Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley is once again presenting the Caring for the Caregiver Health Fair to the community. The 4th annual resource event for those providing care for a friend or loved one is scheduled for Thursday, June 8th from 11:00-3:00pm at the Hospice Center in Potsdam. The theme this year is Mapping the Caregiver Highway with many resources to assist caregivers along their journey. “This event has been very well received and has grown significantly over the last three years, in terms of both vendors providing information and with more caregivers and community members attending” said Mary Jones, Director of Family Support Services for Hospice. “For some time now, we have recognized the need to provide additional support to caregivers, not just of our Hospice patients, but anyone in the community who has taken on this important role” she continued. Following the initial event in 2014, a need to help educate caregivers and provide them with support was identified. Hospice offered a series of three educational sessions which covered a variety of topics. Group attendance and interest demonstrated the need to continue with monthly meetings. “We saw regular attendance from community members who needed resources and education, but most of all support” said group facilitator Nancy Vosbrink who is the Outreach Coordinator for Hospice. “Its important they know others are experiencing similar situations. They offer unique perspectives to one another.” “Many times caregivers don’t see simple acts such as providing transportation to appointments, helping to manage medications, meal preparation or checking in on a friend, neighbor or loved one as caregiving” said Ms. Jones. “The reality is, they are taking time out of their own life to make sure their loved one is safe; that’s caregiving. We know this is an extremely important role, but understand it can cause difficulty in other aspects of life for the caregiver. They are not alone in providing care, there are countless resources throughout St. Lawrence County ready to help” she continued. There are more than 20 vendors lined up to participate in the 2017 event and will include additional vendors to address an added caregiver wellness component. In addition, free health screenings will be provided by local hospitals. Door prizes will be raffled. The Caregiver Support Group meets the second Thursday of the month from 3:00pm to 4:00pm at the Hospice Center in Potsdam. Group attendance is free of charge and all caregivers are welcome, a Hospice affiliation is not required. For more information about the Caring for the Caregiver Health Fair or the Caregiver Support Group please contact Nancy Vosbrink at 315-265-3105.
Friday, June 2nd at Cheel Campus Center, Clarkson University
While matters involving the work of Hospice typically center around very serious life events, we are breaking away from the heavier aspect of the services we provide to host an evening of pure entertainment to support our patients and the community. On Friday, June 2nd, Hospice is presenting a Dueling Pianos show – the very first of its kind in the North Country. It promises to be an evening of great music, comedy and enjoyment for adults of all ages!
Cheel Campus Center will be ROCKIN’ when the musicians from Cutting Edge Dueling Pianos take the stage! This is not a concert, it is an all request show featuring anything the audience wants to hear. Whether its 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s or current, rap, country, or rock and roll. Anything you can imagine, they can perform. A dueling piano show is extremely interactive and highly entertaining. The audience is thoroughly involved and participates throughout the entire event. The crowd is sure to be laughing, clapping, singing, dancing, and loving every minute the performers are on stage. Be prepared with your list of special requests to make your mark on this great show! Click here for a sneak peak!!!
Tickets for this event are no longer available. Thanks to all who purchased tickets, we promise a night full of great entertainment!!!
Grand Piano Sponsor
Potsdam Elks Lodge #2074
On Sunday, April 23rd, Tastes on the River returns to the Gran View on the River graciously hosted by Lou Williams and the rest of the staff! Over the past 17 years, the Tastes events have become highly anticipated, celebrating the important partnership of Hospice donors and volunteers while raising much needed funds to support programs provided in the community. The cost is $40.00 per ticket and all proceeds will help support Hospice patient services. Reservation times will begin at 11:30AM and continue every 30 minutes until 2:30PM. Hospice staff and volunteers invite the community to enjoy a wonderful afternoon of fine dining on the St. Lawrence River. Guest chef’s and underwriters for this year’s event include:
SUNY Canton Executive Chef, Steven Maiocco, who will prepare fresh Atlantic Halibut served with potato-celeriac puree, asparagus and tomato confit
Chef Craig Bourne of ARAMARK at Clarkson University, who will be offering a specialty entrée for two which will consist of Kilcoyne Beef Tenderloin cooked in a Cabernet Reduction, Maple-Cranberry Mustard Seared Duck, an Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with Mint Horseradish served with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Grilled Asparagus – this feast for two will be served tableside by Aramark’s Executive Chef Kyle Mayette
The Gran-View’s own Eric Armstrong will be preparing an Encrusted Pork Tenderloin delicately wrapped in prosciutto and pan-seared in olive oil and herbs. Served on a bed of sage and date demi-glace. Plated with fritta style carrot and fennel hash. All entrees include soup, salad, bread and dessert generously donated by local businesses.
Reservations are required by April 17th. Please call 315-265-3105 to make your entree selections and seating choices.
Aging, illness, caregiving, grief and end-of-life wishes. What do these issues all have in common? – They are very real, inevitable issues we will all face at one point or another in our lives and ones that many of us have not discussed with others. Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley invites you to learn about these and other topics by participating in our free book discussion group.
The first quarterly meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 19th from 5:00-6:30PM at the Hospice Center located on Route 11 in Potsdam. The first book up for discussion is The Four Things That Matter Most by Ira Byock, MD. Dr. Byock is an international leader in palliative care and the founder and chief medical officer of the Providence Health & Services Institute for Human Caring in Torrance, California.
The book focuses on the importance of four simple phrases: “Please forgive me”, “I forgive you”, “Thank you” and “I love you”. These phrases, while simple, carry an enormous power to mend and nurture our relationships and inner lives. The sentiments they convey provide a path to emotional well-being, guiding us through interpersonal difficulties to life with integrity and grace.
Dr. Byock explains how we can practice these life-affirming words in our day-to-day lives. Too often we assume that the people we love really know how we feel. He demonstrates the value of “stating the obvious” and provides practical insights into the benefits of letting go of old grudges and toxic emotions. His stories help us forgive, appreciate, love and celebrate one another.
While the group is free to attend, participants will be responsible for obtaining their own copy of The Four Things That Matter Most. The book is available for purchase at Amazon*.
Interested individuals are asked to register with Linda Caamaño at (315)265-3105 or firstname.lastname@example.org
* Please consider selecting Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley as your preferred charity when shopping with Amazon Smile (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/22-2627929)
The 5th Annual Fort Drum Mountain Warrior Sled Hockey Tournament returns to the Roo’s House at SUNY Canton for an action packed weekend March 3rd-5th. Mark McKenna, the tournament organizer and Head Coach of the Mountain Warrior Sled Hockey team of Fort Drum says he looks forward to another great weekend of sportsmanship and camaraderie, as well as the opportunity to raise awareness about the sport.
“Although the sport is growing, there are still many people who have never heard of sled hockey,” says McKenna. “In the adaptive sport, each player is seated in a sled mounted on two blades. They propel themselves using two shortened sticks with ice picks mounted at the handle of the stick. Each of the players on the team face certain challenges, but I’ll tell you, they move quickly and compete fiercely.”
The team was founded in 2011 when Mr. McKenna was working out in the gym at Fort Drum where he is employed as a Civil Engineer. He noticed a wounded soldier make his way around the gym to a few pieces of equipment in his wheelchair. Because of accessibility issues, the soldier was unable to get a workout in and left the gym. “I went to try to catch him to offer some help, but he was too quick for me”, said McKenna. “I returned to the gym and asked the staff what they did for disabled soldiers; did they offer wheelchair basketball or sled hockey for team sports? They hadn’t even heard of sled hockey! I commute an hour to work each day so my wheels were really turning, I knew we needed to do more for our soldiers who have sacrificed so much for the rest of us” he continued.
After utilizing a few contacts, including USA Hockey Disabled Section, the Warriors in Transition Unit at Fort Drum, Unique Inventions or Ontario and the four local colleges, Mark was able to host a two-day training clinic and recruit 24 wounded soldiers and athletes to his team.
In 2015, Hospice joined in the planning process to provide support with event promotion and supply volunteers at the event. “Working with the Mountain Warriors fits really well with the Hospice philosophy” said Kellie Hitchman, Director of Development and Community Relations. “Each day our staff works to assist patients and their families in living to the fullest, despite the circumstances they face with serious illness. These athletes exemplify living to the fullest each time they take the ice. Additionally, Hospice is a level 4 partner in the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s We Honor Veterans program which focuses on informing the community of the needs of veterans and creating multi- agency partnerships to assist in meeting those needs. It’s a good fit with what everyone involved is trying to accomplish” she continued. “One of the big things we are promoting in the tournament this year is the Veteran’s face-off at 4:30pm on Saturday, March 4th. The Fort Drum Mountain Warriors will take on the Buffalo Warrior Vets. While we hope to see fans at games throughout the tournament, we really hope to see a lot of support for the veterans who sacrificed so much for us. All of the athletes are truly inspiring”, she finished.
The tournament last year raised more than $10,000 to support the Fort Drum Mountain Warriors Sled Hockey Team to allow the players to continue to pursue athletics despite injuries and disabilities. “We hope to do as well as we did last year” said Mr. McKenna. “That really helped us maintain our equipment and helped with tournament fees so we could travel and compete in many other tournaments.”
Play begins at 7:00AM on Friday morning with a break between noon and 2:00PM when games will resume. The last game of the day starts at 5:00PM. The Knights of Columbus in Canton will sponsor a dinner for the teams Friday night. Friday night’s dinner will feature motivational speaker and amputee athlete, Dave Stevens. Dave was born without legs and has been playing sports all his life. Even before adaptive sports were created, Dave was a three-season athlete at his high school in Arizona competing in able-bodied sports and eventually went on to become the VP at ESPN studios. Learn more about Dave’s incredible story by visiting davesimpossibledream.com.
Action will resume at 7:00AM on Saturday with a break from 12:30-2:00PM, during the break there will be a community skate where spectators can try out a sled. Throughout the tournament fans can enter to win multiple prizes during the weekend-long silent auction; past items in the auction have included a signed jersey, equipment and other sports memorabilia. There will also be a raffle for a Yeti Tundra Cooler valued at $350, a 50/50 raffle and chuck-a-puck contest. Games will conclude with the Championship game and closing ceremonies at 10:30am on Sunday, March 5th. All games will take place at the Roo’s House on the SUNY Canton Campus.
More information on the 5th Annual Fort Drum Mountain Warriors Sled Hockey Tournament can be found by visiting their Facebook page at Fort Drum Mountain Warrior Sled Hockey, Inc. or by contacting Kellie Hitchman at 315-265-3105. Mark McKenna can be reached at 315-854-0383 to answer questions about sled hockey or the Fort Drum Mountain Warriors.