It is exciting to see the signs of warm weather and the hope of flowers blooming soon. Here at St. Ann’s, we always have many projects going on. We will continue to work on repairing the outside bricks, and this summer we need to repair our parking lot and curbs. We will be doing another fund drive letter this spring to help with such projects.
The Resident Program Service Department will be working on two projects. One is the repair of our Showcase on the first floor. This is where next to new items can be purchased and display items are placed. Sadly last year the glass shattered. To get it fully repaired it will cost $936. The other project is to get the floor in the Social Hall polished. We have two estimates, one to buff and put down 2 coats of finish for $3,975 and the other to sand, seal, and put down 3 coats of finish for $4,925. Any help would be greatly appreciated to help with the cost of these projects. So far $200 has been donated towards the repair of the showcase.
Recently we have had families and residents ask how can they help St. Ann’s out. You can put your donation in an envelope and place in the donation desk in the main lobby. You may also give to Jan Lappy or Sharon Lenzen personally.
We know everyone is anxious about getting out on the patio. Our Maintenance Department will be busy getting the patio ready to open
weather permitting. We have to make sure Sthe patio furniture is safe and clean. Some trimming and cleaning will take place before it can open. There are a lot of fun things planned for this summer! Hope you enjoy them and have a good time.
Scott and Jan
April can be a challenging month for many people in our area. The weather is grey and cold one day, sunny and beautiful the next. Hopefully April showers will bring May flowers and the sun will shine and the snow will melt away.
Join us on April 4th at 2:00 in the Social Hall for Open Forum. This is a time to meet with administration and find out what is going on at St. Ann’s. This month we will honor the Above and Beyond Employees from March and April. Then from 2:00 to 2:30 Scott will give the Administrator’s report. At 2:30 we will have a special guest. Maise Blaine, the State Ombudsman for Long term Care will give a presentation on, “Understanding our Differences.” She will also be doing some training with our staff at the end of the month.
Congratulations and Thank you to all who helped making our March Rummage and Bake Sale a success. Over $5,300 was raised in two days. Remarkable!
April is National Volunteer Month! Thank you for all of you who volunteer to make St. Ann’s such a special place. If you are not a registered volunteer check with Sharon and the Resident Program staff and get signed up. There are many ways you can volunteer.
Congratulations to the new Resident Council members! Nancy Marotta, Father Dan Dahlberg, Judy Hoffman and Chuck Carlson are joining the current members: Nancy Glad, Dorothy Miller, Karen Valentine, Father Doyle, Bea Banicki, Lorraine Singleton, Donna Dodge and oris DeGaetano.
A special THANK YOU TO DOROTHY KRABBE for serving on the council since…..Dorothy thank you for your years of service.
Have a Great Month and Happy Spring!
Scott and Jan
Only in Duluth can there be a storm with 10 to 12 inches of snow one day, and the next day 38 degrees and melting. The first day of spring is on March 20th which is nice to finally see after a long winter.
Like the weather St. Ann’s always changing. We are busy trying to restore the Front Office back to a functioning administrative and meeting space. The other project we are working on is the first floor signage and making the spaces and hallways friendly and welcoming. All nursing services are now on the first floor.
Hopefully we have seen the worst of the influenza and flu outbreak, but health officials are still warning we could have another wave of illness. Please continue to use precautions especially good hand hygiene.
We are glad to announce that Robin May has accepted the position of Interim Director of Nursing. Robin has been working in the Resident Care Services as an RN’s since May of 2017.
As of this writing, Scott will be heading to St. Paul to work with the State Legislature regarding St. Ann’s property taxes while they are in session. More to come as this project progresses.
Scott and Jan
The holidays are always such a wonderful time at Saint Ann’s. There are parties and more musical performances than I can keep track off. It is time to celebrate. It is time to reflect. It is time to enjoy the people we love in our lives and the memories of those no longer with us.
I happen to be a big fan of Christmas. I am certain that our staff will make our building look regal for the holidays. Bring on the lights, the trees, the fun and the Santa’s. Let’s enjoy this season together.
Scott and Jan
As always there is a lot going on at St. Ann’s. I wanted to give you an up-date on the biggest project, “One Brick at a Time”. The current project was to set-up a scaffolding tower and remove the damaged bricks from three window bays. That work has started, and some of the new bricks are already installed. Unfortunately, once the job started and we could examine the wall closer, there are many more areas in need of attention. We have plenty of extra bricks, but the cost of the project will increase as there will be more time involved and a second scaffolding tower needed. I am not sure as to the additional costs, be assured we will do everything needed to keep our patio area safe.
Thank You to everyone that has contributed to the project. To date we have raised the following funds:
Individual donations $6,215.00
Teamters Local 346 $2,000.00
Essentia Community Contributions $2,000.00
Ordean Foundation (Pledge) $2,000.00
Total Raised: $12,215.00
WISHING YOU A SAFE AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!
Scott and Jan