ELCO Students Gain Real-World Experience Working at StoneRidge Poplar Run
A group of ELCO students enrolled in a job training services program through IU13 are preparing to garner real-world work experience by volunteering at StoneRidge Poplar Run in Myerstown. Soon after the school year began, the students attended an orientation program hosted by Poplar Run’s Human Resources department to prepare them for working within a residential environment and to be able to handle any number of things that may come their way in the course of their work. Stephanie Delp, director of human resources, shared that “the training materials presented can be somewhat difficult and the sessions can be long to sit through, but I am very proud how these students handled it all.”
Job Trainer Michele Auman of IU13 led the group and, with other assistants, helped them navigate through the materials presented. She explained that these students “will be assisting residents with activities, working in the dining rooms and helping with special events and other miscellaneous tasks. Our goal is to give students the opportunity to gain work experience and build community.”
Pictured from left is Michele Auman, IU13 job trainer; Michelle Hitz, paraprofessional; Michael Lohnes; J.J. Spang; Ella St. Onge; Jonathan Fisher; Raven Friend; Damien Keisch; Adam Arnold; Judy Moyer, teacher; and B.J. Martin, job training assistant
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Towne Centre Holds Red Cross Blood Drive
Did you know that every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood or that a single car accident victim can require as much as 100 pints of blood? To help alleviate the need, the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at StoneRidge Towne Centre in Myerstown on Friday, September 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Anyone 16 years old or older and in good general health may donate with parental or guardian consent. While no one who is eligible will not be turned away on the 28,th it is suggested that you schedule your appointment by phone at 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) or online at RedCrossBlood.org (enter your zip code, select Towne Centre and schedule an appointment). According to their website, those who register online will be eligible for a $5 Amazon gift card!
Any interested donor may save up to 15 minutes on their donation day, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and completing their pre-donation reading and health history questions. In the meantime, shouId you have any questions, or if you are concerned whether you are able to donate, please call the American Red Cross at 1.800.RED.CROSS. Give the perfect gift – Give Blood.
Photo: Christine Haag, activities coordinator at StoneRidge Towne Centre in Myerstown, makes a blood donation at American Red Cross’s blood drive in January.
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StoneRidge Retirement Living Voted Among Best in the Valley
Congratulations StoneRidge Retirement Liivng! In polls conducted over several months, the readers of the Lebanon Daily News have voted StoneRidge Retirement Living to be among the best of Lebanon Valley for 2018 in the categories of Retirement Community, Personal Care Community and Skilled Care (Nursing Home). "It is nice to be acknowledged for the excellent work our team members do each day in providing compassionate care to our residents. Thank you Lebanon Daily News readers for voting us to be among the best of the valley," said Tom Maiello, director of public relations and communications for StoneRidge.
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Church of God Home Wii Bowlers Raise $6643 for Big Brothers Big Sisters
In their second year of hosting a Wii Bowling competition among the residents of Letort Manor at Church of God Home in Carlisle, Helen Milliron and a cadre of like-minded neighbors raised $6643 for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BB/BS) of the Capital Region. That brings their two-year total to nearly $14,000. That is amazing considering there’s been a dozen or so dedicated bowlers participating. The rest shows the great desire of this Church of God team to raise funds for these kids. The event kicked off in late May at Church of God Home, a StoneRidge Retirement Living Community, and like last year, there was excitement and lots of fun. That did not take away from the real focus, however, that of supporting the good work of BB/BS throughout the region. Their program offers positive results for the youth involved, and it often leads to positive bonds with a “big” who offers advice, takes their “little” to the movies or helps with their homework and can be counted upon for support and encouragement. Bravo Wii Bowlers at Letort Manor! We will see you next year on Saturday, May 19, 2019!
Photo caption: pictured from left, Jean Adams, Joe Bistline, Phyllis Frederick, Ellsworth Miller, Alma Stewart, Barrie Ann George (director, BB/BS Capital Region), Helen Milliron (organizer and chief cheerleader), John Durnin, Joan Wolfe, Louise Makowski, Eileen Allison, Jeanne Milesend
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Painting of Local Revolutionary War Officer Unveiled
On Thursday, May 17, amidst patriotic music and a small gathering of onlookers, an oil painting of Colonel Joseph Wood (1723-1788), a Revolutionary War officer, was unveiled in the Meier Room at StoneRidge Poplar Run in Myerstown. Colonel Wood first served as a soldier in the French and Indian War and later as a commander of the 3rd Pennsylvania Regiment during the American Revolution. The framed, 40”x 32” oil painting, commissioned in 1987 by Dr. George D. Heiss, a fourth great-grandson of Col. Wood, was painted by New Jersey portrait artist Jason Woodruff. The painting is owned by the Isaac Meier Society, a 501 (c), non-profit organization established to restore and preserve the Isaac Meier Homestead.
Col. Wood’s son married one of Isaac Meier’s daughters. In 1768, Isaac Meier laid out lots for a town called “Tulpehockentown,” later Myerstown, currently celebrating its 250th anniversary with events planned throughout this year. The Isaac Meier Society has given the painting on permanent loan to StoneRidge Poplar Run where it will be exhibited in the Meier Room, a fine dining venue at Poplar Run. Also at the unveiling was a copy of a letter dated December 14, 1776 written in Wood’s own hand when he was a commander at Fort Ticonderoga in New York. People interested in seeing the painting should contact the Public Relations office at Poplar Run at 717.866.3275.
Photo Caption: Col. Clifford Keys (l), a member of the StoneRidge Military Veterans’ Association, and David Zimmerman (r), chairperson of the Isaac Meier Society, unveil the recently installed painting of Revolutionary War Colonel Joseph Wood.
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