Weekly Updates

June 11, 2021

“Be shore of yourself. Come out of your shell. Take time to coast. Avoid pier pressure. Sea life’s beauty. Don’t get so tied down on work that you miss out on life’s beautiful waves.” – Advice from the Ocean

Hello White Birch Friends,

SO much to be thankful for this week. First a big shout of thanks to all who donated during the NH Gives campaign – White Birch received a total of $9,250 in 24 hours! The next big shout of thanks goes to Willis Carrier, an American engineer credited with inventing the first modern air conditioner. Without this invention surviving the heat and humidity this week might not have been possible. And lastly thanks to Tom Sherman for returning to White Birch to teach Gentle Yoga – and to all who participated in the class. Returning to yoga under the big top with sunshine and a cool breeze was the perfect way to start our day.


Active Living Schedule June 14 – 18


White Birch Center

Note the new day/time for Mah Jongg – Tuesday 1-3.

KnitWits Bring and Brag this week featured Kathi – she sure is one amazingly talented and prolific knitter!


For many years White Birch has been part of the Dial A Ride program sponsored through Friends RSVP and we are hoping to recruit some drivers. This service provides transportation to medical appointments for older adults who can no longer drive. If you or someone you know would like more information on becoming a volunteer driver,  please call 428-3077 or send me an email.

There is some affordable new hope on the horizon for people suffering from hearing loss – check out this article in Next Avenue https://www.nextavenue.org/hearing-aids-trendy/.

Have a great weekend! Cheers BA


June 4, 2021

“Life is better in flip-flops. Life is better on the beach. B.E.A.C.H.: Best Escape Anyone Can Have.” – Unknown

Happy June White Birch Friends,

Three-day weekends are very nice, but the following four-day work week leaves many of us trying to remember what day of the week it is. Thankfully by the time Thursday came around we were back on track and ready for the ice cream meet up at Super Scoops. It was another perfect day for ice cream! And how about that Bernie – he bought his buddy Romie his very own dish of ice cream.

The exceptionally cold temperatures brought plenty of ‘chill’ last Friday for our first Grill and Chill of the season. Thanks to Marc for manning the grill and cooking the hot dogs to perfection (yes all beef hot dogs that Marc made from cows that he raised). Next Grill and Chill is scheduled for June 25th – space is limited, and registration is required. Email or call 428-3077 to sign up.

Active Living Schedule June 7 – 11


White Birch Center

Please email or call 428-3077 if you plan to attend the Brown Bag lunch on Tuesday at noon.

The KnitWits had a perfect day for hanging out and knitting under the Big Top. Brenda finished this beautiful baby blanket, others practiced the skill of ripping out, and we all shared lots of laughs and encouragement.

Granite VNA is excited to offer several online programs in the month of June – for more information you can click https://www.granitevna.org/onlineprograms.

The Learning Institute of New England College (or LINEC) is a program created to educate, entertain, and enhance life. This program offers non-credit, peer-led and peer-taught courses, totally volunteer, for the sheer pleasure of learning. It is open to both retired and other adults. Check out all the great courses and presentations that are being offered!

Richard Lederer has a wonderful article listing all the benefits of being ‘Chronologically Endowed’- http://verbivore.com/wordpress/the-many-benefits-of-being-chronologically-endowed/

Keep cool and have a great weekend!

-Cheers BA

May 28, 2021

“137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America’s most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed – it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy.” Doc Hastings  

Hello White Birch Friends,

This week I read online that in 1996 a poll was taken, and it showed that less than 30% of Americans actually knew why we celebrate Memorial Day. I knew that Memorial Day was to honor those who died fighting for our country, but I also learned some things. Did you know…

  • The country officially began celebrating fallen heroes in the 1880s, and the holiday was known as Decoration Day because families would bring flags and flowers to decorate the graves of war heroes.
  • The Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 moved Memorial Day from its traditional observance on May 30 (regardless of the day of the week), to a set day—the last Monday in May. Veterans groups, concerned that more Americans associate the holiday with first long weekend of the summer and not its intended purpose, continue to lobby for a return to the May 30 observances.
  • The American flag should be hung at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day, then raised to the top of the staff.
  • In the year 2000 the U.S. Congress passed legislation, encouraging all Americans to pause for a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time.

White Birch will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day. The Henniker Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10:00.

Active Living Schedule June 1 – 4


White Birch Center

Page Turners always welcomes new members. The next meeting will be on June 15th at Tucker Free Library at 11:00 to discuss ‘Time After Time’. Copies of the book are available at the library.

The Monday/Thursday Bone Builders group would like to have a few more members. Bone Builders is an evidence-based fall prevention program and classes are free. Please call 428-3077 if you would like more information.

Fun with Vowels- Add vowels to each group of consonants to create the word described by the accompanying clue.(answers at the end of this email)

  1. T M B R N – Percussion instrument
  2. D C T N – Systematic instruction
  3. R G L T N – Rule or directive
  4. C N S Q N C – Result of action
  5. M P R V M N T – Change for the better
  6. C M P L N – Express dissatisfaction
  7. C T R P L L R – Transforming worm
  8. N V R N M N T – Surroundings

  Last Friday we had a great turn out at Intervale – 15 of us enjoyed a perfect day for ice cream!

The KnitWits were in awe this week when Pauline showed us her amazing ‘stuck at home COVID creations’!


Wishing you all a safe and relaxing long weekend-Cheers BA

Puzzle Answers:

  1. Tambourine
  2. Education
  3. Regulation
  4. Consequence
  5. Improvement
  6. Complain
  7. Caterpillar
  8. Environment

May 21, 2021

“May, more than any other month of the year, wants us to feel most alive.” – Fennel Hudson

“It’s time to go out to the Big Top-our friends are waiting And I know they have treats!”

“It’s time to go out to the Big Top-our friends are waiting And I know they have treats!”

Happy Friday White Birch Friends,

Thanks to all of you who played along in finding the typos in last week’s email. I am hoping that this week will be error free but if not please let me know since it is important to learn from your mistakes. There were 12 eagle eyed typo spotters in the drawing for a Sonny’s gift card and the winner is Ruth Zax – Congratulations!

Attached you will find the schedule for the Henniker Summer Concert series and the White Birch Active Living calendar for June. Printed copies are available at White Birch.

On Friday May 28th at noon under the Big Top, we will have our first Grill and Chill of 2021. Marc will man the grill and White Birch will provide hot dogs, chips, and dessert. Registration is required – please email or call 428-3077 to sign up no later than Tuesday May 25th.

Active Living Schedule May 24 – 28


White Birch Center

Page Turners had an interesting discussion this week on the book ‘Sweetland’ by Michael Crummy. The book centered around a how a controversial government resettlement program changed the lives of the characters on a remote island off the coast of Newfoundland and forced the abandonment of a centuries-old fishing village. There were mixed opinions about the book, but we all agreed that it was interesting to read this article and learn about the Ghost Villages that resulted from the resettlement.  https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/newfoundland-abandoned-resettlement-villages

The next Page Turners meeting is scheduled for June 15th at Tucker Free Library at 11:00 to discuss the book ‘Time After Time’ by Lisa Grunwald – copies are available at Tucker Free Library and new members are always welcome.


We had a big group for knitting this week and all were busy creating beautiful things.

Welcome back Sandy LaPlante!



It seems that there is a ‘national day’ for just about everything and today is National Strawberries and Cream day – so celebrate and start your weekend with some strawberry shortcake!

-Cheers BA

May 14, 2021

“Often when you are at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” ~ Fred Rogers

Romie and his shadow are ready to walk to work.

Romie and his shadow are ready to walk to work.

Hello White Birch Friends,

This week I have tried to let participants know in person that I will be retiring from White Birch this year and will eventually be moving to Thomaston Maine with my daughter. While I am excited to begin this new chapter, I am also very sad at the thought of leaving Henniker, my friends, and I job that I love. Right now, I do not have an exact retirement date, but Marc and I are hoping that by putting the word out, one of you might have a suggestion as to someone who would be a good fit to run the Active Living Program. For me, working at White Birch has been my dream job – I can walk to work, plan fun activities for my friends, hang out with them and knit and play games, all with the exceptional support of the Marc and the Board of Directors – what could be better?

Active Living Schedule May 17 – 21


White Birch Center

We finally had a warm sunny Wednesday for the KnitWits, and we welcomed back our traveling friend Kathi. Kathi has a great talent for putting together colors for her projects so none of us were really surprised that her knitting project for the day was color coordinated with her shirt.




On Tuesday I was happily surprised with the delivery of a beautiful floral arrangement from Fresh Start Floral Design and Gifts located in Henniker. If you have a need for a flower delivery, I highly recommend Alexis. https://www.freshstartfloraldesignandgifts.net/

As always, I found another helpful article in Next Avenue https://www.nextavenue.org/age-independently/.

Enjoy all the sweet smells that May has to offer with lilacs, lily of the valley, flowering trees all in bloom and have a great weekend!

Cheers BA


May 7, 2021

“Life doesn’t come with a manual. It comes with a mother.” — unknown

Is it really time to go to work?

 Is it really time to go to work?

Hello White Birch Friends,

It has been a banner week at White Birch! On Monday, 12 masked Bridge players were welcomed back indoors to spend the afternoon playing their favorite game and catching up with friends, Wednesday we welcomed back the Mah Jongg players, and this afternoon the Cribbage Crew returns. The KnitWits are hoping the rainy Wednesday weather pattern will change. Our winter traveling friends are starting to return and we are all looking forward to each other and sharing our completed creations.


Active Living Schedule May 10 – 14


White Birch Center

Please send an email or call 428-3077 if you plant to attend the Brown Bag lunch or Team Trivia.

Reminder: Saturday is the Henniker Handmade and Homegrown market at Community Park from 10-3. Support local artisans (and perhaps find a present for mom).

May is Older Americans Month and there are efforts being made to speak about older adults in a positive light and skip the derogatory language. Here is a short article that reminds us that “Words Do Matter” when speaking, writing, and working with older adults: Older Americans Month Theme: Communities of Strength – Changing the Narrative (changingthenarrativeco.org). If you have a chance to read this article, I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.

In honor of Mother’s Day, I found this list of words online to describe a mother: advocate, angel, caregiver, chauffeur, coach, comedian, concerned, counselor, crusader, defender, ‘doctor’, encourager, fun, graceful, gracious, guardian, guide, hardworking, kind, manager, nourisher, nurse, nurture, parent, protective, proud, referee, resourceful, sentimental, smart, surprising, sustainer, teacher, tenderhearted, watchful, wise, and worrier.

Happy Mother’s Day-cheers BA