At the age of four, music struck a chord with Priscilla Rigg – when she stumbled upon a pump organ in a little cottage on a farm where she lived. “I discovered it. I used to go in and stand and pump and pump and I could just reach the keys and I would spend hours doing that.”
Her love affair with music was instant, and lifelong. She has spent her life studying music, teaching students, and leading choirs. She moved to OceanView a few years ago, and her plan was to retire. But once the staff and residents discovered a bit more about her background, they had other ideas in mind for Priscilla!
Priscilla put out a call to gauge the interest of starting a choir and immediately folks started signing up. The choir has doubled in size since its inception, and the group shows no signs of slowing down.
“Music is very powerful, “says Rigg. “It builds community.”
In the video above, you can see WCSH News Center’s Peggy Keyser stopping in at one of the practice sessions, as Priscilla was putting the choir through their paces.
[Read Full News Center Story Here]
Ruth was excited to discover she was ranked 1# for her age category in 2017’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 and participates in an orienteering group started by another resident. The group meets about 6 times throughout the year and has residents scrambling all over OceanView’s 80 acre campus!
Sitting still doesn’t seem to be easy for Ruth, as she also volunteers at multiple local organizations, which she was featured for on the WCSH 6 show “207.” You may watch the segment below.
In April of 2018, Ruth was honored to be bestowed with the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the Corporation for National & Community Service. With 4,347 hours volunteered in almost 11 years at Maine Medical Center, she was one of only three of their volunteers who were awarded at the “gold level!”
Ruth has also been featured in the Maine Audubon Society’s magazine, ‘Habitat’. You will find her in the Spring 2018 issue on page 13 (slide 7): https://e.issuu.com/embed.html#31959686/60062012
You truly are an inspiration Ruth!
Edith’s father was a decorated hero of WWI. Together with her mother Flora and younger sister Suse, the family lived in Worms, Germany – a center of Jewish culture, education and enlightenment for 1,000 years. Until the Nazis came to power. Then Jewish students like Edith were forbidden to attend public school. The 900-year old synagogue the family attended was burned and their family business/apartment destroyed on Kristallnacht (The Night of Shattered Glass) November, 1938. Her parents attempted to send Edith and Suse out of the country. Suse made it to England, but Edith did not escape.
In the Theresienstadt concentration camp, Edith witnessed the spectacular farce the Nazis orchestrated to fool the International Red Cross. Edith’s father did not survive Theresienstadt, but she and her mother Flora were sent on a Stygian odyssey through Nazi Europe to Birkenau, Auschwitz and Stuthoff. From concentration camp to death camp to labor camps, they faced horror and miracles for three and a half years; the “Angel of Death” Dr. Josef Mengele, the gas chambers of Auschwitz, slave labor, cruelty, apathy and despair. They drew the strength to survive from each other and the occasional unexpected kindness.
Edith and Flora were reunited with Suse in America, and joined her aunt in Brooklyn in 1947. Life continued to bring Edith new challenges, tragedies, and blessings.
Edith spends her time enjoying the theater and opera in Portland while also speaking to children about her experiences surviving the Holocaust, spreading a courageous message of peace and forgiveness. She is the author of the book “Against All Odds, A Miracle of Holocaust Survival.” Proceeds from the book benefit the Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine.
Click Here to Hear Maine Public Radio Interview
Click Here to Read Portland Press Herald Interview
One of OceanView’s many published authors, Jonas Klein has done quite a bit of writing since retiring. He explores a topic close to his heart in Beloved Island: Franklin & Eleanor and the Legacy of Campobello as well as The Roosevelts at Campobello where he creates a lively and detailed account of a defining place and period in Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s lives. In 2005, Jonas authored Mother Wore a Helmet, a collection of family memories and stories to be passed down to his grandchildren.
After a distinguished career in Physical Therapy that included working in hospitals, private clinics, VNA and private practices, Barbara stays busy. She spends her retirement teaching water aerobic classes at the Freeport YMCA as well as to our residents in our very own OceanView pool every summer! Additionally, Barbara enjoys maintaining her gorgeous backyard garden, canoeing, walking, hiking, cross country skiing, reading, stenciling, knitting, cooking, church activities and singing in the church choir.
Jane Volin, one of our many artists in residence, facilitates two art groups here at OceanView, a town sponsored group and “Art for Fun” for painters and would-be painters. Her watercolors evoke memories of special moments in family, nature and place, and can be found on display around our community.