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Frank Lloyd Wright House at Crystal Bridges Museum
BTV Facilities Team
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From the President/CEO It’s hard to believe that it is already the time of year for Arkansas Razorback football. The arrival of football season hints that fall — along with its vibrant colors, crisp air and cooler temperatures — is on the way.
Quintin Trammell President & 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 2015 Council Members Larry Masters, President Judy Robertson, Vice President Ardith Wharry, Secretary Richard Wharry, Secretary Pro Tem Ray Culver, Immediate Past President Ron Hanson, Jim Hunt, Mary John Jones, Carol Sonnenberg, Ruth Ann Rowden, Phil Wilson, Genie Donovan, Steve Neuse, Larry Hanley, Bill Shook BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mike Jones, President Bruce Johanson, Vice President Steve Sisco, Treasurer Howard Higgins, Secretary Jim Webster, Sara Koenig, Jacquelyn Brandli Lewis Epley, Bettie Lu Lancaster Theresa Ewing, Bill Shackelford, Bill Waite Truman Yancey, Foundation Member Steve Gunderson, Legal Counsel Kyle Jenner, Board Emeritus
Butterfield Trail Village always has a wide selection of activities lined up for our residents to enjoy this time of year. Autumn hikes exploring the natural beauty of the Ozarks, led by our Fitness and Wellness Director Jennifer Neill, are currently in full swing. Now is the perfect time to partake of events across the region, including the debut of a fascinating new exhibit at the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. A rare house designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright has been relocated 1,200 miles to the museum’s woodland grounds and opens to visitors this fall. Don’t forget to call the Hogs on game day from your seats at Razorback Stadium with transportation to home games provided by Butterfield. Or if you prefer to watch the game on TV, our Programs and Events Director Riki Stamps will be hosting BTV’s ever-popular tailgate parties right here on campus. This is the time of year when summer vacations are over. Grandchildren and great grandchildren are back in school, and the delicious food and family traditions of fall are right around the corner. It’s truly a wonderful time of year here at BTV and in Northwest Arkansas. We are blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the country! My heart is thankful as I hope yours is as well. Quintin Trammell President & CEO
Opened in 1986, Butterfield Trail Village is a locally governed 501(c)(3) non-profit retirement community. As Northwest Arkansas’ only comprehensive LifeCare Retirement Community, BTV offers active older adults worry-free living that is secure, independent and fulfilling – and the freedom to enjoy plentiful activities both inside and outside the Village.
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Contents 4 Profile Earlene Henry: Belle of Springdale 6 Village Newcomers Getting to Know Una Carpenter 6 Resident Anniversaries + New Neighbors 7 Living Spaces The Home of Earlene Henry 8 Snapshots
10 Department Spotlight The BTV Facilities Team 12 UA News Performance Center Re-opening on Campus 13 Out & About Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House Opening at Crystal Bridges Museum 13 Arts & Entertainment Select Community Event Listings 14 Library News 14 Upcoming Events 15 Improve Your Mental Sharpness 16 Fitness News: Better Together Partnership Benefits Residents 17 BTV’s Bird and Wildlife Program
19 Meet Your Village Board Getting to Know Sara Koenig
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Earlene admires a painting by daughter Ginger Geyer, depicting Earlene’s late mother Anna Brown in her flower garden.
Earlene Henry Belle of Springdale A routine afternoon at Earlene Henry’s house almost always includes the jingle-linging of her cell phone. One of her daughters is calling to share a funny. A granddaughter is excited about getting married next month. Another daughter has a story so funny that Earlene lets out a whoop of laughter! There is no debate: This Butterfield resident is loved. By her family. Her friends. Her community. (And with four daughters, 13 grandchildren and 15 greatgrandchildren in her family, that’s a lot of love!) You might know Earlene Henry as the wife of the late Pat Henry, the beloved Springdale businessman who owned and operated Pat Henry ChevroletOldsmobile. One only needs to spend a short time with Earlene, however, to discover this is a woman of achievement in her own right. Over the years, in addition to being a devoted wife and mother, Earlene has volunteered hours upon hours of service to her hometown of Springdale, with gracious enthusiasm, a deep faith and a heart as big as her family. In the 62 years she and Pat were married, the Henrys gave to their community as a team and separately, each in their own special way. Through church, through volunteering and through philanthropy. 4 BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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With all of Pat’s professional achievements — growing his car dealership into practically a household name in Springdale and being nominated for TIME Magazine’s Dealer of the Year Award among them — Pat Henry was quick to sum up his lifelong realization: “The best thing I ever did was to marry Earlene Brown.” POULTRY PIONEERS Earlene Brown is a Springdale native through and through. As she likes to tell it, she was born at home, in the bedroom, while her dad had an incubator of chickens in the living room. Her father, Jeff, was a pioneer in the poultry industry who started Springdale’s first commercial hatchery in 1921. Brown’s Hatchery used a kerosene-heated incubator to raise chickens. Jeff Brown eventually branched out from not only selling chicks but to mixing seed and selling it to other growers, which proved to be lucrative. He was also one of those early experimenters of a faster-growing broiler and developed a top-selling variety that at one point constituted nearly half of the broilers being sold in the United States.
Photos by Beth Hall
“My father was known as the ‘father of the poultry industry. Our family was very much a part of that time in Springdale’s history. We lived on the street with the Tysons, Georges and Browns — all in a row,” she said. ‘I guess you could say that was my family’s legacy.” After graduating from Springdale High School, Earlene moved to Conway and attended Hendrix College for two years. There, she met a handsome young man by the name of Pat Reeves Henry. A Hendrix grad himself, Pat was teaching science at nearby Fordyce High School. Pat fell quickly for the co-ed from Northwest Arkansas, and when Earlene transferred to the University of Arkansas, Pat was not far behind. Once she graduated with her degree in Speech Pathology, the two married. “Pat joined my dad in the poultry business, and we had our home in Springdale,” Earlene said. “We started our family right away and very quickly — we had four daughters in six years!” GIVING BACK
For more than 50 years, Earlene sang in the FUMC choir, and also directed the children’s choir there for a period of time. She taught a Bible class for young mothers and served as president of the United Methodist Women. Outside of church, Earlene volunteered in groups that supported women helping one another. She served as president of the local chapter of P.E.O., a philanthropic organization of women supporting women, and of Beta Sigma Phi, another important women’s service organization. Earlene has also served on the board of directors for a number of Springdale civic organizations: the Arts Center of the Ozarks, the Springdale Library, and the Springdale Hospital Auxiliary, to name a few. LIVING IN THE NOW Earlene moved to Butterfield Trail Village last year following her husband’s death in 2013 with Alzheimer’s. Presently, she likes to keep her routine balanced. Mornings include fitness and wellness classes here at Butterfield, including her favorite, Tai Chi. Afternoons are free for reading (she just finished Go Set a Watchman), volunteering and visiting with friends and family — by phone or in person.
Pat worked with his fatherin-law in the poultry business for several years. Pat and Earlene Henry and their When he acquired the daughters in the early years. Springdale Chevrolet dealership around 1970 Earlene is embracing what there were only two cars BTV has to offer socially, like on the lot. An astute businessman loved by his the group riverboat cruise to the Pacific Northwest employees, Pat skillfully grew the business into one where she points out, the food was “out of this world of the most successful dealerships in the state. — three chef-prepared meals a day.” Earlene’s focus had been mostly home and family and occasionally privately tutoring students in speech. “I was so busy having children that a career went by the wayside,” Earlene said. “But I felt I needed to give back to the community. Pat had the dealership and it was prospering, and I was in the position to help others. I knew it was something I wanted to do.” At First United Methodist Church in Springdale, Earlene and Pat started the Builders Sunday school class for young adults in 1952, and the class remains active today. They were also instrumental in establishing FUMC’s Bread of Life outreach ministry, which is a source of help to families across the community each year.
“The people here at Butterfield are so interesting with fabulous careers,” Earlene said. “Not to mention the staff who are so helpful. It’s just been a real delight making my home here.” Her extended family is spread out across several states now. As for her four daughters, her oldest, Wendy, is a Presbyterian minster living in Dallas. Ginger is an artist and sculptor who lives in Austin (some of Ginger’s work is part of the private art collection at Tyson Foods). Linda lives in Fort Smith and is a teacher, with 10 grandchildren. Holly is a teacher who tutors pupils with dyslexia and lives near Beaver Lake in Rogers. “These days, I’m trying to live in the present,” Earlene said. “I think the key to being fulfilled is to live in the now. Live in the now and keep moving forward.”
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Village Newcomer Q+A
Getting to Know Una Carpenter
Anniversaries September Anniversaries C.L. & Evelyn Jordan
Kurt & Gene Tweraser
Mort Gitelman & Nancy Garner
Harry & Lois Alward
Andy & Shirley Lucas
Clayton & Hazel Brunson
Bob & Karen Hendrix
Marion & Bobbie Wasson
Ken Steele & Beth Vaughn-Wrobel
John & Sally King
Conrad & Ann Waligorski
October Anniversaries Jack & Bobbie Peters
When did you move to Butterfield?
Carl & Barbara Krieger
Don & Linda Rutledge
Jim & Lois Ferguson
John & Helen Elliott
J.L. & Polly Lancaster
I moved in the middle of the summer of 2015. Where are you from? I am from Springdale. What did you do before your retirement? While my husband was in the Navy for four years, I worked in the ASC office. Then I worked in the University of Arkansas housing office while my husband was in school. After we had our son, I stayed home. Do you have children/grandchildren? I have a son, Rick Carpenter, and a daughter, Sheila Taylor, both who live locally in Fayetteville. I have five grandchildren â&#x20AC;&#x201D; four boys and one girl. All the grandsons live in Texas while Cassie, my granddaughter, is in Arkansas, getting her degree in Nursing. Why did you choose Butterfield? I chose Butterfield to give my children peace of mind. I like the security it made us all feel. 6 BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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New Neighbors Recent Village Move-Ins Thermon & Karen Crocker Pauline Mueller Margaret Fox Una Carpenter
The Home of Earlene Henry Earlene Henry’s deluxe two-bedroom apartment is the definition of timeless charm. An open, airy design sets the home’s social spaces awash with natural light, while bright pastels paired with wooden elements create a mood of calm. Turn a corner to discover Earlene’s haven — a bedroom she’s turned into a bright cheery sunroom, complete with Southern white wicker. Select antiques — like a restored dresser that belonged to her mother, and an heirloom clock set high on a perch in the living room — evoke a sense of history and love.
Guest Bedroom Photos by Beth Hall
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Ruth Forsythe in masquerade
Linda Hayes and “The Phantom”
Opera and Elegance Dinner
Fort Smith Historic Site
Lois Alward, Judge Isaac Parker and Mrs. Parker, and Harry Alward
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Fort Smith Museum of History
All aboard the Fort Smith Trolley
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BTV passengers pose with cruise staff after everyone called the Hogs!
Earlene Henry, Colleen Taylor, Jennifer Neill, Bette Williams, Charlotte Steele, Char Olsen and Arnold Williams
Jennifer Neill with the wine tour host
Gretchen Gearhart is all smiles
Pre-dinner visit with Char Olsen, Doris Marks, Bobby Marks, Bette Williams, Arnold Williams and Gretchen Gearhart
Char Olsen, Gisela Nordmeyer, JoAnne Brown
Residents during the cruise wine tour
The American Empress docked in Astoria, Oregon
Enjoying an Oregon trail
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Meet the BTV Facilities Department Firing on All Cylinders to Keep Residents Happy Most people don’t think twice about filling up a glass with ice from ice dispenser in their refrigerator, or using the garage-door opener to open their garage. Or turning the light off in their bedroom before they go to sleep. But what if one of these appliances went on the blink, or stopped working at all? Or a water pipe burst, or the air conditioner broke in the middle of summer? Residents at Butterfield Trail Village need not worry. The Village has a team of skilled and resourceful professionals who are experts at fixing those pesky and stressful bumps in the road known as home maintenance and repair.
The BTV Facilities Department and its team of maintenance technicians work from one end of the Village to the other to keep Butterfield residents safe, happy and comfortable. The department is led by Facilities Director Joe Perme, Assistant Director Chris Wright and Facilities Coordinator Bobbi Boller. Together, the leadership and the seven technicians are the operational backbone of BTV. “Our department is key to the successful day-to-day operations at the Village,” Joe Perme said. “We respond to work-order requests every day from across the entire campus, including residents and employees. The maintenance and repair work that our team does is crucial to the sustainability of Butterfield.”
BTV’s Facilities Team: Front Row (l to r) Bobbi Boller, Gary Sosebee Center Row (l to r) Cesar Portillo, David Burnett, Jason Eckhardt, John Johnston, Chris Wright Back Row (l to r) Robbie Carlton, Andy Gregory, Joe Perme 10 BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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That can be a tall order, on the residential side alone. Butterfield’s 44-acre campus includes 228 apartments, 42 Village homes, 20 cottages, 80 individual units in the Health Care Center and 12 individual units in the Assisted Living Cottage.
Preventative work is important too, such as the maintenance of a full range of medical equipment in the Health Care Center so it is always reliable and exceeds quality standards in the industry.
Facilities Coordinator Bobbi Boller said maintenance “We respond anytime something isn’t working inside technicians are on duty five days a week from 8 a.m. a resident’s home or on their to 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on property,” Perme said. “It may weekends, and are on call the be their washer or dryer, or a remainder of time. They handle sliding door won’t shut, or they approximately 15 new works “We hope that [residents] have a leaky faucet. Anything orders each day. are proud of what we do to to everything. From a power create an environment that outage to a broken garbage “These guys stay very busy,” disposal. We’re kind of a catchBoller said. “They work hard is pleasant and enjoyable all department like that.” every day from one end of the for them,” Assistant Village to the other. They take Facilities Director Chris BTV’s maintenance technicians their jobs seriously and do them have years of collective, well so that everyone is happy.” Wright said. “To see them specialized experience in benefiting from our work engineering, plumbing, Perme said the team is willing to construction and remodeling, go the extra mile to make dayand effort — it’s rewarding.” general mechanics and in to-day living for residents safe, electrical and HVAC certified enjoyable and hassle-free. work. Some have been with BTV for more than ten years. “If a repair looks like it might take longer, then we’ll arrange for the residents “Our team has decades upon decades of combined to have a hotel room to stay in overnight,” Perme experience,” Perme said. “We know something about said. “Our goal is to make their lives easier, so we’re everything.” flexible that way.” The Facilities Department is responsible for maintenance and repair in most of Butterfield’s common areas and workspaces. Areas like the boiler and mechanical rooms, dining and kitchen areas, the laundry department, office and meeting spaces and fitness, wellness and aquatic areas, to name a few. The department ensures that all of the various equipment in those spaces meets inspection criteria and is in compliance with OSHA and other state, federal and local regulations.
After all, residents use their homes to relax and decompress. They expect their cottage or apartment to be secure, accessible and maintenance free, Assistant Facilities Director Chris Wright said. “We hope [residents] are proud of what we do to create an environment that is pleasant and enjoyable for them,” Wright said. “To see them benefiting from our work and effort — it’s rewarding.”
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Performance Center Re-opening on U of A Campus Faulkner Center Was Originally Athletic Venue This fall, the University of Arkansas campus is reopening one of its traditional entertainment spots. The Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center, a $10 million state-of-the-art venue for performing arts, will be dedicated on Sept. 18. It is located on Garland Avenue between Silas H. Hunt Hall and the Arkansas Union. U of A alumni will remember it as the Field House or possibly the Men’s Gym. It first opened in 1937 as an athletic venue for intercollegiate basketball games, but it also played host to a wealth of entertainers from the 1940s through the 1960s. Musicians including Louis Armstrong, Chuck Berry, the Smothers Brothers, and Peter, Paul and Mary, and actors such as Basil Rathbone, Charles Boyer, Agnes Moorehead and Charles Laughton. It was also well known for its community concerts. Concerts will be front and center when the Faulkner Performing Arts Center reopens for performances. The center will seat more than 650 people and be the home for the university’s musical groups: the University Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Schola Cantorum, Concert Choir and Master Chorale. Theatrical performances will also be staged at the Faulkner Center, including University Opera, Music Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre and the Boars Head Summer Theatre. It will also host the popular Summer Chamber Music Festival as well as public lectures. Record-Setting Year For Razorbacks In other news, 2015 has been the best all-around year in Arkansas Razorback sports history. The women’s track team led the way, winning the school’s first NCAA championship in a women’s sport. Arkansas also earned four Southeastern Conference titles and turned in a program-best 16th place finish in the nation’s all-sports rankings. Sixteen of the Razorbacks 19 varsity sports contributed to the program’s record performance in the Learfield Sports Directors Cup Standings. Who’s ready for more?
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Out & About
Rare Frank Lloyd Wright House Opening Nov. 11 at Crystal Bridges Architectural treasure is the only Wright-designed house in the state of Arkansas
Arts & Entertainment Highlighted Happenings Around Town Walton Arts Center:
The rare Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house that has been relocated to the stunning woodland grounds of the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville will open Nov. 11 to the public. The Bachman-Wilson House was relocated to Crystal Bridges last year after the museum purchased it in 2013. Museum officials have been carefully reconstructing the house, complete with its original fixtures and furnishings, in preparation for its exhibitorial debut this fall.
> Walmart AMP: Jackson Browne October 17 For more info, visit waltonartscenter.org Arkansas Public Theater (Formerly Rogers Little Theater):
Wright, who designed the home in 1954, has been lauded as one of the greatest American architects of all time. The Bachman-Wilson House is the first and only Wright-designed structure located in Arkansas.
> Cabaret September 11-13, 17-20, 24-27 > The Addams Family October Dates to be Announced
The pavilionstyle house originally stood in Somerset County, N.J., overlooking the Millstone River where encroaching water and the elements threatened to erode its structure. In 1988, it was purchased and restored by the architect/ designers Lawrence and Sharon Tarantino.
> Inspiring Women September 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 October 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 > Architecture Tour September 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 > Big Picture Tour September 12, 19, 26 October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
The Tarantinos decided to sell their beloved home after determining its preservation was their number one priority. The sale, however, was conditional upon moving the house to a suitable natural site. Once Crystal Bridges bought the house, museum officials began the meticulous process of disassembling it, and, with the help of J.B. Hunt Transport Service, moving it to Bentonville. Over the past year and a half, the house has been carefully reconstructed on the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 120-acre grounds. At Crystal Bridges, the house is situated along a 3.5-mile nature trail, overlooking a spectacular native woodland setting and Crystal Spring, the cool-water spring from which the museum takes its name. The museum will make the house available for study, programming and tours. For more information visit crystalbridges.org.
For more info, visit arkansaspublictheater.org Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art:
For more info, visit crystalbridges.org TheatreSquared > One Man, Two Guvnors September 18-21 > Proof October 16-31 > Amadeus September 2-5, 9-13, 16-20 > Water by the Spoonful October 15-18, 21-25, 28-31 For more info, visit theatre2.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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New Bestsellers at BTV The Butterfield Trail Village Library works hard to add bestselling books to the shelves on a regular basis. This could not be done without the help of the Butterfield Foundation and the residents who make contributions earmarked for the library. The Library Committee orders bestsellers and other titles requested by library users. Look for these titles on the “New Book Shelf” now. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee is the long-awaited sequel to Harper’s historic To Kill A Mockingbird and is set 20 years after the events in Mockingbird. But it was written beforehand and sent to a publisher who suggested that Lee first tell the story of Scout as a youngster before the Civil Rights movement. This second book introduces us to Scout as a young woman, Jean Louise, who returns to Maycomb from New York to find the town, her home and her family in the midst of change. Pioneer Girl by Laura Ingalls Wilder is an autobiography extensively edited by Pamela Smith Hill. Hill uses Wilder’s account of her family’s travels through the West in the 1930’s adding illustrations, maps and information from primary sources to give a fascinating picture of the culture that formed Wilder’s beloved books.
Changing the World One Child at a Time October 15 | 7pm Meet Kiwanis Club Arkansas and Missouri District Lt. Governor Jeanne Harp of Springdale this evening as she shares the good news of how Kiwanis is working to address the needs of children worldwide. Local Kiwanis Club programs include K-Kids for young children, Builders Club for adolescents, Key Club for teens, CKI clubs for university students and Action Clubs for adults living with disabilities. Internationally, Kiwanis supports humanitarian efforts such as the World Health Organization in its work to eradicate iodine
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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Eric Larson is nonfiction that reads like a novel. In May 1915, the Lusitania was the fastest cruise ship in the world. In a gripping examination of one of history’s great sea disasters, Larson works his magic with small details about the economy, politics and weather that make history come alive. The Fateful Lightning by Jeff Shaara is the fourth and final volume of Shaara’s Civil War in the West series. General Sherman’s army marching through North and South Carolina on his way to the sea will satisfy readers’ pursuit of historical fiction. Outside the Pale: The Architecture of Fay Jones is not a new book, but it is new to the BTV library. It was published by the University of Arkansas Press to accompany a special exhibit of Jones’ work at the Old State House in Little Rock. The book traces Jones’ development from his student days with Frank Lloyd Wright and Bruce Goff to the culmination of his designing the famous Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs.
deficiencies, and The Eliminate Project and UNICEF, whose targets are deadly maternal and neonatal diseases. Branson Belle Dinner Cruise Saturday 17 | Departure 12:30pm America’s “most entertaining dinner cruise” celebrates 20 years of live entertainment with an allnew show — Celebrate! Two equally dynamic casts of performers, from returning favorites to award-winners and new faces, deliver two unforgettable hours of pure entertainment unlike any other show in Branson! Cost for the dinner cruise will be $50pp payable in the Program Office.
Improve Your Mental Sharpness Bridge and other activities boost brainpower Staying active physically is important as you age. But exercising the brain can also have some important health and disease-prevention benefits. Studies found that participants who reported playing memory games at least every other day performed better on standard memory tests compared to those who played less frequently. The study assessed 329 older adults who were free of dementia, but at increased risk of Alzheimer’s based on family history. Trumping Alzheimer’s According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the number of people with the disease may nearly triple to 16 million by 2050, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent, slow or stop the disease. For older individuals, getting involved in social and cognitively stimulating activities, such as the game of bridge, is more important than ever. “In our study, we found that individuals who participated more frequently in activities such as card games, checkers and crossword puzzles have increased brain volume in areas that stimulate memory and affect the development of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Ozioma Okonkwo, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Bridge The card game of bridge is one of the most popular games of skill and memory, involving math and social skills as the players deal the cards, auction, play the hand and score the results.
According to the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL), an estimated 25 million people in the U.S. play the game socially in clubs or homes, competitively at tournaments, or online. Many ACBL members are senior citizens who have been playing at local bridge clubs for most of their lives, such as 103-year-old Lily Hansen of Ludington, Mich. Hansen, who serves as a director of her club, recently told AARP Bulletin that playing twice a week helps her stay sharp and active. She has been playing bridge for nearly nine decades. “Duplicate is competitive. It keeps your brain working. I honestly believe that.” The game also attracts business-oriented minds, including two of the smartest men in America – Warren Buffet, 84, and Bill Gates, 59. The duo has been particularly supportive of promoting bridge among youth, given the game’s competiveness and unlimited series of complex calculations. Other mind-sharpening activities In addition to card games, research shows there are a number of other activities that help boost brainpower. For example, a game of checkers or a crossword puzzle can offer plenty of mental exercise, forcing the brain to be curious and engaged. Remember to mix up these mental exercises often, which will call on different parts of the brain. Whether you prefer a rousing game of cards with friends or a peaceful crossword puzzle alone, engaging in such activities can help sharpen your mind, which can help you to better enjoy life for many years.
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Personal Training Program Picks Up Where Physical Therapy Ends Better Together One of BTV’s New Fitness Partnerships By Fitness & Wellness Director Jennifer Neill I’m pleased to announce a new program here at Butterfield that will help residents who’ve undergone physical therapy improve their aftercare outcome through one-on-one fitness expertise. The name of the program is Better Together, and its one of three new partnerships that BTV is forming to provide an optimal continuum of health-andwellness care for you, the resident. This new program is a collaboration between BTV’s Fitness and Wellness Department and Genesis Physical Therapy, which provides on-site physical therapy services at the Village.
But Better Together makes success easier because the trainer motivates you and holds you accountable. Our trainers know which of BTV’s weight or resistance-training equipment is best to use, or which you should avoid due to your circumstance. You can conveniently schedule your personal training sessions Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can do your workouts at either of BTV’s two fitness and wellness facilities, or request that a trainer come to your home.
Better Together is for residents who would like the assistance of a personal trainer to help with their post-physical therapy exercise plan. It works like this: Once you’ve finished physical therapy, you’ll be contacted by the BTV Fitness and Wellness Department and asked if you would like to participate in the program. If so, a BTV physical trainer will develop a customized exercise plan incorporating the aftercare recommendations from Genesis. The trainer will work with you one-on-one to carry out the exercise plan with the goal of returning you to your prior fitness level. Let’s face it. We all know what can happen when someone finishes physical therapy and is given 16 BUTTERFIELD LIFE
exercises to do on their own. The exercises can be boring. They can lose interest, and quit all together. We’ve all been there!
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Likewise, BTV is in the process of developing a similar program with the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences in Fayetteville to provide personaltraining aftercare to BTV residents who receive physical therapy through UAMS. Our third new partnership is with the University of Arkansas’ Kinesiology Department, which has plans for two BTV endeavors. The department will study the impact our personal training programs are having on residents, and will involve BTV in a study of the cognitive effects that theanine, an amino acid in green tea, has on older individuals. All of these collaborations are really helping Butterfield maximize and strengthen our fitness offerings and programs — all to benefit you, the resident. Stay tuned for more!
Fall a Great Time to Glimpse Nature on Campus BTV is a Designated Habitat for Wildlife Summer is coming to a close and many of the blooming gardens and flora on the campus will soon take a turn of season, but residents can still enjoy the beauty and wonder of nature year-round thanks to Butterfield’s status as a designated wildlife habitat. BTV became an official Bird Sanctuary in 1995 and a Certified Wildlife Habitat in 2007, meaning the Village provides food and shelter for various species of birds and other wildlife. In the same vein, BTV has established a Butterfly Garden of seasonal nectar plants on campus that attract and increase the number of butterflies. Resident Judy Doyle, a longtime volunteer of BTV’s Bird and Wildlife Program, said as fall approaches residents can enjoy the continued presence of certain wildlife species, while others — especially varieties of birds — will fly by or drop in as they move south on migration.
BTV’s Bird and Wildlife Program Has Hosted Lectures on Campus by America In Bloom and Master Gardeners
“We have duck and geese who migrate, and we’ll see them passing over and they might be here a day or longer,” Doyle said. “There are also certain kinds of resident populations, like Canadian Geese that will stay during the winter. They’ll go out to the golf course and hunker down and stay put.” Migrating birds like Blue Jays, Warblers and Finches usually make appearances at the Village this time of year and partake of food and shelter, Doyle said, while Cardinals and Chickadees are two varieties that stay all winter long. The BTV Bird and Wildlife Program operates thanks to the efforts of residents who participate by helping refill the bird feeders on campus with seeds, repairing the bird boxes or by simply watching. “Most of the feeders are in the courtyard of the Special Care Center, and it’s something that is very important to the residents there,” Doyle said. “They enjoy watching the ‘special guests’ who come for a visit. As soon as the feeders are empty, they call and let us know!” Residents who are out walking the trail or other parts of the Village grounds have the best odds of glimpsing wildlife, Doyle said. They may see deer, which like to eat flowers and produce from BTV’s gardens, or raccoon, possum and armadillo, which are becoming more active this time of year. Doyle said BTV’s program benefits the residents as much as it does the wildlife. “We enjoy seeing them and protecting them,” she said. “It’s a good feeling to know we are providing a safe and nurturing habitat.” BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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The Butterfield Trail Village Foundation is grateful for the gifts received between June 9, 2015 and August 19, 2015 from the following donors. BEAUTIFICATION FUND • Jerol & Sally Garrison in memory of Harold Olsen EMPLOYEE CARE FUND • Bobby & Doris Marks HEALTHCARE FUND • Dorothy Young in memory of Carl Kittrell • Gretchen Gearhart • Maxine Ward in memory of Harold Olsen • Lewis & Donna Epley in memory of Jim Barrack • Harold Olsen LIBRARY FUND • Lloyd & Dorothy Seaton in memory of Harold Olsen MEMORIALS • Virginia Burdick in memory of Carl Kittrell • Mitsy Kellam in memory of Carl Kittrell • Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 460, in memory of Richard Forsythe • Harris & Carol Sonnenberg in memory of Fern Younkin • Susan Lancaster in memory of Kay Trumbo Havens MOVING MADE EASY • Irma Boyer • Ron & Polly Hanson • Michele Crouch for Elaine Tenney • Greg Hays • Blanche Carey for Mary Carey • Bobbie Nell Templeton • Deane Meek in memory of Jim Bales SCHOLARSHIP FUND • James & Diane Modisette in memory of Richard Forsythe • Eileen & Robert Neukranz in memory of Richard Forsythe • Lewis & Donna Epley in memory of Richard Forsythe
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Meet Your Village Board Q&A with BTV Board Member Sara Vinzant Koenig For nearly three decades, Butterfield Trail Village has represented the pinnacle of premier retirement living in Northwest Arkansas. This is due in large part to the efforts of a dedicated group of BTV Board members working for and alongside Village residents and staff. This is the sixth in a series of “spotlights” introducing Butterfield LIFE readers to the current members of the BTV Board of Directors. Q: Where did you grow up, and how long have you and your family been in Northwest Arkansas? A: I was born in Little Rock, but my family moved to Fayetteville in time for me to start the first grade at Leverett Elementary. Margaret Stephan, one of the first BTV directors, was my firstgrade teacher. My parents met when they were attending the U of A, and after medical school, my father returned to open his family practice here in Fayetteville. I graduated from Fayetteville High School, and attended the College of William and Mary in Virginia. The summer after my sophomore year, I married my husband Jeff Koenig. We moved to Kansas City where he worked for Black and Veatch Consulting Engineers and I finished my education. Q: What is your profession? A: In Kansas City, my husband and I volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and a neighborhood group home for teenage boys. It was then I realized my heart was in working with troubled children, particularly those in their teens. I began working as a caseworker for the State of Missouri at Aid to Families with Dependent Children and continued to work for non-profit organizations throughout my career. When my husband was transferred to Bismarck, N.D., I became a group home housemother for Charles Hall Youth Services, a Church of Christ mission to Native American children. After Jeff’s work brought us back to Fayetteville, I worked for Washington Regional Medical Center and the March of Dimes. Q: What is your academic background? A: I earned a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1976. Q: Tell us about your family? A: I met Jeff, my husband of 41 years, when he was an electrical engineering student at the University of Arkansas, and we married in 1974. We have three children who live in different cities on the West Coast. Our oldest, Amy, is married to a Fayetteville native, Jason Limp.
Amy graduated from the U of A School of Q: Architecture, and Jason is a contractor. They live in Seattle and have Griffin, 3, and 18-monthold Josephine. My middle child is David, who graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.S. A: in Computer Science and a B.A. in Cinema. He is a Post Production Director for BASE Productions, a television company in Los Angeles. My youngest, Carol, has a M.A. in Teaching from the U of A. She’s a high school life science teacher and mother of two. She is married to businessman Jesse Acree, and they have Jude, 2, and five-month-old Howie. They recently moved to Portland, Oregon.
Are there any particular areas of focus for you as a member of the Board, and in what ways do you leverage your various professional or personal areas of expertise? We have such expertise on our Board! We have finance people, insurance people, legal people, and some who are all of the above. I consider it my job to ask important questions in a meeting, the ones a well-informed layman or resident would ask. Q: What sets Butterfield apart, in your opinion? A: Butterfield Trail Village is unique because it offers continuity in life planning. That security is what is important to my family and I. What I want people to know about Butterfield is that it is a busy, creative and healthy place. Here there are more opportunities to try new skills, make new friends, travel, exercise and participate in the arts and culture of Northwest Arkansas than most of us have been able to enjoy in our whole lives. I am impressed with the depth and wide range of knowledge, skill and interest of our residents. The combined expertise of our Butterfield population is astounding.
Q: When were you elected to the Board, and how did you come to serve? A: I joined the BTV Board of Directors in January, 2014. My family has a longtime connection to Butterfield. I grew up in First United Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, one of Butterfield’s founding churches. I remember when the idea of a retirement/ life care community like Presbyterian Village in Little Rock was first being discussed. My mother was especially excited “What I want people to know about the idea and it about Butterfield is that it is a busy, was a regular topic of creative and healthy place. Here conversation around the Q: Besides BTV, have there are more opportunities to try dinner table. It became you in the past or do new skills, make new friends, travel, clear that our church was you currently serve on going to join with other any other boards or exercise and participate in the arts churches to bring this committees? and culture of Northwest Arkansas kind of community to I am an elder at First United A: than most of us have been able to Northwest Arkansas. We Presbyterian Church, enjoy in our whole lives.” were very proud to be a where I currently moderate part of this ecumenical the fellowship ministry. I group to tackle the huge volunteer at Cooperative – Sara Vinzant Koenig task of creating what Emergency Outreach, which became Butterfield. I was is a group of area churches nominated to serve by that provides emergency First United Presbyterian Church. assistance for utilities, medicine, rent, gasoline and food to our neighbors in need. I was a Q: Why is Butterfield important to you, and do longtime volunteer in both the Girl and Boy you have any family or friends with a BTV Scouts, and a member of the PTA, a math tutor connection? and a library assistant at Butterfield Elementary A: My mother, Elise Vinzant, was one of the original School. Butterfield partners, and her name is on a plaque Q: Do you have any favorite hobbies or pastimes? near the front entrance. She lived here in 199293. Over the years I have had many friends who A: In my spare time, I am first and foremost a I’ve visited here. My stepmother, Nona Vinzant, bookworm. I quilt with a group near and dear to is a resident, too. my heart, the Rural Builders of Son’s Chapel. My family enjoys camping and canoeing on the local Q: What Board committee do you serve on? rivers, primarily the Buffalo and the Kings. A: I serve on the Strategic Planning Committee. BUTTERFIELD LIFE
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