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Ashby Ponds Resident Recalls Childhood Life on a Local Farm in the Mid-1900s

Jul 18, 2013
[caption id="attachment_63897" align="alignright" width="300"] The Carmichael family in their pool on the farm; Joan's father, James, is in the pool, her sister Judy is on the left on the diving board, Joan is next to her, and their mother, Judy, is on the far right. "Putting a pool in was one of Dad's temptations to convince us to move to Loudoun in the first place," said Joan.[/caption]

(Ashburn, Va.) - Ashburn resident Joan Foote recalls growing up in a Loudoun County that is far from what we know today.  She was raised on a...

Loudoun County Students Receive Scholarships from Ashby Ponds Retirement Community

Jul 3, 2013

(Ashburn, Va.) - On Saturday, July 13, seven recent high school graduates from Loudoun County 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. Funds for the scholarship program have been donated by residents and staff at the community. At Ashby Ponds, there are nearly 100 high school and college students from Loudoun County...

Ashby Ponds Introduces Internship Program

Jun 18, 2013
            (Ashburn, Va.) - Ashby Ponds retirement community has initiated an internship program with a focus on educating interns on how the community operates each and every day.  The interns will be assigned to various departments on campus upon their entry into the program.  The program, called APL University, officially began on June 17 and will continue for eight weeks.              This year, four candidates were selected for APL University and will work with department coaches in four different areas: Resident Life, General Services, Sales & Information, and Dining Services.  During the last week of their internship, they will all...

Cross Country Travelers Enjoy Peace of Mind at Ashby Ponds

May 29, 2013
(Ashburn, Va.) - In the 1950s, David Mitchell developed an appreciation for the great outdoors when he was a smokejumper in training after high school.  He spent that time fighting fires for the U.S. Forest Service in the greater Yellowstone National Park area.  When David retired after 35 years with Bell System, he and his wife, Janice, decided to set out on an adventure to see more of the country in a rented 25-foot motorhome.   Since 1995, the couple has turned this adventure into a way of life, often embarking on cross country travels for months at a time.  Having...

Greenspring and Ashby Ponds Named 2013 Helios Apollo Awards Finalists

Apr 19, 2013
Greenspring and Ashby Ponds, Erickson Living's two Northern Virginia retirement communities, have been named as finalists for the 2013 Helios Apollo Awards.  The awards are presented to recognize Washington-area employers who promote an organizational culture focused on employee development and engagement. Greenspring has been named a finalist in the Pente category, reserved for those organizations with more than 700 employees.  "It is truly an honor to be recognized as a 2013 Helios Apollo Awards finalist," said Tamika Mitchell, Director of Human Resources at Greenspring.  "Greenspring is dedicated to assisting employees in growing both professionally and personally so they...

At Eighty Years Young, Skiing is No Obstacle for Ashby Ponds Resident Don McPherson

Apr 2, 2013
[caption id="attachment_46478" align="alignright" width="300"] Don McPherson skiing at Whitetail Ski Resort in March 2013[/caption] (Ashburn, Va.) - Canadian-born Don McPherson recalls skiing for the first time as a boy in Toronto's High Park.  "At that time, there were no lifts, no lessons; just a hill covered in snow," said McPherson.  "I just did what everyone else was doing."  In his late 50s, McPherson met a man skiing in the Rockies who was 80 years old.  "I thought, 'I want to be able to ski when I'm 80,' so I set that goal for myself."  McPherson has reached...

Fashion Show Benefits Student Scholars' Fund at Ashby Ponds

Mar 28, 2013

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_45510" align="alignright" width="300"] Student employee Rickie Banister escorts Ashby Ponds resident Carolyn Wergley down the runway[/caption] (Ashburn, Va.) - Ashby Ponds residents coordinated and hosted a springtime fashion show and luncheon on Thursday, March 28 in partnership with Stein Mart department store.  Seventeen ladies and gentlemen who reside at Ashby Ponds strutted down the runway at the Ashburn retirement community; the ladies were escorted by four student employees...

Ashby Ponds Staff Share Information on Levels of Support in Observance of Social Work Month

Mar 19, 2013

(Ashburn, Va.) - In honor of Social Work Month during March, Ashby Ponds retirement community is hosting several events focused on social workers and the support they are able to provide.  One of the social workers at Ashby Ponds, Ron Longo, and the Director of Continuing Care, Amy Grossman, recently shared some insight on the variety of services available to seniors as they age.  Grossman also spoke about the levels of support that will be available at the Continuing Care neighborhood at Ashby Ponds when it opens early next year. Longo described some of the ways that...

Greeting Cards for a Cause

Feb 20, 2013

Ashby Ponds resident Marilyn Henrikson uses a long-time skill to help her neighbors

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] Three of Marilyn Henrikson's unique, handmade greeting cards; she has established 34 different categories of cards alphabetically from "animals" to "weddings".[/caption] (Ashburn, Va.) - Ashby Ponds resident Marilyn Henrikson models her actions after what she calls a "life" verse: "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back" (Luke 6:38).  Even...

The Fifty-Seventh Time is the Charm

Jan 29, 2013

Barbara Petree found her 57 th home when she moved to Ashby Ponds (Ashburn, Va.) - Barbara Petree is quite comfortable in her home at Ashby Ponds retirement community where she has lived for just over three years with her husband, Bruce, and their newest addition, a two-year-old Basset Hound named Lucy.  Three years residing in one place is somewhat of a feat for Barbara; her father and husband spent their careers with the U.S. Army and were often transferred throughout the U.S. and overseas.  Barbara's relocation to Ashby Ponds in 2009 marked her 57 th...