BIG NEWS! Noble Horizons is reopening on June 1!!! We are so grateful to have reached this milestone and thank you for your support and encouragement over the last 15 months. We look forward to welcoming you back for shopping at the Country Store, outpatient rehab, volunteering, our free weekly balance classes, Rotary Club meetings, speakers, and entertainment like Michael Brown's outdoor concert mentioned in our last newsletter.
Noble residents have been busy hosting a steady stream of visitors this month. Whether four generations reuniting with a great grandparent or a collection of friends popping in, Noble is the site of happy reunions! Thanks to the glorious weather, the gazebos, porches, wooded trails, and shaded paths are once again percolating with life.
Administrator Bill Pond called a mandatory staff meeting on Thursday afternoon and greeted arrivals under a celebratory gauntlet of bubbles, noisemakers and full-volume strains of Queen's "We are the Champions!" Once gathered, Bill surprised the team with the announcement of the June 1 reopening and heartfelt congratulations for their flawless record through COVID, the recent 7th consecutive 5-star rating, and his deep gratitude for their unstinting dedication to the residents of Noble Horizons
Bill then read a letter of "profound appreciation" from Noble's President and CEO, Pat Gilland. "You created and maintained a safe harbor for our residents and found countless ways to meet their needs...As the days of isolation wore on, your creativity and compassion brightened our residents' darkest days, even while you faced uncertainty in your own lives." Please join Bill on our local NPR station, WHDD, on May 26 at 7:20 am to hear more about Noble's post-June 1 plans.
Coloring Our Past
Mark your calendar for the May 26 at 7 pm premiere of Coloring Our Past, which chronicles the search by students in Salisbury School's Searching for Slavery class for lost stories of local black and indigenous peoples whose contributions have long been hidden.
The students' discoveries led to Governor Lamont's official proclamation of James Mars Day on May 1, in commemoration of the formerly enslaved Norfolk native, and celebrated in town with The Witness Stones Project, which seeks to confront a past that did not live up to the nation’s founding ideals of justice and equality. The film includes commentary from descendants of the Cesar family. Registration and a Zoom link.
Sometimes You Need a Little Hope
Hope Gallagher is a friend to many in the Noble community, though few have actually met her! She is the popular teacher of Noble’s free weekly balance class on Zoom, but because she joined the Noble team as an Occupational Therapist during the pandemic, her class members have only known her virtually. People lucky enough to see her every day are guests in Noble’s short-term rehabilitation and full-time residents, many of whom have cuddled with her menagerie of farm animals...More
Get to Know the Wily Coyote
Don't miss wildlife conservationist Paul Coburn's June 12 program at 11 am about our wily neighbor, the eastern coyote. Surprisingly, eastern coyotes are not native to Connecticut; in fact, they were not documented until the 1950s and through the 1960s were only seen in the northwest corner of the state. Coburn will offer details about the coyote's history, behavior, diet reproduction and provide recommendations for coexistence with these intrepid tricksters. Please register for a Zoom link.