Club Notes: Landscape company owner to speak to garden club

December 27. 2017 10:59PM

Paul Koehler, owner of Koehler Landscape Construction Services in Amherst, will give a presentation on “Sustainable Landscape Design” at the Amherst Garden Club's morning meeting on Thursday, Jan. 4. (Courtesy)

Landscape company owner to speak to garden club

AMHERST — Paul Koehler, owner of Koehler Landscape Construction Services in Amherst, will give a presentation on “Sustainable Landscape Design” during the Amherst Garden Club’s meeting Thursday, Jan. 4.

Koehler’s program will cover conservation of natural resources, environmental impact awareness, sustainability audits, design functionality, sustainable design with emphasis on minimal maintenance, combining hardscapes and executing the perfect design plan.

The club says Koehler and his company are known for giving back to the community in their work with New Hampshire Breast Coalition and by painting their snow plows pink is support of breast cancer awareness.

The meeting will take place at 9 a.m. at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 303 Route 101. After the business meeting and refreshments, the program will begin at 10:30 a.m. The public is welcome to attend with no fee.
Cantor Sarra Spierer Reisman, left, of Congregation Beth Elohim in Acton, Mass., and Riman “Rimi” Dwiadari, a Syrian graduate student from Manchester, were two of the presenters at the Interfaith Women of New Hampshire's “Welcoming Winter with Joy” event this month. (Janet Thornton)

More than 100 attend Interfaith Women’s event

MANCHESTER — More than 100 women attended Interfaith Women of New Hampshire’s “Welcoming Winter with Joy” event this month at Temple Israel.

The program offered a variety of performers, including Karishma Manchanda, a Manchester High School Central student who performed the Madhubanmein Radhika, an Indian dance designed to portray a connection with the divine, and Aksara, a four-women a cappella group, who sang a mix of music from a global perspective. 

Sarra Allegra Spierer Reisman, a cantor and pastoral associate serving Congregation Beth Elohim in Acton, Mass., shared songs of Hanukkah and other music in the Jewish tradition. She closed her performance by asking those present to join her in singing “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. The group says Spierer Reisman, a Manchester native, is a longtime participant in interfaith learning.

Riman “Rimi” Dwiadari, a graduate student from Syria, offered a reading from the Quran about the birth of Jesus, in Arabic and the translation in English.

Rachel Spiererwhich, a member of the Steering Committee and Temple Israel, concluded the program with a holiday sing-along.

The evening’s free will offering was donated to the Toys for Tots at the request of Temple Israel.

Windham club to award scholarships to 2 students

WINDHAM — The Woman’s Service Club of Windham’s next meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 3, will be its scholarship recipients’ luncheon.

The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Windham Town Hall. 

College students Christopher Houde and Jake Parker of Windham will receive their awards after successfully completing their first semester. The meeting will follow the awards presentation.

Guests are welcome at the club’s meetings, especially those who would like to learn more about the club and meet the members. For more information, contact membership chairman Sue Violi at 889-0578, visit or “like” the club on Facebook.

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