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Eagle's Trace
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Packing up before you list your home may fly in the face of conventional wisdom, but it can be a smart move, says Ginger Hopper, an Erickson Realty and Moving Services preferred real estate agent based in Katy, Tex. When a seller has lived in a home for 30, 40, or 50 years, it s unsettling to be uprooted for showings at all times of the day, says Hopper.

Tallgrass Creek
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Gene Engle says she and her husband, Leroy, have known for a while that one day they would like to settle in a retirement community. [caption id="attachment_14543" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Leroy and Gene Engle had the ultimate try before you buy experience by taking advantage of opportunities to spend time at Tallgrass Creek before they moved to the Overland Park commu

Cedar Crest
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Eleanore Ryder sits quietly at the tall cherry table in front of her living room window, gazing out at a view of wildflowers and mountaintops stretching for miles. [caption id="attachment_14425" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Eleanore Ryder by her tall bistro table overlooking the spectacular view from her Cedar Crest apartment home.

Eagle's Trace
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As the last few days of summer vacation dwindled away, Stratford high school graduate Analicia Caylor had one final thing she hoped to accomplish before she headed off to Texas A&M Kingsville. A Girl Scout for the past nine years, Caylor was vying for the organization s top distinction, the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Highland Springs
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Highland Springs recently rolled out its newest floor plan, the Westbrook, with over 1,900 square feet of first floor living space. The spacious corner retreat is the latest in a portfolio of floor plans that range from one bedroom, one bath apartment homes to the expansive single-level apartment home that rivals a single-family residence.

Tallgrass Creek
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Most Thursdays, Tallgrass Creek resident Judy Turner is out the door at 3 p.m. and doesn t walk back in until about 7 p.m.

That s because Turner, a retired teacher, is still teaching. She tutors first and second graders in one of the most disadvantaged areas in Kansas City, Mo., every week and still finds the work challenging and rewarding.

Seabrook
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The thing that sold me to move to Seabrook was the auditorium, Lindo Meli says. I saw the potential to do showshere that would appeal to people my age, who live here. A life-long entertainer, Meli started the Seabrook Performers Theatrical Group upon moving to the Tinton Falls community. The group produces at least two shows a year in Seabrook s 250-seat auditorium.

Highland Springs
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Four years ago the Highland Springs Chorus was a small band of friends who loved to gather around the piano and make music through song. We didn t have a leader or any particular direction, says Noni Meaney, one of the chorus founders. Several of us had been friends for years, even before we moved to Highland Springs, and we just loved to sing.

Maris Grove
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[caption id="attachment_14631" align="alignnone" width="620" caption="Ed Riffert where he s at home, behind the wheel of his tractor. "][/caption] Fall is the perfect time to be outside.