Monthly Archives: September 2013

Mystery in the Woods: Meet Joe Barone, Lenoir Woods’ Resident Novelist

If you’re going to be a mystery novelist, there are worse places to grow up than a state mental facility. That’s where Lenoir Woods‘ resident author Joe Barone came of age, and its the setting for his first published novel, The Body in the Record Room. “My father was the superintendent for the facility, and […]

No TuTus Required: Ballet Classes Come to Meramec Bluffs

Always looking for new ways to keep our residents on their toes (if you’ll pardon the pun), the activity department at Meramec Bluffs recently welcomed ballerina Vanessa Woods to campus for a four-week ballet-themed exercise class. Participants learned the basics of ballet, including several of the discipline’s beginning positions, and got a terrific workout in […]

Cutting up at Meridian Village with Connie and Rosalee Bell

Two of the newest additions to Meridian Village are quickly getting a reputation as a couple of cut ups. We had a chance to sit down with Connie and Rosalie Bell in their tastefully appointed apartment for a brief chat on how they’re finding life in the Village. Meridian Village Explorer: So how did you […]

Quick! Before the Families Come Back! A Guide to Off-Peak Retirement Vacations

Summertime is over. Let vacation season begin! Experienced travelers know: summer vacations are the worst. Ask anyone who’s ever trudged their way through Disneyland in the dead of a Florida summer, wading through the mass of humanity that piles into the park while the kids are off school. Summer travel means… Higher prices. Airlines and […]

The Next Great Generation: Concordia Village’s Residents Scholarship Program

Senior living communities pride themselves on making a difference in people’s lives. But at age 18, Paige Wernsing may be one of the youngest individuals to be so affected. “I knew I wanted to go into health care professionally,” says Paige, who took a high school job as a server in the dining room at […]

Marilyn’s Third Family: Making a New Home at Concordia Village

A resident of Springfield since 1963, Marilyn Hindson held a number of different jobs over the years, but, she says, “I’d much rather talk about what I’m doing than what I’ve done.” And the thing she does that she loves best is volunteering. For 15 years she’s lent a hand at Memorial Hospital where her […]

Making Great Even Better: Breaking Ground on New Tomorrows at Concordia Village

August 28 was a red-letter date at Concordia Village, as state and local dignitaries turned out to celebrate the groundbreaking on a new expansion at Springfield’s most comprehensive senior living community. This $22 million building project will bring 67 independent living apartments and a new state-of-the-art wellness center to Concordia Village. “The theme of this […]

Answering the Call: Meramec Bluffs’ Veterans Fair Just Keeps on Growing

For the third year running, the Meramec Bluffs Veterans Fair was bigger and better than ever. Held July 15, the event introduced more than 100 attendees to numerous agencies dedicated to helping our retired service personnel. “Every year, we try and have something different to show people,” says Sharon Kruse, activities director for the community. […]

Meramec Bluffs’ resident painter gets the spotlight in the Post-Dispatch

Ed Smith’s apartment at Meramec Bluffs has a terrific view of the hilly forests overlooking the river. But the view inside his apartment is even more overwhelming. Nearly every wall in Ed’s home is adorned with paintings and artwork, most of which sprang from his own brush. Working from his sun room, Ed continues a […]

This Month in American History: Agatha Christie Was Born

Here’s a mystery for you — how does a romance novelist from Torquay, England, rise to become the world’s most-read crime novelist? Indeed, Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, who was born into a wealthy upper-middle class family, seems an unlikely candidate to be so widely known for her depictions of murder and other nefarious deeds. […]