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Local Girl Scouts host Easter dinner for Mae's Place residents and staff

Residents and staff of Mae's Place in Bristol posed with the Easter Bunny at the end of an Easter dinner presented to them by the Daisy and Girl Scouts of Troop 11161 in New Hampton. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
April 19, 2017
NEW HAMPTON — Members of Girl Scout Troop 11161 hosted a community egg hunt to benefit the New Hampton Fire Department on April 8, and last weekend, they backed up their love for the Newfound Region with a special Easter dinner for nine residents and the staff of Mae's Place Assisted Living Facility in Bristol.

Held at the New Hampton Community Church, the event included white linens on each of the intimate round tables, specially made centerpieces, and placemats created by the troop's Daisy Scout partners. The menu included ham, turkey, mashed or sweet potatoes, and green beans or carrots, with pound cake, cherry pie, apple pie and an array of specialized toppings available for dessert.

The Daisy Scouts, Cadets and Senior girls not only helped in the decoration, but provided all the services found in any fine restaurant. They designed the menu, participated in food preparations, took dinner and dessert orders, and even cleared the tables for their guests.

Patting his tummy, Larry, one of the residents of Mae's Place, said he enjoyed a great turkey dinner, followed by apple pie, while Wayne opted for ham and sweet potatoes.

"It was very good. The girls worked hard today," Wayne said.

Nicole Ledbetter of Mae's Place was pleased with the holiday meal and said it meant a lot to her residents.

"This isn't the first time they've done something. They've kind of adopted us," stated Ledbetter. "They're just a breath of fresh air and go above and beyond for everyone at Mae's Place."

Besides the Easter dinner last Saturday, over the past several months the girls have also celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas at Mae's Place, which included individualized Christmas stockings for all. This spring they delivered Girl Scout Cookies to the assisted living facility and they continue to do all they can to bring smiles to the faces of the men and women they have come to know.

While Santa dropped by with the girls last December, this time the Easter Bunny hopped in to say hello as well and cameras captured all the fun between the girls and their new friends.

As a special thank you, one resident even presented beautiful shellacked jigsaw puzzles to many of the girls he has come to know.

Marsha Elder, the owner of Mae's Place, acknowledged that the girls have come to mean a lot to everyone at her assisted living residence.

"I'm amazed. They do such a great job and the folks always look forward to seeing them," she said.

As the bunny made his way on his appointed rounds and the dinner came to an end, Elder addressed the Daisy and Girl Scouts, thanking them for all of their service.

"Typical of going out to dinner with people serving you a great meal, there comes a tip," she said as she handed them $40 toward their future endeavors.

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