Monette Manor expresses appreciation

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It was fun, food, and fellowship at Monette Manor on Wednesday, March 23, as they celebrated the first anniversary of the successful 2010 Evacuation. It was exactly a year ago when the residents of the nursing home were evacuated due to an electrical problem.

Marla Layne welcomes everyone to Monette Manor (Town Crier photos/Revis Blaylock)

Administrator Marla Layne welcomed residents, staff and guests to the "We Survived Evacuation" anniversary celebration.

"I have been asked why we would want to remember such an event," Layne said. "It is important for us to remember and give thanks to all of the people who helped make our evacuation successful. On March 23 last year at 7 p.m. I was told we would have to evacuate this building. A temporary home was set up at the Baptist New Life Center and we had 70 residents to move. We not only had people to move, we had beds, equipment, medicine, food, supplies, linen, housekeeping supplies and more. We did that without one resident getting a scratch. Every staff member, along with community volunteers, were here to help. They were all willing to help and that is why we need to remember. When we are in trouble, you are all here."

Layne said the Monette Fire Department, Caraway Fire Department, Monette City Hall and Council, Monette Police Department, Monette Baptist Family Life Center, CenturyLink employees, Perry Wood Construction, Emerson, volunteers from all of the towns on Buffalo Island and organizations came to assist.

Ricky Copeland and Robert Chambers, RC Music Co. provided music at Monette Manor evacuation anniversary celebration.

"One of our residents, Kyle Blankenship, took charge telling us what to do until Fire Chief Bob Blankenship got here," Layne said. "Kyle had served on the fire department for many years."

Bob Blankenship spoke briefly about the incident.

"We practice and practice," Blankenship said. "If we had written a scenario for a mock evacuation it could have not been any better. Everything fell into place. I commend the workers at the nursing home. We had smoke but no fire, but when more smoke appeared and the televisions started popping it was time to move everyone out."

He said volunteers started coming out and everything went well.

"There may be a lot of good communities in the world but I am proud to be part of Monette," Blankenship said.

The luncheon was catered by Big Butts. Entertainment was provided by Ricky Copeland and Robert Chambers of RC Music Co. and drawings were held for several gift certificates.

Monette Manor Line Dancers entertained with some of the guests and residents joining them.

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