Student employees (from left) Mariam Abdulle, Melanny Fernandez, Michael Hornberger, Michaela Hatton, Jessica Beanland, Alex Perryman, and Kender Poore at the Ashby Ponds Scholars’ Fund award ceremony.

This fall, seven high school employees at Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Ashburn, Va., will begin the pursuit of higher education thanks to the generosity of the community members they serve.

Seventy-three Ashby Ponds residents pose for the community’s largest senior selfie.

Selfies, or pictures taken of oneself when holding a cellphone or tablet at arm’s length, are currently a hot trend on the Internet. In fact, in December 2014, the Oxford Dictionary Online named “selfie” the word of the year.

L-R Chuck Loomis, master of ceremonies; Thomas A. Greason, member of the Virginia House of Delegates, guest speaker; Rev. Carl Hemmer, associate pastor, Ashby Ponds Interfaith Church; Al Beyer, chair, Ashby Ponds Veterans Programs and Activities Committee

This summer, Ashby Ponds’ Veterans Programs and Activities Committee is on a special mission to honor the more than 250 military veterans who represent all five branches of the armed services and live at the Ashburn, Va., Erickson Living community.

Ashby Ponds priority list members enjoyed a special tour and wine tasting at Quattro Goomba’s Winery (quattro goomba is Italian for “four close friends”).

The Ashby Ponds priority list offers the hottest ticket in town, a future home at the sought-after Erickson Living community in Ashburn, Va.

Members of the most recent Ashby Ponds STEM panel, (from left) Kira Emmons, Emily Crisp, Sarah Ritter, and Jarreau Williams, shared with audience members the impact of STEM education on their career choices.

According to the National Math and Science Initiative, the United States is expected to have more than 8.6 million jobs available within the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by 2018, but as many as 3 million of those jobs may be unfilled.

Author Suzi Weinert and her husband moved to Ashby Ponds late last year.

“Life is good and will be even better when we advance from the priority list to our Ashby Ponds home,” said Suzi Weinert in an interview with the Tribune in the fall of 2014. This past December, she and her husband Don made their dreams a reality.

Last year, Nan Krueger and her fellow technological gurus at Ashby Ponds aimed to take the largest senior selfie to date.

According to a recent report by eMarketer, “more than 1 billion people worldwide, representing nearly 15% of the global population, use a tablet.” eMarketer anticipates that this total will reach 1.43 billion by 2018. 

(From left) Sales Counselor Dana Bradshaw, Sales Director Holly Henderson, Personal Moving Consultant Elizabeth McCumiskey, and Sales Manager Casey Jaekle

“Every day, I help people discover why Erickson Living communities, like Ashby Ponds, provide the best lifestyle for seniors but not because it is my job,” says Director of Sales Holly Henderson. “I do it because I strongly believe it’s true.” 

Ashby Ponds residents Wes and Rose Kriebel

“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” —Judy Garland