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Blood Drive a Success at StoneRidge Towne Centre

On Friday, September 15 from 10-3, StoneRidge Towne Centre in Myerstown held its second American Red Cross blood drive this year.   Towne Centre team members and the general public were invited to the event where 18 pints of whole blood were collected.  According to the American Red Cross, these 18 pints will impact 54 patients. 

Pictured is Jeff Crispino, director of dining services at StoneRidge Poplar Run in Myerstown, making a blood donation while American Red Cross collection technician Brenda Bauer of Nanticoke, PA looks on. 

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Thirty-Five Years of Dedicated Service . . . and Blessings

On August 31, Linda Waggoner, activities and volunteer coordinator at Church of God Home (COGH) retired after 37 years of dedicated service to the residents of this StoneRidge Retirement Living Community in Carlisle.  She began working as a volunteer for about seven years and afterwards worked as an assistant in the activities department. Linda worked several years as volunteer director and recently served as both activities and volunteer coordinator.  

While talking with Linda about her years of service, it became evident that her work was truly a labor of love.  In describing her work, she shared a poem about retirement communities where a question is posed about the difficulties of working with the aged and infirm.  While true, it also speaks of the many blessings of working with residents who, while at various stages of health, have an abundance of grace and appreciation for the efforts made to bring them happiness and improve their overall quality of life.  The poem continues, “This wondrous gift God gave to me, to minister to the old, brings with it times of sadness, but also joys unfold.”  “How could I not be dedicated,” Linda said, to the ministry of caring for residents and helping them live fulfilling lives.  The poem continues, “For every ounce of love I give, they return it with a pound.”  

While she is now officially retired, she will continue to help with occasional day trips, in the gift shop and with decorating the facility for the festive Christmas holiday season.  Linda and her husband Edward, to whom she has been married for 47 years, live in Carlisle.  They have two daughters Kimberly and Winnie.

 

 

 

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Congratulations to the StoneRidge Garden Group!

Doris Yochum of the StoneRidge Garden Club at Poplar Run in Myerstown announced the club’s winnings at two regional fairs where they competed, and there is cause for celebration!  At the 60th Annual Lebanon Area Fair, held on July 22-29, the club won first place in the foliage houseplants category for their crown of thorns entry (Doris Yochum); second place in the herb category for their dill plant; third place in the flowers competition for an orchid (Barbara Seifrit); and fourth place in the vegetable category for their green beans (Pat Underkoffler).  At the 163rd Annual Reading Fair, held on August 6-12, the group won the following ribbons: in the herbs category, first place for their lemon balm and second place for their dill; in the vegetables category, second place for their globe-shaped red beets and third place for their rhubarb; and in the flowers competition, second place for their zinnias and second place for their African violet (Marty Pfautz).  The StoneRidge Garden Group at Poplar Run is an active group of 10 members.  Since the club’s beginning in 2013, they have been consistent winners at the regional fairs in which they have competed.  They maintain a small greenhouse and three outdoor gardens, one for vegetables, one for herbs and one for flowers. 

In the photo, Karl Yochum and Doris Yochum, residents at StoneRidge Poplar Run, and Becky Williams, who serves on staff, are the unofficial leaders of the StoneRidge Garden Club.  Both Doris and Becky are certified master gardeners, and Karl is responsible for planning the layout of the outdoor gardens to maximize sun exposure and to allow for easy access to water.

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The Power of Music

You would probably agree that music is indeed powerful.  It has the power to transport us mentally and emotionally to another time and place and completely change our mood.  It is also used as a therapeutic aid to help reach residents, accelerate healing and calm anxieties.  StoneRidge Retirement Living uses music to enhance the lives of our residents.  Pictured here is resident Dorothy Kinzer playing her harmonica and singing along with Tess Warner (l), activity assistant who is also a graduate student studying music therapy, playing along on her guitar, and Heather Nelson (r), activity assistant who is playing her flute.  Look for an article on music therapy in the upcoming summer issue of StoneRidge Living

 

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She's a Grand Old Flag!

In celebration of the Fourth of July, members of the StoneRidge Military Veterans Association installed dozens of American flags along the main entrance to StoneRidge Poplar Run in Myerstown.  The Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776.  Pictured from left is Ernie Yeagley, Silvia Happ, Frank Seifert, Rod Daniels, Bob Lindenmuth, Cliff Keys, Bob Levin and Pat Underkoffler.  Happy Fourth of July from StoneRidge Retirement Living!

 

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