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November 11, 2017 Veteran’s Day

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, World War ended. This day became known as “Armistice Day.” “WWI or the Great War” officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919 near Versailles, France. However, the fighting had ceased seven months earlier when an armistice or temporary cessation of hostilities between the allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the Commemoration of Armistice Day. The day was celebrated with parades and public gatherings and a brief pause in business activities at 11:00 a.m. On November 11, 1921, an unidentified American soldier killed in the war was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington Va. after the U.S.
Congress voted to establish the tomb which later became known as “The Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers.”
November 11 became a legal federal holiday in the U.S. in 1938. In 1954, Armistice Day became Veteran’s Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. Veteran’s Day is dedicated to letting the surviving veterans know how much we appreciate their service and that they sacrificed their lives for us during the many wars and conflicts and to honor those who have survived; often with horrific injuries that will impact them for the rest of their lives.
To all the men and women who are currently serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan we honor and thank them for their service, for protecting our country and all our freedoms.
There are more than 21.2 million veterans in the U.S., according to the Census Bureau. Approximately 42% of U.S. veterans are over the age of 65. There are 9.6 million veterans 65 and older in 2012 and 1.8 million were younger than 35.

November 23, 2017 – Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. Thanksgiving is celebrated each year on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Thanksgiving in Canada falls on the same day as Columbus Day in the United States. The reason for the earlier Thanksgiving celebration in Canada has often been attributed to the earlier onset of winter in the north, thus ending the harvest season earlier. Because of the long standing traditions of the holiday, the celebration often extends to the weekend that falls closest to the day it celebrates.
Thanksgiving in North America had originated from a mix of European and Native traditions. Typically in Europe, festivals were held before and after the harvest cycles to give thanks for a good harvest, and to rejoice together after much hard work with the rest of the community. At that time, Native Americans had also celebrated the end of the harvest season. When Europeans first arrived in the Americas, they brought with them their own harvest festival traditions celebrating voyage, peace and good harvest.
In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition traces its origins to a 1621 celebration in Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. There is also evidence for an earlier harvest celebration on the continent by Spanish explorers in Florida during 1565, as well as Thanksgiving feasts in the Virginia Colony. The initial Thanksgiving observance at Virginia in 1619 was prompted by the colonists’ leaders on the anniversary of the settlement. While initially, the Plymouth colony did not have enough food to feed half of the 102 colonists, the Wampanoag Native Americans helped the Pilgrims by providing seeds and teaching them to fish. The practice of holding an annual harvest festival did not become a regular affair in New England until the late 1660’s. The claim of where the first Thanksgiving was held in the United States and even the Americas has often been a subject of debate. Many historians point out that the first Thanksgiving celebration in the United States was held in Virginia instead of Plymouth
Thanksgiving in the United States, much like in Canada, was observed on various dates throughout history. The dates of Thanksgiving in the era of the Founding Fathers until of Lincoln had been decided by each state on various dates. The first Thanksgiving celebrated on the same date by all states was in 1863 by presidential proclamation. The final Thursday in November had become the customary date of Thanksgiving in most U.S. states by the beginning of the 20th century. It was not until December 25, 1941, that the unified date changed to the fourth Thursday in November – this time by federal legislation. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, after two years earlier offering his own proclamation to move the date earlier, with the reason of giving the country an economic boost, agreed to sign a bill into law with Congress, making Thanksgiving a national holiday on the fourth Thursday in November.

November 27, 2017- Advent

Advent is supposed to be a four week period of spiritual preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth. This year Advent begins November 27 and continues through Christmas Eve. Why not make Advent an adventure designed for the enrichment in the spirit of Jesus, the spirit of love. Why not make the weeks before Christmas a time of spiritual disciplines like those of Lent, when individuals slow down to pray more, give up some things, and take up some new things? Why not adventure into seeing the sacred in the secular. Advent can be an adventure in selfless giving, in secret giving and in showing love!

Elyse Feltman

November 3rd, Friday – Cliché Day –There are a few theories about the origin of the word, cliché. The most popular one is that it originated from the 19th century French word, cliché, printer’s jargon for “stereotype”. A cliché or stereotype was a printing plate cast from moveable type. Clichés are much used expressions or ideas that have become trite or overused and lost their originality or novelty.
Below are original clichés:

Beat around the bush
Eye for an eye
In a nutshell
Knee-high to a grasshopper
Shoot the bull
Short and sweet

November 4th, Saturday-Full Moon
The Colonial American full moon names are beaver moon, frosty moon, and snow moon. The Cherokee Indian name is month of the trading moon, and the Ojibwe or Chippewa Indian name is the freezing up moon.

November 5, Sunday-Daylight Savings Time Ends-
“Spring ahead, fall back”
Standard time resumes at 2:00 a.m. on the first Sunday of November in each time zone. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 extended Daylight Savings Time beginning in 2007 (from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).

Check/Change Your Batteries Day-This day is held annually when Daylight Savings time ends, the first Sunday in November. This is the time to check/change batteries in smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and other electronic devices.

November 7, Tuesday – U.S. General Election Day
Local and state elections are held annually on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November as are congressional, senate and Presidential
Get out and VOTE. It’s an individuals’ responsibility to vote.

November 9, Thursday- Ragtime Lullabies w/Paul Bisaccia
2:00 Desserts & drinks to follow performance

November 10, Friday-Veterans Day Observed

November 11, Saturday
Quote for the day: “Gold is good in its place: but loving, brave, patriotic men are better than gold”

November 12, Sunday – Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
Chicken soup is good for everything – severe colds or flu and especially with Matzo Balls!!!!

November 13, Monday – World Kindness Day
Be kind to your neighbors and friends. The joy you will receive from doing this is worth everything!!

November 15, Wednesday – National Clean out your Refrigerator Day
The cleanliness of your refrigerator is tantamount to your health!!

November 18, Saturday – Birthday of Mickey Mouse, 1928

November 23, Thursday – Thanksgiving Day
Don’t eat too much Turkey!!

The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Check your TV listings for time and channel

November 24, Friday – Shopping Reminder Day- Black Friday
This day is a reminder that after today there are only 28 more shopping days, excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, until Christmas.

November 30, Thursday- Quote for the Day
“The amount of sleep required by the average person is about five minutes more.” William Misner


In order to continue our programming, attendance must increase. Please give these classes a try or our grants will not be renewed. Also, remember this is an independent living facility and residents are responsible for letting their aides, families and friends into the building. Security is an issue, please make proper arrangements.

Ellen Cyr
Just a few Reminders……….

~~~~If anyone has unwanted medicine (prescription or over the counter), Please bring it to the office for disposal.

~~~~ Federation Homes has a food pantry for all residents to use.
If you are in the need of something, please let us know.


Residents and Staff have once again adopted TWO FAMILIES (in
town) for the holiday season. At this time, we are seeking monetary donations to purchase Thanksgiving dinner supplies for our families. If you are able to contribute, that will be wonderful. PLEASE bring your Thanksgiving monetary donations to the office. Thanks in advance!


It is THAT time of year again! Have you met with ELLEN yet?
She is working hard to ensure that your emergency information is up to date (file of life for your refrigerator) , updated release of information is signed, AND Medicare exploration, to ensure that all of your medications will be covered for next year! Don’t assume that they will!
Better SAFE than SORRY! Sign-up sheets are ON THE CORKBOARD outside the main office. Open Enrollment is from Oct 15th-Dec 7th!

It’s Planting Time Again!

Please join Eric, from the People Plant Connection, for a wonderful horticulture program on Monday, November 13th, 2017 at 1:30PM. Sign up on the Corkboard outside the office, if you are interested in attending.

ED Hour
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
1:30pm in the Dining Room

Please join in welcoming Chris Keating, from the HARTFORD COURANT! Chris will be here to talk CURRENT EVENTS/POLITICS! You don’t want to miss this event!!!!