Over 100 residents celebrated our 30th Anniversary last month, starting with savory appetizers, champagne and lively music from the Hadacol Bouncers Jazz Band!
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.
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 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.
OceanView 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.
Edie 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!
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.
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’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.
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
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.
The 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.
Louise 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.
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.”
On June 8th, OceanView convened industry experts in utility regulation, solar, natural gas, propane and oil for a panel discussion regarding the future mix of energy systems. If you were unable to attend the event, you may view a video of it above!
Moderated by Jennifer Rooks, host of Maine Calling on MPBN, the panelists were Fortunat Mueller, Founder of Revision Energy; Claudette Townsend, Director of New Products and Services at Dead River; and Tony Buxton, Chair of the Energy Group at Preti Flaherty, LLP.
James McCarthy of Mainebiz attended the event and covered it in an article viewable on their website.
Seven years ago, a group of OceanView residents were inspired to organize a food drive within our community. The donated items were picked up by Falmouth school students, loaded onto a bus and brought to the local Falmouth Food Pantry. This partnership and food drive continues to be a success each year and fulfilling for all involved.
Earlier this week, our large Commons Room was filled with bags of food generously donated by OceanView residents and staff.
8th graders from Falmouth Public School arrived and loaded everything onto a bus. Once at the Food Pantry, the students unloaded the bags, sorted the individual food items and stocked the shelves.
For over 30 years the Falmouth Food Pantry has been serving the needs of citizens, not only in Falmouth, but also the surrounding communities of Cumberland, Yarmouth, Portland and Westbrook. Six volunteer managers work with other volunteers to serve clients at the Pantry, deliver meals to some, meet large food donations, and stock the shelves.
For more information on needed items,
drop-off locations and volunteer opportunities call:
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Today at 2:00 PM OceanView is convening industry experts in utility regulation, solar, natural gas, propane and oil for a panel discussion. The panel will be moderated by Jennifer Rooks, host of Maine Calling on MPBN. Panelists include Fortunat Mueller, Founder of Revision Energy; Claudette Townsend, Director of New Products and Services at Dead River; and Tony Buxton, Chair of the Energy Group at Preti Flaherty, LLP.OceanView is an ideal host as our campus features a mix of energy systems that attendees will be able to see firsthand, including over thirty solar energy installations. Join us to see and hear what our future energy mix could be!
Limited seating, RSVP: 207-781-4460
Located at Lunt Auditorium, 74 Lunt Road, Falmouth