Norwalk Memorial Home
The last two weeks have been busy and very interesting for folks at Norwalk Memorial Home. A celebrity visited residents in the form of a feline friend. Cosmo the cat is a featured star in Dick Goddard's 2008 calendar. Cosmo brought along his owner, Janet Freeman. Janet emphasized what a difference Cosmo has made in the life of others. After meeting this famous cat, residents agreed that this cat was definitely the boss in his household.
With the holidays just around the corner, residents have been busy acting as holiday elves. Residents helped prepare snowman soup as part of their contribution to the second annual bake sale. This soup consists of supplies for hot chocolate and a poem in a beautiful Christmas mug. Additional items residents enjoyed making were cheese fudge and pumpkin rolls with the help of Cindy Beacon. Pies, cakes, candy, Christmas decorations and novelties were sold to staff and visitors at the sale which was deemed a huge success. Proceeds will be used for an area needy family and for a special activity for residents.
Another very special activity was held with the "Medicine Man." He is a Native American Ochewa Indian. Sharing music with a drum played by his son, period costumes, and stories of Indian lore, the audience was mesmerized.
Various entertainers kept residents feet tapping including Betty Chase at the piano, Iverna Fallecker at the organ, and songs by Lori Berdine. Penny Seward and a group of piano students gave a recital.
A trip was held in conjunction with the Carriage House. Residents from both facilities traveled to Mansfield to tour the Bible Museum. During another activity, children from the Gerken Center visited residents to make a very unusual turkey. The turkey had a large number of feathers and on each feather was a handwritten thought giving thanks. Needless to say, both residents and children could think of a great many things they were thankful for.
Church services were provided by the Rev. Roger George and Ken Downing along with a variety of Catholic services.
For Veterans Day, Greg Richards had a special program for the veterans of Twilight Gardens. He talked about wars past and present, and how special these people are.
Over the weekend, residents had a game of Jokereno. There were all kinds of winners, but the big winner was Stewart Bowlin with four. Carol Fries won twice and her husband won once. Penny Martin won twice and was really excited about it.
For Sunday services, Calvary Baptist Church staff explained the meaning of Thanksgiving. Residents sang hymns and had a great time visiting.
After church, Carol Fries held her weekly trivia game. There was a big crowd. The kitchen was playing along, even those passing by in the hall stopped in. Residents did a good job answering questions.
At euchre club, residents played four games with activities assistant Marlene Ward. Florence Silcox and Dale Figley were partners as were Marlene and Ray. Each won a pair of games.
The Rev. Fred Wiechers of St. Peter Lutheran Church held a communion service for residents. He played his guitar and sang a Thanksgiving song.
There was a large turnout for bingo. Virginia Charity won three times, while Dorothy Colish, Florence Silcox and Ray Kramer all won twice. There were many residents that won once.
Flora Perry won the special game where you had to have a picture frame to win.
The home's bell choir has been practicing. One newcomer Joanne Terzo said it worked out her hand.