Volume XI, Issue 4
A NEWSLETTER FOR THE SPRINGMILL COMMUNITY
Quarterly Board of Directors Meeting Board Meeting Discusses Finances & Trees
whether a tree should be removed and/or replaced and how to care for them will be made. Mr. Hosbach’s plan would provide for a wide variety of trees to enhance the look of the community. The level of shade due to trees would increase from the present 7% to about 45% in the next 15 years. The entire Tree Project would be accomplished over a 4-5 year period based upon budgetary requirements. The arborist would work closely with a landscape architect and the Tree Task Force to ensure that the overall look of the community is enhanced.
The Springmill Board of Directors held a General Meeting on the first day of spring, Wednesday, March 20. The meeting was open to all residents. The session, which lasted about an hour, was dedicated to two areas of discussion, Springmill’s trees and a review of Springmill’s financial condition. Carl Rifino hosted the tree portion of the meeting. He began with a history of the tree situation. There has been long standing concern over the health of the more than 1,500 trees that line the streets, commons areas and residents’ property. This led to the establishment of a Tree Task Force which is headed Bob Lhulier, assisted by Carl Rifino. Two members each from the MRC, Property, and Finance Committees complete the Task Force. The Task Force recommended that the Board retain the services of a certified arborist to assess the condition of all trees and make recommendations. Carl introduced John Hosbach, a Certified Arborist with 16 years of experience in helping communities enjoy the benefits that trees have to offer.
The activities of the Tree Task Force, arborist and landscape architect will be continually communicated to residents to ensure that all questions are answered and concerns addressed. There will be complete transparency of the project within Springmill. Mr. Hosbach’s session ended with a question and answer period. The second half of the General Board meeting was devoted to a review of community finances. Acting Treasurer Bob Gross discussed Springmill’s Balance Sheet as of the end of February. The balance sheet shows a net income through this period because most of the funds allocated for snow removal were not needed this winter. Bob then reviewed Assets and Liabilities for the past 2 plus years. This total amount continues to grow because funds are being added to the reserves faster than they are spent at this time. Bob answered questions pertaining to his presentation prior to turning the meeting over to Assistant Treasurer Jim Merrill.
Mr. Hosbach mentioned that the project to inventory all of Springmill’s trees would start in early April and continue for the next 3-4 months. All trees will be tagged and a decision as to
Habemus Papam (We Have a Pope)
Jim Merrill reviewed the
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Quarterly Board Meeting...................................................Pg. 1 Committee Reports...........................................................Pg. 3 Board Report (Bob Gross)................................................Pg. 5 Town Meeting.....................................................................Pg. 7 New Businesses ...............................................................Pg. 7 NCCo Library Update........................................................Pg. 7 Cultural Events...................................................................Pg. 9 What’s Happening (Timeless Travel).............................Pg. 11 Courthouse Horror..........................................................Pg. 11 Meet Your Neighbor (Sheila & Dick Rausch)................Pg. 13 My Friend, Jackie.............................................................Pg. 14 Spring Expo......................................................................Pg. 14 Spring Fling Dance..........................................................Pg. 15 CEC Report ......................................................................Pg. 17 Charity Committee...........................................................Pg. 17 Book Review (Roses)......................................................Pg. 19 Restaurant Review (Green Room Bar & Lobby)...........Pg. 19 Computer Tutor (Back to Basics)..................................Pg. 21 Living Green (Earth Day)................................................Pg. 21 Sports’ News....................................................................Pg. 23 American Association of University Women................Pg. 23 Advertiser’s Spotlight (Glasgow Medical Center.........Pg. 25 Renovation 101 (Wall Mounted TV)................................Pg. 25
On March 13th, Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina, became the first Latin American and Jesuit Pope, He will be known as Pope Francis after St. Francis of Assisi. He hopes to lead the Church in the footsteps of St. Francis, a man of peace, humility, and caring for the poor. Joe Grippo
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Springmill Sentinel Staff Editor: Dick Rausch Treasurer: Diane Daigle 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 Communications Committee
Springmill Homeowners Association
The March meeting was held on the 12th with 10 committee members and Bob Gross, Board liaison in attendance. Bob Gross concluded his 3 month assignment at this meeting. Barbara Kelly is assigned as liaison for the April - June period.
Board of Directors Bob Lhulier, President Bob Gross, Barb Kelly, Fred Bodden & Carl Rifino Ass’t Treasurer: Jim Merrill Board Recording Secretary: Janet Geftman
The February meeting minutes were approved as submitted by Janet Geftman.
Community Manager Tracey Lund 801 Windmilll Lane 376•5466 Tracey.Lund@mamc.com
Diane Daigle provided her report on Committee finances for February. Sentinel income for February 2012 was $1,483. Diane Daigle redesigned the monthly financial report to include a detailed list of where monthly revenue is derived. The committee discussed a more efficient method of handling payments submitted by advertisers. Tracey Lund will scan and submit check images to Carol Geiger and Diane Daigle instead of sending the physical check.
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
Bert Dekker reviewed the status of advertisers. There are 42 advertisers in the March Sentinel. All advertisers whose contract periods end in March and April will renew. Seasonal advertisers such as Filasky and Rita's Water Ice can sign longer term contracts and have ads carry over to the following season.
Anyone wishing to join a Committee should contact the Chairperson of that Committee.
Joe Grippo reviewed the editorial plan for April. The cover story will feature a summary of the March 20 Board Meeting. There was a brief discussion on potential articles of interest for the remainder of this year.
•• Please note: All committee meetings and activities using a Clubhouse room must be cleared with Tracey Lund of the Management Office at 376•5466.
Suggestions to be submitted to the Long Range Planning task force were discussed. A summary of the committee's ideas will be sent to the task force.
Other Important Information
A Committee member was contacted by a person from another 55+ community who wanted to begin discussions on how these communities could work together. A senior night at a Blue Rocks game and an inter-community Bocce playoff were among the items suggested. Information will be sent to Timeless Travel and the Bocce coordinator for followup.
Calendar: Tracey Lund Family Emergency Numbers: Pat Howe, JoAnn Stump Social Singles: Peg McMullen Sunshine: Mary Elizabeth Rhoads/Faith Altman
Maintenance & Repair Committee
The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 PM. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday April 9, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the Clubhouse Craft Room. Residents are welcome to attend.
The MRC held a meeting on February 12th with a few members unavailable. The first item discussed had been initiated by the Clubhouse Committee and their chairperson was present for additional clarification.
The Clubhouse Committee
The Clubhouse Committee had received complaint (s) about snakes crawling to reach the bird nests above the clubhouse veranda. A price quote had been obtained (from a contractor) for the enclosure of 17 column tops to stop birds from building nests at these columns. The snake problem is believed to disappear if bird nests are eliminated from the building. All work would be scheduled for completion prior to any bird eggs being present.
The Clubhouse Committee met on March 6, 2013. The windscreens on the tennis/pickleball courts have been installed for the season. The Great Room was painted the week of February 25th. Thank you everyone for your patience and cooperation. We have received very positive comments on the choice of colors.
The MRC passed this proposal with a majority vote. The final decision will be made by our Board of Directors. The MRC meets on the second Tuesday of each month and residents are welcome to attend. All meetings are held in the clubhouse at 6:30 p.m.
We are still working on the rules for use of the clubhouse and its facilities. The committee will also be looking into safety measures that can be taken.
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Notes From Your Board
Once this is completed and the board has approved them we hope to have a copy to all residents in May.
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It is the middle of March and a huge struggle is going on in Springmill. Winter does not want to leave and Spring wants to come to us. I am sure spring will win.
The demonstration on the defibrillator and CPR will be held on Wednesday, April 24th at 2PM at the clubhouse. There was an overwhelming interest by our residents. Although there is no limit on attendance we do have to give the fire department a number so they bring enough equipment.
The community is coming back to life. Snow birds will be returning, Daffodils are up and Forever Green is doing springcleanup and mulching of the beds. This is the prettiest time of the year.
As you read this the pool renovation should be underway. We ask that everyone stay away from that area for safety reasons.
It is also an exciting time of the year. The tree project is under way, we will have a new surface applied to the pool. The great room in the clubhouse is being updated. New covers for the Bocce canopies will be installed.
Our next “project” is to look into the replacement of the hallway rugs. Our next meeting is Wednesday, April 3rd, at 11:15AM.
During the Winter months at the request of the BOD Jim Crisfield and Anita Tucker have been soliciting ideas from each committee for long term capital projects. We are looking for ideas to enhance the quality of life at Springmill. These are projects that will take capital money to complete over a period of time. If you have an idea please get in touch with Jim or Anita.
Property Committee How many bullets have we dodged this season? No snow so far. The SNOW FAIRY seems to like visiting the north and beyond……
It is not too early to be thinking about elections to the BOD. They will be held in September of 2013. Two positions will be up and we are looking for a few good men and women to run. That is all for now. Happy Spring !
Spring Clean-up is in full swing at this time. After the front beds are weeded and raked. A shrub fertilizer will be applied along with weed preventer. The mulch will then be applied on top. The tree areas will be weeded and raked. Sometime in April the first application of fertilizer and weed preventative will be put on the lawns. Mowing will begin shortly thereafter and every week on Thursday, WEATHER PERMITTING. The remainder of the landscaping schedule will be posted.
Board Motions 1. Motion approved to accept Envirotech's Service Proposal for the grid system at Pond, as presented. ( 4-0) Bodden absent. 2. Motion approved to nominate Bob Gross as acting Springmill Treasurer. ( 3-0) Bodden absent. Gross abstained from vote. 3. Motion approved to accept MRC's request for a 2nd motion detector light at the rear of a home where basement windows face the woods and one light did not cover expanse to both windows. ( 5-0) 4. Motion approved to accept the MRC's request and proposal to close off 17 column tops at Clubhouse ( to discourage bird nests and snakes.) (5-0)
DOG DUTY-PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE pick up after your doggies. We have had complaints of an increase in dog excrement being left on our walking paths and on the grass strip next to the sidewalk. A big thank you to all the dog owners who already clean up after their dogs. REMINDER; If you do not want this service by the Springmill Landscaper, please, give Tracey, your name and address. Forever Green,( Springmill Landscaper), has requested this information in order to insure the homeowner’s request for no service is honored. In addition you still need to put out red flags.
that a change has been suggested by Mid-Atlantic to reduce the annual increase from 5% to 2% per year for the upcoming contract. This will save Springmill a few thousand dollars a year.
Property Committee meets every second Monday at 6:30 pm at the clubhouse. New members would be welcome and volunteers are adored. Next in May will be flower planting time. The more volunteers we have, the easier it will be to again beautify our community.
Although we have attempted to solicit bids from new insurance brokers, it appears that no-one can beat our present policy costs. Therefore, at this point we will remain with the current broker.
The long range planning sub-committee has inquired from all committee chairpersons what their financial needs are for all projects in the future. Also, a flyer will be in the Sentinel to allow the entire community a chance to express their ideas as to what Springmill needs in the future. The sub-committee will review all ideas and present them to the finance committee for discussions and recommendations to the BOD.
Finance Committee The finance committee met on March 20, with 7 members in attendance along with Bob Lhulier, BOD president; Fred Bodden, BOD liason; Bob Gross, acting treasurer; and Jim Merrill, incoming treasurer. It was noted that Bob Gross will work along with Jim Merrill as he becomes familiar with the position. The February minutes were approved with no changes.
February financial statements were reviewed and approved. The next meeting will be Wednesday, April 17th at 3 PM.
The BOD has presented our concerns about the Mid-Atlantic Contract to their management team. We are happy to report
Around Town Town Meeting
The meeting opened with the swearing in of the Mayor and three councilmen. Ken Branner (below), Mayor for 24 years and elected to his 13th term, was sworn in by the Vice Mayor, Jim Reynolds. The three councilmen, Robert Pierce, Jason Faulkner and David Sonya Comstock Fisher (new member), were sworn in by the Mayor for a two-year term.
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 “Happenings” for the June Stemmle seasonal changes. Of course, we will also highlight programs of interest in your monthly Sentinel. The hours at the library are: Monday 10-8, Tuesday/Wednesday 1-8, Thursday- Saturday 10-5, and closed on Sunday. NOTE: The library will not be closed for holidays this month.
The Relay for Life team presented the Mayor with a plaque thanking the town for their contribution to this annual event held in June. Over $2 million has been raised so far for cancer research.
Ÿ Knitting Circle Alternate Tuesdays at 7:00 pm (April 2). For all levels of experience. Ÿ Tech Tuesdays 6:30 to 7:30 Free tutorial on using edevices & downloading e-books. Ÿ Sew-Be-It Quilters Second Saturday at 10:00 am (April 13) novice & experienced quilters welcome. Ÿ Book Discussion for Adults Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00 pm Ÿ Delaware Money School Call 1-800-267-5002 for this month’s topic.
Retiring Council member Chuck Dixon was presented with a plaque from the Chamber of Commerce thanking him for his four years of service to the town. Herman Seedorf, Plan Manager for PBF Energy’s Delaware City refinery, apologized to Middletown’s Mayor and Council for the strong odors that wafted from the plan over into the town’s border on February 5. David Rich, member of the Chamber of Commerce, invited residents to attend the 5th Annual Spring Expo at St. Anne’s Elementary School on March 7.
Programs for adults in the Community Activity Center… must register Ÿ Card Making Monday, April 15, at 6:30 with Pam Gill ($5 material fee) Ÿ Senior Yoga Thurs. 11-12:00 $24 for four 1-hour classes with Crystal Walker Ÿ Zumba Gold Sat. 10:30-11:30 $6 drop-in fee, instructor is Elisa Cordero Ÿ Ballroom Dancing Tues. 6-7 pm, 6 one-hour classes for $36, starting April 16 Ÿ Yogilates Sample Class FREE on Tuesday, April 16
Tracey Skrobot, Middletown Main Street Manager, told all in attendance that this year they were skipping the Designer House Tour but that one is already planned for next year. A fashion show is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, at Connections Church starting at 3 p.m. Terry Markisohn, Presdent of the Historical Society, requested closure of certain streets during the annual Peach Festival which was granted by the Mayor and Town Council.
Children’s Programs/Fee & Registration Georgianna Trietly, member of the Everett Theatre group, requested permission to paint a mural on Main Street near the Theatre and Gibby Center for the Arts which was granted by the Mayor and Town Council.
Ÿ Movers & Shakers (2-4) $18 for four 45 min. classes, Thurs. 10:30-11:15, Learning games, music Ÿ Book Babies (under 2) Fridays 11 am No story time on 4/5 Ÿ Rhythm, Rhyme & Story Time (ages 3+) Fridays 10:15 No Story time on 4/5
June Stemmle offers all organic or natural products including vitamins, skin care products and gluten free items. Pharmacist is Johnnymae N’Dione, and prescriptions can be delivered free to residents. Also offered is a program where fixedincome residents can pay their prescriptions over a period of time. Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri - 9-7:30 p.m., Sat. 9-5 – Closed on Sunday. Phone No. 302-378-8228
Friendly’s is about to reopen in a few weeks. Work is continuing on the interior of the restaurant. Sunoco has finally put up their signs on the gas station located on N. Broad St. near the location of the bowling alley. Living Well Pharmacy (first independent Pharmacy in Middletown) has opened near the Dutch Market Place. It
RESIDENTS ARE OUR BEST REFERRALS!
Cultural Events determined to show all she is smarter than she looks. Tickets $56 includes dinner buffet.
Middletown Everett Theatre Fri/Sat – April 5 & 6 - 7:30 p.m. - “Hop” – PG - $6/$4 Thurs/Fri/Sat – April 11-13 – 7:30 & 3 p.m. (Sat) – “The Beverly Hillbillies” based on the 1960’s popular TV show about a poor backwoods family transplanted to Beverly Hills after striking oil on their land. Presented by the Towle Institute - Advance Tickets $12/$14 at door Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon – May 3-6 – “A Weekend to Remember – Voices of the Titanic” – The Grand Gala (see separate article)
Wilmington DuPont Theatre, 1007 N. Market St., 302-656-4401 Matinee and Evening Performances, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.Tues/Wed/Sat – Matinee Performances Tues-Sun, April 2-7 – 7:30 p.m. - “Dream Girls” – story of a 1960’s singing girl group and triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. Songs – “And I am Telling you I’m Not Going” & “Listen” and more. Tickets $65-$75
Middletown Main Street Connection Church, 100 W. Green St. Sat. April 27 – 3 p.m. – “Fashion on Main” – Fashions provided by First & Little (children), Nicole Designs (teens), Femme Fatale (women) – fashion market with vendors set up in the Forest Church parking lot (1-5) weather permitting - FREE
Grand Opera House, 818 North Market Street, 302-652-5577 Thurs. April 4 – 8 p.m. – “Arturo Sandoval” – Grammy winning jazz trumpeter from Cuba plans Latin and jazz. Tickets - $32-$39 Fri. April 5 – 8 p.m. – “Carolina Chocolate Drops” – Three young musicians reinterpret the old-time, fiddle and banjo-based music of the Piedmont region of the Carolinas. Tickets - $28 Sat. April 6 – 8 p.m. – “Classic Albums Live Presents” – recreation of the signature album of The Who – Tickets - $28-$37 Wed. April 10 – 8 p.m. (Baby Grand) – “Hot Club of Cowtown” – Western swing trio serenades with their three-part harmony – Tickets - $28 Tues. April 16 – 8 p.m. – “Diana Krall” – Canadian born Grammy-award winning jazz vocalist – Tickets - $71-$95 Sun. April 21 – 2 p.m. - (Baby Grand) – “Cashore Marionettes” – Beautifully elaborate puppets inspire wonder and delight. Theatrical illusion and artistic insight – adults and children – Tickets - $21 Wed. April 24 – 8 p.m. – “Esperanza Spalding” – Jazz vocalist and bassist charting new territory in jazz and world music. Joined by a 12-piece world-class band. Tickets - $44-$54 Thurs. April 25 – 8 p.m. – “Leo Kottke & Jake Shimabukuro” – Guitar and ukulele wonders. Tickets - $31-$38 Sun. April 28 – 7 p.m. – “Dave Holland – Kenny Barron” – Superstars of jazz on bass and piano – Tickets - $22-$30
Gibby Center Sat, April 13 – 7:30 p.m. – The Gibby Cabaret presents “Missy Grynkiewicz” -comedian, singer, actress – Tickets - $10 April 4-27 – “Annual Members’ Exhibit” – Opening Reception – Fri, April 12 – 6-8 p.m. April – June – “Spring Art Classes” begin April 8 – Sign up online or in person Odessa Corbit-Calloway Memorial Library Sunday, April 14 – 2 p.m. – “Folk Art and Culture” – Eunice LaFate discusses folk art and culture. FREE Smyrna Smyrna Opera House, 7 W. South Street , 302-653-4236 Thurs/Sat. April 4 & 6 – 6-8 p.m. - “10th Anniversary Art Show & Reception” – View the photography of Kevin Fleming who was photographer for National Geographic. FREE Sat. April 6 – 7:30 p.m. - “10th Anniversary Celebration” Champagne Reception & Gala with vocalist, Linda Eder – Advance ticket sales only – Gold ticket - $100 pp – Silver ticket - $55 pp Sun. April 21 – 3 p.m. - “Master Classical Composers from Across the Globe” - featuring the Pyxis Piano Quartet – Three master composers from across the globe. Tickets - $16
Newark Chapel Theater, 27 N. Chapel St., 368-2041 / 368-2248 Evening – 8 p.m. – Matinee – 2 p.m., Tickets - $10 Fri/Sat – April 12/13 & Thurs/Fri/Sat – April 18/19/20 Sun/April 14 – 2 p.m. “12 Angry Jurors” - 12 jurors locked in an anteroom to consider the fate of a young defendant accused of murdering his father. Jurors question their own prejudices and consequences of their votes.
Dover Sunday, April 28 – 2 p.m. - "A Toast to Dover" with William Penn from the American Historical Theatre at the Old State House who laid out Dover in the 1600s, and other dignitaries will officially open the 80th Anniversary Dover Days Festival. FREE event
Sonya Comstock Continued From Pg. 1: Board status of Springmill reserves. A portion of the Springmill Community Association monthly fee is allocated to reserves. The reserves are required by state law to ensure that common areas such as the clubhouse complex, sidewalks, etc. can be repaired and/or replaced over time. The reserve funding is based upon an updated report commissioned from consultant Kipcon in August 2011. Jim reviewed the Reserve Summary as projected over the next 10 years.
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Wed. April 3 – 9-4 p.m. – “12th Annual 55+ Expo for Active Adults” – 100 vendors, giveaways, prizes, special programs, cooking shows, live entertainment and more – FREE Rehoboth Baywood Greens, Marge – 302-226-2721 Sat. April 6 – Noon – 3:30 p.m. - “Third Annual Fashion Show – “Swing Into Spring” – choice of lunch entrees, silent auction, ticket auction, basket of cheer, door prizes and more – Fashions to be modeled by men and women who are members of the Village Improvement Association and of different ages and sizes. A “real world” fashion show. Tickets - $30 pp – www.rehobothbeachvia.org for reservation form.
Jim concluded his portion of the meeting by reviewing how the sizable amount of reserve funds is invested. He mentioned that all investments must be financially secure and insured. Interest rates are historically low at this time. Reserve funds are invested in CDs which mature over 2 to 5 years periods. The average interest rate for these CDs is under 1% annually. The consensus of Springmill’s financial advisors is that Springmill is in very healthy shape financially.
Ardentown New Candlelight Theater, 2208 Millers Rd., 302-475-2313 April 5 – May 19, 2013 Matinee & Evening Shows “Legally Blonde” - A recently dumped, perky blonde girl follows her ex-boyfriend all the way to Harvard Law School. She is
After a final Q & A session, Board President Bob Lhulier thanked everyone who attended the meeting and called for adjournment. Dick Rausch
SPRINGMILL RESIDENT SPECIALS
What’s Happening… Timeless Travel Glenda Schneiderman became Chairman of the Timeless Travel Group when she stopped by Barbara Abrams’ house to inquire about this club and express interest in joining. Barbara’s response was to ask Glenda to “wait a minute” as she disappeared into her house, came out with a thick folder and said “it’s yours – all yours” and that’s the true story of how Glenda ‘volunteered’ to take on the role. That was in 2003 and except for a two-year reprieve when Tony Giantonio took over, she has been arranging day trips and week-long trips. The best and most enjoyable – The Indian Head Resort in New Hampshire (2010) when fall foliage was at its peak. Accommodations were superb. The resort was an all inclusive hotel that provided entertainment every evening and fabulous choices on the menu every day. Now for the vacation that was considered the “trip from hell and back,” Glenda recalls that it was a disaster from the start. First “warning of trouble” from the cruise line was that the assigned ship – Zenith - was being dry docked and would they consider a future date. “Not possible” was the reply from Glenda, so the alternative was to be assigned to another ship – Azamara – that was brand-new, upper class and offered all staterooms balconies and concierge service. A perfect substitute! The day of departure, an antiquated small bus with no AC or ventilation, arrived at Springmill. So small that many pieces of luggage had to travel on the bus rather than in the storage area. Upon arrival at Bayonne for departure, folks stood around not boarding the
Courthouse Horror… A First Person Narrative At yoga, on that February Monday, we wondered if any Springmillers might have been at the New Castle County Courthouse…site of a shooting that morning. It seems we’re a consistent pool of jurors to be called. Well, sure enough, at least one person was. Marty Hipp, of 325 Daylilly Way, reported for jury duty on February 11, and was in the lobby, when the shooting started. Here’s her account of the shock, fear, and distress she experienced that fateful day. As you read it, think how you might react if put in a similar scenario. “At the point the shooting started, I was next in line to go through security; my purse and other belongings were on the belt going through the screener. When I heard the shots, I dropped to the floor, crawled as quickly as I could…losing my shoes along the way, and ended up getting on a down escalator, still in a prone position, going down almost headfirst. At the bottom of the escalator, my coat stuck in the steps as they flattened and went into the mechanism. A man, who was also fleeing the gunfire, tore my coat to free me and helped me to my feet and to safety in a nearby office. Eventually someone found us and herded us into a jury room. We were walked single-file, with our hands in the air, into the room. We were patted down, and then told to take seats and not to move. Later we were given permission to use the restrooms and were offered water. During the time in this room, I asked several of the police if I could have my purse
ship which sent an alarm to all. The ship was not ready to depart that day, and all passengers would be booked at a hotel for the night near JFK Airport. Another bus ride provided by the cruise line and a restaurant stop that was not ready to serve so many people. Everyone turned in early eager to leave the next day. Upon arrival at the ship again, everyone boarded and while everything appeared to be first class, it was anything but. Some staterooms had all the amenities including towels while others did not. Not working were some of the sliding doors to the balconies which would have allowed cool air in compensating for the lack of AC. Also not working were the flat TVs. Absent was entertainment on the ship. Only the casino was ready for guests. Food service was first class however. The ship carrying 700 passengers left for Bermuda, and the vacation began. Glenda called the bus company – Rainbow – and ‘strongly’ stated that they should not be greeted with the same antiquated bus upon their return. Apparently, they did not listen, and there it was again. No other way to get home, so they boarded. While the trip turned out to be something of a nightmare, everyone received a full refund leaving all with the notion that free is far from enjoyable and that the best of plans can turn upside down with little recourse. The journey to and from before arriving at their destination will long be remembered and considered one of the most memorable trips ever. Glenda enjoys serving the community and participates in most of the trips. Her Co-Chairman, Betty Freeman, helps in planning the trip along with the other members. This club meets the third Wednesday of each month at the clubhouse at 10 a.m. New people are always welcome. Some of the trips are extended to Spring Arbor. What is best about these trips is that new residents get to meet long-time residents who might even be neighbors. Single folks have the opportunity to travel with familiar people. No complaints from residents since trips are planned with consideration for cost, location and time of the year. Bon Voyage! Sonya Comstock returned…containing things I would need. My requests went unanswered. Around noon, jurors were told they would be escorted to the garage and that we could leave. Anyone needing a ride would have to be picked up at Rodney Square. Since I didn’t have my cell phone, my car keys, my driver’s license, etc., I couldn’t call home for a ride, and I couldn’t drive home. I was also shoeless and had no coat on a cold winter day. (Although crisis counselors were brought in it was to address courthouse employees’ needs. Have you read one sentence yet about someone who was taking care of the juror’s physical or emotional needs?) Once again, I asked for assistance in getting my shoes and purse. The response I got was a tirade, in front of all the jurors, accusing me of being a horrible person with more concern for my possessions than the people who were shot. Since we were literally running for our lives, we had no idea of what went on in the lobby. Tears ensued, from the humiliation and the emotional rollercoaster I had been on. Once I was composed, I decided to try to find the woman from the Employee Assistance program, who had been sent to speak to the employees, in case THEY needed help or had concerns regarding the shooting. I found her, relayed what happened, and within a few minutes I had my shoes and my belongings back, minus my purse…still part of the crime scene. Then I was escorted to the garage and drove home…and very happy to get home that day.” Continued on Pg. 26
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Meet Your Neighbor This month we visit with the Sentinel’s chairperson, Dick Rausch, and his wife, Sheila, living at 66 Springmill Drive. I’m always surprised when I pull the name of someone I know…Dick from The Sentinel, and Sheila, who is part of our yoga group. But, I also know from experience, that there’s always something new to learn about a friend and/or neighbor. Dick was born, and remained, in Brooklyn, New York, until he left for college. He attended Northeastern University for his undergraduate work, majoring in electrical engineering and computers. He pursued his graduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania. After college he went into the military, spending part of his service in France. It is where he met his future wife. Sheila was born in North Carolina, near Ashville, but doesn’t have any real memories of time there, because the family moved to Newport News, Virginia, when she was just a baby. Her dad worked in the shipyard there. Virginia was Sheila’s home until she went to France around age 21. She gave college a try, but decided it wasn’t for her and so took a job with the government. She was assigned to Fort Eustis. Fate intervened when her boss, an Army major, asked if she liked to travel. An affirmative response gave her a choice of Korea or France. Her mother told her she “was NOT going to Korea.” So France it was…not exactly a hardship. Since both she and Dick were stationed in the same place, it didn’t take them too long to meet at an Officer’s Club dance. Dick spied Sheila from across the room. As an engaging conversationalist, I’m sure it didn’t take him long to make an impression. Being “coffee pals” was the first step toward romance, along with traveling with friends. After a few months of getting to know one another, they started “serious dating.” It must have gotten pretty serious, because within the year, they married at the base chapel in Orleans, France. After Dick completed his two-year service commitment, they returned to the U.S. and settled in the Englishtown-Manalapan area of New Jersey…convenient since Dick had taken a job in New York City. Before long, Sheila was pregnant with their oldest daughter, Rebecca…and then along came their second daughter, Debra. The family stayed in New Jersey for thirteen years until the family unit was complete. Their next move took them to Long Island, NY, due to a job change for Dick, who started working in the “bar coding business.” Bar codes have become a part of everyone’s life today, but back in the 1980’s, the bar coding industry was still in its infancy, having just begun in the 1970’s. The family remained in Long Island for six years until the girls had graduated high school and were starting college, at which time the Rausch family moved back to Warren Township in New Jersey. Dick, who was always involved in high tech sales and marketing, went to work for Sperry-Univac (Unisys). Dick and Sheila resided in New Jersey until they moved to Springmill in 2002. Having anticipated a retirement move, the Rausches searched as far south as North Carolina and into Pennsylvania, but decided Springmill in Delaware…with its friendly tax structure, was for them. Dick also appreciated its accessibility to big cities and points of interest nearby…that it was rural, but not isolated, offering the best of both worlds. The fact that family -one of their daughters and Dick’s brother -- were fairly close at hand and that most of Sheila’s family were within a few
hours’ drive, made it even more appealing. Sheila enjoys that there are lots of activities, but you can do things on your own. While an admitted homebody, she likes the people she’s met through her interests in crafting, gardening, bridge, and golf. Dick has been the more involved of the two since moving to Springmill. The Sentinel is his most visible community contribution. Dick is officially retired, but keeps his “hand in” the tech industry as a computer consultant and any other interesting projects that appeal to him. Sheila never had a long-term career during her marriage, but did work now and then as an administrative assistant. At one point, she was involved with the Passaic River Coalition, which endeavored to keep the river clean. She was “green” before it was popular. Sheila also pursued interests with her family. She has always had a passion for crafts. Dick, thinking she might be getting bored, suggested starting a retail specialty craft business. The store, “Treasure Cache,” was located in the Phillipsburg Mall and was in operation for over six years. The couple especially enjoyed going to all the wholesale gift and craft shows, and Sheila learned a lot about many different crafts along the way, wanting to become more knowledgeable about what she was selling. As far as pursuing the dreams of their youth, Sheila has always loved sports and still pursues them. Dick has had wanderlust since his time in France. The couple still travels frequently during the year. In regard to hobbies and leisure activities, Dick likes games, sports activities like tennis and golf, his stint on The Sentinel, and spending time on anything tech related. Sheila is an avid golfer and has a flair for folk art, water color, sewing, quilting and reading. They both enjoy traveling, dining out and shopping. Favorite travel destinations include northern Florida, southern California, and the Lake Tahoe area. Sheila’s dream trip would be an African safari, though Dick hasn’t shown any inclination so far. Our couple, who will be celebrating their 50th anniversary on October 12, enjoys time spent with their two daughters and six grandchildren. Rebecca, her husband Eric, and their children: Travis (23), Trevor (21), Troy (17) and Tori (15) live in Pennsylvania. Debra, whose home is in California, is presently staying with her parents, and has two children: Blake (12) and Brooke (10). Sheila and Dick “thought long and hard” about where they wanted to retire. They realize that all of their “careful planning paid off” because they have had “ten great years at Springmill and hope the next ten are as enjoyable.” Sheila added that “people here are terrific…haven’t met anyone we didn’t like…a caring community with great neighbors.” Well, we like you too…we really do, so here’s to the next 10 years. June Stemmle
My Friend Jackie About 50 Springmill ladies and friends came to the clubhouse at 1:00 PM on March 13 to hear about the experiences that created and molded the woman we came to know as Jackie as seen through the eyes of fictitious family friend, Candy Stanton. The scene is the Kennedy Georgetown residence, a week before inauguration, in January 1961, when Jack will take the oath of office to become the President of the United States and Jackie will become First Lady. Jackie is about to become American Royalty, a part of Camelot. But was it really that easy and glamorous, or were there dark secrets and unknown challenges? The attendees heard about the behind the scenes life of this fascinating American woman, Jackie Bouvier Kennedy–my friend, Jackie. Peggy Andrews introduced Renee Goodwin who played Candy Stanton. She mentioned what the world was like in 1961. The audience oohed and aahed over 31 cent a gallon gasoline and $2,000 automobiles. Renee Goodwin spent about an hour reviewing Jackie's life. She had a display of the books she used in creating her presentation. There were samples of the jewelry Jackie wore and some of Jackie's clothes on a Barbie doll sized figure. The CEC did an amazing job in preparing a “high tea” style luncheon before the presentation. There were beautiful platters of about a dozen different varieties of finger sandwiches along with a delicious cake and cupcakes. The Great Room and Craft Room were decorated in a spring and Easter theme with bunnies and flowers abounding.
5th Annual MACC Spring Expo The Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) annual event attracted several hundred residents from the MOT area including many from Springmill who had an opportunity to meet and chat with over 80 vendors and receive gift items from each one, enjoy entertainment by the MOT Line Dancers, win door prizes and then savor delicious food samplings from 16 restaurants in the nearby area. From crab cakes to tasty beef sandwiches to pulled pork, lobster, wonderful soups, pigs in a blanket, pizza, special artichoke dip, Uncle Mike’s water ice, delicious desserts all with a glass of wine from Kreston’s were part of the event. Door prizes were given – Sonya Comstock won the IPad, Chris Chappelle won a large azalea plant, Larry Daigle won a basket from Green Hill Car Wash which included a gift certificate plus many items for keeping the car clean and Bert Decker won a $250 gift certificate toward pavers for the driveway which unfortunately cannot be used here. A 50/50 raffle for the scholarship fund was ongoing throughout the evening. The annual event was held at St. Anne’s Elementary School and was sponsored by the Middletown Chamber of Commerce. Sonya Comstock
Congratulations to the CEC for bringing a little culture to Springmill and another job well done. Dick Rausch (the only man in attendance)
Maria Wendt, Jan Frieberg, Faye Green, Penny Reuss, Ruth Cohen & Louise Edwards
Carole Wagner, Lois Baker, Jean Sweeney
Ann Marie Burns, Ann Hullinger, & Claudia Garrett
Larry & Diane Daigle
Barb Lhulier, Joan Gross, Moreen Ryan, Ann Basler, Babs Fox, & Lolly Belber
Carolyn Mellone, Jo Verni, Ann Raymond, Agnes Joyce Foster, Bernadette Hnat, Maureen Maxwell, Murray, Betty Freeman, Carolyn Rifino Peg McMullen and Sisters of Joyce Foster(3)
Lois DiMemmo, Mary Elizabeth Rhoades, June Stemmle, Peggy Yeashvich, Louise Sommer, Dolores Billé, Bobbie Kauffman
Dennis Hand, Sonya Comstock, Chris Chappelle, Dick Rausch & Daughter
Friend of Joy & John Frazer peeking in the window!
Renee Goodwin & Peggy Andrews
Helpful Hints - Thank You, Dick Sommers
Spring Fling Dance SPRING FLING The 50’s/ 60’s dance was a big hit. Recalling those happy days! Drinking shakes, eating Hotdogs, jeans rolled up, bobby socks, doing the stroll what a great night.
cheer bag and all her efforts in putting together a terrific night. Mark Herner celebrated his birthday with his very original dance moves. Go Mark! WOW another great event at the Springmill Clubhouse.
DJ Steve Kurtz music had everyone dancing the entire night. Kudos to Cathy Davis for getting all the door prizes,
Phyliss & Marc Lichtenfield
Kathy Cioffi, Charlottte Smith, Joan Hancock
Betty Ann Opalach
Maria Corvino & Peggy Andrews
Emily Toy & Fran McCoombe
Sharon Merrick, Geri Pierson, & Gary Merrick
Lois & Sal DiMenno
Christine & Tom Laphan
Ella & Jack Garvine
Sandy Maguire, Lynn & Chuck Ruh
Ed & Becky Bullock
Peter & Joanne Kurych
Cal & Penny Reuss
Cathy Davis & Bill Uranko
Fred & Maria Wendt
Marie Magner & Carol Fron
Bobbi Kauffman & Bill Noyes
Rose Marie & Tim DiVietro
Claudette & George Latsko
Linda & John Rutt
Janet & Mark Herner
Herb & Kay O’Day Allen
Ruth & Bob Cohen
Tony & Bonnie Silva
Eileen & Dick Bengermino
Carolyn & Carl Rifino
Springmill Activities The CEC currently has thirteen members. You can see by reading this article that the CEC is always working to bring entertaining events to the community and we will try to continue. BUT WE COULD SURE USE YOUR HELP. If you do not desire to join the Committee you can always be a volunteer The CEC meets the first Wednesday of every month at 9:30 am in the card room. Our next meeting will be on April 3rd. Please join us.
Springmill Activity Contacts 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 Golf - Fred Wendt - MSML/Joe Tomassetti-SMGL 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 - Cathy Cioffi/Bridget McGrath Tennis -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
Charity Committee Last month the committee members collected 59 bags from 39 homes on the North side , 80 bags from 53 homes on South side. A special thank you to all who have contributed to help stock the food bank at the Neighborhood House. This month on April 1st ,we will be collecting for the MOT Center. Just a few reminders: Ÿ Please double bag food Ÿ Divide the cans into several bags. Ÿ Please don't make bags too heavy. Our arthritic hands can't grab and lift as before MR. ARTHRITIS joined the group. Ÿ The committee appreciates all the food our Springmill Neighbors have given over the years .
Please note: All committee meetings and activities using a Clubhouse room, must be cleared with Tracey Lund.
Community Events Committee
SPRING HAS SPRUNG AT SPRINGMILL . What a marvelous afternoon 49 ladies and 1 gentleman spent with MY FRIEND JACKIE. (See Pg. 14). The afternoon was brightened with the spring decorations provided by Joyce Foster. The lovely buffet table and delicious food and over 300 tea sandwiches were prepared by Joyce, Ann Newswanger, Pat Frail, Ginny Grippo, Bernadette Hnat, Kay O’Day Allen and Peggy Andrews. Shirley Smith made the YUMMIEST cake. Everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed the program and asked we have Rene back. Thanks to Dick Raush for the beautiful video.
Book Club Choices for April Book Club 1 (Deb Kupper/1st Wed.) We will be reading “An Invisible Thread” by Laura Schroff, et al. Book Club 2 (Mary-Elizabeth Rhoads/4th Tues.) Our group will be discussing “End of Your Life Book Club” by Will Schwalbe.
SPRING FLING The 50’s/ 60’s dance - See Pg. 15 Ÿ APRIL 7th NEWCOMERS BRUNCH Always a well attended event. Could it be the Mimosas or Bloody Mary’s?? The Brunch casseroles prepared by the residents last year were outstanding. I don’t know how you could top them! But I know you will try! All of you newcomers, please plan to attend, we are all waiting to meet YOU. Please RSVP by March 31, Ÿ April 27th SATURDAY NIGHT SOCIAL 7:00 pm at the Clubhouse.
Book Club 3 (Lydia Olson/3rd Mon.) Our book club’s selection for April is “Freeman” by Leonard Pitts. Book Club 4 (Mary Jo Starrett/1st Wed.) We will be enjoying “Lone Wolf” by Jodi Picoult. Book Club 5 (Joan Gross/3rd Tues.) When we meet in April, we will be discussing the book, “The Secret Keeper” by Kate Morton. June Stemmle
Ÿ May 5th The 139th RUNNING OF THE KENTUCKY DERBY. Witness the greatest two minutes in sports the Kentucky Derby. Enjoy a Kentucky style dinner, non – alcoholic Mint Juleps, then our own horse racing with Springmill jockeys. Flyer in Sentinel
In Memoriam Both the Springmill Community and The Sentinel would like to express our condolences to the families of Victoria Mooney, Ed Pugh, and Robert Schneider. May they rest in peace.
Ÿ May 18th GARAGE SALE Ÿ May27th MEMORIAL DAY PARTY
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ROSES By Leila Meacham
Green Room Bar & Lobby Lounge 1007 N. Market St. Wilmington, DE 19801 (302) 594-3154
This is not a gardening book...but, if you think of family as a garden that needs tending to produce healthy blossoms that sustain over time, the analogy is not too far afield.
I have dined in the Green Room, Brandywine Room and the Lobby Lounge of the Hotel DuPont. Up until this past visit, I had enjoyed lunch and dinner in the Green Room, the Matinee Buffet in the Brandywine Room, and holiday lunch in the Lobby Lounge. So, I had a preconceived idea of the quality of the food and service. However, a recent luncheon visit to the Lounge for a pre-theater lunch was a “mixed bag” from the start.
Leila Meacham, a retired high school English teacher, began writing in the 1980’s, but didn’t enjoy her new pursuit, and so put her latest manuscript aside, only to return to it a decade later. Then destiny took her in hand. A friend had a niece, who was married to a literary agent, who agreed to pursue publication. The work was eventually published in 2010. That manuscript was Roses. By this time, Ms. Meacham, who was in her 70’s, and leading a rather contented life, enjoyed the late literary success, but took it in stride and felt no pressure to produce another winner.
The pre-theater lunch is served from 11-2:00. There are no reservations. It is strictly a soup or salad accompanied by a sandwich menu for $14.00. You can request an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage for an additional charge. (My tea was $4.00.)
Ms. Meacham began her manuscript in the 1980’s…the decade of BIG novels…think Belva Plain and Barbara Taylor Bradford. At the time, Roses fit the bill on size, with a page total reaching 609 pages. It was also similar in tone, following three multi-generational Texas families and spanning the 20th century. Its success in 2010 was a surprise, because BIG works weren’t particularly in favor. But a good story transcends what’s “in.” And Roses is an engaging story.
We arrived around 12:00, were greeted and promptly seated at a lovely table…only 4 other tables had patrons. The first problem we encountered was that there was only one menu for the four of us. We requested more menus. Since there was a choice of two soups, two salads, and four sandwiches, it didn’t take long to make our selections. Everything arrived within 15 minutes of ordering. So far, so good. We all ordered the same sandwich…a shaved smoked turkey. Two arrived piled high with turkey and just enough dressing. The other two arrived with a few “chunks” of turkey with minimal dressing. This required finding our waiter and requesting mayonnaise…which arrived in a small sealed bottle. It took numerous tries to get the darn bottle open…be sure to have your server do this to save time and fingernails. I should mention, on a positive note, that the soups and salads were delicious. Oh, yes, there were no condiments on the table, requiring another hand wave and search for our server.
The primary characters are Mary Toliver and Percy Warwick, larger than life protagonists who fall in love, quarrel, part, and live with their regrets. What makes this novel contemporary is the fact that most of the problems arise out of the familiar work-home life balance that modern families deal with every day. Mary’s father dies and leaves her (rather than her older brother) in charge of the cotton plantation. This breeds bad family feelings and consumes Mary as she tries to prove herself and save the heritage she has been handed. Percy, heir to his family’s timber fortune, is obsessed with Mary…has been since childhood, and tries to compromise his desire for a “stay at home” wife with her need to put the family business first. Lack of communication and foolish missteps push the storyline along…leaving me frustrated with their choices, but turning the pages to see what could possibly happen next.
Tea was ordered by me. It arrived in a large pot and was nice and hot with a rather unique teabag, which fit snugly around the handle of the pot, allowing your tea to steep. Unfortunately, the server neglected to bring a teaspoon, sugar, or milk. Since I couldn’t find the waiter, I asked the host to take care of getting those. Be sure you have EVERYTHING you need before allowing your server to leave the table area!
As Mary grows older, she tries to prevent her great-niece, whom she’s mentored, from repeating the same mistakes she made…leading to an almost duplicate situation of good intentions gone wrong.
Soup and salad were enjoyed, as well as the sandwiches, with the exceptions noted above. Usually we enjoy dessert…turns out there was no dessert menu. However, our server did offer to arrange for some ice cream for anyone who wanted it. It arrived topped with huge blackberries and was delicious…at least until our bill arrived.
Through all of the 609 pages, you are drawn in by the detailed portraits painted of the characters, the time, and the Southern chivalry that sometimes complicates matters. You are also given insight into the more modern dilemmas of class and race; some perceptions staying the same and some changing with the times.
That one scoop of ice cream with 4 blackberries came at a cost of $8.00!!! That’s two thirds the price of the whole lunch! Note to self…don’t order dessert if it’s not on a printed menu.
Roses is worth its weight and the time it will take to read it. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey through time.
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Thank You Thank you to my Springmill family for your condolences, cards, flowers, and words of encouragement. You have all made the passing of my father much easier to bear. Kathy Cioffi
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Now that you know the difference between an internet and the Web we can start walking through the basics for using the Web. Most of us senior users want to use the Web to search for information on their favorite topics like medical issues, do some banking, play games, book travel arrangements, or shop online. In order to do these things you need to use some sort of web browser. A browser is a program that allows you to interact and view the internet and contents of the Web. The Web Browser, Internet Explorer, developed by Microsoft and comes pre-installed when you buy a Windows computer. Internet Explorer (IE) is probably the most commonly used browser. Firefox is another one of my favorite browsers. Firefox is a free download. Some people prefer Firefox over IE because it loads web sites faster and gives you a larger viewing area. Firefox is also a tabbed browser, which means that you can open each web page in a new tab instead of opening a new window. The latest versions of IE can do the same.
Back to the Basics When Computer Tutor started about 5 years ago we spent a great deal of time talking about the basics of computer technology. We have gone far afield in the past couple of years and it is time to return to the basics, for a while, to give some of us a feel for what makes the computers we use “tick”. In the next couple of months we will cover the basics of the internet or web. We'll start by defining the terms internet and web, then move through explaining browsers, search engines, webmail, and anti-virus programs. These topics will give you an understanding of finding your way around the web. Many people use the terms Internet and World Wide Web (aka the Web) interchangeably, but they are not the same. The Internet and the Web are two separate but related things.
Next month we'll talk about using a web browser to “surf” the web. Dick Rausch
The Internet is a massive network of networks. It connects millions of computers together globally, forming a network in which any computer can communicate with any other computer as long as they are both connected to the Internet.
Corbit-Sharp House Tour On Sunday, April 21, from 1 - 4:30 p.m., the Historic Odessa Foundation (HOF) will have an Open House Tour of the Corbit-Sharp House for the MOT community. Come and tour this historic house and learn of some of the existing programs that take place in this historic National Landmark throughout the year and which provide opportunities to serve as a volunteer. FREE!
The World Wide Web, or simply Web, is a way of accessing information over the medium of the Internet. It is an information-sharing model that is built on top of the Internet. The Web utilizes browsers, such as Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Mozilla's Firefox, Google's Chrome and Apple's Sapphire to access Web documents called Web pages that are linked to each other via hyperlinks. Web documents
Living Green Help Celebrate Earth Day Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Wisconsin, called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day, to be held on April 22, 1970. Over 20 million people participated that year, and now Earth Day is observed on April 22 each year by more than 1 billion people in 175 countries. There are a number of events held in Delaware to recognize Earth Day: Delaware Nature Society Earth Day Festival - 3rd Annual Saturday, April 20, 2013, 11 am - 3 pm DEEC, Wilmington Riverfront 1400 Delmarva Lane Free and Fun for All Ages - Rain or Shine Celebrate the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day with DNS! Learn how to make every day Earth Day! As a tribute to Delaware's Governor Russell W. Peterson, DEEC will host an Earth Day festival and offer free programs to educate the community and families about Delaware's marshes and its residents, water quality and why the Christina River is important to northern Delaware.
Festival activities include: composting demonstrations, canoe trips, hikes to a beaver lodge, live critters and creepy crawlies, catching fish and aquatic insects with nets, green living exhibitors, face painting and crafts and music. Snacks will be available for purchase. Wilmington Earth Day Celebration The Wilmington Earth Day Celebration is an annual festival held outdoors in Rodney Square featuring dozens of "green" vendors from throughout the tri-state region. The 10th annual event will take place on April 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. rain or shine. This event is a terrific opportunity to gain insight into everything from gardening to hybrid automobiles -- all during a short period in the middle of the day. The many vendors on hand will be offering a variety of sustainable products and tips for the home, workplace, and roadway. Other attractions will include: a raffle prize, kids activity and craft, a live radio broadcast by WJBR 99.5 FM, music and much more. University of Delaware Monday April 15, 2013 – Monday April 22, 2013. Each year the University of Delaware marks the
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neighbors to the game. You really owe it to yourself to become active in a sport, and we have the best venue for introducing you to Pickleball. The “Y” newcomers were surprised to learn that we had a facility for the sport. We plan to have scheduled two-hour sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings starting in April. Our starting time is flexible and we have the equipment to introduce you to the game. I suggest that you start to condition your body by doing some walking, especially if you’ve been a couch potato this winter. Kindly contact Jane Kimmins or me for more details; our phone numbers are listed in the directory. If the number of players increase, we may be able to incorporate additional time periods for play.
Sports News We made it through another winter relatively unscathed. Now that spring is officially here we will resume providing information about the outdoor sporting scene at Springmill. Bocce – Anne Lucas, Bocce coordinator reports that the Bocce season will be starting the week of May 6th. League sign up sheets are inserted in the April Sentinel. We would like to encourage more players to consider taking advantage of this simple outdoor activity. If you haven't tried Bocce yet you will be amazed about how easy it is to learn and play and how much fun it is to get out for about 1 ½ hours once a week. If you are interested in playing please complete the enrollment form and return to Anne Lucas. Teams will be organized and schedules arranged. All players will be notified before play commences.
Tennis – Terry Markisohn and Mark Verni are cocoordinators for tennis activities. Terry reports: The windscreens have been reinstalled on the tennis courts and we are looking forward to better weather in April. There was not a great deal of opportunity to play outdoors during winter so we are looking forward to our Saturday and Sunday morning matches as the weather improves. All residents are welcome to play. Please contact Terry or Mark if you have any questions about Springmill's tennis program.
The Bocce and Tennis courts are always open, weather permitting. Whenever the mood hits you get a few people together and start playing. The Bocce equipment is in the closet in the Craft Room. Golf – The Springmill Men's Golf League (SMGL). Bob Lhulier reports: Joe Tomassetti is the President of the Springmill Men's Golf League for 2013. The league plays on Thursdays from April thru October and alternates between Back Creek and Frog Hollow Golf Clubs. All residents of Springmill and Spring Arbor are welcome to play. There are currently about 40 members signed up and Joe is always looking for interested players. If you'd like to play please contact Joe at firstname.lastname@example.org The first week of play is April 4th at Back Creek. It is necessary to sign up first to make sure that you are on the list to tee off at 9:00 am. Bob Lhulier is the Day Captain for April.
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. 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. Poolroom News - Bob Cohen in for Art Lamb reports that the past month there were five perfect games in eight ball! Larry Daigle (2); Tom Ferrara (1); Jerry Crennan (1); Bob Cohen (1)
Pickleball – Carl Rifino Pickleball Coordinator contributed the following: As the days get warmer we Pickleball players are getting ready to play outdoors. Some of us played all winter at the YMCA in Bear. The experience there was very interesting in that we played people of all ages, from teenagers to adults in their 50s. Some had never played a racket sport, but others had played tennis or ping pong. We attracted “Y” staff members and finally some people with varying PB skills. We also attracted new people from Sprigmill to join. Despite this variety, most people agreed that they had fun playing the game.
American Association of University Women The American Association of University Women's Middletown
Branch is looking for a few or many good women. The local branch is attempting to increase the membership to achieving the mission of the AAUW which advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. This national organization uses its influential network to disseminate information, raise awareness, and effect change on women's issues. To become a member of this national organization, women must have an associate or equivalent RN, baccalaureate, or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution. Our local meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month in the evenings. If you were a member of the AAUW prior to moving to Springmill, this is a good opportunity to reconnect to the organization.
People with tennis and ping pong skills picked up the game very quickly. They had a sense for strategy which gave us the opportunity to learn new skills of our own. This is important as we play people from other parts of DE and if we want to enter the Delaware Senior Olympics at the end of the summer. However, it was also great to see some Springmill people take part. We had two people who just started to play, as well as people who played a few years. Some of us have improved our ability, but all the Springmillers enjoyed most the opportunity to teach someone the game. And now we’re ready to welcome our
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Glasgow Medical Center Glasgow Medical Center, established in 1990, has three locations, and one of them, opened in 2005, is in Middletown. The Glasgow Medical Center, and its Medical Aid Unit, opened in 1990 across from Hodgson Vo-Tech in Glasgow. A second Medical Aid Unit, opened in 2004, is directly across Rt. 4 Olga Petrova, PA, John Cellucci, from Christiana Hospital, who is a MD, April S., receptionist, Beth partner in the Glasgow project. The Slaten, RN, Nicole Keane, RN Medical Aid Unit at Middletown opened in 2005 in the belief that the populace in Middletown would benefit from a Medical Aid Unit close to home. New communities were springing up and needed was a facility where people could walk in and be treated seven days a week without a long wait. What this center offers is an alternative to the Emergency Department at the hospital; faster response time and affordable health care to the community. Minor accidents and illness do happen, and often at inconvenient times. When these occur or when a person’s regular doctor is not available, GMAU at Middletown is the next best place to be. Walk-ins are greeted immediately, assessments are made and care is
Renovation 101 Wall Mounted TV When we agreed to do a wall mount installation for the new Sunroom cabinetry, we contacted Mark Wasmund, a custom installer, audio-visual designer, and owner of the HiFi Guy. He dropped by and explained all the various options regarding design, placement, and equipment for the installation. We had no idea the amount of technology that was available…from being able to hide the audio-visual equipment behind closed doors, using a sensor and IR Kit, to getting a universal remote, where all you had to do was press play and the TV knows what to do from there….my kind of technology. Cost for installation can range from $200-400 for a basic mount to $1,000 or more depending on the options you choose. The next step for us, once the cabinet design was complete, was to get Mark together with Mike Moore, of Moore’s Cabinets, so everyone was on the same page. At this point we also decided to have the TV mounted, before the cabinetry was installed, because the initial TV placement takes about three hours. On the day of installation, Mark and his helper, Kyle, arrived with a multitude of tools and wires. The first thing they did was to mark off where the TV would be on the wall using painter’s tape. I sat in my “TV chair” to be sure it was correctly placed for my line of vision. Mark actually put a little dot, so I could focus my field of vision. Since all was
administered without delay. Physicians and nurses are on the unit at all times. Small wounds, lacerations requiring sutures, minor burns, suspected fractures/sprains, flu-like symptoms, sports injuries and physicals, are treated in a timely manner. With many workplace injuries, the patient is able to return to work quickly. A number of companies have partnered with Glasgow Medical Aid Units for their workplace injury care knowing their employees will be promptly taken care of and able to return to work in a shorter period of time. Laboratory and X-Ray Services are also part of services offered in all three units. Average costs of these visits are very much less than the same service received at a hospital ED. Glasgow Medical Aid Units treated a total of 69,000 visitors in the last year. In addition to walk-ins, GMC has a four-OR/2 Procedure Room Outpatient Surgery Center that performs about 5,000 cases/year. Some of the procedures offered are Orthopedics, General Surgery, Podiatry, Colonoscopy, Plastic Surgery, Gynecologic Surgery, Colon/Rectal Surgery and Urology. As many as 100 physicians in 25 specialties have offices in this Glasgow Medical Center, and 50 have privileges in the Surgery Center. Board Certified Anesthesiologists from Christiana Hospital are part of the surgery team. A four-time winner of the CTQ APEX Award, Glasgow Surgery Center was named one of the top outpatient surgery centers in the country for overall patient satisfaction. The surgery center is state licensed, Medicare approved and AAAHC accredited. The company’s mission is to provide high-quality, communitybased healthcare that is safe, convenient, pleasant and cost effective for both patient and physician. Putting people at ease, making them feel comfortable in an uncomfortable situation; this is the hallmark of a Continued on Pg. 26
satisfactory, the next step was to bolt the bracket, which would hold the TV, onto the wall…making sure there was flexibility of movement. The mounted TV would have a 180 degree range of motion. Once mounted, and after numerous measurement checks to be sure everything was centered, Mark and Kyle concentrated on cutting holes in the wall, so they could “fish” the electric and low voltage wiring inside the wall. As you know I hate wires. Finally…no visible wiring! The first hole was for a power kit, which allows the wires to be safely in the wall. It then connects to an “inlet”, which connects to a surge protector. The second hole made was for the cable box wiring. After all the wiring was installed, the TV was mounted…unbelievable rotation capabilities…not just right and left, but it can also “tip” up and down. The installation complete, it was time for clean-up and putting everything “temporarily” back in place. Mark will return on the day the entertainment unit is installed. He will take care of the final placement of the cable box, DVD, etc. I’m just happy to be moving forward. I know it will be another month before things are finalized, but it all begins with that first step. And I LOVE my new remote…so easy to use. I may just share with Joe, if he asks very nicely. If you would like to get more information, you can contact Mark at (302) 525-2950 or on-line at www.thehifiguyinc.com or contact him via e-mail at the email@example.com . June Stemmle
A Weekend to Remember – May 3-6
A four-day Gala will be held in Middletown covering four venues – The Everett Theatre, The Gibby Art Center for the Arts, the Everett Annex and Middletown Memorial Hall. In 1987 Gibby Perry was engaged to paint a mural of the Titanic’s grand staircase which will be the highlight of this special weekend. This mural was painted for the 75th commemorative convention held in Philadelphia. Everything from the ship’s design to the reason for the trip to the bottom of the ocean will be covered during this event in Middletown. The event runs from Friday, May 3, through Monday, May 6. On Friday evening at the Everett Theatre, the play, “Voices from the Titanic” will be presented giving the audience the experience of seeing Titanic’s passengers in the travel dress of the day. The main event for Saturday’s Gala is the unveiling of the 15x10 ft. mural “The Titanic Staircase.” Viewing of the mural is Saturday through Monday, and then it will be returned to the Titanic Historical Society. Attendees will also enjoy artwork and memorabilia from The White Star Line at the Annex, a cocktail reception and a formal dinner at the Middletown Memorial Hall that mirrors in content and presentation the same dinner as served on the Titanic. Additional entertainment and an auction will be held during the Gala event. This weekend event will help support The Everett Theatre and Gibby Center in their continued commitment to provide entertainment for the MOT communities. For seniors, there will be a 10% off coupon for Friday, Sunday and Monday only. Tickets for the weekend event are as follows: Ÿ Saturday, May 4 Adults – Full Gala – begins 4-11 p.m. - $75. Ÿ Friday, May 3, 7:30 “Voices of the Titanic” Play/Exhibits combo - $25 Ÿ Adult – Exhibits only – Sun. or Mon, May 5 or 6 – 12-6 p.m-$15 Ÿ Child – Friday play and Exhibit Combo - $12 Ÿ Child – Exhibits only – Sun or Mon, May 5 & 6 – 12-6 p.m.- $7 Tickets available at the box office for all or part of the weekend. For more information , go to http://www.thegibby.com/Titanic.html or contact one of the cocaptains – Rick Pulling – 302-632-8438 or Carolyn Stanley – 302-218-8013. Sonya Comstock
Volunteer Orientation Interested in volunteering close to home? Why not find out more about the opportunities offered at the Everett Theatre and Gibby Center for the Arts? Attend one of the three meetings listed (no more than an hour) scheduled on the following dates: Thurs. April 18 – 10 a.m., Sat. April 20 – 2 p.m., Thurs. April 25 – 7 p.m. Meetings to be held at The Gibby Center, 51 W. Main St. (next to the Everett Theatre). Just show up! Meet new friends and enjoy new opportunities.
DSWA Earth Day Festival April 20, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Killens Pond State Park & Water Park, 5025 Killens Pond Road, Felton, DE 19943. The Delaware Solid Waste Authority's annual Earth Day Festival is the largest such event in southern Delaware. This festival features fun and exciting "EcoStations," complete with hands-on displays that provide insight into soil, forestry, and wildlife. There will also be crafts and games for children daring enough to venture through "Trash Can Dan's EcoWorld." Get out and show your support for the EARTH at one or more of these events. Dick Rausch Continued From Pg.11: Courthouse Shooting As I read Marty’s account of her experience, I was frustrated and angered on her behalf…at the lack of compassion displayed by the officers and employees at the courthouse. It’s nice to know that the state takes care of its employees, but would it have been so hard to offer the same concern for those who had just come to do their duty as a citizen? Would it have been so hard to offer a hug, a cup of coffee, something to eat, a blanket to ward off shock? Would it have been so hard to offer a ride home…what condition were some of those people in to drive themselves after such trauma?
Yes, it’s a good thing to be a responsible citizen, but it’s also good to know your rights in situations like this. It’s also good to be proactive and express your feelings to state officials who escort criminals in bullet-proof vests to court through back doors, while the victims attending the same hearing are left to fend for themselves, exposed, and going through the front door. There are many things to be learned from Marty’s experience, and I thank her for sharing the details with us. June Stemmle erratic and requires effort on your part, the food is inconsistent, and the price is right unless you order dessert. Would I go back again…yes. BUT, this time I would know “all the right moves” to make it a more pleasant dining experience.
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Oh, by the way, as we exited I asked our host if I could have a menu for the regular lunch, served on non-matinee days. I can tell you, it was limited, and there was nothing on it I would be remotely interested in ordering. June Stemmle Continued From Pg. 25: Glasgow
remarkable staff. The staff is aware that anyone entering their center is apprehensive; and a professional, caring staff member makes all the difference to the patient experience.
Sonya Comstock Continued From Pg. 21: Earth Day annual celebration of Earth Day with an entire week devoted to bringing a focus on and educating the University community about how to become more sustainable with a mix of lectures, films, and hands-on activities that are organized and presented by students and staff. The week always kicks off with green ribbons tied along the lampposts on the Green that draw attention to the celebration and alert everyone to the upcoming events. Check this website for a complete list of activities sponsored by UD.
Extended hours are offered at all the Medical Aid Units. Open 7 days/week 8 am – 8 pm, and Holidays 9-5. No appointments are necessary. The Middletown location is 124 Sleepy Hollow Drive (at the corner of Bunker Hill Rd) – Phone No. 449-3100. Sonya Comstock
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