Oak Crest residents

The average family of four living in America spends roughly between $130 and $297 each week on groceries, according to a March 2015 report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But those numbers increase considerably for military families serving overseas where the U.S. dollar doesn’t go as far as it does here at home. 

Oak Crest residents

For most gardeners, the return of warmer weather is an invitation to get back outside and get their hands dirty again. But longtime gardener Mary Ann Manning says the key to a plentiful garden starts long before spring takes a foothold. 

Oak Crest

On the surface, a Lamborghini and a Kia share the same purpose—they both get you from point A to point B. But take a closer look, and you’ll see there’s a world of difference between the two. The same can be said of retirement communities. There are hundreds of choices out there but not all retirement options are the same. 

Oak Crest resident

Cathy Brodersen called the tranquil shores of Chincoteague Island, Va., home for 18 years. But after Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, she decided to head inland for a weatherproof lifestyle at Oak Crest, the Erickson Living community in Parkville, Md. 

Oak Crest staff and resident

Eight years ago, while still a freshman in high school, Justin Wolf began working as a waiter and host at Oak Crest hoping to earn some money toward college. But unlike most first jobs, this one gave Justin more than just a paycheck—he got the wisdom and support of 2,200 adopted grandparents. 

woman resident in her apartment home

 

Cathy Brodersen called the tranquil shores of Chincoteague Island, Va., home for 18 years. But after Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, she decided to head inland for a weatherproof lifestyle at Oak Crest, the Erickson Living community in Parkville, Md. 

residents with members of dining team

Eight years ago, while still a freshman in high school, Justin Wolf began working as a waiter and host at Crest hoping to earn some money toward college. But unlike most first jobs, this one gave Justin more than just a paycheck—he got the wisdom and support of 2,200 adopted grandparents. 

residents holding up The Observer publication

 

Mary Ann Lechowicz taught high school English and journalism for nearly 30 years, but only after she retired did she finally find her dream job.