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1 THE MAYFLOWER NEWSLETTER JUNE 2018 GROUNDS COMMITTEE WHAT S HAPPENNG? Currently the Grounds Committee meets monthly with Bob Duff, Director of Building Services. Discussion relates to issues on The Mayflower campus such as landscaping, roads, walkways, signage and lakes, as well as drainage and irrigation systems. In early 2016, the committee set as its objective to improve curb appeal in all aspects of the grounds. The addition of color in plantings has helped achieve this goal. In 2017 new signs were added to our avenues to help visitors find their way to the main entrance and the villas. Anna Neville has utilized her green thumb to enhance the entrance under the porte cochere. Carol Apen has assisted in selecting bold plants. Residents now enjoy plant- Bradford Hall. New plantings have types to hold a variety of ings along the east side of also dressed up the creek butterfly garden has been planters of different on the east side of the campus The replanted after the hurricane and filled with plants that butterflies find tasty. Recently we have seen two monarchs enjoying the colors. Surely their friends will soon find their way to this patch of butterfly heaven. The committee has recommended that the speed bumps on Mayflower Court be eliminated. Last year Bob Duff recommended LED street lamps around Villa Continued of page 2

2 Continued from page 1 He, with input from the committee, arranged for the city to replace the twenty-eight old halogen bulbs with LED lamps (79 Watts). The city changed the lamps and refreshed the light posts, This has resulted in an annual savings of $2,000 in electricity bills. Bob Duff announced to the committee that the villas will be painted next year. In response to complaints by villa residents about the unsightly view of the back of Publix and its roof equipment, ten fernleaf bamboo have been planted along the green wall. This Bamboo grows to 16, or in good environments to 20, and the very small leaves form a very dense hedge. General information from the committee: Creative Environment has been hired to do lawn maintenance on the campus and the villas and to suggest ways to bring color to plantings. Dirt removal will begin in September on the new property. The canna lilies along Bradford Pond will be cut back to allow new blooms to set. A new feeder was installed on a stronger pole in May in the Koi pond. The Grounds Committee welcomes guests to its monthly meetings held on the first Thursday of each month at 10:30 AM in Duxbury Hall Conference Room. Members of the Grounds Committee are: Carol Apen, Eileen Duva, Mary Fedler, Anna Neville, Mary Jansson, Peter Minderman, Henry Morrell, Carole Rubin, and Evin Rubin. John Apen is chair of the Committee. John Apen and ctg 2

3 Meet Your Neighbor Richard and Jenny Cohen are new residents of the A building and have lived in Winter Park. Jenny is a Rollins college graduate who got her degrees at night while working as an insurance underwriter and later becoming a personal property appraiser. She was also a pilot with the Civil Air Patrol and flew a number of search and rescue missions. Richard is from England and has lived in Australia and Israel. They met in Corning, New York. Richard has worked mostly in commercial real estate management. They have been in and around Orlando for about thirty years. Richard's main hobby has been sailing. It should be noted that he sailed from England to America and has lived on his sailboat in many locations. He still owns a sailboat which is moored in Cape Cod and does not get much use as of late! The Cohens are just settling in at The Mayflower and are beginning to get acquainted. Be sure to give them a friendly welcome! (A615) Sally Hall Williamson Paula Pritzl, a new resident of the A building, is originally from Chicago. She still owns a home in Wisconsin, her deceased husband's home state. Paul passed away eleven years ago after they had enjoyed many fun years in Citrus Hills, Florida, where golf was the big lure. Paula is a delightful and interesting person. She told me of her great passion for teaching Sunday School which she did for at least thirty years. Three boys who were in her Sunday School class became pastors and are now nurturing their own flocks. Paula enjoyed playing in bell choirs and says she has some humorous tales from these experiences. She has family in Oviedo and is thankful to a niece who guided her in choosing The Mayflower. She is so happy to be here and especially for how friendly everyone is and the myriad of fun things to participate in. Be sure to welcome Paula with her vibrant personality and happy attitude. (A414) Sally Hall Williamson 3

4 ABC S OF HEALTH AND AGING 6 B VITAMINS AND SYMPTOMS OF DEFICIENCY A lack of Vitamins B6, B12 and Folic Acid can be serious in older people. They are at risk because the chances are they have experienced either poor nutrition, reduced ability to absorb nutrients (due to decreased stomach acids and enzymes), surgery with removal of part of the stomach or intestines, heartburn and medications and antacids. Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) Your nerves need this vitamin to function properly. When there is malnutrition there is probably a deficiency in B6 and this may occur if there is trouble absorbing nutrients. Deficiency may also cause numbness of the limbs, fragile skin, anemia and possibly a higher risk of cardiac and circulation problems. Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) Sometimes you may not even have noticeable symptoms as the deficiency progresses. But nerve problems and anemia can occur. We need B12 in order to generate healthy red blood cells which explains the anemia aspect. One type of anemia is called Pernicious Anemia which is caused by the lack of B12 which helps produce what is known as the intrinsic factor that allows the B12 to be absorbed and is partly responsible for generating the new red blood cells. Many times these symptoms are disregarded as a function of growing older. The relatively simple treatment of an injection or pill containing B12 may be the answer. Sometimes if you wait too long the damage may be irreversible. Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following: pale skin, depression, balance problems, fatigue, loss of appetite, bowel problems, poor concentration, or numbness of the hands and feet. Continued on page 5 4

5 Continued from page 4 Folic Acid (Vitamin B9) Another B vitamin is called Folic Acid and seems to be protective against cancer and heart disease. Many foods and dietary supplements contain folate as well as those artificially fortified. The function of this vitamin is to maintain a healthy, constant production of the red blood cells and some research cites the prevention of cancer. It is very important to keep the circulation and heart healthy because it keeps homocysteine (an amino acid which is heart disease risk factor) at healthy levels. Your folic acid may be lowered when there is less ability to absorb nutrients, use of medications, liver disease, alcoholism or some chronic diseases. Some of the following symptoms may be experienced with folate deficiency: high homocysteine levels, weakness, poor appetite, weight loss, forgetfulness, headaches or sore tongue. What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left. Oscar Levant Article by Joe Gigliotti New Director of Health Services Millie Sorger has been appointed to succeed Ann Cameron as Director of Health Services at The Mayflower. Millie has big shoes to fill, but comes well qualified to assume the responsibilities of this senior management position. So far, we ve learned that she is a results-oriented health care administrator who brings with her fifteen years of related experience. In her previous positions, Millie has demonstrated success in providing high quality health care, achieving financial solvency, consensus building, marketing and community relations. She is described as one who promotes an atmosphere of teamwork and excellent community relations. We are pleased to introduce Millie Sorger as a new member of The Mayflower senior management team. Please extend a warm welcome to her the next time you see Millie! Marilyn Molen 5

6 BATTLE OF THE CORAL SEA The four day naval battle fought from May 4 to May 8, 1942 constituted a major turn of events in early World War II in the Pacific theater. Japan had developed specific plans for the control of the South Pacific in early November 1941.The attack at Pearl Harbor, while devastating for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, did not, by any means, wreak the destruction of the fleet that the Japanese had anticipated. The Japanese islands lacked the resources, basically petroleum and other minerals, that were necessary for the control of the South Pacific, which included the capture of Malay (today Malaysia and Singapore) and the Dutch East Indies (today Indonesia.) This would afford them a perimeter that was important to them. In order to protect this perimeter, they had to capture Tulagi in the southeastern part of the Solomon Islands and Port Moresby in New Guinea. This would enable the invasion of northern Australia in order to cut communications between Australia and the United States. Unbeknownst to the Japanese, the U.S. had been able to break most of the Japanese naval codes sufficiently to move two aircraft carrier task forces and a joint Australian/U.S. cruiser force to oppose the offensive The Japanese strategy was a good one. However, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, the new commander of U.S. forces in the central Pacific, and his staff had discussed deciphered messages and surmised that the Japanese were likely initiating a major operation in the southwest Pacific in early May with Port Moresby the likely target. The Allies regarded Port Moresby as a key base of a planned counteroffensive by General Douglas MacArthur, against Japanese forces in the southwest Pacific area. Nimitz s staff also concluded that the Japanese operation might include carrier raids on Allied bases in Samoa and at Suva. Nimitz, after consultation with Admiral Ernest King, the Commander-in- Chief of the U.S. Fleet, decided to contest the Japanese operation by sending all four of the Pacific Fleet s available carriers to the Coral Sea. By April 27, our intelligence confirmed most of the details of the Japanese strategy. On April 29, Nimitz sent his four carriers and their supporting warships towards the Coral Sea. Under the command of Rear Admiral Frank T. Fletcher, Task Force 17 consisted of the carrier Yorktown, escorted by three cruisers and Continued on page 7 6

7 Continued from page 6 four destroyers. Additionally, two oilers and two destroyers were already in the South Pacific, having left from Tongatabu on April 27, headed for the Coral Sea. Task Force 11, commanded by Rear Admiral Aubrey Fitch, consisting of the carrier Lexington, two cruisers and five destroyers, was between Fiji and New Caledonia. Task Force 16 under the command of Vice Admiral Bull Halsey included the carriers Enterprise and Hornet. TF 16 had just returned to Pearl Harbor from the air raid on Tokyo led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle and it departed immediately, but would not reach the South Pacific in time to participate in the battle. Nimitz placed Fletcher in command of the Allied naval forces in the South Pacific area until Halsey arrived with TF16. Although the Coral Sea area was under MacArthur s command, Fletcher and Halsey were directed to continue to report to Nimitz while in the Coral Sea area, not to MacArthur. Based on intercepted radio traffic from TF16 as it returned to Pearl Harbor, the Japanese assumed that all but one of the U.S. Navy s carriers were in the central Pacific. The Japanese did not know the location of the remaining carrier, but did not expect a U.S. carrier response to their strategic plan until the battle was well underway. The four day battle of the Coral Sea marked the first air-sea battle in history. There were a number of missed opportunities as carrier airmen learned their trade. Air strikes from both sides either missed their targets or found them only after using up their ordnance. Americans connected first, sinking the light carrier Shoho. When the main forces traded air strikes, the Americans lost the carrier Lexington. The Yorktown was also damaged, and the Japanese suffered damage to their carrier Shokaku. Without air cover, however, the Japanese invasion force against Port Moresby turned back, leaving the strategic victory to the Allies, and saving Northern Australia from the possible invasion. The results had an important impact upon the battle at Midway a month later by reducing the available Japanese forces. Ted Grant The Mayflower Singers will present a program of patriotic songs on Thursday, July 5 at 3:30 PM and Friday, July 6 at 7:30 PM in the Standish Center 7

8 Salt-free Cooking Gets Front and Center Change is never easy. And where there is no consensus as to whether something should be changed, the process becomes even more complicated. We are talking here about food. The Mayflower has been known for its good food for decades thanks to the efforts of Paul Landsberg, executive chef and Director of Hospitality Services, and his team. But there are trends in food and changing opinions on what is healthy just as when we age, there are changes in our taste buds which decline in acuity. Paul grew up in a family of good cooks and learned to cook at an early age. Those who have enjoyed his mother s recipe for chopped liver at our annual Seder dinner know it is absolutely the best. When his fledgling law enforcement career was cut short by a bullet in the leg, Paul pursued his love of cooking by studying the techniques of classical French cuisine at culinary school. By the time he came to David McGuffin s attention, he was Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Director at Millstone Lodge in Lake of the Ozarks. Pressure for low salt menu options here has grown over recent years as new, health conscious residents have moved in and Dr. Jesus Lopez joined the staff. After some failed starts and growing pains, major steps have been taken to reduce the use of salt in The Mayflower Kitchen Paul reported to the Hospitality Committee at its May meeting. But first a primer on sodium. Sodium in the Diet The American Heart Association (AMA) guideline for daily sodium intake is 2300 milligrams or less; its ideal sodium intake daily limit is 1500 milligrams or less, and it Nutrition Requirement for Certified Content Meals for restaurant menu items and packaged foods in grocery stores is 960 milligrams per meal or less. Dr. Lopez advocates 2000 milligrams or less for his patients without heart-related health issues. Sodium is naturally-occurring in many foods. Beets have a high sodium content of 65 milligrams before cooking. Sodium-free vegetables (those with less than 5 mg per ½ cup serving) include: corn, cucumbers, romaine, eggplant, summer squash, and potatoes. Mayflower Dining Services Sodium Reduction Strategies The Mayflower kitchen began eliminating sodium from a variety of recipes about two years ago. The cooks now: Use unsalted butter in cooking and the butter served at the table; Prepare beef and chicken consommé without salt and use low sodium broths for soups and sauces; Grill steaks, burgers, fish and chicken without salt; Prepare vegetables and French fries without salt; Continued on page 9 8

9 Continued from page 8 Season some vegetables, steaks and some soups with Dash, a salt free seasoning that boosts flavor; Prepare Healthy Choice meals with substantially less than American Heart Association Certified Meals limit of 960 mg or less of sodium per meal. (Note: These menu options are carefully measured so portions conform to posted salt, protein and fat content. (Hospitality Services is currently searching for a Registered Dietician to consult on yet healthier and lower salt Healthy Choice Menu items.) One of Paul s goals, which is always going to be unattainable because we are all so different, is to make everyone happy with the food. The adoption of a flexible menu plan with its many choices is one example of trying, Healthy Choices, another. Not unexpectedly, there are residents already complaining about the menu items prepared without salt but there are salt shakers on every table. For a classically trained chef, healthy cooking without salt is a seismic shift one Paul has accepted but there are things about this shift that Paul really dislikes. One is the switch to low sodium/low fat mayonnaise for crab cakes, cold salads and sandwiches. It is runny and dishes made with it lack the smooth rich texture and flavor that real mayonnaise provides. In the name of transparency, casserole dishes and some stews are prepared with salt. The soups themselves, sauces and gravies are low sodium and made from scratch using fresh, often locally sourced ingredients. Lobster tails and crab legs are only available frozen because they are processed before being shipped. Canned tomatoes have a better flavor for cooking and are used in some dishes. The Mayflower has recently installed a new refrigerator/freezer system for the kitchen. Paul is restarting his comprehensive kitchen tours. If you are a new resident or have never had the tour, you will be amazed at how smoothly the cooks work together in very cramped space. Keep an eye out for the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the Mailroom. Lawrie Platt Hall Kentucky Derby and Carol and Gerri White 9

10 ... Dining Tips in the Winslow Dining Room When dining at a local restaurant, if the food that you ordered arrives and you find that there s something not to your liking, most likely you call the waiter over and point out the problem. If it s something that s really serious you might ask to speak to the manager. The same should apply when dining at The Mayflower. If the soup is cold or the steak is not done to your preferred temperature, you should tell your server or let the Dining Room Manager know about the problem. Even if you re in a hurry and don t have time to send the food back, at least let the server know about the problem. The Suggestion box in the Mailroom is also a place to leave suggestions a recipe that you think many residents might enjoy or a venue to report something that occurred while you were dining. Do it soon after the event. Dave Harvey, Hospitality Services Committee Chair The ROYAL WEDDING and a Fascinator Hat English Breakfast Photos by Henry Morrell 10

11 HAVE YOU HEARD about the creative writing class held at The Mayflower? This talented group announces The Mayflower Review, an exciting new publication exclusively for The Mayflower. All residents of The Mayflower are invited to submit their work by December 1, 2018 (details below). Copies of the journal will be distributed to all early in If you have written part of a life story or memoir, a poem or short story, or any unpublished piece of writing that s enjoyable or moving (in approximately words), this new journal would like to consider it for publication. The Review is open to submissions both from members of the class and other residents. If you have ideas for a memoir or story but have put off writing it, The Mayflower Review inaugural issue might motivate you to go to work, You might also wish to join the class on alternate Wednesdays at 2 PM in the Standish Center (class meets biweekly on June 13 and 27, July 11 and 25, August 8 and 22 and thereafter). The instructor is UCF Professor Emeritus of English Gerald J. Schiffhorst, Ph.D., who is the editor of the new Review. Feel free to contact him with any questions To submit an article: please type, double-spaced, your best piece of fiction or non-fiction and include your name and address (or phone number). You can submit a maximum of two works. Handwritten (clearly printed in black ink) submissions are also considered. Do not submit previously published work. Do not exceed 600 words. Send your submission as an attachment (Word document, not pasted into the ) to: Gerald Shiffhorst at by December 1,

12 LIBRARY NEWS for JUNE 2018 We regret to announce, Sue Dyer, a long-time member of our library committee has resigned. REMINDERS Cell Phones: Please do not use the library for cell phone conversations. Emergency Exit Door: The door to the patio from the library is for emergency use only. Walkers and mobility devices are tearing up the door blinds and leaving exposed brackets that may cause injury. Donations to library received from: Shirley Crosby Eleanor Fisher Louisa Gray Dave & Nancy Harvey Augusta Hume Jane Lapple Judy Mamos Rom Powell (memorial gift) Carole Rubin Robin Swenson Carolyn and Gary Wolf Two recent donations to our regular print library are (F) Louisa Penny's Glass Houses, and (F) Sue Grafton's Y is for Yesterday. These and other recent donations are noted on the new book list on the library desk next to the black check out box where you sign out our new books. Large print books donated Castillo, Linda. Down a Dark Road Fairstein, Linda. Deadfall Gerritsen, Tess. I Know a Secret: A Rizzoli and Isles novel Grafton, Sue. Y is for Yesterday Kellerman, Jonathan & Jesse. Crime Scene Kingsbury, Kate. Doom With a View Lindsey, Johanna. Beautiful Tempest Scottoline, Lisa. Exposed Steel, Danielle. The Right Time Thomas, Jodi. Indigo Lake Wiggs, Susan. Map of the Heart Nancy Harvey, Head Librarian 12

13 JUNE NEW BOOKS (F) The Leavers by Lydia Ko. Told in two voices, the story of a Chinese immigrant boy who learns to live with his white adoptive parents when his mother disappears. His mother has to make a series of wrenching choices and learn to live with past mistakes. (F) The Fallen by David Baldacci. Agent Amos Decker is able to remember everything, but when a series of murders hit close to home, he begins to wonder if, this time, he can trust his memory. (NF) Sharp by Michelle Dean. The portrait of how ten gifted women writers with diverse backgrounds gained prominence in a male dominated cultural establishment. (F) Circe by Madeline Miller. Daughter of Zeus, the magical Circe is brought delightfully alive as she interacts with both a parade of gods and humanity. (NF) Fascism by Madeline Albright. The former secretary of state writes that fascism is still alive and is fostered by the likes of Putin and Kim. She states, that unlike President Obama s policies, President Trump s policies are not helping the situation. (F) Varina by Charles Frazier. Varina Howell marries the much older Jefferson Davis who becomes president of the Confederacy. She flees Richmond as the Confederacy crumbles and becomes a fugitive and suffers the consequences. A vividly story told by the author of Cold Mountain. Geoffrey Beardall SPECIALIST S SCHEDULES FOR JUNE in the Health Clinic Dr. Agnes Bartoszek Podiatry, On vacation Dr. John Fulginiti Wound Care, every Monday in the Geriatric Clinic Dr. Alfredo Gonzalez Dermatology, 6/15 Dr. Thomas Hand Dentistry 2 days per week call Patty Wert in his office at Dr. Francisco Richardson Eye Care, Call the Geriatric Clinic for appointment Dr. Samuel Woociker Podiatry, 6/22 Beltone Hearing Tech, Brian Moorhead call the Clinic for appointment 6/12 13

14 JUNE BIRTHDAYS 5 Ben Bates A Sulli Stinchcomb A Carolyn Wolf B Bea MacDonald B Winnie Hartsock B Sara Welden B Nick Leo B Betty Powell A Sam Taylor B-317 EARLY JULY BIRTHDAYS 3 John Long A Arlene Tetenbaum B Patsy Banks V Pauline Kellam B Dolores Lentz AL Sharon Palmer B Art Crichton A Carol White B Ursula Gillooly B Elleanor Valvassori A-312 CONGRATULATIONS Midge Ruff A-414 On your 107th birthday June Libby O Brien A Sally Hall Williamson A Marjory MacLean B Glenda Warren A Gary Wolf B Fannie Hillman B-509 NEW RESIDENT Betty Mallamas B-207 IN MEMORIAM William Shaffer 5/16/18 Phyllis Hubbell 5/17/18 Donald Rupp 5/26/18 Ice Cream and Fire Works Make a Great 4 th of July Mayflower residents will celebrate the 4 th of July with a fabulous view of Interlaken Country Club s spectacular Fireworks display. The patio area and pool area will have plenty of seating for this old-fashioned July 4 th party featuring a live band playing patriotic music, popcorn and an ice cream cart full of amazing treats. Don t miss it! Family members and friends are welcome. The party begins at 8:00 p.m. and the fireworks begin shortly after dark, around 9:00 p.m. If it rains, we will move it to the Standish Center. The event is organized each year by residents with support from Janelle Renda in Activities, Paul Landsberg in Hospitality Services, Bob Duff in Building Services, and Alba Rolon and the porters. Resident volunteers and friends include: Bob and Toni Barr, Ted Grant, Brad Gwinn, Lawrie Hall, Jane Lapple, Bob and Linda Maraio, Marilyn Molen, 14

15 A Caning Expert On a visit to his native England in the 90s, Ken Hubble (B514) saw his brother-in-law and his sister caning. They had retired and were finding pleasure doing this. Ken looked into it more seriously since he would be retiring soon. This has led to an interest and hobby that the retired engineer has found rewarding and a different challenge in each chair or other piece that he takes on. Since he started caning in the late 90s he has kept as busy as he wants, and he has caned 1800 orders (which could be around 2,000 pieces.) A wonderful article in the May 11, 2018 issue of the Winter Park/ Maitland OBSERVER entitled Cane-do attitude by Tim Freed, Associate Editor, provides an A to Z story of Ken s work and talent. Photographs accompany the article, many of which were seen in The Mayflower Navigator a few months ago. Mr. Freed had known of this article and contacted Ken to write about Ken s special work. We will not reprise the article, but we did catch up with Ken and posed a few questions about his caning work and interest. Ken says the most difficult step in caning would be cleaning up the chair all the holes need to be cleaned before the rattan can be placed in them securely. The easiest seat to cane is a square (or slightly square) shape. One of the difficult seats to cane is a round one. The cane Ken uses comes in eight widths from 1.75 millimeters to 3.5 millimeters and he must select the correct width to be successful. Ken usually goes beyond the physical effort of caning and researches the pieces to find out their background what company, where, still in existence? He is also very handy at repairing other pieces of furniture. He uses The Mayflower woodshop and also has a workshop in a local antique store. ctg CLINIC LICENSE APPROVED Dr. Lopez s office is happy to report that the clinic license has been issued and clinic activities are in full operation as of April 27, If you are Dr. Lopez s patient, call Glenda to make an appointment if you need to see him. For now, Dr. Lopez will not be able to make house calls. We look forward to seeing you again on our regular schedule! Nicole Brown, Jana Ricci 15

16 RESIDENTS COUNCIL President Vice-Chair Secretary OFFICERS Richard Greatwood Carolyn Wolf Joseph Gigliotti COMMITTEE CHAIRS Activities Anna Neville Building Services Bob Maraio Finance Richard Nathan Grounds John Apen Health Services Sylvia Reaves Hospitality Services Dave Harvey Library Committee Joyce Salow Resident Services Carolyn Wolf Past-President Marilyn Molen The Residents Council meetings are open to residents without voice or vote. See Calendar for meeting day. Committee meetings are open to residents. MINUTES of each Council meeting are placed In the mail room and library. Newsletter Committee Charles T. Gaines, Chair, Ted Grant, Lawrie Platt Hall, Sally Hall Wiliamson, Marilyn Molen, Henry Morrell, Tom Savino, Jana Ricci (Ex-officio) Arlene Lowry, Administrative Assistant The Mayflower Compass is published monthly; all rights reserved. Charles T. Gaines, Editor Lawrie Hall, Editor Emerita Henry Morrell, Photographer 1620 Mayflower Ct., Winter Park, FL