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Composting! A new green venture on campus!

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Contributed by Marian Fuchs A small group of entrepreneurial residents have got together to start a new eco-project at Collington.  All of us who drink tea or coffee have the chance to recycle our old grounds and tea bags in … Continue reading

Early November Events

Contributed by Marian Fuchs

Look out for lots of events coming in the first 10 days of November, including:

  • Opening of the new Frame Shop on Nov 1
  • Talk on trends in life care – and how this affects Collington’s future on Nov 5
  • Voting on Nov 6!!!
  • Health Services Alliance ‘Charrette’ on Nov 7 and 8 (must preregister)
  • Holiday Bazaar on Nov 9

Organ Recital and More

Contributed by Marian Fuchs

One afternoon in the second half of October, the Collington Chapel was extended to include the Game Room, and all the chairs were arranged to focus on the small David Moore organ that had been donated to our community at about the time that the chapel was being completed.   Every chair was filled by residents eager to learn more about the instrument from our resident organist (as well as pianist and choir master, and leader of all things musical), Marilyn Haskel.

Marilyn told us about the organ’s history, workings and capacity.  And she demonstrated its versatility by playing pieces from every century since Handel – giving us marches, voluntaries, jazz, chorale music and hymns, in which the audience joined.    In one piece, a chorale prelude, Marilyn was joined by one of our artists in residence, Melissa Morales, playing clarinet.

It was a spellbinding hour of education and enjoyment, prompting one resident to term it the ‘best concert in his two years of residency’!

The pictures below show Marilyn at the organ and the organ itself with the doors open to show its workings.


Meet and Greet New Staff

Contributed by Marian Fuchs

One afternoon in early October the Auditorium was set up with round tables, at each of which was sitting one of our new senior staff members.  All have been here for a few weeks or less!  Residents were invited to come meet and greet them all.  Here are the people we talked with.

Megan Barbour – Administrator/Director of Operations.   Megan will oversee the operations of Health, Culinary Services, Medical Services and Compliance. 

Jerome Perry – Director of Facilities.  He will supervise the Buildings Manager (Gene Davis),  the Environmental Services Manager (Charlene Smith) , the Project Manager (Bryson Adams) and the Security and Transport Manager when one is appointed.

JoAnne Pendorf – Assistant Director of Nursing.  JoAnn is the deputy to Director Dora Gray.

Suzanne Shabe – Activities and Wellness Manager.  She reports to Dora Gray, and supervises wellness and fitness activities for AL and IL residents.        

Sara DeRosa – Social Worker for Independent-Living (IL) residents.  She replaces Natosha, and will report to the Director of Social Services, once Wanda’s replacement is appointed.


OO Shop Says Thank You to its Volunteers

On October 4 the OO Shop leaders hosted a lunch for its volunteers.  Carol Edner thanked several tablesful of residents for giving their time to helping tear down the old shop and building up the new one.  Here are memories of the event.