PARIS – The weeklong 10th birthday celebration at the Maine Veterans’ Home included a variety of attractions and activities for residents, families and staff. “There was something for everyone, and the atmosphere all week was exciting,” said staff member Megan Curtis.

Events included a bake-off contest, with judges made up from staff, residents and friends. There were more than 20 entries, and all were taste tested by the judges. Consideration was also given for the degree of work involved with producing the dessert and the presentation of the finished product.

The pet show featured the pets of staff members and families. Entrants included dogs, a kitten, guinea pig, and a pair of performing ferrets. Some entrants were dressed for the occasion, and some performed their tricks for the audience. Categories for prizes included best dressed, funniest, cutest, most original and friendliest.

Red, White, and Blue Day was celebrated when staff and residents dressed in those colors. An ice cream buffet with toppings of red, white and blue was also held. Earlier in the day, breakfast was prepared for the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. staff.

An Italian buffet lunch was prepared by the Dietary Department. Items included meatballs, lasagna, hot sausage, gnocchi, soups, salads and a variety of dessert cakes.

An employee appreciation banquet was held for staff and their families. A catered cookout was served, and employees who reached five and 10 years of service were presented certificates and gifts. Eleven staff members received gifts for 10 years and 17 were given five-year gifts. Bob St. Pierre, CFO from the MVH Central Office in Augusta, offered words of congratulations to the staff for their commitments over the years. Entertainment for the evening was provided by Gary Crocker, Maine humorist.

A gala birthday party was held in the facility’s multi-purpose room. Approximately 150 people attended the party, and Congressman Mike Michaud was on hand to offer congratulations to the facility. From MVH Central Office in Augusta, Tim Politis, CEO, and Phil Jean, COO, offered praise and continued success to the staff, residents and families.

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