News Stories

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.”


The Right Mix: Envisioning Our Energy Future

The Right Mix: Envisioning Our Energy Future – Panel Discussion Video

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.


OceanView & Falmouth School Students Stock Food Pantry

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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.

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Earlier this week, our large Commons Room was filled with bags of food generously donated by OceanView residents and staff.

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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.

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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:
207- 699-5305


OceanView’s Solar Energy Featured on WCSH News Center

Yesterday, WCSH News Center’s Tory Ryden interviewed Fortunat Mueller of ReVision Energy and OceanView’s Development Project Manager, Chris Wasileski, to learn more about the benefits of being on the forefront of energy alternatives. The segment may be viewed below and complete story HERE.

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



Falmouth Fire Chief, Howard Rice (far left) standing next to OceanView Executive Specialty Chef, Chris Ventimiglia. And OceanView Maintenance Technician, Bill Cochran (second from the right in green shirt), who volunteers for the department.

National EMS Week Recognition

Falmouth Fire Chief, Howard Rice (far left) standing next to OceanView Executive Specialty Chef, Chris Ventimiglia. And OceanView Maintenance Technician, Bill Cochran (second from the right in green shirt), who volunteers for the department.

Falmouth Fire Chief, Howard Rice (far left) standing next to OceanView Executive Specialty Chef, Chris Ventimiglia. And OceanView Maintenance Technician, Bill Cochran (second from the right in green shirt), who volunteers for the department.

Last Thursday, in honor of National EMS Week, the OceanView staff and residents took a moment to say thank you to those we rely on every day to keep us safe, to respond to medical emergencies, and who make our community a better place to live.Falmouth Police Sargent, George Savidge with OceanView Executive Specialty Chef, Chris Ventimiglia.

Falmouth Police Sargent, George Savidge with OceanView Executive Specialty Chef, Chris Ventimiglia.

As a token of our gratitude, OceanView Executive Specialty Chef, Chris Ventimiglia, delivered some of his famous chili to both the Falmouth Fire and Police Departments, along with sour cream, a shredded cheese blend and chopped cilantro toppings, and freshly baked cornbread muffins.

Falmouth Police Chief, John Kilbride with OceanView Executive Specialty Chef, Chris Ventimiglia.

Falmouth Police Chief, John Kilbride with OceanView Executive Specialty Chef, Chris Ventimiglia.

Maine Sunday Telegram Features OceanView

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/



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