Published by Villages I and II Retirement Community
Nazareth, Kentucky 40048

April 2009


This is your good-news newsletter, intended to be an honest, simple reflection of happy events, healing, hopeful spirit and ideas. It will be posted on the first of each month with your events calendar. We welcome resident and staff input, but – remember – space is limited. Congratulations to Francis Dixon, who submitted our winning masthead title. Thanks for all suggestions. rgb


A Word from Sister Ann, Director
2009 is an exciting year for Nazareth Villages. Thirty years ago, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth entered into the ministry of housing, with the opening of Nazareth Village I. Ten years later, Nazareth Village II became a reality. We appreciate YOU, our residents. Henry and Henrietta (Michelle’s creations) have been invited back from Hawaii to be distinguished guests (along with state-government officials) at Nazareth Home, Louisville, Kentucky, during National Nursing Home Week, in May. ‘Wonder if they will stop by Nazareth Village? Be on the lookout!!!

Noticed, Admired, Welcomed
Bingo players were pleasantly surprised with fresh, new cards and supplies, gifts of Regina Spatholt, daughter of Roberta Holmes, an ardent Bingo player. She’d joined a game during a recent visit, saw the need and filled it. Elaine Mattingly, faithful coordinator of Bingo, sent a note of thanks to Regina…Tony Holt is a generous, dependable driver for a resident friend who requires regular care at Veterans’ Administration Hospital, Louisville…Many other unheralded volunteers in both Villages assist with laundry, shopping, delivering mail, cleaning hallways, pruning/feeding plants and planting gardens. ..A cute, fuzzy canine, Luke, has entered Carolyn Ballard’s life…Welcome back to Myrtle, our badly injured housekeeper…Pat Davenport sparkled in aqua as matron-of-honor at the March wedding of her brother, at historic Wickland…Most exciting news is of the upgrading of the Village I 30-year-old cabinets, sinks, and ranges. With easy-grasp hardware, the light oak doors brighten our cooking corners and some folks were prompted to get modern tea kettles, smaller microwave ovens, fresh towels, or upright paper towel holders. Some say their kitchen chores are more cheerful, now. Some new refrigerators and dryers will be installed soon at Village II.

Recycling Program – we’re so-o green!
After months of recycling multi-bags of our soda bottles – along with cardboard, plastic containers, coated paper – we found a North Carolina yarn spun of polyester and recycled plastic bottles! That soft green scarf gracing Sister Mary is knitted of it, as is violet plum that purple-loving Sister Ann enjoys. (Sister Molly’s peach one is a work-in-progress.) Post-storm volunteers gathered up shattered limbs littering our yard, then, Wayne – with tractor/trailer – dragged them to a landfill. Cabinets and stoves removed from apartments are being reused elsewhere; metal sinks and hoods have been recycled. More books are circulating, too: on free-book tables in VI laundry, near the Bank, fourth-floor lounge and in the computer room of Village II. Used, closed-captioned and regular movies are lent free from a shelf in Village I’s computer room for those with VCR players.

Just a Thought
Work, reading and prayer fight mental depression. –Saint Bernadette