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February 20, 2019

Many residents look forward to vendors coming to their home. Some seniors are bound to the facility due to illnesses and other physical restrictions, so it is always nice to have a store come to them if they are unable to go on outings. As an activity professional, have you ever seen a vendor come in with up charged items? Or perhaps vendors who work for overpriced cosmetic and jewelry companies? I once had a handbag salesperson come to a previous home I had worked for that was selling bags for that cost $80.00 and over. It was absurd as many of the seniors living there would only have an allowance of $50 to $100 a month. Some residents only receiving Medicaid had a strict $50 a month budget. I tried putting myself into their positions and how discouraging it must feel to have all of these lovely items in front of you and not being able to buy them. One time I even had a vendor who had marketed themselves as a traveling dollar store but overheard them trying to sell items in a hair acc...

February 2, 2019

Legend has it that Punxsutawney Phil is given “Groundhog Punch" that he's fed every summer at the annual Groundhog Picnic (just a sip) that apparently extends his life for another seven years. So even if Phil misses out on six annual sips, he's still good to make weather predictions for the time being. That's some magical punch—the kind that foresees potential snags for nearly a full decade.

Punxsutawney Phil has an “inner circle,” a club that is devoted to planning events around Groundhog Day and also for ensuring he has his special punch each year.  

The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in the Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney, where crowds big as 40,000 gather each year. The tradition of watching a groundhog emerge from his burrow began as a custom among the German “Dutch” community in PA in 1887.And there are no other Phil’s but him to predict if spring will come in six weeks, just him. 

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