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The Leader of the Band: Jack Melick Lives His Childhood Dream

Feb 2, 2015
DALLAS, TX—After two years of piano lessons, Jack Melick, then age 7 of North Plainfield, New Jersey, proudly told his parents of his dream to become a big band leader. By the time he was a teenager, he was well on his way of fulfilling his goal during summers at a resort in the Pocono Mountains. Seventy-eight years later, he continues to make beautiful music before appreciative audiences. The resident of Highland Springs, the Erickson Living retirement community, continues to lead Jack Melick and His Big Band in performances mainly in the Dallas area. His career has taken him across...

Government Affairs Group at Highland Springs Connects Residents with the Issues

Jan 5, 2015
DALLAS, TX—Texas made national headlines in 2014 for politics, as the gubernatorial race headlined a busy election season. Residents at Highland Springs were particularly tuned in. Over 95 percent of eligible voters at the Erickson Living retirement community participated in the November general election, nearly 60 percentage points higher than the overall turnout in Collin County. Since its creation in 2006, the resident-led Government Affairs Group has been a key contributor to the high level of civic involvement at Highland Springs. A non-partisan entity, its mission is to inform and educate residents about local, state and federal issues of interest,...

Texas-Sized Rivalry: Highland Springs Makes Charitable Wager with Sister Community on the Big Game

Oct 1, 2014

DALLAS, TX---The week 5 schedule of National Football League (NFL) features fifteen games across the country.

But for those in the Lone Star State, none is bigger than the renewal of the rivalry between the Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboys, both sporting records of 3-1.  Fans from both cities will be donning their team colors on Sunday, October 5th to see which squad will hold state bragging rights.

That includes residents and employees from two football-crazed Erickson Living retirement communities, Eagle's Trace in Houston and Highland Springs in Dallas.

"With five Super Bowl titles and thirteen...

Highland Springs Residents to Experience Worldwide Historical Sites...in Dallas

Aug 26, 2014
DALLAS, TX---For Barbara Blachly, Community Resources Coordinator at Highland Springs retirement community, history has been a lifelong interest. Ms. Blachly taught four years of the subject at nearby J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, TX, and she is surrounded by residents at the Erickson Living retirement community who love it, too.  So when it was time to plan a trip for residents in September, Ms. Blachly decided to take a worldwide tour---right in Dallas. Along with Walt Thieme, a resident, and Francisco Sanchez, Transportation Supervisor at Highland Springs, Ms. Blachly scouted locations in July and created what she calls the...

What's In A Name? The Bobs of Highland Springs Will Tell You!

Jul 11, 2014
DALLAS, TX---When Bob Brenner and his wife, Viva, moved to Highland Springs on July 5, 2012, their first dinner was with fellow residents Bob and Sue Bullock. At that moment, Mr. Brenner should have known that something was brewing at the Erickson Living retirement community in North Dallas. Two years later, a new group, the Bobs Club, is in full swing. "We were dining in the restaurant with other couples, and by chance, three of us were named Bob.  So someone joked that there ought to be a 'Bobs Club'," described Mr. Brenner.  A few weeks later, Mr. Brenner spoke...

Construction of New Independent Living Resident Building Underway at Highland Springs

Jun 5, 2014
DALLAS, TX---Highland Springs, the Erickson Living retirement community, announced today the future addition of Willow Ridge, a new independent living building currently under construction. The $21.3 million project will feature 99 residences with fourteen fresh floor plan designs that vary in style from luxury two-bedroom to extra-large one-bedroom homes.  Amenities include stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and upgraded flooring options. It will also have underbuilding parking and new multipurpose space to be utilized for campus events such as worship services, dances, performances and more. Willow Ridge is currently scheduled to open in the spring of 2015.  Dallas-based JHP Architecture is...

Highland Springs Residents' Christmas Project Earns Statewide Honors

May 21, 2014
DALLAS, TX---A group of residents from Highland Springs, the Erickson Living retirement community, received statewide honors for a special yearlong charitable project. They won the 2014 LeadingAge Texas Award for Volunteer Achievement (Group) for their creativity and talent in constructing and decorating cradle sets and toy fire trucks for Dallas-area children during the Christmas season. The LeadingAge Texas awards program honors those who have made a commitment to the field of aging services, who embody excellence in leadership and advocacy, and who are making outstanding contributions to their communities and our field.  The residents from Highland Springs received their award...

Friday, May 23: Highland Springs Residents to Create Wave of "Red, White & Blue" for Memorial Weekend Tribute

May 19, 2014
DALLAS, TX--Residents of Highland Springs, the Erickson Living retirement community in North Dallas, will kick-off the Memorial Day weekend with a patriotic tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation's freedom. Beginning at 8am on Friday, May 23rd  approximately thirty residents will create a wave of "Red, White and Blue" by placing 400 United States flags on the grounds of its 89-acre campus. "The residents, veterans and their families have embraced this patriotic picture that they create with the American flags," stated Barbara Blachly, Community Resources Manager.  "Driving up to Highland Springs and seeing the 'sea' of...

Highland Springs Names Charles Thomas as Director of General Services

Apr 25, 2014
DALLAS, TX---Highland Springs, the Erickson Living retirement community in North Dallas, announced the appointment of Charles Thomas as the Director of General Services. Mr. Thomas has worked his entire career in Facilities Management for five major universities and two large school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.  He has served for seven years as the Assistant Superintendent for Facility Services for Arlington ISD and five years as Executive Director of Maintenance and Operations for Richardson ISD.   In his new position, Mr. Thomas will provide daily leadership to Maintenance and Operations of the General Services Department as well as its Security...

Highland Springs Appoints Dr. Patti Dickson as Social Worker

Apr 11, 2014
DALLAS, TX---Highland Springs, the Erickson Living retirement community, announced the appointment of Patti Dickson, Ph.D. as a new Social Worker. Most recently, Dr. Dickson worked with the Maurice Barnett Geriatric Wellness Center in Collin County.  Dr. Dickson is a Californian who moved to Texas nine years ago.  She was a Social Work Manager for an Adult Day Care program in Long Beach, California and a Preceptor at California State University Long Beach School of Social Work.  Upon arriving in Texas, Dr. Dickson became the Manager of Education for the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Dallas where she was active both locally...