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Your vote is important! By Virginia Rivers

Election Day on Tuesday, November 3, will soon arrive. We want every vote at Beaumont to count.

In-person voting

In previous years, you may have enjoyed the convenience of voting here at Beaumont on Election Day. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our (P-11) precinct will be voting at Lower Merion Baptist Church, 911 New Gulph Road, rather than at Beaumont, in order to keep outside visitors to a minimum and mitigate our community risk of the Covid-19 virus. Beaumont will provide transportation on Election Day for those who wish to vote in person.

Mail-in voting

New to Pennsylvania in 2020, mail-in Ballots provide an opportunity to cast your vote without having to travel to your local polling station. There has been a great deal of controversy about mailin balloting for the 2020 general election. This is a major

October 2020 issue, especially for battleground states like Pennsylvania, where 26,000 mail-in Ballots were rejected in the 2020 primary. The majority of the rejected Ballots were from Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties. The most common reasons for Ballot rejection were late Ballots and questionable or missing signatures. Now there is another reason for rejection. There are two envelopes in the Ballot packet: • A larger envelope addressed to the Montgomery County election office. • A smaller confiden tiality envelope that will contain your completed Ballot. You must place the smaller envelope inside the larger one. You may not place your Ballot directly into the larger Photo by Richard Stephens envelope. VOTE continued on page 2 AUTUMN IS HERE! The squirrel has collected a clutch of acorns to stash away for winter.

Mansion Gardens offer peace and beauty

By Nancy Sharp for the Grounds Committee

In late 1914 our Mansion was built on over 100 acres of land on both sides of Old Gulph Road. Some of the land was sold and became Beech Road; the rest created our campus on the corner with Ithan Avenue. It was first named Liseter Hall before it became Beaumont. Do you realize how fortunate we are that Beaumont has three beautiful interior gardens in the Mansion? LISETER GARDEN was a miniature golf There is a small course in the early ’90s. atrium garden across from the Grill Room and an adjacent larger atrium near

the mailbox area. And then we have the largest and best known, the Liseter Garden. When the Liseter Garden was created in the early ’90s, a miniature golf course was donated in honor of a resident. Because that space seemed to be the most desirable for a place to visit with friends or enjoy the peace and quiet that it created, the golf course was eliminated and flagstones were laid with an edge of Belgian block. Then shrubs and trees were planted, many of them still in existence. In 1992, near the door to the Music room, a beautiful circular flagstone medallion was donated by Helen Elizabeth Stephens, mother of Dr. Richard Stephens, who along with his wife, Barbara Ballam Stephens, resides in Baldwin today. In 1993, a group of Beaumont ladies created the wonderful tile mosaic that is located on the wall at the far end of the Garden, across from the door leading into the Mansion. Just walk past the fountain toward the little statue of

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Secure Ballot Drop Box Locations

Ballot Applications. Paper mail-in Ballot applications are available at Beaumont’s Front Desk. Alternatively, you can complete the mail-in Ballot application online: https://www. Resident Services is available to assist residents in completing mail-in Ballot applications: Caitlin Gardner, 610-542-2017; Louise Hughes, 610-542-2029; Paige Welby, 610-229-9436. Submit your completed mail-in Ballot application to arrive at the county election office no later than the deadline of October 27. Earlier would be better.

Montgomery County residents who have applied to vote by mail and would like to return it to the Election Board by putting it into a secure drop box should be aware of the following: Where? Lower Merion: Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 How? You MUST use BOTH envelopes when returning your ballot. Put your completed ballot into the secrecy envelope, and then into the return envelope. Sign & Date the return envelope.

Important dates to remember

• Actual election Ballots will begin to be mailed at the end of September. • October 27: Applications for mail-in Ballots must be received by your county election office by 5 p.m. • November 3: Voted Ballots must be received by your county election office by 8 p.m. (postmarks are not enough).

You are only permitted to drop off your own ballot. You cannot drop off ballots for other people, even if you are in the same household. When? Secure Drop Boxes will be available from October 3, 2020, through November 3, 2020: October 3–October 30 M-W-F — 9:00 AM through 4:00 p.m. T-Th — 11:00 AM through 6:00 p.m. S-S — 11:00 AM through 4:00 p.m. October 31 & November 1 S & S — 10:00 AM through 6:00 p.m. November 2 & November 3 M & T — 9:00 AM through 8:00 p.m.

NOTE: Court appeals could change the deadlines. VOTE EARLY to avoid any chance that your vote won't be counted.

GIFT SHOP MANAGER Jeanne Drumheller said goodbye on the last day of August at a gathering in Liseter Garden. A fabulous chocolate chip cake and words of gratitude from Joe Peduzzi brightened the slightly showery event. Marlynn Clothier, Helen Gannon Photo by Linda Madara and other Gift Shop volunteers attended. Louise Hughes decorated the shop with “We Will Miss You!” draped over the back wall. Jeanne will now take on the responsibility of home-schooling a grandchild due to the pandemic. We wish her well.

SAMPLE BALLOT MATERIALS 1. Instructions for voting by mail-in Ballot 2. A pamphlet explaining Ballot questions, if any 3. Your Ballot 4. An envelope in which to place your Ballot 5. A larger mailing envelope in which to place the smaller envelope that should hold your Ballot — fill out the larger one out with your return address, signature and the date.

BEAUMONT NEWS The Beaumont News is published by the residents and staff of the Beaumont Retirement Community, 601 N. Ithan Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

In Memoriam George McNeely September 2, 2020

Executive Editor Lynn Ayres Managing Editor Irene Borgogno Deputy Executive Editor and Production Manager John Hall Graphic Designer TJ Walsh Photo Editor Louise Hughes Contributing Editor Linda Madara Quality Control Jennifer Frankel Index Manager Nancy Harris Consulting Assistant Editors Mary Schnabel, Jean Homeier, Peggy Wolcott, Wistie Miller

Sondra Jaffe September 21, 2020

Members of the Beaumont Community extend deepest sympathy to their families and friends.


Baldwin East transformation starts with a bang…also a roar, growl, screech…

Text and photos by Lynn Ayres

declining sugar maples and two invasive Norway maples. They put on quite a show. Upper branches were the first to go. One fearless lumberjack worked high above the ground in an aerial work platform (better known as a cherry picker). He operated it with easy expertise, moving the basket up, down, and all around. While chain sawing the branches, he planned Phase 1 – ahead, nudging them to fall safely. demolition. This was The ground crew gathered the branches and put them the prelude for a through the chipper. They also raked up sawdust, leaves and complete makeover other debris, and they cut the trunks into more manageable of the Pasture Lane pieces. After lunch, they used a grinder to remove the tree lawn between the stumps. Health Center and It was hard to see the maples go, especially since we the eastern entrance would lose the sugar maples’ dazzling autumn color. The huge to Baldwin garage. lawn looked unbearably bare; walkers stopped to point and For the rest of the stare. But two American dogwoods remained and would soon morning, Arader Tree be joined by a variety of native shrubs and trees. Most impor Services felled five tantly, the row of cherry trees across the street was left in peace. old, established, mas1. The new, shorter plantings in Baldwin East will sive trees: three allow more sunshine into the area. They will be tall enough to minimize the view of the cars parked on Pasture Lane, yet make the row of pink cherry blossoms much more 3. 4. visible. A loud noise interrupted my breakfast on August 20. Having spoken with Grounds Committee Chairman Anne Butcher a week earlier, I knew what it was. Baldwin East trees were being removed.

Phase 2 – restoration. Plant ing will take place in September and October. We will report on that in 2. 5. the next issue of the Beaumont News. 1. EARLY SPRING: The maples are not yet leafing, but the cherries are in bloom. 2. CHAIN SAWING branches creates showers of saw dust. 3. BRANCHES IN, FRAGMENTS OUT: The chipper swallows large branches (left) and sprews debris into the truck (right). 4. ONLY TRUNKS REMAIN: The workers saw the trunks near the ground. The rope guides the direction in which they fall. 5. THE REST IS SILENCE: After stump grinding and digging through the soil to remove roots, the area is brown and bare.

Would you do me a favor? Text and photos by Linda Madara

MUSHROOM HUNTERS Linda and Bling! on the bridge over the little stream at the north end of Wheeler Woods.

It came in an email: “Would you do me a favor? I need you to photograph an unidentified mushroom in Wheeler Woods.” “Can you tell me where to look?” “You know the little stream with the bridge over it? There are three large logs nearby. Look there.” “Your directions are a bit vague.” “I am sure you can find it.”

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Photoshop filter by Lynn Ayres


A mild, yet mighty, old friend succumbs to age and misfortune Text and photos by Jane Ruffin

When walking in Wheeler Woods, don’t just look down at the path. Look skyward at the tremendous height of the trees. Tall and straight, they seem almost to touch the clouds, their leaf canopies creating wavering patterns of light on everything below. During a ferocious storm on June 3, a tree in Wheeler Woods was blown down. It fell at right angles to N. Ithan Avenue, with the top branches crossing one of the woodland paths. After the branches were removed, I measured the trunk. It was 87 feet long without the top branches—and it was probably well over 100 feet when standing. I measured the circumference at ground level as 4.5 feet, and from the rings I estimated that it was 127 years old. What do we know of this gentle giant? How many birds and squirrels have nested in its branches? How many offspring did it add to the forest? We don’t know. We do know that it was a northern red oak tree, an American native. In good condi-

tions, the red oak is a fast-growing tree and one of the most common trees in North America. The leaves have sharp and pointed tips and turn russet to red in the fall. Its acorns are round with a flat saucer-like cap and normally fall in early October. They are very popular with wildlife. Red oak is an important wood for timber and veneer. It is also used for flooring. The wood grain is very open and therefore not useful for wooden structures that are outside. Air can be blown through the grain. The botanical name for red oak is Quercus rubra, Latin for “oak,” and “red.” However, Quercus may have come from a Celtic-language word. When the Romans expanded northward into Gaul and Britain, they found the place covered with oak trees—and with Celts, who considered the trees sacred. Perhaps the Romans “Latinized” the local word for “tree” to refer

I snapped away with great delight as I was told the names of some of the varieties. There it was, the one cluster of mushrooms Doc could not identify. It was for this variety that he and Brooke were hoping Jane would be able to solve the riddle. Upon returning to my apartment, I sent pictures of all the mushrooms to Jane, who agreed that Mother Nature really knows how to paint a picture with fungi. And they are all in our back yard near the little stream and the three fallen logs!

MUSHROOM continued from page 3 The following morning Bling! and I headed up the hill, down past the three large logs, and then over the little bridge! Back and forth we went on the path. Up and down we walked, over and over. I was praying Bling! would not step on the mushroom in question. No mushrooms. No fungi either. After 20 minutes we returned to the apartment. Abject failure! My email: “I need more specific directions. Our mission failed.” Return email: “Brooke Gay says that “Doc” Snyder could not identify it and they’re turning to me for help.” Jane Ruffin was the “me” who at that moment was in New Mexico visiting her daughter. “Doc can be more exact about where it is….” Fate was with me. I ran into Doc at the mailbox and mentioned the missing mystery mushroom. He knew what I was talking about and offered to take me to see “them.” Ah! First time I heard a plural, not a single mushroom. Feeling quite like Queen Elizabeth being driven in her carriage (I had no one to wave to), Doc graciously drove me in his cart through the woods to our destination. Luckily, I was wearing the right shoes to climb over vines as I plodded after him. There in front of us was the most amazingly beautiful collection of mushrooms and fungi that one could imagine. Covering the trunks of very old felled trees were clusters of different varieties, all living quite happily together.

to these oaks. If our oak tree is 127 years old, it is fun to think of what was going on during its life. In 1893, Henry Ford built his first car; the Corinth Canal was built in Greece; Cole Porter was born; Oscar Wilde penned A Woman of No Importance. And our tree was born.


Beaumont Scholarship Awards carry on—but with a difference By Mary Wells, Human Resources Director It was a ceremony with masks and no audience. This is how we celebrated the 2020 Beaumont Scholarship Awards. When room occupancy rules relaxed in August, we quickly gathered our employee student recipients before they went off to school. I was curious if a lack of a large crowd would impact the ceremony. It was so much quieter in that room. Would the recipients be less nervous giving their speeches without the crowd? My guess was yes. Was I wrong? Yes. Birch Clothier, Beaumont Fund Advisory Chair, was beside them as a reassuring presence. He broke the ice by making jokes about his test-taking history many years ago. I could see some nervousness among the scholars, but luckily that passed once they gave their speeches. My usual advice to nervous speakers is to find people in the audience that may be “resting their eyes” and speak to them. Well, no one was there to nod off at this ceremony. Both laughter and tears were a part of the ceremony. This Award is personal, and the speeches are personal. The more intimate setting made the stories even more touching. This Award is a gift made in memory of someone loved very much, bestowed upon staff we love here at Beaumont, and it is also a gift to those of us that hear these speeches to get a glimpse into how hard people work. Although there was no crowd to applaud, the few of us honored to be there tried our best to fill that void. Many were able to view the recorded ceremony, which was later televised at various dates for all to enjoy. What made this event sweeter was that each recipient was given a two-tiered cake to take home and share with their loved ones. We are lucky to have them, and we wish them the best in their studies.













2020 Award Recipients 1. Elise Asare

2. Roxanne Bell

3. Adrienne Blackwell 4. Elizabeth Eckrich


5. Oshin Fisher

6. Blake Gauthron 7. Nicole Graham 8. Althea Johnson

9. Shonda Loney (right) with Heather Heiland, VP of Health Services 10. Kadiatu Mansaray 11. Nyima Sagnia 12. Kaira Stanley

13. Alicia McCullough (right) with President/CEO Joseph Peduzzi


NEW this year is the Charles Kurz, II, Education Fund, with the Wellness Center’s Elsie Asare as its first recipient. The Kurz family has been with Beaumont for 20-plus years, and education has always been important. Starting with his grandfather, the family has supported schools they attended. He spoke with Jim Zug regarding the Beaumont Fund and decided he wanted to set up the Charles Kurz, II, Education Fund, with one recipient each year.

Resident-led afternoon events keep spirits high

Text and photos by Linda Madara

Beaumont has made great efforts to keep residents involved and happy during pandemic confinement. Summertime is for outdoors, but we can experience virtual outdoors with slideshow presentations in the Beaumont Room (masks and social distancing required). Richard Stephens entertained us with a presentation about his adventurous trip to Bhutan, a tiny Buddhist nation in the Eastern Himalayas. Jane Ruffin presented her photographic “Beaumont’s Woodland Treasures.” Marv Weisbord and Alan Tripp teamed up for a live performance in the Beaumont room (and had a ball performing together!). Vick Kelly and Dick Peterson, founding members of

SENIOR SONGBOOK composer Marv Weisbord (at piano) and lyricist Alan Tripp enjoy presenting live music to their socially distanced audience. Photo by Ann Butcher

the Beaumont Ragtag Folk Band (BRFB), also performed in the Beaumont Room, naming their downsized band Dos Amigos. On an earlier occasion, they and fellow Ragtag member Helen Vinick performed as the Bistro Trio. There were also workshops. Acrylic paint pouring is messy, fun, and no talent or past experience is needed. The results are absolutely staggering. We also had a workshop where we stuffed organdy sachet bags with dried, sweetly scented lavender blossoms. Not only do they smell delish, they have almost endless uses. Be sure to check the weekly event calendar to see what else is available.

DOS AMIGOS: Vick Kelly (wearing socks made by his granddaughter) and Dick Peterson tune their instruments, while Resident Services Director Caitlin Gardner tries to get the Bose system to work.

Acrylic pour painting is uncontrolled, untidy, and a whole lot of fun

Shoot straight down in a circular motion. Little amoeba shapes (aka cells) pop up and bloom. Turn off dryer. If the paint dries too fast, lazy cells can’t make it to the surface. More cells appear in all the colors poured onto the canvas. The design is fluid changing. It continues slowly changing as you tip up and down, side to side. When you are “finished,” cells may still move a bit. It’s out of your control. Set your piece down on a level surface. (The surface I used when drying my first pour was not absolutely level. Next morning, I returned to view my masterpiece. To my horror, a good percentage of the paint had migrated off the edge of the canvas.) The challenge for me was to let go of being in control. With acrylic pours, there is no control. Accept that fact. It’s freeing when you do. The best part is watching your piece grow and change before your eyes and then to say, “That’s my work!” There is a growing market for acrylic paintings. Well, maybe slightly more professional than your first or second effort, but by the 26th piece you may be in the money. Acrylic pours are divinely sloppy, wonderfully colorful, exciting, and challenging. Zero control, but fun! Anyone can do it.

Text and photos by Linda Madara

“If you are painting, where are your brushes?” “That’s the fun: we don’t use brushes. We pour paint.” Cover your work area; this is fun, but messy. Put acrylic paint of different colors separately in small (3 oz) cups. (We used 5 colors.) Add some Elmer’s Glue-All (not white school glue). Add one (ONLY ONE) drop of silicone. (Available at hobby shops.) Stir with a Popsicle stick. Pour 1/3 to 1/2 of each little color-filled cup into a large cup (5 oz or bigger), one color on top of another. Do it twice. Colors won’t mix. Place a downward-facing 10” x 10” canvas on top of the cup of combined paints; then turn the whole thing over. The paint slides down onto the canvas, and a large paint puddle happily sits on the canvas. Set aside the large cup. Now the fun. Tip the canvas. The paints travel. Oops! It’s over the edge…no issue. It’s supposed to cover the edges. Colors keep changing place on the canvas. Dribbles and drips fall onto the table. No worry—it’s protected, right? Great fun! Hair dryer time. Turn on high and point at the canvas… oops! Too close, wrong angle, paint flies off.

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Lavender has a long and diverse history By Linda Madara and Irene Borgogno

SACHET CREATORS: Clockwise from upper left— Nell Mecray, Virginia Holt, Cassie Ross and Jane Ruffin.

A small group gathered to learn about the history of lavender and some of its uses over the past 2500 years. They then created lavender sachets by filling organdy bags with dried lavender blossoms. The smell was divine. Lavender is a genus of 47 known species of flowering plants in the mint family. It is native to northern and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. It is today cultivated all over the world for commercial purposes. Ancient Egyptians used lavender in mummification practices. Greeks called it nardus, after the Syrian city of Naarda. It is mentioned in the Bible, where it goes by the designation “spikenard.” During Roman times, flowers were sold for 100 denari per pound, which was about the same as a month's wages for a farm laborer… or fifty haircuts from the local barber. Romans used it as a scent; they also used it as a medicine. Our word “lavender” derives from the Latin word lavare, the verb “to wash,” via Old French lavandre. It was introduced into England in the 1600s; Queen Elizabeth allegedly

Photos by Linda Madara

prized a lavender jam at her table. It was a favorite scent to Queen Victoria and is still much appreciated aromatically. Today, proponents use lavender oil as a disinfectant, insect repellant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and for aromatherapy, although there is no high-quality clinical evidence of effectiveness. It is also used as a flavoring in food, including lavender ice cream.

PAINTING continued from page 6 1. MIXING paint with Glue-All, Pam McMullan makes a proper support/base for the paint. 2. TILTING the canvas lets Sharon Kelly’s paint spread. 3. LATEX gloves protect George Hollingshead’s hands. 4. HAIR DRYER is used by Jean Ruffin and Nelly Lincoln to coax lazy bubbles.



5. RESULTS show unexpected patterns and texture.



1. Pour separate layers of paint in cup. 2. Put canvas on top of the cup and flip. 3. Tilt and twist to spread paint.


4. Use hairdryer on a level canvas.



Dunkin’ comes to call with treats for one and all

For several hours on a sunny September 4, the Dunkin’ Donuts Community Cruiser visited Beaumont. Human Resources Director Mary Wells arranged the visit as a tribute to our workers, but the celebration was open to all. Free hot or iced coffee, doughnuts, and bagels drew the hungry, but there were other surprise treats as well: foldable pink holders for hot paper cups, orange-rimmed sunglasses, and a gift card for a free beverage Photos from Joel Knechel, Alliance Marketing Partners

We’ve heard of feral dogs and cats. But feral parrots? By Irene Borgogno

Have you ever seen a flock of sparrows with one bright green (or blue) member? Parakeets (or budgerigars) are frequently allowed to fly around the home for exercise or play. Unfortunately open windows sometimes provide escape for the budgie. That scenario played out for my parents one summer at the Jersey shore. Their parakeet escaped in July, and for the rest of the summer we saw him with the local sparrows. I hope he had a good time; the next year, he did not put in an appearance. Winter probably got him—not the cold temperatures, but the lack of food. He had no training in winter foraging in the Mid-Atlantic region. Or he may have gotten lucky, like the heroine of another story concerning my parents. My father was housed at Moss Rehab Hospital for several months. I would visit on weekends. One Sunday, I got a call from my mother, asking me to bring a birdcage with me. It was a peculiar request, but I picked up a cage at K-mart. At Moss, I found my parents on the roof, with my father holding an emptied tissue box. In the box was a blue parakeet that had landed on him while he was enjoying sitting in the sun. The bird was exhausted. It probably had recently escaped and had not yet built up strength for outdoor living. No longer free, it now had found a good home. Those are two of the three most likely ends for escaped avian pets. The third ending involves cats. But there is a fourth possibility. Science writer Justine Hausheer writes about feral

A PATCH OF BLUE in a sea of brown indicates a budgerigar adopted by a flock of sparrows.


parrots. When the first Europeans came to the New World, the area that is now the U.S. had two native parrot species: the Carolina parakeet (now extinct) and the thick-billed parrot (now found only in Mexico). But exotic birds are popular pets, and birds can fly away. As of May 2019, there were 56 parrot species living in the wild across 43 U.S. states. Of those, 25 species had formed breeding colonies in 23 states. If very fortunate runaway birds find established flocks of their own species, the flock provides all of life’s essentials. Feral parrots have been spotted at 19,812 unique locations, with most of the sightings in California, Florida and Texas, but there are established populations in many cities, including Brooklyn, Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, and Phoenix. Three species—monk parakeet, red-crowned parrot, and nanday parakeet—make up 61% of all sightings.

Local lady travels the world and finally comes home to Beaumont

world with their nine (combined) grandchildren—Russia, China, India, the Suez Canal, Europe, the western US—one adventure after another. When not traveling, she and Charlie lived in Baltimore and also in Florida. After his death five years ago, she decided to move back to her roots. Beaumont seemed SOUVENIR OF INDIA from the right size and unlikely to Louise's travels in South Asia grow larger. Her life here got off to a tough start with a fall at Bryn Mawr train station, but her son, a Boston-based doctor, who trained at Penn Medicine, ensured she got excellent care there. Back here in the Health Center, her fellow Bridge Players, Norma Fabian, Helen Vinick, Joan Thayer, and Tuppy Solmssen, came to her aid. Then her dear college friend Harriette Goldenberg moved in. Louise describes herself as “picky” when it comes to friends, but she already has a lot of good ones here at Beaumont. She loves her apartment. Though she was sorry to give up golf, she enjoys tooting around campus in her cart with her visiting dog, Reppy, a poodle/Havanese mix. Louise is off to an active life here at Beaumont.

By Sally Randolph Although an inveterate traveler, Louise Albert’s roots are here in Philadelphia. She graduated from Overbook High School and the University of Pennsylvania, CW ’56. Her degree in English literature enables her even now in writing a family history. She and her first husband, Howard Brown, lived in Wynnewood for 32 years. While raising her two children, she took courses in social work at Bryn Mawr College. Her background there led to a lifelong involvement with the Federation of Jewish Agencies and their various agencies and to a dedication to the Board of Overseers at Penn Nursing. She met her second husband, Charlie Albert, in Japan, in 1994. They had both recently retired, he PARIS TRIP: Louise from law and she from housekeepAlbert (right) and grand ing, so they were free to enjoy 20 daughter Ellie happy years together traveling the

Michigan summers, Florida winters, but Beaumont is home By Jean Homeier

Philadelphia organizations including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Shipley School, the Junior League, the Women's Committee of The Penn Museum, Episcopal Academy, and Hospice. Currently she volunteers at the Mote Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida. Al grew up in the Philadelphia area and graduated from Cheltenham High School. He went to Lafayette College, where he received a degree in Industrial Engineering and played varsity baseball and football. After college, Al played three years in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ minor league organization, and before starting his business career, he received an MBA degree from the Wharton School. For thirty-seven years he worked for the Rohm and Haas Company and retired in 1999 as Vice-President and Global Business Director for Plastics. The Caesars have a son who lives in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, with his wife and four children. Al and Martha's younger son died tragically in an accident when he was a senior at Rice University. The Caesars divide their time between Longboat Key, Florida, in winter, northern Michigan in the summer, and now right here at Beaumont.

In May Martha and Albert Caesar moved from their home in Bryn Mawr to a Beaumont villa that looks out on Wheeler Woods. Their proximity brings them much pleasure and an occasional glimpse of wildlife. Martha grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, graduated from Bloomfield Hills High School and received a B.A. from Michigan State University. As an English and social studies teacher, she had valuable experiences teaching in the Detroit area schools, serving vastly varied economic situations. Later, as the mothAl and Martha Caesar er of two boys, she was a substitute teacher at Radnor High School. In a volunteer role, Martha has worked hard for many


A lazy summer day wasn’t

generator on 90° days. We squeezed past Ladder Man into the bedroom, waved to Pull Cord Man #1, and I pointed to my “office” (one wall of my bedroom). Brad crawled under my desk, retrieved my embarrassingly dusty old surge suppresser, and installed the new one. Unlike the chaotic arrivals, SMALL-HALL TRAFFIC PATTERNS: departures were quick and orderly, bedroom left; bath right; smoke alarm 7.5 feet and I realized that straight up. it was actually more convenient to have them all here at the same time. IT Director Mary Huff had cleverly choreographed the whole thing so that residents were inconvenienced only once. But I never did figure out who the phantom voice from the living room was.

Text and photo by Lynn Ayres

A sunny August day is a time to relax, but this particular day was fraught with incident. Lots of incident. I awoke to the sound of heavy machinery practically right outside my window—tree removal day! Five huge maples were on the chopping block, and I knew that between the roar of the chainsaws and screech of the wood chipper, it was going to be loud. It was. Closed windows muffled the noise—but I kept dashing outside to take pictures of the activity. After lunch, the crew cleaned up. A fool’s quiet descended. Then the stump grinder got to work. About 3 p.m. my doorbell rang. Two men and a big box were in the hall. I didn’t see a chainsaw, so I opened the door wider. One said he was here to change the smoke detector. I asked if the new one included a CO (carbon monoxide) detector. Yep, the new model could multitask. I led him and his stepladder to the small hall where he would work. Then two more men arrived to replace the emergency pull cords in my bedroom and bathroom. They squeezed past Ladder Man in the small hall (now resembling Grand Central Station) and got to work. A voice in the living room called out, “Brad’s here.” Wondering who the phantom voice was, I squeezed past Ladder Man to greet Brad Siegel. IT was providing residents with battery-backup surge suppressers so that computers won’t shut down when PECO passes the baton to our

GARDENS continued from page 1 St. Francis, look to your left, and there it is. We had the tree cut back in order for it to be seen from the Billiard dining room. There was a kiln in the Arts & Crafts Room at the time, and the residents purchased pottery bricks as the foundation for the artwork. You might know many of the names inscribed on the bricks. What a hidden treasure Liseter Garden area is. Now that you know a little bit more about Beaumont’s interior gardens, we hope you will enjoy their relaxing ambiance.


1. MEDALLION near the door to the Music Room. 2. SPONSOR’S NAMES on mosaic bricks. 3. TILE MOSAIC at the far end of Liseter Garden, near the door to the Mansion.




Beaumont is a friendly place, as these three friends prove By Deborah Bishop

There are three ladies here… I would rather call them women because I think of women as being strong, straightforward and independent, and that’s what I think these women are. Now, these women decided to help me. I never asked for their help or implied that I needed it. I live on the Greenhouse Courtyard, as do Page Gowen and Linda Madara. I live at one end of the “great lawn” and Page lives at the other end. Page walks by my apartment at least four times a week to see her friend Linda, whose apartment is catty-corner to mine. So on her way, she passes by my bird feeder. This bird feeder, I believe, has driven her to distraction. It always looks drunk, sometimes more so than others. It was a little, thin pole that had one bird feeder, and that was that. Now, Page came to me and said that she and Linda were talking over my feeder. I learned at my mother’s knee that when a woman tells you she’s going to do something, you stand back and say, “Yes, indeed,” which is actually what I did. My knowledge of birds is zilch. I grew up in the city with the pigeons and starlings. City dwellers hated them both. Anyway, when I came to Beaumont, I decided to get a birdfeeder, and there it was. Now, Page knows a lot about a lot of things, and birds are one of them. She got a heavy iron pole and five birdfeeders, three of them connected. On top she put up branches for the birds to sit on, along with a hummingbird feeder on the window. Then she bought food for them. They only eat caviar. I will

Engine plates revisited By Birchard Clothier

Shortly after the Beaumont News published my article on the engine plates displayed in the lobby, I received a call from Frank Tattnal, a member of Beaumont’s Future Residents Club. He told me that he was the great-grandson of Samuel Vauclain, who succeeded William Austin as head of the Baldwin Locomotive Company and, therefore, interested in the article. We discussed railroads. He had been a lifer with the Pennsylvania and its successor, Conrail, and common acquaintances from my early days with the PRR, including Carl Helmetag, whose widow Marjorie was an original resident of Beaumont. Frank pointed out that my conclusions for the demise of Baldwin Locomotive—adherence to steam to satisfy the Eastern coal producers and the quality of their product—were but incidental to the decision by the Federal Government’s wartime designation of General Motors as the developers of diesel engines. As an aside, the Willys Company invented the Jeep, but the same powers-that-be designated Ford to produce the vehicles.


say that I have lots and lots of birds. The only one I know is the purple finch, and of course the bird is red. What do I know? All this is wonderful for me, as I am in my chair by the window most of the day and all of the night. I love these birds. I have a little strip of ground that runs in front of my apartment. It was pretty much a mess. Sharon Kelly showed up one day and announced that she would be taking over the garden. “Hurry!” I said, and that was that. Sharon plants most things from seed and they grow into lovely flowers and bushes that birds, butterflies, bees and hummingbirds are always darting in and out of. It’s a wondrous thing to behold. I find myself blessed, so this is my thank-you letter to my three friends.

Photos by Linda Madara

FIRST THE FEEDERS: Can you find nine birds in this photo taken on a drizzly day? THEN THE FLOWERS: An attractive garden enhances the whole area.

Again, of little import to the subject of Baldwin’s fortunes, GM’s locomotive production was considerable for many years after the war. In the mid-sixties, the PRR would give them 60% of its purchases, with GE getting 35% and the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) the remaining 5%. Over time, GM and ALCO failed, and GE was the manufacturer of the engines for several decades. Recently, GE sold the business to Wabtech, part of the former WestBALDWIN DEISEL locomotive model inghouse Air Brake ComS-12 was produced from 1951 to 1956. pany, which is a major This preserved example resides at the manufacturer of railroad Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in rolling stock. Strasburg, near Lancaster. Post-war, when Baldwin did begin to produce diesel engines, they were too far behind. They found success in yard engines but not those needed for long hauls. A sad ending for what was one of Philadelphia’s greatest enterprises. Frank, thank you for an informative discussion.

Recreation Therapy’s new programming features furry and feathery consultants

above. During these difficult times the residents have been unable to see their loved ones, but fortunately one member of the Beaumont team has been able to come in for visits. This visitor is Willow, a miniature goldendoodle who spends one-on-one time with the residents at their bedside or in a small group setting. This also has benefited the social engagement of staff that share a love for animals. Having an CHICK HATCHINGS animal can comfort people of all ages and levels of cognition. balance anticipation with patience. A Health Center resident said about Willow, “She is perfect for Beaumont. She was meant for this!” In addition to visits with Willow, we have connected with Quiver Farms, a family owned and operated farm that provides educational programming by taking animals to different retirement communities and schools throughout Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and Maryland. One program that has been implemented is chick hatchings, where live incubated eggs come to the community. The residents and staff are able to watch in anticipation of the hatchings and reminisce about their animal experiences. Some other programs include having a farmer come onsite and teach how wool is spun. Apple cider press-making and bee-keeping are also taught. Finally, we have the animal-assisted therapist, Marjorie L. Shoemaker, BS, ATT/E, OAC, coming monthly, bringing various animals for sensory and educational programs. We hope to continue to serve the residents and support their quality of life the best we can.

By Bernadette Bevilacqua Animal-assisted therapy has many benefits for all populations. There is scientific evidence animals can have a positive effect on the emotional, psychological, and physical wellbeing of people. Some of these benefits include helping to cope with loss, decreasing feelings of loneliness and boredom, helping to lower blood pressure, promoting remembering to exercise, and more! Animals also stimulate intellectual development by increasing knowledge of species, as well as sensitivity and curiosity to the environment. Working and caring for animals boosts self-esteem, distracts brooding over health problems through redirected WILLOW, a miniature goldendoodle, focus, enhances motor watches over the spring rabbits. output by particular muscle groups, and decreases depression. Here at Beaumont, we have implemented various pet therapy programs that include interactive engagement with various animal interventions to help in all areas mentioned

Canny lady transforms tomatoes About this time last year, Marjorie Jensen invited a group of friends and neighbors to participate in some late summer canning. They gathered fruits (peaches, tomatoes, apples) and made a weekend of it. After peeling, pitting, chopping, and cooking, they filled mason jars with jams, chutneys, relishes, and marmalade. This pandemic year and Beaumont’s subsequent “No Visitors” regulation meant a serious change of plans. Marjorie would have to go it alone. This time she chose only one product—ketchup. It gave her the satisfaction of canning her own tomatoes without requiring additional help. Maybe next year will be better.



1, 2—WIDE MOUTH funnel is used to pour ketchup into the mason jars. 3—SPATULA tamps down contents. 4—RESULT: Seven jars of ketchup on counter.


4. Photos by Linda Madara


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