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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...

In Honor of National Reading Day (January 23), Ashby Ponds Residents Celebrate Their Library

Jan 20, 2013

Several of the books in the Ashby Ponds library are published works from resident authors

[caption id="attachment_35620" align="alignright" width="300"] Ashby Ponds Library[/caption] (Ashburn, Va.) - Establishing a community library was one of the first initiatives that John and Dottie Kraft took on when moving to Ashby Ponds.  The library opened during the first week of October 2008, just days after the first residents moved into the new community.  Shortly thereafter, a Library Committee was formed at Ashby Ponds in order to complete a variety of tasks from shelving materials to repairing books to maintaining...

Ashby Ponds Donates Over $11,000 from "Treasures" in 2012

Jan 19, 2013

(Ashburn, Va.) - Shortly after Ashby Ponds opened its doors in the September 2008, the new residents began to organize the Treasure Chest, an on-site thrift shop that accepts donations from residents at the community and in turn sells the items for a good cause.   All of the proceeds collected at the Treasure Chest go directly to the Scholars Fund and the Benevolent Care Fund at Ashby Ponds.  During 2012, $11,655.01 was donated to these two causes from Treasure Chest proceeds.

"We all feel it is a worthwhile endeavor," said Ashby Ponds resident and Treasure Chest...

Ashby Ponds Resident Presents the Christmas Story...in Stamps

Dec 19, 2012

(Ashburn, Va.) - A stamp collector since the 8 th grade, Ashby Ponds resident Otto Jacobson was recently able to share the fruits of his labor with his friends and neighbors.  During the month of December, Jacobson presented a video entitled "The Christmas Story in Stamps, Scripture, and Song" featuring 318 holiday stamps from across the world that collectively tell the story of Christmas. 

As Jacobson describes it, this project began thirty-five years ago when he was a pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church in Oakland, N.J.  "For our first Christmas in our new...

Construction Begins on New Continuing Care Neighborhood at Ashby Ponds

Dec 14, 2012

New neighborhood to feature assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation & nursing care services at retirement community

(Ashburn, Va.) - Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living retirement community, recently began construction on its continuing care neighborhood. The addition of the continuing care neighborhood at Ashby Ponds will complete the community's mission of providing all levels of health care at one site, the first of its kind in Loudoun County, Va.  The four-story, 120,000 square-foot continuing care neighborhood will be comprised of 132 residences offering assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation and nursing care services. ...

United Flight 553 Crash Survivor Looks Back on the Tragedy 40 Years Later

Dec 4, 2012
[caption id="attachment_30426" align="alignright" width="300"] Several area newspapers captured McCausland's rescue.[/caption] Speculation of sabotage surrounded the 1972 crash as ties to the Watergate scandal surfaced (Ashburn, Va.) - On December 8, 1972, Marguerite McCausland was a 37-year-old flight attendant for United Airlines en route from Washington, D.C. to Chicago to Omaha when tragedy struck. The Boeing 737 she was on suddenly fell from the sky, crashing into several Chicago houses just over one mile from Chicago Midway Airport. According to the official National Transportation Safety Board aircraft accident report, probable cause for the accident was due to "the captain's failure to exercise positive...