By VANDANA SINHA
A Hagerstown nursing home resident is linked to a woman more than 100 miles away by nothing more than a deflated balloon.
Jean Ann Calabrese, of Ozone Park, N.Y., was walking along a Rockaway, N.Y., beach with her husband when she noticed a shrunken green balloon covered in black ink nestled among seaweed in the sand.
The balloon, deflated from its 42-day adventure across the Eastern Shore, bore the name and address of Richard Hawbaker, 53.
Hawbaker was one of 100 Clear View Nursing Home residents and employees who participated in the home's May 14 balloon launch in celebration of National Nursing Home Week.