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Rich and Anne Treadwell
“We’ve never been on this road,” say Rich and Anne Treadwell of their approach to adventures both near and far. The Treadwells traded a high-maintenance rancher in Maine for a no-maintenance cottage at Garden Spot Village in October 2014. Their cottage allows them freedom to spend their time traveling to visit family and vacationing. Kayaking during annual treks to Maine provides inspiration as they experience nature up close and personal.
John and Lynne Kokotiuk
“The longer we are here, the more friends we make,” says Lynne Kokotiuk. John concurs, adding that their bichon-poodle puppy Ollie helps them make new friends. John says, “With a dog, you always stop and visit with neighbors. You don’t just keep walking.” In addition to new friends, life at Garden Spot Village continuously brings new opportunities. John and Lynne both enjoy volunteering for special events on campus and Lynne, a painter, participates in the Art Guild. John also volunteers as a sound tech, with woodshop projects, Caring Connections and Cross Jr., a CrossNet Ministries after school program for elementary students.
David and Elizabeth Givens
“In Joshua 4, God asked the children of Israel to build a cairn after they crossed the Jordan River to remind them of His faithfulness. For us, our cairn represents pieces of our past, our alma mater, Cairn University, and reminds us of the ways God leads and provides for us,” says Elizabeth Givens. The cairn, which includes rocks from around the world, also commemorates the importance of travel in the lives of David and Elizabeth Givens, who have been residents of Garden Spot Village since October 2018. Since coming to Garden Spot, the Givens have continued their life of globetrotting, and appreciate how easy traveling has become and how their home is taken care of in their absence. They are also excited about their future prospects at Garden Spot and around the world. As David says, “In our minds, we have an open book before us. The best part of our story has yet to be written.”
“When you engage with people it just enriches your life,” says Jeanne Lang. A retired high school Spanish teacher, Lang substitutes regularly in addition to maintaining an active social life at Garden Spot Village. “My son tells me he has to call after 9pm to reach me,” she says with a laugh. For Lang, the activity and sense of belonging makes all the difference. As a widow, she wondered how she might fit into the community. But, she says, “There are many widows here; we all relate to each other, we understand the moments of grief; I don’t feel out of place.”
Art and Tina Petrosemolo
“Moving to Sycamore Springs gave us a new group of friends,” say Art and Tina Petrosemolo, originally from Shrewsbury, New Jersey. Tina immediately connected with the Garden Spot Village community through regular trips to the gym. There she made friends who introduced her to the Book Club, the Art Guild, the New Holland Women’s Club and more. She says a few friends at the start “turned into a network.” Art connects with the broader community through his passion for freelance writing and photography, offering a new lens for local newspapers to see their communities.