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10 Points of
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Number three will really surprise you!
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Experience Garden Spot Village for yourself. As you consider the next step in the amazing journey of life, what do you dream of doing? Where do you want to travel? Who do you hope to help? Which community will you call home? At Garden Spot Village people like you, who are 55 and over, discover what they need to know to make the right choices about retirement living. Youâ€™ll come away with new perspectives on retirement lifestyles. Residents enjoy running marathons, going on local and international mission trips and making an impact in their community. They take advantage of the abundant opportunities they have to live with purpose in community. You are invited to come and see what that means.
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YOUR STAY WILL INCLUDE: One night in our Hospitality Suite* Breakfast in The Creamery Q&A with a Marketing Associate Lunch or dinner, your choice Tour with a resident Use of all amenities *You may extend your stay for a fee upon request.
Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave, New Holland, PA, 17557. 717.355.6000. A non-profit, fee-for-service community. Monthly fee includes repairs and maintenance of residence and furnished appliances, electric, heat, air conditioning, water, destination sewer, property taxes, garbage and trash disposal, lawn care, snow removal, security, use of common facilities, social, educational, cultural and recreational events.Spring/Summer The following are available for a2018 fee: telephone service, cable TV, high-speed9 internet, dining options, personal care, skilled nursing, memory support, adult day services, at home care services, housekeeping, laundry and a hair and nail salon. Fees and services are subject to change. Minimum age requirement 55.
A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
The DNA of Innovation
You might recall that the previous four issues of Destination focused on the Garden Spot Communities Envisioned Future and the first three initiatives: a sustainable business model, socio-economic diversity and launching a consultancy. In this issue: Innovation. There are three things I’ve thoroughly enjoyed researching and digging into over the course of my career. I don’t know that I’m especially good at any of them but I love dabbling around with them. They include leadership, culture change and innovation. If I could only ever read one more book on one of those topics, innovation would win hands down. Einstein is the classic image that comes to mind for many when innovation is mentioned. The crazy-eyed, wild-haired, seemingly blank stare of the lone wolf genius gives the impression he doesn’t have time to look up for a photo because his brain is so full of new and creative ideas.
A lone wolf innovator has become a misnomer. Crowdsourcing is a perfect example. Take Kickstarter, for example, which draws individuals into funding projects. It gives the worldwide community an opportunity to get involved and make a difference. That is such a vitally important concept. The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and the broader Lancaster County community are currently focused on collaboration. Lancaster County is a great place to live at least in part because the community gets involved.
A perfect example at Garden Spot is the hot air balloon. While a hot air balloon might seem like one person’s idea, it involved many creative minds (see the article on page 48). It not only gets people’s attention when it flies, but as a resident you can buy discounted hot air balloon ride tickets. It’s surprising the number of people who have a hot air balloon ride on their bucket list. From our perspective, innovation is an organizational mindset and the reason why the fourth strategic initiative is entitled “Make innovation core.” In simplest terms, the idea is to nurture innovation into the DNA of Garden Spot Village and all Garden Spot Communities so that every employee feels empowered to innovate and get others involved. Take out your microscope and slip this issue of Destination Garden Spot Village between the slides to see how the DNA of Innovation is taking shape. Enthusiastically,
Scott Miller Editor & Chief Marketing Officer 10 D estination Spring/Summer 2018
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MEET TREVOR: Born with clubfoot, Trevor, 5, also has a knee problem which makes walking difficult. He and his twin brother, Tevez, live with their mother, Winnie. A single mom, Winnie works hard to provide for her sons. Trevor recently had surgery to help him walk. Thanks to surgeons at CURE Kenya, he will soon be running to chase his dreams. WATCH: 2016 GSV CURE Trip Highlights gsvnet.org/5XEMeR9I4h WATCH: CURE International Informational Video gsvnet.org/cure18
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Photo Credit: Naphtali Foster, CURE Kenya Storyteller
If you love spending time with children, sharing your faith and learning about different cultures, join Garden Spot Village as we travel with purpose to
KIJABE, KENYA September 28 thru October 9, 2018 Garden Spot Village provides opportunities for short-term trips with CURE International, a non-profit organization that brings healing to children with treatable conditions through surgical care and the life-changing message of God’s love. This year we will travel to CURE Kenya’s hospital, located in Kijabe in the Rift Valley.
During the trip you will: • Interact with children as they wait for surgery • Visit children who are recovering • Bless families with gifts of toys, school items, art supplies and more • Take an end-of-trip safari tour
Interested in this once-ina-lifetime opportunity? Contact Marian Harnish at 717.355.6235 or firstname.lastname@example.org
BEHIND THE LENS
A WINDOW INTO THE CREATIVE PROCESS
The Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Destination is the second in a series of three designs that feature artistic concepts. This issueâ€™s overall theme is Innovation, so we employed innovative photography styles including images captured in jars and black-andwhite images with selective color. In addition, a series of short articles tell the stories of innovative approaches and programs throughout our community. We worked with The Premise Studio and our in-house photographers to take images in new and artistic ways. We once again included videos to provide more information and enhance the writing and storytelling.
Photo Credit: Denise Hoak, The Premise Studio and The GSC Creative Team
A special thank you to Denise Hoak, director of personal care services at Mountain View and an avid photographer, for capturing behind the scenes photos. Enjoy! â€” Destination writing and design team
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SOCIALLY SPEAKING MEET THE METAL SHOP MONEY CAN BUY HAPPINESS! NEW POSSIBILITIES
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18 Employment with Purpose
16 TEAM SPOTLIGHT
20 Money Can Buy Happiness! 28 10 Points of Innovation 31 Innovation: Grands & Kids Adventures 34 Creativity in Action 40 Innovating Wellness 44 Emma's Gourmet Popcorn
Brandon & Kristy Newborg
Cathie Cush, Juanita Fox
32 ON THE ROAD
Ed & Pat Frankel
The Premise Studio: Jeremy Hess The GSC Creative Team: Gavin Sauder, Brandon Adams
38 SOCIALLY SPEAKING
Meet the Metal Shop
46 NEW POSSIBILITIES Adam & Jerrene Zimmerman
Contact Caren: 717.355.6012 or firstname.lastname@example.org
54 VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHTS
48 Innovation: Non-traditional Advertising
50 Innovation: Cooperative Living House
52 ForgeWorks: Ideation and Communovation
Perry Buch & Marsha Dawson
56 ON THE CLOCK
with Tom Plitt
60 MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR
58 Innovation: Touch Screens Transform Dining
72 Get to Know the Neighborhood
64 CHEF'S DELIGHT
Tax Changes and Charitable Donations Charred Shrimp with Caramelized Leek Mashed Potatoes
66 COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT
Yoder’s Country Market
68 OPPORTUNITY CALENDAR
The Meet Your Neighbors article in the Fall 2017 issue of Destination had several incorrect statements. Doug Moister’s quote should say: “Why? Am I going to spend the next several years taking care of the almost two acres of grass, hedges and gardens, or do we want to be able to do things together without the responsibilities of a homestead? We feel like this is a gift from God—a wonderful place to live.” In addition, Doug Moister retired after 39 years as an educator, football coach and administrator at Abington High School. The Moisters also cared for more than 100 foster babies through Bethany Christian Services. The article incorrectly stated that they raised more than 100 foster children.
Issue No. 18 Published biannually Spring/Summer 2018
Brandon & Kristy
Newborg THE RIGHT FIT
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hen Brandon Newborg was looking
for a new job in early 2016 he sent out
applications to a number of local businesses but, he says,
“When I researched Garden Spot Village online, it felt right. I prayed that I would get this job over every other option.” When Brandon got a call for an interview and was offered a position as electrician in May 2016, he jumped at the opportunity. Newly married, his long hours and challenging working conditions as a commercial electrician weren’t as appealing as they were when he was single. It was time to make the switch to regular, consistent hours with inside work. Now he spends his days assisting with event setups, testing mechanical systems and tackling electrical problems with garages, skilled nursing beds and equipment for environmental services. Brandon says, “I love working at Garden Spot Village. The community feeling— the people, the residents, the staff—it has a homey feel. At my past job I would dread going into work, but here, I look forward to it. I look forward to coming in, greeting people, saying ‘hi’ to people... It’s so much better. I love it. That’s why I told Kristy, ‘This place is amazing. You need to get a job here.’” Working a high-stress, high-pressure job in Harrisburg, Kristy also wanted a job change. After more than a year of job searching and dead-end interviews, she applied for human resources recruiting coordinator and was offered the position in August 2017. As recruiting coordinator, Kristy represents Garden Spot Communities at job fairs and job-readiness presentations at local high schools, technical schools and colleges. She says, “It’s been fun. I absolutely love it. I work with great people and it’s nice to make a difference.
BRANDON'S JOB TITLE: Electrician, started May 2016 KRISTY'S JOB TITLE: HR Recruiting Coordinator, started August 2017
I enjoy going out and doing job fairs, educating young adults and prepping them for what to expect when they get to the real world. I’m able to teach them things that I didn’t learn growing up and things I could have used along the way and didn’t get. Now I have the opportunity to help, give back and get the next generation ready.”
On weekends and days off, Brandon and Kristy spend time with friends and family. With eight nieces and nephews in Brandon’s family and two nieces in Kristy’s family, the couple has lots of opportunities to influence the next generation in their personal lives as well.
MUSIC GENRE: Oldies —Brandon
They also enjoy time being active outdoors. Whether they are hiking, playing basketball or miniature golf, or driving Go-Karts, they connect with the people around them. Brandon says, “It’s very easy for us to make friends. We are genuine when chatting with people and that comes across in our conversations.” Kristy loves engaging people and helping them feel good about themselves. She says, “People like to be complimented; they like to be noticed. We like to be cheerful and happy and spread that around wherever we go.”
MOVIE: Pride and Prejudice (2005) —Kristy FOOD: Anything Kristy makes —Brandon BOOK: Choose Greatness by Ron Ball —Kristy
BRANDON'S FAVORITE QUOTE: “When there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do you no harm.” —African proverb KRISTY'S FAVORITE QUOTE: “Fate whispers to the warrior, ‘You cannot withstand the storm.’ The warrior whispers back, ‘I am the storm.’” —Unknown
Garden Spot is the right fit for Brandon and Kristy. As Brandon says, “I think we love Garden Spot Village so much because it incorporates a lot of what we believe in. The values, the morals, the integrity, the character... it fits.”
Scott Weaver has worked for Garden Spot Village since 1996, exploring his talents and passions for landscaping and landscape design through his role as director of campus services.
“We truly believe that if you are using the gifts God has given you, everyone will benefit.” – BRYAN GROFF, director of human resources, Garden Spot Communities
Employment with purpose
When Scott Weaver, director of campus services, started working at Garden Spot Village in the spring of 1996, the community was brand new, with just 20 employees and fewer than 100 residents. As a self-employed landscaper, Scott worked with Garden Spot Village leadership to plan and complete landscaping projects to beautify the grounds. In the fall of 1996, Scott and his employee, Bob Charles, transitioned to full-time employees of Garden Spot Village. The consistent work, close to his home, without the pressure of working nights and weekends appealed to him. In those days the community was like a blank slate, allowing him to explore landscape as well as tree nursery development. The nursery, which is now in its fourth generation, has saved Garden Spot Village a lot of money over the years. Professionally, Scott says, “the nursery has allowed me to explore talents and
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gifts in a way that I may not have been able to in another job.” Now home to just under 1,000 residents and employing more than 500 people, Garden Spot Village offers innovative programs such as Emerging Leaders, coaching, employee referral bonuses and sabbaticals, creating an employeecentered work environment that focuses on individuals’ needs as well as their personal and professional goals. EMERGING LEADERS
Garden Spot’s Emerging Leaders Program offers leadership training for anyone in the organization who is interested in participating. The goal? Prepare the next generation of leaders before asking them to lead. Garden Spot partnered with Gary Johnson from Monarch Consulting to create Emerging Leaders in 2016. After one set of leaders completed the program, Garden Spot finetuned it and plans to start the second class in spring 2018. Kelly Sweigart, sales associate, says, “I really liked participating in Emerging Leaders because it taught me about active listening and conflict resolution—skills I didn’t learn in college. It also shows that Garden Spot cares about me as an individual and wants me to grow, develop and become the best leader I can be.” COACHING
In 2013 Garden Spot replaced annual employee evaluations with coaching. Instead of formally meeting once a year to talk about job performance, staff and supervisors meet three times a year. The meetings are forward-looking, staff-driven and collaborative. During the first meeting of the fiscal year staff—from entry level to the executive team—set goals for the coming year. Goals can be personal or professional. Buying a house, taking steps toward continuing education or finding a new way to complete an everyday task are all acceptable goals for coaching. Gina Breslin, from North Group Consultants, facilitates training for coaches. She says supervisors tell her the coaching process is a rewarding opportunity to impact their staff. Plus, people are invested in the process. Instead of a supervisor presenting data and holding staff accountable to a performance matrix, coaching focuses on staff development—on both professional and personal levels. EMPLOYEE REFERRAL PROGRAM
Kristy Newborg, human resources recruiter, points to the employee referral bonuses as another reason for the family-like atmosphere. “We offer a $150 bonus when
employees refer a friend or family member who is hired and joins our awesome community. This program helps us connect with quality candidates and also means that friends and family can enjoy working together.” Bryan Groff, director of human resources, says, “We encourage people to smile, greet each other and to develop relationships— between staff members and between staff and residents.” Scott Miller, chief marketing officer, says the relationships between staff and residents also help to create the family-like atmosphere. Many retirement communities discourage such relationships, but at Garden Spot Village they make all the difference. Scott points, for example, to the resident-initiated employee appreciation fund, a collection organized by the residents each year and distributed to employees during the endof-year holiday season as a way of saying “thank you.” SABBATICALS
After 15 years of service, team members receive a two-week, fully paid sabbatical. Scott Weaver added a week of vacation to his sabbatical and spent three weeks serving and trekking in Nepal in 2015. “I appreciated the fact that I was encouraged to take three full weeks,” Scott says. “It was a once-ina-lifetime experience. I enjoy seeing people encouraged to do something special with their sabbatical, whether it is volunteering with Mennonite Disaster Service or another organization.” EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
A variety of entry-level positions at Garden Spot offer unique opportunities for high school and college students to work while they study. Tuition reimbursement as well as on-site CPR, first-aid and certified nursing assistant classes allow staff members to try new things. “You don’t always know what your gifts are,” Bryan says, “so we offer opportunities to explore other career paths.” READ MORE: wearegsc.org
Money CAN Buy
GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF TIME If you came across some extra money, what’s the best way to spend it to bring yourself the most happiness? That’s the question an international group of academic researchers asked recently. Their surprising answer? Time. In other words, they found that you can derive happiness when you pay someone to do something you don't like to do so you can do something you want to do. Researchers from Harvard and several other universities surveyed a diverse cross-section of adults from the United States, Canada, Denmark and The Netherlands and published the results in the Aug. 8, 2017, journal PNAS, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers found that “individuals who spend money on time-saving services report greater life satisfaction” and that “adults report greater happiness after spending money on a time-saving purchase than on a material purchase.” Maybe those findings weren’t surprising after all, considering how pressed for time so many of us feel in the modern world.
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The study's authors call this pressure the “time famine.” They point out that a lack of time can stand in the way of eating healthy foods or exercising regularly, and that feeling stressed for time can increase anxiety and cause insomnia. What is truly surprising is the authors’ finding that many people don’t give themselves the gift of time, even when they can easily afford to pay someone to do tasks they don’t enjoy doing themselves. In fact, when researchers asked people how they would spend a “windfall” of $40, only 2 percent said they would buy themselves some extra time. The researchers did not ask why people don’t buy timesaving services, but Glenn Ruffenach, a writer for The Wall Street Journal, has an idea. In an Ask Encore column titled “The Best Time to Move Into a Continuing Care Retirement Community,” he writes, “At the risk of stating the obvious, time is something we’re running out of as we age. And yet, many of us act as if the opposite were true. Human nature (or, more simply, denial) is a big part of this.” In the article, he suggests that those who are considering a move to a retirement community do so “sooner rather than later.” People who have moved to Garden Spot Village would agree. “At several events for future residents, we talked to a number of folks and always heard ‘sooner is better than later.’”
says Rex Trent, who moved with his wife, Carol, to Sycamore Springs in 2017, two years after they retired. “They always wish they hadn’t waited so long. We agree wholeheartedly. Many people wait and miss out on so much.” People who delay making a decision may find that the housing options they originally hoped for may not be available. If they wait too long, they may find the moving process overwhelming, or they may move and not have the energy or the health to fully enjoy the freedom the community affords them. “I don’t have to worry about the yard, leaves or snow. Garden Spot Village takes care of all that, so it frees us up,” Rex says. “If we want to take off and go somewhere, all we have to do is shut the door and go.” Life is more leisurely when someone else mows in summer, shovels in winter and comes promptly when you call for maintenance. It’s nice not to have to cook when you don’t want to and to know you can get a great meal at your doorstep. It’s a gift to have the time to meet friends for coffee and conversation or to pursue a passion for gardening, woodworking, quilting or art. The question to ask yourself is not how you would spend an extra $40, but how will you spend the time you’ve given yourself at Garden Spot Village?
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“Don't wait. Move to Garden Spot Village sooner rather than later. We are so glad we did!” JOHN HART, Garden Spot Village resident since December 2016
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â€œMy husband and I love to travel but living at Garden Spot is like a full-time vacation. We enjoy contentment and happiness all the time!â€? CAROL WAGNER WHITBY, Garden Spot Village resident since March 1998 24 D estination Spring/Summer 2018
â€œI appreciate the convenience of being able to leave on mission trips to Guatemala and Spain without worrying about our home.â€? ROSA NELLY LOWERY, Garden Spot Village resident since October 2014
â€œI love the time I have to explore my interests like watercolor painting and birding.â€? CAROL CORNISH, Sycamore Springs resident since October 2017 26 D estination Spring/Summer 2018
â€œI'm doing stuff I've never done before, like woodworking, water volleyball and Scottish dancing. If you die of boredom at Garden Spot Village, it's your own fault.â€? LLOYD ZIEGLER, Garden Spot Village resident since April 2016
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2017 Grands &
“Innovation requires unpredictable thinking that calls us to break out of the routine. It’s been said that to do the things that no one else is doing, we have to stop doing the same things that everyone else is doing.” – Steve Lindsey, CEO Over the past 16 years, with CEO Steve Lindsey at the helm, Garden Spot Communities has built core competencies around the idea of innovation. The following descriptions of these competencies are derived from Steve Lindsey's keynote presentation called “10 Points of Innovation,” which he willingly shares at conferences and seminars across the country. The descriptions explore the thinking that underlies each point and provide insight into Garden Spot’s culture of innovation from a leadership perspective.
In an innovative culture, mission must remain the primary focus. Brainstorming random creative ideas can be exciting, but implementing applicable innovative ideas requires a focus on mission first. The transformation of skilled nursing units into personcentered households provides an example of innovation at Garden Spot Communities that focused on mission first. The catalyst for the redesign was filtering the fully functional, high-quality skilled nursing department through the mission and asking, “Are we truly enriching the lives of older adults in skilled nursing as an expression of Christ’s love?” As a result of challenging the expectation of skilled nursing, Steve says, “We transitioned into purpose-driven, personcentered households. That change resulted in a huge impact on the lives of people who lived there and worked there. Plus, it has created ripple effects throughout the organization. This is a wonderful example of stopping, looking at mission and asking, how are we accomplishing that? How are we thinking innovatively about our mission?”
SOLVE A PROBLEM
“Innovation should always focus on solving a problem or creating an opportunity,” Steve says. “An opportunity is a problem you didn’t know you had yet. If the innovation doesn’t do either one of those, then we are just creating a novelty. The world has enough novelties.” The Cooperative Living House offers one example of innovation that solves a problem. One of the strategies for the Garden Spot Communities Envisioned Future is to expand the organization’s socioeconomic diversity. The Cooperative Living House meets this challenge and, even more important, offers safe, affordable housing for individuals with fixed incomes without relying on government subsidies. Steve adds, “At Garden Spot we keep in mind that our residents are not looking for us to come up with crazy innovations. They are looking for reliable solutions that meet their expectations and align with their view of the world. The Cooperative Living House does this.”
STOP THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX
Instead of thinking outside the box, recognize the constraints of a situation, ask propelling questions and operate in a mindset of abundance rather than scarcity. Eleven years ago, Garden Spot Village team members desired to create opportunities to bring people together and increase intergenerational interaction. The first constraint was that the traditional opportunity—opening a nursery school or similar program—wasn’t feasible because the market for nursery schools in New Holland was saturated. The second constraint was a lack of budget. The propelling question was, “How can we create intergenerational interactions?” With a mindset of abundance team members responded, “We can do this if…” The result was Grands & Kids Camp, a five-day program of activities for residents and their grandchildren. Started in 2008, it was an immediate success and went on to become an awardwinning program that children return to each summer. In addition, other retirement communities picked up the idea and created successful programs of their own. Steve says, “Grands & Kids Camp creates intergenerational interactions and develops relationships. It creates shared memories and gives people the opportunity to pass wisdom from one generation to the next. Plus, kids come to Grands & Kids Camp, they spend a week with their grandparents or their great-grandparents and they go away saying, ‘Wow, that retirement community is a really cool place.’”
DEVELOP A CREATIVE TEAM
Innovation happens within a creative team. The key to creating a fully functioning creative team is to include visionaries and detail-oriented staff. Visionaries stimulate new ideas while detail-oriented team members keep the innovations grounded in possibility. Steve says, “The best kind of creative team is one that puts everybody together in the same room so you can work through the brainstorming together.” Garden Spot Village hosts annual off-site management retreats where leaders from all parts of the organization work together to identify challenges and opportunities for innovation. Spring/Summer 2018
CURATE TO CREATE
Curate to create means to find inspiration everywhere and collect ideas continuously. Smartphones and online interest boards like Pinterest make it easy to keep a digital collection of inspiration. The Village Square at Garden Spot Village is a perfect example of curate to create. Some of the inspiration for the design in the Village Square and the Refresh Coffee Bar comes from a boutique hotel in Dallas that members of the leadership team visited several years ago.
EVERYTHING IS A REMIX
Everything is a remix takes curate to create to the next level. True innovation requires a remix rather than a copy and paste of someone else’s ideas. “The problem with copy and paste,” explains Steve, “is that it’s not authentic to the culture; it’s not genuine. When things are not authentic and genuine, people notice very quickly.” A remix takes curated ideas and deconstructs them, finding their key elements and adapting them to work authentically. One result of the remix of ideas at Garden Spot Village is the aeroponic greenhouse. In Lancaster County, where residents enjoy locally grown, farm-fresh produce six months of the year, out-of-season tomatoes on the salad bar in February just doesn’t feel right. When Steve was on a mission trip in the middle of Zambia in 2009 he visited a restaurant that served incredibly fresh produce. When he learned that the restaurant had an onsite greenhouse, he began a journey to build a sustainable greenhouse at Garden Spot Village. Steve says, “The greenhouse provides a really neat win-win because it supplies ultra-local produce to our salad bar and to our other kitchens on campus and it’s done in a very cost-effective, environmentally friendly way. In the midst of this we discovered that the average head of lettuce travels 1,700 miles to get from where it is grown to where it is put on the table. Our lettuce doesn’t even travel 1,700 yards.” Although the project took nearly eight years to come to fruition, the authentic remix of inspiration fit the unique needs of Garden Spot Village.
Steve says, “We need to allow projects to fail. When a project fails, we need to call it a failure, learn from it and move on. That’s what we mean when we talk about failing forward. It’s not just failing, it’s doing the postmortem, debriefing after the fact, understanding the elements that caused it to fail. What things were positive about it? How can we retool it and take it forward in a different fashion?” Steve continues, “One thing I’ve learned about being a leader in an innovative organization is that it’s important to develop a failure resume. You have to be willing to point to the epic fails and be able to share and model that with other people.” 30 D estination Spring/Summer 2018
Children are naturally curious. Adolescents quickly realize that the world wants and needs experts, and in adolescence we lose our natural curiosity. Steve believes that innovators need to nurture a sense of curiosity about the world. Curiosity and asking questions often lead to new ideas that solve problems and enhance the community and the larger world that surrounds us. Steve challenges, “Nurturing curiosity is a critical skill in this time of change. Feed your curiosity, be curious, ask questions, lean in, learn more.”
EVEN YOGURT HAS CULTURE
Being purposeful about developing culture is critical to innovation. Steve explains, “A culture of innovation is essentially a culture of change. At Garden Spot Communities we introduce small doses of change on a regular basis in order to help people acclimate to change.” Garden Spot Village does this for staff in fun ways, such as through crazy food choices like a Peanut Butter Jealousy Burger (imagine a bacon cheeseburger topped with vanilla ice cream and PB&J) at staff appreciation events. Constant brainstorming and implementing of new ideas and programs also help keep the culture vibrant and changing, encouraging residents and staff to regularly challenge the norm and stereotypes. Steve says, “When you have a culture of innovation you start to see possibilities a little differently. You start to change things.”
EVERY NEW INNOVATION HAS AN EXPIRATION DATE
The idea that every new innovation has an expiration date recognizes that every new idea quickly becomes the new norm. To remain innovative, organizations need to continue to exceed expectations. Leaders need to develop a culture that fills the pipeline for the future with people looking over the horizon and dreaming about new possibilities. Steve concludes, “We are living in a time of the greatest change in human history, and it can be scary. But it’s also a time of the greatest opportunity. Now is not the time for us to protect the status quo. Now is the time for action, the time for seeking new opportunities, the time to take some risks. Our challenge is to be bold, to design our own future, to write the book we want to read because our residents, our team members, our board members and our future residents need us to push harder, to go faster, to overcome the constraints and to be revolutionary.” WATCH: CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER SCOTT MILLER AND E4'S LOIS DOSTALIK DISCUSS INNOVATION gsvnet.org/1aT6Jr
Grands & Kids
Adventures “Tubing was on my bucket list for a long time and during Grands & Kids Camp I finally got to do it,” says Jim Boose, a Garden Spot Village resident since January 2017. The best part? His granddaughter Anna, 11, joined him for the adventure.
INTERGENERATIONAL DAY CAMP
Grands & Kids Camp, an annual, weeklong intergenerational day camp, offers a structured opportunity for grandparents and great-grandparents to make lifelong memories with the children in their lives. The innovative, award-winning progam got its start at an offsite leadership planning event. Colleen Musselman, director of life enrichment, helped to spearhead the initiative. She says, “Grands & Kids began with a brainstorming session at a management retreat in 2006. We wanted to find a way to facilitate intergenerational interaction. A smaller committee formed to move the idea forward.” In June 2008 the inaugural Grands & Kids Camp welcomed 18 campers, including adults, from six families. In June 2017, Colleen reports, “We hosted 22 families, with 71 adults and children attending the opening-day picnic. We hope to continue to grow this intergenerational program in the coming years.” EDUCATION, SERVICE AND MEMORIES
Each year’s events include a blend of education, fun and service projects. Favorite events have included tubing on the Pequea Creek, a Barnstormers game, a field trip to September Farm, service trips to Mennonite Central Committee’s Material Resources Center in Ephrata, performances by Servant Stage Company’s Youth Theater and more. Jack Chernesky, 14, came to the first Grands & Kids Camp and has come back every year since then, traveling from Pottstown to spend the week with his great-grandmother, Marjory Dailey, who moved to Garden Spot Village in March 1999. He enjoys projects at the woodshop, tubing and attending the Barnstormers game, but the best part of the week, he says, is “just spending time with my great-grandma.”
Jack travels nearly an hour to camp, but other campers travel even further. Bill and Betty Ashley’s two grandchildren travel from Florida with their parents to attend camp each summer. Bill and Betty’s daughter, Diane, says camp offers “a nice chance for them to interact.” Plus, she adds, “They have a collection of memories from the woodshop; their collection includes things they never would have done without camp.” ALL CHILDREN ARE WELCOME
Bud and Gwen Gray connected with a young Nepali family soon after the family immigrated to the United States five years ago. Every year since, they have hosted the boys, Biyoug, 11, and Basanta, 9, for Grands & Kids Camp. In addition, movies, ball games and other fun activities have created opportunities for Bud and Gwen to invest in the boys’ lives. Held during the last full week in June, Grands & Kids Camp is open to residents and future residents as well as those on the Radar Screen and their grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other children in their lives. JOIN THE FUN
The 2018 Grands & Kids Camp theme is “Exploring Lancaster County” and will include day trip adventures around the county. Grands & Kids Camp offers one more opportunity to pursue purposeful living at Garden Spot Village. WATCH: GRANDS & KIDS CAMP 2017 HIGHLIGHTS gsvnet.org/o1fZJcAuS LEARN MORE: gardenspotvillage.org/go/grands-kids-camp
Ed & Pat Frankel: In search of a Silverback Gorilla “If a gorilla charges you, stand still, hold your ground and you should be OK,” says Ed Frankel. He grins and shakes his head, remembering the moment in September 2017 when a silverback gorilla in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest charged him.
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Ed relates the story. “We were walking up a mountain for about three and a half hours, looking for the gorillas, and we were tired. I didn’t see him because he was behind some heavy brush. The jungle was all around and I heard this loud roar. I turned and I saw his left arm knock down all the brush between us. And then he sat down, six feet away from me. He reached up, pulled down some leaves, started eating and I started clicking the camera.” For Ed, it was the moment of a lifetime and the highlight of an eight-day excursion through the Ugandan jungle tracking wildlife.
A PASSION FOR WILDLIFE
As a small animal, exotic and wildlife veterinarian, Ed spent the last 54 years nursing animals ranging from dogs and cats to porcupines and ocelots to eagles and geese back to health. For the Frankels, it’s natural to spend vacations tracking wildlife off the beaten path in exotic locations like Alaska, Galapagos, Costa Rica, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
“We wanted to see the country. So we drove on the roads in Africa, which the guide said were ‘African Massage.’”
Photo credit: Linda Ma
During a trip to Alaska and British Columbia, they took a small-ship cruise and enjoyed walking on the glaciers and seeing Kodiak bears, puffins, orcas and seals. In Galapagos they snapped photos of blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, baby seals and black-tipped sharks. In Costa Rica they captured images of three-toed sloths, howler and capuchin monkeys. More recently, a photo safari for elephants, giraffes, gazelles and crocodiles in Kenya and Tanzania took them to the banks of the Mara River after the wildebeest migration. A TRIP TO UGANDA
Last fall, Ed and his wife Pat traveled to Entebbe, Uganda where they connected with a guide who drove them across the country and helped them find chimpanzees, gorillas and tree climbing lions. Friends from California joined them on the journey. Ed says, “We could have flown east to west, but we really didn’t want to fly. We wanted to see the country. So we drove on the roads in Africa, which the guide said were ‘African Massage.’” Driving on dirt roads on the edge of the mountain in a Toyota Land Cruiser added an extra dose of adventure to the trip. Their days started with breakfast at 6:30, and they were in the Land Cruiser by 7. As they traveled, they stopped to interact with children, handing out Matchbox cars, soccer balls and ballpoint pens. They enjoyed the scenery, taking in the vast tea fields, crater lakes and farmers’ markets. They chose to spend
their nights in remote lodges with limited electricity, no running water and beds covered with mosquito netting. A TRIP OF DISCOVERY
Their travels took them up and down and around the mountains. During one of their traveling days, Pat says, “We were going down this African road and our guide says, ‘We’re going to find some lions.’ Finally he says, ‘I see them.’ He backs up the vehicle, points way off in the distance and says, ‘They are in that tree.’
Pat continues, “Now, there are signs all over the place that say, ‘Do not off-road, do not off-road.’ He turns and says, ‘We are not off-roading.’” Ed interjects, laughing, “And we whip around and off-road we went.” Pat continues, “We got closer and closer to the tree, and we still couldn’t see anything. The lions are almost the same color as the branches they are on. He saw a hump on the branch from the road. Turns out, there were three lions in two trees. And they were just hanging out, flopping all over the branches.” Another day they hiked a mountain, tracking chimpanzees. After hours of searching they were rewarded with an up-close-and-personal encounter with a large family of chimpanzees doing all the things chimpanzees do. But the highlight of their travels was the silverback gorilla and his family. Remembering, Ed says, “It was astounding.” His advice for travel: “No matter what you want to see, don’t work so hard searching for it. If you open your eyes, you’ll see other things instead. But don’t stop trying.”
in Sharing Action: the Garden Spot Story
Pictured, left to right: Gavin Sauder, Juanita Fox and Brandon Adams work collaboratively to share the Garden Spot story through print, video and online.
Since the beginning of time, story has moved people. It entertains. It informs. It inspires. An ordinary retirement community might tell a story about aging well. At Garden Spot, the story has never been about age. It has always been about exploring opportunity and possibility. So it only makes sense that a multi-generational team of creative thinkers and doers pools their talents to tell the story of a remarkable community, the people who live and work here, and the ways in which it touches lives around the world. Oh, and they do it in innovative ways. 34 D estination Spring/Summer 2018
UP AND RUNNING
“I still remember my original goal when I joined the team,” says Scott Miller, chief marketing officer and a baby boomer who came to Garden Spot Village in 2005 after a career in corporate sales and marketing. “Steve Lindsey told me he wanted me to ‘put Garden Spot Village on the map.’” One of the innovative ways Scott did that was the Garden Spot Village Marathon, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. A marathoner himself, he organized the event as a way to encourage active lifestyles, get community members involved and showcase the campus while shattering the “rocking chair” stereotype. Today, the goal is more about “doing good in the world by contributing to the positive evolution of the Garden Spot culture,” Scott says with his trademark enthusiasm. “The culture is key, because it’s the brand—a brand that speaks to the world and draws people in, making them want to engage and be a part of it. Our marketing initiatives strive to authentically represent the culture.” CREATIVE COLLABORATIONS
Scott is quick to point out that he is just “one voice in a very collaborative and forward-thinking team.” That team includes Juanita Fox, storyteller; Brandon Adams, graphic designer; and Gavin Sauder, web designer. Juanita came onboard a year ago and enthuses about the “creative energy and high level of trust” she has experienced here. She uses a marketing framework called StoryBrand to capture and convey the stories of residents, team members and the greater Garden Spot Village community in Destination Garden Spot Village magazine—another marketing innovation—in blogs and social posts as well as traditional media. As a young Gen Xer, she also brings valuable insights to the table. “Scott always asks, ‘What are Gen Xers going to want when they retire?’ It’s exciting to be in a place that looks so far ahead,” she shares. “It makes everyone feel like they’re a part of that stepping forward. It’s a cultural mission.” The StoryBrand framework recognizes residents and future residents as the true heroes of the Garden Spot story and the community as the tool they use to accomplish their goals. “I want to tell the story of how residents and team members intentionally live with purpose in community, how they make a difference in the lives of others and how the world is better because of their work and service,” says Gavin Sauder, a Millennial who joined the team in 2015 as web designer and videographer. In addition to creating and maintaining compelling and interactive online web environments, he devours research on best practices in communicating through photography, video and web development. “We recently introduced capturing personal stories in a new format—a short
film, typically running two to five minutes long,” Gavin says. “It allows us to capture a glimpse into people’s lives, demonstrating how they live with purpose in community.” GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES
The Garden Spot culture nurtures the creative spirit. One of the ways that manifested for Juanita was the opportunity to attend a two-day StoryBrand seminar. “It was an exciting weekend—an energizing time to think about writing,” she recalls. Brandon Adams, graphic designer, offers several examples of opportunities to push his own professional envelope. When he became the team’s first in-house designer in 2014, “I was very excited about working on Destination Garden Spot Village, as I had never had the opportunity to work on a publication of this size with any of my previous positions,” says the “tweener,” who relates to both Gen X and Millennial cohorts. Another opportunity came courtesy of another innovation— the Garden Spot Village hot air balloon. “It’s a great floating billboard,” Scott says. “It not only makes people aware of Garden Spot Village, but also makes a statement about who we are and what we’re all about.” When the original balloon’s envelope passed its flight limit, Brandon got to design the new one. Creatively, the sky was the limit—sort of. He was only limited by the technical challenges of designing for a massive, round, three-dimensional canvas. “It was a huge learning curve. Trying to figure out the proportions is tricky,” he says. “But it was challenging and exciting to work on this kind of project. How many people get the opportunity to design a hot air balloon?” MOVING THE BAR
The thing about innovation is, it’s not a task. It’s a drive. Creative people are never quite “done.” They’re always looking over the next horizon. The marketing team is no different. They’re always embracing the next challenge. “It feels like we’re constantly striving and pushing forward,” says Juanita. “The question of ‘How can we do what we’re doing better?’ comes up all the time.” “I’d like us to crack the mainstream ‘nut,’” says Scott. “In other words, to create an environment that is so compelling, and tell the story so authentically, that when people discover it they say, ‘I can’t wait’ instead of ‘I’m not ready.’ The 60plus years are by far the most exciting, provide the greatest opportunities and afford people the chance to make a difference in the world around them. Imagine unleashing all the wisdom that comes with more and more years and putting it to engaging, productive use. That is worldchanging stuff.”
Over the centuries, trades and artists have formed guilds â€“ of learning and growth, where friends gather to discuss new ideas, learn, try new approaches and create together. T H AT â€™ S T H E H E A R T O F F O R G E WO R K S .
We believe innovation happens in community and would welcome the opportunity to work with you, our clients, to mold and shape ideas into workable solutions. As life-long learners and innovators, we walk alongside leaders and organizations that desire to grow and adapt in our ever-changing world. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 717.351.2500 OR VISIT WWW.THEFORGEWORKS.ORG ForgeWorks is a non-profit organization of Garden Spot Communities.
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Crafting a Future When Bob and Bernie Collins moved to Rose Court in November 2016, Bob moved his welding and machining equipment into the garage of his new home. He quickly realized it wasnâ€™t safe to use the machinery in the garage, so he reached out to Colleen Musselman, director of life enrichment, in March 2017 to figure out his options for pursuing his lifelong passion of metalworking.
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A machinist and millwright by trade, Bob started working with metal and creating custom cars with his brother when he was just 10 years old. He wanted to continue his metal working and welding projects so he was willing to figure out the next steps to make it happen. Colleen responded that if he could form a group of five residents, she would help him request a space to work on campus. Bob quickly rounded up a group of skilled tool makers and machinists and a proposal for a metal shop moved to CEO Steve Lindsey for approval. WHY NOT?
Steve says, “My initial reaction was two-fold. The first part was, this is a great idea! My second reaction was, ‘Where are we going to put a metal shop?’” But, he says, “when we have a group of people that are that passionate and excited about something and find purpose in it, we do everything we can to facilitate it.”
ABOVE: Bob Collins, Garden Spot Village resident since November 2016, and members of the new metal shop.
By mid-June 2017 Steve and Scott Weaver identified the pole building behind the barn as the best option for the metal shop and Campus Services cleared a workspace. The Garden Spot Village Woodshop made a monetary donation to establish the club and founding members donated machining tools, MIG welders, vices, clamps and metal lathes. Smoketown Airport donated a sheet metal shears. Bob installed fireproof walls and members moved donated machinery into the space. By late September 2017 bylaws were filed and Garden Spot Village Metal Crafters was up and running. Bob says, “I am so pleased with the cooperation of Steve Lindsey and Scott Weaver. They were very receptive to the idea. They have been so gracious with all they have done for us so far.”
Through the winter Bob and Bill Ashley built custom work tables for the metal shop. Bob hopes to build a forge from sheet metal so members can explore bladesmithing and expand their skill sets. A journeyman toolmaker by trade, Bill worked in a machine shop for 23 years before moving to sales. He also ran the machine shop for the US Army at Fort Hood during the Korean War. Because of his background in toolmaking and machining, Bill was happy to join the effort to start up a metal shop. BUILDING A FUTURE
Bill says, “We hope to work hand in hand with maintenance offering repair services. They often need welding and machining services and we can do that work on site. We also offer the service to residents. We have a few projects we’ve already completed for residents, fixing wrought iron plant hooks.” Eventually Bob hopes the group can create functional art for sale at Garden Spot Village events like the Fall Festival and Train Room open houses. After completing the tables and tool benches for the metal shop, Bob plans to build an antique Harley Davidson to scale. He’s also eager to learn how to craft wrought iron spindles and balusters. GET INVOLVED
Garden Spot Metal Crafters meets the second Thursday of each month in the Gardens West Conference Room. All members and anyone interested in learning more are invited to attend. Designated members train others on specific machines, allowing those new to machine work or welding to crosstrain and learn new skills. LEARN MORE OR GET INVOLVED contact Bob Collins at 717.355.6441.
Innovating Wellness Don Aldrich ran his first half-marathon at 70. Although he is a lifetime jogger, Don never considered running a marathon before moving to Garden Spot Village in August 2016. 40 D estination Spring/Summer 2018
Don says, â€œIn early 2017, Lauren Graber, director of wellness, asked if I was thinking about the marathon, and frankly, it wasnâ€™t even on my mind. She suggested I think about it and gave me a ten-week training program to prepare to run a half-marathon. As I started the program I went back to all the wellness staff multiple times with all kinds of questions. They expressed interest and encouraged me to keep going. They asked how things were going whenever they saw me. They were extremely helpful and encouraging and got me over several hurdles in the training process.â€? Don plans to run the half-marathon again in 2018. Although he prefers to train outside, the new treadmills in the recently renovated Wellness Center offer a welcome alternative on cold and blustery days.
At Garden Spot Village, the Wellness Department exists to inspire, create and maintain an environment that supports each person’s healthy lifestyle choices. For Don, the Wellness Department inspires him to keep striving and to try new challenges. However, he says, “You don’t need to be planning for a marathon to use the fitness room. Everybody can benefit from the Wellness Department.” Recent renovations in the Wellness Center continue to inspire residents to meet new challenges. The mywellness app, which tracks movements and workouts, keeps people moving and facilitates friendly competition. New state-of-the-art weight, cable and cardio machines from Technogym interface with the app and make remembering the next step of a workout easy. Users also receive a smart key that holds their workout program in case they choose to leave their phone at home. The Technogym machines and the corresponding digital technology represent just one of the innovative changes in the wellness facility in the past 12 months. Improved locker rooms and renovated class, cardio and strength training rooms round out the upgrades. Lauren says the number-one goal for the renovation was to create a way to access the pool directly from the locker rooms. A new heated hallway with glass barn doors offers a warmer solution, allowing swimmers to walk directly from the locker room to the pool deck in comfort. A ten-second swimsuit dryer in the hallway adds convenience. Additional goals, says Lauren, included increased space and improved flooring for classes, and a room for one-on-one and small group meetings. Repurposing underused space and reworking the hallway made room for closets, classrooms and a small meeting room, which doubles as a treatment room when Joe Grzybicki, a licensed massage therapist from Morphysique, is on site providing sports-focused massage and personal training advice.
An Isawall system in the cardio room creates opportunities for customized workouts. The slat wall includes adjustable pull-up bars, dip bars and stretch bands to facilitate safe resistance and plyometric exercise. A boxing speedbag is in design for future installation. Along the renovation journey Lauren welcomed resident feedback on the Technogym machines selected for the new cardio and weight rooms. Vern and Sally Mittelstadt, Garden Spot Village residents since January 2005, traveled with Lauren to the Technogym showroom in Fairfield, New Jersey, to test the machines and select the best options. A rowing machine, the piece of equipment requested most often by residents, was also added to the cardio room. Lauren says of the renovated space, “It’s a great environment; it’s bright and open and motivates people to work out.” Aqua Fit, Core & More, Pilates and Tai Chi are just a few of the classes available each week. Lauren, Bonnie Becker and Mike Hertzler are also certified personal trainers and can provide one-onone personal training. Residents, staff and future residents on the Radar Screen enjoy the Wellness Center free of charge. Members of the local community age 55 and older can enjoy the Wellness Center for a small monthly fee. LEARN MORE: gardenspotvillage.org/wellness
Residents use the new Technogym equipment in the Wellness Center to stay active and fit.
WATCH: LAUREN GRABER TALK ABOUT THE NEWLY RENOVATED WELLNESS DEPARTMENT gsvnet.org/qcnme5p12
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At Emma's Popcorn, each gourmet flavor is handcrafted, including the ever-popular chocolate and peanut butter flavor.
Article and photos contributed by Art Petrosemolo, Sycamore Springs resident since December 2016.
Emma’s Gourmet Popcorn: It’s Something Special When Emma’s Gourmet Popcorn gets listed on Lancaster County’s Best Kept Secrets Tour, it’s so secret that some participants never find it. The small, family-owned, Amish business, tucked into the basement of the Esh home off Hill Road in New Holland, can be a challenge to find, especially if you’re looking for a large sign and zip past the tiny one that points to the driveway.
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When I was a kid, popcorn was a snack made on the stove and your choices were with or without melted butter or salt. But that has all changed. Today, you can pop it with air, microwave it or choose the traditional way of heating it in oil. And with the growth of gourmet popcorn shops and online stores—all selling both traditional and designer flavors—you don’t even have to pop it yourself. Emma’s hit the market as a branded snack in 2010 when Anna Mary Esh, with husband Steven (an Amish minister), bought a small wholesale operation from her mother Emma, who was ready to retire. “My mom was making popcorn for Amish markets that rebagged it to sell retail,” says Anna Mary. “She was popping two days a week and we thought we could handle it.”
Anna Mary, now 39, had already been busy running a small home business, making men’s shirts and women’s caps for the Plain community. Little did she and Steven realize eight years ago that they had just taken control of a soon-to-be-speeding train. “Everything just came together,” Anna Mary says, “really through the grace and glory of God.” The variety of unique flavors—coming mainly from Anna Mary’s imagination—grabbed people’s attention and Emma’s Gourmet Popcorn quickly became a local favorite. Establishing a web presence created a social media buzz that helped visibility and soon the family was popping corn six days a week to keep up. They moved from a small garage production facility to a larger, converted-basement operation. For Anna Mary and Steven, life changed big time. Emma’s has more than doubled in size, and business continues to grow as popcorn remains a popular snack. Fall is Anna Mary’s busiest season. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, popcorn is purchased as a gift, a stocking stuffer, a snack for parties and football games, and a very popular hostess gift. In 2015, with no advance notice, Emma’s Gourmet Popcorn products were featured on NBC’s Today Show, providing national TV exposure. “The sudden increase in orders surprised us,” Anna Mary smiles, “and it slowed down our production and shipping schedule. We called the new customers to explain we are a small, family operation and not a giant factory.” Anna Mary was happy that most of the customers understood and many have remained loyal for the past two years. Today Emma’s markets more than 60 flavors and pops more than a thousand pounds per week of yellow “butterfly” kernels from the Reist Popcorn Company, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania. Young women from the Plain community flavor and season the popped corn before they mix it with other snack ingredients, then bag it, can it or prepare it in special packaging for parties and gifts.
The Eshes have five children. Their adult daughters, Kaitlyn and Suzanna, work for the business. Kaitlyn does much of the initial popping in a 60-ounce Cretors popper and Suzanna coordinates the popcorn packaging. All of Emma’s corn kernels are popped in coconut oil, which Anna Mary feels provides the best flavor. “Quality,” she says, “is so important in a small operation.” It takes about five minutes to pop the corn; then, after cooling, it is either buttered, salted and packaged, or started on the trail to be flavored, drizzled with chocolate or mixed with another treat. The butterfly kernels, which have small wings when they pop, help to capture the dry flavoring and are the primary kernels used at Emma’s. Compact “mushroom” kernels, which don’t have wings, are used for flavors like caramel corn. Emma’s popcorn can be broken down into three basic categories: savory, chocolate and caramel. Savory popcorn flavors include the popular Salt and Vinegar and as well as several different options like Buffalo Blue Cheese and Cheesy Crab. For chocolate, it can be milk or dark chocolate drizzle or special flavors like Dark Chocolate Caramel Espresso. And, caramel flavored corn can be packaged as is or mixed with nuts, candies and other snacks. The possibilities are limited only by Anna Mary’s imagination. Her current best seller is popcorn drizzled with peanut butter and chocolate. Anna Mary has been approached about franchising but prefers her current business plan where she can maintain the quality her customers expect. Her desk is just a few feet from the popping machine and her production workers, who bustle around flavoring, coating and packaging. They all have access to the boss as needed. You can purchase Emma’s Gourmet Popcorn at a variety of Amish farm markets, Refresh Gifts & Essentials at Garden Spot Village as well as online at emmaspopcorn.com or at the cozy Hill Road location (if you don’t drive past the driveway entrance).
At the Hill Road store customers can choose from a wide variety of handcrafted popcorn flavors.
Adam & Jerrene Zimmerman: “Plenty of room to host”
dam and Jerrene Zimmerman love to travel. As newlyweds they took Frommer’s “Europe on $5 a Day”
challenge and spent five weeks exploring
13 countries in Europe in a used van they purchased after arriving in Amsterdam.
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“We are learning to know a lot of people. Everyone is very nice and we are gaining a lot of new friends.”
Their experiences from that once-in-a-lifetime trip served to heighten their interest in exploring the world. Through the years that followed they continued to travel occasionally. Limited vacation time and the ongoing maintenance of a farm with extensive flower beds and landscaping made travel a bit more difficult. When Jerrene retired from practicing law with Morgan, Hallgren, Crosswell & Kane in 2011 and Adam retired from a career in animal genetics at Genex in 2012, they began to travel a bit more. Maintaining their property and finding people to look after their home while they were away stole some of the joy from their travels. Since their move to Sycamore Springs, though, Adam and Jerrene enjoy the freedom of simply locking the door and walking away. Trips to Costa Rica, Ireland and Nova Scotia will round out their first year in their new home. FINDING THE RIGHT COMMUNITY
When Adam and Jerrene started to think about selling their farm in East Earl, they researched every option, looking at homes for sale and visiting retirement communities throughout Central Pennsylvania. Adam and Jerrene eventually ruled out buying another home, seeking instead, a more stress-free lifestyle. When they learned Garden Spot Village was building Sycamore Springs, they followed the project carefully, thinking it may be a viable move for them. As soon as Sycamore Springs reached the stage where homes were available, the couple made the very first deposit, choosing their home because of its position on the edge of the community. Sycamore Springs felt right, Adam says. “Moving to Sycamore Springs meant we only needed to move once, rather than twice. Plus, it was close to our farm. The physical move of our belongings was easier and we kept our doctor, dentist and other service providers.” Although Adam and Jerrene downsized their property, choosing a single-family home at Sycamore Springs meant they didn’t have to downsize their living space. In fact, Jerrene says, the space is just right. She adds, “My sister and brother-in-law visited over New Year’s weekend and we had plenty of room to host them. We were pleased to be able to provide them with their own bedroom and bathroom suite. We were all very comfortable.” ABOVE: Adam and Jerrene Zimmerman, Sycamore Springs residents since August 2017, appreciate the beauty of Garden Spot Village and the easy access to walking and biking trails.
Moving from a rural area, they appreciate the beauty of the country and thrive in green spaces. Jerrene enjoys running and Adam enjoys a daily 45-minute walk through the community. They recently purchased electric bikes and look forward to exploring bike trails this spring as well as riding in Pedal to Preserve, which starts and ends at Garden Spot Village. Adam and Jerrene also enjoy golfing with the men’s and women’s groups that frequent Foxchase Golf Club in Stevens. They play water volleyball regularly and Adam recently joined the Woodshop. Living in Sycamore Springs gives them a ready community. Adam says, “We are learning to know a lot of people. Everyone is very nice and we are gaining a lot of new friends.”
Advertising “The hot air balloon really came about because we have a goal to be attentive to our surroundings,” says Chief Marketing Officer Scott Miller. “One day as I was driving to work, I spotted the WJTL hot air balloon,” he continues. “I thought to myself, ‘How does a nonprofit radio station afford a hot air balloon?’” Shortly after Scott began to mull over the idea, Stan Hess from the US Hot Air Balloon Team cold-called him and asked, “Would Garden Spot Village be interested in sponsoring a hot air balloon?” Intrigued, Scott booked the appointment. Their conversation resulted in Garden Spot Village’s first “floating billboard” being launched in May 2010. Scott says, “In reality, it’s a very cost-effective advertising tool. It flies, on average, 75 times a year. The best part? People all over Central Pennsylvania take pictures of it and post it on social media. It recently appeared on the front cover of the 2018 Discover Lancaster official visitor’s guide. This increases the number of people who see it and builds our reputation in the local community. Nobody has ever taken a picture of a billboard, unless it’s an advertising faux pas, and posted it on social media or put it on the front page of a magazine.” In addition, Scott says, the balloon offers top-of-mind advertising and fits the lifestyle of Garden Spot Village residents, who are extremely adventurous and active. 48 D estination Spring/Summer 2018
Many people who live at Garden Spot Village take advantage of the discounted flight packages available to residents, future residents and staff and mark “take a balloon ride” off their bucket list soon after becoming part of the community. Marion Sacks, a Garden Spot Village resident since July 2014, received a Garden Spot Village hot air balloon ride as a birthday gift in September 2017. She immediately invited Nancy Heckman, Judy Rettew and Barbara Hoekstra, three Garden Spot Village friends, to join her. Marion’s birthday ride was her first time in a hot air balloon. She says, “When my husband, Stu, and I first came to Garden Spot Village, we saw the balloon and decided no, that wasn’t for us. As time went by it became part of the landscape. It was visible, especially in the evenings and mornings. I eventually decided it was something I wanted to do. Stu is always asking me for gift ideas, so I thought a ride with some friends would be a good birthday gift. It was a great experience and we all had fun.” TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Contact Resident Services at 717.355.6000.
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Cooperative Living House
Welcomes residents The first set of residents moved into the Cooperative Living House in mid-March. Garden Spot Village CEO Steve Lindsey says, “This is the most exciting part of this project! People finally get to live in the Cooperative Living House.” EJ Rittersbach, Garden Spot Village resident since August 2008 and member of the Cooperative Living House Steering Committee, echoes, “To finally see this project coming to fruition is really exciting. The residents are excited about their new home because it’s a better place to live, it’s more affordable and they are now part of a community.” The project, which provides affordable housing for fixed-income adults who are 62 and older, was first introduced in a community meeting held in the Indoor Park at Garden Spot Village in April 2015. Over time, volunteers from local businesses, nonprofit organizations and churches as well as residents and team members of Garden Spot Village joined the initiative. Groundbreaking was held December 2016. Through the spring and early summer of 2017, members of the Woodshop built wall panels off-site. When building began in earnest in August, Woodshop members were on-site, directing volunteers. Larry Knepper, a resident since August 2009 and a volunteer coordinator for the project, estimates that Woodshop members volunteered at least 600 hours during the course of the project. Volunteers from Weaver Construction & Roofing, Revelations of Freedom Ministries, Franklin & Marshall College, the New 50 D estination Spring/Summer 2018
Holland Rotary, New Holland Mennonite Church and Garden Spot High School also helped. Dave Musselman, a local custom home builder, served as the general contractor. The journey hasn’t always been smooth, but Steve says, “We knew this was the prototype going into the project. The prototype is never perfect; you need to put it out there and then learn from it. We will do a recap and walk back through the process to figure out what worked well and what we could have done better.” Larry says, “For some of the people who will move in, this home will be a big improvement in their living conditions. I hope that local churches and others can pick up the idea and use it. That will make it all seem worthwhile.” Steve continues, “Architects have what they call a post-occupancy evaluation. It happens after people move into a space and begin to live, work or function in the space. It helps architects understand how the space works for them. So the next step for us is to learn from the residents’ experience. We want to know what works well, what doesn’t work well and how we can improve the model moving forward. Then we will need to decide if it makes sense to scale it up and replicate it in other communities.” Residents of the Cooperative Living House will have access to much of the programming at Garden Spot Village including the Wellness Center and Garden Spot Village restaurants. In January 2018, the Cooperative Living House was awarded the Grand Prize in the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce #IMPACTLANCASTER Challenge during its annual State of the County event and named a finalist in the Collaboration category of the Central Penn Business Journal’s Nonprofit Innovation Award.
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ForgeWorks offers opportunities to create and innovate in community. Using the right tools and the creativity of your community can lead you to new initiatives and innovation.
How we do what we do: Ideation and communovation ForgeWorks leads
IDEATION AND COMMUNOVATION: DEFINED
non-profit business leaders
ForgeWorks Co-Founder and Guild Master Steve Jeffrey explains, “Ideation gathers people with a wide scope of experience and perspectives to work together to create a new idea or process. Communovation—a term we coined—describes innovation in community.”
and organizations through processes called Ideation and Communovation.
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During ideation sessions participants pour ideas, energy and excitement into a concept or process. At the end of the sessions, communovation teams take the ideas and figure out how to make them reality within the constraints of the organization.
Steve says, “Through communovation we strive to work from concept to implementation together. It’s not just doing one session and being done—it’s figuring out a process where you get input all the way through the journey.” IDEATION AND COMMUNOVATION: IN PRACTICE
Each summer, Garden Spot Communities hosts offsite management retreats where leaders from all parts of the organization gather to identify opportunities for innovation. These ideation sessions start with a belief that the more input team members pour into an idea, the better the end result will be. At the end of the ideation sessions, interested team members sign up to join smaller teams that develop broad ideas into new programs, technology and services. Steve believes that the key to sustaining the energy generated at ideation sessions is follow-through. He says, “A lot of great ideas die in notebooks. We write them down, thinking this is the next greatest thing, and all of a sudden nothing happens. It takes time and energy, but it is critical to keep people engaged throughout the process. Quick updates, regular communication as simple as ‘here is where we are going and this is what we are thinking about,’ really help.” He continues, “At Garden Spot Communities we continue to evolve the idea of communovation and get better at living it. We are far from being where we want to be, but we are always learning more and refining our approach. As a management team we could just be the holders of all the decisions but we don’t want to do that.” IDEATION AND COMMUNOVATION: THE CHALLENGE
It may be easy to talk about communovation, but execution and implementation require overcoming some important hurdles. Two hurdles that leaders face are culture and time. “Culturally,” Steve says, “as leaders, we have been taught to believe we have all the answers. We are supposed to always be ready to answer the questions and always be three steps ahead of everyone else. The complexity of the era we live in just doesn’t allow one person to have all the answers. Ideation requires leaders to set aside their egos and truly seek and value input from team members.” He continues, “Sometimes leaders think that involving groups and a creative process slows things down; they believe it creates complexity where it’s not needed and slows the ability to take advantage of a good idea. What they fail to see is that old methods require significant time because they often result in lukewarm team support, lack of understanding, bad decisions, and putting out fires caused by lack of alignment.”
Despite the hurdles of culture and time, effective ideation and communovation result in strong business returns. In addition to getting early buy-in from team members, ideation also gets the best ideas from each participant and drives employee engagement. It also leads to the identification of critical issues earlier in the development process. Steve says, “The premise of ideation is that it creates better and more thorough decisions. A lot of leaders believe they are getting input and that people are speaking into decisions, but ideation and communovation take it to a very different level and really ensure that input happens. We also see this as a perfect way to engage emerging leaders in discussions to gain their input and grow their abilities to lead into the future.” In moving ahead, he continues, “When we work with other organizations, we have a process to help them know how and where to begin. We often walk organizations through a few trial steps, to get their teams comfortable with the approach and then assess how to work the concept into the organization more completely.” In conclusion, Steve says, “As leaders we have a choice. We can either hold decisions tightly to our vest, do everything ourselves, and maybe we are going to hit the mark. Or we can involve team members and others in the process and allow the best ideas to flourish and grow. Plus, it’s great fun to see engaged people working together toward a new future.” If your nonprofit organization would like to learn more about hosting an ideation session or exploring the communovation process with ForgeWorks, visit theforgeworks.org or contact Steve Jeffrey at 717.351.2500.
Perry Buch has “regulars” who ride the Jolly Trolley with him every Wednesday morning.
PERRY BUCH: It’s all about the people Perry Buch is going in circles, and he loves it. Every Wednesday, he makes the three-mile trip from his home at the top of Welsh Mountain to Garden Spot Village, where he drives the Jolly Trolley on a circuit from the Apartment Suites Lobby to Mountain View and back. “It’s like a bus route. I drive in a big circle all morning; anyone who needs a ride waits for me and hops on,” he says. “It can be a long walk from the apartments to the chapel or the hair salon or the store. I can take people where they want to go, and everybody really appreciates it.” Perry learned about volunteer opportunities at Garden Spot Village through his sister, Peggy Leonard, who used to work in Volunteer Services. “I looked at all the openings they had, and just thought that would be something neat to do.” That was about nine years ago. “Now I train most of the new drivers. They usually ride with me for a two-hour shift. They get a hand-out with instructions, and I let them drive the last part while I sit 54 D estination Spring/Summer 2018
beside them or in the back seat,” he says. The three-wheeled cart operates with hand controls, like a moped. “It’s really just about learning where to turn around and where the tight corners are. There’s nothing to it.” On Friday mornings he volunteers as a cashier in Refresh Gifts & Essentials. It’s a busy shift, because that’s when Shady Maple delivers baked goods. He’ll cover other shifts, too, if they’re short-handed. What brings him on campus to give his time every week? “The people. I really enjoy the people. That’s the main thing,” says Perry. “I enjoy talking to them and doing things for them. I get a lot of satisfaction out of it.”
Marsha Dawson, Garden Spot Village resident since August 2016, says volunteering “helps me know people and put a name to a face.”
MARSHA DAWSON: Connecting with community Marsha Dawson moved to Garden Spot Village from Reading in August 2016 and quickly connected with the community through volunteering. After 51 years at Graco Children’s Products, “I thought, when I retire I have to get involved or I’ll go nuts,” she says. Soon after she moved in, she attended the first Volunteer Fair, where she learned about dozens of opportunities. “I signed up for a lot. Some I haven’t done yet.” She has done a lot. She was a greeter for the Best Kept Secrets Christmas Tour and also wrapped gifts for donations to the Benevolent Fund. She has helped serve the community meal that Garden Spot Village provides at CrossNet Ministries each month. You’ll see her at the Welcome Desk in the apartment suites lobby and behind the register at Refresh Gifts & Essentials.
dinner or to see the Christmas lights. Once I was telling her about a movie I saw, and she said, ‘I want to go.’ So we went to the movie and she totally loved it.”
Marsha also volunteers for Caring Connections, which provides weekly visits for people who need fellowship. She’s had loved ones with dementia, so she asked to be connected with someone in Laurel View.
Marsha estimates that she volunteers between 15 and 30 hours a month, depending on what’s going on. “Every time the phone rings and it has ‘Garden Spot’ on it, I figure they’re asking me to do something, and if I’m free, I do it,” she says. Through volunteering, “I’ve gotten to know people faster than some friends who have been here for years.”
“I had a wonderful experience with a lady who since passed,” she shares. “I would take her out for lunch or
The connection wasn’t all about activities. “It was nice building a relationship with her, hearing about her family. A lot of times I would just go to her apartment and we’d sit and chat, or sit and chat in the dining room.”
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When Tom Plitt moved to Garden Spot Village in September 2003 the
relationship between Earl Township and Garden Spot Village could have been better. Although Garden Spot Village is situated in the township, there was a perception that the residents were not a vital part of the larger community. With experience working with the sewer authority in his previous community in Downingtown, Tom began to explore running for township supervisor. He lost his first election but was elected township supervisor in November 2011 and re-elected to a second six-year term in November 2017. He devotes about 12 hours a week to his work as township supervisor. Tom says, “I am honored that I can contribute to this part of Lancaster County. The support I got from Garden Spot and the voters here was overwhelming.”
“I am honored that I can contribute to this part of Lancaster County. The support I got from Garden Spot and the voters here was overwhelming.”
His involvement in Earl Township also contributed to the blending of Garden Spot Village into the greater Earl Township community. He says, “The negative attitude of some of the residents outside of Garden Spot has dissipated. We are now considered a vital part of the Earl Township family.” As one of three township supervisors, Tom helps to keep Earl Township running smoothly. Supervisors address sewage, electric, snow removal and permit problems, find solutions to various other concerns and maintain a budget. Although 70 percent of the township is agricultural, Tom and the other supervisors apply forward thinking to zoning and business development,
working to maximize the productivity of the township while maintaining the smalltown charm the citizens of Earl Township enjoy. An example of forward thinking plays out in the new, state-of-the art sewage plant slated to open September 2018. This facility will create the infrastructure needed for future expansion in the township. Tom happily reports the plant will be built without an increase in taxes or monthly sewage costs. Tom always votes for what he believes is best for the township. He says, “We represent the people and their money and we take that very seriously. This year, with our budget, we were able to reduce the millage from 1.25 to .977, resulting in a tax break for our residents.”
When he’s not responding to township residents and troubleshooting township challenges, Tom enjoys golfing, fly fishing, working on projects in the Garden Spot Village Woodshop and trap shooting at the local gun clubs where he has memberships. He and his wife, Joan, also enjoy traveling and spending time with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition, Tom loves the game of baseball. Over the course of his life, he enjoyed playing and coaching baseball for 60 years. In the spring of 2007 Tom volunteered to serve as assistant coach for the Garden Spot High School junior varsity baseball team. After a 10-year run he finally retired from coaching in the spring of 2017. Tom says, “I truly felt I was giving something back to the kids and community. It was enjoyable.” In conclusion, Tom says, “This part of Lancaster County is very unique. I feel very, very blessed to be living at Garden Spot Village.”
Transform Dining During the redesign of The Harvest Table, ordering kiosks and menu boards were added to the station-focused, fast casual restaurant. Although kiosks and menu boards were just emerging in fast casual restaurants across the country, dining services staff embraced the technology as a way to improve order accuracy, increase staff efficiency and provide additional nutritional information to customers at the point of order. The Harvest Table was one of the first independently operated, public restaurants to use kiosk and menu board technology when it opened in the fall of 2014. Don Bundren, general manager of dining services, says the kiosks and menu boards at The Harvest Table are popular across multiple generations. Residents, staff members and members of the greater New Holland community use the kiosks as well as online ordering to pre-order food for dinein and takeout.
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Don says, “The ordering kiosks allow you to clearly tell the dining staff how you want your food prepared. You can still interact with the cook and flag special requests, but a printed ticket from the kiosk improves the level of service you will receive.” Ordering at the counter can sometimes be stressful— especially when dishes have lots of options for customizing. Don says, “The kiosk allows you to be more creative and add exactly what you want in your dish or on your pizza. You can add and make changes to your order without feeling rushed.” Don recommends the kiosks to create a more leisurely pace of dining. For example, he suggests you order your food at the kiosk then get your tray, flatware and build your salad. The order station board will indicate when your order is available, allowing you to enjoy your food while it is still hot and fresh. About five percent of people use the technology, but efficiencies will build, Don says, as more and more people opt to order at the kiosk. Place your order online: gardenspotvillage.org/village-life/village-dining
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An avid Penn State football fan, Linda Ebert hosted a football party in the Sycamore Springs Community Building just days after moving to her home at Sycamore Springs. The Penn State vs. Ohio State match-up on Saturday, October 28 offered a perfect reason to connect with other Penn State fans and the welcoming atmosphere (plus the big screen TV and spacious kitchen) in the community building in Sycamore Commons offered the perfect setting.
Garden Spot Village website and I saw the values. The Christcentered mission and values felt right. I said, ‘This is the place I have to be.’”
FROM BERKS COUNTY TO CHICAGO AND BACK AGAIN
Linda applied and joined the Radar Screen, hoping to move into a cottage. In May 2017 she visited again with Mindy and learned that the model home at Sycamore Springs would be available in October. Eager to move before winter, she agreed to move into the model as soon as it was available. She and her daughter returned home to Chicago where Linda began to prepare her home for sale.
Linda grew up in Berks County, attended Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, and received her master’s degree in Nutrition at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While she was living in Philadelphia, she met her husband, Paul. They moved to Bethesda, Maryland where Linda worked as a clinical dietitian and diabetes educator and Paul worked as a biochemist with the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. They lived in Bethesda for 32 years, raising their children, Bob and Mindy. For the past 20 years Linda lived in Algonquin, Illinois, a suburb of northwest Chicago, helping to raise her granddaughter and volunteering at Bill Hybels’ Willow Creek Community Church, where Mindy worked. After Paul passed away and her granddaughter headed off to college, she realized it was time to consider moving. Linda’s journey back to Central Pennsylvania started three years ago when she began to search for retirement community options near Philadelphia. Bob lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey, so she was looking for an option to move a little closer to her family on the east coast. “I’ll never forget it,” she says. “One day while I was searching for retirement communities, an ad for Garden Spot Village popped up on my computer screen. The name and location appealed to me, but then I began to explore the
On a trip east to visit her family in New Jersey and her friends in Reading, Linda stopped in New Holland for a visit. She says, “I saw the community, the beauty, the landscaping. When I met the people and had a tour—I knew I needed to move here.”
The logistics of a long-distance move created a challenge and after some figurative bumps in the road, all of the details fell into place. Most importantly, the moving truck arrived in New Holland with Linda’s belongings just three days before Mindy returned to Chicago. CONNECTING AND RECONNECTING
As soon as she was settled, she began to connect with her neighbors. Linda says, “I wanted to be part of the community right away. It’s so wonderful. People are really, really friendly and welcoming.” Hosting a football party was a way to immediately connect. Lauren Graber, director of wellness, gave Linda a list of Penn State fans at Garden Spot Village and Linda began to make phone calls. In the process, she connected with Fay Strickler, who lives in Lily Court. During their conversation they realized they graduated in the same class with the same major at Albright College. Linda continues to put down roots daily, connecting with people in new ways. A chance encounter at the elevator in the lobby connected her to Sharon Amey, who invited her to church and the women’s bible study. Linda says, “I like to work with people, talk to people, encourage people, greet people.” Linda uses her gift of encouraging as she volunteers with Caring Connections. She also gives tours to visitors to Garden Spot Village, volunteers at the New Holland Food Pantry and helps to serve meals at Water Street Mission in Lancaster. She says, “I want to serve and help others. I want to purposefully serve our Lord. I need to serve, because what else is there? The opportunities to live with purpose are what make Garden Spot Village perfect for me.” Spring/Summer 2018
Tax Changes and Charitable Donations WHETHER YOU FILE IN ADVANCE OR WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE, YOU WILL SEE SOME SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES AT TAX TIME NEXT YEAR. RECENT CHANGES TO THE FEDERAL TAX CODE AFFECTED TAX BRACKETS, ELIMINATED THE ESTATE TAX FOR MOST TAXPAYERS AND NEARLY DOUBLED THE STANDARD DEDUCTION, BUT ALSO REMOVED OR LIMITED MANY ITEMIZED DEDUCTIONS. THOSE CHANGES MAY AFFECT CHARITABLE DONATIONS. “While charitable donations were not affected directly, the ability to receive a tax benefit will be eliminated for many people because of the higher standard deduction,” explains Rick Rodgers, of Rodgers & Associates, a Lancaster-based financial planner and author of Don’t Retire Broke: An Indispensable Guide to Tax-Efficient Retirement Planning and Financial Freedom.
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As a result of the changes, most taxpayers will see a reduction in the marginal tax benefit of their charitable gifts from 20.7 percent to 15.2 percent. “This translates to a loss of over $5 in your pocket for every $100 you give compared to last year,” explains Jeff Goss, a tax attorney with Brubaker Connaughton Goss & Lucarelli, LLC, and a member of the Garden Spot Communities board of directors. And for most, donating as part of a plan to reduce estate tax is no longer a concern. GIVING FOR GIVING’S SAKE
Some are concerned that the tax changes could have an impact on organizations that rely on donations. “The new tax law, according to estimates from the Council on Foundations, will drain $16 billion to $24 billion a year from the non-profit sector going forward,” Jeff says. “It is all of our hope that donors are not basing their giving on the amount they can deduct, but it is clearly a factor in what people give.” “I always tell clients not to give for tax reasons, but instead to give because they want to be charitable,” says Rick. “That said, once you’ve decided to be charitable, it makes sense to do so in a ‘tax smart’ way.” SMART STRATEGIES
“Charitable giving vehicles will regain a lot more popularity under the new tax laws.” READ MORE: bcgl-law.com rodgers-associates.com gardenspotvillage.org/charitable-giving
A few very valuable techniques can be used to achieve the same or even more benefits. Jeff suggests that those over 701/2 years old transfer money from an Individual Retirement Account directly to charity. Rick agrees. “Gifting directly from an IRA is significantly more effective than a charitable deduction,” under the new tax structure, Rick says. This above-the-line deduction, called a Qualified IRA Charitable Distribution (QCD), avoids some or all of the income tax on the required minimum distribution and may offer other advantages. Individuals can transfer up to $100,000 to one or more charities. Donors could also bunch donations for several years until the amount exceeds the standard deduction of $12,000 for individuals or $24,000 for couples, and then take the higher itemized deduction for that year, Jeff suggests. Another strategy “is to consider giving appreciated assets to a charitable gift annuity (CGA) or charitable remainder trust,” Jeff says. “This avoids the capital gains tax and provides an income stream to the donor. These charitable giving vehicles will regain a lot more popularity under the new tax laws, as larger donations will clearly have more bang for the buck.” Another possible plus: Individuals who don’t itemize because they don’t have mortgage interest, real estate taxes or other deductions may find that the higher standard deduction lowers their tax bill, leaving them with more discretionary income available to donate. Moving forward, it’s more important than ever to talk to a tax adviser or financial planner regarding donations. To learn more about making a QCD or establishing a CGA to benefit the Benevolent Fund, contact Linda Dodge, CFRE, director of development, at 717.355.6215 or email@example.com. Spring/Summer 2018
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This tasty Mindful-by-Sodexo low-calorie recipe artfully blends flavors and textures, combining grilled seafood and crunchy slaw with creamy mashed potatoes.
Charred Shrimp with
Caramelized Leek Mashed Potatoes SERVES FOUR TO SIX
Want a satisfying meal that’s only about 300 calories? If you’re eating mindfully, you’ll love this light offering. Like other Mindful-by-Sodexo dishes served at The Harvest Table Restaurant, it artfully blends flavors and textures, combining grilled seafood and crunchy slaw with creamy mashed potatoes. It’s comfort food at its most creative—and the recipe reflects sound nutritional philosophy and guidelines based on the latest science and leading health organization recommendations. For the Charred Shrimp
1 lb. shrimp, 21–25 ct., peeled
For the Fire-Roasted Corn Sauce
For the Radicchio Slaw 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 c. frozen corn kernels
4 oz. radicchio, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1-1/2 tsp. oil
2 oz. red cabbage, thinly sliced
1-1/2 tsp. garlic, chopped
Pinch of salt & pepper
1/4 c. onion, finely diced
1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
coat. Grill shrimp for approximately
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 tsp. oil
2 minutes on each side.
2 oz. milk
3 tsp. honey
Combine shrimp, lemon juice and pepper in a bowl and Toss evenly to
For the Caramelized Leek Mashed Potatoes
2 oz. water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and Toss to coat.
3 c. mashed potatoes
Toss corn in oil and place in a single
1 tsp. oil
layer on a cookie sheet. Roast for 15
minutes or until browned.
For each serving, Place about half
1 tsp. garlic, chopped 2 oz. leeks, diced
Heat garlic and onions in a pan.
1/4 tsp. salt
Sauté quickly, then add half the
1/4 tsp. pepper
corn, and the black pepper, milk and
1-1/2 Tbsp. milk 1-1/2 Tbsp. Greek yogurt
Heat oil in a small saucepan. Add leeks, garlic, salt and pepper. Sauté
water. Heat for 10 minutes. Place the mixture in a blender or food processor and Blend until smooth.
a cup of the potato mixture in the center of a plate. Ladle 2 oz. of the fire-roasted corn sauce over the potatoes and place 5-6 shrimp on top. Top it all with 1 oz. of the radicchio slaw — and Enjoy!
Fold in the remaining corn. Read more: mindful.sodexo.com
for 15 minutes until the leeks begin to brown. Place warm mashed potatoes in bowl and stir in leek mixture, milk and yogurt. Mix to combine.
Michael Pezzillo: executive chef, Garden Spot Village
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John Yoder grew up on a dairy farm, selling home-grown produce. His first job was selling deli and fresh meat at Downingtown Farmers Market for Lapp’s Meats. He also learned how to cut meat and manage a business. In 1980, he drew on his experience to open a grocery store in New Holland. Today, Yoder’s Country Market offers one-stop shopping for groceries, gas and much more. It’s still very much a family business—now involving three generations. INDEPENDENT AND INNOVATIVE
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“It can be tough to compete with the chains, so we try to do different things,” says Dina Stoltzfus, one of John and Darlene Yoder’s two daughters. For example, Yoder’s carries a lot of locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as locally made cheese and yogurt. They process farmfresh milk produced by their own Guernsey cows. Golden Guernsey milk is known to be exceptionally rich in nutrients, including beta carotene, omega 3 and beta casein A2. In addition to whole, low-fat, skim and chocolate milk in plastic or glass, Yoder’s offers more than 20 flavors of their own ice cream, including four no-sugar-added flavors. “And we recently started selling our own butter,” Dina adds. After opening the grocery, John began sharing his passion for cooking with his customers. What started as an instore buffet-style snack bar became a casual restaurant and smorgasbord in 1984, serving homemade Pennsylvania Dutch food and other favorites. Several social clubs from Garden Spot Village meet there regularly for meals and fellowship. The banquet facility, added two years later along with a gift shop, can accommodate groups from 20 to 800. A full-service florist, specializing in funeral and wedding designs, also offers fresh-wrapped flower bouquets and same-day delivery. CREATIVITY, CUSTOMER SERVICE AND CONVENIENCE
A Kodak photo lab, dry-cleaning drop-off/pick-up station and an independent pharmacy with a drive-up window all add to the one-stop convenience of shopping
at Yoder’s. In the meat department, professional butchers can provide specialty cuts for a special dinner. No time to cook? In addition to sliced meats and cheeses and party trays, the deli offers delicious homemade salads and prepared meals that are ready to heat and serve. Looking for a little something more? Yoder’s has a great selection of home-baked breads, cakes, shoofly pies, whoopie pies and other goodies. The market’s website offers even more convenience. Shoppers can view weekly specials online or sign up to receive deals and store news via email. The site features thousands of recipes, with searchable categories like “300 calories or less,” “budget-friendly,” “serves 2,” “heart healthy” and “diabetes management.” Shoppers can set up their own recipe box and print a shopping list. NEARBY NEIGHBORS
Yoder’s Country Market is only about a mile from Garden Spot Village via Ranck Road. Before shoppers head home, they can gas up and even wash the car. And shoppers who participate in the store’s Gold Card loyalty program can earn discounts off the gallon price of Sunoco gas at Yoder’s Fuel Island. It’s a lot in one spot. It’s all there today because a hard-working family is always asking itself, “How can we better serve our customers?” and coming up with innovative answers. READ MORE: yoderscountrymarket.com See the Yoder's Country Market ad on page 76.
Things To See & Do March 20 LOOK & LEARN A luncheon to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit gsvlookandlearn.org to find out more and register. Seating is limited. For the public, especially 50+.
26 COMMUNITY MEAL A free community meal at CrossNet Ministries on Jackson Street in New Holland. Served by Garden Spot Village residents. For the public.
29 PAINT PARTY Love to paint? Get in touch with your inner artist and go home with a beautiful painting. Register at 717.355.6000. For residents and the public.
19 BUSINESS EXPO An opportunity to learn about more than 60 local businesses. For residents and future residents.
21 FORTY NINERS CHORUS The 2017-2018 concert series concludes with a performance by The Forty Niners Chorus. Based in Chester County, the Forty Niners Chorus performs a variety of songs including classic favorites, new hits and American standards. For residents and the public.
25 PIERCING WORD A theatrical performance of Jonah, the Sermon on the Mount and select Psalms. For residents and the public.
26 LOOK & LEARN
For residents and the public.
A luncheon to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit gsvlookandlearn.org to find out more and register. For the public, especially 50+.
26 PAINT PARTY
30 ELANCO GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
03 HEALTH TALK SERIES WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital presents a program of health and current medical issues. For residents and the public.
13 LANCASTER FAMILY YMCA KIDS MARATHON Children ages 6-12 finish the last leg of a marathon, coming down the Garden Spot Village Marathon finisherâ€™s chute. For residents, guests and the public.
14 GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE MARATHON USA Track & Field-certified 26.2-mile marathon and half-marathon for runners and walkers. Visit gardenspotvillagemarathon.org for more information. For residents, guests and the public.
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Love to be creative? Join our paint party and go home with a beautiful painting you created yourself ! For residents and the public.
27 PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA & KIMMEL CENTER
Guided walking tour of Kimmel Center in downtown Philadelphia as well as lunch at Positano Coast Restaurant and a performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra. For residents.
Schedule is subject to change. For current listings, visit gardenspotvillage.org/events or contact Resident Services at 717.355.6000.
May 01 A TASTE OF GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE Enjoy a tour of Garden Spot Village's award-winning restaurants including a behind-the-scenes tour of the kitchen. Enjoy delicious treats prepared by dining services along the journey. Reservations required. Call 717.355.6000 to reserve your spot. For future residents.
01 HEALTH TALK SERIES WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital presents a program of health and current medical issues. For residents and the public.
02 AMISH EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE A hymn sing with five different Lancaster County religious groups, illustrating and commenting on the distinct musical styles of the Mennonites, Church of the Brethren, Old Order Amish, Old Order Mennonites, and Brethren in Christ. Organized by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. For residents and the public.
16 AMISH EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE A Lancaster County Amish and a Union County Mennonite Carriage Maker will trace the rise and fall of carriage making from the 1930s to the present, including the use of hydraulic brakes, fiberglass, lighting, and other changes. Organized by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. For residents and the public.
17 AARP DRIVER SAFETY REFRESHER COURSE Review roadway risks and defensive driving techniques to stay safe on the road. For residents and the public 50+ who have taken the intro course.
18 & 19 “GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY” Village Voices, the resident choral group, will perform. For residents and the public.
21 & 22 AARP DRIVER SAFETY INTRO COURSE Two-day program addresses roadway risks and defensive driving techniques to keep drivers safe on the road. For residents and the public 50+.
04 SHRED IT DAY
23 LOOK & LEARN
Dispose of documents and papers safely and securely. For residents and the public.
A luncheon to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit gsvlookandlearn.org to find out more and register. For the public, especially 50+.
08 ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND Explore Annapolis with a walking tour, driving tour and harbor cruise. For residents.
09 GSV AFTER WORK An evening event to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit gsvlookandlearn.org to find out more and register. For the public, especially 50+.
23 AMISH EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE A panel of medical professionals and families connected to the Clinic for Special Children, Strasburg, Pennsylvania, will share information on genetic disorders and emerging research and treatments. Organized by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. For residents and the public.
11 & 12 “JUKEBOX SATURDAY NIGHT” Servant Stage Theater will perform chart-topping, crowdpleasing hits in this musical performance featuring a cast of young, local talent. For residents and the public. Spring/Summer 2018
Things To See & Do June 02 PEDAL TO PRESERVE Annual bicycle event to benefit the Lancaster Farmland Trust begins and ends on campus. For residents, guests and the public.
05 HEALTH TALK WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital presents a program of health and current medical issues. For residents and the public.
06 & 20 FARMER’S MARKET The Indoor Park in Village Square turns into a Farmer’s Market. Stop by for local, fresh fruits and vegetables. Proceeds benefit the Benevolent Fund. For residents and the public.
09 LADIES GARDEN PARTY A social event for ladies, their daughters and granddaughters, featuring garden party food, decorations and more. Hosted in the outdoor Garden Gazebo Park. For residents and family members.
12 ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT Popular golf outing benefits the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund, which supports residents who need financial assistance. For residents, guests and the public.
12 LOOK & LEARN A luncheon to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit gsvlookandlearn.org to find out more and register. For the public, especially 50+.
16 GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE YARD SALE Annual community-wide yard sale offers bargains on household items, crafts, books and more. For residents, guests and the public. 70 D estination Spring/Summer 2018
21 OVERLY’S GROVE POT LUCK Enjoy delicious food and delightful entertainment at this covered-dish outing. For residents.
25-29 GRANDS & KIDS CAMP Award-winning intergenerational day camp full of adventures in Lancaster County. For residents, future residents and family members.
27 “SEUSSICAL JR” Servant Stage Youth Theater will perform Seussical Jr. For residents and their grandchildren.
30 “I’LL FLY AWAY” Servant Stage’s most requested ensemble, “I’ll Fly Away” is a toe-tappin’ tribute to old-time Gospel music with the Backwoods Bluegrass Band and Friends. For residents and the public.
July 04 & 18 FARMER’S MARKET The Indoor Park in Village Square turns into a Farmer’s Market. Stop by for local, fresh fruits and vegetables. Proceeds benefit the Benevolent Fund. For residents and the public.
11 ICE CREAM CARNIVAL A delicious event provides a sweet time to socialize. For residents, their families and future residents.
26 LOOK & LEARN A luncheon to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit gsvlookandlearn.org to find out more and register. For the public, especially 50+.
Schedule is subject to change. For current listings, visit gardenspotvillage.org/events or contact Resident Services at 717.355.6000.
26 LONGWOOD GARDENS The Brandywiners, one of the largest nonprofit theatrical groups in the Delaware Valley, will perform “Music Man” at the spacious Open Air Theatre at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square. Free time to explore the gardens provided prior to show. For residents.
August 01 & 15 FARMER’S MARKET The Indoor Park in Village Square turns into a Farmer’s Market. Stop by for local, fresh fruits and vegetables. Proceeds benefit the Benevolent Fund. For residents and the public.
07 HEALTH TALK WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital presents a program of health and current medical issues. For residents and the public.
09 A TASTE OF GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE Enjoy a tour of Garden Spot Village’s award-winning restaurants including a behind-the-scenes tour of the kitchen. Enjoy delicious treats prepared by dining services along the journey. Reservations required. Call 717.355.6000 to reserve your spot. For future residents.
September 05 & 19 FARMER’S MARKET The Indoor Park in Village Square turns into a Farmer’s Market. Stop by for local, fresh fruits and vegetables. Proceeds benefit the Benevolent Fund. For residents and the public.
10 CAPE MAY Enjoy a day trip to Cape May for a whale watching expedition. For residents.
15 “TITANIC THE MUSICAL” Come aboard the ship of dreams in this musical preview, which captures the heart-stopping and riveting ride through the final moments of Titanic’s fateful journey. For residents and the public.
25 LOOK & LEARN A luncheon to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit gsvlookandlearn.org to find out more and register. For the public, especially 50+.
22 LOOK & LEARN A luncheon to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit gsvlookandlearn.org to find out more and register. For the public, especially 50+.
Get to Know the Neighborhood Eastern Lancaster County is a special place where you’re surrounded by verdant farmlands, unique towns like New Holland and Ephrata, and neighbors who heed a calling to serve the community in so many ways. Garden Spot Village and Sycamore Springs give you easy access to these local companies.
Hicks’ Clock Shoppe
Vintage Kollections & Cornfields
215 E. MAIN STREET, NEW HOLLAND 717.354.5108 • HICKSCLOCKS.COM
245 GRISTMILL ROAD, NEW HOLLAND 717.354.3360
Hicks’ Clock Shoppe, a family-owned retail clock shop, offers a full-service showroom with over 80 unique clocks on display. Clocks range from completely restored antique and heirloom clocks to brand new grandfather, wall and mantel clocks from Hermle, Ridgeway and Howard Miller as well as local clockmakers. Owner Craig Hicks, an expert in horology, has been repairing and restoring clocks for almost 20 years.
The favorite styles and forgotten trends of the past are the timeless treasures of today at Vintage Kollections, Lancaster County’s destination for the best in quality vintage. Next door, Cornfields offers a discerning collection of antiques as well as primitive, repurposed, salvaged and vintage treasures. As artists, the owners of the sister stores bring a discerning eye and captivating edge to their eclectic and sophisticated blend of offerings.
Dutch Country Soft Pretzels
Arianna’s Bakery & el Café
2758-1 DIVISION HIGHWAY (RT. 322), NEW HOLLAND • 717.354.4493 DUTCHCOUNTRYSOFTPRETZELS.COM
158 E. JACKSON STREET, NEW HOLLAND 717.355.0841 • ARIANNASBAKERY.COM
Dutch Country Soft Pretzels offers an original and unique pretzel recipe specializing in fresh, natural ingredients and homemade goodness. The bakery store includes freshly baked soft pretzels and pretzel sticks as well as local snack foods like Emma’s Popcorn, Wolfgang Chocolates and Apple Valley Creamery dairy items. A breakfast and lunch menu includes sandwiches, pretzel dogs and pretzel wraps. They add softserve ice cream April through November.
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Arianna’s Bakery specializes in cake rolls, whoopie pies and apple dumplings made with simple, fresh ingredients. Although the bakery serves as a wholesale bakery for many regional grocery stores and farmer’s markets, the small New Holland storefront offers cake rolls by the slice or by the roll, individually wrapped whoopie pies and apple dumplings. Pair your sweet treat with a freshly brewed coffee or espresso from el Café.
PERSONAL CARE SUITES AT GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE Personal Care Suites Are Inviting and Uniqueâ€”and so Are the Residents!
Mountain View Personal Care and Laurel View Memory Support offer a world of amenities, but what sets us apart is our specially trained staff who form family-like bonds with each individual. Residents also develop close friendships with others in a true community environment. Plus, all the amenities of Garden Spot Village are available for everyone!
Call 717.355.6272 to schedule a visit!
GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE
The Areaâ€™s Finest Home Care Services Are Available to Everyone
Garden Spot Village at Home provides personalized in-home services to help people live with purpose and significance at all stages of life. We'll help with the activities of daily living like getting dressed and ready for the day, running errands and much more, so you can do the things that are meaningful to you!
Call 717.355.6031 to learn more or visit gardenspotvillageathome.org
ADULT DAY SERVICES AT GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE Adult Day Services Provides a World of Opportunity
Adult Day Services provides a secure, protective environment for older adults who need supervision and assistance during the day. Plus the amenities of Garden Spot Village offer unique opportunities for activity and engagement.
Call 717.355.6226 to learn more or schedule a one-day, no-charge trial! Spring/Summer 2018
If you need short-term rehab, youâ€™ll be happy to know a new model of personcentered care has come to Maple Farm in Akron, PA. When a medical professional asks you about your short-term rehabilitation preferenceâ€”tell them Maple Farm.
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Yoder’s Fuel Island & Car Wash Save 10¢ to 30¢ per Gallon of Gas when you use your Gold Card at Yoder’s Country Market.
Yoder’s Country Market offers many conveniences all under one roof! We offer a Full-Service Grocery Store, Pharmacy, Dry-Cleaning, Digital Photo Lab, H2O to Go, Gift Shop & Petal Perfect Flower Shop.
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Monday-Saturday: 7am-9pm, Sunday 8am-5pm Join Us At Yoder’s Restaurant & Buffet For
Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm
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Monday-Saturday: 6am-8pm Sunday: 10am-2pm
Banquet Facilities accommodate 20-800 people.
14 South Tower Road | New Holland, PA 17557 yoderscountrymarket.com
Petal Perfect Flowers Flowers • Plants • Gift Baskets
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Monday-Friday: 8am-5:30pm Saturday: 8am-4pm | Closed Sundays
LOCATED IN YODER’S MALL
12 South Tower Road | New Holland, PA 17557
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We help build your estate plan to carry out your legacy and protect what matters most, your family. ESTATES, TRUSTS & ELDER LAW 路 BUSINESS SERVICES 路 REAL ESTATE EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR LAW 路 FINANCIAL SERVICES 路 LITIGATION
URBAN PLACE 480 New Holland Avenue, Ste. 6205 Lancaster, PA 17602
717 945 5745 717 945 5764
Compassionately serving our local community.
a locally owned and operated funeral home offering traditional services, cremation options and advance funeral planning.
145 WEST MAIN STREET, NEW HOLLAND, PA • 717.354.0444 • GROFFECKENROTH.COM R. Fred Groff, III, Supervisor
Visit our two other locations: Beck Funeral Home, Inc. 315 EAST MAIN STREET NEW HOLLAND, PA 717.354.2227 BECKFUNERAL.COM Sven E. Miller, Supervisor
Loren E. Bender, Supervisor Branch location of Groff-High-Eckenroth Funeral Home, Inc.
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R. Fred Groff, III
209 EAST MAIN STREET TERRE HILL, PA 717.445.5122
Loren E. Bender
C. Stanley Eckenroth Home for Funerals
Convenient full service drive-thru with short wait times Your trusted hometown pharmacy • FREE DELIVERY right to your door at Garden Spot Village with convenient payment options • Preferred provider for most Medicare and commercial insurance plans • Immunization services including the new Shingrix vaccine for shingles • Diabetic testing supplies billable to Medicare • Manage refills online at stauffersdrugstore.com or with our FREE APP for iPhone, iPad, or Android devices
Stauffer’s Drug Store • 149 E Main Street • New Holland, PA 17557 • 717.355.9300
EYE HEALTH & VISION NEWS Spring 2018
THERE IS GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM THE DISCOMFORT OF DRY EYE BY JONATHAN ANDREWS, O.D. Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome include a gritty, foreign body sensation, burning, itching, red, watery eyes, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision. The causes of Dry Eye Syndrome include environmental factors, age, medical conditions, and contact lens wear. Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults. People with dry eyes either do not produce enough tears or their tears are of a poor quality: Inadequate amount of tears Tears are produced by several glands in and around the eyelids. Tear production tends to diminish with age, with various medical conditions or as a side effect of certain medicines. Environmental conditions, such as wind and dry climates, can also decrease tear volume due to increased tear evaporation. When the normal amount of tear production decreases or tears evaporate too quickly from the eyes, symptoms of dry eye can develop. Poor quality of tears Tears are made up of three layers: oil, water, and mucus. Each component protects and nourishes the front surface of the eye. A smooth oil layer helps prevent evaporation of the water layer, while the mucin layer spreads the tears evenly over the surface of the eye. If the tears evaporate too quickly or do not spread evenly over the cornea due to deficiencies with any of the three tear layers, dry eye symptoms can develop. The most common form of dry eye occurs when the oil layer of the tear is not produced thoroughly. This condition is called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), or evaporative dry eye. It is estimated that 79% of dry eye patients suffer from evaporative dry eye. You can reduce the effects of dry eyes by: remembering to blink regularly when reading or staring at a computer screen for long periods of time; increasing the humidity in the air at work and at home; wearing sunglasses outdoors, taking nutritional supplements containing essential fatty acids, and avoiding becoming dehydrated by drinking plenty of water each day.
The primary approaches used to manage and treat dry eyes include adding tears using over-the-counter artificial tear solutions, conserving tears, increasing tear production, and treating the inflammation of the eyelids or eye surface that contributes to the dry eyes. Adding tears. Mild cases of dry eyes can often be managed using over-the-counter artificial tear solutions. These can be used as often as needed to supplement natural tear production. Preservative-free artificial tear solutions are recommended because they contain fewer additives, which can further irritate the eyes. People with dry eyes that don't respond to artificial tears alone will need to take additional steps to treat their dry eyes. Conserving tears. Keeping natural tears in the eyes longer can reduce the symptoms of dry eyes. This can be done by blocking the tear ducts through which the tears normally drain. The tear ducts can be blocked with tiny silicone or gel-like plugs that can be removed, if needed or a surgical procedure can permanently close the tear ducts. In either case, the goal is to keep the available tears in the eye longer to reduce problems related to dry eyes. Increasing tear production. Eye drops that increase tear production can be prescribed. Taking an omega-3 fatty acid nutritional supplement may also help. Treating the contributing eyelid or ocular surface inflammation. Prescription eye drops or ointments, warm compresses and lid massage, or eyelid cleaners to help decrease inflammation around the surface of the eyes.
Therapeutic eye drops, medications, surgical intervention, lifestyle changes, eye supplements, and other vision aids are all tools to help doctors treat and manage eye diseases. It is important to maintain regular eye health and vision examinations on an annual basis to rule out any potential sight-threatening diseases. The doctors at Optometric Associates are well equipped to serve residents of the Garden Spot Community and patrons of New Holland. Optometric Associates has been helping patients at the same location since 1981 with its doctors having over 75 years of combined clinical experience. Our office is currently accepting new patients, we accept most major medical insurances, and offer a 10% senior citizen discount. Schedule today!
Wolfram Andrews, O.D. Jonathan Andrews, O.D. Scott Crawshaw, O.D. Jennifer Anderson , O.D.
117 West Main St. New Holland, PA 17557 (717) 354-2020
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WellEquipped For an independent lifestyle.
If you have arthritis, hip problems, knee problems, diabetes and other conditions that limit mobility, WellSpan Medical Equipment offers solutions to help you live an independent lifestyle. Visit any of our showrooms to see our lift chairs, power mobility products and extensive selection of other home care equipment. New Holland Garden Spot Village 435 S. Kinzer Ave. Suite 8 (717) 721-4316
Ephrata 1081 Sharp Ave. (717) 733-0405
Lebanon 301 Schneider Dr. (717) 272-2057 (800) 487-2057
Bed & Breakfast
Where country charm and hospitality await you Will Garden Spot Village be your next home?
Stay with us while you explore the area.
our regular rates to family & friends of Garden Spot Village residents.
Dolores & Tim Walter, Innkeepers
371 East Main Street | New Holland, PA 17557
717.355.0450 or 866.279.7599
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327 S. State Street Talmage PA 17580 717-656-9826
We LOVE all of them, but the truth is, they can be hard on your CARPET & UPHOLSTERY.
We’ll RESTORE, RENEW & REFRESH your CARPET & UPHOLSTERY so they are like NEW!
Carpet Cleaning Area Rug Cleaning Tile & Grout Cleaning Upholstery Cleaning Leather Furniture Cleaning Floor Strip & Wax Mattress Cleaning/Allergy Treatment Hardwood Floor Restoration RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL
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BREAKFAST • LUNCH • DINNER Enjoy a delightful dining experience by the warm ﬁreplace or in the beautiful garden room.
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Escape from the routine, hum-drum way of life to the Country Squire Motor Inn. It features spacious beautiful rooms, complete with air conditioning, free wi-ﬁ and televisions — sure to make your stay in Lancaster County memorable.
Brandywine Wealth Management We not only prepare taxes, we give you the insight to make sound financial decisions.
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16 GRAYBILL RD | LEOLA, PA 17540 5 MILES WEST OF GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE; OFF ROUTE 23
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CALL RALPH, STEVE OR CHRIS TODAY!
717.354.2200 331 E. Main Street • New Holland
ELANCO Chiropractic, Inc.
1907 Division Highway (Rt. 322) | Ephrata | PA | 17522
ELANCOCHIROPRACTIC.COM | 717.355.5000 Participating Medicare Provider • Most Insurances Accepted
WellLocated Expert cardiology services are just a heartbeat away.
When you need advanced heart care, it’s good to know that WellSpan Cardiology
is close to home. Located at the WellSpan Garden Spot Health Center, WellSpan Cardiology offers convenient hours and the trusted reputation of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital. You’ll see in a heartbeat that our care — and your trust — are both WellLocated. For hours and a full list of services, visit WellSpan.org/Ephrata or call (717) 354-6676.
435 South Kinzer Ave., Suite 7, New Holland
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New Spinal Decompression Table!!! • Safe, effective, affordable • Re-oxygenates, rejuvenates, rehydrates & provides nutrition to damaged discs • 84% of all people who use decompression get relief from their symptoms • Spinal decompression gently stretches the spine, relieving pressure from the discs, joints, & muscular tissue REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT Most Insurance Accepted
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Dr. Melissa Kisla
Dr. Melissa Rowan
684 W. Main Street | New Holland • 3470 Old Philadelphia Pike | Intercourse
www.SenatorAument.com Helping you sell your Home, your Treasures and making your Move Easy.
WE CAN HELP Appraise Value Layout New Home Sort & Organize Pack & Move Unpack & Arrange Clean & Dispose
301 East Main Street Lititz, PA 17543 717.627.0036 Paid for by Aument for Senate
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WE CAN SELL Real Estate Collections Antiques Furniture Jewelry Coins & Guns
WE CAN ALSO HELP WITH INTERNAL GSV MOVING TRANSITIONS!
PETE & SHENDY SHAUB ®
Realtor /Auctioneer/Mover 717.468.2520 email@example.com lifetransitionserv.com
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Dave Zimmerman Serving the residents of Eastern Lancaster County
Low interest rates getting you down? Let’s talk. Contact us for assistance with any state government related matter
District Office 127 Peters Road, New Holland, PA 17557 717.556.0031 | 717.556.0034 fax
Financial Advisor .
201 East Main St New Holland, PA 17557 717-354-4879
Satellite Office Hours First Tuesday Each Month Ephrata Area Rehab Services 300 West Chestnut Street, Ephrata, PA 17522 717.556.0031 Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee Environmental Resources & Energy Committee Health Committee Local Government Committee
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WALTMAN ACCOUNTING PAYROLL | BOOKKEEPING | TAX SERVICES
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When It’s Time to Begin the Next Chapter of Your Life…
We will be there for you! The Carol Lehman Team
Theraflex Massage A Unique Approach to Physical, Emotional and Therapeutic Health
Ruth Carey-Hench, LPN, LMT Massage, hot packs, & ultrasound for Garden Spot Village residents & employees, every other Monday morning & Wednesdays in Gardens South Clinic Room 1. $46 per hour. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY | Sessions are paid at time of service. | Cash & Check Only
First one hour appt: $40 special exp. 9/2018
Call Greg or Carol today to schedule your free consultation. 717.354.6416 717.354.HOME (4663) www.hostetterlehman.com
321 East Main Street, New Holland, PA
EVERYgirl. Girls on the Run is an afterschool program like no other! Over the course of 10 weeks, girls have fun, make ma friends, increase physical activity levels and learn important life skills they can use at home, at school and with friends.
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97% of participants said they learned critical skills to manage emotions, resolve conflict, help others or make intentional decisions.
FOR A LIMITED TIME, GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE IS OFFERING A DOWNSIZING INCENTIVE FOR PEOPLE WHO MOVE INTO A NEW HOME AT SYCAMORE SPRINGS. CONTACT MEGAN FARBER AT 717.355.6290 FOR MORE INFORMATION. Pete Shaub, owner of A Life Transition Service, says, “When you have lived in the same home for 30, 40, or even 50 years, downsizing can be very overwhelming and stressful for you and your family. My wife, Shendy and I have been helping people work through the downsizing and transition process for years. Our job is to help you determine what to keep, what has value, how to sell it and what items are best donated or recycled.” Pete and Shendy Shaub, owners of A Life Transition Service, work with families and individuals to downsize, organize and move to a new residence. A realtor and auctioneer, Pete can help with the sale of your home and personal belongings. Shendy, downsize and move manager, can help you sort through what you want to move or sell and help facilitate the logistics of your move. FOR PEOPLE CONSIDERING A MOVE, PETE OFFERS THE FOLLOWING TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION: • Start early. People often will say, “Why did I wait so long to do this? I should have moved sooner. It wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be.” • Begin to assess what you can and can’t live without. It’s natural to want to keep belongings but we commonly hear, “Why did I bring so much stuff? I really don’t need this.” • Plan, plan, plan. Having a clear plan of action greatly reduces the overall stress of the process. • Be proactive. It will be much more difficult to have control and be involved in your downsizing process if you wait until a health issue arrives. • Embrace change. You may be set on staying in your home, but it’s important to remember the burden that will be placed on your family if something happens to you before you are ready to move. • Stay positive! It’s easy to feel overwhelmed about change. Begin to focus on the positive outcomes from the transition. Remember the freedom you will experience by not worrying about maintaining your home and all your excess belongings. • Be realistic. Before starting to downsize, consider how much time and help you have to work at the process. Can I physically get items from the attic or basement? • Research. Of the main downsizing categories, Keep, Sell, Donate, Trash and Give to Family/Friends, you will need to start making some calls to find out how to disperse your items. If you plan to sell items, begin to research Auctions, Consignment, Ebay, Craigslist, etc., and find out the costs and time associated. If you decide to donate items, find out what Goodwill, Re-Uzit and similar organizations will and will not take and locations to deliver.
When you are ready to start planning your transition, Pete says, “Please give us a call. We are always happy to schedule a free in-home visit to address specific needs. We can help as much or as little as people need.”
Real Estate Sale | Move Management Content Redirection | Online Auction
717.468.2520 www.lifetransitionserv.com Spring/Summer 2018
Look and Learn You’re Invited to
at GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE
March 20 • April 26 • *May 9 May 23 • June 12 • July 26 Join our resident tour guides for lunch and learn firsthand about the welcoming way of life at Garden Spot Village. Visit gsvlookandlearn.org to find out more and to register. Seating is limited. For the public 50+. gsvlookandlearn.org
where all are welcome The Community Church at Garden Spot Village weekly services
Sundays, 10 am
717.355.6500 *GSV After Work 5:30pm to 7:30pm
F O LLOW G A R D EN S P O T V I LL AG E O N LI N E
You were meant to do work that leaves its mark by making a difference in the lives of other people. Work that creates a legacy. At Garden Spot Communities, you can do just that.
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