Spring Mill Resident Stories

Freed from the daily chores of maintaining a house, our residents share an energizing camaraderie and a fresh sense of adventure. We wanted to share a few of their stories.

Personal Stories


Dolores Callahan

Some people say whistling is a sign of happiness. Others say it is an art form. Whatever it may mean, residents and staff at Spring Mill say they know whenever Dolores Callahan is coming down the hall because they can hear her whistling.

Dolores says it was most likely her brothers who taught her how to whistle many years ago and that it is something that just came naturally. At first, her father told her it wasn’t ladylike to whistle but then realized it made her happy and let it alone.

In an office setting, whistling might be a distraction for some, but at Spring Mill, those around Dolores have come to embrace her whistling talent and find it charming.

You might hear Dolores whistling a tune like “You Are My Sunshine” or just some random tune she happens to make up.

Bill Hirsch

He’ll tell you he’s not an artist — that he can’t even draw a straight line — yet resident Bill Hirsch’s paintings not only grace the walls at Spring Mill but have brought him on-screen fame in a segment on the 6ABC news.

Bill meticulously mixes his own colors, spends months on each painting and has been honing his craft for over 20 years. If he didn’t tell you, you’d never know the truth: His stunning masterpieces are actually paint-by-numbers art.

Bill takes his craft far beyond the crude paint-by-numbers kits we’re used to. He calls his paintings “liquid puzzles,” and for him, the intricate, detailed work is more than a hobby; it’s a passion.

Watch Bill’s 6ABC interview here.