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Volume XII, Issue 4


The Joy of Spring After a Long Hard Winter

April, 2014

New Sign at Entrance After being in place for over 12 years the old sign at the Windmill Lane entrance to Springmill was showing “signs” of age. The MRC and Board worked together to come up with plans for a new sign for which Springmill could be proud.

The winter of 2013 – 2014 was one of the cruelest in memory. It was the third snowiest in New Castle County history and there were a number of days with near zero and sub-zero wind chill factors. What made it even crueler was that, although, there were no major storms which dumped huge amounts of snow, there were small storms, almost weekly, from December through March which created almost continuous snowy and icy conditions.

The new sign was installed at the end of February. It is mounted between between two attractive brick columns topped with rustic lamps. The sign is another example of the Community Association’s desire to keep Springmill in the forefront of Active Adult Communities.

Those of us who were not lucky enough to spend some time in warmer climates envied our “snowbird” friends and relatives who got some relief on their trips to Florida, the Caribbean or Arizona. Major topics of conversation included the weather and when spring would finally arrive. I have always loved living in a climate where all seasons could be experienced. People in moderate climates never get the opportunity to truly enjoy that first perfect spring day after a long cold winter. The spring and autumn seasons are my favorites. Nature’s rebirth in April and May allow us to enjoy the new leaves after budding trees and the amazing colors of blooming plants from crocuses to rhododendron. Experiencing the fall colors as the leaves turn is a miracle of nature. The cool crisp days of autumn following the long hot days of summer complete the cycle of seasons.

Sentinel Index The Joy of Spring After a Long Hard Winter...................Pg. 1 New Sign at Entrance........................................................Pg. 1 Committee Reports...........................................................Pg. 3 Notes From Your Board (Barbara Kelly).........................Pg. 5 Middletown Council Election............................................Pg. 7 NCCo Library Update Spring............................................Pg. 7 Cultural Events...................................................................Pg. 9 Restaurant Review (Anthony’s Coal Fires Pizza).........Pg. 11 What’s Happening in Middletown..................................Pg. 11 Meet Your Neighbor (Nancy and Howard Heckman)....Pg. 13 Spring Expo Story and Photos.......................................Pg. 14 March in Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb...........................Pg. 14 Art at Springmill (Photo Essay) / Travel LOG /Trip......Pg. 15 Springmill Activities/Charity Committee ......................Pg. 17 Community Events Committee......................................Pg. 17 Library Use/Book Club Selections.................................Pg. 17 Book Review - Cemetery Girl …………..……….……..Pg. 19 Ten Years Ago - Home Prices........................................Pg. 19 What’s Cookin’ for Passover and Easter ....................Pg. 21 Classical Music Club ......................................................Pg. 21 Keeping the Faith (St. Paul’s United Methodist)...........Pg. 23 Advertiser’s Spotlight (Fox Rehab)...................................Pg. 25 Travel LOG (Costa Rica with the Freemans).................Pg. 25 Sports News / Free Taxi Filing for Seniors...................Pg. 26

Spring is a time of rebirth and revival, full of new possibilities. In Greek mythology, it was the time when Persephone (daughter of the Earth Mother Demeter) returned from the underworld and everything bloomed again. In the U.S., thousands of people flock to parks for "Hanami," the cherry blossom festival. Almost every culture, past and present, has some sort of ritual to celebrate the promise and fertility of spring. In ancient Rome, the lengthening of the day that followed the vernal equinox was marked by sacrifice to celebrate the death and rebirth of the fertility god Attis or in Greece the goddess Aphrodite. Not surprisingly, the egg -- the universal symbol of rebirth -- finds its way into many different types Continued on Pg 17: Joy of Spring


Residential / Office Cleaning

Lauri Richardson Tel (302) 379-9984 Fax (302) 368-1060 200 N. Dilwyn Rd. Newark, DE 19711

Springmill Sentinel Staff Editor: Dick Rausch Treasurer: Diane Daigle Secretary: Janet Geftman Production Manager: Dick Rausch 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

Please forward all articles & inquiries to:


Committee Reports continue to meet on a regular basis to go over our current tree situation. They volunteered for this task force and deserve our thanks for the hours they have invested on our behalf.

Springmill Homeowners Association Board of Directors Bob Lhulier, President Jim Merrill, Treasurer Barb Kelly, Fred Bodden, & Carl Rifino Board Recording Secretary: Janet Geftman Community Manager Tracey Lund 801 Windmilll Lane 376•5466

Our next meeting date, time and place have not been decided; consequently, I cannot extend an invitation to the community to attend our meetings at this time. Hopefully, by the next posting, we will have use of the clubhouse. Larry Daigle Vice-Chairman

Communications Committee

Clubhouse Committee Julia Hambrecht Communications Committee Dick Rausch Community Events Beverly Strong/Peggy Andrews Finance Committee Jim Crisfield Property Committee Carolyn Bodden Maintenance & Repair Committee TBD Charity Committee Maria Corvino

This month’s meeting was held on March 11 at the home of Dick Rausch. Ten people attended the meeting including Fred Bodden as Board Liaison. We welcomed Janet Herner as the newest member of the committee. The minutes for the February meeting were approved first matter of business. Diane Daigle presented the Treasurer's report. Five advertisers renewed their contracts and income exceeded expenditures by almost $600.00. The printer received payment directly from the Community Association for printing of the Sentinel March issue.

Anyone wishing to join a Committee should contact the Chairperson of that Committee.

Bert Dekker reported that there are 41 advertisers in the March 2014 issue. One business card sized ad (Mr. Fix It) will be added in the April issue. Janet Herner joined the committee as a Customer Service Rep.

•• 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

Dick Rausch provided an overview of the editorial content of the April Sentinel. New features are “Keeping the Faith” and a guest book review. Mark Holden will be featured in “Art in Springmill”. After discussion it was agreed that we would start a series on residents who collect various items starting with John Ernest’s Coin Collection.

Calendar: Tracey Lund Family Emergency Numbers: Pat Howe, JoAnn Stump Social Singles: Peg McMullen Sunshine: Mary Elizabeth Rhoads/Faith Altman

Finance Committee

Fred Bodden updated the committee on the Clubhouse repair situation. No estimate for reopening was given.

Due to the situation at the clubhouse, the Finance Committee met at Larry Daigle’s home again for the February meeting. Since the clubhouse situation is still ongoing, our next meeting location is undecided as of today.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 PM. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday April 8 at 7:00 PM at either the Clubhouse or 66 Springmill Drive. Residents are welcome to attend.

The reserve funding was looked at for the long term and found to be sound. Our committee will look at funding the reserve annually and recommend a course of action to the BOD dependent on the current year’s situation.

Dick Rausch

Clubhouse Committee

Our insurance policy is up for renewal in May. Cal Reuss and Herb Frank met with two brokers in March to review our current policy and renewal options.

The Clubhouse Committee met on March 13, 2014 The current pool furniture is now available for sale. Please see the enclosed flyer for information. We look forward to the arrival of our new furniture sometime in May before the opening of the pool. The renovation of the remainder of the clubhouse is still “a work in progress” and we are hopeful that it will be completed in the next few weeks. The painting and flooring have been finalized after months of planning. Continued on Pg 5

Because of the clubhouse situation, Tracy has been devoting a lot of her time dealing with a host of issues. Reviewing contracts and how they are being processed is on hold for now. Kathy Kobus and George Latsko of our committee



Committee Reports

Notes From Your Board

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By the time you read this I am hoping that we will be close to scheduling an opening date for the Clubhouse.

We are sure that you will all be pleased and happy to return to the daily activities that the clubhouse offers. By the time you are reading this the clubhouse will probably be close to reopening.

We especially appreciate how patient the community has been while waiting for everything to be completed. There were so many things beyond our control that it was particularly frustrating, at times.

Julie Hambrecht

Property Committee Spring is coming…….Please……Enough of that white stuff…

Getting all of the work scheduled and completed has been an arduous chore for many people. Julie Hambrecht and the Clubhouse Committee along with Tracey have spent many hours getting everything coordinated and we will soon see the results of all of their hard work.

SNOW REMOVAL- I have been reassured again by our landscaper that the ice melt used on our sidewalks, walkways and driveways is in the form of a Calcium Chloride product call “Landscapers Choice” which is safe for concrete, lawn areas and gardens. It is a salt compound that is non-corrosive and effective down to 15 degrees. All ice melts contain some form of a salt. Colors of this product can vary from green, yellow, white or clear and is by the bagful. We do not use Rock Salt or Sodium Chloride compounds in these areas.

We will send out a notice to let the community know the opening date as soon as we can. Again, thank you for your patience! Barbara Kelly

TREES-Just a brief update..... The Property Committee has already removed 30 street trees that caused sidewalk lifts. The areas of removal will be repaired with soil and sod this spring. We are now making plans to begin removing additional street trees that are causing sidewalk lifts as well as dead and diseased trees. There are no plans for replacing any street trees at this time.

Board Motions ● Motion made to look into dance floor issues in the renovation proposal to determine if there should be any changes made to the dance floor. Any revisions would have to be resolved in a week. Motion failed (1-4) Rifino :1 / Lhulier, Kelly, Bodden, Merrill : 4

In addition to the street trees being removed the PC is continuing to go forward on a plan with John Hosbach, Arborist, to address the common buffer zones in need of tree renovations. Hopefully we will have all our estimates ready shortly. Also, we will establish which area will have priority and an estimated time for the start of actual work. This plan will be put into a notice and then be distributed to the community when all the necessary information is available.

● Motion to accept the proposal , as submitted from Fire Protection Industries to repair fire sprinkler pipes . Motion approved (5-0) work by Springmill landscapers is not wanted during the season, to please, use the red flags. Please, keep the list of landscaping events handy as a reminder. This list was in the last Sentinel but Tracey can give you another one if necessary.

SIGNS-With the addition of two new signs on the highway entrances to Springmill we have already begun asking landscaping contractors for bids to re-landscape both areas. To date we have received four bids and will be choosing a vendor very soon.

E-MAIL-The PC is exploring the feasibility of using the e-mail to send out pertinent information concerning landscaping, snow removals, changes in schedule, etc. About 2/3 of our community has access to a computer. It seems like the most efficient way to communicate with the majority of the community quickly. We would ask for your consideration of a neighbor who does not have computer access, and let them know what is occurring. HAPPY GARDENING.

FLOWERS-We will be looking for volunteers again to plant annuals around the pool area and other areas of Springmill. Call me or e-mail me if you are interested. Thank you ahead for any time you can spare with planting. It is most appreciated. NEW RULE........Anyone passing by folks planting in Springmill cannot stop without offering the planters a cold drink. Snacks are optional. HA, HA.

Carolyn Bodden

Maintenance and Repair Committee No meeting was held in March. Normal schedule should resume in April. Location of meeting will be announced.

Spring clean-up of front garden beds has begun. Pre emergence and fertilizer on the lawns will be done soon and then the mowing will start soon after. Reminder: If any

Georgieanna Anderson



Around Town Town Council Meeting

LIBRARY UPDATE…Spring Edition - April

The opening of the meeting was set aside to celebrate the 25 years of our Mayor serving Middletown. Tributes came from the Governor as well as the House of Representatives. Rep. Bill Carson spoke about our Mayor bringing Middletown into the 21st century with retail stores, an emergency center,, the movie theater and other businesses. Downtown has never looked so good and welcoming to all. Senator Bethany Hall-Long applauded Mayor Branner for his tireless energy and dedication to improving the town over the years. Rep. Quinn Johnson added his congratulations to an excellent public servant whose only ambition was to improve Middletown to where it would become a role model for other towns. Along with the tributes presented, a cake was served to all.

Listed below are the on-going programs at NCC Southern Library. Phone number for information or registration is (302) 378-5588. The hours at the library are: Monday 10-8, Tuesday/Wednesday 1-8, Thursday - Saturday 10-5, and closed on Sunday.

June Stemmle

NOTE: The library will have no closures in April. ON-GOING PROGRAMS v Adult Book Discussion meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM. This month’s selection, Silver Linings Playbook, will be discussed on April 16. v E-book and Audio book tutoring by appointment during library hours. v Delaware Money School Call 1-800-267-5002 for monthly topic and to register. v Knitting Circle meets every Tuesday at 7:00 PM, for all levels of experience. v Sew Bee It Quilters meet the 2nd Saturday at 10:00 AM, for novice & experienced quilters.

The Town Council approved a new retail store (UNika Custom Creations) which will open at 10 W. Green St. The store will offer painted furniture, a retail paint line, shabby chic accessories and classes on how to paint furniture. Tracy Skrobot, Middletown Main St. Manager, thanked the town for repairing the sinkhole near the Everett Theatre. Middletown High School band leader, Brian Endlein, presented the Town of Middletown flag to the Mayor which was signed by all band members. He thanked him for supporting the band with their trip to London in December.

ADULT PROGRAMS…$$ and/or registration required

Future Businesses

v Senior Yoga Five 1 hour classes with Ashley Dennis $30/mo. Wednesday 10:30-11:30 AM. v Yoga four 1-hour classes on Tuesdays from 12-1:00 pm with Joy Holloway. $24 for the month. v Zumba Gold Sat. 10:30-11:30 $6 drop-in fee, instructor is Elisa Cordera v Defensive Driving Advanced Saturday, April 5 from 9-12:00 $27 v NCC Register of Wills Tuesday, April 1 from 5-7:45 (request an appointment time) FREE v Deciphering Medicare Monday, April 7 at 10:30 FREE v Home-based Start-up Business Wednesday, April 9 at 6:30 FREE v Food Skills Tuesday, April 22 & 29 at 1:00 FREE

HealthSouth has finally broken ground, and construction has begun with an opening date expected in the last quarter. Location is by the WaWa and across from the Emergency Center. CVS Pharmacy will start construction in early spring. Location will be in front of the Police Station. Texas Roadhouse Steakhouse will also start construction in early spring with location by the movie theater. Advanced Auto Parts is building a store next to KFC and construction has begun.

25th Anniversary – “Dead Poets Society” The weekend of April 5 & 6 will mark the 25th anniversary of the filming of the movie “Dead Poets Society” at the Everett Theatre. On Saturday, April 5, beginning at 5:30 p.m., lite fare will be served at The Annex along with a cash bar. Also included in this special weekend will be a raffle auction with many unique baskets and a silent auction. After the showing of the movie, desserts and dancing will follow at the Gibby Center. Music will be provided by DJ Retro-Active. On Sunday, April 6, the movie will be shown at 3 p.m. with the final raffle of auction baskets.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS…$$ and/or registration req. v Rhythm, Rhyme & Story Time (3+) Fridays at 10:15. FREE (no class on 4/18 & 4/25) v Exploration Station Friday, April 25 at 10:30 (ages 3+) hands-on math and science v Rags to Riches Theater Thursday, April 17 at 11:00 for all ages

For the Saturday event, tickets are $40 and on Sunday for the movie, tickets are $10. Tickets for both events can be purchased online at www.Everett

Reminder: The NCC Library offers eBooks and Audio Books for IPads, Android Tablets and smart phones. June Stemmle

Sonya Comstock




Cultural Events April 2014 MIDDLETOWN Everett Theatre Fri/Sat – April 6 – 3 p.m. - “Dead Poets Society” – Tickets - $10 Sat. April 5 – 5:30 p.m. – Midnight – 25th anniversary of the filming “Dead Poets Society” – Tickets - $40 Sun. April 6 – 3 p.m. – movie “Dead Poets Society” – Tickets - $10 (see separate article on event) Thurs-Sun. April 10-13 – 8 p.m. & 3 p.m. – “Esther” – presented by God’s Power & Light Co. – story of an orphan Jewish girl who becomes the Queen of Persia. Memorable music. Tickets - $14/$12

Fri. April 4 – 8 p.m. (Baby Grand) – “Nora Jane Struthers” – Traveling Carnival of acoustic Americana. High energy Nashville-based quintet. Tickets - $21 Sat. April 5 – 8 p.m. – “Carolina Chocolate Drops” – folk music band – Tickets - $31 Thurs. April 10 – 8 p.m. – “Evening with Southern Soul Assembly” – Four blues masters in a special evening of raw, rural blues and southern rock – Tickets - $31-$38 Sat. April 12 & Sun. April 13 – 7 & 2 p.m. – “Cinderella” – First State Ballet – Tickets - $28-$48 Sat. April 12 – 7 p.m. – (Baby Grand) – “Assisted Living: The Musical” – This two-person show tells the aging story from the inside with jokes that are pointed but not mocking. Tickets - $25 Fri. April 25 – 7:30 p.m. – Copeland Hall - “Classics 4” presented by the Delaware Symphony Orchestra – Tickets - $60 Wed. April 30 – 8 p.m. – (Baby Grand) – “Goo Goo Dolls” – An evening of Acoustic Music with Special Guest – Run River North – Tickets - $54

M.O.T. Senior Center Fri. April 4 – 5:30-8:30 p.m. – “Third Annual Spring Wine & Spirits Tasting” – sponsored by the Rotary Club – Tickets - $30 pp – Tickets can be purchased at the Sr. Center, Joyce Simmons Insurance Co. & Kreston Liquors. Middletown Main Street April 18 – May 11 Fri-Sun – “Sixth Annual Designer Show House” - Tickets - $15pp (see separate article for details)

NEWARK Chapel Theater, 27 N. Chapel St., 368-2041 / 368-2248 Evening – 8 p.m. – Matinee – 2 p.m. - Tickets - $10 April 25-May 3, 2014,“Agnes of God” – Reexamining faith after events in a convent.

SMYRNA Opera House, 7 W. South Street, 302-653-4236 Fri. April 4 – 7:30 p.m. – “Songwriters for the Stars” – Hit songwriters perform their music while discussing the stories behind the hit songs. Tickets - $17 Sat. April 12 – 1-4 p.m. . – “Trends, Tulips & Tea” – Fashion show, spring bazaar and high tea fundraiser for women. Tickets - $30 pp. Sun. April 27 – 3 p.m. – “In Celebration of Spring” – featuring the Pyxis Piano Quartet – Chamber music Tickets $18 pp

University of Delaware, Trabant Center Sunday – 7:30 p.m. - FREE International Films April 6 – “The Ottoman Cowboys” – Two special agents, Aziz and Lemi, are assigned by the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire with delivering a diamond as a gift to the American President. Turkish film, in Turkish, 112 min. April 20 – “The Wall” – Exploration of the experience of solitude and survival set in a beautiful Austrian mountain landscape. German film, in German, 110 min. April 27 – “The Rocket” –After a journey through a land scarred by war, a boy plans to prove he’s not cursed by competing in the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year – a rocket festival. 2013 Laotian and Australian film, in Lao, 96 min.

REHOBOTH Fri/Sat/Sun – First three weekends in May – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – “Designer Show House” – Visit a 1940’s cottage – Tickets - $20 (if purchased by April 25 & $25 thereafter). Call 302-227-1631

ODESSA Historic Odessa Foundation Special events coming up in April: Fri. April 4 – 10 a.m.-1 p.m. – For Volunteers: Hearth Cooking Workshop Sun. April 6 – 2 – 3 p.m. – Lecture Series: Through the Eyes of William Corbit Mon. April 7 – 4 – 5 p.m. – For Vounteers: Furniture Styles 101 April 13 - May 31 – 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Exhibit: A Library with a Key to the Past Sun. April 13 – 2-4 p.m. – Easter Egg Hunt (Family Affair) Mon. April 28 – 1:30-5 p.m. – For Volunteers: Q&A with the Curator For more details, check

ARDENTOWN New Candlelight Theater, 2208 Millers Rd., 302-475-2313 Matinee & Evening Shows March 29 – May 11, 2014 “Anything Goes” – Musical comedy with Cole Porter’s music set on the high seas. Tickets - $59 pp includes dinner buffet. WILMINGTON DuPont Theatre, 1007 N. Market St., 302-656-4401 Tues. April 1 – 8 p.m. – “April Fool’s Day Comedy Jam” – hosted by Michael Blackson and other top comics. Tickets - $20-$42.50 Fri. April 4 – 8 p.m. – “Rhythm in the Night: The Irish Dance Spectacular” – Tickets - $20-$55 Grand Opera House, 818 North Market Street, 302-652-5577 Tues, April 1 – 8 p.m. - “Chamber 4 DSO Crosswinds – Encore” – Gold Ballroom at Hotel DuPont – Tickets - $60

Compiled by Sonya Comstock




Restaurant Review

Art at Springmill

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza 5611 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803 302-477-1488

We all pick up a camera at one point or another in our life. Mostly we take pictures to remember special people or occasions, possibly for our job or avocation. For some people, like Mark Holden, of 65 Springmill Drive, what starts out as a pastime becomes a full or part-time profession.

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza opened their first Delaware restaurant about 5 years ago in North Wilmington. That location is just off Concord Pike in the same strip mall as Trader Joe’s, which we like to shop at whenever we are in the area. A couple of years later a second Delaware location was opened at 4805 Limestone Road in the Pike Creek area. Although not close to Middletown, Anthony’s is a destination if you are in the mood for delicious “well done” pizza and other Italian specialties.

Not unlike most of us, Mark got started by taking photographs of his children. His interest expanded as he learned more about cameras and lighting. He is self-taught. In 1980, Mark started his “professional” life as a photographer with MAHolden Photography preserving images of Vermont scenes. At this time, his work was featured in artisan shops in Vermont. He also used his skills to take high school and wedding photos. But, as Mark emphatically stated, “No more!”

Anthony Bruno, founder, attributes his success to a combination of top-quality ingredients, a simple, consistent menu, authentic, coal ovens, and a staff that treats guests like “family.” “We cook our pizzas in an 800-degree oven that provides a ‘well-done’ flavor that has become our trademark,” Anthony says. Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza signature menu includes traditional and specialty pizzas with dough made daily and stretched to order; fresh coal oven roasted chicken wings marinated in a proprietary mix of olive oil, kosher salt, lemon juice and Italian seasonings; large homemade meatballs, Anthony’s grandmother’s recipe; a classic Italian salad with an original dressing (enough to serve four); and Eggplant Marino (named for Restaurant Partner and NFL Hall of Fame Legend Dan Marino).

Once he and his wife, Sue, moved to Delaware, Mark set up a website, Should you decide to visit his website, you will see about 700 photos for viewing or purchase. They are available framed and matted or just as prints. His full repertoire includes around 25,000 digital photos and 5,000 hard copy photos…obviously too many to display on the website.

Anthony’s traditional pie consists of the finest mozzarella, Italian plum tomatoes, Romano cheese, basil and olive oil. Toppings include Italian sausage, mushrooms, Kalamata olives, prosciutto, long hot finger peppers, anchovies, onions, pepperoni and sweet peppers. There are 9 specialty pizzas on the menu such as Broccoli Rabe and Sausage and a Philly Cheesesteak.

Mark is a member of the Gibby Center on Main Street, and over the past four years, has had pieces on display there. He has had photos published in the News Journal on several occasions and continues to submit photos to them from time to time. For someone starting out, he suggests that any of the major brand cameras will do. They all have similar technology and will handle all your basic needs. First thing you have to do is decide whether you want a small camera with a fixed lens or one that has interchangeable lenses.

There are also a couple of sandwiches and a calzone available. Anthony’s has a small “Italian Soul Food” section which is served Family Style with portions big enough to share and served with Focaccia bread. Pork Ribs w/Vinegar Peppers - roasted in the coal ovens with garlic, rosemary, spicy vinegar, peppers and white wine. Meatballs with Ricotta Cheese - large hand rolled meatballs slowly cooked in tomato sauce. Eggplant Marino - thinly sliced and served with fresh tomato sauce and Romano cheese. Broccoli Rabe & Sausage – a slightly bitter Italian green sautéed in garlic and olive oil served with Italian sausage. The atmosphere is very nice with a beautiful wooden bar and heavy wooden tables and chairs. The servers are very friendly. There is a full bar. The only dessert item is New York style cheesecake. Cappuccino and espresso are available. The prices are a bit higher than other pizza restaurants but the high quality food and service makes it very worthwhile. If you are ever in the area give Anthony’s a try and I guarantee you’ll be back again.

The next step would be figuring out how many “pixels” you will need. This is very important if you plan on printing photos larger than 4x6. If you plan on doing more than taking family and vacation photos, Mark suggests doing some research on-line, at a photo store, or by chatting with someone currently doing photography. As in making any purchase, there are many factors which enter into making Continued on Pg 15 - Art at Springmill

Thank you for your kindness A sincere thank you for your cards, calls, emails, and prayers on the recent passing of my sister. Your expressions of sympathy were a great comfort to me during this most difficult time Cynthia Frank

Dick Rausch


Drew Chas, D.C. Now Offering Massage Therapy 272 Carter Drive Middletown, DE 19709


Meet Your Neighbor Compared to many neighbors, Betty and Roy Peters of 620 Poets Way are old-timers, in the best sense of the word, having lived here since 2004. This seemed an especially appropriate interview, since Roy was involved with the property committee (think trees) for three years, including a stint as chairperson. He also was part of a trio, along with Paul Lloyd and Mike Potts, that spent four and a half months surveying Springmill trees and then participated in a task force that reviewed Springmill’s by-laws and documents for 1 1/2 years. But I digress, so let’s go back to the starting line. Betty was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, but lived in North Plainfield for a long time…through her time studying to be a lab technician at Union College. At that point, she decided to take advantage of her brother’s hospitality and continue her education in Hawaii. What young girl would pass up sun, surf and beaches? There was one little “glitch” in the plan…named Roy Peters. The two met during that summer while both worked at the same place. Betty still went off to school in September, but returned to the States at the end of the year because she kept thinking about Roy. I told Roy he must have made some impression in those two months, but he insisted they just played a LOT of tennis. Of course, “love” is part of the game. Roy was born in Chicago, Illinois, but the family eventually moved out of the downtown area to Elmhurst when he was just a “little nipper.” The Peters family resided there for 10-12 years, until his father was transferred to the east coast, where housekeeping was established in Plainfield, NJ. Nary would the two meet until that auspicious summer in 1963. Betty and Roy dated before she left for Hawaii, and married when she returned home. Their first and only child, a son, Michael, was born in 1968. While it was an easy start for the couple, once married, they moved six times in seven years…all job related. They did stay put for a while…in Dover, for twenty years. Their next move was to Springmill in 2004. It seems while the Peters’ son was a student at the University of Delaware, the family enjoyed attending the football games. Over time, they learned their seat mates lived in, and expounded about, the joys of Springmill living. After one extremely harsh winter, and a LOT of shoveling snow, in 2002, they decided it was time to reconsider living in their 5,600 square foot ranch on a half-acre and visit the community. Roy was delighted to find out that residency here meant no more mowing or shoveling. Betty loved the fact that pets were allowed. They both appreciated how open and bright all the models were. They chose a lot near the woods because they enjoy watching all the critters that visit. When asked about positives, the people came to mind

first…so many nice neighbors, then the component of upkeep, and lastly the many services available close by. Roy also wanted to mention that “if you want to keep busy, there are lots of volunteer activities and opportunities can help keep Springmill a great place to live.” While both are now retired, Betty worked as a lab technician for 15 years, interspersed with being a mother and homemaker, and dealing with all their moves. Roy worked as a chemical engineer after receiving his degree. He worked with a variety of companies in the polymer industry. The last twenty-seven years were spent managing polymer facilities in New Jersey and Delaware. Roy retired in 1998. Since retiring, Betty likes to spend time reading, is part of the meditation group on Monday at the Clubhouse, and finds pursuing physical therapy on a regular basis is helpful. Roy is part of the poker group, likes to cook…and eat. They both frequently attend concerts and shows in Philadelphia. Without hesitation, they stated that Long Beach Island in New Jersey was their favorite vacation spot. They have been traveling there for 50 years. The whole clan, fifteen strong, gathers every year to spend time together and visit all their favorite hangouts. Luckily, even after storm, Sandy, 95% of the businesses have been rebuilt. I’m reasonably sure, that this summer, celebrating the couple’s fiftieth anniversary (August 1) will one of the highlights. Family is very important to the Peters, so it’s nice that Michael and his family live close by in Pennsylvania. That way Betty and Roy get to see their three grandchildren: Abby (11), Hannah (7) and Jack (3) more frequently. When asked about parting thoughts, Betty didn’t have anything special to share. Roy contributed, “Eat Italian…or French, or German, or anything, but eat. Of course, then you have to go work out. Knowing we did this interview around lunch time helps explain Roy’s train of thought. In case you’d like to know the Peters’ favorite restaurant, it’s Bellini Grill on 16th Street, near Rittenhouse Square, in Philadelphia. Next time you’re in Philly, check it out. June Stemmle

In Memoriam The Sentinel and the entire Springmill Community would like to express their condolences to: The family and friends of Frances Sullivan on her death. Tommy Beall’s (former Springmill resident) family and friends on his death. On the passing of Cynthia Frank's sister. The family and friends of Karol Segal on her death.


Springmill Residents Attend Spring Expo The annual Spring Expo Event sponsored by the Middletown Chamber of Commerce took place at the new Townsend Fire Hall. Over one hundred vendors participated in this event which attracted folks from near and far. Along with the vendor booths showcasing their services and products, many of the vendors were from local eateries and bakeries. Samples of goodies were available to all who stopped by to chat. Samples included beer and wines, pizza, pretzels, sandwiches, cupcakes and ice cream, visitors could enjoy tasty snacks along the way. Many door prizes drawings were held and the winners from Springmill were Dick Rausch ($15 gift certificate and basket of freshly baked bread from Frankfurt Bakery in Dover), Chris Chappelle ($50 Amazon gift card), Judy

Graff ($50 gift certificate), Lois Baker (Gift Certificate to Middletown Nutrition), Carolyn Rifino (gift certificate for a two-night stay in Lewes) and Larry Daigle (Chiro Water Based pillow from Middletown Chiropractic) Ralph Clair (SaladWorks Gift Certificate). Many other Springmill residents attended: George and Dolores Matz, Claudia Garrett, Sonya Comstock, Dennis Hand, Ann Hullinger, AnnMarie Burns, Jean Sweeney, Larry and Diane Daigle, Carole Wagner, Tom and Christine Laphan, Eugene Smith, Chuck Ruh, Bob Willmore, Heather and Dan Prall, Andy and Anne Lucas, Andy and Catherine Hutson, Herb and Cynthia Frank. Sonya Comstock

Dennis Hand and Chris Chappelle

Herb and Cynthia Frank

Christine and Tom Laphan

Heather Prall and need name

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March Came in Like a Lion, And Went Out Like a Lamb

March did come in like a lion as one of the heaviest snowfalls of the winter occurred on March 2.

March 17th storm blanketed Springmill with about 4 inches of snow


Flowering tree about to Bloom

Forever Green started spring cleanup later in March

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Art at Springmill

the best choice to fit YOUR needs. Mark considers photography an art and a passion. The technology is there now to take amazing photos with little effort, but you still need the “eye” and a sense of light and space in order to make it a “work of art” versus a photograph.

because you just never know when the perfect photo opportunity will appear.” Judging from the sheer number of pictures he has already taken, I’d say that when opportunity knocks, Mark clicks. Below is a small sampling of Mark Holden’s photography. June Stemmle

Mark revealed, “I always have my camera with me,

Top: Chesapeake City Bridge. Bottom: Ft. Delaware

Top: Green Orchid Longwood Gardens Bottom: Lone Tree Middletown DE

Top: Azaleas in Bloom, Odessa, DE Bottom: Tugboat C and D Canal

Travel LOG Freeman’s in Costa Rico (see story page 25)

View of Arsenal Volcano

Betty Freeman with son Brett ready for a zipline adventure

Local wildlife - a Sloth

Springmill Lunch and Theater Trip to Media PA Mid-March, as you may remember was still snowy, so it was good to have a pleasant day out with friends. After a short ride to Pennsylvania, we arrived at the Rose Tree Inn for a lovely lunch before continuing on to the Media Theater, practically around the corner, to see “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” It was chock full of 60’s songs…right up our alley. We even had a bit of time before the show to do some window shopping and to check out the local Whole Foods situated in an old stone armory. As always, a good time was had by all. Boarding bus for trip to Media PA June Stemmle


Ready for the performance


Designer Show House – Middletown

Springmill Activities Springmill Activity Contacts Bead Making - Shirley Smith Book Club -Kay O’Day-Allen Bocce – Ann Lucas Bowling – Larry Daigle Bridge (Thursday Afternoon) - Joan Gross Bunco – Looking for a Coordinator Computer Resources – Dick Rausch Doll Sewing - Carolyn Rifino Golf - Fred Wendt - MSML/Joe Tomassetti-SMGL Gourmet Club – Debra Kupper Jazzercise – Gail Rouiller Library – Julia Hambrecht & Eileen Bengermino Mahjongg – Barbara Abrams Men’s Hearts – Len Brussee Men’s Poker – Tom Ferrara Men’s Pool – Art Lamb Pickleball – Carl Rifino Red Hat Society – Kay O’Day-Allen Romeos - Nick Ciranni Rummikub - Jo Verni/Jane Kimmins Social Singles - Cathy Cioffi/Bridget McGrath Tennis -Bill Gurnee Texas Holdem – Janet Geftman The Timeless Travel Group - Glenda Schneiderman Water Aerobics – Ann Raymond/Sandy Corrozi Welcoming Committee - Peggy Andrews Yoga - June Stemmle Please note: All committee meetings and activities using a Clubhouse room, must be cleared with Tracey Lund.

Charity Committee We will try again, weather permitting, to collect food for the MOT on Monday April 7th. Please leave bags where they can be easily seen, so we don't miss anyone. Reminder we come around twice to make sure we didn't miss anyone. Since I will be away if we do miss your item, please bring all food to the MOT Senior Center, 300 S. Scott St., 302-378 -4758. Thank you. Maria Corvino

Community Events Committee The Community Events Committee did not have a March meeting. Without a projected date as to when the Clubhouse will be available we cannot schedule events.

In its sixth year of showcasing historic homes in Middletown, Middletown Main Street, Inc., headed by Tracy Skrobot, will present the former home of the late Ellen Combs Davis located on South Broad Street beginning on April 18 through May 11. Public Tours will be available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 pp and are available at the door. In addition to the weekend tours, special tours featuring lunch, tea/dessert and craft beer/wine tours are also part of this event. Those groups wanting a private house tour with catering supplied by local restaurants can contact Barb Cooper at 302437-5640 for reservations. Lunch tours 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $30 pp. Tea and dessert tours 2-4 p.m. - $25pp. Craft beer/wine tours 6-8 p.m. - $35pp. These tours are offered on Wednesday and Thursday beginning April 23-May 8 by reservation only. The Designer Show House brings together leading interior designers, carpenters, builders, landscapers and other professionals from the area who donate their time and resources to accomplish an outstanding makeover property. The home chosen is 202 South Broad Street built in the late 1800’s and has been lived in by the same family through four generations. Tracy Skrobot has coordinated with the homeowner and the many designers to produce elegantly decorated rooms, gardens and facades. Mark your calendar for this special annual event and see what talented designers do to transform an old home into something spectacular. Sonya Comstock

Book Club Selections for April Book Club I (Deb Kupper/1st Wed.) We will be reading “Light on Snow” by Anita Shreve. Book Club II (Mary-Elizabeth Rhoads/4th Tues.) Our group will be critiquing “Better…A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance” by Abul Gawande. Book Club III (Lydia Olson/3rd Mon.) Our book club’s choice for April is “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman. Book Club IV (Mary Jo Starrett/1st Wed.) We will be conversing about “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonason. Book Club V (Joan Gross/3rd Tues.) When we meet, we will be discussing “Paris Architect” by Charles Belfoure. June Stemmle Continued from Pg 1 Joy of Spring

of spring rituals. In Ancient Persia, Greece, Egypt, and Rome, red eggs representing life and rebirth were given as gifts. In our modern day celebrations of Easter, children all over the world decorate eggs. At Passover Seders, guests dip eggs in salt water as a reminder of the sacrifices made in the ancient temples. In the Greek Orthodox Church, everyone is given a red egg on Easter, representing the rebirth of Christ.

The CEC meets the first Wednesday of every month at 9:30 a.m. Our next meeting will be on April 2. Let’s all be hopeful we will have the date the Clubhouse will be open so we can start planning the events calendar.

We have made it through another winter and can look forward to the seasons to follow. Passover and Easter are just a couple of weeks away. Enjoy those holidays and spring no matter how you choose to celebrate them.

We are very optimistic that we will have the KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY on May 3!!! Peggy Andrews

Dick Rausch



Book Review

Ten Years Ago

Editor’s Note: Penny Ruess is The Sentinel’s guest book reviewer this month. Residents are welcome to submit book reviews. Contact anyone on the Sentinel staff for more information.

Home Prices The table below shows the price list for new homes, as published by the builder (McKee) 10 years ago. The average price for those homes was about $252,000 (without extras). It is interesting to note that 10 homes were resold in Springmill in 2013 with prices ranging from $239,000 to $285,000. The average price was about $268,000. This is pretty close to what home prices were in 2004 (considering extras).

Band of Sisters by Cathy Gohlke What was it like for two young Irish sisters to arrive at Ellis Island unescorted in 1910? What were their feelings when they realized that their sponsor was deceased? What would you do in the “face of poverty”?

Homes sold rather quickly last year (one house sold in 2 weeks). Over the past 10 years house prices rose rapidly for the first couple of years, peaking in 2006. The price decline began in 2007 and 2008 when the “housing bubble” burst. In the past 5 years house prices have recovered, somewhat.

The past was less than “pristine”, and in the hopes of finding a new beginning, Maureen O’Reilly and her younger sister, Katie Rose, arrive in America to discover that getting employment, money to support themselves, and food were no easy tasks. Their hopes were dashed when they realize that their benefactor has died and that his family was refusing to honor his promise to them. Impoverished and in fear of deportation, Maureen connives to gain employment in a prominent department store. The mystery begins as girls from the department store begin to disappear….what dangerous secrets hide within the walls??

Springmill is somewhat unique because it offers a lifestyle that is different than most other communities. It’s not just the individual home that’s appealing to seniors, but the concept of a community where activity is focused on individuals and the clubhouse is the center of many events. Springmill remains high on the list of potential senior buyers because of home value and what the community offers. By keeping our community and homes in pristine condition, we all reap the benefits. When it is necessary to sell our homes, it is reassuring to know that the entire process will be short-lived because of what we have to offer. Keep in mind that seniors purchase not just a home but a community.

Against her wealthy family’s wishes, Olivia Wakefield vows to honor her father’s commitment, but she can’t locate Maureen. The unexpected help comes from a new businessman in the community. Is he involved with the disappearance of the girls? Should she dare let her guard down and consider him more than a friend?

Sonya Comstock Price List April, 2004

The plot twists and turns and covers all aspects of the “white slavery” trade in the early 1900s. There is a common theme of divine leading throughout the story with the love that it may bring. The theme “One for all, and all for one” is repeated throughout the novel. The plot really brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “Band of Sisters”….is it the band between Maureen and Katie, or Olivia and her sister, Dorothy; or is it the Missionary Aid Society and Women’s Circle from the church; or the girls who are destined to a life of “slavery”; or is it all of them working together for a common goal??? You decide!! Penny Reuss

Thank You I wish to thank all our friends, neighbors and the Springmill community for all the prayers, cards and meals during my recent recovery from knee surgery. We are truly blessed to live in such a wonderful community. Jennie Schreckengost


Springmill Discount: $2.75 off every car wash!

All types of Glass & Screens - Sales & Repairs

$2 Off


What’s Cookin’ for Passover and Easter April ushers in two important holidays; Passover on the 15th and Easter on the 20th. Many holidays have their food traditions and these two are no exception. Since Passover is first on the calendar, actually starting at sundown on April 14th, we’ll share a recipe you might want to consider, even if you’re not Jewish. Cynthia Frank’s aunt Ellis Sheila Frank has been making this Sephardic-style charoseth for more than twenty-five years. It symbolizes the mortar used by the Israelites in Egypt. What’s nice is, that even after the Seder, the leftovers make a nice spread, instead of jam, to be used once the holiday is over. It makes about 4 cups. A plus is that the prep time is only about 20 minutes, plus a chilling overnight.

Tante Ellis’s Charoseth Ingredients: 5 each dried fruits: pitted cherries,apricot halves, peaches, and prunes 3 dried Calimyrna figs. 4 tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped 1/3 cup pecans, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup Concord grape wine 2 Tablespoons honey 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice Procedure: In a food processor, with the knife blade attached, coarsely chop the dried fruits. (This can be done by hand, but is so much easier with the food processor.) Add the apples and pecans and pulse until a coarse mixture is formed. Next, spoon the charoseth into a medium bowl. Stir in the wine and honey until blended and the mixture holds together. Add the 1 Tbs. lemon juice…or to taste. The final step is to cover the charoseth and refrigerate it overnight to blend the flavors. Each 1/4 cup is about 80 calories.

Unsalted butter and all-purpose flour, for the pan Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting the top Procedure: First, bring milk to a boil in a large saucepan over a medium-high heat. Stir in the rice, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla bean. Reduce the heat to medium-low; cook stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, until the rice is very tender and has absorbed all the liquid…about 30 minutes. Next, remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the ¾ cup granulated sugar. Cover; let cool, stirring occasionally. Discard the vanilla bean. Then, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour an 8-inch spring form pan. In a large bowl, combine the rice mixture, ricotta, whole eggs and egg yolks and the remaining 1/2 cup sugar using a rubber spatula. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake until it is golden brown on top and “almost set” in the center…about 65-70 minutes. You can cover the cake with foil if it starts to brown too much. When done, transfer the pan to a cooling rack. When the cake has completely cooled (It will sink a bit in the middle.), run a knife around the edge to loosen. Gently remove the ring; transfer the cake to a serving platter. Using a fine sieve, sprinkle with the confectioner’s sugar. Serve with the sauce *. *Strawberry Sauce (1 pint berries, 2 TBS sugar, 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice…combine and cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes until soft. Serve warm or at room temperature. This recipe serves eight. Don’t even think about the calories; just enjoy its creamy lusciousness. June Stemmle

Easter Ricotta Cake I’m Italian. This time of year, the traditional pastry on our table is an Easter “pie,” which is usually a type of cheesecake, and symbolizes spring’s fertility. Every family has their own recipe, but this one appealed to me because the cake is soft and creamy like custard and lightly flavored with vanilla and cinnamon. It tastes even better when served with a sauce of fresh strawberries. Ingredients: 1 quart of milk 3/4 cup Arborio rice 1 teaspoon of cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar 3 whole large eggs, plus 3 yolks, lightly beaten 3 pounds fresh ricotta cheese (drain overnight, wrapped in cheesecloth, in a strainer over a bowl)

Classical Music Club A New Group at Springmill? I would like to determine whether there is any interest in forming a Classical Music Club. This club’s purpose would be to listen to and discuss a variety of classical music. The group would be hosted in the homes of members or perhaps in the clubhouse when it has reopened. I envision the club operating as follows: The host for each meeting would select a piece of classical music and then deliver a five or ten minute talk about the music, the composer or the performer. The group would then listen to the selection. Finally the group will discuss various aspects and feelings about the selection. The group will decide whether refreshments will be served at the meetings. Anyone interested can contact me either by email or phone and I will arrange a suitable time to meet at my house for the first time. Herb Frank



Keeping The Faith Editors Note: This is the first article in a new series where we will be hearing from local religious leaders of all faiths.

music and stories that were favorites of the ten folks whose lives were celebrated. M & M’s auction two years ago raised nearly $13,000 that was ALL given to mission and outreach. The true power of M & M’s is about creating relationships that last and that embody a spirit of servanthood and joy and a place for each and every person.

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Pastor Karin Tunnell Maybe you are an empty-nester, recently retired, recently relocated; perhaps you need a dose of faith, fellowship and fun after a wearying winter! St. Paul’s United Methodist Church might just be the hearty soup for your soul. Our “Goldilocks-sized” congregation…not too big, not too small, it’s just right…is located in the heart of Odessa at 406 Main Street. We offer a variety of worship, fellowship, and service opportunities for diverse ages. Just look for the tall steeple on Main Street, and a welcoming garden walk in Odessa, and you have found St. Paul’s.

Through the efforts of our parish nurse, Ann Newswanger, we take care of your body as well as your spirit by offering blood pressure readings on a regular basis, before or after services, and answering questions about any of your concerns. Ann, a certified parish nurse, told me “Our goal is to have a healthy congregation.” Ann also started a TOPS group…a non-profit national diet group, which meets every Wednesday. This year, she and Pastor Tunnell are hoping to initiate a hospice group and a health fair. And let’s not forget those grandchildren! St. Paul’s readily welcomes kids and youth to a range of age-related opportunities; each Sunday children are invited to come forward to share in a word of hope and faith in worship. Sunday school is offered at 9:45 as well so you can also participate in Adult Studies. Our children also lead us in worship in a variety of ways as we model and teach them to be leaders in Christ’s Church, regardless of denomination.

If you are in the mood for terrific music, St. Paul’s has plenty of opportunities to use your gifts! The 8:30 Sunday Service provides lively accompaniment to our congregational singing, enhanced by a small group of dedicated singers. An excellent Chancel Choir leads the worship music for the 11 a.m. worship service—if you are looking for opportunities to sing traditional, contemporary or “blended” music, you can find a place at St. Paul’s. In addition, the St. Paul’s bell choir has consistently offered opportunities to enhance our worship services—and one doesn’t need to be a “professional” to take part in our music ministries.

************************************ In a recent US News and World Report issue, research showed there is a “God dividend” for regular church attendance or leading a spiritual life. It is evident for all ages, but particularly important for senior congregants, no matter what their religious affiliation.

Adult Studies, led by The Rev. Karin Tunnell, meets each Sunday at 9:45 AM and engages a diverse age group of folks in studies to deepen their faith journeys. These are generally short term, 4-6 week studies which cover a variety of faith topics, including video-based series with many leaders in United Methodism and religion in general. This class has swelled over the years because of the sincere and caring environment it has fostered in the church. One of the most active groups at St. Paul’s is the M & M’s group—Mature and Methodist (though you don’t have to be either to participate). This group of lively folks meets monthly and offers a veritable smorgasbord of events. The upcoming line-up includes a trip to the Sight & Sound Theater production of Moses in April, a game night and covered dish and a road rally in the fall. M & M’s recently celebrated all those church members who were in their “Nifty Nineties” with yes, food, and a wonderful program of

Some of these dividends include “higher levels of marital happiness and stability, stronger family relationships, greater longevity (7 years more!) and physical health, higher levels of well-being and happiness, better rates of recovery from illness or loss, better coping skills and selfesteem, and more compassion and support for those in need. Spiritual people also have less stress, more positive lifestyle behaviors, and have more friends and social support. And, for you choir members, singing is great for your mental and physical health. Even if you’re just joining in a hymn sing, the shared activity is emotionally uplifting.” I’ve now given you about 14 more reasons to attend a church near you. As this series unfolds, we’ll be hearing from local religious leaders of all faiths. About twenty of our Springmillers attend St. Paul’s and would be happy to add other Methodists to our church family. So, if you’re looking for some of those God dividends please join us or for more information about the missions, ministries and fellowship opportunities at St. Paul’s, visit their website at or call us at 302-378-2420. June Stemmle



Travel LOG

Advertiser’s Spotlight

COSTA RICA Most of our snowbirds fly or drive to Florida, others choose to vacation at destinations a bit out of the ordinary. Guy and Betty Freeman, of 351 Daylilly Way, fall into the latter group. Betty was nice enough to jot down a few notes to share with all of us, along with some photos.

Fox Rehabilitation Physical & Occupational Therapists Fox Rehabilitation offers physical and occupational therapy to older adults in their own home. Without the anxiety of driving to a facility for such treatment, professional therapists come to you. For older patients, Medicare Part B covers 80% of the treatment, while supplemental insurance covers the rest. Even more reassuring is knowing the same therapist will visit each time thereby developing a strong relationship between patient and therapist by treating on a more personal level. In the comfort of one’s own home, Kristine Jolikko, a patient can be taught how to live a full Physical Therapist life again. Staying strong is a proactive approach to good health and reduces the potential for future more serious injuries. Fox provides a therapeutic home exercise program that can be utilized well after they leave. A fall is devastating to an older person and will require more therapy than if time had been spent developing a stronger body that could have prevented the fall.

Guy and Betty, along with their son, Brett, and daughter-in-law, Melissa, journeyed to warm Costa Rica in Central America. “Leaving the ice and snow behind, we arrived in San Jose to 80 degree temperatures and bright sunshine. Costa Rica (rich coast) is bordered on the east by the Caribbean and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s a jungle out there,” and in Costa Rica it’s true. In touring the country, we encountered the rain forest, the cloud forest and two oceans, discovering numerous forms of wildlife; scarlet macaws, colorful frogs, sloths, various birds, and monkeys along the way. Two nights were spent at the Castle in the Clouds (Villa Blanca), where the clouds touched the ground. In this area, we explored the Arsenal Volcano, which has been dormant since 1972.

In our state, Fox services on the average 500 house calls a week to adults 65 and older. Patients do not have to be homebound to use their service. All that is necessary is the need to maintain their healthy life as they age and prevent falls and disability. By specializing in caring for the older adult, therapists are skilled in doing comprehensive in home evaluations. A therapist must take into consideration all aspects of a patient’s health history as well as how that person functions safely inside and outside of their own home. By utilizing all of the resources in your own environment and your own body weight, patients become more consistent with their treatment program and there is less stress on your joints.

One of our trip highlights was traversing a part of the jungle. Guy and Melissa took a skywalk on suspended bridges high above the jungle canopy. This was a combination of scary and thrilling…you’re bouncing and swaying at the same time. Not one to be left behind, Betty and Brett took the quick way down…flying high above the trees on a zip line. Betty said it was actually a series of zip lines. If it wasn’t what you expected, you could opt out after the first two. Following that, the commitment was made, and you just kept going. This is now a “one and done” on Betty’s bucket list.

All therapists are licensed professionals with Master’s Degrees in physical and occupational therapy. Most of the therapists are women, but there are a few men. Fox has been in business for 16 years and in Delaware for 7 with 33 therapists in Delaware. They cover New Castle and Kent County with an administrative office in Wilmington. A prescription is required to start treatment. Visits are usually two or three times weekly for an hour for about 8-12 weeks to achieve optimal results. Therapists are the “eyes and ears” for doctors monitoring blood pressure as well as other vital signs and symptoms and collaborating with your physician as needed. Therapists realize no two patients are the same or require the same length or type of treatment. Each patient has unique needs that must be met in order to achieve the best results or recovery. Fox helps older adults with their most common complaints and conditions that affect them and allows them to get well while preventing serious illness. What Fox has determined is that life can be ever so much better for older adults with preventive therapy. A professional trained therapist can visit you in your home and set up a plan of care

The Freeman family felt all in all Costa Rica was an enjoyable getaway…especially this winter!” Additional pictures on the bottom of Page 15. Betty and Guy Freeman with June Stemmle enhancing your everyday living and bringing back the quality of life you deserve. “The power of exercise restores and rehabilitates lives,” say the therapists at Fox. In speaking with Lisa Geiser, Account Manager, she informed me that providing educational presentations to the community is also part of their business and would be pleased to talk about what Fox offers to seniors via their many programs. The number to call is (302) 358-4373.

Sonya Comstock


to build on it. That will help you to think of the new experience as a time to have fun. Please call Jane Kimmins or me to learn more about the game. Remember, it’s a game that was invented by senior citizens. The Bocce and Tennis/Pickleball courts are always open, weather permitting. Whenever the mood hits you get a few people together and start playing. Bocce equipment is in the closet in the Craft Room. Fitness - Staying fit should be a goal which will help all of us to age gracefully. Springmill offers several ways to help everyone stay fit, once the clubhouse reopens. With Jazzercise, Yoga, Meditation, the Walking Club, the Gym, Water Aerobics, and miles of scenic paths and streets for safe walking and bicycling, it is easy to get out and help stay fit at your own pace and ability.

Sports News April 2014 We finally made it through one of the worst winters in history. Many of us are looking forward to getting off our couches and enjoying outdoor activities. Now that spring is officially here we will resume providing information about the outdoor sporting and fitness scene at Springmill. Bocce – Anne Lucas, Bocce coordinator reports that the Bocce season will be starting the week of May 5th. Information and league signup sheets are enclosed with the April Sentinel. Hopefully, we can entice some new players to join us, especially those who are newcomers to Springmill. There is much fun to be had. Schedules and dates will be given to all individuals or couples who sign-up. We will end the season by Labor Day and our annual party or luncheon will follow. Any ideas will be welcomed for the type and format of the season end party. Golf – The Springmill Men's Golf League (SMGL). Joe Tomassetti is coordinating activites for the league for 2014. He reports: The Springmill Senior Men’s League is beginning play on April 3rd at Back Creek. This year, in addition to Back Creek, we will be playing at Frog Hollow and Rising Sun. Our season runs from April to October. Our format is to enjoy the sport, have fun, and get to know each other. If there are golfers that want to join us please contact Joe Tomassetti at or by phone. Tennis – My name is Bill Gurnee and I am the new tennis coordinator here at Springmill. I’m called ‘Smokin’ Bill by my tennis pals as early on after joining the group 2 seasons ago I hit a particularly hard volley at the net to which Terry Markisohn responded by saying “that Bill, he’s smokin’ today” and the nickname stuck. By the way most of us have nicknames which I feel draws us closer as a group. All are in good fun. And fun we have! All of us have stories on how we got started with tennis. Some have played continuously from their youth up until today others, like me, have had lengthy hiatuses in between regular play. I know we’ve got a lot of tennis folks in the community who may feel intimated because they haven’t played in years and thus don’t come out to play and we REALLY get that. We encourage anyone interested to join us. We’ve got some very good players and some not as good (me for example). If you have interest but are not sure we can schedule a private session with someone in the group to give you an honest assessment of your game (Jo Verni did that for me before I joined) or simply give me a call, I’m in the book. Opening Day is Saturday April 5th. We’ll start at 9:30 AM. Play is open to all residents. Sunday schedule is the same. On Tuesdays there is previously scheduled play on Court 1 and open play on Court 2 again initially around 9:30 AM. Times will get earlier as the weather gets warmer. Pickleball – Carl Rifino Pickleball Coordinator contributed the following: We plan to have two-hour sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings starting in April. As I write this article snow has started to fall. However, I’m once again looking forward to playing Pickleball at Springmill. Our hope is that more of my neighbors will decide that they will live a healthier life. April brings warmer days and we all need to think more like the gardener, that is, we need to prepare now to get active later on. To prepare start walking now and then gradually increase your walking pace. While our fitness room is closed for renovation, walking is one activity that will help get you in shape. Walk at least three times per week. After a month or so come to the Tennis / PB area to learn the game. If you already have played a racket sport, take that experience and try

Compiled by Dick Rausch

Free Tax Filing for Seniors It’s that time of the year when all of us must settle with Uncle Sam on taxes. To make filing taxes easier for many people, volunteers have set up shop at the MOT Sr. Center on Wednesday mornings from 9-1, and notably two of them are from Springmill. Both Ed Bullock and George Latsko greet folks and prepare their taxes in an hour or less and electronically send them to the IRS. Refunds from either Federal or State can be done via direct deposit or by a mailed check. George has been preparing taxes for others for over 20 years He started with the MOT Center in 2005. He has always enjoyed working with numbers so this was a wonderful opportunity to use his talent and help others too. He said AARP first started preparing taxes for those with low income, but that has changed. Today, any senior can have his/her taxes prepared at the Center free. However, it is limited to those who do not have anything complicated such as foreclosures, short sales or rental property. He said many Springmill residents take advantage of this service on Wednesday mornings. Training is required to become a certified AARP Tax Aide preparer. It begins in November with four days of training at Widener Law School. Volunteers have to pass a test to be certified by the IRS. Volunteers receive a laptop computer from the IRS which has all programs loaded on it, and AARP provides supplies. The New Castle County AARP Taxaide group is always looking for new volunteers. Ed is in his first year as a volunteer but enjoys being part of the volunteer program. As an engineer, working with numbers is his favorite activity and helping folks with their tax returns a pleasant experience. Those who take advantage of this service are relieved to turn the entire process over to someone who is capable. He says he sees more women as individuals, but men usually come with their spouses. From the moment he sets up his area until he leaves at 1 p.m., Ed is busy with tax returns and is pleased to be able to help others with this arduous task. An appointment is required along with a photo ID and a Social Security card. The Center will have its last day for preparing returns on April 9. So if you have not prepared your taxes and want to take advantage of this free service close to home, call the MOT Sr. Center at 378-4758 to make an appointment. APRIL 15 is just two weeks away!

Sonya Comstock


State Farm


(Also a Springmill Resident)



Sentinel April 2014  
Sentinel April 2014  

The monthly newsletter published for residents of the Springmill community in Middletown DE