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Donations Sought For Toys For Tots November 15, 2018

Members of the community are invited to collect new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Toys for Tots program.

From Monday, Nov. 26, through Friday, Dec. 14, community members may bring a new, unwrapped toy to Traditions of Hershey, 100 N. Larkspur Drive, Palmyra, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. In addition to toys, other recommended items include books, board games, sports equipment, handheld electronics, and hair dryers or straighteners.

Since 1947, the United States Marine Corps has distributed toys to children during the holiday season, thanks to the generosity of local community members. For more information about the Marine Toys for Tots program, readers may visit


Memory Loss Group To Meet November 15, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, at 7 p.m. in the Warwick Room of The Heritage. The topic will be "Caring for the Caregiver," and the meeting will feature dessert and conversation.

The public is invited to attend. The meeting is designed for 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.


Garden Spot Village Wins Award November 9, 2018

Ruth Dunlap, resident of Thistledown, the Cooperative Living House at Garden Spot Village, accepted the 2018 LeadingAge Innovation Award on behalf of Garden Spot Communities at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo in Philadelphia on Oct. 28.

LeadingAge Awards Committee selected Garden Spot Communities as the recipient of the 2018 Innovation Award in September. According to Kathryn Roberts, board chair of LeadingAge and the awards committee, the award is given to recognize programs for their innovation and excellence.

Garden Spot Communities was chosen for the award because its leadership team recognized the need for affordable housing for older adults on fixed incomes, explored different opportunities and concepts to develop a Cooperative Living House and partnered with the local community to build the home. Members of the New Holland and greater Lancaster community helped to build the home by donating funds and materials and volunteering.

Garden Spot CEO Steve Lindsey believes that the Cooperative Living House is a project that can be scalable for the future.

Garden Spot Village welcomed the first residents to Thistledown in March.


Calvary Homes Announces Chapel Name November 8, 2018

Calvary Homes' board of directors recently announced the naming of the new chapel in honor of Dr. Eric Crichton, resident and former pastor of Calvary Church in Lancaster. The announcement was made during the retirement community's annual Thanksgiving Praise Celebration held on Nov. 5.

Crichton served as the senior pastor of Calvary Church for 23 years. In the following 34 years, Eric, now 97, and his late wife, Dorothy, moved to Calvary Homes retirement community, where he continued his service in the areas of board chair, committee leadership, and pulpit supply, while also serving various interim pastoral roles in the northeast.

To be known as Crichton Chapel, the new assembly space will become a focal point for religious services and a wide variety of other programs, many being offered by outside groups. The new 120-seat chapel, now under construction, is a key feature of a $2 million capital campaign called "Caring and Preparing for Today and Tomorrow." This campaign is intended to raise funds in partial support of a $13 million renovation of the community's main facilities, which is now underway. So far, the community has raised $745,000 in gifts and pledges toward the $2 million goal, which is to be reached by 2022.

Calvary Homes invites friends of the community and those influenced by Crichton's ministry over 57 years to join in support of the chapel's naming by providing gifts in honor of Crichton's ministry.

The chapel is slated to be dedicated in a celebration event when it is completed. Calvary Homes expects the major phases of the campaign to be completed in late 2019.

Those interested in supporting Crichton Chapel or the renovation project should contact director of development Dan Snyder at 717-824-8816 or email or visit


Parkinson's Support Group To Meet November 8, 2018

The next meeting of the Lancaster County Parkinson's Support Group will take place on Monday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. in the West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz.

The topic will be "An Update on Information for Persons with Parkinson's Disease," presented by Jarod John, a neurologist at Brain Orthopedic Spine Specialists of Lancaster. The presentation will be followed by a time of questions and answers, refreshments and informal discussion.

The monthly meetings are designed for education and support for persons diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and their families. The Lancaster Parkinson's Support Group meets at Landis Homes on the third Monday of each month from March through November.

For more information or to receive a brochure, readers may call 717-509-5494.


Stauffer Celebrates 100th Birthday November 7, 2018

Mary Sensenig Stauffer turned 100 years old on Oct. 28. Friends and family came to Fairmount in Ephrata, where Mary lives, to celebrate the occasion. Mary also received a visit from state Sen. Ryan P. Aument, who awarded her with a citation from the state of Pennsylvania.

Mary was born at home in Frysville during World War I and the 1918 flu epidemic. She married Ivan Stauffer in April 1944, and they had been married for 66 years when Ivan passed away in 2010. They had five children, 10 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren. Mary is the last of her siblings still living.

Ivan and Mary and their family lived on a farm between Martindale and Red Run, raising a variety of animals and enjoying flower and vegetable gardening. Mary was an avid quilter until the age of 88, and she also enjoyed sewing, smocking, baking, and reading. She was a member of the Blue Ball Church of the Brethren, where she served as a deacon's wife, taught Sunday school and Bible school, hosted evangelists, and participated in the sewing circle. She attributes her good health and vitality to drinking goat's milk most of her adult life and to following Exodus 20:12, which focuses on honoring one's parents.

For more information about Fairmount, readers may visit


Donations Of Winter Items Sought November 7, 2018

Senior Commons at Powder Mill, 1775 Powder Mill Road, York, will collect winter items on behalf of Veterans Helping Hand Inc. to help homeless veterans and those in need. From Tuesday, Nov. 27, to Saturday, Dec. 15, new or gently used gloves, hats, and scarves will be accepted at Senior Commons at Powder Mill from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, readers may visit


Oldies Band To Present Concert November 2, 2018

Reminisce, known as "The Oldies/Motown Dance Band," will present an oldies concert on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Paramount Senior Living at Lancaster County, 2760 Maytown Road, Maytown. People of all ages are invited.

During the evening, unopened toys will be collected for Toys for Tots. Community members may drop off donations for Toys for Tots through Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24.

Reminisce is a nine-piece oldies dance band known for its harmonies. Its song list includes hits from The Temptations, Dion and The Belmonts, The Drifters, The Ronettes, Aretha Franklin, Martha and The Vandellas, The Isley Brothers, and other classic artists.

The ticket cost includes a ticket to enter a giveaway drawing, as well as light refreshments and beverages. Tickets are available at Paramount Senior Living at Lancaster County and at

For more information, readers may call 717-468-5155.


Woodcrest Villa Plans Craft Event November 2, 2018

The crafters group at Woodcrest Villa will host its third annual craft event on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the VIVA Centre's Gamber Auditorium, 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. Staff members, residents, and their relatives will also take part, and hot food and baked goods will be available for purchase.

Proceeds from the event will support the benevolence fund of Mennonite Communities. For more information, readers may call Shirl Fitzsimmons at 717-984-2720.


Mount Hope Sets Bazaar, Open House November 1, 2018

Mount Hope Nazarene Retirement Community, 3026 Mount Hope Home Road, Manheim, will hold a holiday bazaar and open house on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first floor in the resident dining hall.

Gift purchases will be available via cash and carry and preorder sales. Vendors will sell beauty items, handmade cards and crafts, jewelry, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, and more. Homemade baked goods and other treats will be for sale.

Proceeds will benefit activities for Mount Hope residents. Tours will be available upon request.

Also, Mount Hope recognizes the generosity of attendees of its benefit dinner on Oct. 20 at Chiques Church of the Brethren.

Individuals are welcome to donate to Mount Hope during the Extraordinary Give on Friday, Nov. 16, by visiting


Support Groups Will Meet November 1, 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, Nov. 20, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room. Debbie Ferretti, medical assistance coordinator, will discuss "Medical Assistance and Spousal Resources." For directions and to register, readers may call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764.

The Bereavement Support Group will meet on Thursday, Nov. 15, 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.


Creating From The Heart October 31, 2018

The crafters of Woodcrest Villa spend a lot of time in stitches, of both the sewing and laughing varieties.

"We don't only work, but we enjoy what we're doing. We laugh and talk," said Hilma Mumma.

"And support each other," added Kathy Denlinger. "Not only in the work we do, but also in the benevolent fund for Mennonite Communities."

The members of the crafters group meet year-round on Friday mornings in the craft room on the top floor of the VIVA Centre on Woodcrest Villa's campus. Using a variety of donated materials and having voted on what to make, the volunteers form hundreds of whimsical and practical items that they sell in the craft room and at the craft event they have hosted for the past few years to support the benevolent fund.

"(Even though we laugh a lot), we're serious about our cause," said crafter Anne Fessenden. "A fair amount of the residents have used up all their funds, and they're supported by the benevolent fund."

The community is invited to support the fund by purchasing the group's crafts and other items at the third annual craft event that will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the VIVA Centre's Gamber Auditorium, 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. The crafters will sell walker bags, fall and holiday decor, ornaments, wreaths, small cloth Christmas trees, decorative serving plates, gift card envelopes, gift bags, and more.

Staff members, residents, and their relatives will also take part in the craft event. They are expected to offer jewelry, doll clothes, knitwear, pillows, papercrafts, and wooden items, among others.

Additionally, hot dogs, doughnuts, baked goods, and beverages will be sold.

Cash will be the only accepted form of payment at the craft event.

The crafters noted that their inspiration is nonagenarian and resident Grace Keener. They invite Woodcrest Villa residents to participate in the craft gatherings on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. Artistic talent is not a requirement for volunteers.

"A lot these ladies have great artistic skills. They're accepting, though, of those of us who don't feel as artistic," crafter Kris Douglas-Kinsey said gratefully.

The craft room is also open throughout the week, and crafters offer services such as gift wrapping, jewelry repair, and the restyling of wreaths and silk flower arrangements.

"Members of our community stop by to see what's going on," said volunteer craft coordinator Shirl Fitzsimmons. "A lot of people buy gifts for family and friends (when they're here)."

For more information about the crafters or the craft event, readers may call Fitzsimmons at 717-984-2720.


Luther Acres Sets Holiday Bazaar October 26, 2018

Residents of Luther Acres, the Luthercare community in Lititz, have been working for months to prepare items for the upcoming annual Holiday Bazaar. This year, the event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Community Room in the Towne Center, 250 St. Luke Drive, Lititz. Shoppers will be able to pay for their purchases via cash or check at each section of the bazaar or take a slip to the credit card cashier to pay for their purchases there.

A new feature this year is the addition of outside vendors. Some of the crafts to be sold by these vendors include pottery, handcrafted cards, fabric wreaths, watercolor art, hand-painted bibs and aprons, piggy banks, Christmas items, heirloom sewing, kaleidoscope photography, coasters, note cards, ornaments, doll clothes and felted hats, wooden signs, specialty ribbons and bows, quilted runners, hand-beaded purses, and woodwork items.

The Attic Treasures Committee will offer a selection of many gently used household goods and carefully chosen items from Luther Acres residents. The Jewelry Committee members have been sorting and pricing necklaces, bracelets, and earrings to be sold to new users after being donated by residents and their families. The Baked Goods Committee will sell home-baked cakes, cookies, pies, candy, and other goodies in the space of the Pub, located across the hall on Luther Acres' "Main Street" of the Towne Center. Baked goods from Luther Acres residents have been known to sell out before the end of the bazaar.

This year's Craft Section will offer many different items made by Luther Acres residents, including knitted hats and scarves for adults and children, as well as totes of different sizes, decorated wreaths, ornaments, holiday decor, handmade train sets, and more.

The bazaar is a fundraising event that enables the Residents' Council to fulfill its commitment to various causes. The majority of the funds will be directed toward the Luthercare Caring Fund.

In conjunction with the bazaar, the public is invited to a pancake breakfast in Katy's Grill in the Towne Center from 7:30 to 10 a.m. on Nov. 17. Hosted by the Friends of Luther Acres, the breakfast will feature pancakes, sausage, and juice for a set fee.


Appreciation Breakfast Set For Veterans October 26, 2018

A Veterans' Appreciation Breakfast will take place on Monday, Nov. 12, at 8 a.m. at Traditions of Hershey, 100 N. Larkspur Drive, Palmyra.

Veterans and a guest are invited to enjoy a complimentary all-you-can-eat breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon, Danish pastries, fruit, and beverages. The event will be held as a show of appreciation for the veterans' dedicated service to the country.

State Rep. Francis X. Ryan will be the honorary speaker. He is a retired colonel of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve. He served on active duty from December 2004 to June 2005 with Multi-National Force - Iraq, and he also served as Central Command special operations officer during Operation Enduring Freedom. He is the recipient of three Legions of Merit, a Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the U.S. Army Commendation Medal.

Seating is limited. Preregistration is required, and registrants are asked to provide their branch of service. To make reservations, readers may call 717-838-2330.


Food Drive Will Aid The Caring Cupboard October 26, 2018

From Thursday, Nov. 1, through Friday, Nov. 16, a food drive will be held to support The Caring Cupboard, a ministry of Palmyra - A Caring Community (PACC) that is currently serving around 140 families per week.

Donations can be dropped off at Traditions of Hershey, located at 100 N. Larkspur Drive, Palmyra. The food drive will collect unexpired, nonperishable food items. Items currently needed by The Caring Cupboard include cream of chicken soup, bagged and canned pasta, ketchup, canned tomatoes, and rice dishes. For more information about the organization, readers may visit


CrossNet Receives Item Donations October 25, 2018

Fairmount in Ephrata recently held a food drive to benefit CrossNet Ministries in New Holland. In four weeks, residents, families, staff members and visitors donated a total of 28 boxes of food and hygiene products.

CrossNet Ministries is an organization that provides programs in the areas of youths, food and nutrition, social services, and community in the Eastern Lancaster County (ELANCO) School District. CrossNet maintains a food pantry that is accessible to residents in need in the ELANCO area. Boxed and canned food items, as well as hygiene products, are needed. Expired food items cannot be accepted.

Fairmount is a retirement community located near Ephrata. More information is available at


Garden Spot Village Sets Schedule October 23, 2018

Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, will host several free upcoming events. For more information or to register as required, readers may call 717-355-6000 or visit

Greg Huber, author and photographer of "The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania," will give a presentation on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the chapel. He will present information about his book and offer a book signing.

Musical Memories will be a program offered on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. It will be for individuals with Alzheimer's or dementia and their caregivers. Registration is requested.

The Living With Loss support group will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the board room. This month the group will focus on the topic "Gratitude in the Midst of Grief." For more information, readers may call Jenny Snyder at 717-355-6259 or email

The Low Vision support group will meet on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 3 p.m. in the Garden Towers. Dr. Dan Strybos will provide a macular degeneration update. For more information, readers may call Mary Beth Villafane, independent living social worker, at 717-355-6010.

The Alzheimer's Association and Garden Spot Village co-sponsor a support group for family caregivers of those with dementia, which will meet on Monday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m. in the Concord Room. Candy Yingling of the Alzheimer's Association will share information regarding discoveries in research. There will also be a question-and-answer time. Upon advance request, free respite care in Adult Day Services is available during this group meeting time if currently enrolled. Those who will be attending the support group for the first time are asked to contact Marcia Parsons at 717-355-6239 or

The Parkinson's support group will meet on Monday, Nov. 26, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Village Square Theater. Patty Davis from Supportive Older Women's Network in Philadelphia will share about aging and coping. Free resources from the National Parkinson's Foundation are available at the monthly meetings. This group is open to all those with Parkinson's and their caregivers, family and friends. For more information, readers may contact Sherilyn Lapp at 717-355-6264 or


Exhibit Features Artist's Work October 19, 2018

The Art Gallery at United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC), 22 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, is featuring Paradise artist Bill Dodds as the UZRC Artist of the Month.

Dodds focuses on pen and ink pointillism to bring items in nature to life in his drawings. His work is influenced by growing up in the midst of the Allegheny National Forest. Dodds uses the pen to create the detail and contrast of dark and light areas. Each drawing takes between 40 and 180 hours of work, which means he can finish about three in a year.

This summer, Dodds' artwork changed as the black and white ink drawings began to show small areas of color accents. The color is applied with watercolor and chalk pastel to create visual accents. Both Dodds' black and white and colored drawings will be available to view at UZRC.

Dodds received his bachelor's and master's degrees in art education from Pennsylvania State University. During that time, he took up pointillism. However, after school he took a break from it and he only returned to it in his retirement.

Dodds' works may be viewed daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the month of October. For more information on the Art Gallery, readers may contact Alyssa Wojcik at

UZRC is 1.5 miles north of the square in Lititz.


Retirement Community Opens Expansion October 16, 2018

United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC), 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, is celebrating the opening of its latest expansion. The continuing care retirement community has not only added 10 new independent living apartments, but it has also enlarged its health care center for short-term rehabilitation and long-term care.

The 10 new apartment units are almost entirely sold, and the new residents started to move in recently. The units feature hilltop views or private entries with patios, in-unit washers and dryers, open floor plans and housekeeping services.

The brand new health care center wing includes 12 private rooms for short-term rehabilitation and long-term care in a state-of-the-art skilled nursing area. The rooms have European-styled bathrooms with barn doors, individual temperature controls and lots of natural light. The new rooms were slated for occupancy on Oct. 1.

The health care center expansion also includes two new kitchens, dining spaces, and living areas as United Zion transitions to the neighborhood model. Each neighborhood of approximately 15 rooms will feature an eat-in kitchen and separate living space. The kitchens will allow for residents and team members to work together to create special dishes and to keep meal times intimate. The new living areas offer a space for residents to enjoy small group activities from crafting to Wii Bowling.

Community members may view the new wing during United Zion's open house on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, readers may visit or contact Megan Weiss at


Drug Take-Back Collection Posted October 16, 2018

Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, and the New Holland Police Department will provide a collection site on the 15th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, Oct. 27. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., members of the public may bring expired, unwanted or unused prescription and over-the-counter medications to the collection site on the campus of the retirement community for secure disposal.

The event is free and completely anonymous. Participants may remove personal information from drug bottles or packages. Pills, capsules, creams and liquids will be accepted, but syringes or sharps will not.

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 more information, call Colleen Musselman at 717-355-6007 or Chief of Police William Leighty at 717-354-4647.

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