HAVERHILL – Five residents of Penacook Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center recently celebrated birthdays of 100 years or more. Residents, staff, family members, elected officials and other guests were on hand for the Seventh Annual Centenarian Celebration.
This yearly event salutes all of the residents at Penacook Place who have or will attain the age of 100 years old or more during the year. This year, five residents were honored at the gala. They are Flora Batchelder, 102; Mary English, 102; Anne Cantori, 100; Evelyn Kelley, 100; and Virginia Webster, who turns 100 June 12.
“The centenarian celebration is a special event every year, but this year also commemorated the century mark for Nivea Cream and Fenway Park. We were delighted to receive from these organizations special commemoration certificates and gifts for the five honorees. In fact, each resident now owns a piece of Fenway Park—a small packet of Fenway gravel,” said Penacook’s President and CEO Julian Rich.
Among those attending was Mayor James J. Fiorentini, who presented each centenarian with a special citation from the city of Haverhill. In addition, each centenarian received citations from Senator Scott Brown and former Senator Steven Baddour. Penacook Place also had a special gift for each of the 100 year young ladies—a monogrammed locket and matching jewelry box.
Located at 150 Water St., the 160-bed Penacook Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center—rated deficiency-free in two consecutive annual surveys by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health—is the only not-for-profit nursing and rehabilitation facility serving the city of Haverhill. Contributions that support the purchase of new equipment, renovations and resident activities can be made to the Friends of Penacook Fund, c/o Penacook Place, 150 Water St., Haverhill, MA, 01830.