T-BONES, Cactus Jack’s participating in Salvation Army Turkey Plunge

LACONIA — Patrons of the T-BONES Great American Eatery and Cactus Jack's restaurants in Laconia can help support the upcoming Turkey Plunge which benefits the Salvation Army.

T-BONES and Cactus Jack's are taking part in the Turkey Plunge to benefit the Salvation Army of Laconia. Plunge on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Opechee Cove Beach at noontime to take the plunge for the cause.

For the third year in a row, the Laconia store is enlisting the support of patrons to increase donations. Guests are encouraged to visit T-BONES and Cactus Jack's at 1182 Union Ave. in Laconia now through Sunday, Oct. 19. Every $5 donated to the Salvation Army of Laconia at the local T-
BONES and Cactus Jack's will earn guests a spin on the Donation Prize Wheel as a thank-you to patrons for their support.

The wheel is full of great prizes, intended to be a win, win for the guest and plunge team.

Jason Bolduc, T-BONES and Cactus Jack's general manager, said, "The Turkey Plunge is an annual tradition for our employees and it's really such a great cause. Our guest's support helped tremendously last year and we're hopeful this year will be a success, too.”

For more information about the Salvation Army of Laconia, visit www.use.salvationarmy.org/laconia. For more information about T-BONES Great American Eatery, find us online at www.T-BONES.com.


N.H. Humane Society offering pet CPR & first aid class

LACONIA — As a community initiative, New Hampshire Humane Society will be offering a pet CPR and First Aid class in the Community Training Center at the shelter on Meredith Center Road on Saturday, October 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Partnered with April Begosh, a certified CPR, First Aid and Wellness Care for Pets instructor, the Society has been able to put together a class that will teach a range of techniques and skills all pet owners will find useful and informative. Subjects range from learning techniques in rescue breathing, choking management, wellness assessment, heat injuries, poisoning and bleeding protocols along with knowledgeable instruction on dealing with bites stings and other injuries.

Class is open to all and includes a PetSaver handbook and certificate upon completion of this class. Cost is $65 per student with a portion of proceeds donated to NH Humane Society. Register for class with April Begosh by calling 603-674-1176 or by visiting www.healthypetsnh.com

‘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.

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.