Noble Horizons Blog

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This year’s Noble Horizons’ Auxiliary Festival of Trees will be remembered as one of the more inventive years with unusual and creative displays beyond greenery, ribbon and glittery trees.

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A daredevil had better be lucky or he won’t last long. Cobble resident Gordon MacKenzie has been a very lucky man.

 

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G.A. Mudge took on quite a project that has taken some years to complete: cataloguing and photographing the dozens of statues, dating from 1859 to the 1990s, scattered about Central Park.

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Jean and Bill McClelland brought a bit of nostalgia to Noble Horizons on November 4, with a performance entitled "At Long Last Love: Classics from the American Songbook."

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Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist Paul Colburn, who presented a fascinating program on black bears to a capacity crowd last April, returned to Noble on October 28 to introduce an equally large group to Connecticut’s only wild cat, the bobcat.

Two social media experts from Red Barn Consulting spoke to a very engaged group of local business owners in an event sponsored by the Tri-State Chamber and held in Noble’s Community Room on September 28.

A Birthday for Kate

What do you do when you reach 100? Throw yourself a party, of course, at least if you’re Kate Reilly. The youngest of the four centenarians among Noble’s current resident population, Mrs. Reilly felt her big day last May merited a celebration and so invited her children and a host of friends to share the occasion with her. "I had a ball," she said. The 50+ guests who gathered in the Clubhouse, had a good time, too.

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Today, someone’s identity is stolen every 2.8 seconds and $40 billion is lost to scammers each year. But there are actions you can take to protect you and your family.

Two crime fighting experts were at Noble on September 14 for a program entitled “The Con Artist’s Playbook” outlining the tactics these criminals use and offering guidance in protecting oneself.