Observer intern

MOULTRIE -- In a corner of a room sits a computer and printer that will soon be used to preserve old memories and good times.

Nina W. Wilder, a 77-year-old Brownwood resident, said she intends to start publishing a three- or four-page newsletter every month for the residents and staff of the facility, located off 233 Sunset Circle.

Wilder said she got the idea to start a newsletter when she was reminiscing about the Colquitt County Youth Program News, a publication she helped to put out eight to 10 years ago. Wilder said she hopes the publication will be something Brownwood residents can look forward to.

"Some of them are in their rooms and don't ever get out, and some are out and never get out of Brownwood," she said. "So, something, I think, like this, would encourage them to feel a little better and to have a little more joy out of life. You know, it just made me think about old times."

Wilder, who has a good sense of humor, is striving to include everyone in her publication who wants to be a part of it. She said she originally wanted to name the publication "Old Folks at Home."

"But I couldn't, because there's some young folks here," she said. "So I named it Brownwood Folks at Home."

Wilder said the newsletter will include articles written by fellow residents who want to contribute. She said articles could range in topics from short biographies of residents to jokes and short articles explaining what it used to be like doing certain things in the old days, such as washing clothes by hand.

She said three other residents are helping her compile the newsletter.

Jeffrey Jursik, administrator for Brownwood, said he was not prepared to comment on the newsletter at this time. He said he has been on vacation and has not had a chance to read a draft Wilder sent him yet.

Wilder has already drafted two pages for the first newsletter and said she hopes to print it by next week. She hopes to distribute about 150 copies.

To contact Observer intern Blenda Link, please call 985-4545, ext. 223.

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