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News from Executive Director, Vickie Snyder

From the sounds of the holiday cheer here this past month, I am sure all of you enjoyed your holiday celebrations! This year we added a menorah lighting service starting on December 16th and ending on December 24th. It was a true pleasure to hear Al Rosenberg and Marilyn Barkin-Wood recite the traditional prayers. 

As we move into 2015 I am hoping that we continue to learn more and to share more experiences. I encourage everyone – residents, family, friends and staff – to please let Melissa or I know if you have any experiences you wish to share.

As we start the new year, I would like to acknowledge the DevonHouse staff for all the kindness and compassion they have shown over the holiday season. Having spent over thirty years in healthcare, I know it is hard to be away from your loved ones on these traditional family holidays. What has always amazed me is that there are so many who do not look at holiday time spent at DevonHouse as a job, but rather as a time to share the joy of the season with their DevonHouse family.

I also want to thank all of our residents and their families for the wonderful goodies they brought in for our enjoyment. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

News from Chef Jim’s Kitchen

I would like to thank those of you who purchased a pie over the holidays. I will bring the promotion back beginning next November, before the start of the 2015 holiday season.

In January, we will ring in 2015 on New Year’s Day by eating the traditional meal of pork and sauerkraut – it’s supposed to bring you luck the entire year. I will be eating as much as I can! The holiday meal will be served over the lunchtime hours.

Baker’s club will meet January 22nd at 2:00 p.m. We prepare our creation and bake it directly in the activity room oven. Only those of you who help get to reap the benefits! Everyone is welcome.

Keep your eye on the calendar for our football themed buffet and social.

News from the Activity Department

The holidays were a blast as usual at DevonHouse! We had more than ten volunteer groups here making our holidays brighter. A special thanks to our neighbors, Penn Treaty, which hosted a Friday coffee social, and Lehigh Valley Hospital, which donated over 90 wrapped gifts. We reciprocated by placing our annual hat and scarf tree in the Lehigh Valley Hospital emergency room lobby for everyone to enjoy.

Our Holiday Craft Bazaar was a huge success! We raised $238 dollars. Thank you to all residents who helped make the crafts and who purchased items. A special thank you to Donald Bleiler for donating his puzzles. Also, special thanks to Jan Medence and Sandy Beltz who were our sales clerks.

Our bake sale in November, which benefited “Cookies for Kids’ Cancer,” had similar successful results. We donated $234 to benefit childhood cancer research.

In January we will be hosting three new entertainers in addition to our old favorites. Your feedback is welcome!

Please visit our events page for more information about our resident events and activities.