Volume X, Issue 2
A NEWSLETTER FOR THE SPRINGMILL COMMUNITY
Mayor Ken Branner Visits Springmill On a mild, rainy mid-January morning, a standing-room-only audience eagerly awaited the arrival of Middletown Mayor Ken Branner for his annual “heart-to-heart” discussion with residents of Springmill. Mayor Branner arrived shortly after 10:00 a.m. accompanied by Kristen Krenzer, Public Relations Officer for Middletown.
Adult rental apartments would be in demand but that this is not the location for such a project. Existing occupants of the Professional Center are concerned that having a residential community in that location would detract from the original concept of the Center. The Mayor then updated the attendees on plans for new businesses within Middletown. On the east side of town, near the police station, work is underway on Christiana Care which will result in an emergency care facility by the end of 2012 followed by a 250-bed hospital in the next couple of years. HealthSouth is waiting for final approval on a 32-bed rehabilitation center which will be constructed directly across Rte. 299 (Main St.). Preliminary plans for a hotel and 2 office buildings for medical use will complete the eastside expansion.
A majority of the 75-minute meeting was devoted to discussing the Active Adult rental property project that developer Patterson Schwartz is planning to propose for the central portion of the Middletown Professional Center which is located just across the northern border of Springmill Drive. The Springmill Board of Directors recently sent a letter to the Middletown Mayor and Council expressing opposition to this project. (See Pg 5: Notes From Your Board) .
On the west side, the one million square foot Amazon Distribution Center on 76 acres is officially approved and site preparation work has already begun for an October 1 completion. The Amazon Center will result in completing Industrial Drive and Merrimac Road which will allow truck Continued on Pg 26 access to Route 301 from Levels
The Mayor reviewed the project and displayed charts showing the location of the two three-story apartment buildings as well as an artist’s conception of the buildings. He mentioned that there had been no formal plan submitted for the project at this time. He also stated that it was unlikely this project would be approved because it would require a zoning change from Commercial to Residential and a variance is needed because sufficient parking spaces are not available. He mentioned that Active
Sentinel Index Mayor Ken Branner Visits Springmill..............................Pg. 1 Committee Reports...........................................................Pg. 3 Notes From Your Board (Bob Lhulier).............................Pg. 5 Town Meeting.....................................................................Pg. 7 NCCo Library Update........................................................Pg. 7 First State Choral...............................................................Pg. 8 Cultural Events..................................................................Pg. 9 Recycled Card Program....................................................Pg. 9 Thoughts to Ponder.........................................................Pg. 11 Meet Your Neighbor (G. Diaconyanis & P.A. Wilson)...Pg. 13 Hummers Parade.............................................................Pg. 14 New Year’s Eve with Sky Brady.....................................Pg. 15 CEC Committee................................................................Pg. 17 Charity Committee...........................................................Pg. 17 Book Review (Kid Carolina)............................................Pg. 19 Restaurant Review (Cantwell’s Tavern)........................Pg. 19 Bear-Glasgow YMCA.......................................................Pg. 21 Living Green (Light Bulb Phase-Out)............................Pg. 23 Advertiser’s Spotlight (Atlantic Veterinary Center)......Pg. 25 Computer Tutor (Apple Computer))...............................Pg. 25 Vial of Life.........................................................................Pg. 26
Happy Valentine’s Day Happy Valentine’s Day to all our Springmill ladies. Thank you for all you have done to make Springmill a better place to live. You have participated in all facets of Springmill life from President of the Board to committee heads, committee members and volunteers. You have also shown your care and creativity in several clubs. Many of you are very caring neighbors helping out the sick, the lonesome and the elderly who live around you. Your thoughtfulness is overwhelming and very well appreciated. Springmill is a better place because of each and every one of you and “us guys” do want to say Thank You and Happy Valentine’s Day. Joe Grippo
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Springmill Sentinel Staff Editor: Dick Rausch Treasurer: Joan Schopp Secretary: Janet Geftman Production Manager: Joe Grippo Business Manager: Carol Geiger Advertising: Anne Currie, Jerry Ryan, Pat Steskal, Bert Dekker Staff: Mary Jo Starrett, June Stemmle , Sonya Comstock, Julie Hambrecht, Joe Grippo Directory: Julie Hambrecht Distribution Manager: Phyllis Torgersen Calendar: Tracey Lund
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Committee Reports The 2012 Springmill Annual Directory is at the printer. It will be distributed with the February Sentinel. An unusually high number of email changes were made in December, in part due to residents installing Verizon FIOS. As a result, these changes will be included, as an insert, with the new directory. It is suggested that residents immediately apply these changes to the directory to keep it current.
Springmill Homeowners Association Board of Directors Bob Lhulier, President Bob Gross, Barb Kelly, Fred Bodden & Carl Rifino Board Recording Secretary: Janet Geftman Community Manager Tracey Lund 801 Windmilll Lane 376•5466 Tracey.Lund@mamc.com
Joe Grippo reviewed the editorial plan for February. The front page of the February issue will feature a Valentine’s Day message and a report on the community meeting with Mayor Branner.
Clubhouse Committee Julia Hambrecht Communications Committee Dick Rausch Community Events Beverly Strong/Peggy Andrews Finance Committee Cal Reuss Property Committee Carolyn Bodden Maintenance & Repair Committee Annie Hall Charity Committee Maria Corvino
The Mission Statement of the Communications Committee was reviewed at the request of the BOD. After discussion, the following statement was adopted: “The Springmill Communications Committee was established to transmit information of common interest to residents of the community”. It was decided that adding the specifics of how this is accomplished is outside the realm of a mission statement. Phyllis Torgersen mentioned that backups for block captains were needed. A request will be placed in the next Sentinel, although several committee members volunteered on the spot.
Anyone wishing to join a Committee should contact the Chairperson of that Committee.
Carl Rifino mentioned that he has undertaken an ad hoc effort to increase volunteerism at Springmill. There was extensive discussion on how this will be accomplished. It was agreed that networking was an important element. Recruiting new residents soon after they arrive was also mentioned.
•• Please note: All committee meetings and activities using a Clubhouse room must be cleared with Tracey Lund of the Management Office at 376•5466. Other Important Information Calendar: Tracey Lund Family Emergency Numbers: Pat Howe, JoAnn Stump Social Singles: Peg McMullen Sunshine: Mary Elizabeth Rhoads/Faith Altman
The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Clubhouse Craft Room. Joe Grippo will chair this meeting in Dick Rausch’s absence. Residents are welcome to attend.
Communications Committee The January meeting was held on the 10th with 10 committee members in attendance. Carl Rifino began his three-month assignment as liaison at this meeting. All committee members heartily greeted Carol Geiger on her return after a 4-month absence due to illness.
Clubhouse Committee The Clubhouse Committee met on January 6, 2012. As we approach the end of 2011 we want to thank everyone who helped out with the committee during the year. Sarah Money has become a new member of the committee and we welcome her. As requested, we submitted our mission statement to the Board of Directors. The Committee voted (with the approval of Maria Corvino, Charity Chairman) to collect all used occasion cards to donate to the St. Jude’s Children’s Ranch. (See Pg 9: Recycled Card Program)
Joan Schopp gave the Treasurer’s Report. Sentinel income for December 2011 was $1,195. Income after expenses was almost $334. Just over $12,000 was contributed to the Springmill General Fund in 2011. Prior to the meeting, Business Manager Carol Geiger was brought up to date on the advertising situation by Bert Dekker. Carol reported that there will be 40 advertisers in the February Sentinel. Follow-up for advertiser renewals for the coming months is in progress. Advertiser renewals are strong with many advertisers opting for one year commitments.
The Clubhouse Committee is asking everyone who has an event and is finished with the vacuuming to please empty the canisters. Last month Stan Heer was kind enough to take apart the vacuums and clean them thoroughly. It is important to keep everything in good Continued on Pg. 5
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working order so that we can continue keeping the clubhouse clean and presentable at all times.
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I thought I would take the time this month to update you on the status of the proposed development of the Middletown Professional Center. This information is current as of late January.
The Pool/Poker Room and Library have been painted. Gerry Crennan also replaced three blinds in the Pool/Poker Room. Larry Daigle has purchased a small cabinet to keep pool accessories and playing cards. The rooms were closed for a couple of days and we want to thank everyone for their cooperation. The goal of the Clubhouse Committee is to keep the Clubhouse in good working order and updated so that all residents can be proud when they show their friends or potential buyers into the Community.
You will remember, after the November 30th presentation to the community by Duncan Bob Lhulier Patterson and his associates, a survey was taken to determine the “sense” of the community on the issue. Approximately 80 residents responded with 90% in opposition, 5% in support and 5% undecided. As a result, the Board unanimously approved a motion in opposition to the proposed addition of the 72 fifty-five and older apartments within the Middletown Professional Center complex. Since no standing committee had jurisdiction over the issue, an Ad Hoc committee was established to research the issue and report back to the Board on the best way to proceed. The Middletown Professional Center Oversight Committee was formed and is made up of the following: Ed Bachtell, Sandy Corrozi, Bob Gross, Bob Jackson, Kathy Kobus, Bob Lhulier, Lee Rosenson, and Pam Stevens.
Again we want to remind everyone that it is difficult to maintain the temperature in the clubhouse so that everyone is comfortable. We are trying our best. We urge you to dress in layers and bring a sweater with you, especially in the evening. If you use any of the facilities and see one of the residents who helps keep everything working, please show them your appreciation. The Clubhouse Committee is always looking for volunteers to help with various projects and any ideas for improvement. Please contact Julie if you are interested in joining the committee, or feel free to come to our next meeting on Friday, February 3, 2012 at 1PM.
This group has met and established a game plan to deal with the issue. Bob Jackson & Lee Rosenson have met with the Town officials and informed them of the opposition of the community and they have been briefed on the process by which the Patterson group must apply for approval of their plan. The committee drafted a letter to the Mayor and Council, a copy of which was distributed to the community. Sandy Corrozi & Pam Stevens visited all of the commercial buildings currently in the Professional Center and provided them with a copy of our letter. Incidentally, many of the current occupants were unaware of the planned development. Bob Gross has made sure that the community is on the list of interested parties to be notified of any filings related to this planned development.
Property Committee POND D-This is the pond in front of the clubhouse. We are in the process of having this area cleaned up in order to keep it functional as a storm management pond. It certainly looks better already. Much debris, woody vegetation, and cattails have already been removed. (No bodies were found) This spring the phragmites in the pond will be sprayed to prevent spread of these unwanted guests. All the inlets and outfall structures are to be clear of sediment and debris according to State regulations. The Town will then perform all future maintenance of this pond. We will still be responsible for any mowing or vegetation control up to the edge of this area.
On January 17, 2012 Mayor Branner met with the community, as he does annually to update us on what is going on in Middletown. In this case he wanted to address our concern raised in a letter to the Mayor and all Council members. In his talk to the assembled residents, he outlined the technical process through which the Patterson group must pass in order to gain acceptance by the town. He indicated that not only was a zoning variance required but also the Board of Adjustment would have to grant waiver of the parking requirement in order for any plan submitted to be approved. After speaking to the technical aspects of the process, he then said, in answer to a question about the odds that this will not happen, “It’s 99 and 44/100 percent sure” paraphrasing the old Ivory Soap slogan. The council will not approve any plan that changes the current scheme from a commercial zoning to a residential setting. He reiterated the position that he and town council were committed to the long term plan made with McKee in order to maintain the current community character.
LANDSCAPE GUIDELINES-The committee should be finishing up a review and revision of the Landscape Guidelines. We have added four or five new additions in 2011 and some in 2012. ALL OF THESE REVISIONS ADD TO WHAT THE HOMEOWNER CAN DO TO THEIR GARDEN AREAS. Nothing has been subtracted or changed to deny requests. Once we are finished, the new revision will be submitted to the BOD for final approval. Copies will be distributed to all Springmill Residents. SHED-Final plans are coming together for a shed for all our gardening stuff. After the base is down we will be having a shed that is identical to the MRC one placed nearby. My garage will be so happy.
As they say, “It ain’t over till it’s over” but the take away from this experience is that quick action by the community and prompt response by the Board has resulted in nipping the situation in the bud. We are reminded of the importance of community support for any action taken by the Board. Showing support by way of attendance at public meetings was key to demonstrating our opposition to this effort.
Editor’s Note: Finance Report is on Pg. 7 and the MRC did not report this month.
Bob Lhulier Editor’s Note: Board Motions - Pg. 26
Around Town Library Update…February
Town Meeting At the first town meeting of the New Year, Duke Realty presented new plans for overflow parking at the Amazon facility. Parking will be available for over 2,500 vehicles on the 76+ acre site. Approval was given by the town council. Construction is expected to start shortly. A $4 million grant was received for this project.
Listed below are the on-going programs at NCC Southern Library, located in Pettinaro Building on 651 North Broad Street. Phone number for information or registration is (302) 378-5588. Should you want to get the updated information, you will need to go to www.nccdelib.org and click on June Stemmle “Happenings” for the seasonal changes. Of course, we will also highlight programs of interest in your monthly Sentinel.
McDonald’s will be totally renovated by Pollard Engineering Co. so that it becomes more of a casual dining restaurant rather than a fast food eatery. The present seating of 135 seats will be reduced to allow for more comfortable chairs. Landscaping will be added to enhance the building. McDonald’s is expected to remain open during construction.
The NEW hours at the library are: Mon. 10 -8, T & W 1 8, Th & F 10 - 5, closed on Sunday. NOTE: The library will be closed 2 days in February; Feb. 6 and Feb. 20.
Jim Young, Salvation Army representative, thanked the town council for their participation in the December fundraising event. He also thanked the 150 volunteers who rang the bell. There was a 16% increase in collections, and a total of $25,000+ was collected.
• Third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM The February 15th selection is “My Name is Mary Sutter” by Robin Oliverira. • Writer’s Block at 6:00 pm Tuesday, February 8. • Paper Crafts at 6:00 pm Tuesday, February 21 • Alternate Tuesdays at 7:00 pm Knitting Circle • Second Saturday at 10:00 am Sew-Be-It Quilters (novice & experienced quilters welcome).
Young’s BBQ expressed a concern about allowing street vendors to compete with small businesses in town. While small businesses have major expenses in operating costs, street vendors escape these costs and can sell their product at a lower price. He asked the council to consider an ordinance which would restrict street vendors from becoming part of the daily scene. The town council will work with small businesses to protect their interests.
Programs for adults in the Community Activity Center…must register • Armchair Travel Saturday, February 11 at 2:00. Jane Fencer explores travel • Delaware Money School Check February’s topic at 1800-267-5002 • Country Line Dancing $36 Six 1-hour classes on Tuesdays from 6-7 pm for beginners and from 7 - 8 pm for advanced. • Zumba Fitness Saturdays in February from 10:15 11:15 pm $6 per class; can drop in • Zumba Gold Saturdays in February from 12 - 1:00 $6 per class; can drop in • Mat Pilates Thursday 7:30 - 8:15 $18/month
The police report mentioned that two garage door windows were broken on a Springmill resident’s home located on Springmill Drive. Sonya Comstock
Finance Committee The finance committee met on January 18th with 8 committee members in attendance. Fred Bodden attended as the BOD liaison along with Carl Rifino, treasurer.
There are three special “family” programs slated for February. Registration is required…all it takes is a phone call to the library. • Valentine Fun with Chef Freeman Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6:00 pm; decorate cookies & story. • Endangered Species: Ellie the Elephant (ages 3 & up) Friday, Feb. 17 at 10:30 am Meet a life-size blow-up baby elephant, make a handprint elephant, make a paper plate elephant, and more. • The Mitten (age 3+) Friday, Feb. 24 at 10:30 am Learn about animals in winter. • Movers & Shakers (walking to age 4) Tues. or Thursday, 10:30 - 11:15 $18/mo.
We discussed having an independent auditor evaluate our financial position. To date, we have used the auditor associated with MidAtlantic Management Company. It was voted that we recommend to the BOD that we hire a CPA to advise us on the benefits of using our own auditor and if so, what criteria should be used as the process of selecting the auditor. Treasurer, Carl Rifino, presented a proposal from the BOD that a committee be created to look at all of Springmill’s mature assets. This committee would evaluate when the assets need to be replaced and create a plan for implementation. This committee will be developed from volunteers from the various existing Springmill committees. The next finance meeting will be held on February 15th at 3 pm.
RESIDENTS ARE OUR BEST REFERRALS!
Cultural Events Fri. Feb. 3 - 8 p.m. – “Bettye LaVette” – Soul singer for four decades – performed at the Kennedy Center – Tickets $25-$33 Wed. Feb. 8 – 8 p.m. – “Bruce Hornsby” Piano/ singer/songwriter – Grammy winner – Tickets - $33-$41 Fri. Feb. 10 – 8 p.m. – “David Lanz” – Contemporary instrumental legend – New Age music - over two decades.Tickets - $29-$36 Sat. Feb. 11 – 8 p.m. – “The Tschaikowski St. Petersburg State Orchestra” – Direct from Russia – program includes works by Ravel, Prokofiev – Tickets - $33-$41 Sun. Feb. 12 – 3 p.m. – “Ladysmith Black Mambazo” – South African group – gospel music – performing for four decades – Tickets - $31-$38 Wed-Sun – Feb. 15-19 (matinee & evening performances) – “Late Nite Catechism” – Funny play takes the audience back to their youth. The Sister teaches class to the audience rewarding them with nifty prizes. Tickets - $12-$24 Fri. Feb. 17 – 8 p.m. – “BauSoleil avec Michael Doucet & Marcia Ball” – musical tour of the American South and Gulf Coast and a bit of Texas roadhouse and Louisiana dance hall. Tickets - $30-$39 Sun. Feb. 19 – 7 p.m. – “Original Tribute to the Blue Bros.” humorous, swinging and some sing-alongs. Tickets - $28-$36 Sat. Feb. 25 – 8 p.m. –“Champain Fulton Quartet” – jazz pianist and singer – Tickets - $26
Middletown Everett Theatre Fri/Sat – Feb. 3 & 4 - 7:30 p.m. - “Sherlock Holmes” – PG13 Tickets $6 Middletown High School - Feb. 24 - 25 March 1-3 (Friday-Saturday, Thursday-Saturday) - 7 p.m. “Anything Goes” -Tickets - $10 Adults, $8 Children/Seniors - Assigned seating Odessa Corbit-Calloway Memorial Library - Sun. Feb. 12 – 2 p.m. – ”Journey from Africa to the Americas” – using music, song, dance and stories as medium. Presentation by Kamau Ngom. Free Smyrna Opera House, 7 W. South Street , 302-653-4236 Sat. Feb. 11 – 6 p.m. – Midnight - “8th Annual Arts Cotillion – Hooray for Hollywood!” – A full evening of entertainment – music by The Glass Onion , auctions – live and silent – food and drinks and lots of dancing. Fundraiser - $90 pp Sat. Feb. 25 - 7:30 p.m. – “Smyrna’s Got Voice – Round 1” – Root for your favorite singer. Local and regional artists competing. Winner declared – April 21 – Tickets - $13 Dover Schwartz Cente, 226 S. State St., (302) 678-5152 Friday, Feb. 17 – 7 p.m. – “Journey of the Spirit – Celebration of African American Heritage – The Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Delaware State Univ. Chorus and Wesley College Chorus perform. Tickets - $35/$32
DuPont Theatre, 1007 N. Market St., 302-656-4401 January 31-February 5 - Matinee & Evening Performances - “Blast” – This show brings outdoor pageantry to the stage using athleticism, musical talent, kaleidoscopic movement and showmanship into its performance. Tickets - $40-$70
Ardentown New Candlelight Theater, 2208 Millers Rd., 302-475-2313 January 27 – March 11 - Matinee & Evening Shows “Miss Saigon” Set in Saigon during the Vietnam War, this musical deals with drama, impossible romance and an historic setting. Tickets - $50 – includes dinner.
Delaware Theater Co., 200 Water Street, 302-594-1100 January 18-February 5 - Matinee & Evening Performances “Time Stands Still” – A photojournalist and a foreign correspondent try to find happiness in a world that has gone crazy. They tell tough stories and when their own story takes a sudden turn, the couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life and everything changes. Tickets $45-$49
Wilmington Grand Opera House, 818 North Market Street, 302-652-5577 Thurs. Feb. 2 – 8 p.m. - “Rhonda Vincent and the Rage” – Queen of Bluegrass performing traditional and new music – Tickets - $28-$36
Sonya Comstock any time during the year you may drop them off at the Clubhouse Library. There will be a box with all information.
Recycled Card Program St. Jude's Ranch for Children takes donations of used cards to be recycled into new cards. The children participate in making new cards by removing the front and attaching a new back. The result is a beautiful new card made by the children and volunteers. These cards are then sold. The benefits are two-fold: the children receive payment for their work and learn the benefits and importance of "going green" and customers receive "green" cards. It started out as being only Christmas cards but they now are accepting cards from all occasions and thank you notes.
Donating tips: Ÿ All types of cards (Birthday, Thank You, Get Well, etc) Ÿ Only the front of the card will be used and the card should be cut at the fold Ÿ Cannot accept Hallmark, Disney or American Greetings Ÿ 5” x 7” or smaller is preferred If you wish any further information, please contact Julie Hambrecht. Julia Hambrecht
The Clubhouse Committee has agreed to sponsor this program. If you are interested in donating your cards at
Expiration Date: 5/31/2012
Expiration Date: 5/31/2012
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple. 24. The most important sex organ is the brain. 25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you. 26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?" 27. Always choose life. 28. Forgive everyone everything. 29. What other people think of you is none of your business. 30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time. 31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. 32. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch. 33. Believe in miracles. 34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do. 35. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger. 36. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young. 37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable. 38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion. 39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere. 40. If we all tossed our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd take ours back. 41. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now. 42. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful. 43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved. 44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. 45. The best is yet to come. 46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. 47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind. 48. If you don't ask, you don't get. 49. Yield. 50. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
Thoughts to Ponder On a Cold Winter’s Eve (Written by Regina Brett, 55 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio.) To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. I added 5 more when I turned 50. It is the most requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 55 this year, so here is the column once more: 1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good. 2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. 3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. 4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does. 5. Pay off your credit cards every month. 6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree. 7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone. 8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it. 9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck. 10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile. 11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present. 12. It's OK to let your children see you cry. 13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. 14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it. 15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks. 16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying. 17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today. 18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write. 19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else. 20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer. 21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, and wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special. 22. Over prepare, and then go with the flow.
You may not agree with all of these items but I am sure that many of them will provide “food for thought”. Dick Rausch
The Wine Stoppers Christmas Dinner One of Springmill’s wine tasting groups, “The Wine Stoppers”, held their annual Christmas Dinner at Café Gelato in Newark on Dec. 13. In a beautifully decorated private room, 16 of us were served a sumptuous meal which we all thoroughly enjoyed. We began with hors d’oeuvres: shrimp salad on croutons, bruschetta on crostini, and short rib on polenta, all served with J. Lohr Reisling and Stags Leap Merlot. For dinner, our first course was house-made lobster ravioli with a sherry cream sauce served with J. Lohr Reisling. Our second course was a salad of baby spinach, feta cheese, roasted walnuts, and sun-dried cherries tossed in a warm pancetta vinaigrette and topped with crispy onion. Our third
course was an intermezzo of lemon sorbetto. Our fourth course was an entrée choice of fillet mignon, rack of lamb, veal chop, or scallops served with St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon and Talbott Kali Hart Chardonnay. The entrees were prepared with delicious demi-glace, marinades, or beurre blanc and accompanied by creative sides. Our fifth course was a dessert of their famous chocolate hazelnut gelato with coffee and tea service . Restaurant owner Ryan German welcomed us and gave us interesting information about our dinner’s wines and why he selected them. Our servers were wonderful and efficient – and they even retrieved our coats for us! Café Gelato is an award-winning restaurant. Ryan learned to make gelato from artisans in Italy. Give it a try. Mary Jo Starrett
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Meet Your Neighbor It may have been that we fit their “wish list” criteria. Or it may have been George’s intuitive reaction when he and Peg pulled into Windmill Drive. Whatever it was, we’re glad that George Diacoyanis (dee ack o yan’ iss) and his wife of five years, Peggy Anne (who’s listed in the directory as Margaret…but DON’T call her that) Wilson are happy in their home at 144 Springmill Drive. Since I knew this would be in the February issue, I got very excited when I heard their story. It is perfect for the Valentine’s Day Sentinel. George and Peg originally met at a summer coffee house at Loyola College, sometime in the early 70’s, where George emceed the shows and performed on his guitar. A friend of Peg’s was also involved with this coffee house and introduced the two of them. Time passed, and in 1991, she met George again at the same girlfriend’s house. This time the friend and George had just started dating. Over the next ten years, a group of friends, including our threesome, got together every Saturday night. The guys played guitar and sang together, while the girls cooked and did crafts. The group also enjoyed vacationing together. (I’m giving you all this information for a reason, which will soon become apparent.) Then the relationship between George and Peg’s friend ended. Before too long, sometime in 2002, George and Peg (with her friend’s blessing) started “seeing each other.” Luckily, “seeing” didn’t last another ten years. The couple became engaged in 2005, and got married on September 23, 2006. Kismet…it took a while, but the right couple was finally together at the right time in their lives. It is the first marriage for both of them. In the intervening years, both had careers they loved. Peg worked at McCormick and Company Inc., in the Flavor Division, for thirty-five years. She started right after graduating from Wilson College. Her job dealt with Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs. Basically, that means, she made sure that what McCormick produced was safe to eat and met the rules and regulations of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Administration. The Flavor Division manufactures seasonings and flavorings for other American and international companies, which are used in foods (human and animal), soft beverages, and alcoholic beverages. One of her responsibilities was to verify that all the ingredients used in their products were legal for use and were labeled properly on the products label. Having a grandson with a peanut allergy, I know how important that labeling can be. George spent his career as a schoolteacher. His first teaching jobs were in the Baltimore City Public Junior High Schools. At this time, he also taught one high school chemistry class at Bais Yaakov School for girls. After nine years, he transferred to the Hartford County Public School System, where he taught chemistry and physics for 21 years. In addition to teaching, he was the head coach for varsity softball and the head junior varsity basketball coach. After a year of retirement, he decided to go back to his profession. He taught physics and was the Chairman of the Science Department at Seton Keough High School, for six years. I was very impressed with his science background because I loved science. I just wasn’t very good with the
math part…sort of important in chemistry and physics. Naturally these two clever, mature people knew what they wanted when it came time to choose a retirement home. Peg and George were both born, raised, and lived in Baltimore City their whole lives…except for college. Gradually, the demographics of their neighborhood changed. It became hard to see the area transform and have no power to turn things around. Initially they considered Pennsylvania but the tax situation in Delaware won out. They also wanted one floor, an over-55 community, and needed to be close to family and friends. They also wanted to be a manageable distance from their Maryland physicians, whom they’ve known all their lives. In 2007, both were ready to retire, so a move was in their near future…and they also knew they deserved a better situation than they had been dealing with in Baltimore City. They started their search in the Rehoboth/Lewes area. But traffic and distance precluded that move, so their search moved farther north. With their criteria in hand, they would first search on the internet, and then, on weekends, go “house shopping” to find their dream house. On their third trip (The third time is always the charm.), as they turned into Windmill Drive, George had a “gut feeling” that Springmill was the place. He was right. They moved into their home in July of 2009. Since moving, they have come to appreciate the “Mayberry” charm of Springmill and its residents. “Our neighbors are great! They continually surprise us with their caring, concern and helpfulness.” George and Peg have found some of the same characteristics as they dealt with local businesses… quite a change from Baltimore City.” The couple now has more time for some of their favorite leisure activities. George’s passion is acoustic guitar and folk music. If anyone would like to get together for a jam session, he’s listed in the directory. Peg enjoys cooking, playing card games, especially bridge, and raising “indoor” plants, including orchids. They even have a dieffenbachia plant, which looks like a small tree, which was started from a plant George’s mother received as a gift over sixty years ago. As far as vacation time, they’re happy anytime they’re in an oceanfront house in the off-season. The Outer Banks is a favorite area. Even though Peg has traveled to many places around the world, they have hopes of traveling together to Europe and other “exotic” places in the coming years. The couple said they had no “final thoughts” because things are never final…new things happen every day. Which in its own way is a great final thought. I’m sure these five-yearly weds will make lots of memories this coming year…especially on Valentine’s Day. We send all of you hugs and kisses on February 14th. Go make some memories. June Stemmle
Hummers Parade won first prize. Anything goes with this annual event which brings in people from afar who enjoy the creativity of the people on the floats. Nothing is too sacred to escape being part of the Hummers Parade, and parade goers enjoy seeing celebrities and politicians being mocked for their antics.
The New Year came in on a spring-like day, and about a thousand people lined the streets to see the annual parade. Leading was Jack Schreppler, the parade’s Grand Marshal for Life. Several floats demonstrated the sad state of the economy with its “Occupy Middletown” message. The floats also featured Casey Anthony, Bin Laden’s widow with a goat, the short-lived wedding of Kim Kardashian, the Eagles coach, Andy Reid, the Royal Wedding and the Davis family’s vintage fire truck which
Chris Chappelle & Marilyn Johnson
Judy Graff, Sonya Comstock, Chris Chappelle, Barbara Abrams, Herb & Cynthia Frank
Jack Schreppler Grand Marshall
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Sign Directs Visitors to Clubhouse
Chase Hamilton Feinberg
The Maintenance and Repair Committee (MRC) proposed replacing the sign advertising McKee’s Spring Arbor, which was located on a grass berm about 500 feet north of Windmill Lane. This sign was installed by McKee several years ago. It replaced the original sign directing potential buyers to the Springmill models and sales office. The Board of Directors approved the MRC proposal and a brand new sign was installed by members of the MRC in late December. The sign reads “Springmill Clubhouse NEXT RIGHT” with an arrow (→) pointing to the right. It will make it very easy for visitors coming to Springmill, from the north on US Highway 301, to find us.
12/20/2011 8 lb 7 oz. Proud parents Craig and Jessica Feinberg Proud grandparents Herman and Wilma Feinberg
New Year’s Eve With Sky Brady About 70 residents came to Springmill’s traditional New Year’s Eve gathering. Sky Brady kept the party hopping with a variety of music enjoyable to all, a reading of New Year’s resolutions, and a game full of laughter.
and the CEC for all their efforts to make this a very enjoyable evening.
Many thanks go to Bev Strong
The evening ended with the dropping of the Ball at Time Square heralding in 2012! Happy New Year!
Carolyn & Carl Rifino
Bill & Mary Sapp
Margaret & Clarence Bailey
Freda & John Mitchell
Jerry & Janet Geftman
Ginny Grippo & Sky Brady
Becky & Ed Bullock
Lorraine Mills & Ann Raymond
Anne & Andy Lucas
Sky Brady & Marily Johnson
Jim & Eleanor Schaeffer
Catherine McNeil & John Oppelt
Marily Johnson & Sonya Comstock
Herman Feinberg, Sandy Maguire & Herb Frank
Gil & Jean Royal
Herb & Cynthia Frank
Jennie & Bob Schreckengost
Victoria Mooney & Pat Frail
Charlotte Smith & Vera Bagnatori
Ruth & Bob Cohen
George & Claudette Latsko
Bill Noyes & Bobbie Kauffman
Anne Currie & Peggy Andrews
Don & Bev Strong
Bonnie & Tony Silva
Ann & Frank Basler
Fred & Maria Wendt
Sky Brady & Wife
Springmill Activities Book Club Choices for February Springmill Activity Contacts Book Club -Kay O’Day-Allen Bocce – Ann Lucas Bowling – Julia Hambrecht Bridge (Thursday Afternoon) - Joan Gross Bunco – Looking for a Coordinator Computer Resources – Dick Rausch Dominoes – Barb Kelly Golf - Fred Wendt Gourmet Club – Debra Kupper Jazzercise – Gail Rouiller Library – Julia Hambrecht & Eileen Bengermino Mahjongg – Barb Abrams Men’s Hearts – Len Brussee Men’s Poker – Tom Ferrara Men’s Pool – Bob Cohen Pickleball – Carl Rifino Red Hat Society – Kay O’Day-Allen Romeos - Nick Ciranni Rummikub - Jo Verni Social Singles - Peg McMullen/Phyllis Torgersen Tennis (Men’s/Women’s) -Terry Markisohn & Mark Verni Texas Holdem – Stan Heer The Timeless Travel Group - Glenda Schneiderman Water Aerobics – Ann Raymond/Tad Urban Welcoming Committee - Peggy Andrews Yoga - June Stemmle Please note: All committee meetings and activities using a Clubhouse room, must be cleared with Tracey Lund.
Community Events Committee One New Year’s celebration was not enough for the residents of Springmill. So we had another one on January 28th. We celebrated the Chinese New Year. The Year of the Dragon party was a great success. From soup to fortune cookies everything was delicious and who knew how much fun you could have with chopsticks and pingpong balls! Our thanks to Ann Newswanger, Wilma Feinberg and Pat Frail.
Book Club 1 (Deb Kupper/1st Wed.) This month we’ll be enjoying “Shanghai Girls” by Lisa See. Book Club 2 (Mary-Elizabeth Rhoads/4th Tues.) Our group will be discussing “Heart Mender” by Andy Andrews. Book Club 3 (Lydia Olson/3rd Mon.) Our book club is reading “Clara and Mr. Tiffany” by Susan Vreeland. Book Club 4 (Mary Jo Starrett/1st Wed.) We will be enjoying “Dreams of Joy” by Lisa See. Book Club 5 (Joan Gross/3rd Tues.) Our choice for February is “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave. June Stemmle
Charity Committee The Charity Committee received a letter from the Outreach coordinator at the MOT center. The letter indicates how much the gifts we gave from our holiday drive helped many seniors have a great holiday. I will post the letter in the clubhouse for everyone to read. With the cold winter months ahead and many of our Springmill community in Florida, help is still needed for the less fortunate. Putting out one or two cans of food can be of great help for those in need. We will be collecting for the Neighborhood House in February. A good deed is a reflection of a person's soul . Try to stay warm. Maria Corvino
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The festivities and fun will continue, so mark your calendar. FEBRUARY 18th “BELLA NOTTE” a beautiful night of Italian cuisine. Check the flyer in this month’s Sentinel for details.
Phyllis Torgersen, The Sentinel’s Distribution Manager, is in need of Block Captians to deliver The Sentinel. The job entails delivering about 25 Sentinel’s at the beginning of every month. If interested in volunteering, please call Phyllis.
APRIL 21st, there will be an evening of entertainment with TODD CHAPPELLE.
The CEC is always looking for new ideas for events for the resident’s to “HAVE A GOOD TIME”. If you have an idea you would like to share, we would welcome your input. No idea you can think of?? That’s OK, come to our meeting and hear what we are planning and how you can join in. The CEC meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 in the Craft Room. Please join us.
Thank You We wish to thank all our Springmill friends who have kept Carol in their prayers,provided meals, sent cards and visited during the last several months of her unexpected ordeal and subsequent rehab. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated more than we can adequately express.
Peggy Andrews Editor’s Note: Peggy Andrews will be Chairing the CEC for the next several months while Bev Strong is in Florida.
Mel and Carol Geiger
Kid Carolina: R.J. Reynolds, Jr.
Cantwell’s Tavern Odessa, DE
Heidi Schnakenberg The heir to the Reynolds tobacco industry was a man who made history of his own making. Not satisfied with just being a successor to the family riches, he was a Southern icon in his own right – a pioneer in business, engineering, politics and philanthropy. He enjoyed the fortune he inherited to the ninth degree and indulged himself with luxuries others could only dream about. Serving as treasurer of the Democratic National Committee, he is credited as single handedly securing FDR’s third term election and was Mayor of WinstonSalem. He earned his pilot’s license as a teenager from Orville Wright, developed countless renowned businesses, from Delta and Eastern Airlines to the World War II shipping cornerstone, American Mail Lines. He helped to shape American history. He had many successes, but marriage was not one of them. He was married four times but during these marriages, he never remained faithful, always wanting someone newer. His father died in 1918 when he was 12 and Winston-Salem shut down out of respect for a man who gave them employment and changed the way employers treated their employees. He was one of the first employers in America to implement a 9-5 workday, five-day workweek and to offer paid benefits, including health care, vacation time and on-site child care. Women were hired, the first black hospital in the South was subsidized, a saving and loan bank was started, and many other philanthropic endeavors were credited to the Reynolds family and continue to this day. During the mourning period, he remained with his mother at the Reynolds estate where all four children were sheltered from other young children. At 17 he left home and set out to sea on a freighter, not revealing his identity. His love of the sea stayed with him all of his life. When his mother met a much younger man and married him, Dick felt betrayed. He and his siblings were left orphans when his mother died. Dick was only 18, and they were raised by distant cousins. He enrolled at North Carolina State University but dropped out. Being tied down to someone else’s schedule was not his style. Dick became interested in flying, and love of aviation never left him as he was constantly flying around the world. He also cherished being on the ocean and owned many yachts in his life time. His three addictions – alcohol, Camel cigarettes and women – would eventually ruin his life. While he would do everything to help the town citizens survive through the Depression, he completely ignored his four sons with Blitz and two sons with Marianne. His personal life was a shambles, but he chose not to change and continued his pattern of leaving behind unfinished business everywhere. His health continued to deteriorate, and he died in Switzerland with his fourth wife at his side. While he was mourned in his home town of Winston-Salem, he was buried in Switzerland which seemed out of place for someone whose heart belonged to the sea. His fourth wife inherited everything while his sons were disinherited. To this day, the Reynolds continue the tradition of supporting Winston-Salem.
The long-awaited Cantwell’s Tavern opened in December just in time for the holidays. It really is a step back in time as patrons enter the former Brick Hotel, which has been restored to the time of 1822. The owner, Bob Ashby, and his son have completely renovated the building paying attention to the woodwork and finishings. The back of the tavern features a brick wall with old photos and the name of the tavern. Each of the small dining areas is inviting and cozy and tastefully furnished. An addition was added to the restaurant which houses the kitchen. Dining outdoors on the patio (not yet constructed) will be offered in the warm weather. The bar area has stools for those who enjoy drinks beforehand and offers British Punch, a very strong drink. It also has tables for patrons who wish to dine there. Upstairs there are several areas set aside for dining and a very cozy area just for sixteen guests for special occasions. Special events and weddings can also take place here. When the downstairs dining area is filled, patrons will be seated upstairs. On the walls in the back area are old framed photos of the region many years ago. More historic maps and photos will be added throughout the tavern. The menu offers a variety of tasty food beginning with “Starters” such as Deviled Eggs, Oven Baked Pretzels, Harvest Apple and Cheese Fondue, to the “Raw Bar.” A section called “Small Plates” offers a Cheese Board with a selection of Artisanal Cheeses and Charcuterie , Brick Oven Flat Breads, Steamed Mussels or Clams with a choice of broth. Garlic Shrimp and Andouille plus Smoked Trout Salad and Grilled Oysters are also part of the Small Plates menu. “Brick Oven Pizzas” with a variety of choices follow. Several types of sandwiches are available served with hand cut fries and are reasonably priced too. For those with large appetites, the “Large Plates” menu consists of Fried Oysters, Turkey Pot Pie, Broiled Crab Cakes, Grilled Salmon and Roasted Tomato, Sausage & Broccoli Rabe Ravioli and other tempting choices. A separate dessert menu is offered. An attentive server took our order, and it was served in a timely manner. No rushing of the patrons was observed. The menu contains items that are many years old such as Snapper Soup but also has She Crab Bisque and Butternut Squash Soup. Dining there takes one back in time when service and good food was expected. A casual but somewhat upscale dining is what is offered. Hours of Operation: Sun. 10-9; Tues, Wed, Thurs. 11:30-10; Fri, Sat, Sun. 11:30-11 p.m. Closed on Monday. Telephone No. 376-0600 Sonya Comstock
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Leading a healthier life is even more important as we age. A YMCA membership sets a person on the path to good health with a variety of exercises that improve flexibility in joints, improve cardiovascular conditioning and burn calories to help mature adults enjoy a full life. The plus side of belonging to the Y is not just doing exercise but experiencing a lifestyle which keeps all physically and mentally fit. The new Y in Bear-Glasgow is not your typical exercise center. It greets its members in a beautiful spacious lobby with two large flat screen TVs, a lounge area with complimentary coffee and tea and an adjoining area where different exercise groups hold special luncheons and get-togethers throughout the year. Only a few years old, the Y has 23,000 members and has already expanded its building. The benefits of a full membership are unlimited use of all 7 Y’s in Delaware; free fitness classes (Aquatic/Aerobic), free babysitting (1 ½ hrs.); Family and Older Adult Programs: free individualized fitness center orientation by a staff member; free “Smart Start” session – a goal setting session that starts a plan with a wellness center professional; free family swim and access to lap lanes (2 lanes open all day); new cardio equipment every three years; one indoor pool and two outdoor pools and volunteer opportunities. Full Membership Fees are debited monthly from a credit card and can be canceled at any time (with 10 days notice). If you rejoin within three months of having a membership, you do not pay a joiner fee again. However, if it becomes longer than three months, the joiner fee must be paid again. For adults (19-64), the monthly fee is $55, for seniors, the fee is $46. All pay a one-time joiner fee of $60. Do you think you cannot have a great workout in the water? (Temperature is always 84 degrees.) Water exercises benefit people of all ages and abilities. What water aerobics does is provide buoyancy and support for the body, making it less likely for the muscle, bone and joint to get injured. Since water supports up to 80% of your weight, it causes less strain on the joints, back and torso when compared to land exercises. Water aerobics builds up toned muscle mass throughout the
body. Results can be seen quicker than with land exercises. Dance the Zumba in the pool by joining the Aqua Zumba aerobics class. Want to improve cardiovascular conditioning? Water aerobics will do the job! Heart rate is maintained at a lower rate than with running. In one hour of aerobics, it is possible to lose about 450-700 calories. For those who suffer with arthritis, a special program has been designed to promote joint mobility. There are other types of water aerobic classes which include deep water workout and hydro-pump (shallow water). These classes meet in the morning beginning at 8:30 during the week for one hour. Not only does your body benefit from the classes, but the opportunity to meet other people is a nice added bonus. Water exercises are just one way to stay fit, while the Y offers other classes. For beginners to Intermediates, L.I.F.E. (Low Impact Fitness Experience) is perfect for seniors who are looking to improve strength, endurance, prevent muscle and bone loss while allowing you to retain your independence. Muscle tone is improved with the use of bands, hand weights and body bars. Life Strength is an education class for beginners to help gain strength as well as learn proper technique that can be carried into the fitness center and is beneficial to mature adults, recent rehab participants or anyone new to strength training. An adult wellness room has all types of exercise equipment, and a staffer will work with you to help with the proper equipment for you. Group fitness classes are also part of the Y program offering such sessions as Bodyflow – the Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates workout; Bodyflow Express – strengthens your core, lengthens your muscles and leaves you feeling centered and balanced. Beginner Spinning is a 30-minute class which provides a cardio workout. For those seniors who would like more movement, Zumba is the way to dance your way to fitness. Other classes are offered according to your ability and strength. If you are uncomfortable or unsteady in getting up from a chair or picking up something, have trouble keeping your balance, then take advantage of this functional training for older adults to help regain strength, balance and coordination. Feel much younger. Class time – Wednesday 10:30 – 11 a.m. (free). Eager to learn ballroom dancing – on Friday nights classes are offered beginning at 6:30-9:30 p.m, no partner necessary to participate. From 6:30-7:30, New Comers Waltz/Rumba. 7:30-8:30, Intermediate Fox Trot/Cha Cha: 8:30 – 9:30, Intermediate Tango/Samba. Sessions are seven weeks, and the cost is $56 per person. The Y is just off Rt. 40 West, near Rt 896 (about 12 miles from Springmill) and opens during the week at 5 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Saturday 6 a.m.– 8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Phone No. 302-836-9622; website: www.YMCADE.org. A healthy life style begins with YOU. Sonya Comstock
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Living Green Light Bulb Phase-Out What You Need To Know There seems to be a bit of confusion over incandescent light bulb phase-out so I thought I'd take a shot at clarifying things as much for my own education as anything. Legislation passed back in 2007 established a phase-out schedule for most incandescent bulbs; starting with 100 watt light bulbs in 2011 in California and on January 1 this year for the remainder of the USA. 75W light bulbs will be phased out next year and the 60W and 40W light bulbs will disappear in 2014. Although Congress threw a monkey wrench in the works in December 2011 in terms of the January 1, 2012, start date by delaying its formal commencement until October 2012, the nation's bulb manufacturers and major retailers have stuck to the original January 1 date. Consumers will still be able to buy 100 watt bulbs for a while, until stocks run out - which is expected to happen around mid-2012. From what I've read, some folks have been hoarding the darned things. Incandescent bulbs are incredibly energy intensive considering only 10% of the electricity they consume is converted to light; the rest is wasted as heat. Still, some people say they prefer the type of light they generate; but perhaps they haven't tried the latest generation of alternative lighting technology. It's certainly come a long way. New packaging requirements have also commenced where the term "watts" is replaced with "lumens". The reason for this is a watt is a unit of power, whereas lumen is a unit of light. While packaging will offer some sort of "wattequivalent" detail as well, here's how the new ratings translate for clear, frosted and soft white general service light bulbs. 100 watt = 1490-2600 lumens 75 watt = 1050-1489 lumens 60 watt= 750-1049 lumens 40 watt = 310-749 lumens This information comes from the American Lighting Association. The types of light bulbs we will be replacing our incandescent bulbs with will be either halogen or xenon hybrid bulbs which barely pass the new efficiency requirements; or Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) and LED bulbs - both of which blast past it, with a quality LED bulb being the king of efficiency and serviceable life.
CFLs are well established in the market and very reasonably priced these days. Given the increase of recycling points, the small amount of mercury CFLs contain has become less of an issue. LEDs are a different matter when it comes to quality. You just need to be careful what you purchase, particularly given their higher price tag. So why is there an attempt to delay the phase-out? The way I understand it is a few politicians and lawmakers whipped up a bit of a storm and the basis for their objection to the phase-out was largely based on freedom of choice and the usual cries of jobs and whatever else they could dream up. After much discussion and debate, a one-year bill was passed in December 2011, that states the Department of Energy won't be able to spend money on enforcing the requirements until October 2012. As mentioned, retailers and manufacturers are thankfully respecting the original January 1, 2012, date in relation to the production of incandescent bulbs of their own accord. Don't we have more than enough destructive items still freely available to us? This situation also goes way beyond the real or imagined rights of the individual. Imagine giving your children a high level of freedom of choice. Of course, you wouldn't do it; they would only get themselves in trouble. But we aren't children of course, we have much, much more common sense than our children, or do we? However, in the case of light bulbs, old habits die hard. Market forces may have driven the change eventually, but with a planet in crisis and this being reasonably low hanging fruit, it makes sense to write the phase-out into law and force positive change in a shorter period of time. After all, the greenest watt is the one you don't have to generate. In the US the switch away from incandescent light bulbs will have saved more than 300 terawatt (that is 12 zeros) hours of electricity and 300 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions from now to 2020; equivalent to permanently decommissioning a few large coal-fired power stations or permanently taking more than five million cars off the road. Keep using those alternatives to incandescent light bulbs to help us â€œLive Greenâ€?. Dick Rausch
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Atlantic Veterinary Center John Weiher, Jr., V.M.D. has been residing and practicing veterinary medicine in the area since 1997. The move to Middletown was brought about because of the many new housing developments and an excellent school district. Dr. Weiher’s responsibility is to diagnose animal health problems and perform tests such as blood tests, X-ray, EKG, ultrasound and stool tests. Another of his responsibilities is to prevent infections by vaccinating for diseases such as rabies and distemper. Because the animal is unable to speak about his or her problems, the process of elimination is the only way to diagnose what is wrong with the animal. An annual exam is necessary to keep your animal healthy and preserve good health for many years. Dr. Weiher’s office is similar to a human doctor’s office with state of the art equipment for all types of medical issues. He performs necessary surgery, medicates animals suffering from infections or illnesses and sets simple fractures. In addition, he provides some animals with special food because of health reasons.
Computer Tutor Take a byte of Apple Editor’s Note: Herb Frank, one of Springmill’s newest residents, has volunteered to write an occasional article on the world of Apple computing. I thought this would be a good contrast since most Computer Tutor columns are PCoriented and this should provide a nice balance. Herb has also volunteered to keep the Clubhouse Library’s Mac computer up-to-date. Herb starts off with: “A trip down memory lane ……” This is a column devoted to Apple computers and devices. I am a devoted Apple user since 1979. I do not profess to be an expert in all things Apple but rather a practical user of its products. My first computer was an Apple II+. It came with one external hard drive and 48 KB of memory. It had one disk drive. A KB is a kilobyte and is 1000 bytes. A byte is 8 bits. A bit is the smallest measure of data that a computer uses. Today’s computers (my Mac) have 2 GB of memory. A GB is a gigabit and is 1 billion bits. To print, you used a dot matrix printer. The quality and speed was a far cry from today’s printers. To use a program, you would insert a disk (called a floppy disk) into the external drive and wait until it loaded into memory. Then you ejected the disk and inserted another disk that the computer could write on when you saved your work.
Dogs age quickly and by seven are considered approaching old age. As humans need more medical care as they age, so do our pets. Dogs and cats may have dental problems that prevent them from eating that need the special care of a vet. A slight limp might indicate serious problems. Animals with special needs such as blindness and deafness and those who are diabetic require extra attention. Becoming a veterinarian is a very long, expensive process. There are only 28 accredited schools in the US. A bachelor’s degree is required with a background in animal science, and only one in three applicants is accepted. The cost is staggering $200,000. Once a student graduates from veterinary college, he or she can open a practice immediately. Opening a practice requires a major outlay in purchasing high-tech equipment necessary to operate a first class vet center. His wife, Maureen, serves as Office Manager and back-up receptionist, handles the inventory of medications and the financial aspects of the practice. Both Dr. Weiher and his wife agree that their greatest satisfaction is restoring a sick animal to good health again. Their office staff consists of Dr. Clare Lochstoer who works on Wednesday evening, Thursday morning and every other Saturday and three technicians who assist. An unpaid member of their staff is Lucky, a stray dog they found. His job is to welcome animals and their owners in a friendly calming manner assuring them they are in good hands with the doctor. He never barks or jumps on patients as they enter, but instead offers expressions of support. He knows animals are somewhat apprehensive when visiting the vet, but they settle down with Lucky at their side. Continued on Pg. 26
This was a slow and cumbersome process. But it was the best around and we were glad to have it. Sometimes a program needed two disks to load and you would switch disks often. My first purchase after the initial one was another floppy disk to avoid this and allow the computer to do this. You had to buy all your programs and disks. This prompted a new breed of user. One who learned the tips and tricks. They ranged from the simple and legal like cutting a notch in the disk to use both sides, to the complex and illegal like breaking the copyright provisions of programs and copying them for use by others. These were the first hackers. You could learn to program the computer in a language called basic. I learned to write a simple program that would produce a random number. I was a coder. Cool! From there I was introduced to simple programs such as Sargon II (chess), AppleWriter II (a word processor), VisaCalc (a spreadsheet) and my favorite Adventure (a fantasy game.) There was the Internet but it was not available for the home user. Later on we had bulletin boards. To connect to them you had to get a modem, which connected to your phone line and computer. Those modems were rated at 300 bits per second. I gradually replaced them as they became available until the (then) fast modem speed of 33.6 kbs in the 90’s. By contrast, today’s wireless routers or modems can stream data at 100 million bits per second. The computer would dial into Continued on Pg. 26 the bulletin board and
Continued From Pg 1: Mayor’s Visit Road. A Chick-Fil-A restaurant will be constructed this spring on a pad location
Vial of Life Since we have a number of new residents, our editorial staff thought this article, which appeared a few years ago, was worth reprinting. Of course, all the information was checked and updated.
in front of Kohls. Other possibilities for the Westown area are a Target Store and a movie complex in the distant future. Costco has been looking at a location in the Auto Park but this is very preliminary.
“Vial of Life is a FREE service provided to ALL seniors and disabled residents by the New Castle County Emergency Medical Services Division Paramedics. It is literally a “vial” that looks like a medicine container for pills. The vial and kit are available upon request by calling (302) 395-8184.
Within the downtown area, The Promenade will be rethought and a new plan submitted. The owners of the properties on either side of the railroad as you enter Middletown from the west are looking for tenants. Panera Bread has expressed interest but several other tenants would be required to make this happen. The Mayor made it clear that the quaint nature of the downtown area would be retained and that there were no plans to annex any additional land in the near future. The population of Middletown, which is now about 19,000, should not rise above 25,000 in the next several years. The Mayor will look into the long wait to get out of the community at the Springmill Drive traffic light. He also addressed the issue of the white blinking light on a tower in town, visible throughout Springmill, which should be red at night. He agreed this was an error and would be corrected shortly.
So, you ask, why should I bother to call and get this container? How will it save my life? The answer is simple. Should you have a medical emergency, the paramedics have been trained to check your refrigerator door for a “Vial of Life” magnet. If you have one, they will then open your refrigerator and head for the butter compartment. You read right…the butter compartment. If you’ve followed directions, that’s where you’ve placed the container with all your pertinent medical information inside: doctors’ names and phone numbers, prescriptions you’re taking, allergies, contact persons, etc. OK, this all sounds good, but nothing in life is free; what’s the catch? The good news is that there is no catch. The reason it’s free is that New Castle County has partnered with Walgreen‘s and Christiana Hospital, who are underwriting the cost. Community service is a wonderful thing. Many of our residents have already taken advantage of this program and brought it to my attention. Now, we’re sharing with all of you.
The residents applauded Mayor Branner’s honest, candid presentation and invited him back again. The Mayor mentioned that he enjoyed these sessions at Springmill and would return. Dick Rausch Continued From Pg. 25: Apple Computer
magically data would appear on your screen. You could have real time discussion with other members; play word games, read stories and view drawings made with letters from the keyboard.
It is now time to pick up your phone and start dialing. The life you save may be your own. June Stemmle
Then I heard about the Internet. It was available to college students, professors and staff. Then the bulletin boards began to offer Internet access. You shared access with other members. So often you would sit and wait for your connection. The Internet of yesterday was a far cry from today’s World Wide Web. It was not visual. It was only data streamed to your computer. There were no photos or videos or web pages. But it was a link to the outside world. You could access publicly available data at universities. You could email other users. You could communicate. As time progressed, so did computers and what they could do. The World Wide Web came into being and is now available to anyone with a computer or tablet to access it. It is a “Brave New World.” My next column will discuss today’s Apple products and why I feel they are so beneficial to seniors. Herbert Frank
Editor’s Note: Recently both June & Sonya wrote about also keeping a record of medications and doctors in the glove compartment of your car in case of an accident Also, it is a good practice to keep a list of emergency contacts in the same envelop in the glove compartment.
January Board Motions Ÿ Motion to waive additional fob fee to a new home owner with only one fob. Motion passed (4-0) Rifino absent Ÿ Motion to order a Gold Star Award to be placed on the Springmill entry sign. Motion passed (4-0) Rifino absent. Bob Lhulier Continued From Pg. 25: Atlantic Veterinary
The Center is located at Middletown Square Shopping Center. Phone 376-7506 – Hours of Operation: Mon. – 8:15-7:30 p.m., Tues/Wed/Fri – 8:15–6 p.m. Thurs. 8:15-5 p.m. Every other Saturday 8:15-noon. Sonya Comstock