Gaymont Nursing Center
Not wanting to break tradition, residents began the new year with roasted pork and sauerkraut, and Martha Newland celebrated a birthday. Volunteer Theresa West fulfilled a commitment to perform community service by assisting the activities department with taking down the holiday decorations. Kenny Root also happily assisted although he kept saying, "Wow! There's a lot to do."
Several residents tried their betting skills as they competed in a horse racing game. The first order of business was to choose a name for their horse. Some of the names chosen were Seabiscuit, Lucky, Silver, K.D. (Kentucky Derby), Stallion and "I Dunno." Gladys Pheifer was a winner with the horse named Stallion. Residents passed down several severe sentences of five to 10 years in prison when they played "You Be The Judge" based on some true-life cases.
A resident council meeting took place Friday and best wishes were extended to Roberta Baker as she celebrated her birthday. On Saturday there was a fruitcake toss to see who could throw one the farthest. The tossed cakes were a little stale, but the winner was presented with a fresh cake.
Church services took place, movies were viewed, pet visits were enjoyed and Clark Fisher led residents in a sing-along.
Twilight Gardens Home
Residents had a large group of bingo players as usual. Zella K. won two regular games and the special game where she won a small afghan. Bill N. and Stewart B. also won two games. Leonard M. won one game along with Dot Z., Mr. Drew (a visitor), Freda M., Nadinia W., Gordon H. Dorothy C., Florence S., Emma B. and Faith M.
Robin Bleile, a Eucharistic Minister from St. Paul, held a Communion service for residents. Reciting the Rosary followed. Thursday's bingo had lots of winners. Jeanette H. was the big winner with three wins. Then Emma B. and Faith M. won two times right in a row. There were a lot that won once.
A group went out to Wal-Mart to do some shopping and some gift exchanging, everyone did fine and got some new things.
Residents had an uplifting church service with Sarah and Tony Williamson. Residents sang some hymns and Rev. Tony gave a devotional. He talked about God giving more to you than what you ask for. For New Year's Day residents played a word scramble. Residents had 25 words pertaining to New Year's. Faith M. guessed more than half and Mark E. guessed several also.
Norwalk Memorial Home
"Happy New Year" was heard throughout the facility New Year's Day as the new year was ushered in at Norwalk Memorial Home. The day was spent with family members watching the football game on TV and eating snacks.
The year in review brought many subjects to mind. Many remembered former President Gerald Ford and his accomplishments in office. The subject of the Gravelle children was uppermost on most residents minds because of the recent publicity.
Vera Albright brought sunshine and laughter to Craft Class. Residents made new year's hats and faces to place on the social wall in the Dining Room. A variety of holiday pictures were also hung from the holiday season.
Happy Hour was indeed happy as residents and staff performed during a karoke hour. Many enjoyed making their debut as they chose their favorite song.
Numerous activities were held throughout the week which included bingo, fitness fun class, Life Enhancement with Leslie, an evening with Iverna, and nail grooming.
Sunday Church Services were conducted by Dave Kilbride, family and friends.