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Retirement Community Recognizes Volunteers April 28, 2017


Bereavement Support Groups Posted April 28, 2017

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

Life After Loss will meet on Thursday, May 11, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the James Buchanan Terrace conference room. On Thursday, May 18, 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, readers may contact Heidi Young at 367-1121, ext. 33576.


Retirement Community Honors Volunteers April 28, 2017

During National Volunteer Recognition Week, United Zion Retirement Community honored volunteers at an April 24 event themed "Volunteers Make the World a Brighter Place." Becky Link, volunteer coordinator, thanked volunteers for the ways they nurture the joy of life in the community. She noted that volunteers help residents focus on the positive in every situation while also providing encouragement and support in times of need.

Link singled out members of the 100-Plus Hours Club for special recognition. Ten individuals served more than 100 hours during the past year, with some even surpassing the 225 hour mark. These volunteers received awards honoring their exceptional investments of time, talent, and care.

Amid tables festooned with spring flowers, attendees ate hot and cold appetizers and engaged in conversation.

United Zion Retirement Community welcomes adults, teens and accompanied children, as well as church, school and civic groups, to volunteer. To learn more, readers may visit or call Becky at 627-8421. United Zion Retirement Community is located at 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz.


Support Group Plans Meeting April 28, 2017

Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will host a meeting of the Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 16, in the Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room. Anyone who serves as a caregiver to a loved one is invited. Dr. Brubaker will speak about dementia diagnosis.

The group meets every third Tuesday. Light refreshments are served, and there is no cost to attend. For directions and to register, call 367-1121, ext. 33764.


Landis Homes Announces New Hire April 20, 2017

Landis Homes has announced that Michele Stipe became the director of life enrichment for the facility in April. In this role, Stipe is responsible for oversight and coordination of the total resident wellness programming, including physical, social, spiritual, intellectual, and vocational wellness, and the general activities program at Landis Homes.

As director she will also oversee collaboration with the Children's Learning Center on campus for intergenerational events and will be a key player in the new programming for the Learning and Wellness center, which is scheduled to open in the spring of 2018.

Stipe was most recently employed as wellness manager at Mennonite Home and has prior experience as a wellness director at Brethren Village. She is a graduate of Gettysburg College with a degree in business administration and is currently attending California University of Pennsylvania, from which she is scheduled to obtain a master's degree in exercise science and health promotion later this year. Stipe lives in Lititz and is originally from Maryland.

Established in 1964, Landis Homes, is a retirement community that is home to more than 800 persons living in cottages, apartments, hybrid homes, suites, personal care facilities and health care facilities.


Elks Help Start Adoption Program April 19, 2017

Columbia-Middletown Elks 1074 assisted in initiating the Adoption Program at St. Anne's Retirement Community in Columbia, by providing the funds for life-like dolls and stuffed mechanical companion cats and dogs for residents with dementia. Doll therapy is intended to calm a resident with dementia, provide companionship, and promote social interaction.

St. Anne's resident Millie Hilliar, the widow of a deceased Elks member, was Diane Kane's inspiration for the program. Hilliar has a white mechanical cat named Lulu who goes to fitness class with her.


St. Anne's Plans Events April 19, 2017

St. Anne's Retirement Community, 3952 Columbia Ave., Columbia, will hold four events on Saturday, May 13. The community is invited to attend. Proceeds will benefit residents.

Run for the Residents will begin at 8:30 a.m. Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. A two-mile fun run/walk will travel through the Lancaster County campus. There is no fee to participate. Readers may register in advance at or on the day of the event.

A craft and vendor show will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors may shop from more than 25 vendors inside the halls of St. Anne's Retirement Community.

A chicken barbecue will be held from 11 a.m. until sold out. The cost for a meal will include a half-chicken, potato salad, applesauce, a roll, and a beverage. Advance tickets will be available at the St. Anne's Reception Desk. In addition, a job fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will learn about employment opportunities at St. Anne's.

For more information about the events, readers may contact Mary Jo Diffendall at 285-6539.


Drug Take-Back Event Planned April 18, 2017

Garden Spot Village and the New Holland Police Department will partner to provide a collection site in New Holland for the 13th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 29.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., members of the public may bring unwanted, expired, or unused prescription and over-the-counter medications for safe, secure disposal at the collection site on the campus of the retirement community, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. Pills, capsules, creams, and liquids will be accepted, but syringes and other sharps will not.

The event is free and completely anonymous. Participants may remove personal information from drug bottles or packages. A law enforcement officer will be present during the collection. Signs will be posted on campus to direct the public to the collection site.

For details, call Colleen Musselman at 355-6007 or interim Chief of Police Jonathan W. Heisse at 354-4647.


UZRC Posts Artwork Exhibit April 13, 2017

The rotating art gallery at United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC), 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, is hosting the work of local artist Caroll Pennypacker during the month of April.

Pennypacker, a Lancaster County native, studied art under professor Henry Libhart at Elizabethtown College in her early years as an artist. Later, she attended York College and was a medical coder for local hospitals while raising her family. During this time, she also taught evening art classes and sold several of her paintings. She works with acrylics, watercolors, and mixed media, and her chosen subjects are landscapes, seascapes, and floral motifs. She still takes art classes and attends fine art workshops.

Pennypacker, who recently retired, has completed her fourth year serving on the board of the Lititz Art Association, through which she has assisted with the Outdoor Art Shows of Lititz and exhibited her paintings. While her home and studio are in Brownstown, Pennypacker displays and sells her artwork throughout Lancaster County.

Pennypacker's work can be viewed during the visiting hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information on the rotating art gallery, readers may contact Alyssa Wojcik at or 626-2071. The retirement community is located 1.5 miles north of the square in Lititz.


Events To Celebrate Earth Day April 12, 2017

Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, will celebrate Earth Day with special events on Tuesday, April 25.

The annual book sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the West Community Room at Landis Homes. The public is invited, and all cash donations will support the Landis Homes Library Fund. For more information, readers may call 569-3271.

A vegan meal will be prepared by the Landis Homes Dining Team and served from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Azalea Room. Among the menu items will be chilled watermelon soup with lime and jalapeno, quinoa salad with pistachios and dried cranberries, crispy falafel with spicy tzatziki sauce, smoked jackfruit sliders with fried shallots and peach barbecue sauce, and more. Separate costs have been set for residents and for guests, and reservations may be made by calling 581-3875.

There will also be a focus on solar energy. A bus tour will take place to the Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS) headquarters on Airport Road, Lititz, and attendees will learn about the use of rooftop solar panels to provide 80 to 85 percent of MDS' office and warehouse electricity.

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