Patricia Vargas, Author at Lakeview Village

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Senior Celebration 2015
Richard Catlett Scholarship Program Awards High School Seniors

For many years, the residents of Lakeview Village have taken pride in being a giving community.  And there’s no better example of that generosity than the Richard Catlett Student Scholarship program, which on April 30, 2015, awarded $35,000 to qualifying graduating high school seniors who either work or volunteer at Lakeview Village.
Jamie Frazier, President and CEO, explains that the scholarship fund is named in honor of Richard Catlett, Lakeview Village’s CEO from 1990 until 2008, because of Mr. Catlett’s support of young employees’ pursuit of higher education. Mr. and Mrs. Catlett now reside at Lakeview Village.
“Over the years, as the resident population and workforce grew, so did the number of dining room servers, most of who were high school students.  What began as a scholarship program for high school volunteers in 2005 was expanded to include scholarships for high school seniors working in the Dining Services department.”
The value and number of scholarships varies according to the funds available, as well as the number of qualified applicants. The 16 scholarship applicants this year, receiving from $750 to $3,000 each, were:

Claudia Becker
Brianna Bennett
Timmy Brill
Megan Ehrnman
Emma Franklin
Andy Hare
Kyle Hillyer
Emma Holmberg
Alexis Ridley
Megan Rongish
Roya Rostampour
Joseph Roszel
Emma Schneider
Sydney Suttles
Ben Walberg
Summer White

Senior Celebration 2015

At the award ceremony, the Lakeview Village Resident Quartet performed, including an original song written by quartet member Bob Hamilton, “The Dining Halls of Lakeview.”  Other members of the quartet included Kevin Jackson, Jackie Vogt and Rich Jewett.
The collection process is a simple one: Lakeview Village residents contribute to the fund throughout the year by placing checks in collection boxes around campus. In the weeks before the awards ceremony, the Catlett Scholarship Resident Committee – chaired by resident Barbara Joiner –interviews the students and reviews their applications.  Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. and must provide their high school transcripts, ACT and/or SAT scores, a list of extracurricular activities, and two letters of recommendation.  In addition, they must submit two personal essays that describe the effects of their service to Lakeview Village residents, their educational and life goals, and how they hope to use the scholarship in reaching those goals.
The applicants also must have shown “a dedication to Lakeview Village by displaying consistent attendance and high work standards as an employee or volunteer,” according to a list of scholarship criteria.
The scholarship recipients are exceptional young people. In addition to attending school and working or volunteering at Lakeview Village, they devote time to community service and varied school activities.
Jamie Frazier sums up how beneficial and unusual this scholarship program is: “The residents contributed $35,000, which will go to 16 applicants – $750 to $3,000 each!  How long does it take for a dining server to make $3,000? “Only at Lakeview…”

Stock Dividends – The Forgotten Stepchild
Emerson Hartzler

Emerson Hartzler

I often hear people say they have invested in bonds rather than stocks because, while the returns may be meager, “At least I get paid some interest”, as if stocks offered no immediate payout. True, some stocks don’t pay dividends, but a diversified portfolio of stocks will contain many stocks that do pay dividends, and do so quite generously! These dividends may be the most important and most overlooked part of investing. 

Analyst Eddy Elfenbein, in a recent blog post 1 notes, “Dividends tend to grow, and reinvesting those dividends gets you more shares, which begets you still more dividends. The effect may be small each week, but it adds up. Consider that in the last 20 years, the S&P 500 price index is up 348%. But the Total Return Index, which includes dividends, is up 555%.”   

Mr. Elfenbein includes the following graph, which shows the growth of the S & P 500 stock index over the past decade or so, and you can see that movements in the index, both up and down, are mirrored by similar changes in dividends. While the index grew from around 900 to over 2,000 during this period (about 220%), dividends per share on average grew from about $16 to almost $40 (about 240%).



Now that dividend yield is still only 2%, but the comparison to bonds today offers a striking contrast. Nick Murray, in his February newsletter 2 says it eloquently, “For much of January, 2015, the interest rate on the 10-year treasury broke down below 2%. Sure as you were born, a day is going to come when your grandchildren come and say, “Those days in 2015 … when stocks were actually yielding more than bonds …you had to know, right? When you could trade in a 10-year Treasury note for ownership in five hundred of the largest, best financed, most profitable companies in the world … and get ten years of dividend growth and price appreciation for free you did that with every dime you could get your hands on, right? … All that money’s got to be around here somewhere … doesn’t it?” 

While no one knows when interest rates will begin to rise, all the experts agree that when (not if) that happens, bond prices will head south. So the “safe” investments you have in bonds or bond funds aren’t really all that safe after all. You need to look at Mr. Elfenbein’s chart closely … for a long time! It could mean a great deal to you and your heirs for a very long time to come.



      1Blog post by Eddy Elfenbein, January 5th, 2015

      2Nick Murray, Interactive, Volume 15, Issue 2, February2015

Distinguished Doctors Who Call Lakeview Village Home
Seated, Dr. Betty Bashaw. From left to right: Dr. Herman Jones, Dr. Mani Mani, and Dr. John "Jack" Holt.

Seated, Dr. Betty Bashaw. From left to right: Dr. Herman Jones, Dr. Mani Mani, and Dr. John “Jack” Holt.

Doctors, despite their responsibilities, are only human. They study for many more years than most, they have families and hobbies, they work long hours, and they retire. Please enjoy these short profiles of accomplished doctors–from various areas of practice including physicians, psychiatrists and reverends—who have chosen to make Lakeview Village their home.   

      Dr. Betty Bashaw, who has lived in Lakeview’s Southridge apartments for five years, practiced as a psychiatrist. Dr. Bashaw is a graduate of the University Tennessee School of Medicine, and she completed her residency in Memphis. Her husband was in the Air Force, so she later practiced in Tripoli, Libya, for three years and then in Wichita Falls, TX.

     Dr. Bashaw’s career centered on hospital psychotherapy at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Leavenworth, KS, as well as her private psychotherapy practice in Leawood, KS.

     “Back in earlier days, women weren’t admitted to the American Medical Association,” she points out, “so there was the American Medical Women’s Association, and I was very active in that organization.” Dr. Bashaw enjoys the camaraderie at Lakeview Village and spending time with her two children and four grandchildren. She is an avid fan of PBS’s Downton Abbey. “I can’t believe I have to wait until next January for the next set of episodes!” she says. 

     Dr. Frederick Holmes and Dr. Grace E.F. Holmes are new residents of Southridge in Lakeview Village. Dr. Frederick Holmes is a native of the Pacific Northwest and graduated from the School of Medicine of the University of Washington in 1957. His subsequent training in Medicine, Hematology, and Tropical Medicine was at the University of Kansas Medical Center and the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. With his wife, Grace, a pediatrician, he served as a medical missionary of the Lutheran Church in Malaysia from 1959 until 1963 and in Tanzania (in East Africa) from 1970 until 1972. Subsequently he had an academic career at the University of Kansas Medical Center, retiring from the active practice in 2000 as the Hashinger Distinguished Professor of Medicine. During the 1990s he obtained a Master’s Degree in British History at the University of Kansas and, in retirement, has remained in academia as Professor of the History and Philosophy of Medicine.

     During his academic career, Dr. Frederick Holmes maintained a large federally funded research program in the epidemiology of cancer resulting in more than 100 publications. Since retirement, he has been active in research and publishing in the History of Medicine, focusing on medical practice in Tudor and Stuart England and military Medicine in the First World War. Musically inclined, he enjoys singing in a barbershop quartet, The Gentlefolk, and in his church choir.

Dr. Fred and Grace Holmes

Dr. Fred Holmes and Dr. Grace Holmes

Dr. Grace Holmes is a native of northern Minnesota. She graduated with a bachelor of art degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington in 1953, followed by admission into the University of Washington School of Medicine.

     She married her medical school classmate, Frederick Holmes, in 1955, and both graduated in 1957 with medical degrees. Dr. Grace Holmes’ rotating Internships followed at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and in Kansas City, Kansas. As described above, the couple studied in London and proceeded to Malaysia to work in the Lutheran Church Clinics. Dr. Grace Holmes continued her pediatric training at the University of Kansas Medical Center with Fellowship in Children’s Rehabilitation, and then joined the faculty. Later in East Africa she helped open the new Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi, Tanzania. She rejoined the Pediatric faculty on return from Africa and later also joined the Preventive Medicine faculty, continuing in both departments until her retirement in July 2000.

     She is a Professor of Pediatrics and of Preventive Medicine Emerita at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Throughout her career, her clinical, teaching and research interests reflected her pediatric training and experience with both normal and atypical growth and development of infants and young children. She very much enjoys barbershop-style and gospel singing with Fred and another couple, singing in the church choir, as well as writing. 

     Dr. John “Jack” Holt and Charlette Holt moved a brand new villa at Lakeview Village in February 2014, and they treasure time for “family and freedom.” Dr. Holt is a graduate of the University of Kansas (’61), and completed his residency at St. Francis Hospital in Great Bend, KS. He spent 24 years in internal medicine at Great Bend, and another 10 years at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Wichita. Dr. Holt also took time to teach clinics at KU before retiring in 1998.The Holts agree that their goal now is to enjoy life, play plenty of golf, and spend time with their family, which includes John Holt, evening news anchor at Fox 4 News in Kansas City. 

     Dr. Herman Jones and Barbara Jones recently moved to their Southridge apartment at Lakeview Village from nearby Lake Quivira. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Jones attended Fisk University and Meharry Medical College, where he was the only African-American intern.

     The Joneses chose Kansas City to begin his career, but they soon discovered that Kansas City’s two main hospitals were segregated, and black doctors could not treat white patients. (These two hospitals, Kansas City General I and II, are now located on the site of the Truman Medical Center.)

     Dr. Jones and his family later moved to Topeka, where he was the only black doctor on staff at two major Topeka hospitals. He completed his surgical residency at the VA Hospital in Wadsworth, KS. “The program included rotations through St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.,” he explains, “So I was the first black physician to practice there, as well as the first black doctor to serve on the St. Luke’s staff.”

     He opened his surgical practice in Kansas City, KS, and by then, Dr. Jones was practicing in all of the major hospitals in the Kansas City area. He later taught residents at the old Kansas City General Hospital I where he had been denied entrance earlier in his career.

     He retired in 2005 from the VA Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. Dr. Jones was recognized for transcending racial barriers in the field of medicine by the former Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, Kay Waldo Barnes, in an official proclamation: “…Dr. Jones is deeply respected by his colleagues, beloved by the many patients he has served over the years, and is well known as a consummate professional and an outstanding teacher.”   

Dr. Clarke Mangun

Dr. Clarke Mangun

   Dr. Clark Mangun has been a resident of Lakeview Village for 11 years. Dr. Mangun graduated from the University of Iowa in 1943. He began his career in public health, specializing in programs such as tuberculosis, cancer, and children’s health services. His family moved several times throughout his career to Minnesota, Florida and Illinois. They spent two years in Greece with American Foreign Aid, and their first of three daughters was born in Germany during that time. Dr. Mangun says what he enjoys most about living at Lakeview Village are the friendships he has made over the years.

     Dr. Mani M. Mani will move to a renovated duplex at Lakeview Village later this year with his wife, Rebekah Mani, who worked at The University of Kansas Medical Center (UKMC) as a Registered Dietician. Dr. Mani’s career began in India and blossomed at UKMC, where he was the first person from India to lead the burn center and the first person from India to become a full professor there.

     In 1960, Dr. Mani graduated from Christian Medical College in India where he trained in plastic surgery. “It is an enormous university and medical center. The 2,700-bed hospital handles about 7,500 patients per day,” he explains. In 1968, he got a letter from Dr. David Robinson, one of the founders of the Plastic Surgery program at UKMC, suggesting that he come there. Dr. Mani completed his residency there, and then he returned to India, where he became a full professor. The Mani family had planned to stay in India, but Dr. Robinson came back to India in 1972 and asked him to return to the United States to join the faculty to help establish a burn unit, which he did.

   After writing and coordinating protocols and relevant specialties for every aspect of such a unit, Dr. Mani was named Medical Director of the Gene and Barbara Burnett Burn Center. This burn protocol was later adopted as the standard of care by every city, hospital, ambulance and fire department in Kansas. Moreover, the protocol became a standard of care in India, Malaysia, and Kyrgyzstan. Dr. Mani also helped Australia write its emergency care manual and has played a role in burn care education around the world via the American Burn Association.

     Dr. Mani, retired since 2008, is as an Emeritus Professor at UKMC. He teaches courses via tele-medicine, including surgery; family medicine; and other medical specialties, which can be transmitted to virtually any place in the world. 

     The Rev. Dr. Bob Meneilly, also known as Dr. Bob, has been a powerful advocate for progress in the Kansas City area. His name is synonymous with the Village Presbyterian Church, which he and his wife Shirley founded in Prairie Village, Kansas. The first worship service took place Feb. 13, 1949, with about 300 attendees. He served as its pastor for 47 years, and retired from the ministry in 1994.

Dr. Bob Meneilly

Dr. Bob Meneilly

   The Meneilly’s dedication endures. Today the 80,000-square-foot church has a membership of nearly 5,000. The church also manages the Meneilly Center for Mission at 99th and Mission Road, which also houses a Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, and a Child and Family Development Center.

     Dr. Bob is also a founder of the Mainstream Coalition, an organization that believes in moderation in politics and the separation of church and state. The group’s creation was inspired by a sermon Dr. Bob gave in 1993, which was reprinted in The New York Times. “It was a sermon on religion, not politics,” he points out. “We believed that no one should try to impose religious beliefs on others in the form of public policy or law, otherwise, we risk becoming a theocracy.”

     Dr. Bob has spoken out consistently since the 1960s in support of civil rights, and he was instrumental in ending desegregation in Johnson County. He was also on the forefront against the war in Viet Nam when he journeyed to Paris as part of the U.S. delegation to the Paris Peace Talks.

     Today, Dr. Bob’s life has taken on a more peaceful rhythm in his Southridge apartment. He deeply misses Shirley, his beloved wife and lifetime teammate whom he lost to Alzheimer’s disease in June 2014. “I haven’t always dealt well with the grief,” he admits. “I’m gradually getting more active and becoming friends with my Lakeview neighbors. And I’m becoming more involved again, on a limited basis, in the Mainstream Coalition.” 

     Lakeview Village is fortunate to have residents of such caliber and compassion among us.

Patio Home Ushers in New Era at Lakeview Village: First Two Homes Are Nearing Completion and More Are Under Construction

Construction on the first two new Patio Homes at Lakeview Village is nearing completion, and we will break ground on the second two Patio Homes in April 2015. 

President and CEO Jamie Frazier reports that construction on the first patio home site at 9017 Salem Circle will be completed by May 2015. New residents will be moving into both homes soon after. 

“We’re very excited about this popular new home concept at Lakeview, said Jamie. “The Patio Homes have generated a lot of interest from prospective residents. 

“With the first two Patio Homes nearing completion, we are pleased that one of the second set of Patio Homes– located at 9021 Salem Circle— has already been sold, and we the second won’t stay on the market long,” he added. “These innovative homes are an exceptional value with forward-looking floor plans and amenities.” 

The twin Patio Homes represent a new concept for Lakeview Village and were inspired by modern European home designs that maximize natural light, an, open floor plan, and the union of indoor and outdoor space. Each 1,563 square-foot home features two bedrooms; two baths; a bonus room; two-car garage; and private, zero-step entrances in the front and back. The homes also have a full basement that includes roughed-in bathroom plumbing and nine-foot ceiling clearances for optional finishing. The residents of the first new homes chose to finish part of this additional living space. 

Each home is designed with an open floor plan featuring 12- foot cathedral ceilings in the main room, gourmet kitchen with a 3 x 8 eat-at island, huge master walk-in closet, hardwood floor option, and many tall windows for natural light, including a corner window in the master bedroom. The homes are named for their generous patio with attractive landscaping. 

The Patio Homes are very well-appointed, fully accessible, and energy-efficient. Privacy is a major element, as there is only one adjoining wall. The Patio Homes are also insulated with spray foam rather than the more commonly used insulation batting. The resulting efficiency will provide residents a more comfortable living environment, as well as energy savings.

Chaplain Quentin Jones

Chaplains lead a multi-tasking life. They minister to other’s spiritual and emotional needs in a unique way, because they have to be able to distinguish between their own spiritual needs and beliefs, and those of the people they serve.    

ChapJones 2The Rev. Quentin B. Jones, Lakeview Village’s Chaplain and Director of Chaplaincy Services, believes his responsibility is to assist those he serves – including residents, their families, and Lakeview staff and their families – to grow and learn within their religious beliefs and practices.

     When Chaplain Jones conducts the ecumenical 9:45 a.m. Sunday service at the Lakeview Village Chapel, there are 135-140 people in attendance who represent 35-40 different denominations.    

“I don’t attempt to proselytize or promote one denomination or another,” he explains. “My job is to facilitate understanding. For example, at Easter, I try to make the most of the highest holiday on the Christian calendar as an affirmative ecumenical celebration. While the service is Christian, it can enhance everyone’s understanding of those things we all hold in common.”

     This year, on April 5, Easter falls on the first Sunday of the month, which also happens to be the Sunday each month when the Sacraments are celebrated in the Lakeview Village Chapel. “That makes Easter Sunday even more important to us this year,” he says.

    Chaplain Jones’s background and experience in education, pastoring and chaplaincy provide a solid grounding for his work here. Four times a week he conducts Bible study groups. He is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and with advanced training from the International Critical Incident Management.

     A native of Michigan, he received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy at the University of Arizona-Tucson. His master of divinity degree came from the Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, TX; and his internship was in Clinical Pastoral Education at Memorial Medical Center, Corpus Christi, TX. He was ordained in 1975 at the Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Corpus Christi; and he was endorsed as a Chaplain in 1989.

     He has served in churches in Corpus Christi; Shreveport, LA; El Dorado, AR; and locally as the senior pastor of the Merriam Christian Church for 12 years. He also was the Chaplain of the Merriam Fire and Police departments.

     He has been Lakeview’s Chaplain for 14 years and is a former member of its Board of Directors (1995-2001). He continues as a member of Lakeview’s Palliative and Community Care teams. He is a member of the Johnson County Critical Incident Management Team, and he serves as parliamentarian of the Community of Hope International Board of Directors.

     Chaplain Jones is the familiar face of faith at Lakeview Village, and he relishes every minute, whether it’s light-hearted or heavy with emotion.

     “I try follow in the footsteps of those visionary religious leaders who founded Lakeview in 1964 with the mission of enhancing the lives of its residents both physically and spiritually. I can’t imagine a better place to be, or a better way to serve.”

Ridgeview Village: Much more than a place called “home”
Ridgeview Village

Ridgeview Village

Lakeview Village and Ridgeview Village have been “sister communities” since Lakeview Village helped found this Olathe-based community for seniors with lower incomes in 1997. Today, Ridgeview Village is much more than “home” to older adults: it is colorful rain barrels and gardens and Bible study classes and volunteers and meetings and neighbors and . . . well, just about everything that goes into a happy, active and healthy lifestyle in Johnson County.

     Michelle Wilson, Executive Director of Ridgeview Village, emphasizes “healthy” when she describes the environment there.

     “Aging well is what we’re all about, regardless of a community member’s level of income,” she explains.” Ridgeview is the result of recognition that many older adults cannot afford to live in traditional retirement communities.”  

     It all started when a former county director of Human Services and Aging Division approached the Lakeview Village Board and inquired about their sponsoring a housing project to support seniors with limited incomes. Under a government program that financed the construction costs, Ridgeview was opened in late 1997. The program established a 40-year contract for senior housing, and today Ridgeview Village sits on land leased from Johnson County for $20 a year.

   The first phase, Ridgeview I, included 42 one-bedroom apartments within a main one-story building and two six-plexes. When the need for more housing became evident, Lakeview Village sponsored a campus expansion in April 2003, a 65-unit, two-story building adjacent to phase I. According to Michelle, there’s a 6-12 month wait to get into an apartment.

Residents enjoying a game of cards.

Residents enjoying a game of cards.

“Ridgeview Village has become a popular location for senior living, thanks to the marvelous support we get from Lakeview Village. Although Ridgeview is governed by its own board of directors and each building is owned by a separate 501c3 corporation, we could not do without the involvement of Lakeview’s Board of Directors, its President and CEO Jamie Frazier, and staff in many departments, such as Community Services and Facilities. We are blessed with a back-up system when needed, whether its grief counseling, blood pressure clinics, or transportation for resident shopping trips. We also appreciate Nelson Rumore, Executive Director of the Lakeview Village Foundation, for helping to raise funds for our resident activities.”

     Michelle manages the community with the help of Connie Stiles, Service Coordinator; Gayle Whitehurse, Occupancy Specialist; and the Building Services team, Jon Kittleson and Randy Burns. A cohesive team, they each pitch in when needed to take good care of the 109residents on the campus.

     “This year we’ll be continuing the upgrade of Ridgeview I, including tearing off old wallpaper, re-painting, and landscaping improvements. We are always making upgrades and improvements to make life better and healthier for our residents.”

     Volunteers also play a key role at Ridgeview Village.    

The garden at Ridgeview Village.

The garden at Ridgeview Village.

Ridgeview’s board chairperson, Ray Makalous, initiated a Giving Grove at Ridgeview where apple trees were planted and will be harvested by members of the community. In addition, Eagle Scouts have helped improve the garden area with various projects such as refinishing the garden benches, adding a memorial rose garden, and helping with irrigation. Other supporters, such as the Shawnee Mission Northwest Art Honor Society, painted a colorful rain barrel for use by the Ridgeview Village gardeners.

     “We keep a busy pace here,” says Michelle. “That’s what well- being is all about.”

The Joys of a Very Long Life (If you can afford it!)
Emerson Hartzler

Emerson Hartzler

A few years ago my friendly cardiologist told me he had good news and bad news for me. The good news: I was gaining only about 1 pound per year. The bad news: If I lived as long as my father, I would need a double-wide casket. Now generally we think of a long life as a good thing, but in matters of weight control and finances, it is a double-edged sword indeed. 

For those of us who are depending upon our investments to help support our lifestyle over a very long retirement period, the question of whether we will outlive our financial assets is an important issue. So the fact that residents of Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC’s) live five years or so longer than the general population makes the issue all the more critical for us, the lucky ones. Incidentally, my next-door neighbor just celebrated her 103rd birthday and doesn’t appear to have slowed down much in the two years we have been neighbors! Amazing! 

So what can we do to minimize the chances we will not outlive our investments? The only practical solution I know is to invest in equities (stocks). Now I know what you’re thinking: Stocks are risky, volatile and unpredictable, all reasons we are told we should, at our advanced age, invest in bonds, not stocks. But a study of history shows a very different picture. In fact, a two-to-three-decade, two-person retirement must essentially be a battle to preserve purchasing power. Inflation is our primary enemy. 

For example, if you require $100,000 (I’m just making the math easy) each year to maintain your lifestyle, and assuming historic rates of inflation (about 3% per year) are repeated, 20 years from now that $100,000 lifestyle will cost about $180,000. Ouch! But the good news is that for the past 80 years the dividends on the S & P 500 stock index (and its predecessor until 1957, the S & P 90), have been compounding at 5.5 percent. And that doesn’t count any appreciation in the value of the shares of those same stocks. Want to beat inflation? Look no further. 

Now for the bad news. Stocks are volatile. For example, the diversified stock portfolio you own on January 1, at some point in time during an averageyear, will have decreased in value by 14%! Even in a good year when the market is up on December 31st, the intra-year decline may be 14%, and in some “bad” years the decline has been much more than 14%. (I think I can recount every one of those years in my 50 years of investing experience!) 

The lesson here is: For the money you need in the next five years, you have no business investing in stocks (I’m not totally against bonds – short-term bonds really do make good short-term investments). But since the longest time it has taken for the stock market to “recover” in my lifetime is a bit over 4 years, the money you don’t need for 5 years or more should be in stocks, where you have a fighting chance of beating inflation and preserving your wealth for the next generation, or other worthy causes you wish to support with your legacy. And for many CCRC residents that “long-term” investment money may be the majority of their wealth. 

So my advice is: See your doctor about that 1-pound-per-year weight gain, hit the gym, move away from the dinner table before you are stuffed, and put that long- term investment money into a widely diversified portfolio of stocks. No, your prosperity is not guaranteed, but you will have controlled what you have some power to control. Then you may as well rest easy. In my experience, worrying about what you can’t control has never been a profitable enterprise.

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.