Girl Scouts, canines visit nursing home

On Feb. 6, Girl Scouts Daisy Troop 1539 and Junior Troop 1038 visited The Grand Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Barnwell in Valatie as the Scouts work toward their 3 Cheers for Animals Journey Badge, which focuses on learning about animals. The Scouts invited residents to join them in discovering the differences between therapy and service dogs. Georgia, a therapy dog from Ichabod Crane's primary school; and Honey, who works in the elementary/middle school through the Social Service Dog Program, were present.


Celebrating 102nd birthday

Ingra Silvernail, a resident at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell in Valatie, turned 102 on Wednesday and the facility threw a big party for her, attended by her extended family. Ingra, who graduated from Coeymans High School in 1934, is a big fan of the Detroit Tigers. She credits her long life to socializing, spending time with family and friends and indulging her craving for cookies.


Troops visit Barnwell residents

Girl Scout Groups Daisy Troop 1539, Daisy Troop 1911 and Girl Scout Group Brownie Troop 1286 members last week visited The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell, a 236-bed skilled nursing facility in Valatie. Children dyed eggs and interacted with the facility's residents, who shared stories about how they spent Easter when they were younger. They also gathered to sing happy birthday to Juan Marrero who was turning 84.