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Poet’s Seat Center scavenger hunt to support Greenfield businesses 

  • Staff, left, and Michele Carney, irght, co-owner and administrator at Poet's Seat Health Care Center in Greenfield, show Greenfield Mayor Roxann Wedegartner, far right, rocks that were painted and numbered by residents that will be distributed outside city businesses as part of a scavenger hunt with Wendy's Frosties as prizes. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Poet's Seat Health Care Center in Greenfield painted rocks that numbered that will be distributed outside city businesses as part of a scavenger hunt with Wendy's Frosties as prizes. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Michele Carney, left, co-owner and administrator at Poet’s Seat Health Care Center in Greenfield, shows Mayor Roxann Wedegartner rocks that were painted and numbered by residents that will be distributed outside city businesses as part of a scavenger hunt with Wendy’s Frosties as prizes. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Poet’s Seat Health Care Center in Greenfield painted rocks that numbered that will be distributed outside city businesses as part of a scavenger hunt with Wendy’s Frosties as prizes. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 7/30/2020 3:48:28 PM

GREENFIELD – The Poet’s Seat Health Care Center has started a painted rock scavenger hunt, with a grand prize drawing of a $500 Franklin County Chamber Gift Card, as a way for its residents to interact with their neighbors and support local businesses.

The scavenger hunt is being supported by Mayor Roxann Wedegartner, who stopped by the local health care center Thursday morning, and Wendy’s of Greenfield. According to Michele Carney, co-owner and administrator at Poet’s Seat, the scavenger hunt will run from Friday, July 31 at 9 a.m. through Monday, Aug. 3 at noon. The rocks are painted purple with a number and the Poet’s Seat logo, and have a tag explaining the scavenger hunt.

The rocks will be placed at randomly selected businesses throughout Greenfield. Carney said placing rocks at businesses may help draw customers to stores they haven’t visited over the last six months.

Carney said the scavenger hunt is a way of saying thank you to the businesses and people who helped support the center during the pandemic. 

“They live here, they know businesses are struggling,” Carney said of the residents. “We called the businesses on our list and they were so excited. They kept asking what they had to do. They just need to place the rock outside their business and maybe it will draw people in.”

Participants are asked not to remove the rocks from their locations, so that others can find them and take a photo before Aug. 3 at noon. If they find a rock, participants must like the Poet’s Seat Health Care Center Facebook page and post a selfie with the rock on the page, then private message the center with their address to be mailed a certificate for a free Frosty donated by Wendy's of Greenfield.

Posting the photo also entitles participants to be entered into the grand prize drawing of a $500 gift card to Amazon. The winner will be drawn on the front lawn of Poet's Seat Health Care Center at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, and announced on its Facebook page. You do not have to be present at the drawing to win.

“The whole purpose of this project is for our residents to feel hopeful and involved,” Carney said.

She said the Poet’s Seat residents, along with many others in the community, have felt the overwhelming effects of being so confined throughout the pandemic. Carney said residents and their families have been able to conduct “porch visits” outdoors, albeit with supervision and social distancing rules in place. While it has been difficult for the residents to engage with the greater community due to the health safety restrictions at the center, Carney said the scavenger hunt was a way for them to “alive and connected” to their fellow Greenfield residents. and businesses.

“People will find and post something they made,” Carney said. “They can be a part of it.”

When asked by Carney how Greenfield was handling the lasting COVID-19 pandemic, Wedegartner said she thought the city was doing “a great job.” While the summer has been a bit more challenging as more people are out and about, she said the repeated encouragement to wear masks and social distance, and the distribution of masks, has helped. 

“By and large, the people in Greenfield have really stepped up to the plate,” Wedegartner said. 

Poet’s Seat Health Care Center Medical Director Dr. Joseph Viadero said it was important that both local and national testing rates increase. He and Wedegartner agreed that “rapid testing” would better help to monitor the continued spread, or containment, of the virus.

Basket Raffle

Separate from the scavenger hunt, the Poet’s Seat Health Care Center is holding a basket raffle for its resident recreational summer fundraiser. The raffle is taking the place of the annual summer tag sale and fall craft fair because, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Activity Department has been unable to plan the usual events. Basket raffle tickets cost $1 for one ticket, or $5 for six tickets. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Friday, Aug. 16. Proceeds will benefit the Resident Activity Fund. If interested, call the center at (413) 774-6318 and ask for recreation.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-930-4579.



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