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Nursing home notes

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:53 PM


This past week residents celebrated the August birthdays with entertainment by Larry Russell. Clark Fisher led Bible study on Monday afternoon. Amy Bolding, the activities director, accompanied Kenny Root and Martha Newland to the Huron County Fair.

The king and queen were announced at the fair. Alvin Poole, king candidate, spoke of his years as a carpenter and pipe fitter in Ashland. He enjoys reading the Bible, watching TV and exercising. Alvin's goal is "to live each day, one day at a time and live it to the fullest." The queen candidate this year was Donna Ratliff. She worked at the old hospital and county home on Shady Lane for many years. She enjoys crocheting, board and card games, and bingo. She also said "enjoy every minute of every day."

Bingo is enjoyed by many of the residents every Tuesday and Thursday. New London Baptist Church provided services on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Virginia Dole, Flossie Stotts, and Russ Presnall enjoyed a trip to the fair. Catholic Mass was celebrated this week. Gloria Grashel, Waldo Neff and Virginia Doll participated in Joints in Motion an exercise game. Virginia Dole, Betty Wooten and Gloria Grashel had a great time with memory lane. A topic is chosen and residents talk about things that they remember in the past. Clark Fisher was in on Friday for his weekly sing-a-long.

Despite the rain, the annual steak dinner and Bill Sr's birthday bash was a huge success on Sunday. This year's theme was the 70s. Residents and staff sported bright tie-dyed T-shirts and enjoyed socializing with friends and family. The menu included steak, chicken, hot dogs, corn on the cob, potato salad, fruit, desserts and other tasty side dishes.

Twilight Gardens

Bingo is one of Twilight's favorite activities here, and there are a lot of people that play. Flora Perry won three games and Millie Staley won two games. The special game was an "I" and the group had two winners on that game, Lil Cesa and Dale Vessley.

Labelle came to continue reading from her book "Christy." The home had a large group down to listen. A group of residents went out and about to the Sandusky Mall to shop around and have fun. Residents walked around everywhere and by the time they got back they were tired! Residents bought CDs, clothes and other things.

The Huron Valley Mennonite Church came and sang hymns to everyone.

Over the weekend residents played jokereno and Zella Kohler won four, Florence and Nadina won three, Helen Tommas won twice. Residents all had a good time. The Rev. Mark Bogan held church services. Residents sang hymns and he gave a devotional. Residents had the monthly birthday party with ice cream and punch. Residents all clapped along to his songs, while they ate their yummy food. Birthdays this month are Mary McDonald, Edna Martin, Flora Perry, Zeke Morgan, Juniata Reilly and Deb Wise.

Tuesday's bingo winners were: Corrine Schneider, picture frame; Zella Kohlert, three wins; Mary Patrick. two wins; Penny Martin, two wins; and Dorothy Colish, two wins.

Norwalk Memorial Home

When the majority of people hear the name "Opie," they think of the sitcom "The Andy Griffith Show" and the little boy that grew up to be a famous producer, Ron Howard. Opie also just happens to be the name of a dog owned by Terry Rowland of New London. He also could be called a gentle giant because of his huge size and his exceptional gentle nature. Opie is now making monthly visits to Norwalk Memorial Home as a therapy dog. The nursing home has their own live-in dog but Opie has become a nice addition.

Many volunteers shared their musical talents this past week including Betty Chase at the piano, Iverna Fallecker at the organ and the New London Baptist Singers. Donna White and Eleanor Knadler provided bingo on Saturday. Volunteers conducted the holy rosary and Catholic communion.

Residents were treated to a day of shopping at our local Walmart store, followed by lunch at Subway. To complete the afternoon, everyone enjoyed dessert at Vargo's.

A variety of activities were held to round out the week. Residents made banana bread, the walking club met, Wheel of Fortune was a popular activity and friends gathered daily for coffee corner and newsflash.

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