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Pathways to Learning at Medford Leas


Welcome to Pathways to Learning at Home 2022.
We continue in our virtual format to bring you an array of programming to enjoy in the comfort of your home.
This year, Pathways to Learning At Medford Leas celebrates its Tenth Anniversary!  Yes, that’s right—in 2012, Medford Leas first introduced this program focused on lifelong learning and community engagement.  These two characteristics are so integral to the culture of Medford Leas and we are proud to continue sharing programs, albeit virtually in lieu of on campus programs.
Again, Medford Leas residents and staff have stepped up to the plate along with our community partners to develop programs for this season.   We appreciate everyone’s talents and expertise to make this happen.
Thank you for joining us and as always, we are pleased to remain connected.

Since the onset of the worldwide pandemic, Medford Leas residents and staff have stepped up to the plate to work collaboratively to develop an assortment of programming for you to enjoy from the comfort of your homes.

As you will see, the programs include presentations from a number of Medford Leas residents, staff, and community partners. We appreciate their participation.

Again, on behalf of the Medford Leas community, we appreciate your interest and support of our programming. Over the years we have developed strong relationships with members of the community and we value these interactions. We see this current season as a way to remain in touch with you.

We all look forward to the time we can be together in person again. In the meantime, please know we are thinking of you and hope you find something of interest this season.

Please let us know if you have feedback or questions about any of the programs–or perhaps you have a topic to suggest for an upcoming program? We appreciate your sharing your thoughts. Thank you

Pathways Program

Last Line of Defense-The Lumberton Nike Missile Base

Tune in to this program conducted by Jim Alexander, Medford Leas resident, as he takes us back in time to detail the history of the Nike Missile Base that was headquartered in Lumberton, NJ.  The information and images of this program are remarkable and a program not to be missed—especially for those of us who live in the area.


How the Telegraph Helped the Union Win the Civil War

Enjoy this Leas Forum program, which highlights how the telegraph was invaluable to the Union Army for their real-time communication with officers in the field.

Charles Cebula, an adjunct associate professor of STEM at Ocean County College and a professional engineer, was employed at Fort Monmouth for 38 years in the Command Controls and Communications Division.  He has a particular interest in the Civil War era.



A Visit to the Greenhouse

If you are weary of a drab January landscape, you will enjoy this tour through the Medford Leas Haddon Greenhouse with Debbie Lux, Medford Leas Horticulturalist.


Dragonflies and Damselflies

Medford Leas is proud to offer this program, developed and presented by Burlington County Park Naturalist Jen Bulava.

Over the years, The Burlington County Parks System has been and continues to be  a great partner with Medford Leas and we are proud to collaborate and share some of their programs with our Pathways audience.

To learn more about the Burlington County Parks System visit:


Napa Wines

Enjoy this program as Dr. James D’Amico, Medford Leas Medical Director, and favorite Medford Leas Sommelier discusses the wines of Napa Valley.
In the Napa Valley of California, they say “Cab is King.”  And yes, Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted grape with over 50% of the vineyards planted to this grape.  However, it is only one of 27 grape varieties that are planted throughout the valley.  Cabernet Sauvignon is followed by Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel, in that order.
You are invited to grab a bottle of your favorite Napa Valley wine-or not –and enjoy this wine class with Dr. D’Amico.


Thank you for joining us for this program. This brief history of California wine helps to set the stage for the program. Grab a bottle of anything “Napa”, and see you soon!
California produces 90% of the wine produced in the United States (Napa however only produces 4% of California wine).
Although the first recorded planting of a vineyard was back in the late 1600s, in 1779 Franciscan missionaries under the direction of father Junipero Serra planted California’s first vineyard in San Diego. Father Serra founded eight other California missions and has been dubbed the “Father of California Wine”. The variety planted which originated in Spain, became known as the mission grape (criolla) and dominated the California wine production well into the late 1800s.
California’s first documented European vines were planted in Los Angeles in 1833 by Jean-Louis Vignes, which became part of the first winery in California.
The California gold rush brought an influx of people to Northern California– many of them arrived in San Francisco. This resulted in a significant increase in demand for wine and increased wine production in that area. In the 1850s, Augustin Haraszthy, a Hungarian merchant, made several trips to import cuttings from over 100 of the greatest European vineyards and brought them to California. He is known as the founder of the California wine industry as almost single-handedly these so-called “suitcase clones” really signaled the rebirth of the California wine industry. He founded Buena Vista winery in Sonoma, which is still around today.
In Napa, John Patchett planted the first vineyard in 1854 and established a winery in 1858. In 1861 Patchett and Charles Krug, who previously worked for Haraszthy, founded his namesake winery in St. Helena. Krug became an important leader for winemaking in the Napa Valley. He also served as a mentor for Karl Wente and Jacob Beringer, both of whom became important winemakers themselves. In 1879 captain, Gustave Niebaum established Inglenook winery in Rutherford California, which was the first Bordeaux style winery in the USA. His wines won gold medals at the world’s fair in Paris in 1889.
In 1863 species of Native American grapes were taken to a botanical garden in England. These cuttings carried a species of root louse called phylloxera, which attacks and feeds on the vine roots and leaves. Phylloxera is indigenous to North America and our native vines had developed resistance. European vines however did not. By 1865, phylloxera had spread to vines in Provence. Over the next 20 years, it decimated nearly every vineyard in Europe. Total French wine production dropped about 75% between 1875 -1889. The French offered a 300,000 francs reward and evaluated over 1000 remedies including burying a live toad underneath vines, sulfides, flooding, even urinating on the vines. Finally, Thomas Munson, a horticulturist (from Texas of all places), suggested grafting the European Vitis vinifera vines on to American Vitis riparia rootstocks. Then began the long laborious process of grafting every single vine in Europe onto the roots of American vines. This saved the European wine industry from extinction. Interestingly, there are areas around the world that do not have phylloxera. Phylloxera cannot live in sandy soil. There are areas of Chile and actually in Washington State, Columbia Valley in particular which will still sell wines that say vinifera rootstock on the bottle. Meaning the European Vitis vinifera vines also have Vitis vinifera roots. Turns out that does not really mean too much. The French were afraid that American roots would effect the taste of their wine but that never turned out to be the case either.
The destruction of the American wine industry would not come from phylloxera but from prohibition. Other than individual homeowners being allowed to make 200 gallons of wine per year, the only other wine allowed to be produced was sacramental wine. Beaulieu vineyard (BV), got this contract which helped keep them alive. They are still around to this day. Actually, in Rutherford, the district is just south of St. Helena.
Therefore, people all over the country were trying to make wine in their basement and therefore grape growers in California switched to varieties that would ship well to the rest of the country. Everyone replanted their fine wine varieties with low-quality grapes. This actually persisted until the 1970s. By the time prohibition was repealed in 1933 California wine production dropped 94% from 1919 levels. While there were more than 2500 commercial wineries in the United States prior to 1920 less than 100 survived by the end of Prohibition. By 1960, that number only rose to 271. California had 713 wineries before prohibition; it took until 1986 before that many were operating again. University of California at Davis and Fresno State University assisted a new breed of wine growers who arrived in California in the 1960s and were committed to producing higher quality wines.
Andre Tchelistcheff is credited with ushering in the modern era of winemaking in California. BV founder and owner Georges de Latour hired him in 1938. He introduced new techniques such as aging wine in French oak barrels, cold fermentation, frost prevention and malolactic fermentation. One of his students was Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, a winemaker from Croatia who immigrated to north America in the 1950s.Meanwhile in Napa, some person named Robert Mondavi who was working at Charles Krug estate opened his own winery in Oakville in 1965. Although some quality wines were produced, word was not getting out until a journalist, Frank Schoonmaker, suggested to introduce the German idea of labeling wines based on the varietal rather than their region as was done in the rest of Europe. Mondavi was one of the first to label the majority of his wines by varietal (grape name).
On May 24, 1976, a blind tasting was held in Paris with a panel made up exclusively of French wine experts. After comparing six California Chardonnays with four French White burgundies, three of the top four were from California including the winner from Château Montelena (whose wine maker was Mike Grgich). When the Cabernets were evaluated Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars was ranked number one. This competition, now known as the judgment of Paris, put Napa on the map and also became the subject of a book and subsequent movie called “Bottle Shock”. Now some 45 years later here we are discussing Napa wines at Medford Leas….
Birds in Winter (Parts 4 and 5)

Raptors & Woodpeckers (Part 4)

Adapting to a Changing World (Part 5)

Continuing our sharing of programs from our friends at the Burlington County Parks System, we wanted to share some seasonal topics for you to experience.
Please enjoy these programs dedicated to the natural environment right here in Burlington County.
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Species Spotlight – Holly and Winterberry

Continuing our sharing of programs from our friends at the Burlington County Parks System, we wanted to share some seasonal topics for you to experience. 
Please enjoy these programs dedicated to the natural environment right here in Burlington County.
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A Virtual Walk on the Lumberton Campus Trails

The Lumberton Trails are a component of the Barton Arboretum and Nature Preserve.   The Nature Trails and Site Committee Chair, Marty Smith, shares a virtual walk and tour of the nature trails on the Lumberton Campus.  Marty, a resident for over 6 years will share the trail system developed and maintained over the years by a group of Lumberton Campus residents.  Approximately 40 acres of this 88-acre campus are preserved to be enjoyed by foot on the trail system.


Spiritual Opportunity of De-Cluttering

We all struggle to some degree with “clutter” in our lives—both physical and emotional.  The process of “de-cluttering” is intended to lighten one’s burden that these items can sometimes bring.

Abigail Burford formed her business, “Lighten Up” as a way to help others through life’s inevitable transitions.  Abby provides professional assistance by working with clients who have a desire to lighten their burden.  The goal of this clearing out process is to leave individuals with a functional and healthy live space.  The “light” symbolizes a sense of inspiration, guidance, and humor to what can be a challenging scenario.

Her mindful exercises allow individuals to evaluate and reflect on the objects and treasures people tend to hold onto.

Taking the first step to lightening up is never easy, but with today’s program, you will get some ideas as to how to move forward.

Abigail is a member of the Religious Society of Friends, and holds the tenets of simplicity ,non-violence and integrity in her life.

Learn from Abigail Burford, how to de-clutter your life.

Autumn Leaves & Birds in Winter Program Series

Again this month, we are most appreciative of our friends at the Burlington County Parks System for allowing us to share their programs with you.  Please take a look at these programs dedicated to the natural environment here in Burlington County.
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Medford Leas Bluebird Project

Learn how a group of residents improved the lives of bluebirds on the Lumberton Campus this past year.  A wonderful program developed and implemented by the Medford Leas Birders.
Featuring Suzan Preiksat and Robert Koch, Lumberton Campus residents.


My Fair Lady

We again thank Danielle Boyd, Medford Leas Music Therapist, for sharing this program on the musical “My Fair Lady”.
Not only will you learn about the songs, but Danielle will highlight many familiar tunes for you to enjoy.
Thank you Danielle as always for sharing your talents with our residents and members of the local community.


Arch Street Meetinghouse

This program today is a great way for us to connect with  our Quaker roots. Sean Connolly is the Executive Director of the Arch Street Meeting house Preservation Trust. Arch Street Meeting House at Fourth and Arch Streets in Old City is one of the largest Quaker Meetinghouses in the world. It hosts over 30,000 visits from school students and tourists each year and has been central to Quakerism and key events in American history for over 200 years.
The Arch Street Meetinghouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, and declared a National Historic Landmark in 2011. Join Sean as he discusses the buildings fascinating history and the legacy of Quakers throughout Philadelphia’s history.
Balance for Older Adults

Balance for Older Adults is a program that truly exemplifies resident engagement. This program will give you some tips to improve your balance and thus help to prevent falls. As you would before beginning any exercise program, we suggest that you connect with your primary care provider to secure clearance for undertaking any new exercise program.  
Each year, millions of older adults—those 65 years and older—fall.  Statistics from the government show that more than one out of four older adults fall each year, but the challenge is that less than half report this to their health care provider.  While many falls do not cause injuries, one out of five falls does cause a serious injury such as a broken bone or a head injury.  The result of these injuries can make it difficult for one to go about their normal activities.  Many people who fall can become afraid of falling.  This fear may cause a person to cut down their normal activities, and when a person is less active, they can become weaker and actually increase their chance of falling.  
So, what is one to do to manage this challenge of falling?  Well improving your balance is a great step forward.   This class is geared to help you build your strength, which will then help you to improve your balance.  Balance Training has moved from a trend, to a staple in fitness programs.  A core tool in reducing the risk of falls, balance training combined with strength and flexibility activities can help all adults to maintain stability during daily activities.

Goldenrod- A Sign of the Fall Season to Come

Medford Leas is proud to offer this program, developed and presented by Burlington County Park Naturalist Kate Forte. The Burlington County Parks System is a great partner with Medford Leas and we are proud to collaborate and share some of their programs with our Pathways audience.
To learn more about the Burlington County Parks System visit:


Introduction to the Wines of Bordeaux

Join in with Dr. D’Amico, Medford Leas Medical Director, as he hosts this program on the topic of the wines of Bordeaux. Not only is he a highly acclaimed and appreciated physician, he is also a noted connoisseur of wines.
Bordeaux produces arguably the most famous and highly coveted wine blend in the world. Like many regions with a long history, there is a lot to learn. So, buckle up for a quick zip through the grapes, appellations, climate, and history that make Bordeaux wines so sought after. It is also the home of many affordable wines, so if you would like to taste along with the program, you could consider purchasing the following wines:
  • Chateau Du Retout, 2016, Haut-Medoc (red Cabernet blend)
  • Chateau Teyssier, 2018, Bordeaux (red Merlot blend)
  • Augey, 2018, Bordeaux (white Sauvignon Blanc blend
Container Gardening

Enjoy this program hosted by Debbie Lux, Medford Leas Horticulturalist, as she shares tips on how to plant a container garden that you will enjoy through the summer.  Learn all about the theory of the filler, spiller and thriller that will make your container garden a hit for the season!
The Music of Glenn Miller

Take a journey back to the forties with the music of Glenn Miller.
Miller  was an American big-band trombonist, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1942, leading one of the best-known big bands. Miller’s recordings include “In the Mood”, “Moonlight Serenade”, “Pennsylvania 6-5000”, “Chattanooga Choo Choo”, ” A String of Pearls”, “At Last”, Kalamazoo”, “American Patrol”, “Tuxedo Junction”, “Elmer’s Tune”, “Little Brown Jug” and “Anvil Chorus”. In just four years Glenn Miller scored 16 number-one records and 69 top ten hits—more than Elvis Presley and the Beatles did in their careers.
Enjoy as Danielle Boyd, Medford Leas Music Therapist shares some favorites.

Medford Leas Nature Trails

Within the 168-acre Medford Leas Campus, there are 60 acres that comprise the Nature Preserve.  Approximately five miles of marked trails cover the woodlands as well as the Meadow.  The Medford Leas Residents Woodlands/Trails Group works diligently throughout the year to maintain the trails and to encourage residents and staff to enjoy the extensive trail system that they have developed and maintained. Join Gerry Claffie, Medford Leas resident and Chair of the Committee as he describes their work and the trails.


Historic Fair Hill

Historic Fair Hill is a peace-making green space and neighborhood revitalization organization in Philadelphia.  The group has restored and reimagined a Quaker burial ground, the resting place of great abolitionists and women’s rights advocates.  Through school partnerships, community events, tree planting, and seven community gardens, they carry forward their work for justice and peace.
Jean Warrington, Executive Director of the non-profit group, is joined by Sally Harrison, President of the Board of Trustees as they discuss the history, current events and goals of the organization.
Barton Arboretum and Nature Preserve-Celebrating Forty Years

Often around Medford Leas you may hear the expression—April is for Arboretum!  It is a wonderful time of the year to celebrate the Arboretum and all that it offers. This program will highlight a bit of the history of the origin of the Arboretum as well as share various components and relationships that have developed over the years.
Stories of Slavery in New Jersey

Thanks to our Leas Forum Committee for engaging Rick Geffken on the topic Stories of Slavery in New Jersey. In this program, Geffken shares his research to explain the reasons for the little known fact that New Jersey was in 1866, the last northern state to abolish slavery,
Geffken has written numerous articles on various aspects of New Jersey history for local newspapers, magazines and newsletters. An energetic and popular speaker, he has spoken at the New Jersey History & Historic Preservation symposia, Rutgers and Monmouth Universities and dozens of libraries and historical societies throughout the Garden State.

Gardening for Older Adults

Gardening is a wonderful activity for all ages, but especially for older adults.  Enjoy this program to learn why it gardening is so beneficial, as well as a number of tips and techniques to make this fun activity as enjoyable as possible.


Great Decisions

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs.  The name is shared by a national civic-education program, administered and produced by the Foreign Policy Association.  The Medford Leas Residents Association invites you to join in the Great Decision Series that runs through April.  The programs highlight thought provoking foreign policy challenges facing American today.
A Medford Leas resident will present information related to the scheduled topic, followed by a recently produced video of experts being interviewed on the specific subject. We know how important current events are to our residents as well as members of the local community, so we hope that this series is meaningful to you.
April 1  China’s role in Africa:  The Covid-19 crisis has put a massive strain on what was a growing positive economic and political relationship between China and the continent of Africa. As Chinese President Xi Jinping’s centerpiece “Belt and Road Initiative” continues to expand Chinese power, the response to the spread of Covid-19, as well as the African government’s growing debt to China, has seen pushback. What are some of the growing economic and political issues between China and Africa?
April 8  The Korean Peninsula:  The Korean Peninsula is facing a defining era. Attempts by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump to repair the rift between North and South have lost any momentum as Pyongyang continues to test long-range missiles for its nuclear weapons program. As the rift between the U.S. and China grows further, South Korea may end up in the middle of the two superpowers. What does the future hold for the U.S. relationship with the ROK?
April 15  Roles of international organizations in a global pandemic:  The Covid-19 pandemic has thrust the World Health Organization (WHO) into the limelight, for better and for worse. While some of the Trump administration’s criticism of the organization is unfair, the response to the early stages of the pandemic left many experts wanting more from the WHO. What is the WHO’s role in responding to international pandemics? What can be done to improve the WHO’s response to future global health crises?
April 22 The end of globalization?:  With the passing of the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s America First doctrine, protectionist policies have become more prevalent, challenging globalization. What is globalization and how will it be affected by protectionist trade policies? How will the United States and the world be affected by such policies? Is globalization really at an end, or in need of a refresh?


Barton Arboretum and Nature Preserve-Celebrating Forty Years

Often around Medford Leas you may hear the expression—April is for Arboretum!  It is a wonderful time of the year to celebrate the Arboretum and all that it offers. This program will highlight a bit of the history of the origin of the Arboretum as well as share various components and relationships that have developed over the years.
Music and Cognitive Fitness Exercises

Join in this program to experience the musical talents of Danielle Boyd, Medford Leas Music Therapist as she shares on the topic of how music can play a role in cognitive fitness exercises for the brain.
Artifacts-  Forgotten Stories of the Delaware Valley

Artifacts-a program developed by the Leas Forum Committee is an eye-opening collection of Delaware Valley history, lovingly extracted from the region’s rich heritage of items that have not always gotten proper attention or, in some cases, have been ignored completely.  
Having presented a number of times, Hal Taylor is a favorite Leas Forum speaker. He has been a graphic artist for over 30 years — researching, writing, and creating artwork for his books, including Before Penn, an early history of the Delaware Valley.  Incorporating a love of history, this project reveals interesting facts related to this area. 

Great Decisions

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs.  The name is shared by a national civic-education program, administered and produced by the Foreign Policy Association.  The Medford Leas Residents Association invites you to join in the Great Decision Series that runs through April.  The programs highlight thought provoking foreign policy challenges facing America today. 
A Medford Leas resident will present information related to the scheduled topic, followed by a recently produced video of experts being interviewed on the specific subject.
We know how important current events are to our residents as well as members of the local community, so we hope that this series is meaningful to you.
March 4 –  Global Supply Chains and National Security:   The shutdown of global supply chains due to the Covid-19 pandemic brought to the fore an issue with the high level of global economic interdependence: what happens when one country is the main source for an item, say face masks, and then can no longer supply the item? Countries suddenly unable to meet the demand for certain supplies are faced with growing calls for economic nationalism. What are some of the lasting effects that the pandemic could have on global supply chains and trade? How would this affect national security?
March 11-  Persian Gulf Security:  The Persian Gulf remains tense as the rivalry between the regional powers of Saudi Arabia and Iran continues. Tensions escalated in early 2020 as the United States began to intervene in the Gulf, launching an airstrike that killed two Iranian military commanders. What are the historical influences that have led to these tensions? What role, if any, should the United States play? Is using military force a viable foreign policy option for 2021 and beyond?
March 18-  Brexit and the European Union:   With the “Brexit transition period” coming to an end, the United Kingdom  formally left the European Union at the start of 2021. With negotiations between the two entities continuing to stall, what does the future of Europe and the UK look like? Will the UK survive a possible Scottish vote to leave? Who will step up and take command of Europe now that Angela Merkel is out of the spotlight? 
March 25-  The Fight Over the Melting Arctic:  Former U.S. President Donald Trump left many scratching their heads when it was rumored that he was looking to purchase the large island nation of Greenland from Denmark. While any potential deal seems highly unlikely, the event shows the changing opinion within the U.S. government toward engagement with the Arctic region. Because of climate change, large sheets of arctic ice are melting, exposing vast stores of natural gas and oil. With Russia and China already miles ahead with their Arctic strategies, can the U.S. catch up?


How to Maximize Your Hearing and Listening

Join in to learn about new innovations and techniques!
Almost 40 million Americans have hearing loss.   For most, recognizing and addressing it can be hard–but you are certainly not alone. Changes in hearing can negatively impact our participation in life and are associated with other healthcare issues including social isolation.  This session will focus on how modern hearing solutions can improve not only your hearing but your quality of life.  Did you know that we hear with our brains?  Or that changes in hearing can make you tired at the end of the day?  You will learn about that and more in this informative session. Information is power. This program will help to equip you on your journey to better hearing.
Maegan Mapes, Au.D., brings to the program 22 years of clinical experience in many different settings such as hospitals, ENT practices, and schools.  She has also been an adjunct professor at Richard Stockton University for the last 4 years.  Dr. Mapes is currently employed by the hearing aid company Oticon as an education and training specialist, where she educates audiologists and hearing instrument specialists about the latest hearing aid technology.

Invasive Insects in Burlington County

Presented by Park Naturalist Jennifer Bulava. In this  presentation, learn about some of the invasive species of insects that have made their way to New Jersey.  Learn how to recognize them, how they got here, and what we can do to help diminish their spread.
Spotted lanternfly, emerald ash borer, Japanese beetle, Hemlock wooly adelgid, gypsy moth, and brown marmorated stink bug will be highlighted.


Virtual Geology Tour of Main Street – Mt. Holly, NJ

Join in to experience a virtual guided geology tour of the historic buildings found along Main Street in Mount Holly, New Jersey.  Presented by Pierre Lacombe, a retired USGS geologist. Pierre will discuss the local rock used to construct the Historic Prison Museum and other early buildings in Mount Holly, as well as the bricks and other local building materials. Learn why there is a Mount in Mount Holly and many other interesting geologic facts pertaining to this area.
Thanks to our friends at the Burlington County Parks System for collaborating with us to share this program.  For additional programs, visit:

Danielle Boyd and the Music of Frank Sinatra

Francis Albert Sinatra has been heralded as one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. Undoubtedly, he is one of the best-selling music artists of all times, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.
American music critics have called Sinatra “the greatest singer of the 20th century”, and he continues to be seen as an iconic figure.
Thanks to the talents of Danielle Boyd, Medford Leas Music Therapist, this program will offer you a selection of Sinatra’s best known hits.
We know that many of these songs will bring back memories of good times and we hope you enjoy this program.


A Special “Happy New Year” Program to Our Medford Leas Residents & Pathways Participants

This program features Dr. James D’Amico, Medical Director, Medford Leas Health and Wellness, as he shares his knowledge and expertise about champagne, helping us to welcome in the New Year.
MECHA Chocolates—Give in to that Craving and Enjoy

Chocolate is one of the most popular sweets of all time.  Some people crave it, others hoard it and Aztec kings were said to have been the first to eat it.  Join in this program to explore the basics of chocolate and learn of some of the benefits associated with this delectable treat.
Remember—moderation is key as you enjoy chocolate, but why not learn about this treat so you can appreciate it even that much more.
In this video, we visit Melissa Crandley, Owner/Chocolatier, of MECHA, to learn the ins and outs of chocolate.  Melissa has taken what was a passion for chocolate and developed it into a business with a store front in Haddonfield, NJ.  MECHA marries her background in culinary arts along with her interest in chocolate to bring together a variety of chocolates—some are sweet and salty, and others offer a savory note.  No matter which you sample, you are sure to enjoy the finest ingredients which are used to create natural and individually crafted chocolates.
The Benefits of Walking

This program features Dr. Jeff Ranalli, a member of our Medford Leas Health and Wellness Team—as he is out and about on our Medford Campus on our Woodlands Trails.
Dr. Jeff will share information for all of us to enjoy, with the goal of encouraging viewers to begin a walking program of their own.
We all know the importance of exercise, but in this program, you will learn the specific benefits of walking and how you can begin your own program.

The Tocks Island Dam Story-  Death of a Small NJ Town & Way of Life

In 1955, major hurricanes caused massive damaging flooding of the Delaware River.
In response, the Army Corps of Engineers proposed to build a dam at Tocks Island, above the Delaware Water Gap, to control flooding, provide improved water supplies, and promote recreational opportunities. The Corps acquired 72,000 acres of property, making use of eminent domain, and some 15,000 residents were forced out of their homes. Bitter lawsuits and political battles ensued. The issue provided a major impetus for the early environmental movement.
The dam was not built, a number of small towns and historical ways of life were disrupted forever. This presentation focuses on the impact of the project on Pahaquarry, NJ, the town that would have been mostly inundated — a place rich in pre-colonial history and mysteries.  Ultimately, the town was forced to abandon its municipal existence.
The story is told through public documents, extensive newspaper reports, and the words of the last remaining residents of the town. It completes with an unexpected ending concerning the last Mayor of Pahaquarry and the current state of the land as an underfunded National Recreation Area.
James Alexander Jr.  is a resident of Medford Leas and lives on the Lumberton Campus.  An accomplished researcher and presenter on historical topics, Alexander has recently presented on the topic of trains in our local area.  He earned his BA from Middlebury College and his Masters of Governmental Administration from the Wharton School.   His successful career involved state and local government management, and brings a unique perspective to this program.


Lumberton Campus Meadow Walk

Enjoy this walk to experience the Meadow on the Medford Leas at Lumberton Campus. Meadows provide habitat for butterflies, insects, birds, and small mammals and delightful vistas for all.
Without annual mowing, our meadows, would give way to pioneer trees — cedar, sweetgum, sassafras, winged sumac — and in time, become forested once again.  The Fall is an especially good time to enjoy the colors of the season.  You are invited to view this walk and be inspired by the seasonal beauty of the Barton Arboretum and Nature Preserve.
The Lumberton Campus is an extension of the Barton Arboretum and Nature Preserve.   In the summer of 2014, a project was begun to renovate the Lumberton Meadow, which had been taken over by invasive plants.  That summer, the existing vegetation was killed and removed. The entire meadow was then seeded and live plants and plugs were planted in selected areas. The plan included native grasses and wildflowers to provide a wonderful and diverse landscape for both residents and wildlife.
We are certain you will enjoy this walk with our Lumberton Campus resident Miriam Swartz.  Miriam works with a number of residents as they conduct socially distanced walks for others to enjoy as they learn more about the benefits of the Meadow.
Electoral College-  Everything You Always Wanted To Know

We decide our Presidential elections not by popular vote, but by the Electoral College. The Electoral College is a process, not a place.  The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. Your state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for your Senators.
Who are these electors and what if they don’t vote for who they are supposed to? Can’t we just abandon this “archaic system” and move to a popular vote?   This timely talk will provide you with just about everything you want to know about our Electoral College System.
Dr. Kelly Jackson is a long-term faculty member at Camden County College and has chaired their faculty governance body for 20 years.  Jackson, a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Community College Education from Rowan University and her Master’s Degree in Statistics from the University of Delaware.  In 2013, Dr. Jackson received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Rowan University.

South Jersey Camera Club Exhibit

This virtual show highlights the work of members of the South Jersey Camera Club.  We invite you to enjoy this diverse display of images from this talented group of South Jersey photographers.


Danielle Boyd and the Music of Henry Mancini

Henry Mancini, is considered to be one of the most versatile talents in contemporary music.  His name is synonymous with great motion pictures, television music, and fine recordings. During his lifetime among his many achievements he won 20 Grammy Awards, and 4 Academy awards.
Thanks to the talents of Danielle Boyd, Medford Leas Music Therapist, this program will offer you a selection of Mancini’s best known hits.
We know that many of these songs will bring back memories of good times.
POLST Form:  Making Your Wishes Known

Making your wishes known is important for individuals of all ages.  These wishes are often deeply personal and based upon your particular values and beliefs.
You will gain valuable insight on this topic from Dr. James D’Amico, Medford Leas Medical Director.  In particular, Dr. D’Amico will focus on POLST—Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment.
POLST is a healthcare planning tool that empowers individuals to work closely with their medical team to detail their wishes in terms of their personal goals and medical preferences when facing a serious illness.   Unlike other documents, such as an advance directive, a completed POLST form is an actual medical order that becomes a part of an individual’s medical record.  It is valid in all healthcare settings.
View this program to gain constructive knowledge on this important topic.   The goal of this session is to share information and to encourage participants to then engage in discussion with loved ones, family members, and healthcare professionals so that your wishes will be known and honored.

Dr. James D’Amico
Dr. D’Amico, DO, FACOI, Medford Leas Medical Director, is a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  He offers Medford Leas residents a strong and comprehensive background in internal medicine, geriatrics, rehabilitation and long-term and hospice care.  Dr. D’Amico works collaboratively with our health and wellness professionals and is proud to be the leader of the Medford Leas Health and Wellness Team.


Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults

We all know that exercise benefits all of us—no matter what our age, but how does exercise specifically benefit older adults?
Regular exercise can boost your energy, protect your heart, manage pain, improve memory and help to manage weight.  As a result of regular exercise, you may find that your mobility and flexibility is heightened, your balance improved and your cognitive function enhanced.
Join in to view this discussion between Ken Roland, Medford Leas Fitness and Aquatics Manager and Roberta Foss, Medford Leas resident, as they explore this topic.


The Morris Family:  New Jersey’s Founding Family

Morristown, Morris Plains, and Morris County are just the most obvious reminders of this influential and ubiquitous New Jersey family. From Governor Lewis Morris, our first Colonial head of the state in 1738, to his grandson, Gouverneur Morris, who wrote the Preamble to the United States Constitution, the family’s legacy in New Jersey and New York is rivaled by no others. The presentation and discussion will explore where the Morris family came from, their original settlement in Tinton Falls in Monmouth County, what they did, and interestingly, why they are so little remembered today. Rick Geffken, a popular speaker on historical topics, lives on land once owned by the Morris family and reveals little-known facts about the Morris Family and their New Jersey connections. Special thanks to our Medford Leas Residents Association Leas Forum Committee for organizing this talk.


Birds of Prey by Jen Bulava

Medford Leas is proud to offer this program developed and presented by Burlington County Park Naturalist Jen Bulava.
Learn about the hawks, eagles, falcons, vultures, and owls that reside right here in Burlington County.  You will also learn about raptor adaptations, behaviors, migration patterns and conservation efforts to bring endangered species back from the brink of extinction.
Jen is responsible for planning and conducting nature programs and all other aspects of environmental education for the public within the Burlington County Parks System.  She holds a BS in natural resource management with a specialization in conservation and ecology from Cook College, Rutgers University.
To learn more about the Burlington County Parks System visit:


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