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Volume X1, Issue 1


January 2013

Happy New Year of Springmill through our Charity Committee. We have also shown our concern for our sick neighbors here in Springmill with our cards, meals and visits. Finally, we have the Respite Group which helps out caregivers here at Springmill. All of the above shows us as a loving, caring community.

New Year’s Resolutions The holiday season is now over. Santa has come and gone. All gifts for grand kids were wrapped and distributed. All Holiday visiting is now finished. We are now trying to get our homes back to normal taking down all decorations both inside and outside. We are just looking for a break from all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

This New Year season, maybe we can push this a little further. There are people in Springmill that may be sick, lonely, and depressed and don’t see anyone from one end of the day to the next. These are the residents who have never volunteered for a committee, never gone on a trip, never come to the clubhouse, and never made friends of their neighbors. Maybe just a short visit every now and then just might help to brighten someone’s day and give that person a sense that someone cares. This is not easy but this could be a good resolution for us all and maybe one that we might keep and which would help another Springmill resident.

The New Year has just begun and some of the residents are headed for the warm sunny south. To the snowbirds, we wish them well and we will miss them. For those of us staying in Springmill, we are hoping for a warm winter and as little snow as possible. This is also the time of the year that we make our New Year resolutions – and by January 2nd, we start wondering what they were!!! Here is one resolution that we all might consider. Springmill is an extremely generous and caring community. We saw that when Sandy hit both New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. Springmill did its part in helping our unfortunate neighbors. Also, throughout the year we contribute to the care of the poor and sick outside

Happy New Year to all from The Sentinel Staff! Joe Grippo Sentinel Index

Springmill’s Nonagenarians

New Year’s Resolution......................................................Pg. 1 Springmill Nonagenarians................................................Pg. 1 Committee Reports...........................................................Pg. 3 Town News.........................................................................Pg. 7 NCCo Library Update........................................................Pg. 7 Meet Your Board Member (Barb Kelly)...............................Pg. 9 What’s Happening…(Communications Cmtee)..............Pg. 9 Cultural Events................................................................Pg. 11 Board Meeting .................................................................Pg. 11 Arborist Conducts Tree Tour.........................................Pg. 13 In Vino Veritas Christmas Dinner...................................Pg. 13 Poolroom News ...............................................................Pg. 13 Fox Fitness Tips..............................................................Pg. 13 Christmas in Odessa.......................................................Pg. 14 Christmas Lights in Springmill......................................Pg. 14 Christmas in Springmill..................................................Pg. 15 CEC Report.......................................................................Pg. 17 Charity Committee...........................................................Pg. 17 Timeless Travel Group....................................................Pg. 17 Book Review (First Family).............................................Pg. 19 Restaurant Review (Inn At The Canal).............................Pg. 19 Advertiser’s Spotlight (Christiana Care PT Plus).........Pg. 25 Renovation 101 (Pantry).................................................Pg. 25

They say age is only a number, but when that number reaches 90 and then some, it’s spectacular. Officially people between the ages of 90-99 are called nonagenarians. Springmill has nine residents who have reached this age or are almost there. They all deserve special recognition – Anna Rose Sarao (97), Tony Szwec (93), Dot Anderson (92), Emily Toy (92), Frances Sullivan (91), Evelyn White (91), Annette Iannelli (90), Mary Vible (90) and the youngster, Vera Bagnatori (90) on April 7. In speaking with Rose Sarao and Annette Iannelli, sisters, who both live on Daylilly Way in separate homes and are from New Jersey, longevity runs in their family. Rose has two children, four grandchildren and one great grandson. While the two sisters are close in age with a sister in between them, growing up was quite different for each. Rose married and settled down with her family while working at Macy’s as a Sales Manager for 25 years. No time to be a social butterfly as her sister, Annette, was playing golf and winning a championship as well as Continued on Pg. 21


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: Joan Schopp Secretary: Janet Geftman Production Manager: Joe Grippo Business Manager: Carol Geiger Advertising: Anne Currie, Jerry Ryan, Pat Steskal, Bert Dekker Staff: Mary Jo Starrett, June Stemmle , Sonya Comstock, Julie Hambrecht, Joe Grippo Directory: Julie Hambrecht Distribution Manager: Phyllis Torgersen Calendar: Tracey Lund

Please forward all articles & inquiries to:


Committee Reports Communications Committee

Springmill Homeowners Association

The December meeting was held on the 11th with 8 committee members and Fred Bodden, Board liaison in attendance. This was Fred’s last month as liaison; Bob Gross begins his 3 month assignment in January.

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 November meeting minutes were approved as submitted by Janet Geftman.

Community Manager Tracey Lund 801 Windmilll Lane 376•5466

Joan Schopp gave her final report as Treasurer. She and Dave are moving to South Carolina. We will miss them both and wish them well. Sentinel income for November 2012 was $2,338. Income after expenses was $1,549. We have exceeded our budget forecast for 2012 with a month remaining in the year. We again welcome Diane Daigle, Joan’s successor as Committee Treasurer.

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

There was a general discussion of the status of advertisers in Carol Geiger’s absence. There is one new advertiser for the January issue. Advertisers whose agreements expire in February are being contacted for renewals. The status of advertisers for the 2013 Annual Directory was reviewed. Commitments for all ads have been received. There will be 19 advertisers in the Directory. The directory is in the final stages of production.

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

Joe Grippo reviewed the editorial plan for January. The cover story will feature a New Year’s message and the introduction to the special Nonagenarian issue which will be the major article for January.

•• 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

There was discussion about a pictorial article for the February issue featuring changes to the Clubhouse over the past year.

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

Fred Bodden provided an update on the Tree Task Force’s activities and the ongoing concerns with the state of Springmill’s 1500 trees.

Finance Committee The finance committee covered many topics at our December meeting since we did not meet during November because of a conflict in dates with the Thanksgiving holiday.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 PM. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at 7:00 PM in the Clubhouse Craft Room. Residents are welcome to attend.

Covered topics included updates on the tree task force, long range planning, and future insurance contracts for 2013-2014. We discussed the costs of pool repairs as presented by the Clubhouse committee. Everyone signed off on the code of ethics as presented by the BOD. Finally, we reviewed and discussed the October and November financial statements.

Dick Rausch

Maintenance & Repair Committee The MRC conducted the last meeting of 2012 on Tuesday, 12/11/12. Our secretary (Rosemarie Lamb) provided wonderful nuts and holiday cookies which set the mood for a joyous meeting.

Our next meeting will be held on January 16th at 3:00 PM in the Club House. All are welcome to attend.

The holiday atmosphere continued as the members welcomed our newest member George Ryor. George has already agreed to handle two of Art Lamb’s tasks (flag changing and windmill) when Art has minor surgery during early 2013.

The members of the finance committee wish to extend warm holiday greetings and a happy, and most importantly, a healthy New Year to everyone! Cal Reuss

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Committee Reports Continued From Pg. 3: MRC The tree taskforce report was given by John Rutt and BOD representative Carl Rifino. Mel Geiger is writing the latest addition to ARC guidelines. More information will be shared about this after the BOD has seen and given input.

The next MRC meeting will be held on January 8th and members are welcome to attend. We wish everyone a healthy and happy new year. Annie Hall

Property Committee The Town of Middletown has begun to clear the water in Pond D (front of clubhouse) of phragmites with spraying and then plan to remove the dead vegetation. These weeds are best sprayed in the fall before physically pulling up the dead plants. The town has corrected an erosion problem in a drainage ditch behind 73 SMD. Also, the outlet of the drainage ditch to Pond E (large pond behind Middletown Diner) has been cleared of trees and brush to facilitate flow of storm water.

clubhouse. Thank you to Carolyn Rifino, Sarah Money, Jo Verni, Ann Hullinger, Stella Sweeney, Eileen Bengermino, Ray Roullier and AnnMarie Burns for all of their work. The creche in the front hallway was lent to us by AnnMarie who told us it belonged to her husband John’s uncle. Maria Wendt volunteered to sew the table coverings.The beautiful tree that the CEC decorated completed the task. If you haven’t seen the decorations they will be there until January 7th. The Clubhouse Committee is always concerned about safety. If you must use a ladder to get a book in the library or do some other task, please have someone with you or at least be sure that someone is in the clubhouse. A new thermostat was intalled in the hot water heater for the restrooms. The annual service contract from Aquatic Systems Management for the 2013 pool season has been signed. Also the proposal to have the swimming pool renovated this coming spring was also approved by the board. As the end of 2012 approaches I would like to thank all those residents who are not members of the committee but have helped in various ways. Our next meeting is Wednesday, January 2nd at 11:15AM.

TREES-A few dead trees have been removed from the street Julia Hambrecht side with sod planted. It would be much appreciated if homeowners could water sod if it looks dry. Thank you to Snow the folks who have done so already.

Removal Equipment

Our new landscaping company has made us a deal we could not refuse. They went ahead and purchased 5 new plows, Front End Loaders, for Springmill driveways and asked if they could leave them in the clubhouse parking lot for the winter. The Board saw this as a real benefit to Springmill for two reasons: first, we all want snow removed as quickly as possible to handle any ambulance emergency during and after a storm and secondly, since there are a number of residents still working, we want them to be able to get to work in a timely manner. The contractor has signed a waiver releasing Springmill from any liability for damage or loss while the equipment is stored on our premises.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS-Now comes my favorite time of the year. Love to ride around Springmill and see some of the lighted displays that some homeowners create. PLEASE, refer to the Landscaping Guidelines for a few simple instructions. REMINDER……All lights outside on trees in common area are to be removed by January 15, weather permitting. SNOW REMINDER-Any snow or ice UNDER 2 inches on your walkway to house and driveway is the homeowners responsibility for clearing. Suggest you have a chemical deicer conveniently located in garage for use. Only purchase a CALCIUM CHLORIDE compound and DO NOT USE a Sodium Chloride compound as in rock salt.

Our landscaper has also removed the shovels from the snow removal equipment and sent them out to be Teflon coated to lessen the chances of damage to the driveways. By March all the equipment will leave the parking lot till the following winter.

Parking Cars-If you have a car parked in your driveway, it would be a good idea to place the vehicle farthest from your walkway. It will facilitate a more effective snow clearing of the driveway next to your car. The Town of Middletown plows our streets for snow removal. Beware of parking a car on the street if the street has to be cleared. The Town will sometimes begin plowing early during a storm and if that is at night, a car parked at the curb might risk damage.

The Board of Directors

Board Motions 1. Motion for the Clubhouse Committee to purchase 4 new ceiling fans for the Great Room. Approved: (5-0)

Everyone have a safe and happy holiday season. THINK SPRING……

2. Motion to refund a home owner for overpayment of their Association dues. Approved: (5-0)

Carolyn Bodden

3. Motion to appoint Carl Rifino to prepare and distribute a community flyer addressing tickets for the show Cirque. Approve: (3-2) In favor: Bodden, Rifino, Gross: opposedLhulier, Kelly

Clubhouse Committee The Clubhouse Committee met on December 5th, 2012. After days of planning, shopping and decorating we hope that everyone has enjoyed the new decorations for the

Board of Directors



Around Town Library Update…January

New Business Décor by Moore’s Elana’s Florist has expanded and opened a new business at her present location. Décor by Moore’s is a unique shop combining the talents of Moore’s Cabinet Refinishing and Elana’s Florist to offer furniture, cabinetry, accessories and gifts. Different themed rooms offer many creative ideas for your home. Location – 500 N. Broad St. – Normal business hrs. - Phone No. 302-378-3492.

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 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 be closed January 1 and January 21.

Sonya Comstock

Sonya Comstock

New Sunoco Gas Station v Stampage Saturday, Jan 19 10:00-11:30 ( $9 class & material fee) Pam Gill, instructor helps you create scrapbook pages with photos. v Knitting Circle Alternate Tuesdays at 7:00 pm (Jan.8 & 22) For all levels of experience. v Tech Tuesdays 6:30 to 7:30 Free tutorial on using e-devices & downloading e-books (no class Jan 1.) v Sew-Be-It Quilters Second Saturday at 10:00 am (Jan. 12) novice & experienced quilters welcome. v Book Discussion for Adults Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7:00 pm “The Dovekeepers.”

The Liberty Gas Station on Rt 71 which went out of business a few months ago will become a Sonoco station. This is the Gas Station by Cedar Lane in the area of the Dollar Store and bowling alley. Sonya Comstock

Christiana Care Middletown Emergency Department

Programs for adults in the Community Activity Center… must register v Defensive Driving: basic Mon. & Tues. Jan. 7 & 8. Two 3-hr. classes 6-9 pm $32 v Card Making Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 with Pam Gill ($5 material fee) v Yoga Mon. 10-11:00 $18 for three 1-hour classes with Crystal Walker v Yoga “FREE SAMPLE CLASS” Saturday, Jan. 19 1:45-2:15 v Zumba Gold Sat. 10:30-11:30 $6 drop-in fee, nstructor is Elisa Cordero v Ballroom/Salsa Dancing Tues. Jan 8- Feb. 19 6 onehour classes 6-7 pm.

The new Christiana Care Middletown Emergency Department which is located at the corner of Main St. and Brickmill Rd is expected to be completed and opened this April.

Children’s Programs/Fee & Registration v Movers & Shakers (2-4) $18 for four 45 min. classes, Thurs. 10:30-11:15, Learning games, music v Book Babies (under 2) Fridays 11 am No story time on Jan. 4. v Rhythm, Rhyme & Story Time (ages 3+) Fridays 10:15 No Story time on Jan. 4. v Birthday Fun for Everyone Jan 19 at 4 pm “Yoko Learns to Read,” a story & art activity. v Science & Math for Kids (ages 3+) Jan. 14 at 10:30 am “Constructing Your Own Fun.”

The 36,500 square foot facility will include 18 treatment bays, eight observation unit beds and will be able to handle 80-thousand plus residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The 34 million dollar facility will expand Christiana Care's presence south of the canal. Christiana president and CEO Dr. Bob Laskowski says the emergency center is just the beginning. Now Springmill residents with emergencies will not have to endure a 25 minute ride to either Christiana in Wilmington or Kent in Dover.

June Stemmle

Joe Grippo




Meet Your Board Member decision. She credits Bob Lhulier with always being so practical and level-headed and recognizing the best interests of the community first. The Board has changed drastically from ten years ago when it was somewhat less than professional and had growing pains. Today, each board member understands fully what is expected, and changes are made for the betterment of the community. Barbara says we must all realize that our homes are our biggest investment and must be protected and can be when rules and regulations are put in place and enforced. A stranger driving in and around our community has to be impressed with the overall appearance and that means more value for our homes when we eventually sell.

Barb Kelly Known as the couple who bought the last new house in Springmill, Barbara and her husband, Jim, consider themselves fortunate to be part of this community. Owning a big home with a large piece of property in Chesapeake City, they decided it was time to lessen their workload and move to a managed community where homes were smaller and on one floor, and outside maintenance was included. They also wanted to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law and three grandchildren in New York. Driving time is doable, as it is only 2+ hrs. each way, so visits can be arranged with short notice. Her son lives with his family in San Francisco, and they have two children. Barbara and Jim fly out to see them several times a year.

While living in Northern Virginia, Barbara had her own interior design business which kept her quite busy but has now retired from that. She has taken on the role of bereavement photographer volunteering her time to take photos for family members who have suffered the loss of their newborn baby. This organization is called “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” and she realizes these photos will be all the family has to remember their loss.

The move to Springmill was based on the location, low monthly fees, how it was managed (very well), the many committees and clubs offered and convenience to the town. They moved here in 2009, and Barbara joined the Board a year later when Hank Matelson resigned in the middle of his term. The Board was eager to have another woman serve, so she submitted her application and was accepted. The following year she ran for election on her own merit and won. What surprised her was the dedication of all volunteers in Springmill- all eager to make this community the best ever.

Barbara considers Middletown a great small town with big ideas. She credits the Mayor for his passion in always seeking to improve the town and supporting Springmill in every way possible. Over the years she has enjoyed the many events held at the clubhouse and thanks the CEC for wonderful activities year round. Her final thoughts are to all – if you have an idea or suggestion, bring it to the attention of the Board or committee. Your idea might be just what is needed to keep Springmill the wonderful community it is as it moves forward.

On the Board, she became aware of the research that goes into making a decision that will affect the entire community. Not an easy task as the Board must first look into the Declaration and By-laws and follow them. Next step is to check with the attorney and then make a

Sonya Comstock Springmill to bring in all the news that residents should know about. Mary Jo Starrett edits all the articles before publication. Jerry Ryan and Janet Geftman do a final proof and Joe Grippo does the layout, production and gets the finished copy to the printer each month.

What’s Happening… Communications Committee Dick Rausch is the editor of The Sentinel which keeps the community aware of happenings inside and outside Springmill. From a few pages in 2002, it has expanded to 32 pages along with color for many of the photographs and just celebrated its tenth anniversary. A calendar has been added listing all the activities of the month. In addition, flyers are included that tell of upcoming events and trips.

The Sentinel brings in revenue through its advertising which is the result of the efforts of Carol Geiger, business manager, along with Bert Dekker, Anne Currie, Jerry Ryan and Pat Steskal who seek out businesses to advertise in our publication as well as the annual directory. The newsletter makes a profit of over $15,000 each year which is turned over to the general fund. Joan Schopp, treasurer, keeps accurate records of revenue and expenses. She is responsible for sending advertisers’ checks to Mid-Atlantic and for paying all bills.

This newsletter takes many hands to produce the final copy each month. The editorial staff consists of June Stemmle who writes about everything happening in the community and Sonya Comstock who goes outside

Janet Gefman, secretary, records all monthly meeting minutes and distributes to all members. Continued on Pg. 26




Cultural Events Springmill Wed. Jan. 16 – 1– 4 p.m. - Card Party – bring your own game and reserve your table. Contact Ginny Grippo for reservations - $5 Sat. Jan. 26 – 7 p.m. - Saturday Night Social - bring your own CDs, snacks and drinks

Middletown Everett Theatre Fri/Sat – Jan. 4 & 5 - 7:30 p.m. - Twilight "Breaking Dawn

2" - PG-13 – Tickets $6 Odessa Sun. Jan 13 – 2 p.m. – “Corbit-Calloway Memorial Library” A Visit with Hemingway - the most influential American writer in the 20th century (from Ernie to Papa) and his works. Featuring readings from selected short stories: The Sun Also Rises, The Old Man and The Sea. Co-sponsored by Delaware Humanities Forum and presented by Dr. Richard Davidson. FREE Smyrna Opera House, 7 W. South Street . 302-653-4236 Sat. Jan. 26 – 3 p.m. – “It’s a Wolf” – Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theater - $5 children & adults Sat. Jan. 26 – 7:30 p.m. – “Joe Baione Trio” – jazz music $16 Ardentown New Candlelight Theater, 2208 Millers Rd., 302-475-2313 Matinee & Evening Shows, January 25-March 17 – 6 p.m., Sunday – 1 p.m - “The Producers” - a Mel Brooks Musical. Winners of 12 Tony Awards. Tickets - $56 – includes dinner buffet.

BOD Meeting Reviews Financial Matters and The State of Springmill Trees The November 28th Board of Directors “Budget Meeting” was more than just a meeting to discuss Springmill’s 2013 budget and current balance sheet. Carl Rifino, Board Treasurer, provided a detailed look at the proposed 2013 Income and Expenses. The community will realize a substantial savings as a result of choosing a new landscape and snow removal contractor. This savings contributed to the announcement that the monthly Association fee will be reduced to $150.00 per month from the current $160.00 rate. Carolyn Bodden and Mark Verni discussed the method used to prepare specifications for the bid process involved in selecting the new landscape contractor. About 10 vendors attended the Request for Proposal meeting. Five of those vendors submitted detailed bids based upon the comprehensive specifications that were established by the Landscape Selection Task Force. The contractor was selected after an exhaustive review of the bids and capabilities of the vendors. The new vendor is Forever Green Landscaping, Inc. from New Castle. Forever Green will

Wilmington Grand Opera House, 818 North Market Street, 302-6525577 Fri. Jan. 11 – 8 p.m. - “Kathleen Madigan” – stand-up comedian – Tickets - $30-$36 Sat. Jan. 12 – 8 p.m. – “A Fiddlers Feast” - Five acclaimed artists come together for an evening of American roots music – Tickets - $28-$34 Sat. Jan. 19 – 8 p.m. – “Blood Sweat and Tears” - Jazz-rock with amazing horn section: “Spinning Wheel,” “And When I Die” – Tickets - $32-$40 at. Jan. 26 – 8 p.m. –(Baby Grand) - “James Galea” - Aussie entertainer blends card tricks and comedy – Tickets - $35 Sun. Jan. 27 – 8 p.m. – “Jesse Cook” - Flamboyant pop flamenco guitarist – Tickets – $37 Fri. Feb. 1 – 8 p.m. –(Baby Grand) - “Seldom Scene” Vintage bluegrass quintet with intricate vocal harmonies – Tickets - $37 DuPont Theatre, 1007 N. Market St., 302-656-4401 Matinee & Evening Performances, Jan. 29-Feb. 3, 7:30 & 2 p.m. - “Flashdance” - unforgettable story of Alex, a working-

class girl from Pittsburgh striving to beat the odds by breaking out of her sleepy steel town and making her dream of becoming a professional dancer come true. Tickets - $35-$85 Newark Chapel Theater, 27 N. Chapel St., 302-368-2248 Jan. 11 & 12 – 8 p.m., Jan. 12 – 2 p.m. - 78th season Annual One-Act Showcase – The Beach Club, Mary Had a Little Lamb and Summer at the Lake – Tickets - $10 Sonya Comstock be responsible for snow removal starting on January 1 and landscape services starting in the spring of 2013. The final topic of the meeting involved the state of the trees in our community. Springmill has faced a continuing problem with unhealthy trees as well as the increasing issue of the root systems of certain curbside trees causing sidewalks to lift and which becomes a tripping hazard for walkers. Bob Lhulier is heading a task force to determine the best way to resolve these and other issues involving the 1500 trees that decorate the streets and common areas of Springmill. There was an active discussion among residents about this issue. Bob Lhulier mentioned that the Town of Middletown is willing to provide some assistance. The Tree Task force is working with an Arborist to come up with a proposal on how to best resolve the issues facing the community’s trees. An arborist is a specialist in the care of individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well-cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to our property. Poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. We will continue to update the community on this important matter. Dick Rausch Editor’s Note: Please see Tree article on Pg. 13


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Arborist Conducts Tour of Trees

with Springmill’s “Urban Forest”. He displayed extensive knowledge of what has caused many of our trees to be in poor condition. He also made suggestions on what can be done to improve the situation. If his proposal is accepted it would include a complete 4-5 year plan on managing Springmill’s inventory of trees. It will also include recommendations on the removal and replacement of selected trees as well as the type of trees that would be most attractive and thrive in our environment. Other items to be covered in a full report are identification of hazard trees, pruning recommendations, fertilization recommendations, contractor specifications, planting recommendations, cultural practice guidelines, mapping of trees and tree tagging with aluminum tree tags for easy identification.

On December 7, the Springmill Tree Task Force received a preliminary Tree Management Proposal from John Hosbach a Registered Consulting Arborist. On December 13, Mr. Hosbach attended a meeting of the Tree Task Force and other interested parties. A portion of this meeting was a walk through the community to look at selected trees. The Arborist provided his opinion on remediating the many issues involved

The Tree Task Force has several sub groups working on various aspects of the overall project including financial, code and legal issues. The Task Force met again on December 28. The Sentinel will continue to report on this project in an effort to keep the community apprised on the progress of this important matter since trees and plants play a critical role at our community and are one of our most valuable assets. Dick Rausch

Wine Group holds 8th Annual Holiday Dinner

Poolroom News We had 4 perfect games this month: Larry Daigle 1, Bob Cohen 1; and Lenny Brussee 2

The Springmill community has multiple wine tasting groups. One of them aptly named, “In Vino Veritas”, held its 8th annual Holiday Wine Dinner at The University and Whist Club in Wilmington on December 13th. Executive Chef Robert A. Lhulier and his staff prepared a superb six course meal with the guidance of In Vino Veritas’ members which include Lolly & Richard Belber; Babs Fox; Joan & Bob Gross; Barb & Bob Lhulier; Mary Lou Kobosko; Joe Petrilli & Mary Lois; Terry Markisohn & Gene; Sheila & Dick Rausch; Rita & George Ryor. The festively decorated building housing The University and Whist Club has a long and storied history starting in 1802 with many changes and additions made over the next 150 years. The evening began with a reception featuring a warm brie, fig jam phyllo cups and crab fritters with red pepper remoulade accompanied by a 2010 Stag’s Leap Sauvignon Blanc. The group was seated for dinner at an extravagantly decorated table adorned with fresh flowers, linen napkins, miniature butter bells, 4 glasses and 10 pieces of silverware at each place setting. The Amuse Bouche course was a huge tender sea scallop with cauliflower crumble and arugula. This was followed by a heavenly exotic mushroom and butternut squash risotto paired with a 2009 Trefethen Oak Knoll District Napa Valley Chardonnay. A refreshing mango sorbet served as the intermezzo. The main course was a choice of pistachio crusted rack of lamb with basque ratatouille or cold water lobster tail over ricotta gnocchi with peas, tomato and mascarpone. A 2009 Acacia Carneros Pinot Noir was the accompanying wine. The salad course was endive, watercress and treviso with pear, walnut and sherry vinaigrette.

Total perfect games for the year from December 15, 2011 to December 15, 2012: Bob McCord 1; Tony Silva 1; Gary Merrick 1; Bill Records 2; Howard Money 2; Tom Ferrara 4; Len Brussee 6; Larry Daigle 9; and Bob Cohen 11. Happy New Year! Bob Cohen

Fox Fitness Tips It’s definitely gotten colder outside….but that’s not a reason to stop exercising. Cold weather season brings with it an increased risk of flu and cold viruses. Keeping active and staying healthy can help improve your immune system. Get outside for a walk on those beautiful winter days. If you can’t get out, or the weather isn’t agreeable, walk around your house. Here’s an easy way: While watching a daily TV show, get up from the chair during the commercials and walk or march in place! The most important thing is to keep it simple, and stay active. I have been a Physical Therapist for 19 years, and have been with Fox Rehabilitation for 5 years. For more information on Fox Rehabilitation, visit our website at Kristine Jolikko The 3 hour meal ended with an awesome chocolate chestnut bombe with port wine syrup and a 2011 Moscato Caposaldo sparkling wine. To allow safe enjoyment a 12 passenger van transported most of the group . It was another memorable evening and a great start to the busy holiday season. Dick Rausch


Christmas in Odessa This event appeals to many Springmill residents as they volunteer their time to act as hostess for this special day. Dressed in seasonal attire, they guide the visitors through beautifully decorated rooms in Odessa. The event has expanded to include several older homes in Middletown and are well attended. The homeowners take great pride in showing off their talent for the holidays. Many visitors

Barbara Stefanick, Sharon & Gary Merrick, & Sonya Comstock

Carol Geiger & Eileen Bengermino

Rita & George Ryor

Chris Chappelle

are pleased to visit the historic homes in town and delighted at the decorations in each home. Now in its 48th year, it continues to be a well-attended event that everyone looks forward to and enjoys. Sonya Comstock

Pat Frail

Mary Lou Kobosko

Claudia Garrett

Stella Sweeney & June Stemmle

Carole Wagner & Jean Sweeney

Lolly & Dick Belber

Holiday Lights At Springmill


Christmas in Springmill On Sunday, December 4th, about thirty residents came to the clubhouse to decorate for the holidays. Pat Frail’s two grandsons helped bring all the decorations down from the attic.

along with a Menorah. A beautiful Carolers set sits on the fireplace mantle. Maria Corvino and Betty Feeman collected the Toys for Tots on behalf of the Charity Committee.

Egg Nog was provided by the CEC to keep everyone warm and happy. The tree went up and all helped to decorate it. Everyone participating in decorating the clubhouse brought snacks and other goodies.

It was great to see everyone in the Holiday spirit. Joe Grippo

A beautiful Manger lent by Ann Marie Burns is in the hallway



Springmill Activities 23: Saturday Night Social

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 Dominoes – Barb Kelly Golf - Fred Wendt - MSML/Bob Lhulier-SSMGL 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


7: Sunday Brunch 20: Western Night 27: Saturday Night Social 4: Kentucky Derby 25: Saturday Night Social 27; Memorial Day Party

In addition to all of the above, check the calendar for times for Line Dancing, Walking in Place, Yoga, Meditation, Bead Making and all of the various table games. Have a safe and healthy winter. Bev Strong Peggy Andrews Card Party Gifts Needed If you receive something that wasn’t on your Christmas list and that you might have no need for, please consider donating the gift to the CEC to be used at the Card Party. It can be dropped at my house. Thanks.

Please note: All committee meetings and activities using a Clubhouse room, must be cleared with Tracey Lund.

Ginny Grippo

Timeless Travel Club

Community Events Committee Happy New Year to one and all. What a wonderful year 2012 was ending with our party on New Year's Eve. We tried a new DJ who everyone seemed to enjoy. Your Community Events Committee has a lot of fun parties and dinners scheduled for 2013. We must remind you, however, that the CEC needs to strictly enforce the deadline for reservations due to commitments to the caters and entertainers. Don't miss out. When you get your Sentinel, mark your calendars with the events you want to attend and drop your reservation off immediately. If you want to reserve a table for your group, that is the time to do so by indicating on your return slip the names of others that will be attending with you. The CEC calendar for the coming year is listed below. Please note, however, that the dates are approximate with the exception of the card party and the Saturday Night Socials. January 16: Card/Game party from 1-4pm. Bring your own game and let us know how many will be playing with you. January 26: Saturday Night Social - we still need volunteers to host these events. Contact Peggy Andrews for more information February 8: Bingo at 7 PM February 16: Valentine's Day Dinner Dance with music provided by a DJ February 23: Saturday Night Social March 6: An afternoon with a "Women of Note" speaker 9: 50's/60's Dance with a very prominent DJ

At our December meeting we discussed several exciting day and overnight trips for 2013. March: Forever Plaid - Media, Pa Theater - February signup May 20-24: 5 day trip - Sights Around Ashville, NC February signup August 28th - Broadway show: The Book of Morman signup on January 10th - See Flyer. Fall cruise -New England & Canada Stay tuned for more to come. Betty Freeman

Charity Committee The committee has been working very hard to get the Holiday Fund gifts bought and wrapped. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee members for another successful year . You are all Angels . The community appreciates all the time you put into this Carolyn Rifino, Betty Frreman, & Dennis committee and holiday Hand shopping for senior gifts drive. Have a Healthy, blessed holiday. God Bless. Maria Corvino


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Book Review

Restaurant Review

“First Family”

Inn at the Canal 104 Bohemia Avenue Chesapeake City, MD 21915

by David Baldacci Let the games begin! The race for President is moving into high gear. How far will the candidates…and their wives... go to keep their prospects alive? You have no idea. If you’re in the mood for a politically based novel with multiple, yet interconnecting story lines, this is the book for you. I remained puzzled through at least half of this book…trying to put the puzzle pieces together with the “good guys,” ex-Secret Service Agents, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. You’re introduced to Michelle Maxwell as she’s breaking into her psychiatrist’s office to retrieve her own file…she needed answers to a past she couldn’t remember, yet wanted to forget. It isn’t long before we also meet her partner, Sean King, who is now her partner in a private investigation firm. He knows of her troubled past and has her back…even when she insists she doesn’t want his help. The next cast of characters…the first family, are first pictured at a happy event; a birthday celebration for the first lady’s niece. But it won’t be long before the day’s smiles fade, when her niece, Willa Dutton, is kidnapped from the family home. When the Secret Service and FBI are unable to locate the girl, Jane Cox, contacts Sean, who she knew from past experience, could be trusted and discreet in difficult situations. A trait very important when your husband, Dan Cox, is President of the United States. As you discover who the kidnappers are, who else they kidnap, the extreme measures they take to keep their location secret, and what they do with their “guests,” the plot becomes more tangled and confusing…keeping you guessing along the way as you try to connect the clues. People are driven by many demons…especially when they can’t forget or forgive the past. This is especially true when it comes to family, when retribution becomes a matter of principle, and revenge is sometimes plotted for decades. Sam Quarry is such a person. He’s a unique combination of intelligence and cunning bordering on the psychotic, but also capable of compassion, warmth, and loyalty. He lives by his own set of “morals and rules,” and anyone in his domain follows suit or pays the price. Michelle and Sean are the connecting thread in this patchwork of people and plots…sometimes working within the system, and sometimes bending the rules to the point of breaking. I guarantee that you will be fascinated with every turn of the page, surprised by the twists as facts are revealed, and yet content with the way the storylines are resolved. A good summer read. June Stemmle

This late 19th century Victorian bed and breakfast, located in the heart of Chesapeake City (down the street from the General Store), is a quaint choice for an overnight stay…having 7 guest rooms decorated with charming antiquities, yet also having modern amenities. It is also a lovely pick during holiday times or on special occasions. We visited for the Christmastime Tea, which was served every Saturday during the month of December, as part of Winter Fest. Usually, I report on restaurants that are open every day, but decided to pass this information along, because the owners will also be doing a Valentine Tea during February. The tea area is small, but would be perfect for Red Hat groups. It seats between 15 and 20 people. The intimacy is what makes the experience special. The usual tea service is comprised of three or four kinds of sandwiches, scones, and a variety of sweets (We had eight different choices.), as well as a choice of teas. The owners are more than happy to fill you in on the history of the house and area. We took some time to also peek into the rooms on the first level…delightfully decorated for the holiday. The items served were all prepared by the chef and innkeeper, Robert Roethke, who received his training at the Culinary Institute of America. Everything was fresh and seasoned perfectly. The service was quite attentive and unobtrusive. Something else I appreciated was that we weren’t rushed…just sat and chatted for an hour and a half, even after we finished eating. No one bothered us. I actually had to request a check. I should also mention that we, and everyone around us, ended up having selections wrapped to take home. Too good to leave, but too much to eat! As for price, our 3:00 pm tea cost $22.50 per person. When I asked if the tip was included, I was told tips were not “expected.” While this was very nice, since they were owners, we left a tip anyway. If you’re interested in upcoming events, you can call (410) 885-5995 or e-mail them at June Stemmle

Book Club Choices For January Book Club 1 (Deb Kupper/1st Wed.) No book given. Book Club 2 (Mary-Elizabeth Rhoads/4th Tues.) Our group will be seeing a movie this month. Book Club 3 (Lydia Olson/3rd Mon.) Our book club’s choice for January is “Maine” by J. Courtney Sullivan. Book Club 4 (Mary Jo Starrett/1st Wed.) We will be enjoying “Sister” by Rosamund Lupton. Book Club 5 (Joan Gross/3rd Tues.) We will be discussing “The Soldier’s Wife” by Margaret Leroy. June Stemmle


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Continued From Pg. 1 bowling a 299 game many times, she postponed marriage until she was 34. She worked at Wyeth Labs for 43 years as an Executive Assistant. Coming from a traditional Italian family, all five children were close throughout the years and still are. Two brothers passed away, and Annette and Rose are widows. Their sister, Edith, lives in New Hampshire.

good health she enjoys. Her relaxation is sitting in the sunroom with a mystery novel surrounded by the many books she owns with James Patterson being her favorite author. Frances Sullivan has lived on Whispering Trail since 2002. Originally from Jackson Heights, NY, where she lived for 35 years and then moved to Pawling, NY, when she married in 1997, and then again a final move to Springmill where single-floor living made life much easier for her, after her husband died in 2000.

Both sisters loved New York and visited often taking in all the Broadway plays and enjoying their favorite ball team – the Yankees. Today, they root for the Phillies and have attended a few games. Both sisters have traveled extensively around the world together after retirement and say it was an education in itself. Rose says if she had her life to live over again, she would have become a teacher. Rose and Annette say their positive attitude on life with all its ups and down have kept them going. They enjoy each other’s company, and Annette is at her sister’s house all the time. Annette is a collector of Dickens houses, has all the Beyers dolls, loves art and cherishes the portrait of her done by her niece.

She is a true New Yorker where everything she needed was just a subway or bus away. Magic to her was the wonderful theater district with its fabulous shows. Her favorite was “The Sound of Music” with Mary Martin, but she also enjoyed so many others. Just being in New York made her feel alive with its glitzy night life and ethnic restaurants always welcoming patrons. She began working at Arrow Crafts Press for many years and then was employed at Willmann Paper Co. in Customer Service for 20 years until she retired. To this day, she misses the exhilaration of living in New York.

Annette says she treasures the wonderful birthday gift she received from her niece, Janis, on her 90th birthday – a book filled with wonderful memories of her life that took her niece two years to complete. She browses through the book all the time reminiscing on her wonderful life. A very special Italian cookbook was given to Rose by her niece a few years ago which is filled with photos of family dinners over the years. While Rose and Annette enjoy playing Dominoes at the clubhouse, they are more than happy to spend a day at Delaware Park whether they win or lose.

Before she was married, she enjoyed Caribbean cruises with her friends and visited many islands. She also traveled to Hawaii in 1975 when it was less commercialized and offered a more natural setting than today. A big disappointment was visiting Hawaii six years ago and seeing the change.

Emily Toy was only 20 when she and James eloped in Elkton, MD, in 1940. He was going out to sea; money was not plentiful, so eloping was the answer. She continued to live at home with her parents in Northern Philadelphia until he came home. The couple stayed close to the area moving only down the street. She gives credit to her wonderful parents who nursed her through a sickly childhood. Emily was an only child and did not want that same situation in her marriage, so had one boy and two girls. One daughter has passed away. Her life was spent raising her family in Philadelphia where she lived for 83 years. Her husband was a truck driver, but was home every night so they had a good family life living in one of the row houses where neighbors looked out for each other. Going to the movies and seeing Clark Gable up on the screen was a favorite activity. Vacations were spent in Florida, and after her husband died, she traveled to England and France.

She moved to Springmill because her niece and sister-in-law said “this is the place for you and the Emerson model is perfect”, she agreed it was perfect. Early on, she joined the Red Hats and participated in several activities. A member of the MOT, she looks back on special memories traveling with them to many wonderful places as well as enjoying day trips. Because she does not drive, she is limited and dependent on her niece and sister-in-law, who live in Middletown, to take her places. She regrets not getting her driver’s license, as she would have more freedom and would not have to depend on others. Frances proudly displays her wonderful collection of Beyer dolls and in her corner curio cabinet, her three shelves hold Hummels, Lenox dolls and Precious Moments. She enjoys her home and says living here is easy for her being close to family and knowing good neighbors are nearby.

When her husband passed away after being married 38 years, she moved in with her daughter, Frances, who lives on Springmill Drive. Emily boasts of having seven grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. Her late daughter’s family lives in VA, so she does not see them too often, but does see her other grandchildren who live in NJ and DE. Emily enjoys the MOT Center with its mystery lunch and takes a Memory Class there every week. Times have changed as she expresses amazement at how much money grandchildren have to spend today as compared to her youth and how independent they are with their choice of attire and appearance. She recalls Pizza coming into her life when she was a teenager as a new treat. Today, she limits her diet to less red meat and more healthy foods and is thankful for the

Evelyn White has lived in Delaware all her life mainly in Wilmington and Stanton. She married Claude in November, 1942, which makes them a couple for 70 years. She had hoped to travel with him as he was in the Army, but that did not happen. After basic training, Claude was stationed in Europe for three years. He returned in January, 1946, and the transition period was difficult at times, but they weathered the storms and ended with a daughter, Claudia, in November 1946. She is happy that he is still with her all these years. Her career was at the Red Clay School District Office where she worked as a secretary for 25 years retiring in 1982 when her husband also retired from DuPont. Evelyn always wanted to travel while Claude was more of the stay-at-home type, but they did travel to Hawaii and after Continued on Pg.23



neighbors close by. Edda passed away in March 2012. He served in the Air Force during WWII as a ground mechanic. Originally from Ramsey, NJ, he and his first wife, Jeannette, had a son and daughter. For 21 years he worked for Columbia Records, division of CBS, and was responsible for the printing of labels and jackets for LP and 45 RPM records until records became obsolete. He then worked for a small printing company, while his wife was the Borough Clerk until they both retired. A move to Northfield, NJ, followed, and his wife passed away in 1991. He remarried in 1994, and soon both agreed it was time to leave NJ and move to a more affordable state. Because they used to drive on Rt. 301 to visit his wife’s son in TN., they noticed the Springmill community sign many times. They liked the idea of a 55+ community where homes were smaller and on one floor and outside maintenance was minimal.

three trips to Europe, Claude had had enough and sent Evelyn to travel with Claudia and her friends. Their first trip was to England and Ireland with a day at Wimbledon. At Wimbledon, Evelyn left her mark by falling into one of the beautiful flowers beds that were all through the area. Of all the European cities, Evelyn considers London her favorite place. She and her daughter also cruised to Alaska. Sadly, their traveling days were short-lived as Claudia died in January, 2008.

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What she regrets doing is giving up her driver’s license when she moved to Springmill. It would have been nice to get out on her own. Still a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Stanton, she continues to be active in their annual Bazaar. Evelyn is thankful for her good health only hindered by legs that cannot walk as much as they used to let her. Over the years she developed friendships with her daughter’s friends and is still in contact with them. Below the canal has been a pleasant journey for her as all store personnel are much more helpful and friendly. She misses her favorite store in Stanton, Shop-Rite, and wishes there were one in town. Her favorite room is the sunroom with its windows wide open and soft breezes bringing in the outdoors.

Tony has four grandchildren and one great grandchild. His daughter, Kathy, lives in Emerson, NJ, while his son lives in Bel Air, MD. Now that the children were on their own, he and Edda began their traveling days touring Italy and then took a memorable train ride across Canada and the Rocky Mountains.

Dot Anderson lives with her daughter, Carol, on Morning Glory Lane, and is very content with her life now. She enjoys two grandchildren, one greatgrandson and another one on the way. One of her granddaughters lives in Newark, DE, and the other one lives in Syracuse, NY, so she does not see that family as much. She married when she was 21, promptly resigned from her job at Rutgers University, and became a stay-at-home Mom. Her daughter was in Girl Scouts so she became a Girl Scout Leader, but in the summer months, she and John and Carol enjoyed being at their shore house near Point Pleasant which was right on the water. Fishing was John’s hobby.

His daughter, Kathy, has fond memories of growing up with Dad. She said he was devoted to the family, and he taught her how to drive. His patience and time with her behind the wheel resulted in her never having an accident or getting a ticket. Kathy said her Dad was very supportive of her piano practice and attended all her concerts at school. She remembers wonderful trips to Wildwood where the family would rent a house for 1-2 weeks and enjoy each other’s company.

Knitting and crocheting were her favorite hobbies, making everything from sweaters to hats to blankets and other clothes. Now that she is older, her fingers do not work as well so she has put aside her needles. She also enjoyed baking, and with her daughter, enjoyed making specialty cakes for birthdays and other occasions for family members. When her husband passed away, she moved in with her daughter and son-in-law. After her son-in-law passed away, Dot and her daughter traveled together in the 60’s to Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and Florida. Deciding to visit Key West, they traveled on a bus which seemed like an endless journey but enjoyed the visit with relatives and decided flying back was easier. Living in NJ was very expensive, so Dot’s granddaughter, who lives in Newark, read about Springmill and suggested both should relocate to Delaware. They did and say it was a wise move on their part. Dot thinks folks have lost the art of face-to-face conversation with all the new “gadgets” on the market. Friends no longer call or write each other, but send text messages instead which seems impersonal to her. The quietness of Springmill’s one-floor living, plus very nice neighbors, suits both of them. Tony Szwec is the lone gentleman in the over 90 group. He moved here with his second wife, Edda, in 2003. They enjoyed functions at the clubhouse and having wonderful

Kathy said her father was a talented woodworker who made many pieces of furniture for their home. His special piece was a huge three-section wall unit of oak that moved with them from Ramsey to Northfield and then was sold to the new owners before moving to Springmill. Tony has had some health issues, but is looking forward to better health again. Mary Vible lives on Whispering Trail with her daughter, Linda, and now has Alzheimer’s. Linda talked about life with her mother when she was a youngster with four siblings. They lived in the rural area of Hockessin and had a memorable childhood filled with memories of coming home from school and greeted by their mother who had just finished baking something special for all of them. Next door to them lived their aunt with her eight children (two sisters married two brothers) so life was spent between the two homes and enjoying the open fields which presented no end of spontaneous play with their cousins. The two households were so entwined with each other’s lives it was almost one large family home. Linda remembers that her mother and aunt enjoyed doing exercises featured on TV. She said when the children left home, her parents bought a trailer and traveled throughout the country. Eventually, they went to Europe. Both parents were excellent pinochle players. Linda recalls her mother speaking in Polish with her aunt many Continued on Pg. 26


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Christiana Care Physical Therapy PLUS This center is part of the Christiana Care Health System. Physical Therapy PLUS has been used to designate outpatient therapy services. The facility offers general orthopedic services as well as rehabilitation services. The staff consists of three full-time physical therapists – Dan Speciale, Jim Porcelli and Michelle Brill Jim Porcelli, Alexis (Director), a speech therapist - Nora Burslem, Kevin Carney Walstrum and an occupational therapist – Vaidehi Patel. After receiving a prescription from a doctor, the patient is evaluated and treatment begins within 24 hrs. An individual program is developed and administered according to the patient’s needs. If a language barrier is present, a hot line is available in the office where patients may express themselves in their native language or through sign language. When requested, an interpreter will be sent from the hospital and will assist with the evaluation and treatment.

The clinic offers aquatic therapy which is ideal for a patient who has weight-bearing limitations and perhaps limited range of motion, strength or endurance. The heated pool is often beneficial for those with lower back or leg pain as well. Balance and coordination loss is another consideration. The pool, warmed to 98 degrees along with the buoyancy of water, reduces stress on joints making movement easier and less painful. Only one patient can use the pool at a time, and a chair takes the patient in and out of the pool. A safety belt is worn as well. Eventually, the patient will transition to traditional physical therapy but may continue both water and land-based therapy throughout recovery. The Rehab program is designed for patients who may require more than one kind of therapy such as physical, speech or occupational therapy. One or all of the therapies may be involved in the healing process. They treat patients with all neurological conditions…stroke, head and spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, to list a few. They also treat patients with multiple traumas or multiple medical conditions. Initially, parallel bars are helpful to facilitate early weight bearing, strengthening and gait in physical therapy. Speech therapy is often needed to work on language, swallowing or cognitive deficits. Occupational therapy focuses on upper extremity use, basic daily tasks/functions, cognition, self-care and safety awareness. All Physical Therapists are trained to work with all types of injuries on people of all ages. However, some specialize in certain areas such as sports, spine or rehab. Most Rehab patients require more comprehensive therapy. This requires more of a one-on-one approach - a longer session is scheduled, and the therapist works with that patient over a longer period of time. Continued on Pg. 26

Renovation 101 Pantry Since I started the renovation series, neighbors have stopped me to tell me which projects they’ve found helpful and/or the projects they’ve been working on to make their life easier. One such discussion was with Bill and Faith Altman, of 348 Daylilly Way. They actually completed two renovations, one big (a new sunroom) and one small (a pantry conversion). Today it’s the pantry’s turn. Here’s what a recent visit uncovered. Well, to be quite honest, Bill had to help me “uncover” the pantry…it was hidden behind bookshelves. As a matter of fact, I walked right past their renovation. I was looking for a door. Silly me. This renovation definitely took me by surprise and has a real WOW factor. Their contractor, GP Industries in Wilmington, and their carpenter, Tom Witkowski, did an amazing job. When you enter, turn right, and walk into the kitchen. You will see a floor to ceiling bookcase on your left…perfectly (and I do mean perfectly) stained to complement the existing cabinetry. There is not a piece of hardware or hinge in sight…completely hidden. Then Faith, with one little finger pulled a shelf forward and voile’, a storage drawer appeared, full of pantry supplies. This custom built pantry, that Bill first saw watching a home show on TV, was an array of different depth drawers, each hidden behind one of the book shelves. Each is quite functional, holding up to 150 pounds, thanks to the industrial size hardware…and they are soft close! This is a pricey

pantry, coming in at $2,800, but worth every penny. You have shelves for books, pictures, etc. on the outside and LOTS of storage on the inside drawers. I could immediately see applications for this in almost any room of the house, from the bathroom and bedroom to a computer or entertainment area. I LOVE it!!! But, let’s see what was involved. As with most projects, the first thing you have to do is remove everything from the existing pantry…including the shelves. It took the demolition crew a half day to tear out the doors and door frame and then take the walls down to the studs. That way the pantry would have maximum width. Next the carpenter came out to measure…twice. Because the cabinets were built off-site, in GP Industries’ shop, there could be no errors in measurement, or it wouldn’t fit the space. The day it was installed actually took two days… each drawer had to be aligned and balanced. Why did the Altman’s go to all this trouble? Easy…they could never find anything in the back of the pantry. Most of us can relate to that. How do they feel now that they’ve enjoyed their renovation for a while? They love it! “It is the best thing we’ve done. It’s functional. It looks great. It’s like having another piece of furniture in the house.” I couldn’t agree more. I think it was worth every penny and can see myself calling (302) 545-0854 or going on-line to for more information. This home project is definitely going on my wish list for the New Year. June Stemmle


Continued From Pg. 13: Nonagenarians

times and that meant the children were not supposed to hear the conversation.

enter. Outside her home, she added a flag which says “It’s always 5 p.m. here.”

When the large family home became too much for her parents, it was decided they should move in with Linda who was single and had no children. The tranquility of such a setting was ideal for elderly parents ten years ago. Her mother started having dementia at that time which developed into Alzheimer’s when her husband passed away in March, 2012. Her mother still enjoys the screened-in porch added at her request. These days, Linda has a nurse come in ten hours a day to help care for her mother and allow her freedom to leave the home. Perhaps in time, Mary will move to a nursing home, but for now, Linda is still happy to have her around and remembers the wonderful life she gave all her children.

All of Springmill’s seven nonagenarians agree that while there are downsides to getting old, there are many upsides as well. More time with family, especially grandchildren, new hobbies, not working, time for volunteer activities, naps and flexible travel plans. Getting older means less negative emotions than in our drama-filled younger years. All say relatively good health keeps them going, and they realize the importance of a good diet along with exercise and staying connected to family and friends. All agree that moving to Springmill was a smart move for them where living is easy, family is nearby and friends are just a house away. Sonya Comstock

Vera Bagnatori - the youngster among the other nonagenarians. Her daily life has consisted of constant movement such as monthly dances at the Talleyville Fire Hall, participation in the Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge three times parasailing, jet skiing, golf, bocce, enjoying her five children, grandchildren and 16+ greatgrandchildren. In the 70’s, Vera made a round trip to LA with her daughter driving both ways. Her son lives near Rehoboth, and that becomes a pleasant drive for her down Rt. 1. Forever on the go, Vera believes age is only a number and that number will be 90 in April.

Continued From Pg. 25: Christiana Care PLUS When the patient is finally healed, he or she is encouraged to continue exercising. An exercise room is available for former patients who may join for $30 monthly and make use of the parallel bars, bike, treadmill, elliptical equipment, weights, etc., at any time during normal business hours.

Free arthritis screenings are available. This saves time for the patient by evaluating their needs and suggesting a program. A call to the doctor for a prescription allows the therapist to proceed without delay. Christiana care Physical Therapy Plus and Rehabilitation Services prides itself on making the patient the center of attention. Their goal is to get the patient back to a healthy quality of life.

Married for 56 years before her husband passed away in 2001, they lived in N. Wilmington where they enjoyed a wonderful life with their five children in a large home. That home became too much for Vera, so she moved to Springmill in 2004 for an easier life style. Her daughter had seen the Springmill sign and thought this a perfect community for her mother and driving distance to all her children. The family is now so large it is impossible to get everybody together at one location, but they manage to have get-togethers with most of the family several times during the year.

Physical Therapy PLUS is located at 124 Sleepy Hollow Drive. Phone No. 449-3050. Hours of Operation: 7-8 p.m. MonThurs & 7-4 on Friday. Sonya Comstock

She considers herself very up to date on technology having owned one of the first computers years ago, but now owns a laptop, an iPhone and a new desktop. She surfs the web, enjoys communicating on e-mail, checks her bank statement and knows how to use the GPS on her phone. Getting out and about is important to Vera as she loves the independence that driving gives her. Enjoying clubhouse activities, she is happy to see the new dance floor and the schedule of monthly dances. On New Year’s Eve she enjoys celebrating with other residents and dancing the night away. She also enjoys playing Hand and Foot Canasta. Girls’ Weekend – when Mom and daughters take turns being hostess – is one of Vera’s special times. In December, she becomes the hostess as they all transform her home into Christmas magic. Her daughter says, “Mother’s energy is phenomenal and endless. Nothing is too challenging or too much to do.” Joining not one, but two wine tasting groups is Vera’s new passion. One is the group on Patience Way, and the other is a Ladies Group each meeting monthly. Her favorite wine is Merlot but she is open to other wines as well. To show her enthusiasm for the wine tasting groups, she installed a bar in her living room to make everyone feel at home when they

Continued From Pg. 23: Communications Committee Once the newsletter is published and ready to be distributed to all 362 homes, it now becomes the responsibility of Phyllis Torgerson who prepares and delivers The Sentinel to the block captains. About 17 block captains add the inserts and deliver the newsletter to their designated addresses by the first of the month.

The annual directory is the responsibility of Julie Hambrecht who maintains the data base and publishes quarterly updates of new residents and their information. She is also responsible for mailing copies of The Sentinel to all advertisers monthly. When you read The Sentinel, take into consideration all the information that is published for your benefit keeping you up to date on internal and external news while including all the committees and clubs that Springmill has to offer. No reason to say “nothing to do” or sit home alone when the calendar lists a wide range of activities and events designed to please all who are eager to join them. Don’t miss out on wonderful events! It’s all here for you! Interested in becoming a member of this committee - drop in at their monthly meeting held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Sonya Comstock




January 2013 Issue  

Monthly Newsletter for Springmill Community in Middletown, DE