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Village at Duxbury resident Lee Pettinger is delighted about learning the instrument.

Strumming on the ‘Ole Ukulele

Village at Duxbury residents take the no-fear approach to trying new activities. The retirement living community recently began offering instruction in how to play the ukulele.  Judging by the turnout, the new offering was music to everyone’s ears!

Playing the ukulele brought pure joy to resident Lee Tenney of The Village at Duxbury.
Playing the ukulele brought pure joy to resident Lee Tenney of The Village at Duxbury.
Resident Linda LeStage pays special attention to the instruction on how to master the ukulele.
Resident Linda LeStage pays special attention to the instruction on how to master the ukulele.
Village at Duxbury resident Lee Pettinger is delighted about learning the instrument.
Village at Duxbury resident Lee Pettinger is delighted about learning the instrument.
Resident Priscilla MacCallum appears confident in her chord choice.
Resident Priscilla MacCallum appears confident in her chord choice.
The class receives instruction from Freja Wagner in how to play the ukulele, a member of the lute family of instruments.
The class receives instruction from Freja Wagner in how to play the ukulele, a member of the lute family of instruments.
Bill Bigelow certainly seems very comfortable with the ukulele, which originated in Hawaii in the early 19th century.
Bill Bigelow certainly seems very comfortable with the ukulele, which originated in Hawaii in the early 19th century.
A pensive Arlene Pierce confidently strums her ukulele.
A pensive Arlene Pierce confidently strums her ukulele.

Welch Senior Living Honors “Promise Keepers” at Annual Staff Recognition and Awards Dinner

Opening the Welch Senior Living 2018 Awards Dinner by congratulating the staff on their role as the “Promise Keepers,” Principal Paul T. Casale reminded employees that they are the ones who provide the care, comfort, energizing activities, and home-like atmosphere that ensure residents a wonderful life, and families, peace of mind. Casale said that keeping the promise is all about providing a “culture of caring” and “doing the right thing.”

This staff commitment and longevity of service at the senior living company was celebrated throughout the evening, culminating with the formal awards presentation for individuals who have been with the company five years or longer. This year many awards were given to employees who have been with Welch Senior Living for 15 years or longer.

Welch Senior Living comprises five assisted living communities along the South Shore, and one senior living community in Brighton, as well as two retirement living communities – one in Duxbury and the other in Marshfield. Village Home Services is located at The Village at Duxbury. Mary McLean of Allerton House at Harbor Park in Hingham was honored as Employee of the Year. James Welch, of The Village at Duxbury, was honored for his 30 years of service. The annual awards presentation was held at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston.

The Village at Duxbury’s Executive Director Luke Kramer congratulates Holly Carr, a nursing supervisor, for her 28 years of service at The Village.
Welch Senior Living Director of Community Relations Lynda Chuckran delivered the invocation at the annual Welch Senior Living Staff Recognition and Awards Dinner.
Welch Senior Living principals and family members attending the Staff Recognition and Awards Dinner include (L to R): Paul T. Casale, principal, and his wife Claire Casale; Susan Casale, wife of Paul Casale Jr., executive director of Allerton House in Weymouth; Alice Welch and her husband Richard Welch, principal of Welch Senior Living. Principal Michael Welch and his wife were unable to attend.
Maureen Crowley, executive assistant, The Village at Duxbury, is congratulated by Executive Director Luke Kramer on her 23 years of service.
A beautiful bouquet of flowers was part of the thank-you gift for honorees with 15 years or more of service.
The Village at Duxbury’s Denise Williamson, a 22-year employee is also congratulated on her service by Luke Kramer, executive director.
Gift bags for Award Winners
Employees receiving 15-year honors at the Staff Recognition and Awards Dinner are (L to R) Marsha Gaita, Patricia Managhan, and Lillian Murphy. They are featured with The Village Duxbury’s Executive Director Luke Kramer.
A small gift adorned every place setting at the Assisted Living Week Luncheon.

Capturing the Moment at Allerton House in Duxbury!

Welch Senior Living’s Allerton House Assisted Living Communities strive to “Capture the Moment!” That was the theme of the recent National Assisted Living Week celebrations. Addressing the Welch luncheon crowd at the Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston, Welch Senior Living Executive Director Paul Casale, Jr. said the day-to-day hope is to “inspire our residents to seize the day.” He thanked the residents for entrusting the company with their care. Casale, Jr. acknowledged the work of the staff to create a beautiful experience for the day, and a week of celebrations filled with exciting activities.

Allerton House at Duxbury residents (left to right) Dorothy Lynch and Doris Prince are set to enjoy the annual Welch Senior Living Assisted Living Week Luncheon held at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston.
Allerton House at Duxbury residents (left to right) Dorothy Lynch and Doris Prince are set to enjoy the annual Welch Senior Living Assisted Living Week Luncheon held at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston.
Vocalists Carol O’Shaughnessy and Diane Ellis, backed by the Tom LaMark Trio, provided the entertainment.
Vocalists Carol O’Shaughnessy and Diane Ellis, backed by the Tom LaMark Trio, provided the entertainment.
A small gift adorned every place setting at the Assisted Living Week Luncheon.
A small gift adorned every place setting at the Assisted Living Week Luncheon.
Allerton House in Duxbury Activities Assistant Becky Vuilleumier and resident Bob Tripp know what the luncheon theme “capturing the moment” is all about!
Allerton House in Duxbury Activities Assistant Becky Vuilleumier and resident Bob Tripp know what the luncheon theme “capturing the moment” is all about!
Welch Senior Living Executive Director Paul Casale, Jr. welcomes the crowd to the annual Assisted Living Week Luncheon.
Welch Senior Living Executive Director Paul Casale, Jr. welcomes the crowd to the annual Assisted Living Week Luncheon.
Professional colleagues enjoyed the friendly vibe under the tent with passed hors’ d’oeuvres, cool summer drinks, and great conversation.

Summer Networking at The Village!

Professional colleagues joined The Village at Duxbury in the first-ever, “Spring into Summer,” Networking Event. The celebration was a “Thank You,” to the many professionals who refer their clients to independent or assisted living at The Village.

The festive celebration under the tent featured Island Creek Oysters, fresh fruit, shrimp, cool summer drinks, and sweet treats.

The Village at Duxbury ushered in summer with Island Creek Oysters and a “Thank You” celebration for professional colleagues.
The Village at Duxbury ushered in summer with Island Creek Oysters and a “Thank You” celebration for professional colleagues.
Michaela Hood, PT, Care Patrol Senior Living Advisors and Raquel Mullaney, owner, the 1620 Winery, are greeted by (left to right) Mary Brennan, Allerton House at Duxbury and Lynda Chuckran, director, community relations, Welch Senior Living.
Michaela Hood, PT, Care Patrol Senior Living Advisors and Raquel Mullaney, owner, the 1620 Winery, are greeted by (left to right) Mary Brennan, Allerton House at Duxbury and Lynda Chuckran, director, community relations, Welch Senior Living.
Luke Kramer, executive director, The Village at Duxbury, greets colleagues (from left to right) Nancy Perreault, RN, CCM, nurse case manager, South Shore Medical Center in Norwell; Kerri Smith, RN, DNS, Bay Path Rehab and Nursing Center; and Greg Logan, executive director, Bay Path Rehab and Nursing.
Luke Kramer, executive director, The Village at Duxbury, greets colleagues (from left to right) Nancy Perreault, RN, CCM, nurse case manager, South Shore Medical Center in Norwell; Kerri Smith, RN, DNS, Bay Path Rehab and Nursing Center; and Greg Logan, executive director, Bay Path Rehab and Nursing.
A beautiful display of flowers and fruit greeted guests at the Taste of Summer Networking Event at The Village at Duxbury.
A beautiful display of flowers and fruit greeted guests at the Taste of Summer Networking Event at The Village at Duxbury.
The Village at Duxbury Sales Manager Harriet Voyt greets her professional colleague Elizabeth Bailey, annual giving & operations manager, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth.
The Village at Duxbury Sales Manager Harriet Voyt greets her professional colleague Elizabeth Bailey, annual giving & operations manager, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth.
Mary Brennan, Allerton House in Duxbury and Michelle Tobin Woodbrey, CDP, certified senior advisor and CEO, 2 Sisters Senor Living Advisors, take a moment for a photograph.
Mary Brennan, Allerton House in Duxbury and Michelle Tobin Woodbrey, CDP, certified senior advisor and CEO, 2 Sisters Senor Living Advisors, take a moment for a photograph.
Nothing says summer like freshly shucked oysters and chilled shrimp!
Nothing says summer like freshly shucked oysters and chilled shrimp!
Professional colleagues enjoyed the friendly vibe under the tent with passed hors’ d’oeuvres, cool summer drinks, and great conversation.
Professional colleagues enjoyed the friendly vibe under the tent with passed hors’ d’oeuvres, cool summer drinks, and great conversation.
Enjoying the Summer Networking event at the Village were (from left to right) Attorney David Parker; Lynda Chuckran, director, community relations, Welch Senior Living; Mary Brennan, Allerton House in Duxbury; and Attorney Elizabeth White.
Enjoying the Summer Networking event at the Village were (from left to right) Attorney David Parker; Lynda Chuckran, director, community relations, Welch Senior Living; Mary Brennan, Allerton House in Duxbury; and Attorney Elizabeth White.

Culinary Corner at the Village – Caprese Sliders

One of the neat things about The Village is that our cooks maintain their own fresh herb garden just steps from the kitchen. This recipe is the quintessential summer treat. Simple, colorful, fresh, fragrant, and easy to make.

INGREDIENTS
• 1 pound fresh buffalo mozzarella, sliced
• grilled Bermuda onion slices
• large bunch of fresh basil
• fresh baguette, sliced
• good quality olive oil
• good quality balsamic vinegar
• ripe fresh tomato slices
• pesto

DIRECTIONS
Arrange toasted or grilled baguette slices onto a platter or pretty cutting board. Smear with a generous amount of pesto. Layer with mozzarella, onion, and tomato. Garnish with a basil leaf and drizzle lightly with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Music Festival at The Village Hits all the Right Notes!

More than 150 people stopped by The Village at Duxbury for a musical experience under the tent featuring Dan Kostreva’s Tinkertown Big Band, The Infractions, The Atlantic Youth Orchestra & Friends, and The North River Brass Quintet. The first-ever Village at Duxbury event included music to appeal to all ages.

Village at Duxbury residents (L to R) Sue Gray and Janice Birdsall attended the first-ever Music Festival held at the senior living community.
Young musicians and sisters, Kaylin and Addy Chan, from The Atlantic Youth Orchestra & Friends enjoyed playing for the festival guests.
Duxbury resident Dan Kostreva, of the Tinkertown Big Band, served as event emcee.
Musicians from The North River Brass Quintet were part of the line-up for The Village at Duxbury Music Festival.
A member of The North River Jazz Quintet momentarily takes a break.
Village staff members Matt Somero and Erin McCue stand ready to help out at The Village at Duxbury Music Festival.

The Village at Duxbury Honors 2018 Duxbury Volunteers

The Village at Duxbury celebrated the 22nd Annual Duxbury Volunteer Awards by recognizing many Duxbury residents for their invaluable community service. The 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Diane Bartlett for decades of volunteerism in Duxbury, most notably her work on behalf of the Duxbury Affordable Housing Trust. Nick Stehn and Will Kelso shared the Youth in Action Award for their service with the Duxbury Fire Department. John Magnarelli was honored with a Lifetime of Service Award for his service to his community and country and for his work on behalf of military veterans. Laura Neprud, daughter of Village resident Grace Benzaquin, received the Harry Katz Award for her work with the Interfaith Council. The Spirit of Bonnie Jernigan Award this year went to Rink Ringquist. Dennis Nolan received the Civic Contribution Award.

Additionally, The Village at Duxbury’s own resident Helen Simmons was honored by Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth for having contributed 9,000 hours of service to the hospital.

Each year, the Duxbury Community Volunteer Award Night celebrates the spirit of civic responsibility through community service by honoring exemplary Duxbury citizens whose voluntary contributions of time and talent have made a positive impact on the quality of life in Duxbury. The Duxbury Clipper and Welch Senior Living sponsor the awards.

Welch Senior Living Principal and Duxbury resident Paul T. Casale, Sr., and Volunteer Award emcee Jim Fagan shared a photograph at the evening celebration.
Volunteer of the Year Award recipient Diane Bartlett is featured with her husband, Richard.
Youth in Action award recipients Nick Stehn (left) and Will Kelso, proudly share a moment with Duxbury Fire Chief Kevin Nord.
John Magnarelli and his wife, Pam, together celebrated John’s Lifetime of Service Award.
Laura Neprud, The Harry Katz Award recipient Laura Neprud poses with her husband, Kirk.
Rink Ringquist (left), recipient of this year’s The Spirit of Bonnie Jernigan Award, is featured with Ed Hughes, photojournalist and freelance photographer for the NBC Network.
Dennis Nolan, who received the Civic Contribution Award at the Volunteer Award Ceremony, takes a moment to pose with his wife, Ann Ellen.

Black Tie Bingo: Doing Good by Having Fun!

Another sold-out Black Tie Bingo at the Duxbury Council on Aging drew people from around the community. Bingo boards and dabbers were passed out. Balloons and favors decorated the senior center. Friends and colleagues gathered for a worthy cause.

Welch Senior Living and The Village at Duxbury were pleased to once again sponsor Black Tie Bingo, an evening of fun orchestrated by the Duxbury Council on Aging and the Duxbury Interfaith Council to raise much-needed funds for fuel assistance, which is distributed to neighbors in need.

Lynda Chuckran, director of community relations for Welch Senior Living, gets ready to call out numbers during Black Tie Bingo.
Registration Table volunteers for the Bingo night included Laura Neprud (left) and Stephanie Wooley (right). Both volunteer with the Duxbury Council on Aging and the Duxbury Interfaith Council.
​Allerton House at Duxbury Sales Manager Susie Gillis (far left) and Welch Senior Living Director of Community Relations Lynda Chuckran (far right), join members of the Duxbury Council on Aging for a photograph, including Chris Coakley, Duxbury COA volunteer manager; Joanne Moore, director of the Duxbury COA; and Kay Drake, a member of the Duxbury COA Board and a member of the Duxbury Interfaith Council.
Taking a moment before Bingo begins are (left to right) Event Co-chair Patti Ryan, corporate gifts and community relations officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth; Susie Gillis, sales manager, Allerton House at Duxbury; Lynda Chuckran, director of community relations, Welch Senior Living; and Event Co-chair Ninky Savage, from the activities department at The Village at Duxbury.

 

Girl Scout Chloe Beane sings to the delight of Village resident Evelyn Trosset.

Girl Scouts Bring Holiday Cheer to The Village

The Plymouth Girl Scouts (Troop #66019) graced The Village at Duxbury with beautiful voices and an abundance of holiday cheer. Directed by Scout Leader Sunny Beane, the girls performed “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night,” among other holiday favorites.

Plymouth Girl Scouts featured left to right are: Ginger Miller, Savanna Miller, Annalie Wendel, Kylie Goslee, and Leah Lindsey
Plymouth Girl Scouts featured left to right are: Ginger Miller, Savanna Miller, Annalie Wendel, Kylie Goslee, and Leah Lindsey
Plymouth Girl Scouts featured left to right are: Ginger Miller, Savanna Miller, Annalie Wendel, Kylie Goslee, and Leah Lindsey
Plymouth Girl Scouts featured left to right are: Ginger Miller, Savanna Miller, Annalie Wendel, Kylie Goslee, and Leah Lindsey
Plymouth Girl Scout Sofia Thompson hands out bells to Village residents Jen Bradley (left) and Anne Anderson (right) during the scouts’ holiday concert.
Plymouth Girl Scout Sofia Thompson hands out bells to Village residents Jen Bradley (left) and Anne Anderson (right) during the scouts’ holiday concert.
Girl Scout Ginger Miller can barely contain her glee!
Girl Scout Ginger Miller can barely contain her glee!
Girl Scout Chloe Beane sings to the delight of Village resident Evelyn Trosset.
Girl Scout Chloe Beane sings to the delight of Village resident Evelyn Trosset.
Girl Scouts Olivia and Sofia Thompson are excited about singing, “Deck the Halls.”
Girl Scouts Olivia and Sofia Thompson are excited about singing, “Deck the Halls.”
Girl Scout Annalie Wendel gives her bell a slight shake at just the right moment.
Girl Scout Annalie Wendel gives her bell a slight shake at just the right moment.
Savanna Miller, a girl scout with the Plymouth Troop, sings for Village residents.
Savanna Miller, a girl scout with the Plymouth Troop, sings for Village residents.

Holiday Caroling at Duxbury Senior Center

The Village Voices, a group of residents from the retirement living community, The Village at Duxbury, raised their voices in song, bringing cheer to the Senior Center membership. The choral group sang many holiday favorites, including, “Deck the Halls!”

Diana Barnes leads The Village Voices from The Village at Duxbury in the Holiday Concert at the Duxbury Senior Center.
Village at Duxbury residents Annette Lintz , Ann Collins and Harriet Conroy raise their voices in song during a concert for the Duxbury Senior Center.
Roger Tancrell is a regular at holiday concerts by The Village Voices.
The Village at Duxbury choral group featured during the recent concert at the Senior Center are (from left to right, front row): Eleanor Monaghan and Roger Tancrell. Singers shown in the back row (left to right): Dan Hardenbergh, George Baird, and Newt Churchill.
Grace Benzaquin, a resident at The Village, waits for her cue to chime in during the holiday concert at Duxbury Senior Center.