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Christmas 2017

It was a December to remember at Nu-Roc Community Healthcare in Laona. The entire month was filled with activity, fun, laughter, celebrating, music, and most of all……..love.

The holiday season kicked off early with Nu-Roc welcoming friends and family to a party the first week in December. Everybody was treated to an entertaining afternoon with music provided by Greg Tallier of Wabeno. By the end of the day residents, staff, and families were kicking up their heels and dancing. The celebrations continued all month long as residents welcomed performances by the St. John’s Lutheran Church choir, Forest Larger Parish, the Laona High School Band, the Wabeno Elementary School 4 th graders, the Wabeno girl scouts, and the Wabeno Area Players. Lee Lamers from Wabeno entertained with excellent music and corny jokes. Residents were given stamps and Christmas cards to send out from the VFW Auxiliary in Laona. There were cookies to decorate (And eat!), candy to make, sing a longs, craft projects, and a special Christmas Eve church service by Dennis Larson of Wabeno. Residents were able to go shopping at Family Dollar in Laona, and enjoy a lunch party with Sub sandwiches catered in. In addition to all of this, the Friday afternoon bowling league continued, as well as the morning exercise group and all of the other countless activities that occur every month.

And then there were gifts! St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Crandon and Forest Larger Parish in Wabeno gifted each resident with something special, chosen just for them. St. Leonard’s Catholic Church in Laona remembered several residents on their giving tree, and several other area churches and Veterans’ groups visited and saw to it that their members were given something special. Several ladies and organizations brought in homemade quilts, afghans, blankets, fruit baskets, and candy.

The highlight of the season was undoubtedly the Christmas Party hosted by the Wabeno Lions Club. There was music, food, and Santa dropped in. Several individuals and organizations donated money to ensure that each resident was given something special. Special thanks to the Wabeno Lions Club, the McCaslin Lions Club, the Wabeno Knights of Columbus, the Laona Lions Club, Health Direct Pharmacy, St. Ambrose Catholic Women, St. Leonards Social Concerns, Trinity Lutheran Ladies Aid, Weber/Hill Funeral Home, and Patrick Glasl.

The week after Christmas brought cold temperatures but the fun didn’t stop. There was an afternoon of gossip and hot chocolate, a 100 th birthday party for Tilly Wall, and of course, a New Years Eve extravaganza.

During a discussion on the busy season, one resident summed it up by saying, “My favorite part was all the caroling and music.” Another resident added, “It was the best Christmas ever!!” It was a very special season at Nu-Roc and everybody who was a part of it deserves a big thank you. Happy New Year!

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