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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


Local Support Groups Posted October 19, 2017

The Masonic Village, One 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.


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


Parkinson's Support Group To Meet October 11, 2017

The Garden Spot Village Parkinson's Support Group will meet on Monday, Oct. 23, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Village Square Theater at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. During the meeting, caregivers will go to a separate location for a discussion and sharing time while people with Parkinson's remain in the theater for their own discussion and sharing time.

Free resources from the National Parkinson's Foundation are also available at the monthly meetings. The support group is open to all persons with Parkinson's and their caregivers, family and friends.

For more information, readers may call Sherilyn Lapp at 717-355-6264 or email


GSV Slates Paint Party October 10, 2017

Garden Spot Village (GSV), 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, will host a community Paint Party on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Indoor Village Park. Full instruction and one-to-one guidance will be provided as participants create their own 12-by-12-inch painting featuring an autumn owl. People of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, are invited.

The fee includes supplies, instruction and a beverage. To register, call 717-355-6500.


UZRC To Showcase Artist's Works October 6, 2017

The Art Gallery at United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC), 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, will feature Bethany Hall as its Artist of the Month in October.

Hall is an aspiring artist from Front Royal, Va. She is currently majoring in graphic design at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. She works with a variety of mediums such as pencil, pen and ink, graphic design, and watercolor and acrylic paints. The focus of her work revolves around the concept of creativity and uniqueness as things to be embraced.

The Art 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


Presentation And Book Signing Planned October 4, 2017

Author and book designer Beth Oberholtzer, along with photographer John Herr, will present a program at Fairmount Homes on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 1:30 p.m. They will talk about their new book, "Plain Meetinghouses: Lancaster County Old Order Mennonites Gather to Worship." The event will be held in the Crest View Gathering Room at 1100 Farm Crest Drive on the east side of the Fairmount campus.

"Plain Meetinghouses" contains more than 300 pictures and diagrams of Lancaster County Old Order meetinghouses rarely seen by outsiders. For the two-year project, the author and photographer were allowed rare access to 22 houses of worship. The book also documents a timeline of Mennonite schisms over the centuries, and it shows how the architecture of the meetinghouses reflected those differences.

Both Oberholtzer and Herr will be on hand to sign books, which will be available for purchase, and to answer questions. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Reservations are requested by calling 717-354-1893. Directions may be found at


Health Expo, Blood Drive Set September 28, 2017

Fairmount Homes Retirement Community will host its fifth biannual Health Expo on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Farm Crest Community Room at 1100 Farm Crest Drive on the east side of the Fairmount campus in Ephrata. The Expo is free and open to the public.

More than 30 local health-related enterprises, including nutritional, medical, natural health, rehabilitation, hearing aid, chiropractic, pharmacy, active living, and life enrichment enterprises, will be represented. The event will include choral renditions by students from several local schools.

Kay Moyer from the Penn State Extension will be on hand throughout the day to present a variety of home and farm safety displays and information on many topics. Flu shots will be available at a booth. People who wish to get a flu shot should be prepared to present their Medicare D card, Medicare A and B cards, or payment by cash or check.

While browsing and gathering information at the various booths, attendees will be able to have their blood pressures checked, participate in Wii games, and place their names in a drawing for prizes. Entrants do not need to be present to win.

Additionally, the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to accept blood donations. The community blood drive will be held in a mobile unit just outside the Farm Crest Community Room. To make an appointment to donate blood, readers may call 717-354-1895 or 800-771.0059. Walk-in blood donors will be welcome until 5:30 p.m.

For more information on the Health Expo, readers may call 717-354-1895.


Share And Care Turns 15 September 27, 2017

GSV Thrift Shop To Be Part Of County Tour

Deborah Fast, director of volunteer services at Garden Spot Village (GSV), works with a core team of eight to run the Share and Care Thrift Shop, located on the lower level of the Village Square building at 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. "The team I work with is very creative, and they are excited about trying new things," said Fast.

In August, GSV celebrated the 15th anniversary of the shop, which was the brainchild of GSV marketing staff member Bonnie Gerig. "Her goals were to help people who had furniture they didn't want and to have an income-generating enterprise for the Benevolent Fund," said Fast. The Benevolent Fund aids residents who have exhausted their financial resources.

GSV helped the shop celebrate on Aug. 8 with speakers, cupcakes and punch, and a giant ceremonial check from the shop to the Benevolent Fund in the amount of $539,000, which represents the cumulative amount the shop has given to the Benevolent Fund over the years. "Our goal was half a million, but we reached $539,000 by the end of June," said Fast, who added that the check was accepted by GSV CEO Steve Lindsey and GSV director of development Linda Dodge.

Gerig was at the event to speak about the history of the shop. When Gerig first conceived of the idea for the shop in 2002, she spoke with then-CEO Nevin Kraybill, who encouraged the endeavor. Gerig located a maintenance storage room that would serve as the shop and recruited a committee of residents to help her plan for the shop's future. When the public learned of Share and Care's existence, New Holland community members began visiting the shop to look for quality used items. Gerig has noted that she never expected the shop to have the impact it has had in raising money for the Benevolent Fund and benefiting the greater community.

Fast noted that the shop has helped organizations that work with refugees. "We have passed on things ... to give to refugees," added Fast, who explained that mattresses and dishes are often donated to arriving families. "We're really pleased that Share and Care can help refugees. We see our work here as an outreach and a ministry."

According to Fast, in addition to providing funds for GSV residents in need of care and helping refugees, the shop offers solutions to families associated with the community that are facing the overwhelming task of cleaning out a loved one's home. "We do a lot of work with families who are helping a family member through a transition or maybe a family member has passed away," she said. Shop volunteers will help plan and organize the donation and provide boxes and transportation. "We get to know people a little bit, and we help them through a difficult time," said Fast.

The shop will be part of the "Twelve Shops of Christmas" Best Kept Secrets Tour from Thursday, Nov. 30 through Saturday, Dec. 9. Information about the tour may be found at

Forty volunteers keep the shop staffed from Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Among the items shoppers may find at Share and Care are linens, dishes, jewelry, home decor, baskets, small household appliances, tins, lamps, handbags, and furniture. The shop does not carry clothing.

More information about GSV may be found at


Support Group Sets Meeting September 27, 2017

The Alzheimer's Association and Garden Spot Village (GSV), 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, will host a Caregiver's Support Group meeting on Monday, Oct. 9, from 10 to 11 a.m. The group will meet in the Concord Room across from The Harvest Table.

The meeting will be last in a series of three open discussions. Participants may bring their concerns, commentary and insights.

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 contact Joanne Morton at 717-355-6076 or


Tremor Support Group Will Meet September 27, 2017

The Essential Tremor Support Group at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, will meet on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 10 to 11 a.m. The meeting will take place in the board room.

The group will meet for an informative discussion about medication and interactions and questions to ask one's pharmacist. Josh Stauffer, a board-certified geriatric pharmacist, will speak.

For more information, readers may contact Sherilyn Lapp at 717-355-6264 or


Toiletries Drive Set September 26, 2017

Tel Hai Retirement Community, 1200 Tel Hai Circle, Honey Brook, invites the community to participate in a toiletries drive benefiting the Honey Brook Food Pantry. The drive will continue through Tuesday, Oct. 31. Toiletry donations can include items such as toilet paper, tissues, lotion, soap, safety razors, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, stick deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. Only new or unopened items will be accepted.

Drop-off locations include the Garrett Community Center, auditorium/chapel, and StoneCroft Commons lobbies, all on the campus of Tel Hai Retirement Community. For more information or directions, visit


Musical Memories Program Posted September 26, 2017

Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, will host a Musical Memories program on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Musical Memories is a musical entertainment program for individuals with dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease, and their caregivers.

For more information or to register, contact 717-355-6500.


UZRC Sets Apartment Reveal September 25, 2017

United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC), 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, began a project for a new building wing in May. The project is transforming skilled nursing and short-stay rehab residences and includes 10 new independent living apartments.

On Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m., the public is invited to a Dessert Social and Apartment Reveal in United Zion's Community Room to learn more about the new apartments. With expected move-in during spring 2018, six vista apartments will offer surrounding views from the second floor of the hilltop location. Four garden apartments will include front-door access to parking and the outdoors.

Designed with an open floor plan kitchen/living area, each one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment will offer private space with indoor walkable connection to dining options, wellness amenities, chapel, salon services, and more.

United Zion Retirement Community is located 1 mile north of the square in Lititz. For more information about the Dessert Social and Apartment Reveal or other events offered to the community, readers may visit or find the retirement community on Facebook.


10th Annual Cruise Held September 21, 2017

United Zion Retirement Community's 10th annual Car and Motorcycle Cruise took place on Aug. 31 at the Pod 2 at Rock Lititz parking lot. Cars, trucks, and motorcycles were on-site, as well as a tractor trailer and a converted school bus. Food trucks offering items such as french fries, ice cream, grilled cheese, and more were set up, and disc jockey Kenny Rose provided entertainment.

According to activities director and event co-chair Jessica Kistler, the event began 10 years ago for United Zion's residents and staff, and it has now grown into a community event.

Paper awards and plaques were given to winners chosen by local celebrity judges, including Lititz Mayor Tim Snyder, Lititz Fourth of July committee president Tim Reedy, local news reporter Jack Korpela, United Zion board chairman John Fry, United Zion CEO Philip Burkholder, and Cole Zimmerman of an auto service center.

Winners are as follows: Oldest Vehicle - David Daniels, Willys; Family Heirloom - Gary and Beverly Henninger, 1969 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible; Best Use of a Flame - Herman Migdon, 1954 Ford Ranch Wagon; Best Use of a Stripe - Steve Van Marker, 1970 Plymouth Road Runner; Best Use of a Fin - Scott Norton, 1957 Chevy Belair; Best Accessories - Lloyd and May Hertzog, 1965 Pontiac GTO; Best Interior - Doug Garman, 1932 Ford Tudor; Best Theme/Paint - Jeff and Bert Shank, 1967 MGB; Best Original (Unrestored) - Paul and Hedy Buckwalter, 1960 Austin Healey 3000; Best Motorcycle - Dennis Kissinger, 1968 Harley FLH; Best Convertible - Barry and Linda Michael, 1958 Chevy Impala; Best Car - Keith Lehman, 1959 Ford Galaxy Convertible; Best Truck - Wes Grube, 1963 Studebaker Champ; CEO's Choice - Paul and Hedy Buckwalter, 1960 Austin Healey 3000; Mayor's Choice - Gary and Beverly Henninger, 1969 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible; and Best in Show - Ed Bentzel, 1970 Dodge Coronet Superbee.

A total of 157 show vehicles were on display, breaking the previous record of 108 vehicles, which was set in 2015.

United Zion Retirement Community is located at 722 Furnace Hills Pike, 1 mile north of the square in Lititz. For information on other upcoming events and to learn about new apartments being offered to the community, readers may visit or find the retirement community on Facebook.


Forum Plans Sessions September 21, 2017

St. John's Lutheran Church, St. Paul Episcopal Church, and St. Johns' Herr Estate Retirement Community have announced the 2017-18 Monday Night Adult Forum will kick off on Monday, Oct. 2, featuring a Bible study with the bishop. Attendees will study Scripture and converse with the Rt. Rev. Dr. Audrey Scanlan, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania.

Unless notice is given indicating otherwise, all sessions will take place in the dining room of the retirement community, 200 Luther Lane, Columbia, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Sessions will include prayer, learning, and discussion. All sessions and worship services are free and open to the community. Preregistration is not required.

Attendees should enter through the Personal Care entrance, proceed down the hallway toward the rotunda, and enter the dining room, which will be on the right. There is plenty of parking.


Fairmount Holds Benefit Auction September 21, 2017

Fairmount Homes in Ephrata held its 28th benefit auction on Sept. 9. Thousands of people attended the event, which featured thousands of items, including handmade quilts, theme baskets, a vintage Allis Chalmers G tractor and plow, a Burkholder trailer, and Dining for Dollars events. An ultra-light candy drop was one highlight for children.

Numerous volunteers assisted throughout the event, including Ephrata High School students, who helped set up tables and chairs and bring flea market items out from their storage area; the committee that planned and executed the event; individuals who quilted or made items to donate; and people who auctioned, manned stands, parked cars, drove a shuttle, cooked and served food, and cleaned up afterward.

Proceeds were to benefit the Sharing Fund, which helps to cover the cost of care for residents who have exhausted their financial resources.

Fairmount Homes is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located near Ephrata. Directions can be found at


Parkinson's Support Group To Meet September 13, 2017

The Garden Spot Village Parkinson's Support Group will meet on Monday, Sept. 25, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Village Square Theater at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. Special guest speaker Marci S. Miller, attorney, will speak on elder law and its impact on health care issues.

Free resources from the National Parkinson's Foundation are also available at the monthly meetings. The support group is open to all persons with Parkinson's and their caregivers, family and friends.

For more information, readers may call Sherilyn Lapp at 717-355-6264 or email

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