BY FRANK MILLER
Rains, rain go away come back another day. That was on everyone’s mind at the home last month. The only benefit was that our pear, magnolias, almencheir, viburnum, crab apples and lilacs are beautiful. Thanks to the Clark greenhouse crew we have enjoyed beautiful spring daffodils and tulips as well.
It takes more than a little rain to stop us from having fun. We started the month out with a Maypole dance
This can get confusing at times with the weaving of the colorful ribbons around the pole as I am sure Leon Rathbun could attest to.
Hilde, Martha and part time Activity Director Sandy Brown were having a rather comical time in the library during crossword hour, which turned into a sort of charades and comedy hour.
Wednesday surprise activity continued with golf, a slide show on Sandy Brown’s walking journey through Spain, students from Vivian Allison’s class at Brookwood School came for some storytelling, and a very fun game of bowling.
Happy May birthdays to Sue Stevens, Bill Bowes, Maureen Micek, and our dog Dudley. Maureen enjoyed a surprise party for her 90th birthday with friends and family on May 22. Staff Renata Hickey, Sue Caraftis and Jacelyn Sadlon also celebrated their birthday in May.
Memorial Day was Monday, May 30, and I would like to say thank you to Bill Bowes, Alberta Bowes, Joe Langan, Wally Pickhardt, Ralph Veenema, Leon Rathbun, Sue Stevens, and Art Laidlaw for their Military Service to our country.
On May 16, we lost a special friend, Natalie (Bunny) Laidlaw, whose personality, smile and friendship will be greatly missed.
BY FRANK MILLER
- Home Notes
- April activities fool many as spring comes, goes There were many April fool jokes played here at Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home on April 1. Some of us found our door name plates turned upside down or swapped with one from another door and furniture and objects were mysteriously moved around in our rooms. The dining room was completely transformed from its usual formal setting into a hodpodge of mismatched china and … horrors, plastic tablecloths and paper napkins. Each table was decorated with a different theme, Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Easter. Christmas carols played in the background. We suspect that Dee Bouck, of Personal Care and John Santello, Activities Director, were mainly responsible for this mayhem.
- Pete Rose on deck for TLC The man known to legions of baseball fans as Charlie Hustle still isn't being considered for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Holiday celebrations have begun We have decked the halls of the home with garland, the greenhouses delivered a magnificent wreath for the door and the largest poinsettias we've ever seen, with pristine white cyclamen to accent the tables.
- Home welcomes new residents We honored our residents who are veterans on Veterans Day, including Alberta Bowes, Bill Bowes, Janet Gorman, Art Laidlaw, Wally Pickhardt, Ralph Veenema and Grace Welsh. It is wonderful to have so many residents who served our country.
Summer has been busy at the home
In the spring we held a workshop to create a shared vision of a summer program that would provide meaningful and enriching experiences. Residents and staff partnered to brainstorm creative ideas, then a planning committee of residents and staff worked out the details to organize and schedule the events from June through August. We’ve had many enjoyable and actionpacked days, and our journey will continue in August.
Home Notes: Celebrations abound at the Thanksgiving Home
April was a month of celebrations and much to appreciate. We had a 90th birthday celebration for Wanda Noyes on April 4 including her family and friends. Personal care staff Dee Bouck worked with residents to hand paint Easter eggs for the tree in the activity room.
Home Notes: Workshops held for Thanksgiving Home residents
We welcomed Linda Keller, Ph.D. of the Bassett Research Institute and Ida Baker of NYCAMH who presented a six-week workshop for residents and staff.
Home Notes: Residents enjoy harvest dinner
The month of October was absolutely GOURD-geous at The Thanksgiving Home. We started off the month with a beautiful and festive harvest dinner for both staff and residents. As one big family, we sat around warm plates of turkey, fluffy mashed potatoes, delicious corn casserole and fresh rolls.
Home Notes: Many surprises, much fun in September
“Rainbows apologize for angry skies.” -- Sylvia Voirol
The month of September began on a damp note at the home. The rains of Hurricane Irene, flooded basements andwashed out roadways making it impossible for some staff to get to work during their scheduled times. Thank you to all who helped cover for each other during the rains!
Home Notes: August is opera season
“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.” - Langston Hughes There is a never a shortage of humor at the Thanksgiving Home, andAugust was no different.
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