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Gallery To Feature Artwork December 15, 2017

The art gallery at United Zion Retirement Community, 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, is featuring Sandra Desrosiers as December's Artist of the Month.

Desrosiers began oil painting in 2015 shortly after her husband of 11 months passed away. She also began sketching in January 2015, which led her to enroll in a drawing class at the Hanover Area Arts Guild. Shortly after, Desrosiers took a painting class using a variety of mediums except oil. Later, a local artist offered her instruction in oil using Flemish Maroger, an all-in-one painting medium.

Desrosiers began painting up to 12 hours a day every day. She paints what she enjoys - still life, florals, animals, and people - and she studies old master works. Desrosiers' work has received multiple awards, including Best of Show awards at the 2016 and 2017 York Fair and seven other first-place ribbons. In June 2017, she was accepted to several juried shows, including the Lancaster County Art Association National Juried Show, where she won a blue ribbon in the painting category. Other achievements include Awards of Merit and honorable mentions at the Hanover Area Arts Guild.

Desrosiers' work will be on display during December. 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


Telemedicine Offers Options December 12, 2017

The Middletown Home, 999 W. Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, a campus of wellness, rehabilitation, and life-long learning in Dauphin County, now provides telemedicine services on its campus, as of July. The Middletown Home engaged TripleCare, a national provider of telemedicine-based health care services to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).

TripleCare provides The Middletown Home's post-acute care unit and longer-term nursing care unit with virtual health care services during times when physicians may not be on-site or on call, such as overnight, during the weekends, and on holidays. These are the times when most hospital transfers from SNFs occur.

The company's network of physicians performs virtual bedside visits, treating patients in place, using advanced technology, coupled with assistance from The Middletown Home's on-site nurses. TripleCare's telemedicine-based approach allows its physicians to differentiate patients that require a hospital transfer from those who can be treated on campus at The Middletown Home. TripleCare's virtual physician services have proven to aid in avoiding unnecessary hospital transfers, enhancing patient care and comfort while also demonstrating significant cost savings for the campus.

TripleCare's physicians work closely with The Middletown Home's nurses and doctors to deliver seamless treatment through direct communication and examinations and treatment of patients using advanced two-way video and digital diagnostic equipment. With TripleCare's physician team, 80 percent of cases have resulted in treatment in place and improved outcomes for patients.

For more information, readers may visit


Sharing Stories December 7, 2017

This fall, Jenny Hill met with residents of Lancashire Terrace Retirement Village on Lititz Pike for 10 creative writing sessions. The South Central Partners Grant, which provided the sessions, is an arts and education grant for creative aging. During the sessions, Hill introduced a variety of prompts, including poetry. "We talked about fathers and mothers and the details like the things a mother might carry in her purse," said Hill, who added that the prompts often led to discussions.

On Nov. 6, the writers gathered at the Village Center to read from the writings they had completed during the 10 sessions.

Resident Wanda Zimmerman read "My Turning Point," in which she described how lonely she felt after her husband died and the time she spent traveling. Her turning point came when she made the decision to move to Lancashire Terrace. "I loved this place from day one," she read.

Grace Ann McMullen chose to write "Button Entertainment," about the time as a child when she was given a tin of buttons to look at to keep her busy and quiet during a visit to a relative's home. Unfortunately, her sifting through the buttons made "clink, clank, clunk" sounds that annoyed the adults in the room and interrupted their conversation.

Carolyn Pargeon shared the story of a moonstone ring that was passed from her maternal grandmother through her mother and to her. Two years ago, she discovered the ring was missing, and she was heartbroken. Then, in July, she found the ring in the pocket of a jacket she had not worn in two years.

Shirley Gitomer relayed how she was born in a tenement on the lower east side of New York City and later moved to Brooklyn. Her father was a tailor, and she would visit his shop to pick up funds for her mother to buy groceries. She also shared about discovering the library. "We were allowed to take out six books each week," she read. "This opened a new world to me."

Grace Shirk read a story she wrote after receiving a tiny corrugated box as a prompt. The box reminded her of three tiny boxes, each one linked to a life-changing event at three different periods of her life. "Three tiny boxes with precious, treasured tokens of love," she read.

Monty Fitzgerald remembered the tuxedo he invested in shortly before graduating from college in his piece ""You Can Dress Them Up, But...." He described several events where the clothes served him well for 40 years.

Fred Pargeon shared about growing up in a house was at the edge of town, describing the coal stove in the dining room that they dressed near in the winter because the upstairs bedrooms were not heated. "It was a great place to grow up," he remarked.

Esther Cowan, who lived in New Holland for a number of years, described a moving day during which her husband slung a hope chest over his shoulder and carried it down three flights of a fire escape.

Becky Kemp recalled her time teaching adults as a volunteer and later running a computer lab used to teach illiterate adults. She said she especially enjoyed working with students with intellectual challenges and celebrating their accomplishments. She also wrote about collecting pine cones as a child, which were turned into Christmas ornaments.

Anne Adams remembered her first taste of banana-flavored taffy, recalling how a neighbor brought some in a paper bag and how Adams and the neighbor's daughter played with dolls and enjoyed the taffy. She also wrote about forgetting her homework in first grade and how she has not forgotten the aftermath of that mistake.

When the writers finished, Hill commented on how thrilled she was that the residents had been willing to share so much of themselves. "I am honored to have been a part of that," she stated.


Senior Center Posts Activities November 28, 2017

The South Central York County Senior Center, 150 E. Main St., New Freedom, has posted its upcoming activities. A lunch is served 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.

The center will offer a trip to Arthur's Terrace Restaurant followed by the "Home for the Holidays" show at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster on Thursday, Dec. 7.

A podiatrist will be at the senior center on Thursday, Dec. 14.

The center's Christmas party will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 19. The event will include food, games, a band, dancing, entertainment, and more. Interested individuals may register at the center or call 717-235-6060 for additional details.

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

Members of the senior center have contributed family recipes to the center's cookbook. Interested individuals may purchase the cookbook by calling the center or stopping by. Center staff members are in the office on Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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


SAR Chapter Presents Plaque November 24, 2017

The Harris Ferry Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), of Harrisburg, presented the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown with a plaque recognizing its Eternal Flame monument and its efforts to honor all American active and deceased veterans of the U.S armed forces.

The Eternal Flame monument was added to Masonic Village's Veterans Grove in 2014. It is inscribed with the words "All Gave Some, Some Gave All." Pavers surrounding the monument are engraved with names of those who have served or are serving as designated by loved ones who have purchased them to support the construction and maintenance of the monument. The walking paths, picnic area and restroom facilities throughout the Veterans Grove, which was originally built in 1920, are provided for family and friends to take time to remember, honor and pray for people currently serving in the U.S. armed forces and to pay respect to all veterans year-round.

SAR is an organization of male descendants of people who rendered unwavering loyal service to the cause of American independence during the American Revolution. From its inception, SAR has been dedicated to patriotic, historical and educational objectives to help perpetuate understanding of, reverence for, and preservation of the institutions of American freedom as delineated in the Preamble of the United States Constitution.


A Tour Of Mountain View Terrace November 22, 2017

In the fall of 2015, Andrew Maines, executive director, and the staff of Welsh Mountain Home (WMH) realized a dream to bring low-income housing to area residents age 62 and over. Mountain View Terrace (MVT), located across from WMH, at 567 Springville Road, New Holland, offers 36 spacious apartments, including six handicapped-accessible units, in a rural setting. On Oct. 27, state Rep. Dave Zimmerman and members of his staff took a tour of MVT.

Maines explained that the project received funding from several sources, including the county, the federal government, and the Pennsylvania Housing and Financing Association. The apartments, some of which are handicapped-accessible, give residents an affordable option, and WMH is nearby should more extensive care be necessary. "Our goal is to keep people (at MVT) until they need another level of care, and we have a personal care home across the street, just in case," said Maines. "MVT is an affiliate of WMH, so I look at these residents as people we're already serving." In addition, the Welsh Mountain Health Centers, offering medical and dental services, is located adjacent to MVT.

According to Maines, WMH partnered with Housing Development Corporation (HDC) MidAtlantic, which manages the property. HDC received 500 applications to live in MVT, including applications from out of state. Applications are handled on a first-come, first-served basis, and rents are adjusted according to income, with heat, electricity, water, sewer, and trash removal included.

One- and two- bedroom apartments are offered in 724 and 1,026 square feet, respectively. Apartments include large walk-in closets. Heating and cooling are provided by a geothermal system with a solar systems supplement. "(MVT) is very energy efficient," noted Maines. Kitchens are fully equipped with a dishwasher. The building provides a community room with a kitchenette, a first-floor laundry room, and communal outdoor patios on each floor. Both landline telephone service and internet access are offered. Maines, who had the walls on each floor painted a different color to help keep residents oriented should the elevator stop on the wrong floor, maintains that the building is never really 100 percent complete. "It's still a work in progress because we want to cater to our residents," he explained.

Resident Mabel Weaver, who moved to MVT in February, seemed contented with the apartment she chose. She opened the door of her one-bedroom to those who toured the facility, noting happily, "I am only five minutes from my children." Weaver added that she toured other retirement communities before applying at MVT.

Maines noted that WMH has been a personal care home for 94 years and that the main building is more than 100 years old. The home was founded with the goals of providing Christian compassion through teamwork, which includes mutual respect, cooperation, and encouragement, with integrity, accountability, faith, and stewardship of resources.

Maines has been the director of the home for nearly a decade. During that time, numerous changes have occurred, including a new dining and kitchen facility and three additional bedrooms for residents.

Readers who would like to learn more about Mountain View Terrace may visit


Luther Acres Will Hold Holiday Bazaar November 13, 2017

Luther Acres, the Luthercare community in Lititz, will hold its annual holiday bazaar on Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov. 18. The doors of the Community Room, located in the Towne Center, 250 St. Luke Drive, Lititz, will open on Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. On Nov. 18, sales will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

The Attic Treasures Committee, chaired by Alice Murray and Diane Kline, will offer gently used household goods and other items. The Jewelry Committee, chaired by Marcia Klopp and Marie Ward, will sell necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.

This year's expanded craft section, chaired by Janice Young, will offer items made by Luther Acres residents, including knitted hats and scarves for adults and children, totes of different sizes, embroidered gifts, ornaments, holiday decor and more.

The Baked Goods Committee, with Suzanne Wragg and Lenoir Wible as co-chairs, will sell home-baked cakes, cookies, pies, candy, and other items in the space of the Pub, located across the hall on Luther Acres' Main Street of the Towne Center.

This year's silent auctions will feature items such as art, furniture and collectibles, handcrafted wood items, handspun and handwoven scarves and towels, gift baskets, and gift certificates from local stores and restaurants. A "Buy It Now" price will be in effect at the beginning of each day's session.

Payment may be made with cash, check, or credit card. All proceeds from the auctions will provide assistance for Luther Acres residents who have exhausted their financial resources. Individuals will also be able to make additional contributions to this fund.

A pancake breakfast will be available in Katy's Grill in the Towne Center from 7 to 10 a.m. on Nov. 18. Hosted by the Friends of Luther Acres, the breakfast will feature pancakes, sausage, and juice for a set fee.


Woodcrest Villa To Host Craft Fair November 10, 2017

Woodcrest Villa's annual craft fair will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, in Gamber Auditorium, which is located in the retirement community's VIVA Centre, 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. Doughnuts will be available for purchase in the morning, and hot dogs with optional sauerkraut will be ready for lunch. Beverages, snacks, and sweet treats will also be offered.

Residents will sell handcrafted items, such as wood carvings and turned bowls, holiday and seasonal decor, greeting cards, artisan crafts, and jewelry. A highlight of the fair each year is the array of products offered by the Crafters group. All Woodcrest residents are welcome to join the group, which meets in the craft room in the VIVA Centre on Friday mornings. The group has grown in popularity and productivity since last year, and now it sells seasonal items and hosts a jewelry exchange year-round in the craft room. Volunteers also do simple jewelry repairs, refresh wreaths, alter clothing, and offer tutelage on a variety of subjects.

"It's become a social network for the residents," said Crafters organizer Shirl Fitzsimmons.

The Crafters have been busy preparing for the craft fair by making cloth snowmen, wreaths, and festive arrangements. Some of the components have been donated by residents, and the group takes pride in creatively repurposing donations. One significant donation this year was that of a quilt top pieced in blues and browns. The full-size bedcovering was finished and will be offered in a silent auction at the craft fair.

"The people and the crafts that we do (make it fun)," commented Crafters member Shirley Stauffer. "We bring our ideas together."

The Crafters group serves three purposes at Woodcrest Villa. It is a social and creative outlet for residents, it creates affordable holiday decor and accessories, and it supports benevolent care. Fitzsimmons noted that last year, the Crafters were able to donate $1,700 to benevolent care, which provides continuing care for residents who exhaust their assets.

"My mother-in-law was in a full-service nursing home and received benevolent care. My husband and I were grateful," commented Crafters member Anne Fessenden. "Volunteering (with the Crafters) is something small I can do to repay (that gift) in spirit."

For more information about the craft fair or the Crafters group, readers may call Fitzsimmons at 717-984-2720.


United Zion Earns Safety Certification November 10, 2017

United Zion Retirement Community has earned the Diamond Safety Certification Award from Monarch Risk Management. The award, Monarch's highest award for safety, recognizes employers that consistently meet Monarch's highest safety standards, which are verified by monthly department safety audits and employee interviews.

United Zion also recently celebrated a significant safety milestone - zero lost days to major workplace injuries for the last 5-plus years. Moreover, it accomplished the feat amidst a major renovation and construction project occurring throughout the campus.

Philip Burkholder, CEO, attributes much of the sustained safety culture to its Safety Committee, which is comprised of front-line staff and senior management representing all departments. The committee meets monthly to review the previous month's safety-related activities, encourage staff education and training opportunities, carry out internal safety audits, and ensure compliance with federal and state laws.

To learn more about the Monarch Risk Management Safety Certification, readers may visit

United Zion Retirement Community is located at 722 Furnace Hills Pike, north of downtown Lititz. For more information about United Zion, individuals may visit or find its Facebook page.


Gallery To Feature Wohlfahrt's Work November 10, 2017

The art gallery at United Zion Retirement Community, 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, is featuring Marie Wohlfahrt as November's Artist of the Month. Her work will be on display and available for purchase throughout the month.

Native to France, Marie Wohlfahrt is a world traveler who has a studio in Lancaster. She has a background in chemical engineering and applies what she learns in the industry to her art by playing with pigments and special effects while experimenting with different mediums. She focuses on paint formulation, color theory, new materials, liquid coatings, 3-D printing, and color design. She utilizes gold leaf, sand, and seashells to complement each other in a dimensional arrangement of shapes, colors, and impressions.

Wohlfahrt experiments with mixing, pairing, and arranging the elements of seashells and colors into an abstracted vision of a landscape. She gathers most of her materials in Brittany, located on the western coast of France, as well as in Sweden, Great Britain, Israel, Morocco, Brazil, and the Caribbean.

For more information about Wohlfahrt, readers may visit

The art gallery is free and open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Details on the gallery are available by emailing Alyssa Wojcik at

United Zion Retirement Community is located north of the square in Lititz. For news and events, readers may find the retirement community on Facebook.


Tel Hai Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday November 9, 2017

Tel Hai Retirement Community recently hosted a celebration birthday party in honor of resident Elsie Schweitzer Geiger, who turned 100 on Nov. 6.

Elsie was born to Job and Sallie Thomas Schweitzer in 1917 on a 77-acre farm located on Plow Road in Robeson Township. Elsie was the 11th of 16 Schweitzer children, the others being five brothers, nine sisters, and a half-sister.

Elsie attended and graduated from eighth grade at the Pleasant Grove School, which was a one-room schoolhouse located on Zion Road in Robeson Township. Being raised on a large farm, Elsie developed a strong work ethic through doing chores such as milking cows, feeding chickens and pigs, harvesting crops, canning, cooking, baking, washing, ironing, and cleaning.

Elsie married John Geiger on Jan. 22, 1938. They celebrated 42 years of marriage before John passed away on Oct. 22, 1980. They resided in Geigertown. While John worked for the Reading Railroad, Elsie was a stay-at-home mom raising two children, Butch and Judy.

Elsie joined St. Paul's Methodist Church and attended Sunday school and church regularly. She was a Sunday school teacher to young children for several years at St. Paul's, and she faithfully helped serve at many church suppers.

Prior to retiring in 1980, Elsie worked at the Feroe Paper Box factory in Pottstown and the cafeteria of Twin Valley High School in Elverson. In her spare time, Elsie enjoyed playing cards, such as pinochle and Hasenpfeffer, and traveling with family and friends to New Jersey, Florida, California, Hawaii, Canada, and Switzerland. She bowled regularly on a weekly team at Jay Lanes in Pottstown and later at Bowl-O-Rama in Exeter. She also loved to garden, cook, bake, and host family and friend gatherings.

Elsie moved to Tel Hai Retirement Community in 2009. Elsie's only surviving sibling is her half-sister, Jacqueline Schweitzer Klink Calvaresi. Other family includes Elsie's daughter, Judy; son-in-law, Bill; daughter-in-law, Pat; and grandson, Todd, along with his wife, Alicia, and Elsie's great-grandson, Evan.


Memory Loss Support Group To Meet November 8, 2017

The Memory Loss Support Group for caregivers of persons with memory loss and other forms of dementia will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Warwick Room of The Heritage, the memory support center at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz.

The program's theme will be "Celebrating the Caregiver." It will be led by director of Adult Day Services Faith Hoover and social worker Regina Cabezas. It will be a time of discussion and dessert to honor family caregivers.

The meeting is open to the public. The group operates in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association - Greater Pennsylvania Chapter. For more information, readers may call Landis Homes at 717-581-3939.


Johnsen Takes On New Role November 3, 2017

In early October, Rebekah Johnsen began serving as the director of residential living at Landis Homes. In this role, she will coordinate, in partnership with other departments, the supply of programs and services to residents living in apartments, cottages, hybrid homes and suites.

Johnsen is a registered nurse and has been employed at Landis Homes since 2014 as a campus supervisor substitute and as an emergency nurse. Earlier in her career, she served as a substitute school nurse in the Warwick School District and as a nurse at UPMC Pinnacle Lititz.

She received her associate's degree and her registered nurse license at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health. She later received her bachelor's degree in nursing at Eastern Mennonite University in Lancaster. She also attended a one-year wilderness school in Wisconsin, where she received a Bible certificate.

Johnsen, along her husband, Rob, and their three school-age children, attends LCBC Church in Ephrata. She teaches Sunday school classes and is a parent volunteer in the Warwick School District.


Local Support Groups Posted November 3, 2017

The Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will offer two support groups that are open to the community. Light refreshments will be served, and there is no cost to attend.

Anyone who has lost a loved one is invited to attend the monthly Bereavement Support Group on Thursday, Nov. 16. The group will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the large recreation room in Sycamore North, located on the first floor. For more information, readers may contact Heidi Young at 717-367-1121, ext. 33576.

The Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The group will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Masonic Village's Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room. Anyone who serves as a caregiver to a loved one is invited to attend. For directions and to register, readers may call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764.


Support Groups Post Meetings November 2, 2017

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

The Low Vision Support Group will meet on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m. in the Gardens South Conference Room. Dr. Daniel Strybos will present the latest updates on macular degeneration and research.

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, Nov. 13, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Concord Room across from The Harvest Table.

Candy Yingling of the Alzheimer's Association will provide an update on recent research efforts and discoveries. 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


Flag Display To Honor Military October 25, 2017

Nearly 7,000 American flags will be on display at the "Massing of the Colors" memorial in the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown's Veterans Grove from Saturday, Nov. 4, to Monday, Nov. 13. The Masonic Village is located at 1 Masonic Drive.

The "Massing of the Colors" is a memorial to all military service members who have died in combat since 9/11. Members of the public are invited to view the flag display at their leisure. The display will be lit for nighttime viewing.

Three special events will take place in conjunction with the flag display.

An opening service to dedicate the flag display will take place on Monday, Nov. 6, at 1:30 p.m. at the Veterans Grove.

A Veterans Day program will take place on Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Freemasons Cultural Center's Brossman Ballroom. After a musical prelude at 1:30 p.m., the program will begin at 2 p.m. The program will honor all U.S. military service personnel present and past.

The guest speaker will be retired Maj. Gen. Randall R. Marchi, past commanding general of the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Marchi retired in June 2014 as the deputy adjutant general. Marchi is on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors Inc.

On Monday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m., there will be a closing ceremony for the flag display at the Veterans Grove. The flags will be removed following the ceremony.

The National Sojourners - Harrisburg Chapter No. 76 created the "Massing of the Colors" memorial in 2004 and has displayed the flags at Masonic Village since 2011. Volunteers from Masonic Village, the Sojourners and the community will help set up this year's nearly 7,000 American flags, approximately 300 of which will represent soldiers from the Keystone state.

For directions to the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, readers may visit


Organizations Form Partnership October 19, 2017

Landis Communities and Lancaster Downtowners signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Oct. 6, creating a collaborative partnership between the two organizations. The goals and the missions of the organizations are significantly aligned, as both want persons to be able to age in the place they choose to call home.

The new partnership will support two key elements of the Downtowners' strategic plan: hiring an executive director and providing an office for the group, which will allow it to offer members more robust resources well into the future that will support them in aging successfully in the homes of their choice.

The new executive director will receive operational support for day-to-day needs, including the support of Landis Communities' leadership team and IT help desk and an office at Steeple View Lofts, an affiliate of Landis Communities located at 118 N. Water St., Lancaster.

Lancaster Downtowners is a network of people who share a common passion for downtown Lancaster as the community of choice for their retirement years. More information is available at

Landis Communities was formed in September 2011 and grew out of the Landis Homes Retirement Community. To learn more, readers may visit


Pappus House Seeks Volunteers October 18, 2017

Pappus House, a community end-of-life home, is seeking volunteers as plans proceed for a fall opening. A wide variety of opportunities is available, including lawn and garden care, cookie baking, and holding bedside vigils.

Volunteer information sessions will be offered at Pappus House, 253 Cherry St., York (Spry). The no-obligation sessions will take place on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Prospective volunteers are asked to call 717-893-5310 to register in advance.

Pappus House is an independent, free-standing residence that will welcome people who are nearing the end of life and are under hospice care. Additional information is available at


Diaper, Care Kit Drive Set October 17, 2017

Crisis care kits and diapers for hurricane victims will be collected at Dallastown Nursing Center and Victorian Villa, 621-623 E. Main St., Dallastown, on Friday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items may be dropped off in front of the Victorian Villa. Items will also be accepted at any time prior to Oct. 20.

Crisis care kits should be placed into a two-gallon zip-lock bag. Items should include shampoo (12 to 18 oz.); two bars of soap (bath size or larger); toothpaste (4.0-6.4 oz.); three toothbrushes in original packaging; a box of Band-Aids (30 or more); one fingernail clipper, a sturdy hair comb; two hand towels; four pocket-size tissues; and one Beanie Baby-sized stuffed toy. Each kit should contain only the items and in the quantities listed. Any size diapers will be accepted.


Pleasant View To Host Programs October 13, 2017

Pleasant View Retirement Community, 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim, will host two programs in Stiegel Dining Room.

On Monday, Oct. 23, Getting Personal About Personal Care will be presented by the Pleasant View personal care staff at 4 p.m. Attendees will learn more about personal care, as well as how to determine appropriate living arrangements for loved ones.

On Monday, Oct. 30, Charitable Giving - Planning Your Gifting will be presented by Patti Spencer from a local law firm at 4 p.m. The seminar will highlight tax-smart ways to support nonprofits.

To make reservations for either program, readers may email

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