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Our residents got to make their own personal pizzas! Some interesting pizzas consisted of pepperoni, bacon, sausage, olives, pineapples, and of course, lots and lots of cheese!

It was a great hit, and the residents are looking forward to the next pizza cooking club!

On April 16th, we held our Signature Spring Break Day! Our residents had a picnic and played wiffle ball! It was such a gorgeous day, and everyone enjoyed being outside in the nice weather.

Staff, residents and family all joined in during the game, and it was a blast!

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Donnie Buckler was born in St. Mary’s County on May 16, 1949. He grew up in the Great Mills area as a farm boy with plenty of brothers and sisters. Seven to be exact, including Miss Pat Gardiner, a previous resident of the month. He graduated Margaret Brant High School and, after schooling, started working at Copsley Oyster House.

Some of his work history includes plumbing, carpentry, and construction. Later on in life, Donnie began fixing up old pool tables, jukeboxes, pinball machines, and more. That soon developed into his hobby! Donnie says he really enjoys it here at Chesapeake Shores, and he loves the people here.

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Arthur “Bill” Thomas was born and raised in St. Mary’s County, and he graduated from Great Mills High School. He is a family man who enjoys playing Bingo, the slots, fishing, crabbing and having cookouts. Bill also greatly enjoys going to church. He has a daughter named Brianna, and is looking forward to seeing her graduate from his high school!

Bill worked at Pax River Naval Air Station for about 20 years, and then joined our Chesapeake Shores family about a year ago. He says he loves the residents, and they are like his family. Bill says he enjoys coming to work every day.

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August-Activities-093Tamara was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Forestville, MD.

In 1975, she graduated from Suitland Senior High School and worked for the Department of Commerce.

She later moved to Charles County to live with her grandparents while she attended Charles County Community College.

Tamara worked many different jobs out of LaPlata which included working as a Police Dispatcher. While in LaPlata, Tamara met Byron Brezina, her first husband, and conceived her first daughter, Sandra, with him.

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More than 1,000 Signature staff members registered for the recent Spirituality LearnFEST, a virtual learning conference that encouraged participants to consider the impact of spirituality, if fully activated, in a long-term care environment.

And that number doesn’t even include the many who joined in groups, in offices, breakrooms and wherever there were TVs or computers at Signature centers across 10 states to view the live broadcast. The event featured sessions that tied spirituality to numerous aspects of long-term care and health care, from clinical care to legislative involvement and the impact of spirituality in the workplace.

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Cecile grew up and attended school in the Philippines, and later obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She lived next to Norman Toledo and later married him on March 11, 1992. They have been married for 23 great years, and have two children named Normancaye and Jetticel.

In her free time, she enjoys playing computer games and spending quality time with her family. On her days off, she often cooks, cleans, does housework and other usual chores. Since working at Chesapeake Shores, she has developed a friendship with many people.

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March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among cancers that affect both men and women in the US, second to Lung Cancer.

Anyone over the age of 50 should be screened for colorectal cancer. Screening saves lives. It can detect pre-cancerous polyps in the colon and they can be removed before they turn into cancer.  Screenings can also detect cancer earlier so that treatment can be initiated. Early treatment often leads to a cure.

If you have inflammatory bowel disease or have a family history of colorectal cancer you are at a higher risk for developing colorectal cancer.  Any one over the age of 50, or those who are at higher risk due to family history or existing health conditions, should contact their physician to discuss colorectal cancer screening.

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Chesapeake Shores celebrated a Sweetheart Dance this Valentine’s Day. The room was covered with decorations and included a chocolate fountain. We then announced the elected Kings and Queens and honored them on this special day of love!

Staff, residents, and family members all participated and danced through the party. So much love was spread this Valentine’s Day!

Chesapeake Shores hosted its very first Crafts and Kids’ night on Thursday. Stakeholders brought in their children for a fun night of painting with our elders! Smiles filled the room as the children helped our residents paint birdhouses. Thank you to all those who came and helped out, and especially to all of the children!