ApplesTalk Newsletter May 2024


Maryland Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 14

A reminder that Tuesday, May 14 is the Maryland Primary Election. A van will leave Edenton on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. to take residents to the polls to vote. Independent Residents: please sign up if you plan to vote that day.

(Transportation to the polls is free.)

In this issue:

Welcome Neighbor

Fiddler’s Derby


Resident Spotlight

Bayada’s Wellness Talk

Rocky Birely Combo

Edenton Annual Picnic with The Rocky Birely Combo performing

National Police Week

Liz Lyles, Life Enrichment Coordinator

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Police Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. During National Police Week we will take time to recognize the men and women in law enforcement who put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe. And, we hope to add some special visits during the week from those who serve and protect.

Listed to the right are some of the fun activities we have planned at Blossom Place for this special week.

Edenton’s Annual Picnic happens next month

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Coordinator  

Just a reminder, the Edenton Annual Picnic is fast approaching. Make sure you save the date—Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year Edenton is celebrating 35 years of dedication to the community.
The Rocky Birely Combo will be returning to entertain residents and guests. We will also have face painting and games for the kids. The cornhole boards will be set up in the courtyard for anyone who wants to play. And, of course, our delicious BBQ lunch will be served buffet-style.
We will soon reach out for RSVPs. Dust off those lawn chairs and join us for Edenton’s annual family day of fun and fellowship.

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caution tape protect vehicle in crime scene investigation traini

Join us as we mark this special week!

  • Monday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m.
    Invisible Ink Message Craft
  • Tuesday, May 14 at 1:30 p.m.
    The Art of Fingerprinting
  • Wednesday, May 15 at 10 a.m.
    All about the Police Badge
  • Friday, May 17 at 1:30 p.m.
    Party to Celebrate Police Officers

Page Turner’s
Book Club

This month, book club members will read mysteries writ-ten by Margaret Truman. As the only child of Harry S and Bess Truman, Margaret had several careers, but may be best known as an author of murder mysteries set in Washington, D.C.

Book club members will have the option to read one of the books on loan from the library: Monument to Murder, Murder at the National Gallery, Murder at the Opera or Murder Inside the Beltway.

Join us in the library on Thurs., May 23 at 3 p.m. for the discussion.

Welcome, neighbor, to Edenton!

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Coordinator

We welcome Ms. Anne “Chris” Skelley to Cottage 409. Ms Skelley recently moved here from Florida, and she is the daughter of resident Anne Skelley. Chris was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and has a Ph.D. in Economics. She worked as a college professor for many years.

Welcome, Chris, to our Edenton family!

We also welcome Ms. Josephine “Josie” Remsberg who moved into Cottage 415. She was born in Frederick, Md., and grew up in Middletown on a dairy farm. She had four sisters and one brother.

Josie graduated from Middletown High School and Towson State Teachers College. She taught at two different local elementary schools for over 40 years.

She and her future husband went to school together and rode the bus together. He was also a dairy farmer when they married. She has one daughter and is the proud grandma of two. Josie loves to be social and has lots of stories to share.

We welcome Josie to Edenton!

A big welcome to Mrs. Margaret “Peggy” Wolfson and Mr. Herbert Steele who have moved into Cottage 501.
Peggy was born in Hampstead, NY and grew up in upstate New York. She has six sisters and two brothers. She graduated from Hood Col-lege at the top of her class. She worked for the USDA her entire ca-reer. She is a poet and has published six books.

Mrs. Wolfson has two daughters and one son and is the proud grand-mother of three. She moved back to this area so that she could be near her family.

Mr. Steele was born in Hicksville, Ohio, and was raised in Toledo. He has one sister. Herbert served in the United States Army at the end of World War II, then reenlisted to serve during the Korean War.
He was an insurance underwriter and his job included traveling to var-ious states for most of his career. He has two daughters and two sons, ten grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Please help us welcome both Peggy and Herbert to Edenton’s family.

Do Something Nice for your Neighbor Day

Creamy peanut butter and peanuts.

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

May 16 is “National Do Something Nice For Your Neighbor Day.” Did you know that acts of kindness can have significant mental health benefits? Studies have shown that performing acts of kindness can have a positive effect on the giver’s mental health, improving mood and reducing stress. On Thursday, May 16 at 10 a.m., Garden House residents will gather to create some floral crafts that will then be shared with a neighbor to spread joy. Join in the fun with friends!

Cycles of the Moon

Creamy peanut butter and peanuts.

Andy Wright, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Many of us at Edenton enjoyed experiencing the solar eclipse last month. Thanks to our wonderful staff, glasses were accessible and all who wished were able to go out and safely view 2024’s eclipse event.

This month, we will soar into the vast layers of outer space, exploring our own knowledge of the universe and testing the limits of the un-known. Join Orchard Terrace residents on Friday, May 3 at 11 a.m. for Space Trivia.

Make A Book Day

Creamy peanut butter and peanuts.

Liz Lyles, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Each of us has a wealth of information inside. We all have a story to tell and memories to share…stories that should be shared with loved ones. May 10 is Make a Book Day, so Blossom Place residents will be recording some of their own special memories in a book they will create. Please join us on Friday, May 10 at 1:30 p.m. as we put pen to paper to write our stories.

Let’s Hit The Road!

number pi 3.1415 with 140 decimal places

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

Spring is here and it’s time to get out and about. Sign up today and join in the fun as we hit the road! Highlighting just a few of the upcom-ing outings for Independent Residents here:

Friday, May 3 @ 6:30 p.m.
Big Band concert at Frederick Community College (concert starts at 7:30 p.m.). Tickets for the concert are limited. You must sign up in advance. Transportation is $8; tickets are free.

Monday, May 13
Wal-Mart shopping. Transportation is $8.

Tuesday, May 14 @ 1 p.m.
Thanksgiving Farms Garden Center for all your plant shopping needs. Transportation is $8.

Friday, May 17 @ 11:15 a.m.
Out to Lunch Bunch heads to FireBirds Wood Fired Grill. Transportation is $8.

Friday, May 31 @ 11:15 a.m.
A favorite…Red Lobster is on the schedule for the Out to Lunch Bunch. Transportation is $8.

Wednesdays @ 10 a.m.
Grocery shopping. Transportation is $8.


Fiddler’s Derby

Creamy peanut butter and peanuts.

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Kentucky Derby, which will be held on Saturday, May 4. Did you know that 19 past derby winners have names that begin with the letter “S”, including Secretariat. The traditional drink of the derby is a mint julep. The derby is also re-ferred to as the Run for the Roses because the winning horse is pre-sented with a blanket made from over 400 roses that weighs 40 lbs.

This year on Saturday, May 4, Fiddler’s residents will celebrate the second annual “Fiddler’s Derby,” with the race’s post time at 1:30 p.m. May the best horse win. And yes, there will be a pitcher of delicious mint juleps to share.

Cin! Cin!

italian night at Edenton


Residents enjoyed April’s Italian-themed night. It was hosted on cam-pus as a nod to the Annual Calendar and The Godfather scene portrayed.

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.

Ms. Anne Marie Boyer  |  Mr. William Goode  |  Mr. Lawrence Gusman
Ms. Lois Wilson

Resident Spotlight

Andy Wright, Life Enrichment Coordinator

This month’s resident spotlight shines on Mrs. Patricia “Pat” Brown-Miller.

Pat was born in Tampa, Florida and raised in Overbrook, Penn-sylvania. She was a basketball star in high school and played center forward at MMA (Mater Misericordia Academy). She holds the record for most points scored in one game (69 points). After graduating, she got married and had three wonderful children.

Pat then studied interior design at Drexel University and later, after many degree switches, she grad-uated. Pat’s career was in sales management of contract furniture. She even won an award for most products sold and most profit made while working at the Her-man Miller company.

Pat loves to play du-plicate bridge and loved to travel with her kids. She has five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pat is one of a kind and we are grateful to have her here with us!

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Welcome, neighbor, to Edenton! …continued

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Coordinator

We also welcome Mr. Ron and Mrs. Maria Rattell to Cottage 508. They moved from their family farm in Westminster, Md. They have four children, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Ron was born in Baltimore and lived for a while in Mexico City. He speaks English and Spanish. He is a Veteran of the United States Navy. He studied Mechanical Engineering and also earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He spent most of his career with Westinghouse/ Northrop Grumman. He loves traveling, cars, golf and football (which he played).

Maria was born in Peru and came to the U.S. in the 1960s. She speaks English, Spanish and some Italian. She’s worked as a nanny, seamstress and for Westinghouse. She and her husband enjoyed traveling the world together. She also enjoys reading, painting, history and music.

Welcome, Ron and Maria!

Welcome, neighbor, to Orchard Terrace!

Andy Wright, Life Enrichment Coordinator

We welcome Mrs. Jeanne Kelly who moved into Room 729. Jeanne was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and enjoyed playing softball growing up. During high school, she met her husband on a blind date and said that, at first, she did not like him. He grew on her over time.

Jeanne married and became a homemaker after graduating.

She and her husband had ten wonderful children and spent 50 years happily married. Jeanne enjoyed travelling around the United States, and she loves board games and bingo.

When you meet Jeanne, be sure to welcome her!

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…”Tips for Brain Health”

Michele Price, RN, Director of HomeCare

Our friends at Bayada return on Friday, May 10 at 10 a.m. to continue sharing ways to maintain your health. Here are a few tips for you on this month’s topic…brain health:

  • Get regular physical activity. Exercise has been proven to help keep the mind sharp and re-duce the risk of cognitive decline.
  • Take care of your health. Some medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure can cause problems with thinking and memory.
  • Be social. Socialization can help reduce depression and stress. Both are known to contribute to memory loss.
  • Get a good night’s rest. Sleep helps improve brain function and memory.

Challenge your brain. Activities that engage your mind can help keep your brain in shape!
Make plans to join us on Friday, May 10, in the Community Room, to talk about brain health.

Friday, May 10 at 10 a.m.
“Tips for Brain Health”
presented by Bayada Home Health


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