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May 12, 2011

Home Notes: Spring is in the air at the Thanksgiving Home

The signs of spring began like a whisper on the cold winds of winter, but with a crescendo they now shout from the hilltops to the valleys. Dot Gardner, Pat DeBaun, Jeanette Hanson, Dottie Bly, Wally Pickhardt, and Art and Natalie Laidlaw have been enjoying the local spring scenery thanks to country rides provided by Personal Care Assistant, Melissa Bard.

We’ve all enjoyed walks around the home and in Cooperstown, and some of us have been seen sitting outdoors on the porch and patio. The birdwatchers, led by Nancy Rackmyer and including Barbara Mook, Natalie Laidlaw, Dot Gardner, Dottie Bly, Hilde Parr, and Peg Hage, are enjoying the birds as they return for spring.

On April 12, we had coffee, tea and sweets and thanked Karen Lottridge for her years of service and dedication to the home. Karen moved out of town and she will be greatly missed, but we will watch for her at the Yankee games as we know her favorite pastime.

On April 15, we had an indoor picnic followed by the April birthday party. We celebrated resident birthdays for Wanda Noyes, Doris Blomquist, Art Laidlaw, Julia Gil and Ellen Hankin.

We celebrated staff birthdays for Darcey Schilling, Kristen Hext, Kathy Lindberg, Laura Black, Chris Hickling, Sheila Jones, and Sandy Brigham. What a fun celebration!

Dot Gardner, Pat De- Baun, Carol Affourtit, Jan Scrafford, Susan Kenyon and Laurie Blatt enjoyed a bowling game. The fun and fit classes provided by Amy Porter and Maureen Moglia are always popular with the residents. We have also stayed active by continuing our winter exercise competition. We started in January and have continued to track the time spent walking, using the wellness room and any other type of exercise.

On April 27, personal care staff, Jaclyn MacDonald and her husband Scott narrated a spectacular photo tour of their trip to Scotland.

They took us through Edinburgh, Loch Lomond, Loch Ness (complete with pictures of Nessie), the highlands, Glencoe and the Isle of Skye to name a few locations. We learned about the history of Scotland, some of the clans, including the MacDonalds and the Campbells, the castle in Edinburgh, the depth of the lochs (lakes) and the fine whiskeys of Scotland. We extend many thanks to Jaclyn and Scott for sharing their journey of a lifetime!

Spring brings renewed life to our environment, as our close knit community at the home experiences a renewed sense of joy, friendship and family.

“A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.” ~ Buddha

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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