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November 25, 2010

Home Notes: November was a busy month

— Autumn has brought us beautiful, crisp, sunny days and we have enjoyed the changing colors of the leaves.

The leaves on our maple and pear trees were particularly bright this year and we have enjoyed rides to see the countryside and the surrounding villages. Several residents traveled with staff to the Fly Creek Cider Mill to savor the sweet cider and many tasty treats.

Our surprise activities have included team competitions of Jeopardy, bowling, crossword puzzles, indoor mini-golf, and a triathlon with magnetic darts, trivia questions and word puzzle competitions.

The activities hone our physical skills and test our mental abilities, but most of all they are fun for all ages from two to 96. Our youngest competitor is Jameson Gable and he is a very fair competitor, often assisting those of us who need a bit of help by pushing the target a little closer. All this is done with an endearing two-year-old smile, so who can resist.

Our Halloween party was a big success. Pat DeBaun and Susan Kenyon decorated Halloween cookies in preparation for the party. Bins of costumes, masks, wigs, and hats were placed in the Activity Room so residents could create their Halloween attire. On Oct. 29, residents and staff dressed up and enjoyed a day full of Halloween fun.

We met in the Living Room in the afternoon for the costume party. We played Bingo, but the numbers on the cards had been replaced by Halloween pictures and we used M&M’s for placers.

Everyone was lucky and prize candy was distributed to all the winners. Staff and residents also enjoyed a lively game of charades followed by refreshments. Pat DeBaun’s daughter, Eleanor treated us to some of her wonderful ginger snaps. Personal Care Supervisor Laura Black won the jar of candy corn for guessing the quantity correctly. Residents, families, friends, and staff enjoyed the laughter and camaraderie.

On Veteran’s Day we honored our Veterans, Sue Stevens, Alberta Bowes, Wally Pickhardt, Bill Bowes, Joe Langan, Leon Rathbun, Ralph Veenema and Arthur Laidlaw at dinner. We shared a moment of silence to honor the Veterans who have served our country in the past and the many young men and women currently serving the United States here and abroad.

Our November birthday party was held on Nov. 11.

Cook, Darcey Schilling, made a beautiful birthday cake displaying a group of pilgrims in honor of Thanksgiving.

We sang Happy Birthday to residents Frank Rollins and Pat DeBaun and staff Gary Wadsworth, Vivian Allison and Laurie and Fred Blatt.

As Thanksgiving Day approaches we reflect on the things we are most thankful for, including family, friends, the companionship between staff and residents, our pets and the warm, gracious Home in which we live and work. Happy Thanksgiving from our Home to yours.

Members of the Thanksgiving Home staff put together this report.

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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