OceanView celebrates its anniversary every year with a themed party and special dinner. This year’s theme was “Caribbean Caper!”
The evening started in our Blueberry Commons Room, which had been transformed into an Island Paradise. Residents, many who dressed in tropical prints, enjoyed Sugarcane Shrimp Skewers and a Tropical Rum Punch. It was hard to keep your feet still with the “Pan Fried Steel Ensemble” performing fun steel drum music that added to the exotic atmosphere!
People then boarded a Pirate Ship (aka, our Main Dining Room), where they were served a Vanilla Scented Sweet Potato Soup with Curried Crab. Choice of entrees included Roast Duck Breast with Honey Passion Fruit Glaze and Plantain Fritters, Pan-Seared Sea Scallops in a Coconut Shell with Gingered Rice, and West Indies Braised Lamb Creole with Mashed Winter Squash. The voyage ended with a Rum Soaked Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Caramel Sauce and Coconut Ice Cream.
There isn’t a pirate’s chest big enough to hold the treasured memories from these past 33 years. OceanView wouldn’t be the special place that it is without our remarkable community of residents and staff, and we’re truly honored to have them aboard as we set sail into our 34th year!
OceanView residents, family, friends, and community members raised a glass in celebration of the completion of Falmouth House’s renovation and expansion! 10 new apartments were added, including beautiful end units with water views, walk-in closets and eating nooks. Larger, spacious floor plans were designed to meet the increasing demand for the accommodation of couples.
In addition to the apartments, the Living Room and Dining Room were also be expanded. The kitchen received extensive upgrades, where our outstanding team of chefs continue to cook three freshly prepared meals a day. The Activity Room saw the addition of a Café Kitchen complete with brand new cabinets, appliances, and granite countertops. This warm, cozy area is where residents enjoy exercise classes, creative arts, discussion groups, movie screenings, or just a cup of coffee with a friend.
“At OceanView, we feel it is vital to offer the best possible care for residents in our community who need assisted living, but would still like to maintain their independence,” said John Wasileski, OceanView’s Owner. “This expansion is part of a larger effort to increase capacity due to a growing need and continue the high-quality, personalized care that OceanView offers residents at Falmouth House.”
To learn more about apartment availability at Falmouth House, please call: 207-781-4621
Several years before moving to OceanView, Tom and Alice sold their 45-foot sailboat, mostly because it was becoming difficult to find crew to sail with. He became interested in building a new type of boat after seeing a video. “It looked fairly easy to sail by myself, and could carry two or three other people. Plus, I just loved the design.” As he and his wife, Alice, planned their move to OceanView into a brand-new, customized Schoolhouse Cottage, he had their new cottage built with a full workshop in the daylight basement, specifically planning to accommodate the completed size of this future boat with special doors that would be wide enough to get the boat out when it was completed!
Starting with 15 sheets of computer-cut plywood, Tom completed constructing the vessel in just under two years. “It was slow going, but a really fun project,” says Tom. “I’ve built two small six-foot sailing prams before, but they were two-week projects rather than two-year!” The boat is called an “Ilur” – named after a small island off the Bay of Biscay in Brittany, France. The Architect, Francois Vivier, is from that area, and all his boats are named after geographical locations in Brittany.
Tom chose to name the boat “Griffin” – the name of his father’s former business partner with whom he started a custom furniture business after WWII. Tom’s mother, an artist, had originally designed the Griffin logo, and his sister, also an artist, helped him convert the logo from an old letterhead into an electronic format that could be reproduced on the sail for the boat.
A crowd of Tom and Alice’s
neighbors gathered at their cottage for a champagne christening celebration,
admiring the beautiful craft Tom had created.
Tom said he is especially
grateful to OceanView’s Maintenance Staff for all their help moving the boat
out of the basement and onto the trailer for its trip to Handy Boat Yard in
Falmouth. Tom stood in his boat as it was lowered from a dock and into the
ocean for the very first time!
Legacy Memory Care at OceanView held its Annual Alzheimer’s Walk right here on our beautiful 80-acre campus with its variety of wooded walking paths and trails.
A crowd of residents, staff, family and friends gathered for the Walk’s kick-off event at Lunt Auditorium. Tamera Vogel, Assisted Living Sales Consultant, welcomed participants and thanked them for coming out to help raise awareness and supporting the fight against Alzheimer’s.
Holly MacEwan gave a heartfelt and touching speech about her aunt Gail’s wonderful experience living at Legacy Memory Care and the family’s gratitude for the personalized care the staff provided every day. Holly has worked with OceanView for the past 15 years in her role as Service Learning Coordinator with Falmouth Schools, providing intergenerational programing between our residents and their students.
Throughout the year a variety of fundraising activities and events have been held, including a pancake breakfast, Italian dinner, gelato social, employee lunch, and the selling of chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine’s Day. $2,345 in donations were received the day of the walk, breaking our goal of $5,000. As of this writing, we’ve raised over $5,950 for the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and still have more fundraising events through the remainder of the year!
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Last Thursday saw sun and blue sky, which was perfect weather for the plunging of shovels into dirt to officially mark the groundbreaking for OceanView’s new Fitness Pavilion!
In his speech, OceanView’s owner, John Wasileski, said the design and technology going into the construction of this state-of-the-art facility will make it a wonderful new addition to the campus, but it ultimately will be the residents and the staff who use it that will make it special. “It’s always been the people of the OceanView community that make it what it is, not the bricks and mortar,” John reiterated. John’s son and OceanView’s Director of Development, Chris Wasileski, echoed his father’s words in recognizing the many people who have and will continue to be involved in the development of the building.
OceanView’s Fitness Manager, Kate Foley, and her team of personal trainers collectively hold master’s and bachelor’s degrees in exercise sciences, as well as 15 certifications in personal training and exercise programs. Kate said in her speech that the Fitness Department has transformed into an exercise science-based program, using reliable and validated fitness testing, guided by the standards set forth by the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. As a result, OceanView has become a destination for retirees who hold their health, wellness and fitness as a lifestyle priority. Due to this increased demand, OceanView’s leadership saw the need to expand.
The new Fitness Pavilion will include a larger aerobics floor, a push sled and turf strip, extensive weightlifting options, spin bikes, suspension trainers, slide board, a bounce wall and flooring for slam exercise, and state-of-the-art cardio equipment, many with screens enabled with cable, wi-fi and streaming services. Kate added that while the equipment has been carefully selected to grow with the strength, power, balance and flexibility gains of the OceanView population, this new fitness facility will look and feel more like one you’d expect for collegiate athletics, rather than a “fitness center for seniors.”
“We are on the cutting edge of what fitness means for those 55 and better,” Kate concluded. “OceanView has always been the leader in retirement living, and today we embark on being the first to look toward this new, scientifically-based, fitness of the future.”
The Fitness Pavilion will also include six new luxury apartments with dens, gas fireplaces, and underground parking. ONLY ONE of these spacious apartments remains for reservation! Learn more by contacting Gloria Walker today at: 207-781-4460.
This American flag now flies majestically atop a beautiful new flagpole in front of our historic Whipple Farmhouse, after having had a special Flag Day Ceremony and Dedication last month.
The flag and flagpole was generously donated by resident Mabel Gerquest, in memory of her husband Peter and all OceanView veterans who are no longer with us. A well- attended event was organized to celebrate this timely donation. With OceanView resident, Bill Gatchell as Master of Ceremonies, tributes and musical performances were enjoyed by a large crowd overlooking the Whipple Farmhouse and conservation land.
As part of the ceremony, Darren Henry with the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services attended and gave a speech in recognition of all veterans. Resident Tom Troeger delivered a beautiful invocation, poetry reading and benediction. A trumpeter played “To the Colors” as the flag was raised, and “Taps” as it was lowered to half-staff in memoriam. The OceanView Chorus sang “An American Hymn” and “America the Beautiful,” inviting the audience to join in. And resident Carl Barker played “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Yankee Doodle” on his harmonica!
The Flukes Ukulele Band concluded the ceremony with an Armed Forces Medley, as audience members from the different branches stood for their song. Delicious refreshments were served, including a berry-topped flag cake, as onlookers admired OceanView’s new Old Glory.
OceanView at Falmouth harnesses New England’s abundant solar resource to attract new residents, to reduce energy costs and carbon pollution, and to provide year-round comfort in their facilities. Since 2009, they have saved more than $170,000, and eliminated over 1.4 million pounds of carbon pollution.
“Seniors are very warm and welcoming to clean energy technology,” remarked Chris Wasileski, director of development at OceanView. “These days no one blinks an eye at seeing panels on the roof – in fact they’re really happy to have the energy savings. Folks are amazed at how these solar-powered homes perform, and how simple it is to save energy.”
The recently-completed Schoolhouse Cottages neighborhood is made up of 48 homes that each have 10 solar panels – in all there are 615 solar panels at OceanView, and 105 solar hot water collectors that have collectively created nearly 6 billion BTUs of heat since their installation.
Long-Term Collaboration for Smart Growth
OceanView has partnered with ReVision Energy on over 60 solar projects, including solar electricity, solar hot water, solar pool heating, hyper-efficient heating/cooling equipment, and electric vehicle charging stations. Chris Wasileski noted that solar is instrumental to their vision of a retirement community that provides outdoor recreation opportunities, environmental sustainability and all the comforts of modern living.
“The partnership with ReVision has really worked hand-in-hand with our growth – we try to incorporate solar energy into every single unit or building that we build. It’s a line item that we have on every project,” said Chris. By pairing solar power with advanced building techniques and materials, the living spaces in OceanView are comfortable, efficient and enjoy much lower energy costs.
The solar return on investment has added up for Chris and his father John, who have nearly reached the milestone of installing a megawatt of rooftop solar power across OceanView at Falmouth and their other retirement communities. Solar is more than just a force for their business though, it’s also a win-win for OceanView residents and the natural environment.
Excellent construction progress continues to be made on our Falmouth House Expansion. Both the North and South wing interiors have been sheet rocked with painting to begin soon. Work will then move on to the interior of the new “turret,” where the expanded activity spaces will be!
Roofing and siding are 95% complete. Exterior paint will match the existing siding and trim, with the roof shingles being changed to a new “Weathered Wood” color.
Falmouth House’s commercial kitchen also received major upgrades, including new flooring, equipment, and an expanded walk-in refrigeration system! Our team of amazing chefs and dining services staff are very excited!
These new spacious apartments are ideal for couples, with water views, eating nooks, and walk-in closets. Contact Tamera Vogel to reserve your ideal apartment today!
If you’ve ever been to our Annual Yard Sale, you know it offers an impressive selection of items. This year’s Sale was no exception, including just about everything except a kitchen sink! There was also an assortment of resident-made baked goods and a variety of plants for purchase. A special preview event was held once again the Friday evening before the Saturday Sale, and with a $10 donation for admission, attendees received an OceanView tote bag, enjoyed elegant hors d’oeuvres, and got “first dibs” on sale items!
The Yard Sale is one of many fundraising activities held throughout the year to benefit the Resident Assistance Fund (RAF), a special non-profit organization created and run entirely by OceanView residents. Formed out of neighborly care, the RAF helps fellow residents through times of unexpected financial hardship.
After all was said and done, this year’s Yard Sale raised a whopping $20,000! Over 300 people attended from 37 towns in Maine, with an additional 7 other states and two other countries represented. A huge and much deserved “Congratulations” to all the dedicated resident volunteers who made this Sale the most successful one yet in OceanView’s history, and all in the name of helping their fellow neighbors.