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Catholic Residents at Greenspring Will Donate 600 Books to Local Elementary School Children

Feb 6, 2013

Residents at Greenspring retirement community will present donations and read to students at Crestwood Elementary School for Read Across America Day

(Springfield, Va.) - About 400 residents at Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Va. identify themselves as Catholics.  Over the past year, the Catholic residents have been raising money to provide books to students at a nearby elementary school.  The residents have worked in partnership with Scholastic to ensure that the students at Crestwood Elementary School will be able to have appropriate grade-level books that they can call their own.  The Greenspring residents...

Three Springfield Neighbors Recall Their Roles in the Truman Inauguration Sixty-Four Years Ago

Jan 15, 2013

Just days before President Obama's second inauguration, Greenspring neighbors Jim Upp, Scott Shipe, and Gray Parks recount their experiences at Truman's inaugural parade

(Springfield, Va.) - The inauguration of President Truman in 1949 produced many firsts - first to be nationally televised, first to be openly integrated, first to debut the current Presidential seal - and also, the first inauguration attended by then-16-year-old Jim Upp, then-20-year-old Scott Shipe, and then-20-year-old Gray Parks.  All three are now neighbors at Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Va., but also have in common the experience of participating in the 1949 parade. ...

Greenspring Welcomes Eric Whitson as the New Director of Sales

Jan 15, 2013

(Springfield, Va.) - Eric Whitson recently joined Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community in Springfield, Va., as the new Director of Sales.

"We are delighted that Eric has joined our talented and passionate team at Greenspring," said Greenspring's Executive Director, Robin Gliboff.  "Eric's extensive experience in sales, marketing, and hospitality will help tremendously in providing an exceptional experience for current and future residents, and we all look forward to his contributions to our community." Whitson has nearly 30 years of experience working as a sales and marketing leader in the hospitality industry.  Prior...

Capturing Fifty Years of Christmas History

Dec 13, 2012

Springfield Resident, Al Nielsen, Has Photographed the National Christmas Tree Every Year Since 1963

(Springfield, Va.) - In December 1963, Al Nielsen drove his wife and four children to Washington, D.C. to see the National Christmas Tree, a red spruce from West Virginia.  That year, the lighting of the tree was delayed due to the mourning period following the assassination of President Kennedy.  Being without a tripod, Nielsen placed his camera atop his car and captured the first photo of what would become a long-standing annual tradition.  Now 90-years-old, Nielsen recently photographed the 2012 National Christmas Tree,...

Local Veterans to Record War Experiences at the National World War II Memorial for the "Meet the Veterans" Project

Nov 21, 2012

World War II Veterans from Greenspring retirement community to be interviewed by West Springfield High School seniors at the National World War II Memorial December 1 | 10:00 am

(Springfield, Va.) - Just days before National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, nearly two dozen World War II veterans from Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Va. will visit the National World War II Memorial to record their war memories.  Several seniors from West Springfield High School will be interviewing the veterans on Saturday, December 1 at the memorial in Washington, D.C. for their senior capstone project.  Veterans from Greenspring...

Greenspring Donates 800 Turkeys with Funds Raised from 10th Annual Turkey Trot

Nov 19, 2012

(Springfield, Va.) - On Friday, November 16, Greenspring residents and staff participated in the retirement community's 10 th Annual Turkey Trot, raising money to provide Thanksgiving turkeys to area families in need.  Greenspring's wellness and fitness staff organize the event each year, which continues to grow annually, according to Greenspring's Wellness Manager, Brad Hibbs.

"So many of the residents recognize that they are fortunate and are willing to help," said Hibbs. "They are incredibly generous."

Four Washington, D.C.-area mission organizations are receiving turkeys from Greenspring this year including SOME (So Others Might Eat)...

Greenspring Honors Veteran Residents, Celebrates Veterans Day

Nov 9, 2012
(Springfield, Va.) - On Monday, November 12, nearly 150 residents and family members attended a Veterans Day program at Greenspring retirement community. Resident Bob Zikowitz, U.S. Army (Ret.), who served as the Master of Ceremonies, said "we are here to honor all those who have made the supreme sacrifice." This year, the guest speaker for the Greenspring Veterans Day program was Greenspring resident Rear Admiral Ross H. Trower, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy (Ret.). Rear Adm. Trower is a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and was the former Chief of Chaplains of the U.S. Navy from May 1979...

Monster Mashing Seniors Perform Ghoulish Lip Dub

Oct 25, 2012

Seniors at Greenspring retirement community celebrate Halloween in haunting style

(Springfield, Va.) - Nearly one dozen seniors from Greenspring retirement community participated in a ghoulish lip dub music video to celebrate Halloween.  The seniors, who dressed in costume for the video, performed to the song "Monster Mash" originally produced by Bobby 'Boris' Pickett in 1962.  Resident Ernie Sult, who played the leading role as the Mad Scientist, said "It was a ball. I had so much fun, found some gel, tousled up my hair, sashayed around, mugged the camera, mouthed the words,...

10th Annual Greenspring Halloween Pet Parade

Oct 15, 2012
Residents and staff will parade over 25 dogs in costume at Greenspring retirement community Saturday, October 20 | 2:00 pm WHAT: The 10th annual Halloween Pet Parade will be held at Greenspring on Saturday, October 20. In years past, the parade venue at Greenspring has been "standing room only," as an audience of Greenspring residents, family, and staff watch a parade of costumed pets prance by! The parade is sponsored by the Dogs of Greenspring resident club at the community. Other local sponsors include Shampooch Mobile Spa, Inc., Felix & Oscar, PetValu, and PetSmart. [caption id="attachment_21539" align="alignleft" width="266"] ...

Celebrating a Local Sculptor During National Arts and Humanities Month

Oct 10, 2012
(SPRINGFIELD, VIRGINIA) - After a 25-year career on Capitol Hill, Gwen Harrison Lockhart turned her sights to the fine art of sculpture.  A few years after her retirement in 1990, Lockhart enrolled in her first art class with The Art League of Alexandria, located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center.   "It's something I always wanted to do," said Lockhart.  "Now, sculpture is my long suit." Lockhart grew up in Burrton, Kans., and attended Hutchison Junior College before going on to the University of Missouri.  She subsequently moved to California for two years to work as a journalist, before moving on to...