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McPeak's Assisted Living Newsletter

February 2016 Newsletter

By Liz Turner, Recreation Director


We started off the new year making decorative boxes filled with curly bows, straws, pipe cleaners and even some shiny plastic silverware displayed on the mantel. Tonnie Arena said they all look so nice. We finally got some cold weather this winter and we crafted penguins with construction paper to hang on the wall. Charlotte Hoffman said the penguins can keep their cold weather.

For arts and crafts, we made peacocks out of coffee filters to hang to the sitting area. We used magic markers then blotted the filter with water to make it look like water colors. Maureen McCarthy is always amazed with how good our crafts come out. I say it's because you are all such good artists.

For art in "McPeak's gallery", which is the hallway, we took squares of left over scrapbook paper to glue on construction paper then we took magic markers to add an artistic touch to them. Ann Argento made squally lines on hers. Helen Link enjoy pasting and doodling and was so happy with the results.

We watched The Three Stooges on DVD. Catherine Budd and Celia Wysocki found them very funny. Marie Weiden remembered when you went to the movies they would play a short show before the featured movie, Peggy Tone said she liked to watch the "I Witness Newsreels" before the movie. We also thanked Millie Verderosa's son Michael for donating a bunch of shows, movies, and radio programs for us to enjoy. We look forward to watching the "Jack Benny Show" next month.

We also saw The Lucy show on DVD with guest stars George Burns, and Milton Burl. Maureen McCarthy enjoyed watching them now and remembers watching with her family. Bobbie Smith was clapping and laughing as was Rosemarie DeSiena with Lucy's antics.

We like the trivia days on the recreation schedule. Tina Shillings recalls that a lot of this we learned in school. Brian Dean said that all this information really keeps the "old bean" working. We learned in trivia that elephants are capable of swimming 20 miles a day, and that Maureen McCarty doesn't know how to swim.

Reminiscing we got on to talking about fishing. Phil Cantone told us that when he would go crabbing he would stop at the bait store to pick up squid to use in the traps. Marge Taylor recalled when she was little the family would go in a rowboat in Greenport to go crabbing. Catherine Budd's husband would take their son to the Jetty in Patchogue to fish. She told us one time it was two in the morning and there was a loud knock on the door, alarmed to be woken at such an hour, she found her brother at the door saying he had some fresh crab he just caught for her.

Some of had nicknames. Charlotte Hoffman remembers the older kids called her Lottie. Maggie Tsoukias real name is Margaret but at work they stating calling her Maggie, and it stuck, and her husband called her Margarita. Helen Link's husband used to call her Helene like the Greek goddess. Catherine Budd said when she was young her family called her Katie because that was her grandmother's name

We enjoy our Friday entertainment guests. Nina Et Cetra came by to sing and play the guitar and harmonica, with Tim on bass guitar. Pete Vanderift really likes the music. We had snacks of animal crackers and soda, Helen Link said she would get them in the box that looked like a circus car. Bruce Schneider with he's pals Charlie and Ronny. We enjoy the music and the jokes they tell. A good time was had by all.

Our Sing-Along had us singing and Bobbie Smith even did some dancing for us Mary Icolari and Anne Argento prefer the older songs. We also read some poetry, some classics and poems that were written by residents around the country in other assisted living.

Every Wednesday we get a visit from the Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Therapy. Jill with her dog Jessie and Marlene brings her dogs Sambuca and Martini. Nettie O'Hallen seems to have a special connection with the dogs. They really like her and she really likes them. Anne Argento says she has a dog named. Peanut.

Our top scorer on Monday bowling was Marge Taylor, with Anne McTierman and Tonnie Arena coming in second and third. The bean bag toss had Peggy Tone winning first place. This month's big Bingo winner was Nettie O'Halloran winning a prize with the most wins.

Birthdays Celebrated in January

  • Harriet Kulbokas on the 9th
  • Peggy Tone on the 18th
  • Celia Wysocki on the 28th

January's BINGO winner with the most games won is
Nettie O'Halloran

January Entertainment

  • Nina Et cetera
  • Bruce Schneider

Ongoing Activities

  • K of C BINGO: second Monday
  • Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church: every Sunday for Communion
  • Grace Gospel Church: second Saturday
  • Pastor Bonfiglio: second and fourth Thursday
  • P.R.A.T.T. (Patchogue Rotary Assisted Animal Assisted Therapy): every Wednesday

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