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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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Nat'l Day of Prayer Service at StoneRidge

On Wednesday, May 2, the nation came together to pray. The National Day of Prayer (NDOP) has been observed on the first Wednesday of May since its inception by Congress in 1952.  Many residents at the various StoneRidge campuses came together as well, whether formally or informally, to pray. Pictured here is StoneRidge resident, Nancy Kulp, who joined a NDOP event at Poplar Run's Theatre on Main led by Chaplain Dana M. Logan.

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Retired Nurses Celebrate Nurses Day With Tea

The Retired Nurses Group at StoneRidge Poplar Run in Myerstown held a celebratory tea in honor of National Nurses Day.  The active group meets monthly and remains engaged with one another and with their profession.  The 17 retired nurses represent many years of dedicated service to the nursing profession.  Areas of practice ranged well beyond the traditional hospital bedside and include operating room, home health nursing, teaching nursing students, addiction training programs, foreign medical missions and as nurse midwives.  Many of these women earned undergraduate and graduate degrees before it was industry standard to do so as it is today.  Bravo dedicated nurses! 

 

 

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StoneRidge Employee Retires After 38 Years of Service

In 1980, Jimmy Carter was in the White House, Kramer vs. Kramer won the best picture Oscar, John Lennon was gunned down outside his apartment building in New York City and Mt. St. Helens erupted.  That was also the year when Katrina Wagner began working at StoneRidge Towne Centre, which was then known as the E.C.C. Retirement Village.  From her very first day, Katrina worked in activities.  She would engage residents with activities, games, conversation and events.  Since that time, she has headed up activities and volunteer services for both StoneRidge Towne Centre and StoneRidge Poplar Run.  After 38 years of positive effects on residents and on the community, she retired at the end of March.  Her last position was that of director of activities for Poplar Run.  Amanda Vatter, corporate director of activities, explained, “Katrina has been such a help to me since I started at StoneRidge.  She also played a key role in building how activities operates at both facilities.  Katrina will be sorely missed by team members and residents alike.”  Kathryn Dillon, an activities aide, agreed, sharing that “she truly loved the residents and was dedicated to them.”   

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Easter Egg Fun at Towne Centre

On Saturday, March 31, StoneRidge Towne Centre in Myerstown hosted an Easter Egg Hunt for team members, their families and the public.  Three different egg hunts were held for different age groups where many hundreds of Easter eggs filled with candies and prizes were hidden.  Guests were treated to a light lunch and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny.  Pictured above is nursing team member Amanda Torres, her husband Ty, and their daughters Adalynn and Kyleigh.  Kyleigh is proudly showing the gold egg that she found for which she received a large, filled Easter basket.

 

 

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