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April 24, 2014

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 hodgepodge 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.

Virginia Kennedy came on April 2 to moderate our Book Club meeting. We discussed the short story we had read, “Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Virginia has a wonderful way of helping us see all aspects of a story and we enjoy having her here.

Our own David Petri, dining services, gave an interesting presentation on April 7 about antique door latches, demonstrating examples of them. David is an interesting person and knowledgeable about many subjects, including the history of Cooperstown.

“Women in Baseball” was the subject of a lecture by Richard Payne, of the Baseball Hall of Fame, on April 9. This was very interesting and he has promised to return to tell us about the history of the Negro Leagues.

Six birthdays were celebrated on April 10 at our monthly birthday party. The honorees were Wanda Noyes, Darcey Schilling, Kristen Hext, Kathy Lindberg, Laura Black, Sheila Jones and Sandy Brigham.

Two of the staff celebrated their anniversaries, Joanne Burdick has worked at CWTH for three years and Sue Walker for nine years.

As usual, Darcey made the birthday cake, which was a delicious coconut cake served with ice cream and fruit punch.

Alma Curtis, who teaches the 7th and 8th graders ballroom dancing for the Cotillion and who has her own dance students, came on April 11 to demonstrate and teach us popular dances. We learned the waltz, foxtrot, rumba, salsa and the merengue. “Learned” may be too strong a word, but some of us tried. Those who took part were Dee Burnett, Corinne Hillman, Lois Warrell, Nancy Waller, Jeanette Hansen, Phil Bresee, Gene Dietz, Ralph Veenema and myself. John helped demonstrate the dances and bravely danced with some of us. We enjoyed the session and talked about incorporating some dance into our exercise program.

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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