Riderwood resident Dr. George Galasso spearheaded efforts to have bocce ball courts built at the active retirement community where he lives. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony last summer, he had the honor of throwing the first ball down the new courts.

With the winter chill finally being replaced by spring’s warmth and greenery, we’re all ready for some fresh air and fun in the sun. Among the many outdoor activities the active retirees at . will enjoy this spring are lively games on the community’s new bocce ball courts.

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Elise Murphy Rowe

When Elise Murphy Rowe travels, she really travels. She’s been to Amsterdam more than 50 times, visited Japan in April, and plans to see Banff and Lake Louise this fall.

But one trip to Buffalo, N.Y., caused her to pause. While at the 94th Annual Theodore Roosevelt Conference—one of her many hobbies—someone accidentally pushed her, and she hit her head.

Wind Crest
Peggy McManus

Peggy McManus has been digging in the dirt for several weeks now. Peggy tries to start her garden on St. Patrick’s Day, “if it’s not covered with snow,” she says. She plants her peas early to yield a bountiful crop. 

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Marilyn and Les Woerther


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Virginia and Bill Klasinski

On a sunny spring day, it’s not unusual to see several Tallgrass Creek residents and residents-to-be watching the construction activity surrounding Meadowlark Terrace, the community’s newest residence building. The four-story building will house an additional 87 spacious, one- and two-bedroom apartment homes and is planned to open in late 2014. 

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Liz and Dave Norton

Liz and Dave Norton first learned about

Highland Springs
Susan and Jerry Smith

For Jerry and Susan Smith, adventure waits on the open road.

“We like to get in the car and go,” says Jerry, a retired regional service specialist for Eastman Kodak. “That’s our entertainment. We’ll find a country road and see where it takes us.”

Fox Run
Fox Run residents

Dolores Phillips is a connoisseur of cruises. Over the years, she has taken about 30 of them.

“I don’t think there’s a country we missed,” Dolores says of her extensive travels. “We liked cruises because we wanted to have fun, not carry suitcases.”