Noble Horizons Blog

by John Emmons

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.

by John Emmons

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.

by John Emmons

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.

by John Emmons

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.

by John Emmons

What makes a carnival great? It’s all about the senses, the action and the willful abandon. The annual Family Carnival held at Noble on September 15 had it all: the sounds of clapping for a game winner, the sight of colorful costumes and prizes, the smell of hot dogs and popcorn, the taste of cotton candy, and the touch of children and grandchildren Noble residents love so much.

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by John Emmons

The rich sounds of an organ played by highly accomplished musicians swelled from Noble’s St. Luke’s Chapel on the afternoon of August 29 in a celebratory inaugural concert on the new organ, a Johannus Opus 270, purchased by the Noble Horizons Auxiliary.

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by Helga

Thanks to Lime Rock Park, a parade of 120 vintage racing and street cars circled through Noble’s parking lot on August 30th to an enthusiastic reception by residents gathered to greet them.

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by John Emmons

“Eat a rainbow of foods,” advised Sue Mastrangelo, speaking at Noble on July 26. A registered dietician board certified in gerontological nutrition, Mastrangelo consults with Noble’s dining staff on a regular basis but seldom has the opportunity to talk directly with the public about all she knows about good nutrition as we age.

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by John Emmons

New York Times reporter John Leland visited Noble on July 14 to share what he’d learned from spending a year among six New Yorkers ages 85 and up.

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by John Emmons

The balmy evening of July 12 was ideal for a pondside musicale, featuring popular performers Michael Berkeley on electric keyboard accompanying songstress Maria Hickey.

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by John Emmons

Nursing supervisor Owen Barron, RN, arrives at work just before 11 p.m., ready to shepherd residents in Noble’s medical levels through the night. 

Night time at Noble has its own special rhythm, very different from the activity and sociability of the day.

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by John Emmons

On May 9, a group of Noble residents made the short trek to The Hotchkiss School’s Fairfield Farm where students work the vegetable gardens and tend livestock.

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by John Emmons

On April 3, Linda Orlowski, LMSW was welcomed as Noble Horizons' Director of Social Work. Linda not only has vast experience in the field, but her father was a partner in Hartford County’s first purpose-built long-term nursing care community which opened in 1955.

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by John Emmons

Amelia Smith, a Hotchkiss senior from Millerton, NY is a dog trainer who has shown and won awards at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in addition to being a certified pet therapist and pet therapy trainer.  

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by John Emmons

Life in North Korea is, in a word, horrific. Kim Jong Un, the third in a line of absolute dictators, controls every aspect of life. Two experts on North Korea, Melanie Kirkpatrick, former opinion editor at the Wall Street Journal, and her husband, Jack David, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush administration, both now affiliated with the Hudson Institute, spoke about the secretive country at Noble Horizons on March 24.

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by John Emmons

For many years, children in Salisbury Central School’s pre-kindergarten have created special art projects for Noble Horizons residents. The children’s joy in giving is surpassed only by the joy of Noble residents receiving their colorful treasures.

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by John Emmons

Arthur Rosenblatt’s effort to build an American market for the Flymo, a British-made lawnmower that hovered rather than rolled over grass, was not successful. It did, however, land him a guest spot on the popular TV game show, “What’s My Line?” The panel rather improbably guessed that he was the ad man behind the Flymo.

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by John Emmons

Salisbury’s Joseph Meehan related his adventures as expedition photographer on several trips to the Arctic and Greenland to study the “Unicorn of the Sea” to an attentive audience in Noble’s Community Room on March 3.

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by John Emmons

Worried about the effects of climate change? We all are, but a leading expert in the field, Dr. Joshua Ginsberg, President of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York, told an audience at Noble Horizons not to lose hope.

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by John Emmons

Noble welcomed two distinguished speakers on January 21.