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May 19. 2013 3:49PM

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Mayor's Senior Luncheon tickets go on sale Tuesday
MANCHESTER - About 650 seniors are expected to attend the Mayor's Senior Luncheon, which is set for 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the Radisson on Elm Street.
Tickets are $5 and will be available to Manchester seniors at the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center, 151 Douglas St., beginning from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday. Ticket sales will continue weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center until the day of the luncheon. Ticket sales are limited to those 60 or older and to one per person.

This year's luncheon has a tropical theme, and seniors are encouraged to dress in their island best. A staged area will be set up for taking photos with friends, so seniors also might want to bring a camera.

The MTA will offer ticket holders free bus service to and from the event. Free parking at the hotel garage also will be available; parking tickets must be validated at the luncheon.
Prizes donated by area merchants will be given out during the afternoon. Dancing and entertainment also are planned.

Aldermen Barbara Shaw and Pat Long, Senior Services Commissioners chairman Barbara Morrill, secretary Arthur Soucy, Jeff Dobe, Pat Schoch and George Tosatti, mayor's office representative Vicki Ferraro, Senior Services specialist Doris Tousignant and Senior Services Director Barbara Vigneault have been planning the event, which Manchester Public Television will cover.

Retired educators host final luncheon of school year

SWANZEY - Sixty members of the Cheshire County Retired Educators Association gathered Tuesday for their final luncheon of the year at Swanzey's First Congregational Church.

Virginia McKenney and Tim Dunn served as hosts. President Jackie Cleary announced that several board positions have been filled, including Jim Hurley as the publicity/communications chairman.

Membership Chairman Ken Whitaker introduced new member Karen Blanchette, who is retired from Hinsdale Junior-Senior High School. Whitaker also recognized seven of the association's callers who were at the luncheon. The callers, who also include Whitaker, contact members to inform them about upcoming luncheons and contribute to the attendance counts.

Jeannette Gardner, volunteer coordinator, announced that the association's "guest reader" program is nearing completion, with all but a few Cheshire County second-grade classrooms still to host the readers. Gardner said the volunteers seemed to enjoy the program as much as the students and teachers. The books read by the volunteers are donated to the classrooms, and the association is seeking more financial support to continue this endeavor.

The luncheon ended with a humorous program by member Sarah McMurphy, who shared "classroom stories" from her own experience and those of her colleagues.

Luncheons will resume in the fall. Membership is open to any teacher, administrator or educational support personnel who previously served or who now live in Cheshire County. Anyone interested may call Whitaker at 827-3702.

Event gives seniors a say on Medicare, Social Security

DOVER - Maple Suites will host "You've Earned A Say," a free event conducted by AARP, at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 30, at the senior living community, 30 Holiday Drive.

"You've Earned a Say" is about the future of Medicare and Social Security. AARP is spending the next year listening to community members and talking about different proposals on the table through surveys, community conversations and information forums.

Seacoast residents are encouraged to join this national conversation at the listening event with AARP representatives. The discussion will focus on strengthening health and retirement security for current and future generations. The feedback will be included with input AARP receives from people across the country.

Seating is limited. To sign up or for more information, call Maple Suites at 742-8820.

Plymouth center's trip includes Battleship Cove
PLYMOUTH - The Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., is offering a trip Aug. 28 and 29 that includes a visit to the Battleship Cove museum in Fall River, Mass.

The museum offers a chance to attend a Pearl Harbor re-enactment and to climb aboard historical naval ships, including the USS Massachusetts battleship, the USS Lionfish submarine and the USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. destroyer. The stay also includes a trip to Connecticut's Mystic Seaport: the Museum of America and the Sea, the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, Mass., and the Yankee Candle Company.

The cost is $304 for a single; $264, double; and $249, triple. It includes a night's lodging, breakfast, two dinners, admission to all attractions, transportation and gratuities.

Seniors are welcome to sign up with friends and family. The deadline for reservations and payment is Monday, Aug. 12. For more details, call 536-1204.


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