We were offered the opportunity on Oct. 25, to fill out absentee ballots and many of us did so. This made it convenient for us to vote.
On the morning of Oct.30, we were visited by ten students of Ms. Mary’s Cooperstown pre-school, resplendent in Halloween costumes, representing everything from Laura Ingalls to Sponge Bob Square Pants, with a sprinkling of clowns, policemen and super heroes. Of course they were accompanied by Ms. Mary, who directed them in songs and dances. She gave each one of them a chance to shine and show off their costume by having him/her twirl around in the center of a circle formed by the other kids as they sat on the floor. They were all very cute and brightened up our day. As they left, each one was presented with a bag of goodies by one of the residents. These were reflective bags for them to use for trick or treating and were donated by Rich McCaffery, Community Educator and Director of Safe Kids at Bassett Healthcare. In the bags were candy treats made to look like ghosts and mummies by some of the staff and residents.
Our Harvest dinner was on Oct. 30, when the staff and residents dine together. What a feast! It was a regular Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings. Kudos to Kathy Lindberg, dining services manager, and her staff, Darcey Schilling and Chris Karpowich, who worked diligently to plan and prepare this sumptuous meal. Each table had a pumpkin on it which was passed around to each diner at that table, who was asked to use a black magic marker to draw one of the features of a face on it. This was done with more zeal than expertise and the results gave us all a good laugh.