Volume X, Issue 11
A NEWSLETTER FOR THE SPRINGMILL COMMUNITY
A Veterans Day Tribute
Count Our Blessings on Thanksgiving
Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day and marked the end of hostilities of World War I that occurred at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Therefore, the day is always recognized on November 11th. In 1954, the word "Armistice" was replaced with "Veterans" as a way to formally include all Veterans of all American wars in the day of remembrance. Veterans Day is a day not only to remember those who died in service to our country, but also to recognize those who continue to serve today. We would like to thank all Springmill residents who are Veterans and those who fulfill this patriotic duty today to maintain the freedoms of our country. This year’s official Veterans Day Poster is shown above.
Although we should be thankful for every day of our lives, Thanksgiving is the day when we can formally count our blessings. And, of course, enjoy a feast with family and friends, usually with turkey as the main dish. And this year we can also be thankful that the tedious seemingly never ending Presidential Campaign is finally over. Despite the numerous trials our nation has experienced this past year, there is still so much for which we should be thankful. Our nation has seen many bleak and worrisome times throughout its history… Americans have always risen to the challenge. The United States is the shining jewel of the world, the greatest tribute to human liberties and freedom. The Pilgrims embarked on a journey to find a land where they could live without government oppression, and after a long voyage and a treacherous, Continued on Pg. 26
Sentinel Index Happy Thanksgiving.........................................................Pg. 1 Veterans Day Tribute.........................................................Pg. 1 Committee Reports...........................................................Pg. 3 Notes From Your Board (Bob Gross)..............................Pg. 5 Don’t Forget To Vote.........................................................Pg. 7 NCCo Library Update........................................................Pg. 7 New Business (Istoria)......................................................Pg. 7 Cultural Events..................................................................Pg. 9 301 Archeological Seminar.................................................Pg. 9 What’s Happening (MRC)................................................Pg. 11 Walking Club....................................................................Pg. 11 Meet Your Neighbor (John & Linda Rutt)......................Pg. 13 Car Accident Sheet .........................................................Pg. 13 Living Green (Recycling.................................................Pg. 14 Maine Trip.........................................................................Pg. 14 Tribute to John Pope.......................................................Pg. 15 Craft Show........................................................................Pg. 15 CEC Report.......................................................................Pg. 17 Charity Committee...........................................................Pg. 17 Book Review (The Sunday Philosophy Club)...............Pg. 19 Restaurant Review (Nhu Vu).............................................Pg. 19 Sports & Fitness News....................................................Pg. 21 Compputor Tutor (The Cloud)........................................Pg. 23 Board Motions..................................................................Pg. 23
Breaking News Board Approves 2013 Budget Fees Rolled Back To $150.00/Mo Annual Volunteers’ Party Clubhouse Sunday, November 4th 3:00-5:00 PM (RSVP: Tracey Lund - 376-5466 by 11/1/2012) Annual Budget Presentation Clubhouse Wednesday, November 28th 6:00 PM.
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Springmill Sentinel Staff Editor: Dick Rausch Treasurer: Joan Schopp Secretary: Janet Geftman Production Manager: Joe Grippo Business Manager: Carol Geiger Advertising: Anne Currie, Jerry Ryan, Pat Steskal, Bert Dekker Staff: Mary Jo Starrett, June Stemmle , Sonya Comstock, Julie Hambrecht, Joe Grippo Directory: Julie Hambrecht Distribution Manager: Phyllis Torgersen Calendar: Tracey Lund
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Committee Reports mentioned. It will be covered in the November issue.
Springmill Homeowners Association
Distribution block captains will be invited to the Boardsponsored volunteer party this year. This year’s event will be held on November 4 at 3 PM.
Board of Directors Bob Lhulier, President Bob Gross, Barb Kelly, Fred Bodden & Carl Rifino Board Recording Secretary: Janet Geftman
Committee officers were reelected for an additional year. Dick Rausch, Chair; Joe Grippo, Co-chair; Joan Schopp, Treasurer; Carol Geiger, Business Manager; and Janet Geftman, Secretary.
Community Manager Tracey Lund 801 Windmilll Lane 376•5466 Tracey.Lund@mamc.com
Joan Schopp brought up the idea for a Holiday Open House. A brochure requesting residents who would like to show their decorated homes for two evenings in early December will be inserted in the Sentinel. The Committee agreed to be a cosponsor of this event. The CEC will be notified as a courtesy.
Clubhouse Committee Julia Hambrecht Communications Committee Dick Rausch Community Events Beverly Strong/Peggy Andrews Finance Committee Cal Reuss Property Committee Carolyn Bodden Maintenance & Repair Committee Annie Hall Charity Committee Maria Corvino
The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the Clubhouse Craft Room. Residents are welcome to attend. Dick Rausch
Property Committee SHRUB TRIMMING-This should happen in the beginning of November, weather permitting. Please, put red flags around your front landscape bed if NO trimming is wanted. If you do not wish trimming done by Springmill, YOU are then responsible for your own trimming in the same time frame. Also, some homeowners have trees and shrubs that are above the 8 foot allowance alongside their home. This fall or spring is a good time to trim them to the required height.
Anyone wishing to join a Committee should contact the Chairperson of that Committee. •• Please note: All committee meetings and activities using a Clubhouse room must be cleared with Tracey Lund of the Management Office at 376•5466.
LAWN FERTILIZING-Final fall fertilizing has been done. This is the second and last fertilization for the year.
Other Important Information Calendar: Tracey Lund Family Emergency Numbers: Pat Howe, JoAnn Stump Social Singles: Peg McMullen Sunshine: Mary Elizabeth Rhoads/Faith Altman
SNOW REMOVAL-See separate notice placed in Sentinel. Call Tracey for any questions. GARBAGE –Please, DO NOT place any items for pick-up on garbage day by the mailboxes. All garbage receptacles or piles of trash should be placed on the street OPPOSITE the mailbox.
Communications Committee The October meeting was held on the 9th with 8 committee members in attendance. Fred Bodden, Board liaison, attended the first meeting in his three-month rotation. The August meeting minutes were approved as amended. Joan Schopp gave the treasurer’s report. Sentinel income for September 2012 was $840. Income after expenses was $162. We are on target to meet and exceed our budget forecast for 2012. The forecasted budget for 2013 was submitted to the Finance Committee. Income and expense will be similar to this year.
TREES-Many dead street trees are being removed with sod being planted until a decision is reached concerning tree replacements. HELPFUL HINT-If you have any left-over peat moss, fertilizer or potting soil, it is best to put these materials in a covered container. Field mice love to bed down in the winter in these materials and birth their babies. There are insects that will do the same. VOLUNTEERS have cleaned away old annuals and planted many new additions of perennials as well. Many thanks to Mark and Janet Herner, Jo Verni, Dick Belber, Betty Freeman, Gerry Burney, Chuck Ruh, Diana and Bob Ryan, Jessie Crisfield, Arlene Gurnee, Frank Basler, Mary Lou McKenna and Stella Sweeney. All of us should take a moment to “smell the roses” and enjoy our beautiful community. Again, thank you to any and all of the above volunteers. Your help is appreciated and welcomed. - THINK SPRING
Carol Geiger reviewed Sentinel advertising. There are 41 advertisers currently. There is a half-page available. Advertisers whose agreements expire in November and December have been contacted for renewals. The status of advertisers for the 2013 Annual Directory was reviewed. Commitments for all directory ads have been received. There are commitments for 16 ads in the Directory. Dick Rausch reviewed the editorial plan for November in Joe Grippo’s absence. The cover story will be a tribute to veterans and a Thanksgiving message. John Pope’s passing was
Notes From Your Board
Maintenance & Repair Committee
The MRC held a meeting on the ninth day of October. During this meeting, John Rutt reported about the completion and evaluation of this year’s sidewalk resurfacing project. John was joined by Bill Altman for the final evaluation tour of work completed by CTI this year.
At the general meeting in September, Herb Frank, a Springmill resident, announced that he had initiated a volunteer Respite Group. No approval was sought by this group from the Board of Directors. In the October edition of the Sentinel an article appeared explaining the purpose of the group and guidelines for the service provided.
Both John and Bill will serve on a new task force that is headed by Bob Lhulier (BOD president) and Carl Rifino (BOD member). This new task force will be looking at all issues regarding Springmill trees as well as their impact upon community sidewalks. The Property Committee will have a major voice on this committee because the trees come under their jurisdiction. Some temporary corrections of trip hazards (related to tree roots) have been completed this year. If you see gray-colored patch work near a tree, then you are definitely looking at temporary work.
At the time the Board did not feel the need to get involved and viewed it as a laudable thing to do. Subsequently, several retired nurses in the community have raised concerns about liability, HIPPA confidentiality, exposure to infectious diseases, security issues, etc. With these issues raised the Board felt that we should pass this subject by our attorney. His opinion follows:
The final order of business was election of a MRC chairperson. Although all MRC members were willing to continue serving on this committee, the duties of chairperson were not desired by any of the current members. This topic was concluded with the current chairperson agreeing to serve for one (1) more year.
Ÿ No vote was taken to endorse this volunteer group or to encourage residents participation, and no other action was taken by the Association to promote the Respite Group or its activities.
The MRC meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the clubhouse. The next meeting will be held on November 13th at 6:30 p.m. and residents are welcome to attend.
Ÿ The Association should clarify its non-involvement with the group. Based on our attorney's opinion, the Springmill community should understand that the Association does not sponsor, supervise or endorse the Respite Group, and, moreover, the Association does not train, monitor or screen the volunteers.
Finance Committee Our October meeting had 7 members in attendance including Carl Rifino, Treasurer, Jim Merrill, Assistant Treasurer, and Bob Gross, representing the BOD. The September minutes were discussed and approved.
Although the organizers of the Respite Group may have the best of intentions, residents should proceed with common sense and caution when allowing any person they do not know into their home to protect against the possibility of theft of personal property, identity theft, breach of medical and personal confidentialities and other general liability issues relating to visitors who may be injured or exposed to communicable diseases while on a resident's property.
The Finance Committee held its annual election of officers for the 2012-2013 year and both Cal Reuss and Larry Daigle were re-elected as Chairman and Vice Chairman, respectively and Joan Gross was re-elected as Secretary.
The BOD would like any person participating in these services to be aware of the issues raised.
It was announced that Kathy Kobus and George Latsko will represent the FC on the newly-formed "Tree Task Force". Jim Chrisfield has agreed to head up a small committee with Anita Tucker that will look at long-range capital projects. Finally, Gary Merrick is looking into insurance costs for the future.
Trees "I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree"
There will be no meeting in November due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Those words by Joyce Kilmer are very meaningful to Springmill today. Over the past several months Roy Peters, Mike Potts and Paul Lloyd have been taking an inventory of all the trees in our community. Would you believe we have over 1600 trees that are our responsibility . Part of the inventory is to record the condition of the trees and what should be done with them.
Clubhouse Committee The Clubhouse Committee met on October 3rd, 2012. We welcomed Bob Hill as a new member of the committee. Gerry Crennan has resigned and Ray Roullier was voted in as Vice Chairman. We want to thank Isabel Aviles for her donation of a case of water.
We have also looked at how the trees are affecting our sidewalks and utility lines. We have discovered that sidewalks are beginning to be raised due to root systems. We have also become aware that street trees have been planted too close to underground utility lines.
The fans in the great room have been rewired so that each fan will work on its own switch. This will ensure that everyone will Continued On Pg. 23 be able to enjoy their own comfort
All of this has brought to the Board of
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Around Town Library Update…November
Don’t Forget to Vote!
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 seasonal changes. Of course, we will also highlight June Stemmle 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 on November 6, 12, 22, and 23.
Tuesday, November 6, is Election Day. In addition to the Presidential election, there are local candidates running as well - incumbents are highlighted: U.S. Senate: Tom Carper (D) vs. Kevin Wade (R), Andrew Groff (Green) and Alexander Pires (I) U.S. Rep: John Carney (D) vs. Tom Kovach (R) Sonya Comstock Governor: Jack Markell (D) vs. Jeffrey Cragg (R) and Mark Perri (Green). Lt. Gov.: Matt Denn (D) vs. Sher Valenzuela (R) State Senate Bruce Ennis (D) vs. Scott Unruh (R) State Rep. Quinn Johnston (D) vs. Matt Brown (R) NC County Executive - Tom Gordon (D) vs. Mark Blake (R).
The new polling place is Appoquinimink High School located on Bunker Hill Road. Hours – 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
v Istoria, an upscale eclectic consignment shop, has opened, and her items on display are beyond what is usually seen in such shops. Bonnie Peebles is very selective about the merchandise she accepts, which excludes clothing. A percentage of her profits benefits charity. She is always looking for special items to add to her collection. Hours of operation are Wed-Fri 11-4 & Sat. 10-5 – Location – 101 N. Broad St. corner of Anderson Ave. Phone – 378-0300
Card Making and Scrapbooking at 6:30 pm Monday, Nov. 19 ( $5 material fee) Knitting Circle Alternate Tuesdays at 7:00 pm (Nov. 20) For all levels of experience. Tech Tuesdays 6:30 to 7:30 Free tutorial on using edevices Wireless Wednesdays 1:00 to 3:00 Free tutorial on using e-devices Sew-Be-It Quilters Second Saturday at 10:00 am (Nov.10) novice & experienced quilters welcome Book Discussion for Adults Wednesday, November 21 at 7:00 pm
Programs for adults in the Community Activity Center… must register v 3D Stampin’ $9 (material cost) for 1 ½ hr. class, Sat. 11/17, 10-11:30, create a handmade gift v Defensive Driving: Advanced Saturday Nov. 17 One 3- hr. class 9am-12pm $27 v Yoga Mon. 10-11:00 $18 for three 1-hour classes with Crystal Walker v Yogilates We. 10-11:00 $24 for four 1-hour classes with Crystal Walker v Zumba Gold Sat. 10:30-11:30 $6 drop-in fee, I nstructor is Elisa Cordero
Salvation Army Bell Ringers It’s that time of the year again when shoppers will hear the familiar Salvation Army bell ringers at six locations in Middletown. The red kettles will be in place the evening before Thanksgiving and will be asking for your help through Christmas Eve. So far, the following residents from Springmill will be ringing bells. They are Joyce Foster, Terry Markisohn, Carol Rifino and Don Strong. Jim Young is the coordinator for this annual fund raising event, so if you would like to volunteer, call Jim at 378-5059. This organization donates 95% of its collection to helping those in need.
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 Nov. 9 and 23 v Rhythm, Rhyme & Story Time Fridays 10:15 No Story time on Nov. 9 and 23
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Directors the need for a comprehensive plan to correct these problems. This is going to be a long-term project that will need careful planning. It will be very expensive and change the landscape of the community.
In Memoriam Both the Springmill Community and The Sentinel wish to express our condolences to Joyce Simmons on the passing of her husband, Clyde, and to Maxine Pope on the passing of her husband, John. May they rest in peace.
The BOD has already put together a group with representatives from the Property, MRC, Finance committees and the BOD. They are being tasked with developing a plan to solve this problem. We will keep you informed as to the progress being made. We will be having meetings to explain what will be done and ask for community input.
RESIDENTS ARE OUR BEST REFERRALS!
Cultural Events Holiday Happenings Springmill Sat. Nov 10 – 6 p.m. - Formal Thanksgiving Dinner - $12.50 pp – respond by Nov. 5 Sat. Nov. 17 – 7 p.m. - Saturday Night Social – dancing – BYOR – BYOB Sun. Dec. 2 – 4-6 p.m. – Trim-A-Tree Party
music by Beethoven – Tickets $16 Sat. Dec. 1 – 7 p.m. – “The Holly and the Ivy – A Festival of Holiday Carols” – featuring Cathedral Choir School of Delaware – Tickets - $15 Dover Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St., (302) 6785152 Sat. Nov. 10 – 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. - “Angelina Ballerina – The Musical’ – family musical – Tickets - $20 (adults) Children $12 Sat. Nov. 17 – 7 p.m. – “Hank Williams Remembered” – Tickets - $32 – children - $18
Middletown Everett Theatre Fri/Sat – Nov. 2 & 3 - 7:30 p.m. - “Bourne Legacy” PG13 - Tickets - $6 Fri/Sat/Sun, Nov. 16-17-18 (Fri/Sat) – 7:30 p.m. - Matinees Sat/Sun – 2 p.m. - “It’s a Wonderful Life” – Presented by God’s Power and Light Co. - Tickets - $10/12 – Children - $6
Wilmington Grand Opera House, 818 North Market Street, 302-6525577 Fri. Nov. 2 – 8 p.m. – “Junior Mance” – jazz legend plays piano – Tickets – $22 Sat. Nov. 3 – 8 p.m. – Baby Grand - “Howard Fishman” – guitarist/singer mixes jazz, blues – Tickets - $26 Sat. Nov. 3 – 8 p.m. – “Nanci Griffith and the Kennedys” – folk singer – Tickets - $32-$38 Sun. Nov. 11 – 7 p.m. – Baby Grand - “John Hammond” – blues guitarist for over 30 years – Tickets - $31 Sun. Nov. 11 – 7 p.m. – “Robert Irvine” – star of TV’s Dinner: Impossible – Tickets - $45-$53 Mon. Nov. 12 – 8 p.m. – “Chris Botti” – Pop trumpet master – Tickets - $48-$67 Fri. Nov. 16 – 8 p.m. – “Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin” tribute to drummer of Led Zepplin – Tickets - $37-$45 Sun. Nov. 18 – 7 p.m. – “Ron White featuring Robert Hawkins” – comedy – Tickets - $47-$63 Tues. Nov. 20 – 8 p.m. – “Smokey Robinson” – King of Motown – Tickets - $56-$67 Fri. Nov. 23 – 8 p.m. – “Paula Poundstone” – comedy – Tickets - $31-$39 Sat. Nov. 24 – 8 p.m. – “Classic Albums Live Presents Pink Floyd” – Tickets - $28-$37 Thurs. Nov. 29 – 8 p.m. – “Christmas with the Celts” – Irish music group – Tickets - $32-$40
Main Street Sat. Nov. 17 – 11-1 p.m. – “Main Street Christmas” – Parade, family activities, photos with Santa – Lamp post contest – voting begins Nov. 17-Dec. 17 – visit participating merchants MOT Sr. Center Fri/Sat., Nov. 17 (Noon-6 p.m.) & 19 9-2 p.m. – “Winter Festival” – Arts & Crafts, Quilting, Knitting & Crochet, Ceramics, Jewelry & Bake Sale, good food & apple dumplings Middletown High School Fri/Sat – 7:30 p.m. – “Romeo and Juliet” – Tickets - $8 Odessa Corbit-Calloway Library - 378-8838 Sun. Nov. 11 – 2 p.m. – “Memories of a Delaware Continental Soldier” with Dr. John Gardner Wed. Nov. 14 – Historic Odessa Houses tours – Christmas exhibit – “An Old English Christmas of Washington Irving” – the Wilson-Warner House – Storybook Trees Exhibit and Doll House Exhibit 1910-1980 – Tickets $8 Sat. Dec. 1 -10 - 7 p.m. - “Christmas in Odessa” – 48th year – Self-guided tour of private homes, Craft Show at Old Odessa School, lunch/dinner – Tickets - $15 in advance. $20 day of event.
Bridgeville Vicinity of Royal Farms, Rt. 13 & Rt. 404 Nov. 2-4 – Punkin Chunkin - Pumpkin hurling event and outdoor celebration including vendors, crafts, live entertainment and cooking contests. Tickets - $10 (children – free) Fund raising event.
Rt. 301 Archeological Presentation Ramsey/Polk Tenant Farm On Tuesday, November 20, at 7:30 p.m., the Middletown Historical Society will have a presentation and display on the Ramsey/Polk Tenant Farm/historical excavation from Route 301. DelDOT and the archeaeologists found numerous buildings and tenant farms that were developed during the 18th and 19th centuries. Dr. Ilene Grossman-Bailey, the Senior Archaelogist from Richard Grubb and Associates, will speak at the Tuesday, November 20 meeting. She will have several artifacts with her. The dig was completed prior to finalization of the Route 301 bypass. The Middletown Historical Society is located at the Old Academy Building (old Town Hall) at 216 North Broad Street.
Arden The New Candlelight Theater, 2208 Millers Rd, 302-475-2313 Nov. 9 – Dec. 23 - Matinee & evening - “Christmas by Candlelight” – Holiday variety show for the entire family. Tickets - $56 (adult) $33 (child) – includes dinner buffet. Smyrna Opera House, 7 W. South Street , 302-653-4236 Fri. Nov. 9 – Dec. 16 - “17th Annual Art show” – Artwork from local/regional artists. Sat. Nov. 10 – 2 p.m. - “Family Matinee – “The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe” – Audience volunteers will play parts. Tickets - $8 Sat. Nov. 10 – 7:30 p.m. – “A Night of Bluegrass” – featuring Carroll County Ramblers – Tickets - $16 Sun. Nov. 18 –3 p.m. - “Copeland String Quartet” – featuring
Terry Markisohn President, Historical Society
SPRINGMILL RESIDENT SPECIALS
What’s Happening … Maintenance & Repair Committee Annie Hall became Chairman of this Committee two years ago when it was about to be disbanded. She stepped up to the plate by taking on this role and asking the members to stay and support her in every aspect. They did. Annie became involved in the MRC three years prior to becoming chairperson by serving as a nonvoting member of the Architectural Review Subcommittee (ARC). This committee was Annie Hall placed under the MRC by the Springmill Board of Directors (BOD). Al Hobson was the MRC Chairperson at that time, and Fred Bodden became chair after Al resigned. When Fred Bodden was elected to the Board, it was necessary to fill the role of Chairman. None of the members wanted the responsibility of Chairman but were willing to support someone who did. Annie said with her MS in Nursing, this was definitely a major change in operation. However, with administrative experience plus seasoned MRC members with experience in construction and a willingness to support her, she could do the job. She credits Mel Geiger who works in construction for all his knowledge, Jerry Steskal who contributed to many of the ARC guidelines, Bill Altman (Vice Chair), John Rutt (electrical engineer), Lee Rosenson (former BOD member), Art Lamb (excellent with graphs, etc.) and Georgianna Anderson (typed the entire ARC Guidelines packet and is first reviewer for ARC requests) as well as Rosemarie Lamb (non-voting member who acts as secretary). The major responsibilities of the MRC include resealing of
M/W/F Walking Club When Ruth Rudloff visited The Villages (the Disney World of 55+ communities), in Florida, last winter, she had the opportunity to join a walking group in the various clubhouses…and discovered she loved the idea. She thought it would be a great program to bring back and introduce to Springmill, especially with the newly installed hardwood floor, which made it safer to exercise. So, Ruth suggested the program to the CEC Committee, got approval, checked with Tracey for open availability in the Great Room, ordered the walking DVD’s, and a new club was born. See, folks, it just takes one person with an idea, and the tenacity to follow through, to get something implemented. Since it began, the club has grown from a few women to a roomful of 20 – 30 participants at each session. I say women, because to date, no men have joined the group. However, Springmill gentlemen are more than welcome.
driveways (done every five years to avoid buildup), resealing walking paths, resurfacing community sidewalks and aprons as needed, repairs to the clubhouse exterior, which includes parking lot, lighting and community signs, windmill, etc., and repairs to the exterior of homes. Resealing of driveways is much less frustrating and expensive than resurfacing of sidewalks. Her budget for sidewalks in 2012 is $40,000 annually which means resurfacing the worst sidewalks first. The BOD is considering adding to this amount so hopefully more will be accomplished with a target of most (if not all) sidewalks repairs completed by the end of 2013. However, the sidewalk leading up to the homeowner’s front door is the resident’s responsibility. Annie works with the Board on her annual budget for all tasks listed as MRC responsibility. This committee is also responsible for repairs to the exterior of the home which is limited to $500 annually. A phone call to Tracey Lund, Community Manager, is the first step in seeking exterior repairs. Revised Architectural Guidelines along with Schedule C were sent out at the end of last year to all residents. Any changes to the exterior of a resident’s home must be approved by the Architectural Committee. Even adding a water hose support to the exterior of a resident’s home requires a completed ARC request prior to completion. As Chairman for two years, she says she will continue in this role if re-elected. She says without the assistance and cooperation of the members, this position would have been difficult, but they were there for her in every aspect and just a phone call or email away. The MRC meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Interested residents should contact Annie Hall. Sonya Comstock faster musical beat for an aerobic workout. Next, it has you slow down and stretch. If you continue to the two-mile walking segment, you’ll need weights and a stretchy band. Ruth mentioned that, while the ceiling fans are turned on and the lights are turned off to keep the heat down, it’s still a good idea to bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated. Thus far, the group has utilized the original DVD, but Ruth has others that can be introduced, like the “5 Day Slim Down”…includes “classic” walking, sculpting, and a speed walking. Looks like the ladies are thinking ahead. Why should you participate? The obvious reasons are for social interaction, exercise, and weight loss. But it’s also more fun exercising in a group, conveniently indoors for an all-weather workout…and it’s FREE. Should this sound good to you, set your alarm clocks (8:00 is a bit early) and show up any Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday for the latest sensation in the Springmill Clubhouse. June Stemmle
The group meets at the Clubhouse every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, at 8:00 am. They follow the Leslie Sansone DVD on “walking at home.” The DVD advises you as you reach each ¼ mile, which Ruth finds very encouraging. Some people walk just one mile, but most manage to exercise for the three mile duration. Ruth added that the DVD starts off slowly with walking in place to music, and then increases to a brisk walk with a
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Meet Your Neighbor John and Linda Rutt and their precious dog, Dexter, live right down the road at 71 Springmill Drive, but I haven’t seen them for a while, so it was nice to sit and chat. Linda and her identical sister were born in Philadelphia (Linda also gave birth to twin girls many years later.)The family resided there for about 22 years and then moved to southern New Jersey. She was introduced to her future husband, John, on the University of DE campus, by her twin sister’s sister-inlaw. A year later she and John were married. John was born “at home” in Coolspring, Delaware. The home happened to be that of a family friend, who was a nurse. Good thing. The birth occurred at the end of World War II, during a blackout. John grew up on a farm, south of Milford. (His father raised chickens for Swann Foods and then for Purdue.) John attended school in Milford, graduating from Milford High School. Then, not wanting to be drafted during the Vietnam War, he decided to enlist in the Navy. He spent his boot camp training in San Diego, where he attended electronics technician school. This was followed by tours of duty in the Mediterranean and Hawaii. Eventually he was transferred to the East coast, where he got to see most of the Caribbean. After four years in the Navy, he went on to the University of Delaware to study electrical engineering. He and Linda married during his senior year. Initially, the newlyweds had an apartment near the university. After graduation, John’s first job offer took them to Virginia. Employment transfers also took them to Maryland, New Jersey and southern Delaware, before finding a home in Springmill. They’ve been here four years now. Happenstance brought them here. They actually stopped on the way home from a funeral, liked what they saw, and decided it was a good place to retire. Things that impressed them were the appearance of the community. It was “neat and clean.” Springmill was also well located, with Linda’s sister close by in Williamstown, and John’s two brothers and one sister in Delaware. The price was right, but it was definitely a spur of the moment decision.
Committee. The couple has been to a few parties and activities, but most of their leisure time is spent doing “couple stuff” and visiting with family. Linda’s former occupation was in banking, the Philadelphia National Bank, for eight years. She then stayed home to raise their two daughters, eventually going back to work part-time. Then she went back to school and studied to be a veterinarian tech, working or volunteering in that field for a number of years. As a matter of fact, she has offered to assist with dog care (walking or feeding) if you are ill or need help…sort of pet respite. Besides her interest in animals, especially Dexter, Linda enjoys reading about the Civil War, cake decorating, antiquing, flower arranging, “ghost tripping,” and traveling with John. (I know you’re wondering what ghost tripping is…involves visiting old cemeteries, or places like Pea Patch Island, with a history of ghostly events. So far, Linda hasn’t encountered anyone from the spirit world. I could actually relate because our Vermont house was next door to a Revolutionary War cemetery…used to love wandering through and reading some of the writings on the tombstones. Our ancestors were much more creative in this area than we are today.) John retired in 2010. His last employer was the Southern Maryland Electrical Cooperative. He now enjoys hunting, reading about WWII, riding his recumbent trike, and traveling. The Rutts’ favorite vacations have been to Germany on a Rhine riverboat cruise and their trip to Alaska. Having been to Europe numerous times, they are now looking forward to traveling the United States, especially the western states. John and Linda have been married 41 years. They have two daughters: Rachel and her husband, James, live in Oregon; and Rebecca, married to Nathan, resides in Virginia. Rachel has blessed them with their only grandchild so far…Benjamin, age 6.
Since moving, the biggest positive has been their neighbors. They still love the fact that “everyone waves.” When they first moved here, John was still working and living in their other home until it was sold, while Linda was setting up house here. John is now retired and is becoming a working member of the community…using his skills as a member of the MRC
Linda and John feel faith and commitment has contributed to a long and happy marriage. With retirement, they are enjoying the fruits of their labor. Life is pleasant here in Springmill.
Car Accident Information Sheet
To help you out in the chaos of an accident’s aftermath, she shares an accident checklist from the NAIC (National Association of Insurance Commissioners) that you can download and print to carry in the glove compartment of your car. Just go to www.insureuonline.org . Once on the site, click on the link for “Auto” to access the link to the accident checklist. It has a place for your driver’s license, with an asterisk noting it is not required. All you need to collect is the INSURANCE INFORMATION. Let the agent/s deal with the other details. You should also always call the police…even if no one is injured. It’s an extra layer of protection.
For those of you who may have missed reading Michelle Singletary’s column in the Aug. 19th issue of the Sunday News Journal, I thought enough of it to pass the information along. The main point she makes is that, in these days of identity theft, provide “just the basic facts” if you are involved in a car accident, or you could put yourself and any witnesses in jeopardy. Personal information has become very valuable! DON’T share personal information; driver’s license number, home address, or even your telephone number. In an accident scenario, you are dealing with a stranger, and next to your Social Security number, this is the easiest way to steal your identity. Michelle also reminded us that sometimes “accidents” are staged just to get such information…I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true.
I suggest you go online, download the form and place it in your car. I would also suggest filling in some of the information ahead of time…less you have to think about in case of an accident. Drive safely, but be prepared. June Stemmle
Living Green What Happens After the Recycling Pickup?
enter the warehouse. From there, it's dropped--unsorted--onto the first of many conveyor belts by a small tractor, or a skid steer.
I’ve heard many comments about the Friday recycling pickup at Springmill. Some people believe the contents of the big Green and Yellow container are treated just like trash. This is not true and now you can “read the rest of the story”. I had the chance to tour a single-stream recycling center courtesy of the Internet. The tour opened my eyes to how single stream recycling, where all recyclables are placed into a single container, works once your castaways leave the curb side.
The first stop is where most of the employees work--pre-sorting. People put all sorts of things that should not go into recycling, such as pots, pans, dog chains, and other metal items. The worst offender here, though, is plastic shopping bags, which get caught in the moving parts and regularly bring the operation to a halt. (Plastic bags, if you use them, can be recycled at supermarkets.) Workers simply grab junk that doesn't belong there and put it aside where it will be either sent to a landfill or collected for scrap metal.
The center I saw is very similar to the centers that Waste Management, Inc. (Middletown’s trash and recycling contractor) uses across the country. In the plant, over 100 full-time employees are hard at work, but 75% of the separation work is actually done by a combination of belts, magnets, and optical readers. These specialized machines vastly speed up the traditional manual sorting method that was used just a couple of years ago. Here is how it works:
This stream of waste passes over a series of spinning discs. Since cardboard can't fit through the cracks in the discs, which resemble a big screw, the cardboard sheets break off onto their own conveyor belt and are dropped onto the floor below for collection. Another set of screens allows the heavier plastic and metal materials to fall to another belt while much of the paper continues on to a separate bin.
A mountain of garbage is dumped by recycling trucks as they
Most of the glass is quickly separated,
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Games were also part of the experience; first Bingo (Bob Hambrecht won the $54 pot.) and after a lunch at Cracker barrel, a “horse” race…pay your $1, choose your number and the critters (horses, zebra, leopard and dinosaur) were off and running around the bus. It was a neck and neck competition. A movie rounded out the day’s entertainment until we reached our hotel, a Comfort Suites in Dover, NH. Dinner was at the Weathervane Seafood Restaurant.
Travel LOG Maine Trip
Wednesday: Up at 6, breakfast at 7, and on the road by 8. Our first Maine vacation day started on the rails of the Maine Eastern Railroad, traveling from Brunswick to Rockland. It was a different, roomier way to travel and see the sights. Our bus met us in Rockland, and after lunch in this seaside village, we drove to Camden, ME for more gorgeous views, as our step-on tour guide filled us in on this Continued On Pg. 26
Tuesday: Clear and in the mid to high 70’s…perfect weather for our Maine tour. When I arrived at the Clubhouse, the bus was already 2/3 full of eager travelers. You could tell Glenda and Betty were expert travel hosts. We were greeted with a beverage and a bag of “breakfast goodies” (yogurt, granola bar, fruit snacks and mini muffins). Something to sustain us for the first TWO hours and our first rest stop.
A Tribute To John Pope
John Pope passed away on Oct. 6 and his grandson, John, eulogized him at his funeral service three days later. These two events might seem very ordinary to the casual observer, but they significantly tell us what family is all about. Many of us in Springmill will miss John for a long time, and we pray that God’s love will heal his wife, Maxine, his family and his friends.
My friendship with John Pope started when I was asked to evaluate John’s idea about revitalizing the wetland area located off Springmill Dr. John had been nurturing his vision for a few years and he convinced me that the project was worth doing. The quest to seek financial support from the Conservation District (NCCD) started by first getting the Springmill Board of Directors to support us and then convincing NCCD to partner with us. We know that this led to the Governor’s Award for urban conservation in 2011. This award is in the Clubhouse for all to see.
Jim Mahla’s Painting
John proved that he was a very unusual man, who never did things for praise but to make his piece of the world a better place. He was a joy to work with, even when the work was difficult. He invited his neighbors to join him in the toil to clear the land and plant the indigenous plants that would transform the area. They expressed awe that this man would be so steadfast to make this project successful. It was my privilege to also see his work behind the scenes. He embodied what it is to be a volunteer. Yet he was so humble that he wouldn’t allow us to name the wetland after him.
John knew a lot about nature but we learned together that our work would enable us to build a special bond for us. During this time, John told me about his special pride for his family and about that grandson who would later give that memorable eulogy. And his grandson told us how he knew that Grandpa was proud of him. Once again we see how the simple things can mean the most. Thank you and well done, John, and may God grant you eternal peace. Carl Rifino
Bill & Judy Glass Julie & Bob Hambrecht
Jo & Mark Verni Karen & Richard Baggs
Ann & Andy Lucas, Helen & Greg Gaden
This was a combined Spring Arbor and Springmill trip lead by Spring Arbor. The trip included 5 shows: The SIX; John Denver Tribute; Yakov Smirnoff Show; Hits of the Sixties Show; and The Shoji Tabuchi Show. There were side trips to Dogwood Canyon, tour of Eureka Springs, St. James Winery, Ft Leonard Wood, and a wonderful tour of St. Louis. A great trip for all. Betty Freeman & Richard Bengermino
Joe and Sandy Corrozi
Springmill Activities 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 Please note: All committee meetings and activities using a Clubhouse room, must be cleared with Tracey Lund.
Charity Committee We would like to thank all of our neighbors who contribute every month to the MOT and Neighborhood House. We appreciate all your donations. Even though the walkers and driver go around twice to make sure they have collected any food bags they may have missed some. We are sorry if we have inconvenienced anyone by having you bring the food to my house. Anyone donating food, please leave the bags out by 8:30am either in the driveway near the garage, or on the ground near the mail box. This will cut down on the missed food bags. Your generosity is greatly appreciated by the seniors and families we help every month. God Bless . Maria Corvino
Community Events Committee Our Committee has been busy planning fun events for the Springmill Community. Even though it was a small turn-out, the first Square Dance party, after a respite of several years, was enjoyed by everyone. The caller was enthusiastic and even led us in some line dancing. If you missed this one and would like to participate in another one, just let the Committee know.
new neighbors, try out a new game, teach each other a new dance step or just watch the others show off their new dance moves! This one will be hosted by Herb and Kay O'Day-Allen. The November social will be held on November 17 and we are still looking for someone to host this one. Also planned for November is an early Thanksgiving Dinner catered by Stoltzfus from the Farmer's Market. We will be serving turkey with all the trimmings, including fresh made pies for dessert. Be sure to reply to Shirley Smith at 121 Springmill Drive. December brings us the Trim-A-Tree party. We will just be trimming the tree. Carolyn Rifino will supervise the decorating of the rest of the Club House. We have already seen some of their handiwork with the beautiful fall decorations. The tree decorating party will be held on December 2. Our final event of the year is the New Year's Eve party on December 31 at 9pm. We have hired a different DJ this year. Skye Brady was already booked! Reserve the date to see what new steps will be introduced. It is a BYOB event but snacks will be provided. We are looking for individuals who would like to open their houses to share their beautiful holiday decorations with friends and neighbors. The dates would be December 6 and 7. See the enclosed flyer for further details. This could be the start of a beautiful tradition here at Springmill. Be sure to check the bulletin board to see what movies are being played this month. Bev Strong
Book Club Choices for November Book Club 1 (Deb Kupper/1st Wed.) We will be reading in November - not reported. Book Club 2 (Mary-Elizabeth Rhoads/4th Tues.) Our group will be discussing “The Rose” by Leila Meacham this month. Book Club 3 (Lydia Olson/3rd Mon.) Our book club’s choice for November will be “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson. Book Club 4 (Mary Jo Starrett/1st Wed.) We will be enjoying “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman. Book Club 5 (Joan Gross/3rd Tues.) When we meet in November, we will discuss “ The Chaperone” by Laura Moriarty . June Stemmle
Thank You A sincere thanks to neighbors and friends in Springmill for your cards, prayers and expressions of sympathy after the death of John. It is a comfort to live in such a caring community.
A Sunday Brunch was held on October 14 to welcome our new Springmill neighbors. We had a great turnout and everyone seemed to enjoy Ann Newswanger's Mimosas! The next Saturday night social will be held on October 27. There is no sign up, just bring your own snacks and drinks and enjoy. The social provides residents with a time to meet
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I was looking for a quick read that wouldn’t tax my mind too much on a recent vacation. Since I enjoy mysteries, The “Sunday Philosophy Club,” only 250 pages long, seemed to fit the bill, so I tucked it into my suitcase. Surprisingly, the tale which takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland, with a very unlikely “sleuth,” was quite enjoyable and kept me guessing as to the perpetrator of, and reason for, the murder. And, when I reached page 140-141, the philosophy part hit home…especially during this past political season. Isabel Dalhousie is a wealthy, educated widow. With a decisive sense of ethics and morality, it seems appropriate that she is the editor of the “Review of Applied Ethics,” and a member of the Sunday Philosophy Club (which hardly ever meets and didn’t meet at all during this story). A young man plummets to his death during a concert, right before Isabel’s eyes. For no other reason than her curiosity, and the fact that her eyes locked with the man’s as he fell to his death, Isabel is compelled to search out the reason for such an unseemly and untimely death. Along the way we learn a bit about wine and beer, gain some knowledge about orchestras and art, and meet some interesting characters…like her housekeeper, Grace, who seems to “know” things about people she meets. And, since authors always like a romantic twist, we also encounter Isabel’s niece, Cat, who does not have the best taste in men…except for Jamie, a bassoonist and previous boyfriend, who, it is intimated, “auntie” wouldn’t mind getting to know better. Not wanting to overlook the reason why page 140-141 “spoke to me,” let me just say that it has to do with manners. Isabel felt, and I strongly agree, that it is “so easy dealing with people who are well-mannered. They know how to exchange those courtesies which make life run smoothly…which helps avoid friction between people, making conflict unlikely. And it works at every level, from a minor interaction between two people to dealings between nations.” With everything going on…from daily articles in the news to our national political arena, and in the world in general, it just seems maybe it’s time we ALL revisited what good manners are and how to extend common courtesies to one another. I, for one, would be very grateful. June Stemmle
Traditional Vietnamese cooking is greatly admired for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of oil, and reliance on herbs and vegetables. Vietnamese is often ranked as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. Pat and I had just come home from a weekend trip and last minute decided to go out for dinner. We decided upon Nhu Vu restaurant (handicap accessible) named after their son and daughter. The restaurant is to the far right of the Acme Supermarket center with a second location in Bear, Delaware. When we entered the restaurant we were pleasantly surprised. The room was large, with ample table seating, no booths, immaculate and a full bar. With every first time visit to a restaurant, my first observation is the overall cleanliness of the restaurant. If one does not have pride in the cleanliness of their dining room or restrooms then what is the condition of the kitchen? A kitchen that is preparing your food! Luncheon specials range from $5.99 - $6.99 which includes soup, entrée and hot tea. Entrées range from $7.25 - $13.95. There are two prices on the menu for all entrées, a lunch portion and a dinner portion. On our first visit I ordered Spicy Chicken with Lemongrass. I generally use the number system 1 -10 to determine the amount of heat I want in my entrée,10 being the extreme. Although I preferred to have my entrée on a 3-4, the entree still came with some heat but workable. The owner, upon completion of my entrée, brought a flan to the table with her compliments. Flan was pleasant to the palate and diffused the heat. The owner and wait staff are very responsive and want every customer to have a pleasant dining experience. If you like a spicy dish and are concerned for the amount of heat, they will gladly bring the hot spices on the side so you can add as you so desire. Pat and I had the wonton soup on three separate occasions. The broth was clear, not salty and the dumplings were extremely light. One of the more popular entrées is Pho (noodle soup) which offers 28 entrees such as seafood noodle soup, steak noodle soup etc. The Pho entrees range from $7.25 $8.95.
I want to thank the Springmill community for the many get well cards, phone calls, visits,and meals donated to me and Ilene after my recent surgery. It feels great to be looked after by your neighbors at such a time.
On all three visits we have always been greeted with a friendly smile and a pleasant thank you for dining at the restaurant.
Paul D. Wiedemann
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Sports & Fitness News Official 2012 Sports Season Comes to a Close Formal sporting events and leagues have concluded for the 2012 season. But that does not mean sports and fitness activities have ended. As long as the weather remains comfortable Springmill residents will continue to play Golf, Pickleball and Tennis. Fitness activity continues year round with Gym Activities, Jazzercise, Water Aerobics, Yoga, Meditation and walking. There is no “couch potato” season at Springmill. Bocce – The End-of-season Bocce Party - See below. 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 Senior Men's Golf League – The Springmill Men’s Senior Golf League held its end of year banquet after play on Oct 18th at Back Creek Golf Club. Eighteen players (including a couple from Spring Arbor) enjoyed the scramble format on a picture perfect day. A business meeting was conducted after the luncheon to elect officers and establish rules for the 2013 season. Golf – Middletown Ladies Golf League – Dick Rausch reports: While taking pictures for the above mentioned event I came across 3 women from Springmill (Marge Flynn, JoAnn Stump and Doris Moscariello) that were playing golf at Back Creek. I was informed that several other Springmill women are involved in this league. We will start covering their activity next spring when the Sports Page returns. The Sentinel Editorial staff apologizes for leaving this group out in the past. Tennis – Terry Markisohn co-coordinator for tennis activities reports: The tennis group had their annual tennis event on Saturday, October 13th and it was "Luck of the Draw." Teams were chosen randomly by drawing names. Players were: Carl Gundrum, Herman Feinberg, Jo Verni, Gary Merrick, Gil Royal, Jerry Ryan, Mark Verni, Bill Gurnee, and Terry Markisohn. We had three guest players Gene Hester, Kathy Markisohn, and Polly Drummond. Each team played 3 sets and the team with the most wins won the prizes. Congratulations to Carl Gundrum and Herman Feinberg on their outstanding 18 point score. Following the match, a light breakfast was served. We are looking forward to the cooler fall weather which makes playing tennis even more enjoyable. Come on out for the last few weeks before the cruel weather forces us indoors. We have open play every Saturday and Sunday morning 8:30 AM to 12 noon. Please join us. All are welcome. If you have any questions, please call Terry Markisohn or Mark Verni. Pickleball – Carl Rifino Pickleball Coordinator reports: We’ve completed another season of Pickleball at Springmill. However, activity in the sport will continue during the colder months. As long as the temperature stays in the mid-40s or above, we’ll play outdoors, but we have plans for the indoor version of the sport. This would ensure that our play isn’t limited by the weather. We have the option to play either at Delaware State’s Wellness Center or the Bear YMCA facility. If you are interested in playing at either place, kindly contact me or Jane Kimmins to get details on the days scheduled and time of day to play. We’ll start reporting on Pickleball again in March 2013.
Water Aerobics - Water Aerobics continues at the Hampton Inn. It is $4.00 per person per session, times are Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10:30 – 11:30. We have 14 participants which is close to capacity for the pool. However, with vacations and some not attending full time, we could possibly take a few more. If you are interested, please contact Sandy Corrozi for sign up information. Yoga and Meditation – Cynthia Frank leads the meditation sessions. She says our meditation practice meets every Monday in the Clubhouse Great Room after Yoga. We learn how to relax, de-stress, empty our minds and go to a place of comfort and peace. If you can breathe you can meditate. It is as simple as that. We try to stay focused in the moment, leaving our problems, aches and pains behind and enjoy the journey towards peace, acceptance, forgiveness and enlightenment. Please join us at 10:00 every Monday. You are also welcome to come to our Yoga class too, which starts at 9:00. There is no charge for either group, and you are welcome to do either or both. Namaste. Horseshoes – The Horseshoe pits are ready for play. They can be used for recreational play while the weather remains good. We have high hopes that there will be enough interest to start some sort of formal play in the spring of 2013. Poolroom News - Bob Cohen reports: Again this month, we have had only one perfect game: Bob Cohen - Eight ball
End of Season Bocce Party An end of season party was held for members of Springmill’s Bocce League on September 21 in the clubhouse. About 35 Bocce players, spouses and friends attended the event which featured a tasty array of Italian food items and salads catered by Immediatio’s. The desserts were especially good with Immediato’s pastries supplemented by a delicious cake and cookies prepared by Anne Lucas who hosted the party. Jo Verni provided the entertainment by emceeing a 20 question “Name That Tune” game using the player piano to provide the musical clues. Some impromptu “Twisting” (one of the quiz songs) occurred at the end of the game. Congratulations to the winning teams for 2012. The Easy Rollers - Anne and Andy Lucas, Helen and Greg Gaden and Team Forza - Jo & Mark Verni, Karen & Richard Baggs. (Pictures on Pg. 15) Dick Rausch
Golf Tips DVD Available in Library Ken Skrable has donated six sets of seven Monthly DVD Collections, Volume 1 through 7 which he received from Revolution Golf. Each monthly DVD collection is comprised of golf instructions delivered on the website (www.RevolutionGolf.com) by various golf professionals. This collection is in the clubhouse library. Please feel free to borrow a DVD. No sign out is required but we do ask that you return a DVD before borrowing another one. If you have any questions feel free to contact Ken. Julia Hambrecht
Thank You We wiant to thank everyone for your prayers, visits, calls and thoughtful concern. Earle & Helene Silverman
In Memoriam The Springmill Community and The Sentinel wishes to express their condolences to Joanne Kurych on the passing of her brother. Joe Grippo
Thank You Our sincere thank you to all of our friends and neighbors for their cards and expressions of sympathy on the death of my brother/best friend, Philip J Corrozi. Joe and Sandy Corrozi
Computer Tutor Apple Juice for Seniors-The Cloud This month I will cover the cloud. In future columns I will cover the iPad and the iMac. As always if you need help with your Apple product give me a call. The Cloud - The latest buzzword among computer users is “The Cloud.” What is it? What does it do? How can I use it? How much does it cost? All are valid questions that I will tackle one by one. The concept can be confusing to many but in practice it is basically no different from your current usage. If you Google it then your first hit is Wikipedia. They define it as “Cloud computing is the use of computing resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network (typically the Internet). The name comes from the use of a cloud-shaped symbol as an abstraction for the complex infrastructure it contains in system diagrams. Cloud computing entrusts remote services with a user's data, software and computation.” To break it down into a simple analogy, you buy a computer, tablet or other device to input data (Hardware). You buy or get a program or app that allows you to input data (Software) .You send that data over a network (your router, FIOS, AtlanticBB, etc and the internet itself) to an off location server (Hardware). The server stores the data until you need it. You then access it via your computer, tablet, phone etc by signing into your account. Here is an example of how I use it. As most readers know I have set up Respite Care for Springmill. Recently I was away on a trip. I called home to retrieve my messages and found a level. At this writing the fans are still not working correctly due to age and some motor failure and the committee is working on a proposal to have the fans replaced.
call for help and a volunteer. Although I had my IPad with me I did not have my file on it. I had not loaded it on my IPad because the file keeps changing. When I got home I resolved to remedy the situation. I downloaded the app onlive from the app store. It’s free and once you set up an account (also free) it puts a Windows 2008 desktop on your iPad when you open the app and sign in. Now I know this is heresy for an Apple user but since my files and docs are Excel and Word, I have no choice. Besides it really doesn’t put it in my IPad I am just viewing it on a remote server. Next I signed into my account on the webpage from my iMac. I then uploaded the files that I would need using my free storage allotment. Then I opened the onlive app on my IPad. I signed in and it synced so the files were available to me. Lo and behold I had files I could add to, delete, modify, and save. So what did this cost me? To date not one red cent. Now there are cloud sites that charge. In fairness the storage you get for free is limited. If you want to back up your entire computer you can sign up for sites like: Carbonite, Google Cloud Storage, JustCloud, LineDrive, iCloud and others. The prices vary according to the capacity you require. The data you send to it can be accessed and used from any computer. It is securely stored and is as secure as the computer you are using to access it. Here is a tip. Sign up for free storage on Justcloud. They will then offer their service for you. Decline it and close your account. They will then offer you the service at heavy discounts. I have seen as little as $12 a year! If you have a topic you want me to cover, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until then remember, “an Apple a day keeps the virus away!” Herb Frank
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The light switches by the back door near the men’s room are for the hallway and the veranda. Please be sure that the veranda lights are not left on by mistake.
1. Motion approved to nominate Bob Lhulier as BOD President. (5-0) 2. Motion approved to nominate Bob Gross as BOD Vice President. (5-0) 3. Motion approved to nominate Fred Bodden as BOD Secretary. (5-0) 4. Motion approved to nominate Carl Rifino as Treasurer. (5-0) 5. Motion approved for T. Lund to contact Verizon to make approved changes to the Verizon phone accounts. 6. Motion approved to have the BOD draft a letter to the community explaining the process for the Town to be eligible for a $ 100,000. Grant. (5-0) 7. Motion approved to nominate Jim Merrill as Assistant Treasurer. (5-0) 8. Motion approved to approve, adopt and pass the 2013 Budget draft, as presented. (5-0) 9. Motion approved to accept Mid-Atlantic's flex hours for office staff to leave early on Fridays for a trial period until 12/31/12, upon which it will be reconsidered. Should this pose a problem, original weekday hours would resume.(5-0)
Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 3rd at 11:15AM.
Board of Directors
We want to remind everyone that it is difficult to maintain a temperature in the clubhouse that is comfortable for everyone so dress accordingly. A proposal for the renovation of the swimming pool has been given to the Board of Directors. Our decorating committee has been busy this past month acquiring new items for the clubhouse. For those residents who do not get up to the clubhouse, the pictures in the card room and also some fall decorations will give you an example of what is being done. A signup sheet has been placed on the door where the walkers are stored. If you borrow an item please be sure to fill out the form. Wheelchairs are available in the coatroom.
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Jazzercise “Move your Body and Find Your Beat” is the motto established by Jazzercise. Leanne Brown, owner of the franchise since January 2012, lives by those words. Her main office is located on 24 N. Broad St. where she offers 33 classes during the week which includes Saturday and Sunday. Having so many classes means more people can take advantage of Jazzercise according to their schedule. Weekend classes are full as women fit them in with their busy lifestyle. When Pat Shannon retired in May, Leanne took over the classes at Springmill. The one-hour total body workout consists of cardio, strength training and stretching, core work and balancing all necessary to keep the body in top condition. When a woman signs up and becomes a member of Jazzercise, she is entitled to take all the classes offered in a month. What’s different at Springmill is that exercise is on the light side with no impact involved, but some regulars “kick it up a notch” and that’s ok with her if they are comfortable doing so. At her studio high impact is offered, and women may choose to keep it high or low. Jazzercise comes to Springmill four times a week – Tues/Thurs/Sat. morning at 9:30 and then on Wed. evening at 6:15 p.m. About half of the women take all four classes. Springmill residents do not pay a joiner fee, and the monthly
Renovation 101 Faucets and Toto Toilet As I said last time, we had to wait twenty-four hours for the plumbing to be reconnected. Joe, from Oliver, arrived at 9 am the next morning. Only the kitchen plumbing was involved. As you may remember from last year, we had remodeled the sink area of the master bath. I had wanted a new toilet at the time as well, but it wasn’t “needed,” so we decided to wait. Well, when we were preparing for the kitchen, Joe agreed to have the plumber install a new toilet as well. When Oliver came out for an estimate, we checked out faucets and toilets from the catalogue. Now, being the little researcher I am, I had perused the aisles of Home Depot and Lowes and had chosen the items I wanted…had actually purchased the new faucet. Luckily for us, when Joe checked our “old” Moen faucets, he told us they didn’t need to be replaced…the cartridges just needed to be changed…saving us $200 for each faucet. Moen has a lifetime warranty for parts. I know that because they had already sent us some replacement parts. I had also chosen an American Standard toilet, which got an excellent review in Consumer Reports for flow and quietness. (Quietness is my new quest in appliances.) While looking at Oliver’s catalogue, Joe mentioned a toilet called Toto. I’m a Kohler, American Standard kind of gal…this was a brand I never heard of. But he said he had them in his house…that they were great and proceeded to expound on all their fine qualities. The biggest was the size of their flush valve…Toto was the originator of the 3” flush valve, compared to 2
rate is $37. They can also take extra classes at her home studio. She has two instructors, Gail Duncan and Jan Ragan, who are the regular instructors for Springmill, but she fills in should they not be available. What’s important to know is that the format for teaching is the same with all instructors. The routine has been choreographed according to the music and is the exact routine followed by all instructors. In order to be a fitness trainer, one must be certified, and that means a threemonth training process with intensive physiology, dance technique, and Jazzercise teaching technique, which culminates in a written exam as well as an audition before judges to see if qualified to teach their method of exercise. Jazzercise was developed forty years ago by Judi Sheppard Misset, now 65 years old and still Jazzercising. She and her daughter run the company which offers classes world-wide and is the No. 1 dance fitness program. While the classes have only women attending, men could also join, but so far that has not happened. Leanne would like to see men in her classes as well as male instructors. At Springmill 24 women are enrolled, and the new dance floor makes moving smoother. To encourage more to join, she offers a free first class. She also suggests that the members take 3-4 classes a week and then do some other form of exercise on alternate days. To encourage women to continue their exercise routine, Leanne offers promotions such as free apparel during the summer months and the holiday season. She also carries a full line of Jazzercise wear. To Leanne, exercise is what keeps us fit and healthy. The convenience of having Jazzercise in the Clubhouse four times a week should encourage all to come out, take a FREE class, and experience what Leanne says. It’s your body – keep it fit! Join your neighbors for an hour of total body workout and have fun too! Call Leanne at 302-383-4604 to register. Sonya Comstock inches on most toilets. This allows for better flow. You may have seen ads where screws and golf balls and things go down without getting stuck. My Joe was very impressed with the technology, even though it would cost a bit more. Needless to say, since we had saved money on the faucets, we agreed to get the Toto “Drake” toilet. Strange as it may seem, I have now seen Toto toilets in the numerous restrooms. There’s one at the car wash at Green Hill. They were also mentioned on the Kardashians…Courtney went to the Toto showroom and LOVED their products. Who knew?!? Today, we had the plumbing done. A quick update for your faucet is to remove the escutcheon, the piece underneath to hide holes in more than a one-hole sink. You will be amazed at how updated and modern it looks. As for the toilet, it went in without a hitch, has a really quick and complete flushing action, and is fairly quiet. So, we’re happy with our choice. Now that the countertop and plumbing is complete, we’re moving on to our last project for this year…new flooring from the laundry room to the sunroom. I originally wanted ceramic tile, or wood, or a Karndean vinyl “wood look”. Joe was completely against ceramic…too hard underfoot and possibly slippery in the kitchen. And, after speaking with a number of people, we decided wood wouldn’t be the best for us, since it tends to scratch or have sun fading over time. So, we compromised on Congoleum Dura Ceramic 16” tiles. Again, it was rated #1 by Consumer Reports. More on the whole research process next month. June Stemmle
bingo, and a movie for the remaining three hours to Springmill. Good friends, good food, good weather, and fond memories.
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maritime town. After a full day of touring, we were ready for dinner and relaxation. Our hotel for the next two days, Comfort Inn Ocean’s Edge, provided both. We ALL had ocean views and balconies, and the buffet made for a quick-serve dinner.
June Stemmle Continued From Pg. 14: Living Green too, as garbage passes through a large spinning tube, which sends the glass crashing onto the perforated floor of the tube and into collectors below. Tin gets snatched by large magnets en route. Later in the process, another type of magnetic field called an eddy current yanks aluminum cans from a fast-flowing conveyor belt. Instead of dropping straight down, aluminum materials (including foils) jump into another collection bin.
Thursday: The morning routine of 6, 7, 8 continued today, but no bags had to be out, since we would be staying another night. Our itinerary today included Acadia National Park, Cadillac Mountain (the highest mountain on the east coast), and Sieur de Mont. Be sure to bring your National Park passport. It can be stamped at all three visitor centers. Should you stop at Jordan’s Pond, the food is good and the popovers are famous. Our guide regaled us with stories before dropping us at the Bar Harbor waterfront. There are numerous restaurants in town. If you want local ambiance, head for Geddy’s down near the water. West End Deli was suggested for fresh, generous sandwiches…but it’s take-out only. Ice cream parlors also abound. Look for signs of premium homemade ice cream “fresh daily.” Since the weather was cooperative, we took advantage of a reason for the treat. We boarded our bus with full tummies, ready for train ride #2 on the Belfast and Moosehead Lake RR, which was supposed to give us a “glimpse of the countryside.” Postscript on the train trip…after an hour of trees, trees and more trees, even Joyce Kilmer would have rethought that famous poet line,” I think that I shall never see…” Needless to say, I’m looking forward to water views tomorrow. Meanwhile, it’s time for dinner at the Lobster Pound Restaurant, which was featured in Coastal living. I think I ate my fair share of the crustacean. Though, between chomping on corn cobs and wrestling with lobster appendages, we looked like we were in the dinner scene for Tom Jones.
With mostly just plastics left, machines use optical readers to identify one type from another. Machine programmers spent days "teaching" the infrared optical readers to recognize different plastic types based on more than 100 different parameters, including the color, density, and shape. Once the machine knows that a number 3 plastic is coming, a few feet later it shoots a jet of air to blow it off the conveyor belt and into a collection bin. At that point, most everything is separated and a large vibrating machine called a destoner blows the remaining bits of paper off from the remaining stream and collects the "residue," such as small shards of glass and other material that can't be recycled. At the back of the warehouse is a compressor to create bales of all the different materials, including the residue, which are stacked over 20 feet high. There they wait for the next stage of their life, sold through regular contracts or on-the-spot market for recycled material. Now you know the “rest of the story”. When it comes to household waste, 60 percent is recyclable. For many Americans, recycling is already a routine practice, but higher recycling rates pay off in a number of ways. For starters, municipalities pay less to garbage haulers by reducing the amount of tonnage that goes to landfills or incinerators. Additionally, recycling a product for a second (or third or fourth) life means less energy is used to extract and process virgin materials. Last, but not least, recycling helps to save natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals, according to the EPA.
Friday: We woke up to a thick fog this AM. I can’t see beyond my balcony railing, but the day is supposed to return to its sunny nature by 10:00…just in time for our Boothbay Harbor tour. John, our step-on guide made an immediate good impression. He took no time in getting us off for a rest stop, and since he owned a candy store, provided samples after we returned to the bus. I have learned during our tours, that Mainers have a great sense of humor and are great storytellers of “mostly true” stories. Boothbay is a charming seaside town, well worth visiting for a long or short stay. It’s 2:35 and time for our LAST train ride. At least this time we’re on Amtrak and the seats are comfy. The most interesting parts of the trip were the anticipatory comments of 3 ½ year-old Boston, headed to his namesake town on his first train ride and our adventurous mishap on exiting the train, when some of us didn’t realize we had to cross the tracks and got separated temporarily from the group. We reunited fairly quickly and went on our way to Gloucester House Restaurant for an early dinner and entertainment. To be honest, when we pulled into Gloucester, my first impression was less positive compared to Bar Harbor and Boothbay. But by the time, Lenny, the restaurant’s owner, completed his storytelling trilogy between courses, we held Gloucester and its historic residents in high esteem.
Dick Rausch Continued From Pg. 1: Thanksgiving deadly first winter at Plymouth Rock, felt blessed for the bountiful crops they grew the next year. Thanksgiving should not only remind us of what we have as a nation, but for what we must do to protect and preserve the future.
We are truly blessed to be residents of Springmill, a community whose members care about each other and try to make the world a better place to live for others, with its many outreach efforts. As the Holiday season approaches it is a good time to reflect upon all that we have to be thankful for. First and foremost is our health. Every aspect of life is easier when we enjoy good health. Let us make this season joyful by having a positive attitude about our lives and everything we do. Let us pray for those of us who are not as lucky we are.
Saturday: We got to sleep an extra ½ hour…didn’t leave until 8:30. And we had the pleasure of Carolina’s assistance at breakfast, which had some of us humming “Nothing could be finer than to be with Carolina in the morning.” On the bus…surprise…our first rainy day, for about fifteen minutes. Guess New England is sad to see us depart. Sprits were high and with scrambled word finds in hand, we started home. Rest stops and games, deftly handled by Guy Freeman, keeping us entertained through MA, CT, and NY. Then it was a lunch stop,
Thanksgiving has been commemorated in art for many years. This classic Norman Rockwell “Freedom of Want” painting on Pg.1 is a great example. Dick Rausch
Published on Nov 1, 2012