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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...

Nearly 300 Guests are "All In" at Charlestown Home Expo

Mar 20, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (March 18, 2017) -- A total of 277 guests attended a St. Patrick's Day Home Expo held at Charlestown, with 15 of them becoming new Priority List members who expressed an interest in calling the retirement community their future home.

Fourteen made formal requests for follow-up appointments and two apartment homes were reserved on the spot.

As a result, Charlestown today has just 7 of its 1,459 apartment homes not spoken for.

The guests --...

Charlestown Residents Help Baltimore City's Sandtown Neighborhood to Rebuild

Mar 8, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (March 7, 2017) -- If there is any truth to the old adage “Actions speak louder than words,” then residents of Charlestown retirement community can be heard loud and clear.

After the 2015 riots in Baltimore City, Charlestown volunteers came together to donate their time and talents through projects designed to renew and revitalize the Sandtown-Winchester community. They call themselves the Charlestown-Sandtown Connection.


Fireside Art Committee Thrives at Charlestown

Mar 8, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (March 8, 2017) -- Thirty Charlestown residents -- among them a former teacher, college dean, journalist, engineer, accountant, housewife, and spy -- get together each Friday morning for a few hours in the retirement community's newly-refurbished art studio. They work on their watercolor, acrylic, pen and ink, and oil paintings, as well as their pottery.

They are members of the Fireside Art Committee, and this studio is their creative oasis of sorts. Each artist has his or her own locked storage cabinet and drawer. The studio is...

Dramatic Play at Charlestown on March 10 and March 11 Examines Women's Secrets Revealed at High School Reunion

Mar 2, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (March 2, 2017) – “Martha’s Party,” a two-act drama about secrets revealed by women at their high school reunion, will be performed Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11 (beginning at 7 p.m.) in the auditorium of Charlestown retirement community.

The play follows five cheerleader-wannabe friends from Wooster High School (class of 1938) who meet 62 years later at the Plaza Hotel in New York for a reunion. Their conversations unexpectedly lay bare the joy and heartbreak each have experienced in their lives.


Charlestown’s Winter Putterland Raises $8,900 for Benevolent Care

Mar 1, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (March 1, 2017) – Winter Putterland, a series of indoor miniature gol f events held last week, raised a total of $8,900 for Charlestown retirement community’s Benevolent Care Fund. This fund helps residents who experience an unforeseen change in their financial situation for reasons beyond their control.

Scores of Charlestown resident volunteers brought this unique miniature golf course to life. A full 18-hole course designed and built by members of Charlestown’s woodshop was outlined with 100 two-by-fours. Volunteers sawed, sanded, hammered,...

Charlestown's Stephen Schimpff, MD, Publishes Historical Tale of West Virginia

Mar 1, 2017

CATONSVILLE, MD (March 1, 2017) – Charlestown retirement community resident Stephen Schimpff, MD, has published “Fortune Seekers in the Promised Land: A Tale of Exploitation and Development in the Canaan Valley and Blackwater Region in West Virginia." This historical story follows the transformation of the area from pristine plateau to pillaged woodland to wildlife preserve to tourist destination.

Dr. Schimpff spent five years researching the story of Canaan Valley, the highest valley east of the Mississippi. Most of the information in his book is factual and is based on review of original patents from the Virginia land Office held...