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Charlestown Honors 1,900+ Years of Living

Oct 8, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD -- A Thursday, October 15, Centenarians Luncheon at Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, MD, will be held to honor 19 residents who are 100 years of age or older. It will take place from Noon – 1 p.m. in the Renaissance Gardens Meeting Hall on Charlestown’s campus, 715 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville, MD 21228.

These residents, combined, represent 1,900+ years of life. Agnes Reisenweber, the oldest resident being honored, will celebrate her 109th birthday later this month on October 29.

The following centenarians will be honored:

Norma Zinser (102 years old)

Ruth Burns (103...

Charlestown Residents/Staff October 21 to Participate in One Maryland One Book Project

Oct 6, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD – More than 200 hundred Charlestown retirement community residents and staff October 21 will participate in this year's One Maryland One Book project by discussing "The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics" by Daniel James Brown.

They have been reading this book for the past three months and will share their thoughts about it during a 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. event in the Auditorium that will feature Baltimore Rowing Club officials, Charlestown resident Jerry Waters of the Annapolis Rowing Club and Rich Clothier, former rowing...

Charlestown Retirees and 350 Rubber Ducks Raise Money for Benevolent Care

Oct 6, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD -- A “Quacktacular” Wednesday, October 14, Lucky Duck Race will see Charlestown retirement community residents participate with 350 rubber ducks to raise money for the community’s Benevolent Care Fund, which helps residents who experience an unforeseen change in their financial situation for reasons beyond their control.

This unusual 10-minute race will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Fitness/Aquatics Center at Charlestown, 715 Maiden Choice Lane, in Catonsville.

Residents from Charlestown’s Water Aerobics Group will jump into a 25-meter-long, 5-feet-deep pool and race 350 rubber ducks, which have been sponsored by staff and non-swimming residents with pledges...

Charlestown Residents, Turned Teachers, Share Their Knowledge in ELLIC Classes

Sep 23, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (September 23, 2015) -- For 26 years Vernon Williams taught part-time as an adjunct instructor at Loyola University in Maryland. Now the retired Westinghouse optical engineer is at the head of the class again at Charlestown retirement community.

Vernon is one of dozens of Charlestown residents who volunteer teaching classes as part of the Elderhostel Lifelong Learning Institute at Charlestown (ELLIC).

Now in its eighth year, ELLIC is flourishing at Charlestown offering residents the opportunity to participate in nearly 80 different classes and special programs. For an annual membership fee of $25, residents can enroll in...

Charlestown's John Fahey Urges Russian Foreign Policy Understanding

Sep 23, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (September 23, 2015) – Charlestown retirement community resident John Fahey, U.S. Navy Commander (retired), is not pleased with the more than 40 additional nuclear ballistic missiles that will be made this year by Russia and the fact that since the end of the Cold War the Soviet military doctrine has been changed.

Fahey, who flew combat missions during WWII, has undertaken extensive research into this subject and is now on a new mission: a campaign to educate the world about Russian foreign policy and intelligence from his perspective of a former American member of the Soviet army...

Charlestown's Barbara Walker Shoots, Writes and Edits Videos of Her World Travels -- and Then Shares Them on TV

Sep 22, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (September 22, 2015) -- Merriam-Webster defines the word wanderlust as being a strong desire or urge to wander or explore the world. But for Charlestown retirement community resident Barbara Walker it’s simply doing what she loves.

“I’ve traveled my whole life and pretty much covered all the continents,” says Barbara, who shoots, writes and edits videos of her world travels – and shares them on TV.

Barbara prefers to take the road less traveled, capturing her excursions on a handheld video camera and developing them into documentaries.

“I have a camera that fits in the...

Newly-Renovated Atrium Restaurant Opens at Charlestown

Sep 21, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (September 21, 2015) -- The Atrium, a newly-renovated 3,000-square-foot restaurant with an adjoining bar and lounge/library, this week opened at Charlestown retirement community. The $800,000 project took four months to complete.

The Atrium, which is located in the St, Charles neighborhood on Charlestown's 110-acre campus, features American fare, ranging from comfort foods to upscale offerings such as tenderloin and lamb chops. It seats 118 in a main dining room, with seating for an additional 12 in a private dining room.

The Atrium has a new tavern bar area, a rich décor throughout the entire service area...

Charlestown's John Saint-Amour Gives the French Horn its Proper Respect

Sep 8, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (September 8, 2015) -- For decades John Saint-Amour played the French horn among a “Who’s Who” list of legendary singers, musicians, and entertainers. Today he shares his talent with his friends and neighbors at Charlestown retirement community.

Nearly every day, the sound of the French horn fills John’s apartment home where he practices for upcoming performances. A vibrant musical atmosphere was one of the things that attracted John to the community a little over a year ago.

“I love to perform, and the French horn is a rare enough instrument that you can’t really perform alone,”...

Charlestown as Seen From the Other Side of the Tracks

Sep 8, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD -- Charlestown retirement community’s new 32” by 260” model railroad mural depicts western Pennsylvania mountains, bringing nature’s virtual beauty to the winding tracks below.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

The mural’s paper on vinyl adhesive photo is by Dave Burgess of Backdrop Junction based in Massachusetts. Residents Roberta Poulton and Ed Serp technically mounted the mural.

“The mural looks so nice,” said Ann MacKay, president of the community’s Residents’ Council.

The HO-scale model railroad has a rolling stock of 200 cars and engines. It features miniature replicas of main street Catonsville, Bethlehem...

Winnie the Penguin Charms Charlestown Residents

Sep 8, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (September 4, 2015) -- Winnie the penguin today charmed 60 Charlestown residents when the Maryland Zoo’s ZOOmobile made a visit to the retirement community. She pranced and danced as Zoo staffer Laura Newman talked about Winnie's unique personality.

Winnie, who is an African penguin, is 25 inches tall and weighs 5 pounds. Her diet consists of small fishes such as pilchard, anchovies, house mackeral, and sardines.

There are 18 penguin species. African penguins are closely related to the Humboldt, Galapagos and Magellanic penguins.

African penguins are in danger of extinction. Major reasons include depletion of...