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Program at Taylor Community on Feb. 25 about planning a funeral

LACONIA — Lee Webster, director of New Hampshire Funeral Resources, Education and Advocacy, will present a free program on Wednesday, February 25 at 10 a.m. in Taylor Community's Woodside Building, covering various topics surrounding planning a funeral.

The average American funeral today can cost more than $10,000 and a cemetery burial adds even more. Instead of burdening loved ones to make uninformed financial decisions while under duress, take the time now to plan ahead to help your family know exactly what your wishes are.

The program will cover topics such as: planning for last wishes to be carried out; going over a family's legal rights and responsibilities; making a funeral meaningful without breaking the bank; getting only the services you need and want from the funeral director; integrating home funeral care with religious or spiritual beliefs; and home funeral and green burial options.

Webster is also president of the National Home Funeral Alliance and sits on the board of the Green Burial Council. She is a home funeral guide, conservationist, writer and speaker from the Lakes Region. To RSVP for the event, please call 524-5600.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 08:37

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Lenten Bible study on Saturdays at United Methodist Church in Gilford

GILFORD — The First United Methodist Church in Laconia-Gilford invites people to join its  Lenten Bible study aimed at helping people find ways to reconnect with the ancient practice of Sabbath keeping. Rev. Tom Getchell-Lacey will be leading the study using the book Sabbath Keeping: Finding Freedom in the Rhythms of Rest by Lynn M. Baab as the resource.

The class will meet on Saturdays from 9:00-10:30 a.m. for six weeks, beginning on February 21. A donation of $15 is being asked to cover the cost of books. Those who would prefer to purchase the book electronically, may do so through Amazon. The books will be available through the church office.

Register for the class by calling the church office at 524-3289.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 08:25

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Altrusa serving community dinner in Meredith on Feb. 26

MEREDITH — The cooks of Altrusa of Meredith will be preparing another community dinner on Thursday February 26. Anyone in the community who would enjoy a nourishing home cooked meal in the company of others is welcome. The February dinner will feature fruit salad, meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes and green beans with cupcakes for dessert.
The February dinner, like previous ones, will be held at the 1st Congregational Church on Highland Street in Meredith. Dinner will be served at 5:30. Guests are asked not to arrive before 4:45. Seating is limited to 50, so only the first 50 guests can be served. Alison can answer any questions at 279-9918.
All ages are welcome. There is ample parking in the church parking lot and the venue is wheelchair accessible. Dinner is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

The Altrusa International Foundation of Meredith, NH Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation. Its fundraising efforts contribute to a better community through leadership, service, and partnerships. Community dinners are one of the ways in which Altrusa strives to improve the economic well-being and quality of life through their commitment to community service. For more information, please visit the following Meredith Altrusa website: www.altrusameredithnh.org.

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PSU graduate wins 2015 GRAMMY Music Educator Award

PLYMOUTH —  When music's brightest stars gathered February 8 in Hollywood for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, a Plymouth State University graduate student was among them.

Jared Cassedy, a Windham, N.H., high school music teacher, was honored as the 2015 GRAMMY Music Educator Award. He was chosen out of more than 7,000 nominations and received a $10,000 honorarium to benefit Windham school district music programs.

Cassedy is a student in PSU's Master of Education in Instrumental Music Education degree program, which he credits with honing his classroom skills.

"My PSU education has been very helpful in my career," Cassedy said. "Aside from providing me wonderful learning experiences from great faculty members, I've been able to utilize what I've learned in a way that positively impacts my students and their music education. What I love most about this program is that it's so practical, hands-on, and specific. Working with the professors and with my supervisor, I'm given the guidance and support necessary to really apply what I'm learning directly to my work with my students every day."

Cassedy's advisor, PSU Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands Mark Stickney, said he was not surprised Cassedy won a prestigious award.

"Honestly, it didn't surprise me, he deserved it," said Stickney. "He's a great teacher. I know that because when I work with his students, they're always well-prepared; you can tell that they really enjoy having him as a teacher. The energy he brings to what he does, his dedication, it's clear he loves his job."

The award, now in its second year, recognizes music teachers who are making a difference. Cassedy was recognized during the televised GRAMMY Awards program.

Established in 1957, the Grammy Awards are bestowed by The Recording Academy, an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that are dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 07:58

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