Noble Horizons Blog

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.

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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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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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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“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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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.