ApplesTalk Newsletter – January 2024

In this issue:

Welcome Amber Lewis to the team

Edenton Writing Class

One-Day University Dates for January

Resident Spotlight:
Margaret & Al Abate

Bayada’s “Comfort In Your Home”

Edenton’s New Mayor Announced

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

At the official Edenton Tree Lighting event on Monday, December 4, Edenton’s new mayor, Harriet Sampieri, was announced. Harriet was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She met and married Wayne and they had five children. She has 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was an Air Force wife and has lived many places. She loves doing needle craft and in general is a very crafty person. She loves volunteering and is regularly sends care packages to military personnel. She is also an active volunteer at Edenton.

Outgoing Mayor Marvin Hoy wrapped up his year by turning over Edenton’s ceremonial community key to Harriet (pictured at left). We sincerely thank Marvin for his service as the 2023 Mayor.

The 2024 Mayor’s official first duty was to light Edenton’s holiday tree. Afterwards, residents enjoyed the beautiful voices of the Clustered Spires Sweet Adelines and some delicious holiday treats.

Congratulations to Harriet Sampieri, our new Edenton Mayor!

Lights, camera, action!

Launch Event for calendar 2024 image We’re back at the movies this year! We still have 2024 calendars available. Edenton resi-dents and staff are showcased taking on signa-ture roles from classic films of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Contact your Life Enrichment staff member, or call Edenton’s office, to get yours.

Page Turner’s
Book Club

This month’s selec-tion is The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny.

While the residents of the Québec village of Three Pines take advantage of the deep snow to ski and toboggan, to drink hot chocolate and share meals, Chief Inspector Gamache finds his family holi-day interrupted by a simple request – provide security for a lecture.

When a murder is committed, his team is immediately called to investigate.

Join us on Thursday, January 25 at 3 p.m. in the library for our first book club of 2024.

Welcome Amber Lewis to the team

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

We recently welcomed Amber Lewis as the new Life Enrichment Coordinator at Garden House.

Amber grew up in Montgomery County and has lived in Texas, Virginia and Minnesota. She has three siblings. Amber has always enjoyed working close-ly with all ages. At 11, she helped take care of infants at her church nursery. She is always been very active with her church doing whatever was needed. She also enjoyed being on the youth drama team. She loves to travel and has been to all but seven states. She’s a very crafty person but, most of all, she loves baking and trying out new recipes.

Please share a warm welcome with Amber as she starts her new adventure here at Edenton.

Omar Finnikin Promoted to Restaurant Manager

Jennifer Holmes, Assistant Director

omar finnikin ​Congratulations to Omar Finnikin who has been promoted to Kitchen Manager. Omar came to Edenton in 2019. Born In Jamaica, he moved to the United States in 2000 and worked in dining services for Sunrise in DC and Bethesda for seven years. During that time, he attended the Culinary Program at the Art Institute of Washington and graduated in 2008. After graduation he joined Norwegian Cruise Lines and worked his way up to Executive Sous Chef. His dedication and skill earned him the accolade “Manager of the Month.”

Compliments from his shipboard team and passengers included, “gracious attitude and wonderful service,” “fabulous presentation and attention to detail,” and many acco-lades for his conscientious attention to dietary restrictions.

Omar has three children–two daughters and a son–and another son on the way with his wife, Sherine. Omar’s dream is to open a Jamaican food truck or restaurant serving his family’s Jamaican dishes and making his grandmoth-er proud. He treated Edenton to his Jamaican chicken wings at one of our summer family picnics, and we look forward to tasting more of Omar’s unique flair for food in the kitchen at Edenton.

Jane Blickenstaff will continue to work with the kitchen staff part-time, and we’ll be celebrating Jane at the end of January.


Andy Wright, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Football season is here and fall is only getting better! The warm, cozy times of togetherness and happiness are everlasting and immerse us in thankful mindsets just before the long winter nights arrive. Gear up by digging out your best jersey to wear on Friday, November 3. Jersey Friday! Invite family to join the fun — group photos will be taken of the best jersey wearers later in the day! 

National Puzzle Day is January 29

Amber Lewis, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Puzzles. They’re creative, challenging and many times a work of art. Puzzles are a fun way to keep your mind working. The challenges of finishing a puz-zle can help with problem solving. Join us at Garden House on Monday. Jan-uary 29 as we celebrate National Puzzle Day! Fun fact: Even though puzzles have been around for quite some time, the day to commemorate it was not created until 2002 by a syndicated newspaper puzzle and professional quiz maker. She even developed classroom plans specifically for the observance!

Bird day!

Amber Lewis, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Aviation History Month is a time to celebrate the remarkable journey of human flight. Throughout history, aviation has transformed our world, from the Wright Brothers pioneering the first flight in 1903 to the development of supersonic jets and space exploration. This month we will honor the achievements of aviators and their spirit of exploration.
Join Garden House on Thursday, November 9 at 1:30 p.m. as we discuss the significant advancements and innovations that have shaped the way we travel, connect, and understand our planet and universe. Afterwards, Garden House’s “test pilots” we will design our own paper planes to fly.

Winter Wonderland Week

Liz Lyles, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Please join us at Blossom Place daily at 1:30 p.m., January 15-18, as we beat the winter blues by doing fun crafts, games and enjoying our favorite snacks!
*January 15: Winter Wonderland Wreaths; *January 16: Snowflake Craft; *January 17: Snow flurry cupcakes; *January 18: Cool Whip Jello cups.

Edenton Writing Class


Andy Wright, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Interested in writing, learning alternate writing techniques, finding new inspi-ration, and connecting with others who have the same passion for writing? Come try something new this 2024! Please join us at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, January 19 in the Manor House community room for our very first writing course. Here at Edenton, we are happy to provide an open and safe space to share your experiences through writing. All are welcome-see you there!

One-Day University for January

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

Knowledge is a great thing and as we all know it’s never too late to learn and expand our minds. Every week a One-Day University program featuring different subjects is presented. We have learned about FDR, Cole Porter, interesting facts about Mount Rushmore and so much more.

For the month of January, a wide variety of topics is available. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss these upcoming topics.

• January 4 at 2 p.m.: Harry Houdini—His Life and Legendary Magic
• January 9 at 2 p.m.: Jackie Kennedy—Her Life, Image and Legacy
• January 16 at 2 p.m.: Norman Rockwell- Painting America’s Story
• January 23 at 2 p.m.: What Makes Great Movies Great
• January 30 at 2 p.m.: Kissinger at 99—Influence and Controversy

Join us at the Manor House as we explore this wide variety of topics and expand our minds at the same time. Hope to see you there. (

Benjamin Franklin

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

How much do you know about Benjamin Franklin? He was a writer, scien-tists, inventor, statesman and so much more. Not only was he among the leading intellectuals of his time, he was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a drafter and signer of the Declaration of Independ-ence and he was the first Postmaster General.

On Wednesday, January 17 at 3 p.m., Fiddler’s Green residents will host a discussion group all about Benjamin Franklin. We may just learn something interesting we didn’t know before about this man of many talents.

Is it time for a tune up?

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

Does your walker or rollator need a little tune up?

Maybe your wheelchair is giving you a little bit of troubl?

Well, don’t worry. Tune up day is here! On Tuesday, January 23 at 10 a.m. in the Manor House Community Room, Whitesell’s Home Medical staff will be here for our rolla-tor/walker/wheelchair clinic.

They’ll be able to take a look at any issues you might be having with your devices and make some adjustments for you…to get safely back on the road. Mark your calendars and make plans to stop by and take advantage of this opportunity.

ApplesTalk Newsletter – January 2024

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.

Mrs. Shirley Lakel  |  Mrs. Jeanette Patterson  |  Mrs. Sandra Phillips
Miss Sarah Sawczyn

Resident Spotlight

Andy Wright, Life Enrichment Coordinator

This months resident spotlight shines on Margaret and Alfred Abate.

Marg was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and Al was born in Calabria, Italy. He and his family lived there for 14 years before mov-ing to the U.S., one guess where? That’s right! Al moved to Pittsburgh, too! The Abates met while working together in a supermarket. A couple years after getting to know one an-other, they got married. And, 63 years and four children (all sons) later, they are still happily together.

Marg shared, “We kept trying for a girl, but never got one and eventual-ly gave up on that.”

Marg was a homemaker. Al moved their family moved from location to location for different jobs until they were finally able to settle down in Washington, D.C., where Al becamea restaurant man-ager and Marg started working as a secretary for Banner Builders. In their free time, they enjoyed vol-unteering at their sons’ school with whatever activi-ties needed assistance.

Al and Marg have eight wonderful grandkids. “We are both very proud of our kids and continue to look forward to all the things they will accomplish.”

We are so pleased to have the Abates as a part of the Orchard Terrace family!

Bayada presents…”Comfort in your home.”

Michele Price, RN, Director of HomeCare

Come out to the Manor House Community Room on Friday, January 12 for the presentation by Bayada Home Health, “Comfort in your home.” A few tips that will be highlighted:

1. If your chairs are too deep, you can add a cushion that also supports the curve in your lower back to help maintain better posture and reduce back pain.

2. When sitting, especially for prolonged periods, it is beneficial to utilize a lower back (lumbar) support cushion to accommodate the curve in your lower back to reduce pain. These cushions are often small and easy to transport with you to use in any chair!

3. It is a common mistake to assume a softer mattress is more comfortable when, in reality, a firmer mattress can help better support your spine and reduce pain.

4. If your pillow is too thick or too thin, it will not properly support your neck while sleeping and can contribute to neck pain/stiffness.

See you there!

Friday, January 12 at 10 a.m.
“Comfort in your home”
presented by Bayada Home Health


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