Merle Sidell chose Brooksby Village for its abundant amenities and on-site social opportunities.

Merle Sidell has lived through enough New England winters to know what to expect.

“During especially tough winters, with all the snow and ice, there were weeks I couldn’t get out of the house,” she says. “I started spending winters in Florida to escape those tough months.”

In Florida, Merle rented an apartment at Kings Point, a 55-plus community in Delray Beach.

Brooksby Village resident Ray Gerke is the downhill skiing coordinator for New England’s Top of the Hill Gang.

Ray Gerke inherited his love of outdoor pursuits from his parents.

“My mother and father were extremely active,” he says. “As a family we were always on the go. My brother and I grew up skiing. We lived on Long Island so it was quite a distance to some of the bigger ski hills, but I remember skiing in the Catskills and Appalachian Mountains.”

Judit Csejtey’s apartment at Brooksby Village is filled with family treasures and mementoes from her travels, including a painting by her mother of a California sunset.

Like many residents of Brooksby Village, Judit Csejtey moved to the Peabody, Mass., community to be closer to family.

The California transplant lived just east of San Francisco for 49 years before moving to Brooksby in 2012, but her story begins in another time and place.

Ken Kramer (left) is the current moderator of the Men’s Group at Brooksby Village, a group founded by Bill Dillon.

When Bill Dillon lived in Gloucester, Mass., he met up with a friend every Sunday morning.

“We’d get a cup of coffee, go down and sit by the harbor, and solve the world’s problems,” says Bill. “It was a nice way to start off the day.”

Joan Hollister relaxes in her Brooksby Village apartment home with her dog Lily.

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Barbara Hooper’s prize-winning flowers are a visual delight

This year’s yield of dazzling flowers and abundant ­vegetables grown by resident gardeners at Brooksby Village was one for the history books.

Majella Sheehan, a high school Spanish teacher, is pictured here with Brooksby Sales Counselor Jane Kiegel, one of her former students.

Majella Sheehan knew a move to Brooksby Village was on the horizon, but she couldn’t have anticipated it happening so quickly.

Jacob Bettencourt has worked in dining services at Brooksby Village for two years. He was awarded an $8,000 scholarship through Brooksby’s student scholarship program and will attend Keene State College in New Hampshire this fall.

Sixty North Shore students are headed to college this month with a little help from the people of Brooksby Village.

The student scholarship program supports graduating high school students employed in dining services at the Peabody, Mass., community.

Carl Thorsten displays the diploma for his master of science in chemical engineering in his apartment home at Brooksby Village.

“I imagine there aren’t too many people getting their degrees at 90,” says Brooksby Village resident Carl Thorsten, who was recently awarded a master of science in chemical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

It’s an accomplishment more than 50 years in the making.