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Ashby Ponds Seniors Collect & Donate Clothing for Area Homeless

Mar 12, 2015

Photo: (L to R) At Ashby Ponds, residents Ruth Durloo, Mildred Fitch, Jean Balcom, and Sharon Harvey add more bags of donated clothing items to Fitch’s minivan for her next trip into Northwest D.C.

(Ashburn, Va.) – Years ago, Mildred Fitch noticed a photo in The Washington Post picturing a homeless child who only received one gift box for Christmas; the image stuck with her. Today, you can find Fitch packing full her minivan with clothing items...

Serving the First Five Secretaries of Defense

Mar 9, 2015

(Ashburn, Va.) - Ashby Ponds resident Bill Vitale recently shared experiences from his remarkable career with his friends and neighbors at the Ashburn retirement community. He spent more than 40 years working for the U.S. Government; the first five with the first Secretaries of Defense in the country’s history. Vitale’s experiences provided him the opportunity to meet Winston Churchill, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Dwight Eisenhower, among others.

From 1948-1953, Vitale served as an Air Force Enlisted Administrative Aide for the first five Secretaries of Defense: Forrestal, Johnson, Marshall, Lovett, and Wilson. When interviewing for the position, a senior...

Ashby Ponds Author Aims to Educate Young Readers About Japanese Culture

Mar 4, 2015

Retired educator Reiko Matsumoto started publishing children’s books at age 75

(Ashburn, Va.) — Reiko Matsumoto officially retired from teaching twenty years ago, but continues to educate today by publishing children’s books. Her books aim to teach American children about Japanese history and culture often by detailing factual events with fictional characters. Now 85, she recently completed her fifth and sixth books, and hopes to publish them this year.

In 1929, Matsumoto was born in Hawaii shortly after her parents moved to the United States from Japan. After the U.S. entered WWII, she spent three...

Ashby Ponds Resident Hosts Course on the Paranormal

Feb 23, 2015

Bill Stoney, formerly with NASA, offers an 8-week course on the paranormal to fellow residents at the Ashburn retirement community

(Ashburn, Va.) – Ashby Ponds resident Bill Stoney spent more than 30 years working as an aerospace engineer with NASA. In this position, he became accustomed to using mathematics and science to provide reasoning and explanation for various matters of the world. Over the years, Stoney became drawn to the study of the paranormal perhaps because experiences involving the paranormal cannot be explained. Now, at Ashby Ponds retirement community, he is offering his neighbors an opportunity...

Ashby Ponds Residents Tour WUSA9

Feb 17, 2015

(Ashburn, Va) - On Monday, February 16, eight residents from Ashby Ponds had the opportunity to tour the WUSA9 television station and studio in northwest Washington, D.C. WUSA9, the CBS affiliate in the nation's capital, was the first television station in the Washington, D.C. market to begin broadcasting in high-definition in 2005.

The residents who participated in the WUSA9 tour are members of the videography group at the community; the group regularly records programs and events for airing on the in-house television station. The group is now preparing for the debut of a brand new television...

Ashby Ponds Residents Attempt Largest #SeniorSelfie Ever!

Feb 14, 2015

(Ashburn, Va.) - Selfie stick in hand, Ashby Ponds resident Nan Krueger leads an attempt to capture the largest senior selfie ever! More than 40 residents at the community came out to make a run for the title.

Krueger helps to organize the iPad classes at the Ashburn retirement community and also helps residents one-on-one with e-reader and tablet questions. The Ashby Ponds iPad class meets monthly and residents learn about the use of iPads and iPhones and beyond!...

Ashby Ponds Welcomes New Residents with the Opening of Hickory Glen

Jan 16, 2015

The residential building will add more than 100 new neighbors to the Ashburn community

(Ashburn, Va.) — On January 16, Ashby Ponds officially introduced Hickory Glen, a new residential building on campus. Residents have now begun to move into their new homes at the community’s 8 th independent living building.

Hickory Glen includes 68 independent living apartment homes with 14 different floor plans varying in size among one- and two-bedroom layouts. Apartment homes feature amenities such as stainless steel kitchen appliances, granite countertops, and upgraded lighting and flooring options. Additionally, nearly half of the apartment...

Increasing Senior Housing Demand Spurs Expansion at Ashby Ponds

Jan 6, 2015

Construction has begun on new residential building to open in late summer 2015

(Ashburn, Va.) - Ashby Ponds is set to introduce Magnolia Place, a new residential building at the Loudoun County retirement community, in late summer 2015. This will be the community’s fourth newly constructed independent living residential building to open since 2012. With this addition, Ashby Ponds expects that the community will grow to over 1100 residents by the end of 2015.

“We continue to see a tremendous demand for the lifestyle that Ashby Ponds offers,” said Holly Henderson, Director of...

Ashby Ponds Bundles Up for Annual Turkey Trot, Benefitting Backpack Buddies

Nov 24, 2014

The unseasonable chill in the air didn’t stop residents and staff from participating in the annual Ashby Ponds turkey trot on Wednesday, November 19! Members of the Ashburn retirement community bundled up for a morning walk around the campus with one goal in mind; to help area children in need.

As a result of the participation, Ashby Ponds raised $1500 to benefit Backpack Buddies , a program which aims to end childhood hunger in Loudoun County. According to their website, the program “provides weekend, summer, and holiday meal packs to Loudoun County students receiving free or reduced-price...

Practicing What She Preached: Former Ashby Ponds Sales Director Now One of the Community’s Newest Residents

Nov 19, 2014

(Ashburn, Va.) - Lyn Lubic began working for Erickson Living in 1999 as a staff member in General Services at Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Va. One of her responsibilities included welcoming new residents to their new apartments and working with them on using their appliances and home amenities. In 2001, she transitioned to the position of Assistant Executive Director and in 2005, she became the Sales Director at Greenspring. “By this point, I had really learned how the community operated,” said Lubic. “I remember helping move in four of my own Springfield neighbors, one of my daughter’s teachers,...