Applestalk Nov2023

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Inside this issue:

Welcome, Neighbors

Up, Up and Away!

Edenton Wins Pumpkin Contest

Bayada Wellness Talks: Back Pain

Veterans Day

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

What is Veterans Day? Veterans Day is a nationally observed holiday in the United States that honors and pay special tribute to all military veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

But why is Veterans Day observed in November? Seven months before the Treaty of Versailles was signed to officially end World War I, the fighting ceased with a truce between the Allies and Germany. This truce went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. That’s why November 11, 1918, is regarded as a significant date, and why it was selected as the date observed as Veterans Day every year. Veterans Day now honors all American veterans for their willingness to serve and sacrifice for our freedom.

On Friday, November 10 at 1:30 p.m., Edenton will be honoring our veterans here on campus. Our guess speaker will be Danny Rodriguez, a Marine veteran. So please mark your calendars and help us pay special tribute to those who have served this country proudly.

Save these dates! Holiday events in December

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

Tree Lighting will be Dec. 4

Save the date! On Monday, December 4, we’ll host our official Edenton Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Garden of Eden Restaurant. We are excited to welcome back the Clustered Spires Sweet Adelines as they return to perform for us as we kick off the holiday season. Also, Edenton’s new mayor will be introduced. Mark your calendars and help us usher in the holiday season.

Holiday Bazaar will be Dec. 8

‘Tis the season to think ahead for the holidays. Stop by the Manor House on Friday, December 8 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a little shopping at Edenton’s Holiday Bazaar. Purchase some cute homemade stocking stuffers or maybe even find a new ornament for the tree. Possibilities abound! Get ready to shop right here on campus at the Holiday Bazaar.

Page Turner’s
Book Club

This month’s selection is an historic fiction novel, Switchboard Soldiers, by Jennifer Chiaverini.

At a time when women could not enlist, or even to vote, in most states, the U.S. Army Signal Corps began recruiting women telephone operators. Deployed throughout France during WW1, operators endured hardships and risked their lives.

Not all would survive. These women served with honor and played an essential role in securing the Allied victory.

Join the discussion on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. in the library.

Welcome, neighbor, to Edenton!

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

We welcome Mrs. Nancy Ehrenreich who recently moved into Apartment 602. Nancy was born in Baltimore. She lived in Maryland most of her life. She did move to California and attended school there from grade 3 to 6 before returning to Maryland. She had one brother and one sister.
Nancy worked for Montgomery County Public Schools in the planning department doing all types of research, which she says was her favorite job. She also worked for State Farm Insurance in their call center. She enjoys the arts, writing, cooking, watching sports, painting and she loves to sing. She really enjoys being around happy people. We hope to see Nancy at art classes and at our Lifetime Singers practice.

Welcome, Nancy, to our Edenton family. 

We also welcome to Edenton…

We also extend a warm welcome to Mr. Livio Cillo, Jr. who has moved into Apartment 416. Livio was born and raised in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and he lived many years in Darlington, Maryland.  He had two brothers and one sister. He served in the United States Army 82nd Armored Airborne Division for three years. He graduated from Lycoming College in Williamsport with a Bachelor of Science degree. He worked for the Department of Defense as a Computer Specialist. He spent time in France and Germany with the Security Agency and speaks both languages.

He has four children, seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He loves history and documentaries, and he has a great interest in Benjamin Franklin and historic arms.

Welcome, Livio! We’re glad you’re here.

Welcome, neighbor, to Blossom Place!

Liz Lyles, Life Enrichment Coordinator

We welcome Mrs. Joyce McQuay who recently moved into Room 221. Joyce was born and raised in  Kinston, North Carolina. She grew up on a farm, the youngest of 12. After high school, Joyce went to the Salvation Army Training Station and became a Salvation Army Officer.

She worked at the Salvation Army Day Nursery for low income families in Baltimore’s Patterson Park. Joyce and her husband were married for 67 years. They have two sons, and she is the proud grandmother of two.

She is very proud of singing with the Dundalk chapter of the Sweet Adelines. She enjoys arts and crafts, especially crocheting.  She is also very spiritual and is looking forward to attending church services on campus.

Welcome, Joyce!

Jersey Friday

Super Bowl Sunday

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! 


strawberry dessert with icing milk with strawberry sauce

Liz Lyles, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Did you know that parfait is a French word that means perfect? The first parfait recipe emerged in 1867 by Jules Gouffe. Parfaits are often served in a tall stemed glass. They are made with yogurt or ice cream and fruit, and topped with whipped cream. Parfaits can be great fuel for your body and brain.

Blossom Place residents love a good dessert. So on Saturday, November 25 at 1:30 p.m., they will be building their own parfaits and indulging in this favorite treat. Bon Appétit!

Up Up and Away!


Alison Wood, 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.

Mickey Mouse’s Birthday

Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse in Disneyland

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

Who doesn’t love Mickey Mouse? Mickey Mouse’s birthday marks the creation of Mickey Mouse by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. Mickey Mouse made his first appearance in the animated short “Steamboat Willie” on November 18, 1928. That day is now celebrated as the beloved character’s birthday.

Over the years, Mickey Mouse has become an enduring symbol of joy, imagination, and the magic of Disney. So on Saturday, November 18 at 11 a.m., we will take a deeper look at Mickey Mouse and the man who created him as we celebrate Mickey Mouse’s birthday with all things cheese.

Edenton Wins Pumpkin Design Contest!

Congratulations to Edenton’s team who recently won the 3rd annual Oasis Senior Advisors’ Pumpkin Decorating Contest! The contest, hosted on Oasis’ Facebook page, encouraged community votes to select the winning pumpkin design. With over 1,300 votes, Edenton’s “Enchanted Fairy Pumpkin” design took first place this year. Thank you to Edenton’s friends and family on Facebook for participating by voting for our entry this year and supporting the contest.

Oaisis senior advisor's facebook post

The prize? Oasis Senior Advisors is awarding a gift card to help support community activities at Edenton.

If you’d like to see the winning entry, stop by the Manor House. The winning entry is on display in the lobby.

(And, the winner announcement shared online is posted to the right in case you missed it!)

residents with paper casper cutout
residents attend pumpkin party
man holding apples in open hands

Game and Puzzle Week

Andy Wright, Life Enrichment Coordinator

SORRY! We can’t play twister anymore, but you’re in Jeopardy if you think we can’t Trouble puzzle our way through the week with some good ol’ classic games!

This month, Blossom Place and Orchard Terrace are coming together on Monday, November, 20 at 3 p.m. for building games after our Friendsgiving Social at 2 p.m.

All week, we plan to game the day away with some of our favorites; Mexican Train, Triominos, Jeopardy, Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune, Chair Volleyball, Dominos, Scrabble, Bingo, Canasta, and of course, a nice 1,000 piece puzzle on the side… if you weren’t busy enough already!

We will even be taking part in decorating (and eating) gingerbread people on Tuesday, November, 21 at 1:30 p.m. Please invite your families and come join in the fun!


Liz Lyles, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Thanksgiving is that special time of year where we enjoy and make wonderful memories with family and friends. It’s a time of fellowship and feasting on some of our favorite foods. Of course turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, ham and all the trimmings is a common tradition. Some people have briskets. Some even have an Italian menu. It doesn’t matter what you have. It’s more about being happy and thankful with the people that are surrounding your table. I think the best part of the meal is dessert. Pumpkin pie with whipped cream and apple pie topped with ice cream seem to be a hit.
So to help us get into the spirit of Thanksgiving here at Blossom Place, on Wednesday, November 22 at 1:30 p.m. we are going to dig into a big slice of fresh pumpkin pie with whipped cream. We’ll share memories of past holidays, read some Thanksgiving Day poetry, and share in the thankfulness with the friends that we are surrounded by each and every day. 

Thanksgiving greetings. Dry yellow leaves, pumpkins, berries, nuts and frame on a wooden background, top view. Kaligraphic capital inscription.
Condolences White roses laying down

Our Sincere Condolences

Alison Wood, Life Enrichment Coordinator

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. Sandra Cain    |    Mr. Raymond Klingler    |    Mrs. Lela Robinson

Resident Spotlight

Lisa Ambrose, Life Enrichment Director

This month’s spotlight shines on resident Josh Dulin.

Josh was born in Evansville, Indiana, the oldest of nine. At nine, he moved with his father and brothers to Los Angeles, California. Shortly after his mother followed with his sisters. After high school graduation, he enrolled in an early computer class. Once he completed his education, his professor suggested that he join VOLAR (Volunteer Army) to secure his future in communications. Josh became part of MOS (Military Officers School) and began building his career in communications for the military.

Throughout his career, Josh had three assignments: Italy (1972-1975); Okinawa (1975-1977); and Fort Detrick (1977-2010). When he retired in November 2010, Josh, a supervisor then, was Fort Detrick’s longest standing employee. Josh spent seven years and 10 months in the military, and 38 years and six months in civil service.

Josh was also very active in sports. He played softball, flag football, volleyball, football and even officiated some games. Josh met his first wife, Shirley, at Fort Detrick and they were married in 1979. Sadly, in 2004 Shirley passed away.

In 2005, Josh met his current wife, Sandy, at the “In The Street” festival in downtown Frederick. Sandy was working at Heather Ridge School at the time. They married in April 2006 and moved to Edenton in October 2018.

Josh an Sandy have two daughters, Sabrina and Brianna, and they recently became grandparents for the first time when grandson Elias was born.

Josh is an active member of our Edenton community. He is in the Bridge club, the Lifetime Singers, he participates in painting and watercolor groups, attends outings to lunch or seasonal events, and even helps to call BINGO on occasion.

We are excited to celebrate Josh this month!

Portrait of Josh Dulin
elderly woman back pain back viewed from behind

Bayada Monthly Wellness Talks: Back Pain

Do you have back pain? 

Come join us on Tuesday, November 7 at 11 a.m. in the Manor House Community Room. Bayada Home Health will share some helpful tips. Here are just a few to be discussed:

When you have acute/new back pain, applying ice to the painful area helps reduce inflammation and therefore reduces pain.

For chronic back pain, applying a heating pad helps relax your muscles and stimulate blood flow.

Be sure to stretch your muscles to maintain/increase flexibility and reduce your risk of back pain.
Yoga can be very helpful for this!

Strengthening your core/abdominal muscles plays a big role in reducing back pain and reducing the risk of developing back pain.

Moving with proper body mechanics all day, every day helps to protect your spine and minimize
risk of injury.

Please join us on November 7 at 11 a.m. for the in-person discussion!



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