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April 24, 2014

April activities abound at Thanksgiving Home

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 hodgepodge 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.

Virginia Kennedy came on April 2 to moderate our Book Club meeting. We discussed the short story we had read, Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Virginia has a wonderful way of helping us see all aspects of a story and we enjoy having her here.

Our own David Petri, Dining Services, gave an interesting presentation on April 7 about antique door latches, demonstrating examples of them. David is an interesting person and knowledgeable about many subjects, including the history of Cooperstown and its environs.

“Women in Baseball” was the subject of a lecture by Richard Payne, of the Baseball Hall of Fame, on April 9. This was very interesting and he has promised to return to tell us about the history of the “Negro Leagues.”

Six birthdays were celebrated on April 10 at our monthly birthday party. The honorees were Wanda Noyes, Darcey Schilling, Kristen Hext, Kathy Lindberg, Laura Black, Sheila Jones and Sandy Brigham. Two of the staff celebrated their anniversaries, Joanne Burdick has worked at CWTH for three years, and Sue Walker, for nine years. As usual, Darcey made the Birthday Cake, which was a delicious coconut cake with coconut cream icing, served with ice cream and fruit punch.

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