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Arkell Hall Adult Home News - 02/27/2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - Updated: 7:13 PM

CANAJOHARIE -- The following news from Arkell Hall Adult Home is for Feb. 1 through Feb. 22:

Valentine's Day, President's Week and Black History Month were all celebrated, along with National Wear Red Day for the American Heart Association, with everybody wearing the color to promote awareness, and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, which many watched and discussed.

For Valentine's Day, everyone enjoyed a delicious meal together consisting of lasagna roll-ups, salad, bread and strawberry shortcake. Three guests were present.

Valentines legends and memorabilia were shared and everyone sang "Let Me Call You Sweetheart." Everyone also joined in for a Valentine's Day sing-a-long, featuring stories and fun jokes, led by Elinor and Friends -- a group consisting of Dorothy Mailloux, Marian Harris, Alice McEwan, Carolyn Crouch, Bonnie Hoffman, Nancy Mace and Linda Klump. Missing were Dorothy Morrison and Josie Jones.

Other special events at the hall included a game of Wii bowling with Peg Crews, Evadeen Seirra, Linda Klump and several others.

Four residents attended the senior card party, nine residents attended the Arkell Center for the winter walking program, and many participated in a weekly exercise class.

Jan Markle and two others were in from the Ames Methodist Church on Valentine's Day to do crafts. Ten ladies were present.

Advisory members Nancy Mace and Dorothy Mailloux were in for bingo with residents. Everyone enjoyed special musical entertainment from Linda Klump's niece and student of Norma Bowly, Vanessa Van Slyke, who played the piano for  residents. She is the daughter of Neal and Lorraine VanSlyke. Also, guest Barbara Smith performed songs such as "Tarantella", "In the Mood" and "My Country Tis of Thee."

Several residents had outings with their families. Nancy Davern, Arkell's facility hairdresser, was present, along with Mary Simpson, at the hall to lead Bible Study. Special entertainment was held Saturday, Feb. 8. In the morning when the Trinity Lutheran women were at Arkell for their meeting and to visit with residents. They ended the day with a wine and cheese party with Jan Cronkhite on saxophone, and John Resch on electric guitar.

What a lovely month.


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