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April 29, 2010

Home Notes: Watching everything come to life at the Thanksgiving Home

— The last few weeks of April have been wonderful; watching everything come to life. On our Eden bulletin board residents, staff, and visitors were asked ``What do you wish for this spring?’’

Some of the comments asked for sunshine, warm weather, good health, happiness, and world peace for all. Remember something special for each day. What made you laugh, smile, or feel loved. Some words used by residents were life, warm, warmth, joy, robins, freshness, sunshine, swimming, flowers, beautiful, sap, happy, green grass, dirt, growth, rebirth, and robin eggs. Everyone has been enjoying the warmer weather. Going for walks and sitting on the porches.

The residents have enjoyed having some special visitors and helpers here: Lauren and Luke Miller (Frank Miller’s children), Elle Kenyon (Susan Kenyon’s daughter), Jamie Zoltick (Elle’s friend) and Ireland and Jameson Gable (Deanna Gable’s children). They have helped with different activities, visited with different residents and helped staff. Everyone enjoys having these young people come to the Home.

The residents continue to enjoy the different activities at the Home.

Making comfort bears, Fun and Fit exercise classes, exercises in the Wellness Room, Art Class with Fred Blatt, and reading the newspaper for current events. Susan Kenyon, activities director has been reading aloud ``The Shell Seekers’’ by Rosamunde Pilcher to the residents.

Carol Affourtit, personal care aide brought in several gardening books for residents to look at. Soon the outside garden will be planted with flowers and some vegetables.

Dottie Bly brought some beautiful yellow forsythia from her home.

Anna Zorawska, personal care aide brought in some white serviceberry from her home that are also beautiful.

Nancy Rackmyer, LPN, brought a movie in for resident to watch ``Sacagawea Lewis & Clark: core of discovery’’ for bird watchers group on April 22. Nancy talked about Junco birds which stay year round in this area. The residents saw pictures, a video on birds, and read aloud about the birds with a discussion.

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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