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November 27, 2013

Wishing we would fall out of falling back


On the first Friday of each month a resident’s council meeting is held. This month it fell on Nov. 1. Some residents and staff assemble in the living room for announcements and discussions.  Director Laurie Blatt makes these announcements and residents are encouraged to offer suggestions and to participate in discussions. Gene Deitz is the current chairman, who conducts the meeting and Bill Bowes is vice-chairman. Deanna Gable, administrative assistant, takes minutes and reads those of the previous meeting. 

With the end of the year approaching, it is time to choose new officers. Bill Bowes as head of the nominating committee appointed Janet Gorman and I to round out the committee. We decided to ask Bill to move up to chairman and Phil Bresee to be vice-chairman. Their names will be presented at the next council meeting to be voted on.

Corrine Hillman joined the CWTH family on Nov. 4. She has lived in Cooperstown for 25 years so it wasn’t a far move. We wish her happiness and many years of good health.

I promised last month to describe how we bowl here. Keep in mind that the average age of the residents at CWTH is 91.25. On Nov. 6 a group gathered in the activities room to bowl. Here’s how it works. The plastic pins are about three times the size of normal bowling pins and are quite light. The ball looks like a regular bowling ball, but only weighs about one pound. The bowling alley is approximately four feet long and has two rails along the sides of the alley to contain the ball and the pins, which go flying every which way when they are hit. The players sit in a semi-circle and each one bowls in turn. Today there were five rounds and after each round the can of chocolate candies is passed around. We all do love our chocolate! The players who participated in this game were, Fannie Navarra, Nancy Waller, Corrine Hillman, Janet Gorman, Jeanette Hansen, Lois Warrell, Gene Dietz, Wally Pickhardt, Ralph Veenema, Dee Burnett and I. Jeanette was the highest scorer. She is the champ, having also won the last time we bowled. She says she was a bowler in her other life.

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