Several hundred Masons and members of the Knights Templar attended ceremonies marking the 100th Anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of the Knights Templar Building on the campus of the Masonic Care Community. This building, was the first dormitory for girls on campus. In the 1940's as the number of Masonic Home Kids had declined,the first floor of the Knights Templar Building became the first Occupational Therapy Department, with the upper floors converted into a school for grades k through 6th. Today, the building houses various offices. We invite you to visit this beautiful structure, which is the 2nd oldest building on the Masonic Care Community Campus. The first floor hallway has photos of the various ways this building has served our campus over its 100 years.
Repairs to historic Daniel D. Tompkins Memorial Chapel have begun as the four bells that made up the Westminster Chimes were removed from the chapel steeple on May 12. The bells, weighing 996lb, 464lb,328lb and 253lb make up the Chapel's "peal" which is a group of bells of different sizes and weights that create different tones. The bells were made by the Meneely Bell Company in Troy New York and according to the company ledgers, were shipped to the Masonic Home on November 11, 1926, 16 years after the Daniel D. Tompkins Chapel was dedicated. Interestingly, there is a history tied to the individuals working on this project as well. Jospeh P.Duffy was employed by the Meneely Bell Company starting in 1919 and was working at the company when the bells were made and shipped to Utica. Today, his grandson Joseph P. Duffy III from Church Specialists was on the job today as the bells were removed. There are plaques on each of the bells that read " Presented to the Trustees of the Masonic Hall and Asylum Fund, December 1926 by Queen City Lodge No. 358 in Memory of MW Christopher G. Fox, Grand Master 1872-1873."
Acacia Home Care Aide Ready to Ride for Missing Children
Debbie Wilmot, a Home Health Aide with Acacia Home Care is preparing for a major challenge, to join the hundreds of area cyclists in the Annual Ride for Missing Children on May 15th. Debbie originally was a runner, participating in several Boilermaker Road Races. She discovered cycling as running was taking a toll on her knees, but needed a goal so she got involved in the Ride for Missing Children. "As I got involved" Debbie says," I realized this Annual event is much more than biking accross the region. Hearing the stories from the families and meeting them is so inspriing". Debbie is looking forward to her first ride with the group, starting out from the New Harford Shopping Cener at 5:00 am Friday Morning. She says she will be taking it all in, and says the courage and strength of the families of missing children will carry her through. If you would like to support the Ride for Missing Children, you can contact Debbie at email@example.com.
To ensure the safety of our residents, visitors and staff, the Masonic Care Community has implemented some new proceedures for accessing Wiley Hall and the Health Pavilion. All external doors will be locked between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am. Visitors during those hours will be required to utilize the access phone to gain entry. Phones are located between the front access doors to Wiley and the Health Pavilion, as well as the garage entrance to the Health Pavilion. The Masonic Care Community is committed to providing a safe environment for our residents, their visitors and our staff.
Many of us love pets. At the Masonic Care Community, we welcome visitors to bring their four legged family members to visit. But we do require you present proof of an up to date rabies vaccination as required by New York State Law. Please carry the certificate given you by your vet, which includes a description of your pet, with you at all times. The tag on your pet's collar is not proof of vaccination. Please make sure your pet is clean, as animal fleas or other parasites can easily be transfered to bedding or carpet in a household. Please keep your pets off the furniture, especially in the common areas of our facility. And when you take your pet outside "to do his business" please clean up after him. Keep pets out of areas where food is being handled.
What the Baby Boomers Are Looking For in Retirement Living
by Kathy Contino-Turner
The Holiday season is upon us. If your plans include visiting elderly friends or relatives, there are some warning signs to look out for to make sure your senior is safe and happy.
On October 28th, all hospitals, health care centers and skilled nursing homes will be subject to new state regulations regarding smoking and the use of tobacco products. Smoking is prohibited on these properties, and within 15 feet of the entrance to the property.