Destination Garden Spot Village - Spring/Summer 2017

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interesting people are arriving ... Envision yourself living where the idea of community is more than just a distant memory. A place where you actually know your neighbors, support each other and interact positively while sharing a vested interest. If the ideas of opportunity, living with purpose and community appeal to you, welcome to Sycamore Springs! Designed as small neighborhoods where people can have the privacy they want, but also engage in the meaningful relationships they desire.

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Discover the preserved farmlands of Lancaster County. Choose a 6-, 20- or 51- mile ride along winding country roads. 6 D estination Spring/Summer 2017

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Thanks to its culture, landscape and location, Lancaster County has become a haven for retired professionals, outdoor enthusiasts and energetic adults of all ages who want a lifestyle full of social, cultural, recreational, educational and spiritual opportunities. In the midst of this idyllic setting, Garden Spot Village has distinguished itself by providing world-class hospitality and resort-style amenities. Our faith-based heritage and commitment to service are the foundations of a truly welcoming community. Experience abundant opportunities to live with purpose in community.


Homes from $82,900 to mid $400,000s, $1,183 - $2,406 per month all inclusive.*

* 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, sewer, property taxes, garbage and trash disposal, lawn care, snow removal, security, use of common facilities, social, educational, cultural and recreational events. The following are available for a fee: telephone service, cable TV, high-speed 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 62 for a single person or 62 and 55 for a couple.

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hortly after I started working at Garden Spot Village in

March 2005, Dale Weaver stopped by to welcome

me. He was a founder of

the community and, at the

time, chairman of its board of directors. During the

conversation he asked, in a

thoughtful way, “To live here requires a certain level of

resources. How do we make

this available to people who cannot afford it but want the lifestyle?”

A Community Comes Together My response was something like this: “Somehow, everything that takes place here must be paid for. If the people moving in are unable to pay for it, the money must come from somewhere. To me it seems to be a question of the redistribution of resources. While the people at Garden Spot Village are very generous, the challenge is that in a broader sense, people with resources are not always willing to supplement those with lesser means. I don’t have any idea how to accomplish that on a large scale.” Neither did he, but he said he believed there had to be a way. Then he posed a challenge. He said that as long as I am part of the leadership team, I must help look for ways to serve those who have less. If that’s not a directive from a founder, what is it?

More than 10 years later, Dale’s challenge is still on my mind. Dale had similar conversations with others on the leadership team too, especially Steve Lindsey, our CEO. Together, leadership poked and prodded, searched and researched. We’ve cobbled ideas together, trying this and that, like Thomas Edison searching through thousands of ways to create the light bulb. Steve calls it the “slow hunch.” You know there’s an answer out there somewhere. You just have to find it.

Two years ago, we took the directive to the next level by including an initiative in our strategic blueprint to address socioeconomic diversity. More recently, we took a tangible step toward meeting this far-reaching challenge. On December 13, 2016, we broke ground on our first “cooperative living house.” If the model works the way we hope it will, we believe it could make a significant positive impact. One thing is certain — we’ll never give up looking for better ways to provide people with a fabulous place to live at a lower cost, along with the opportunity to live with purpose in community. Thanks to the generosity of residents, local businesses and the New Holland community, our founder's desire lives on and we're working on it! Crack open this issue of Destination Garden Spot Village and discover how you can help be a part of the solution. Enthusiastically,

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... r u o at s u h t i w Fourth Annual n u r e Lancaster Family YMCA Com

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April 7, 2017 for Kindergarten—8th grade Garden Spot Village and the Lancaster Family YMCA are teaming up to promote healthy lifestyle choices for Lancaster County Youth! Encourage your kids or grandkids to participate in our fourth annual Kids Marathon! After they register, the kids complete 25 miles at their own pace during the time between when they register and April 7, 2017. Friday evening at 6pm the kids run the final 1.2 miles (parents can run with them) on the campus of Garden Spot Village, beginning and ending at the same Start and Finish line that the elite marathon runners will use the following day. The kids get to experience the thrill of coming down the finisher’s chute, seeing the time clock and getting a finisher’s medal as they cross the marathon finish line.

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14 Art & Tina Petrosemolo: Sycamore Springs' First Residents


20 Team Members Build Leadership Skills

26 Mission to the Dominican Republic 30 Socioeconomic Diversity & the Tsunami 32 5 Dynamics of Cooperative Living 40 Living with Purpose 46 College Student on Campus 47 Meet Jonas Da, IVEP Intern 56 Get to Know the Neighborhood

Dave & Kathy Cormany


Barb Hoekstra & Charley Hentz


Bill Hunter


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Heather Ludwig, Accounts Payable


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Art & Tina Petrosemolo Start Life as Sycamore Springs’ First Residents


ometimes people deliberate about life-changing decisions. Other times, they make them quickly. For the first residents of Sycamore Springs, it took just one visit to Garden Spot Village to make the decision — and they could not be happier.

Like many others who have moved to Garden Spot Village, Art and Tina Petrosemolo were at the end of their full-time working careers. Tina had retired from teaching high school science in 2015, and Art was poised to end his career as a college administrator in June 2016. They had lived near the shore in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, since 1996, and their lives were filled with sailing and other nautical pursuits. They had no plans to move. 14 D estination Spring/Summer 2017


The couple wasn’t sailing all the time. Two or three weekends a year, they would visit Lancaster County, where Art worked at Franklin & Marshall College early in his career. They explored farmers’ markets like Green Dragon, made pretzel runs to Hammond’s in Lancaster’s West End and dined at the Victor Emmanuel Club in Reading. On one of those trips, waking to a cold and rainy day, they called a real estate agent specializing in active 55-plus communities “on a whim

to take a look around.” They saw several such communities and also had time to visit a former colleague of Art’s who lived in a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). Retiring to Pennsylvania made sense. Where they lived in New Jersey, they might rub shoulders in the supermarket with celebrities like Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart or Connie Chung, but real estate taxes and the cost of living were high — not conducive to retirement. They also liked the concept of continuing care. “We got a taste of both active 55 and CCRC living,” Art says. “It was obvious that a CCRC made the most sense for us.” PERFECT TIMING!

After some swift and serious research on East Coast CCRCs, they came across Garden Spot Village and added it to their “go-see” travel plans. They soon found that immediate openings for apartments or cottages at the best communities are few and far between. Most have long waiting lists. “Garden Spot was our last visit on a trip that took us as far as Chestertown, Maryland and Lewes, Delaware,” says Art. “Although we could see ourselves at a few spots, their openings were two or three years away. We learned that many retirees plan for this type of move well in advance and come to the top of the list as they approach their retirement date.” On their visit, the Petrosemolos met with Megan Farber, sales manager at Garden Spot Village, and Bonnie Gerig, the community’s former marketing director. No units were available immediately, but Sycamore Springs was in the final planning stages, with construction scheduled to start soon. “That just about sold us,” says Tina, “especially the ability to have a stand-alone cottage that would actually be larger than our New Jersey home." For Art, who swims a mile a day, the community’s heated indoor pool made an impression. The couple returned to Garden Spot Village in early May 2016 to review floorplans and pricing with Farber. The day after they returned home, they sent a deposit check.


“The Petrosemolos were eager to move in,” Farber says. She told them there was an excellent chance to move in, as Sycamore Springs’ first residents, before the end of December. The couple was excited and, as they put it, “rolled the dice.” “We put our house up for sale in mid-May,” Art says. “It sold at the asking price in two days, and our first-time homebuyers worked with us, so we did not have to close until the end of October. It was a blessing.” The Petrosemolos took the summer months to downsize and plan. In July they visited with Danette Betancourt, design studio director at CCS Building Group, to choose their flooring, counters, tile, lights and cabinets. They watched — sometimes daily via the live construction cam — the dramatic site progress during a construction-friendly summer and fall. With a late-December move-in looking like a reality, the Petrosemolos watched Groff Movers of Mt. Joy pack their furniture in late October and move it into storage in Lancaster County. After closing their New Jersey home, Art and Tina relocated to an old fishing and clamming community called Highlands on Sandy Hook Bay. In November, they visited Sycamore Springs for their first walk-through of the cottage. “From that date, it really was just a countdown to the move,” Art says. On December 27, Art, Tina and their rescue cat, Wayne, drove to New Holland for the settlement and an overnight stay, so they were ready when the movers arrived the next day. “We knew that for the first few months we would be in the midst of a pretty busy construction zone and would be the only residents of the new community, but that didn’t bother us in the least,” the couple says. “We were just so happy that, with the help of everyone at Garden Spot, we went from not planning to move anywhere in retirement to joining the Garden Spot community in less than a year. It couldn’t have been better.” Learn more:

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Heather Ludwig EXPLORING

OPPORTUNITY JOB TITLE: Accounts Payable/Payroll Clerk DATE STARTED AT GSV: Sept. 25, 2000

FAVORITE... MOVIE: The Shawshank Redemption FOOD: Anything with tomatoes or tomato sauce BOOK: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry MUSIC GENRE: Grunge/Alternative QUOTE: “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” — Paul McCartney

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eather Ludwig may spend her day cutting checks, but her heart is in caring for people. That’s why, after she leaves

her office here in Garden Spot Village Finance Department at the end of

the day, she cracks open her school books. She is on track to graduate as a registered nurse (RN) this August.

“I plan to take the fall 2017 semester off, then return to school to pursue my bachelor’s of science degree in nursing at Penn State in January 2018,” says Ludwig. “I would love to continue working at Garden Spot Village once I earn my RN.” PATIENT PERSISTENCE

In her job as accounts payable/payroll clerk, Ludwig processes all payments for Garden Spot Village and Maple Farm, including vendors and approximately 470 employees. She joined the team in September 2000. In high school, she worked in retail at a manufacturers’ outlet mall in Morgantown. She worked in the dining commons at Penn State while she was in college, and then saw the career path she wanted to take and became a certified nursing assistant (CNA). “I became a CNA in 1996 after my grandmother had a stroke and had to move to a personal care facility,” Ludwig says. “Her caregivers were all so kind and always made my grandma feel well cared for. That really spoke to me.” For a few years, she worked as a CNA at nursing homes in Erie and outside Chicago, and then transferred from direct care into the administrative side at a facility in Reading, with an eye toward returning to school to become an RN. Circumstances got in the way, and she had to postpone furthering her education until 2013. In the meantime, she had found her way to Garden Spot Village. “We have a great team in the finance and administration office suite. Everyone gets along well. We all pitch in to help each other when needed, and the atmosphere is very relaxed. It makes it so easy to come to work every day,” she says. “I love the tight-knit community of staff and residents here. Everyone is extremely friendly and welcoming.”


Ludwig is a native of south-central Pennsylvania. She grew up in Birdsboro, outside of Reading, and now lives in Manheim with her two cats, Yoda and Casper. When she’s not working at Garden Spot Village, at school, or at home studying, she enjoys spending time with her two nieces, ages 5 and 10, and a brandnew nephew. “Outside of that, I am an avid Hershey Bears fan and love to attend as many games as possible,” she says. “I enjoy doing anything outdoors, such as hiking or camping, and reading. I am looking forward to having time to read something other than a textbook. And when I finish nursing school, I plan to take up photography.” Clearly, like so many people at Garden Spot Village, Heather Ludwig never stops learning or exploring opportunities! Contact Heather Ludwig: or call 717-355-6205.

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Dave & Kathy Cormany: “The opportunity to choose”


ome say timing is everything. Thanks to a perfect sense of timing, Dave and Kathy Cormany got the home they wanted at Sycamore Springs.

“We were on the Future Resident list for Garden Spot Village, with plans to move in 2017 when we reach 70. This coincided with the availability of Sycamore Springs, which on a first-come, first-served basis, worked well with our timeframe and provided the opportunity to choose the home that worked best for us,” says Kathy. They had looked at the website and found three homes 18 D estination Spring/Summer 2017

“ We like the small-town feel,” Dave says of Sycamore Springs' intimate neighborhoods.

they liked. Last spring Dave spoke with his older brother Mike, who has lived at Garden Spot Village with his wife, Carol, since 2003. Dave said he and Kathy planned to set up an appointment with Megan Farber, sales manager, sometime in June. Mike knew that homes in the new development were going fast, so he encouraged them to come in as soon as possible. Fortunately, Dave and Kathy took his advice. When they arrived, two of their top three choices were already spoken for and another couple who was interested in the third was scheduled to come in later that day. “Three hours later, and none of our top three would have been available,” Dave says. FLOORPLANS AND FAMILY GATHERINGS

Dave and Kathy were familiar with Garden Spot Village. For the past several years, they have come to New Holland from their home in Jefferson Hills, a suburb southeast of Pittsburgh. “Dave’s other brother and his wife live in Rockville, Maryland, so it’s a central place to meet.” It’s also convenient to Sight & Sound Theatre and many other attractions. Several times they even stayed on campus in one of the guest suites. Not only was Sycamore Springs available when they were ready to start planning a move, but their two-bedroom, two-bath, one-story cottage has a lot to offer. “We especially like the open floorplan, including a large sunroom in a separate area with an outdoor patio, as well as the traditional fireplace, which has a black slate hearth surrounded by a white mantle with white bookcases on either side,” Kathy says. “We also find it appealing that the road access is limited to the garage areas of the homes, while the front porches face walking paths. Also that each home is unique and individualized,” she says. Getting in on the ground floor at Sycamore Springs gave them an opportunity to choose cabinets, countertops, flooring, bathroom fixtures, kitchen hardware and other finishes to customize their home. LOVING THE LIFESTYLE

As a Garden Spot Community, Sycamore Springs also offers an attractive lifestyle. “We currently remove more than 1,000 cubic feet of leaves and clear more than 1,500 square feet of walks and driveway each winter,” Dave says of their Pittsburgh home. “We look forward to not having to rake leaves or shovel snow. Not being responsible for home maintenance is also a plus.” ABOVE: Dave and Kathy Cormany pick tiles, cabinets and other finishing touches to customize their new home at Sycamore Springs.

“We also like the small-town feel,” he says of Sycamore Springs’ intimate neighborhoods, designed for community connection. Dave is a CPA and Kathy works in the business with him. Although they plan to continue working part-time after the move, living maintenance-free at Sycamore Springs will give them the flexibility to explore a myriad of social, recreational, educational and service opportunities. “I’d be interested in getting involved in the train room and the woodshop,” says Dave, who enjoys woodworking. “The things that appeal to me are all the opportunities to go on short trips,” says Kathy. “And I’m itching to go up in the Garden Spot Village hot air balloon.” From soaring over the verdant farmlands of Lancaster County to enjoying a cup of coffee on the porch with neighbors, Dave and Kathy Cormany are in the right place at the perfect time. Spring/Summer 2017



Team Members Build Leadership Skills What does it take to be a leader? Some team members at Garden Spot Village are finding out through an innovative program that launched last September. The Emerging Leaders Program gives front-line staff an opportunity to learn skills that can help them grow personally and professionally. By helping increase employee engagement, developing talent ultimately benefits everyone in the community. MAKING INNOVATION CORE

In late 2015, the leadership team and all department heads at Garden Spot Village read Free the Idea Monkey then spent two days off campus talking about the book and ways to make innovation central to everything in the organization. One of the themes that came up was leadership. “We started asking, ‘How do we involve others in leadership?’” says Bryan Groff, director of human resources. “We thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be neat to come up with our own program for teaching emerging leaders?’” "The program is really unique,” says Gary Johnson, of Monarch Risk Management, the consultant who is 20 20 D estination D estination Spring/Summer Spring/Summer 20172017

facilitating it. Most organizations provide new hire orientation and training, and then drop the ball. “Many companies struggle with leaders who have been promoted from frontline staff into supervisory positions. These folks tend not to have had a lot of formal training. Garden Spot is providing a ladder for folks to grow and change. They have people who are interested in learning additional skills.” CHOOSING TO GROW

Last summer, the leadership team sent out a letter inviting interested staff members to apply for the program or to nominate someone who might be a

good fit. Participation is optional. The pilot group includes nearly 30 people, with representation from every department.

is, working with passion and feeling a profound connection to their company.

“We have nurses, people from dietary, maintenance… a cross-section of potential leaders,” Groff says.

“Just participating in this raises their level of engagement,” says Johnson. “Their opinion counts, they’re learning and growing, and they’re getting the equipment they need to do their job.”

The “opt-in” nature of the program is a plus. “Instead of mandating it or basing participation on a role, they offered it to anyone in the organization. It makes a difference when you’re facilitating a group who all want to be there,” says Johnson. “We have 30 people raising their hand and saying, ‘I’d like to learn more about this and see where it can take me.’” Participants were split into two groups, which meet monthly to work on skills such as listening, problem solving, empathy, teaching and developing a strategic perspective. The learning process is a work in progress — as innovative as the concept of the program itself. It is built on “social scaffolding — having people learn from each other and discover their own truths, which leads to heartfelt change,” Johnson says. “It’s a process that isn’t linear in the sense that there’s a curriculum. It’s more driven by the group, where they identify where they want to grow and what’s important to them.” Social scaffolding is not traditional learning. It’s not about being fed information. It’s often about drawing on experience. For example, instead of just learning the mechanics of listening, participants might be asked to think back to a time when they felt heard. “How would you be a leader who people felt listened to them?” says Johnson. “We’re working at it from that perspective.” “We don’t want it to be ‘Learn points A, B and C,’” says Groff. Participants learn by doing and discussing. “One month we talked about learning circles as a tool to get insight and ideas. For homework, we encouraged everybody to lead a learning circle in their department and talk about it at the next meeting. What were the challenges? Successes? What did you learn?” GETTING ENGAGED

Groff notes that the full breadth of the program’s impact may not be known for years. Ideally, participants will be ready to carry the torch when the time comes, but the program doesn’t guarantee that they will get promotions or even raises. Although participation may position people well, hiring decisions will still be made on merit. However, that doesn’t mean participants don’t benefit. “In the short term, they are finding they are more engaged in the day-to-day activities at Garden Spot Village and Maple Farm and a part of something beyond their job,” says Groff. “They want to be in leadership to fulfill the mission and core values.” That sense of feeling fully engaged in what they are doing is something that many people don’t get a chance to enjoy. A Gallup Poll of the U.S. working population found that only about 30 percent of employees are engaged, that

When team members are engaged, research shows that performance indicators such as safety incidents and employee turnover are reduced, while productivity and customer satisfaction increase. Johnson would love to see employee engagement increase to 70 to 80 percent across the country. Garden Spot Communities may be leading the way. “What is really exciting about this program is that people are having the foresight to say, ‘I can take a look at my future. I want to try to influence, so I want to learn some of the skills before I need to put them into practice,’” Johnson says. Part of the beauty of the social scaffolding model is that the cohort of participants can continue to learn from each other even after their formal participation ends. OPENING DOORS

“We are giving people the opportunity to grow and develop and increase their skill sets — people we feel are going to make great leaders in the future. We want to keep them engaged and motivated and contributing to the community as well as getting something out of it themselves. Our hope is that we can awake a vision that helps them go out and achieve more than they might have otherwise, and we are giving them the tools and support to do that,” says Steve Lindsey, CEO. “Then in the future we will have leaders who understand our culture, our mission and our history and who are in the best position to maintain that and sustain the business model going forward.” The fact that Garden Spot Communities is offering this type of training to people at this stage of their careers, and doing it in such an innovative way, says several things about the organization. “I’m impressed that they have the bandwidth — the organizational and emotional capacity — to think this deeply,” Johnson says. “They are running an organization well enough that they can deepen what they’re trying to do and be more genuine. Part of their culture is to be a thought leader and to innovate and try new things. This is an example of that. They are really living their values, and this program demonstrates that.” READ MORE:

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A team of volunteers runs the Share & Care Shop. Pictured here are Deborah Fast, director of volunteer services, and Barb Masho, volunteer.

Meet the Share & Care Shop Volunteers On the first Monday after the Share & Care Thrift Shop opened, volunteer Dorothy Morgan worked the first shift at the check-out desk. Fifteen years later, it’s still her regular Monday morning gig. 22 D estination Spring/Summer 2017

“When they were talking about opening it up, I said ‘I want to work there,’” says Morgan, who has lived at Garden Spot Village since 1998. “I enjoy seeing the people and seeing what comes in.” Morgan is part of a team of volunteers who run the Share & Care Shop. “We have 40-some volunteers, including a core team of eight that I meet with every Monday morning for planning. They spend Monday and Tuesday processing and pricing items, and setting things out,” says Deborah Fast, director of volunteer services. Other volunteers staff the desk in two-hour shifts.


All proceeds from the Share & Care Shop support the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund. By the end of this fiscal year, Fast and the volunteers hope to have reached $500,000 in total sales since the shop’s inception, and they are on track to meet that goal. “The Benevolent Fund helps residents who, for reasons beyond their control, have exhausted their financial resources,” Fast says. “We try to keep that mission as a focus.” With a wide variety of gently used merchandise at an exceptional value, Share & Care is a great destination for shoppers on a budget. Shirley Wenger recently worked with a local church group to help set up a refugee’s home.

VISIT THE SHARE & CARE THRIFT SHOP HOURS: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Open to Garden Spot Village residents, family, friends and the local community.



“We came to Share & Care to buy things for their house,” says Wenger, who has volunteered at the shop for “at least” 9 of the 20 years she has lived at Garden Spot Village. She is part of the team that reviews donations. Items that aren’t a good fit for Share & Care are directed to the Re-Uzit Shop of New Holland, which supports Mennonite Central Committee and local charities. “We are trying more and more to get the word out beyond Garden Spot Village. It would be wonderful if people who need to purchase furniture for

more affordable prices could access the shop. Increasingly, that seems to be happening,” says Fast. A GREAT GROUP FOR A GREAT CAUSE

In recent years, renovations to the shop itself as well as featured sales, themed displays and special in-store events like silent auctions, a Christmas open house and an antique appraisal event have increased traffic and sales. Wenger, who used to own an art gallery on Route 30 in Ronks, enjoys working with the other volunteers and setting up the displays. “The volunteers who put the things out and price them do a good job changing things around for the seasons. I admire their ability to make the shop look so attractive,” Morgan says of her fellow volunteers, adding a word of thanks to all those who donate items. “If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t have a shop.” “We aim to make it a great shopping experience,” Fast says. It’s also fun for volunteers who enjoy creativity, sales or just being around people. New volunteers are always welcome, especially for the front desk. To volunteer, contact Deborah Fast at 717.355.6204 or

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Barb Hoekstra, a volunteer in the Share & Care Shop and elsewhere, makes connections all over the world.

BARB HOEKSTRA: Blessed by Giving The Share & Care Shop supports the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund — and Barb Hoekstra supports the Share & Care Shop. She started volunteering with this heartfelt ministry a few years ago, and also donates items and shops there. On one visit, a painting of a church in Delft, in the Netherlands, caught her eye. “My grandfather came to the United States from Holland,” she says. “I came to love Delft, Holland, for a special reason: I Googled my name and, over the past 13 years, became good friends with Barbara-Ann Hoekstra, who lived in Delft at the time.” Hoekstra bought the painting from the Share & Care Shop and posted it on Facebook to see if it was worth anything. Another friend — a Barbara Hoekstra who lives in Belgium — did some online research and identified the church as St. Hippolytus Chapel, built around 1400 A.D. She also found contact information for someone on the chapel’s historic preservation board. In New Holland, Hoekstra packed up the painting and sent it to him. 24 D estination Spring/Summer 2017

“Imagine, a painting sold in New Holland, Pennsylvania, now hangs in Delft, on the walls of the church that is the subject of the painting,” Hoekstra says. When she’s not at the Share & Care Shop, Hoekstra drives the Jolly Trolley and helps in the Refresh Gift Shop. She has also hosted tables at the Look & Learn lunches for prospective new residents and served on the apartment council. With experience working in a church office, she offered her services to the Department of Pastoral Services and now volunteers as administrative assistant for the chaplain three days a week. Interested in volunteering? “Listen to the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit,” Hoekstra says. “He will bring joy out of your desire.”

Charley Hentz puts his life experience to work in service to others.

CHARLEY HENTZ: A Life of Service To Charley Hentz, volunteering just comes naturally. “I’ve been doing it all my life, so it’s nothing new. In the Boy Scouts, I was chosen to be in the Order of the Arrow, where you dedicate your life to service,” says Hentz, who moved to Garden Spot Village at 75 because his wife didn’t like him up on the roof cleaning out the gutters. Hentz draws on a lifetime of experience. A former high school physics and electronics teacher, he volunteers as a sound technician for concerts and other events at Garden Spot Village. He earned a master’s degree in science education, with a focus on computers, so he helps others with computer problems. After teaching for 35 years, he was a motorcoach driver for another 11, so he volunteered to drive the Garden Spot Village shuttle bus. Recently he drove it on a day trip to the Brandywine River Museum. “I’ve been to most major cities in the eastern United States, so I’m familiar with what’s out there, over the horizon,” he says. “It’s always an adventure.”

On Fridays, he delivers mail to his neighbors on Wintergreen Way. He builds birdhouses in the woodshop to donate to the Benevolent Fund’s Birdhouse Show & Silent Auction. He works in the train room all year, but says, “To me, that’s just a pile of fun.” On summer “vacations,” he worked as a handyman and built two wings on his house. As a resident of Garden Spot Village he now uses these skills at Habitat for Humanity. “I get much more reward helping people than they receive from my help. It’s a good feeling inside when you feel useful. You feel like you’ve accomplished something with your life,” he says. “That’s why we’re here — to help each other.”

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Mission to the

Dominican Republic

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” -Isaiah 6:8 For the second February in a row, members of a Go Team from Garden Spot Village responded, “Here am I. Send me!” The result? As an extension of the greater Garden Spot Village community, they served as Jesus’ literal hands and feet as they shared hope and healing with families at the CURE International Hospital in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. They also embodied Garden Spot Village’s guiding principal of living with purpose as they embraced the food, people and culture of the Dominican Republic.

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On Saturday, February 11, the seven-member team, which included Marian and Marvin Harnish, Amy Gallagher, Doris Devine, Michelle Coblentz, Patti Nell and Linda Yeaney, of Erie, Pa., landed in Santo Domingo. They arrived, wellequipped, with seven suitcases full of games, toys, activities and gifts provided through the generosity of Garden Spot Village Community Church and the greater community of Garden Spot Village. Marian Harnish, Garden Spot Village associate chaplain, says the group’s goal was to “occupy the children and help take away the anticipation, pain and fear they may experience while they wait to see a doctor or have surgery.” Many of the children traveled long distances to get to the hospital. And for many, it was a stop on a long journey to find healing and hope for a physical disability. CURE established the hospital in Santo Domingo in 2003. The pediatric orthopedic hospital provides inpatient surgical and rehabilitative care. CURE works to provide 100% physical healing and 100% spiritual healing to every child that walks through the doors of their hospital. CURE IN A BOX

The Garden Spot Go Team assisted with the spiritual healing. Several times throughout the week, they presented CURE in a Box – a Bible story that they chose as a team and prepared to share with families and children they met during their time in the Dominican Republic. The team chose the story of the paralyzed man who was carried to Jesus by his friends. As they presented the story, they shared the promise of the gospel: that Jesus can forgive sins in addition to physical healing. In addition, they learned the children’s song, “I have a friend who loves me and Jesus is his name” in Spanish and sang it with the children. Each child was able to take home a miniature version of the materials used to share the Bible story so they could tell the story to someone else. Through this, Harnish says, “they became gospel storytellers!” In addition to sharing the gospel in this formal way, the Go Team shared the gospel informally through gifts and stories along the way. While the language barrier can make communication difficult, team members were able to break through with smiles and laughter as they taught mothers and grandmothers how to finger-knit. Sitting in a circle with bright yarn all around, the women were able to teach a new craft and distract with creativity and smiles. A tangible way they shared Jesus’ love was through a “broken” heart that was tied together with bright cord. In a devotional time in the hospital, Harnish used it as an illustration to show

that “Jesus heals our broken hearts.”The women and children receiving the hearts quickly transformed them into bracelets, necklaces and other adornments, reminding them of the message in a beautiful way. These moments offered encouragement to all. Harnish says, “Just to be able to give courage and hope every step of the way… God was so faithful.” While the group went to inspire those they met, they were really the ones inspired. “The children we met were so respectful, so obedient and so full of joy… I really believe they are the ones who are courageous and doing the hard things. May we learn from them,” Harnish reflects. HOME VISIT

The Go Team also had the opportunity to participate in a spiritual post-operation visit. They visited the home of a five-year-old boy recovering from surgery. With the resources provided by the Garden Spot Community, the team was able to bless the child and his mother with food boxes, a suitcase for traveling to and from the hospital and other gifts. CULTURE

While serving at the CURE Hospital was the primary reason for the trip, the group also experienced the daily life and culture of the Dominican Republic. “It’s really fun for us to invite people to look for the richness in diversity,” Harnish says. “We love adventure and invite others to join us.” Harnish adds they are quick to “stop the bus” and take time to experience the culture around them, embracing opportunities to try different foods and international treats like fresh coconut water. FUTURE

Harnish hopes to continue this ministry with CURE International in the Dominican Republic in the coming years and hopes that more Garden Spot Community members will join this life-changing, international adventure in person. The requirements to join future Dominican Republic Go Teams: love children, have a passport and be open to another culture. To learn more about future trips or how you can support future Go Team’s financially or materially, contact Marian Harnish at 717.355.6235 or

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Bill Hunter: “It felt like home� Bill visited family at Garden Spot Village so frequently that people thought he moved in long before he lived here.

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When Bill Hunter got his new resident’s name tag, many people at

Garden Spot Village were surprised. “They thought I always lived here,” says Hunter, who moved into a cottage last December, but who had been visiting family on campus for years. His aunt Eleanor Hertzog moved here in 2004, when the Gardens East Apartments first opened. His aunt Anne Cressman also was already living here. “She got on the Radar Screen and moved in ahead of me in a firstfloor apartment,” says Hunter, who has spent a lot of time visiting his aunts on campus in recent years. “I felt like I was home from when I first started coming here. It’s such a friendly atmosphere.”

common areas. “My original plan was to move into a cottage and then an apartment. Now they’re going to have to carry me out of here.” OPPORTUNITIES TO RELAX AND ENGAGE

Hunter moved to New Holland from western Montgomery County, where he grew up. He also has a home in the Poconos. The maintenance-free lifestyle at Garden Spot Village appealed to him.

“ I felt like I was home from when I first started coming here. It’s such a friendly atmosphere.”

Hunter had been particularly impressed to see how quickly his aunt Eleanor’s needs were addressed when her health status changed. He liked the idea that the community provides the full range of health care services. After meeting with Becky Weber, nursing home administrator at Garden Spot Village, on his aunt’s behalf, he decided to sign up for a Look & Learn. Afterward, he got on the Radar Screen himself and was ready to make a move when a cottage became available. “I fell in love with it. At first I didn’t want a sun porch with a western exposure, but I have air conditioning and a tree for shade,” he says. He enjoys the view from the back of the cottage, which overlooks one of the community’s carefully landscaped

“Between mowing the lawn in the heat of the summer, shoveling the snow on the hilly driveway and keeping the place up, there was no time for me,” he says of his old home in King of Prussia. “I was looking for something where I can just go to the Poconos with no responsibility other than keeping the inside clean.” A retired software analyst with a background in accounting, Hunter is an enrolled agent, licensed to represent people before the Internal Revenue Service. He worked for H&R Block, then went out on his own and still maintains his tax practice.

“I hope to have time to do some volunteering around here once I get settled,” he says. He enjoys walking and woodworking and has already joined the woodshop. Last summer he had a garden plot at Petra Community Garden, down the street, and he’s on the waiting list for a vegetable plot at Garden Spot Village. Hunter says he’ll always remember something he heard from the chief marketing officer at the Look & Learn. “Scott Miller said, ‘If you’re looking for a place to sit on a rocker on your front porch in your senior years, this isn’t the place for you, but you’re more than welcome to join us.’” Freed from mowing lawns and shoveling snow, Hunter can explore a wide range of fulfilling opportunities and spend more time with the new friends and neighbors who thought he always lived here. Spring/Summer 2017



Socioeconomic Diversity &

The Tsunami

Strategic Initiative:

ADDRESS SOCIOECONOMIC DIVERSITY Knowing that there is an increasing percentage of people who will not have the financial resources to live in communities such as ours, we are challenged to find new and innovative ways to live our mission in service to people with varying degrees of wealth while recognizing that there are financial challenges for non-profits serving low-resources, high-need communities. 30 D estination Spring/Summer 2017


ome call it the Silver Tsunami, or the Gray Tsunami — a population wave that is washing across the developed

world, making a major impact on social and economic trends. In the United States, the first of the 75 million “baby boomers” turned 65 in 2011; the youngest won’t reach that age until 2029. Between the baby boomer bubble, increasing longevity and other demographic factors, older adults make up a growing percentage of the population. To complicate matters, future funding for Social Security Income, Medicare/ Medicaid and other traditional safety nets for older adults is uncertain. With a strategic initiative focused on socioeconomic diversity, Garden Spot Communities aims to serve older adults regardless of means.


The mission of Garden Spot Communities states that “We will enrich the lives of older adults as an expression of Christ’s love.” The socioeconomic diversity initiative in the organization’s strategic blueprint comes out of that mission. “We know that between the years 2010 and 2050, the number of people ages 65 and better will triple, and the number of people ages 85 and better will more than quadruple,” says Steve Lindsey, CEO. The growing number of older adults means greater diversity among the individuals who are aging. “We recognize that a lot of these people would not be able to afford a traditional retirement community entrance fee,” he says. “If we are going to take our mission seriously, we need to be intentional about connecting with the full range of people in our community. Nowhere does it limit our involvement to a certain socioeconomic class.” IDENTIFYING CREATIVE ALTERNATIVES

From the board of directors and leadership team to the staff and residents, the people at Garden Spot Village have always looked for ways to be of service to those in need. The Community Church at Garden Spot Village, the Garden Spot Village Making A Difference Committee and other groups have held food and clothing drives and similar activities to benefit the Eastern Lancaster County community. Residents and team members volunteer locally and participate in missions around the world. Specifically in the area of affordable housing for older adults, “We started to ask, ‘What else can we do? How do we approach this from a fresh perspective?’” Lindsey says. To date, most housing solutions designed to serve those in lower income brackets tend to involve government funding, such as Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants, tax credits or other federal or state programs. “One of the challenges of the current approach is limited access to those housing programs,” Lindsey says. “It is so competitive to get into them, because the available resources are not enough to meet demand even in today’s world. As we peek over the horizon, we know they won’t keep up with the increasing demand of the aging demographic.” In addition, the Congressional Budget Office projects that, at current funding levels, spending on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will exceed revenue by 2025. “We are convinced that neither the federal nor the state government will have the resources to provide safe, adequate housing for the growing number of lower-income older adults,” Lindsey says. So the question becomes: How to develop a program that meets the community’s needs without relying on federal subsidies? Garden Spot Village is partnering with area churches and other local organizations to find the answers. The first solution may be the cooperative living house being

developed on Ranck Road adjacent to the Garden Spot Village campus. (See related story on page 32.) The goal of the cooperative living house project is to create a safe, affordable environment that provides residents with the financial, social and spiritual benefits of living in community. WORKING WITH OTHERS

The cooperative living house project is perhaps the most visible of many programs that have their seeds in the socioeconomic diversity initiative. The board and leadership team envision partnering with community organizations on many others as well. “We don’t want to look at these as just Garden Spot Village initiatives alone,” Lindsey says. “Churches and social services agencies are meeting peoples’ needs. We want to work with them collaboratively and use resources in the community to serve the community.” One of the other ideas underway is called Swipe Out Hunger. It enables residents who have a meal plan package to donate a portion of the unused balance on the meal card they use at The Harvest Table and other Garden Spot Village restaurants. The funds are used to help alleviate hunger in the community. “We talked about the idea at a Coffee & Conversation meeting, and the response was really powerful,” Lindsey said of the informal bi-monthly discussion sessions between residents and leadership team members. “A number of people said, ‘That’s what we should be doing. That’s who we are as a community.’ That generosity of spirit is part of the fabric of life at Garden Spot Village.’” The response led to conversations with local social service organizations and area ministries to determine how to move forward in a way that is meaningful to the community. “If we have a pool of resources, how can we best use them to touch the lives of people who have food security issues?” says Lindsey. From the cooperative living house and Swipe Out Hunger to all the myriad of ways that residents and team members serve the community, Garden Spot Village takes its mission seriously. “We are a very Christ-centered community that is focused on how we serve people in all different situations in life,” Lindsey says. “We are deeply rooted in our community and we care about the community we live in. As a part of that community, we have a responsibility to serve it.” Thanks to the socioeconomic diversity initiative in its strategic plan, and its core values of stewardship and innovation, Garden Spot Village is seeking out and implementing groundbreaking ways to further its mission. READ MORE:

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5 Dynamics of Cooperative Living GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE

On a balmy day in mid-December, a crowd gathered along Ranck Road, on the eastern edge of the Garden Spot Village campus, to break ground on another facet of the community’s strategic blueprint. A cooperative living


house planned for the site will be a physical embodiment of Garden Spot Communities’ socioeconomic diversity initiative. This groundbreaking project could provide a new model for affordable living for older adults.


As Ken Martin prepared to take his turn at the speakers’ podium, warm rays of sunshine kissed the field.

DATE: NOVEMBER 22, 2016 “The sun just came out. That may be a special affirmation that God is LOCATION MAP with us today,” said Martin, associate chaplain at Garden Spot Village COMM. NO. 15115.00 and chair of the cooperative housing committee. He recalled the days when Garden Spot Village itself was just a vision in the eyes of the Weaver family and early board members. “I have confidence that if they had been able to be here this afternoon, they would be giving us a ‘thumbs up.’ I think they would really appreciate this.”





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“Our country faces a great challenge. In the next 35 years, the number of Americans ages 65 or better will triple, and the number of people 85 or better will quadruple. While many planned for this stage of life, a growing number will not have the financial resources to adequately meet their needs during retirement,” says Elma “EJ” Rittersbach, a Garden Spot Village resident and member of its board of directors. “When this project was presented, I immediately became excited and agreed to become involved, as I saw the need being great not only in Lancaster County, but the entire country. Being a grassroots project, I saw it being an exciting,


rewarding venture which, in the end, would help many who needed help.” Thirty-some years ago, Victor Weaver and his son, Dale, saw the need for a community that would serve everyone, regardless of means. In Lancaster County, that need is still apparent today, and is likely to grow in the way of the socalled “gray tsunami.” “The majority of requests we receive have to do with housing needs, specifically affordable housing,” says Joan Yunginger, executive director of CrossNet Ministries, formerly Elanco Social Services Network and Cross Connection Ministries. “We are constantly learning about housing needs in the community. I am excited to have this particular program help be a part of a solution.”

“ Cooperative living is all about community and Social workers from CrossNet and Garden relationships, Spot Village will work together to take residency much more applications, maintain a list and provide than affordable waiting other resident supports. “Persons 62 years of age housing.” and older from Eastern Lancaster County with income below 200 percent of the poverty level will have priority,” says Karen Horning, director of social services at Garden Spot Village.

Chet Yoder, director of pastoral services at Garden Spot Village, has been involved in finding ways to move the community’s socioeconomic diversity initiative forward. “The cooperative living house had special appeal to me for what it could potentially offer to persons in our community whose needs may often be overlooked or go unmet,” he says. “I am most excited to participate in something that,

to me, represents the heart of Jesus and our faith, that is bringing good news in a very tangible way to persons with a specific need.”



Challenges are often painfully apparent. Solutions, not so much…. The cooperative living house project began as a nebulous hunch, a feeling that became clearer over time. Today, it is a work in progress. “We started asking ourselves, ‘How do we serve people who can’t afford to live here?’” says Steve Lindsey, Garden Spot Communities CEO. He learned about a woman in Washington, D.C., who was in her 60s, living in a home she couldn’t afford to keep up by herself. She invited some other women to live with her and share expenses. The benefits extended beyond the merely financial, but the concept raised concerns. What happens when the homeowner passes or moves to a nursing home? “We thought, ‘what if we adopted a similar model, but Garden Spot Communities owned the house?’ Then, the normal course of one person’s life wouldn’t affect the others as dramatically,” Lindsey says. “Residents would still get the financial and social benefits, and they wouldn’t have to worry about the upkeep of the house or property. It could be a great life.”



When the women shared the house in Washington, “everyone benefited financially, but they also found the social experience was very beneficial,” says Lindsey. “Having people you were connected with on a daily basis provided enormous emotional, social and psychological benefits — even physical. There’s a body of research showing the negative health impact of isolation on older adults.” The project offers “an opportunity to combat isolation with Spring/Summer 2017



broad enough for an entire community and beyond,” says Yoder. “Partnering also provides a conduit for generous donors to share resources toward a vision that will benefit many. The social aspect of partnering is also significant, from committee meetings that introduce and involve people gathered for this specific project, to the actual construction, where neighbors, friends and strangers all gather in a ‘barnraising’ atmosphere to advance the common good.” “This will be a new model for our community and for the state and nation, where partners will join together to attempt to get this off the ground using volunteer labor and contributions for up-front costs in order to keep costs lower,” says Ken Martin. purposeful living. We all need a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Knowing we are important to a household of others matters,” says Horning. “Cooperative living will offer persons both privacy and connectedness.” Designed to fit neatly into a residential neighborhood, the cooperative living house will have five bedrooms, each with a private bath. Some of the adjoining rooms can be configured as small suites to accommodate couples. Housemates will share common spaces, like the living room and kitchen. “We humans are such that when we live in close proximity, there will be blessings and challenges,” Horning says. Giving priority to local applicants will help residents stay close to family and friends and stay connected in a significant way with their community. The application process is designed to encourage a compatible group, and the support services team has created a resident handbook to help build and maintain a harmonious household and a friendly, cohesive family environment. “You want to match up people who will live well together,” says Lindsey. “After you get the first group in the house, the residents can start to have a voice in who lives with them.”



“Cooperative living is all about community and relationships, much more than affordable housing,” Horning says. Clearly, the cooperative living house at Garden Spot Village is about creating a community inside the home. It also involves bringing the community at large together to help those in need. Garden Spot Communities is providing the land and staff time. Dave McGill, of SFCS Architects, provided the design, and Dave Musselman, a custom builder based in New Holland, volunteered to serve as project manager on the construction. Local churches, non-profits, businesses and individuals are also coming together to support the project. “To me, the most important aspects of this project are to bring the community together during the building phase and to make a space where others can enjoy community living with many great experiences,” says Musselman. “Partnering together helps ensure that the vision will be 34 D estination Spring/Summer 2017

“Volunteers will have a huge part in the project. If the costs of skilled labor needed to be included in this project, it is doubtful that it would ever occur as planned. Involving the community at a grassroots and volunteer level brings a deep sense of ownership and partnership of our community coming alongside the mission and vision of the home and companioning those who will live there,” says Brian Martin, lead pastor at Weaverland Mennonite Church. As a committee member, he is helping recruit volunteers. “There is much to be said about investing sweat equity into a mission or project versus simply giving assent or a head nod to the idea and writing a check. As we work together, I believe this project will build community while also raising awareness of our neighbors and the varied needs within our communities.” After the home is built and occupied, housemates will benefit from companionship and the ability to share tasks and responsibilities with others. Social workers from Garden Spot Village will help residents and family members identify strengths and advocate for services and benefits when necessary. “We help people maximize their independence and resources,” Horning says. “We can help navigate the complicated healthcare and financial structures that frustrate many elders and their families.” In addition, the facility services and campus services teams will help housemates with upkeep of the home and grounds.


This grassroots model for developing affordable housing without relying on government programs or subsidies represents a truly innovative approach to a significant issue facing America today. “We believe that this collaborative living home project is the first of its kind in the country,” says Linda Dodge, director of development. “We will be keeping a written and visual record of the project. We’re hopeful that this pilot project can then be replicated by other retirement communities, churches, non-profits and others, not only in this geographic region but throughout the country.”

“ As we work together, I believe this project will build community while also raising awareness of our neighbors and the varied needs within our communities.” — Brian Martin “I’m enthused by the community spirit developing around this project and also by the possibility that this house could serve as an inspiration and a model for additional cooperative living houses in our local area and beyond,” says Yoder. “I believe that with the changing and often challenging landscape of public funding for housing, initiatives such as the cooperative living house will increasingly need to be a priority of faith-based communities, such as the retirement community or local congregation. Faithbased communities are able to mobilize volunteers from a variety of community entities and can provide a moral voice and commitment to meeting the needs of the underserved.” The community spirit is critical to building the home and making it work. It will take some flexibility, too. Precisely because this grassroots model is so innovative, committee participants expect some trial and error as they work out various aspects of the project. “We’ll finish building the plane while it’s in the air,” says Lindsey. He says he’ll measure the project’s success in a number of ways. “First, by the quality of living that the people there experience. Are they living well? Next, is it financially viable? Is it sustainable? All of that goes into the ability to scale it up or replicate it. If it’s financially sustainable, it makes it appropriate to move into other neighborhoods and create a network of cooperative living houses in the future. Finally, it has to be a place where people want to live and get the benefits it has to offer.” The cooperative living house project involves many of Garden Spot Communities’ core values, including innovation, community and service. It falls in line with the organization’s mission: We will enrich the lives of older adults as an expression of Christ’s love. And it has the potential to carry that mission far beyond Eastern Lancaster County.



The cooperative living house is a work in progress that offers opportunities for involvement at several levels. DONATE: Garden Spot Village seeks in-kind

donations and is raising funds for building supplies. Gifts of all sizes are appreciated, and gifts are tax deductible. “Gifts for this exciting project can be given by individuals, families, church groups, organizations and businesses,” says Linda Dodge. To donate, contact Dodge at 717-355-6215 or

VOLUNTEER: “There is much to be said about

volunteering, using everyday gifts, regardless of the skill level, to accomplish something bigger than ourselves. This is inspiring, rewarding and beautiful,” says Brian Martin. Other than tasks that require professionals in order to meet code standards, the project needs volunteers for all phases of construction. All skill levels are welcome. To volunteer, contact Brian Martin at or visit

APPLY: Several members of the community have

expressed an interest in living in the cooperative living house. Social workers from Garden Spot Village and CrossNet Ministries serve on the hospitality group, which accepts admissions applications and will maintain the waiting list. “We want to be able to communicate clearly the processes to help people know what to expect, while keeping everything flexible enough to encourage persons to continue to speak into shaping this tremendous living opportunity,” says Karen Horning. To apply, contact Horning at 717-355-6010; or Joan Yunginger at 717-355-2454;

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Vern & Sally Mittelstadt: “Lock and Leave” On a month-long cruise around Europe last fall,

Vern & Sally Mittelstadt had a unique worship

experience. They had a

day to spend in Sarandë, a resort town at the

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“We found a Protestant church we could go to at the end of the dock where the tenders dropped us off. A visiting pastor preached in Greek, and someone translated to Albanian. We sat in the back of the church, and someone else translated the Albanian into English for us,” Vern says. The couple had boarded the ship in Amsterdam, then sailed to Weymouth. They also visited ports of call in Portugal and Spain, including Huelva, where Christopher Columbus’ voyages of discovery began; Gibraltar and Civitavecchia, the port of Rome. After leaving Albania, they continued on to Greece, where they spent two days in Athens, visiting museums and archaeological sites.

“Then we went to several Greek isles. On Mykonos, we found a Greek bakery that had been a bakery since the Middle Ages. It’s been in the same family for 200 years. It had cobblestone flooring and a wood oven in the wall,” says Sally. “If you don’t take time to get out and move by yourself, you never have these experiences.” MORE FLEXIBILITY AND FREEDOM

After excursions to Rhodes, Crete and Naples, they headed to Rome for the flight home. “We ended up with an unplanned extra night in Zurich,” says Vern. “That’s the reason why Garden Spot Village is fantastic. Getting home a day late didn’t impact anything,” says Sally. Living here gives these two passionate travelers the opportunity to explore the world without worries. “That’s why we’ve been free to go for a month. When you own a home, you think a lot about leaving it for four weeks. It’s really given us wonderful freedom for the 12 years we’ve lived here.” “We used to have to worry about getting the lawn mowed. Will the place be there when we get home?,” says Vern. Now, as he says in a promotional video, “When we want to go on a trip, we turn down the thermostat, lock the door and we’re on our way… No worries. It’s really great.” EXPERIENCING AND SHARING THE WORLD

Vern and Sally are life-long travelers who connected after Vern’s first wife passed. “I had to find somebody to travel with,” says Vern, who was a senior systems engineer with Lockheed Martin. He started traveling in college. After grad school he and his first wife spent six weeks traveling through Europe on their own, using Frommer’s Europe on $5 a Day as a guidebook. “Through that trip, I learned to appreciate history,” he says. He traveled throughout the United States. He visited Africa several times and was in India the day Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated. Sally spent 23 years as a missionary in the Philippines. As a school administrator, she attended conferences throughout Asia. “All my life I’ve been a student of culture,” she says. “I taught cross-cultural communications. Through the church I’ve mentored young women who were interested in being missionaries in other cultures. I like understanding people and exposing myself to the way they live and the way places work.”

“ When we want to go on a trip, we turn down the thermostat, lock the door and we’re on our way… No worries.”

“We have a sense of adventure. We love to experience other cultures,” says Vern. “Traveling to a variety of places helps us understand the world better. We have done some study tours, and some to relax, too. That’s getting more important.” They speak with equal enthusiasm about staying at a guesthouse in Maine and watching a ballet/synchronized swimming performance at the “water cube” built for the Olympic Games in Beijing and would like to see more of Turkey. They travel several times a year and, upon returning, share their experiences through Life Enrichment programs. Whether you want to see the country or collect passport stamps, living at Garden Spot Village can free you to explore. And if you’d rather not pack a bag, you can still travel vicariously through the shared experiences of neighbors like Vern and Sally Mittelstadt. Learn more:

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The Harvest Table serves a world of flavor, like this Greek chicken with herbed red potatoes and spinach dip.

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Greek Chicken with Potatoes and Spinach Dip SERVES FOUR

How do you travel without leaving Garden Spot Village? Taste fresh local foods, favorite regional recipes and enticing flavors from around the world — all prepared on demand at The Harvest Table restaurant. This nutritious, Greek-inspired recipe features subtly seasoned grilled chicken breast with herbed potatoes, served with crisp raw vegetables and a tangy spinach dip for a colorful presentation that’s sure to please the palate! For the lemon-oregano chicken 1 Tbsp. lemon juice

1-1/2 tsp. fresh oregano, chopped

1-1/2 tsp. fresh garlic, peeled and minced 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. olive oil

1 Tbsp. Tabasco® hot pepper sauce 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Combine lemon juice, oregano,

garlic, olive oil and hot pepper sauce for marinade. Add chicken and toss to coat thoroughly. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours.

For the herbed red potatoes 2-1/2 Tbsp. olive oil

2-1/2 Tbsp. fresh dill weed, chopped 1/4 tsp. Kosher salt

1/8 tsp. fresh ground black pepper 1-1/4 lbs. red potatoes

For the spinach dip

1/4 c. fresh baby spinach, cut in long, thin strips 1-1/8 tsp. fresh garlic, peeled and minced 3/8 tsp. Kosher salt 2-1/4 tsp. olive oil

1-1/8 tsp. lemon juice

1-1/8 tsp. Tabasco® hot pepper sauce

hot grill with olive oil spray. Place

marinated chicken breasts on grill and cook for 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 minutes

per side until evenly marked. Place on parchment-lined sheet pan and finish cooking in oven for 3 to 5 minutes, or until cooked through.

Combine all ingredients until well

Place potatoes on hot grill and

blended. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

For the salad

1/2 lb. plum tomatoes, cut in 1/4-inch half moon slices

1/2 lb. cucumbers, cut in 1/8-inch half moon slices 2 tsp. fresh parsley, chopped

cook for 2–3 minutes, turning to ensure grill marks.

On each plate, place 1 chicken

breast, 1/2 pita pocket, and 1/4 of the potatoes, salad and spinach dip. Serve with a wedge of lemon. Recipe courtesy of Sodexo.

2 tsp. fresh oregano, chopped 1 tsp. lemon zest, grated

refrigerator. Boil the potatoes for

1 lemon, cut in wedges

tender. Cut cooked potatoes in

Combine tomatoes, cucumber,

for dressing. Set aside in the

1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. lemon juice

15 to 20 minutes or until slightly

2 whole wheat pita pockets, cut in half

evenly coated.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray

6-oz. container of plain, fat-free Greek yogurt

Combine oil, dill, salt and pepper

half. Add to dressing and toss until

To assemble

parsley, oregano, lemon juice and lemon zest and mix until evenly distributed.

Michael Pezzillo: executive chef, Garden Spot Village

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Living with Purpose Why do you wake up in the morning? A sense of purpose is one of the Blue Zones Power 9® characteristics that the world’s longest-lived people have in common. Other researchers have also found that a sense of purpose may add years to your life. In 2014, researchers from Carleton University in Canada and the University of Rochester Medical Center published a study showing that purpose has a positive effect on longevity — no matter what age you are when you find your reason for getting out of bed each day. Purpose can mean different things. It can refer to pursuits that are meaningful to the individual. It can also refer to activities that speak into the lives of others. Perhaps because it creates so many opportunities, Garden Spot Village attracts people who want to be connected and involved and live with purpose. Destination Garden Spot Village talked with a few of them about living an intentional life.

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Left to right: Bob Winegardner, Lena Lansinger and EJ Rittersbach pursue multiple interests and opportunities at Garden Spot Village.


Bob Winegardner has seen many dreams become reality since he moved to Garden Spot Village in 2004. As a former executive with Home Depot, he knew lots about woodworking machines and tools but had never actually used any.

“ Before I came to Garden Spot Village, I wanted to get involved in politics. I just never dreamt that I would move to a community that would provide such a great opportunity to do so.”

“It wasn’t until I was here for a year that I learned, or should point out that my wife informed me, that there was a woodshop here,” Winegardner says. “I became a participant, and the other members began to train me on how to use the machines and tools.” He started building birdhouses for the Benevolent Fund’s annual Birdhouse Show and Silent Auction fundraiser. In the years since, he has taken on more challenging projects, such as picture frames and furniture. But woodworking is just one of several other dreams that he has realized since he moved here.

“Before I came to Garden Spot Village, I wanted to get involved in politics. I just never dreamt that I would move to a community that would provide such a great opportunity to do so,” he says. He has worked on political campaigns, organizing petition drives and fundraisers, designing campaign mailers, writing letters to the editor and more. He helped organize the Garden Spot Village Coalition for Political Action, a bipartisan group. For 12 years, he served as judge of elections for the polling place at Garden Spot Village. In that role, he was responsible for securing the ballots and ensuring that everyone followed election laws. “I have met presidents, U.S. senators, congressmen, state senators and representatives, county and local office holders,” he says. “It has been fun, educational and a dream come true.” A conversation at a party led to another pursuit and a dream vacation. When a neighbor asked him if

he wanted to go fly fishing, Winegardner was open to the opportunity. He got the equipment he needed at a local sporting goods store and practiced casting in Garden Spot’s indoor pool. A few months later, Winegardner, his neighbor and their wives took off for Montana. “We stayed at a dude ranch and fished for trout in the Madison and Ruby rivers. We took a day tour to the western side of Yellowstone Park and spent an afternoon riding horseback. The ranch we stayed on was next to Ted Turner’s ranch, where he had 3,600 buffalo grazing like we have cattle around here,” he says. “I keep wondering what wonderful thing I am going to be doing next.” “THE PURPOSES OF A PERSON’S HEART ARE DEEP WATERS, BUT ONE WHO HAS INSIGHT DRAWS THEM OUT.” — PROVERBS 20:5

When Lena Lansinger moved to her cottage at Garden Spot Village from southern York County in 1996, she was already a world traveler. Since the 1980s, she worked as a host for Educational Opportunities Tours of Lakeland, Florida, a travel company founded by two Methodist ministers who organized trips to the Holy Land. Over the years, they added other destinations, until they covered the world. Lansinger’s passport stamps include France, Greece, Thailand, Norway, Mexico, China, Taiwan, Wales, Croatia, Egypt and Australia. She has visited Antarctica and places in Africa. She has seen the Passion Play in Austria three times. She was stranded in Iceland on 9-11. “The first winter I was here, I thought I’d go through the slide carousel and sort all the pictures,” Lansinger says. “They’re still waiting.” Perhaps that’s because she has always kept a suitcase packed and ready to go — in fact, two: one for warm climates and one for colder ones. Her travel schedule hasn’t slowed down much. When Destination caught up with her in January, she was about to leave on a Caribbean cruise with a planned stop to meet a grandnephew in Panama. She also had several other trips planned for this year, including a return to Alaska with friends this summer, and another visit to Norway — this time, taking a local ship across the fjords. When Garden Spot Village launched its new hot air balloon last summer, Lansinger was on its maiden flight — but it wasn’t her first time aloft. “It was mild compared to hot air

When Lansinger is at home, she rings for three handbell choirs and works on costumes for Cavod Theatre, a non-profit family-centered theater organization in New Holland.

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balloons I’ve done overseas,” she says, including a flight over the Sphinx and the pyramids in Egypt. She has helicoptered to the Alaskan glaciers and took flying lessons. “It was easy to do the written stuff, but I wasn’t home long enough to do the practicum, so I never got my pilot’s license.” When Lansinger is at home, she rings for three handbell choirs and works on costumes for Cavod Theatre, a non-profit familycentered theater organization in New Holland. That involves work both before and during the shows. “If somebody comes off stage and rips a seam or loses a button, I have to be there with my needle and thread and scissors,” she says. Before she knows it, it’s time for another trip. “Each time I finish one trip, I wonder, ‘Should I make a reservation for another?’” she says. The answer is clear to her. “I’m a people person. I like to study people. Now I’ve gotten so I am spreading the Word as I go. If I smile at someone and they smile back, I can easily ask, ‘Are you a believer?’” She carries cards with scripture to share with them. Some of the people she has traveled with are no longer traveling. But when she wonders whether she should pack her suitcase yet again, she says, “Who might I see that God wants me to see? He’s allowing me to do this for a reason — helping people see the world He created. This is my Father’s world. He made us all to mingle.” “HERE IS THE TEST TO FIND WHETHER YOUR MISSION ON EARTH IS FINISHED: IF YOU’RE ALIVE, IT ISN’T.” — RICHARD BACH

In 2008 Elma “EJ” Rittersbach moved to Garden Spot Village from a 55-plus community in West Chester. At the time she was working in the circulation department for Farm Journal Media, where she started in 1956. She continues to work there today and, in December, received an award for 60 years of service. At the event, she told the company’s president, “I would not be celebrating 65 years with them,” she says. Even though Rittersbach is dialing back on her job, she has no plans to slow down. For one, she is working on her memoirs of her time at the “Farm” and hopes to complete the project this year. When she moved to Garden Spot Village, she says, “I dreamed of living in a community that emitted warm fellowship and friends and in which I could become involved through volunteering and ministering in many ways using the talents and gifts God has given me.” She has found many opportunities to get involved. She volunteers as a team coordinator at the Share & Care Shop. She is a member of the Cooperative Living House and Resident Development committees. She helps with the annual golf tournament to raise money for the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund and sings with the Village Voices choir.

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“ I dreamed of living in a community that emitted warm fellowship and friends and in which I could become involved through volunteering and ministering in many ways using the talents and gifts God has given me.”

“One area I never thought about or even imagined doing before I lived here is being asked to serve on the Board of Directors. This is indeed a real honor and privilege,” says Rittersbach. She joined the board in 2012 and serves on its finance committee. Rittersbach enjoys service and says she laughs when others call her a “worker bee.” The ability to walk out her apartment door and not have to worry about picking up mail or securing her home helps make it easy to stay active and involved. “Living at Garden Spot Village has enriched my life and allowed me to find and live with more purpose through my involvement with others in so many areas,” she says. “It allows me to expand my network of friends, which always adds to living with purpose. Relationships and helping others give me true purpose in life.”


What’s your purpose? Whether it’s spending time with a neighbor who is going through a rough time or helping build a church camp in Honduras, creating woodwork, quilts, handmade soaps and other crafts to support the Benevolent Fund or ministering to hospitalized children in the Dominican Republic, living at Garden Spot Village makes it easier. And if you haven’t found your purpose yet, plenty of opportunities await you here. READ MORE:



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Mary Lou Weaver: “A Short Commute” Mary Lou Weaver can walk to her job at New Holland Church Furniture.

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Born and raised in rural Chester County, Mary Lou Weaver grew up working and she’s still going strong. Several days a week she leaves

her cottage at Garden Spot Village and speed-walks to her job at New Holland Church Furniture — a 12-minute commute, door to door. “Dad had a gas station and three girls, no boys, so we worked at the gas station and did yard work,” says Weaver. “We were trained to work.” After high school, she worked for five years at Coatesville Hospital, where she handled accounting and insurance as an outpatient clerk, and also served in admissions and as a backup switchboard operator. “You learn to do multiple things,” she says. That theme runs through her working life. EARLY TIES TO GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE

“ Victor was such a visionary. He had a dream, and Garden Spot Village is the answer to that.”

For 26 years, she worked at Weaver Poultry in New Holland, under Victor Weaver, the Mennonite businessman behind Garden Spot Village. One day, a co-worker noticed that she shared a surname with the boss.

“He said, ‘Are you related to Victor?’ I said, ‘No, we’re Episcopalian.’” She did accounting spreadsheets for the poultry business. She was also involved in quality control, the Production Inventory Control (pick) system and other tasks. She worked for the industrial engineer and plant engineer and was administrative assistant to the vice president of finance/treasurer for 12 years. She worked in almost every area of the company. “I’d come out on the floor and do production reports. I did not always have a clean job,” she says. “I was fortunate to be able to know a lot of the employees.”

In the 1980s, she helped Victor’s son, Dale, and Nevin Kraybill circulate petitions for locations for the community that would become Garden Spot Village. “Victor was such a visionary. He had a dream, and Garden Spot Village is the answer to that. I am thankful that I had a part in that, helping to carry the petitions,” Weaver says. “Working in New Holland all these years, Garden Spot Village is like my second home.” FROM POULTRY TO PEWS

Weaver Poultry became part of Tyson Foods in 1989. Mary Lou stayed on for a while, until Dale Weaver asked her to come work for New Holland Church Furniture, which he had purchased. The company sells solid wood worship furniture to churches and synagogues throughout the western hemisphere. It is the leading manufacturer of radius curved pews in the country. Mary Lou Weaver started working full-time at the company, on Prospect Street in New Holland; today she continues to work part-time in sales and marketing. She qualifies incoming leads and assigns them to the appropriate sales representatives. “We do a lot of large jobs that require custom furniture,” she says. Even when she’s not working, Weaver stays busy. She spends her leisure time speed walking, exercising and dancing. She also counsels and encourages diabetics, based on her life-long experience with the disease. (She was diagnosed at age 10.) She and her husband, Paul, are active in their church. They also enjoy gardening and dirt track motorcycle racing. They belong to the Draggin’ Wagons Car Club and the Retreads Motorcycle Club. “I am very blessed that I’m still able to work,” she says. Read more:

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Madeline Mitchell and Ruth Morrison enjoy lunch and conversation at The Harvest Table.

A chance conversation at a schoolmate’s house brought a college student to live at

Garden Spot Village. Madeline Mitchell, a sophomore at Lancaster Bible College, is

spending the spring semester living here and volunteering with various departments. “I’m in a Gardens North apartment. It’s a one-room, one-bath studio apartment. It’s a perfect space for me, with a lovely kitchen. I love to bake,” Mitchell says. By the end of her first week on campus, she had already baked cookies for her neighbors and was joining a neighbor down the hall for breakfast, according to Steve Muller, chief operating officer. “She has such a heart for people,” he says. PRAYERS FALL INTO PLACE

From its award-winning Grands & Kids Camp program to its hosting International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP) interns, Garden Spot Village promotes intergenerational connections at every opportunity. So when the leadership team learned that a retirement community in the Netherlands had millennial students living and working on site, the concept was appealing. “We could just create that opportunity,” Muller says. The Garden Spot team approached Lancaster Bible College (LBC) about having students in the counseling program intern with the Social Services Department, and the two 46 D estination Spring/Summer 2017

organizations put that in place. Initially, Garden Spot Village didn’t have space for a residential program, but that changed when a studio apartment opened up. In the meantime, Mitchell told a friend that she was worried about where she was going to live for the spring semester. Her friend’s father is Thomas Starr, director of LBC’s Counseling & Career Center (C3). “My friend’s father mentioned that he had been in contact with Garden Spot about having a college student come in and do an internship in

exchange for housing. He didn’t have all the details at first, but I was still really excited to hear an answer to my prayer about possible housing,” Mitchell says. As she learned more details, she found that the opportunity aligned with her career goals. It sounded perfect. She moved to Garden Spot Village in mid-January and will remain through mid-May. Each week, Mitchell spends 15 “structured” hours supporting various departments. Sometimes she helps with activities in the skilled nursing households or assists with dining trays at The Harvest Table and helps out with life enrichment activities. She also spends unstructured time socializing with her neighbors — which comes easily to her. CARING AND CONNECTING

Mitchell was raised to care for others. Growing up, she and her siblings helped in shelters and retirement homes, “just making people smile whenever we could,” she says. She had experience with a home care company, through which she had already met some Garden Spot Village residents. When she moved in, her neighbors embraced her with open arms. On the day she moved in, “a resident walked up to me in the hall and asked if we needed any help,” she says. It was her new next-door neighbor, Ruth Morrison. “She said she would love to be my ‘mom figure’ here if I ever needed anything. I just loved that, because even though I had never met Ruth, she was so sweet!” “Thomas referred her because she just seemed to be a great young lady,” says Muller. “That she has such a heart for older folks has been a real blessing.” Mitchell says that another thing she loves about the apartments at Garden Spot Village are the small alcoves outside each door, which give the occupants an opportunity to express themselves with artwork or crafts. “Some even have candy,” she says. “Those are the best.” Mitchell’s alcove has a list of hours when she’s available to socialize in between classes and schoolwork, notecards — and candy. Stop by for a bite and a bit of conversation! Read more:

Meet Jonas Da IVEP Intern

Although having an intern live on campus is new, interns have long been a part of life at Garden Spot Village. Since 2009, the community has hosted young people from Mennonite Central Committee's (MCC) International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP). The current IVEP intern is Jonas Da, a student from Africa. Da is originally from a small town in the southern part of Burkina Faso, a landlocked country between Mali and Ghana. For the last three years he has lived in the capital city of Ouagadougou, where he studies English literature and German at the University of Ouagadougou. He learned about the IVEP program through a friend who works with MCC, and came to Garden Spot Village last August. Since then, he has been busy. “I spend three days every week in Mountain View, where I help with activities, doing devotions, playing games, going to shop in the stores and teaching the cultural class,” he says. One day a week he works with the chaplain, visiting residents and doing Bible studies. He spends the fifth day supporting life enrichment activities, like movies and trips to places like the Flight 93 Memorial, Longwood Gardens and the Farm Show in Harrisburg. “I enjoy going on trips, because I get to know many places. I also enjoy doing devotions and teaching the cultural class,” he says. He is also participating in the Emerging Leaders Program. (See related story on page 20) He sees similarities and differences between here and home. “It’s cold compared to where I came from. Also, the U.S. is more advanced in many areas compared to my country, which is poor. I will say that we have almost the same worship services at church. We have almost the same food, but we cook differently,” he says. Burkina Faso has no communities like Garden Spot Village. “In my country, we take care of the elders, because they stay with us at home,” he says. When he returns to Burkina Faso in July, Da plans to finish college and pursue further studies in business administration. “When I get home, I will share the experience I got here in the U.S. with people in my country,” he says. And that’s how Garden Spot Village reaches around the world. Spring/Summer 2017




Life Insurance Gift Offers Advantages FOR SOME PEOPLE, LIFE INSURANCE IS A WAY TO COVER FINAL EXPENSES. OTHERS USE IT TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL PROTECTION FOR SURVIVING FAMILY MEMBERS. ONE GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE RESIDENT SAW LIFE INSURANCE AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO AMPLIFY HIS GIFT IN SUPPORT OF THE GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE BENEVOLENT FUND. “Dad was a life insurance agent for Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company, which later became Nationwide Life Insurance Company, for over 50 years. He was passionate about his work and teaching others the value of owning life insurance as property and not as death insurance,” says Barbara Wright, whose father, Robert Weaver, named the Benevolent Fund as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy.

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“Because Dad was a long-time life insurance agent and believed in the value of life insurance, he owned numerous life insurance policies as part of his assets,” Wright says. “He understood the value of owning life insurance as property and how it could be used to benefit others by naming them as beneficiaries of those policies.” GIFT OF A GOOD LIFE

A Coatesville native, Weaver grew up in Chester and Berks counties. His wife, Kathryn, was raised near Morgantown. After living in Reading for a time, they moved to Lancaster, where they raised their two children. After Wright graduated from college, her parents moved to Churchtown, where they lived for 20 years. They moved to Garden Spot Village in September 1998. “Dad constantly looked for ways to help people and to become involved in the community where he lived and served. He enjoyed meeting and getting to know his neighbors and the people who worked at Garden Spot Village, who are all part of making living at Garden Spot Village so enjoyable,” Wright says. “Dad had a desire to help others who were going through difficult times or circumstances so that they could continue to reside at Garden Spot Village. It was important to Dad to support the Benevolent Fund because my parents thoroughly enjoyed —and my mother still does — living at Garden Spot Village and being part of the Garden Spot Village community,” she says. “Because they felt blessed to live in such a wonderful community environment, Dad wanted to contribute for all of the years he was able to reside at Garden Spot Village.”

“ Dad had a desire to help others who were going through difficult times or circumstances so that they could continue to reside at Garden Spot Village.”


As a tool for philanthropy, life insurance offers many different advantages. “For the insured, the premium will always be less than the benefit received by the beneficiaries, thereby leveraging dollars to maximize gifts,” says Wayne Fanning, a financial services professional with New York Life Insurance Company in Harrisburg and Weaver’s life insurance agent. “For the beneficiaries, the benefits received are generally income tax free,” he says. To achieve this, policies must be set up correctly, and in some instances benefits still may be taxable. “Another advantage is that life insurance bypasses the probate process in order to expedite the benefit to the recipients.” A trusted life insurance agent can help structure a life insurance policy to help you meet your goals.

To LEARN MORE about leaving the gift of life insurance, please contact Linda Dodge, CFRE, director of development, at 717.355.6215 or READ MORE:

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Geoff Penske focuses on service and selection at New Holland Auto Group. 50 D estination Spring/Summer 2017

What drives New Holland Auto Group? The desire to maintain its reputation for taking great care of its customers. “As a new owner, I have a lot to live up to,” says Geoff Penske, who bought the dealership in early 2015. “We have to have the right people, the right service and the right products.” Penske certainly does seem to have the right combination. Among Ford dealerships, New Holland Auto has the #1 customer retention rate in the greater Philadelphia market, and it is among the region’s top three Toyota dealers. Those ratings are based on the number of buyers who return to the organization for service. As Penske notes, “It’s one thing to get someone to rate you highly on a survey, but are they going to come back to do business with you?” A CULTURE OF SERVICE


Customers come back because the business is built on a strong foundation. Some 40 years ago, Geoff Class and Fred Beans bought what started as a gas station-sized Ford dealership on Main Street. Class moved to New Holland to run the operation. Over the years, he added other franchises, including Dodge/Chrysler/Plymouth/Ram and Toyota/ Scion, and built a successful auto sales and service business. Just prior to the sale, the dealership underwent a major expansion and renovation. Penske, who also owns a Buick/GMC dealership in Shillington, grew up in the family auto business. His uncle, race team owner Roger Penske, is a partner in New Holland Auto. So is INDYCAR driver and Dancing With the Stars winner Hélio Castroneves. Geoff Penske is on the sales floor, and Castroneves stops in occasionally, but customers will continue to see familiar faces. “The culture that Geoff Class built—our success has a lot to do with the team,” Penske says. “The fact that we’ve had very little personnel turnover since we took over shows the culture of the business.”

New Holland Auto has become a service leader, and not just locally. “We’ve become a model in the country for the quick-lube oil change. We do 50 to 80 a day,” Penske says. “Ford Motor Co. sends people here to learn how to do it. We’ve had five or six local dealers come in to see how we’re doing it.” Having all service in one location increases efficiency and convenience. And the dealership goes the extra mile to service customers at Garden Spot Village. “I learned quickly when I came into this job that the value of Garden Spot Village is incredible — so we pick up and deliver and do whatever we can to accommodate,” Penske says. “We run a shuttle there regularly.” A SENSE OF COMMUNITY

Like Garden Spot Village, New Holland Auto is committed to addressing socioeconomic diversity. “In the car business, it’s extremely important. It’s a critical piece,” he says. Having multiple franchises in one community, as well as vehicles at all price points, helps the dealership meet the full range of needs, from the $85,000 Toyota Land Cruiser to the basic transportation vehicle. To that end, New Holland Auto holds a $999 used car sale three times a year, seeking out quality vehicles to offer at low prices. “Those are our biggest weekends,” Penske says. In addition, New Holland Auto has always contributed to charitable causes, and Penske is continuing that tradition. They sponsor local baseball teams and are exploring ways to partner with the New Holland Food Bank and CrossNet Ministries.

Read more: | See the New Holland Auto Group ad on page 79.

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Things To See & Do MARCH


A luncheon to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit to find out more and register. Seating is limited. For the public 55+.


Bus trip to concert at the High Fine Arts Center at Lancaster Mennonite High School. For resident season ticket holders.

24 PAINT NITE IN VILLAGE PARK Get in touch with your inner artist and go home with a beautiful painting. For residents and the public.

28 “THE GOLDEN AGE OF TV” Enjoy an afternoon of light entertainment featuring the talents of Garden Spot Village team members. For residents.


15 SATURDAY EVENING CONCERT The 2016–2017 concert series concludes with a performance by the Vivace Strings. For residents and the public.

18 LOOK & LEARN A luncheon to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit to find out more and register. Seating is limited. For the public 55+.

20 BUSINESS EXPO An opportunity to learn about more than 60 local businesses. For residents and future residents.

26 AMISH EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE Learn about Amish entrepreneurs through this educational program organized by Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. For residents and the public.

27 TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS & SONS TO WORK DAY An intergenerational sharing and learning experience. For residents, staff and their children.

A luncheon and tour to learn more about this innovative new community. Visit to find out more and register. Seating is limited. For the public 55+.






Children ages 6–12 finish the last leg of a marathon, coming down the Garden Spot Village Marathon finisher’s chute. For residents, guests and the public.

WellSpan Community Hospital presents a program of health and current medical issues. For residents and the public.

Get in touch with your inner artist and go home with a beautiful painting. For residents and the public.



USA Track & Field-certified 26.2-mile marathon and half-marathon for runners and walkers. See www. For residents, guests and the public.

Learn about the Amish worship experience through this educational program organized by Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. For residents and the public.

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Schedule is subject to change. For current listings, visit or contact Resident Services at 717.355.6000.



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 to find out more and register. Seating is limited. For the public 55+.

10 AMISH EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE Learn more about the Amish view of education through this program organized by Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. For residents and the public.

12 & 13 THE CIVIL WAR Servant Stage Company brings to life the words of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Walt Whitman. For residents and the public.

14 GAP MALE CHORUS Enjoy a performance by the 60-member chorus, representing 35 churches from Lancaster, Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties. For residents and the public.

15–16 AARP DRIVER SAFETY INTRO COURSE Compelling two-day program addresses roadway risks and defensive driving techniques to keep drivers safe on the road. For residents and the public.

18 AARP DRIVER SAFETY RENEWAL COURSE Review roadway risks and defensive driving techniques to stay safe on the road. For residents and the public who have taken intro course.

24 CELEBRATION OF AGE Honor those who have joined the 90-plus Birthday Club. For residents by invitation only.



03 PEDAL TO PRESERVE Annual bicycle event to benefit the Lancaster Farmlands Trust begins and ends on campus. For residents, guests and the public.

06 HEALTH TALK SERIES Wellspan Community Hospital presents a program of health and current medical issues. For residents and the public.

07, 14 & 21 MEET THE CONGREGATIONS Popular speaker series provides a chance to get to know the history, beliefs and customs of local churches and congregations. This year explores post-Reformation movements. For residents and the public.

13 MANSIONS ON THE DELAWARE Tour the country riverfront estates of Bucks County and Philadelphia on this day trip. For residents.

15 OVERLY’S GROVE PARK POTLUCK Enjoy delicious food and delightful entertainment at this covered-dish outing. For residents.

17 GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE YARD SALE Annual community-wide sale offers bargains on household items, crafts, books and more. For residents, guests and the public.

Popular speaker series provides a chance to get to know the history, beliefs and customs of local churches and congregations. This year explores post-Reformation movements. For residents and the public. Spring/Summer 2017







Popular golf outing benefits the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund, which supports residents who need financial assistance. For residents, guests and the public.

Enjoy a piano performance by one of the many musicians attending the Lancaster International Piano Festival. For residents and the public.

22 LOOK & LEARN A luncheon to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit to find out more and register. Seating is limited. For the public 55+.

26–30 GRANDS & KIDS CAMP Award-winning intergenerational program offers a host of favorite activities to bring back memories and create new ones. For residents and family members.

27 “HONK, JR.” The Servant Stage Theater Camp directs the grandchildren in a heartwarming musical performance. For residents and the public.

JULY 12 ICE CREAM CARNIVAL A delicious event provides a sweet time to socialize. For residents, their families and future residents.

13 SAVOR GETTYSBURG Get a taste of Gettysburg — literally — on a guided walking tour of downtown that combines history with culinary samplings. For residents.

18–20 MARKETPLACE VBS Connect across the generations through this immersive vacation bible school. For children and grandchildren of residents and staff.

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25 “BYE-BYE, BIRDIE” Laugh along with Servant Stage Company as they perform this high-energy send-up of the early days of rock & roll. For residents and the public.

26 LOOK & LEARN A luncheon to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit to find out more and register. Seating is limited. For the public 55+.


01 HEALTH TALK SERIES Wellspan Community Hospital presents a program of health and current medical issues. For residents and the public.

10–11 “SING, SING, SWING” Servant Stage Company performs an energetic song-anddance tribute to the Swing Era. For residents and the public.

22 LOOK & LEARN A luncheon to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit to find out more and register. Seating is limited. For the public 55+.

SEPTEMBER 05 HEALTH TALK SERIES Wellspan Community Hospital presents a program of health and current medical issues. For residents and the public.

07 VOLUNTEER PICNIC Garden Spot Village shows its support for those who give so much of themselves in service to others. For resident and community volunteers.

11 A DAY AT OCEAN CITY, NJ Enjoy the beach and boardwalk in this family-friendly seashore town. For residents.

17 SEPTEMBERFEST A polka party with music, food and polka dancing. For residents.

27 NEW HOLLAND PARADE Kick off the New Holland Farmers’ Fair in style and celebrate the Lancaster County lifestyle on the Garden Spot Village float. For residents.

28 LOOK & LEARN A luncheon to learn more about life at Garden Spot Village. Visit to find out more and register. Seating is limited. For the public 55+.

Schedule is subject to change. For current listings, visit or contact Resident Services at 717.355.6000.

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Get to Know the Neighborhood Garden Spot Village and Sycamore Springs offer so much on campus that you may never want to leave. But we’re surrounded by spectacular scenery and unique local businesses, so you’ll want to explore. In this space, we feature things to do, sites to visit, places to eat and more — all within an easy drive of our New Holland location.

Lickity Split

Shirk’s Bike Shop

Inside the old Kauffman's Hardware building, you’ll find another nod to the past: an old-time ice cream parlor and sandwich shoppe. Mitch and Gina Dissinger offer a family friendly menu with daily specials like classic burgers or turkey and waffles. Finish it off with Leiby’s Premium Ice Cream in a dish, cone, shake or sundae — including Signature Sundaes like Sweet Road Apple, Kauffman’s Jailhouse Rock or the Garden Patch.

Owned and operated by a local family since 1978, Shirk's is known for honest sales, quality parts and reliable service. They sell new and used bikes and accessories and have an extensive selection of components. Whether you need a tune-up or more extensive work, they are trained to repair all brands of bicycles and offer suspension fork service. Find out for yourself why they consistently get rave reviews on Facebook and Yelp.

Sauder Shoe Services

Compass Ironworks

Your shoes are comfortable, but they are starting to show some wear? Maybe the sole is separating or needs a patch. Why spend a fortune on a new pair that you’ll have to break in? Located on a Mennonite farm, Sauder Shoe Service offers high-quality repairs at exceptionally reasonable prices. Open weekdays from 8 a.m.–7 p.m., it’s known for excellent repair service for any type of shoe. Look for the little boot-shaped sign.

Started in 1998, Compass Ironworks is a family-owned business. Lancaster County is internationally known for its skilled artisans, impeccable craftsmanship and dedicated work ethic. It is a fitting location for Compass Ironworks, where a talented team of master artisans fashion centuriesold decorative styles in a 15,000-square-foot shop. The iron sculptured tree in Village Square is a wonderful example of their craftsmanship.

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FAMILY DENTISTRY Proudly Serving Garden Spot Village


119 WEST MAIN STREET • NEW HOLLAND, PA 17557 717.354.6471 • BACKOFDENTAL.COM Spring/Summer 2017





We help build your estate plan to carry out your legacy and protect what matters most: your family.

We offer free half-hour consultations at our office or at your residence to review your current plans.

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Consider our Caring Team of Professionals to Assist You with your Financial & Estate Needs


Dawn Fox Joseph Myers 100 East King Street, 2nd Floor, Lancaster, PA 17608 717.207.0678 | Proud to Serve Our Friends & Neighbors at Garden Spot Communities!

State Senator


301 East Main Street Lititz, PA 17543 PAID FOR BY 717-627-0036 AUMENT FOR SENATE

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Artful Window Dressing. We’ve got you covered!



Ruth Carey-Hench, LPN, LMT A Unique Approach to Physical, Emotional and Therapeutic Health Massages for Garden Spot Village residents & employees, every other Monday morning & Wednesdays in Gardens South Clinic Room 1. $46 per hour.







Luminette® Privacy Sheers provide great design and variable light control, with UV, temperature and sound insulation... and much more.

20% discount on all Window Treatments! Schedule your appointment today.

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Sessions are paid at time of service. Cash & Check Only • 717-661-6522

Main Office: 207 East Main Street, New Holland, PA | 717.615.3126 FLOORING & TILE . KITCHENS & DESIGN . WINDOW TREATMENTS . RENOVATIONS

295 East Main St. Leola, PA • M-Tu-W-F: 9am-5pm • Th: 9am-8pm • Sat: 9am-3pm; Closed Sunday

Better. Faster. COMPLETE CAR CARE FROM PROFESSIONALS YOU CAN TRUST • Tires & Tire Services • Brake Services • PA State Inspection and Emissions • Manufacturer’s Scheduled Maintenance

• Fuel System Cleaning • Exhaust System • Steering/Suspension • Coolant Exchange • Transmission Services • Duracell® Batteries

Locally Owned & Family Operated Since 1971 We’re right around the corner next to Yoder’s! 728 East Main Street | 717.354.3193 | | Download our app and get your first reward!

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• Oil Changes • Diagnostic Services • Wheel Alignment • Air Conditioning • Custom Wheels








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.

Lower Back Pain

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

Knee Pain

WE CAN SELL Real Estate Collections Antiques Furniture Jewelry Coins & Guns



Realtor /Auctioneer/Mover 717.468.2520

Shin Splints Achilles Tendinitis



Call for your FREE CONULTATION today!

ELANCO Chiropractic, Inc.

1907 Division Highway (Rt. 322) | Ephrata | PA | 17522

ELANCOCHIROPRACTIC.COM | 717.355.5000 Participating Medicare Provider • Most Insurances Accepted

In an effort to partner with the greater community, Garden Spot Village has adopted the SWIPE OUT HUNGER campaign. By converting resident/team members excess dining plan dollars or giving additional donations, persons are welcome to swipe their cards in support of Swipe Out Hunger. This program is designed to fund a Community Meal for hungry, homeless and those members of our greater community seeking a hot meal and socialization. The Community Meal will take place at CrossNet Ministries, New Holland, the 4th Monday evening of each month starting March 27.

While giving financial donations to Swipe Out Hunger supports this great program, sharing your time is also appreciated. GSV Dining Services will cook and transport the meal but volunteers are needed to greet, serve, set-up/clean-up, and more. Contact Volunteer Services (6204) to volunteer your time or to receive additional information. GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE IS THE FIRST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY TO PARTNER AS A LOCAL CHAPTER WITH SWIPE OUT HUNGER, A TRADEMARKED, NONPROFIT NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOUND ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES.

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Celebrating 120 YEARS and 5 GENERATIONS as a Family-Owned Pharmacy

Your trusted hometown pharmacy offering many senior-focused services: • FREE DELIVERY right to your door at Garden Spot with convenient payment options. • Preferred provider for many Medicare and commercial insurance plans. • Full-service drive-thru with short wait times. • Immunizations such as Zostavax for shingles and Prevnar for pneumonia. • Diabetic testing supplies billable to Medicare. • We offer several medication management programs designed to simplify your prescriptions. • 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

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New patients receive

Lori Willwerth, CTC • 717.682.5723 • • CALL TODAY for the best land and cruise packages available and ask for special all-inclusive rates!

A FREE CONSULT on their first visit!


A typical visit in our office includes: • Electric muscle stimulation • Moist heat packs • Ultrasound • Massage and manual muscle work • Chiropractic adjustment • Stretching and rehabilitation REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT 717.351.5054


Dr. Charles Yeager, Podiatrist 34 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE


Garden South Health Center, Garden Spot Village 912 W. Main Street, Suite 306, New Holland | 29 Cloister Ave, Ephrata

142 E. Main Street | New Holland 3470 Old Philadelphia Pike | Intercourse


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.

15% OFF

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 Spring/Summer 2017



$20-$25/night including breakfast!

Wayside Travel Club A Unique Christian Hospitality Club

Wayside provides members the opportunity to host fellow members and/or stay in private homes across the USA and Canada for a modest gratuity.

“We’re 17-year members and have stayed in 14 states and Canada with fellow Christians. We love it!” “As a single, I love the safety and security of staying in a Wayside home.”


For more information and to join visit:

Petal Perfect Flowers Flowers • Plants • Gift Baskets

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.

- Store Hours -

Monday-Saturday: 7am-9pm, Sunday 8am-5pm Join Us At Yoder’s Restaurant & Buffet For

Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm

- Restaurant Hours -

Monday-Saturday: 6am-8pm Sunday: 10am-2pm

14 South Tower Road | New Holland, PA 17557


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- Flower Shop Hours -

Monday-Friday: 8am-5:30pm Saturday: 8am-4pm | Closed Sundays


12 South Tower Road | New Holland, PA 17557

717.354.2430 We Deliver Locally

You’re Invited to

Discover Sycamore Springs Seminar & Lunch

Meet Our Residents | Tour a Home | Share Our Enthusiasm


Vist for dates. Check-in at Village Square in Garden Spot Village: 10-10:30am Presentation: 10:30am–12pm | Luncheon: 12–1pm | Sycamore Springs Tour: After Lunch


Soup / Salad Carved Entrée Specialty Item Assorted Vegetables Rolls • Dessert Bar Hot & Cold Beverages


717.355.6500 Spring/Summer 2017



Compassionately serving our local community.

We are

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


Loren E. Bender

C. Stanley Eckenroth Home for Funerals


No matter which office you visit or which doctor you see, you can expect the same excellent care and comfortable experience.


We have many White Family Dental Smile Stories to share. This one is of Dr. Buehler and why, for her, lab research doesn’t compare to the joy of working with patients.

Get to know us.


“I put my patients first.”

“My mom is a nurse and my uncle is a dentist so I grew up understanding their focus on patient care. After spending five years in breast cancer research, I missed the connection to patients. Being in a lab all day was lonely! I like problem-solving—working with a scared child who leaves our office smiling and confident. Or fitting a sleep appliance that allows a patient to finally get a good night’s sleep.” DR. CHRISTIN BUEHLER NEW HOLL AND OFFICE


100 Continental Dr. Elizabethtown, PA 717-367-1336


Masonic Village Elizabethtown, PA 717-366-2466

New Holland

912 West Main St. New Holland, PA 717-656-0005


108 Doe Run Rd. Manheim, PA 717-879-9700

W W W . W H I T E F A M I LY D E N TA L . C O M

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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.



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

(717) 656-9826 

Family Owned & Opertated

NEW & USED SCOOTERS AND POWER WHEELCHAIRS WALKERS, RAMPS, BATTERIES AND LIFTS VISIT OUR REPAIR SHOP AT GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE Lower Level of Gardens South, next to the Health Office. Every other Tuesday. 1 pm-3 pm. Call for an appointment.

STOP BY OUR SHOWROOM FOR A LARGE SELECTION 107 Maxwell Hill Road, Morgantown PA 610.286.9840 or 800.942.1181

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WE REPAIR ALL MAKES AND MODELS OF CARS, SUV’S AND TRUCKS Our shop consists of a state of the art downdraft bake booth for a factory finish and we use computerized paint mixing to perfectly match the color of your vehicle! All Estimates are FREE! You may stop in anytime Monday - Friday from 7:30am-6pm.

Visit our NEW shop, we are only 4 minutes from Garden Spot Village! 131 Jalyn Drive New Holland, PA 17557 717.354.8001

OPEN MONDAY - FRIDAY 7:30am to 6pm

WE OFFER MANY DIFFERENT DETAILING PACKAGES INCLUDING: Complete Bumper to Bumper Detailing • Interior or Exterior Detailing Wax & Wash • Wash, Window & Wax




CrossNet Ministries offers programs in the area of Youth, Food & Nutrition, Social Services and Community. Our desire is to empower those who are under-resourced and see lives changed by Jesus Christ!

We have many opportunities to get involved!

OFFERING HELP & HOPE TO THE ELANCO COMMUNITY 717.355.2454 | 123 W Franklin Street | New Holland, PA 17557


10% Senior Discount Welcoming New Patients


Quality and Affordable Eye Care for the Whole Family Locally-Owned and Operated since 1981.

PAUL WALTMAN, EA Wolfram Andrews, O.D. • Jonathan Andrews, O.D. Scott Crawshaw, O.D. • Jennifer Anderson , O.D.

117 West Main St. • New Holland, PA (717) 354-2020

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WA LT MA N ACCO U N T I NG . COM 717.445.6257

1578 Main Street P.O. Box 99 Goodville, PA 17528

CSA Tech Solutions windows • mac • linux FAITHFULLY SERVING 15+ YEARS!

New & Used Computers Upgrades & Repairs Remote Support On Site Support 357 W. Main Street • New Holland, PA 17557 717.354.4272 • Open 24 HouRS Mon-Sat

When It’s Time to Begin the Next Chapter of Your Life…

We will be there for you! Call Greg or Carol today to schedule your free consultation. 717.354.6416 717.354.HOME (4663)

Food • Fuel • Friendly Service TRY OUR AUTOMATIC TOUCHLESS & SOFT TOUCH CAR WASHES! 168 Toddy Drive • East Earl PA • 17519




321 East Main Street, New Holland, PA

Garden Spot Village Office 433 S. Kinzer Ave. 717.355.6055 | Fulton Bank, N.A. Member FDIC.

IF YOU ARE READING THIS, SO ARE YOUR POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS! Contact Bonnie today for details 717.355.9785

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• Locally owned & operated • 40th Anniversary 1977—2017 • Offers a broad line of home & car electronics • Knowledgeable friendly staff • Evening service calls


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.

331 E. Main Street • New Holland







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YOUR ONE STOP SHOP FOR ALL YOUR DENTAL NEEDS ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! Ask us about our Garden Spot Village Dental Plan. Free Shuttle Service from GSV to our office!


NEW NAME | NEW LOCATION SAME PRACTICE 101 West Main St, New Holland | 717.354.3200 | Spring/Summer 2017



Look and Learn You’re Invited to


where all are welcome The Community Church at Garden Spot Village

March 22 • April 18 • May 25 • June 22 July 26 • August 22 • September 28 Join our resident tour guides for lunch and learn firsthand about the welcoming way of life at Garden Spot Village. Visit to find out more and to register. Seating is limited. For the public 55+.

weekly services

Sundays, 10 am 717.355.6500


Help us give girls tools to be true to themselves and others...

We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. Won't you help a girl realize her dreams? 76 D estination Spring/Summer 2017

Would like to Thank Our Sponsors

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Advanced Accepting Patients in Ephrata, Lancaster and New Holland

(717) 291-0700

QuickCare When you need it.

QuickCare offers walk-in care for minor illnesses when your doctor is not available. Our convenient locations are open 7 days a week so you can get the attention you need for everyday illnesses and injuries.

Garden Spot Health Center

Ephrata Community Hospital 78 D estination Spring/Summer 2017

435 South Kinzer Ave., New Holland • (717) 721-4318 Mon. - Sat. 1 - 9 p.m. • Sun. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Where a little bit of country means a lot of savings!



Worth THE TIME, Worth THE DRIVE! Always online at Route 23 • New Holland, PA • • 1-800-642-8605 Spring/Summer 2017





LEGAL ADVICE A general practice law firm devoted to Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorneys, Estate Administration & Elder Law Real Estate, Business Law & Family Law 131 West Main Street, New Holland | 717.354.7700 | KLINGANDFANNING.COM 80 D estination Spring/Summer 2017