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October 1, 2010

Home Notes: Another busy week at the Home

As I entered the activity room, residents were hard at work making comfort bears for the hospital.

Our Home seamstress, Ruth Swart, was busy sewing patterns while Bunny Laidlaw, Pat DeBaun, and Wanda Noyes stuffed them. Each bear took on its own personality.

Twenty Senior Bridge members filled the activity room at Clara Welch. Rumorhas it they love playing bridge at the Home because of the wonderful homemade cookies prepared by our cooks.

On Wednesday, residents and staff gathered to test their memory skills for our surprise activity. Some folks may think that our residents might have a hard time at this kind of game, but I tend to have a problem with instant recall.

Jeanette Hansen and Dot Gardner were the ``big’’ winners of the game and for their prize they put their order into the kitchen for a special meal.

Resident Dr. Ralph Veenema together with Fred Blatt had taken on the task of repairing a statuette of a character from Leatherstocking Tales. Ralph found the damaged statuette in a barn and brought it to the Home. Repairs were completed which sparked the interest of many who wanted more knowledge of Leatherstocking Tales.

All gathered in the living room and listened to Dottie Bly play the piano to patriotic music which was a great introduction into Ralph Veenema sharing about his fabulous find of the statuette Hawkeye. Guest Paul Kuhn, dressed in attire of the period, shared information about the Leatherstocking Tales as well and how this area became known as the Leatherstocking Region.

Birdwatchers enjoyed a video about hawks, which are very prevalent in our area.

Laughter could be heard coming from the living room when residents watched the romantic comedy ``Bringing Up Baby’’ starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. Oh, those good old comedies!

We have had some cold weather but the warmth returned and with the trees being filled with glorious colors, it was time for one more final boat trip. Due to the generosity of Tony Gambino and Hank and Dottie Phillips, residents once again toured the lake on pontoon boats. The trees were filled with the brilliant reds and yellows of the fall. It was a perfect day.

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower’’ -- Albert Camus.

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Home Notes
  • 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