OSWEGO, New York – The Oswego City Republican Publicity Committee recently Ã‚Â awarded the 2009 Neighborhood Improvement Award to The Ladies Home of Oswego.
The Ã¢â‚¬Å“LadiesÃ¢â‚¬Â received the honor for their Courtyard Garden, where residents enjoy special events and daily reflection and reading, according to Lee Ann Walker, Executive Director at the Ladies Home.
The Courtyard Garden area consists of a winding walkway; a center fountain, which was recently dedicated in the memory of Richard C. Mitchell; the Garden Arbor; the courtyard ramp; and a recently renovated sunroom.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re very grateful to be recognized for this neighborhood improvement initiative,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Walker. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Ladies take great pride in their courtyard and were very excited to hear of the recognition.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The daily nurturing of the garden could not be possible without our wonderful volunteers. The volunteers have made the whole garden, from walkway to the crown (the fountain), possible through their dedicated efforts,Ã¢â‚¬Â she added.
The courtyard has had many changes over the years. According to Walker, it was originally used as a drying yard. In the 1920Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s the porch was added and the piazza was enclosed. In the mid 1990Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s Mary DePentu of Fox Creek Landscaping, worked with the Advisory Council and Auxiliary to raise funds to enclose the courtyard with an iron fence. The access ramp was built in 2007, with the generous help from Glen Suckling and the Methodist Church Group. Former Senator James Wrightsecured the funding for the walkway, which was installed in 2008. The Advisory provided the funds for the retaining wall and new lawn in 2008, and theÃ‚Â generatorÃ‚Â screen in 2009. And, most recently, Anamae Mitchell donated the funds for the fountain base in the center of the garden.
Shown pictured at a recent award presentation are from left to right: Lee Ann Walker, Executive Director of the Ladies Home; 96 year-old Ladies Home Resident Kay Arduini; Shawn Walker, 4th Ward Alderman, City of Oswego; and Cynthia Anderson, Ladies Home Board Member.
The Ladies Home of Oswego is a non-profit, adult home that is licensed through New York State. The home provides 24-hour support and security for their 21 female residents, as well as meals, laundry services and a diverse activities program designed to meet their cultural, spiritual and social needs. The staff is committed to helping residents maintain optimal wellness, while providing personal care and medication management. For more information about the Ladies call 343-6951 or visit www. theladieshome.org.