WATERVILLE — Sunset Home recently celebrated its 90th anniversary of residential care in an event attended by more than 80 residents, family members, community members, staff and current and past board members.

Mary Croswell played the piano. Past board member the Rev. Francis Merritt started the program with an invocation. Joyce Rushton, president of the Sunset Board of Directors, spoke about the home’s history and introduced current and past board members.

The highlight of the event was a ribbon cutting for a new multipurpose room — named The Cottage and decorated with a Maine cottage theme — that will be used for resident activities, meetings and employee trainings, as well as birthday and anniversary celebrations for the home’s residents.

Administrator Bill McKeagney introduced speakers, recognized staff and acknowledged volunteers. Volunteers in attendance included Chuck Witham, Sharon Allen, Cindy Bickford and Linda Enkosky. Speakers included Ben Tucker, on behalf of U.S. Sen. Angus King; Rosemary Winslow, representing U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-2nd District; Mark Eves, speaker of the Maine House of Representatives; State Sen. Colleen Lachowicz, D-25th District; state Rep. Henry Beck, D-110th District, and Bert Lanquet of Golden Pond Wealth Management. Jill Godfrey, whose mother lives at the home, also spoke.

Sunset Home has cooperative relationships with organizations such as The Senior Community Service Employment Program through Able, Employment Specialist of Maine, and Waterville Elks Lodge.

Refreshments were served after the program. Tours were given to show some of the antiques from the original Sunset Home as well as recent improvements that have been made.

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