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Charlestown's Bert Clegern and Ann MacKay Inducted Into Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

Oct 31, 2016

GLEN BURNIE, MD (October 27, 2016) Charlestown retirement community residents Robert Wayne "Bert" Clegern, Ph.D., and Ann M. MacKay today were inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

They were honored for their volunteerism in a ceremony held at Michaels Eighth Avenue attended by hundreds of people.

Clegern volunteers with the Nature Trail Committee, the Charlestown Sluggers softball team (which he coaches), the Rotary Club of Catonsville Book Collection, the Field of Honor, and the Treasure Sale.

MacKay, who is the immediate past President of the Residents Council, leads the Apple Users Group and Website...

One Hundred Children "Trunk or Treat" at Charlestown

Oct 31, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (October 30, 2016) – One hundred children today celebrated Halloween during Charlestown retirement community's "Trunk or Treat."

They received candy handed out by residents and staff from decorated trunks of cars in the Charlestown Square parking lot.

They enjoyed face painting, games, pony rides, and a petting zoo.

"Trunk or Treat" was sponsored by Erickson Living Values...

Charlestown Girl Scouts Forever Honor Scouting Founder Juliette Gordon Low

Oct 31, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (October 29, 2016) -- Members of Charlestown retirement community's Girl Scouts Forever group today made a ceremonial campfire to celebrate the birthday of Girl Scouts of America founder Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927).

Participating were Cynthia Garner, GSCM Troop 496; Shirley Parker, a 60-year member of the Girl Scouts Council of New York; Marie Garner, GSCM Troop 496; Theresa Spliedt, GSCM Troop 496; and Elaine Jenks, Girl Scouts of the Nation's Capital.


Charlestown Resident Pat Kasuda Goes "Undercover" for Staff Appreciation

Oct 26, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (October 26, 2016) -- Charlestown retirement community resident Pat Kasuda, chair of this year's Staff Appreciation Fund Drive, has assumed the role of "Undercover Employee" to raise awareness of the fund that thanks hourly employees for their exemplary work.

Kasuda, who is a former healthcare administrator, will be doing some of what she has identified as Charlestown's most unknown jobs in the coming month."

I will do anything to...

Charlestown's Resident-Run Pottery Group Encourages Creative Individualism

Oct 26, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (October 26, 2016) -- From knitting and jewelry making to hand-designed greeting cards, a do-it-yourself fever is making its way across the country.

Nowhere, perhaps, is this more evident than at Charlestown retirement community where a resident-run pottery group finds crafts are not only a great creative outlet but also a great way to socialize and stay connected with friends.

Eugenia High, a former social worker, had never made...

Charlestown Book Writers' Festival Celebrates Publishing

Oct 17, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (October 14, 2016) -- Twenty seven resident authors today were represented at Charlestown retirement community's Book Writers' Festival, a four-hour event in The Gallery that featured book signings and workshops about publishing.

The authors, among them Charlotte Valentine, displayed and sold their books as they discussed the writing process with about 100 people who attended.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know our writers and learn more about book publishing," said Valentine, whose historic novel "The Buried Treasure of...

Charlestown Celebrates 1,623 Years of Life

Oct 13, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD -- Sixteen resident centenarians – with a combined 1,623 years of life – were honored Thursday, October 13, at Charlestown retirement community.

Their birthdays were celebrated during a noontime birthday luncheon in the Renaissance Gardens meeting hall. They shared stories about their incredible lives.

The Charlestown residents (with their ages noted) who were honored follow:

Mary Carney 101 Edna Palmer 100 Ethel Gaham 100 Naomi Starr 100 Genevieve Longley 100 Helen Smith 106 Virginia Hammons...

Charlestown Recruits Talented Culinarians

Oct 12, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD -- A Wednesday, October 12, Job Fair at Charlestown retirement community will recruit talented culinarians to fill Line Cook and Prep Cook openings. These jobs will support a new Dining program which will feature fresh, made-to-order menu offerings.

The Job Fair will be held from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Conference Center at Charlestown, 715 Maiden Choice Lane.

Computer stations will allow attendees to apply on-site. Applicants will get opportunities to have one-on-one interviews directly with executive chefs and general managers.

Charlestown, which is managed by Erickson Living, has a number of career...

Sixteen Centenarians -- with a Combined 1,623 Years of Life -- to be Honored October 13 at Charlestown

Oct 6, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (October 6, 2016) -- Sixteen centenarians – with a combined 1,623 years of life – will be honored Thursday, October 13, at Charlestown retirement community.

Their birthdays will be celebrated during a Noon - 1 p.m. luncheon in the Renaissance Gardens Meeting Hall. They will share stories about their incredible lives.

The Charlestown resident centenarians (with their ages noted) who will be honored follow:


Charlestown’s Diane Lyons Mingles with Lions and Elephants in Africa

Oct 3, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD ( October 3, 2016) – Charlestown retirement community resident Diane Lyons just returned from a vacation trip 7,650 miles from home where she zip-lined at Victoria Falls and mingled with lions and elephants in Africa.

The trip was one of several excursions offered by Charlestown’s Special Trips Department and one that Diane, a seasoned traveler, just couldn’t pass up. Residents Katy Houghton and Jun Szalkowski joined her.

“I have lived overseas and traveled to Europe, but I...