Yesterday, The Maine Sunday Telegram’s Source section featured an article on the growing trend of environmentally friendly retirement communities. Portland Press Herald Staff Writer Meredith Goad writes: OceanView may be the most environmentally friendly retirement community in Maine! Read what OceanView residents Bill and Margot Gatchell had to say in the full article here: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/04/24/going-green-in-the-golden-years/
WGME News Channel 13 stopped by to interview OceanView residents and staff to learn more about the benefits of a “green” retirement lifestyle! View the segment below.
Read full story at WGME’s website: http://wgme.com/features/dirigo-stories/dirigo-stories-sustainable-seniors-going-green-in-retirement
Coming up on May 11th at our Fresh Taste of OceanView luncheon, our chefs will present cooking demonstrations and talk about how they utilize fresh ingredients from farmers’ markets and other local sources when preparing high-quality cuisine for our residents in our various on-campus dining venues. Read on to learn more about some of these local food sources and then be sure to reserve your spot for the May 11th luncheon!
Native Maine, a Maine owned and operated company, believes in strengthening New England’s economy by investing in and supporting local farmers and growers, then distributing the best locally grown and produced products available. The produce OceanView receives through Native Maine is primarily sourced from Backyard Farms, located in Madison, Maine, with 42 acres of state-of-art greenhouses.
Fresh Taste of OceanView luncheon.
We are very excited to share two new videos with our friends on the web. The first provides a beautiful bird’s eye view of our 80-acre campus and an overview of the many wonderful options and amenities here at OceanView! Click below to take to the skies and see OceanView like never before!
The second video features five of our residents offering first-hand accounts of their moving experiences and life at OceanView. These unscripted responses were filmed at our recent panel discussion event “The Best Decision I Ever Made.” Click below to view this comprehensive insight into living at our community.
We hope you will find these new videos informative and helpful, and share with others who may too!
With a Master’s degree in English Literature, Isabel taught at the University of Southern Maine and for 15 years at Waynflete School. After she retired, Isabel volunteered for Portland Adult Education by helping immigrants learn English. She tutored individuals from Afghanistan, China and South Sudan. She helped many prepare for their Citizenship exams and saw some of them actually sworn in.
When Isabel moved to OceanView, she wanted to know if there were any volunteer opportunities here for her to continue English tutoring. OceanView staff got Isabel connected with Agnes, an employee in our Food Services department who had fled from Rwanda.
Agnes has good English speaking skills, so writing has been the primary focus of working with Isabel over the past 6 months, but their friendship continues to grow beyond the textbooks. When Agnes saw Isabel’s sewing machine, they discovered they both shared an interest in sewing, and have found other activities in common they both enjoy.
Both Agnes and Isabel say they have enjoyed the experience very much. With Agnes having survived dangerous situations to get to America and having friends and family members not be as lucky, Isabel says she is thoroughly impressed at how cheerful, positive and resilient Agnes is and says Agnes has a lot to teach her, as well.
OceanView culinary staff – Trish Baird, Chef Chris Ventimiglia, Chef Chris McLaughlin and Chef Steven Brustein.
Chris Ventimiglia, Executive Specialty Chef here at OceanView, was the crowd favorite this past weekend at the Shop Falmouth Chili, Chowder, Soup and Stew Cook-Off. Chef Chris’ seafood bisque received the most votes from the constant stream of event goers, besting eight other entries.
As the Executive Specialty Chef, Chris prides himself on bringing a complete sensory experience to the table for OceanView residents. For his seafood bisque – made with lobster, scallops, and shrimp – he puts the focus on technique, blending in flavors and textures throughout the preparation. Chris then adds fresh herbs at the end to really wow the senses.
The seafood bisque featured local and traceable seafood and ingredients, re-enforcing OceanView’s commitment to sustainability. It’s a value shared by OceanView residents who desire healthy, enriched living.
“The seafood bisque represents the quality of food we prepare for OceanView residents on a daily basis,” explains Chef Chris. “To receive recognition for that is elating, especially as we are now offering catering services to the region.”
For more information on OceanView’s catering services, event and meeting venues, please call 207-781-4460.
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Residents bushwhacked a path to our Commons Room, where exotic flowers, vines and leaves appeared to have grown. There also were a few wild animals roaming about!
The Maine Marimba Ensemble’s musical performance lead to some lively dancing. Even the lion thought they were wonderful!
Before heading off to a special dinner with an African-influenced Caribbean menu, residents could hop in a jeep to have their picture taken. “Look out behind you, Joan!”
We can’t thank our incredible residents and staff enough for making this such a wonderful community for yet another year. As we now enter our 30th year, we’re excitedly looking forward to our “pearl” or “trigentennial” anniversary!