ApplesTalk-March 2024

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In this issue:

Welcome Neighbor

PI Day Celebration

Tuesday Trivia

Resident Spotlight

Bayada’s Wellness Talk

It’s an Election Year!

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

With 2024 being an important Presidential election year, we want to make sure that everyone who wants to vote is registered. If you are not registered to vote or if you need to change your address, now is the time to do so.
You must make these changes by April 23. If you prefer to vote by absentee ballot, April 23 is also the last day you can request an absentee ballot to be mailed directly to you.

Edenton has forms available in the Manor House at the front desk for Independent residents. Assisted Living residents can ask your Life Enrichment team member for one of these forms.

A reminder of important dates:

• April 23: Deadline to register to vote. Also,
• Last day you can submit your change your address
• Last day to request an Absentee Ballot.
• May 14: Primary Elections. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• May 14: Deadline to mail absentee ballots for the Primary Election.

All ballots must be postmarked by this date to be counted.

**On Tuesday, May 14, a van will transport residents who are registered voters and wish to vote in person to the polls.**

Let us know how we can help and don’t miss this opportunity to voice your choice.

Annual Family Picnic set for June 15

Excitement is building as Edenton gets ready to celebrate 35 years. So mark your calendars for Saturday, June 15, 2024, and plan to attend Edenton’s Annual Family Picnic.

More details to follow. We just wanted you to get this on your calendars now so that you don’t miss our 35th anniversary celebration.

Page Turner’s
Book Club

This month’s selection is House in the Pines by Ana

Armed with only hazy memories, a woman who long ago witnessed her
friend’s sudden, mysterious death, and has since spent
her life trying to forget, sets out to track down answers.

What she uncovers,deep in the woods, is hardly to be believed.

Join us! Thursday,
March 28 at 3 p.m.
in the library for the

Welcome, neighbor, to Edenton!

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Coordinator

We welcome Miss Christine Bowersox to Cottage 414. Christine was raised right here in Frederick, MD. She has one brother. Christine was the first child to benefit from special education in Frederick County. She attended Visitation Academy for two years, then attended and graduated from Prospect Hall. She received her associate’s degree from Frederick Community College.

Christine has worked at the Jeannie Buzzard Center, Fort Detrick and Costco. She also volunteered for a while at the Hood College Library. Christine loves bingo, crafts, crocheting, watching TV and church related activities. She’s already joined in on many activities on campus.

Welcome, Christine, to our Edenton family!


Welcome, neighbor, to Fiddler’s Green!

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Welcome to Mrs. Eleanor Bowersox who moved into Room 320. She was born in Newark, NJ and raised in Maplewood, NJ. Her father transferred jobs, so her family moved around the states, eventually ending up in Maryland. She graduated from Montgomery Blair High School. Then, she attended Wyoming Seminary and summer college at Boston University before completing four years at Western Maryland College. Eleanor married in 1951 and has a daughter and a son.

She and her husband were married for 65 years. She worked for the Carroll County Welfare Board doing social work. She also worked as a church secretary while taking care of her family.

Eleanor enjoys crossword puzzles, watching TV and singing.

Welcome, Eleanor, to our Edenton family.

Welcome, neighbor, to Orchard Terrace!

Andy Wright, Life Enrichment Coordinator

We welcome Mr. Gary Specht who recently moved into Room 723!

Gary was born in Frederick and raised in Doubs, MD. He graduated from Frederick High School and began working as a teller and in the proof department at Farmers and Mechanics National Bank. After 18 years, he became a Chaplain’s assistant in the Army.

Gary enjoys classical music and played the organ at his church. He also enjoys bingo and traveling. Hawaii and San Francisco were two of his favorite places to visit. Gary says, “you don’t have to ask me twice…I’ll travel anywhere!”

Make Gary feel welcome when you see him around!

National Peanut Butter Lovers Day

Creamy peanut butter and peanuts.

Amber Lewis, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Peanut butter is part of so many dishes around the world. It’s a staple
here in the U.S. to pair peanut butter with jelly for a sandwich. For others, a Reese’s peanut butter cup, which was first introduced in 1928, is a go-to snack. A peanut butter and banana sandwich was made famous by music superstar Elvis Presley! And, the oldest operating manufacturer of peanut butter has been selling it since 1898! On Friday, March 1 at 3 p.m., Garden House will explore how peanut butter is used, both as a yummy snack and a special treat for birds.

Pi Day Celebration

number pi 3.1415 with 140 decimal places

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

Pi is the most well-known mathematical constant. It is the ratio of acircle’s circumference to its diameter. For any circle, the distance around the perimeter is a little more than three times the distance across. Pi is an irrational number. (A decimal with no end and no repeating factor) 3.141592654…

They have actually created a day to celebrate Pi, that day being March 14. One might ask how do you celebrate Pi Day? Well, Fiddler’s Green residents will gather on Thursday, March 14 at 2:30 p.m. and enjoy “a slice of pie.” There will be a couple of different pies to choose from, so you can enjoy your favorite or sample them all. Then there will be a pie trivia challenge to see who knows all about pies. So mark your calendars and join us for our Pi Day Celebration!

I Love Lucy Day

I love lucy tribute image

Andy Wright, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Please join us at Orchard Terrace, on March 25 at 1:30 p.m., for our
I Love Lucy party! We’ll celebrate with our friends from Blossom Place
with Paloma mocktails, a chocolate fountain – complete with yummy
fruits for dipping, a photo shoot, and a special calendar photo signing
session with our own Pat Brown-Miller, who is March’s cover girl!

Ready for Spring Planting

hand holding young plant and green background with sunshine. eco

Liz Lyles, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Spring is around the corner…a wonderful season for the senses. It’s the time of year when trees blossom and flowers bloom. Most love the smell of flowers and the sound of bees buzzing. Springtime is a time for both natural beauty and new beginnings. Please join us at Blossom Place on Thursday, March 21 at 1:30 p.m. for some fun as we start seeds indoors to get ready for spring planting outdoors. In late spring, we’ll transfer the seedlings to our front porch pots to enjoy!

mocktails and resident 1
mocktails and resident 2


spritz aperitif

Orchard Terrace residents celebrated Margarita Day with some delicious
mocktails during their
Happy Hour!!!

mocktails and resident 3
mocktails and resident 4

Tuesday Trivia

Red Christmas Ball Ornament Building Word Trivia

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

If you haven’t already, heard, trivia is good for the brain. In addition to
improving your memory, trivia games are also a great way to help
keep your mind sharp and alert. This is because you are constantly
having to remember facts and information while playing those games.
As we age, it’s important to take part in activities that challenge our
brains and help keep it healthy.

So, if you have not joined in Bill’s trivia challenges before, now is the time to check them out. You have two opportunities to head to the Community Room this month to join in the fun. The first trivia day will be Tuesday, March 12 at 3:15 p.m. Bill will host trivia day again on Tuesday, March
26 at 3:15 p.m. Mark those calendars and join in the fun for your brain’s health. See you there!

At a recent Tuesday Trivia, Independent Living residents had fun using their new buttons to buzz in to answer trivia questions.

Sing….sing a song!


Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

Edenton’s Lifetime Singers, under the direction of Chaplain Keegan, are hard at work practicing for their next sing-a-long performance.

Women In Aviation

Silhouette Woman hand and toy airplane in the sunset.

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

Edenton’s Lifetime Singers, under the direction of Chaplain Keegan, are hard at work practicing for their next sing-a-long performance.

Good Friday

Easter holiday. Blue and white  Easter eggs with bunny on a ligh

Andy Wright, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Good Friday, for many, is a day of sorrow, intense prayer and devotion in remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Taking place during Holy Week, the holiday is considered part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday before Easter Sunday. The exact origin of Good Friday is unknown, but the celebration of fasting and putting limitations on oneself to mourn the death of Jesus Christ as an ancient practice dates back to the 4th Century. Jesus sacrificed his life out of love for his believers and humankind. Despite it being a terrible day in Christianity’s history, it is the event that paved the way for humankind’s salvation, after his resurrection two day later.

On Friday, March 29, join us at 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel for Edenton’s
Good Friday service. All are welcome!


spritz aperitif

Jennifer Holmes, Assistant Administrator

Let’s enjoy an Italian experience, as Lucy did in her famous grape stomping scene on the television series, I Love Lucy (featured this month on our Edenton calendar). We’ll discover the Italian tradition of Aperitivo. Often it’s described as being similar to the American happy hour. But in reality, it’s more than that!

Derived from the Latin aperire, the tradition is meant “to open” the stomach before dining. Accordingly, for centuries Italians have said cheers – cin cin – over drinks and appetizers in the early evening hours between work and dinner. Traditionally aperitivo cocktail options tend to be light on alcohol and bitter on taste, pairing perfectly with savory stuzzichini (small bites).

Independent Living Residents: Make plans to join Jennifer Holmes on Friday afternoon, March 15 from 3:30 to 4:30 the restaurant for Edenton’s own version of Aperitivo (Italian cocktails, mocktails & little plates.) A selection of refreshments from bitter to sweet will be offered to please all palettes.

Creative Writing Class


Andy Wright, Life Enrichment Coordinator

In February our writing class explored different techniques for con-
quering writer’s block. Our monthly classes continue to learn new
techniques and put old techniques to use. Please enjoy poems from
February’s class:

On Valentine’s Day

My valentines wish
For my special friend,
May you have great joy,
And love without end!

Carole Krusinski

Loving You Is…

Like red velvet cake crumbles between my fingers.
The way chocolate dipped strawberries tickle my tongue.
Loving you is a candle-lit dinner, soft and gentle;
A romantic skip and twirl to the record player spinning.
Loving you is filled with cuddles and kisses,
An evening spent stargazing in wonder…
-Loving you in this journey, is beautiful.

Working out!

Blossom Place residents get their workout using the parachute for some extra fun.


Easter Egg Coloring and Traditions

Unique hand painted Easter eggs in basket on grass

Liz Lyles, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Did you ever color Easter eggs as a child? Do you recall how much fun it was when family and friends gathered at Easter, sharing traditions and making new memories? Our residents love to share stories about their special traditions.

Here are a few memories our Blossom Place residents shared:

• Norma and her sister looked forward to coloring Easter eggs together every year.
• Fay shared that after having a great time dying their Easter eggs they would put them in a jar and eat them later. She recalls all the bright and beautiful colors of the eggs.
• Anna shared that she and her siblings loved to roll down the hill after searching for hidden Easter eggs. She said those were the good ole days!

Join Blossom Place and Orchard Terrace residents on Thursday,
March 28 at 1:30 p.m. as we have fun together coloring Easter eggs
and sharing some of our favorite Easter traditions and memories.


Independent Living residents gathered recently for a Wii bowling challenge. They play twice a month in the Manor House Community Room.

Any who are those interested are invited to join in the fun! Check the calendar for scheduled times.

Edenton residents play online bowling
Condolences White roses laying down

Our Sincere Condolences

All of us at Edenton extend our heartfelt sympathy
to the family and friends of those in our community
who recently passed away.

You will be missed.

   |   Mr. Livio Cillo   |  

Resident Spotlight

Amber Lewis, Life Enrichment Coordinator

This month’s spotlight shines on Mr. Jim Shipley.

Jim was born and raised as an only child in Dalhart, Texas, which is right on the Texas Panhandle. After Jim met his wife, they moved to California where they had three children, two sons and a daughter, and were married a little over 14 years. Now Jim has two lovely granddaughters, Jordan and Camryn.

Jim attended UC Davis, UC Riverdale, Chico State and Taft Community College where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Animal and Plant Science. For a few years before college, he worked at a juvenile probation facility in California, and then went on to work as a seed salesman to farmers for 22 years. After finishing some courses, he went on to work at the probation facility for ten years as a Probation Counselor.

Some of Jim’s favorite things to do were coaching his sons in little league and spending time outdoors with his family. He enjoyed going to the mountains and camping lakeside where he could fish and water ski. Jim’s favorite major league baseball team is the Dodgers, and his favorite things to eat are Mexican food and German chocolate cake.

We are happy to have Jim as a part of the Garden House family!

Senior man talking to a psychologist at a mental health, psychology and therapy clinic for session. Psychological therapist with clipboard for counseling checklist with elderly male patient in office

Bayada presents…”Can Speech Therapy Make a Difference?”

Michele Price, RN, Director of HomeCare

Per the request of residents, March’s Wellness Talk will be: “Finding BALANCE…One Step at a Time.”
Learn about the components of balance from Bayada Home Health:

1. Visual system. Your vision helps you see where your head and body are in relationship to the world around you and to sense motion between you and your environment.
2. Vestibular system. Balance organs in the inner ear tell the brain about the movements and position of your head.
3. Proprioceptive system. Special sensors sensitive to stretch or pressure in your muscles, tendons, and joints help your brain to know how your feet and legs are positioned compared to the ground and how your head is positioned compared to your chest and shoulders.

Tuesday, March 5 at 10 a.m.
“Finding BALANCE…One Step at a Time”

presented by Bayada Home Health


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