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Ashby Ponds Named as One of Greater Washington's Healthiest Employers by Washington Business Journal

Aug 15, 2013
[caption id="attachment_67114" align="alignright" width="300"] Ashby Ponds[/caption] (Ashburn, Va.) - Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living retirement community in Ashburn, Va., was recently named one of Greater Washington's Healthiest Employers in 2013 by Washington Business Journal .  The awards recognize companies with policies and initiatives that promote the health and well-being of their employees. The official awards will be presented by the Washington Business Journal at an awards luncheon on September 19, 2013. "At Ashby Ponds, we are committed to encouraging behaviors that promote a healthy lifestyle for our employees," said David Gallagher, Executive Director for Ashby Ponds. "We...

Ashby Ponds 2013 Summer Olympics Come to a Close

Aug 14, 2013

The 5 th annual sporting events saw participation from 150 residents at the community

[caption id="attachment_66975" align="alignright" width="300"] 2013 Ashby Ponds Summer Olympics water volleyball competition[/caption]

(Ashburn, Va.) - Residents at Ashby Ponds recently participated in the community's 5 th annual Summer Olympics.  For a full week, residents participated in a variety of indoor and outdoor events resulting in the presentation of gold, silver, and bronze medals.  This year, 150 residents competed in the Summer Olympics, making for the largest participation rate in the community's five-year history. 


Ashburn Couple, John and Nancy Oliphant, to Observe World Elephant Day on August 12

Aug 9, 2013
[caption id="attachment_66552" align="alignright" width="300"] John & Nancy Oliphant[/caption] (Ashburn, Va.) - Last year, World Elephant Day was observed for the first time on August 12,  bringing awareness to the importance of conserving and protecting one of the world's largest mammals.  This year, one local couple hopes to bring more attention to the threatened animal with their unique collection. John and Nancy Oliphant live at Ashby Ponds retirement community in Ashburn, Va.; "Oliphant" is a derivative of the word "elephant," according to the couple. They also note that they have come across only one other person...

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...