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Myerstown Lions Donate Cats for Residents at Towne Centre

The Myerstown Lions Club donated three cats for residents suffering from dementia-related disorders at StoneRidge Towne Centre.  Specifically, the three cats, a silver kitty, an orange tabby and a tuxedo cat, were welcomed into the Towne Centre family Wednesday afternoon.  The Lions heard from their friends at the Lancaster Lions Club what a success it was after they donated a few cats to a nursing center in their area.  They reported that the residents found them both comforting and enjoyable.  It seems appropriate that Lions’ Clubs should be donating cats, right?

 

Lest you think we were talking about actual, living cats, no, we are not; we are talking about robotic pets.  These companion pet cats (they have dogs, too) with soft, realistic fur, mimic the life-like sounds and movements of real cats (or dogs).  Granted, they remain in one basic position, laying on someone’s lap if seated or their tummy if reclined.  There are sensors that are sensitive to both touch and motion.  Once someone comes near or pets the cat, it will begin to purr.  The purring mimics a real cat that you can both hear and feel.  The cat will also let out a life-like “meows,” move its head and close its eyelids.  It responds with several different actions including rolling on its side so you can pet its belly.  If the resident falls asleep, the cat will, too.

Lions Club President Michael Hibshman and Lion Steven Goodhue presented the three robotic cats to the Director of Activities at Towne Centre, Amanda Vatter.  Vice President and Committee Chairman Larry Albright was unable to attend.  The Lions funded the purchase of the robotic companions and a supply of batteries “by selling gift certificates for Smith Candies in Myerstown and earmarking the profits for this project.  A special “thank you’ to Smith Candies for their kind generosity and extra work to help assure our success,” Hibshman shared with Vatter and several others gathered from senior management.  “If the program is successful, the Lions Club may consider purchasing additional pets,” he shared.

The Myerstown Lions Club is a community-service club involved with many projects throughout the area.  They meet on the second and fourth Monday’s of each month at 7 a.m. at Country Fare Restaurant, Myerstown.  “Come join us for breakfast and a meeting.  Membership is open to men and women, and we welcome anyone to join us,” Hibshman said.

Pictured from left is Tiffany Bayer, director of nursing; Lisa Keppley, executive director; Michael Hibshman, Lions president; Steve Goodhue, Lion; and Amanda Vatter, director of activities

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Suffering from Grief? GriefShare is a helpful and healthy option.

StoneRidge Poplar Run is offering a program to those who are suffering from grief.  GriefShare is a group of caring people who will walk alongside you through one of life's most difficult experiences and help you face its challenges.  GriefShare is open to the public.  The video program features nationally recognized experts speaking and offering advice on grief recovery topics.  GriefShare topics include “Is This Normal?” “The Challenges of Grief,” “Grief and Your Relationships,” “Why?” “Guilt and Anger” and many more applicable topics.  Group discussions always follow.  Anyone experiencing grief from now or from the past is welcome to attend.  Classes will be held Wednesdays from February 6 - May 1 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Players’ Lounge at StoneRidge Poplar Run, 440 East Lincoln Avenue (Route 422), Myerstown. The cost for GriefShare is just $15, and many grief-stricken people have found it very helpful.  For questions or more information, please call Dana Logan at 717.866.3507 or visit GriefShare.org.

 

 

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Cub Scouts Build Houses With Seniors

The Myerstown Pack 460 of highly organized scouts and their den leaders, along with many volunteer parents, descended on StoneRidge Towne Centre to have some Christmas fun with the residents, play some music and construct houses - gingerbread houses.  The gingerbread house project began much earlier in the season when the scouts gathered and packaged all of the various food items that would make for wonderful gingerbread houses such as M&Ms, marshmallows, sprinkles, a wide variety of hard candies and, of course, spice drops.  Then, each resident received a round cardboard form with a pre-made basic gingerbread house attached.  These were done wisely ahead of time so most of the time could be spent with the scouts and residents decorating the house and the surrounding landscape. 

Pictured from front left, Brayden Gipe, Sawyer Shanaman, Chase Shuder, Jayden Berkehimer, Jack Dermes, Braydon Santiago, Ezra Kohl, Liam Jacoby, Jacob Lutz, Mason Lester, Dylan Shuder, Grant Hoke, Blayde Hoke, Elijah Gass, John Gass and Sebastian Kohl

 

 

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Blood is Needed: Donate at Towne Centre

Blood donations slowed through the fall and yet, every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.  Did you know that a single car accident victim may require as much as 100 pints of blood to recover?  To help alleviate the need, the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at StoneRidge Towne Centre in Myerstown on Friday, January 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anyone 16 years old or older who is in good general health may donate with parental or guardian consent.  Interested donors may streamline their donation experience and save up to 15 minutes on their donation day by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and completing their pre-donation reading and health history questions.  If you have any questions, or if you are concerned whether you are able to donate, you may call the American Red Cross at 1.800.RED.CROSS.  Give the perfect gift – Give Blood.

Pictured below is Towne Centre Activities Professional, Chris Haag, giving blood at a recent blood drive.

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Church of God Home Blesses Soldiers with Help from War College Neighbor

The U.S. Army War College and Church of God Home have been good neighbors for 50 years and have been supporting for each other for a long time.  A Veterans’ Day Breakfast is held each year to recognize Church of God residents and staff who served in the armed forces.  This day includes guest speakers from the War College and active personnel who take the time to greet each veteran, especially those not able to attend the breakfast.


At Christmas time, Church of God residents swing into full gear and do what they can to make sure those women and men serving during the holidays are not forgotten.  This year, over 200 Christmas cards were signed with love and remembrance to our soldiers from the residents at Church of God.  Todd Masterak, of the Army War College, provided assistance to assure that these holiday greetings will make their way to U.S. Marines deployed in Afghanistan as well as wounded veterans currently hospitalized at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.  The Christmas cards were sent along with a letter sending their heartfelt prayers and love this holiday season.  “This is a wonderful thing to do at this beautiful time of the year.  We appreciate this close connection with our neighbors at the War College,” shared Robert Fodor, executive director at Church of God Home.  Thank you, Church of God Home, the U.S. Army War College and our active and veteran service people throughout the world.

 

 

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LOCAL TALK SHOW EXPLORES LIFE AND FAITH

Everything from politics to prayer will be featured at a new weekly experience called Lifetree Café. This “conversation café”—located in the Players' Lounge at StoneRidge Poplar Run, 440 East Lincoln Avenue, Myerstown—is part of a national network of locations that offers participatory events related to life and faith.


The Lifetree Café experience is a scheduled hour of “stories and conversations to feed the soul,” according to Poplar Run’s Chaplain Dana Logan, who leads the discussion. The hour typically includes a short original film and guided conversation. “It’s sort of like a live, local talk show—with an inspirational twist,” Logan said.


Topics, which change weekly, focus on popular life issues such things as loneliness, immigration, health, angels, guilt, prayer and life after death. The exclusive documentary-style films feature everyday people and well-known people with unusual stories.


National Lifetree Café founder Thom Schultz said, “We engage people of all ages in a national conversation through local Lifetree Cafés as well as a robust online presence.” The organization’s website, LifetreeCafe.com, invites visitors to participate online in the same topical conversations that occur each week at the live venues.


Schultz said, “We’ve found that people today want to participate in the conversation. It is not enough to simply hear someone lecture on an important topic. People want to share their thoughts, ask questions and tell their own stories. Lifetree offers a safe place and time to do that.”


Lifetree Café will be offered at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning January 10. Admission to the 60-minute events is free. Snacks and beverages are available.


Questions about Lifetree Cafe may be directed to Dana Logan at 717.866.3507.

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Cedar Crest Choir Brings Cheer to Poplar Run's 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 awolf722@yahoo.com.

 

 

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StoneRidge Vets Marked Veterans Day with Public Event

In commemoration of Veterans' Dat, the StoneRidge Military Veterans Association will hosted 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 this year was, Berks County historian, and Air Force veteran Barry L. Kauffman who presented “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.

 

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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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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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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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Easter Egg Fun at Towne Centre

This past Easter, 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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StoneRidge Awards Scholarships to Practical Nursing Graduates

The 99th graduating class of the Practical Nursing Program of the Lebanon County Career and Technology Center received their diplomas and nursing pins at a ceremony at the center’s auditorium.  Of the 33 graduates, five received scholarships from StoneRidge Retirement Living Communities.  The awarding of the scholarships was based on each graduate’s academic performance throughout the program. 

Angela Snader, who ranked first in her class, received $500; Theona Wagner ranked second and received $400 and Lal Tamang ranked third and received $300.  The nursing faculty nominated two additional scholarship recipients.  These include the student who overcame the most obstacles in the completion of the program, Alaina Maguire who received $150; and the student who showed the most improvement in the program, Alyssa Rivera who received $150.  Pictured from left is Lal Tamang, Angela Snader, Jenny Neidigh (director of the Practical Nursing Program), Sharon Hoke (vice president of corporate compliance of StoneRidge Retirement Living Communities), Alyssa Rivera and Theona Wagner. 

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StoneRidge Begins Team Member Wellness Initiative

In an effort to improve the overall health and well-being of its over 600 team members, StoneRidge Retirement Living Communities kicked off their Team Member Wellness Program at all four of their campuses.  According to Dictionary.com, wellness is defined as “the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as a result of deliberate effort.”  It is “an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life as opposed to treating diseases.”  Tom Maiello, StoneRidge director of public relations and communications said, “The wellness of our team members is critical to the success of our mission as an organization.  Well team members are healthier, happier, more fulfilled and perform their jobs more efficiently and effectively.  This affects the wellness of everyone in our StoneRidge communities, most importantly our residents.”

Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is crucial to living a higher quality life.  Wellness matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being.  In turn, our well-being directly affects our actions and emotions.  Therefore, it is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions.  The National Wellness Institute tells us that: 

* Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential

* Wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment and

* Wellness is positive and affirming 

Kristin Tobias, who is coordinating the corporate wellness initiative shared, “As you can see, the concept of wellness is broader than just our physical health and may be applied to most areas of our lives.  At StoneRidge, we have established five pillars of wellness on which to focus.  These include Physical Wellness, Intellectual Wellness, Emotional Wellness, Financial Wellness and Spiritual Wellness.  Each month activities in these five areas will be offered to help our team members as they work to increase their overall fitness.  These include short classes on physical fitness, financial budgeting, spirituality and knowing when to seek help and where to get it.” 

Pictured above is the StoneRidge Living Communities Wellness logo.  It features the five wellness pillars on which the program will focus. 

 

 

 

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Garden Club Achieves Certification from Penn State

The Stone Ridge Garden Club at StoneRidge Poplar Run in Myerstown, whose entries at area fairs and gardening events each year reap many winning ribbons and accolades, has worked toward and achieved a certification from the Penn State Cooperative Extension. The garden property at StoneRidge has been designated a "Pennsylvania Pollinator Friendly Garden." This certifies that the property provides food and habitat for native insects and animals which in turn provide the pollination needed to protect our plant diversity and food sources. Club President and Certified Master Gardener Doris Yochum was delighted that the club achieved this important certification. "It is an important designation for us and for the environment.  It also affirms our commitment to maintain the natural integrity of the property for which we are responsible," Yochum said.

Photo caption: This protected swale is part of the gardens maintained by the StoneRidge Garden Club.  The swale contains a variety of native wild plants and flowers including this lovely deep-purple colored aster in the foreground. 

 

 

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