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Brethren Village Names Director March 16, 2018

Heartland Family Health physician Sawsan Zammam has joined Brethren Village, serving as both medical director and credentialed primary care physician. She sees patients on Thursdays at the Courtyard and Terrace Crossing medical suites.

Zammam is committed to furthering Brethren Village's mission to increase quality of care, reduce readmissions to acute care settings, improve transitions of care across the continuum, and see residents in Brethren Village's supportive living and independent living areas.

Zammam is board certified in both internal and geriatric medicine. She received her medical degree from Damascus University Faculty of Medicine in Syria. Zammam lives locally with her husband and two children, who attend Hempfield School District.

Brethren Village residents can make an appointment with Zammam by calling Heartland Family Health at 717-627-4088.


Support Group Meetings Set March 15, 2018

The Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will offer support groups that are open to the community. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are requested.

The Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group will meet on Tuesday, April 17, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Masonic Village's Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room. This meeting will be an open forum. For directions and to register, readers may call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764.

Anyone who has lost a loved one is invited to attend the monthly Bereavement Support Group on Thursday, April 19, 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 details, readers may contact Heidi Young at 717-367-1121, ext. 33576.


Making The Most Of A Chance To Quilt March 15, 2018

Robin Gosch had not quilted in many years when, about three years ago, she saw a notice in the paper about February Quilting Days, an event held yearly at Fairmount, 333 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata.

When Gosch arrived, she met sisters Nora and Anna Hoover, who oversee the three work days. "I said, 'It has been 30 years (since I quilted); is there something I can do to help?'" noted Gosch. The sisters told her to sit down at a quilt with a busy floral pattern, so her stitches would not show easily, and go to work. Gosch now quilts up to 11 days per month at a variety of venues, including Mennonite Central Committee. "All these ladies are so helpful," she said, gesturing around to others with their heads bent over their needlework. "They (have given me) my education to get me back in the groove."

During the 2018 Quilting Days, which were held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 17, 20, and 21, a total of 236 quilters helped to complete a variety of patterned quilts, which will be sold to the highest bidders when Fairmount holds its annual chicken barbecue and auction on Saturday, Sept. 8. All funds raised by the auction will benefit the Fairmount Sharing Fund, which aids Fairmount residents who have exhausted their financial resources. According to Nora, the ladies finished 10 quilts, and another five were almost completed by the end of the third day. The wives of the Fairmount board members planned and prepared lunches for the quilters each day.

The quilters plan to have more than 20 quilts available for the auction. Most will be queen size, but there will also be a few twin- and full-size items. The quilt tops are made or purchased and donated to the quilters. Patterns include Trip Around the World, Star and Commons, and more. A variety of colors combine on each quilt. One is done in blue and black and white, and another includes pink cross stitch on a white background. One unusual quilt has a picture of horses in the center.

Another group of quilters worked on a busy sampler pattern done in blues, peaches, pinks, greens, and more. "This is a real old-time pattern," noted one of the quilters.

Photos of the quilts to be sold at the auction will be online by the middle of August and may be viewed at


Senior Center Posts Events March 13, 2018

The South Central York County Senior Center, 150 E. Main St., New Freedom, has posted its upcoming activities. A hot lunch is served at 11:20 a.m. each day.

Health and fitness activities will include isometric exercises at 9:15 a.m. daily, tai chi at 10:15 a.m. daily, Stretch Yoga at 9:15 a.m. on Mondays, Sweatin' to the Oldies at 10:15 a.m. on Mondays, HoopFit at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesdays, and line dancing at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. The exercise equipment and the gym are also available for use every morning.

The senior center also offers an acrylic art class at 9:15 a.m. on Mondays, a watercolor art class at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays, ceramics at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesdays, Walking Through the Bible at 9 a.m. on Thursdays, and the Friends Together craft class at 9 a.m. on Fridays. The senior center offers a class on card making and blanket knotting, as well as a quilter's group.

A four-hour AARP refresher driving course will be held on Thursday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center. Preregistration is required by Monday, April 23, and is available in person at the senior center or by calling the center at 717-235-6060. There is a fee per person, with a discount for AARP members. Participants should bring their AARP membership card, if applicable, and their Pennsylvania driver's license.

The senior center is planning a Caribbean cruise for February 2019. For details, readers may contact the center.

For more details about activities, readers may call the senior center.


Support Groups Post Meetings March 1, 2018

Garden Spot Village (GSV), 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, has posted two upcoming events.

The Low Vision Support Group will meet on Thursday, March 8, at 3 p.m. in the Gardens Towers. Dr. Andrews will present "I'd Rather Die Than Have Dry Eye."

The group is designed to provide information and support to enhance independence for persons with any kind of visual losses. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, readers may call Mary Beth Villafane at 717-355-6010.

The Alzheimer's Association and Garden Spot Village will host a Caregiver's Support Group on Monday, March 12, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Concord Room across from The Harvest Table. By participant request, the group will have an open discussion. Participants are invited to bring questions, concerns and comments regarding caring for a loved one with dementia.

The group provides support, information and education for people caring for individuals with significant memory loss. By prior arrangement, free respite care may be available for this meeting by calling GSV Adult Day Services at 717-355-6226.

For more information, readers may call Joanne Morton at 717-355-6076 or email


Fairmount At 50 - Celebrating The Increase February 28, 2018

Retirement Community Marks Golden Anniversary

On Feb. 19, Fairmount, formerly Fairmount Homes, 333 Wheatridge 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


Spring Styles On The Runway February 28, 2018

St. Anne's To Host Jacket Palooza

Fresh fashion styles for women will be lit up on the runway at the first-ever Spring Jacket Palooza at St. Anne's Retirement Community, 3952 Columbia Ave., Columbia. The event, which will be held on Thursday, April 12, will benefit the residents of St. Anne's.

Residents, employees, and friends of St. Anne's will model jacket selections from a Philadelphia-based boutique line. Development and marketing coordinator Antoinette LaPann said the idea for the event came about after St. Anne's had been contacted about carrying the jackets in the retirement home's gift shop. "We were so thrilled that they had approached us, and (we) thought of doing a fashion show as a fundraiser that would be fun for women," explained LaPann. "It's a fun night where people will be able to mingle."

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with the fashion show beginning at 6:30 p.m. Butlered hors d'oeuvres and a variety of beverages will be served. St. Anne's staff member Jim Johnson will serve as the master of ceremonies for the evening, and live piano music will add to the ambiance.

Each attendee will receive a jacket, which will be included with the ticket cost. A range of styles and sizes from extra-small through 4X will be available. Each of the jackets is reversible and made in America. "(The designer) will also have some fabulous raincoats that are funky and different," LaPann noted. She also mentioned that one of the designer's products is set to be featured in an upcoming edition of Smithsonian magazine.

Interested individuals may purchase tickets for the event by visiting Space is limited, and the deadline to register is Tuesday, April 3.

Jackets featured in the show will also be available to purchase after the event at the St. Anne's Retirement Community gift shop. The volunteer-run gift shop is open to the public, and the revenue it generates supports residents. Regular gift shop hours are 12:30 to 4 p.m. on Mondays; noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays; noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays; and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

According to LaPann, St. Anne's is a continuing care retirement community with approximately 250 residents. For more information about St. Anne's, readers may visit or call 717-285-5443.


Gallery To Feature Artist's Work February 16, 2018

The art gallery at United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC), 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, is featuring Amber Martin as Februay's Artist of the Month.

Martin, a Pennsylvania native, attended the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) in downtown Lancaster, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in May 2013. During the course of her undergraduate studies, Martin took a semester hiatus from PCA&D in 2009 to study art history and sculpture at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. Inspired by her initial trip overseas, Martin traveled back to Italy four more times through the Rome Art Program (RAP), twice to study plein air painting and drawing and twice as a member of the RAP faculty.

In October 2016, she accepted a position with RAP as the program manager. During the following summer while working abroad for RAP, Martin spent 99 days traveling throughout Italy, England and Iceland.

Recently, she has begun focusing on creating pet and animal portraits, which has been a passion of hers since a very young age. Martin currently lives and works in central Pennsylvania. She will visit Rome once again during the summer.

Martin's artwork will be on display and available for purchase at UZRC throughout the month of February. The gallery is free and open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, readers may contact Alyssa Wojcik at


Full Steam Ahead For Pleasant View Train Enthusiasts February 16, 2018

Jim Shaffer's father and grandfather were both railroaders who worked on the Pennsylvania Railroad. "That was hard work. Our parents didn't want (my siblings and me) to have to do that, so they sent us all to Penn State instead," Shaffer said with a chuckle. Even without a career on the railroad, Shaffer found that he was naturally drawn to model railroading as a hobby. He purchased items for his personal train collection as he traveled throughout his younger years and estimates that he has been a train hobbyist for 65-plus years.

Shaffer, 92, is one of the original members of the Pleasant View Train Club, which held its first official meeting in 2009. The club has approximately 12 members and meets at Pleasant View Retirement Community, 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim. Membership is open to anyone in the community with an interest in trains.

The club has been making progress on its indoor train display, which was installed in 2016 and is located beside Fireside Lounge in Pleasant View's main building. The layout features O-, HO-, and N-gauge trains. President Bud Brown said plans are in place to fill in the display and redo the town, which will feature a mountain for one of the trains to run through. A running trolley, two switching yards, and a turntable are just a few other highlights of the current setup. "A lot of this will be developed into industries," explained Brown, pointing out another part of the layout under construction.

Passersby can check out the display through the large picture windows in the hallway. Club members hope to have the indoor display ready in time for a holiday open house this year. Brown said they welcome volunteers - with or without model railroading experience - to come and help with the project, which he noted would make a good service opportunity for local Scout troops or others.

Pleasant View Train Club also has an outdoor display in one of its courtyards known as Pleasant View Junction, which is open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays, weather permitting. The train does not run during the winter months, but Brown said that it will be up and running for the public by spring as the temperatures rise.

Pleasant View Junction features approximately 600 feet of brass G-scale tracks with five radio-controlled engines that navigate their way over and around a small creek and koi pond. It has been a stop on the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania's Garden Railways Tour four times.

Club member Don Newell was instrumental in getting the outdoor display started. Newell had built a garden railway train in his own yard, but when his house sold the new owners were not interested in maintaining it. "So I brought it with me when I moved here," recalled Newell. "(Pleasant View) gave (the train club) a courtyard, and that was the start of the outdoor display."

Miniature houses and buildings that surround the tracks light up at night, and Brown said the entire display is a hit among residents and visitors alike, who can view it through the row of windows that overlooks the courtyard.

An incognito ticket booth serves as the club's storage shed. Club member Mike Scott explained that it was built to resemble the ticket office at the former Penryn Park, where trains that ran on the old Cornwall Railroad would stop and let passengers off for picnics.

Aside from monthly meetings and time spent working on the indoor and outdoor train displays, club members make time for trips to see local train displays and attractions, as well. Individuals who are interested in joining or serving with the club may contact Brown at 717-664-6252.


Pleasant View Posts Events February 16, 2018

Pleasant View Retirement Community, 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim, has posted its upcoming events. All activities will take place at Pleasant View at 4 p.m. on Mondays.

A Fulton Theatre preview will be held in Hoffer Auditorium on March 5, and Put Your Best Foot Forward has been set for March 12 in Overlook Lounge. Also being offered in Overlook Lounge will be Single Again, set for March 19, and Getting Your Home Ready to Sell, slated for March 26.

For more information about the events, readers may visit


Sandwich Sale Fundraiser Posted February 13, 2018

Fairmount Homes and a local Youth for Truth group will hold a ham and cheese sandwich fundraiser. Thursday, March 1, will be the last day orders may be placed. Sandwiches may be picked up on Saturday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. just inside the front door at the Wheat Ridge Building, 333 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata. Proceeds will benefit Fairmount residents in financial need through the Sharing Fund.

To place orders, call 717-354-1800 or stop by the front desk at Fairmount. Directions to Fairmount are available at


Pathways Institute Sets Spring Semester February 12, 2018

The spring 2018 term of the Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning at Landis Homes began with a kickoff reception on Feb. 1. About 200 individuals participated in the event, which was held at Calvary Church because of the active construction on the retirement community campus.

Program director Susan Stauffer shared that Pathways began in 2008 and that about 200 students participate each semester, with equal attendance between Landis Homes residents and individuals from the larger Lancaster community.

Following opening remarks, class instructors and class titles were introduced by resident and Pathways board member Judy Sargent. The new Pathways Institute catalogs and online registration forms are available at

The 30-plus courses and learning opportunities, which run from March through May, are open to all Lancaster County residents, as well as residents from neighboring counties, who are age 55 years and up. New class topics include "A History of the Lighthouse"; "Israel, Judaism, and the Gates of Heaven"; "The Shakers: America's Oldest Commune"; "The Underground Railroad"; "Lancaster County Photographs"; "Honey Bees"; "Famous Astronomers"; and multiple classes on the natural world of birds, butterflies, and other creatures.

The registration fee includes enrollment in to up to eight courses per semester, and there is also a per-course payment option. There are also day trips and concerts offered in addition to the regular classes. Destinations this year will include Shenk's Ferry Wildflower Preserve, The Eisenhower Farm, and the Terracotta Warriors exhibit in Philadelphia.

Most classes are held on the Landis Homes campus, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz. For more information, readers may call 717-569-3271, ext. 3060, or email


Columbia Native Celebrates 111th Birthday February 8, 2018

Columbia native and supercentenarian Miriam "Mim" Moore turned 111 on Jan. 28, and she celebrated the milestone birthday with family, friends, and staff members at Luther Acres in Lititz, where she currently resides. Festivities included a party with family members, another party with cake to share with friends at Luther Acres, and a visit from members of her church, St. John's Lutheran in Columbia.

To show Mim how much her stories and bright smile are appreciated, the team at Luther Acres organized a card shower for her. The Luthercare Facebook post about the card shower was liked or shared by more than 2,000 people, and cards began pouring in. "From The Heart," a Facebook group whose mission is to spread good cheer to senior citizens by sending cards of all types, helped to spread the word among its followers throughout the country. By the time Mim's birthday arrived, she had received more than 1,000 cards and notes from more than 20 states, including Hawaii, and from countries as far away as Japan, China, and Bahrain.

Mim said that she was overwhelmed by the gracious outpouring of well wishes. She read every card, particularly remarking on cards with nature scenes and chuckling a bit at the animal-themed cards. Many were handmade, and they often contained special handwritten messages. Team members at Luther Acres created a display of cards near the entrance to the Luther Acres Healthcare Center and added to it throughout the days leading up to her birthday. When Mim saw the volume of cards displayed, she was truly touched, saying, "I am so blessed."

Born and raised in Columbia, Mim loves to tell stories of growing up in the community. She has fond memories of her hometown that include many Saturday night dances at the Columbia Moose Lodge and being a regular at the lunch counter at Hinkle's Pharmacy. She married J. Edwin Moore in 1935, and they had one child, a son, also named J. Edwin Moore, who now lives out of state. As a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. Mim continues her active lifestyle at Luther Acres Healthcare Center, where she has resided since moving from St. John's Herr Estate, a sister Luthercare community in Columbia, in 2012.

According to Mim, the secret to a long life is "Enjoy yourself!" She went on to add, "The Lord has been good to me. He gave me good health, family, friends, and food. What more do you need?" Mim has a wonderful, contagious spirit that is evidenced by her beautiful smile. At Luther Acres, her days are full of exercise, bingo, art class, music programs, and social opportunities. A former bridge player, she still loves to play cards, and her favorite game to play now is Uno. She especially enjoys visit from school-age children and local Scout groups, and many games of Uno are played with the children.


Statue To Visit Pleasant View February 2, 2018

Our Lady of Fatima's Pilgrim Virgin Statue will visit Hoffer Auditorium at Pleasant View Retirement Community, 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim, on Friday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.

More details are available at


Pleasant View Posts Events February 2, 2018

Pleasant View Retirement Community, 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim, has posted a support group meeting and a seminar.

A Memory Loss Support Group will meet in the Town Square North Stiegel Dining Room at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Details are available at

A Parkinson's Disease Resources Seminar will be offered at the Gathering Place on Monday, Feb. 26, at 1:15 p.m. For more information, readers may visit


UZRC Honors Employees January 26, 2018

United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC) recently honored 15 employees during its annual service awards program. According to LaDonna Burns, Interim CEO and NHA, these employees' service exemplified "their outstanding perseverance, passion, and dedication to the residents, families, and fellow employees of United Zion." Between them, the 15 honorees have invested 174 years of service in the United Zion community.

Burns recognized two employees who recently retired. Joanne Conrad, front desk receptionist, and Mary Caldwell, registered nurse team leader in skilled nursing, served 23 and 16 years, respectively. Burns wished both retirees well and thanked them for their commitment to the mission.

Department supervisors honored the following employees for their years of service: Dylan Frank, five years, dining services; Kyle Weber, five years, dining services; Sherrie Koch, five years, personal care; Jay Nolt, five years, personal care; Lauren Eby, five years, skilled nursing; Jordan Ile, five years, skilled nursing; Nate Gordon, five years, environmental services; Patti Bixler, 10 years, life enrichment; Joanne Hoover, 10 years, environmental services; Brenda Herr, 15 years, environmental services; Pam Henry, 15 years, skilled nursing; Linda Armer, 20 years, skilled nursing; and Patti Ketner, 30 years, environmental services.

The honorees and their supervisors, along with members of the UZRC board of directors, shared a meal catered by United Zion dining services.


MV&E Model Railroad Club To Host Open Houses January 24, 2018

According to Masonic Village and Elizabethtown (MV&E) Model Railroad Club member Jay Green, there are two mantras that model railroaders are all too familiar with. "You always need more space, and you're never done," Green said with a laugh. Working together on the MV&E club layout at Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, gives everyone involved a chance to test out new designs, ideas, and technology - and have a great time bonding over the joys of model railroading. And the fact that the display is approximately 1,600 square feet helps to satisfy the itch for more space - at least for now.

Formed in 1997, the club boasts seven operating gauges - Z, N, HO, S, O, G, and standard scales - as well as O-scale trolleys running on two rails with overhead power. "We're unique because of all the running gauges we have," Green stated. "There might be some local clubs that have two running at once, but none that have seven," remarked club president Gary Latshaw.

Membership is open to anyone age 18 and older with an interest in trains, and the club currently has approximately 50 members who hail from throughout Lancaster, Lebanon, and Dauphin counties. Some members are in the workshop three or four days a week, and others stop in as their schedule allows. Tuesday and Friday evenings are the official work nights. "Collectively, we put in hundreds of hours," Green estimated.

"(The number of hours) is contingent on the projects we've got going on," said Gary Joline. In 2017, the club completed work on the O- and G-scales, including redoing the front end, adding new miniature buildings, and updating the wiring and circuitry underneath. The digital command control system was rewired for the entire HO-scale layout so that now the track switches can be operated by hand controls.

Latshaw said that with model railroading technology advancing so quickly, having a group of enthusiasts to bounce ideas around with is crucial. Mel Fisher, who is the club's oldest active member at 90 years of age, only began dabbling in the hobby when he retired. Fisher is now one of the go-to resources for other members when it comes to the electrical work that goes into making sure all of the trains are able to run. One of Fisher's many invaluable contributions was developing the entire O-gauge signaling system with block control, which ensures that the trains do not run into each other.

Every member has an area of expertise or special interest, and together the club members aim to make the display something that anyone can enjoy during open houses held for the public several times a year. The next open houses are scheduled to take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 3 and 4, March 3 and 4, and April 7 and 8. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Interactive buttons add to the excitement, allowing visitors to control several of the trains and models. Two large screens show live footage from cameras placed inside some of the trains. Member Tom Host said this feature was added to give individuals who are in wheelchairs a new perspective of the display, but it turned out to be something that everyone seems to appreciate. Host said that visitors are typically surprised by the sheer size of the train display. "When people come in here, they say it's better than Roadside America," added Host.

"One of the fun things is seeing the kids running around - and the kids are all the way from 2 or 3 years old to 73," said Latshaw with a chuckle.

To learn more, readers may visit or visit, where directions to the club are also listed.


UZRC Displays McCarthy's Artwork January 22, 2018

The art gallery at United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC), 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, is featuring Leslie McCarthy as January's Artist of the Month.

McCarthy has been working for 13 years to establish her own contemporary style of art characterized by strong themes and moving narratives. Her desire is to keep viewers engaged through her display of bold colors and vivid contrasts. McCarthy has created more than 60 commissioned pieces of art. She was recently featured as an "Up and Coming Artist" in a local magazine, and she was the featured artist at a Lancaster art studio and an interior design business.

McCarthy is currently busy working on new pieces for her next show, as well as creating hummingbird pieces for her Project Hummingbird series. Project Hummingbird donates 100 percent of all proceeds raised from any hummingbird piece to A21, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to eradicating slavery around the world. For more information on A21 or McCarthy and her work, readers may visit

McCarthy's artwork will be on display and available for purchase at UZRC throughout the month of January. The gallery is free and open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, readers may contact Alyssa Wojcik at


Bringing Together Those Who Served January 19, 2018

World War II (WWII) veteran and Masonic Village resident Robert Rineer enjoys talking to other veterans and finding out what they did, so in 2016 he decided to approach recreation coordinator Nancy Heffley about starting an official veterans group for those living in the personal care suites in the Freemasons Building.

Currently, the group has approximately 23 members and meets once a month. "They just enjoy talking together about their experiences," Rineer said. Heffley helps to remind them about their meetings, he added. For 2018, the group has planned two lunch trips to the Elizabethtown VFW and Elizabethtown American Legion and bus trips to the United States Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle and the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg.

Rineer, 95, served in the Army Air Corps, now the Air Force, from 1942 to 1944, flying C-46 cargo transport planes throughout India and China. After completing his military service, he moved to Mountville and began a lifelong career in electronics, which included teaching night school at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.

When forming the veterans group, Rineer wanted to ensure it would be open to individuals who served in any branch of the military. "If you were in the service for at least 30 days, you're considered a veteran," said Rineer. "When I started the group I didn't have (guest) speakers, but my guys just enjoy sitting around and telling stories."

The group's lone female member, 94-year-old Rita Warrick, is also a World War II veteran, having served as a Navy corpsman at the Seattle Naval Hospital. "My husband was drafted and sent to England, so he was far away and I wanted to do something to help," shared Warrick, who raised five children with her husband in Philadelphia after the war. She looks forward to hearing others' stories at the monthly meetings.

WWII veteran Herbert Ridyard, who lives in a cottage at Masonic Village with his wife, Nancy Lou, was the guest speaker for the group's January meeting.

He shared maps and photos from a recent trip back to Germany to illustrate his story of joining the United States Army at age 17 and serving as a rifleman and ammunition bearer in a heavy machine gun squad with the 94th Infantry Division in Gen. George Patton's Third Army in the European Theater. Ridyard was in combat for eight months and earned four battle stars for campaigns in northern France, the Ardennes, the Rhineland and central Germany, as well as the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star for Valor.

During the winter of 1944 to 1945, Ridyard was hospitalized with frozen toes. After Victory in Europe Day, he served eight months in the Army of Occupation in Germany and Czechoslovakia. Following his time in the military, he earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. Ridyard worked at the Langley Aeronautical Laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronutics (NACA) - the forerunner of NASA - as an aeronautical research scientist and later with General Electric's missile department.

During Ridyard's talk, he highlighted the many ways that he believes the Holy Spirit guided and protected him throughout several incidences that would have drastically altered the course of his life had there been an ever-so-slightly different outcome. Rain melted the heavy snow during one mission, which allowed Ridyard to see and navigate the minefield before him. "Afterward, the guy that called me said, 'You weren't supposed to come until tonight.' If we'd come earlier, we wouldn't have seen the mines. If we waited until night, we wouldn't have seen the mines," reflected Ridyard. "Some people say that's dumb luck, but I'm not so sure that's true."


Revamping Fitness Routines With Aquatics January 18, 2018

Stand-up paddle boarding and underwater bicycling might sound like activities for a tropical adventure vacation, but they are actually just a few of the popular aquatics classes offered in the Town Square Health Club at Pleasant View Retirement Community, 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim. On chilly days - or any given day of the year - residents and health club members have the option of warming up with a number of classes offered in the heated pool.

According to Town Square Health Club manager Haley Brumbach, Pleasant View is the first location on the East Coast and the second in the United States to offer the official Aqua Stand Up class, which is inspired by stand-up paddle boarding. The class offers a full-body workout through a combination of cardiovascular training, muscle conditioning, yoga, Pilates, and stretching.

Assistant manager and Aqua Stand Up instructor Lisa Murray said that the paddle boards are tethered to the sides to the pool - and knowing this usually alleviates some of the fears people may have about trying it out. "Sometimes they use the paddles, and sometimes they don't," Murray added. "It's a lot of fun."

Class sizes are limited to eight participants, which helps to ensure plenty of one-on-one attention and assistance, if needed. Murray admitted that perhaps the most challenging part of the class is just the fact that a good bit of core strength is necessary to succeed. Plus, a lot of folks are uneasy about the idea of having to stand up on the boards. "I encourage them that the more times they take (the class), the easier it gets. Balance really comes quickly," explained Murray, who received certification as a Master Trainer last year in order to begin teaching the classes at Pleasant View. Aqua Stand Up was developed in Europe by Eric Vandendriessche, whom Murray worked with directly in order to implement the classes.

"(Aqua Stand Up) is something that I really enjoy doing," said Murray, who also has a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science and is a certified personal trainer. "Water exercise is good for all ability levels, and it's easier on your joints. Even just walking in water gives you 10 times the resistance of air, so it's great for anyone looking to lose weight." Increased flexibility, range of motion, and endurance are just a few of the other perks of working out in the water, according to Murray.

Aqua Stand Up was added to Pleasant View's aquatics programming in May 2017, along with AquaBiker. The AquaBiker classes allow participants to use aquatic fitness bikes for a 45-minute power workout. "It's basically a spin class in the water," Brumbach illustrated. A Gentle Journey class is also offered on the aquatic fitness bikes, specifically for individuals with physical limitations such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Other aquatics offerings at the Town Square Health Club include Water in Motion, Happy Hearts, WaterWorx, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), barre, kickboxing, and swim lessons. Murray said that Happy Hearts, a gentle exercise routine designed to help alleviate arthritis symptoms, is among the most popular classes.

"Our aquatics programming is very strong, so we're always looking for ways to enhance it," shared Brumbach. "And we're trying to get the word out to the public that we're here."

In addition to Pleasant View retirees, Town Square Health Club memberships are available to area residents age 45 and older. A punch card membership option exclusively for classes is open to area residents age 16 and older. For more details, readers may call 717-664-6305 or visit

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