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Market Square Resident Honored 

A contingent of 21 family members, as many friends, and caregivers from Market Square Health Care Center came together on Tuesday, May 5th to honor Louise Huff for her recognition as part of the Maine Health Care Associations "Remember ME" project.  Louise Huff is one of 33 residents from nursing homes around the state who will be honored with an achievement award and photography exhibit in the fifth annual "Remember ME" project by the Maine Health Care Association. 

Philip DuBois, Administrator at Market Square Health Care Center (MSHCC) welcomed the crowd, sharing that Market Square is, "Honored to have Louise as a resident."  Lynne Wheeler, Activities Director at Market Square explained the nomination process, and it was Lynne, along with Mrs. Huff's daughter Diane who helped to organize the activities of the 5th and bring the award presentation to Market Square.  Nadine Grosso, the Director of Communications for the Maine Health Care Association was happy to come down to South Paris to present the plaque to Mrs. Huff who was unable to make it to Augusta for the ceremony in April.  She stated that the Remember ME project is very important to help remind policy makers that Long Term Care residents are people as well as patients.
During her speech Mrs. Huff recounted how spent her childhood in Camden, earned a degree in Home Economics in 1937.  Mrs. Huff taught school in Norridgewock and after she married and started a family, in South Paris.  Later, she took an Extension Agent position and worked for the Extension Service from 1958-1967.  After retiring from teaching in 1972, she took her first hand quilting class in 1973.  She was hooked on quilting from that moment on and took part in many small groups of quilters for the next ten years.  In 1978, she received a personal invitation to Camden, Maine to attend a meeting to start a quilting guild.  She accepted the invitation with enthusiasm and from there she became part of a committee of 10 people who started the Maine Pine Tree Quilters Guild.  The Pine Tree Quilters Guild has been going strong for 31 years and has over 2000 members. 

Mrs. Huff shared that she was honored to have so many family members with her to receive the plaque, her daughter, son in law, son and daughter in law as well as grandson and great grand daughter were on hand.  She said of the Remember ME project, "I'm very honored, and I've had a few things in my years and everything gets bigger and better.  People often know good things about people, but they don't say it, and this is a very important program to help remember people."

Many family members, friends, and even former students, at least one of whom is a fellow Market Square resident, shared their thoughts and memories of Mrs. Huff, one saying that she has quite a "legacy as an educator."  She was also honored by one of her former quilting groups, the Pine Tree Quilters Guild, who brought a quilt with their logo and all of the many logo submissions from years ago.  The original quilt, which Mrs. Huff had worked on, disappeared several years ago.  Current members worked to re-create the quilt, and this was the first time Mrs. Huff had seen it, she was extremely pleased.

Mrs. Huff is the fourth resident of Market Square Health Care Center to be recognized by the Remember ME project.

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