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Homestead Village To Host Three Events September 14, 2018

The first three weekends of October will be busy ones for the residents and staff members of Homestead Village, 1800 Marietta Ave., Lancaster.

In conjunction with Lancaster ArtWalk, the second annual Homestead Village Art Fest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local artists will display and sell their creations. Pottery and glass-blowing demonstrations will be offered on Oct. 6. A portion of the proceeds from the sales will benefit the Homestead Village endowment fund.

This year, children who receive services from Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center, which is located next to Homestead Village, will be the special guests at Art Fest. Homestead Village residents have volunteered at the Schreiber Center for a number of years, and inviting the young artists to participate in Art Fest is a new way to continue that relationship and to provide opportunities for youngsters to be active in artistic endeavors.

"We have tried to have a component to encourage creativity in kids," said Homestead Village director of marketing Christina Gallagher. "Last year, we had a toothpick sculpture, and everyone was invited to add a few toothpicks to it."

To showcase an educational component, Homestead Village has invited the STEM truck operated by Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. The mobile lab travels to area schools to provide hands-on learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). On Oct. 7, Art Fest visitors will be able to screenprint T-shirts in the STEM truck.

The following weekend will feature the first Homestead Treasure Sale, which will be held in the retirement community's Bachman Center on Friday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event was created to combine and centralize all of the excitement of Homestead Village's previously existing white elephant, book, and jewelry sales into one easy-to-navigate location. The Treasure Sale will be a one-stop-shop for antiques, attic treasures, estate jewelry, and more. All of the proceeds will benefit resident committees or the benevolent care fund.

October's public events will conclude on Saturday, Oct. 20, when Homestead Village will participate in the eighth annual Explore Retirement Living Open House. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., members of the public may visit all of Lancaster's nonprofit life-plan communities, where they may meet residents and ask questions. Visitors may register at the Bachman Center and begin self-guided tours of Homestead Village from there. Preregistration is encouraged, and folks may call the receptionist at 717-397-4831.

For more information about Homestead Village, readers may call the receptionist or visit www.homesteadvillage.org.

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Seminar Set For Veterans September 13, 2018

A representative from the Lebanon County Department of Veterans Affairs will present a free educational seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. at Traditions of Hershey, 100 N. Larkspur Drive, Palmyra. Senior veterans and their families are invited to learn how they may be eligible for benefits that can help offset the cost of long-term care.

Seating is limited. To preregister, readers may call 717-838-2330.

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Safety Vest Frolic Planned September 13, 2018

Fairmount Homes, 1100 Farm Crest Drive, Ephrata, will host a Safety Vest Frolic on Friday, Sept. 28, at 9:30 a.m. The event will take place in the Crest View Gathering Room on the east side of the Fairmount campus.

Materials will be provided to make vests and assemble kits. Volunteers are needed to help cut pieces of fabric fastener or reflective tape for the vests or assemble the cut pieces into kits. The program makes and distributes reflective vests for Amish and Mennonite children to wear when traveling on the roads.

Residents of the local community are invited to participate. Individuals who would like to help in their own home may call 717-394-6851. Due to increased demand, there is a great need for more people to sew, as well as for someone to cut fabric for vests. Donations are also needed to purchase additional materials for more vests.

Directions are available at www.FairmountHomes.org.

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Model Railroad Club Sets Open House September 13, 2018

The Masonic Village and Elizabethtown (MV&E) Model Railroad Club will host its first open house after the summer work season on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The community is invited to come see the club's G-gauge, O-gauge, S-gauge, HO-gauge, N-gauge, Z-gauge, and standard-gauge trains and trolleys laid on 1,600 feet of track. Club members will be available to answer questions. Attendees may view the many projects the club members worked on over the summer.

There is no cost for admittance, though donations are appreciated. The Model Railroad Club is open to the community and meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Masonic Village is located at 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown. Once at Masonic Village, individuals should follow directional signs. For more information, readers may call 717-367-1121, ext. 33253, or visit www.mvemodelrrclub.com or www.facebook.com/MasonicvillageMRRC.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet September 13, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for caregivers of persons with memory loss and other forms of dementia will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Landis Homes Retirement Community, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Warwick Room of The Heritage, the special care center at Landis Homes.

Members of the Charles Wert family will speak on "Sharing Our Journey of Caregiving." The meeting will include a time for refreshments and informal discussion following the presentation.

The public is invited. The group operates in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association of the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter. For more information, readers may call Landis Homes at 717-581-3939.

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Tel Hai Posts Toiletries Drive September 12, 2018

Tel Hai Retirement Community, 1200 Tel Hai Circle, Honey Brook, invites community members to participate in a toiletries drive benefiting the Honey Brook Food Pantry. Donations will be collected from Monday, Oct. 1, through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Toiletry donations may include toilet paper, tissues, body wash, soap, safety razors, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, baby diapers and baby wipes. Only new or unopened items will be accepted. Drop-off locations will include the Garrett Community Center, Auditorium/Chapel, and StoneCroft Commons lobbies, all on the campus of Tel Hai Retirement Community.

The Honey Brook Food Pantry serves a total of 10,000 pounds of food a month to 250 families, assisted by 80 volunteers. The food pantry seeks to encourage independence.

For more information, visit www.telhai.org.

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11th Annual Cruise Held September 7, 2018

United Zion Retirement Community's (UZRC) 11th annual Car and Motorcycle Cruise took place on Aug. 29 at the Pod 2 at Rock Lititz parking lot. Cars, trucks, and motorcycles were on-site. Food trucks offered french fries, grilled cheese, ice cream, and baked goods. Disc jockey Kenny Rose provided entertainment.

Paper awards and plaques were given to winners chosen by local celebrity judges, including Lancaster County commissioner Dennis Stuckey, Lititz mayor Tim Snyder, Matt McGarvey of an auto service center, UZRC board chair Jess Musser, UZRC CEO Sue Verdegem, and Lititz Historical Society member Cory Van Brookhoven.

Winners included: Oldest Vehicle - Doug and Sharon Rambler, 1923 Ford T-bucket; Family Heirloom - James Davidson, 1957 Pontiac; Best Use of a Flame - Herman Migdon, 1954 Ford Ranch Wagon; Best Use of a Stripe - Frank Kowlaski, 1940 Chevrolet; Best Use of a Fin - Peter Poneros, 1959 Cadillac Convertible; Best Accessory - Doug and Sharon Rambler, 1923 Ford T-bucket; People's Choice (VIPs only) - Keith Lehman, 1959 Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible; Best Interior - Tony Wood, 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air; Best Theme / Paint - Doug and Sharon Rambler, 1923 Ford T-bucket, and Herman Migdon, 1954 Ford Ranch Wagon; Best Motorcycle - Bruce Andrews, 1977 Harley Sportster; Best Convertible - Keith Lehman, 1959 Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible; Best Car - John Caterbone, Pontiac GTO; Best Truck - Rohrer's International Cement Truck; CEO's Choice - James Struck, 1958 Chevrolet Corvette; Mayor's Choice - James Struck, 1958 Chevrolet Corvette; and Best In Show - Peter Poneros, 1959 Cadillac Convertible.

A total of 125 show vehicles were on display.

United Zion Retirement Community is located at 722 Furnace Hills Pike, 1 mile north of the square in Lititz. For information on upcoming events, including the open house on Saturday, Oct. 20, readers may visit www.uzrc.org or search for "United Zion Retirement Community" on Facebook.

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Support Groups Will Meet August 30, 2018

Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will offer support groups to the community. There is no cost to attend.

The Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room. The group is open to anyone who serves as a caregiver to a loved one. For directions and to register, readers may call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764.

The Bereavement Support Group will meet on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the large recreation room in Sycamore North, located on the first floor. Refreshments will be served. For more information, readers may contact Heidi Young at 717-367-1121, ext. 33576.

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GSV Offers Support Groups August 29, 2018

Garden Spot Village (GSV), 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, will offer several support groups in September. Support groups are free and open to the public.

The Living with Loss Support Group will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Board Room. The Center for Loss and Life Transition will sponsor a conversation surrounding the topic, "Mustering the Courage to Mourn." The group is for persons who have experienced the death of a spouse or family member. The group's focus is support and education. For more information, readers may call Jenny Snyder at 717-355-6259 or email jsnyder@gardenspotvillage.org.

Musical Memories will meet on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Musical Memories is a unique musical program for individuals with Alzheimer's or Dementia and their caregiver. The program provides an opportunity for individuals experiencing the symptoms of dementia to spend an afternoon with family members or a caregiver. For more information and to register, readers may contact 717-355-6500.

The Alzheimer's Association and GSV will co-sponsor a support group for family caregivers of persons with dementia, which will meet on Monday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. in the Concord Room. Barbara Reed will share her personal journey as the caregiver for her husband. Upon advance request, free respite care in Adult Day Services will be available during this group meeting time for those who are currently enrolled in GSV Adult Day Services. First-time attendees are asked to contact Marcia Parsons at 717-355-6239 or mparsons@gardenspotvillage.org.

The Low Vision Support Group will meet on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 3 p.m. in the Garden Towers. Stephanie Snader, WellSpan dietician, will present, "Nutrition and Vision: How Diet Influences Eye Disease." The Low Vision Support Group is designed to provide information and support to enhance independence for persons with any kind of visual losses. For more information, readers may call Mary Beth Villafane at 717-355-6010.

The Parkinson's Support Group will meet on Monday, Sept. 24, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Village Square Theater. The meeting will include a presentation titled "The Wonder of Music in Calming Tremors," by Campassus Hospice. Live music will be part of the presentation. Free resources from the National Parkinson's Foundation are available at the monthly meetings. The support group is open to all persons with Parkinson's and their caregivers, family and friends. For more information, readers may call Sherilyn Lapp at 717-355-6264 or email slapp@gardenspotvillage.org.

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Barnstormers To Honor Douglass August 29, 2018

John Douglass, a resident at Faith Friendship Ministries in Mountville, will be signed as an honorary Lancaster Barnstormer for the day on Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. at the team's home stadium, 650 N. Prince St., Lancaster.

Douglass was recently diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. With the help of his care manager, he created a bucket list that includes items such as visiting his biological family, eating at local restaurants, and seeing a baseball game.

As an honorary member of the Barnstormers, Douglass will sign a contract, get his own jersey, join the team on the field, and throw out the first pitch. The team has also provided tickets so that the Faith Friendship Ministries family will be able to attend.

Individuals who would like to donate to Faith Friendship Ministries to help fulfill Douglass' bucket list may visit www.gofundme.com/ffmjohndouglass.

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Bereavement Support Program Posted August 23, 2018

St. Anne's Retirement Community, 3952 Columbia Ave., Columbia, will host a six-week bereavement support group on Tuesdays from Sept. 18 through Oct. 23 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The program, "Journey From Grief to Healing," is open to anyone who is experiencing grief due to the death of a loved one. Lectures will be presented by Sister Margaret Washington and Sister Ann Marie Marabella.

Space is limited. To register, call 717-285-6121 by Friday, Sept. 14.

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Landis Homes Hires Administrator August 15, 2018

Landis Homes has announced that Danielle Martin joined the team as the new nursing home administrator (NHA) in early June. In the role, Martin will be responsible for the coordination and delivery of programs and services within the skilled nursing houses. She will also provide direction for the campus supervisors, assessment coordinators and medical records personnel.

Martin, who has 27 years of health care experience, was most recently employed as the NHA at Penn State Health Transitional Care in Hummelstown. Her previous experiences in long-term care include serving as a director of nursing, director of quality and registered nurse case manager.

Martin's education includes receiving licensed practical nurse credentials from Lancaster County Career and Technology Center in 1993; registered nurse credentials from HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, in 2006; a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University in 2014; and her NHA credentials from York College in 2015.

She was born and raised in Lancaster County and currently lives in Bird-in-Hand with her family.

For more information about Landis Homes, readers may visit www.LandisHomes.org.

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Memory Loss Group To Meet August 14, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for caregivers of persons with memory loss and other forms of dementia will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Landis Homes Retirement Community, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz. Kristin Jones, B.S.W., information and referral care supervisor with the Lancaster County Office of Aging, will speak on "Resources Available in the Community and Through the Office of Aging." The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Warwick Room of The Heritage, the special care center at Landis Homes.

The public is invited to attend. The group operates in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association of the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter. For more information, readers may call Landis Homes 717-581-3939.

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Parkinson's Support Group Will Meet August 14, 2018

The Parkinson's Support Group at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, will meet on Monday, Aug. 27, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Village Square Theater. The meeting will include a "Fall Prevention Tips" presentation by physical therapist Johnson Martin.

The support group is open to all persons with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers, family members and friends. Free resources from the National Parkinson's Foundation are available at the group's monthly meetings.

For more information, contact Sherilyn Lapp at 717-355-6264 or slapp@gardenspotvillage.org.

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Local Support Groups Posted August 8, 2018

Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, will offer two support groups in August. Support groups are free and open to the public.

The Low Vision Support Group will meet on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 3 p.m. in the Gardens Towers. A presentation on "Inflammatory Conditions and the Eye" will be provided.

The Low Vision Support Group is designed to provide information and support to enhance independence for persons with any kind of visual losses. For more details, readers may call Mary Beth Villafane at 717-355-6010.

The Alzheimer's Association and Garden Spot Village co-sponsor a support group for family caregivers of persons with dementia. The Caregivers' Support Group will meet on Monday, Aug. 13, at 10 a.m. in the Concord Room. The program will feature an open discussion, and attendees are asked to bring questions, concerns, and comments to the meeting.

Upon advance request, free respite care in Adult Day Services is available during the group meeting time if attendees are currently enrolled in Garden Spot Village Adult Day Services. First-time attendees are asked to contact Marcia Parsons at 717-355-6239 or mparsons@gardenspotvillage.org.

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Bowlers Raise Funds For Organization July 30, 2018

During a recent Wii Bowling competition among the residents of Letort Manor at Church of God Home in Carlisle, organizer Helen Milliron and a group of like-minded neighbors raised $6,643 for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BB/BS) of the Capital Region. The funds brought the group's two-year total to nearly $14,000. Approximately one dozen bowlers participated each year. This year's competition kicked off in late May at Church of God Home, a StoneRidge Retirement Living Community.

Through BB/BS of the Capital Region, mentors provide youths with support and encouragement. Mentors offer advice, help with homework, and take mentees on excursions, such as trips to the movie theater.

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Seniors, Campers Hold Joint Events July 26, 2018

Residents of Danner Home and campers from Aaron's Acres recently took part in two events together. On July 12, campers helped to celebrate the 103rd birthday of Danner Home resident Mary Johnson. On July 19, campers played games and made sand art crafts with the residents.

The Daniel and Elizabeth Danner Home was built in 1952 under the provisions of the will of George H. Danner, a prominent businessman in the early 20th century. The Danner Home is managed by a nine-member board of managers, consisting of local community leaders. The home provides a small group living experience for senior women and men. For more information, readers may visit www.dannerhome.com or call 717-665-2336.

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Building To Meet Needs July 25, 2018

Seniors looking for retirement community apartments that allow couples to remain together longer even as they face health issues will find more options in the Wheat Ridge Apartments to be constructed at Fairmount, 333 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata.

When the organization broke ground for the 45-unit building, which will offer 11 different floor plans, on July 23, president/CEO Jerry Lile shared how Fairmount has been paying attention to the needs of potential residents. "Over the past two years, we heard from those on our waiting list that we should create more independent units because of growing demand in our market," he said. "We have listened, and after numerous planning sessions, we are ready to begin."

Lile was the first of several speakers to address the gathering, which was moved inside Fairmount's Wheat Ridge Chapel when thunderstorms threatened the construction site directly behind the building. "Fairmount is blessed with more than 330 residents and many great team members across our campus," Lile noted as he welcomed the group. Lile added that he feels blessed to work with supportive staff and board members and thanked them for their dedication and service. He also thanked the construction company, developers, bank representatives, and others that helped make the groundbreaking possible.

Ken Burkholder, chair of Fairmount's board of directors, spoke about how the new building fits into Fairmount's 50-year-old mission. "Fairmount is not about buildings or about being big," he said. "It's about caring for people with compassion." Burkholder went on to discuss the organization's stance that each individual is specially created by God, noting that Fairmount provides care in accordance with that definition. He noted that the new building will enhance the organization's mission in several ways. "As people live longer, we want to make it so couples can stay together as long as possible," said Burkholder, who noted that some of the goals are making apartments affordable and utilizing floor plans that allow for residents to be cared for in their own apartments. "Fairmount's mission is founded in Christ's love and Mennonite values. We strive to enrich the lives of those we serve," he said, adding, "We came to this point through faith ... that the Lord Jesus Christ is guiding us. I see His hand has been in this for 50 years, and I believe in the next 50 He will be with us (as well)."

DJ Risk of Paul Risk Construction, which will handle the building of the new facility, thanked the Fairmount team. He noted that in addition to the 45 apartments, a second project will involve renovating the organization's personal care facility in multiple phases.

Before introducing Fairmount chaplain Paul Gehman, who offered the prayer of dedication, Lile noted that the administration and board of Fairmount esteems the practice of prayer. "We recognize value of prayer and that all things should be brought before the Lord," said Lile. "We ask Him to be present during the project. We pray this project will bring honor and glory to Him."

Gehman thanked the Lord for the work that has been done in planning the expansion. "Before we even start to turn the sod, we believe Your blessing has been evident," he prayed. He asked for safety and blessings upon those who will perform the construction work, adding that the success of the project is dedicated to the Lord. "After the last nail has been driven and the last brick laid ... (let us) with grateful hearts and minds give God the glory," he said.

Fairmount Homes is located on more than 50 acres and includes two adjoining campuses presently offering more than 100 health care beds, 74 personal care beds, 12 residential suites, 58 apartments, and 52 cottages. The organization is governed by a nine-member board of directors. More information about the organization may be found at www.fairmounthomes.org.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet July 24, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, will meet at 7 p.m. on on Tuesday, July 31, in the Warwick Room of The Heritage. The topic for the evening will be "Dietary and Nutritional Considerations for Persons With Dementia" presented by Haley Irvine, registered dietitian at Landis Homes.

The meeting is open to caregivers of persons with memory loss and other forms of dementia. The group operates in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association of the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter. For more information, readers may call Landis Homes at 717-581-3939.

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Fairmount At 50 - Celebrating The Increase July 24, 2018

Retirement Community Marks Golden Anniversary

On Feb. 19, Fairmount, formerly Fairmount Homes, 333 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata, held a 50th anniversary celebration. The facility opened on Feb. 19, 1968, with only 20 residents. Fairmount now employs more than 300 staff members and serves 330 residents.

Fairmount president/CEO Jerry Lile opened the program by welcoming the gathering and citing the changes and constants in the organization's history. "Buildings, people, and even our name has changed," noted Lile. "We realize that Jesus Christ has remained with us (through these changes)." Lile quoted the 50th anniversary theme verse, John 15:5, which reads, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me, you can do nothing." "I am confident He will remain with us as we move to the next chapter," said Lile, adding that Fairmount hopes to add 45 moderately priced apartments over the next 18 months.

Ernest Hahn, board vice chair of Fairmount, also spoke. He quoted 1 Corinthians 3:6, which reads, "I planted the seed and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow." "Hundreds of thousands of hours have been dedicated to watering the seeds," commented Hahn. "We need to remember God has brought the increase. That's where we give our praise as we look into the future."

Pennsylvania 43rd District Rep. Keith Greiner was invited to join the celebration. Greiner brought a citation he sponsored from the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania saluting Fairmount as the organization recommitted itself to ideals and standards that have sustained it for 50 years. The citation noted that Fairmount, which is affiliated with Weaverland Conference of the Mennonite Church, was founded by a group of community leaders and is dedicated to ensuring the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health of its residents. "These are programs designed to enhance the quality of life for all," said Greiner, who ended by saying, "God bless this organization."

Ron Barth, president of LeadingAge PA, noted that Fairmount offers a full continuum of services and has nearly as many staff members as residents. "That's impressive," said Barth, adding, "Fairmount will be here for another 50 years and beyond. That is what the not-for-profit (organizations) do. You see a need and you provide for that need." Noting that Fairmount has grown and changed to continue to meet the needs of the aging population in the area, Barth said, "I am very proud to be associated with organizations such as this."

Fairmount advisory board member Melvin Zimmerman was charged with giving the closing prayer. Zimmerman noted that he recalled the walls of Fairmount being constructed when he was just a youngster. "I have faint memories of the beginning of it," he said. In his prayer, Zimmerman thanked God for guiding and shepherding the organization. "We ask Your blessing upon Fairmount to continue to guide and direct decision making of the board and staff," he said, "that all things might be to the glory and honor of Your name."

Kent Richard, vice president of operations for Fairmount, led two songs during the program, including "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah" and "Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow." Following the program, attendees were invited to enjoy refreshments.

Fairmount Homes is located on more than 50 acres and includes two adjoining campuses offering more than 100 health care beds, 74 personal care beds, 12 residential suites, 58 apartments, and 52 cottages. The organization is governed by a nine-member board of directors. More information about the organization may be found at www.fairmounthomes.org.

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