Butterfield LIFE March - April 2018

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Peter Estes Village News Farewell to Outgoing Board Members

Employee Spotlight Alison Probasco

Fitness Hiking the Great Outdoors

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2017-18 Season Continues at Walton Arts Center 3.10.18 Pops: Fayetteville Jazz Collective

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5.5.18 Masterworks III: La Bohème

Contents 4 From the CEO 6 Feature Profile Peter Estes 9 Village Newcomer Q+A Dorothy Mitchelson


9 Resident Anniversaries + New Neighbors 10 Spotlight Employee Awards 11 Living Spaces Apartment of Peter Estes 12 UA News Alumni Scholarship Program 14 Village Snapshots 15 Resident Virginia Burdick Honored 16 Out & About Movie Theater Makeovers 17 Walton Arts Center Broadway Series Musicals


18 Library News 19 Featured Village Events 20 Foundation News 21 Village News Farewell to Outgoing Board Members 21 Employee Spotlight Alison Probasco 22 Fitness Hiking the Great Outdoors


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Quintin Trammell CEO MARKETING Melinda Silva Director of Marketing Dana Davis Dave Marks Sales Counselor Move-In Coordinator PROGRAMS Riki Stamps Director of Programs & Events Michael Burks Asst. Director of Programs & Events RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION 2018 Council Members Tim Schatzman, President John King, Vice President Jim Ferguson, Secretary Larry Hanley, Past President Ellen Compton, Sally King, Nell Lance, Ken Mays, Dwain Newman, Roy Penney, Linda Pinkerton and Carol Sonnenberg BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mike Jones, President Jacqui Brandli, Vice President Steve Sisco, Treasurer Bill Shackelford, Secretary Eddie Bradford, Lewis Epley, Bill Waite, Howard Higgins, Sara Koenig, Kim Chapman, Rick Meyer, Kim Brawner, Larry Hanley, Kyle Jenner, Emeritus

From the CEO March comes in as a lion and leaves like a lamb, and I am personally thrilled to see the Village alive with the beginnings of spring flowers and green grass again. After the past spring and summer were filled with construction, I am ready for the “normal” Butterfield beauty. Like you, I’m enjoying the new Commons Center expansion and the beautifully designed and decorated interior. Daily, I hear compliments about the new bistro, the state-of-the art Performance Hall, or our spacious and welcoming Living Room. The Commons Center is the perfect place to celebrate BTV’s 32nd anniversary this month. On March 9, please join us for ‘S Wonderful Celebration: BTV’s 32nd Anniversary as we gather in the Performance Hall for an evening of fun and entertainment. This party and dance will be a great way to visit with friends and neighbors and celebrate BTV’s past, present and future successes. I often reflect on the history that accompanies this great community of ours. The culture set into play by the five founding churches and the men and women who worked so hard to make BTV the legacy that it is today, is nothing short of impressive. That legacy of hard work and dedication to senior adults is still flourishing today among our staff, boards, family members and residents. Over the past three decades, we’ve served the community and partnered with the flagship University of Arkansas, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, dozens of groups and organizations, and of course the five founding churches. Please take a moment to celebrate the achievements the Village enjoys today, and let’s all wish Butterfield a happy anniversary! Quintin Trammell Chief Executive Officer

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Peter G. Estes, Jr.

Photos by Stephen Ironside

Family Matters to Longtime Fayetteville Attorney Mention Peter Estes’ name at Butterfield, and you’ll likely get a smile and a remark about his sense of humor. Gracious and upbeat, this highly regarded former Fayetteville attorney is someone who knows that humor can be a valuable ally.

“In the 45 years that my wife Patti and I were married, we spent a lot of time laughing together,” Estes said. “We had a perfect marriage, and laughter was a big part of it. And let me tell you – it’s a great way to live.”

“Humor’s always been a prominent part of my life,” Estes said.

Family connections have always been important to Estes. Early in his career, he practiced law sideby-side with his father, Peter G. Estes, Sr. After becoming a parent himself, Estes continued the tradition by welcoming his daughter and his son to family law firm once they became licensed attorneys, too.

“That, and I’ve always been handsome,” he said, showing a glimpse of his wry side, before shifting back to complete seriousness.



Estes followed in his father and mother’s footsteps when he moved to the Village in September 2017, joining the growing number of second-generation BTV residents.

circuit judge for Washington and Madison counties. Ultimately, father and son were law partners for about 10 years until the elder Estes retired in 1990. “My father and I had many good times practicing together,” Estes said. “He was wonderful about treating me as his equal. I watched him try many cases in court, but he was always big on the motto, ‘Just be yourself’.”

“Both my parents lived at Butterfield, and I used to be here all the time,” Estes said. “Some of the employees still remember my mom. My father lived here until age 90, and my mother until 2008.” “My parents thought the world of Butterfield,” he continued. “And I couldn’t agree more. You can’t turn around without someone offering to help, or doing something nice for you. The care is just phenomenal.” ALL IN THE FAMILY Estes is a Fayetteville native tried and true. Minus a few years that he and Patti were stationed in Hawaii while Estes was in the Navy, he’s lived in Fayetteville his entire life. Estes attended Fayetteville High School, where he played football. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Arkansas in 1968, and graduated from the UA School of Law in 1973. After college, Estes attended naval officer school in Newport, R.I. Upon completion, he worked as a communications officer aboard a rescue and salvage ship off the Philippines that was tasked with coming to the aid of stricken vessels. After a couple of years in Oahu, he and Patti were ready to come back to Arkansas. “We were waking up to 75 degrees and sunshine in the winter, and we missed the change of seasons,” he said. “We missed our family. We were ready to come home.”

Over his 47-year legal career, Estes handled everything from adoption, banking and child support cases, to estate planning, criminal defense and personal injury. Corporate clients included the Bank of Fayetteville, First Federal Bank of Arkansas, Meek Patti, Peter, Amy and Tripp Estes Lumber Company of Arkansas & Missouri, Hiland Dairy and Superior Industries International Company. “Practicing law makes you feel like you have a purpose,” Estes said. When you represent a client, you’re carrying their weight on your shoulders. You discover the immense satisfaction that comes with helping people find solutions.” Daughter Amy Estes Turner was a partner with her father at Estes, Gramling, Estes & Turner from 2002 to 2013. Now, she’s a senior manager of International Ethics and Compliance Training at Walmart. Son Peter G. “Tripp” Estes III joined Estes, Estes & Gramling in 2001 and remains with Gramling Estes today. “It was great to have the opportunity to spend time with Dad,” Tripp Estes said. “I got to see him every day for over a decade before he retired. Most families don’t get that opportunity.”

“We’d have dinner at [my parents’] At his childhood home in Fayetteville house at least once a week,” Tripp added. “And we never left our work Back in Fayetteville, Estes went into law practice at the office. It drove my mom and my wife crazy with his father in 1973 at the Estes and Estes firm because, inevitably, we would end up talking about in Fayetteville. Other attorneys came and went, some case, or some legal issue at the dinner table. It including Bill Storey, who became the long-serving was, and still is great.”


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said. Amy’s son Zander, 11, and Tripp and wife Brandy’s daughters Hannah, 13, and Abbey, 15, are his pride and joy. “As a grandfather, my dad is the best,” Tripp Estes said. “He spoils all his grandkids and keeps them smiling and laughing anytime he is around. They all love their ‘Ging-Ging’.” On Sundays, the family gathers at Estes’ Village apartment for dinner. Estes either cooks (pot roast and fried chicken are favorites), or they order out. The Butterfield restaurant is Estes’ choice handsdown for dessert. “Up until now, I’ve used restraint,” Estes said. “But one of these days I’m going to say the heck with it and eat 12 desserts at once.”

With his grandchildren

Even though his father is retired, Tripp said he still bounces ideas and questions off his dad all the time. “He was a great teacher and a great boss, but he’s also my dad, so I’ve always felt that I could ask him anything,” he said. COMFORTABLE LIVING One of the best things about retiring has been spending more time with his grandchildren, Estes

Being retired doesn’t mean Estes is out of the loop professionally. He keeps up with court rulings, new case law and the local legal community. On Fridays, he heads over to U.S. Pizza Company on Dickson Street and joins other retired lawyers and former judges who hold court over slices and brews. “They’re a great group of people,” Estes said. “We can connect on multiple levels, and it’s just fun.” Being at Butterfield is comfortable living, and Estes feels lucky that everything he has to be responsible for now is under control. “I’ve fallen into some very good situations, and I feel very fortunate,” he said.

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Village Newcomer Q+A

Getting to Know Dorothy Mitchelson When did you move to Butterfield? My arrival at my new apartment at BTV was on Sat., Dec 30, 2017. (What a wonderful New Year’s gift!) Everyone I’ve met has been outgoing and friendly. I am looking forward to being part of the BTV community! Where are you from? I grew up in Germany during World War II and after the war ended in April 1945, I spent seven years in a DP/Displaced Persons camp (for people from many countries who’d lost everything during the war, including concentration camp survivors). What did you do before retirement? I immigrated with my mother to the United States under the Church World Service in 1952. I attended high school in Bedford, N.Y., and graduated in 1956. I then joined the U.S. Air Force, and met my future husband there. We were stationed at the Charleston MATS Air Force Base in Charleston, S.C. In 1960, we married in Braintree, Mass. My husband worked for the insurance industry and I worked in retail. Do you have children and grandchildren? My three children and I are all animal lovers and have adopted many pets over the years. My daughter Tracy adopts Greyhound dogs, and my daughter Dana and her husband Chris adopt cats. My son Gary and his wife Barbara adopt feral cats, and I have had cats and dogs. Why did you choose Butterfield? I have lived in Fayetteville for five years. My daughter Dana and her husband came here a year earlier when he took a job with Walmart. They loved Fayetteville and wanted me to move here, too. I’ve loved it here since Day One. I joined the Single Parents Scholarship Fund that helps give single parents educational opportunities, and have made many friends. I also met Butterfield residents at our senior center who praised the BTV community. So now at the age of 81, I’m a part of BTV and all its wonderful, caring people and staff.

Anniversaries March Anniversaries Charles & Faye Kittrell


Paul & Martha Westberg


Earl & Phyllis Eddins


Don & Linda Hayes


Richard & Ardith Wharry


Lloyd & Dorothy Seaton


April Anniversaries Phil & Jackie Phillips


George & Elinor Osborn


Don & Claudette Hunnicutt 15th

New Neighbors Recent Village Move-Ins Patsy Biermann Dorothy Mitchelson Jim & Nancy Blair Bill & LeAnn Underwood


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Employees Recognized for Service Each year, Butterfield recognizes employees with service awards for their dedication and contributions to the Village. In December, the following five employees (pictured right) were recognized for five years of service. Front row: Lenore England (Medical Records), Chris Hale (Executive Assistant), and Lisa Johnson (Housekeeping); back row: Gary Hodges (Information Technology Director), and Harold Burch (Transportation).

Five years of service

BTV is grateful for the commitment shown by these three employees (pictured left) who were each recognized for 10 years of service. In this day and age, it’s rare to see decade-long employment, but these three make it look easy. Left to right: Cathy Williamson (Resident Care), Sandy Evans (Transportation), and Pam Porter (Business Office).

Ten years of service

BTV is honored to have three employees (pictured right) who have each served for 30 years. Left to right: Debbie Reed (Resident Care), Riki Stamps (Director of Programs and Events), and Adele Atha (Senior Accountant). CEO Quintin Trammell congratulated all of the employees who were recognized and said the loyalty shown by those who’ve served 30 years is especially appreciated. “Our Resident Care Office is a great support and peace of mind to our residents, and having the continued presence from someone like Debbie Reed provides comfort and stability to so many,” Trammell said. “Riki Stamps has worn many hats at BTV, but she truly found her calling overseeing the Programs and Events Department,” Trammell said. “Our residents know that every party, trip and event will be 10 BUTTERFIELD LIFE


Thirty years of service

exemplary. Riki never hesitates to lend a hand or help those in need.” “The Business Office has meticulous records due to the keen talent of Adele Atha,” he added. “She has a long history with our Village and knows when to ask the right questions. Her diligence has served us very well through the years.”

Living Spaces

Navy and reds work well with mixed patterns to give an all-American feel.

Home Sweet Home The Apartment of Peter Estes Whether he’s relaxing or entertaining, Peter Estes’ apartment is a lovely space that is warm and inviting with the amenities he needs. With a large bedroom, full-size bathroom, washer and dryer, custom cabinetry and a balcony, it’s also close to shopping and restaurants, fitting his lifestyle perfectly.

An antique hutch in the foyer was one of his late wife Patti’s favorites.

Photos by Stephen Ironside

The kitchen features all the essentials Estes needs.

Country cottage decor creates a setting with a relaxed, traditional feel. BUTTERFIELD LIFE

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UA News

Scholars Volunteer at Hog Wild Tailgate

Arkansas Alumni Scholarship Program Continues Steady Growth; Engages Alumni and Students The Arkansas Alumni Association Scholarship Program has been supporting students and engaging University of Arkansas alumni for more than 25 years now.

In fact, the Arkansas Alumni Scholarship Program received a Special Merit Award at the 2018 CASE District Awards in the category of Alumni Relations Fundraising Project, Event or Program.

From the first two endowed scholarships totaling $3,200 in 1990, alumni scholarships have grown to more than $1.1 million awarded to 485 students in 2017-18.

The program works like this: Scholarships are awarded to both incoming freshmen and currently enrolled undergraduate students. Recipients are active in the Alumni Association and in leadership roles through the UA Student Alumni Association. They also volunteer in the Northwest Arkansas community and mentor other students.

This growth has helped the Alumni Association perform its mission of serving the UA, while connecting and engaging alumni members and student scholars.

In 2016-17, 71 freshman scholars logged 1,240 volunteer hours, and 77 junior scholars 1,084 volunteer hours at the UA campus and in the community. The scholarship program is funded by various chapters, societies, individuals and memberships, as well as money received from the state’s collegiate license plates, known as Hog Tags. The program is a great way for Arkansas alumni members to be engaged and active on campus. Each spring, alumni volunteers set aside time to review hundreds of scholarship applications and make recommendations. The Alumni Association adheres to strict criteria when granting students scholarships. Grade point averages are calculated into the overall point system, but they only account for a portion of scoring. Alumni volunteers are encouraged to score students based on leadership qualities, academic history and overall character.

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Village Snapshots

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Butterfield Resident Honored by UA Women’s Basketball Team By Razorback Athletics Communications Virginia Burdick has faithfully attended UA women’s basketball games since 1979, with a nearly perfect attendance record. On Feb. 18, she was honored by the team prior to its matchup against LSU at Bud Walton Arena. Burdick, a Butterfield resident who recently turned 100, has lived in Fayetteville since 1964 when she moved here with husband, Leon, who opened the city’s Social Security office. They found an immediate interest in University of Arkansas sports, joined the Razorback Foundation and fell in love with the women’s basketball program. So much so that Burdick has hopped aboard planes to follow the Lady’Backs to tournaments in Hawaii, Alaska and the Virgin Islands. She’s followed all the women’s basketball players with pride, but her heart smiles when she sees or hears the name Amber Nicholas Shirey, an outstanding Lady’Back point guard from 1988-92, now serving as the UA Director of Basketball Operations. Burdick’s most memorable game was the first time Arkansas beat Tennessee, even with player Chamique Holdsclaw, on December 29, 1996. BUTTERFIELD LIFE

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Out & About

Photos courtesy Skylight Cinema

Movie-Going Experience Gets a Makeover in NWA Going to the movies isn’t what it used to be… it’s better! To keep up with the times, movie theaters are updating their venues and offerings to modernize the box-office entertainment experience. New amenities include reserved reclining seats with ample arm room, table service dining, shorter lines due to online ticketing services and improved concessions. Three major theaters in Northwest Arkansas are leading the new era of cinema. Be sure to visit with friends or family soon, or board the Butterfield bus for the next group outing to the movies!

Malco Razorback & IMAX Cinema 3956 N. Steele Blvd., Fayetteville Located in Uptown Fayetteville, Malco Razorback Cinema features an expanded concessions menu, a bar area, reclining seats and a new IMAX theater. In addition to the cinema’s 16 theaters, the IMAX boasts a large screen that fills your entire field of vision and delivers cutting-edge 2D and 3D immersive viewing experiences. The crystal-clear integrated audio of IMAX lets you “feel” the sound rather than just hearing it. For more info, call (479)444-6803 or visit malco.com.



AMC Fiesta Square 3033 N. College Ave., Fayetteville AMC Fiesta Square has undergone a major facelift with updated interiors and a new craft bar to enjoy a cocktail or mocktail before the showing. Reserved seating in any one of the 12 theaters features comfortable recliners that let you sit back and get comfy with the press of a button. AMC also offers an attractive rewards program for regular moviegoers that includes perks like free popcorn refills and up to $5 off tickets on Tuesdays. For more info, call (479)575-0026 or visit amctheatres.com.

Skylight Cinema 350 S.W. A St., Bentonville The newest addition to the Northwest Arkansas movie scene, the six-screen Skylight Cinema in Bentonville opened its doors last fall. Touting an experience that is “innovative entertainment with dining,” guests can recline in leather seats and choose a movie that offers full table service from The Cutting Room restaurant and bar. Order scrumptious appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas, or from a specially curated beer and wine menu. Classic snacks like popcorn, candy and soda are offered at the concession stand, too. Skylight is also set to host a number of special screenings including titles from the Bentonville Film Festival in May. For more info, call (479)367-7629 or visit skylightcinemas.com.

Curtain Up! Inspiring Story of Music Icon, Beloved Broadway Classic Coming to WAC

Arts & Entertainment

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Walton Arts Center continues its 2017-18 Broadway Series this spring with two award-winning musicals that will leave audiences inspired, exhilarated and asking, “Please, may I have some more?” Don’t be surprised if you leave the theater singing or whistling a tune after experiencing Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and an all-new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic The Sound of Music! Beautiful: The Carole King Musical April 24-29 Beautiful tells the true story of singer and songwriter Carole King’s rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with husband Gerry Goffin to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Long before she was Carole King, charttopping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager, and by the time she reached her twenties, she Beautiful had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that King finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful features a stunning array of much-loved songs including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, “Beautiful.” The Sound of Music May 15-20, 2018 In 1959, this final collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein was destined to become the most popular musical of all time. Now, the hills are alive once again with a brandnew production of this evergreen Broadway classic!

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) > Pops: Fayetteville Jazz Collective March 10 For more info, visit sonamusic.org TheatreSquared > Vietgone March 14 – April 8 For more info, visit theatre2.org Faulkner Performing Arts Center > The SteelDrivers Band March 3 For more info, visit faulkner.uark.edu

Returning to Walton Arts Center The Sound of Music by popular demand, the spirited and romantic story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will thrill you with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score that includes “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and other favorites. As it’s done before time and time again, The Sound of Music is sure to deliver on its legacy of enchanting both old and new generations of theatergoers!

Walton Arts Center > Raul Midón | West Street Live Series March 1 > Alicia Olatuja | Starrlight Jazz Club March 2 > RENT 20th Anniversary Tour March 2-4 > Aquila Theatre Company’s Sense & Sensibility March 8 > Dublin Guitar Quartet | 10x10 Arts Series March 9 > Peter Yarrow | West Street Live Series March 31 > Martin Sexton | West Street Live Series April 4 > Conrad Herwig | Starrlight Jazz Club April 28 For more info, visit waltonartscenter.org

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art > Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power Major Exhibition thru April 23 For more info, visit crystalbridges.org NOTE: This listing is for informational purposes only; please refer to the monthly calendar or the Village bulletin board for confirmed transport-provided event listings.

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Library News

New Titles for Spring at BTV Library From fascinating insight into the world’s fastestgrowing consumer market and the history of the Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, Ark., to an analysis of charitable giving in America, a new novel by the queen of romance, and a nostalgic ramble through classic children’s literature — the BTV Library offers an assortment of stimulating new titles for your reading pleasure this spring. Joan Hess and her coauthor Elizabeth Peters penned this action/adventure/mystery novel The Painted Queen about “who stole the bust of Nefertiti,” an actual artifact of ancient Egypt depicting the strikingly beautiful wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten. Romance author Danielle Steel’s best seller Against All Odds follows an unexpectedly widowed mother who makes her fortune via a consignment shop that caters to Manhattan’s elite, but who can’t prevent her grown children from the risky life choices they make. If you have a favorite book of your childhood, there’s a good chance that Bruce Handy has a chapter on it in his Wild things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult. If you’re not quite yet in your second childhood, but still of BTV age, you’ll find a ringing endorsement of the enduring skills and growing financial power of our demographic in The Longevity Economy: Unlocking the World’s Fastest-Growing, Most Misunderstood Market by Joseph F. Coughlin. Want to appreciate the many mergers and variety of people who together made the Presbyterian Church a force here in Fayetteville? Then read A Light on the Hill: the Journey to Presbyterian Hill 1830-2016. If, by contrast, you want to learn about the downright ornery folk of these parts, you’ll find Hillbilly Hellraisers: Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks illuminating. Stephen Greenblatt’s The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve gives insight into how Judaism and Christianity shaped the story of the Garden of Eden. And if you’re one to donate to good causes, a scholarly analysis of such can be found in American Generosity: Who Gives and Why by Patricia Snell Herzog and Heather E. Price.

Featured Events

Featured Village Events COMING IN MARCH ‘S Wonderful Celebration: BTV’s 32nd Anniversary March 9 | 6-8:30pm Residents and guests are invited to an evening of fun, fanfare and entertainment as Butterfield presents ‘S Wonderful 32nd anniversary celebration! Dance to the swinging sounds of the JM Band of Northwest Arkansas featuring Susan Wizer on vocals. Enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres as friends and neighbors come together to mark another successful year. Who Was George Washington Carver March 15 | 2pm Please welcome Curtis Gregory, park ranger at the George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, Mo., for an in-depth look into the life of this famed agricultural scientist, botanist, educator and humanitarian. While a professor at Tuskegee Institute, Carver developed techniques to improve soils depleted by repeated plantings of cotton. He advocated for poor farmers to grow alternative crops, such as peanuts and sweet potatoes, and worked promoting environmentalism. A day trip to the national monument park is planned for April.

Likely Stories

COMING IN APRIL Likely Stories in Concert April 10 | 7pm With bracing musicianship and vocal harmonies, this group’s passion for great songs by lesser-known writers, and for its own songs, makes for an eclectic mix, from bluegrass to the blues to new folk. Likely Stories is former Still on the Hill multi-instrumentalist Phil Lancaster on banjo, guitar, mandocello and harmonica; acoustic bassist John Johnston; writer and musician Alison Moore on guitar; and singer and songwriter Susan Shore on mandolin and guitar. Get ready for this highly charged musical event! Village Tours Getaway: Spa City with a Track Record April 4-6 Residents and guests are invited to join us for an exciting spring getaway courtesy of Butterfield’s Village Tours excursions! The first stop is the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock, where we’ll step back in time to relive the Natural State’s frontier history. Next, enjoy a two-night stay in historic Hot Springs and indulge in the finest of entertainment at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming thoroughbred racetrack and casino. We’ll cap off our fun with a leisurely tour of the 201-acre botanical garden Garvan Woodland Gardens. Tour pricing includes transportation, hotel accommodations and entry fees. Leave the planning to us and sign up today! For more info, visit butterfieldtrailvillage.org or contact Riki Stamps, director of Programs and Events, at rstamps@btvillage.org.

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Foundation News The Butterfield Trail Village Foundation is grateful for the gifts received between Dec. 14, 2017, and Feb. 2, 2018, from the following donors:

General Fund • John Robinson • Dorothy Mitchelson Chapel Fund • Virginia Burdick in memory of Herbert Stout Health Care Center Fund • Beth Vaughan-Wrobel Steele • Virginia Burdick in memory of Nolan Williams Library Fund • Margaret Blair in memory of Harry Alward • Lloyd & Dorothy Seaton in memory of Nolan Williams and Clementine Hembree Memorials • Shirley Chewning in memory of Herb Stout • Ellis Trumbo in memory of Nolan Williams • Susan Meadows in memory of Margie Churchill • Luciana Salter in memory of Margie Churchill • Shelley Slape in memory of Margie Churchill • Karen McDonald in memory of Nolan Williams • Barbara Brannan in memory of Nolan Williams • Jeane Randle in memory of Margie Churchill and Nolan Williams • June Colwell in memory of Shirley Lucas • Jim & Gaye Cypert in memory of Clayton Brunson • Shirley McCone, and Meredith, Michael, Daniel and Jacob Bishop in memory of Nolan Williams Moving Made Easy • Patsy Biermann • Dorothy Mitchelson • Eileen Trimble • The family of Nolan Williams • The family of Clayton Brunson Scholarship Fund • Polly Lancaster in memory of Herb Stout, Clayton Brunson, Shirley Lucas, Nolan Williams, Margie Churchill and Maxine Caviness 20 BUTTERFIELD LIFE


Butterfield Celebrates More Than 30 Years of Excellence

BTV Gardens

As Butterfield Trail Village celebrates its 32nd anniversary in March, we look back on the history of what has been Northwest Arkansas’ leading active-living retirement community for more than three decades now. Butterfield was built on a foundation of initiative, foresight and commitment. As early as 1970, visionaries were laying the groundwork for a unique new community that would cater to the comfort, wellbeing and vitality of its older adult residents. In 1977, a committee from First United Presbyterian Church of Fayetteville was formed to include a broad base of community involvement and support. Between 1982 and 1983, eightyfive sponsoring church members from the five founding churches each donated $2,500 to secure bond money for construction of Butterfield. Those first donors are revered as the Original Pioneers. Their gifts sealed the dream and Butterfield Trail Village opened on March 10, 1986. The BTV Board of Directors and Foundation Board have faithfully followed in the footsteps of the Original Pioneers from 1986 to present. They have supported the addition of a number of increasingly modern services and amenities, and worked tirelessly to help ensure that daily life at the Village is enjoyable and worry-free. Contributions and gifts not only enrich the lives of Butterfield residents now, but for future generations to come. Consider a donation to one of the many funds that enhance life at the Village: through the Beautification Fund, Gardens Fund, Health Care Center Fund, Library Fund, Birds and Wildlife Fund, Music Performance Fund, Employee Scholarship Fund, Employee Care Fund, David Lashley Boardroom Fund and Chapel Fund. As our village approaches another celebrated year, we are grateful and acknowledge all gifts given in the name of a loved one, a friend or simply to validate that our community is something remarkable. Happy 32nd anniversary, Butterfield! Riki Stamps Director of Programs and Events

Village News

Farewell to Outgoing BTV Board Members This is a dynamic time for the Village. In recent months, many accomplishments have been made and major projects completed. Now that another year has ended, we must say goodbye to three wellrespected members of Butterfield’s Board of Directors. Theresa Ewing, Bruce Johanson and Bettie Lu Lancaster have served Butterfield for a combined total of 20 years. Each of these outgoing board members has made significant contributions to the Village during their tenures. Theresa Ewing served on the Board of Directors and the BTV Foundation Board for the past 12 years, during which time she also served as both an officer and a member of all Board of Directors’ committees. The knowledge and experience Theresa parlayed from her career in the banking industry helped guide the Village through everything from general operations to the execution of our master facilities plan. Theresa has a big heart for Butterfield, and she will be truly missed. Bruce Johanson brought a wealth of professional experience from his time in the human resources sector and was a board member for the past five years – serving as vice president for the last two. Bruce was no stranger to BTV when he joined the board; both of his parents were Village residents, and his mother remains a resident today. Bruce has a genuine love and passion for the Village and it shows in his invaluable service.

Meet Your BTV Staff NAME: Alison Probasco POSITION: Assistant Director of Nursing Services HOW LONG AT BTV: 7 years EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science in Nursing from South Dakota State University DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO: I assist in overseeing the care and well-being of our residents. I aid in supervising the nursing staff and collaborating with our interdisciplinary team. I oversee many of

Bettie Lu Lancaster, Theresa Ewing, Bruce Johanson

Bettie Lu Lancaster was the board’s resident representative for the past three years. She distinguished herself as a hard worker and true advocate, representing residents in all matters and concerns in a gracious manner. She also served as a member of the Strategic Development Committee and had a role in the design and furnishing of the new Commons Center Living Room. Bettie Lu has been a true joy to work with. Three new board members were elected in December. They are Kim Brawner, Eddie Bradford and BTV resident Larry Hanley. We wish to express our deepest thanks to each of these outgoing board members for their time and service to the Village. They will be missed by all and we wish them the very best. Mike Jones President BTV Board of Directors BTV Foundation Board of Directors our quality assurance/performance improvement projects. I also facilitate the orientation and software training for our new nurses. WHAT DO YOU TAKE PRIDE IN AT BTV? Our 5-star quality rating. I am part of a team that strives each and every day to exceed the requirements to maintain this rating. WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? I am so blessed to be a part of the Butterfield Trail Village organization. Every day my life is enriched by our residents and my colleagues. HOMETOWN/BACKGROUND: My hometown is Moville, Iowa. My father owned and operated the only pharmacy in town. I grew up in that pharmacy. My father retired this past November after 45 years as a pharmacist. BUTTERFIELD LIFE

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Residents hike to destinations all over the area.

Hiking the Great Outdoors Butterfield Trail Village has organized a lineup of nature hikes and other outdoor activities this spring that residents of all fitness levels can enjoy. The BTV Hike and Lunch program will feature new outdoor destinations beginning in March — and one trip will include a zip lining adventure!

time outdoors has been shown to reduce stress and depression and speed up the healing process. It increases Vitamin D levels, which helps the immune system. And it can also improve attention and focus by giving the brain a break from everyday over stimulation.

BTV Fitness and Wellness Director Jennifer Neill launched BTV’s group hiking program in 2016, and it’s been going strong ever since. Groups of residents along with Neill and her staff have hiked at area parks, around lakes and along trails all over the Northwest Arkansas region. Even this winter, the hiking program was in effect with residents hiking to and from a number of restaurants via local pedestrian trails.

“Whether you’re an expert hiker or have never stepped foot on a trail, this program is for you,” Neill said. “We’ve done some incredible hikes, and more are on the way. It’s just a great way to have fun and get to know other residents, too.”

This spring, the program will hit the road for new scenic destinations, including Bass Lake Park in Eureka Springs, Mount Kessler in Fayetteville, Devil’s Den State Park near Fayetteville and the Buffalo National River in Newton County. The 1/2-mile Buffalo River hike will follow a zip lining excursion at the Buffalo Outdoor Center. Hiking is a great way to stay in good physical shape while being close to nature, Neill said. Spending



Each hike typically has a fast-paced and a slowerpaced group of hikers. Hikers can easily customize the experience by simply adjusting their speed and distance. Hikes are on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Afterward, the group has lunch together at a popular restaurant, or they pack lunch and enjoy the scenery at an outdoor pavilion. Residents are asked to sign up for the hikes in advance at the Transportation Desk in the main lobby. For more information, please contact Neill at jneill@btvillage.org or at (479) 695-8036.

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