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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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