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Cartoonist Exhibits Drawings and Recalls the Advice of Charles Schulz

Sep 5, 2014

(Ashburn, Va.) - Sixty-four years ago this October 2nd, Charles Schulz's famed comic strip "Peanuts" appeared for the first time in newspapers nationwide including The New York Times, The Washington Post , and The Boston Globe . Around that same time, Ashby Ponds resident George Fulton first began drawing cartoons while in elementary school. Today, this longtime hobby has become quite a distinguishing feature of Fulton's retirement at the Ashburn retirement community, where his cartoons are in high demand.

While in high school, Fulton drew cartoons for his school newspaper and continued doing so in college at the University...

Competition Sweeps Through Ashby Ponds for the Annual Summer Olympics

Aug 25, 2014

(Ashburn, VA) - Ashby Ponds retirement community recently hosted their 6 th Annual Summer Olympics in Ashburn, Virginia. Since the first round of Olympic competition in 2009, residents have participated in a variety of events each year vying for gold, silver, and bronze medals. This year, the community saw the highest percentage of resident participation compared to any previous year with close to 200 residents competing and 580 event entries.  The Olympic events, which spanned over a course of seven days, included bocce (new in 2013), putting, seated balloon volleyball, cornhole, billiards, Wii bowling,...

Ashby Ponds Residents Protect and Support Bluebirds in Loudoun County

Aug 19, 2014

Residents have built, installed, and regularly monitor twelve bluebird nesting boxes locally

(Ashburn, Va.) - For five years residents at Ashby Ponds have maintained a meticulous record-keeping program that supports bluebirds in the area and assists in helping bluebird fledglings 'take flight' on the path to survival.  This year, they expanded their support by donating and monitoring bluebird nesting boxes at nearby One Loudoun, with whom Ashby Ponds has formed a strong partnership since the development's earliest days in Ashburn.  Residents at Ashby Ponds report that this year, the bluebird nesting season at both Ashby...

Seventeen Local Students Receive Over $65,000 in Scholarships from Ashby Ponds

Jul 16, 2014
(Ashburn, Va.) - On Sunday, July 13, seventeen area students were honored with scholarships toward higher education from Ashby Ponds retirement community.  The recipients, who work for the community's dining services department, will receive up to $4000 (or up to $500 per semester) in scholarships paid directly to the college or trade school of the student's choice.  This year, three local college students and fourteen 2014 Loudoun County high school graduates were recognized as scholarship recipients.  Funds for the scholarship program were donated by residents and staff at the community.  At Ashby Ponds, there are nearly 100 high...

Expansion at Ashby Ponds Reaches Landmark Phase of Development with New Construction Projects

Jun 24, 2014

The Ashburn retirement community further expands its footprint in Loudoun County in response to demands for innovative senior housing in northern Virginia

[caption id="attachment_120508" align="alignright" width="300"] Hickory Glen Rendering[/caption] (Ashburn, Va.) --- Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living retirement community in Loudoun County, Va.,  announced today that construction has begun on Hickory Glen, a new independent living residential building, and Great Oak Clubhouse, a community building with added campus amenities. Hickory Glen is a $14.3 million project that will include 68 independent living apartment homes with 14 different floor plans.  The 124,000 square-foot building will...

Ashby Ponds Residents Donate Handmade Bluebird Boxes to One Loudoun

May 20, 2014
  Ashby Ponds woodworkers and bluebird box monitors joined together near one of the donated boxes at One Loudoun on Thursday, May 15. (Ashburn, Va.) - Six handmade wood bluebird boxes were recently installed at One Loudoun in the Central Park area.  The boxes were crafted from scratch by residents in the Ashby Ponds woodworking club, which keeps busy with projects in the retirement community's dedicated wood shop.  On Thursday, May 15, the One Loudoun community recognized the residents for their hard work and donation to the development during the One Loudoun Barn Dedication. More...

Kera Wooten Named the New Director of Dining Services at Ashby Ponds

May 8, 2014
[caption id="attachment_114936" align="alignright" width="226"] Kera Wooten[/caption]

(Ashburn, Va.) - Kera Wooten has recently been promoted to Director of Dining Services at Ashby Ponds, one of 17 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living.  Wooten has worked with Erickson Living in a variety of capacities for nearly 14 years.

As the Director of Dining Services at Ashby Ponds, Wooten will oversee a staff of over 130 employees including, but not limited to, chefs, restaurant managers, service managers, catering staff, and servers.  The community currently offers a full service restaurant and a café; this...

Ashby Ponds Resident Helps to Ensure Hikers Encounter Safe Trails

Apr 23, 2014
[caption id="attachment_111327" align="alignright" width="300"] FitzGerald, also an accomplished photographer, took this photo of a white trillium while hiking through the Smoky Mountains. He says trillium flowers bloom in great profusion around his area of the Appalachian Trail every year.[/caption] (Ashburn, Va.) - Accomplished hiker, Ben FitzGerald, has been helping to maintain a 2½ mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia for about ten years as a volunteer with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.  He and two other trail managers, as they are called, regularly perform a variety of services to ensure their assigned section of the...

Fashion Show Benefits Local Students

Apr 4, 2014

Ashby Ponds retirement community hosted a fashion show in partnership with Stein Mart to raise funds for scholarships for local student employees at the community

[caption id="attachment_109566" align="alignright" width="300"] (L to R) Residents Gayna Dunsmore, Janice Mitchell, and Eve Hauptman don new spring fashions all for a good cause.[/caption] (Ashburn, Va.) - Ashby Ponds residents coordinated and hosted a springtime fashion show and luncheon on Monday, March 31 in partnership with Stein Mart department store.  More than 175 attendees watched as ladies and gentlemen who reside at Ashby Ponds strutted down the runway at...

Ashby Ponds Debuts New Continuing Care Neighborhood, the First of its Kind in Loudoun County

Mar 21, 2014

Modern amenities and a person-centered approach combine to meet senior living demands in northern Virginia

[caption id="attachment_108765" align="alignright" width="300"] The first resident of the Ashby Ponds Continuing Care neighborhood, Gerald Lazzaro, cuts the ribbon at the grand opening ceremony on March 20. He is joined (from left to right) by Margo DeLong (Health Care Sales Director), Amy Grossman (Director of Continuing Care), Cecelia Lazzaro (Gerald's wife), Delegate Tag Greason, Senator Jennifer Wexton, Dave Jones (Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce), Colin Gannon (Heath Care Sales Associate), and David Gallagher (Executive Director).[/caption] (Ashburn, VA) --- Ashby...