The side porch at Hodgdon Green, the assisted-living home in Damariscotta, has become a comfortable, relaxing, pleasant retreat for the men at the home, especially on those late, warm fall days. We now have six men in residence plus a day visitor, and the porch provides an ideal gathering spot.
A new resident has been welcomed into the “family” at Hodgdon Green. David Faulkingham comes from Friendship, although Cushing was his home. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard, and had his own band called the Wingnuts for 24 years. He played the sax, the guitar, and other stringed instruments. He has three daughters and one son, and seems to be fitting right in with the folks at Hodgdon Green.
A dear, dear lady that I so enjoyed visiting has passed on. Shirley Haley, formerly of South Bristol, always greeted me with a welcoming smile, and our chats covered all sorts of topics. I will miss her.
Other home news: Lila Blechman had a visitor from Vermont recently, which brightened her day and recalled many times of enjoyment in the past. Carol Teel is holding her art classes on Mondays. Many of the residents’ masterpieces are hung up on the walls of the home. Recently, the residents and their families were treated to an outdoor barbecue, put on by the home staff. It was reported to be “super.”
Coming up in October is a planned trip to the Maine State Museum. These outings are always looked forward to with anticipation and remembered long after. Volunteer Angie, who has been serving in the kitchen as well as helping with residents’ needs, is leaving. Her dedication and willing hands have been greatly appreciated, and a big “thank you” goes go her.
Once again, the invitation goes out to all to come to the monthly Coffee House this Friday, Oct. 6 from 9-11 a.m. All our readers, neighbors, families, and friends are invited to come to Hodgdon Green on Friday, visit with residents and staff, enjoy the wonderful pastries and goodies, and view all the artwork on the walls. You will be glad you came.
A “philosofact” from the Farmers’ Almanac: “The best way to forget your own problem is to help someone else solve his.”