Cedar Crest Choir Brings Cheer to Poplar Runís Tree Lighting
The annual Christmas Tree Lighting at StoneRidge Poplar Run in Myerstown was made especially festive this year with the addition of the Cedar Crest Middle School Performance Choir. Once the stunning 18-foot Concolor tree was lighted, sparking a joyous response from the crowd, the choir began performing a variety of choral Christmas songs with several new and interesting pieces included. Leslie Rauchet, middle-school director of choral activities, led the 30 singers who sang with real spirit and filled the large space with festive sound! Poplar Run Chaplain Dana Logan’s sharing of the nativity narrative from the Gospel of St. Luke completed a lovely evening.
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Myerstown Holiday Parade Winners
Sunday was a gorgeous day for the annual Myerstown Holiday Parade. It was a good call to postpone it from Saturday, which turned out to be a total washout. Temperatures Sunday were in the 50s, spirits were high, candy was literally flying and fun was in the air.
Pictured here is Liana Raihl and Amanda Torres, both of Myerstown and employees of StoneRidge Poplar Run. They also volunteer as two of the five coaches for the Myerstown Panther Cheerleading organization that had two exhibits in the parade. Both involved lots of cheers, dancing and music. Among the “Walking” units in the parade, the Panther Cheerleaders won first prize! Nice Job! To discover more about Myerstown Panthers Cheerleading, please email email@example.com.
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StoneRidge Vets Will Mark Veterans Day with Public Event
On Monday, November 12, the StoneRidge Military Veterans Association will host their annual Veterans’ Day event to honor veterans and recognize their service to our country. The group is comprised over 75 military veterans living at both the Poplar Run and Towne Centre retirement communities in Myerstown.
The featured speaker will be local author, Berks County historian, and Air Force veteran Barry L. Kauffman who will present “The Four Heroines of World War I” based on his book of the same title. It tells the fascinating story of four local women who served courageously during WWI. Three of them, graduates of the Reading Hospital School of Nursing, served as nurses and the other as a volunteer.
While all three have amazing stories and local connections, nurse Marie Hidell received the high honor of being posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the nation’s second-highest decoration awarded for valor in combat. Kauffman drew attention to Hidell’s story after learning that this heroic woman, one of only three women to be awarded the Navy Cross, was buried in an unmarked grave the Woodlands Cemetery in Philadelphia. Bringing attention to her story became a personal crusade for him, and Hidell’s family gave Marie’s Navy Cross to him. He later presented it to the Alumni Association of the Reading Hospital School of Nursing for safekeeping.
The program will commence with the presentation of colors by the JROTC of Pine Grove Area School, and performer and soloist Maria Damore will sing several classic patriotic songs. The event, that is free and is open to the public, will begin at 2:30 in the Theatre on Main at StoneRidge Poplar Run, 440 East Lincoln Avenue, Myerstown. For more information, please contact public relations at 717.866.3275 or PublicRelations@StoneRidgeRetirement.com.
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Towne Centre Hosts Annual Fall Fest
In the spirit of the season and in celebration of the harvest, StoneRidge Towne Centre in Myerstown held their annual Fall Fest program on Tuesday evening. The event featured a variety of fun activities for families of residents and team members. Children were escorted throughout the residence where different events were held and candy was distributed. The events included a sing-a-long, face painting, fall-themed games and free coloring books and crayons. Once families made it through the activities stations and games, the last stop was the main lounge for a tour of the Peanuts-themed fun display and lots of yummy treats. It was a wonderful success, and many people came out to enjoy the festivities.
Caption: Pictured is Renee Shepler, an activities aide at StoneRidge Retirement Living, and her amazing dog, Lester, in the Peanuts-themed fun display as part of Fall Fest. When she's not planning and hosting acitivites for residents, Renee and Lester, a certified therapy dog, work for Compassionate Care Hospice at visit several retirement communities throughout the county. They also volunteer with several other programs bringing the love and healing through therapy animals to people in need. Bravo!
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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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