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Ceremony To Honor Aylor June 21, 2017

Senior Commons at Powder Mill, 1775 Powder Mill Road, York, will host a ceremony on Friday, June 30, at 10 a.m. to recognize Judy Rumpf Aylor's commitment to making Fallen Heroes Day a national holiday. York Area Regional Police Department Officers Marc Greenly, Michael Schiffhauer and Curtis Hempfing, retired officer Ken Sheffer, and retired Chief Richard W. Halpin are scheduled to attend the ceremony. Sheffer will play the bagpipes.

Fallen Heroes Day was created by Aylor, 68, after she lost her husband, police officer Edgar James Rumpf, in a nine-alarm fire in Baltimore, Md., on Feb. 15, 1978. He was 33 years old, and the Rumpfs had been married only 13 months. Aylor was left to raise her two children, ages 4 and 9 months, on her own.

After her husband's death, Aylor, an Air Force veteran, began her efforts to create a national holiday that would recognize police and firefighters, just as Memorial Day recognizes members of the military. Aylor envisions the holiday not as a paid holiday, but as a day when flags would be flown at half-staff, drivers would be asked to turn on their headlights, and ceremonies would be arranged.

Aylor gained support from political leaders, wrote letters to officials in her then-home state of Maryland, and finally received approval. She signed proclamations declaring the third Sunday in May as Fallen Heroes Day in Maryland, with the first official holiday being observed in 1985. Within the past decade, Fallen Heroes Day was moved and is now celebrated on the first Friday in May.

Since Maryland's first celebration of Fallen Heroes Day, Aylor has worked to make the day a nationwide observance. From her home at Senior Commons at Powder Mill, she continues to write letters to local officials asking them to make the holiday official. She has written letters to various people, including the president. So far, Maryland is the only state to recognize the holiday.

Earlier this year, Aylor filled out a form that was approved by one of her congressmen, and she received a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol on Fallen Heroes Day, May 5.

For more information, readers may call 717-741-0961.

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Parkinson's Support Group To Meet June 14, 2017

Members of the Parkinson's Support Group at Garden Spot Village will meet on Monday, June 26, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Village Square Theater at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. Participants will divide into two groups for discussions, with caregivers and persons with Parkinson's hosting individualized discussions.

The support group is open to all persons with Parkinson's and their caregivers, family, and friends. For more information, contact Sherilyn Lapp at 717-355-6264 or slapp@gardenspotvillage.org.

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UZRC Grows Again June 9, 2017

On May 4, a number of staff, residents, board members, and friends and family members of United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC), 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the planned construction of 10 new apartments and a number of health center enhancements. UZRC administration and board members hope to see the project completed in the spring of 2018.

UZRC executive director Phil Burkholder welcomed the group, saying, "Today we gather for this groundbreaking event marking the start of construction for the United Zion Retirement Community Nursing Neighborhoods and Enhancements." Burkholder noted that UZRC currently serves more than 140 residents through a full continuum of living choices and services. "This year marks our 112th year of serving the Lititz community and northern Lancaster County," he said before introducing UZRC chaplain Ethan Levengood, who discussed the origins of the retirement community.

"Our beginnings go back to a compassionate couple, Henry and Barbara Firestone, who, in 1902, opened their home to five older adults," Levengood explained. In 1905, United Zion Church purchased the Firestones' property and named the facility "Home for the Homeless of the United Zion Church Children." In 1922, a kitchen, dining room, and second floor guest rooms were added, and by 1923, the facility was officially the United Zion Home. Levengood noted construction projects in 1939, when the North West Wing was added, and the renovations in the 1960s that added offices and enclosed porches. In 1993, the organization became United Zion Retirement Community, and in 1995 through 1997 improvements, including a renovated personal care facility, new nursing wing, and the addition of 23 cottages, were completed. In 2009, a $2 million building renovation updated nursing resident rooms and added a sunroom.

Burkholder returned to the microphone to explain the upcoming building project, stating that the present objective is twofold. "First we will transform our nursing facility into distinct neighborhoods with smaller kitchen, dining, and living areas placed near where residents live in a homelike setting," he said. "Secondly, we will expand independent living by adding 10 apartments." Burkholder noted that the goal of the changes will be to enhance resident living experiences. "(The neighborhoods will create) a more intimate environment with staff comingled throughout the neighborhoods, and the new apartments will meet a need for quality, modest-priced living spaces," he said.

Because so many people are involved in the effort to create the new enhanced living space, Burkholder took time to thank the staff, volunteers, board members, and architects and builders. "The board of directors is key to all this, and they show great governance and leadership by setting the organizational agenda," he said. UZRC board members include chair John Fry, vice chair Mary Bricker, treasurer Barry Hoffer, secretary Jessica Musser, and Dave Pegg, all of whom were present at the event. Additional board members include Pete Shaub, Neil Copenhaver, Dale Eberly, and United Zion Church bishop Charles Brown.

Levengood offered the blessing, stating that the gathering should claim the encouragement of Isaiah 54. "Clear lots of ground for your tents ... spread out ... think big ... drive the tent pegs deep, you will need lots of elbow room ... this is what God's servants can expect, (God) will see to it that everything works out for the best," he said, adding the admonition of the 127th Psalm, "Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain."

Readers who would like to know more about UZRC may visit www.uzrc.org.

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UZRC To Showcase Artist's Works June 9, 2017

The art gallery at United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC), 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, will exhibit work by local artist Angie Smith. Smith, who also exhibited in 2016, will show nature-themed linoleum block prints.

Smith's preferred mediums are printmaking and painting, as she feels there are endless possibilities for both processes. She states that she continues to be inspired by nature as she looks deeper its the raw simplicity.

The artwork will be on display throughout June. Admission is free, and the gallery is open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, readers may contact Alyssa Wojcik at awojcik@uzrc.org.

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Fairmount Homes Holds Heritage Day June 8, 2017

Fairmount Homes welcomed the community to its 13th annual Heritage Day on June 3. During the event, residents, staff, and the community came together to celebrate their rural heritage.

Heritage Day included food, activities and many opportunities to reminisce about bygone days. The grounds were covered with more than 60 antique tractors, miscellaneous vintage farm implements, and an array of antique cars. For the third year, the event ended with a tractor procession that circled the campus. The event also served as the season's final day of Fairmount's annual silent auction, which started in late October.

Starting the event at 6:30 a.m. was a hearty breakfast, including eggs, sausage, pancakes, hash browns, orange juice and more. Later, pork barbecue, fresh from cooking overnight, was added to the menu options, along with hand-cut fresh french fries, subs, hot dogs, ham and cheese sandwiches, soft pretzels, ice cream churned with a hit-and-miss engine, and in-season strawberry pies by the slice or by the pie.

Heritage Day activities, designed for every age and interest, included a petting zoo, quilting, and tours of the adjacent Muddy Creek Farm Library and Home Messenger Library. Local storytellers Henry Benner and Ken Sensenig and historian Frank Weaver recounted stories from yesteryear. Artisans and craftspeople demonstrated their crafts, including chair caning, spinning, weaving, and pottery making. Carriages and antique car rides were offered.

Next year's Heritage Day will take place on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

All funds raised on Heritage Day go to Fairmount's Sharing Fund, which benefits residents who have exhausted their financial resources.

To learn more about Fairmount Homes, readers may visit www.FairmountHomes.org or call 717-354-1800.

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Blood Drive Planned June 6, 2017

Tel Hai Retirement Community, 1200 Tel Hai Circle, Honey Brook, invites the community to participate in a Miller-Keystone Blood Center blood drive on Thursday, June 15, from noon to 6 p.m. in the auditorium/chapel. The blood drive will benefit people in Chester County and the surrounding communities.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended. To make an appointment, contact volunteer services at 610-273-9333, ext. 2010.

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Shoe Collection Will Benefit CPAA June 2, 2017

Through the beginning of July, Traditions of Hershey will collect new and gently used shoes to help raise funds for the Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance (CPAA), as well as shoes for people who need them.

For each pound of shoes donated, the CPAA receives 40 cents from WoofTrax Inc., and the shoes will go to those in need. The CPAA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to save the lives of dogs and cats in central Pennsylvania through spaying and neutering, rescuing, fostering, adoptions, training, and public outreach and education. More information is available at www.cpaa.info.

Items can be dropped off at Traditions of Hershey, 100 N. Larkspur Drive, Palmyra. For more information, readers may call 717-838-2330.

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Juniper Village Commemorates Memorial Day June 1, 2017

Juniper Village at Mount Joy has many veterans residing in its community. Associates, residents, family members, and volunteers set aside time on Memorial Day, May 29, to celebrate and honor the former servicemen and women.

Each year, Veterans Visit is always the most revered hour of Juniper Village's commemoration, as it is a time for veterans to gather in the living room to reminisce and be recognized for their committed service. During the visit, veterans, or their spouses, are saluted, pinned, and applauded for defending and securing the United States of America.

Juniper Village at Mount Joy is located at 607 Hearthstone Lane, Mount Joy. For more information, readers may call 717-492-9692.

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UZRC Holds Senior Prom June 1, 2017

United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC) held its annual senior prom for residents, themed "Cinderella's Royal Ball," on May 23. Residents spent the morning hours being pampered with hair and nail care services courtesy of cosmetology students from the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center's Mount Joy campus. Residents also browsed racks of clothing and jewelry.

UZRC's dining services provided a special meal featuring rosemary-garlic roast beef and chicken lazone, crispy potato bake, green bean bundles, and brown butter garlic rainbow carrots. In the afternoon, residents were greeted in the main lobby with carnation boutonnieres and corsages, along with crowns and more jewels, before getting their prom pictures taken in front of a fairytale-inspired castle backdrop. The event culminated with a concert by Todd Fulginiti's Jazz Trio, complete with musical numbers such as "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" and "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes."

Inspired by a resident's suggestion, this year's event, coordinated by activity assistant Alyssa Wojcik, was a collaborative effort. Residents organized jewelry and created decorations, and employees made crowns and provided hands-on help during the senior prom.

United Zion Retirement Community is located at 722 Furnace Hills Pike, 1 mile north of the square in Lititz. For other upcoming events, readers may visit uzrc.org or find the retirement community on Facebook.

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Scouts Assist In Spring Cleanup Day May 31, 2017

United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC) recently held its Spring Cleanup Day. Volunteers did not let rain deter them when they arrived with gloves and ponchos ready to work. They weeded flower beds and planted more than 25 flats of flowers to beautify the UZRC campus.

Elli Miller helped to coordinate the project, and UZRC staff noted that the participation of Girl Scout Junior Troop 70246 and Daisy Troop 71411 was a blessing, as well. UZRC staff, residents, and families were grateful for the help.

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