Noble Horizons Blog

Noble Horizons has worked hard to keep families close throughout pandemic. We are proud to announce that the visitation center designed and constructed by members of the Noble team to allow safe family visits during the pandemic will be featured in the Best Practices section of the State of Connecticut's Department of Aging and Disability Services Silver Panther summer newsletter.  

For 15 years,  Linda Castaldi has been welcoming people to Noble Horizons. “I’m the first voice people hear when they call Noble,” Linda describes, “I’m always in contact with residents’ families, helping them feel at ease and providing them with information.”

When you ask Laurie Frey what she does at Noble Horizons you quickly realize there is very little she doesn’t do. From personnel to housekeeping, laundry to the reception desk, Laurie Frey does it all ... with boundless energy, an infectious smile and a deep fondness for Noble residents and their families. “I like to do different things, and I love to do anything that brings me in contact with the residents. I enjoy having a bond with them.”

Today’s birding blog brings me back to Massachusetts, more specifically the town of Sheffield. The location is Bartholomew’s Cobble, a property owned by the Trustees of the Reservation (the same organization that maintains Field Farm), a location that was chock full of birds and one of the most beautiful locations that I have visited for this blog series.

In 2007, community leader Karen Kisslinger, a local acupuncturist, organic gardener, and meditation teacher first proposed the idea of a farmers market in the village of Millerton, NY. Around that time, Mrs. Kisslinger also ran a popular youth program at the North East Community Center called “Partners for Children." Karen, who was married to physician Rob Dweck, had been nurturing and nourishing the community for many years and recognized the need to promote local farms and healthy food sources within rural communities. Karen went on to approach then Executive Director of the NECC Jenny Hansell who — as fate would have it — had experience with Greenmarkets in New York City. Ms.Hansell expounded on Karen’s idea by promoting the use of teen interns in farming and marketing. Today, Karen’s contributions and legacy live on in the 13 continuous seasons of market operation on the grounds of the Millerton Methodist Church.

Kay Carlucci exudes positive energy and an infectious joie de vivre, traits that have helped her quickly acclimate to Noble Horizons. Though she and her husband, Arthur, moved to the area and to their Noble Horizons Cobble apartment just over a year ago, she’s fully immersed in her new life, despite the arrival of COVID this spring.

Recreation team member Danielle Bailey's smile alone can brighten your day and because she is doing what she loves - working with seniors - Danielle smiles a lot! Even as a child, Danielle loved spending time with older adults. “My grandmother lived with us when I was a child and, because of that, I’ve always felt a connection to seniors.”

Eight growing seasons ago in 2013, Salisbury Family Services (SFS) board member and professional gardener Peggy O’Brien had the seed of an idea for an organic community garden on the rocky grass area in front of the SFS office. Her vision took root with fellow board members and Director of Social Services Patrice McGrath and the Hewat Community Garden was founded.

Today’s venue is a bit of an unorthodox one. Normally, I venture to nature preserves and land conservation sites in search of the best birding New England and New York have to offer. This visit, however, was on a common footpath that runs parallel to Salisbury’s Main Street between Salisbury and Lakeville known as the Railroad Ramble on the site of the Central New England Railroad route. It is a popular spot for walkers and runners but it is also a fun locale for a quick bird walk.

Our Cobble residence currently has openings available. It offers Noble Horizons’ distinctive continuum of care with the support you need today, and the security of an independent tomorrow. Please call Linda Castaldi, Admissions Director, for more information.

As the passionate founder of a leading global advocate for women's health, Jill Sheffield has spent her career saving lives. One Christmas Eve night, however, it was her own life that was in peril...

Grace Frey is on the frontline of Noble in a different way during COVID. If you call, it’s often her cheerful and helpful voice that will greet you and direct you to where you need to go.

My latest birding excursion also turned out to be one of my most frustrating. I ventured with my mom to New York for the first blog post in the state. We chose the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, an ecological research center in Millbrook, NY dedicated to environmental research, preservation, and public programming.

Victory gardens that were planted in private residences and public parks during World War I and World War II not only served to help feed residents of several nations, but also boosted civic morale. Reminiscent of those efforts can be seen on a plot in this town, where many have joined together to help sustain neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ollie Firuski’s first memories are ones of life in Salisbury. Born in 1936, she grew up in the Main Street house that is now Elyse Harney Real Estate. Her memories are of an idyllic childhood during which she was free to roam and create all sorts of adventures with friends.

Noble Horizons’ Director of Dining Bridgett Sherman knows her way around the kitchen. And she should, considering she’s worked at Noble for upwards of 20 years.

This blog is a little different. I will be sharing my experiences of the same location but on two different days. It will also be another experience from Williamstown, Massachusetts. I hope you enjoy it.

For many years, Noble Horizons has drawn inspiration from the local farm-to-table movement.  In the early years, we hosted free community cooking classes with farm-to-table chefs and offered local farm produce for sale.  We also established our own gardens in which residents and staff grow herbs and vegetables which they harvest for use in meals they prepare together.
 
Today and every Friday, we will introduce you to local farms and farmers as well as community members who grow fresh, delicious food to nourish our bodies and our communities. We hope you enjoy meeting them and will support local farms and farmer markets by selecting products from their bounty for your table.

Noble Horizons campus is home to many bird species and we’re proud to provide a diverse habitat for them and our residents enjoy observing them year round while outdoors or through Noble’s large windows. This summer we’ve hosted a bird blog to encourage people to go outdoors and connect to the natural world. In 2018, Eileen Fielding, Ph.D., director of Sharon Audubon spoke at Noble exploring the link between the preservation of birds and the environment. Recently, she spoke to a local community group about songbird decline in Connecticut, its causes, and what we can do to help.

The Corona pandemic has profoundly magnified the vital and selfless role of our region’s volunteer first responders.  Northwest Connecticut fire and ambulance services run on volunteers and are fueled by the generosity and bravery of our neighbors who teach at our schools, fix our leaky pipes, and landscape our gardens. They are also our skilled and well-trained first responders.