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3rd Annual M. Althea Scheller Scholarship Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 3rd Annual M. Althea Scheller Scholarship, Nancy Lara and Donna McKinstry!

A little over two years ago, Althea explained that she had been so blessed in her life that she wanted to pass those blessings on to some employees of SBTR in the way of establishing a scholarship to help employees, either with education in geriatric health or to those who needed a “hand up”.

And with that, Althea established the M. Althea Scheller Scholarship, which has been so generously and graciously carried on by her family now for the second year since Althea’s passing.

Althea Scheller rejoiced that she had moved to Suffield by the River in 2016. She was returned to Western New England where she was born in Springfield in March 1929. Althea was near her sister, the late Rosella Whitney and her family of Suffield.

Althea came to view her move from Watchung, New Jersey, as providential. Not long after it was accomplished, she experienced periodic illness, hospitalization, and rehabilitation. Her gallant spirit did not complain.

Althea rejoiced to return each time to her home at Suffield by the River where staff, friends, and her well-cared-for cats welcomed her heartily. Team Trivia mates and book club members celebrated the successes harvested when Althea was on board.

She and her husband, the late Warren Scheller, reveled in traveling and Althea was especially good at geography a welcome presence at Team Trivia.

Althea lived in New Jersey for many years attending Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison and later making a home there with Warren. She worked for many years for AT&T of New Jersey, retiring as administrative assistant to the president there.

Althea was a gifted painter, attributing her success to her parents for introducing her to pastel painting lessons. She was 12 years old at the time, confined at home with rheumatic fever. Throughout her life, Althea took art lessons and enjoyed learning new ideas.

Pastels became her favorite medium and impressionism her favorite style. “…favorite subject matter…” she wrote, was “… generally fall scenes but I love to paint flowers.” She painted
Beautiful trees as well and said modestly that she had “… done a few portraits” of family members.

Not long after settling at Suffield by the River, Althea had a fall. Following hospitalization and rehab, she returned to her apartment. “If it weren’t for the excellent care they’ve given me, I don’t think I’d be walking.”

Suffield by the River truly became home to Althea. Everyone who knew her valued her valiant and generous spirit. The reason SBTR became a home to Althea is because of the dedication and compassion of its employees, as exemplified by the scholarship recipients.

Nancy returned to the work force after raising three delightful children. SBTR and its residents are blessed that Nancy chose SBTR to return to work. Nancy will use the proceeds from the scholarship for her children to attend a summer camp in Suffield.

Donna McKinstry has been part of the SBTR family for over 13 years, working the weekends at the Front Desk as well as assisting in evening recreation activities. Donna will use the proceeds from the scholarship to purchase a personal computer and acquire the needed computer training so necessary in today’s competitive work environment.

From left to right: John and Nancy Whitney (Althea’s nephew & wife), Nancy Lara and her children, Donna McKinstry, and Liz Sansom, Outreach Coordinator.

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Suffield by the River sincerely thanks Rep. Zawistowski and Senator Kissel for sponsoring the State of Connecticut General Assembly Citation honoring our 20 years in business.  Accepting this citation with Celia Moffie, Owner and Executive Director of Suffield by the River, are some of our long-time employees.  From left to right:  Andrea Vasquez, 16 years; Kedeshia Froyze-White, 8 years; Shawn Leonard, 19 years; Caryl Bills, 8 years; Carlos Gutierrez, 20 years; Antonia Reynolds, 15 years; Karen Isabelle, 20 years; June Williams, 15 years.

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Click the link for a lovely article by the Town of Suffield on SBTR’s 20th Anniversary!

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A retired newspaper reporter, columnist, bomber pilot, and world traveler, Dick Hammerich probably clocked hundreds of thousands of miles on his way to his 100th birthday on October 4.  He has traveled globally as well as widely within the United States and Europe.  Dick is looking forward to the virtual voyage he will take around the world with family members on their 55-foot catamaran in 2019.  Their travel plan shows ports of call on this world map.

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Click here to watch the play reading “Ladies Art Class” written by our own

Malcolm Chadbourne!

Our Resident Feature Artist for July, Pat Marinone!

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Our Resident Feature Artist for June, Pat Keney!

Congratulations Antonia Reynolds, winner of the M. Althea Memorial Scholarship Award!

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Our Resident Artist of the Month for May, Barbara Judson!

Shells are from Bonita Beach, Florida.

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Jill Caron (FECS), with representatives from Suffield by the River Donna Skwira, Liz Sansom, Karen Isabelle, Kristen Bruno, and Sue Davis (FECS). Suffield by the River, a senior residential community, is partnered with Foundation for Exceptional Children of Suffield to bring this community based project to adults with Alzheimer’s or Dementia in our community.

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A very special thank you to Kiersten Anadore, Pre-Teen Miss Connecticut East Coast 2018, who dropped off Easter eggs filled with love for our residents! The residents were thrilled to open them at Easter dinner. The world should be filled with more wonderful people like you, Kiersten!

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It is with sadness that we feature April’s Resident Artist of the Month, Althea Scheller, posthumously. Althea passed away on March 31. We were fortunate to have Althea here with us. She leaves behind a wonderful legacy, and she will be missed.

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Thank you, Mary Anne Zak, for our first issue of “By the River” Biographies!

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It may not feel like Spring outside, but we proudly watch our early plantings grow.  In conjunction with Cedar Brook Farm  located in West Suffield, Suffield by the River is excited about our second season of Farm to Table dining!

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Wonderful entertainment this past Sunday with Vicki Rose.  Ralph danced up a storm!

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We had a great time last week learning how to Swing dance with our instructors, Jamie and Jesse!  Click the link below to take a peek and can hardly wait for the next lesson!!!

Swing Video 03-02-18

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Thank you, Mary Anne Zak, for the wonderful Suffield Observer article!

Arts and Skills at Suffield by the River

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River’s Watch staff would like to thank Kenneth and Kathy Card for the wonderful cake and kind words. Winonah was such a amazing lady and we were privileged to have had the time we had with her.

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February’s Resident Art Show was so well-received, we are now doing a Feature Artist of the Month in the Activity Center.  This month’s feature artist is Vicki Markowski!

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Wonderful to see that the Foundation for Exceptional Children of Suffield is getting media coverage!  Click the link below for the 22 News Springfield article.

Suffield to launch community safety initiative

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We are so happy to have played a role in raising funds for this worthy organization!

http://thesuffieldobserver.com/2018/02/generosity-overwhelms-the-foundation-for-exceptional-children-of-suffield/

A big crowd of generous supporters enjoy a great buffet dinner, Bingo, and a very successful fund-raising auction in the dining room at Suffield by the River.

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Our busy exercise class with Joseph Hicks, certified personal trainer.  People who exercise on a regular basis have better balance, strength, and coordination, which make them less likely to fall.  Great job, folks, keep up the good work!  Joseph offers our residents chair aerobics three times a week as well as a Bones & Balance class twice a week.  For more information on Joseph and what he has to offer, please click on http://www.teamjtraining.com

A special thank you to the daughters of Albert and Maryann, Carol Grenon-Francoline and Janet Ragno, who decorated the private dining room for their Victorian Christmas! How fabulous, thank you ladies!

The last harvest from our farm-to-table partner, Cedar Brook Farm, in West Suffield.

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Fall at the Farm

As we say goodbye to Summer and welcome in the Fall, we are still enjoying the fruits of the first year of our Farm.  All summer long residents  enjoyed the freshest of vegetables planted and picked at our Farm,  and now we will enjoy the last offerings of Fall.

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Thank YOU, Claude Courtier, for your kind words. We absolutely love having you stay with us while visiting your father and look forward to your next visit!

“I need to say thank you to Celia, and every person at Suffield including the sweet residents there. I will miss you all and as for the staff your kindness to me made my stay exceptional, all my needs were met and I feel I have left behind family not just employees. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart and hope that I can make this journey again. Once again Thank You all, I shall miss u. ❤️

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Suffield by the River is pleased to announce the renovation of its apartments.  Now our residents will have the best of both worlds – the experience of over 18 years of private ownership with the look of a brand new community.

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