Annual Nursing Home Picnic held


OTISFIELD — On a lovely sunny day in mid-September, the annual Nursing Home Picnic was held at the Otisfield Community Hall. Members of the East Otisfield Free Baptist Church and townspeople work together to put this event on.

The Rev. Genise Stern set the menu and spearheaded the effort. She invited residents from the Maine Veterans Home, Market Square Healthcare Center, Norway Rehabilitation and Living Center and Casco Country Village Assisted Living. About 80 residents and health-care workers attended.

Jean Jalbert manned the grills, turning out hamburgers, cheeseburgers, red and brown hot dogs as fast as possible. A crew of runners, servers and health-care workers delivered food to the residents. The menu included three kinds of beans, a variety of salads, ice cream and cookies.

Volunteers included Callie Zilinsky, Ann Johnstone, Carol Trebilcock, Kathy Lothrop, Jean Pottle, Raye Rowe, Ethel Turner, June Van Mourik, Dinie Dunham, Pat Heintz, Priscilla Delehanty, Alana Grover, Vickie Rogers, and the always willing and helpful Jean Jalbert.

Entertainment was provided by Betty DeCoteau, Art Rogers, Pastor Eric Hanson of Hosanna Church, Bert Rugg, Elaine Moore, Chris Wallace and Doug Rugg, with the help of “roadie” Caroline Currier.

“It was such a nice atmosphere. Everybody was comfortable and felt welcome,” said Priscilla Delehanty.