It was lunchtime at a nursing home in Waterville, and Nick Pattison '18 had brought a feast: homemade venison sausage, pancakes, and cubes of cantaloupe, served on paper plates. Pattison's friend, William "Brownie" Brown, 101, sat in his easy chair as Pattison poured fresh maple syrup.

"Thank you, kind chef," Brownie said, then turned to a visitor and said in a slow stage whisper, "Right out of the blue he'll come barging in."

Every Sunday for more than a year and a half, Pattison has been "barging in" at Lakewood Continuing Care Center, where Brownie lives.


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