New Hampshire Senior News Notes

April 06. 2014 5:18PM

Ron Simons tied for first prize with Carol-Ann Blake in the Littleton Area Senior Center's April Fool's Day joke contest. (COURTESY)

New Hampshire's Outstanding Senior Volunteer to be honored

HILLSBORO — Pat Mathison, 69, was chosen as New Hampshire's Outstanding Senior Volunteer as part of the Salute to Senior Service program.

Sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care, the program celebrates the many contributions senior volunteers make in communities across the United States.

Mathison is being recognized for her dedicated community service, including her work at Greater Hillsboro Senior Services, Project Lift, and Hillsboro District Food Pantry. She takes pride in her service to seniors and spends hours each week scheduling activities, composing the monthly newsletter, troubleshooting when a senior has a need that has not been filled, and arranging transportation for seniors who need it.

In recognition of Mathison's contributions, Home Instead Senior Care will donate $500 to Greater Hillsboro Senior Services. She also will be featured on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame, found at

Mathison will be presented with a citation from Governor Hassan and representatives from Senator Kelly Ayotte and Senator Jeanne Shaheen's offices will read letters to Mathison from the senators. The ceremony, at 12.30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, will be part of Greater Hillsboro Senior Services monthly luncheon, which begins at noon at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 38 Church St.

Birch Heights offers free community events

DERRY — Birch Heights, an Independent Holiday Retirement Community, is offering a variety of programs to the community at no charge in April. A complimentary meal is also available before or after the programs, by reservation. Most programs are scheduled for one hour. The schedule is as follows:

Adventure Travel to Greece, Sunday, April 6 at 11 a.m. — Come join us for a safe flight to Greece, no need to pack your bags. It is an interactive presentation and stay for a Greek lunch at 12:30 p.m. prepared by our Executive Chef.

Flute Ensemble, Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. — Come join us for a relaxing evening of flute music from the Windham Flute Ensemble.

Best Buy Tech Talk, Thursday, April 10, at 11 a.m.— A manager from the Salem Best Buy will discuss cell phone, e-readers and tablets and how to use the newest technology to enhance your life.

Birch Heights is at 7 Kendall Pond Road, Derry.

Take a walk on the wild side in Littleton April 11

LITTLETON — Wildlife Encounters with Derek Small will be making an appearance at the Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, on Friday, April 11. Come meet some interesting and unusual traveling animals including "Thorn" the porcupine that does tricks, along with six other animals. The presentation includes a wallaby, hedgehog, chinchilla, giant Flemish rabbit, as well as a macaw and an iguana.

Feel free to bring grandchildren. For more information, call 444-6050.

Cheshire County Retired Educators meet April 8

WEST SWANZEY — The Cheshire County Retired Educators will meet Tuesday, April 8, at Nick's Restaurant in West Swanzey.

The social hour will begin at noon. A baked fish meal will be served at 12:30

After the meal, Miranda Nelken from the Keene Middle School will speak to the group about the Keene Middle School Outdoor Classroom and Activity Center at Tenant Swamp, an area behind the new middle school on Maple Avenue. Carol Hines and Sue McGinnis will greet the members as they enter the restaurant.

Honor Flight New England topic of meeting April 15

MANCHESTER — Joe Byron, founder of Honor Flight New England, will be the guest speaker at the Retired Men's Association's meeting on April 15.

Information about the organization is the main topic. Honor flight New England transports World War II veterans and terminally ill veterans from any war to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at the memorials. There is no cost to any qualifying veteran. Joe is a retired law enforcement officer and is the driving force behind this organization.

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, located on the lower level floor at 195 McGregor St across the street from Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. It is free of charge and open to all interested men.

For more information about RMA, contact Tom Arnold at or 965-3573 or Jean Schwartz at, 738-7270. Also check out the latest information on our new web site

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