Londonderry on the Tred Avon Offers New Model Cottage

Londonderry Cottage Rendering

Pictured is a rendering of the new model of cottage.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is breaking ground for the next phase of its expansion, offering a new model of cottage for its residents.  The one-floor two-bedroom, two-bath over 1300 square-foot cottages are being built to suit, with such new features as an open floor plan, a roomy kitchen pantry, a larger master suite, and a garage, as well as an optional fireplace.

According to Rachel Smith, Director of Sales and Marketing at Londonderry on the Tred Avon, “The new design came from feedback from residents in the six new cottages we built in 2015 and 2016. We had a lot of positive feedback from homebuyers and are excited to offer this new model, in addition to the other models we have built.”

Elaine Utley, President of the Board of Directors of Londonderry on the Tred Avon adds, “Our new cottages are smaller and more affordable, which will be attractive to retirees.”

In 1992, Londonderry Retirement Community was built on 24-acres at the head of the Tred Avon Creek, originally part of a 1664 land grant known as Westmoreland that was granted to Irish immigrant Francis Armstrong.  As the property changed hands over the next 100 years, it became known as London Derry, and eventually Londonderry on the Tred Avon, as it is called today.

Smith adds, “We are looking forward to building more cottages in this next phase to accommodate our growing retirement community.” 

Currently, there are 102 cottages and 26 apartments on the Londonderry campus. Londonderry on the Tred Avon is a cooperative waterfront retirement community for seniors ages 62+. Cooperative senior housing is a unique option for seniors seeking a retirement lifestyle while maintaining control over their investment. There are 98 nationwide and only two in Maryland. For information about Londonderry on the Tred Avon, contact Rachel Smith at 410-820-8732 or visit www.londonderrytredavon.com.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon Staff Creates House Band

Several staff members at Londonderry on the Tred Avon have gotten together to form a House Band, “Roscoe Flatts,” to entertain the residents at Londonderry’s special events. The band’s first debut provided the mystery at the recent Resident’s Mystery Dinner. Roscoe Flatts is named after Londonderry employee Roscoe Clough. Residents sang along to such favorites as “YMCA,” “Country Roads,” and “Harvest Moon.” According to Irma Toce, executive director of Londonderry on Tred Avon, “It was a fun night for all residents and featured some great food by our Chef Alan Sorrell, including Crab Fondue, Salmon Wellington and Slow-Roasted Prime Rib. It was a wonderful way to showcase our talented team in a different way to our residents.”

Pictured left to right are members of Londonderry’s Roscoe Flatts House Band: Irma Toce, Jen Hughes, KeKe DeShields, Roscoe Clough, Kirsten Mullins, Bonnie Albright, Alan Sorrell, Lorraine Flisher and Rachel Smith (in front).

Pictured left to right are members of Londonderry’s Roscoe Flatts House Band: Irma Toce, Jen Hughes, KeKe DeShields, Roscoe Clough, Kirsten Mullins, Bonnie Albright, Alan Sorrell, Lorraine Flisher and Rachel Smith (in front).

Intergenerational Learning Thrives at Londonderry Community

Everyone likes to tell their story.  Five years ago, a language arts teacher at Sts. Peter and Paul  School, Karen McLaughlin, decided to create a project for her eighth graders that involved interviewing and writing about the residents of Londonderry on the Tred Avon. Each year, her eighth grade students are each paired up with a resident of Londonderry.  Students spend time with the residents, interviewing them about their lives, and then write up their interviews.  A month later the students present their findings to the whole Londonderry community.

ictured left to right are Sts. Peter and Paul School student Nick Ransom, Karen McLaughlin, language arts teacher at Sts. Peter and Paul School; Londonderry resident Frank Hinchion, and student Zach Pelczar.

ictured left to right are Sts. Peter and Paul School student Nick Ransom, Karen McLaughlin, language arts teacher at Sts. Peter and Paul School; Londonderry resident Frank Hinchion, and student Zach Pelczar.

Karen McLaughlin, the coordinator of the program states, “Having this generational learning experience with someone two generations older is invaluable.”  She adds, “There were so many emotions in the room when the students presented – tears and hugs were shared as students selected highlights of their stories, including the funniest and most memorable things they learned.”

McLaughlin explains that many of the students don’t often get to spend quality time with their grandparents because many of their grandparents do not live near them.  This writing and interviewing exercise provides the opportunity for students to interact with residents in a unique way. While students ask the residents about their lives during a different time period, the residents equally want to know about the students’ lives as well. Often they talk about common subjects such as discipline, sports, and activities that the students are experiencing in high school.

“This program encapsulates most of what I do in language arts – public speaking, thinking on their feet, and writing skills. Because the students actually give the written pieces to the residents, they work hard to do their best work.”

Londonderry resident, Frank Hinchion, who was partnered with eighth grade student Zach Pelczar, commented, “I felt youthful again talking to Zach.  We had things in common. I went to West Point and his father went to the Naval Academy.”  He adds, “I was especially impressed by Zach’s ability to write. It was very well done.”

Zach Pelczar wrote about Hinchion, “As a result of the potato famine in the mid-nineteenth century, Frank Hinchion’s grandparents immigrated to the United States of America.  They arrived in Boston and then moved to Salem, Massachusetts, which had many Irish immigrants. Growing up, Mr. Hinchion and his family maintained their Irish heritage.”

Among the findings of the eighth graders, were that one resident had met John F. Kennedy and one resident had worked with Coretta Scott King.  McLaughlin adds, “They were amazed at the lives these seniors had lived and their activity level today.”

Two years ago, McLaughlin added the Talbot Senior Center in Easton to the program.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon Residents and Staff Care for Community Cats

For Londonderry on the Tred Avon resident, Sheila Wheeler, caring for animals is just in her nature. When she retired to the Londonderry community eight years ago, she noticed that there were between 30 and 40 feral cats living in a vacant lot across from Londonderry on Port Street in Easton.

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Pictured left to right are Londonderry on the Tred Avon resident Sheila Wheeler with Londonderry employee Gail Graham. The two women have been committed to caring for a feral cat population on Port Street in Easton.

Sheila comments, “A couple of the cats were living in the drainage ditch on Port Street and when it rained and flooded the cats had nowhere to go. I approached a local resident who lived nearby about beginning to feed the cats on his property. I soon realized that the cats really needed to be neutered and better cared for.”

Wheeler contacted TomCat Solutions to have the cats and kittens trapped and neutered. TomCat Solutions is a group of experienced Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) volunteers who have made a commitment to curb cat overpopulation by providing continued TNR and adoption to good homes and barns on the Upper Eastern Shore. According to Sheila it took three days to get all of the cats trapped. Ursula Dicks of TomCat Solutions was instrumental in getting the cats trapped and taking them to be neutered. Many of the kittens that were trapped and neutered later were adopted through the organization. Seven of the cats went to the Good Shepherd Cat Sanctuary in Delmar, MD.

Because the organization was not able to find homes for all of the cats, some of the cats came back to their home on Port Street. TomCat Solutions provided cat houses and straw bedding for the animals to live comfortably. Another cat lover, Londonderry employee Gail Graham of Easton, noticed Wheeler feeding the cats on Port Street and offered to help out. When Wheeler broke her hip four years ago, Graham stepped in and began feeding the cats full time. Today, there are five cats remaining in the vacant lot, which are cared for by Wheeler and Graham. Wheeler donates five large bags of cat food each month and Graham feeds the cats.

Some of the cats, known as Blackie, Silver, and Shy Cat, have gotten familiar with Graham and come up to her when she fills their bowls each morning. Graham, who never misses a day caring for the cats, comments, “When it snows, I shovel a path to their feeding area and make sure they are doing alright. I always report to Ms. Wheeler how they are doing.”

This is one of the many volunteer services Londonderry residents provide to the community throughout the year. For information about living the active life at Londonderry on the Tred Avon, contact Rachel Smith at 410-820-8732 or visit Londonderryonthetredavon.com.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon: Music to the Ears!

Once a week residents of Londonderry on the Tred Avon in Easton, MD, are being transported to places across the globe – royal ballrooms, palace courts, Civil War battlefields, the Wild West, Elizabethan England, or ancient Greece or Rome – all through a program called “Joy of Music.” The music appreciation class is being taught by music aficionado Bob Huntington. For the last 11 years, Huntington has provided thematic programs each week, enlightening Londonderry residents about music composers, music genres, and fascinating music facts and figures.

Pictured is Bob Huntington teaching “Joy of Music,” a music appreciation class for residents at Londonderry on the Tred Avon in Easton, MD.

Pictured is Bob Huntington teaching “Joy of Music,” a music appreciation class for residents at Londonderry on the Tred Avon in Easton, MD.

According to Londonderry resident Janet Howie of Easton, a charter member of the class, “My husband loved music and during the transition after he died, this class was like I was coming home. Over the years, I have learned a lot about form and how to listen to a piece of music.”

The class has grown from just a few members to almost 30 participants. Huntington comments, “Music has powerful healing aspects. Once while I was teaching, a stroke victim who couldn’t speak began singing along to a song.”

Huntington goes on to say that music keeps the brain engaged, stimulates memories, and helps with relaxation. Topics of Huntington’s music appreciation class have included Handel’s Messiah, the roots of jazz music, Presidential campaign songs, circus music, ceremonial marches, advertising jingles, and baseball tunes.

Huntington, who initially taught music appreciation to seniors at the Community College of Baltimore, also teaches music appreciation to the Methodist Manor House in Seaford, DE, Symphony Village in Centreville, MD, as well as Bayleigh Chase in Easton, MD. He also teaches music at Tilghman Elementary School, is the artistic director for the Queen Anne’s Chorale, and is serving as the interim Choir Director at Wye Parish in Wye Mills, MD.

Huntington comments, “This is a real gift to the residents and they don’t like to miss a class.”

For information about Londonderry on the Tred Avon, contact Rachel Smith at 410-820-8732 or visit Londonderryonthetredavon.com.

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Londonderry on the Tred Avon Health & Wellness Program Offers Holistic Approach to Aging

Londonderry on the Tred Avon recently appointed Lorraine Flisher, RN, of Easton as the new Coordinator of its Health and Wellness Program. The program ensures that Londonderry’s residents receive high quality personal health and wellness care –with a holistic approach to aging.

Pictured left to right are Liz Whitby, RN, and Lorraine Flisher, RN, Coordinators of Londonderry’s Health and Wellness Program.

Pictured left to right are Liz Whitby, RN, and Lorraine Flisher, RN, Coordinators of Londonderry’s Health and Wellness Program.

After working more than 20 years in medical-surgical nursing, Flisher became interested in exercise and became a certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor through the American Council on Exercise. She designed a fitness program called “The Five Elements of Fitness,” incorporating strength, cardio, balance, flexibility, and coordination and using good music and lively interaction to motivate class participants. She taught at Cross Court Athletic Club in Easton. She then brought the program to Londonderry’s residents who embraced it.

As Londonderry’s Health and Wellness Coordinator, Flisher joins Liz Whitby, RN, as one of Londonderry’s on-duty nurses five days a week and on call 24 hours/day, seven days/week to address residents’ health concerns and issues. Whitby, who has been an employee of the Talbot County Health Department for 29 years, has been with Londonderry for almost two years.

Flisher states, “Londonderry is committed to residents maintaining wellness and an active lifestyle. The wide array of programs and activities at Londonderry address the International Council on Active Aging’s seven dimensions of wellness. We also provide education on health and wellness topics and issues to residents so that they have the resources to remain in their own homes at Londonderry, preserving independence, optimizing health, and maintaining quality of life.”

Benefits of Londonderry’s Health and Wellness Program also include specialized exercise programs at the YMCA; on premises medical care during emergency, assistance with physicians’ referrals and other professionals; coordination of care between hospital and home; and blood pressure monitoring, sick calls, and annual fall risk assessments, safety checks, and health and wellness assessments for each resident.

According to Irma Toce, executive director of Londonderry on the Tred Avon, “With our new expanded Health and Wellness Program, our team will be able to identify health issues that emerge, putting prevention measures in place early on for our residents. Aging in place is about our resident’s growth and development and that total wellness is key to longevity and quality of life.”

For information about Londonderry on the Tred Avon, contact Rachel Smith at 410-820-8732 or visit Londonderryonthetredavon.com.

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Londonderry on the Tred Avon Residents and Staff Share Memories at Talbot Hospice Festival of Trees

The residents and staff of Londonderry on the Tred Avon recently participated in the 2015 Festival of Trees. With this year’s theme as “It’s a Wonderful Life,” residents and staff decided the theme of their decorated tree would be “Sweet Memories of Our Wonderful Lives.” Londonderry residents donated ornaments that had a specific meaning in their lives or that came from happy memories. Ornaments included represented such special meanings as the first year they learned to knit, the year they traveled around the world, the summer they saw a bear in Alaska, a wooden miniature replica of their dog, and a sea shell they collected on a special beach trip. After decorating the tree with these ornaments, the residents surrounded the tree by a quilted tree skirt and 30 or more handmade angels made by Londonderry resident Thelma Haney.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon residents and staff decorated a tree, “Sweet Memories of Our Wonderful Lives,” for the 2015 Festival of Trees in Easton, MD. Pictured left to right are Londonderry resident Dottie Dew; Kathy Hill, Londonderry Sales and Marketing Assistant, who led the Londonderry decorating group; and Kirsten Mullins Londonderry Dining Room Supervisor. Other participants in the project, but not pictured, are Londonderry residents Thelma Haney, Pat Lewers, Natalie Caccia, Lari Caldwell, Gail Woodall, Clare Kettell, and Barbara Hargroves.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon residents and staff decorated a tree, “Sweet Memories of Our Wonderful Lives,” for the 2015 Festival of Trees in Easton, MD. Pictured left to right are Londonderry resident Dottie Dew; Kathy Hill, Londonderry Sales and Marketing Assistant, who led the Londonderry decorating group; and Kirsten Mullins Londonderry Dining Room Supervisor. Other participants in the project, but not pictured, are Londonderry residents Thelma Haney, Pat Lewers, Natalie Caccia, Lari Caldwell, Gail Woodall, Clare Kettell, and Barbara Hargroves.

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Commerce: Londonderry Breaks Ground on New Cottages

Londonderry on the Tred Avon recently broke ground for six new homesites. These homesites will have larger cottages. All of these new cottages have water access and are located near the Manor House on the Londonderry campus. The 1683 square-foot one-story cottages, designed by local architect Christine Dayton, start at $439,000.

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Pictured left to right at Londonderry on Tred Avon’s groundbreaking ceremony are John Masone, Londonderry Board member; Irma Toce, Executive Director of Londonderry on Tred Avon; builder Eric Cahall, J.E. Cahall, LLC; Jean and Ed Brown, new owners at Londonderry on Tred Avon; Nancy Orr, President of the Londonderry Board; Bob Laforce, Londonderry Board member; Ed Schmidt, Londonderry Board member; Rosemary and Sam Trippe, new owners at Londonderry; Elaine Utley, Vice President of the Londonderry Board; Rachel Smith, Director of Sales and Marketing at Londonderry on Tred Avon; and Roscoe Clough, Building and Grounds Manager at Londonderry on Tred Avon.

Potential buyers can visit Londonderry’s Design Studio in its Marketing Office to learn more about the new cottages. For further information or to make an appointment, call Rachel Smith at Londonderry on the Tred Avon at 410-820-8732.

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Londonderry to Break Ground on New Cottages

Londonderry on the Tred Avon has announced the groundbreaking for six new homesites. These homesites will have larger cottages. All of these new cottages have water access and are located near the Manor House on the Londonderry campus. The 1683 square-foot one-story cottages, designed by local architect Christine Dayton, start at $425,000. The largest model, The Royal Oak, boasts over 3,000 square feet. Each cottage includes a garage and can be customized by the buyer to include such options a bonus room, sunroom, or a second story.

According to Rachel Smith, New Director of Sales and Marketing at Londonderry on the Tred Avon, “We have been at 100 percent occupancy throughout our community since the spring. We are so excited to break ground in the next few weeks. This will give us the capability to offer new options for homebuyers coming to Londonderry.”

Pictured is one of larger custom-built cottages to be built at Londonderry on the Tred Avon. The groundbreaking for the cottages, which will have water access and be located near the Manor House on the Londonderry campus, will occur in the next few weeks.

Pictured is one of larger custom-built cottages to be built at Londonderry on the Tred Avon. The groundbreaking for the cottages, which will have water access and be located near the Manor House on the Londonderry campus, will occur in the next few weeks.

J. E. Cahall, LLC, is the general contractor for building the new cottages. The company has been in business in Easton since 1999 and most recently completed the renovations on Londonderry’s existing cottages and its Community Center. J.E. Cahall will also provide the renovations to the Londonderry Manor House which suffered damages when it was struck by lightning this spring.

Eric Cahall, the owner of J.E. Cahall, LLC, comments, “I was born and raised in Easton and it means a lot to me to be able to work on a project that offers community members here a place to retire.”

Cahall adds, “We are using quality materials with this project provided by all Eastern Shore companies, including the Roof Center and ProBuild, with whom we are pleased to collaborate. It is a way for us to give back to our community.”

Potential buyers can visit Londonderry’s Design Studio in its Marketing Office to learn more about the new cottages. For further information or to make an appointment, call Rachel Smith at Londonderry on the Tred Avon at 410-820-8732.

Londonderry on the Tred Avon Easton, MD is a cooperative retirement community. Cooperative senior housing is a unique option for seniors seeking a retirement lifestyle while maintaining control over their investment. There are 98 nationwide and only two in Maryland.

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Londonderry Announces New Leadership Team

Londonderry on Tred Avon in Easton, MD, is pleased to announce several new appointments to its leadership team. Irma Toce has been named Executive Director after joining the organization as its Sales Consultant in the spring of 2014. Toce, who follows Andy Hollis as Executive Director, has been instrumental in breaking the organization’s sales records, bringing Londonderry to 100% occupancy over the last year, which is well above industry standard.

New appointments at Londonderry on Tred Avon, pictured standing left to right are Kirsten Mullins of Rhodesdale, Dining Room Supervisor;  Jennifer L. Kenton Hughes of Preston, Accounting and IT Coordinator; and Chris Kelso of Easton, Director of Dining Services. Seated is Irma Toce, new Executive Director of Londonderry on Tred Avon.

New appointments at Londonderry on Tred Avon, pictured standing left to right are Kirsten Mullins of Rhodesdale, Dining Room Supervisor; Jennifer L. Kenton Hughes of Preston, Accounting and IT Coordinator; and Chris Kelso of Easton, Director of Dining Services. Seated is Irma Toce, new Executive Director of Londonderry on Tred Avon.

Toce, who is from Windsor, CT, has been a consultant with Senior Living and Home Care since March 2012. Prior to that she was employed with Senior Lifestyle Corporation as its Regional Director of Operations for the Northeast, providing comprehensive oversight of the operations for  nine senior living communities in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina, South  Carolina and Virginia.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Agogische Akademie Friesland in the Netherlands and a Certification in Therapeutic Recreation from Manchester Community College.

Toce comments, “This is a very exciting time for Londonderry on Tred Avon. We are thrilled to see these new additions to our staff, which complement the physical changes Londonderry is undergoing as well this spring.  These team members bring a level of energy and expertise to our offerings here and we are pleased they have joined us.”

In addition to Toce, Londonderry has appointed Jennifer L. Kenton Hughes of Preston, MD, as Londonderry’s Accounting and IT Coordinator. This is a promotion for Hughes who has been at Londonderry since November 2005 working in dining services. She is currently enrolled in the University of Maryland University College Online Program to complete a bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a minor in Business Administration. She also attended Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD where she completed a Certificate in Office Technology.

In the area of dining services, Londonderry has made many new and exciting changes in both its physical appearance and menu offerings. Chris Kelso of Easton, MD, is the newly appointed Director of Dining Services.  He completed an AAS in Professional Cooking from Baltimore International College, Baltimore, MD. Prior to joining Londonderry’s management team, Kelso was the General Manager at Jimmie N Sooks in Cambridge, MD. He has also served as the Food and Beverage Manager for the Wicomico Yacht Club in Allen, MD and as executive chef at the Meadowview Conference Center (Marriott International) in Kingsport, TN.   Kris is assisted by Kirsten Mullins of Rhodesdale, MD, who was recently appointed as Dining Room Supervisor at Londonderry. Prior to coming to Londonderry, Mullins was the bartender and Assistant Manager of The High Spot in Cambridge, MD.  She attended Chesapeake Community College.

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