Arbour Square Resident Named Honorary 9th District Commander of the Pennsylvania American Legion

Arbour Square of Harleysville would like to congratulate Peg Weaver, a resident, on being named honorary 9th District Commander of the Pennsylvania American Legion


The Selection Committee has only bestowed this honor to four recipients of the 9th District Pennsylvania American Legion.

Weaver, 89, a 50 year member of the American Legion, was presented with the award by 9th District Commander, John Pashley; Deputy District Commander, William Douglass; and Past Department Commander of Pennsylvania, Joseph V. Glazier. She was bestowed the award in honor of her longevity of service to the Pennsylvania American Legion.

The American Legion is the nation’s largest wartime Veterans service organization aimed at advocating patriotism across the United States through diverse programs and member benefits. There are more than 800 American Legion Posts across the state of Pennsylvania; the 9th District encompasses Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

Her commitment to serving others began early in her life. While a nurse at Camp Indian Run, Weaver, then 22, heard a radio announcement referencing the turmoil in Korea.

“I decided to put my money where my mouth was and joined the Air Force,” said Weaver.

She reported for duty on Dec. 4, 1950. She did not receive basic training because while in high school she was in the Civil Air Patrol, which taught her military courtesy and discipline. Instead, on her second day she was placed in a psychiatry ward, and was trained in neuropsychology.

After her service during the Korean War, she married and spent the next ten years in the Active Reserves. Weaver then went on to employment as a Suicide and Crisis Intervention Counselor for the City of Philadelphia, retiring in 1986. She also served as the American Legion’s chairperson of the Children and Youth Committee for Pennsylvania.

“I’ve had a very full life. It’s a great honor to be recognized and receive this award from the Legion,” said Weaver, smiling.

As part of the award, she was presented with a legion cap that is worn at all legion meetings, special appearances, and other ceremonies. Weaver cherishes her cap and is proud of her dedication to serving others has culminated to this honorary award.

Arbour Square of Harleysville is an all-inclusive, independent living community that promotes a vibrant retirement lifestyle. Services include delicious home cooked meals served in our beautiful dining room, activities and social events, exercise and wellness programs, trips and transportation, housekeeping services and much more. Arbour Square offers residents a month-to-month lease with no long-term contracts or entrance fees. For more information, please call Julie Kline, director of marketing, at 267-677-1200.



Arbour Square of Harleysville is pleased to announce it has been selected as a "Caring Star of 2018” for service excellence in Independent Living. In ratings and reviews from family caregivers and cognitively healthy older adults, Arbour Square of Harleys


“We are fortunate to have wonderful residents with an outstanding and caring staff who make a difference in their lives, ” said Mimi Kehan, executive director of Arbour Square of Harleysville. “Our goal has always been to exceed our residents’ expectations, and the community staff and leadership team dedicate themselves to delivering on that promise. The residents and families always have many compliments about living at Arbour Square of Harleysville, as seen by the positive feedback they share on We are honored to be recognized as a Caring Star of 2018.”

Online reviews help Americans research and select the best senior care providers for aging or ailing loved ones. In multiple research studies, the majority of family caregivers have indicated that they turn to the Internet and consumer reviews when narrowing their options among senior living communities in their area, and have relied on these perspectives as much as or more so than in-person recommendations from geriatric professionals or medical personnel. Now entering its seventh year, the Caring Stars annual list helps consumers see which senior living communities are top rated by other families just like theirs – which is particularly helpful as families gather for the holidays and discover increased or urgent senior care needs for their parents or grandparents.

“Congratulations to Arbour Square of Harleysville for achieving this award after earning accolades from residents and their loved ones on, ” said Karen Cassel, CEO. “This important milestone speaks volumes about the positive difference Arbour Square of Harleysville is making in serving older adults, and we join with the local community in celebrating their accomplishment.” Some of the positive feedback that led to Arbour Square of Harleysville being a Caring Star of 2018 includes: • “The Campus Executive Director Mimi is super visible leading a great team and her leadership is extremely genuine...she knows every single resident on a first name basis.”

•“Nothing can compare to Arbour Square. Its run very personal and professional and the staff is extremely caring and knowledgeable.”

• “We are so grateful to the entire staff that do such an amazing job in making Arbor Square a wonderful place to spend the golden years of your life.” Read the full text of these reviews and others on To learn more about the Caring Stars program and view the complete winner list, please visit:


Senior Entrepreneurs Open Thrift Shop to the Public

HARLEYSVILLE, Pa., Nov. 20, 2017 – Step inside Arbour Square of Harleysville and stroll down the brick walkway coined “Main Street,” pass by the 50s Café, bank, and salon, where you’ll find a quaint, tucked away gem– the Nifty Thrifty Shoppe.


The Arbour Square Residents Association invites local community members to this unique thrift store formerly only open to residents and their guests. The Nifty Thrifty Shoppe began Fourth of July weekend in 2014, while residents were collecting donations to sell at the annual Holiday Bazaar held in November. Some residents started asking if they could purchase items, and it sparked an idea. Arbour Square resident and thrift shop originator Dot Hendershot, 83, took the idea to Executive Director Mimi Kehan and the concept of the Nifty Thrifty Shoppe was born. Since then, the thrift shop has grown in popularity as a hot spot for purchasing gently used clothing, household items and furniture.

“Our residents are really unique. Many have a fantastic entrepreneurial spirit, and when they came to us with this idea, we couldn’t say no. The store is completely run and managed by residents, who take enormous pride in it,” says Kehan.

Hendershot and fellow resident, Lyn Serianni, 82, oversee the operations of the Nifty Thrifty Shoppe in collaboration with The Arbour Square Resident Association. When residents aren’t stopping by to browse or purchase various goods, many frequently volunteer their time to help sort, price and tend to the shop. “We have little knick-knacks, kitchenware items, furniture pieces, clothes, and personal care items,” said Hendershot. Both women agree that the hottest item for donation and purchase is furniture.

To uphold Hendershot’s and Serianni’s strict standards, only items donated by Arbour Square residents are accepted because each item goes through an inspection and approval process before being sold. All of the donation proceeds benefit local charitable organizations. Funds are regularly donated to the local EMS, police and fire departments, as well as other community-based charitable organizations. In the past, donations were made to Keystone Opportunity Center in Souderton and Manna on Main Street in Lansdale.

Arbour Square of Harleysville’s mission is to promote the independence of residents and provide an enhanced living experience. Diverse activities, services and expanded amenities, such as the Nifty Thrifty Shoppe, support that pursuit. The thrift shop has become a social hub within the senior living community. Hendershot enjoys her time spent here. “I’m more active and more social because there are always people in and out of the store. I get to meet all the new people when they’re moving in,” said Hendershot with a smile. “It has created a camaraderie among all the residents.”

Local community members are invited to stop by the Nifty Thrifty Shoppe at Arbour Square and take a look at all the fantastic items for sale. “We offer everything, other than food items at affordable prices,” said Serianni. The Nifty Thrifty Shoppe is open to residents and the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Arbour Square of Harleysville is an all-inclusive, independent living community that promotes a vibrant retirement lifestyle. Services include delicious home cooked meals served in our beautiful dining room, activities and social events, exercise and wellness programs, trips and transportation, housekeeping services and much more. Arbour Square offers residents a month-to-month lease with no long-term contracts or entrance fees. For more information, please call Julie Kline, director of marketing, at 267-677-1204.


Arbour Square’s Watercolor Class Enriches Resident’s Life

HARLEYSVILLE, Pa., Oct. 31, 2017 – When Diane Rathschmidt stepped up to the easel for the first-time during a watercolor class held at Arbour Square, she didn’t realize she would discover a talent and passion for the Arts.


Rathschmidt, 82, admits she was overcome with nervousness during her first attempts but found the overall experience soothing thanks to the patience of her instructor, Louisa Wismer. “I never thought I’d be able to do it, but Louisa is very encouraging,” said Rathschmidt. “She offers guidance and support. You can’t find instructors like that.” 

Wismer is a well-known Bucks County artist and art teacher. She teaches all media and enjoys seeing students explore and experiment with color and different mediums to discover their hidden talents. Wismer teaches Watercolor 101 at Arbour Square twice a month.  

Rathschmidt finds the watercolor class easy to follow and continues her newfound hobby outside the classroom. She set-up her own painting area in her spacious apartment to accommodate her passion, and is now able to produce artworks whenever a creative mood strikes her.  

Recently, Rathschmidt entered her painting into Arbour Square’s annual Artisan Exhibit, where residents and staff members showcased their collection of artworks. In addition, family members and local community members came out to show support for the artistic abilities of the residents. 

Mary Ann Flynn, Rathschmidt’s daughter, is thrilled about the class and is noticing a change in her mother’s demeanor. “All the activities at Arbour Square are wonderful. She’s really excited, she enjoys painting and looks forward to the next class,” said Flynn. “The watercolor class has encouraged my mother to try more activities.” 

If you are interested in joining the watercolor class or learning more about the activities offered at Arbour Square, please call Julie Kline, director of marketing, at 267-677-1204.

Jerry Zheng Receives Arbour Square’s 2017 Keith Howe Memorial Scholarship

Harleysville, Pa., June 20, 2017 – Arbour Square of Harleysville had the honor of presenting Jerry Zheng, a student of Souderton Area High School and North Montco Technical Career Center, with the 2017 Keith Howe Memorial Scholarship.


Zheng recently graduated from Souderton Area High School, and was ranked in the top five percentile of his graduating class. “Jerry is among the most extraordinary and unique students I have known,” said Souderton Area High School’s Principal, Sam Varano. “His potential to contribute to our local, regional, and world communities is limitless.” Zheng currently works as a buffet server at Henning’s Supermarket in Harleysville, as well as Country Garden Chinese Restaurant, which happens to be owned by his family. Zheng’s desire to pursue a career in the culinary arts was sparked by his time spent at his family’s restaurant. “Even though my family owns a house, we practically live in the restaurant,” said Zheng. 
There are a number of other influences that helped impact Zheng’s decision to pursue the culinary arts as well. “Watching people create opulent dishes was my inspiration,” Zheng said. Although he admits to never watching cooking shows when he was younger, he did see a number of skills on display while growing up in the restaurant industry. “Chef Charles Cole, Mrs. Jane Mitchell, Chef Mark Tarlecki, and Pastry Chef Alan Delong have all helped me fuel my dreams and ambitions.” 

In addition to his exceptional talent in the kitchen, Zheng has also gone above and beyond in the classroom. Zheng was the first student from Souderton Area High School to earn the highest score in the state for the Academic Decathlon season, making him the individual state champion in 2017. “Jerry is unique as a student because he attempts to squeeze every inch of productivity out of his system,” said Phillip Cerami, Zheng’s Academic Decathlon coach and teacher at Souderton High School. “Where other students might be willing to take deserved rest, Jerry sees this as inefficient. He is driven to be the absolute best at whatever he is pursuing, whether that be culinary arts or the Academic Decathlon. He sees rest as weakness.” 

At his middle school, Zheng took an aptitude test which revealed a high desire to serve others through hands-on work. “I always loved hands-on work. I enjoy carpentry, using electrical tools, and menial labor chores,” said Zheng.  

“Many teachers have approached Jerry with things he’s ‘capable of’, such as science, engineering, medicine – all within his grasp,” said Cerami. “I see Jerry as a possible Alton Brown-style cook; mixing food and science to create something we’ve never seen before. Speak to Jerry and you’ll understand this passion. I’ve already reserved my table.”  

The Keith Michael Howe Memorial Scholarship is named after a graduate of Souderton Area High School who passed away due to injuries sustained in a car accident in late 2012. This scholarship, in his memory, is awarded to a student who has demonstrated a gift in a vocational field, a passion for working closely and professionally with individuals of all ages and has a team-player personality. Howe was a role model to all who worked with him in the Arbour Square Community. He touched the hearts of all the senior and staff members.

Arbour Square’s Director of Culinary Services Earns ACF Presidential Award

HARLEYSVILLE, Pa., April 13, 2017 – David Lademann, Director of Culinary Services at Arbour Square, was awarded the Presidential Award from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) on Sunday, April 9.


The Presidential Award is chosen by the President of the ACF Philadelphia Chapter and is given to a member of the chapter who has gone out of their way to support the chapter in any way that they can.  
“I actually had several people I looked at for this award, but Dave has really been a huge help to the whole organization in general,” said Mike McCombe, ACF Chapter President. “He’s just a great guy and I just thought he’s given so much of his time, which is why I thought he was deserving of the award.” 
As the Director of Culinary Services at Arbour Square, Lademann is responsible for all kitchen operations and maintaining a healthy menu for the residents. Prior to working at Arbour Square, Lademann worked at The Blair Mill Inn for 15 years as the executive chef. He and his wife currently live in Jenkintown with their three daughters. Dave and his family dedicate a lot of their free time to help the ACF with its events. 
Part of the reason McCombe chose Lademann for the award is due to his willingness to volunteer for just about everything. “Last year we put a Phillies game tailgate party together and Dave organized everything. He got all the food and got items donated and then he and his family came and cooked at the event. When they were done, they took the excess food to be donated to a shelter,” McCombe said. He continued to praise Lademann and his family for their consistent contributions to the ACF. 
According to McCombe, nothing is ever too much for Lademann. He and his ACF chapter have worked with Gift of Life, which is an organization dedicated to coordinating life-saving transplants. In the past year, Lademann has also worked with Fuse to help raise money for students trying to earn scholarships. “Dave comes out to the schools and judges the exams and he’s really good with kids that are struggling; he’s really kind and nice to those kids,” McCombe said. “He truly is an amazing guy.” 
For more information about Dave and how he provides healthy dining options for residents at Arbour Square, or to speak with someone about how your loved one can live life to the fullest at Arbour Square, please call 267-677-1200.

Residents of Arbour Square Attend Annual Senior’s Prom

HARLEYSVILLE, Pa., April 13, 2017 – Residents of Arbour Square of Harleysville attended the annual Seniors’ Prom on Saturday, April 8, hosted by the Souderton Area High School Leo Club.


Residents visited the high school for a Candy Land themed night full of dancing, music, and food.  
The Seniors’ Prom is open to any seniors who live in the Souderton area and residents of Arbour Square were all given an invitation by the Resident Life Department. Arbour Square resident, Lois Diephaus, was there to experience the evening. “It was a lot more than I ever expected it to be,” she said. As the guests arrived in their prom attire, they were greeted at the entrance and escorted via golf cart to the reception area. 
Although Diephaus was set up with her date, she insists it’s not just a couples’ event. There were a number of people dancing with friends and there was no couples stigma. “I was amazed at how many of these people were out there dancing, and I mean, they could have been professional dancers,” she said. “The music was fabulous. It was 50s, some 60s and even some 40s, going back to Glen Miller’s music and that type of thing,” said Diephaus. “They had some faster music like jitterbugging and at one point they were even teaching different kinds of line dancing.” She and her date danced a lot, about 80 percent of time they were there, and the results were very sore knees and a very sore back. 
Despite the soreness, Diephaus could not have been happier with the night. “I sure would go again next year; I would highly promote it,” she said. “The DJ was fantastic; he knew the type of music to play for the group that was there.” She offered nothing but praises about their “limousine” as well, “Funny thing about it is we were riding over in the van in all of our formal dresses. I’ve been in limos many, many times but this is the first time I’ve been to a dance on a bus!” Residents were escorted by Resident Life Assistant, Pat Malvoso, who not only helped transport everyone, but also attended the dance himself. “Pat did a fabulous job of getting everyone on the buses and over there. Needless to say, I just love this place so much,” said Diephaus.
1490307592044 Names Arbour Square of Harleysville Winner of the Delaware Valley 2017 Top Workplaces Award

HARLEYSVILLE, Pa., March 24, 2017 – Arbour Square of Harleysville has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by for the second year in a row. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered


“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits,” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together.” Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.” 

“We are especially honored to be receiving this award for the second year in a row,” said Campus Executive Director Mimi Kehan. “Our associates prove on a daily basis that they are willing to go above and beyond to provide outstanding service to our residents. What makes this accomplishment unique is that it is based on our employee feedback, which is a true testament to our culture and mission statement at Arbour Square. Our employees present themselves with a positive and respectful attitude to residents and families, as well as their fellow employees.”

Arbour Square Residents’ Association Donates $1,000 to Manna on Main Street

HARLEYSVILLE, Pa., Feb. 9, 2017 – The Residents’ Association at Arbour Square of Harleysville donated a $1,000 check to Manna on Main Street during the holiday season to help end hunger in the North Penn region.


Every year during the holiday season, the Residents’ Association at Arbour Square chooses to donate to a food pantry or other charitable foundation. This was the first time the Residents’ Association donated to Manna on Main Street. “We wanted to broaden our horizons into the community,” said Residents’ Association President Patricia Frey.

“We were very thankful when we were told that the Residents’ Association at Arbour Square would be coming to donate the $1,000 check; it was a wonderful visit,” said Manna on Main Street Development Officer Paige Harker.

The Residents’ Association did not donate the money to one specific department at Manna on Main Street, so the funds will be distributed as needed. “We appreciate that kind of donation because it’s what we really need,” said Harker. “When a resident [of the North Penn region] shows need, we help them get over the hump financially. We are so grateful to have such wonderful community support. There are so many businesses who really care and want to give back to the community; ‘Mom & Pop shops,’ as well as big corporations.”

Manna on Main Street is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that provides emergency food services for people who are “food insecure” in Montgomery County. There are 3,500 people, or 11% of people in the North Penn region who fit into this category. Manna provides a variety of services to help these people meet their food needs. In the 2016 fiscal year, Manna on Main Street raised $116,000 in financial aid (

For more information about charitable opportunities, or to speak with someone about how your loved one can live life to the fullest at Arbour Square, please call 215-677-1204.


Arbour Square Contributes to Largest Toys for Tots Collection in Lower Salford

HARLEYSVILLE, Pa., Jan. 5, 2017 – Throughout the month of December, residents and employees at Arbour Square of Harleysville donated to what was the largest Toys for Tots collection ever conducted by the Lower Salford Police Department.


The Lower Salford Police Department began collecting Toys for Tots annually 16 years ago, when former Marine and Lower Salford Police Department Officer Daniel Covolesky started working for the township.

“This was the largest collection we have ever had since we first started 16 years ago,” said Police Clerk and head of the Toys for Tots collection, Barbara Jansons. “For me, personally, it brings me joy seeing the children who need it the most get it.”

There were 28 different locations throughout the Lower Salford Township for the community to drop off donated toys and Arbour Square was one of them. The Lower Salford Police Department collected 2,623 toys this year, which were distributed to 2,455 Montgomery County Agencies and needy families.

“We average about 1,500 toys a year, so this year was really great,” said Jansons. “Before this year, the most we collected was 2,200 toys and that was in 2008.”

Every year Arbour Square participates by asking residents and employees to donate to Toys for Tots at two separate locations on campus. Arbour Square resident, Nancy Naile, admits she went out and bought toys to donate more than once. “We enjoy doing it because a lot of children don’t get anything, and my children get too much,” Naile said jokingly about her son and grandson who helped her pick out some toys to donate.

The Marine Toys for Tots Program collects toys for children who are less fortunate throughout the months of October, November, and December to provide them with a more joyful, hopeful Christmas. In 2015, Toys for Tots collected and distributed 18 million toys to 7 million less fortunate children.

For more information about charitable opportunities, or to speak with someone about how your loved one can live life to the fullest at Arbour Square, please call 215-677-1204.

Arbour Square is an award-winning senior community that offers residents a unique retirement community on an affordable month-to-month lease with no entrance fees. The Arbour Square campus is the area’s most vibrant senior living community, offering a continuum of retirement options including independent living, personal care, memory care and home care. Services at Arbour Square and The Birches at Arbour Square include meals, housekeeping, social events and transportation. Home Care services are provided by Chestnut Knoll At Home and are available to assist seniors with daily living, meals, transportation and companionship in their own homes or apartments. For more information, please call Julie Kline, director of marketing, at 267-677-1204, or visit

Julie Kline
Campus Marketing Director
The Arbour Square Campus
695 Main Street
Harleysville, PA 19438


Arbour Square and The Birches at Arbour Square Each Win 2017 Best of Senior Living Award from

Arbour Square Personal Care and Memory Care is pleased to announce the community was presented with a 2017 Best of Senior Living Award for receiving consistently high ratings from residents and their families in the past year.



HARLEYSVILLE, Pa., Dec. 12, 2016 – Arbour Square Independent Living and The Birches at Arbour Square Personal Care and Memory Care in Harleysville, Pa. are proud to announce that they have both been selected as 2017 Best of Senior Living Award Winners on, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America.’s Best of 2017 Award winners represent the best of the best of in-home care, assisted living, and other senior living providers, based on the online reviews written by seniors and their families. This exclusive designation honors the top one percent of senior care providers across the country.


“Arbour Square and The Birches are proud of this achievement and we are so grateful to have families that trust us in caring for their loved ones,” said Mimi Kehan, campus executive director. “We are thrilled to be able to provide care for senior loved ones and treat them just like our own family by creating a home for them where they can love life.”


The annual Best of Awards tabulates over 130,000 family created reviews to find the best quality care providers for this honor. Of the nearly 200,000 communities currently listed on, just over 1,600 were recognized with this prestigious award.


The Arbour Square campus offers a continuum of care for seniors in the Harleysville area. Both Arbour Square and The Birches at Arbour Square are winners, and regularly receive highly positive reviews from their families like this one: “Arbour Square facility and employees have answered and exceeded our prayers. Every single person we/they encounter go above and beyond to make our parents comfortable and truly strive to ensure mom and dad thrive and enjoy life in their golden years. There are activities, therapies, good food, beautiful facilities, wonderful people, so mom and dad can remain independent, yet we know they are cared for in a kind, caring, respectful way,” said Mary S.


“Families are increasingly looking to online reviews to find out who truly delivers great care for our seniors, not just who claims to deliver great care,” said Eric Seifert, President of “Our Awards program is all about celebrating the exceptional people who do just that. We're honored to spread the word about these organizations whom families can entrust with the care of their senior loved ones.”


To qualify for inclusion in the Best of 2017 Awards, providers must have maintained an average overall rating of at least 4.5 stars while receiving three or more new reviews in 2016. Additional details and a complete list of award winners can be found on


About LLC is the largest consumer ratings and reviews site for senior living communities and home care providers across the United States and Canada. The innovative website provides easy access to the information families need when making a senior care decision, and features trusted reviews and advice from local residents and their loved ones. For more information, please visit or call 866-592-8119.


About The Arbour Square Campus

The Arbour Square campus is the area’s most vibrant senior living community, offering a continuum of retirement options including independent living, personal care, memory care and home care. Arbour Square and The Birches at Arbour Square offer residents a unique retirement community on an affordable month-to-month lease with no entrance fees. Resident services include meals, housekeeping, social events and transportation. Home Care services are provided by Chestnut Knoll At Home and are available to assist seniors with daily living, meals, transportation and companionship in their own homes or apartments. For more information, please call Julie Kline, director of marketing, at 267-677-1204, or visit



Julie Kline

Campus Marketing Director

The Arbour Square Campus

695 Main Street

Harleysville, PA 19438




Arbour Square of Harleysville Raises Over $600 for Breast Cancer Awareness

Throughout the month of October, Arbour Square residents, employees, and family members took part in a raffle for breast cancer awareness month that raised $611, which was donated to Susan G. Komen.


Susan G. Komen, formerly known as Susan G. Komen for the Cure, was established in 1982 and has since raised almost $2.6 billion to spread breast cancer awareness. Susan G. Komen dedicates its resources to groundbreaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and other programs. Alma Kummer, resident of Arbour Square, was generous enough to donate a gift basket to be raffled off through the month of October. Residents, families of residents, employees, and even guests visiting Arbour Square could purchase one raffle ticket for $1 or six tickets for $5. Each person who purchased a ticket was given a breast cancer awareness pin to wear and at the end of the month a winner was drawn and a check was made out to Susan G. Komen for $611. Arbour Square has been fundraising for breast cancer awareness every October for the past couple years. 

Each year the Resident Life department works with residents to choose a new charity to donate too for Breast Cancer Awareness Month; This year Susan G. Komen was chosen as the recipient of their donation. Chris Felming, resident of Arbour Square, oversaw selling tickets for the raffle throughout the month of October and said that this was the largest donation Arbour Square has made by far. “Usually we raise about $300,” Fleming said, “but this year we were able to raise about $600.” Fleming expressed her personal interest in the cause stems from her two sisters who had breast cancer. “A lot of people who bought tickets said that they were survivors themselves,” Fleming said. “People gave more this year. We had people who kept coming back to buy more tickets.” Arbour Square’s donation will be applied to the Susan G. Komen General Fund.

Arbour Square Resident Overcomes Parkinson’s in First Horseback Competition

On September 18, in his first ever horseback riding competition, Bob Johns, resident of Arbour Square, demonstrated his determination to overcome Parkinson’s by winning two awards at Shady Hollow Assisted Riding.


Johns participated in the Assisted Rider Horse Show at Shady Hollow Assisted Riding in Birdsboro, Pa. Despite his limited experience on a horse prior to this year, Johns was able to successfully navigate a series of small jumps and counterclockwise movements to help him earn a 2nd and 3rd place ribbon in the competition.

“There was the thought of ‘am I going to make a fool of myself,’” Johns admitted, but he was proven otherwise. He was the not only the oldest person to be entered in the competition, but also the only person with Parkinson’s.

Johns (who is originally from London, England) moved to Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1990. About 10 years ago, Johns was suddenly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which has limited him physically, although his desire to remain physically active persists.

After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, he began to think of ways to help overcome his disability.

“I certainly wasn’t going to sit around and do nothing; that’s not me,” Johns said. He went on to describe another disease he felt was affecting him and one that he refers to as “Grumpy Old Man Syndrome.” After 68 years of physical activity, Johns set out to prove that Parkinson’s should not limit one’s ability to live their life as they see fit. To help overcome this challenge he created a bucket list for himself and on that list was horseback riding.

Johns admits he was drawn to trying horse riding at Shady Hollow because he could relate to their dedication to helping others. “I have always wanted to do things that would benefit people around me,” he said. Johns joined the army in England and served for 17 years. Throughout his life he dedicated himself to being active and doing good for others while he served as a police officer, as well as a social worker.

For the future, Johns plans to continue to prove to people that Parkinson’s shouldn’t define who you are. He plans on taking more lessons at Shady Hollow and will compete in another competition to prove his first victory wasn’t a fluke. He continues to challenge himself with new adventures. Johns recently went on his first helicopter ride and confessed he has even thought about bungee jumping or skydiving. “It’s not that I’m a daredevil, I just want to show that handicapped people can do these things too,” Johns said.


Hillside at Arbour Square was able to raise $1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

Thanks to the help of residents, families and community members, The Hillside at Arbour Square was able to raise $1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at their Art Exhibition and fundraiser.


This unique art event, titled “A Time for Art, Music & Compassion,” was held Oct. 18 and featured artwork by Terry Roth, a contemporary painter of abstract art. The event, which was attended by both Arbour Square campus residents and the community, featured an art exhibition, live painting demonstration by Roth, raffle, wine and cheese and live music. All who attended enjoyed the afternoon, and all proceeds are being donated to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

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New Physical Therapy Program and Advanced Exercise Equipment keep Arbour Square Residents and Community Members Healthy


The Arbour Square campus has been providing seniors with quality care, including independent living, personal care, memory care, and at home services, since 2006. The staff and caregivers are always bringing new ideas to the community to keep the residents happy, healthy and comfortable in their environment. One of the newest additions to the campus is the Specialized Optimal Aftercare Recovery (SOAR) Program, provided in conjunction with Senior Physical Therapy Services. This unique program allows an individual, who lives outside of the Arbour Square community, a chance to continue their rehabilitation journey. Additionally, there is now an option of using the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill®, a key component to a speedier recovery. “We have the privilege to have Senior Physical Therapy Services, LLC on our campus and be available to all our seniors and people in the community who need therapy to recover from surgeries before returning home,” said Mimi Kehan, campus executive director. “Our on-site therapist, and owner of SPTS, Steve Sherer has been very helpful to all participants in the SOAR Program.” The SOAR Program at Arbour Square offers therapy services to individuals who need continued recovery from a multitude of surgical procedures and acute illnesses. These areas include joint replacements, post-fracture injuries, spinal surgeries, recent stroke events, cataract surgeries, or ACL or meniscus repairs. It was designed to capture any procedure or circumstance that leaves you uneasy or unable to return immediately to your home. The basic concept of the SOAR Program allows extended time to recuperate before returning to a daily routine at home, and replaces the need for taxing assistance from family and friends. The program will allow access to Senior Physical Therapy Services’ on-site physical, occupational and speech therapy offered throughout the week. For qualified participants, a new state-of-the-art exercise piece of rehab equipment, the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill®, will greatly enhance and expedite the road to recovery. Sherer explains, “The Anti-Gravity Treadmill was developed with NASA technology, which reduces stress, strain and impact on the body. The treadmill provides support to get people to walk comfortably; walk or jog farther, faster, and with more stability; prevent falls; and improve overall health and wellness to achieve more independence in day-to-day life.” The treadmill uses a technology that alters body weight, relieving pressure from joints and making it easier to walk or jog. The advanced air pressure-controlled chamber creates a lifting force, providing the “unweighting,” which makes walking and running easier on the joints. “There is no strain on my knees, which usually hurt with everything that I do,” said Hillside resident Charles “Hap” Arnold, 91. “I am walking up to 30 minutes a day on the AlterG. It has been over two years since I have been able to walk this far without any pain.” “The AlterG is truly an amazing piece of equipment,” said Sherer. “It enables us to reduce someone’s body weight anywhere from 99 percent all the way down to 20 percent, depending on the patient’s condition.” Many residents at Arbour Square have taken advantage of the new treadmill and use it two or three times per week to maintain their fitness levels. It has helped residents keep their balance when walking and give them more confidence in their daily routines. “I can't believe how much I really like the machine,” expressed Dorothy Olock, 88, Arbour Square resident. “I was skeptical at first but this is really incredible. I am walking longer than I have in quite a while and I’m not out of breath doing it.” Those recovering from an injury that use the anti-gravity treadmill can start walking sooner than they would be able to with a normal treadmill, and this helps improve their overall recovery time. The treadmill has been proven effective with fall prevention, osteoporosis, strength, coordination, and balance. “We are so thrilled to have this new exercise equipment at Arbour Square,” said Kehan. “We’ve had it since November 2013 we’ve seen a lot of improvement from everyone that uses it. It’s the only treadmill like it in the Harleysville area and we encourage seniors to try it and feel for themselves how much it can help with their overall health and mobility.” Senior Physical Therapy Services and the AlterG are available to the residents at Arbour Square. Many of the residents who have utilized these services have had great success. This can be seen through residents walking further distances with improved confidence and safety. Most residents’ insurance plans cover the cost of therapy, as well as the use of the AlterG. Affordable private pay wellness packages are also available for a continued fitness protocol after insurance coverage is no longer available. The SOAR Program is open to all surrounding community members who need additional recovery time. The cost of $125 per day, with a seven-day minimum stay, includes room and board in a specialized adaptive apartment, which is conducive to optimal recovery. Along with insurance coverage, SOAR participants will be able to access therapy services, including the use of the AlterG.

“Older American’s Month” Brings Stories of Arbour Square Resident’s Past


George Lentz sat in a common room of Arbour Square Independent Living staring at a piece of paper. “I looked up my genealogy,” he said. “I’m trying to find my family members but I don't remember some of their names. But I know Lentz means ‘spring’ and I found the family crest.” That was just one of the many things he had on his mind and wanted to do that day. Arbour Square is featuring George Lentz in honor of May being “Older American’s Month,” as he is one of their most active seniors, keeping busy with a variety of projects and activities, and always has a great story to tell. He was born in Blue Bell and had three sisters. He graduated from Williamson Trade School in 1943 before entering the military. He worked as an engineer and knew the motors of the plane and landing gear. At the largest raid on Berlin in 1944, there was 30 minutes straight of bombs falling on the city. His job as engineer gunner was to check if bombs were released from the plane, if not, he had to trip the bombs with a screwdriver to release them before the bomb bay doors could be closed. After his service, he worked in the painting business for a couple of years, where he worked with an old mechanic and never got any raises. He only got 70 cents an hour before he left. He and some friends then started their own business, George D. Lentz Painting, where they did painting and decorating, and made more money. While he worked in the painting business, he went to the bank one day, where he met his wife Bonnie. They got married in 1947 and had two children, Barry and Lynn. After running his painting business for 35 years, when his son returned from Vietnam, he handed it over. It is still thriving today, now owned by his grandson. Lentz taught at the Graterford Prison for 15 years and helped the prisoners to try to get parole. He had two weeks of training in the prison on how to handle himself, and after that he taught different trades. Each trade he taught, including carpentry, masonry, and painting, was taught for three months so they could do them all. He taught year-round, unlike most public schools. In his time spent there, three people were let out, and they were able to stay out. One of them went to work for Lentz later. While working at the prison, he attended Temple University to get his Teaching Certificate Degree. He was talked into running the teacher’s Union, which made him a representative for all teachers from Graterford. Union members then wanted him to run for President of the Union and he agreed; he got almost all the votes, except the incumbent home prison, Dallas. One of the first things he did was make sure there were secretaries, to keep the other ten prisons’ representatives informed. He held a variety of other jobs throughout his lifetime, including being a substitute teacher at vo-tech schools, and being involved in a contract business, in which he built many apartments. After retiring from teaching at age 62, they moved to Florida and he worked in a paint store and on golf courses. They still had a cabin in the Poconos and would visit in the summer. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, especially fishing in Canada. They eventually moved back up to Pennsylvania, and then finally found their home at Arbour Square in December 2012. “We enjoy living here. It’s a nice atmosphere and we like the music Vera plays and some of the entertainment. There are a lot of activities, too, which is nice,” Lentz said. “I like to keep busy. I like to read, especially history, and I enjoyed cooking and baking after my wife was ill. I have a good memory, and I wrote a book at age 77, called “One of the Lucky Ones”—it wasn't published, it was just for family.” Lentz still goes out painting with his son sometimes. He likes to get out and do things and not feel restricted. Living at Arbour Square allows him to remain independent and active in his senior years. “We have so many delightful residents at Arbour Square and it’s tough to feature just one person during Older American’s Month,” said Mimi Kehan. “George has accomplished many things in his lifetime and at 91 years young, he’s still sharp as a tack. All of our residents have a different story, but not too often do you come across a resident who had all those odd jobs, with painting, contracting, and working in a prison. We love hearing stories about his life, and we’re thrilled he can live here with his wife and keep doing the things he loves.”

The Hillside is Now Open to New Residents!


The Arbour Square campus recently celebrated the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of The Hillside. Arbour Square expanded its independent living community to include 125 new senior independent living apartments, known as The Hillside at Arbour Square. The Hillside independent living apartments are part of Arbour Square’s beautiful 22-acre senior living campus, which provides a continuum of retirement options without buy-in fees, including Independent Living, Personal Care, Memory Care and Home Care. The Hillside held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and a Kentucky Derby-themed celebration in honor of their grand opening. Guests wore spring hats and enjoyed refreshments, activities and live entertainment and were able to take a tour of the brand new building. For more information about our new addition and how you can make it your new home, call us at 267-933-6477.

Arbour Square Recognizes Most Senior Resident Living on Campus, in Honor of The Hillside Grand Opening


The Arbour Square campus is home to over 275 residents in the independent living and personal care communities, and that will soon grow to include another 125 now that The Hillside is completed. “Our campus caters to all seniors at a variety of stages in their lives,” said Mimi Kehan, executive director. “From our youngest resident living on campus, at 59 years young, to our most senior resident, Louise Hespell, 101 years young, we celebrate our seniors every day and enjoy the unique qualities and interesting stories that each person brings to our community.” In honor of the grand opening of The Hillside, the Arbour Square campus is recognizing Louise as the most senior resident on the Arbour Square campus. This June, resident Louise Hespell will turn 102 years old. Louise will be celebrating her birthday on June 12. She grew up in the Chalfont area with her parents, two brothers, and two sisters. She was the second-oldest child. She met her husband, Elmer Hespell, Jr. in the seventh grade and they stuck together through the years. They married early, moved to Montgomeryville and had two children, Elmer and Shirley. Her husband owned a quarry and took care of things for her. Louise didn't work until the children were grown and out of the house, when she then worked at Plymouth Mall and two farmers’ markets selling candy. When her husband sold the quarry, they moved to Bucks County and lived there for a few years before they moved to the Village of Neshaminy Falls. The Hespells celebrated 50 years of marriage, and just before their 51st year, Elmer passed away. Louise has 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. She always enjoys having them visit and she loved baking for them. Louise moved into Arbour Square when she was 98 years old. She wanted to live somewhere that was an affordable price and felt like home. At 98, Louise didn’t want an entrance fee community and loved the fact that Arbour Square is an inclusive monthly rental. She enjoys the entertainment that Arbour Square provides, as well as playing cards and watching movies in the theater. “Louise is a wonderful resident to have in our community,” said Kehan. “She has a sharp mind and great intellect. We have such a broad scope of residents here at Arbour Square, from young seniors to old, and we’re thrilled to be able to take care of each and every one of them and make them feel comfortable.”

Arbour Square Knitters Provide Extra Warmth for Our Troops


Residents at Arbour Square Independent Living are thrilled to help our United States troops in any way they can. Arbour Square knitters recently handcrafted helmet liners for our troops abroad. Throughout the month of February, the group of ladies knitted over 50 helmet liners, which were shipped overseas to provide our soldiers with some extra warmth during the cold winter months. Pictured left to right Dorothy Hendershot, Nancy Naile and Jeanne Weller.

Arbour Square Donates to Keystone Opportunity Center


Managers from the Arbour Square campus join Mimi Kehan, campus executive director of Arbour Square, as she presents a $380 check to Keystone Opportunity Center Executive Director Richard Aichele III.

Arbour Square Resident Association Donates to Harleysville Area EMS


Arbour Square Resident Association President Chris Fleming, second from left, and Vice President Bea Guido, far right, present a $500 check to Harleysville Area EMS personnel Don Lynch, Tim McAteer, Rob Roy and Susan Keen. Also pictured is Arbour Square Director of Culinary Services Dave Lademann.

Arbour Square Honors Resident Military Veterans


Arbour Square Independent Living and The Birches at Arbour Square Personal Care and Memory Care salute our troops, past and present and they are proud to be home for many Veterans. “Our community has embraced the character, individualism and patriotism of those who served so that we as Americans can enjoy the freedoms we experience each day,” said Mimi Kehan, campus executive director. “We thank each and every one of our resident Veterans, as well as those in the community and our military who continue to serve our country every day.” Arbour Square is taking the time to honor and thank resident Veterans during their annual Veterans Day luncheon on November 8, including resident Henry Rodrique, a decorated army Veteran that Arbour Square is thrilled to have in the community. It started when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Henry Rodrique was in Bayonne, N.J. at the time and he wanted to do something, so he decided to enlist in the U.S. Army, defending our country and serving in World War II from 1942-47.Rodrique was a private in the signal corps branch of the army. He was part of a naval gunfire team, which consisted of two army men, two navy men, and two marines. This team would designate targets, give coordinates, and provide assistance as spotters for their team. His first assignment was in New Guinea on New Year’s Eve. He recalls being on the beach, where people came out as they sang Auld Lang Syne to welcome in the new year. Rodrique traveled in the army to various places, including the Marshall Islands, the Philippines, Aleutian Islands, and finishing in Okinawa. He served nine beach landings before being wounded. He was wounded on the last invasion, when the landing craft Rodrique was in hit a boulder and everyone was tossed out of the craft. He was taken to Valley Forge Hospital where he was operated on for his injuries sustained in the crash. Rodrique was awarded one Silver Star and two Bronze Stars for his heroism. After his recovery, Rodrique stayed in Phoenixville, Pa., where he served on the Phoenixville Police Force for 36 years, as well as 37 years with the U.S. Army Reserve 416th Civil Affairs Battalion, based in Norristown, Pa. He married Margaret Sim in 1957 and they had two children together. He also served as the Commander of the Phoenixville Veterans of Foreign Wars. Rodrique now resides at Arbour Square Independent Living, along with nearly 50 other military Veterans from over the years. The Birches at Arbour Square, a Personal and Memory Care community on the Arbour Square campus, is home to approximately 15 Veterans. “Arbour Square is exceedingly proud to have welcomed decorated army Veteran, Henry Rodrique, to our community,” said Kehan. “He, along with his fellow Veterans, have chosen Arbour Square as their home and enjoy a quiet lifestyle knowing that the opportunities for involvement are at their fingertips.” At Arbour Square, Veterans participate in monthly club meetings, enjoy breakfasts and lunches at local restaurants and participate in county and state Veteran group functions. Each year, Veterans and their spouses on the Arbour Square campus are invited to an annual luncheon in their honor on Veterans Day. A Military Color Guard, vocalist, Chaplin and Keynote Military Speakers, as well as individual acknowledgments of our servicemen and women, are included in the event. At the annual luncheon this year, resident John Zaun is presenting a flag to Arbour Square that used to belong to his father-in-law, who served in WWI. (Pictured in group photo from left to right: Front row: Dave Mason, Paul Nace, Joe Dellicompagni, Henry Rodrique, Bob Hendershot, Ellis Delp, Tom Scopino. Middle row: Hank Kauflie, Cuz Hedrick, Jack Lange, Bob Gautreau, Bill Rapine, Bob Taylor, Gordon Young, Ed Naile, Gabe Terrenzio. Back Row: Walt Constanzer, Rich Owens, John O’Leary, Paul Robinson, Del Dalby, Jack Sherman, Stan Dietterich, Ed Zitzer)

It IS Rocket Science for One Arbour Square Resident


The phrase “it’s not rocket science” may be true for jobs and activities in many peoples’ lives, but not for Arbour Square resident, Jack Sherman. Arbour Square Independent Living is proud to be home to residents of many backgrounds and professions, one of the more unique ones being Sherman, a real rocket scientist. Jack Sherman was born in South Dakota, served in a Blimp Squadron during World War II, and received a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He worked for the Aerospace Division of Hercules Powder Company, where he held a variety of positions. As Manager of Research and Development, he played an active role in the design and development of many solid propellant rockets for military missiles, such as Minuteman and Polaris, and for NASA launch vehicles, such as Scout and Thor Delta. His pride and joy was the Ranger Retro Rocket he designed to slow a payload for landing on the moon as a prelude to landing a man. His rocket became the first man-made object to land on the moon. Under Sherman’s leadership, his company built the first graphite fiber plant in the United States for use as a high-strength, lightweight composite material in aerospace application. The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first commercial airplane to have the major part of its structure made from graphite fiber advanced composites. Sherman was also a guest speaker at the 4th International Space Symposium in Tokyo in 1962. While there, he took a tour of the Sony plant and witnessed the unveiling of a new product for the recording of TV programs, the VHS. After his career as a rocket scientist, Sherman went to Washington, DC to be a project leader on President Reagan’s Grace Commission. Reagan asked the Grace Commission to apply corporate management techniques to the task of running the government and thereby reduce waste and inefficiencies. The Commission’s report identified four-year savings of some $400 billion, but in the long run, very little of this was achieved. Sherman married and had two children before his wife of 22 years passed away. He remarried and had two more children. His second wife passed away after 42 years. He has four children, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. “I developed the Sherman Conundrum,” he said with a laugh. “A man should always marry a woman smarter than him, and I did that twice. But they were dumb enough to marry me!” A true westerner, he broke horses to ride during his youth on the farm. Sherman developed an interest in cooking and in 1961 won the Better Homes and Gardens cookout contest for men with his beer pancake recipe. As a long time community volunteer, he was on the board of United Way and is an honorary life member of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors. Sherman has been living at Arbour Square since December 2012 and enjoys the atmosphere. “The staff here is always nice, and there are many activities during the week,” he said. “The residents here are all interesting and very friendly.” “Jack is one of several wonderful residents and has made a great contribution to our community,” said Mimi Kehan, campus executive director. “We all love to hear stories about his past and his passion for rocket science. He brought his cat Kim Su to live with him at Arbour Square and they both enjoy living independently in their new apartment!”

Family Caregivers


Family Caregivers is our October Referral Partner of the Month. We celebrated with them at a special breakfast, which was held on Monday October 2nd. A special thank you