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November 7, 2010

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                    ll the best is not always what it seems to be. Eileen "Trixie" Sobieck left Birch Creek Assisted Living in late September because of a growing number of storm clouds at the local De Pere facility. Numerous employees had been terminated because of budget cuts, poor performance, and a host of other excuses and Sobieck not wanting to wait for the axe to fall decided it was time to move on and secure a job at another facility where a little more job security could be achieved.

Sobieck accepted a job at Brookview Meadows in the Village of Howard after several of her colleagues attained employment at this assisted living establishment. She would start there as a dietary
aide and after a short stint possibly move in to activities where she was more comfortable. Sobieck had been the activities director at Birch Creek after all and it would only make sense for her new employer to use her skills and talents in her new job. But such was
not the case as she soon found out. After accepting the job offer she soon found herself working split shifts, where her work day streatched from 8 AM to 8 PM several days a week. Further more after asking about the activities job after starting she was told that might take "1 or two years before that opens up."

Knowing that things were going no where fast Sobieck began looking for other opportunities and began networking to see what was out there and available. The icing on the cake was when Sobieck was scheduled to work on Thanksgiving day and told management that she would be unable to do so (prior commitment to the Turkey Bowl) and needed to work out an alternative.  She was instructed to call about her request and schedule the following week. When she called the owner of the establishment came on the line and told her that her job had been eliminated. 

An apparent difference between the manager and owner of the assisted living complex exists and the two are not on the same page when it comes to the hiring of personnel. Sobieck was told of certain positive things that might happen and not told of other negative factors that may have influenced her decision to go to work for that facility.

For now Sobieck is out of work and is back pushing a shopping cart down Florist Drive picking up aluminum cans and discarded pictures for change. If you know of any jobs she is willing to network with you.

Val Snell Tigley and her husband Joel (aka. Darryl) welcomed guests to their new home at 1875 Wizard Way De Pere. The home located behind the new grade school has an excellent view and is quite cozy inside. Trimmed all in white with dark olive green with a hint of gray colored walls the home is quite appealing and was featured in the fall parade of homes.

The Tingley's prepared tons of food and guests added to the spread with hors devoirs. Shortly before our arrival Val Snell Tingley opened a wound on her thumb which bled profusely reminiscent of the Julia Child sketch on Saturday Night Live, only there were no chicken livers to save. The Kat brought a platter of her famous sour cream cookies and the platter was left behind as a housewarming gift for the Tingley's.

Bobbi Poquette has delivered a baby girl on Friday according to facebook. A photo shows the newborn but no other details or name has been announced. Details when we have them.

It is possible that there may be a change in location of the meal this year at TB XI. While the traditional turkey meal must served near Poquette Field, Richard and Colleen Poquette have offered Richards shop building as a venue for the meal. Plans for the change are not yet finalized and The Newsletter will let you know what the final outcome will be. That's all the news that is news, see ya.
Eileen "Trixie" Sobieck
A jobless Eileen Sobieck puts on a brave face while bringing in cans and discarded pictures for change to buy a can of soup for her supper
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