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Kindred all decked out for Christmas

| December 14, 2012

Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation had a Christmas decorating contest today, Dec. 14. Four area residents judged each decorated area and announced that the entryway at Kindred, made to look like the North Pole, had won. The Island of Misfit Toys came in at second place.

COSHOCTON – Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation is all decked out for the holidays and had a judging contest today, Dec. 14 to see who would take home the coveted first place. Four area judges including Mayor Steve Mercer, Todd Shroyer of Coshocton EMS, Sheriff Timothy Rogers, and Mary Beck from the Commissioner’s office, judged seven decorated areas of Kindred to determine a winner.

Staff at Kindred broke up into teams and decorated the entryway, living room, dining room, south wing, central wing, north wing, and the therapy room for Christmas. Each room had a different theme and included the North Pole, Angels, Mrs. Claus’ Bake Shop, Winter Wonderland, Old-Fashioned Christmas, Island of Misfit Toys, and Let It Snow!

As the four judges went from room to room, bribes were offered (and accepted) by the judges including pens, a sticky note set, cookies, hot chocolate, grape juice, and Santa cookies.

After the judges collected their thoughts over cookies in the dining room, Mayor Mercer announced that The North Pole entryway area had won with a total of 39 points out of a possible 40. The team will receive small prizes for one week as their reward. The Island of Misfit Toys came in second with a total of 37 points.

“Personally, I think they were all really good,” said Rogers. “I think the North Pole and the Island of Misfits were exceptional.”

“I really liked the decorations in the North Pole, but the Island of Misfits went above and beyond,” said Beck.

Third place went to Let It Snow with a total of 30 points. Mrs. Claus’ Bake Shop and An Old-Fashioned Christmas tied for fourth place with 24 points, Angels were awarded sixth place with 21 points, and Winter Wonderland came in seventh with a total of 13 points.

“Thank you to everyone who made this Christmas a real show piece for all of your residents,” said Mercer. “It really looks nice.”

“It feels really good to win,” said Kim Blanton, team North Pole. “But there is a good competition going on. Everybody did a great job. We get to see a smile on the residents’ faces. One resident had tears in her eyes when she saw it.”

“We’ve had a lot of fun talking about it,” said Darla Carlisle, administration coordinator, “You were kind of thrown in with some folks you don’t regularly work with. You get to work with others in a different capacity.”

Kindred is also adopting a family from the Homeless Shelter for the holidays and are collecting donations to help make their Christmas extra special. They are also inviting children to drop off letters to Santa at their facility. Letters must be dropped off by Dec. 21 and Santa will answer each letter personally.

Speaking of the jolly old elf, he will be making a special appearance tomorrow at Kindred with a present for each resident.

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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