meadow Senior Center in North Haverhill, and Main Street Park in downtown Ossipee.
The walks benefit Meals on Wheels, which helps seniors keep their independence by providing a nutritious meal, a safety check and a social connection.
Six counties - Belknap, Coos, Carroll, Grafton, Merrimack and Hillsborough - collaborate on the March for Meals events to raise money and awareness about the growing problem of senior food insecurity.
"Senior nutrition programs nationwide share common problems such as exponential growth in aging populations and limited resources," said Meghan Brady, president of Merrimack-based St. Joseph Community Services, which provides Meals on Wheels in Hillsborough County.
"For example, few people realize that each meal costs a senior services facility approximately $7 to prepare and deliver," Brady said. "Only about 70 percent of that cost comes from governmental sources - federal, state and town. The rest needs to be recouped elsewhere - from clients, individual and business donors, foundations, service clubs and fundraising."
Few clients can afford to contribute the suggested $2 per meal donation, she said.
Pam Jolivette, director of Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties in Concord, says the walks also celebrate the dedication of the "cooks, shoppers, bus drivers and hundreds of volunteer drivers and delivery people around the state who give their time, energy and resources to make the program affordable and personal."
People can get involved in March for Meals by being a walker, organizing a team, getting a service club involved, being a sponsor (individual or business), volunteering, contributing a raffle prize, a snack or an item for the goody bag, or simply being a cheerleader. The first 200 registrants at each location will receive a free T-shirt. Prizes, food and music also are planned.
For more information, contact St. Joseph Community Services, 424-9967; Belknap-Merrimack Community Action Program, pjolivette@BM-Cap.org; Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, Lebanon, 448-4897, firstname.lastname@example.org; Ossipee Concerned Citizens, Ossipee, 539-6851; or Tri-County Cap, Berlin, 752-3010.
Workshop to focus on debt collection and seniors
NASHUA - Legal issues - with an emphasis on debt collection and how it relates to seniors - is the topic of the next Seniors Count-Nashua workshop, scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St.
Topics covered will include the cycle of debt, how to prioritize debts, the debt collection industry, secured vs. unsecured debt, how to respond to harassment from debt collectors, collection lawsuits and exempt income.
Candace Cappio-Gebhart, paralegal with New Hampshire Legal Assistance, will present the free workshop.
Advance registration is strongly advised as space is limited; call Beth Todgham, Seniors Count-Nashua facilitator, at 889-3440 ext. 132 for more information.
Participants may come early for lunch offered from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. by St. Joseph Community Services in the center's cafeteria. A $5 donation is requested for diners younger than 60; $2 for 60 and older. Preregistration for lunch is required; call Steve, SJCS site manager, at 882-2106.
Prior workshops have been filmed by Nashua's Education Channel 99 and are broadcast at 1 p.m. Mondays. They also can be viewed at nashua.ezstream.com.
Bedford Seniors plans monthly meeting, trips
BEDFORD - The Bedford Seniors' next meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the Bedford Presbyterian Church will include a social hour with dessert and entertainment.
The group also has three trips coming up:
-- June 6: Woods Hole, Mass., with a 90-minute cruise to Martha's Vineyard and the Nobska Light followed by a visit to the Woods Hole Science Aquarium and lunch at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth, Mass. $99.
-- Aug. 5: Meredith, including lunch at Hart's Turkey Farm and tickets to "The 39 Steps" at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse. $85.
--Aug. 3: Tanglewood and the Boston Symphony Orchestra featuring Yo-Yo Ma. Seats are under cover and there is a box lunch. $119.
It's not necessary to be a member to join a trip. For more information or to sign up, call Charlotte at 668-1422.
Retired educators schedule final luncheon of the year
SWANZEY - The Cheshire County Retired Educators Association will have its final luncheon of the year Tuesday, May 14, at the First Congregational Church in Swanzey Center. Hosts Virginia McKenney and Tim Dunn will welcome members.
A social time from noon to 12:30 p.m. will be followed by a chicken dinner. For entertainment, member Sarah McMurphy will present humorous classroom tales from her own experiences, as well as those garnered from her retired teacher colleagues.
CCREA membership is available to any retired teacher, administrator or educational support personnel who reside or previously taught in Cheshire County. For more information about the group or to attend the luncheon, call the membership chairman, Ken Whitaker, at 827-3702.
McKelvie School to host Grandparents Day
BEDFORD - McKelvie Intermediate School is hosting a Grandparents Day on Friday, May 17.
Activities will start with refreshments and guided tours at 9:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 10:30 a.m., then the school's chorus and band will entertain the grandparents.
Call Denise at the school at 472-3951 ext. 2212 for reservations.
'Art of Spinning' program offered in Plymouth
PLYMOUTH - Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., will host a program, "Step Back in Time," during which guest Betty Batchelder will demonstrate the art of spinning.
The program on Thursday, May 16, is sponsored by the Baker Pemi Senior Club. After a lunch with rolled stuff pork at noon, the demonstration will begin at 1 p.m.
The center also plans a Mother's Day celebration at noon Thursday with live music and a full turkey dinner. The suggested donation is $3.
Littleton area center plans Mother's Day celebration
LITTLETON - Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, will have a Mother's Day celebration Friday featuring a special dinner, program, gifts and door prizes.
The center began selling tickets last week for a raffle of themed baskets. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 through Friday. The drawing will be Friday after the 50/50 raffle and before the Mother's Day program.