BY NANCY RACKMYER
July has been busy and with record breaking temperatures it was a hot one! Bill, Jeanette, Leon, Patsy, Ralph and Dottie enjoyed the Forth of July fireworks with Laurie, Fred and Jaclyn, from the porch of the Otesaga.
Jaclyn captured the Cooperstown and Oneonta fireworks on video and showed it to the residents. On July 4, residents Bill, Dottie, Jeanette, Patsy, Ruth, and Maureen went to the Springfield Parade and watched from Cindy Moore’s porch.
On July 6, Sandy gave a presentation on the history of Cooperstown and the next day Hilde, Maureen and Patsy enjoyed a tour, stopping at the Village Cobbler and Schneider’s Bakery with Laurie and Susan. On July 8th Karen Streck treated the residents and staff to a truly wonderful performance of music from The Sound of Music performed by Donna Burdick who was accompanied by Judy Green and narration by Karen Streck.
July birthdays were celebrated by residents Alberta, Ruth, Wally and Bobbie along with staff Chrissy, Jan, Mary, Jameson.
They all celebrated with cake and punch in the living room. We also enjoyed an ice cream social on the porch with the help of Sue Stevens’ daughter Brenda and Bobbie Mook’sdaughter Cleo.
Later in July we were surprised and delighted to have the ice cream truck pullup to our library window and serve ice cream to residents and staff.
July 14, was our staff recognition supper at Three Mile Park. Most of the staff and their families attended while Laurie and Fred Blatt did the cooking and passed other dishes they made along with a heavenly sweet butterscotch dessert. Thank you, Laurie, for all you do for us. Deanna Gable received a 10-year pin.
Darcey Schilling received a beautiful crystal vase for 20 years. Laurie read a list of names of all the staff along with the number of years that they have worked at our Home.
On July 18, we welcomed new resident, Jane Patrick to our Home. Jane is well known the Home, and has many friends. Our Eden Journey staff and residents, family, community and children continue to grow every day. We have casino night once a year, surprise activities, rides in the country, the new Thanksgiving Circle, readings, movies and the list goes on and on.
There is always something going on from husking corn to cutting beans or shucking peas. We cannot forget the talent show that should be on funny home videos. Nancy Rackmyer who has a monthly bird watching day took Art Laidlaw, Bill Bowes, Bobbie Mook and Patsy DeBaun to Betty Wilbur State Park in Middlefield West Ford acre. Mr. and Mrs. Davis generously donated the land that became the 164th State Park in 2000. The couple gifted the land so that the public could enjoy the land and to insure its preservation. It has ponds, 7 cabins, a sunset pavilion for picnics and a playground. On July 28th we were invited back by Joe Ritton, head caretaker, for a tour of one of the cabins. Art Laidlaw, Patsy DeBaun, and Nancy enjoyed the breathtaking views. Joe said that in the spring and fall the Delaware Otsego Audubon Society comes up to count the bald eagles and golden eagles that pass during migration times. In June, the 100th birthday of Wilbur Davis was celebrated at the Sunset Pavilion.
On July 27 and 29, Susan Kenyon gave us good information on tortoises followed by a presentation about a pet tortoise attended by Alberta, Fannie, Frank, Hilda, Jeannette, Leon, Maureen, Patsy, Ralph, Deanna, Laurie, and Sean. We cannot forget the big baseball induction weekend attended by Bill Bowes and Fred Blatt.
On July 29, we had a grand farewell party for Maureen Micek. Maureen’s family is moving out of state and taking Maureen with them.
We enjoyed cake and punch. Staff member, Jaclyn took a video of many staff and residents saying their goodbyes so Maureen can watch it on her TV when she gets homesick. Maureen’s daughter Mo and grandchildren, Sarah and Jack were here to say their goodbyes, and there was not a dry eye in the home. A very touching farewell.
Our garden is starting to pay off and the lettuce, beans, peas, radishes, and squash are bountiful. We have so much to be thankful for.
Laurie Blatt gave a seminar for all staff. She had treats and showed videos of many things, but what stood out were the pictures she had put together of our Home, staff and residents playing together, eating together, working together, pictures of our suppers and dinners together. Pictures of staff members’ children who come to the home and interact with the residents, learning from each other and having fun doing it.
If you ever want to see a wonderful home to live in stop by and see our Home, look at our albums of many years, and you will see it is better to live in a garden.
BY NANCY RACKMYER
Attack on Sacket's Harbor
Sacket's Harbor, near the beginning of the St. Lawrence River from Lake Ontario, was the principal American naval base on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812.Continued ...
Once again, hope springs eternal ...
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Local performs costumed recitations of Casey at the Bat
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E-readers come in handy when traveling
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Local Voices From Around the Globe: Arriving at the last bend in the River
The month of May is the height of the summer in India, a time best spent indoors with a good book and a sliced mango for company.Continued ...
Cooperstown election and law
On Tuesday the 18th inst. [May], the following persons were elected officers for this village for the ensuing year: --Continued ...
Local Voices From Around the Globe: Exchange has taught me to love my flaws
Hello from Germany! I'm currently on my second Euro Tour visiting and exploring most of Europe.Continued ...
Passing along advice of seeing the humor
The best advice given to me many years ago when I started teaching had nothing to do with my discipline, English. Rather, a former mentor insisted on the necessity of having a sense of humorContinued ...
The week that was ...
For a number of years now, we have not been in Cooperstown for the spring season. And we must admit that we had quite forgotten what it is like. But since we decided that travel was not on the docket for this year, we have become reacquainted with the Cooperstown spring. And we must say we rather enjoyed it with the possible exception of occasional uncalled for snow and seemingly frigid temperatures.Continued ...
Local Voices From Around the Globe: Mother's visit was a benchmark for this year
Last week, my mother made the 25-hour plane trip out to Thailand to visit her son, me, after nine months of having only choppy Skype sessions and scattered emails to give her an idea of what I look and act like since having left home last August.Continued ...
Local Voices From Around the Globe: World traveler calls Euro-Tour experience of a lifetime
While I've had a great time throughout my entire exchange, I can say hands down that the month of April brought me the best memories of my exchange if not some of the best of my entire life. What kind of wonder would bring me to say this? Simple. Euro-Tour.Continued ...
Maryland port attacked
Havre de Grace, May 3. "This morning, a little after the break of day, a British armed force, under cover of armed vessels which anchored in front of this town ... landed below a small breast work which had been roughly thrown up, and in which were one 9 and two 4 pounders, manned by 50 militia.Continued ...
Memoir reflects on 'roller-coaster life and career'
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Imagine what might have been ...
A while back we got a telephone call from a reader of this column wanting to know why we had not written a column in support of Otsego Manor continuing to be owned and operated by Otsego County. And even though we have followed the debate over this issue in the newspaper, we readily admitted we did not feel we knew enough about the situation to take a stand.Continued ...
Herpes virus brings harness racing to a halt
I've been going to harness horse race tracks my entire life. My family has been in the business for years.Continued ...
Time, if not traffic, moves on ...
It is with sadness we note the passing of two people who we have known since moving to Cooperstown in 1982.Continued ...
Canadian capital captured
Dear Sir, I have just returned from Fort Niagara, where I saw a Captain of the United States' navy. He is just from little York, the capital of Upper Canada, and gives the following account, which is confirmed in official dispatches from Gen. Dearborn to Gen. Lewis ...Continued ...
Local Voices From Around The Globe: Exchange is like a life in a year
All exchange students realize the credibility of this statement. Like all lives no exchange is the same, all are incredible unique exchanges. The metaphor of life, from baby to old age, extends to every part of the exchange.Continued ...
Movie depicting legendary Jackie Robinson does not disappoint
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'Dubious' about weather, Hawkeyes 'suitable' nickname
Unfortunately, it seems to us that this spring has, thus far, been anything but spring like. In fact, we are still more than happy to stay bundled up in our polar fleece.Continued ...
- Attack on Sacket's Harbor