Winifred and Herman Messmer live at Linden Ponds in Hingham, Mass.

A little over a year ago, Herman and Winifred Messmer decided to sell their house in Hingham, Mass. They knew they were ready for maintenance-free retirement living and wanted to live at Linden Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Hingham, Mass.

Resident Emelia Smith showed off the fruits of her labor at Linden Ponds’ Annual Garden Promenade.

Everything was turning up roses over the summer at Linden Ponds. In July, the community hosted more than 130 guests for its Annual Garden Promenade. 

Kyleen Farrell, who started working at Linden Ponds in 2008 as a student server, was recently named recruitment/human resources coordinator.

Many companies say they are committed to retaining and promoting employees, but at Linden Ponds, that commitment isn’t just lip service.

Sara SaintOurs leads a Girl Scouts alumnae troop at Linden Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Hingham, Mass. She is pictured here at the Cedar Hill Girl Scout Camp in Waltham.

“Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout!” That’s Sara SaintOurs’ motto. She first joined the Girl Scouts back in 1950 in Washington State, and the organization has been an important part of her life ever since. 

Participants in the Linden Ponds 2017 Quincy Senior Olympics with former Linden Ponds Fitness Specialist Trish Smith, and Linden Ponds Executive Director Jim Centola.

Seven athletes from Linden Ponds participated in the Senior Olympics in Quincy, Mass., earlier this year. Linden Ponds was a premier sponsor of the event, as the Hingham Erickson Living community has been in the past.

Linden Ponds resident Franz Wolff and student employee Meredith Veldran were the winners of this year’s spelling bee, which is one of the events that students put on to help raise money for the Scholars’ Fund.

Working as a server in Linden Ponds’ on-site restaurants is an ideal job for local high school students. The part-time jobs provide youngsters with a way to earn money while still keeping up with their studies, and they have the unique opportunity to form friendships with the retirees who live at Linden Ponds.

Linden Ponds folk dancers (From left) Ron Boucher, Rita Dehner, Estelle Katz, Sandy Katz, Mary Roever, and Barbara Boucher. 

Estelle Katz has enjoyed folk dancing for many years. When her husband Sanford taught at a college, folk dancing was offered on campus. That’s where the couple first discovered it.

“It is wonderful exercise and a wonderful social thing to get people together,” Estelle says.

Linden Ponds resident Carolyn Engdahl (center) leads kindergartners (from left to right) Juan Gibson, Tobey Henrikson, Meri Horlbeck, and Alexis Andrew in a hands-on nature lesson.

Volunteering and giving back to the local community are very important to many people who live at Linden Ponds. Residents have many opportunities to share their time and talents with people on the South Shore through programs and activities at the Hingham, Mass., community.

With Lynne Ford’s (right) assistance, Gini Pomeroy (left) sold her Hingham, Mass., house in two days.

If you’ve decided 2017 is the year you want to sell your house, you have excellent timing. Housing markets around the country have been steadily on the rise for the last several years, and recent data is particularly encouraging for sellers.