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It’s a bird...it’s a plane...it’s a drone!

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July 7th, 2015

Maris Grove resident with drone

During the Korean War, resident Bob Welsh served stateside as a Navy pilot. He flew an F8F Bearcat, the last of the propeller fighters. He also flew blimps.

Years later, after retiring from Scott Paper Company as senior vice president of its non-paper divisions, Bob served as chairman of the board of Crozer-Keystone Health Center.

And he and his wife Rita traveled the country, with Bob at the controls of his own plane. “I loved flying,” he says.

To pay his hangar fees, Bob paired his flying with his lifelong interest in photography and launched a business taking aerial photographs. He printed them in his own darkroom. 

He still does some aerial photography, but now he flies a camera-equipped drone to do so. 

The wall outside the Welshes’ front door displays a changing exhibit of Bob’s large-format images; they capture interesting subjects or document local life and events.

“Photography is my art form, my way of expressing myself,” he says.

Bob also repairs old photographs for his neighbors, and he takes photos for the Tribune. The activities challenge his skills and let him make new friends.

The best decision

Bob researched ten retirement communities before the Welshes moved from their five-level house near Media, Pa., to Maris Grove’s one-level living. 

Maris Grove’s fee-for-service policy for its on-site continuing care services made sense to the Welshes because they enjoy extremely good health. They also liked Maris Grove’s 90% refundable entrance deposit (the details are in the Residence and Care Agreement). 

But for Bob, the deciding factor was the light-filled apartment style they now call home.

He says Maris Grove is like a small town: “There’s a bigness about it. Residents come from all walks of life, and there’s a high level of social contact.”

That’s especially evident each evening in Grove Pub & Bistro, where the conversation is lively and the air crackles with vitality. It’s Maris Grove’s favorite pre-dinner gathering place.

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