On Thursday, June 20, 2013 The Lodge at Otter Creek residents, staff, family and friends celebrated five years of community at The Lodge. With festive music by The Dixie Six Jazz band and amazing food by Executive Chef, George Schreck the evening was a wonderful way to ring in summer.
The Lodge at Otter Creek
If not already enthralled by the offerings of the Town Hall Theater and the Opera Company of Middlebury, The Lodge residents are now more excited than ever about the upcoming production opening on May 31st. Artistic Director, Doug Anderson delighted the Lodge residents with a glimpse into Tchaikovsky’s glorious masterpiece Eugene Onegin, followed by a celebration of OCM’s tenth year anniversary. With his exuberant personality and obvious passion for the works he directs, Doug had residents singing, clapping and reminiscing about past opera highlights. This next opera will sure to be a full house, with many Lodge residents in attendance.
MIDDLEBURY — It’s a picturesque day in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 2007 and a young couple and their two children are among the scores of people fanning across the deck of the USS Missouri, admiring the iconic battleship that hosted the surrender ceremony for Japanese forces, effectively ending World War II.
The family pauses at a bulkhead to gaze upon a posted photograph of the surrender ceremony that occurred on Sept. 2, 1945, also known as V-J Day. An older man notes their interest, walks up, and asks, “You want to see my picture?” then points to a face in the crowded black-and-white photo that includes such military giants as Gen. Douglas MacArthur and U.S. Navy Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.
“There I am,” the man says.
He is Capt. Sherman F. Drake, USNR (Ret.). Drake served aboard the Missouri for almost three years during a very eventful Naval career highlighted by a first-hand glimpse of the ceremonial end to the bloodiest conflict in world history. Click Here to read more.
MIDDLEBURY — This place is justly known as a college town, but two big developments suggest another moniker: retirement mecca. That might be pushing it. True, the town’s over-65 set is up 12 percent during the past decade, compared with 4 percent for the overall population. And true, the Lodge at Otter Creek, built several years ago, offers 140 units for retirees and is marketing itself to Middlebury College’s aging alumni…click here to read more.
During the first week of February a producer and cameraperson from the “Chronicle” show visited Addison County. “Chronicle” is produced by the Boston ABC affiliate, and its long-running “Main Streets and Back Roads” series looks at life in rural, and sometimes urban, New England.
The show aired February 16th and below are links to its four segments. It’ll take you approximately 25 minutes to view all the segments.
SEGMENT ONE features UVM Morgan Horse Farm; Peter Langrock, lawyer and farmer
SEGMENT TWO features Middlebury College, Quidditch Tournament, Rikert XC Ski Center, Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Stone Leaf Teahouse, Town Hall Theater
SEGMENT THREE features painter Kathleen Kolb, Bristol, Lincoln, author Chris Bohjalian.
SEGMENT FOUR features Lincoln’s Tree House B&B
On Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Resident Betsy Hodgson and Staff Member Marion Desabrais of The Lodge at Otter Creek Senior Living Community in Middlebury, VT visited the Addison County Parent/Child Center with bags full of sweaters, hats and mittens, all lovingly knit by residents and staff members over the past few weeks. This was just one of many donations being made in the community by the “Knitting for Kids” Club. Betsy Hodgson, along with other Lodge staff, residents and Addison County community members are on a mission to keep as many kids warm as possible this winter. Many have been inspired by Betsy and have joined the cause, with a large group coming together every other Wednesday at The Lodge at Otter Creek from 1-3 p.m. to knit beautifully patterned and colored sweaters for children in need. This group is open to the public, for more information please contact The Lodge at 802-388-1220.
The mission of the Addison County Parent/Child Center is to provide support and education to families and assure that our community is one in which all young children get off to a right start, with the opportunity to grow up healthy, happy, and productive. This is one of many worthy organizations serving families and children that the “Knitting for Kids” Club will share their works with.
Shown from left to right in picture above: Betsy Hodgson (Resident at The Lodge at Otter Creek), Mavis Stansbery and her Daughter Kylee (participant in the ACPCC program), Marion Desabrais (Staff Member at The Lodge at Otter Creek), Sue Bloomer (Co-Director of the ACPCC).
How Do You Envision Your Retirement Years?
How do you envision your retirement years? We all want to age gracefully and have fun doing it. Even if retirement is not on your radar just yet, you can bet today’s rapidly growing senior population is giving it some serious thought. The largest generation in our nation’s history started turning 65 in 2006, and each year until 2030 when the youngest of them reaches 65, the market will be flooded with thousands of retirees each day. According to U.S. Census Bureau projections, the 65- to 84-year-old population will grow faster than any other age group over the next two decades, to nearly 71.5 million. Seniors will be faced with two options, staying in their own home and paying for maintenance and in-home services or choosing a community that provides both services and socialization. Before you say “I’m not ready for a retirement community,” consider the following:
What is it you are not ready for?
Often, people confuse moving to a retirement community with giving up all the things they hold dear. We think you may find today’s retirement communities to be far different than you might imagine. They are for those that want to maintain their independence, expand their horizons, remain active and make their own decisions. So, residents enjoy life more — not less.
How will I know when I am ready?
Do you worry about home maintenance? Are you tired of shopping and preparing meals? Do you have health concerns? Are you troubled about personal safety and the security of your home? Do you want the option to lock and leave? Are you longing for activity and companionship? Would you like to explore new interests? If you answered yes to all of these questions, a retirement community is a great choice. With restaurant style dining, daily outings, housekeeping, 24 hour concierge, topnotch healthcare, pools, fitness centers, walking trails, in-house hair stylists, ongoing activities and so much more, who wouldn’t be ready?
Why should I consider a move if I’m still healthy?
Most people need to make housing adjustments as they grow older and most are glad they decided to move while this important decision was still theirs to make. We spend our whole life planning, so don’t wait until a crisis forces you or your loved ones into a decision you haven’t prepared for.
Will I have to move again if my health fails?
If you find the right community, residents never have to make another move! At The Lodge at Otter Creek, we encourage active, healthy, independent living but we also realize that circumstances change. That’s why we provide priority access to a full range of health care options.
Isn’t a retirement community for “old people?”
Senior living communities are service-enhanced residential communities. Enjoy the advantages of an independent lifestyle within a comfortable and burden-free environment while securing your future. You’ll free yourself from the daily concerns of meal planning, home repairs, and maintenance, while filling your time with new friends and a variety of social, cultural and recreational opportunities.