Community Update – October 23, 2020

Dear Cedar Lane residents, families & friends,

I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with several residents over the past two weeks, and what I’m hearing is that while they look forward to the time when life at Cedar Lane can return to what it was before March, they are appreciative of the steps we are taking to keep everyone as safe as possible.

We still have no known cases of COVID-19 on our campus. We will continue to take a conservative approach to loosening restrictions and allowing services to reopen while following the guidance of local and state health authorities, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Three W’s to ward off COVID-19: wearing a mask, washing your hands, and watching your distance.

A few residents have grown very impatient with the mask mandate. We get it – we are all weary of the need for face coverings. Now is not the time to let down our guard. St. Mary’s County is experiencing multiple outbreaks, several of which originated at small family gatherings. Cedar Lane is home to people who are medically vulnerable. If you won’t comply with Maryland’s mask order for yourself, please do it to make your neighbors feel more secure. Think about the repercussions of not wearing a mask. Not only are you creating more work for staff who have to clean and sanitize behind you, but imagine how you might feel if you are an asymptomatic carrier who passes the virus off to others. Isn’t it worth the minor inconvenience of a mask to ensure the wellbeing of your neighbors?

The Big Raffle Concluded Today

Today marked the grand prize drawing in The Big Raffle, a six-week fundraiser hosted by Friends of Cedar Lane. For the first year in the Raffle’s history, we sold all 400 tickets and raised approximately $27,000 for the residents of Cedar Lane. Pat M. of Florida was the lucky grand prizewinner of today’s $10,000 grand prize drawing. Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket and supported our fundraiser.

Cedar Lane’s Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, October 26 at 10 a.m.

All residents, employees and directors are considered members of our organization and are encouraged to participate. Due to ongoing public health issues arising from COVID-19, the Annual Meeting will be conducted by conference call this year. We hope you will call in and listen to the formal proceedings of the Annual Meeting, followed by a brief business update of the organization and election of board members who will take office January 1, 2021. Annual meeting materials, including biographies of the candidates, were distributed to all residents on Thursday. At the end of the meeting, three participating residents will be randomly chosen to win $50, $75 or $100 off rent. If you plan on calling in, please let us know in advance by calling the Front Desk and asking for Wanda.

 CDC Eviction Moratorium

To prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the CDC has issued an order that puts a temporary halt to residential evictions of covered persons for nonpayment of rent now through December 31, 2020. In order to be eligible for the order’s protections, renters must provide an official declaration under penalty of perjury to their housing provider indicating the following:

  • You have used best efforts to obtain rental assistance
  • You expect to earn no more than $99,000 (no more than $198,000 when filing jointly), you were not required to report income in 2019 to the IRS; or your received a stimulus check pursuant to the CARES Act
  • You are unable to pay your full rent due to a number of factors that remain unconnected to COVID-19
  • You are using best efforts to make timely partial payments
  • Eviction would likely render you homeless or force you to move into and live in close quarters in a new congregate or shared living setting because you have no other available housing options.

The CDC moratorium does not mean you don’t have to pay rent, and you may be subject to late fees when the eviction protection ends. Residents behind in their rent should be trying to work out a payment plan. If you need a sample of an official declaration, or other guidance regarding this eviction moratorium, please call the Front Desk and ask for Christine Senese.

Voice Your Choice

Cedar Lane Senior Living Community has been nominated in the nonprofit category in the SoMd News Reader Approved 2020 contest. If you would be so kind, please take a moment to vote for Cedar Lane as your favorite nonprofit by visiting https://www.somdnews.com/contests/. Thank you all for the support!

Farewell to Kathy Jaros

Last but certainly not least, Cedar Lane will soon be bidding a fond farewell to longtime employee Kathy Jaros, who is retiring after dedicating a total of 28 years to serving the residents of Cedar Lane. A feature article about Kathy is attached to this update. It has been an absolute joy to have Kathy as part of our team and she will be greatly missed.

We send you every best wish for the future, Kathy!

Sincerely,

Beverly Stickles

President & CEO 

Cedar Lane Senior Living Community

It is with sincere and heartfelt appreciation for her hard work and dedication that we say goodbye to Kathy Jaros, who is retiring from Cedar Lane after 28 years of service.

Kathy started her Cedar Lane career as a nursing assistant in the clinic, performing patient care tasks, housekeeping and laundry functions and coordinating community services for residents.

“Things have changed a lot,” Kathy said wistfully. “Back then we didn’t use computers. All of our resident information was hand-written on Rolodex cards. We used to take turns sitting in a tiny office that is now the electrical room to monitor the alarm board. If someone pulled an emergency cord, the board would light up and play a loud alert sound. We would have to turn it off manually and go check on the resident.”

In December of 2000, Kathy was invited to work the Front Desk, and she has remained a part of the Front Desk team for the past 20 years. Kathy has fond memories of the Cedar Lane restaurant, which would draw the local doctors, members of the Sheriff’s Office and other professionals at lunchtime. “Everyone came here to eat. Even actress Helen Hayes ate in the Dining Room while she was here visiting a resident.” That same resident was also visited by Nancy Sinatra, according to Kathy.

Some of Kathy’s strongest memories involve a former boss who wore the signature scent of Chanel #5. “She always dressed to a tee and always wore Chanel #5 perfume. When you smelled it, you knew she was coming,” Kathy remembers. Other favorite memories include all the Fall Festival events at Cedar Lane, and the recent weekly produce markets hosted by Historic Sotterley.

“Those events were a good time for everyone. The Friends of Cedar Lane really do good work when it comes to bringing people together,” she said.

When asked what advice she would give to any new staff members Kathy said, “The need to be flexible. Things are always changing so you need to be ready for changes.”

What will she miss the most about Cedar Lane? “The people. We’ve got a lot of good people here.”

So what is next on the horizon for Kathy? “Well my sister Judy thinks I’m going to spend all my time watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel. I told her I’ve already been doing that since July!” Kathy went on to say she is going to take until the end of the year to relax, and catch up with family members. After that, she is ready for new adventures and new possibilities.

November 1 will be Kathy’s last day at the Front Desk. “I know I will be busting up crying, so I don’t want anyone to make a big deal out of it,” she said. “I’ve cried at goodbye parties for other people, so I can’t imagine what my last day is going to be like for me.”

Enjoy your retirement, Kathy. You will forever be a part of Cedar Lane’s story.

Community Update – October 9, 2020

Community Update: October 9, 2020

 

Dear Cedar Lane residents, family & friends,

The arrival of fall has always felt like a time of new beginnings – a fresh start. There are plenty of things to be optimistic about, including the fact that Cedar Lane remains free of any known cases of COVID-19. Here are the other news items for this week:

Limited Visitation Resumes Monday, October 12

We know that in-person visits with loved ones is one of the most anticipated activities in our reopening plan. Cedar Lane will begin safely welcoming visitors back on campus on a limited basis starting Monday, October 12, 2020. We are starting by welcoming back the family members and friends of residents. You will notice that we are using a new screening form that asks for more detailed information that will be important in the event of contact tracing.

Residents are asked to limit visitors to two at a time. Visitors must agree to enter through the front door only, pass the temperature check and health screening at the Front Desk, use the hand sanitizer, wear masks, social distance, and avoid congregating in common areas. Preventative measures remain in place, including frequent sanitization of high-touch areas.

New residents must still self-quarantine for 14 days before receiving visitors. You will find a complete rundown of our visitor guidelines attached to this update. Visitation can only continue if Cedar Lane remains free of COVID-19 cases. It is important that every resident and family member abide by the guidelines to limit potential spread.

Further Reopening News

Given the population we serve, we are taking a cautious and measured approach to reopening. Our first step is welcoming back family members and friends. When that step is proven successful, and we feel ready to move forward, we will announce plans for bringing back delivery personnel, agency representatives, the podiatrist, hair salon staff and activities. Please be patient as we move through the reopening process thoughtfully, to ensure that our efforts are sustainable and safe.  

Columbus Day County Closings

Cedar Lane offices will be open on Columbus Day, Monday, October 12. However many county offices and operations will be closed or have reduced hours due to the holiday.

  • COVID-19 testing at 21580 Peabody Street, Leonardtown will be closed for the holiday. Appointment-free, walk-up COVID-19 testing at SMCHD’s Harm Reduction Program office in Lexington Park will operate from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Both testing sites will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
  • There will be no DOA&HS meal delivery on Monday; deliveries will resume Tuesday, Oct. 13.
  • All St. Mary’s County Libraries will be closed Monday, Oct. 12, 2020.
  • The Garvey, Loffler, and Northern Senior Activity Centers remain closed due to COVID-19.
  • The St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) will operate under a regular schedule.

Cedar Lane’s Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, October 26 at 10 a.m.

All residents, employees and directors are considered members of our organization and are invited to participate. Due to ongoing public health issues arising from COVID-19, the Annual Meeting will be conducted by conference call this year. We hope you will call in and listen to the formal proceedings of the Annual Meeting, followed by a brief business update of the organization and election of board members who will take office January 1, 2021. Annual meeting materials, including biographies of the candidates, will be distributed prior to the Annual Meeting. At the end of the meeting, three participating residents will be randomly chosen to win $50, $75 or $100 off rent. Residents with limited minute phone plans are encouraged to call from a landline if possible.

Share Food Network

The SHARE Food Network is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to offering healthy, nutritious groceries at a roughly 50 percent discount over grocery store prices. October food orders are due by October 19. If you would like to learn more, see channel 2 on your TV or call the Front Desk and ask for Crystal. Delivery can be arranged!

 Stimulus Checks

November 21 is the last day to claim your stimulus payment. Most eligible U.S. taxpayers have automatically received their Economic Impact Payment. Some may need to provide their information by November 21 if they have not received their payment yet. If you need assistance, please call the Front Desk and ask for Kirk or Crystal. 

Need a Ride to the Polls?

The Service Coordinators have found a local organization that may be able to provide residents free rides to the polls for Early Voting and Election Day voting. We need to provide an estimate of the number of residents who would be interested in using this service. Please call the Front Desk and ask for Crystal or Kirk if you are interested.

Stay well and have a safe weekend!

Sincerely,

Beverly Stickles, President & CEO, Cedar Lane Senior Living Community

Community Update: September 25, 2020

Dear Cedar Lane residents, family & friends,

Happy fall. We wanted to provide you with an update on our community as we continue to navigate these uncertain times.

COVID-19 Update

To date, we have had no known COVID-19 cases at Cedar Lane. This is no small feat and I am grateful for the hard work, dedication and commitment on the part of residents, their families and staff members to safeguard our community.

MOR in the Burch Building

On Tuesday, September 29, 2020, auditors will be on property to perform a Management and Occupancy Review (MOR) for the Burch Building. An MOR is a comprehensive review designed to make sure Cedar lane is in full compliance with all HUD requirements. Some of you with apartments in the Burch Building may have received a resident satisfaction survey to complete. We will let you know how we do!

Businesses Adjacent to Our Campus

It has come to our attention that a few Cedar Lane residents are inappropriately using the Medical Arts Center parking lot adjacent to our campus for parking and smoking. As posted signs indicate, parking at the Medical Arts Building is reserved for clients only. As a MedStar Health facility, the Medical Arts Building is a smoke-free campus, with no smoking permitted anywhere on their grounds. I am asking you to please be good neighbors and respect the businesses next door. We don’t want to see anyone towed or fined for violating the requests and rights of our neighbors.

Are You Registered to Vote?

There are 38 days left until Election Day. I hope you are excited to make your voice heard. If you would like assistance with registering to vote, call the front desk and ask for Service Coordinators Crystal King or Kirk Turner. Unsure if you are registered or not? We can check for you! This year, we have our choice of voting by mail, voting early in person, or voting on Election Day. Your vote counts and so do you!

End of Year Project from Friends of Cedar Lane

The Friends of Cedar Lane Board members are in discussions about an end-of-year project to benefit residents. Past projects have included the refurbishment of the hair salon, outfitting the fitness center, a new audio/visual system, and the new patio area next to the dining room. If you have an idea for this year’s project, I would love to hear it. Please keep in mind, we can’t plan a group outing or activity at this time due to social distancing. But if you have an idea for a facility upgrade that you would enjoy, or a new technology that would make your life easier, please call the front desk and ask for Wanda Fenwick, who will collect all ideas and forward them to me for consideration.

Stay well and enjoy the cooler weather!

Beverly Stickles

Sincerely,

Beverly Stickles

President & CEO

Cedar Lane Senior Living Community

Cedar Lane Misnamed in Southern Maryland News story

In an article published September 18, 2020, by Southern Maryland News, Cedar Lane Senior Living Community was wrongly named as a long-term care facility experiencing an active outbreak of COVID-19.

The facts are that Cedar Lane is not a long-term care facility and is not experiencing an active outbreak of COVID-19. In fact, management is aware of no known cases in our community since the health crisis began.

Southern Maryland News has since corrected the error in the online version of the story and will run a correction in next week’s paper. We want to assure our residents and their family members that the Cedar Lane community is not now experiencing — nor has it experienced — a COVID-19 outbreak. We believe transparency is critical in maintaining the valued trust of senior living residents, families, employees, and the public.

Community Update: September 11, 2020

Dear Cedar Lane residents, family & friends,

I hope you have found these weekly updates helpful, as we try to make the best of a less-than-ideal situation. We still have no known cases of COVID-19 to report at Cedar Lane. As news about the pandemic slows, look for this community update to come out every other week, unless there is vital and timely information to share.

When can visitors and group activities return?

I know these are the questions on everyone’s mind. Back in March, we moved quickly to safeguard our community against the novel coronavirus. Now we are waiting alongside the Department of Aging and the region’s senior centers for the end of the state of emergency and the green light that our normal activities can resume safely. As soon as we hear anything regarding the easing of restrictions, we will share the news.

County Health Telehealth Resource Guide

The pandemic may be overwhelming for some and can cause strong feelings of fear, anxiety, sadness and uncertainty. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. The St. Mary’s County Department of Health has developed a resource guide to provide information on local tele-health support through phone or video during this pandemic. If you’re interested in receiving a copy of this guide, please call the front desk and ask for one of our service coordinators: Kirk Turner or Crystal King.

CDC issues eviction ban

On September 4, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued an order banning evictions for certain renters through December 31, 2020. The CDC is issuing the eviction moratorium to protect public health and prevent further spread of COVID-19. To be eligible for eviction protections under the order, residents must sign a declaration form and meet the requirements outlined in the order, which are also described in the declaration form. If you have questions about the eviction ban or would like to request a declaration form, please call the front desk and ask for ____________________.

Remembering 9-11-2001

Our community honors the memories of those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks nineteen years ago at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pa. Do you remember where you were that day?

Get ready for flu season.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our free, door-to-door flu shot clinic. Between residents and staff members, 118 Cedar Lane community members are now immunized against the influenza virus, and CVS representatives will return next week to administer vaccines to a few residents we missed. You can further prepare for flu season by stocking up on tissues, hand sanitizer, hand soap and paper towels. Take a look at your medicine cabinet too. Replace anything that has expired and make sure you have pain relievers, decongestants, fever reducers, cough syrup and antihistamines. Test your thermometer batteries and clean your humidifier.

Join an advisory board

Have you ever considered putting your ideas and experience to work helping the community? The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County are looking for citizens just like you to serve on the following volunteer boards. Detailed descriptions of the various boards and membership applications are available at www.stmarysmd.com/boards/. All applications must include a resume and be submitted no later than November 13, 2020.

  • Adult Public Guardianship Review Board
  • Agriculture, Seafood & Forestry Commission
  • Airport Advisory Committee
  • Animal Control Advisory Board
  • Board of Trustees, Museum Division
  • Commission on Aging
  • Commission on People with Disabilities
  • Commission on the Environment
  • Housing Authority Board of St. Mary’s County
  • Library Board of Trustees (Applications must be received by 10/23/20)
  • Social Service Board
  • Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Tri-County Animal Shelter
  • Wicomico Shores Golf Course Advisory Board.

2020 Storms

Have you heard that the number of 2020 storms are expected to exceed the designated name list? This has only happened once before, in 2005, which had 28 named storms. Hurricane specialists will begin using letters from the Greek alphabet to name storms!

The First Big Raffle Drawing is Next Friday!

We have sold 126 tickets to date and we know several of you are in it to win it! The first cash drawing will take place on Friday, September 18 with a $100 prize. Each Friday, the cash prize grows larger and larger until we get to the $10,000 grand prize drawing on October 23. Good luck to everyone who bought a ticket. If you want a chance to win, there is still time. Call the front desk and ask for Executive Administrative Assistant Wanda Fenwick.

Furry Friends

I recently learned that September is Happy Cat Month and National Service Dog Month. So join me in giving a shout out to the fabulous felines and super service dogs who reside within our community, and the residents who love and depend on them.

Beverly Stickles

Sincerely,

Beverly Stickles

President & CEO

Cedar Lane Senior Living Community

Community Update – September 4, 2020

Community Update: September 4, 2020

Dear Cedar Lane residents, family & friends,

On Tuesday, Governor Hogan announced the beginning of Stage 3 of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’. Starting 5 p.m. today, the order allows movie theaters and live entertainment venues to reopen and increases capacity from 50% to 75% at retail shops and religious services.

Does This Mean Everything is Back to Normal?

No, many restrictions are still in place. Face coverings and social distancing are still required. The Governor’s order also states that, for now at least, senior centers must remain closed.

How Will Stage Three Reopening Orders Impact Life Here at Cedar Lane?

The Governor’s order did not directly address senior living communities. Cedar Lane will continue to follow the latest guidance of county leaders and health department officials. We will keep you informed of any changes to our current policies or procedures, which for now all remain in place.

Visitor Access for Legitimate Caretakers

For every resident who is thankful for the strict precautions we implemented back in March, another wants to see those restrictions relaxed. Our goal is to strike a safe balance. We know many family members used to support residents with important tasks like housekeeping and changing linens. If a resident’s wellbeing has been compromised by visitor restrictions at Cedar Lane, please call the Front Desk at 301-475-8966 and ask to speak with one of our two Service Coordinators: Kirk or Crystal. Your situation may qualify as legitimate caretaking and your family member could be granted access.

COVID-19 Community Hotline Closing Today

As part of the Stage 3 recovery, the Covid-19 Community Hotline will close as of 5 p.m. today. Anyone with questions relating to COVID-19 may call the St. Mary’s County Health Department directly at (301) 475-4330.

 Parking Considerations

With all entry into Cedar Lane limited to the front door, parking spaces in front of the Church Building are in high demand. If you use your vehicle infrequently, please be considerate of your neighbors and park in the outer parking areas, if you are physically able to do so.

Labor Day Closings & Announcements

  • Cedar Lane’s offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7
  • Next week’s home-delivered meals from the Department of Aging & Human Services will be delivered on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
  • All St. Mary’s County administrative offices will be closed on Labor Day.
  • The St. Mary’s Transit System (STS) and the Specialized Statewide Transportation Assistance Program (SSTAP) will be closed Monday, Sept. 7. STS will operate on a regular schedule Sept. 6 and 8. SSTAP will resume its regular schedule Sept. 8.
  • All St. Mary’s County Libraries will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, 2020.

Atlantic Hurricane Season

As if 2020 hasn’t been challenging enough, September 10 marks the peak of a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season. It is not too late to be prepared. See Channel 2 for a list of items that should be in your emergency kit.

 Sign Up for CodeRED Weather Warnings

The CodeRED Emergency Notification System makes calls to relay vital weather information. Sign up online at www.stmarysmd.com/emergencycodered.asp. For more information, call the Department of Emergency Services at 301-475-4200, extension 72110.

 November 3 Election Day Voting Questions Answered

Can I vote by mail?

Yes. The state will mail every voter an application to request an absentee ballot, also known as a mail-in ballot. This application must be returned by October 20— either on paper or online — for you to receive an official ballot. If it is after Oct. 20 and you would like a mail-in ballot, you may show up in person at your local elections board and exchange your ballot application for a blank ballot.

Can I vote early?

Absolutely. You are encouraged to do so. Mail-in ballots may be sent back as soon as you have filled them out. If you prefer or need to vote in person, early voting centers open in every county at 7 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26, and will stay open until 8 p.m. every day through the election. Locations will be posted well in advance. You may vote at any early-voting center in your home county.

When do I need to mail or drop off my ballot?

By no later than Election Day, Nov. 3. Ballots either must be in a drop box or postmarked as of that day, which means that if you mail the ballot on Nov. 3, you must do so before that day’s mail pickup. It would be safer to mail it earlier.

How do I ensure my vote is counted?

You can visit https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch to track whether your ballot application has been processed and whether your application has been mailed to you — and, after you turn it in or mail it back, whether it has been accepted.

Are you registered?

Make sure that you are registered to vote well in advance of Election Day. If you would like assistance with registering to vote, please call the Front Desk and ask for Kirk or Crystal.

Questions & Comments

Please feel free to reach out by e-mail or telephone. We love hearing from you and we greatly appreciate the overwhelming support from our residents, families and friends. Additionally, if there is anything you think we can be doing better, we’d love to hear that feedback too. Please call Wanda Fenwick at 301-475-8966 ext. 24 or email wfenwick@cedar-lane.org

Sincerely,

Beverly Stickles

President & CEO

Cedar Lane Senior Living Community

 


Community Update – August 28

Community Update: August 28, 2020

 

Dear community members:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and perseverance during these very trying times. I am proud of the ways we have risen to every challenge as a community. Here are the news updates for this week:

 

COVID-19 Status

We have no known cases of COVID-19 at Cedar Lane Senior Living Community.

 

Do You Need Vital Assistance from a Family Member or Friend?

State and Health Department guidelines prohibit us from welcoming friends or family members for social visits. However, we know there are residents who relied on loved ones to provide vital health, wellness and housekeeping tasks before the pandemic. If your wellbeing has been compromised by the visitor restriction, please call the Front Desk and ask to speak with one of our two Service Coordinators: Kirk or Crystal. We want to work with you.

 

Severe Weather Alert: Extreme Heat Followed by Hurricane Laura

After peak heat indices of 100 to 105 degrees Thursday and Friday, Hurricane Laura will bring the potential for locally heavy rain, gusty winds, flooding and tornadoes on Saturday. Please have an emergency kit with food, water and medicines ready, and take all necessary precautions to stay safe indoors during these weather events.

 

Door-to-Door Flu Shots

On Wednesday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., representatives from CVS will administer a free flu vaccine to any resident who wants one. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. A registration form must be completed by September 4. Call the Front Desk and ask for Kirk or Crystal to register.

 

St. Mary’s County Health Department Reopens for Appointment-based Services

Beginning September 1, 2020, the St. Mary’s County Health Department will reopen select services by appointment beginning September 1, 2020. If you are in need of a birth certificate or death certificate, you may make an appointment with the Vital Records division by calling 301-475-4330. COVID-19 Testing will continue to be available without an appointment. For more information on local testing options, please call the COVID Community Hotline at 301-475-4911.

 

Senior Check program

Maryland is the first state in the country to start a free, opt-in, phone service to check on Maryland’s older residents, all across the state.​ Would you like to receive a phone call every day at a regularly scheduled time between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.? Just call 1-866-502-CHECK to enroll. This is a wonderful resource, particularly during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

 

Thank you to Friends of Cedar Lane for Yesterday’s Dinner

I’m sure you join me in sending big thanks to Friends of Cedar Lane and all our generous supporters for treating residents to a fried chicken dinner with potato salad, coleslaw, a roll and a cookie from Chaptico Market. What did you think of this dinner? Which caterer has made the best fried chicken so far?

 

Welcoming Lynn Pawlowitz to the Cedar Lane Team

We are excited to announce that Lynn Pawlowitz will be joining our staff as a part-time accounts receivables specialist in the finance office.

 

Parking Reminder

During daytime hours, staff members and caregivers are not to use the parking spaces located at the front of Cedar Lane Senior Living Community. These spaces are reserved for residents only. For safety reasons, staff members or caregivers who arrive and leave during overnight hours may use an empty space up front if one is available.

 

Front Entrance Reminder

Please do not give anyone access to Cedar Lane through side or rear doors. This violates the visitation policy that was established by Cedar Lane and recommended by the Health Department. All arrivals are to take place through the Front Desk.

 

Apartment Inspections Continue

On behalf of the Facilities team, I want to thank those of you who have worked with us on our goal to catch up with routine apartment inspections. If we haven’t gotten to your apartment yet, we will be notifying you shortly.

 

Leonardtown Needs Your Input

The Town of Leonardtown was awarded a $100,000 grant by the Maryland Heritage Area Authority to purchase an authentic paddlewheel riverboat, in hopes it will bring more activity and development to Leonardtown’s waterfront. The Town Council will vote on whether to approve this project based on what they hear from the citizens of Leonardtown – and that includes you. Please take a few minutes to give them your thoughts! Call 301-475-9791.

 

Take a Virtual Tour of the New Leonardtown Library

If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit the new Leonardtown Library, we have a great link to share with you. Now, you can take a virtual tour right from any smartphone, personal computer or tablet. Just type this link in the search bar:

https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=z7Fc3GCTsFz. It looks amazing!

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

 

Beverly Stickles

President & CEO

Community Update – August 21

Community Update: August 21, 2020

Dear community members:

Here is your weekly roundup of news items, health updates and facilities improvements coming your way at Cedar Lane.

In need of essentials?

With facemask and social distancing requirements, it’s not as easy as it used to be to go out for items like food and medicine. If you are in need of vital supplies, please call the Front Desk and ask for our service coordinators, Kirk or Crystal, for assistance.

COVID-19 news:

We have no known cases of COVID-19 here at Cedar Lane, but cases in our county continue to climb. At St. Mary’s County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center just down the street, 22 residents and 21 staff members have tested positive for the virus. Chesapeake Shores in Lexington Park has reported 9 cases. County Commissioner President Randy Guy shared in the County Times that he has tested positive as well. Please continue to protect yourself and your neighbors by social distancing, wearing a face mask and washing your hands frequently.

Flu Shots:

This year the St. Mary’s County Health Department is advising seniors to get the flu shot as soon as the vaccine is available. People over the age of 65 should get Fluzone High- Dose (FLUAD) because it provides better protection against flu viruses.

Door Lock Replacement Project:

Because our current lock system has become obsolete and parts can no longer be ordered, the Board of Directors has approved the purchase of a new, contactless lock system for all apartments, offices and storage areas. A vendor has been selected from the bids received and the contract has been awarded. We hope to begin the project the first week of October.

Emergency Services Launches Text-to-911 Messaging:

The St. Mary’s County Department of Emergency Services has launched the Text-to-911 emergency notification system. Available statewide, this service provides an additional way for residents to reach emergency services. Text-to-911 messaging may be used by those who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or have a speech disability. Additionally, the service can be used by people who may be in situations where it is unsafe to place a voice call or are experiencing a medical emergency and are unable to speak. To use the service, enter 911 in the “to” line of a text message, include a brief message describing your location, the emergency and type of service needed, and hit send. 911 dispatchers will respond, gather additional information as needed, and dispatch appropriate emergency responders.

St. Mary’s Quilters Donates Club Account Funds to Cedar Lane

Since the 1970s, the St. Mary’s County Quilters have gathered at Cedar Lane Senior Living Community for their weekly group quilting sessions. Throughout the decades, the Quilters have given fascinating demonstrations and presentations to residents. In December of 2019, they presented Mr. Fred Wilson, Cedar Lane’s oldest World War II veteran, with a Quilt of Valor. After 43 years, St. Mary’s County Quilters are officially disbanding. They generously decided to donate their remaining club account funds to benefit the residents of Cedar Lane, the place where they have built so many happy memories. I’m sure you join me in thanking them for their friendship now, and over the decades. They have our best wishes!

Summer Chicken Dinner #3 from Friends of Cedar Lane

Friends of Cedar Lane will treat all residents to another complimentary fried chicken dinner on Thursday, August 27, 2020. This dinner, prepared by Chaptico Market, will feature two pieces of fried chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, a roll and a cookie. Big thanks go out to resident Ben Bollinger, who contacted Chaptico Market on our behalf.
Our staff members will deliver the meal to every resident starting at 3 p.m. If you will not be here on Thursday or do not want this free meal, please opt out by calling the front desk and asking for Wanda by Tuesday August 25. You only need to call if you do not want the meal – everyone else will receive a meal automatically.

Sincerely,

Beverly Stickles President & CEO

The Big Raffle Hosted by Friends of Cedar Lane

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Friends of Cedar Lane Board Announces “The Big Raffle” featuring $12,000 in total cash prizes.

 Just 400 tickets will be sold for this fundraiser, with proceeds benefitting the residents of Cedar Lane Senior Living Community.

 

LEONARDTOWN, MD  — “The Big Raffle” is a six-week fundraiser in which anyone age 18 or older can enter to win up to $12,000 in total cash prizes including a grand prize of $10,000. The event is conducted by Friends of Cedar Lane, the fundraising affiliate of Cedar Lane Senior Living Community. Proceeds from ticket sales will be used to benefit Cedar Lane’s 196 residents.

 

Tickets are $100 each and only 400 will be sold. With six cash prize drawings, chances of winning are 1 in 66. Each week, the winning ticket is returned to the drum for a chance to be selected again. Winners need not be present to win. All winners will be notified. Each raffle ticket offers the chance to win one or more of these cash prizes:

 

   $100 Drawing – Friday, September 18, 2020       $150 Drawing – Friday, September 25, 2020

   $250 Drawing – Friday, October 2, 2020             $500 Drawing – Friday, October 9, 2020

   $1,000 Drawing – Friday, October 16, 2020        $10,000 Drawing – Friday, October 23, 2020

 

Those interested in participating may purchase tickets by calling (301) 475-8966, or through any member of the Cedar Lane Board of Directors or the Friends of Cedar Lane Board of Directors.

 

“While the pandemic hasn’t been easy on any of us, Cedar Lane residents have been living with visitor and activity restrictions since March. The funds generated by The Big Raffle will be used to spread smiles and cheer through a variety of services and programs. We hope our Maryland community will take advantage of the opportunity to win some amazing cash prizes, while also supporting our seniors,” said Sheri Burch Norris, chairperson for the Friends of Cedar Lane board.

 

 

 

About Cedar Lane

Founded in 1977, Cedar Lane Senior Living Community is a collaboration of 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations providing affordable housing to seniors and disabled adults. Situated in the heart of Leonardtown, Maryland, the campus features 195 apartments where residents can live independently while enjoying onsite amenities and optional hospitality services. For more information, visit www.cedar-lane.org or call 1-301-475-8966.