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Calvary Homes Posts Golf Tournament August 22, 2017

Calvary Homes has announced its 12th annual Benefit Golf Tournament, which will take place on Thursday, Sept. 21, at Four Seasons Golf Course, 949 Church St., Landisville.

Calvary Homes residents Jerry and Dottie Hurst are this year's Hall of Honor recipients. The Hursts, who are longtime golfers, were recognized for their voluntarism and support of the tournament.

The event will begin with registration, lunch, and a sponsor meet-and-greet at 11:30 a.m. The scramble-format tournament will have a shotgun start at 12:45 p.m. In addition to a putting contest, the event will include additional prizes for the best in three separate flights of participating golfers. There will be a 19th-hole putting game, with the winners will receive prizes. Dinner and awards will begin at approximately 6 p.m.

To make reservations or support the tournament, readers may contact Dan Snyder at 717-824-8816, email, or visit Sponsorships are available. All proceeds from the event, including gifts made in honor of the Hursts, will benefit benevolent care provided by the retirement community.


Golf Tournament To Support Pleasant View August 18, 2017

Pleasant View Retirement Community will host its eighth annual golf tournament on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Overlook Golf Course, 2040 Lititz Pike, Lancaster. Proceeds from the annual fundraising event will benefit Pleasant View's Cognitive Care Fund.

Registration and lunch will open at noon, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. to kick off the four-person scramble tournament. The event will feature a hole-in-one contest, sponsored by a Manheim automotive business, for a chance to win a car. The day on the links will include lunch, dinner, on-course refreshments, cart rental, green fees, and a golfer goodie bag.

Early bird registration rates are available for individual golfers and foursomes through Friday, Sept. 1. More information and registration materials are available at

The deadline to complete online registration is Friday, Sept. 8.

Through the tournament, Pleasant View Retirement Community hopes to raise $25,000 to directly support the needs of its residents with dementia and their caregivers by offering specialized equipment and tools, environmental adaptations, staff training, and supportive programming. For more information on registration and sponsorship opportunities, readers may contact Amanda Hall, sales and marketing manager, at or 717-664-6207.

Pleasant View Retirement Community is a not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community in Manheim, with a mission of striving to enhance the quality of life for those it serves, in a secure, caring, Christian environment. To learn more about senior living options, readers may call 717-665-2445 or visit


Homestead Day Festival Planned August 17, 2017

Homestead Village, 1800 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, will hold the Homestead Day Festival on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature activities designed to delight residents, family, and friends, including games for children, festival food, crafts, a used book sale, a white elephant sale, and more.

Chris Poje will be the interactive disc jockey from 10 to 11 a.m., and children's entertainer Fred McNaughton will be featured from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., with the Twin Rose Community Band concluding the day with variety music from 12:30 to 2 p.m. There will also be a bounce castle, wagonette rides, balloon art, and an activity with the Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation.

In addition to the white elephant, used book, and craft sales, there will be a bake sale and a flower and plant sale. Barbecued chicken dinners will be available to eat in or take out, and festival food from hot dogs to ice cream will be offered. Homestead Village's Corner Gift Shop will be open.

The event will be held rain or shine. There is no fee to attend, but attendees are encouraged to bring cash for games and food.

For more information on Homestead Village, readers may visit


Parkinson's Support Group To Meet August 16, 2017

The monthly meeting of the Parkinson's Support Group at Garden Spot Village will take place on Monday, Aug. 28, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Village Square Theater at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. Special guest speaker Dr. Sol De Jesus, assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Penn State Milton Hershey, will speak on how a specialist can be helpful to someone with Parkinson's disease.

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, contact Sherilyn Lapp at 717-355-6264 or


Hiker To Share Story August 16, 2017

Tel Hai Retirement Community's Life Enrichment Committee invites the public to attend an educational lecture titled "The Story of Sojourner: Hiking the Appalachian Trail at 75" on Friday, Sept. 1, at 10:30 a.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the StoneCroft Center for Worship and Performing Arts on the campus at Tel Hai, 4000 Tree Line Drive, Honey Brook.

The lecture will be provided by Soren West, a Lancaster-based attorney who hiked the entire Appalachian Trail (AT) - a distance of 2,200 miles - with his golden retriever, Theo. West will share his story of navigating the AT from Georgia to Maine while battling injury, oppressive heat, and the wilderness. Every Appalachian Trail "thru-hiker" takes a trail name, and West's was "Sojo," which stands for "Sojourner." He first had the dream of hiking the AT when he was 14 and finally achieved it at age 75.

Parking will be available adjacent to the main entrance of StoneCroft Commons. For more information or directions, readers may visit


Caregivers' Support Group Posts Meeting August 16, 2017

Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, invites anyone who serves as a caregiver to a loved one to attend a Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group on Tuesday, Sept. 19. The group meets every third Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Health Care Center Courtyard conference room. This month's topic will be "Nutrition Care," and light refreshments will be served.

There is no cost to attend. For directions and to register, call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764.


Bereavement Support Groups Posted August 16, 2017

Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will offer monthly bereavement support groups.

Life After Loss will meet on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the James Buchanan Terrace conference room. On Thursday, Sept. 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., a bereavement support group will be held in the large recreation room in Sycamore North, located on the first floor.

The groups are open to anyone who has lost a loved one. Refreshments will be served, and there is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Heidi Young at 717-367-1121, ext. 33576.


Pianist To Perform Concert August 10, 2017

Yong Murray, an award-winning pianist, will perform on Monday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. in the chapel at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. The performance is free and open to the public.

Yong is a recent graduate of Columbia University. He was recently accepted into a master's program for piano at Manhattan School of Music.


Artist Will Speak August 9, 2017

Fairmount Homes, 1100 Farm Crest Drive, Ephrata, will host artist Elsie Beiler on Thursday, Aug. 24, at 1:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Crest View Gathering Room. The public is invited to attend.

Known for her Nickel Mines painting series, Beiler will share her story. She did not start painting seriously until later in life, and she continues to paint today. As a resident of the Nickel Mines area when the tragedy occurred, Beiler was inspired to paint a picture for one of the persons involved. A series of five paintings ultimately emerged from that initial inspiration and the response of people around the world.

At the Aug. 24 presentation, Beiler will tell the story behind each of the five paintings and will answer questions from the audience. Prints of her paintings will be available for sale and for signing.

While there is no charge to attend, space is limited. To register, readers may call 717-354-1893. Directions may be found at


Pathways Institute Announces Fall Classes August 2, 2017

The fall 2017 term of the Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning at Landis Homes began with a kickoff reception on July 27 at Calvary Church. Approximately 200 persons participated in the event, which included teachers and prospective students. Following opening remarks, class instructors were introduced, and each shared some details about the class or tour he or she will lead.

The 44 courses and events, which are scheduled from September to December, are open to all Lancaster County residents, as well as residents from neighboring counties, who are age 55 and up. New class titles include "Over There and Back Home: America and WWI," "The Composers and Lyricists of the Great American Songbook in the Hollywood Musical," "Minerals and Rocks," "My Favorite Poems - And Yours," "Chemistry in the Bible? You Must Be Joking," and "Medications: Helpful or Harmful As We Age?"

The new Pathways Institute catalogs, along with online registration forms, are available at There is a registration fee, which includes enrollment in to up to five courses per semester, as well as a per course option. There are also day trips like Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam and The Barnes Museum, as well as special events, which are offered in addition to the regular classes.

Most classes are held on the campus of Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz. For more information, readers may call 717-381-3577 or email


Local Support Groups Posted July 31, 2017

Masonic Villages, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will offer support groups. The community is invited to participate. Light refreshments will be served, and there is no cost to attend.

The Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group, open to anyone who serves as a caregiver to a loved one, will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The topic will be "Spousal Resource Form and Medical Assistance." The group meets every third Tuesday in the Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room. For directions and to register, readers may call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764. Once on the Masonic Village's campus, drivers should follow directional signs for the Masonic Health Care Center.

Monthly bereavement support groups will also be available to individuals who have lost loved ones. The Life After Loss support group will meet on Thursday, Aug. 10, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the James Buchanan Terrace Conference Room. On Thursday, Aug. 17, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. a bereavement support group will be held in the large recreation room in Sycamore North, located on the first floor. For more information, readers may contact Heidi Young, bereavement coordinator, at ext. 33576.


Grands And Kids Camp Brings Generations Together July 27, 2017

For 10 years, Garden Spot Village's (GSV) Grands and Kids Camp has been making summer a little more fun for GSV residents and their grandchildren. According to Colleen Musselman, director of Life Enrichment for GSV, nearly 50 grandchildren registered for camp this year.

"For our 10th year, we went back into the archives of all of our camps and picked out the favorite (activities) that grandkids and grandparents said they loved the most and put them all in this year," said Musselman. The camp was held from June 26 through 30. Among the activities from which campers and their grandparents could choose were a visit with Stubby the Helicopter, tubing at Pequea Creek, a Servant Stage presentation, a Barnstormers game, and more.

On the morning of June 28, 13 campers and their grandparents met in the GSV Woodshop at 9 a.m. to work together on creating a bank shaped like a dog. "The (Gardens West Woodshop) members help with drilling and screwing and gluing the eyes on," explained Musselman. When the project was finished, the campers crossed the hallway to visit the GSV Train Club room.

Karen Keller and her daughter Jen Manthey watched Manthey's children, Ryan and Naomi, make their way around the train room. Keller's mother, Marion Hogeland, lives at GSV, and the family has been taking part in the camp for a number of years. Manthey noted that this year her children took part in the wood shop project, the photo scavenger hunt, and the picnic. They were looking forward to visiting a nearby creek to test water and look for animals and critters that afternoon. Manthey recalled that a few years back, rather than catching critters at camp, the children ate them, sampling fried crickets and mealworms. "I liked the worms," said Naomi. Ryan noted that the wood shop project and visiting the train room are always among his favorite activities, but he added that he enjoyed tasting the creatures as well.

Musselman noted that a camper who came to the first camp session made sure he returned for the 10th camp. "We set no age limits," she said. "We say that if the grandchild would love it and the grandparent is comfortable supervising it, age doesn't matter."

The camp attracts families of GSV residents from all over the country. "Some (campers) are local, and some come from a distance," noted Musselman. "Some come from the Midwest and stay a week." In some cases, a whole family will visit, but only the grandkids and their grandparents take part in the camp. In other situations, the whole family will take part. The camp has become a tradition for many families. "(Campers) know that it's (always scheduled for) the last full week in June," said Musselman. "It's a busy place during this week."

Musselman added that the camp casts a broad net concerning the relationship between grandparents and campers. "If you don't have grandchildren, but have neighborhood children you kind of adopted, invite them," she said. "Connecting the generations is what we're really after."

GSV, located at 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, was founded in 1990 with a mission to enrich the lives of older adults. The nonprofit continuing care retirement community is committed to Christian values and seeks to provide innovative housing services as an expression of Christ's love. GSV is home to residents of many faiths. Readers who would like to know more about GSV may visit


Landis Homes Announces New Hires July 26, 2017

Landis homes has announced that this summer, Daniel McClain started as the director of dining services and Moniqua Acosta began as the director of volunteer services.

In his new role, McClain directs and manage all the dining venues across the campus, including the new bistro, which will open in the spring of 2018 in the Learning and Wellness Center. McClain received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Messiah College and was certified as a dietary manager at the University of Florida.

McClain has broad management experience in retirement communities and senior living locations, and he most recently worked at Pine Run Health Center in Doylestown. He plans to relocate to the Lancaster area. Since 2006, he has been an employee of FLIK Lifestyles, which manages the dining program at Landis Homes.

Acosta took on her new role in July. In this position, she gives overall direction to every aspect of the department, which involves hundreds of volunteers recruited both on and off campus. She was most recently employed as volunteer services assistant at Landis Homes since January 2016, with Sue Shirk as the director. Before coming to Landis Homes, Acosta worked for nine years as program and member services manager at Mennonite Health Services.

Acosta, who lives in Manheim Township, graduated from Lancaster Mennonite School, and she has a baccalaureate degree in social work from Eastern Mennonite University and a master's degree in social work from Temple University.


School Supply Collection Drive Posted July 26, 2017

A school supply collection drive to benefit students in need in York City Schools will be held at Senior Commons at Powder Mill, 1775 Powder Mill Road, York, through Thursday, Aug. 31. Community members may drop off items at the retirement community. Suggested items include backpacks, pencils, highlighters, erasers, colored pencils, three-ring binders, folders, and loose, lined paper.

For more information, readers may call 717-741-0961.


Community Holds Parade July 19, 2017


UZRC To Showcase Artists' Works July 13, 2017

The Art Gallery at United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC), 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, has welcomed Karen Frattali and Deb Watson as July's Artists of the Month.

Frattali has been an artist and teacher at the Lancaster County Art Association (LCAA) for the past decade. She also teaches around the Middle Atlantic atates for other art groups, competes in national competitions, and is currently serving as president of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. She has achieved signature status in several of the country's watercolor organizations. Over the past two years, Frattali has participated in the juried events of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Baltimore Watercolor Society, Louisiana Watercolor Society, Lancaster County National Juried Show, Berks Art Alliance National Juried Show, Watercolor Society of Alabama, and Georgia Watercolor Society. During the first week of July, Frattali presented about the process of creating watercolor paintings for the residents of United Zion. For more information, readers may visit

Watson is a professional artist and teacher. She began drawing as child but eventually studied to become a nurse, continuing her passion of art as a hobby. Although she is self-taught, Watson's work has won awards in prestigious competitions across the nation. She was featured in many art magazines and has done several "how to paint" books. During the first half of 2017, Watson has begun a new series of Western art, including cowboys, horses, and Western scenery.

Their artwork will be on display throughout the month of July in the Art Gallery, which 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.


Seminar To Focus On Scams July 13, 2017

Darrell R. Weaver will be the presenter a free educational seminar titled "Scammed: How Criminals Target Seniors" at Fairmount Homes on Thursday, July 27, at 1:30 p.m. The program will be held in the Crest View Gathering Room at 1100 Farm Crest Drive, Ephrata. The public is invited.

Several of the currently common scams will be discussed, including the Grandparent Scam, the IRS Scam, the Sweetheart Scam, and the Prescription Drug Scam. Weaver will talk about how and why criminals target seniors, explain how each of the different scams work, and offer insights into how to avoid becoming a victim of these scams. Time will be allotted for questions from the audience.

While there is no charge to attend, space will be limited. To reserve a seat, readers may call 717-354-1893. Directions may be found at


Support Group Meeting Posted July 12, 2017

Members of the Parkinson's Support Group at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, will meet on Monday, July 24, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Village Square Theater. Guest speaker Joan Groh will present "Understanding Options Related to Comfort Care."

The support group is open to all persons with Parkinson's and their caregivers, family, and friends. For details, contact Sherilyn Lapp at 717-355-6264 or


Fairmount Holds Running Forum July 6, 2017

On June 6, four of Fairmount Homes staff members gathered in the Harvest View Conference Room in Ephrata to discuss their running experiences with other team members and area residents in attendance.

Carol Swailes, who handles public relations for Fairmount, asked the runners to introduce themselves and discuss their experience. Runners who had completed marathons along with runners who had recently run their first 5Ks were invited to share. Gloria Daniels, who has run the Boston Marathon twice; Deb Reed, who completed her first half marathon in April; Jewel Mast, who has run multiple 5Ks and a 10K; and Denise Trupe, who had completed her first 5K at the time of the panel, all volunteered to answer questions.

Swailes was joined at the microphone by fellow staff member Rachel Whitlatch, and the two took turns asking questions. Whitlatch asked the four women about what motivated them to begin running. Daniels responded that she is motivated by her grandchildren, having given two of the three youngsters medals from the marathons she has completed. Her plan is to complete a third Boston Marathon and give the medal to her third grandchild. Reed said that she began running to lose weight and improve her fitness level. For both Mast and Trupe, a milestone birthday was the impetus. "When I turned 40, I decided I would try something new every year," said Trupe, who completed her first 5K after her 40th birthday.

Swailes queried the women about their training habits. Daniels noted that training regimens depend on the desired outcome. Reed said that she sometimes includes strength training in her regimen. Mast said that she uses an app on her phone that takes participants from a sedentary lifestyle to being able to run a 5K or 10K in a specified time period, and Trupe said that as a beginner she tried to run three to four times per week, focusing first on endurance and then following up with speed work.

Whitlatch followed Swailes' question with one about the training timeline. "How far ahead (of an event) do you start training?" she wondered. Mast said that her app calls for up to 10 weeks of training. Trupe described her first attempts at running, saying that she chose a particular trail and ran from light pole to light pole before letting herself walk a bit in between.

When Whitlatch asked about the benefits of running regularly, the panelists listed a number and variety of reasons to continue with the activity. "You lose weight ... and you have more energy," said Daniels. "You can eat cake," she added with a chuckle. Reed cited the mental clarity that results from time pounding the pavement. "It's like free therapy session, and that's a huge benefit," she said. Trupe noted that she has experienced positive changes in her fitness level. "I can feel a difference in the core of my body, and I can feel my lungs getting stronger and my legs," she said.

Daniels encouraged non-runners in the room to try running. "I was 49 (when I started running)," she said. "You have your own goals, and you are only competing against yourself," she said. She noted that beginners can intersperse running and walking to build up endurance. "Do your homework and start slow," she cautioned, adding that she started by working up to running a mile and then adding a half mile to a mile to her runs every two weeks.

Fairmount Homes, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community founded in 1968. The community includes more than 170 licensed health care and personal care beds, along with residential living residences, apartments, and cottages. Readers who would like to learn more about Fairmount may visit


School Supplies Collection Will Help Homeless Students June 29, 2017

More than 1,800 children experienced homelessness in Lancaster County during the 2015-16 program year, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Helping some of those students is the purpose behind the Christmas in July school supplies collection drive that Woodcrest Villa residents have held for five years.

"We have a lot of retired teachers and grandparents," said resident and Christmas in July team member Judy Grobengieser. "We don't like to see kids go without (the basic things they need to participate in school)."

"Children are the most vulnerable members of our population," added resident and team member Peggy Hanzelman. "If we can't get them off to a good start, we've missed the boat."

The sixth annual Christmas in July collection drive will kick off with a special program on Friday, July 14, at 7 p.m. in the Gamber Auditorium located in Woodcrest Villa's VIVA Centre, 1520 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. The venue will be ornamented with holiday decor, and the program will include the singing of Christmas carols and some surprises. A representative of the School District of Lancaster program that provides services to students experiencing homelessness will share stories of several children who have been assisted by the supplies drive. Donations toward the cost of school uniforms will be accepted, and school supplies will be available to purchase and donate.

For the 10 days following the kickoff, Woodcrest Villa residents and staff members may deposit items in collection boxes that will be located throughout the retirement community. Members of the public may place items in a box located in the VIVA Centre's lobby. A concluding celebration will be held on Tuesday, July 25, during the monthly Koffeeklatsch. Grobengieser noted that the collection period has been shortened from two weeks because most of the giving takes place at the beginning of the drive.

The organizers of the collection have created a list of items most often needed by students. These include No. 2 pencils, crayons, notebooks, glue sticks, safety scissors, inexpensive calculators, three-ring notebook paper, three-ring binders, colored pencils, and backpacks. They are also accepting toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, hairbrushes, combs and hairpicks, lotion, and soap.

"When they're in transition, they may lack personal care items," Grobengieser said.

While the items will initially go to the School District of Lancaster, $500 will be set aside to purchase items requested by the Hempfield School District. Grobengieser explained that the committee makes a special effort to help Hempfield because Woodcrest Villa is located in the district and many residents have ties to the district.

Other groups in the area have gotten involved with the collection drive as well. The nearby Village Grande neighborhood and a card group that meets at the Maple Grove Community Center will collect items. Last year's collection accumulated 8,000 items, and the organizers hope to surpass that number this year.

"We now have a system to know what we have up to the minute," Grobengieser said. "We always hope to do better than the last year."

Although it may seem like the school year just ended, July is an ideal time to collect school supplies for the coming school year, the organizers said.

"They start filling needs in late July and early August," Grobengieser remarked. "We always stay in touch with the School District of Lancaster. We change (the collection targets) according to what their needs are."

For more information about the collection, readers may call Christmas in July team member Barbara Smith at 717-391-3627.

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