ong>Stong>. Columban’s On The Lake Retirement Home
Inside This Issue:
Living well means learning
and growing, p. 3.
Memories of more than
a century of living, p. 6
it’s Dorie, p. 7.
A Bright New
Season, A Bright
By Sr. Corona Colleary,
Community Enjoys Another
Fun-Filled ong>Springong> Festival
Annual event for worldwide missions has been a tradition since 1956
As I sit and look out
my window at the
beauty of the spring
greenery, I am awed
by the artistry of God’s
creation. This bright
new season has come to
ong>Stong>. Columban’s on the Lake and
with it the near completion of our
new Community Room. We like
to call it the “anniversary room”,
after our 40th Anniversary
Campaign which has provided
the funding for its construction.
Winter months can be dark and
bleak but not so in this room!
The sun beaming through the new
walls of windows and the vistas
of evergreen trees bring joy to
all who enter. From the country
kitchenette, to the larger space
for dancing, to the beautiful, more
accessible space for our donated
grand piano, this room has already
brought a bright and uplifting
quality to the lives of the residents.
God is so good. The Community
Room has been a dream of our
administrative team for so many
years that to see it coming to
fruition is truly a blessing.
To date, one-third of our 40th
Anniversary Campaign goal has
been met, and through the generous
support of our many friends
and benefactors we continue to
draw closer to that goal every
day. On behalf of our residents,
I thank all who have worked so
hard and given so much to make
this dream a reality and we thank
you for your continued support.
God’s blessings on you all.
On the Cover: Gathered around the grand
piano in ong>Stong>. Columban’s new Community
Room are residents Maud Saville (seated)
and (l to r) Bob Smith, Lois Polzin, Marian
Conti and Josephine Wehust joined by everyone’s
favorite pet, Baxter. ong>Stong>ory on p, 4-5.
The ong>Stong>. Columban’s on the Lake community,
as well as the community at
large once again enjoyed a fun-filled
ong>Springong> Festival presented by the
Columban Sisters on Sunday, June 3.
The event marked the 56th year the
festival has been held on the grounds
of ong>Stong>. Columban’s on the Lake
Retirement Home, a tradition that
began in 1956 .
In spite of some inclement weather,
festival-goers enjoyed the many ong>Springong>
Festival offerings including delicious
Chiavetta’s Barbeque Chicken and a
variety of other summertime foods and
beverages. Many tried their luck at the
Caden Herc, grandson of ong>Stong>. Columban
staff member, Laura Karin, was part of
a colorful parade at the ong>Springong> Festival
featuring costumes and banners depicting
the Columban Sisters worldwide missions.
Caden represented China.
games of chance and browsed the
booths filled with beautiful handcrafted
items. The Baker’s Corner was a
must-stop spot with mouthwatering
treats to take home and many enjoyed
the guided tours of the retirement
home and a variety of entertainments
for all ages.
The highpoint of the day was the
awarding of over $5,000 in cash
prizes. All proceeds from the ong>Springong>
Festival support the special missionary
efforts of the dedicated Columban
Sisters who offer support services to
needy men, women and children in
Chile, China/Hong Kong, England,
Ireland, Korea, Myanmar(Burma),
Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines,
Scotland and the United ong>Stong>ates.
On behalf of the Columban Sisters
and all those who receive support
services from our annual fundraising
efforts around the globe, our sincere
thanks for your generosity and gifts
of time and talent in support of this
Each issue of ong>Stong>. Columban’s Today features
a special insert which high-lights
an area where the Columban Sisters
minister and gives you a
firsthand glimpse of how your
support helps those less fortunate.
A Variety Of Activities
Makes Living Well Easy
A sign language class taught by Judy Picun teaches
residents a new way to communicate.
The Zumba Gold class led by Jean Sutton is one of the
most popular new fitness programs at ong>Stong>. Columban’s.
Living well can mean different things to different people.
Happiness can be a hot cup of tea and a good book, a comfortable
chair in the afternoon sunshine, or a good meal
shared with family and friends. At ong>Stong>. Columban’s on the Lake
there is something for everyone.
Zumba Gold, a popular fitness program, has joined the
regular lineup of activities at ong>Stong>. Columbans. Moving and
stretching to a peppy Latin beat not only promotes physical
wellness, but creates fun and friendship, too.
Nintendo’s Wii Sport has also become a popular interactive
program, with Wii bowling a favorite among many residents.
“It’s exciting!” says resident Maud Saville, “We have fun with
each other and it’s nice to get together.” Fellow resident Del
Polisoto agrees that Wii bowling is an enjoyable activity.
“We have to use our brains and our bodies,” Del adds.
Social events and learning new things are important parts
of ong>Stong>. Columban’s daily living. Coffee and Conversation is a
relaxing program for residents to keep up on current events
and get to know each other better. Other programs, such as
a sign language class recently taught by volunteer Judy Picun,
encourage lifelong learning and personal growth.
Exercise, healthy meals and a camaraderie brought about
by the variety of activities help make living well easy at
ong>Stong>. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home.
If you would like to be a volunteer
at ong>Stong>. Columban’s, contact Jane Ball
(Activities Director) at (716)934-4515.
Nintendo’s Wii Sport interactive bowling program is a
favorite with residents including Del Polisoto (front),
Jeanne ong>Stong>rawser (center) and Ernie Maslach (back).
Construction Phase Completed
On New Community Room
40th Anniversary Fund Drive Continues With Focus On Furnishings, Landscaping
On March 17, ong>2012ong>, ong>Stong>. Columban’s on the Lake held
a double celebration. The home’s annual ong>Stong>. Patrick’s
Day celebration was also the first event to be held in
ong>Stong>. Columban’s brand new Community Room. The
completion of the construction phase of the fourseason
Community Room was right on schedule
thanks to the generosity of the many contributors
to ong>Stong>. Columban’s 40th Anniversary Fund Drive.
An exterior view of the back of the new Community
Room. Landscaping and other exterior improvements
are in the planning stages.
The beautifully appointed Community Room,
informally called the “anniversary room”, features an
expansive 40 ft. x 40 ft. floor space and three walls
of large windows which let in an abundance of sunshine
and natural light, as well as views of the rolling
lawns and wooded areas surrounding the home. One
corner of the Community Room features a country
kitchenette area complete with cupboards, appliances
and flexible work space where residents can cook,
bake and do crafts and other projects. The room also
houses a donated baby grand piano for the musical
entertainment of residents and visitors.
Contributions to the 40th Anniversary Fund Drive
are now being sought for furnishings for the new
Community Room including tables, chairs and outdoor
furniture for the adjacent patio area. In addition,
funds for ground excavation, grading and landscaping
are also needed. Plans for the exterior include
paved walkways and lawn space, flowering shrubs
and ornamental trees, small shade trees, a raised
hillside rose garden, perennial flowers for attracting
birds and butterflies, bird houses and feeders, a
putting green/croquet area and container gardens
for resident gardening.
In addition to the Community Room, generous
contributions to the 40th Anniversary Fund Drive have
also funded renovation of the nutritional services/
dietary department office, personal care/nursing
office and general office. A facelift of the residents
dining room is also being planned.
Each of these improvements not only enhances
the quality of life for ong>Stong>. Columban’s residents, but
also strengthens ong>Stong>. Columban’s position in the
marketplace, helping it to remain competitive and
maintain the high quality of service and care for the
elderly for which it has been known for more than
Make A Gift.
Make A Difference.
Contributions to the 40th Anniversary
Fund Drive are still needed . Your
financial support can make a difference
in the lives of others for years
to come. Call 716-934-4515 for more
information or to make a donation.
A view from the entrance of the recently constructed Community Room. Walls of windows let in
sunshine, natural light and views of the beautiful ong>Stong>. Columban’s grounds. Funds are now being sought
for furnishings for the room which will provide much needed space for gatherings and special events.
One corner of the Community Room features a country kitchenette area where residents
can cook, bake, do crafts and other projects.
With Sam Weber
Resident shares 104 years
of treasured memories
Raymond “Sam” Weber has been a
resident at ong>Stong>. Columban’s on the Lake
since March 2004. He was born in
Buffalo, NY in what was then known
informally as German Town, on
December 6, 1908. He doesn’t need
to imagine a world with no modern
conveniences, he remembers it well.
He will be 104 this year.
As a boy, Sam lived in a two-family
home that had the luxury of indoor
plumbing; one toilet that was shared
with the other family. The home was
lit at first by oil lamps, then gas lamps,
then finally electricity. His grandmother
in Angola, however, had no indoor
plumbing and felt that electricity was
the “tool of the devil”. She never
allowed it to be installed in her home
until much later in her life. Both his
mother and grandmother had iceboxes
with daily ice delivery by horse and
wagon. A 50-pound block of ice was
25 cents and he recalls it was his job
to empty the drip pan under the icebox.
Sam was out of high school before
the first telephone was installed in the
family home. A great convenience that
required dialing “0” and telling the
operator the number you were trying
Sam Weber with members of the Collage Performing Arts
dancers at his 103rd birthday celebration.
to reach. Cameras were boxes made of
wood covered in black cloth. A trained
clerk at the pharmacy loaded the film
and then removed it when the roll was
full and sent it away to be developed.
One week later the photos were usually
When recalling World War I from
a child’s point of view, Sam says what
comes most to his mind are the parades
honoring the soldiers and the young
men leaving for war and then returning.
He was 17 when he joined the
National Guard’s 121st Cavalry Unit.
He remembers warmly that the Cavalry
Association kept a number of horses
at a farm southeast of Buffalo in the
Boston Hills and allowed the guardsmen
to ride on weekends. For one
dollar a guest could also ride. It was a
great way to impress the girls. By the
outbreak of World War II, Sam had
long since served his duty.
When it came to impressing the
girls, Sam knew nothing would do
it better than a fancy car and the
romance of traveling by air. Sam
recalls his first car was a Model-T.
It was an open car with an isinglass
roll down windshield that provided a
murky, blurry view and only minimum
protection from the weather. The
“defroster” was a strategically placed
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A Picture Perfect Volunteer
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candle on the dashboard. The engine
was started with a crank. Saturday
nights he and a friend would drive
their dates out to Wehrle Drive in
Depew, near where the current airport
is located, to watch the mail plane
come and go. He recalls there being
huge searchlights in the sky guiding
the small two-seater, open cockpit
plane to the runway. The pilot would
exit the plane without stopping the
engine, run into the small building
that was the airport, drop off a sack
of mail, pick up a sack of mail, run
back out to the plane and take off.
All was accomplished in a matter of
minutes and was always sure to thrill.
Sam has a sense of amazement
having seen so many advancements
in technology and is hopeful for the
future. He marvels at the speed information
can be obtained and sent
through computers. The look in his
eyes gets far away when he thinks that
children born today will most likely
find cell phones as obsolete as we
find dialing “0” for the operator to
connect a call. These stories, 104
years of them, are a treasure. Sam is
no philosopher but perhaps it is
that sense of wonder at the world
that keeps him going. He can’t wait
to see what’s next.
Flip through the pages of ong>Stong>. Columban’s
photo albums and you’ll see picnics and
parties, holidays and celebrations. What
you won’t see is volunteer Dorie Manning.
Her absence in photos is not because she’s
camera shy, but because she loves being
behind the camera.
Along with the many other tasks Dorie
assists with, documenting our ong>Stong>. Columban’s
memories in photographs has become
both an appreciated and cherished
contribution. Dorie’s connection with
ong>Stong>. Columban’s on the Lake began around 2007. What started as
occasional visits to a friend who was a resident of the home, soon
became regular visits to the many new friends she was making along
the way. Her friendly, easy-going manner made her in demand with
both residents and staff members.
“Dorie is heaven-sent to the home,” says Jane Ball, ong>Stong>. Columban’s
Activity Director. Jane relies heavily on Dorie to help with the many
weekly programs and activities. “If I can’t be at the helm myself, I can
count on Dorie to get things done.”
Dorie doesn’t stop at snapping pictures; she transfers them to DVD,
sets them to music, and creates beautiful vignettes that can be enjoyed
by all for years to come. She has great skill with technology and is
mostly self-taught, using programs such as Adobe Photoshop. Dorie
claims she doesn’t know how she got the job as ong>Stong>. Columban’s
photographer, as she feels her ability isn’t anything greater than point
and click the camera, but beyond her modesty, she has a talent for
capturing the moment and seeing the story that is being told.
In addition to preserving ong>Stong>. Columban’s memories, Dorie lends a
helping hand during music programs, summer picnics and holiday
parties. And when you hear cheers and laughter from the lounge, you
know Dorie has the residents playing Wii bowling! The smiles you
see on the faces of the people in her photographs are not just for the
camera. The smiles are there because Dorie Manning is in the house.
ong>Stong>. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home was established in 1970
by the Columban Sisters whose experience and dedication in caring
for people is well-known in the health, education and social work fields.
ong>Stong>. Columban’s offers retirement living for senior singles and couples
of all faiths, private rooms in a beautiful, lakeside setting and
accommodations to suit a variety of budget needs.
To add a name to our newsletter mailing list, call 716-934-4515.
For more information, visit www.stcolumbanshome.org.
There’s always fun for the young at heart
at ong>Stong>. Columban’s on the Lake.
ong>Stong>. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home
2546 Lake Road
Silver Creek, NY 14136