VOLUME TWENTY THREE, NUMBER THREE
Beaumont in bloom April showers create an Impressionistic scene as red maple tree buds begin to unfurl at the Beaumont Pond. Daffodils dot the edge of the pond bank. To enjoy this photo in full color, please see our newsletter at www.beaumontretirement.com (skip Intro page), and click on the newsletter link at the bottom of the home page. For more stories celebrating spring, the Nalle Gardens, and Wheeler Woods, please see Pages 4 and 5. Photo by Ann Louise Strong
Saluting a faithful staff The flowers and linens, the esprit de corps, the speeches of appreciation and the double chocolate fudge brownies were all well received. But as one of the attendees remembers the luncheon on March 23, it was the check for a week’s salary that really made the day for each of the 20 employees being honored for length of service. “Minus payroll taxes, of course,” added Joe Fortenbaugh, president of Beaumont for 20 of the 21 years our retirement community has been in existence. Joe, who supplied the notes for this report, was one of 11 20-year employees praised in speeches by John Butterworth and John A. Miller, chairmen respectively of Beaumont’s two Boards of Directors, for “making Beaumont a better place.” New residents are always astonished by how quickly
all members of the staff, newcomers as well as the oldtimers, come to recognize their names and faces and even their many and varied preferences. That starts at the top, with Joe, who likes to tell new employees about the former driver who once confided to him that “I’ll never forget old what’s-his-name.” Joe has both a BBA and an MBA from Temple University, and has been a licensed Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) for 31 years. He is married, with three sons, and particularly enjoys playing golf and learning about wine. His notes about his fellow honorees: Joan Bryan has been a housekeeper for 20 years. Born in Barbados, she moved to the U.S. in 1981. She has a daughter, two grandsons, and a great-granddaughter. continued on page 7
Wii games, puzzles, and pets allows us to have fun while focusing on range of motion, balance, hand-eye coordination, and cognitive skills. For lower-functioning residents we have sensoryBy Jenny Hadfield based techniques including hand massage, touching Therapeutic Recreation. . . what is it? If you’ve ever and feeling, sounds, and relaxation. visited the Beaumont Health Center, you may have Our pet therapy group, Caring Paws, features encountered it and not realized it. Therapeutic animals including a golden retriever who can literally Recreation helps patients function at the highest take your socks off, pick up credit cards, open doors, possible level while maintaining past routines, lifestyles, and play fetch. It also involves visits from rabbits, and interests. It goes hand in hand with medical treat- ferrets, a variety of guinea pigs, and white rats. The ments, therapies, and focus of this program is not on the animals themselves, medications. A Certified but the differences between textures, sounds, looks, Therapeutic Recreation and the histories and stories of the breeds. (None of Professional focuses the animals has escaped as yet, although one of the on five areas: physical ferrets tried so hard we had to put a roof on the cage.) function and mental, So who plans all this stuff? That would be me. psychosocial, spiritual, and emotional need. Jenny Hadfield, our Director of Therapeutic Some of the programs Recreation, started as an intern in Recreation at that you might encountBeaumont almost five years ago. After graduating from er on a Therapeutic high school in 1999 in her hometown of Clearfield, Pa., Recreation calendar she became a Certified Nursing Assistant; then Jenny Hadfield would include bridge, obtained both an Associate’s degree in Human exercise, musical entertainment, movies, social Services and certification in Gerontology. She became gatherings, arts and crafts, and puzzles. an Activity Director through the National Certification One of our newest, most popular programs involves Council for Activity Professionals. She enjoys crossthe interactive Wii gaming system, which translates stitching, knitting, horseback riding, exercising, and real-life movements onto the screen and allows cycling. patients to bowl and play golf, tennis or baseball. This
Therapeutic recreation engages senses to maintain skills
Just like home (without the work)
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This is a special thank you to everyone who worked to make my day-before-Easter lunch on the Grill Room porch so wonderful. My family loves to come together at Beaumont, and we all salute you. The new menu is terrific. The college-age contingent loves the filet mignon with fried onion slivers. The little ones go for the pizza and the chicken sandwiches. We are all fans of the leek soup and chicken salad. Fifteen unruly Dornbergers are a challenge! I know the salad bar had to be replenished. Here’s to our very patient servers, Justine, Althea, and Theresa. I have a disturbing feeling I may have left someone out. Please, do come and remind me, if you had to put up with us. Imagine, all these reprobates of mine want to come visit “the old lady” because all of you are so special. And after lunch . . . the guys actually went out to play golf in the rain. They reported a very humbling experience. —Elizabeth Dornberger
Managing Editor Production Editor Editor Emeritus and Historian Circulation Manager Medical Advisers
Mary Graff Christine Johnson-Hall Louise Guthrie Bea Goldstein Dr. Jay MacMoran Dr. Herbert Diamond
IN MEMORIAM Jane R. Kent. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 14, 2009 Crawford Madeira. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 15, 2009 Members of the Beaumont Community extend deepest sympathy to their families and friends. 2
New residents enjoy music, arts, geometry By Rena Burstein
A conversation with new residents Eugenio and he was sent to England in preparation for the D-Day Giuliana Calabi can take off in almost any direction, invasion of France, whereupon he became a tri-lingual given the array of interests they have explored. Gene interpreter. Following his discharge from the Army, he is a mathematician, a Professor Emeritus at the used his GI Bill benefit to study violin at the Manhattan University of Pennsylvania, and also a violinist with the School of Music. Accepted as a graduate student at Lower Merion Symphony. Princeton University, Gene Giuliana is an artist who attained a PhD in mathematics revels in beauty wherever she in 1950. finds it and believes firmly Giuliana was born in that humans without art Torino, Italy, and lived in would live as brutes. Biella, a city in the foothills of As a mathematician, Gene the Alps, near the Swiss borhas a special interest in der. Beginning in 1938, racial differential geometry, which legislation in Italy denied her he explains as the study of and her older brother public objects such as curves, surschool education and in 1941 faces and higher dimensional the family left Italy to go to spaces, using the tools of calCuba. Giuliana’s high school culus. As a violinist, he would education in Cuba was at an love to organize a chamber all-girls Catholic school music group here at Photo by Louise Hughes where instruction was in Gene and Giuliana Calabi match wits at a game of Boggle. Beaumont. English and Spanish, which For relaxation he enjoys she learned “on the spot.” making diverse, intricate geometrical shapes from Upon graduation, she went to secretarial school, paper, an activity he learned as a child and continues worked as a bi-lingual secretary for several years and, to expand with his own inventions. His other interests to extend her childhood love of drawing, took art include European languages and history. He and lessons. Giuliana also play Scrabble and Boggle. Gene and Giuliana met in New York. They married in Giuliana is a supporter of the Main Line Art Center 1952 and moved to Baton Rouge, where Gene accepted and an active member of its Advisory Board. Currently a position at Louisiana State University. He went on to finding conceptual challenge as a painter in abstract an academic career of distinction and election to art in oils, she is also interested in gardening and membership in the National Academy of Sciences. cooking. Over the years the Calabis have traveled extensively Gene was born, the youngest of four, in Milan, Italy. and lived in several cities, but their roots are in this Since most of his schooling, primary and secondary, area, where they have lived for 45 years and where was in Italy, he considers himself to be culturally Giuliana received a degree in art history from Italian. Because of the precipitous exclusion of Jews Rosemont College. They moved to Villa 53 from from Italian schools prior to World War II, however, his Wynnewood in December. last year of high school was in Paris. Part of each summer is spent in Falmouth, where In June of 1939, at the age of 16, he came to the they can spend time with their daughter and her family, United States and entered MIT to study chemical engi- who live in Boston. They have a son, a daughter and neering. Drafted at age 20 into the U.S. Army infantry, four grandchildren.
Haitian art on display this summer Beaumont’s next bimonthly art exhibit will depart from our usual display of the work of local artists. At the suggestion of Carolyn P. Langfitt, Lucy Rawson will bring Haitian paintings and metal work to Beaumont for June and July. All of the artwork will be for sale to benefit the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Deschapelles, Haiti. “Haitians are well known for their sense of color in their paintings,” said Carolyn. “They are also known for their metal work. I think we’ll love it!” Members of the Art Committee will host a reception for the exhibit from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 31. —Carol O. Allen 3
It’s May! It’s May! By Ann Wood
Yes, it’s May, the lovely month of May. There’s a sense of change in Geranium Alley and each plant feels that something is about to take place. Geranium Alley is a corridor, half of which is enclosed by glass on one side and across the roof. It connects the first floor of the Baldwin building to the swimming pool, the Fitness Center, and the ground floor of the main building. For the past eight months or so, the geraniums have been so happy, felt so content and safe here. They have watched the rain, listened to the wind, and enjoyed seeing the snow pile up so close to them while remaining warm and cozy inside. The warm sun most days and the cool dark nights and water from friends has endeared this location to each and every one of these beauties. The range of colors from red, pink, crimson, white, all with those soft, velvety, dark green leaves, gives a delightful surprise of wonder to each passerby. But now, one by one, each geranium’s time will come to pass from this lovely place and go to a patio somewhere. As they leave and are carried down the alley to their fate, they feel all around them the sadness and love of the plants they are leaving behind in
Photo by Louise Hughes Jolly geraniums brighten the walk to the pool and Fitness Center.
this heavenly place. There is so much love here that, in spite of their anticipation of the unknown, they really are sad themselves to leave such a place. In the outside world, the owners of the patios have been busy preparing for the arrival of their plants. The furniture has been cleaned off, the chair cushions put out, and fresh potting soil put in the window boxes. Stored nearby are Miracle Gro and pest controls with a handy watering can. Well, the owners are ready, the birds and the bees are ready. So let’s get our plant friends out here and start the new season because at last it’s May! It’s May!
Gardens in memory of Dick Nalle By Margie Manlove Beaumont has many gardens. The two Atrium Gardens and the Liseter Garden are enjoyed by all the residents, and in the warm months, Health Center residents spend many hours enjoying the Health Center Garden. The villas and first-floor apartments feature gardens displaying each individual’s style. But there are still more gardens. Out of view between the Gate House and Wheeler Woods are 24 previously unnamed gardens. These gardens are for resident “dirt” gardeners where, along with flowers for cutting, a great variety of produce is grown: peas, beans, lettuce, squash, herbs, peppers, broccoli, and most of all tomatoes. Dick Nalle, who died in January, loved these gardens. He oversaw them. He liked them to be tidy and was troubled when a squash plant strayed across a path. He had his own well-tended patch in which he grew outstanding tomatoes, many of which he shared with the community. It is fitting that the gardens where Dick worked and which he loved have been named for him. Dick served Beaumont in many ways. As well as serving on the Grounds Committee, he was on the Health Care Committee, and was perhaps best known for his work on the Finance Committee and BRSI Board, which he chaired. He was often seen working in the Wheeler Woods clearing brush and maintaining the paths. He was involved in Beaumont from the beginning and there was no aspect of Beaumont life that failed to interest him. We can count the gardens at Beaumont. Dick Nalle’s contributions to Beaumont are countless. 4
About Wheeler Woods By Mark Hritz, Director of Grounds Wheeler Woods is named after our founder, Arthur L. Wheeler, Sr. It was designated a Stewardship Forest by the Pennsylvania Department of Environment in 1994. This designation means that Beaumont has a written plan that gives the community direction on how to improve and maintain the ecological health of the forest. This 12-acre forest contains primarily hardwood trees, with several over 100 feet tall. Tulip poplar, American beech, ash, and red oak trees dominate. There is no shortage of wildlife. Whitetail deer, red fox, hawks, and song birds are commonly sighted along the ¾-mile woodchipped walking trail. It is not uncommon for the Grounds staff to see short-head garter snakes at the Nalle Gardens, northern water snakes at the pond, and northern ring neck snakes in the woods near old logs. The pond contains bullfrogs, largemouth bass, blue gill sunfish, and channel catfish. This is only a brief description of the many trees and animals to be discovered while walking the beautiful trail through the Wheeler Woods. If you would like to volunteer, please contact me. Each April we devote a portion of Earth Day to tend and improve the Wheeler Woods.
make tools useful in obtaining food, which puts them on the intelligence level of a chimpanzee. But the differences do not end there. Another striking difference is that crows are equipped with just three pairs of muscle in the voice box, which means that they can vocalize only a few notes. Songbirds, on the other hand, possess up to seven pairs, which enables them to vocalize a much wider range of notes in song. Crows also lack the crop that in other birds serves as a storage bin for food. As a result, crows consume a wider variety of foodstuffs such as carrion, seeds like corn and human offal. In spite of their bad reputation, I admire the crow. I once fledged a crow that had fallen from his windblown nest. I bottle-fed my new buddy, who grew quickly and developed into a fine specimen of a crow who would respond to my calls by lighting on my shoulder to be fed. But being country, and living in the country, the good life for my crow was cut short by a bullet. He made the fatal mistake of wandering too far from home, probably in search of some excitement or the neighbors’ cornfield. That was the last time I have taken anything from the wild to satisfy my own pleasure, and that is why I will not encourage a closer acquaintance with the Beaumont family, and the only reason for mentioning this whole matter is that I am still intrigued by the crow, and an admirer.
We met at Beaumont By Dr. Dean Snyder Well . . . not really. More precisely, it is a casual acquaintance with a very shy couple who are quite aloof and prefer to eat when no one is looking. Their reclusive behavior did not, however, disturb me in the least. I expected it, because my newly found friends are the crow family of Beaumont. I was not offended, either: All American crows are wary of man. But my Beaumont friends differ from the country crows I know in that my friends here do not recognize corn as a foodstuff (they prefer insects, carrion and human offal), while to their country cousins, corn is a delicacy. Two habits of the country crow—plucking corn from newly planted fields, and cannibalizing songbird eggs and young—are enough to rile any farmer or songbird sympathizer. Needless to say, country crows are fair game for the bullet in spite of the fact that they help sanitize the countryside by feeding on road kill. Crows have comparatively more gray matter than most other birds, making them more cognitive. Crows can recognize people as individuals and are able to
Beaumont hosts CRCC Grounds Director Mark Hritz explains Beaumont’s composting process to visitors from the Association of Continuing Care Retirement Communities who attended daylong “Going Green” presentation here in March. Photo by Ann Louise Strong
Celebrating Seder with words and rituals By Herb Diamond, M.D. The Passover Seder is the ritual feast in which the story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt is recalled. The entire family, extended members and close friends are included with children given a few special roles. A seder is held on the first and second nights of the holiday, although in Israel and in reformed congregations, families celebrate only on the first night. The Haggadah is the text used by all to follow the retelling of the exodus. It includes stories, prayers and songs praising God for the salvation of the Jewish people and also expresses hope that all people, as well, will be freed from their bondage. The table is set with the best china and silver (in religious families used only during the week of Passover) with a special glass set aside for wine for the prophet Elijah who, it is told, will visit every home. All are expected to drink four glasses of the kosher wine during the course of the dinner, each representing one of the four verbs used by God in the act of redemption: “I will bring out,” “I will deliver,” “I will redeem,” and “I will take.” Matzo symbolizes the fact that in the exodus there was no time to bake bread, but time only for bringing flour and water into the desert. Also on the table is a special plate containing six symbolic foods representing: the bitterness of slavery, the mortar used by the Israelites (as they were then known) in building Egyptian cities, the coming of spring, the salt of their tears, rebirth and finally, the lamb eaten at the first Passover in the Temple in Jerusalem. The dinner itself consists of traditional Jewish foods: gefilte fish (poached fish balls), chicken soup with matzo ball, beef brisket, or chicken with vegetables, and dessert. It is also a custom for the youngest person, reading from the Haggadah, to ask four questions which provide the leader an opportunity to retell the Passover story. This re-counting includes the story of God who, in His anger at the Egyptian Pharaoh, Ramses, for refusing to release the Jews from slavery, unleashed 10 plagues on the Egyptians, the last of which, death of the first-born son, was avoided by Jewish families by painting their doors with the blood of a young lamb and so alerting the Angel of Death to pass over their homes. The seder ends with the enthusiastic singing of a number of traditional songs and with the search by all the children for a piece of matzo, called the “Afikomen,” previously hidden by the leader. The child who finds the hidden Afikomen receives a special prize of money; the others are given a smaller amount of cash. These varied roles for children are designed not only to highlight for them the historic nature of this holiday, but also to keep them awake and involved in this always lengthy celebration.
Tops in hoops Max Hughes, son of Marketing Assistant Louise Hughes, makes a midair shot recently for Notre Dame High School. The Crusaders’ 6-foot senior point guard was named to the Associated Press All-State Class AA third team. Hughes averaged 14 points per game for 21-6 Notre Dame, which captured the District 11 title and advanced to the second round of the PIAA tournament before losing to eventual state champion Imhotep Charter, 58-53.
Wine Tasting Report By Joe Fortenbaugh Wine: Mogar Ribera Del Duero Grape: Tempranilla Year: 2004 Tasting on March 31, 2009 The red color was starting to turn lighter as it was beginning to show its age. Very little nose. Medium-plus body. Light, earthy taste. Given that it is from Spain, it reflects Old World approach. No fruit on the palate. Medium finish with slight trace of alcohol (it was 14% ALC). Medium dry with no residual tannins. Son’s comment: The flavor reminds you of the Spanish style of winemaking. (Where he gets this from is beyond me.) While not very impressive, it is very drinkable. It paired well with a red meat sauce over spaghetti. 6
Saluting a faithful staff
traveling, sports, and photography. She is the Photo Editor of the Beaumont News. Jennifer Hyman was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and came to the U.S. in 1981. She started as a housekeeper and became a CNA 15 years ago. She works in Assisted Living. Jennifer’s husband, Austin, is a part-time security officer at Beaumont. They have four children. Jennifer enjoys reading, going to church, and participating in the Ladies Ministry. Her favorite TV includes the Lifetime Channel and All My Children. David Mustin has been Beaumont’s Vice President of Finance since 1989. He earned his BBA at West Chester University and his MBA at Temple (go Owls). He is also a CPA and an NHA in Pa. Married to a nurse (Debbie), he is the father of two boys and a girl. David spends his spare time chauffeuring children and watching their sporting events. The children are avid ice skaters and hockey players. They skate out of the Wissahickon Skating Club in Chestnut Hill. David serves on the club’s board. Adassa Samuels is a housekeeper in the Health Center. Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, she moved to the U.S. over 20 years ago. She likes going to church, cooking, and visiting her eight grandchildren. Mimose St. Fort was born in Haiti and came to the U.S. in 1981. She is a CNA in the Health Center. Mimose is married (Matthew) and has three children. Her interests include church, singing in the choir, reading, and taking a yearly vacation with her sister. 15-year employees are Warren Gillings, Director of Facilities; Bounnet Khounsady, housekeeper; Renee Gorman, housekeeper, and Anne Hill, housekeeper. 10-year employees are Sonya Clarke, clerk in Food Services; Dwight Langley, cook; Ger Vang, laundry attendant; Carol Theorgood, LPN, and Patricia Derrick, RN.
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Joan enjoys singing, going to church, reading the Bible, and listening to gospel music. Her favorite TV shows are Law and Order and Forensic Files. Darryl Dick has been the Housekeeping Supervisor for 20 years. Known as “Mr. D” for his disc jockey work on the weekends, Darryl enjoys music, soccer, (as a player as well as spectator), basketball, and football. He was born in Trinidad and moved to the U.S. in 1984. He is married to his longtime girlfriend and they have a 9-year-old son. Robert Foster, better known as Rob, is a relief cook in Food Services. Born in Jamaica, he moved to the U.S. in 1982. Rob is married with three children. He enjoys cooking at Beaumont and eating curried chicken at home with his kids. His favorite TV show is 24. John Henry has been a member of the Dietary department for over 20 years. An avid sports fan, John lives and dies with the Phillies and Eagles, and enjoys bowling with his friends. His next adventure is a trip to Canada for a five-day cruise for his 48th birthday this summer. Dolores Hill had a 10-year career as a housekeeper and has spent the last 10 years as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in our Health Center. Born in St. Mary’s, Jamaica, she moved to the U. S. when she was 23. Dolores is married to Barry, one of Beaumont’s sous-chefs, and they have four children, all of whom have worked at Beaumont at one time or another and two of whom, Steve and Althea, continue to work in Dining Services. Dolores enjoys singing and spending time with her six grandchildren. Louise Hughes (Weezie) began her 20-year career at Beaumont in Dining Services, transferred to Resident Services, and is now the Marketing Assistant. She is married and has two athletically accomplished sons. Her interests include reading,
Some facts on bird migration
Caribbean or take a transatlantic route to South America. Some species take one route north and another south, while others follow the identical route going both north and south. Does the name arctic tern ring a bell? They are famous for their migration route from the high Arctic across the Atlantic Ocean, then south, skirting the west coast of Europe and Africa until they reach the Antarctic, where they winter. They return following the east coasts of South and North America. We have all heard about the ruby-throated hummingbird’s migration route to the north, which carries it over many hundreds of miles of the Caribbean Sea. Actually, many of our song birds also follow this route along which many thousands are lost because of storms. Going south they generally follow a route along and over Central America. For many years not much was known as to where various species wintered. As the study of scientific ornithology increased, due in large part to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, knowledge of individual North American species has grown. Only in the last few years have experts discovered the wintering area of the Kirtland’s warbler in the Bahama Islands. Various species travel thousands of miles during migration. The aforementioned arctic tern travels about 11,000 miles in each direction. The record for non-stop flight is held by a bar-tailed godwit—in 8 days it flew nonstop 7,242 miles from Alaska to its winter quarters in the South Pacific. Such feats prompted Robert E. Gill Jr., a biologist who headed the godwit study, to observe, “The human species doesn’t work at all these levels. So you just have to sit back in awe of it all”—a quote that can be applied to the many facets of migration.
By Hank Hallowell How often have you heard someone say, “What are all the robins doing here?” Most of the large groups of robins we were seeing in February and March are migrants from farther north. Generally our summertime regulars have moved south, not as far as most migrants, but miles south nevertheless. It is thought robins move only for a food source. Many will stick around for the winter weather, providing there are plenty of berries for them to eat. There are many types of bird migration, depending on the species. Most go north to south in the fall and south to north in the spring. Some others in the southern hemisphere reverse this pattern. Some birds migrate over vast stretches of water, while others fly high over mountains. Song birds usually fly at night and rest during the day, while birds of prey usually migrate during the day, except when they can find thermals on which to soar and rest at night (except owls). Altitudinal migration is limited to a few species in the United States. Our mountain plover spends the summer high in the western mountains before migrating down to the plains for the winter. In South America, ornithology is lagging compared with the U.S., so there may be hundreds of examples that we don’t know about that fit this category, besides the beautiful, resplendent quetzal. Different species take various routes on their migrations. Some follow the land mass through Mexico and Central America, some fly across the Gulf of Mexico, others island-hop through the
mirror frame, located over the mantel in the original Dining Room; the fountain spout, located in the Liseter Patio pool fountain; and the statue of the lady wearing a hat, located on the Liseter Patio with her back to the Music Room.
Voting in the Pennsylvania primary election will be held in Beaumont’s Music Room on Tuesday, May 19, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. As the primary approaches, the League of Women Voters will drop off profiles of the candidates running for election. *
The Salon at Beaumont now offers pedicures and waxing services on the first Monday of every month. For appointments, call 610-542-2006. As usual, the Salon is closed Mondays for other services; open Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Winner of the April’s Treasure Hunt contest, part 2, was Frank Boyer, who had also won part one. Frank received a $25 gift certificate to our gift shop for correctly identifying: the carved wooden lady of the
The deadline for the June 2009 issue of the Beaumont News is May 10. Please sign your story and either turn it in at the front desk or e-mail it to Mary Graff at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Beaumont News team is interested in items about residents, services, and activities at Beaumont. Many of our neighbors have interesting tales to tell, about their lives or careers, experiences or travels, but hesitate to come forward with them. Please feel free to rat on your neighbors. The News welcomes suggestions for interviews. It is the responsibility of the editors to correct and edit copy in keeping with Beaumont News standards. Contributions, suggestions, and comments are welcome and necessary for the success of the Beaumont News. HOW TO GET A LARGE PRINT EDITION OF BEAUMONT NEWS If you would like to receive the Beaumont News in large print, please leave your name at the desk in the front lobby. A copy will be placed in your mailbox. 8