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Grand Opening Celebration for Ashby Ponds’ New Clubhouse to Showcase Community Talent

May 21, 2015

(Ashburn, Va.) — Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living retirement community in Loudoun County, Va., will officially introduce the Great Oak Clubhouse during a grand opening celebration planned for May 29th-31st. The new clubhouse will be the second community building at Ashby Ponds, which also features eight independent living residential buildings and a Continuing Care neighborhood for higher levels of care.

The Great Oak Clubhouse will feature 20,000 square-feet of amenities inclusive of a 200+ seat performing arts theater, the Acorn Café (a gourmet delicatessen), a banquet room for special events, a reading room, an art studio and gallery,...

Ashby Ponds Resident Participates in the National Cherry Blossom Parade

Apr 13, 2015

(Ashburn, Va.) - Ashby Ponds residents Sam and Robin Rentsch are proud owners of a 1930 blue Model A Ford phaeton. As part of the George Washington Chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America (GWC MAFCA), Sam rode along in his Model A during the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Parade held in Washington, D.C. on April 11. His vehicle was one of eight Model As driven along the parade route by the Club.

Seventy years ago, Sam found a Model A abandoned on the street while he was living in Troy, N.Y. The vehicle had...

“Puttin’ on the Glitz” Fashion Show Kicks Off Scholars’ Fund Campaign Benefiting Local Students

Apr 2, 2015

Local retailers lend a hand in helping to raise funds for student employee scholarships

(Ashburn, Va.) - On March 30, Ashby Ponds retirement community hosted a room full of more than 200 residents and guests for the 2015 “Puttin’ on the Glitz” Fashion Show benefiting the community’s Scholars’ Fund. The Scholars’ Fund provides recipients with scholarships toward higher education; since the program’s establishment in 2010, nearly 60 students have received scholarships. The fashion show featured 12 couples dressed to the nines thanks to the event’s local retail sponsors; each couple included a 2015 student scholarship candidate...

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...