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September 9, 2010

Home Notes: Residents enjoyed a great summer at the Home

We are still luxuriating in the warmth of one of Cooperstown’s finest summers.

Our memories will have to hold us through the winter months, or perhaps that is our excuse for lingering over picnics on the patio and sipping our special mix of lemonade and iced tea while sitting on the porches in the afternoon.

It was just such a day on Aug. 17 when we were visited by two new medical students from Bassett Medical Center. They were eager to meet us and we shared our stories as they sampled a day at our gracious home.

They met several of the residents, taking time to see their rooms and learn about their lives, their dreams, and what they value most.

On Aug. 19 we had a special surprise activity hosted by Janet Saporito. Janet invited a few of her friends to join us on the porch. The resident’s smiles and laughter were all the thanks needed by our furry friends. We would like to thank Janet and Sophie (shar-pei puppy), Fred Werkmeister and Mia (bulldog), Celeste Gray and King Arthur (chow mix), Sandy Gray and Jake (standard poodle), Linda Hotchkiss and Mae (border collie), Vivian Beckmann and Socrates (Australian shepherd), Rosemary Throssel and Nena (Rodesian ridgeback), Eric Mazarak and Morgan (beagle/collie mix), Kimala Clark and Saydee (laborador retriever) and Cindy Ploutz and Mason (Labrador retriever).

The dogs were all very calm, well behaved, affectionate, and they brought much joy to residents and staff alike.

Nancy Rackmyer LPN led the Birdwatcher’s meeting on Aug. 19 with Wanda Noyes, Dottie Bly, Peg Hage, Jeanette Hansen, Bobbie Mook, and Art Laidlaw.

They read several articles and discussed the mocking bird and European starling. They also discussed the return of the Puffins to the coastline of Maine, thanks to work by biologist Steven Kress.

Our exercise classes continue to grow in popularity along with our relaxation and meditation sessions on Fridays. Activity is important, especially to allow us to continue our quest for the best ice cream in Cooperstown. Dottie Bly, Jeanette Hansen, Pat DeBaun and Melissa Bard, personal care staff, went to Jerry's Place and enjoyed their many flavors of ice cream!

We had a sing-along on Aug. 25 with Art and Natalie Laidlaw, Ellen Hankin, Fannie Navarra, Frank Rollins, Hilde Parr, Leon Rathbun, Peg Hage, Ralph Veenema, Wally Pickhardt, Wanda Noyes, Carol Affourtit (personal care), Judy Pooler (personal care), Frank Miller (Facility Manager) and his daughter Lauren, and Administrator, Laurie Blatt. We all enjoyed singing the songs of the 40s and 50s.

Janet Saporito shared some humorous laughlines with Ellen Hankin, Fannie Navarra, Hilde Parr, Martha Quinn, Maureen Micek, Pat De- Baun, and Wanda Noyes. On Thursday, Aug. 26 we enjoyed afternoon tea and sweets in the Dining Alcove with a lively discussion of summertime rituals, including husking corn.

The Eden Thanksgiving Circle was led by Laurie Blatt on Friday, Aug. 27. We discussed the Eden Principle of creating a human habitat where life revolves around close relationships with each other, children, animals and plants to make a life worth living.

We divided the group into five teams of residents and staff.

The teams created posters of their vision of the Home, including the importance of relationships with caregivers, family, and friends, images of gardens, pets, children, music, art, exercise, health, and other valued aspects of our shared journey.

The posters were presented by each team as beautiful collages depicting the joys and treasures of life at the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home.

``Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.’’ — Storm Jameson

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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