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October 14, 2011

Home Notes: Many surprises, much fun in September

 BY SUSAN KENYON

“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!

Residents husked their last ears of corn for the summer. A total of 48 ears were husked for dinner by Art Laidlaw, Jeanette Hansen, Patsy DeBaun and Norma Wagner. The husk remains were gathered up for Jan Scrafford, RN, to take home to her goats for their dinner. Bon appetit! On the tenth of September, a baby shower for Julia Gil’s granddaughter, Lori Cabrero, was given at the home on our lovely patio. The weather was beautiful, residents and friends enjoyed lemon tarts, iced chocolate cupcakes, fruit salad, lemonade and ice tea, while baby gifts were opened by the expectant mother.

The residents of the home gave the new mother-to-be a jar full of wisdom, words and thoughts which might come in handy for the new mom and dad in the future. Julia Gil recommended that her granddaughter “rather than trying to take everyone’s advice … buy a book.” Smiles, laughter and a few tears were shared, making it a memorable afternoon.

Residents and staff who were born in the month of September were honored on the 16th. Among the celebrated residents were Norma Wagner, Joe Langan and Lois Warrell. Staff who were celebrating included Alex Melniczenko, Carol Affourtit, Melissa Bard, Sean Killian and Deb VanBuren.

Two days later, residents were treated to a trolley ride by Gordy Hage, son of Peg Hage. Hopping aboard, residents took in the sights of Cooperstown. Thank you, Gordy, for the wonderful surprise! With summer ending and autumn beginning, Jaclyn MacDonald, personal care, offered to host an ice cream social. Eleven residents enjoyed ice cream sundaes, on a most appropriate day … Sunday!

As the weather continued to improve, residents ventured out to the porches and took walks. Monday, Sept. 26, proved to be just one of those days for sitting on the porch and enjoying the weather. Coffee, tea and sweet molasses cookies were enjoyed by residents and staff.

Though September began quite a bit wetter than usual this year, it has also given us some wonderfully sunny and warm days, reminding us that there is always a rainbow after the storm, we just have to look!

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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