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August 30, 2012

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.

Nancy Rackmyer led Bird Watcher’s Field Trips that were both educational and scenic, and often ended with ice cream! A 10-week old Shar-Pei puppy named Sophie visited us thanks to Janet Saporito. We enjoyed the lovely  summer scenery with drives in the country and visits to Otsego Lake.

We also delighted in summer music concerts at the Otesaga Resort Hotel and Lakefront Park.

We spent many days on the porches enjoying the sunny weather and camaraderie while sipping ice tea and lemonade. One day we played croquet on the side lawn as cars slowed to watch our game, some asked if they could join us.

We enjoyed the Fourth of July parade followed by a picnic at the home. On July 7th we watched the fireworks from the porch of the Otesaga Resort Hotel. What a spectacular view of the lake! We held a summer picnic at Otsego  Lake for residents and staff, and the cooks prepared all our favorite picnic foods, even s’mores, with marshmallows we toasted over the fire. We recognized staff for their contributions and length of service, from 1 to 30 years.

We enjoyed 90th birthday parties for Ralph Veenema and Alberta Bowes. It was so much fun to see the home filled with friends and families to celebrate these special birthdays. We also celebrated birthdays with Leon Rathbun,  Ruth Swart, Wally Pickhardt, Fannie Navarra, and Ginger the cat. Staff birthdays included Jackie Renwick, Megan Ames, Dee Bouck, Mary Butler, Donna Runcorn, Frank Miller, Kate Sentz, Chrissy Karpowich, Jan Scrafford,  Mary Nolan, and Ireland and Jameson Gable.

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  • 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.

    April 24, 2014

  • 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.

    January 3, 2013

  • 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.

    December 20, 2012

  • 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.

    November 21, 2012

  • 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.

    August 30, 2012

  • 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.

    May 11, 2012

  • 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.

    March 9, 2012

  • 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.

    November 10, 2011

  • 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!

    October 14, 2011

  • 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.

    September 15, 2011