Where has our summer escaped to? I find it hard to believe that August is upon us. It does mean there is still some warm weather left and I have to admit that I love fall the most. You just can’t beat that crisp air and orange leaves.
Our building projects are moving along, the first thing that you will notice will be the work in the Social Hall. The project will begin in early September and that room really won’t be available for our use until October. I know it will be beautiful in the end and this restoration will buy us many more years of use of that wooden floor. I just want to say “Thank You” to everyone that has donated and volunteered at fund-raisers to help make this project a real-ity.
The next topic isn’t much fun to talk about, but necessary. I received a letter from Saint Mary’s Star of the Sea church. They wanted me to remind you that their land, parking lot and building is smoke free. Please be good neighbors and abide by their wishes.
Thank You for choosing Saint Ann’s as your home and have a great August!
Scott and Jan
On June 21st Summer finally arrived! Saint Ann’s celebrated with another one of our epic rummage and bake sales. I want to thank all of those who volunteered and all of you that came. I was very excited to buy a very nice love seat for the Sun Room in my cabin. I know it is a lot of work, but the funds raised at these sales are very important to our organization.
Speaking about funds, we have surpassed the amount needed for the simpler phase of the Social Hall floor. The root beer float fundraiser was very successful, thanks to all of you. I always enjoy the opportunity to play music and have fun. If I can do it and raise money for a Saint Ann’s project, even better. A special Thank You to Jason from Maintenance (drums) and my friend Kyle Mehlem (electric guitar) for volunteering their time and skills.
July, of course, brings our picnic for the 4th of July. We will be celebrating on Tuesday, July 3rd this year. Amazing picnic food and live music awaits you all on the patio. Residents eat and party for free, your guests will need to purchase a $3 ticket.
Have fun…enjoy the weather and the Holiday!
Scott and Jan
Scott and Jan
See our upcoming Rummage and Bake Sale and Root Beer Float Fundraiser!
With summer comes warm sunny days (maybe lol), an opened patio at St Ann’s, the return of our bus for outings and construction. We have three projects that will start at some point this season:
More Bricks: Last fall we just didn’t have enough time to finish our brick project on the west wall of our patio area. As with all projects, we found more damage than was initially expected. Please respect the caution tape stay clear of the west wall, however enjoy the rest of the patio.
Parking Lot and Sidewalks: Our parking lot is in major need of being sealed and having cracks repaired. Our sidewalks and curbs in the front of the building need repair as well. There is some coordinating to do regarding parking once the project begins. No date is set, there will be more information as we get closer to the project date. Projected finish date of November 1st.
Social Hall Flooring: The finish on our floor has peeled and the floor itself has some warping in places. I think there was some mis-information about this project. There are two possible outcomes depending on how much money we raise.
Option #1: Strip off the old finish, apply a new finish and buff it out. This will give us a beautiful new floor, but will not level the floor. Estimated cost approximately $4,000.00
Option #2: Same as above and the wooden floor is sanded level. Estimated cost: $8,000.00
We have a projected start date for the first week of September.
If you would like to make a donation towards any of the construction projects, it would be greatly appreciated. No donation is too small.
Scott and Jan
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