Speaking on the important role of bats

Presentation on the important role of batsblog and photos by Bob Jones, RiverWoods resident since 2010We recently had a program presented by the RiverWoods Resident Education Committee entitled "The Bat Population and the Response to White-Nose Syndrome" presented by Dr. Jeff Foster of UNH.

I am sure many of us have read about the rapid decline of the bat population. Why should we care? Because bats play an important role in insect control and in agriculture.

Jeff is Assistant Professor Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences University of New Hampshire, a mouthful that Jeff shortens to "Little Biology".

At dinner we learned that Jeff, although a New Englander by birth and at heart, studied in the med-west, gaining his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Illinois. He wrote his dissertation on exotic bird invasions into the forests of Hawaii. Then he ventured to Washington DC to work for the Smithsonian Institution as a postdoctoral researcher where his work focused on avian malaria in Hawaiian honeycreepers.

How do you get from honeycreepers to bats?

There's a story behind the music she plays

Trisha Craig speaking with RiverWoods residentsBlog and photos by Bob Jones - a resident of RiverWoods since 2010The Music Committee brought a program at the Great Bay Room entitled "The History of the Solo Flute" with Flutist Trisha Craig.

Trisha told us the story of the development of the solo flute from the Baroque wood flute without keys through the addition of keys and other variations to the contemporary flute with many keys and made from a variety of metals including the up scale silver, gold and even platinum flutes. However, she assured us that contrary to popular there is really no difference in the quality of the music produced by a gold flute over a silver flute. Along the way Trisha demonstrated the evolving music composed for solo flute by playing selections from various musical periods.

Downton Abbey Final Season Sneak Peek

Bob Jones, RiverWoods Resident since 2010Downton Abbey costume contest at RiverWoods CCRC - Exeter NHLast month, RiverWoods residents were treated to a special pre-screening of the sixth and final season of Downton Abbey. This was made possible by the support of the series once again this year by RiverWoods Marketing. Of course we who saw Episode one that evening were sworn to secrecy until the shows premier on January 3. There were some outstanding period costumes worn by some residents in the contest for best costume as can be seen in the photos...

Penguins on Parade - Fire and Ice Parade Float a Big Hit at Exeter Holiday Parade

click to view parade project photo gallery Residents and staff from RiverWoods along with volunteers from Society of St Vincent de Paul Exeter NH demonstrated some pretty awesome teamwork pulling together the big Exeter Holiday Parade float project!

From concept and design, to collection of some 600 one-gallon bottles for the igloo, all the way to float construction and sewing of penguin costumes.

It all came together so well!

We want to send a big THANK YOU to all who helped take this penguin project from paper to parade day!

Anne Kane Honored to Receive Boston Post Cane

Anne Kane moved to RiverWoods at Exeter

Celebrating the 2016 RiverWoods Resident Art Calendar

By Bob Jones, RiverWoods resident since 20102016 RiverWoods Resident Art Calendar - COVER IMAGE_ At Sea II_ by Ellen Spector PlattThere was a great turnout for the 2016 RiverWoods Calendar Reception recently held at RiverWoods. The selection of art for this year’s calendar is exceptional in its quality and variety from watercolors, oil paintings, and photographs created by unique processes, to painted sticks, woven baskets, collage, wood carvings, and even a totem pole. Ben French told us that there were more submissions this year than ever before –more than 120 submissions from more than 40 resident artists. The quality and range of art on display from those artists who did not get selected for this year’s calendar is awesome. Another whole calendar could easily be made from the art on display. The Ridge Room was filled to overflowing for the presentation of the artists selected. It was a wonderful reception.


click to view artists and images from the 2016 RiverWoods Resident Art Calendar

60 Volunteers from RiverWoods & St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) team-up to build an epic float for Exeter parade

click to view parade article and view photos on seacoastonline.comGroup hopes to raise awareness for SVdP and the people they serve

Volunteers from RiverWoods and St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) have been planning the winter-themed float since late summer. It's part of a two-year charitable partnership which was recently (and enthusiastically!) extended for another two years. In recent months, RiverWoods and SVdP have teamed up for various need drives including food and supply drives, public education sessions and a poverty simulation hosted at RiverWoods. The most successful collaboration to date was the 2014 RiverWoods Gala Auction to Benefit SVdP which raised a record $100,000 for SVdP. RiverWoods will host another gala fundraising event for SVdP on October 15, 2016.

This most recent parade float project not only strengthens the bond between RiverWoods and SVdP, but also gives back to the greater Exeter community, and community involvement has always been important for both organizations.

Why Saint Vincent de Paul? Quite simply- they help people. With hundreds of volunteers, the SVdP Community Center & Food Pantry in Exeter helps families and individuals in poverty 5 days a week in a variety of ways including; a food pantry, providing emergency financial aid, homeless assistance, budget counseling, dental and medical services as well as a job resource center. SVdP collaborates with other area agencies to provide on-site; tax preparation, NH Employment Security, Medicaid enrollment, fuel assistance and homeless outreach.

Interactive brain health presentation for RiverWoods residents draws big crowd

"How Understanding Your Brain Can Empower Your Life"

Blog & Photos by Bob Jones, RiverWoods resident since 2010(photo by Bob Jones)On a recent November afternoon, RiverWoods Fitness sponsored an interactive program for RiverWoods residents called, “How Understanding Your Brain Can Empower Your Life.” Dr. Rutledge and Dr. Walker had a full house and focused attention for over an hour.

The write up of this program has been prepared by Heidi Savage, RiverWoods Fitness Manager, and the photographs have been supplied by Bob Jones.

Dr. Rob Rutledge along with Dr. Tim Walker, co-author of, “The Healing Circle: Integrating Science, Wisdom and Compassion in Reclaiming Wholeness on the Cancer Journey” led an engaging discussion on brain science, coping with the challenges of chronic disease and pain, meditation, mindfulness and how we can empower ourselves to overcome our natural instincts and set an intention every day to live our best life today. Three autographed copies have been obtained for the three campus libraries.

RiverWoods Fitness hopes to have them back again in the future.

Some key elements of the presentation included: 

RiverWoods Scholarships Presented


2015 RiverWoods Scholarship Ceremony - Photo by Bob Jones 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”. One of the many ways RiverWoods carries on that tradition is through our scholarship program, now in its ninth year.

Since the RiverWoods scholarship program inception, RiverWoods has granted 40 scholarships for a total of $83,000. This year, RiverWoods provided nine scholarships totaling $24,800 for our ninth annual student scholarship awards.

Hiking South Mountain - Residents & Staff

RiverWoods at Exeter residents and staff hiking South Mountain

These photos were taken during a hiking trip up South Mountain. This was the second mountain hike in as many months with RiverWoods at Exeter residents and staff. The hike was about a mile and a half and when they reached the top of the mountain (elevation 908 feet) the group reflected on their favorite parts of the day.