Friday Bulletin

July 30, 2020


Residents—please let us know if you are starting your programs back up.  It would be very helpful if you could complete another Room Reservation form since the programs are limited to 17 or 20 and set ups may be different.  Please submit Room Reservation forms to Mary.

 Masks:  Just a friendly reminder to be sure your masks are covering both your mouth and nose at all times.  Please do not pull them down to speak to others.  Your mask protects others, just as others’ masks will protect you.

 Upcoming Events

July 31, August 7 (Fridays) 1:30
Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Channel 971 with Phil Burkholder, Executive Director.  If you miss the meeting, it can be viewed at:

August 3 (Monday) 3:00 Music and Game Room
Comparative Religion will begin a new Great Course, “Why Evil Exists.”  In 36 video lectures Prof. Charles Mathewes of the University of Virginia will explore this question which has been at the heart of every major religion and many secular philosophical worldviews, as well.  From the ancient Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh to the terror attacks of 9/11, how do we explain the existence of evil in a divinely governed or morally ordered world? The formulations of this problem and the different answers people in the West have given to it are the goals of this course. These lectures examine the history of cultural definitions of the problem of evil and the “solutions” devised for living in its shadow.

August 4 and August 6 (Tuesday and Thursday) 12:00 on Channel 971 Understanding Art:  Waldemar Januszczak returns at lunch time to enlighten us about art during the Dark Ages.

 August 5 (Wednesday) 10:45 Auditorium
Music Listeners: Charlie Bitterli presents another great Dixieland jazz band. Come and listen; you won’t be disappointed!

August 6 (Thursday) 10:15 on Channel 970
Bible Study:  The Bible Study to be aired this week is Lesson 6: “God Can Use This for Good,” from the Max Lucado series You’ll Get Through This.

August 15 (Saturday) 1:30 Auditorium
Fairhaven Opera presents Verdi’s Falstaff. Rossini said Verdi would never be able to write a comedy, but at age 80 for his last opera Verdi wrote a comic masterpiece.  The opera is based mostly on scenes from Shakespeare’s play The Merry Wives of Windsor. The plot revolves around the thwarted, sometimes farcical, efforts of the fat knight, Sir John Falstaff, to seduce two married women to gain access to their husbands’ wealth.  We will watch the 2013 Metropolitan Opera production. If anyone would like a synopsis, put a note with your name and box number in my open box C-139. Limit 20.

–End of Upcoming Events


*NEW–Music Lovers: Music Listeners, which meets every Wednesday morning in the Auditorium, is looking for presenters. Whatever kind of music you enjoy— be it pop, jazz, classical, old or new— we would love if you would share it with us. We can play CDs, videos (on disk or from the internet like YouTube), or you could even perform live. Contact Harvey Alperin, C-139, ext. 3181.

*NEW–Travel Committee 2021 Ideas: Please see the attachment “Fairhaven Travel–2021 Ideas” for details.

*NEW­–Receiving Bulletins: If you received bulletins and notices via email but you would prefer to receive a hard copy, please notify Mary Boyer at ext. 3809 so a green dot can be placed on your mailbox.

*NEW–Important Notice Regarding BB&T Bank:  Cheryl Wheeler and Sandy Womer are still working out of the Mt. Airy Branch.  If you need to call them, their phone number is 1-301-829-5420.  If you need to mail a deposit, the address is 443 E. Ridgeville Blvd., Mt. Airy, MD 21771.

*NEW–Hallway Lights:  We have received complaints of hallway lights being turned off at various locations at different times of the day.  For safety reasons, please never turn off hallway lights.  Those residents who have problems with their vision, need the lights to see their way.  Thank you for keeping our residents safe.

*NEW–Art Studio:  The Art Studio is now open to residents but is limited to 5 at a time. Everyone must follow all protocols including wearing masks and social distancing. All visitors must sign in the guest log, located to the right as you enter the studio.

*NEW–Ceramics Studio:  The Ceramics Studio is now open to residents but is limited to 4 at a time. Everyone must follow all protocols including wearing masks and social distancing. All visitors must sign in the guest log, located on the table in the studio.

*NEW–Calling all resident nurses!  You are invited to join us for a very special social hour in honor of you.  We are planning to meet in the Fireside Dining Room sometime in August (date and time to be determined).  For those interested, we would love for you to join us.  Please let Mary Boyer know of your interest in participating and she will follow up with a specific date and time.  No need to bring anything.  Light refreshments will be provided.  We look forward to you joining us for this special social hour.  If you are interested, please contact Mary at ext. 3809.

*NEW–Seed Packets from China:  If you receive unsolicited packets of seeds, do not open them, plant them, or throw them away.  Contact the Maryland State Plant Health Director, Matthew Travis, at (410) 288-5540 and hold onto the seeds and packaging until someone contacts you with further instructions.

*NEW–Exciting Community Garden News:
The Fairhaven Community Garden continues to explore new opportunities for 2020.  Over the last four weeks, the gardeners have donated over 90 pounds of fresh vegetables and flowers to the Historic Sykesville African American Schoolhouse and the Howard County Food Bank.

The delivery dates for the Howard County Food Bank and the Historic Sykesville African American Schoolhouse are on Tuesday and Saturday for the next two weeks.  All garden items can be brought to the rear patio of Cottage C-25, along Orchard Lane, on any day of the week, Monday through Friday, either in the morning or afternoon.

If you have questions, please contact Susan (Sue) Aldape, ext. 3005, Jo Ann Russo, ext. 8403, or Dale Bucks, ext. 3092.  We will be using ice chests to assist in maintaining food and flower quality.  As usual, you can always donate produce to your neighbors or leave it at the main reception desk as the gardeners have done in the past so that Fairhaven residents can enjoy cooking with garden fresh produce.

On July 30th, the Virtual Tomato Contest subcommittee will be meeting to explore options for conducting the contest and information program on Channel 971.  The subcommittee will be requesting permission and suggestions from the Executive Director of Acts Fairhaven and others.

Resident Information:  Security is updating their files.  For a form, please see Mary Boyer, or complete the form at the Main Reception Desk.  Return all forms to the Main Reception Desk. We need a form from everyone so we can have accurate updated information.  If you have questions, please call Sue Ensko at ext. 3896.  Thank you.

Covid Test Results: If you would like a copy of your most recent Covid Test results, please contact the Wellness Center at ext. 8807.

Morning newspapers: If you do not receive your morning newspaper you may call 443-692-9011 by 10:00 AM and they will deliver your paper that day.

Scam Alert: Please beware of emails from scammers pretending to be Xfinity and Microsoft claiming to either be giving away money, or that you owe them a large sum of money. They will ask you to call their Customer Service lines and give out personal information. If you receive these emails, delete them. Never give money or personal information over the phone.

CyberCycle at the Fairhaven Fitness Center!  The Fairhaven fitness department is excited to welcome the CyberCycle bike in the fitness center.  With 47 different rides and scenic landscapes, an interactive screen, and fun games and challenges that exercise both the mind and the body, the CyberCycle is not an ordinary exercise bike!  This bike gives you the option to participate in interactive exercise, in which you will steer yourself on the trail that you choose, or just a pedal mode, which operates like a normal bike. Research has shown that CyberCyclists experience a 23% reduction in progression to mild cognitive impairment compared to traditional exercisers. The residents of Plantation Estates and Country House have been exercising on the bike for months, and they love the bike!

If you are interested in using the CyberCycle, please contact Sam, Fairhaven’s Fitness Trainer at ext. 1396 or by email

Mail:  If you receive mail that does not belong to you, please leave it on the resource desk on the ground floor.  Also, if you notice that you have someone else’s mail after you return home, please bring it back.  Because this is US Mail, we must return it to our mail carrier to lock it in the correct mailbox.  Residents have reported not getting magazines, and some very important mail.  We would appreciate everyone’s cooperation, so everyone receives all their mail.  Thank you.

Walking Groups:  Please contact Sam Yurko, Fitness Trainer, to register for upcoming sessions. The primary meeting location is the Mall Lane covered walkway. Masks are required to be worn while maintaining social distancing.

10:15 Tuesdays, Garden Strollers – A low-intensity stroll around campus with periodic, informative stops while learning about residential and common gardens and horticulture.  Graciously led by Fairhaven’s grounds team.  Recommended for all levels & abilities, including mobility impaired.

10:15 Wednesdays, Happy Trailers – A low- to moderate-intensity hike through Fairhaven’s groomed trails with periodic, informative stops.  Passionately led by resident trail expert, Allen Brougham. Recommended for most fitness levels and abilities but not for those who rely on rollators or chairs.

10:15 Thursdays, Power Walkers – A moderate-intensity brisk walk around campus with periodic stops for stretching, calisthenics, core and strength training. Enthusiastically led by Sam, Fairhaven’s Fitness Trainer.  Recommended for individuals who can walk without assistance at a moderate pace.

If you have any questions, please contact Sam at ext. 1396 or email

Art Lovers: A reminder to follow exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art. Take a virtual tour of Degas at the Opera:

Revisit the subject of Baroque Art – A Superb Baroque Art: Genoa 1600-1750 at: (This exhibit has been postponed, but you can view it online.)

Basta Pasta and Salerno’s:  We will no longer be ordering from these restaurants.

 INSiGHT: The INSiGHT arrived; the next edition is in the works–and it’s waiting to hear from YOU. Write a letter to the editor. We relish your thoughts and your opinions. Don’t be bashful. Email a reply to or place a message in open mail box C-141. Responses received by July 31 can make the August INSiGHT. Don’t delay; write today.

Transportation and Shopping:
Shopping trips will resume with new protocols.  You must sign up for the shopping trips at the Main Reception Desk (Nancy ext. 8800).  Transportation services will return with a maximum occupancy of 25% of vehicle/bus capacity.  Sign-up sheets will be utilized, as well as oversight from the staff to assist with extra cleaning, the maintaining of social distancing, and mask wearing.

FRA Board Members’ Phone Numbers:  In order to facilitate the live call-in questioning process at the Friday Town Halls, here are the cell phone numbers to call or to submit text message questions:

Norm 1-703-405-5041
Joan 443-745-8979
Barb 1-252-947-2813
Ellen 410-456-5958

For organizational purposes, it is still very helpful to call or e-mail questions to us before 11:00 on Thursday so that we have time to compile and organize the questions before sending them to Phil.  Here are our e-mail addresses and house phone numbers:

President: Ellen Baker ext. 3089
Vice President: Joan Higbee   ext. 8470
Secretary: Barbara Clagett  ext. 3185
Treasurer: Norm Desmarais  ext. 3118

Equipment Note from Maintenance:  If you have any equipment (fan, heater, etc.) that belongs to the maintenance department and you are no longer using it, please call ext. 8806 to have it picked up.  Thank you.

A Note from the Main Reception Desk:  If you will not be eating a meal at Fairhaven, please call ext. 8800 daily by 3:00 p.m. so your name can be placed on the “No-Meal” check list.  This should prevent the follow up phone calls and a knock on your door at night.  Thank you for your continued cooperation and patience.

Worship Services

July 31 (Friday) 5:00 p.m.  Special Zoom Shabbat Gathering with Rabbi Amy Scheinerman.  If you would like to join this group, call ext. 3888 by 3:00.   All are welcome.

July 31 (Friday) 2:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.  Faith and Film Televised  Movie  Channel 971  “Christmas Tree Miracle” A replay of a favorite faith based movie set during the holiday season (Christmas in July?) that tells of a privileged family that loses their comfortable life and through a surprising turn of events, learns that the best gifts are simple ones that last all year long.   

 August 2 (Sunday) Pentecost 9
10:30 a.m.  Church Service Prelude- Special Music 

11:00 a.m.  Fairhaven Sunday Service with Senior Chaplain, The Rev Wayne H. Larson, televised on Fairhaven Channel 971 with musician Ann Davis.  

Sunday’s Bulletin can be picked up at the resource desk or from Reception (Nancy), or can be downloaded or viewed on Fairhaven resident’s website.  Call Ellen Wiser if you can’t find a bulletin on either desk.  Thanks for your gifts of support for Spiritual Life dropped off at the front desk!  Nancy has special offering envelopes available if needed.

Remember that our Chapel is open at all times and to all residents for personal prayer and meditation.   All are welcome! New “Day by Day” meditations booklets are available for your use and can be found at the Chapel entrance.

August 6 (Thursday) 10:00 a.m.  Bible Study Series with minister/author Max Lucado.  Channel 970.

August 6 (Thursday) 3:00 p.m.  Rosary Bishop’s Chapel

August 7 (Friday) 5:00 p.m.  Special Zoom Shabbat Gathering with Rabbi Amy Scheinerman.   If you would like to join this group, call ext. 3888 by 3:00.  All are welcome.

August 7 (Friday) 2:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Faith and Film Televised Movie Channel # 971 “Seven Days in Utopia” Recently released movie starring actor, Robert Duvall.  An inspirational movie about God’s mysterious ways that a young talented golfer experiences when his first big break at making it to the pro-golf tour turns into a disaster.  He later finds himself stranded in Utopia, Texas and through an eccentric rancher (Duvall) he learns many important life lessons.

Culinary Services

    • Our phone system has been updated, so if we are on the phone, you should not get a busy signal to place your order.  Please call ext. 4000 to place your lunch and/or dinner order at any time by speaking with a Dining Services team member or leaving a voicemail. The best time to call to place your order is in the morning.  As a reminder, lunch orders need to be in by 10:30 am and dinner orders need to be in by 3:30 pm.
    • To make a dining reservation, please call ext. 4000 and leave a message with your reservation information after the recording.
    • Please call ext. 3620 if you have an issue with your lunch or dinner delivery. This is the after-hours extension to call after 5:00 p.m. Again, if you have an issue with your meal or need to speak with a dining services supervisor or manager after 5:00 p.m. call ext. 3620.

Library Announcements

Fairhaven Library is now open with some restrictions.  It is open between the hours of 9:00–4:00, Monday–Friday. There is a limit of 4 visitors at a time and face masks are required. Residents must sign in and out. There will not be any volunteers working at the desk.  The newspaper room will be closed, and newspapers will not be available.

Quote of the Week

“Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, ‘Wait’ and ‘Hope.’” ― Alexandre Dumas

Happy Birthday

August 3 – Mignon Fellenz
August 4 – Cecilia Nelson
August 6 – Betsy Bucks
August 7 ­– Harold Krcma, Mary Clagett
August 8 – LaMoyne Cooper
August 9 – Richard Moller, Thelma Grimes

All submissions for the next Friday Bulletin are due to Ricki Hunsinger no later than Tuesday at 11:00 am. Email your submissions to We are sorry, but we cannot accept late submissions.


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