Whispering Pines Workers Share Memories Before Auction

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For 24 years, Yvonne Pike worked at the Whispering Pines Adult Home in Watertown.

She managed the business office and says the residents were like family.

Pike says she'll never forget all the little things that made them so special.

The stories they told, and even what they wore.

"We had a resident that was a hundred and some years old. He always wore the white bib overalls. That was his thing is white bib overalls going down the hall. So, I mean you'll always remember those things," said Pike.

Built in the 1800's, the home closed its doors a few months ago.

Many of the residents moved to Samaritan Summit Village.

Christal Deline worked at Whispering Pines for 14 years as the nursing supervisor.

She says walking through the halls now just isn't the same without the residents.

"It's sad to see the end. You know, this place might not have been the newest, but the care that they got was amazing," said Deline.

So what about everything that was left behind?

The county is auctioning it all off.

The auction will have everything from books to baskets - and even the residents' old activity ball.

"This was a large building. There were a lot of rooms that hadn't been used for awhile and they accumulated a lot of things over the years," said Laura Cerow, commissioner of the Department of Social Services.

The auction will be at Whispering Pines on Wednesday, July 10 at 10 a.m.

Everyone is encouraged to come and bid on a piece of local history before the building is demolished and all that remains are memories.

Saturday, April 19, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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