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Care4Ever Senior Care Center offers a variety of special features including:

  • ADA compliant facility
  • State certified, social model senior adult day care
  • Quality, trained staff, with on-going training
  • Nutritious meal/daily snacks approved by a registered dietician
  • Activities/exercise equipment, crafts, laughter & fun
  • Home-like setting, complete with family kitchen, living room, and quiet room
  • Shower room, bidet toilet - providing complete personal care as needed
  • Transportation for door-to-door service, Wheelchair Van, Sit & Lift Van
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School Was Simple Once
I attended grade school during the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration. You do the math. My first year was grade one at age 6. Kindergarten was available if you paid for it. I walked about a mile to school in sun, rain or snow. Some days I even walked back home for dinner and back to school again. You could buy your noon meal for 15 cents or take a brown-bag sandwich that my mom made while I was eating my oatmeal breakfast with fresh cream on top. Whole milk or buttermilk in a quarter-pint bottle was available for 2 cents. At recess you could buy an ice cream for a nickel. You had a choice of a Popsicle, Dreamsicle or a fudge bar. You could get two pretzel sticks or a bag of Fritos also priced at a nickel.   The classrooms had ceiling-to-floor windows to let the sun in to supplement the lightbulbs high above the desks. On warm days the windows were unlatched with a long pole with a hook on the end. One of my teachers insisted that the windows be opened for a while in the wintertime to get healthy fresh air in the room. After we shivered a while, the iron steam-heated radiators would spit and gurgle and warm you back up. If you happened to sit near one of those noisy beasts, you could be hot on one side and cold on the other. It took a while to heat those oiled, wooden floors and the plaster walls with several feet of slate blackboards. During the winter months we hung our coats on hooks in the long hallway and put our boots on the floor underneath. A huge circler hand-washing station was located there, and after soaping your hands, you could step on the pedal and rinse your hands before going to your classroom. You always washed up after recess, too. After the bell rang, we all went to our desks of dark wood and black iron sides to begin the day. Books were kept on a shelf underneath, and pencils lay in a grove at the top of the slanted desk next to a hole for an ink bottle. The seat was attached to the desk behind, and both pieces were bolted to the floor or on wood runners. No scooting around or leaning back in those days.We were assigned seats in alphabetical order, and roll call started the day. We stood next to our desks and pledged allegiance to the flag with its 48 stars and 13 stripes. “Under God” was added to the pledge and two more stars were sewn on the flag before the decade was over. Next we bowed our heads and recited the Lord’s Prayer before settling down to learn our reading, writing and arithmetic — the famous three R’s of yesteryear.  For recess we headed outside to the dusty dirt play ground with its tall swings and teeter-totters. A baseball game was always played in season with a real hardball and wooden bat. Sometimes we shot marbles inside a ring drawn in the dirt with a stick. My mother said I better come home with the same amount of marbles I left home with. In other words, don’t play “keepers.” If you got a cut or scrape and needed some mending, you went to the principal’s office for some iodine or a Band-Aid. It was also the office you went to for a paddling if you misbehaved anywhere on the school grounds.It was a bit different from the schools of today.
*Doug Bratcher lives in Liberty and handcrafts wooden barrels at Bratcher’s Cooperage in Corbin Mill downtown.
Originally Published on Thursday, August 16, 2012 under Articles & Insights
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