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Heard Up North: One thousand easy pieces

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At McBrier Park Manor, a retirement community in Hermon, the common room is simply laid out: a sofa, a few chairs, a table, and a TV. But every closet and set of drawers is packed to the brim with boxes of jigsaw puzzles.

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“I call it puzzling, cause it is puzzling sometimes, sometimes we get mad at it,” explained manor resident Rosemary LaLonde. Fellow resident Dorothy Brown added, “Sometimes we work out here until one-thirty in the morning.”

It is one of the most popular past times at the manor. Brown described it as almost like eating--as soon as one puzzle is finished, another one starts. Usually the puzzles have 1000 pieces, some have 1500 piece or 2000 pieces. “We can put one puzzle together in a day.”

The puzzles are always out, so working on them at anytime is not an issue, just depends on their mood.

“I’ve never puzzled so much in my life until I moved here, which had been about five years. My husband was very ill when I took care of him in the beginning,” Lalonde said in a more serious tone. She didn’t puzzle as much then, but it keeps her mind busy now.  “I think it is an escape sometimes, because your worries are gone.”

At times, three or four residents are doing the puzzle together. “If we’re doing the sky, what difference does it make?” Brown chimed in, as the two ladies laughed.

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