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February 20, 2014

Groundhog bad, Russian coach worse

Well, the famed weather prognosticator, Phil, came out of his burrow in Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney, Pa. on Feb. 2 and saw his shadow. This is supposed to mean six more weeks of winter. However, since the first official Groundhog Day in 1887, Phil has only been correct 39 percent of the time. The National Climatic Data Center states, “The groundhog has shown no talent for predicting the arrival of spring.”  This doesn’t stop an average of 30,000 people to congregate each year to see what the groundhog predicts. Will he up his odds this year?

We had a Super Bowl party and watched the big game on our huge TV screen. It wasn’t much of a game. The final score was Seahawks, 43, Bronco 8. Most of us went to bed after the first half. 

Deanna Gable, administrative assistant made a type of grid, one for residents and one for staff and each person put his/her name in four boxes. In some complicated way, that I don’t understand, names were chosen according to the scores after the first quarter, half time, third quarter and game’s end. The resident winners were Nancy Waller, who won twice, Dee Burnett and Martha Quinn. Staff winners were Alex Melniczenko, Sandy Brigham, Chris Buddle Griffiths and Laura Black.

We were treated to a concert on Feb. 4 by the “Small Town Big Band.”  They performed toe tapping, hand clapping, makes ya wanna dance music. They played an hour and a half and left us wanting more. We hope they’ll come back.

On Feb. 7, the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics were held, not only in Sochi, Russia, but here at CWTH. John ran the torch throughout the house so that every resident had a chance to touch it and pass it on. Our torch consisted of a long white paper cone, with red, orange and yellow tissue paper crumpled up and shoved in the opening to look surprisingly like flames. This was made in Fred Blatt’s art class, mostly by Gable’s nine year old daughter, Ireland. 

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