By BRENDA TWARDOSKY, Director of Recreation, Belknap County Nursing Home
Happy September! The Dog Days of Summer are over, and we are looking forward to fall! School is starting, apples are ready to pick and we are reminiscing about fall days of long ago.
We've been so busy over the summer. We loved sitting outside toasting marshmallows in our fire pit by the gazebo, making s'mores and singing campfire songs. We had water gun fights and many laughs on the patio! McDonny's Farm brought us their traveling petting zoo – ducks, chickens, rabbits and a goat! They were so cute! We had so many blueberries on our bushes, I didn't think they would ever be all picked! The residents picked and ate blueberries, and picked and made blueberry muffins, and picked and froze berries. There were so many berries, we still have frozen berries to get us through the fall! We also made some great crafts, did some baking, went shopping, went out to eat, and went to a musical in Manchester. We tried to be outside and enjoy the sun as much as we could, while we could.
Looking forward, in September, we want to thank all the people in our Environmental Services Department; from housekeepers to laundry to maintenance. They keep our facility in tip top shape. We can count on them for a smile and a job well done! On your visits to BCNH, if you see any of our environmental staff, let them know what a great job they do on a daily basis!
We will be decorating pumpkins for the Pumpkin Festival, having a costume contest for Halloween, and getting ready for our Annual Craft Fair. Our Craft fair will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. There will be food, raffles and a lot of vendors. Come do some Christmas shopping. You'll be able to find handmade, unique items for your friends, family or yourself! If you would like to be a vendor, or know someone who does, we still have few spots available, so contact the Recreation Department soon.
The Belknap County Nursing Home's Shooting Star for July was Angela Stone, LNA, Nursing Dept.; and August's was Linda McKenzie, an MNA and activity aide. Congratulations ladies! The Shooting Star is a program to recognize staff members who go above the call of duty. Residents, visitors, family members, or staff can nominate someone they feel is deserving. They write up their nomination, drop it in the box, and one person is chosen each month. Thank you to all of our Shooting Stars for all the wonderful things you do for our residents and our facility!
Do you have some extra time? Want to join us? Come volunteer with us at Belknap County Nursing Home! Come help take the residents shopping, join a Wii bowling team, gardening, or just making a difference in someone's day. Volunteers are always wanted! Contact the Activity Department to sign up today!
Residents at the Belknap County Nursing Home made a point of enjoying the last warm days of the season with a campfire, s'mores and songs. (Courtesy photos)
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