Intern's Final Blog

It is almost September which means summer is unfortunately coming to a close, along with my time here at RiverWoods this summer. The feeling I have is very similar to feeling you get when your favorite television show that has been running for ten seasons, is on the series finale. As the viewer, you’re hanging on to every last minute, enjoying every second of it, when finally the final scene comes on.

American Independence Festival - July 16, 2016

RiverWoods Scholarships Presented

$27,000 awarded to this year's scholarship recipients

The women and men who founded RiverWoods all had long histories of community service. They understood the principles of service to others, and wove that into our founding commitments "To be a responsible community that participates in the life of the larger community around it".

We love it when the grandkids visit!

We love it whe the grandkids visit us at RiverWoods - Exeter NHWe always love it when family comes to visit! This shot of a RIverWoods resident and her grandson is so precious that we just had to share! He visits his grandmother regularly and always enjoys swimming in the pool and meeting his grandmother’s neighbors. Before this photo was taken- the young guitar enthusiast had the chance to visit with

New Kid in The Woods

My first week at RiverWoods as the newest addition to the marketing department flew by. I met a lot of employees, board members, residents and I even developed a nickname in my first week, even though it’s not the greatest nickname… Unicorn.  Unfortunately you can’t pick your nickname. The nickname Unicorn came about when I started telling people I am a marketing and finance major at the University of New Hampshire.

Another Medalist Among Us

When she was 12 years old, Woods resident Barbara Boley learned to swim at a camp in Connecticut. She had no opportunity to swim again until  moving to Hanover, New Hampshire in 1970, where she used Dartmouth’s 25 yard pool.

Global Unities

Bob Jones, RiverWoods Resident since 2010 We recently had an inspiring presentation by Prashan de Visser in a program sponsored by the Education Committee. Prashan was brought to the Education Committee through the efforts of John Bacon who introduced the speaker. Preshan spoke about his organization, Global Unites: Investing in Youth Led Efforts for Reconciliation and Peacebuilding in the Midst of Violent Conflict.  He greeted us with the important Sinhalese greeting of "Ayubowan’  using the ‘Namaste’ gesture.

Walt Sanderson Honored!

Walt Sanderson has worked in the Woodshop at the Woods 17 years, and much of that time he has managed the shop.  He is well known for his yarn spindles and  loon candy boxes.  All shop users appreciate his friendly help and supervision of the shop, and for this he was honored by a small ceremony at the noon sitting of the Dining Hall when he and Ann were both present.

The Conservation Project

Bob Jones, RiverWoods Resident since 2010 Dr. Kathleen Ahern Gould introduced RiverWoods to The Conversation Project in a program sponsored by the Education Committee together with Exeter Hospital.
Dr. Ahern Gould is an RN, PhD, Adjunct Professor at Boston College.
This program was another in several programs organized by the Education Committee to enhance our understanding of End of Life Issues.  Dr.
Sidney Wanzer, of the Woods and author of “To Die Well: Your Right to Comfort, Calm, and Choice in the Last Days of Life” has provided three lectures on the subject of end of life to our residents based on his book. The Committee also sponsored a program on the Book “The Lasting Matters Organizer: Where loved ones find what matters most” by the author  Barbara Bates Sedoric.

My RiverWoods Decision

Mary Remensnyder, RiverWoods resident since 2005By Mary Remensnyder

RiverWoods resident since 2005

In Crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner says,”You can plan all you want to. You can lie in your morning bed and fill whole notebooks with schemes and intentions. But, within a single afternoon, within hours or minutes , everything you have fought to make yourself can be undone as a slug is undone when salt is poured on him. And, right up to the moment when you find yourself dissolving into foam you can still believe you are doing fine.”