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Final Schoolhouse Phase Breaks Ground!

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The final 4th Phase of the Schoolhouse Cottages has officially broken ground! Complementing our original 34 Schoolhouse Cottages, these 14 homes will be customized for each new resident who will be able to choose their floor plan, décor finishes, landscaping and completion date any time through the end of 2018.

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Some cottages will have walk-out, daylight basements, views of Casco Bay and Portland! All enjoy gas fireplaces, full service generators and solar panels to ease your electric bill.

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This neighborhood will connect one end of the OceanView campus to the other and will also include the final leg of the sidewalk along Middle Road from Blueberry Lane to Lunt Road, allowing safe walking or jogging around the entire block!

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Already 65% pre-sold, the remaining sites won’t last long!
Contact Gloria Walker at 207-781-4460


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OceanView Donates $30,000 of Materials

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For the past five years, OceanView at Falmouth has made donations to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland and the Cumberland Wood Bank. We carry on this tradition with the latest development of an additional 14 custom-built homes for our new Schoolhouse Cottages neighborhood.

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To make room for the new cottages, OceanView bought and razed three homes. About $30,000 worth of usable materials from the homes – including cabinets, doors, windows, copper piping and boilers – was salvaged and donated to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. The sale of these items will help fund new Habitat homes for local families, aligning with OceanView’s value of supporting affordable housing options.

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Along with the donations to Habitat, all hardwood trees that came down to make room were donated to the Cumberland Wood Bank, which should provide about 10 cords of wood this winter to those in need.Woodbank Volunteers

Here at OceanView at Falmouth, we remain committed to sustainability and social responsibility, values which we strive to incorporate into every aspect of our community.


OceanView Has the Best Soup, Again!

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Patricia Baird, Chef Chris McLaughlin and Chef Chris Ventimiglia 

For the second year in a row, OceanView at Falmouth took home top honors at the Very Merry Falmouth Soup Challenge. In addition to defending their People’s Choice title, OceanView earned the Judge’s Pick for Chef Chris McLaughlin’s butternut squash soup. Chef McLaughlin used local ingredients including chipotle oil, candied maple bacon, and goat cheese.

“Food is such an important part of quality of life. We strive to make the best food every day for our residents,” said Steven Brustein, General Manager of Dining Services at OceanView. “The soup challenge is a great way to share our culinary talents with the community and getting their approval is fantastic validation.”

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OceanView residents enjoy fresh soups daily at our multiple dining venues across campus. Chef Jill Bookataub can be seen here serving a steaming bowl at our Gazebo Grille Café during lunch.

Judges awarded plaques to winners in three categories: Best Soup, Best Chowder and Best Chili. Attendees submitted ballots for the People’s Choice Award to select the overall winner. Chef McLaughlin’s butternut squash soup earned the Judge’s Pick for Best Soup and was selected as the People’s Choice for overall winner! The event is sponsored by the Town of Falmouth and supports the Falmouth Food Pantry.

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OceanView Celebrates 30 Years!

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Over 100 residents celebrated our 30th Anniversary last month, starting with savory appetizers, champagne and lively music from the Hadacol Bouncers Jazz Band!

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The color theme for the evening consisted of black, white, silver and “OceanView green.” Residents socialized among glittery streamers, shiny balloons and paper lanterns that appeared to float overhead in our main dining room.

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An elegant dinner was served, starting with an Autumn Caponata Salad with Roasted Delicata Squash and Herbed Focaccia Crostini. Entrees included Porcini and Rosemary Crusted Beef Tenderloin, Prosciutto-wrapped Chicken Breast with Goat Cheese Filling, and Seared Sea Scallops over Five Spice Carrot Puree. The evening concluded over Caramel Apple Trifle with Mascarpone Cream and Brown Sugar Crumble.

A special ‘Thank You’ to our residents and staff for making these past 30 years truly unforgettable. Here’s to 30 more!


OceanView Employee Receives Excellence in Long-Term Care Award

 edie1OceanView CRMA, Edie Shean (center), recognized at the Blaine House in Augusta on September 13th.

 
Each year, the Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program awards the Excellence in Long-Term Care Award to acknowledge the dedication and skills of Maine’s outstanding direct-care professionals. We were very excited and proud when we received word that Edie Shean, an OceanView employee for 8 years, had been chosen to receive the award and would be recognized at the Blaine House in Augusta.

edie2OceanView Resident Care Coordinator, Ann-Marie Tucker (left), nominated Edie (right) for the award.

 
Edie started work in 2008 at our Falmouth House Assisted Living and later moved to Legacy Memory Care. As a Certified Residential Medication Aide, Edie not only passes medications to residents, she does so with heartfelt compassion. A role model to other staff, Edie’s thorough communications with families updating them on their loved one’s status have been greatly appreciated. She takes extra time to learn the intricacies of each resident’s life story, which ensures a personal connection and compassionate plan of care.

edie3Edie with OceanView Director of Assisted Living, Diane Kibbin (right).

 
Edie is continuously thinking of ideas to better improve our residents’ quality of life, and is able to think outside the box, knowing that not all solutions can be “cookie cutter” and tailors her approach to each individual. As a result, Edie has formed trusting, deep bonds with residents and their families and couldn’t be more deserving of this award. Congratulations Edie!


OceanView Walks to End Alzheimer's

OceanView Walks to End Alzheimer’s

OceanView Walks to End Alzheimer's

Yesterday, as part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, OceanView held its own walk to help raise awareness and collect donations to aid in treatment, care and research of the disease.

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Residents and staff from our independent living, assisted living and memory care communities came out to show support. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful sunny weather, a perfect day for a walk!

OceanView Walks to End Alzheimer's

OceanView’s fitness staff had plotted multiple routes on our 80-acre campus, utilizing walking paths and sidewalks, which allowed individuals to choose from different lengths and levels of terrain. Along the way, stations were set up with waters, apples and energy bars.

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So far, OceanView has raised over $3,700 to directly benefit the Alzheimer’s Association! If you’d like join us in the fight against this disease, you may donate online at: act.alz.org/goto/legacyov


Lunt Professional Building Solar Panels Operational

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The latest addition to our campus’ solar panels came online last month. Placed along the roof of our Lunt Professional Building, the panels went to work right away in helping the environment. Within just the first week of operation, the panels generated 935 Kilowatt Hours!

 

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So what does 935 Kilowatt Hours translate to? That’s enough electricity to power 2,936.23 light bulbs for a day! 668.15 kilograms of CO2 emissions were saved, which is equivalent to planting 37.79 trees. And this was only the first week.

 

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This is one of many solar electricity and hot water systems on the OceanView campus, including Hilltop Lodge, the Main Lodge Expansion, Blueberry Commons, Falmouth House Assisted Living, Legacy Memory Care, our 4-season pool and the new Schoolhouse Cottages. Don’t miss our Annual Campus Open House, on September 11th, to see our solar energy systems firsthand!

 

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To learn more about the ways in which OceanView is an environmentally-friendly community, visit our Commitment to Sustainability page online.


Whipple Farm Celebrates 260 Years

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In 2003, OceanView owner, John Wasileski, purchased the historic Whipple Farm property and custom-built 42 homes, nestled into the hillside. The dedication of 5 acres of conservation land preserved the picturesque view of the original farmhouse, which now houses Whipple Farm Distinctive Dining and is used as an event and activity space for OceanView residents and their guests. This week, a celebratory 260th Anniversary Dinner was held in the farmhouse, featuring a Colonial-inspired tasting menu and a few special guests who hadn’t set foot in the house for decades.

Whipple 260th 3The five-course dinner menu: Blueberry Merlo, Venison Sausage, Native Oyster Stew, Farmhouse Garden Terrine, Herb Roasted Poussin with Pear-Raisin Stuffing and Cognac Demi Glace, and Wild Berry Trifle with Lemon Curd.

In 1756, Joshua Merrill built the house for his wife, Mary Winslow, where they raised ten children and pastured sheep on meadows with blueberry-laden woodlands. Since the last Merrill descendant lived in the home in 1927, six other families have enjoyed it: The Mayos, Whipples, Sawyers, Fosses, Dudleys and Millikens.

In 1964, Payson Sawyer purchased the house and he and his wife, Melissa, raised 5 children here before moving in 1978. Attending this Anniversary Celebration 38 years later, allowed Payson and daughter, Louise, to share cherished memories of the house over a special dinner.

Whipple 260th 2Louise and Payson Sawyer read a real esate advertisement for the farmhouse in a 1964 copy of Down East Magazine.

“I dream almost every night of this house,” said Sawyer. “I remember every knot of wood.” Payson and Louise were tickled to be seated at the table in front of the main cooking hearth, as it was always their favorite room. Louise inspected the mantel over the fireplace and found the holes left by the tacks that held their Christmas stockings. She recalled finding a blacksmith’s anvil and large wooden birdcages in the barn – relics left by previous owners.

At another table sat OceanView residents Peter and Mabel with guests Jill and her husband, Dave. Jill, whose great-grandmother was a Whipple, hadn’t been in the house since she was 2 years old! She said her great-grandfather was quite eccentric and had lots of exotic animals and birds, including peacocks, which he would let roam around the property. “That would explain the wooden cages!” said Louise.

Whipple 260th 4Payson Sawyer (center) with children Charlie, Edie and Louise.

Payson was sad to see the end of the last dinner course and commented, “No offense to my wife who was an excellent cook, but this was probably the best dinner we’ve ever eaten in this house!” Louise expressed how thankful they were for the visit, “This is sacred ground to us. We thought it might be too emotional to come back, but we’re happy to see the house has been preserved so well and are glad it’s in the hands of John Wasileski, he’s been an excellent steward.”


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