MARQUETTE - Norlite Nursing Center & Rehab in Marquette turned 40 and marked the event with a party.
In honor of the anniversary, Norlite sponsored a pig roast on Thursday afternoon for its residents. Friends, family, and community members were welcomed at the celebration.
Vanessa Miazga, activity director at Norlite, said she has been working at Norlite for more than four years and believes the 40th anniversary is a testament to the quality care and loving atmosphere Norlite offers.
Residents and community members gather around Activity Director Vanessa Miazga as she announces the winners of the annual art exhibit at Norlite Nursing Center & Rehab on Thursday evening. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
Kelsey Kivi, 8, of Marquette received honorable mention for her piece at the annual art show. The facility celebrated its 40th anniversary last week. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
"We just wanted to thank the community for letting us serve them for so many years," Miazga said. "It's been wonderful working with the community and been a pleasure serving such a wide variety of people."
The community support is a huge contributing factor to Norlite's success, Miazga said.
The staff was invited to attend the roast free of charge as a thank-you for their many years of service.
Continuing on the celebration, Norlite held its Third Annual Art Exhibit at 6 p.m Thursday. Twenty-two individual pieces from 14 artists were on display in the hallways at Norlite for residents and community members to enjoy.
The art exhibit's youngest participant was 8 years old.
Kelsey Kivi, daughter of Lori Kivi of Marquette, said was very excited when she received an honorable mention for her piece titled "Every Children's Dream" in the show.
"I drew it because I really like princesses," said Kivi.
Kivi got her interest in painting from her grandmother who teaches art classes.
The top three pieces in the show received prizes.
Dorothy Weigel received best in show with "We Can Dream."
After the announcement of the winners, residents and community members had the opportunity to talk to the artists about their exhibits.
Matt Keiser can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243.