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John Lorenz is a Volunteer Extraordinaire at Charlestown

May 30, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (May 30, 2017) -- The adage “It’s better to give than to receive” embodies the spirit of Charlestown where one third of Charlestown residents volunteer with dozens of different organizations, including homeless shelters, libraries, elementary schools, and churches.

One such volunteer, John Lorenz, began helping out at Charlestown just months after he and his wife Charlene moved from Upperco two years ago.

“I’ve always been a volunteer in some...

Charlestown Invasive Plants Crew Gets the Job Done

May 24, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (May 24, 2017) – Members of Patapsco Heritage Greenway this week partnered with nine residents of the Charlestown Invasive Plants Crew to remove invasive garlic mustard on the retirement community’s 110-acre campus. Under the leadership of Bert Clegern, they divided into three groups to cover different areas. A total of 15 volunteers remove d 20 bags of invasive garlic mustard plants, weighing about 400 pounds, in just about an hour and a half. Garlic mustard was first recorded in the United States in the late 1860’s and was brought by European settlers to...

First Graduating Class of “Charlestown Speaks!” Finds a Voice

May 17, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (May 16, 2017) -- The first class of eight Charlestown retirement community leaders today completed a new year-long training and public speaking program called “Charlestown Speaks!”

The program included monthly meetings where participants practiced public speaking skills in a variety of formats such as extemporaneous speeches, formal speeches and panel discussions.

Human Resources Manager Yvonne Rice and Community Financial Analyst Heather Reck designed and facilitated the meetings.


Charlestown Residents Help Their Student Employees Attend College

May 16, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (May 17, 2017) – Twenty three student employees were honored tonight by Charlestown Retirement Community residents who raised $174,600 for this year’s Scholarship Program to help them attend college.

To be eligible for a scholarship, the students employed in the Dining Services Department must work a minimum of 1,000 hours during the two years prior to receiving the scholarship, build positive relationships with residents and maintain a strong work record while employed at Charlestown. Each student will receive $1,000 a semester...

"Raise a Flag, Salute a Vet!" May 26-29 at 1,000-Flag Field of Honor Hosted by Charlestown

May 1, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD -- "Raise a Flag, Salute a Vet!" May 26-29 at the 1,000-flag Field of Honor presented by Hubbard Funeral Home and hosted by Charlestown retirement community.


Charlestown's Travis Shaw Publishes Second Poetry Book

Apr 26, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD -- Charlestown retirement community Dining Services Supervisor Travis Shaw's second poetry book, "Triumph Over Pain," will be published in May by Unlock Publishing House of Capital Hill, MD.

The 260 YouTube videos of his poetry readings have 15,550 views to-date. He shares his following poem during April National Poetry Month:

“Erickson Way” Respect is caring that’s what they say but what happens when you’re having a bad day and you don’t feel like being the Erickson Way, As you walk down...

Never-Ending Pursuit of Knowledge is a Priority for Charlestown Residents

Apr 25, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (April 26, 2017) -- The never-ending pursuit of knowledge is a priority for Charlestown residents participating in Elderhostel’s Lifelong Learning Institute (ELLIC) year-round program. They attend on-site classes and, in many instances, also teach them.

Scores of eclectic course offerings have wide appeal. The current catalog includes class titles such as:

Fusion: Boundless...

Charlestown's Gene Gilhooly Races Horses and Can't Wait for This Year's Preakness Stakes

Apr 20, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (April 20, 2017) – Charlestown retirement community resident Gene Gilhooly cannot do anything else on May 20 but attend this year’s 142 nd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore City. Horse racing, it seems, is in his blood.

A former elementary school principal, Gene bought his first racehorse in 1984. He today operates Schoolyard Stables where he buys, sells, and races horses in claiming races.


Signature Dining Comes to Charlestown

Apr 14, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (April 14, 2017) – Charlestown retirement community’s on-site restaurants, several of which recently underwent a major kitchen overhaul, this week rolled out Signature Dining, a new Erickson Living-wide program that features fresh, made-to-order menu offerings.


UMBC Undergraduate Students Tour Charlestown and Learn About Career Options

Apr 11, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (April 11, 2017) – Undergraduate students from UMBC toured Charlestown as part of their university’s weeklong “Fields of Opportunity, Careers in Aging” focus. One of the goals was to get them to consider career options at the retirement community.

The students were Economics, Biology, and Computer Science majors. Some were enrolled in the Erickson School of Aging’s Management in Aging Services program.

Senior recruiter Amy Bishop gave them a...