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A family affair

Brother-sister duo chooses Lantern Hill

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November 6th, 2015
Laddie, and her owners pose at lantern hill

Laddie, a nine-year-old sheltie, has a unique living situation. His parents don’t live together. But life is about to get better for this little Lassie dog.

Brother and sister duo John Bauer and Nancy Boucher share Laddie. John lives in Mendham, N.J., while Nancy and Laddie live 20 minutes away in Chatham Township. John makes the trip daily to groom Laddie and have dinner with Nancy. 

Next year, when John and Nancy move into neighboring first-floor apartments at Lantern Hill, in New Providence, the threesome will be one happy family. John won’t miss the 20-minute commute, and Nancy won’t miss making dinner each night. 

Consolidating costs

“It will be nice to have everything taken care of,” Nancy says. “I’ll be out of the job of making dinner every night and grocery shopping.” 

That’s because at the maintenance-free Erickson Living community, residents can opt to eat dinner at one of the on-site restaurants. A declining-balance meal plan is included in each resident’s monthly service package, which combines all major bills into one easy payment—a highlight for Nancy.

The monthly service package includes all utilities, property taxes, heating and air-conditioning, home maintenance, professional landscaping and snow removal, weekly light housekeeping, and more.

“I’m really looking forward to having all bills combined into one,” says Nancy.

Historical donations

Nancy also looks forward to consolidating her belongings “and having everything organized,” she says.  

She and John have started sorting items in preparation for their move and found a happy home for many of their family heirloom antiques. They donated several items to The History Center on Main Street in Mansfield, Pa. The museum, founded and operated by Joyce Tice, aims to preserve objects, history, and photos of the area’s past. 

John and Nancy’s great-grandfather, Francis Marion Shaw, and his family were from the area, and he helped start Mansfield University. “His family was a prominent family in town,” Nancy says. 

The History Center dedicated one room, located in the former Methodist church, to the Shaw family and graciously took several of John and Nancy’s family antiques, including a quilt made by Francis’ wife Celia Omira Rumsey in 1877, a monogrammed silver tea set, and early photographs of Celia and Francis. The Shaws attended the Methodist church where their belongings now reside. 

“I thought it would be nice to give back to the town,” Nancy says.

Tice says her objective is to preserve and present memorabilia from eastern Tioga County. “A local history museum is above all about people, and to have actual artifacts that belonged to them makes it much more concrete,” she says. “It’s the fabric of a life.”

Summit Antiques will also hold a sale of the remaining items John and Nancy won’t bring with them to Lantern Hill. Conveniently, they already know what furniture will fit and where in their respective apartment homes. 

New home

Personal Moving Consultant Jennifer Kohan visited them, armed with a to-scale floor plan, which allowed them to visualize furniture placement in their new homes. Kohan provides complimentary coordination of all realty and moving needs, including downsizing, home staging, packing, and selection of a real estate professional to priority list members.

John and Nancy will each move into one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath apartment homes at Hill. Nancy chose a Burlington floor plan, and John chose the slightly smaller Belvedere. Each home will have a first-floor patio where Laddie can lounge in the sun or get some fresh air.

Both widowed, John and Nancy chose Lantern Hill for its maintenance-free living, convenient monthly service package, one-level floor plan, and location. “I visited for a friend, but I joined the priority list instead,” Nancy says. 

Both she and John know several friends moving to the community. He was a professor at Kean University, and she taught elementary school in Summit. John even knows Sales Counselor Kathy Banks and her husband.

John and Nancy look forward to living closer yet being able to maintain separate living spaces. 

As for Laddie, “I don’t know how he’ll like apartment life, but I think he’ll like being with John and me,” says Nancy.