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Home Notes

December 20, 2012

Holiday celebrations have begun


On Wednesday we held a surprise Bingo game with chocolate prizes! Bill Bowes went Christmas shopping with Laurie and Fred Blatt to gather Christmas gifts and some special items for the home.

Tim Iversen came over Thursday afternoon and treated us to some exceptional music. He has a wonderful voice and accompanied himself on the piano. He played Christmas songs, great old standards, jazz and so much more. We sang with him on some of the pieces and we could have listened to him forever! He promised to return. Tim’s mother, Nancy Iversen, and grandmother, Janet Gorman, have a lot to be proud of in Tim’s abilities.

In recent weeks we said farewell to two wonderful residents, Dr. Art Laidlaw and Pat DeBaun. Art was 97 years young, a true gentleman, always with a kind word and wonderful sense of humor. He was a beloved pediatrician to many in Cooperstown. Pat DeBaun was a vibrant, lively, kind woman whose sense of humor and joy of life permeated the room. Pat was known for her love of family, friends, and gardening. We will treasure our memories of Art and Pat and keep in touch with their families. Pat’s daughters, Laura and Ellie, sent a rose to each resident and a basket of flowers and plants to the employees. The flowers have been planted in the indoor garden, in Pat’s memory.

We enjoyed the annual Board of Director’s Christmas Party and it was another year to remember. We welcomed our families and friends to the home and enjoyed an evening filled with joy and laughter. Rob Hunt set the mood with his artistry at the piano.

There were delicious holiday foods, some new recipes and some returning favorites, served with tasty eggnog and fruit punch. We’ve never seen shrimp quite as large as those served at the home. This year there were also stuffed mushrooms, crabcakes, miniature quiches, a new recipe with spinach and artichokes, and a zesty chicken salad served on delicate crackers. At the end of the evening, scrumptious Christmas cookies were served to all the guests! It’s always a wonderful evening and such a pleasure to have the opportunity to thank the Board of Directors for their efforts on behalf of the home. It was truly a night to remember.

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    November 10, 2011

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