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Charlestown's Turkey Trot Raises $1,800 for Area Charities

Nov 27, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (November 27, 2015) – Charlestown retirement community’s ‘Movember’ Turkey Trot celebrated Men’s Heath Month and resulted in a total of $1,800 being donated to the Westside Men’s Shelter in Catonsville and Southwest Emergency Services in Arbutus. Ham and casserole were also donated.

Scores of Charlestown residents and staff walked November 18 through their campus’ winding Nature Trail with a mystery guest Turkey ( aka resident John Lorenz ).

Westside Men’s Shelter is a 100+ bed facility housing homeless men in Baltimore County. Its goal is to provide a safe and secure place for men to come...

Harmonizers Make Joyful Sound at Charlestown This Holiday Season

Nov 17, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (November 17, 2015) – The Harmonizers, a 45-member mixed chorus, has been rehearsing for this year’s holiday concert -- a two-day singing event at Charlestown retirement community on December 3rd and 4th filled with inspirational holiday classics – ever since the end of summer.

“We work very hard for three to four months before each concert,” says Director Evelyn Chesnutt.

“I spend the summer selecting the music, and rehearsals begin in September. The entire group practices for two hours every Thursday, and then there is a smaller group that meets for one hour on Tuesdays,” she...

Follies Take Center Stage at Charlestown

Oct 29, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (October 29, 2015) – Nearly 100 people attended a Follies variety show held October 9 in the continuing care neighborhood of Charlestown retirement community.

Residents, who performed for fellow residents, sang, played music, acted in comedy skits, and shared jokes. The top three performers won prizes.

Participants in the hour-long show were:

George Barranger (Host)

Kathleen Long and Jack Roeth (“Who’s On First?” Abbott & Costello skit)

Richard March and Janet Evans (“The Honeymooners” Jackie Gleason & Alice Kramden)

Eileen Fields (Irish Song vocalist)

Annette McDaniels (Accordion Player)

Chris Buppert...

400 Charlestown Resident Volunteers Get "Pinned" and Thanked

Oct 29, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (October 29, 2015) – More than 400 Charlestown retirement community resident volunteers this week got "pinned" as a way of being thanked for their year-round service. They will be honored at a luncheon in November.

Residents serve internally on projects/committees and also at many neighborhood-based organizations, including the following:

Our Daily Bread Catonsville Library Our Lady of the Angels Chapel Lansdowne Elementary School Riverview Elementary School Westside Men’s Shelter Arbutus Senior Center Local Churches

“Retirees enjoy volunteering to stay active and maintain a sense of purpose,” said Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Chrzanowski.

“Many of our residents...

Charlestown Gala Raises $65,000 for Benevolent Care

Oct 27, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD – A “Viva Las Vegas!” Gala October 17 raised a total of $65,000 net for Charlestown retirement community’s Benevolent Care Fund, which helps residents who experience an unforeseen change in their financial situation for reasons beyond their control.

The Gala was held on Charlestown’s 108-acre campus and it featured hotel-themed food stations, a Vegas bar lounge, Vegas gaming tables, a photo booth, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley performances, and raffle drawings. More than 200 staff, residents, vendors, and their guests attended.

“Residents at Charlestown are guaranteed a ‘home for life’ even if they outlive their financial...

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...