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Lakeview Village Historical Exhibit


The Lakeview Village Historical Exhibit Committee

The Lakeview Village Historical Exhibit Committee

The Lakeview Village Historical Exhibit on the Lower Level of the Eastside Terrace is a must-see for Lakeview residents and visitors alike. Nowhere else can you find such a comprehensive compilation reflecting the history of this state-of-the-art retirement village in Lenexa, KS. The exhibit is a product of Lakeview residents’ tireless efforts and is part of the community’s year-long 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2014.  

Lakeview Village Historical Exhibit

Lakeview Village Historical Exhibit

The display was conceived and developed by Alan Boley and Tom Porter. Margaret Davisson and her assistants Sharon Vojtko and Don Simmons searched through literally thousands of historical materials to find the photos, illustrations, documents and stories that comprise the exhibit. Tom photographed buildings, pictures and documents and converted them to display-quality items in the exhibit. Alan prepared the textual materials, and they both mounted and hung the more than 250-plus pieces in the exhibit.

If you want to know more about Lakeview, then and now, this Historical Exhibit is your first destination!

The Future of Lakeview Village

The Future of Lakeview Village

In Spring, the Hamilton farmstead is a must-see at Lakeview!

  Most people are familiar with a garden on a farm. No surprise there.

     But at Lakeview Village, residents Bob and Sue Hamilton have turned that idea on its head and instead created a farm . . . in their garden.

     It’s a miniature farm, of course, complete with growing trees, shrubs, a farmhouse and barn, barnyard tools, a windmill, and all the other items you’d expect on a full-sized farm – including picket fences, terra cotta garden pots, a birdbath, clotheslines with fresh washing (a gentle touch from Sue, widely known for her painting and artwork), a horse and cows, an outhouse, and even a mountain lion prowling the perimeter!

     The fanciful farm has a tiny VW “bug” parked in front, and you can almost hear the rooster crowing from the fencepost.

Bob and Sue Hamilton's miniature farm is displayed in the community gardens at Lakeview village.

The miniature farm is displayed in the community gardens at Lakeview village.

     The farm reflects,as closely as possible, the Nodaway County farm that Bob grew up on during his childhood in Northwest Missouri.

     But unlike big farms, this one spends the winter indoors. Bob brings the house, the barn, the outbuildings and all the implements, vehicles and animals inside in the fall to help protect the integrity of the paint and structure from harsh winter weather. After all, he built them all by hand from scrap wood!

     But each spring, the farm’s back again – bigger and more detailed than ever, drawing admiring glances from other residents, and reflecting the looks of wonder in the eyes of the children who march over from the Child Development Center. What’s more, the farm and its different parts seem to grow in number each year. Friends, anonymously or not, drop by throughout the growing season with tiny “additions” to the layout: a little figurine passed along with love, a new tiny animal mysteriously appearing seemingly overnight.  

     Next year will be the fourth “outing” for the Hamilton farmstead, and Bob and Sue look forward to another year of gardening in their two raised beds at Lakeview and maintaining the farm.

     “All of the ‘trees’ and ‘shrubs’ are real,” Bob explains. “The tree next to the farm house is actually a volunteer ash. Each year we look for new plants at the local Family Tree nursery – plants that can mimic the plant and tree growth you’d find on a regular farm. The woods behind the house are actually live parsley plants, and we’ve used pepper plants and other types of small plants and grasses to imitate trees and shrubs. The pasture, for example, is all ryegrass.” Bob even keeps the grass trimmed – with scissors. And at Halloween, the trees are festooned with ghosts for the season.

Sue and Bob Hamilton

Sue and Bob Hamilton

     Bob and Sue both are avid gardeners, but for different reasons. Bob, a former fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater in WWII, is an enthusiastic grower of vegetables, including everything he needs to whip up his favorite recipe for salsa.

     Sue, in her garden, grows a vegetable or two (a colorful miniature pumpkin squash arrangement from her garden decorates their Northpointe home), but her focus is most keen on plants that attract Monarch butterflies, something she’s studied extensively, and still does.

     “Bob grows everything from tomatoes and onions to peppers and cucumbers and asparagus,” says. “In my plot I grow plants that are known attractors to butterflies, especially Monarchs. Milkweed is probably the most commonly known plant that draws the Monarchs, but I like to grow blue salvia, lobelia, and many others.”

     Not only does Sue use the plants to support the butterfly population, she also harvests seeds to pass along to others with a similar passion.

     Together, the Hamiltons represent a formidable force of creativity, nature conservancy, building skill and dedication to gardening. In fact, Bob and Sue are some of the best examples of life at Lakeview Village: energetic, involved, and active examples of the Lakeview spirit.

     And although we’re heading into the winter months, be sure to mark your calendar to get out next spring and take a stroll through the community gardens on our campus. If you happen upon a virtual miniature farm fairyland, you have experienced welcome to Bob and Sue Hamilton’s whimsical gift to all, rendered in loving detail. It’s an irresistible invitation to stop a while and enjoy the scenery.

A New Orleans Surprise at Lakeview Village
Jon Williams, Director of Dining Services, addressed the crowd, while Sam Austin, Executive Chef, prepares the food.

Jon Williams, Director of Dining Services, spoke to the crowd while Sam Austin, Executive Chef, prepared the food.

     Recently, a group of prospective residents visiting Lakeview Village discovered a spot-on creation of New Orleans-style cuisine, courtesy of two of the community’s finest chefs.

     The “New Orleans Feast” luncheon was a presentation of Lakeview’s Sales and Marketing Department headed by Colette Panchot; Jon Williams, Director of Dining Services; and Sam Austin, Executive Chef.  

         Jon and Sam presented a New Orleans-style lunch for about 25 guests. The meal was based on various iconic New Orleans eateries’ recipes – from The Gumbo Shop’s Chicken Andouille File’ Gumbo to Cafe Du Monde’s Beignets.

     As Sam skillfully prepared the food, Jon spoke of the food service philosophy at Lakeview Village, emphasizing the variety of dishes served at the four restaurants in Heritage Place, Southridge and Northpointe – as well as at The Bistro Cafe in Eastside Terrace. Jon also described Dining Services’ efforts to provide healthy tasty meals with fresh ingredients sourced from local growers. The special event menu also included, after the aforementioned gumbo:

      – Pascal Manale’s BBQ Shrimp

     – Galatoire’s Trout Meuniere

     – Chef Sam’s Sweet Potato Souffle’

     – Mixed Squash and Pepper Saute’

     – The beignets and a steaming cup coffee completed the lunch.

      Several of the attendees, who have either lived in New Orleans, or visited there often, were heard commenting not only on the authenticity of the meal, but the skill and friendliness of the chef and servers.

     Lakeview Village Marketing sponsors about 35 special events a year for prospective residents.   The events are alternatively educational and entertaining, and always feature great food from our Dining Services team. This past year, the events included a world-renowned pianist; a program called “Get Your Ducks in a Row” to get key information organized for one’s heirs; a popular series of wine tastings; and many more events designed to give folks a taste and feel for the Lakeview community. 

     Jon and Sam both came to Lakeview Village with impressive credentials. Jon’s food service career began in New Orleans, working for Commanders Palace, DeNovo’s, and the Holiday Inn Superdome. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Foodservice Management, and he’s earned the Cordon Bleu Award for Excellence in Culinary Arts.

     Sam began his food service career in Arkansas and since has worked and managed in the food service industry at major hotels, country clubs and retirement communities throughout the nation. An avid forager, he enjoys the hunt for wild mushrooms, berries, and greens.

Investing for the Next Generation

The “conventional wisdom” of investing in your retirement years is to become more “conservative” as your age increases.  Formulas, such as limiting your percentage of investments in equities (stocks) to a number calculated by subtracting your age from 100, have been commonly used.  But as any Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) will tell you, each individual or family is unique, and these “rules of thumb” are often what you DON’T want to follow!  Personally, at age 72, about 95% of my modest wealth is invested in stocks.  Insane, you may say, but hear me out.

Many seniors make the mistake of assuming they will need all of their assets to support their lifestyle for the remainder of their lives.  For many this may be true, but if you are a typical Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) resident, there may be a significant portion of your wealth available to pass to the next generation.  In this case I would argue the “conservative” investment philosophy is tantamount to robbing that future generation of significant wealth.

Incidentally, being able to maximize the wealth passed to the next generation is another benefit of living in a CCRC like Lakeview Village.  With the major financial risk of long term care expenses mitigated through the LifeCare contract, future financial needs are much easier to forecast, and a CFP® is in a much better position to help you determine what portion, if any, of your wealth might be available for the next generation (or for a charitable cause for which you have a particular passion).

The logic for “conservative” investing in later years is a sound one, assuming the principal of your investments will be needed to support your lifestyle.  Stock market prices are volatile, and you don’t want to sell a lot of stock shares when the market is down.  But what if your lifestyle requires only the earnings (interests, dividends and price appreciation) of your investments?  Research studies have shown that so long as the amount you withdraw each year from your investments is modest (at most 4% to 6%), the principal, if wisely invested, should continue to grow over the long term. 

So while even a diversified group of stocks may be subject to significant, short term fluctuations in market value, if you are managing the rate of withdrawal (which may require you to sell stock shares from time to time) the short term changes in value are of little concern.  You are still keeing the vast majority of your shares, so that when the market “recovers” value, those shares will recover also. To put this into perspective, the longest period of time the stock market has taken to recover its former value is about 4.5 years, and many patient investors have demonstrated the ability to endure this short term “pain” in order to get the long term gain.        

Now consider the impact of the investment planning suggested above; that is, identifying an amount of wealth that might be available to the next generation, and investing that “wisely” rather than “conservatively”.  If you invest only in C D’s, Money Market funds, etc., you will be fortunate to even keep up with inflation!  This means you will be invading the principal each time you withdraw funds to support your lifestyle, and the danger of outliving your money becomes a real one!

But if your needs require only 4% to 6% of your investment balances to be withdrawn each year, investing in stocks has the potential (based upon history going back to 1926) of earning 5% to 7% above historic inflation (which has averaged about 3% over that same timeframe).   For example, if you have an investment of $500,000 which you plan to pass to the next generation, and that passage is delayed 15 years, even at an average 5% annual rate, that $500,000 grows to over a million, double the purchasing power of that money!  

Still want to keep all your money in C D’s?  You might want to call your CFP® for a better plan!       

Lakeview Manager’s Fun Events Encourage Community, Vanquish Boredom

Chinese New YearSince Shellie Sullivan came on board as community life manager about seven years ago, residents at Lakeview Village have come to expect a full schedule of fun, even fantastic events. Armed with a hospitality background, the former teacher and Lakeview volunteer puts her experience and energy to work orchestrating events that range from wine tasting to casino parties.

 “Anything that goes on here, Shellie helps with and you know it will be fun,” said resident Barbara Joiner. “You can’t be bored at Lakeview unless you want to!” read more

Why Lakeview LifeCare? Peace of Mind, Fun Times

It might be an understatement to say Lakeview Village resident Ken Smith has a full dance card. He’s part of a book club, volunteers for various organizations and is admittedly coming to the realization that he must pass on events more often because he has more social options than time to do them all. It’s a nice problem to have and quite different from his situation a little more than two years ago, when Smith was spending the lion’s share of his time alone, reading or performing tedious maintenance on an aging and oversized home. Still, all the rediscovered fun and fulfillment is not the primary reason Smith is happy with his decision to move into the Kansas community two years ago—at best, it is a distant second best to the peace of mind he gets from the community’s LifeCare contract. 

“What I feel best about is the lifelong healthcare,” Smith said. “I don’t have to worry about healthcare if I can’t be independent anymore at some point. My son and my family don’t have to worry about it. I’m so happy to be able to tell him he doesn’t have to worry about taking care of my health if I ever have a fall or become ill. I’m going to be OK.”

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Not Your Cookie Cutter Grandma
Eunice Litchfield

Eunice Litchfield

During her days as an elementary school teacher, Eunice Litchfield maintained control of her classroom. Now in her retirement years, Eunice continues to take charge of her life.

In 1998, Eunice made one of her best decisions. She packed her belongings and moved to Lakeview Village.

“I didn’t want my kids to worry about me and I didn’t want the troubles of maintaining a home,” says Eunice. “I’m glad I made the decision on my own.”

Eunice also made a decision to be a participant in everything available to her.

“I involve myself in as much as I can,” says Eunice. “I feel if you’re bored, it’s your own fault.” read more

Residence Feature: The Garden Cottage

Once you’ve made the decision to move to Lakeview Village, the fun begins! It may have been decades since you’ve last moved into a new home; selecting your own floor plan and finishes can be an exciting process. Lakeview Village offers a variety of residence options to fit your unique preferences. From apartment homes to patio homes, Lakeview Village has homes that fit almost any lifestyle.

One housing option at Lakeview Village is a Garden Cottage. These cottages feature floor plans that range from a cozy 800 square feet to a spacious 1,325 square feet. We call them cottages because it truly brings to mind a vision of what these charming homes have to offer. read more

Why Choose Lakeview Village? The Neighborhood Feel.

At Lakeview Village, no one is spending their retirement sitting home alone, twiddling their thumbs. Residents are too busy taking advantage of all that our 100-acre neighborhood in suburban Lenexa, Kansas, has to offer. Our active seniors are often spotted loading their trunks with golf clubs, heading out to continuing education classes or tending the community garden; they enjoy all the benefits of a worry-free retirement here because they no longer have to burden themselves with mowing a yard, shoveling snow or keeping up with other pesky home improvement projects.  read more

Introducing the Patio Homes!

If you’ve visited Lakeview Village recently, you may have noticed that there’s a bit of construction going on. It’s an exciting time for us at Lakeview Village – we’ve broken ground on our brand-new patio homes!

The new energy-efficient European design features a spacious two-car garage, zero-step entry, a landscaped yard, generous patio, two bedrooms, two baths, a separate office, a large walk-in closet, vaulted ceilings, gourmet kitchen, hardwood floors, optional basement finish, and much more in an airy, open floor plan.

We’re starting to see some real progress on the patio homes, and we’re excited to share this journey with you. Here’s a sneak peek at the journey – starting with groundbreaking. 

Glenn Dooley, Connie Andrews, Doug Himebaugh and Peg Himebaugh pose with their shovels at the Patio Homes groundbreaking. (photo credit: Jim Maidhof)


The whole team came out for the groundbreaking – from left: Matt Wild, architect with Gastinger Walker Harden + Bee Triplett Buck; Matt Nierman, facilities manager at Lakeview Village; Jamie Frazier, president and CEO of Lakeview Village; Glenn Dooley and Connie Andrews, future Lakeview Village residents; Doug and Peg Himebaugh, future Lakeview Village residents; Colette Panchot, director of sales and marketing at Lakeview Village; Larry Maxwell, president of City Builders. (photo credit: Jim Maidhof)

 After the first week or so of construction, you can start to really see the patio home taking shape. Here are images of the driveway, footing, and rebar for structural support. 

The path for the driveway (photo credit: Doug Himebaugh)


It’s a rebar forest! (photo credit: Doug Himebaugh)


The floor plan is all laid out. (photo credit: Doug Himebaugh)

 The  Himebaugh’s next trip to see the property showed a dramatic change:  instead of just rebar, there were walls.  

(photo credit: Doug Himebaugh)

 Keep checking back for more updates on the patio homes construction – we can’t wait for you to see the finished product!

Special thanks to Doug Himebaugh for providing photographic updates.