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‘Aging Matters’ workshop Sat. at Gilford Methodist

GILFORD — The First United Methodist Church in Gilford will hold a workshop on "Aging Matters" on Saturday, October 25 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Several important issues for senior citizens and their families will be addressed by experts in their fields.
Living Matters will be presented by Janet Hunt of the Service Link Resource Center in Laconia. She will discuss services available to persons living independently and also will mention various living options when independent living is no longer possible.
Legal Matters will be addressed by Attorney James Sessler. He will discuss estate planning, wills and trusts, power of attorney, advance directives, assets and Medicaid, and more.
Financial Planning Matters will be presented by the Rev. James Mentzer. He will discuss how to get the financial advice you need, estate planning, charitable bequests, and more.
End of Life Matters will be addressed by funeral director, Russell Beane. He will discuss traditional burial vs. cremation, funerals, memorial services, cemeteries, costs, and more.
These presenters and additional panelists will respond to questions from participants during the second half of the morning program. Retired pastor Richard Evans will moderate the panel. A light continental breakfast will be served beginning at 8:30 a.m. The program will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and conclude at noon.
The workshop is open to the public. There is no charge to attend, but reservations are necessary. Call the church office (524-3289) or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. The First United Methodist Church is located at 18 Wesley Way, off Route 11A just east of the Route 3/11 bypass in Gilford.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:26

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Volunteers sought for AARP tax aid program

CONCORD — AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate incomes through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. In its 46th year, the nation’s free tax assistance and preparation service gives special attention to an older population. 
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has grown tremendously since is inaugural team of just four volunteers in 1968. In 2014, 35,000 volunteers at over 5,000 sites provided 2.6 million people with free tax help, resulting in $1.3 billion in income tax refunds and more than $257 million in Earned Income Tax Credits.
“Last year, nearly 300 volunteers helped about 12,000 Granite State families file their federal returns and get $14 million in refunds,” said AARP Foundation Tax-Aide State Coordinator Jan Nedelka. “The program was offered at 53 sites, including libraries, senior centers and other convenient locations.”
Nedelka continued, “We’re proud to have helped so many families who qualified for the earned income credit, a credit people often fail to claim when filing their own returns. This includes many elders who may need a little help getting their return done but shouldn’t have to spend their hard-earned savings to do so. Our clients may find their refunds rewarding, but we find the satisfaction of volunteering to help them something you can’t put a price on!”
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide thrives due to the remarkable efforts of its volunteer base, but there are always opportunities for new volunteers. Lack of experience shouldn’t stop anyone from volunteering. Tax volunteers are trained by local instructors and supplied materials and even equipment, if needed.

“There’s also a need for on-site greeters – who don’t prepare returns – to welcome clients and a need for people with technical skills to help set up and configure computers at the beginning of the tax season,” concluded Nedelka.
For more information, visit www.aarp.org/taxaide or call 1 888 AARPNOW (1 888 227 7669). AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:22

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Moultonborough studying what kind of recreation facility to offer to voters

MOULTONBOROUGH — The town which has had the development of a facility for use by the Recreation Department under consideration for some time, has kicked off a study of what the residents and taxpayers desire for recreation programs and the priorities they place on the town meeting those needs.

The study starts with a survey that residents and taxpayers may now access on the town's website. Those interested  may go to www.moultonboroughnh.gov and click on the yellow box which reads UNH Recreation Study. It is immediately below the home page picture. Those who prefer taking such surveys in a paper format may pick a copy of the survey at Town Hall or the Public Library and drop it off at the reception desks once completed.

Those who cannot get to either location may call 1.603.476.2347 to request a survey be mailed to them along with a return pre-stamped envelope. All surveys need to be submitted by October 27, 2014.

The survey is one part of a multi-prong public participation process being carried out by a team of professors and graduate students from the UNH Department of Recreation Management and Policy. Additional opportunities to participate in the process will include the interview of stakeholders in focus groups and a town-Wide forum scheduled to take place Oct. 22, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Jon Tolman, chairman of the Selectboard, said, "This is a most important initiative in trying to resolve the long standing issue of what the right level of recreation programming and facilities is for our community. I encourage everyone to participate in at least one – if not more – of the many forums being offered."

More information on how to participate in those meetings will be forthcoming in the upcoming weeks in local media and the Town's web site.

Additional information on this process may be accessed by going to the Town's web site, clicking on Town Committees and clicking on BRC/Gym Facility Needs & Feasibility Study by UNH. Interested parties may also send comments or questions which go beyond the scope of the survey to Carter Terenzini, Town Administrator, by mail (Offices of the SelectBoard, 6 Holland St., PO Box 139, Moultonborough, NH 03254) by email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), by fax (603.476.5835) or by hand to the town office.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:16

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Adult Education workshops with life coach

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education has arranged for life coach Emily Clement to lead interactive workshops designed to help people identify their professional and personal goals.

The workshops are scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 4, and Monday, Dec. 8. Each workshop will run from 6 to 8 p.m. and cost $15/person. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP through LHS's Adult Education Program, 524-5712.

Clement's workshop is titled The Vision Workshop: Create a Life you Love! It is a fun, dynamic training that will give participants an opportunity to define, design and experience a life they would love living. Attendees will be invited to imagine and design a life they would love to live in the areas of relationships, health, financial freedom, and creative expression/career.

Clement is a certified life coach through the Life Mastery Institute. A life coach helps individuals set personal and professional goals and then hold clients accountable as they transition from where they are to where they want to be. For more information, please visit www.EmilyClementLifeCoach.com, or call Clement at (603) 520-6300.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:09

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