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Community Holds Senior Prom March 22, 2019

Traditions of Hershey, an independent living and personal care community, held its annual Senior Prom for residents on March 14.

This year's theme was "Under the Stars." The event featured students from Hershey High School National Honor Society performing musical selections and dance skits, followed by entertainment by JCM Band.

The event also included the crowning of Bob Walmer as Prom king and Janet Poorman as Prom queen.

For more information, readers may call Marisa Williams at 717-838-2330 or visit


Semi-Chocolate Stroll Held March 15, 2019

The Semi-Chocolate Stroll and Silent Auction returned to United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC) on Feb. 23 after a two-year hiatus due to construction and renovations. The event drew more than 160 attendees.

The event featured 14 different stops, with tidbits and morsels created by UZRC staff members and residents as well as local chocolate companies. Guests also participated in a silent auction featuring gift cards and certificates, admission tickets and experiences, artwork, gift bags and other items.

Proceeds will go toward benevolent care, which will enable residents to continue receiving the same quality care and services should their own resources become unable to cover the full cost of care.

UZRC is located at 722 Furnace Hills Pike, 1 mile north of Lititz. For more information, readers may visit or search for "United Zion Retirement Community" on Facebook.


QPRC Launches Home Care Program March 14, 2019

Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community (QPRC) has announced that Great Rock Home Care is now available to the Quarryville community and surrounding areas. For more than 70 years, QPRC has sought to provide quality care for its residents' physical, spiritual, emotional, and social needs.

When someone contacts Great Rock Home Care, a registered nurse conducts an assessment and creates a detailed plan that includes a schedule for home care visits and cost of selected services. Care is available day or night, seven days per week, as needed. QPRC can help with both long- and short-term care needs. A variety of services are offered, including help with bathing, dressing, and grooming; medication reminders; care for those with memory issues; help with laundry and ironing; simple meal preparation; wellness visits; and transportation for a variety of needs. Great Rock Home Care team members complete the same employee screening process as QPRC on-campus employees.

To learn more, readers may contact Great Rock Home Care at 717-786-5700 or visit


School, GSV Offer Woodworking Club March 13, 2019

In November 2018, fifth-grade teacher Meghan Clisham from New Holland Elementary in ELANCO School District connected with the Garden Spot Village (GSV) wood shop to create an after-school Woodworking Club. Larry Knepper, GSV resident and wood shop member, coordinated the four-week club, which ran on Mondays in February and early March from 4 to 5 p.m.

Each week, 16 sixth-graders attended the program. Clisham and fifth-grade teacher Rachel Smith chaperoned the group. Clisham said, "We intentionally piloted the program with sixth-graders because we knew the students well. Plus, the students were already familiar with Garden Spot Village because they had pen pals from Garden Spot Village last year."

Each Monday, the students broke into four groups and decided on their project for the day. Knepper provided plans and materials for four projects each week. Students chose between a birdhouse, a stool, a toolbox and a paper towel holder. Some of the groups chose to make individual projects, and others chose to work together on a project for the school. For example, one group made a birdhouse to be used in the school courtyard, while others chose to make individual birdhouses. Knepper said he chose projects to give the students the opportunity to use each of the power machines in the wood shop.

"The students seem to be very interested. Some of them have a little bit of background with woodworking," Knepper said.

"We were really pleased to offer this opportunity to do something different," Smith said. "It's cool to watch (the students) use a ruler to measure the wood, learn about the safety of the equipment and interact with the residents."

Wood shop members Bob Collins, John Moore, Paul Dodge and Gordon Lash served as group leaders and helped the students with the projects.

The GSV wood shop donated the materials for the projects, allowing the school to offer the club to the students at no cost.


Open House Set For Apartments March 1, 2019

Homestead Village, 1800 Village Circle, Lancaster, will hold an apartment open house on Friday, March 15, with showings from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m.

For more information, readers may call the marketing office at 717-397-4831 or visit


Exhibit Features Watercolor Paintings February 28, 2019

The Art Gallery at United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC), 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, is featuring Lancaster County watercolor artist Brenda Blank as the United Zion Artist of the Month for March. The gallery will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout March.

Blank is inspired by Andrew Wyeth, who stated "I paint my life" and whom Blank admires for his ability to connect the mood and organic feel of his subject matter. Blank's art is reflective of her childhood in rural Lancaster County, where she was fascinated by aged and weathered trees and the textures of streams and gardens. In her artwork, Blank focuses on items that may be overlooked, aiming to call out their purpose and meaning in daily life. She seeks to communicate her view that life is full of visual gifts and special moments. Blank enjoys experimenting with a variety of techniques and says she relishes the challenge of finding the balance between control and allowing the picture to paint itself.

Blank received her first award, an Honorable Mention, at Lancaster Museum of Art's summer show in 2015. She has shown her work at various locations in downtown Lancaster, is a partner artist at a business in Lititz, and creates a variety of commissioned works.

For more information on the UZRC Art Gallery, readers may contact Alyssa Wojcik at


Support Groups Will Gather February 28, 2019

Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will host two support groups.

The Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group will meet on Tuesday, March 19. The topic will be transactive memory, with presenter Frank Miller. The group meets every third Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room, and there is no cost to attend. For directions, call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764.

Also, the monthly Bereavement Support Group will meet on Thursday, March 21. This group meets every third Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the large, first-floor recreation room in Sycamore North. Refreshments are served, and there is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Heidi Young, bereavement coordinator, at 717-367-1121, ext. 33576.


Driver Safety Program Slated February 28, 2019

The AARP Driver Safety Program of Pennsylvania will offer its AARP Safe Driving course on Monday, March 11, and Tuesday, March 12, from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Pleasant View Retirement Community, 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim. This course is designed for individuals age 50 and over who hold a valid Pennsylvania driver's license.

Those who wish to take the course must attend both sessions in their entirety. A cost has been set for AARP members, with a higher cost for nonmembers. Advance registration is required by contacting Heather Landram at 717-664-6344 or


Fairmount Plans Free Seminar February 27, 2019

A free "right-sizing" seminar, "Moving Up: How to Make a S.M.A.R.T. Move," is planned at Fairmount on Wednesday, March 13, at 10 a.m. in Wheat Ridge Chapel, 333 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata, on the west side of the Fairmount campus. The presenter will be Margit Novack, president of a moving company, who will tackle how to plan for a move and "right-size" belongings.

For more information or to register, readers may contact the Fairmount marketing office at 717-354-1811 or


Mental Health Seminar Planned February 27, 2019

A free seminar, "Strategies for Good Mental Health," will be open to the public at Fairmount, 333 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata, on Tuesday, March 19, at 1:30 p.m. in the Wheat Ridge Chapel on the west side of the Fairmount campus. The presenter will be Marganne Hoffman, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) coordinator for WellSpan. Her seminar will focus on how to understand the body/mind connection of stress, learn effective coping strategies and understand compassion fatigue. She will also offer self-care tips.

Time will be allotted for questions from the audience. Reservations are requested by calling 717-354-1893.


Support Groups To Hold Meetings February 20, 2019

Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, has planned several support group meetings. The meetings are free and open to the public.

The Living With Loss Support Group will meet on Wednesday, March 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Board Room. Attendees will take time to reflect on how they are feeling and what may feel unresolved. The group is for persons who have experienced death of a spouse or other family member. The group's focus is support and education. For more information, readers may contact Jenny Snyder at 717-355-6259 or

The Alzheimer's Association and Garden Spot Village co-sponsor a support group for family caregivers of persons with dementia. The group will meet on Monday, March 11, at 10 a.m. in the Concord Room. The meeting will include an open discussion as well as a brief summary of the January presentation by Emelia Reifsnyder, titled "What Happens When the Caregiver Becomes Ill?" Upon advance request, free respite care in Adult Day Services is available during this group meeting time if currently enrolled. Those who are attending the support group for the first time are asked to contact Marcia Parsons at 717-355-6239 or

The Low Vision Support Group will meet on Thursday, March 14, at 3 p.m. in the Garden Towers. Taylor Newswanger from Vision Corps will share on the topic "Lighting for Low Vision." The Low Vision Support Group is designed to provide information and support to enhance independence for persons with any kind of visual losses. For more information, readers may call Mary Beth Villafane at 717-355-6010.

The Parkinson's Support Group will meet on Monday, March 25, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Garden Towers. Neurologist Jarod John will discuss emerging treatments for Parkinson's. Free resources from the National Parkinson's Foundation will be available. The support group is open to all persons with Parkinson's and their caregivers, family and friends. For more information, readers may contact Sherilyn Lapp at 717-355-6264 or


Residents Receive Valentines February 20, 2019


Pathways Institute Kicks Off Spring Term February 14, 2019

The spring 2019 term of the Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning at Landis Homes began with a kickoff reception on Jan. 31. More than 200 persons participated in the event, which was held at Calvary Church.

Pathways advisory board chair Richard Cook, who has also been a student and instructor, served as moderator for the short program. Following the opening remarks, class instructors and class titles were introduced by Landis Homes resident and Pathways board member Judy Sargent. The new Pathways Institute catalogs were distributed, and attendees were able to visit instructors at display tables around the room and begin registering for classes.

The more than 40 courses and learning opportunities, which will run from March through May, are open to all people age 55 and up who are residents of Lancaster County or neighboring counties. New class topics include "The Code Girls of WWII," "Medical Choices of the 21st Century: Taking Charge of Your Health," "The Underground Railroad in Lancaster County," "Telescopic Viewing of the Night Sky" and multiple classes on nature, history and religion.

There is a registration fee, which includes enrollment in to up to eight courses per semester, as well as a per-course payment option. Day trips and special events will also be offered in addition to the regular classes.

In 2008, Pathways Institute, an affiliate of Landis Communities, started the Lancaster County program in cooperation with the original program, which began at Messiah Lifeways, Mechanicsburg, in 2006.

Most classes are held on the Landis Homes campus, which is located at 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz. The spring 2019 catalog and registration information can be found at For more information, readers may call 717-569-3271 or email


VITA Program Site Open February 13, 2019

Garden Spot Village residents, volunteering with the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, will offer free tax return preparation on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through Thursday, April 11.

The national program, sponsored locally by the United Way of Lancaster County, is available to anyone who earned less than $62,000 in 2018. It was started by the Internal Revenue Service to help people comply with the federal law that compels every person who is eligible to file a tax return. United Way of Lancaster County supports 17 VITA locations around the county, including Garden Spot Village, located at 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. Garden Spot Village volunteers began offering tax assistance through VITA 16 years ago.

Duane Tice and Don Aldrich, Garden Spot Village residents, co-coordinate the VITA program at Garden Spot Village. To make an appointment, readers may call 717-355-6000. To learn more about the VITA program in Lancaster County or to find an alternate location, individuals may visit


Ham Sandwich Fundraiser Set February 11, 2019

Fairmount has announced that a ham and cheese sandwich fundraiser will be held jointly with a local Youth for Truth group at Fairmount, 333 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata. Orders may be placed by calling 717-354-1800 or stopping by the front desk at Fairmount.

The deadline for ordering is Friday, March 1. The sandwiches will be available for pickup on Saturday, March 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. just inside the front door of the Wheat Ridge building. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used for the benefit of Fairmount residents in financial need. For directions, visit


Safety Vest Frolic Planned February 7, 2019

The community is invited to join Fairmount residents on Friday, Feb. 22, at 9:30 a.m. for a Safety Vest Frolic. The event will be held in the Crest View Gathering Room at 1100 Farm Crest Drive, Ephrata, on the east side of the Fairmount campus.

Kay L. Moyer, safety nurse educator from the Cooperative Extension Service, supplies the materials to make vests and assemble kits to donate to local schoolchildren who walk or bike on back roads. Those who would like to help cut pieces of fabric fastener or reflective tape for the vests or assemble the cut pieces into kits are invited to join the project. Those who cannot attend but are interested in helping in their own home may call 717-394-6851.

Due to increased demand, there is a great need for more people to sew, as well as for someone to cut fabric for vests. Donations are also needed to purchase additional materials for more vests. More information may also be found at


Residents Hold 1920s Celebration February 7, 2019

On Jan. 24, Senior Commons at Powder Mill held a 1920s-themed party to celebrate residents age 90 and up with refreshments, music and memorabilia from the era.

Resident Anna Mae Snyder, 100, enjoyed reminiscing about a time known for flappers and jazz music.

Olga Petrolini, 98, another resident in attendance, enjoyed throwing on a pink feather boa and striking a pose. She had the room in stitches as she impersonated Mae West, quoting a line from "She Done Him Wrong."

Senior Commons at Powder Mill is located at 1775 Powder Mill Road, York.


Kehler Named Manager February 1, 2019

Moravian Manor in Lititz has named William Kehler as general manager of dining services. Kehler, a Sodexo USA employee, has direct responsibility for all culinary efforts for the community.

Kehler, of Manheim, was previously director of dining services at Foxdale Village in State College as well as regional operations support manager for multiple senior living accounts in Pennsylvania and Maryland. He has been employed with Sodexo for more than 12 years. He previously served as managing partner for Avado Brands in Altoona.

Kehler graduated from Hollidaysburg High School.


UZRC Recognizes Employees February 1, 2019

United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC) honored nine employees during its annual Service Awards luncheon and dessert social on Jan. 30. The nine employees have invested more than 112 years of service between them. According to CEO Sue Verdegem, the employees were honored for demonstrating United Zion's core values, including respect, excellence, and integrity.

First honored was registered nurse Nancy Wright, who is retiring from full-time work at UZRC after 37 years of service. Her colleagues and supervisors recognized her leadership skills, as well as her dedication to serving residents with compassion.

Department supervisors recognized eight employees reaching key service milestones. In 2018, four employees reached five years of service: Alicia Bender, Nursing Services; Julia Grodzicki, Nursing Services; Alexandra Plaisance, Nursing Services;and Breana Kattau, Food and Nutrition. Another four employees received awards for 10 years of service or longer: Jackie Hossler, 10 years, Nursing Services; Rose Martin, 10 years, Nursing Services; Tammy Ruhl, 15 years, Environmental Services; and Jane Laager, 20 years, Life Enrichment.

UZRC, 722 Furnace Hills Pike, just north of downtown Lititz, offers independent living cottages and apartments, personal care services, and skilled nursing care for long-term care and short-term rehabilitation. Established in 1905, the nonprofit community has a mission to provide quality services to the aging, based on Christian principles, in a loving and caring community encouraging independence, promoting wellness, and preserving human dignity.

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


Community Will Host Project February 1, 2019

Traditions of Hershey, 100 N. Larkspur Drive, Palmyra, is joining dozens of volunteers across the country in the Little Hats, Big Hearts initiative. Volunteers will knit and crochet red hats for babies born in February at participating hospitals. The tiny red hats symbolize a shared mission of heart-healthy lives for everyone.

Acceptable donations will be made with red color, cotton or acrylic medium- to heavy-weight, machine washable and dryable yarn. Simple hat patterns are requested because buttons and extraneous bows can detach, posing a safety risk to the infants. Sample patterns can be found at

On Thursday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m., Traditions of Hershey invites anyone interested in knitting or crocheting to join residents to help create as many tiny red hats as possible for donation to Little Hats, Big Hearts. For more information, readers may call Marisa Williams at 717-838-2330 or visit

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