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Pleasant View pre-prom brings all generations together

April 29th, 2014

Hannah Griglione, her date Nolan Blankenship, and Hannah's grandmother, Marge, pictured above.

Hannah Griglione, her date Nolan Blankenship, and Hannah’s grandmother, Marge, pictured above.

On Saturday April 26, Pleasant View hosted a pre-prom celebration for students of Ottawa High School.

Over 50 students attended the party, took pictures at Pleasant View and visited with residents.

Two antique cars were available to take pictures with and snacks were provided for the prom-goers. They also took pictures inside Pleasant View and took the time to see residents.

One attendee, Hannah Griglione, came and visited with her grandmother, who lives at Pleasant View.

Taylor Marvin, student at Ottawa High School said that she attended the event because she “thought the residents would love to see the dresses, and it was so nice. Everyone was inviting and kind.”


Pleasant View recognizes dedicated service of professionals

April 25th, 2014

PV_recogPleasant View hosted a dinner to recognize milestone achievements of employees on April 21. The evening provided an opportunity to thank those individuals who have faithfully served the residents, families and friends of Pleasant View throughout the years.

11 employees were recognized, with their combined years of service equaling 130 years. Nancy Arreguin, Nurse Team Supervisor celebrated 30 years of service to Pleasant View, with Patricia Jones, MDS Coordinator, celebrating 25 years. Celebrating 15 years were Kendra Cross, Nurse Team Supervisor, and Linda Lyon, Dining Services Aide, 10 years; Carrie Seibert, Nurse, and Krista Schinzel, Certified Family Partner, and 5 years; April Strothman, CNA, Kara Hamilton, Nurse, Leslie Pandolfi, CNA, Barbara Oslanzi, Environmental Services Aide, and Breanne Armstrong, Nurse.

“We thank all the professionals who work to provide compassionate care as they exceed expectations to each and every one of our residents every day, and today, we specifically celebrate those who have made a commitment to serving the residents of Pleasant View,” said Executive Director of Pleasant View, Becky Cattani. 

Pleasant View volunteer staying active

April 23rd, 2014

spiderwebSpider Purcell has been volunteering at Pleasant View since 1998. His mother used to live at Pleasant View, and he began transporting individuals to church services on Sundays. He has continued to do so, and faithfully comes to Pleasant View each week, if not more often.

“I just asked if I could help one day. There were lots of people trying to get to church on the second, third and fourth floors, and I thought, ‘well, I could help with that! As I started helping, other people began to help out as well,” said Spider.

Spider, a former physical education and driving instructor, taught at Ottawa High School for seventeen years. He is also an alumnus of Ottawa High School. He returned after teaching in other locations to teach in Ottawa, where he had grown up. He says he sees people he has known for years, and even has some friends living in Hearthstone Assisted Living at Pleasant View.

Along with volunteering at Pleasant View, Spider stays active, biking and swimming every morning for a half hour. He rides his bike or his electric scooter to Pleasant View.

Spider thoroughly enjoys his work at Pleasant View and has seen the changes to the community over the years. He has also gotten to know many of the residents. His friendly and familial relationships with residents and staff are evident through his jovial smile and positive attitude.

“Its just, when you come over here, you see people you can help out, who don’t always have family, and you can just reach out and touch them, smile at them, and they seem so appreciative; it’s a good feeling,” says Spider. 

Ottawa Elks Lodge 588 names Pleasant View grant recipient

April 8th, 2014

The Ottawa Elks Lodge nominated Pleasant View to be a recipient of the Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant, which has been recently awarded to them for life enrichment programming this summer in the amount of $2,000.

The Beacon Grant goes to support different community efforts that are “new, ongoing, charitble, Elks-led and program-oriented,” according to the Elks National Foundation website.

Pamela Beckett, Foundation Regional Director, says “on behalf of the residents and staff of Pleasant View, we sincerely thank the members of the Ottawa Elks Lodge 588 for choosing Pleasant View.”

The programs will take place in May, June and July.

“Over 33 current Elks members and their spouses are engaged in some way with Pleasant View, and we are honored to have been selected,” said Pamela.

The May program is a Kentucky Derby Program, the June program is a replica of Ottawa’s “Lobster, Jazz and Wine Festival,” and the July event is a “Walk Down Memory Lane” with author Rochelle Pennington, who was at Pleasant View this past December to share her program on the “Christmas Tree Ship.”

“Thank you to the Elks for their generous donation and for putting together engaging and innovative programming that residents of Pleasant View will love,” said Executive Director, Becky Cattani.

Resident Recipe Spotlight

April 4th, 2014


Bev Gulandri, featured with her grandmother’s soft molasses ginger cookies.

Pleasant View began a new “Resident Recipe Spotlight” program with the start of April. Residents of Pleasant View can sign up to share and demonstrate their favorite recipes.

The first resident to sign up, Bev Gualandri, demonstrated her Grandmother’s Soft Molasses Ginger Cookies. Pleasant View provided all of the ingredients. Bev walked all in attendance through the steps of her recipe, and Chef Charlie helped out by baking the cookies for Bev.

Bev and the other residents spent time talking about different foods and ingredients in the recipe, but they also spent time discussing her heritage and her family. The recipe had been passed down from her grandmother.

“It was a great opportunity for the residents to get to know each other even better, and to get to know Bev better specifically,” said Resident Life and Volunteer Coordinator, Linda McCluskey

After Chef Charlie baked the cookies, all of the residents in attendance were able to sample the cookies.

This is an ongoing event at Pleasant View, and all the recipes will be compiled into the binder for residents who are interested.

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