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On Oct. 7 residents of Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center traveled to Cabool High School to compete in the 16th annual Missouri Health Care Association District IV Golden Age Games.
Heart of the Ozarks residents brought back the Spirit Cup Award for the seventh year in a row, The High Team Score Award, and the Spirit Award.
Each facility receives a plaque to take back to share with those who could not attend.
A plaque is also given to the oldest participant. This year that resident was from Autumn Oaks in Mtn. Grove.
Heart of the Ozarks residents competed against Autumn Oaks Care Center Mtn. Grove; Brooke Haven, West Plains; Hartville Care Center, Hartville; Kabul Nursing Home, Cabool; Landmark Village, Cabool; Licking Residential Care, Licking; Marshfield Care Center, Marshfield; Mtn. View Healthcare, Mtn. View; Mtn. View Park Place Apartments, Mtn. View; Pineview Heights, Cabool; Shady Oaks Healthcare Center, Thayer; Webco/Webco East, Marshfield; Willow Healthcare, Willow Springs; and Willow West Apartments, Willow Springs.
Residents competed in cow milking, hog calling, soccer kick, basketball toss, horseshoe toss, bingo, quiz bowl and wheel chair racing hand and feet.
Residents from Ava attending were Tom Hawkins, Maxine Lirley, Angie Adams, Robert Adams, Daryl Knapp, Taylor Perkins, Laura Lansdown, Peggy Jenkins, Dorothy Kimbler, Norma Kennedy, Lena Carline, Bill Herrington and Helen Allen.
Residents winning medals at the games were Tom Hawkins, 2nd place woodworking, 3rd place horseshoe toss, 4th place basketball toss, 4th place wheel chair racing; Maxine Lirley, 1st place cow milking, 2nd place painting, 1st place wheel chair racing; Angie Adams, 1st place bingo, 3rd place hog calling, 1st place soccer kick, and 2nd place wheel chair racing; Peggy Jenkins, 4th place cow milking, 1st place other crafts, 3rd place wheelchair racing; Lena Carline, 4th place yarn work; Daryl Knapp, 2nd place hog calling; and Norma Kennedy, 4th place bingo.
This year the residents enjoyed their camping theme. CAMP HOTO was their name, and they opened up with the theme, “I Don’t Know What You’ve Been Told”, led by Shelly Fuller. Staff and residents all had red T-shirts with big smiley faces, and “Happy Campers” written across the back.
Mike Burris made the team’s cabin, trees and geese. Tom Hawkins made their canoe, and Maxine Lirley painted name tags and made noise makers.
The Ava Art Guild came to the home and helped put a skinned bear rug on a tree. Their table decorations were fresh pine greenery with bass fish lights and oil lanterns decorating the tables.
The table cloth was painted like a dock which joined a dock made by Regina Robertson. Mike Burris loaned his old fishing equipment for decorations.
Holly Dry from Proverbs 15 Photography, Becky Gann from Court Square Medical and Jacob Glover from Access Home Health Agency judged the games.
Heart of the Ozarks could not attend these games without the sponsorship of Copeland Scroll Compressors in Ava.
Staff members and volunteers attending were Connie Burris, Tonya Cutbirth, Sharon Karcher, Alesia King, Lesia Harris, Mindy Stout, Marion Billups, Marci Caudill, Shelly Fuller, Miranda Potter, Debra Dade, Carmen Munden, Reba and Ryder Scobba, Darlene and Sally Sorenson and Mike Burris.
This is a special day for the residents as they enjoy competing with the other residents and they look forward to the Golden Age Games each year.