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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.
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.

Duxbury Volunteers Honored at 21st Annual Dinner

Duxbury is a community that likes to give back. During the 21st Annual Duxbury Community Volunteer Awards Dinner individuals were honored for their commitment to service and their dedication to Duxbury. More than 300 volunteers, all Duxbury residents, have been recognized at the annual dinner since the award’s inception.
Award winners included:

Karen Wong – Duxbury Community Volunteer of 2017

Mike Tenney, honored posthumously – The Lifetime Achievement Award

Lynn Marples – The Spirit of Bonnie Jernigan Award

Duxbury FACTS Committee – The Community Impact Award

The Duxbury High School Student Council – The Inaugural Harry Katz Award for Community Service

Lee Tenney accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of her late husband, Mike Tenney. Here she talks with Village at Duxbury Resident Services Assistant Ninky Savage.
Deb Gallagher, Chapter Chair, Greater Duxbury AFS, (the international exchange program), nominated volunteer Len Marples who received the Spirit of Bonne Jernigan Award. Lynn’s AFS student, Nadia Graf of Switzerland, poses with Karen and Ling Wong.
The Duxbury FACTS coalition, which works to bring education, awareness, prevention, and assistance to individuals struggling with addiction and mental health issues, was recognized for their work with a Community Impact Award. Members of the Duxbury FACTS steering committee are (from left to right): Sue Bradford and Karen Wong, accompanied by their guests, Jim Anello and Ling Wong.
Paul Casale, Sr., principal of Welch Senior Living gathers with Representative Josh Cutler (D) of the Sixth Plymouth District, Karen Wong, 2017 Duxbury Volunteer award recipient, and Kay Drake of the Duxbury Interfaith Council.
Alexis Dow, representing the Duxbury High School Student Council, accepted the inaugural Harry Katz Award for Community Service. More than 60 students are on the council and participate in a wide range of community service projects throughout the year. Alexis is pictured with Village at Duxbury staff member Joanna Dow.
Master of Ceremonies Jim Fagan and Marketing and Community Outreach Liaison for The Village at Duxbury co-hosted the evening’s event.
This year’s Duxbury volunteers honored at the annual dinner included: Joan Tozzi, Paul Brogna, Lynn Marples, Peter Andrew, Mark Piesco, Rep. Josh Cutler, Lee Tenney, Senator Patrick O’Connor, Stephanie Wooley, Sue Bradford, Karen Wong, Mi Kim, Martha Dennison, Ashley Stehn, Cheryl Ross, Geraldine Thomson, Bill Kearney, Andrea Tougas, Alexis Dow, Diana Masood, Shelley Beeby, and Deone Matichak. Missing from the photograph are: Gail McCormack, Pam Campbell Smith, and Rev. Catherine Cullen.
Duxbury Community Volunteer for 2017, Karen Wong, is shown here with her husband, Ling Wong.

Actress and Author Marianne Leone Enthralls Village Audience

Actress and author Marianne Leone enthralled The Village at Duxbury audience as she read excerpts from her new book, Ma Speaks Up: And a First Generation Daughter Talks BackLeone’s remembrances of her Italian immigrant mother will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced life as an “outsider,” and of course, all mothers and daughters. The memoir tells the story of Leone’s outspoken and often outrageous mother with warmth, wit, and humor.

Leone, a Kingston resident, signed copies of her book for residents and staff during the wine and cheese reception following the presentation. The author, also an acclaimed actress, had a recurring role in HBO’s The Sopranos and has appeared in several films, including Joy and Goodfellas.

Author Marianne Leone holds her latest book, Ma Speaks Up: And a First Generation Daughter Talks Back.
Author Marianne Leone kept the residents and staff of The Village spellbound as she read from her memoir about her mother, Ma Speaks Up: And a First Generation Daughter Talks Back.
Residents Barbara Blaze (L) and Marjorie O’Byrne, (Center) were delighted to have author and actress Marianne Leone sign copies of Leone’s latest book, Ma Speaks Up: And a First Generation Daughter Talks Back.
Author Marianne Leone moments before reading from her new book, Ma Speaks Up: And a First Generation Daughter Talks Back
Village audience members laugh as author Marianne Leone relates with honesty and humor, stories of growing up with her Italian immigrant mother in Leone’s new memoir. Village residents from left to right are: John Emler, Marion Paulson, Betty Humphreys, Maurine Lee, and Jerry Powell.
Author Marianne Leone signs copies of her new book, Ma Speaks Up: And a First Generation Daughter Talks Back , for Village staff members, (L to R) Elizabeth Dondero and Joanna Dow.
Shirley MacCormack, a Village at Duxbury resident, eagerly participates in the workout class designed for gardeners.

Gardeners get in the Groove with a Fitness Class!

The regular fitness-balance class at The Village at Duxbury made way for gardeners during National Garden Month. Fitness instructor Vito Fiorentino led the class in a series of gardening warm-up exercises along with post-gardening stretches.

We’re all familiar with the ways gardening promotes a sense of well-being and helps to improve balance and overall physical conditioning. Not to mention the reward from a bountiful garden. Who doesn’t love the vibrant colors of spring and summer flowers along with the savory flavor of fruits, herbs, and vegetables freshly picked?

Residents of The Village at Duxbury enjoy a large dedicated outdoor garden space, as well as a greenhouse where plants can winter-over and seedlings can be nurtured.

For a complimentary tour and luncheon, call 888-336-1349 and experience a lifestyle that is active, interesting, and rewarding.

Village at Duxbury residents Susan Delahunt (left) and Paula Bothfeld (right) get pumped up about spring gardening using hand weights.
Village at Duxbury residents Susan Delahunt (left) and Paula Bothfeld (right) get pumped up about spring gardening using hand weights.
Fitness instructor Vito Fiorentino uses a thin wooden rod to lead the class through a series of exercise designed to prepare participants for a spring and summer of gardening.
Fitness instructor Vito Fiorentino uses a thin wooden rod to lead the class through a series of exercise designed to prepare participants for a spring and summer of gardening.
Betty Crosby, a Village at Duxbury resident, demonstrates the hand and finger exercises taught in the pre-gardening fitness class at the Village.
Betty Crosby, a Village at Duxbury resident, demonstrates the hand and finger exercises taught in the pre-gardening fitness class at the Village.
Shirley MacCormack, a Village at Duxbury resident, eagerly participates in the workout class designed for gardeners.
Shirley MacCormack, a Village at Duxbury resident, eagerly participates in the workout class designed for gardeners.
Village resident Susan Delahunt illustrates a hand-weight exercise in the community’s gardening warm-up fitness class.
Village resident Susan Delahunt illustrates a hand-weight exercise in the community’s gardening warm-up fitness class.
Delighted resident Roger Tancrell joins in the fun for the Boston Red Sox Home Opener celebration at The Village at Duxbury.

“Take Me Out to The Ballgame – On Opening Day!”

Spirits were high at The Village at Duxbury as members of the Men’s Chorus and other residents celebrated Opening Day for the 2017 Boston Red Sox. There was plenty of Red Sox pride on hand as the team took on the Pittsburgh Pirates at Fenway Park, beating them 5 to 3. Ceremonial first pitch honors went to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Decked out in full team gear, Village at Duxbury resident Doris Prince is all-in for a win!
Decked out in full team gear, Village at Duxbury resident Doris Prince is all-in for a win!
The Men’s Chorus loves to sing and Opening Day provided the perfect opportunity. Featured from left to right are: Roger Tancrell, George Baird, Newt Churchill, Dan Hardenbergh, Clif Culenberg, Mac Banks. Bob Shaw, Ken Giles, Al Caldwell, Dr. Ray Cadieux, Fred Iarrobino, and Ernie Tesconi.
The Men’s Chorus loves to sing and Opening Day provided the perfect opportunity. Featured from left to right are: Roger Tancrell, George Baird, Newt Churchill, Dan Hardenbergh, Clif Culenberg, Mac Banks. Bob Shaw, Ken Giles, Al Caldwell, Dr. Ray Cadieux, Fred Iarrobino, and Ernie Tesconi.
Delighted resident Roger Tancrell joins in the fun for the Boston Red Sox Home Opener celebration at The Village at Duxbury.
Delighted resident Roger Tancrell joins in the fun for the Boston Red Sox Home Opener celebration at The Village at Duxbury.
Billie Mae Gordon, resident of The Village at Duxbury, takes instruction from Michael Winward, as the two glide effortlessly across the dance floor.

Let’s Dance!

There is no downside to learning the art of ballroom dancing. A recent class at The Village at Duxbury was brimming with eager dance enthusiasts. Ballroom dancing is known to help with balance, posture, and poise. Instructor Michael Winward who gingerly led residents in a variety of dance steps, is obviously having as much fun as the dance students. Instruction can include a variety of styles, including samba, waltz, and foxtrot.

Billie Mae Gordon, resident of The Village at Duxbury, takes instruction from Michael Winward, as the two glide effortlessly across the dance floor.
Billie Mae Gordon, resident of The Village at Duxbury, takes instruction from Michael Winward, as the two glide effortlessly across the dance floor.
The Village at Duxbury staff member, Ninky Savage, enjoys dancing with resident Dick Pereira.
The Village at Duxbury staff member, Ninky Savage, enjoys dancing with resident Dick Pereira.
Clearly having a ball at the recent Ballroom Dancing class at The Village at Duxbury are resident Betty Bingham and Instructor Michael Winward.
Clearly having a ball at the recent Ballroom Dancing class at The Village at Duxbury are resident Betty Bingham and Instructor Michael Winward.