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Photographing Sailing Regattas

September 21, 2017 | I spent a great week mid-summer on Lake Champlain in Vermont as the chief photographer for the Lightning Atlantic Coast Championship sailing regatta and then for the Women’s, Junior and Master’s Championships on Barnegat Bay. A Lightning is a 20-foot, one-design class racing sailboat. It is...

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Finding Purpose in Community

September 14, 2017 | Volunteering is described as an altruistic activity where an individual provides services for no financial gain to benefit another person, group or organization and is often intended to promote the quality of life.  The definition fits the volunteer community at Garden Spot Village perfectly. Here, nearly 600 people (including 500 residents)...

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Baseball Bats Get an Early Start in Pennsylvania

September 7, 2017 | In mid-July while spending a rainy Friday morning talking to Ben Shirk at his sawmill in East Earl, I learned about Alderfer Lumber in Mt. Pleasant Mills, Pa., some 40 miles north of Harrisburg. Ben said, “Art, you’ve got to meet John Alderfer, he makes bat billets for...

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Everyone Is Welcome

September 5, 2017 | It’s the Tuesday after Labor Day at 9:15 in the morning and the Refresh Coffee Bar at Garden Spot Village is hoppin’. I’d just stopped over for a fresh hot cup of Starbuck’s Veranda Blond Roast and another person at the counter says, &ldquo...

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A Yankee Fan for Life

August 31, 2017 | As the 2017 MLB season winds down, I stay a huge baseball fan. My dad was a lifelong New York Yankees fan (sorry Phillies friends) and so am I…. There are lots of reasons. In WWII, my dad was a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy stationed at the submarine...

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The Right Shot

August 24, 2017 | I am a photographer. I have been one for the past 50+ years, ever since I got paid $5 extra for every photo I turned in with a feature or news story in my first post-college newspaper job. Back in the mid-1960s, that was nice extra money and I always had...

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Intergenerational Living

August 22, 2017 | Sycamore Springs offers new construction homes with a variety of floor plans in a community-focused 55 and over neighborhood. Before launching the project, Garden Spot Village leadership explored a variety of housing models, determined to find best practices and adapt them for the unique culture of Garden Spot Village. The result...

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Parkinson’s Patients Fighting Back

August 17, 2017 | It’s a hideous disease that can strike children to seniors but puts many adults and seniors at risk from age 60 on. It robs many of their dignity and independence with increasing physical issues including balance, strength, flexibility, range of motion and tremors. No cure in sight and patients...

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Sweet Corn - Yellow or White - It Makes a Difference

August 10, 2017 | Yellow or white. It does make a difference. If you live in Idaho, it probably isn’t as important if your summer sweet corn is yellow or white. If it is fresh, cooked properly and not too starchy, it passes. But here in Lancaster County, in what might be...

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Grands & Kids Adventures

August 8, 2017 | “Tubing was on my bucket list for a long time and yesterday I got to do it,” said Jim Boose. Boose, who recently moved to Gardens North with his wife Regina, marked tubing off his bucket list earlier this summer. The best part? His granddaughter Anna, 11, joined him...

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No Reason to Fear the Dentist

August 3, 2017 | For the past several weeks I have been telling you about interesting people and places I have run into the past six months while I have been writing feature stories for the Ephrata and Lititz weekly newspapers. And as I continue to have new adventures in doing that research I...

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The Local Spots

July 27, 2017 | I am a sucker for local spots - restaurants, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, auctions, mud sales, yard sales and the like. I have been since long before I moved here at the beginning of the year. I must say my wife Tina is not nearly as enthralled as I...

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Car Show and 1950s-Inspired Lunch Creates Memories for All Ages

July 25, 2017 | In the weeks leading up to Thursday, June 15, Dining Services and Mountain View staff spent countless hours planning a menu, decorations and logistics, learning dance moves, finding antique cars and planning a party to delight participants from 17-97! The result? An outdoor, 1950s sock-hop inspired intergenerational lunch and car show,...

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An Adventure: Ben Shirk’s Sawmill

July 20, 2017 | Bob Collins from Rose Court is a good friend. His wife Bernie was my wife Tina’s first friend here at Garden Spot Village and they remain close. We socialize together, go out to dinner and because Bob is a LOT handier than I am, when I am stuck...

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A New Community Takes Shape

July 13, 2017 | The last days of the Outpost…..It took a while but as the weather heats up this 2017 summer, a new community has formed at Garden Spot’s Sycamore Springs.  Twelve homes (as I write this blog) in the community opposite Garden Spot Village’s main entrance...

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Planning For The Future

July 11, 2017 | How are you creative? How are you innovative? These opening questions jump-started a day-long brainstorming session during the annual Garden Spot Communities Management Team Retreat in early June. Once a year, leaders of Garden Spot Communities, Garden Spot Village and Maple Farm take a break from the office and daily...

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Share The Road

July 5, 2017 | I knew there were still buggies transporting Amish and Mennonite families in and around New Holland when I moved to Sycamore Springs in January. I just didn’t know there were so many. Early on, writing for the Ephrata and Lititz newspapers, I said I wanted to write a ...

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Visual Memories

June 29, 2017 | Do you own a camera? Do you use it? If you are as old as I am (and I’m probably speaking to the choir here), you remember the small Kodak Brownie film cameras of our youth. You may even remember the Polaroid craze, when a camera developed its...

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Returning to Garden Spot Village

June 27, 2017 | As a student at Garden Spot High School, Kimberly Doutrich worked for Garden Spot Village in the Central Kitchen after school. After a couple of years, and because she wanted to pursue nursing school, she picked up some extra hours as a resident assistant in Mountain View and began to...

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Renaissance Faires

June 22, 2017 | On cool and drizzly mid-May morning, I found myself driving to a horse farm in Christiana, well south of Garden Spot Village and New Holland.  Rob Earhart (brother-in-law of Garden Spot Village’s Scott Miller) and his partner Kate Hopkins had invited me to watch as they put...

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I Scream for Ice Cream

June 15, 2017 | “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream” is a novelty song written in 1927 that became a traditional jazz standard but the words and song remain part of popular culture even without the rest of the song… So, what gives Art? you say.  A...

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Community that Transcends Age

June 13, 2017 | At Garden Spot Village relationships and community transcend age. Jen Miller, 22, began volunteering at Garden Spot Village in the summer of 2011 at age 17 when the Wellness Department needed some extra help at the pool. In January 2012 she began working nights and weekends at the pool. After graduating from Warwick High...

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Sweet Pickings

June 8, 2017 | In the first several weeks on my blogging for the Garden Spot website, I have told you that I was a coffee nut and an ice cream fanatic and they were subjects of feature stories for the Ephrata Review and the Lititz Record.  But heck, this is June and...

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Family And Connections

June 1, 2017 | Many of you know my wife, Tina, who has jumped into community activities with two feet. We moved to Sycamore Springs December 28. We lived through and continue to live with construction all around us. You actually get used to it and it certainly will be different when we don&rsquo...

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Volunteers Shine their Light

May 30, 2017 | Garden Spot Village holds service as a core value and the theme of service flows through every facet of the community as residents volunteer in a variety of ways to keep Garden Spot Village running smoothly. Approximately 500 residents volunteer regularly on campus. In total, these volunteers served 59,674 hours in 2016. Since 1996...

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More Fun Than The Circus

May 25, 2017 | In mid-January, I was in the midst of a search for a vehicle to replace my VW Jetta with something a little “sportier.” I was in Manheim on a cold, rainy day, test-driving an Audi TT (that I eventually purchased) with an XL rep from a small, family...

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Smell The Coffee

May 18, 2017 | I am a coffee nut… I like good coffee. I am not a Starbucks fan as I think they over-roast their beans but my search for good coffee is ongoing. I recently finished a story for the Lititz Record on local coffee roasters and coffee shops which will be...

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Beginning Life at Garden Spot Village

May 11, 2017 | My wife Tina and I are “newbies” at Garden Spot Village. We were the first residents (December 28) of Sycamore Springs and affectionately named our home “The Outpost” as we were the only residents for some 10 weeks. Tina jumped into the community with both feet and joined...

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A Day at the Ballpark

May 10, 2017 | On Wednesday, May 10 baseball fans from Garden Spot Village and Maple Farm enjoyed a picture perfect sky and warm spring sunshine while watching America’s favorite pastime at Clipper Stadium. The Lancaster Barnstormers played the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, but the experience was more about enjoying the game of...

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Cultivating Life

May 5, 2017 | On Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 to 11am, Jane Keene can be found in the greenhouse caring for the plants. “I’m the cucumber girl,” she says with a laugh. Her experience trimming cucumbers helps yield a bountiful harvest, even in the dead of winter. A nature lover...

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Creating a New Business

May 3, 2017 | On Monday and Tuesday, April 10 and 11, a group of for-profit and non-profit business leaders from near and far joined the Garden Spot Communities executive leadership team at E4 Strategic Consultancy in Lancaster. In addition to warm spring breezes, a feeling of energy and expectation was in the air. E4 Strategic...

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Annual Garden Spot Village Business Expo Creates Connections to Local Business Community

April 21, 2017 | On Thursday, April 20, the Village Square, Chapel and Main Street were bustling with local businesses, residents and future residents during the annual Garden Spot Village Business Expo.  Businesses participated by invitation-only and were hand-selected from the local community. The list for 2017 included local banks, chiropractors, dentists, retail stores, food...

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Creating Meaningful Experiences

April 11, 2017 | As Garden Spot Communities, Garden Spot Village and Maple Farm work together to create meaningful experiences for residents living at either location. Recently, Carl Depue, who lives at Maple Farm asked if members of the Maple Farm Men’s Club could visit the Garden Spot Village Woodshop. Before long,...

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Swipe Out Hunger

March 28, 2017 | At Garden Spot Village, the core value of service flows through every aspect of life, including dining. Recently, Garden Spot Village residents began to donate unused meal dollars to fund a community meal through a Swipe Out Hunger campaign. When Colleen Musselman, director of life enrichment, realized a national Swipe...

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Intergenerational Learning

March 23, 2017 | Each winter, Garden Spot Village partners with Hinkletown Mennonite School (HMS) to host Enrichment Clusters for their students. For the past 12 years students have learned to knit and crochet, with ladies who love the craft. For HMS, the partnership allows an out-of-the-classroom learning opportunity, which addresses their goal of educating...

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New Beginnings

March 17, 2017 | I recently participated in new employee orientation. At the outset, I wondered why it would take three full days to learn about Garden Spot Village and the various Garden Spot Communities. As I walked in the very first morning and CEO Steve Lindsey greeted me, I realized that orientation was...

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Community Core Value Update

March 10, 2017 |   Hi, I'm Steve Lindsey, CEO of Garden Spot Communities. Today I want to give you an update on a change we are making to one of our core values. Now the core values at Garden Spot Communities are those values which form the foundation upon which we function....

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Cooperative Living: A Recipe for the Future

March 6, 2017 | Garden Spot Communities, in partnership with local businesses, churches and nonprofit organizations, broke ground on the Cooperative Living House in mid-December. Held at the site of the new home on Ranck Road, the event marked the transition of the project from vision to reality. The idea began with visionary Victor...

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Celebrating Fasnacht Day

February 28, 2017 | Did you get your fasnacht? At Garden Spot Village this question was asked frequently today, as staff and residents embraced the local culture of south central Pennsylvania and celebrated Fasnacht Day. Traditionally, Pennsylvania Dutch housewives in Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks counties made fasnachts on Shrove Tuesday to use up the...

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Experiencing the World

February 23, 2017 | A visit to the Garden Spot Village Chapel shares a glimpse of the international community living at 433 Kinzer Avenue. Flags from Ireland, Vietnam, Guatemala, South Korea, China and various other countries line the walls, representing the many countries and cultures where members of the community have lived and served. One...

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Influencing Health Care in Japan and around the World

February 17, 2017 | Shortly after becoming CEO, Steve Lindsey had a conversation with Garden Spot Village Founder and then Board Chairman Dale Weaver regarding the vision of Garden Spot Village. At the time, the vision was to be the preferred retirement community in eastern Lancaster County. As the only retirement community in eastern...

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The Lucky Straw

February 13, 2017 | Each weekend a designated member of the leadership team serves as manager on duty. In this shared responsibility we each serve two weekends a year. This is one of my weekends. As I was going from department to department to check-in, the common comment, as you might imagine was, &ldquo...

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A Groundhog’s Shadow and a Breath of Spring

February 6, 2017 | After a string of dreary January weather, the sun came out the other day just long enough for Punxsutawney Phil to see his shadow and declare six more weeks of winter. In the meantime, at Garden Spot Village, a touch of spring had already arrived. All this month, the Village...

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A Morning in Refresh Cafe

January 25, 2017 | Monday January 17, 2017, was a carpool day because the VW Beetle was incapacitated and in for repair. Approaching Garden Spot Village my wife, Cheryl, asked, “Is it okay if I hang out at Refresh and work for a while before going to the office?”  The answer was, &ldquo...

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Special Sauce

January 20, 2017 | We’ve all heard of the “special sauce” —those secret ingredients, in specific proportions, lovingly combined in a unique way to create something special, something mouthwatering that makes us want to come back for more. The interesting thing about the special sauce is that you can...

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A Call To Missions

December 22, 2016 | When Velma Hershey heard about a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, she leaped at the chance to go. “It wasn't hard to make that decision,” Velma says. “Jesus tapped me on the shoulder and said, ‘you can do that’, and I responded without...

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Purposeful Living

December 7, 2016 | EJ Rittersbach is someone who symbolizes the sense of volunteerism throughout Garden Spot Village. She is involved in multiple areas of the community, each offering something different to the overall environment of GSV. Some are for fun, others are more business minded – all are important to making Garden Spot...

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December 2016 | Endeavor: Highlighting the Happenings at Garden Spot Village

December 6, 2016 |   Hello and Welcome to Endeavour - Highlighting the Happenings of Garden Spot Village. The Christmas Season is upon us and the celebrations are underway. The Village Square has been transformed into a winter wonderland. I’m standing in front of one of the dozens of trees. The wreath...

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Resident and World Traveler

November 17, 2016 | Spend some time at Lena Lansinger’s home and you’ll find yourself surrounded by the world. An avid traveler, Lena’s home – and life – is filled with items from all around the globe. These keepsakes are pieces of her adventures. One such trip took...

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November 2016 | Endeavor: Highlighting the Happenings at Garden Spot Village

November 1, 2016 |   Hello and Welcome to Endeavour - Highlighting the Happenings of Garden Spot Village. It’s harvest season in Lancaster County and the fields are full of color.  Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and the road side produce stands as busy as ever. I’m standing in a...

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“I Remember” with Alice Mauser

November 1, 2016 | For the past 20 years, Alice Mauser has lived at Gardens North. From Sadsburyville, she moved with her husband, Leroy, in November of 1996 and has been in her apartment ever since. Unlike those who moved to cottages back then, seeing the growth of GSV in the form of the apartment...

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Community Engagement and Intergenerational Appeal

October 13, 2016 | At nearly 8am on a Tuesday, about 30 high school freshmen from Garden Spot High flooded through the front doors of Garden Spot Village. The Refresh Coffee Bar, which serves Starbucks, was created as an open, inviting space with an intergenerational appeal. Its intent is to extend hospitality to the general...

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“I Remember” with Doris & Leonard Cummins

October 10, 2016 | Though they are natives of Chester County, Doris and Leonard Cummins spent a large part of their lives living all over the world. When reading of a new retirement community in New Holland, they decided to give it a visit. It turned out that the new community would be the...

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Golf Outing

October 4, 2016 | Early one Tuesday morning, Jim McAbee dropped by the Marketing office to talk about a golf outing for residents and staff appropriately named “Nine & Dine.” “Will a photographer be there?” He asked. “This would be a great event to tell future residents about.”...

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October 2016 | Endeavor: Highlighting the Happenings at Garden Spot Village

October 3, 2016 |   Hello and Welcome to Endeavour - Highlighting the Happenings of Garden Spot Village. I’m standing in a small secluded Garden along one of the walking paths. This garden was the project of an Eagle Scout several years ago and it’s another one of the simply...

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New Hot Air Balloon

September 7, 2016 | Early in the morning on Friday, September 2 – 4:12 a.m. to be exact – the phone rang.  After an exchange of good mornings, Stan Hess from the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team said, “A review of the weather at Garden Spot Village shows we should have a...

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“I Remember” with Esther Sideman

September 5, 2016 | In February of 1996, Esther Sideman became a woman with a very unique distinction: she was the very first resident to move to Garden Spot Village. “It was an exciting time, for me and the board of Garden Spot Village, for the fruition of what they’d been aiming...

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Look & Learn

August 9, 2016 | Just inside the front door of the Village Square Visitor Center, Caren Creek, Megan Farber, and Kelly Sweigart greeted people as they walked over to a table covered with a deep red, logoed tablecloth. They were signing in for a Look and Learn Seminar with smiles on their faces as...

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“I Remember” with Lena Lansinger

August 1, 2016 | In the summer of 1996 Lena Lansinger moved to Garden Spot Village, settling into a cottage on Holly Drive. Things were so new then, the landscaping had not even been completed. “There was red clay everywhere – no grass – and the trees were so small, they were shorter than...

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Grilling with the Chefs

July 21, 2016 |   On Tuesday, July 20, 2016, starting at 5:30 p.m., 48 residents and future residents experienced a fabulous evening at Garden Spot Village. A canopy of lush green trees shaded the patio by the Gardens Courtyard Gazebo. Black table cloths adorned eight tables set with centerpieces of vibrant fresh vegetables: yellow peppers, red...

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Ice Cream Carnival

July 18, 2016 |   As theme-appropriate carnival music played, Garden Spot Village bustled with life. Residents, their families and friends, and staff were all gathered for one thing: the annual GSV Ice Cream Carnival. In the Village Square Park, lines of people huddled around tables patiently waiting for the flavors of their choice,...

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Sycamore Springs Ground Breaking

July 13, 2016 |   The metal from brand-new shovels glistened in the sunlight. Guests stood under canopies and parasols to try to keep cool. The heat was unmistakable, and so was the excitement – Sycamore Springs was officially about to break ground. “A sycamore is a sign of gifts given to us....

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“I Remember” with Nevin Kraybill

July 4, 2016 | There are many residents with many memories of when GSV first started, but Nevin Kraybill, retired CEO, offers a different perspective. Nevin has been associated with GSV since its inception. After spending 10 years in Tanzania, East Africa, in various administrative roles, he moved back to the States and in 1989, was...

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A New World of Virtual Reality

June 17, 2016 | In the middle of Thursday afternoon Gavin Sauder, the Garden Spot Village Social Media & Web Designer went on the hunt for Scott Miller to review some exciting news. Gavin caught Scott behind the Resident Services Desk as he was on his way back to his office. Excited and smiling...

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Campfire & Glow Sticks

June 15, 2016 | “In order to cook the perfect golden marshmallow, you need to be the marshmallow.” – John Kokotiuk, Garden Spot Village Resident When one hears the words “power shutdown”, it doesn’t typically elicit positive feelings. A bunch of questions spring to mind and preparations begin...

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“I Remember” with Shirley Wenger

June 6, 2016 | When Shirley Wenger signed the agreement to move to Garden Spot Village in February of 1995, it was a change for her. A country girl, Shirley was unaccustomed to a community with the closer type of fellowship that is commonplace at Garden Spot. Now, though, Shirley is firmly embedded in the...

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Meet Gloria Stevens

June 1, 2016 | If you go visit the aeroponic greenhouse, there’s a good chance you may meet Gloria Stevens. Gloria, the new greenhouse coordinator, grew up on 26 acres of land that her father would farm in his spare time. Armed with curiosity and a love of nature from her father, and...

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Aeroponic Greenhouse Dedication

May 13, 2016 | Though the weather was rainy and cold, the environment in the Garden Spot Village Aeroponic Greenhouse was warm and inviting the day of its dedication – and not just because the temperature is set at a certain level to promote plant growth. Guests such as New Holland Mayor Wilbur Horning...

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“I Remember” with Ethel Danner

May 11, 2016 | Ethel and Charles Danner came to Garden Spot Village in the Spring of 1996. When they moved, it was to a one bedroom apartment with a den in Gardens North, where Ethel still lives. Though her residence remains the same, a lot has changed since she first arrived. Like many who...

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Cross-Generational Stewardship

April 27, 2016 |   “Water is life and without it, life is very difficult.” – Stephen Okurut, School Headmaster, Koreng, Uganda. To imagine a life without fresh water seems impossible. Not having clean water, such an integral part of each day, is difficult to wrap your head around. Even harder to...

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2016 Business Expo

April 26, 2016 | Walking into Garden Spot Village, the murmur was hard to miss. Friendly chatter, bunches of people… it’s Expo Day. Vendors lined the halls, happily talking with visitors that came by their tables. The annual Business Expo is a great way for local companies – approximately 80 this year ...

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A Life Filled with Possibility

April 25, 2016 | Graduate high school one day, and never, ever get a tattoo. Those are the two promises Raymond Powell’s mother wanted him to make her before she signed off on his decision to enlist in the Navy during WWII, instead of waiting to be drafted into the Army. Joining...

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Surprise Gift from Australia Stitched Into Beautiful Piece by GSV Quilters

April 18, 2016 |   In June of 2014, a team of leaders from UnitingCare Ageing in Australia came to Garden Spot Village to learn about some of the different service innovations that were occurring here. As it turns out, they happened to visit on the same week that we were holding Grands & Kids...

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“I Remember” with John & Rhoda Weaver

April 11, 2016 | It was in the Fall of 1995 when John and Rhoda Weaver signed papers to move to Garden Spot Village. When it was time to begin construction of their cottage, the cold winter weather caused delays that set the timetable back. “The new owners of our house very graciously rented...

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Innovation Meeting

March 18, 2016 | On a Wednesday afternoon, teams filed into the Chapel, ready to put their brains into “innovation” mode. Sitting in groups of five that included resident participants, everyone gathered to build on the work they’ve already done towards making Garden Spot a place that never ceases to...

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Game On - Shoes Save Lives

March 8, 2016 | In the movies, we see people inadvertently end up barefoot and it turns into disaster. They get cut, burned or trampled, and it adds excitement or humor to the film. Shoes are such a common thing that it’s hard to imagine living without them. According to a GAiN...

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Endeavor: Highlighting the Happenings of Garden Spot Village in March

March 4, 2016 |   Hello and Welcome to Endeavour - Highlighting the Happenings of Garden Spot Village. March is a wonderful month. By the end of it  - a hint of spring is in the air, plus there’s Saint Patties day and Easter. Both of which are causes for grand...

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Bird House Auction

February 24, 2016 | The unmistakable scents of wood, paints and lacquers fill the air. In the woodshop, the members are hard at work doing what they love. Many hours of work later, each house is complete and being put on display in the Village Square Park. The reason? The annual Garden Spot Village...

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Journey To The Dominican Republic

February 19, 2016 | R: Resident, E: Employee. From left to right back row: Gavin Sauder (E. since Nov. 2015), Kristy Deibert (E. since 2007), Marvin Harnish (E. since 2009), Marian Harnish E. since 2009), Amy Gallagher (E. since 2011). Left to right front row: Vivian Hertzler (R. since 1998), Ginger Miles (E. since 2008), Velma Hershey (R. since July 2015), Kelly...

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Home

February 10, 2016 | A phone rings. “Thank you for calling Garden Spot Village...” After a short conversation, the caller is transferred to the proper extension. Transferring calls is just the tip of the iceberg of life at Resident Services. A busy central hub, it's where people go for answers, documents,...

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Endeavor: Highlighting the Happenings of Garden Spot Village in February

January 28, 2016 |   Hello and Welcome to Endeavor - Highlighting the Happenings of Garden Spot Village. Ya know, all our restaurants are open to the public and our Refresh Coffee Bar in Village Square serves Starbucks so there are people of all ages coming and going throughout the day. It’s...

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Blizzard of 2016

January 27, 2016 | The blizzard hit Garden Spot Village on Saturday, January 23, 2016, and blanketed the campus with almost 32 inches of snow. Vern Mittelstadt emerged from a glorious Saturday afternoon nap in the sunroom of his Carriage Home to discover that it seemed a bit colder than usual. The central heat had shut off. ...

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A Cold Tuesday Morning In January Took A Mouth Warming Twist

January 13, 2016 | A cold Tuesday morning in January took a mouth-warming twist when  Nichole, a barista at the Refresh Coffee Bar, walked across the Village Square over to the Resident Services Desk balancing three sample size cups of Starbucks. Faint wisps of steam escaped from under whip cream that glistened with...

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December in Review at Garden Spot Village

December 28, 2015 | December 2015 – Garden Spot Village December comes alive with Christmas celebrations at Garden Spot Village. It all starts the year before when the planners and decorators pause to experience the magnificence that blossoms around us and they begin to dream about “what could be” next year. Deborah Fast,...

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The Little Things Make A Difference

December 8, 2015 | A few cars dot the Village Square parking lot. A handful of people are out for a morning walk and employees are arriving for the day. The community begins coming to life. It’s a little after 7:00 in the morning on a Tuesday, and it’s much like...

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Endeavor: Highlighting the Happenings of Garden Spot Village in December

December 2, 2015 |   Hello and Welcome to Endeavor - Highlighting the Happenings of Garden Spot Village. It’s December and Christmas is coming quick. As you can see I got out my top hat and scarf. I love the Christmas season because there is so much to celebrate. We have a...

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Veteran’s Day Appreciation

November 11, 2015 | One of my responsibilities as Storyteller is preparing and sending out press releases. It’s a unique world to navigate, as there are many different outlets that need information sent to them in a variety of ways. When it came time to prepare a media alert (one type of...

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Endeavor: Highlighting the Happenings of Garden Spot Village in November

October 31, 2015 |   Hello and Welcome to Endeavour - Highlighting the Happenings of Garden Spot Village. It’s November and the holiday season is upon us. There’s always a lot going on at Garden Spot Village but throughout the holidays the activates, celebrations and get togethers take on entirely...

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Phone Call

October 7, 2015 | The phone call I've been waiting for came in today!! Upon joining the "retirement" industry ten years ago after working in the computer industry for twenty-plus years, I found things very confusing.  There was Active Adult, CCRC, 55+, Fee-for-Service, Lifecare, amenities, IL, AL, PC, SNF, entrance fees, monthly fees,...

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Endeavor: Highlighting the Happenings at Garden Spot Village in October

September 30, 2015 |   Hello and Welcome to Endeavour - Highlighting the Happenings of Garden Spot Village. A cool story . . . not long ago Anita found herself in skilled nursing on hospice care. She rebounded and hospice left. There’s a blog on our website entitled “Defying the Odds” which tells...

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Defying the Odds

September 15, 2015 | When I was asked to write a piece on Springwood (one of our skilled nursing households) resident Anita Geiger, I was more than excited. Writing is a passion of mine, and any chance to do so is a blessing. There was one small thing – I had never met Anita!...

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You Made My Day!

September 14, 2015 | Last Tuesday a woman stopped by to drop off an application. I’ll call her Susan. As with many people who choose Garden Spot Village, she was younger. She had a question and Megan was with someone else who was signing an agreement. Since I’m Megan&rsquo...

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Endeavor: Highlighting the Happenings of Garden Spot Village in September

August 31, 2015 |   Hello and welcome to Endeavor - Highlighing the Happenings of Garden Spot Village. I interviewed a woman last week for a position we have open in the marketing department. She just retired and was looking for something new to keep her busy. She commented, “now it’s...

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The Interview (Part 2)

August 24, 2015 | Last week I shared the story of a woman who had interviewed for a position that is open in the marketing department. She just retired from her life long career as a nurse. She was interested in the position because she has nothing to do and she misses being around...

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The Interview

August 19, 2015 | We have a weekend Resident Services position open at the moment. Last week a woman stopped in for an interview and our conversation simply confirmed all the reasons I love being a part of Garden Spot Village. GSV is different. We hear people say that all the time. We regularly...

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At GSV Appreciation Comes Naturally!

August 5, 2015 | Last week we had our annual summer employee appreciation picnic and it was a blast! The management team comes out, sets up, serves, clears tables and cleans up afterward. Garden Spot Village hosts a variety of employee appreciation events throughout the year and I know that, as an employee, the...

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Endeavor: Highlighting the Happenings of Garden Spot Village in August

July 31, 2015 |   Hello and welcome to Endeavor - Highlighing the Happenings of Garden Spot Village. August is vacation month and Garden Spot Village residents are off to the far regions of the world like South America, the Galapagos Islands, Europe and Israel. and all over the United State including of course...

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When a Rose is More Than a Rose

July 28, 2015 | My daughter works at Banana Republic and over the weekend she was telling me that she gets many shoppers, especially from Asia, who aren't fluent in English. To communicate what they want they point toward their upper left shoulder, where you typically see logos, and simply say "elephant". She...

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US Women’s Open

July 14, 2015 | Last Friday I had the opportunity to go to the USGA Women’s Open at the Lancaster Country Club with Steve Lindsey, the Garden Spot Village CEO. Thank you to Warfel Construction, who gave us passes to the club house. We had a great time spectating from the 18th...

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Endeavor: Highlighting the Happenings of Garden Spot Village in July

June 30, 2015 |   Hello and Welcome to Endeavour - Highlighing the Happenings of Garden Spot Village. July is another action packed month and in this issue of Endeavour I’m gonna review 3 pretty cool things. First - Garden Spot Village is a sponsor for Encore Berks - Day at the Ballpark ...

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