Monthly Meeting: 15 Sep 2018

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Mortuary Science: The Ins and Outs, w/Lori Q. Purcell
September 15, 11:30-12:30, Bethlehem Library

Lori Q. Purcell was named chairperson for the Mortuary Science Department at Hudson Valley Community College in 2016. She has nearly 30 years of experience in the funeral business, began teaching as an adjunct at HVCC in 2005 and became a full-time faculty member in 2008. 

Purcell began her career at the Bowen Funeral Home in Latham and continued to work in the industry with the Parker Brothers Memorial Funeral Home until 2014. A native of Newburgh, Purcell said she always knew she wanted to work in the funeral business. “I grew up between two funeral homes on either end of my street. I knew it was something I always wanted to do,” she said. 

Purcell is one of a growing number of women who have entered what was once seen as a male-dominated profession. According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), 57 percent of mortuary science students in the United States are women, and that number has been steadily growing over the past several decades. In the late 1970s, according to the NFDA, only 13 percent of students in similar programs were women. 

Bring your questions; our speaker’s leaving a block of time at the end for Q & A.


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  1. 2 events for newsletter If appropriate, please consider the following 2 items for your newsletter:

    Eleanor Kuhns to Speak at Autumn Affair


    On November 4, the Friends of the Cohoes Public Library willbe hosting the 29th Annual Autumn Affair at the Ukrainian-AmericanClub at 1 Pulaski St, Cohoes. This year, we are proud to have Eleanor Kuhns, ahistorical mystery writer as our guest speaker. Ms. Kuhns is author of the WillRees series that takes place in the late 1700’s in New England. The Affair is oneof 2 major fund raisers for the Friends and all proceeds benefit the library.Reservations are open and available at the Library. The event begins at 12 pmwith a social hour. Reservations are $28. The event is open to all.


    Local Author,Catherine Bruns, Visits Library


    On October 17, at 6 pm at the Cohoes Public Library, we areproud to present local mystery author Catherine Bruns. Author of 3 series, TheCarrie Jorgenson Series, the Cindy York Series and the Cookies and ChanceSeries (which come with delicious recipes), Catherine grew up in Latham and hasmany ties with Cohoes. A graduate of Russell Sage, her love of writingmysteries was demonstrated in her senior project – a murder mystery play whichshe wrote and directed (the Death of the Big Kahuna is loosely based on it.).Check her out at come and meet her in person to discuss her process, her books and how shegets her inspiration. Updates can be found at http://www.CohoesPublicLibrary.orgor at the

    If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you,Anne Marie 

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