National Guard honors Capital Manor Veterans

The Oregon National Guard and the North Salem High School Junior ROTC helped honor the 101 veterans who live at Capital Manor. More than 200 people attended the community’s annual Veteran’s Day program, including many of 101 veterans themselves. Capital Manor also recognized staff members who have served, including Staff Sgt. Kevin Phelps, a current member of the National Guard.

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Residents find numerous ways to celebrate 50 years

Over the past several months, Capital Manor has celebrated its 50th anniversary in a variety of ways. Most recently, residents, staff and community members gathered to hear from Bob Moore of Bob’s Red Mill Flour. Bob’s story is as unique and entertaining as his personality, and the afternoon was pleasantly passed listening to how Bob overcame tragedy and adversity to found a multi-million dollar company, sharing some delicious dessert made with Bob’s Red Mill oats and singing a couple of Bob’s favorite songs.


Capital Manor expands Memory Care unit to 21 beds

The secured Memory Care unit at Capital Manor received final clearance from the state of Oregon to expand from 15 to 21 beds. Each resident living in Memory Care has a private room. The increase was sought to accommodate the rising number of residents who would benefit from a secure environment. The wing was 100% occupied on the day of opening.


Residents celebrate 50 years with pancake breakfast, slideshow and concert

The community celebration is yet to come, but on August 16th, residents spent the day celebrating amongst themselves. Several members of the Board of Directors, including President Keith Weathers, greeted residents in the dining room, cooking and serving fresh, hot pancakes. Breakfast was followed by a special appearance from Senator Jackie Winters, who updated the audience on the progress made this legislative session and recognized Capital Manor for 50 years of serving seniors. A crowd gathered again in the afternoon, when Executive Director David Lewis presented the proclamation from the City of Salem as August 16, 2013 “Capital Manor Day.” Resident Irv Cross then shared his slideshow of photographs of Capital Manor over the past 50 years. The day ended with a delicious dinner and concert from an old friend and favorite, pianist Mike Strickland.

Capital Manor residents “yarn bomb” to celebrate grand opening of Fiber Arts Room.

Norma Cochran and Katie Eells, with help from others, yarn bombed the main entrance of Capital Manor. A tree, several light poles and a garbage can all found themselves snuggly wrapped in colorful yarn. Yarn bombing is form of street art, and is often found in very urban areas. “It is unusual for a retirement community to be yarn bombed,” said Norma. “Usually, this is done by much younger people!” Norma and Katie, both residents, spearheaded the redesign of the space, once crowded with unused sewing machines, spools of thread and yards of unwanted fabric. Now the room is lined with neat cabinets, a counter top for sewing machines, a cutting table, and a comfortable space for quilting bees or classes.