Posts by: Nancy Kotarski

May 10, 2019

Celebrating Mothers

As spring turns toward summer and Mother’s Day draws nearer, our thoughts turn to those who have nurtured, loved and supported us throughout our lives. Let’s take a moment to reflect, celebrate and remember with a look back on the women who have helped us become who we are today. We offer thanks to Paul […]

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May 9, 2019

Chair Volleyball is Taking The Fountains by Storm

Six months after introducing chair volleyball to our repertoire of programs at The Fountains, the residents have embraced this wildly fun sport! In fact, the game has become so popular that we now offer the game every Thursday afternoon, and our friends from The Gardens have begun joining Town Center residents in playing the game. […]

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May 9, 2019

The Joy of Music

When the Portage Senior Band drops by to perform for us, the whole community finds itself having a grand time. During their most recent visit they had all of us clapping, singing and smiling ear to ear as we enjoyed musical selections from Broadway favorites to patriotic tunes. Our Gardens and Springs residents particularly loved […]

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April 29, 2019

Talented Young Musicians Delight Residents in a Special Concert

The Kalamazoo Kids In Tune provided a beautiful concert for residents this month. Working hand in hand with Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo Public Schools, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra offers this innovative after-school orchestra and youth development program serving 1st – 9th grade students. The concert they presented was both challenging and engaging, […]

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April 28, 2019

Life Storytellers Program Features Reminiscences of Life in France

One of our favorite ongoing Watermark University programs in the Town Center is the Life Storytellers program. Initiated by former resident, Mary Ida Hunt in 2016, this class has now featured dozens of our residents sharing stories from their lives. Recently, Monique Coyne shared a beautiful story of her life growing up in France. Through tales of […]

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April 27, 2019

Dancing Our Way to Good Health with Ken

Our personal trainer has a trick for getting the ladies to move, dancing with them for the last part of each exercise session. Check out the smiles on these ladies faces from The Inn! It doesn’t matter what limitations they have, or how “mature” they may be (Adelyn is 104!). You can see from their […]

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April 16, 2019

Young and Old Enjoy Hunting for Eggs at The Fountains at Bronson Place

On Sunday, April 13, Mother Nature gave the state of Michigan a break and blessed us with sunny weather for an Easter Egg Hunt in our courtyard. Hosted by the local Quota Club, (an organization dedicated to serving hearing impaired children), we stuffed nearly 800 plastic eggs with candy and hid (or rather distributed) them […]

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March 27, 2019

April 2019 Community Life Calendars & Newsletters

Take a peek into our April calendar and find out what great programs and events are happening this April. From poetry and new fitness programs, to fantastic outings and musical events, you won’t be disappointed!

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March 18, 2019

Let’s Start Something New This Spring

We’re eager to welcome spring and the wonderful opportunities it can bring to connect, learn and engage. Whether you plan to learn something new, renew your outdoor walking routine, flex your green thumb or meet a new friend, the return of spring offers the perfect chance to get a fresh start. Here are some ideas […]

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March 12, 2019

A Farewell to Our Beloved Director of Dining Services

Andy Mitchell has led the Dining Services Department at The Fountains at Bronson Place since the building opened in 1990. He has seen residents, directors and associates come and go for 29 years, and finally decided it was time to retire. In honor of Andy’s dedicated work, our community held a special Happy Hour reception […]

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March 12, 2019

Bronson’s Got Talent…And We’re Not Afraid To Show It!

Last month the residents and associates at The Fountains at Bronson Place showed off their talent in the fifth annual Bronson’s Got Talent showcase. The acts ranged from corny jokes and farce from our host and Readers Theatre troupe, to instrumental and vocal numbers by both associates and residents. The highlight of the evening was […]

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February 22, 2019

Join Us for Read Across America Day

Oh, the places you’ll go! Join us Saturday, March 2 as Watermark celebrates Read Across America Day and the birthday of Dr. Seuss. We have fun activities planned for readers of all ages. Whether you love to read a funny story to preschoolers or prefer discussing the latest novel with other adults, there’s a way […]

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February 21, 2019

Declutter to Help Others

Do you have too much stuff? You can declutter your home and help others thrive at the same time. As part of Watermark Retirement Communities, we’d like to help you make the most of your unwanted possessions. Check out these suggestions from Watermark and then contact us if you need help getting started. We’re always […]

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February 12, 2019

Soup-er Bowl Fun

More than 50 residents, along with some family members and friends came out for our annual Soup-er Bowl Party. Feasting on delicious soups and chili, plus sides and other snacks, the gang had a super time together watching the game on the big screen and enjoying some quality time in the warm comfort of our […]

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February 11, 2019

Welcome Ken Dettloff, New Personal Trainer for The Fountains

The Fountains at Bronson Place is pleased to announce the newest addition to its programming staff. Personal Trainer, Ken Dettloff, has joined The Fountains as an on-site trainer and fitness instructor. In just two short weeks, Ken has made the fitness room the popular place to be! Residents have already begun participating in Ken’s classes and setting […]

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February 11, 2019

Resident Lunch & Learn – Justice for Our Neighbors

One of our most well-attended resident-led Watermark University classes lately has been our Resident Lunch & Learn. Featuring a free sloppy joe lunch for all, this program allows residents and outside speakers to present programs that inform, educate and sometimes entertain. This month’s guest speaker was resident Molly Clements, who delivered an inspiring and informative […]

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January 29, 2019

Cold Weather Safety Tips

We want everyone to be safe during this cold weather season. As part of Watermark Retirement Communities, we’d like to help you thrive by sharing a few cold weather safety tips. This article from Watermark and the National Institute on Aging offers useful information and advice to help you and your loved ones stay warm […]

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January 29, 2019

New Resident Welcome Party

A great time was had by all as we welcomed six new residents/resident couples to The Fountains at our quarterly New Resident Welcome party. The event featured introductions and opportunities for residents who have moved in over the past four months to say a few words. Our team of floor representatives, directors and others enjoyed […]

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January 28, 2019

Watermark University – Engage Your Passions and Sign Up for a Class Today!

Our Spring 2019 Watermark University program is off to a great start with some new and unique classes being held each month through April. In January, Community Life Associate Tania Kazanjian shared a tasty bit of her Armenian heritage by demonstrating the art of making Pakhlava. Another week featured a Winter Crafting class that inspired us […]

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January 17, 2019

Ringing in 2019 Country Style

We all had a great time this New Year’s Eve listening to country music and chowing down on popcorn, cold beer and other tasty delights. Check out some of the attire our residents donned to celebrate the theme and the occasion!

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December 17, 2018

Residents & Associates Enjoy a Community-Wide Holiday Celebration Together

One of the greatest events of the year for all of our residents and associates is the annual Holiday Mixer. Residents enjoy getting a chance to mingle with associates who are happy to be dressed in their holiday best and available for casual conversation as all enjoy a delicious array of appetizers and desserts throughout […]

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December 17, 2018

Silvertones Bring Holiday Cheer to The Fountains

The resident Silvertones chimes ensemble gave a lovely concert on December 12th in the Town Center Auditorium. Nearly 80 residents, family members and friends attended the concert–the sixth annual event for this dedicated group of musicians. The program consisted of both sacred and popular holiday tunes, and the mood was festive throughout. Thank you, Silvertones, […]

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November 14, 2018

Halloween Fun!

Halloween was a blast this year at The Fountains campus. It began with delightful family events in The Inn and Gardens, where family members came in costume and enjoyed live music and (of course) candy treats with the residents. Then on Halloween Day more than 70 residents from the Town Center, Inn and Gardens dressed […]

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November 6, 2018

We Salute Veterans

Words cannot express our appreciation of those who served our country. This Veterans’ Day at Watermark communities coast to coast, we continue our commitment to recording the advice, life lessons and video interviews of our veterans in residence. We welcome veterans, their families and friends to join us for our Veteran’s Day observations and upcoming […]

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October 17, 2018

WMU Occupational Therapy Students Interview Town Center Residents

What a treat we had this week as 30 students from the Occupational Therapy program at Western Michigan University met with us to learn more about the elder population before entering their careers. 16 of our residents participated in the event, which consisted of breaking up the group so that about 4 students could interview […]

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October 17, 2018

Celebrating Fall – Orchard & Cider Mill Outing

Town Center residents weren’t afraid to bear the cold as they hopped on board a hay-filled wagon to tour Verhage Apple Orchards in Oshtemo, Michigan. The wind was biting, but the colors and smells of the trees more than made up for the cold. After picking a few apples we visited the cider mill where […]

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October 4, 2018

Centenarian Featured at Resident Lunch & Learn Program

We keep telling our residents that you’re never too old to become a Watermark University instructor. Town Center resident Mary Ida Hunt takes this philosophy seriously, as she showed us yesterday at our Resident Lunch & Learn Program. Mary Ida presented a program that was both informational and humorous in front of an audience of nearly […]

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September 27, 2018

Celebrating Fall at Oktoberfest!

German beer and wine, hot apple cider, homemade soft baked pretzel bites from our kitchen, and fresh-baked ginger cookies made for a fabulous after dinner party this month in the Town Center. With the music going, we even got some to participate in the chicken dance (albeit none were brave enough to leave the table […]

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August 24, 2018

Two “Fountains” Communities, One Great City

On August 22 The Fountains at Bronson Place met up with The Fountains at Crystal Lake for a delightful day in Downtown Chicago. Meeting first for lunch at Harry Caray’s, residents from the two communities enjoyed some of the best Italian food in the city, surrounded by some great Chicago sports ambiance. Then it was […]

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July 11, 2018

Another Centenarian at The Fountains!

On June 23rd, resident Mary Ida Hunt joined the ranks of our 100 years club when she celebrated her 100th birthday! The festivities actually began in May when she attended the annual Kalamazoo County Centenarian Luncheon with another one of our residents, plus others from the Kalamazoo community. Age seems to make no difference to Mary […]

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July 11, 2018

Gardens Residents Beautify the Courtyard

We’ve got some green thumbs in The Gardens. (No pun intended!) With the beautiful summer weather we enjoy getting out in our courtyard, and in early June we took it upon ourselves to get involved in adding some colorful touches with bright, cheerful annuals. Upon completion of our task, we were asked to pose for a […]

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June 4, 2018

June 2018 Community Newsletters & Calendars

This June we will be celebrating all of the lush vegetation and beautiful wildlife while spending as much time outdoors while we can! Take a look at what’s in store for the month of June at The Fountains at Bronson Place.

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May 31, 2018

Breaking Out in Song at The Springs

Sometimes the best times we’ve had are with no planning at all. Take last week, for example, a family member stopped by for his weekly visit with his mother. Since she was busy with her caregivers, Larry popped into the lounge where residents were gathering for exercise class and asked if he could play the […]

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May 31, 2018

Celebrating our Centenarians

We were proud and pleased to celebrate our centenarians at the 2nd annual Kalamazoo Celebrate Elderhood Centenarian Luncheon. Check out our beautiful 100-year-olds (plus) at this year’s luncheon.

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April 19, 2018

Summer 2018 Watermark University Catalog is here!

The season changes once again and brings with it our most exciting Watermark University catalog to date. With almost 50 different classes with everything from Cultivate a Vegetable Garden to Easy Flow Yoga to Food for Thought to Encouraging Words Bible Study and even Introduction to the German Language, we are sure you will find something […]

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March 12, 2018

Maple Sugar Festival Fun

Residents from The Town Center attended the annual Maple Sugar Festival at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. While still a bit chilly, (it is March in Michigan), we Michiganders considered it a beautiful day–sunny with very little wind and virtually no snow on the ground. The festivities included a tour of the historic DeLano homestead, complete […]

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