WEEKEND EDITION | May 22 - 25, 2020
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.  It descends from a Southern tradition where families would travel to the cemeteries where their ancestors were interred to place flowers on their graves. Often, large groups of extended families would make the trip, religious ceremonies would take place and food would be served. Decoration Day used to reflect the cycles of farm life, taking place in late summer when farm work was lightest or in autumn after the seasonal harvest.
Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, who chose May 30 as the date for Decoration Day because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890, it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South chose to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).
It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971.  This helped ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays, though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19th in Texas; April 26th in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10th in South Carolina; and June 3rd (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

Memorial Day is not – as Veterans Day is – a blanket remembrance of those who have served in the nation’s armed forces. It is specifically designated to honor those who have died while serving the country. 

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed in December 2000. It asks that at 3 p.m. local time all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of Remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps.”


The Falls Run Social Committee (FRSC) has decided out of an abundance of caution to cancel social events through summer. They are hoping by fall, some of the social distancing restrictions may be lifted and allow them to execute some of the activities slated for the remainder of the year.

As always, if you need anything or have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly by email at lara.lewis@fsresidential.com

The Falls Run Travel Committee (FRTC) has decided out of an abundance of caution to cancel the remaining trips for the 2020 season. Please stay tuned as they begin planning for 2021 and details are announced. As always, if you have suggestions, you may email them to the FRTC Chair, Sandy Gaudet at SLGaudet@verizon.net.
Play On Words

Be the first person to answer all squares correctly to win a prize!
Email me with your answers at lara.lewis@FSResidential.com

Puzzle #1's winner is Judy McCloud. Judy will have a prize in her newspaper box this evening! Kudos Judy, well done!

Puzzle #2's winner is Susanne Lazanov. Susanne had her prize dropped off in her newspaper box this afternoon! Way to go!!

Puzzle #3's winner is Kathy Fink. Kathy had her prize dropped off in her newspaper box! ROCKSTAR!

Puzzles #4 & #5 winner is Susanne Lazanov. Susanne's prize will be dropped off on next week in her newspaper box.
She's one to beat!

How to Solve a Cryptogram
If you're new to cryptograms, this brief solving tutorial will show you some of the basic methods seasoned solvers use to crack their codes. This is by no means an exhaustive list, however! Every solver is different, and each has their own favorite ways to attack a puzzle.
#1. Start with the one-letter words.
Many, if not most puzzles, will have one or more words which are composed of only a single letter. In the english language, the only two commonly used one-letter words are  I  and  a , so it's usually a safe bet that any single-letter word in your puzzle can be decoded to one of those two. In very rare cases, a puzzle may use the word  O  in a poetic or archaic sense, so this rule won't always pan out, but 99% of the time this is an easy and convenient way to get a foothold into the puzzle.
#2. Frequency analysis and the importance of ETAOIN.
Frequency analysis is a fancy term for a simple idea - certain letters appear far more often in the english language than others. That's where  ETAOIN  comes in handy. No, that's not the name of an exotic tribe or an extinct tongue. ETAOIN is simply a mnemonic device combining the six letters which appear most frequently in the english language. The letter 'E' appears much more frequently than any other letter in the alphabet, with 'T' the most common after that, 'A' the third most common, and so on.
How does this help? Well, you'll notice in our cryptograms, we provide a number below each letter. That number tells you how often that particular letter appears in the puzzle (i.e. that letter's "frequency analysis"). If, for example, a letter appears twelve times in a puzzle, much more often than any other letter, then it is a very good bet (though by no means certain) that that letter can be decoded to one of the ETAOIN group. More often than not, it will decode to 'E' or 'T'.
#3. Contractions and possessives are your friend.
You may have hated learning about contractions in grade-school, but here in crypto-land, contractions are extremely useful! Contractions are simply words that combine two words into a shorter, single word by replacing certain internal letters with an apostrophe. Some examples are  don't they've he'll he's I'm she'd , etc. Possessives also use apostrophes in a similar way, to show ownership - i.e.  woman's child's dog's , etc.
The reason contractions and possessives are so useful in decoding cryptograms is that only a small number of letters can be used in them immediately after the apostrophe. Possessives will only ever use 'S' - contractions have more options, however:

Each week I will post pictures of an adventure I may have taken over the weekend. Some weeks it may be obvious and some weeks you may need to think outside of the box.

Take a look at the photos below and if you're clever enough to be the first to email me with the correct location of my adventure, YOU WIN THE PRIZE!!

Trip #1 Winner is Kathy Fink who was the first to guess Old Town Alexandria!!

Trip #2 Winner is Bob Cianflone who was the first to guess Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge!

Trip #3 .........


Be the first person to guess on Monday when my update comes out and you win a prize!!
One Day University Although gathering together for continuing education and other classes has temporarily halted, learning doesn’t have to! FirstService has partnered with One Day University to offer our residents FREE access to their amazing video library of previously filmed live events for viewing at any time. In addition, One Day University is now streaming live presentations from the world’s top schools and professors who provide special versions of their best lectures five days a week! One Day University is designed for people who think every day is a great day to learn something new. You’ll explore new ideas, discover new passions and have a great time doing it. Follow the steps below to access the complimentary library until the end of May:

• Go to: www.onedayu.com/first-service-residential
• Click the SIGN UP NOW button and use the promo code FIRSTSERVICE2 at checkout and you’ll pay $0.
• Once you’re signed up, you can view the live streams every weekday here: www.onedayu.com/live-stream-event-schedule
• Access hundreds of videos in the video library here: www.onedayu.com/video-library
has been rescheduled to
August 20, 2020

If you purchased tickets and will not be able to attend, you will need to sell them directly to another resident. At this time, no refunds are possible since Riverside has not cancelled the performance.
Mary Washington Healthcare's Health Link nurse triage team is available daily from 6 a.m. to midnight to assist people with determining the best level of care for their symptoms. The nurses can be reached at 540-741-1000.

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others
Wellness Work Out at Home

We are pleased to extend two free months of yoga and meditation to our valued FirstService Residents via our partners from Down Dog.

Choose your favorite yoga practice, and Down Dog will create a unique and personalized experience every time. To start your workout, download any of the Down Dog apps (Yoga, HIIT, Barre or 7 Minute Workout) by click on the picture below.

Once you log in, swipe all the way to the right to get to the menu screen. Scroll down until you see Enter Code. Enter firstservice and you will immediately see your membership update to end on May 31, 2020. Namaste!

Have you ever wanted to try chair yoga, but you just didn't know what it entailed? Here's a link to a short chair yoga session to give you a good intro into the wonderful world of yoga from a chair! Click the box below to begin your session!
Mary Washington Healthcare is asking for your help to sew 5,000 masks with wire nose pieces so each of our Associates, both clinical and non-clinical, can have a mask to wear. As COVID-19 spreads, we are seeing many patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 who have inadvertently been spreading the virus during periods when they were asymptomatic.

Our medical staff caring for COVID-19 patients and those patients under investigation pending test results, will continue to wear N95 masks. The masks we need are for staff on all other units and for our non-clinical Associates who are unable to work from home.

You can find a pattern for the mask we are asking the community to make on our COVID-19 donations page. The standard mask pattern is the first one on the handmade items list. You'll also find instructions on how and where to donate the masks. We appreciate your unfailing support!