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THUMBS UP! Enthusiastic Senator Seward Greets Celebratory Parade On His Rebound

THUMBS UP!

Enthusiastic Senator Seward Greets

Cavalcade Celebrating His Rebound

In front of his North Main Street home, State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, gives a thumbs up at 2 p.m. today to a parade organized by fellow members of the Milford Methodist Church to celebrate his return from Albany Medical Center and his continuing recuperation at home.  Wife Cindy, inset, joined him in waving to their friends and supporters.  Suffering from coronavirus, the senator rebounded from an induced coma and being on a ventilator to return home last Monday.  Lola Rathbone, who organized the parade, said she decided on an auto cavalcade because it would ensure social distancing was maintain. Milford Mayor Brian Pokorny was organizing a walk-by parade on Sunday, but delayed it to a later date due to the same concern.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Lola Rathbone, Otesaga Will Be Honored At 20th Epicurean Fest

Lola Rathbone, Otesaga Will Be

Honored At 20th Epicurean Fest

Lola Rathbone

COOPERSTOWN – Helios Care will honor Lola Rathbone of Milford, former president/CEO of its predecessor, Catskill Area Hospice, and The Otesaga at its 20th annual Epicurean Food & Wine Tasting, planned 3-6 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at The Otesaga.

The event is open to the public and will benefit nonprofit Helios Care, the leading provider in palliative and hospice care and grief counseling locally.

At Covenant Service, Congregation Opens Door To New Chapter

OPEN HOUSE 3-6 SATURDAY

At Covenant Service,

Congregation Opens

Door On New Chapter

The Milford Methodist Church Building Committee gathers this evening after a Covenant Service, where the congregation recommitted itself to a new chapter in the local church’s 150-year history.   Front row, from left, are Al Dubreuil, Emily Mattison-Welsh, Pastor Sylvia Barrett, Lola Rathbone, committee chair, Tom Rathbone and Sandy Andrews; top row, from left, state Sen. Jim Seward, Bill Triolo, Russell Freer and David Meade.  Inset, Pastor Sylvia, assisted by Meade, gives communion to 80 congregants, including Miranda Cotten.  An open house for the community is 3-6 p.m. Saturday (June 8), with the Dedication and Confirmation Service at 10:45 Sunday (June 9).  The new church on Route 28, just north of Milford, replaces one that burned Sunday, March 12, 2017.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Thanksgiving and Hospice: Blessings Abound

Thanksgiving and Hospice: Blessings Abound

Edition of Thursday-Friday, Nov. 27-28, 2014

Editor’s Note: Lola Rathbone is president/CEO of the Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care.

Thanksgiving is about family, traditions and a time to be thankful for life’s blessings. Hospice, too, is about family, traditions and a time to be thankful for life’s blessings. Thanksgiving comes once a year. Every day we are privileged to offer a wide variety of “Thanksgivings” to our Hospice families.

Personally, one of my most memorable Thanksgivings was my father-in-law’s last Thanksgiving. We traveled to Hagerstown, Pa., just as we traditionally had for many Thanksgivings in the past. My father-in-law, a Hospice patient for eight months, was happy to be “home” to celebrate this special family holiday. He was in his comfy flannel PJs and his well-worn plaid bathrobe. He wanted to get dressed for dinner, so we helped him get – according to his term – “presentable.” If you have a loved in a place like a hospice cleveland facility, you know that they are getting the care they need, as it can be a lot for anyone to look after a relative who needs a higher level of care. Even though there are in a hospice, allowing them to create memories over time is also very important.

He requested his favorite Pennsylvania Dutch holiday treat, “hog maw” (cabbage, potatoes, and sausage stuffed in a pig’s stomach and roasted to a deep golden brown). As awful as this may sound, it truly is delicious and filled the house with a mouthwatering aroma, he loved it! His wish was made possible because he was able to be “at home” because of the excellent care his Hospice Team gave him.

This experience inspires me to remember at all times that our Hospice is here to provide Hospice families with their “Thanksgiving,” regardless of what time of year it is. Our goal is to help patients and families “Feel Better” so they can “Live Better.” This can often result in people living longer than those who do not use Hospice.

Because so many people have caught on to using Hospice much sooner, they not only have the time, they have the “quality of time” needed to benefit from the opportunity of making their “Thanksgivings” possible. In life, we only get one shot at making these beautiful, lifelong memories – it is our privilege and commitment to everyone we serve.

Right now we are helping one of our patients plan a family reunion. His family is coming in from out of town. They will all get together for a wonderful dinner and time-sharing memory and creating new ones. What a blessing!
November is National Hospice Month, but we celebrate Hospice every day through the stories and experiences our Hospice families give to us.

We are here for you, to help you “Feel and Live Better,” and to help make your “Thanksgiving Wishes” come true.

Cooperstown Embraces ‘Tree Of Life’ Idea

Cooperstown Embraces ‘Tree Of Life’ Idea,

Joining Oneonta, Cobleskill; Aiding Hospice

Lola Rathbone, president/CEO, Catskill Area Hospice, welcomes 40 people who gathered a few minutes ago for the lighting of a Tree of Life, bearing handmade heart ornaments in memory of lost loved ones, in front of 22 Main St., Cooperstown's village hall.  The trees are a tradition in Oneonta and Cobleskill, but this is Cooperstown's first, the idea of Mary Margaret Sohn.  The A Coopella group sang Christmas carols, and Bruce Markusen read a poem, "Hospice Lights."  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Lola Rathbone, president/CEO, Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, welcomes 40 people who gathered a few minutes ago for the lighting of a Tree of Life, bearing handmade heart ornaments in memory of lost loved ones, in front of 22 Main St., Cooperstown’s village hall. The trees are a tradition in Oneonta and Cobleskill, but this is Cooperstown’s first, the idea of Mary Margaret Sohn. The A Coopella group sang Christmas carols, and Bruce Markusen read a poem, “Hospice Lights.” (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
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