By Jean Clark
Christmas and New Year holidays are often a lonely time for residents of nursing homes, especially if their families live far away. Five Christmas parties, each planned by residents with the help of staff and volunteers, were held Dec. 22 for the residents of Wharton Homes and the children of the Wharton, Home Health and Fletcher House staff in Pleasant Hill.
Sixty Wharton residents received personal gifts selected with each individual in mind. Thirty-nine children signed up, and others showed up to attend the parties and receive a gift. Santa gave personal attention to the children and residents alike.
Thanks to Liz Lewis, Beverly Hull, Jane Heald and Marian Ziebell, who played the piano at four of the parties. Carol singing was part of the fun. Wonderful pictures of each gathering were taken by Carol Sheeley and Jean and Don Nelson. Carol also helped Wharton residents to wrap some of the children’s presents. Dave Harsh and Duncan Everett made sure that Santa visited the four parties that invited him.
Fletcher residents made a party out of wrapping the presents for the residents in three of the Wharton Homes. Will and Martha Rabert shopped and wrapped the resident gifts for the Braun Home and helped those residents wrap the gifts for the Braun Home children. Barbara Everett enjoyed shopping for the gifts for residents in the other three Wharton Homes and Pat Robbennolt did all of the shopping for children’s gifts. The dietary staff at Fletcher and Wharton provided all of the refreshments for each party.
Other bringers of holiday cheer were the new Brownie Troop of the Pleasant Hill Elementary School and visits from Neighbors Together’s Victorian St. Nicholas and his wife.
School returned after the winter break in time for second nine weeks report cards to go home. The data from students’ performance is divided into two categories. Achievement data is a measure of overall student performance. It includes the percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced on the TCAP. Academic growth shows how much progress students made in a year.
Parent-teacher conferences are being held today from 3:15 to 6:15 pm. On Friday, Jan. 18, the PTO will be holding a Reverse Beauty Pageant at 6:30 pm. Come and find out just what this means. Varsity basketball is played every Thursday at 6 pm. During these winter months of possible inclement weather, the parents are urged to listen to local radio stations to hear updates on school delays or closing.
At the Pleasant Hill January Town Council meeting, Mayor Dwenger again offered to make green 911 signs for residents at cost, approximately $10-15. Call city hall at 277-3813 for more information. The mayor gave a report on the Legislative Breakfast he attended in Crossville.
After the holidays, all pick-ups by town maintenance are back on schedule: Tuesdays, brush pick-up; and Thursdays, garbage pick-up, from those who have paid their yearly fee, which is due again soon. Paper recycling at town hall, which is Thursdays from 2 to 4 pm and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Plastics, bottles, cans and cardboard are picked up from all residents the second Wednesday of every month.