Applestalk June 2024

Walker and Wheelchair Clinic

The next walker & wheelchair repair clinic will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 3 in the Manor House Community Room. 
If you’re having a problem with your walker, rollator or wheelchair, please stop in and let the Whitesell’s Home Medical team take a look at it for you. 

In this issue:

Welcome Neighbor

Strawberry Season

Flag Day is June 14

Resident Spotlight

Bayada’s Wellness Talk

Edenton Annual Picnic with The Rocky Birely Combo performing

Edenton Annual Picnic: Saturday, June 15

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Coordinator  

Bring your lawn chairs, dancing shoes, and your appetite as we join together to celebrate Edenton’s 35th Anniversary with a day filled with family, fun and fellowship. The Annual Family BBQ is fast approaching. Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. And, please RSVP by Monday, June 10, to Marie in the office, 301-694-3100. 

The Rocky Birely Combo returns as our live entertainment. There will be games for all ages, face painting, a picture taking area and, of course, lots of delicious food! 

Resident Store Opens in Manor House

Jennifer Holmes, Assistant Administrator

Responding to resident requests, we have opened a community store on campus. The store is located on the second floor of the Manor House next to the art studio. We have stocked the store, to start, with limited inventory ranging from toiletries and sundries to packaged treats and bottled soft drinks. We hope to extend our inventory to include holiday and crafting items in the future. This added amenity is for the convenience of residents. Purchased community store items is another way independent living residents can use their personal service allowance. Purchases made by assisted living residents will be listed on their monthly invoice.

harriet sampieri opens store at Edenton Harriet Sampieri, Resident Mayor, along with other residents have volunteered to staff the store. The community store is currently open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The store open hours depends on Independent Living resident volunteers, so hours may change. There’s a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the Manor House near the Community Room if you are able to help out.

Finally, we need a name for our little store. Suggestions are welcomed! Share you store name idea with Marie at the front desk before June 14.

Page Turner’s
Book Club

This month’s selection is Night of Camp David by Knebel Fletcher.

A senator, destined to become the next Vice President, is summoned to Camp David by the President. He begins to notice signs of intense paranoia and erratic behavior. After attempts to warn other officials about the President and his crumbling mind, he and others close to the President come under investigation by the FBI.

Join us in the library on Thurs., June 27 at 3 p.m. for this month’s discussion.

Welcome, neighbor, to Edenton!

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Coordinator

We welcome Mr. Richard “Dick” Fitch who recently moved into Cottage 514. Mr. Fitch grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Mr. Fitch graduated from Drexel University where he played lacrosse. He remained in touch with the program up until last year. 

He retired after 37 years with the Scott Paper Company where he worked as a contract manager. He was active in his church and youth programs in his spare time. He was married to Gerry who resides at Orchard Terrace. They have four sons, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and he has two step-grandchildren. He and Gerry have remained friends. 

Welcome, Dick, to our Edenton family.

We also welcome Mrs. Marilyn Johnson Lang who recently moved into Cottage 402. Marilyn was born in Oakland, California and grew up in Riverside. She attended college and had a career as an executive secretary and a teacher. Marilyn has lived in 12 states and 3 countries overseas. In fact, two of those locations were in Africa. 

She married and had three children. She has three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren! She’s also a mother to ten stepchildren and numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is very proud of all of them! Marilyn enjoys reading and Bible study.

A warm welcome to you, Marilyn!

Welcome, neighbor, to Blossom Place!

Liz Lyles, Life Enrichment Coordinator

We welcome Mrs. Julia “Jeanne” Culler Biser to Blossom Place. Jeanne was born on St. Patrick’s Day on a small farm nearby just outside of Feagaville. She was the oldest of six children. She graduated from Frederick High and went to secretarial school in Hagerstown. 

She married Dick Biser and they had one daughter. Last year they celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary. She is the proud grandmother of one granddaughter.

Jeanne worked for the Frederick County Public School system for 35 years as a school secretary, teacher’s aide and in the Food Service program at the central office. Jeanne loves to read, enjoys nature and enjoys making people laugh.

Welcome, Jeanne, to our Edenton family. 

Strawberry Season


Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

One of the best things about June is locally grown fresh-picked strawberries! Strawberries are very good for you. Strawberries are high in nutrients, antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber and potassium. They also may help to regulate blood sugar levels. What perfect way to celebrate National Strawberry Short Cake Day then with a social celebrating these delicious red berries. So join us on Friday, June 14 at 2:30 p.m. at Garden House as we reminisce about our strawberry picking adventures and enjoy this yummy summer treat.

Summer party

Andy Wright, Life Enrichment Coordinator

MaLet the summer festivities begin! Please join Orchard Terrace and Blossom Place on the back patio at the Garden of Eden Restaurant on Tuesday, June 11 at 1:30 p.m. We will celebrate the arrival of warm summer days and longer hours of daylight with music, dancing, games, and good eats! 

Golden Gears Cruise-In

Applestalk June 2024

Liz Lyles, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Do you like looking at different types of cars? Well, you’re in luck. On Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Edenton will be hosting the Golden Gears Cruise-In. There will be approximately ten antique and classic cars on display in front of Manor House. Come out and vote for your favorite car. Trophies will be presented to the top three favorites at 11:30 a.m.

Listen to the music of the 50s and 60s as you stroll down memory lane with these beautiful classic cars. Hope to see you there!

Flag Day is June 14

Applestalk June 2024

Andy Wright, Life Enrichment Coordinator

On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the first American Flag. The resolution stated that, “The Flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternating red and white, that the union be thirteen stars, white in blue field, representing a new constellation.”

The origins of Flag Day go back to 1877 when the government requested the flag be flown at all public buildings to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its adoption. In August 1949, President Harry Truman designated June 14 as National Flag Day.

This month, join us at Orchard Terrace on Friday, June 14 at 1:30 p.m. for a Flag Day craft to celebrate our freedom and liberty.

Artists at Work

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

Fiddler’s Green residents are going to be tapping into their creative/ artistic side as they enjoy learning new painting techniques with volunteer Britney Moser. They will be exploring watercolors and acrylic paints. Residents will be working to create some works of art to submit for the “Over 70 Show” at the Delaplaine Arts Center in downtown Frederick. The show opens July 20 and runs through September 1. 

Join us at 2:30 p.m. on both Monday, June 3 and Monday, June 10 as we take brush to canvas to create our masterpieces.


Volunteer Britney Moser led a watercolor art class recently. Above, she helps resident Jack Favilla blend colors.


Garden House residents recently enjoyed an art project day decorating rainbows to hang in their rooms!

Outing to Monocacy National Battlefield

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

Do you enjoy local history? Well, this is the trip for you. On Tuesday, June 18 at 9:30 a.m. the van will be headed to Monocacy National Battlefield. Learn how the Battle of the Monocacy on July 9, 1864 saved Washington, D.C. Ranger Brian Robinson will be presenting a program about the battlefield its importance to Frederick and the Civil War. 

After the presentation, enjoy exploring the interactive museum or stop by the bookstore. So, mark your calendar and enjoy a step back in history. Transportation is $8; and please sign up in advance. 

Resident Spotlight

Liz Lyles, Life Enrichment Coordinator

This month’s spotlight shines on Blossom Place resident Julia “Julie” Roberts. Julie was born in Fairmont, West Virginia. 

Julie graduated from Fairmont Senior High, then attended Fairmont University where she earned a degree in Music Education. She met and married John – both are music educators – and they relocated to Frederick. Julie worked at New Market Middle and Oakdale Middle as a Band Director until her retirement. 

Julie took pride in her job as a teacher and produced many well-attended concerts. She went out of her way to make her concerts special and often shot off streamer canyons at the finale. She was loved by her students and was known as a fun teacher. She taught her students that hard work, practice and discipline brought excellence. Julie was overjoyed when she found out that several of her students studied to become musicians and music teachers.

Julie and John divorced years ago but they still remain good friends. In 2013, Julie and Nancy married. 

We are so glad to have Julie as part of our Edenton family.

Susan Shanahan Joins Life Enrichment Team

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

Introducing Edenton’s newest Life Enrichment Coordinator, Susan Shanahan, who will be based at Garden House.

Susan was born and raised in the Silver Spring, Md. After high school she moved to Ellicott City for 20 years. Then she relocated to Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, until moving back to Maryland and settling in Frederick two years ago.

Susan has three children, one grandchild, two dogs and one cat. She loves people, all animals, reading, crafting, and being in nature. For 10 years she was involved with a dog rescue. And, all of her adopted animals are rescues.

We are so happy to welcome Susan to the Edenton team!

Welcome to Edenton! …continued

Welcome, neighbor, to Orchard Terrace!

Andy Wright, Life Enrichment Coordinator

We welcome Mrs. Rita Stevens to Room 713. Rita was born and raised in Waterford, Michigan, where she attended grade and high school. She earned a Masters in Computer Science from Michigan University and worked for the Red Cross after graduating. Rita enjoys reading, watching movies, listening to country music, and doing crafts.

Welcome, Rita!

Bayada presents…”Healthy Sleep Habits”

Michele Price, RN, Director of HomeCare

Healthy sleep habits…tips from Bayada Home Health:
Keep a consistent sleep schedule. Get up at the same time every day, even on weekends.
Set a bedtime that is early enough for you to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep.

If you don’t fall asleep after 20 minutes, get out of bed. Go do a quiet activity without a lot of light exposure and avoid electronics.

Establish a relaxing bedtime routine.

Make your bedroom quiet and relaxing. Keep the room at a comfortable, cool temperature. 
Limit exposure to bright light in the evenings.

Reduce your fluid intake before bedtime and avoid eating large meals too close to bedtime. 
Join us on Tuesday, June 4, in the Community Room, to talk about healthy sleep habits.

Tuesday, June 4 at 10 a.m.
“Healthy Sleep Habits”
presented by Bayada Home Health


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