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10 Best Playgrounds in Lancaster County to Take the Kids in Your Life

May 19, 2022 | As the weather gets warmer, now is a good time to begin taking the children in your life to the many parks in the Lancaster County area. Each of the following parks include different types of playground equipment and additional amenities to make your visit a great experience. Maybe you...

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Bird Watching Trails to Travel Down This Spring

May 13, 2022 | Are you looking to see more feathered friends this spring? Make sure to bring your binoculars as you check out these exciting bird-watching trails! Northwest Lancaster County River Trail Spring birds to watch for include Tundra Swan, American Black Duck, Wood Duck, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Eastern...

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National Soft Pretzel Month: 5 of Lancaster County’s Best Pretzel Places

April 19, 2022 | April is National Soft Pretzel Month, and to celebrate, we’d like to highlight a few local businesses that feature this treat. All of these businesses make their own spins on the classic soft pretzel, and exploring the range of pretzels available might help you find a new local...

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Staging Your Home with Your Five Senses

April 12, 2022 | Carol Lehman offers many years of Lancaster County real estate experience. She’s weathered the rollercoaster of the industry, helping clients during buyers’ markets and sellers’ markets. She offers an insight on staging your home for sale in today’s real estate market. Preparing your home...

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Connecting Over A Long Ago Recipe

April 8, 2022 | It is amazing what sitting down to a favorite meal with long-ago friends can do. It’s not just enjoying a meal you haven’t eaten for years. It suspends time so you remember the era and the friendship like it was yesterday. That’s exactly what...

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Tasting Jelly Drops

March 31, 2022 | On a Tuesday afternoon in late March, a group of women gathered in Meadow View. Laughter and smiles were shared around the table as they anticipated a tea party, complete with floral arrangements and porcelain teacups. Music playing in the background set the mood for a delightful afternoon. Eliza...

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Flowers to Make the Biggest Buzz in Your Garden

March 21, 2022 | In search of flowers to grow this season that will create a buzz in your garden? Worried you don’t have the space or enough sunlight? Here is a list of flowers that will bring the party to your garden but are easy to care for! Begonias (No Pruning...

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55 and Over Apartment Living

February 10, 2022 | As you look toward retirement, you may be considering a move from your current home. Apartment living in retirement can be ideal for many reasons and offers several benefits. Apartment Living Ideas for Retirement You may eventually reach a point in life when you’re ready to move out...

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Inspire Your Heart with Art

January 27, 2022 | The Garden Spot Village Art Guild is pleased to host Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) instructors for the guild’s annual “Inspire Your Heart with Art Day” on Saturday, January 29 for a resident and family event. Events for the day include demonstrations and...

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The Power of Being Together

December 23, 2021 | In the weeks leading up to Wednesday, December 8, Laura Gribble, music therapist for Garden Spot Village, diligently helped residents living at Meadow View Memory Support, prepare for their first Christmas program. A quartet of women prepared songs. A song leader created a list of songs to sing as a group....

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Real Estate Update: How Should I Sell My Home?

October 26, 2021 | Carol Lehman offers many years of Lancaster County real estate experience. She’s weathered the rollercoaster of the industry, helping clients during buyers’ markets and sellers’ markets. She offers an outlook on the real estate market as of October 2021. When it’s time to sell your...

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October Endeavor 2021

September 30, 2021 |   Hello and Welcome to Endeavor – a monthly video update from Garden Spot Village, where you will discover the abundant opportunities you have to live with purpose in community. I’m Juanita Fox, the director of media experiences and storytelling. Thank you for joining us this month for...

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Celebrating a New Beginning in the Wood Shop

September 21, 2021 | Nearly 200 people toured the newly renovated Wood Shop at Garden Spot Village on Friday and Saturday, September 10 and 11 during a two-day Open House. The celebratory event started with a board cutting where Garden Spot Village CEO Steve Lindsey and members of the Wood Shop leadership team cut a beautifully designed...

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6 Benefits of Memory Care for Older Adults

September 14, 2021 | More than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer's disease, and millions of people provide unpaid care for loved ones with some type of dementia. Many families want to care for their aging loved ones at home and hesitate to place them in an assisted living facility. Providing that care is...

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A Passion for Beauty

August 31, 2021 | Nearly 40 years ago, Cal and Dee Homan received a passion vine (Passiflora) from a generous neighbor who was making the transition into retirement. They cared for the original plant through the decades, carrying it with them in their own move from the Reading area to Garden Spot Village. The plant...

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The Community Meal Outreach by Garden Spot Village Continues to Bless Many

August 24, 2021 | In March 2017, a group of volunteers from Garden Spot Village, led by Fred and Eileen Eck and Don and Lois Aldrich, hosted the very first community meal at the CrossNet Youth Ministries building, located on Franklin Street in New Holland. Every 4th Monday of the month since then, as made...

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10 Gardens in Pennsylvania to Visit This Summer

August 17, 2021 | Chanticleer Gardens, Wayne. Located just outside of Philadelphia is an enchanting pleasure garden bursting with colorful blooms and lush foliage. Sculptured fountains act as resting places for a wide variety of aviary species, and thickly wooded areas create shade for Chanticleer’s busy horticulturists. Guests are invited to speak...

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Your Journey to Garden Spot Village

August 10, 2021 | People in their 50s and 60s choose to move to Garden Spot Village because of the abundant opportunities they have to live with purpose in community! Choosing a retirement community can be overwhelming. I like to spend time with people, learning what is important to them and serving as a...

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Real Estate Update: Prepare to Sell Your Home

August 3, 2021 | Carol Lehman offers many years of Lancaster County real estate experience. She’s weathered the rollercoaster of the industry, helping clients during buyers’ markets and sellers’ markets. She offers an outlook on the real estate market as of August 2021. The real estate market has been incredibly strong...

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Top 10 Ice Cream Shops in Lancaster County to Visit This Summer

July 27, 2021 | July is National Ice Cream Month, and there’s no better way to celebrate than to visit one of the many shops scooping handmade ice cream right here in Lancaster County! Listed below are just a few of the many places that serve a variety of mouth-watering ice cream...

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Patriotic Barns

June 24, 2021 | My blogging has been in on hold for the past several months as I move into new activities at Lancaster Farming newspaper including producing, filming and editing short videos to be posted with my print stories. The digital era has made huge inroads into traditional journalism...

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Serving and Living in Community – Part 1

June 8, 2021 | SaraJane Munshower, a Garden Spot Village resident since May 2019, will serve a short-term assignment at Fishers Island Union Chapel on Fishers Island New York this summer. This blog captures her hopes for the summer. A subsequent blog will share her memories and reflections. On June 1, SaraJane Munshower headed north to...

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Find Happiness in Serving

May 27, 2021 | Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” Oftentimes, when we have a bad day, the last thing we feel like doing is making sure that everyone else is happy. When we have a bad day we tend...

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10 Best Lancaster County Foodie Stops

April 30, 2021 | Looking for the best food around? One of the reasons we love Lancaster is the rich cultural heritage of delicious food! Local bakeries, restaurants and coffee shops offer tasty solutions. Here are 10 of the best places to stop in Lancaster County for a delicious meal, fresh ingredients, or an afternoon...

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Why I Love Living at Garden Spot Village

April 13, 2021 | “Most of us started out with life goals, but how many of us made ‘end of life’ goals? More likely we have end of life fears…Moving to Garden Spot released us from all these fears,” writes Elizabeth Givens, a Garden Spot Village resident...

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10 Springtime Adventures in Lancaster County

March 26, 2021 | Spring is here meaning warmer weather and time to get outdoors! Lancaster County is full of things for you to enjoy during these warmer months. Here are 10 Springtime Adventures right in Lancaster County. 1. Local Greenhouses. Lancaster County is full of local greenhouses that are perfect to explore during the spring...

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Choosing a Community Instead of a Home

February 5, 2021 | Dick and Kathy Miller discovered Garden Spot Village in 2007. They were in their late 50s and knew that Garden Spot was a place they eventually wanted to move. “It was always my dream to live in Lancaster County,” Kathy says. The couple completed an application and became &ldquo...

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Other-Centered Perspectives at Garden Spot Village

February 3, 2021 | Residents at Garden Spot Village have been anxiously awaiting the COVID-19 vaccine. Since March, many residents have been living life cautiously, foregoing large gatherings with friends and family. Those with pre-existing conditions live more cautiously, holding out for their opportunity to get the COVID-19 vaccine. In mid-January Stauffer’s...

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Transforming Junk Into Art

January 21, 2021 | In September 2020 Garden Spot Village CEO Steve Lindsey sent Bob Winegardner an email. The gist of the note? I have a broken piano and I thought you might want to refurbish it into something meaningful. Steve’s parents had recently moved and in helping to clear out of...

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Building a Legacy

January 21, 2021 | Louise Landry Job(s): Draftsman, civil designer, survey crew member, environmental CAD/GIS designer, and land planning designer. Worked for: 38 years Most challenging project(s): “I think the hardest project was transferring from the drafting board to CAD (Computer Aided Drafting).” Most enjoyable thing about the job: &ldquo...

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Making the Move

January 1, 2021 | When Tina and I moved to Garden Spot Village in 2016, one of our goals was not to have our son, or anyone, have to handle finding a place for us to live when we needed assisted living and to handle cleaning out our home and selling it. We wanted to...

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The Story of a Christmas Card

November 17, 2020 | In 2014 Anne Treadwell and her husband, Rit, moved to Garden Spot Village. Little did Anne know that six short years later, her painting would be featured as one of the annual Garden Spot Village Christmas cards. Anne has always loved art. Anne attended high school in Connecticut where she first...

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Home Is Where Your Story Begins

November 6, 2020 | “To me, home has always been very important,” Rosey says. “As a stay at home mom, I wanted to create an atmosphere of welcome and calm. The sign that says ‘Home is where your story begins’ caught my eye because it was a reflection of...

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Harvest Week Offers an Opportunity to Celebrate Community

October 28, 2020 | For 22 years, the hallways buzzed with great energy and excitement for the food and festivities. All of the commotion was for one thing: Fall Festival. In reflection of her past four Fall Festivals, Allison Cuthie shared that she loved the good energy that radiated through the halls on Fall Festival....

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Life Goes On

July 21, 2020 | We are months into our new lifestyle in the United States as scientists work to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus while doctors and medical personnel treat the thousands who fall ill—sometimes very seriously. All the while, life goes on and we work hard to keep ourselves safe...

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Transforming 2D Materials into 3D Art

July 17, 2020 | It takes a talented artist to make a painting look three-dimensional. Marie Diehl, Garden Spot Village resident since 2009, takes it one step further—she adds dimension to already detailed works of art. With simple tools of paper and glue, Marie makes animals, plants and architecture look vivid, textured and...

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Back to School Advice

July 10, 2020 | We all have a teacher who has impacted our lives. Garden Spot has more than a few former teachers living right under our roof! Here’s some exciting stories and words of wisdom from just a handful of educators. Win Reber Subject: Art, K-12 Taught for: 40 years Craziest thing...

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Making Smart Choices During COVID-19

July 8, 2020 | Yesterday was the day my brother and I set aside for “cool brother day.” The designated time was 9am for me to arrive at his house so we could tow his boat to the Chesapeake Bay, go for a boat ride to his favorite crab house, grab a...

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Adding Beauty to the Unadorned

July 2, 2020 | When Pat Oram, Garden Spot Village resident since May 2003, received an unadorned mask to wear during the COVID-19 pandemic, she saw a need for color and design. “Because I’m a painter, I looked at it differently,” she says. Having painted designs on china for many years,...

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Working in Community

June 26, 2020 | In the past few months, numbers of latex gloves, face masks and disposable gowns have been dwindling across the nation. Shortages of these items—also known as personal protective equipment, or PPE—have challenged healthcare communities to come up with creative ways to conserve their resources. Two of...

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Being Busy & Taking Heart

June 4, 2020 | Several years ago, in my younger days, someone told me when I complained that I was too busy that I was too busy because I wanted to be busy! And only I could change that. I may have smiled but didn’t change a thing. Now years later, I...

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SCAMS? Not Me!

June 2, 2020 | Hey, I’m the Chief Marketing Officer for Garden Spot Communities. I’ve got more education than I ever thought possible, especially since I wasn’t really a big fan of high school. I continue to study and learn. Additionally, being aware of scams falls within my...

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Staying Connected

May 29, 2020 | It’s 9am on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Lancaster County’s re-open status is Red. Wherever you may live when you were in the Red Phase, how many people did you greet in the morning? In all fairness I was on the 7am–9am schedule to sanitize high-touch surfaces....

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Life Looks Different

May 20, 2020 | At Garden Spot Village, life didn’t stop when COVID-19 shut down the world. This spring, when it felt like the world stopped for many communities around the world, Garden Spot Village residents continued to serve, volunteer, learn, work and live with purpose. Living in community developed new meaning...

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Protecting Our Community

May 15, 2020 | Over the last nine weeks Garden Spot Village healthcare staff have been working hard to secure personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep team members and residents safe through the coronavirus pandemic. Items that were relatively easy to source six months ago became challenging as once-reliable vendors could only fill partial...

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Virtual Reality Available with a Thank You to RLPS

May 11, 2020 | The people who live at Garden Spot Village continue to experience new and interesting opportunities, even during the stay-at-home order. The Garden Spot mission states: “We will enrich the lives of older adults as an expression of Christ’s love,” and regardless of the situation team members...

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The Timeless Look of Streamline Furniture

April 28, 2020 | One of the hidden benefits of being a feature writer for the media is learning about stuff you have absolutely no idea about…. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about what my editor called Quarantine Baking and what I dubbed Boredom Baking. I know nearly nothing about baking...

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10 Ways to Stay Connected and Engaged

April 24, 2020 | How are you spending your days? Living under a Stay-at-Home order requires patience and creativity! At Garden Spot Village residents are finding new ways to live with purpose, stay connected and engaged with their community all while following social distancing guidelines and wearing masks. We see our residents as heroes...

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The Screening Tent

April 23, 2020 | Driving onto the Garden Spot Village Campus Easter Sunday resident Fran Rapp and wellness team member Bonnie Becker were standing at the screening tent having a good laugh with some other residents who were out for a late Sunday afternoon walk. Everyone was wearing a mask and maintaining the proper...

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A Team Effort to Disinfect our Community

April 20, 2020 | A blue cart, bucket of disinfectant, stack of towels, gloves, mask and a page full of instructions set the stage for another new experience. Everyone, including the senior leadership and management team is embracing new experiences. Many of us have staffed and expect to continue to staff the screening station...

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Staying Connected at Garden Spot Village

April 16, 2020 | This morning, Thursday April 16, 2020 at 9am I walked into an empty Chapel at Garden Spot Village. Steve Lindsey, CEO, Steve Muller, COO, Christy Turner, Director of Dining Services and Deborah Fast, Director of Volunteer Services were sitting on the stage with microphones. Coffee & Conversation is held the first and...

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Serving Over a Lifetime

April 14, 2020 | In November 2019 Paul Hutton, a Garden Spot Village resident since September 2009, picked up a brochure in the foyer of the Garden Spot Village Chapel. Least of These Ministries was gathering a team to travel to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to install solar panels on the roof at Radio Lumière. They...

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Boredom Baking

April 9, 2020 | Sometimes stories (and blogs) just happen from ideas that pop into your head from recent experiences, reading news articles or hearing comments from friends. That’s just what happened to me this past week and it turned into a rush to the finish research and writing weekend to talk...

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Keeping our Environment Healthy and Clean

April 2, 2020 | Garden Spot Village Environmental Services Team is on the front lines of keeping our community clean, safe and healthy every day—but especially now, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before COVID-19 was breaking news, the Environmental Services team carefully cleaned public areas every day by wiping tables, dusting surfaces and...

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It Is What It Is. Dealing With the Coronavirus

March 31, 2020 | If you read my somewhat sporadic blogs on the Garden Spot Village website, you know that being retired is just a phrase for me. Since moving to the Sycamore Springs neighborhood at Christmas in 2016, I have been as busy and, at times, busier than I was working fulltime but don...

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Kansas State Students Offer Post Occupancy Evaluation

March 18, 2020 | “Garden Spot Village is the most welcoming place I’ve ever been,” says Kansas State University Interior Design student Hannah Richardson. “The culture of the community is so different than anywhere else in the world.” Experiencing Garden Spot Village Hannah, along with classmates Brett LaFleur,...

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Who’da Guessed? The Amish and Mennonites Take Vacation Cruises

February 25, 2020 | I met Ryan Bomgardner by accident when an Amish friend told me about this conservative Christian ventriloquist who hosted cruise vacations for the Plain Community. “Come on,” I said… “stop teasing me!” He assured me it was true, so what could I do but take...

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Where’s the Beef?

February 6, 2020 | Every time I think I have seen it all here in Lancaster County, I get surprised… sometimes overwhelmed… It was the case again in late January as I spent a couple of hours on an Old Order Mennonite Farm while the family butchered and processed two hogs and...

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Tips to Downsizing

January 7, 2020 | One of the difficulties you're bound to encounter as you make the transition to an active retirement lifestyle is whether or not you should downsize beforehand. That's why, at Garden Spot Village, we actively strive to help future residents with tips and tricks on downsizing, including offering ...

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Finding Community in the Arts

December 19, 2019 | In 2017 after returning from a tour sponsored by the Fulton Theatre Fran Rapp stopped in to see me with a sponsor pack wondering if Garden Spot would consider sponsoring the Fulton Theatre. Knowing that Garden Spot provides opportunities to live with purpose in community and many, many people find purpose...

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For Italian-Americans, It’s All About Christmas Eve

December 19, 2019 | Recently, my editor of the Ephrata Review asked me what I was going to write about for Christmas. She was thinking cookies and I told her it was too late for me to start researching Christmas cookies but as a third generation Italian-American, I could write about our Christmas Eve...

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How a Community Turned Walnut Trees Into Good Wood

November 26, 2019 | When Garden Spot Village began to prepare the land for the Sycamore Springs neighborhood expansion in early 2019, Campus Services staff coordinated the harvesting of walnut trees that lined the creek on the property. Bob Winegardner, Garden Spot Village resident since August 2004, was in the Wood Shop when John Moore, Garden...

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Executive Chef Mathew Plank Honored by Sodexo

November 5, 2019 | Executive Chef Mathew Plank loves to create delightful surprises for diners who frequent The Harvest Table. His creativity and innovation will be recognized by Sodexo through the month of November. Specifically, Chef Mathew’s Nashville Style Hot Chicken Sandwich will be featured through Sodexo’s Love of Food...

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A Real Eye-Opener

October 31, 2019 | It has been several weeks since I have had something to blog about. Tina and I were on vacation in Canada for a few weeks and I have been busy catching up on stories and photos for the local newspapers including a piece for Lancaster Farming on the corn maze ...

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The Many Benefits of Living in an Active Retirement Community

October 29, 2019 | As you approach the age of retirement, many different considerations will pop up. When should I start researching different options? Will I want to work? What will I do with my free time? Should I stay in my family home or move into something a bit more manageable? More and...

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Purpose-Filled Work in a Life-Giving Community

October 22, 2019 | What It’s Really Like to Live Here If you’ve visited Garden Spot, you know we connect you with residents who will show you around the community because we think you should have the opportunity to freely ask questions and get authentic answers. While the sales team...

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Garden Spot Village – A Community Where People Connect and Care for Each Other

October 15, 2019 | Community is a word that has lost its meaning in our world of self-interest. There’s nothing wrong with self-interest unless, like anything else, it’s taken to the extreme. Unfortunately, the use of the word community has become so common place that few stop to think what...

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Learning How to Can Peaches

September 11, 2019 | A few weeks ago, I spent several days researching a story on food preservation and canning, which is a huge tradition here in farm country for Lancaster Farming. I was fascinated by how many English, Amish and Mennonite moms can fruits and vegetables for their family to enjoy all year. ...

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Finding Joy in Work and Community

August 13, 2019 | The "Lucky Straw" Today was one of the two days a year when I say I "drew the lucky straw" and worked the weekend at Garden Spot Village as Manager on Duty (MOD). Talking with my wife last night I commented that I was off to Garden Spot again tomorrow,...

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We’re All In The Marketing Business - The Video Day

August 6, 2019 | All of us who are fortunate to live here at Garden Spot Village (and in Tina and my case, the Sycamore Springs neighborhood) can remember one or two instances when we began researching retirement communities and suddenly were attracted to this community. It might be as simple as friendly greetings...

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In the Wood Shop: Building the Connell Mansion

August 1, 2019 | How do we build community? By serving in ways that enhance our connections and showcase our talents. Larry Knepper and Bill George, members of the Garden Spot Village Wood Shop, recently worked together to create a replica of the Connell Mansion, the home of the Historical Society of the Cocalico...

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Loneliness

July 23, 2019 | Last week a woman named Brenda bought my 2005 Toyota Corolla. We met at the local notary office to transfer the title. Her son, Jim, who is in his mid-to-late 30s was with her. Jim had recently bought a house in the same development where I live. He offered to give...

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Let’s Talk Basketball

July 18, 2019 | I am a college basketball fan. I have been since grammar school in the late 1950s when my dad took me to Boston to watch the New England High School Championships and then a year later to the old Madison Square Garden in New York City to see the prestigious...

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A Prediction

July 9, 2019 | I’ve got a prediction. This is a bit unusual for me because, as a classic boomer, I tend to look over my own personal horizon, a mindset that rarely translates into attempts to predict future trends. I study trends but don’t predict them. This prediction has...

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Creating Art With Purpose

June 25, 2019 | When Bonnie Lord, Garden Spot Village resident since December 2008, received a phone call from Bill Offutt, she was intrigued. In their conversation Bill shared that he and his wife, Ruth Anne, were preparing to move from their home in Lancaster to Wheaton, Illinois. They were downsizing and looking for someone...

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Honor to Meet & Privilege to Write About

June 13, 2019 | As you know, one of the things that has kept me busy in my more than two years in residence at Garden Spot Village (Sycamore Springs) is writing for the local weekly papers owned by Lancaster Newspapers as well as photographing and writing too for Lancaster Farming. I had a...

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Aeroponic Experiment

May 7, 2019 | In January 2019, Jordis Patterson, 8th grader at Hinkletown Mennonite School, reached out to Garden Spot Village resident Barbara Slothower for help on her academic fair project. The question? Would Barbara help her with an experiment with seeds? The experiment: Will lettuce seeds planted in aeroponic pods grow at the same...

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Sycamore Springs Expansion Officially Underway

April 30, 2019 | The day finally arrived! Thursday, April 25—the official start of the Sycamore Springs Expansion! The site plan was complete, the floor plans assigned and the sales team was ready. Over the course of two hours 40 people stopped by the Sycamore Commons community building to learn more about the expansion,...

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Being Patient for Impatiens

April 25, 2019 | If you have been or are a flower person, you’ll recognize the name Impatiens. The official name is Impatiens walleriana and it had been one of the top three colorful, reliable shade bedding plants for more than a half century until - here in the East - until...

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The Emergence of the Wisdom GenerationTM: Baby Boomers, we’re just getting started.

April 15, 2019 | How old were you when the Beatles came to America on February 7, 1964?  I was seven. As if it happened yesterday I remember grabbing a black, mop top wig from a bin at the Silco store next door to our apartment in Manheim, PA. putting it on my head and...

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Back in the Day

April 4, 2019 | I recently returned from a European river cruise with my wife Tina….that’s another story for another blog. But shortly after I returned, the editor of Lancaster Farming asked me to illustrate a story for their March 31st edition on tobacco.  The tobacco harvest is still...

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Experiencing Life in Community

April 1, 2019 | Judy Rettew’s adventurous spirit leads her to amazing places. Judy, who has been blind since birth, accepts any challenge she thinks may have a hint of fun in it. She’s traveled all over the United States and the world. In the 1970s she traveled to Israel,...

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Cooking with Purpose

March 19, 2019 | Every Tuesday afternoon about 1pm Linda Ebert hosts a cooking club in Laurel View, the memory support household at Garden Spot Village. Linda, who moved to Sycamore Springs in October 2017, brings a different, simple recipe each Tuesday for the club to make. One week the group bakes cookies. The next...

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It’s Spring (Well Almost)?

March 14, 2019 | This is my third spring in New Holland since arriving at Sycamore Springs with Tina in late December 2016. It had been 40 years since I had lived in Lancaster when we returned and I had no idea of what spring would bring in 2017. Our first spring here, we were mud city...

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It’s More Than Just a Train

March 7, 2019 | My work as a feature writer for the Lancaster Newspapers’ weeklies in Lititz, Ephrata and Elizabethtown as well as Lancaster Farming and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette bring me in contact with some interesting people and allow me to write about some cool stuff. And, in the process, I pick up...

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Understanding the Waste Stream

March 5, 2019 | In July of 2018, recycling as we knew it changed for Lancaster County. Things that we used to recycle, like newspapers and take-out food containers, became no longer recyclable due to a new policy in China. But what caused this change in Lancaster? What happens to all the things that we...

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The Tooth Fairy, Unveiled

February 19, 2019 | Several weeks ago we told the story of Gladys Ziegenfus and her visit from the Tooth Fairy. Today we tell the story from the perspective of the Tooth Fairy! On Saturday, December 29, about 9pm, Gladys Ziegenfus’s daughter, Jane Martin, called the Mountain View staff desk. Libbi Carcamo, licensed...

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Kready’s Store: A General Store Time Capsule

February 14, 2019 | If you’ve lived in Lancaster County for a while—40 years or more—you’ll remember the Kready General Store in Manheim. It opened in 1865, and served Manheim area residents for nearly 100 years. For its last four decades (through 1999), the store was sealed tight and filled...

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Showing Hospitality with Trains

February 12, 2019 | If you’ve been down to the GSV Train Room recently, you’ve probably seen some new engines chugging along the tracks or maybe some new buildings or scenery in the train room display. Where did these pieces come from? New Honorary Train Club member Shaun Seymour is...

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Are You a Discount Grocery Shopper?

February 7, 2019 | For the past several weeks, I have been researching the discount grocery phenomenon in Lancaster County, which means visiting, talking to the owners, browsing and shopping. I visited national discount grocers like Aldi's as well as a neighbor-to-neighbor "barn" store that my Plain Community friend almost made me drive...

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Staycationing at Garden Spot Village

January 22, 2019 | When Bonnie Brown’s husband Duane headed to El Salvador for a mission trip with Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) on Saturday, January 12, she had two options. First, she could stay at home and work on various cleaning and clearing out projects to prepare for their move to...

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Local FFA Teens Show Lambs and Goats At 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show

January 10, 2019 | Garden Spot Village Resident Art Petrosemolo met Danielle Oberholtzer and Jeremiah Snyder through a series he wrote for the local newspaper about local Future Farmers’ of America (FFA) teens who raise lambs and goats to compete in the 103 annual Pennsylvania Farm Show. He wrote this article after their final...

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A Visit from the Tooth Fairy

January 8, 2019 | At 7:35 one morning Gladys Ziegenfus was at the front desk talking with Megan. Gladys, who moved to Garden Spot Village in July 2010, gets up early every morning to start her day. She regularly stops by the computer station in Refresh to check her e-mails. If you’re in Village...

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The Week That Felt like a Month

December 20, 2018 | Sycamore Springs Resident Art Petrosemolo is a Type A personality, always on the go. If he isn’t writing a story and photographing for one of the Lancaster area newspapers, he is photographing sailing regattas up and down the East Coast. Art and his wife, Tina, have traveled extensively...

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A Great Surprise

December 18, 2018 | A great surprise arrived Wednesday, December 12. Senior Housing News announced the 2018 Architecture & Design Awards. Out of 98 submissions from 90 different communities across the United States, Garden Spot received two 1st Place Awards in the eight possible categories. First, Thistledown Co-Living House received first place in the Affordable Housing Category. (Of...

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Fulton Theatre and Garden Spot Village: A Natural Partnership

December 4, 2018 | A little over two years ago Fran Rapp, a leader of the Garden Spot Village acting guild, suggested that we consider becoming a sponsor of the Fulton Theatre in downtown Lancaster. Garden Spot has always believed in the arts and supports a variety of local performing and musical groups. There...

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Enneagram Enlightenment

November 27, 2018 | On a crisp Friday morning in mid-October I joined about 60 Garden Spot Communities team members and leaders as they gathered at Refreshing Mountain in Stevens, Pa. We immediately signed release forms and split into groups. One group headed to Refreshing Mountain’s adrenaline-inducing zip line course, a second group...

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What Can You Do for an Encore?

November 22, 2018 | I have not been blogging lately as I am writing like crazy to finish up several stories for the Lititz Record, Ephrata Review and Lancaster Farming before Tina and I leave for Europe December 1, where we start in Rome and then cruise the Mediterranean and then go trans-Atlantic arriving home...

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Lancaster is the Best Place to Retire

November 20, 2018 | Dave and Liz Givens moved to Garden Spot Village from Michigan in early-October 2018. A week later U.S. News & World Report named Lancaster the #1 place to retire. Their Michigan friends immediately reached out to say, “You made the right choice!” U.S. News & World Report simply...

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Garden Spot Village: A Vital Member of the New Holland Community

November 12, 2018 | The people who live and work at Garden Spot Village continuously explore the abundant opportunities they have to live with purpose in community. At times, community centers around 433 S Kinzer Avenue. At other times, community extends to New Holland, Lancaster County and the world. Garden Spot Village partners with like-minded...

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