Breakfast With Santa Announced at StoneRidge Poplar Run
StoneRidge Retirement Living Communities annual “Breakfast With Santa” holiday program will be held on Saturday, December 9 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at StoneRidge Poplar Run’s Theatre on Main, 440 East Lincoln Avenue, Myerstown. The event is free and open to families of residents, team members and to the public. The event is intended for children, and there is a strict maximum of two adults per family. In addition to breakfast, children will have an opportunity to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, have their photograph taken with them and receive a small gift. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 717.866.3200 by Wednesday, November 29.
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Veterans Honored at StoneRidge Retirement Living Events
On Friday, November 10, StoneRidge Poplar Run and StoneRidge Towne Centre of Myerstown held events to honor the dozens of veterans who live in these two retirement communities. In the morning, Towne Centre held a brunch for all resident veterans to get together to reminisce. Later in the day, Poplar Run hosted a program that featured the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps of Pine Grove Area High School who posted and retired the colors; special speaker Randy Plummer, administrative officer at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, who spoke about the veterans’ national cemetery system; and recording artist Jessica Weidman who sang several patriotic songs. Ms. Weidman, a lyric soprano, has an amazing three-and-a-half octave range and released two CDs. Prior to the start of the program, a slide show featuring photographs of each veteran in uniform from their military days was shown. During the program, veterans were presented with special caps embroidered with the StoneRidge Military Veterans Association insignia. On Saturday, November 11, StoneRidge Towne Centre had a special musical program titled “A Salute to our Veterans.”
Photo caption: Colonel Clifford Keys, a Poplar Run resident, shown here in 1969 when he was stationed with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. At the time the photo was taken, he was located in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Viet Nam near the border with Cambodia. Col. Keys served for over 30 years in Vietnam, Japan, Germany and at the Pentagon.
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Towne Centre Hosts Fall Fest 2017
In the spirit of the season, StoneRidge Towne Centre in Myerstown held Fall Fest 2017 in late October. The event featured a variety of fun things to do for the families of residents and team members. Children were escorted through the residence where different activities were held. These included picking a pumpkin from the patch and decorating it, lots of fall-themed games, face and hand painting, free coloring books and crayons, prizes and refreshments. Once families made it through the activities stations and games, the last stop was a guided tour through the Enchanted Forest that was filled with lighted trees, colorful forest features, friendly animals and residents handing out yummy treats. It was a wonderful success, and many people came out to enjoy the festivities.
Caption: Justin Shober, and his wife Erica (who serves as RN Care Coordinator for Towne Centre) and their lovely daughter Rielynd visited the waterfall in the Enchanted Forest. Rielynd is holding the pumpkin that she decorated during her visit while dad holds the rest of her treasures.
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Church of God Home Invaded by Ghouls and Superheroes
On Halloween, the Church of God Home in Carlisle was invaded by a wide assortment of ghosts, goblins, superheroes, cartoon characters and princesses. The beehive of activity started at around 12:30 when 410 students from Hamilton Elementary School were escorted to Church of God Home to entertain and amuse the residents and, of course, to get some good treats. The annual Trick or Treat event is a favorite among residents and staff who truly enjoy these wonderful children. Hats off to Hamilton Elementary and to the great staff and residents at Church of God Home who made this all possible.
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StoneRidge Receives Employer of the Year Award
Thursday, October 19 was a time of celebration for StoneRidge Poplar Run and for the many Lebanon County professionals who advocate for the dozens of employees with disabilities who are excelling at their work. The awards banquet, which honors these local employees as well as selected area employers who display impeccable support to all employees regardless of disability, was held at Salem Lutheran Church in Lebanon. StoneRidge Poplar Run was one of the recipients this year and received the Large Employer of the Year Award by Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz.
The annual banquet is sponsored and hosted by the Works With Me Committee, a coalition of government entities, MH/ID/EI, provider agencies like Developmental and Disability Services of Lebanon Valley (DDS) and school districts who believe that all people in Lebanon County should have the opportunity to work in a safe, accessible and supportive work environment that is free of bias. The committee meets monthly to share information, educate and advocate so these goals may be accomplished. Jessica Penchard, vice president of development for DDS, stated, “Award recipients embody the spirit of advocacy as they devote their efforts to employ persons with disabilities and to making the challenge of working with a disability much easier. The nominees commit themselves to helping individuals strive for great accomplishment and professional distinction. Every success achieved by someone with a disability encourages others to overcome and succeed, promoting the values of commitment, hard work, and the desire to excel.”
DDS Employment Specialist Bob Barry nominated StoneRidge to receive the Large Employer of the Year Award. The committee reported that Bob spoke very highly of the people he has associated with at StoneRidge with regard to David Light, a dietary worker, who has worked at StoneRidge for six years and is doing an excellent job. Tom Maiello, director of public relations and communications at StoneRidge, stated, “David is a wonderful man and does a good job for us. We are happy he is on our team.” He went on to say, “We are thankful for this award, and we remain committed to providing employment opportunities to members of our community, including those with developmental delays and various disabilities, who are capable and are seeking a path towards independence. We salute the good work of Developmental and Disability Services of Lebanon Valley and the Works With Me Committee.”
(Photo caption: From left, David Light, Tom Maiello, StoneRidge Executive Chef Nate Schumacher and Jo Ellen Litz)
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