OceanView resident Ruth was excited to discover that she was ranked 1# for her age category in this year’s “Orienteering North America” magazine! Orienteering is a sport in which individuals traverse a predetermined course over diverse terrain, using a topographical map and compass to navigate from point to point.
Having taught physical education for 25 years, Ruth has been active her whole life. She first tried orienteering at a workshop offered by the Appalachian Mountain Club and discovered she liked doing it and was good at it. Ruth continued to participate in the sport all over America, as well as Sweden, Scotland and Canada. Forty years later, Ruth still enjoys orienteering, and has an impressive collection of plaques and medals on display.
Ruth isn’t alone in her passion for the sport here at OceanView. Another resident, Tony, has been orienteering for over 40 years and designs some of the maps that groups use. Tony started an OceanView orienteering group and designs courses overlaid on our campus map! The group meets about 6 times throughout the year and has residents scrambling all over OceanView’s 80 wooded acres.
At the Maine Family Business Awards Gala held this past Wednesday, OceanView at Falmouth was honored to receive the Environmental Leadership Award. The evening was hosted by WCSH-6 anchor Cindy Williams, who said OceanView was chosen for its many sustainable practices including recycling 95% of all generated waste, a robust composting program, and use of solar energy throughout its campus, making it Maine’s “greenest” retirement community.
Presented by the Institute for Family-Owned Business in partnership with MEMIC, the awards recognize exemplary Maine firms that demonstrate excellence in family involvement, business success, and commitment to employees, customers and community. With 166 nominations, an independent panel of judges selected the 7 winners from among 20 finalists.
We would like to thank the Institute for Family-Owned Business for this honor. We also are very grateful to our incredible team of employees and the residents they serve, we couldn’t do it without them.
Continuing in line with OceanView’s Commitment to Sustainability, a new Electric Vehicle Charger has been installed on our campus, powered by solar energy. Barry Woods, Director of Electric Vehicle Innovation at ReVision Energy, says, “As we continue to see more electric vehicles come on the roads, there will be a real need to provide infrastructure to accommodate the increasing need for charging stations. Maine also has the highest usage of oil per capita than any other state, so finding energy alternatives is crucial in chipping-away at that number. Between all the solar installations and now this vehicle charger, OceanView really is ahead of the curve.”
New OceanView resident Mollie loves her Tesla and had a vehicle charger installed in her new Schoolhouse Cottage, which all include grid-tied solar electric systems and each save 4,000 to 5,000 pounds of CO2 per year. Mollie is glad that OceanView values the environment and recognizes that green energy alternatives are important to sustainability.
Last month OceanView was honored to be named the top winner in the Business Leadership Category at the “eco-Excellence Awards” held in Portland [Read More Here]. And last week, OceanView hosted a Business Energy Fair along with the Chamber of Commerce and Town of Falmouth.
See more media about OceanView’s commitment to sustainability at: oceanviewrc.com/green
Artist’s rendering of the Friends School of Portland
Health reporter, Diane Atwood, shares information presented by our Fitness Team from the recent event “Fitness for Life: Maintaining Your Vitality at OceanView.” View Diane Atwood’s “Catching Health” post here: http://dianeatwood.com/fitness-life
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.
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.
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!
Already 65% pre-sold, the remaining sites won’t last long!
Contact Gloria Walker at 207-781-4460
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.
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.
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.