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UZRC Welcomes New CEO July 13, 2018

United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC) has welcomed Sue Verdegem as the chief executive officer (CEO), effective July 1.

Verdegem comes to UZRC with more than three decades of experience in the nonprofit, faith-based, senior-living sector. She previously served as senior executive vice president of Finance and Administration at Tel Hai Retirement Community and is a licensed nursing home administrator. Verdegem has a Master of Business Administration from Alvernia College and a Bachelor of Arts in business administration and accounting from Franklin & Marshall College.

Verdegem was the 2014 recipient of the Professional Development Award by LeadingAge PA. She has served on numerous boards of directors in senior care including CARE and FTH Services.

UZRC, located in Lititz, offers independent living cottages and apartments, personal care services, skilled nursing care, and in-home elderly care. Established in 1905, it has a faith-inspired mission to provide superior quality services to the aging, based on Christian principles, in a loving and caring community that aims to encourage independence, promote wellness, and preserve human dignity.

A current construction and expansion project includes 10 independent living apartments over two floors and 12 private rooms for short-term rehabilitation and long-term care in a state-of-the-art skilled nursing area. The enhancements are scheduled for occupancy this fall. UZRC has planned an open house for Saturday, Oct. 20.

Readers with questions may visit or contact Megan Weiss at

Retirement Communities

Gallery To Feature Artwork July 13, 2018

The Art Gallery at United Zion Retirement Community, 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, is featuring Melanie Glass as July's Artist of the Month.

Glass currently resides in Fresno, Calif., but is a native of Harrisburg. She honed her talent through art classes taken at Harrisburg Area Community College. She uses paper or canvas and a combination of techniques including watercolor, acrylics, oils, and collaging with the goal of capturing an emotion or a memory or sharing an experience.

Glass has shared her artwork at a number of programs and venues. She has also volunteered and taught art classes at the Susquehanna Arts Museum in downtown Harrisburg.

Her artwork will be on display and available for purchase throughout the month of July. The Art Gallery is free and open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information on the Art Gallery, readers may contact Alyssa Wojcik at

United Zion Retirement Community is located 1.5 miles north of the square in Lititz. For other news and events, readers may find the retirement community's Facebook page.

Children's Activities

Shipwrecked" VBS

Mount Pisgah Trinity United Methodist Church (UMC), 5615 Mount Pisgah Road, York, will present "Shipwrecked - Rescued by Jesus" vacation Bible school (VBS) from Monday, July 16, through Friday, July 20. The program will run from 6 to 8:15 p.m.

For more details, contact the church office at 717-252-4412.

Community Events

West Manchester Township Historical Society

The West Manchester Historical Society is slated to meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 16, at the West Manchester Township building, located on East Berlin Road.

Charles Stambaugh will speak about the NeyChip organization that he is involved in, which works to preserve the history of northeast York County. Stambaugh will present a PowerPoint program on the history of the Susquehanna Trail.

The event is open to the public.

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