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Charlestown's Phyllis Yingling's Oil Paintings Take People on Visual Vacations

Mar 7, 2016

CATONSVILE, MD (March 7, 2016) – Phyllis Yingling’s “Castle Rhine” (oil/canvas) seen is one of 13 pieces of her art exhibited during March in the Charlestown Art Gallery. She takes people on visual vacations, with many of her intricately-detailed oil paintings depicting landscapes and seascapes done from photographs taken while she traveled.

Yingling began painting in oils while attending Shepherd College. She continued taking classes with a local artist, but it was not until 1992 that she began seriously studying art. She also...

Winter Putterland Raises $7,545 for Charlestown's Benevolent Care

Mar 7, 2016

CATONSVILLE MD (March 7, 2016) – Nearly 300 Charlestown retirement community residents, staff and their families competed the last week of February in Winter Putterland indoor miniature golf events that raised $7,545 for the community’s Benevolent Care Fund.

They played on a full 18-hole course designed built by members of Charlestown’s woodshop. The entire course was outlined with 100 two-by-fours. Volunteers sawed, sanded, hammered, and painted obstacles for the course.

Many...

Charlestown Residents Take the Stage

Feb 23, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (February 23, 2016) -- Chris Buppert’s outlook on life has always been simple: be positive and find the humor in everything. So when he decided to participate in a recent variety show at Charlestown, there was no question his aim would be to make people laugh.

“I kid around with everyone I meet,” says Chris, a computer programmer who retired from the Social Security Administration. “I have only done stand-up comedy informally at my church, but I have been performing with...

Winter Putter Land Raises Money for Charlestown Benevolent Care

Feb 22, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (February 22, 2016) -- A Thursday, February 25 (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) Winter Putter Land indoor miniature golf tournament will be held in the Charlestown Conference Center in which men and women who belong to Southwest Baltimore County Senior Centers in Catonsville, MD, will compete to raise money for Charlestown's Benevolent Care Fund.

Nearly 100 people from Catonsville, Woodlawn, Arbutus, and Lansdowne Senior Centers will play on a full 18-hole course designed built by members of Charlestown’s woodshop. The entire...

Charlestown 'Leap Year Baby' Philip Schubert Celebrates

Feb 18, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (February 17, 2016) – Charlestown retirement community resident Philip Schubert was born in 1928 – one day before the Alpha Movie Theater in Catonsville opened on March 1st. He looks forward to celebrating his birthday this year on the same date -- 22 years later.

Schubert is a Leap Year Baby. His birthdays have been far and few, but he never missed one of them, even if they never fell on a calendar day.

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Southern Comfort Food Comes to Charlestown

Feb 18, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (February 17, 2016) -- -- Charlestown retirement community’s Mary Parker, a cook in the Terrace Cafe, today gave a Southern Comfort Food demo for 100 residents and staff.

She cooked BBQ chicken, collard greens, potato salad, and cornbread. The Medical Center's Practice Administrator Dean Crawford assisted her.

Parker, a 17-year employee, spoke of her South Carolina family heritage. Her southern charm captivated everyone as she provided insight into how...

Charlestown Honors 39 Employees for Their Outstanding "Mission Moments"

Feb 8, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (February 8, 2016) -- Charlestown retirement community this month honored 39 employees for their outstanding Mission Moments in providing stellar service to residents that best reflect Erickson Living values. These values include Respect and Caring, Diversity, Friendliness and Enthusiasm, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, and Teamwork.

The employees honored were chosen from 998 Mission Moments written by the Erickson Living Values Team each month as representing the best examples of Charlestown’s mission in action in 2015.

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Charlestown Cat May be World's Oldest

Feb 4, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (February 4, 2016) -- Black Lace, a cat who is at least 22 years old and who lives at Charlestown, is said to be the world’s oldest cat living in a retirement community. She may also be the oldest cat anywhere when factoring in several “lost years” in her past.

Her owner, Joy Price, got her in a pet store in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The store manager said the black cat with white markings was a neutered male named Fred. A...

Charlestown Residents Take to Their Indoor Pool in Winter

Feb 2, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (February 2, 2016) -- Pat Ward has led an indoor water aerobics class at Charlestown retirement community for the past three years. And her classes are always full, especially during winter months, as participants strengthen and increase their muscle tone

The free, hour-long classes are held five days a week in Charlestown’s 75- by 30-foot pool, part of the recently expanded 6,000-square-foot aquatics center that also features a separate therapy pool with a treadmill and a spa.

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Blizzard of 2016 Has No Impact on Charlestown Residents

Jan 25, 2016

CATONSVILLE, MD (January 24, 2016) -- The record-setting Blizzard of 2016 that dumped 29.2 inches of snow in the Baltimore metropolitan area had no impact on Charlestown retirement community’s 2,100 residents.

Many dedicated General Services employees volunteered to stay overnight Friday, January 22, and Saturday, January 23, working nonstop to dig out snow at the 110-acre Charlestown campus in Catonsville. The community as of Sunday afternoon, January 24, was safe for driving and walking.

Operations at Charlestown were never disrupted by the blizzard. Staff from virtually all departments volunteered to stay overnight Friday, January 22,...