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Charlestown's D-Day Veterans Commemorate Invasion Their Way

Jun 8, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (June 6, 2015) -- D-Day Veterans who live at Charlestown retirement community today kept their annual tradition of toasting with a bottle of Calvados Boulard liquer from France to commemorate the invasion and give tribute to their fallen comrades.

Participating in a ceremony in Charlestown's Fireside restaurant were Harper Griswold (U.S. Navy), Bill Doyle (U.S. Army), Bill Tabling (U.S. Navy), Harold Rummel (U.S. Air Force), and Jack Strauch (U.S. Navy).

On June 6, 1944, a 5,000-vessel armada transporting more than 150,000 Allied troops and nearly 30,000 vehicles crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches...

Joseph Peacock Wins Charlestown's Field of Honor 5K Race With a Time of 19:18

Jun 2, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (May 31, 2015) -- Joseph Peacock won the inaugural Charlestown retirement community Field of Honor 5K run with a time of 19:18. He is the grandson of Charlestown resident Pat McDonough.

Charlestown residents 68-year-old Sarah Nixon and 75-year-old John Strumsky were winners in their age group.

The May 22 evening event, which was held under the auspices of Race IT, attracted nearly 100 runners.

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Charlestown D-Day Veterans to be Honored June 7 at "D-Day to Victory" Program

May 20, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD – Five Charlestown residents who took part in the 1944 D-Day invasion of Normandy will be honored at a “D-Day to Victory” program at the retirement community. This event will be held Sunday, June 7, from 2 -3 p.m., in the Conference Center at Charlestown, 715 Maiden Choice Lane.

The itinerary will include a panel discussion about the D-Day invasion, testimonials by the veterans, and the showing of American Hero Channel’s film “D-Day to Victory.” This film profiles Charlestown resident Bill Doyle, U.S. Army, who saw combat at Omaha Beach.

Other Charlestown D-Day veterans who will...

Come to 1,000-Flag Charlestown Field of Honor on Memorial Day Weekend

May 19, 2015

WHAT:

A Charlestown Field of Honor May 22-26 Memorial Day weekend display of 1,000 full-size American flags to honor veterans. Hubbard Funeral Home is presenting the Charlestown Field of Honor.

This event benefits Operation Second Chance, a Maryland-based charity that helps care for wounded warriors and their families, and Charlestown's Benevolent Care Fund.

This display of 1,000 American flags pays tribute to the hundreds of thousands of past and present American veterans who have served their country and to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Opening Ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 23, at...

Charlestown Residents Honored for Their 18,256 Monthly Hours of Volunteerism

May 13, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (May 12, 2015) – More than 300 people attended a recent party that honored Charlestown retirement community residents who volunteer throughout the community and the greater Baltimore metropolitan area.

Charlestown residents volunteer more than 18,256 hours each month. A sampling of their community volunteerism follows:

- Lansdowne Elementary School

- Riverview Elementary School

- Religious Ministry

- Prayer Shawl Angels

- Stitches from the Heart

- Helping Up Mission

- Our Daily Bread

- Friendly Visitors

- Caring Companions

- Pet Visitors

- Activities Helpers...

Three-Day Charlestown Treasure Sale Raises $25,865 for Programs

May 12, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (May 12, 2015) -- A three-day Treasure Sale at Charlestown retirement community resulted in a total of $26,865 being donated to the community's programs.

Monies from the sale held May 7-9 helped to support the Benevolent Care Fund, the Staff Appreciation Fund, the Chapel Concert Series, Continuing Care activities, the Book and Film Library and the Harmonizers choral group.

Nearly 1,000 people shopped at the Treasure Sale. They bought items that included furniture, lamps, clothing, glassware, kitchenware, home décor, books, CDs, and DVDs.

“I always come to the Treasure Sale to shop,” said Mother Emily...

Husband and Wife -- and Wife's Mother -- Live in Same Charlestown Apartment

May 11, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (May 11, 2015) -- They say two’s company and three’s a crowd, but for one multi-generational family living together in an apartment at Charlestown retirement community the arrangement is working.

Patricia (Pat) and John Gross -- along with Pat’s mother, Rose Landis -- live together in an apartment that is actually two adjacent apartments that were reconstructed into one.

Pat, John, and Rose moved to Charlestown last September from a four-bedroom, two-story home they shared for more than 20 years. Empty nesters, John and Pat decided it was time to trade-in their oversized house.

“Our...

Resident-Run Shop Supports Charlestown's Benevolent Care

May 6, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (May 7, 2015) – Patricia Leslie, a registered nurse, drives from the Pimlico section of Baltimore City each week to Charlestown to browse and shop at the Treasure Chest, an on-site resale and gift shop at the retirement community managed by residents that raises $15,000 annually to support Benevolent Care.

“The shopping atmosphere is pleasant,” said Leslie, who just bought a toaster for $4. “I can eat lunch after I am finished shopping and also get a chance to talk with residents.”

The Treasure Chest offers an assortment of kitchenware, home decor, lamps, small appliances, puzzles,...

Charlestown Resident and Red Cross Volunteer Barbara Riester is Ready to Help Whenever Disaster Strikes

May 4, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (May 4, 2015) -- Barbara Riester was just settling into her new home at Charlestown in June 2013 when she got the phone call and jetted off out west. Barbara, an American Red Cross volunteer, was needed in Black Forest, Colorado where wildfires were ravaging acres of land and ultimately destroyed over 500 homes.

“I call it the ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ program. If we get called we have to be on our way to the disaster by the next day,” says Barbara who has responded with the Red Cross to disaster calls all over the United...

Sulpician Priests' Hallowed Ground is at Charlestown

Apr 30, 2015

CATONSVILLE, MD (April 30, 2015) – More than 200 priests who once taught at seminaries in Maryland and throughout the United States rest eternally in the Sulpician Cemetery’s hallowed ground near Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at Charlestown retirement community.

Rows of metal crosses – aligned in syncopation and nestled among trees -- mark the graves of the priests. Accompanying plaques note their names, geographic places of birth, days of birth and days of death. A total of 150 of the priests once taught at St. Charles College Seminary, the site of what is now Charlestown

Father...