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.
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.
“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.
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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
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.
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.
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