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Ashby Ponds Now the Largest Developing Continuing Care Retirement Community in the Nation

Jul 13, 2017

Erickson Living meeting demand for senior housing in

Northern Virginia

This month, Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living developed and managed community in Ashburn, Va. celebrates the opening of its tenth residential building – Cherry Blossom Square. Coupled with the upcoming opening of two more residential buildings, Birch Point and Cypress Ridge, the Erickson Living community in Ashburn, Va. is now the largest developing continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in the nation – based on total residences being developed (according to data compiled from the National Investment Center for Senior Housing and Care’s MAP...

Youngest Member of the Washington Redskins Marching Band Shares His Experiences

Sep 7, 2016

In 1945, at just 14 years old, Charlie Veitenthal, now a community member at Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Ashburn, Va. became the youngest member of the Washington Redskin’s Marching Band.

“It was a thrilling experience and one I will never forget,” says Veitenthal, reminiscing about the six years he spent playing the coronet in the band.

Distinguished as the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and also the first team to have a fight song, “Hail to the Redskins,” the Washington Redskins have played football in D.C....

Ashby Ponds Welcomes New Executive Director

Aug 18, 2016
Veteran in Senior Living Management and Resident Services to Provide Executive Leadership at Northern Virginia's Premier Retirement Community

Ashburn, VA – Ashby Ponds is pleased to announce Craig Karczmer as the community’s new Executive Director. Prior to joining Ashby Ponds, Craig served as the Associate Executive Director at Cedar Crest, an Erickson Living community in Pompton Plains, NJ.

"We are very excited to have Craig leading the team at Greenspring," said Erickson Living’s Vice President of Regional Operations, Chip Warner. "He is a proven leader in senior living who has tremendous passion for this work and...

Ashby Ponds Partners with Ashburn Library for iPad User Support Classes

Mar 1, 2016
Over 80 residents have completed the classes held on campus at the Ashburn retirement community

(Ashburn, Virginia)—For the past several years, Ashby Ponds has received regular visits from Loudoun County Public Library’s mobile outreach program. Outreach coordinators bring books, magazines, DVDs—anything available and requested by residents directly to the community for distribution. This service is a supplement to the robust Ashby Ponds library maintained on campus featuring thousands of books, including dozens from published authors who live at the community. Over the years, the library’s outreach assistance has grown tremendously at Ashby Ponds due in part to the growing...

A Friendly Reconnection Forms a Love Connection

Feb 9, 2016
An Ashby Ponds couple, who first met over 40 years ago, will soon celebrate their first wedding anniversary

(Ashburn, Virginia) – Wes and Rose Kriebel moved to Ashby Ponds retirement community in April of 2015, and just 11 days later were married right on campus at the community’s chapel. They welcomed about 45 members of their immediate families for the ceremony and followed the occasion with a reception at Ashby Ponds’ Windows Restaurant. After their reconnection in the summer of 2014, the couple, who initially met more than 40 years ago, settled into their new home together for the...

At 96 Years Young, Ashby Ponds’ Identical Twins Continue to Amaze

Jan 19, 2016

(Ashburn, Virginia) — According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report published at the end of 2015, twin birth rates recently hit a new high in the United States—33.9 sets of twins per 1,000 births, totaling 135,336 twin births in 2014. Research indicates that various factors may be at play, including a mother’s age and changing IVF guidelines.

In 1919, there were 16,316 live twin births reported in the United States, according to an annual birth statistics report distributed by the U.S. Bureau of the Census—many fewer than what we see...

A Resident Black Belt Introduces “Karate for Seniors” at Ashby Ponds

Dec 21, 2015

(Ashburn, Virginia) — It's almost a new year and not only a time of reflection, but also a time to consider adopting new resolutions and accepting new opportunities. Take it from the residents at Ashby Ponds, who believe there's always a reason to try something new!

On April 1, 2015, the first class of “Karate for Seniors” convened at Ashby Ponds retirement community in Ashburn, Virginia. The group, which includes seven students and a resident instructor, practices for one hour every week at the community. These “karate kids” mean business; they’ve already earned gold tips on their...

Ashby Ponds Residents Donate Over $182,000 to Staff Appreciation Fund

Dec 8, 2015

(Ashburn, Virginia) - This year, residents at Ashby Ponds donated $182,949 to the community’s Staff Appreciation Fund. The annual campaign is organized each year as a way for the residents to say “thank you” to employees who provide a variety of resident services at the community.

At Ashby Ponds, eligible employees may include the community’s wait staff, security officers, communication and administrative staff, banquet servers, maintenance workers, culinary team members, housekeepers, and the special projects crew, among others. This year, 402 staff members were recipients of donated funds, which were distributed on December 8th to...

Ashby Ponds to Celebrate "Sinatra Week" in Honor of Frank's 100th Birthday

Dec 3, 2015

(Ashburn, Virginia) --- Frank Sinatra would have turned 100 years young on December 12, 2015. Members of the generation that lived and loved Frank at Ashby Ponds retirement community in Ashburn will celebrate “ Sinatra Week ” in his honor, December 7-11. The community will host various events including Sinatra film showings, a live Sinatra entertainer, a sing-along, a look-alike contest, and even signature Sinatra cuisine served throughout the week from Clams Posillipo to Oyster Rockefeller to Zuppa Toscana!

Included among the popular activities:

Wednesday, 12/9 | 3:00-5:00 PMSinatra Happy Hour, Sing-Along, and Look-Alike Contest at...

Former Navy Flight Instructor Pilots Acrobatic Flight for 93rd Birthday

Nov 18, 2015

A veteran of two wars, Russell Langelle took the controls of the same model plane he flew some 70 years ago

(Ashburn, Virginia) – When Ashby Ponds resident Russell Langelle turned 93 years young in October, his daughter and son-in-law presented him with an unforgettable gift. Langelle was given the gift of flight in the very same aircraft model he flew during WWII as a Navy pilot and primary flight instructor. With the oversight of a copilot, he spent nearly an hour in the air performing acrobatics he had learned over 70 years ago.