Noble Horizons Blog

On October 8th, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services that administers Medicare and works collaboratively with state governments to administer Medicaid, awarded Noble Horizons its rare and coveted 5-star rating.

On Wednesday October 2, students from The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville CT made the short drive to Noble Horizons’ community room in order to volunteer their time helping residents craft a handmade bingo board as well as its owner, a scarecrow built by both residents and students.

On Friday, October 4 residents and staff throughout Noble Horizons came together in support of the more than one million breast cancer survivors living in the US to donate their dollars and sport their favorite pair of jeans in honor of Lee’s National Denim Day.

The Noble Horizons’ Auxiliary has accomplished what few fundraising organizations have achieved, but which many wish for over the course of a lifetime. This year, the Auxiliary will pass the One Million Dollar mark as it also celebrates 40 years of fundraising at Noble Horizons in Salisbury which offers retirement, rehabilitation, nursing and memory care as well as year-round community programs.

For the past nine years, the car parade has included Noble Horizons as part of its venerated route, a location that was part of the parade’s original run in 1982. “Every year it's all hands on deck!” says Lana Knutson, Director of Volunteers at Noble Horizons.

Mark Liebergall is a man of diverse and passionate interests. Artist, dancer, tai chi practitioner, teacher, student and outdoor enthusiast, Mark is constantly learning, but he is also a perennial teacher. He believes firmly that talents and interests are meant to be shared with others and since he was a child, Mark has enriched his own life by enriching others.

Alzheimer’s Event at Noble Horizons

Our August 2019 Alzheimer’s events at Noble Horizons featured food, fun, merriment and prizes for everyone! A baked potato bar and hot dogs with ALL the fixings were hugely popular lunch options; residents and staff brought out their inner Rembrandts at a Paint and Sip evening while enjoying wine, cheese and crackers; staff members hosted a car wash; spectacular gift baskets were displayed for a week and raffled to lucky winners and the highlight of the month-Carnival Day-brought squeals of joy to all, except, perhaps, the boss, who sat under a splash tank and was immersed again and again and again!

James Madison

Noble Horizons is honored to share a recent presentation by former Stanford University professor, Kim Maxwell, Ph.D., inventor of the modern dial-up modem and founder of the company that was awarded the worldwide standard for DSL. On August 4, Maxwell explained how rural areas like the northwest corner of Connecticut can secure a vibrant future by bringing fast, universal connectivity. Invoking the words of James Madison, "In a free society the people must have a say in the laws that govern them," Maxwell linked the erosion of people’s role in government to the lack of universal internet connectivity as the internet is the primary means of communication in the 21st century.

Michael Brown - Musician

The incomparable Michael Brown performed a free outdoor concert pondside on an exquisite early August summer evening for close to 100 adoring fans! Guests gathered with picnics to enjoy the astonishingly talented musician known for his soaring vocals, dazzling piano artistry and captivating stage presence.

Railroad Days

Noble Horizons proudly participated in the 55th annual Canaan Railroad Days, a two-week celebration and festival of spectacular events, activities, competitions, music, carnival rides and so much more!  

Valerie Lenis & Charlotte Clulow

Valerie Lenis and Charlotte Clulow, two young scholars, are determined to make a difference in the world around them and Noble Horizons has reaped the benefits.

Noble Horizons has produced its first video, featuring residents giving their unique perspectives on life at Noble and celebrating the beauty of the campus. The video is the work of noted photographer/videographer Jonathan Doster of Sharon, who spent many hours here over the summer.

In this webstory, Jonathan writes about the experience of working closely with the residents and the creative process.

It was a standing room only crowd who gathered in Noble’s Life Long Learning Center on November 3 for an information-packed lecture on the aftermath of World War I presented by Hamish Lutris, associate professor of history at Capital Community College in Hartford.

 

There are no more charming visitors to the Festival of Trees than the littlest ones, who are, in turn, charmed by the lights and the glitter and the colors and the presence of none other than Mrs. Claus. Wide-eyed, they move from one display to the next in a state of wonderment that is sure to last through the holiday season. Continue to view a gallery of pictures.

With these stirring words, Zenas Crane announced that his paper mill was open for business in 1801. And well over 200 years later, Crane is still making paper on its original site in Dalton, Massachusetts.

Bringing comfort, care and healing to every member of the Noble Horizons community is what we do every single day. To underscore this commitment, Noble Horizons has introduced Concierge Care which will ensure that a guest’s care and experience exceed their expectations.

It’s all water down the drain, right? It is, indeed, water going down, but with a stew of pharmaceuticals and other substances. Just because we can’t see it any longer doesn’t mean it isn’t making its way into ground and surface water, negatively impacting water quality and aquatic life and fueling the rise in antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Who knew? And all you did was pull the plug.

Behind the lights and glitter and good cheer that are the hallmarks of the Noble Horizons Auxiliary’s annual Festival of Trees, is a tremendous amount of plain hard work.

No one knows that better than Meredith Dittmar, festival co-chair for the third year in a row. “Planning begins in May,” she said, and by this time of year the pace really ramps up.

Do you remember the coffee houses of the 1960s where artists, folk musicians, poets and political activists gathered? The coffee house movement never went away and thrives today in small venues across the country. On October 6, a coffee house, Twelve Moons, landed at Noble Horizons.

In celebration of the autumnal equinox, Noble Horizons ended the summer with a free outdoor evening concert featuring the Bash Bish Bluegrass Band from Ancram, NY. Picnic suppers were laid out on tables set up across the lawn and down to the ponds below. As night fell and the air turned chilly, the toe-tapping rhythms kept everyone happily in place.