Willow Valley Communities
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  • We are proud to announce that Camp Willow, Willow Valley Communities’ day camp for residents’ grandchildren, was awarded the Innovation of The Year Distinguished Service Award by LeadingAge PA.  Jennifer Rynier, Camp Willow Organizer, accepted the award at the Gala on June 21, 2018 An annual program, Camp Willow hosts 76 campers — all grandchildren […] The post Camp Willow Wins Innovation Award ap...

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  • “It’s a joy to help guide the future. I give a lot, but I get a lot. It’s one of the perks of hangin’ around.” A self-described shy guy, Dr. Clark McSparren jokes that he’s gotten to the point in his life where he is finally comfortable speaking with adults. Because, he quips, at 84 […] The post Lancaster City Heroes: Dr. Clark McSparren appeared first on Willow Valley Communities.

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  • The Lancaster Senior Games celebrated 30 Years of competition this spring. We were excited to have Willow Valley Communities resident Heide Moebius named as the Honorary Chairperson. At the Lancaster Senior Games, Lancaster county residents ages 55 and over participate in a variety of sporting events and recreation activities. Since its beginning in 1989, thousands […] The post Lancaster Senior Ga...

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  • Willow Valley Communities dedicated the Lakes Dog Park to the memory of a much-loved resident dog in a special ceremony at the park’s opening. The Balti Dog Park is named for a beautiful Siberian husky owned by Willow Valley Communities residents, Red and Lonnie Stein, who became a symbol of the love Willow Valley Communities […] The post Our Balti Dog Park appeared first on Willow Valley Communit...

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  • Spring is finally here and with it comes a much anticipated fresh, delicious berry season. This recipe from our kitchens will taunt your taste buds and satisfy your sweet tooth. Although this version calls for raspberries, any fresh berry would do. Heck, you could even use a combination of fruit. Rich, creamy and delicious! Raspberry Swirl […] The post Raspberry Swirl Recipe appeared first on Will...

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  • Dale Johnson : A cyclist seeking adventure and ways to help others. Another amazing example of someone living by our motto, Life Lived Forward, is Willow Valley Communities resident Dale Johnson. Dale rode a bike across the country for a cause and even took time to help others along the way. “Two of my life […] The post Cyclist Dale Johnson appeared first on Willow Valley Communities.

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  • Willow Valley Communities has won another design award for two of our newest projects, luxury apartment residences, The Vistas, and events venue, Chautauqua Hall. This latest first place Merit Award was presented by senior industry living organization, Environments For Aging (EFA). The award was presented to Willow Valley Communities’ CEO, John G. Swanson and RLPS […] The post Environments For Agi...

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  • Barberet Bistro & Bakery, located in downtown Lancaster, will quickly transport you to Paris with classic French cuisine and patisserie perfection. Owner, operator, and chef, Cédric Barberet has over 25 years of professional pastry experience with a Master’s Degree in Pastry from Patisserie Chereau in France and continues to receive recognition for his culinary expertise. […] The post Barberet Bis...

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  • “It’s so much more than tutoring . . .” — Ross Fairweather, Willow Valley Communities resident and volunteer coordinator. Willow Valley’s community outreach efforts often focus on children in the School District of Lancaster. Consider these troubling statistics: over 90% of the children in the School District of Lancaster live below the poverty line, and […] The post Changing Young Lives through M...

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  • Alton Brown, chef, author, and host of Food Network’s “Good Eats,” has stopped in Lancaster on several occasions, dining at Lancaster city restaurants and posting rave reviews about his experiences on social media. During one Friday night’s dinner rush at Luca, the Italian restaurant on James Street in Lancaster city, Brown arrived unannounced with a […] The post Out & About : Luca appeared first ...

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  • Willow Valley Communities is an excellent choice for the serious, as well as the not-so-serious, athlete. World-class fitness and aquatics centers and exceptional team members are on hand to support an individual’s personal goals make us an ideal home. Enhancing the body through fitness is a true passion for Willow Valley Communities residents. Perhaps nothing […] The post The Destination for the ...

Willow Valley Communities
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  • Willow Valley Communities residents love their pets. Though there have been many studies showing how owning a pet can be beneficial to physical and emotional health, if you are a pet owner, you probably don’t need the research to tell you this. Have you ever noticed how you simply feel better when you’re close with […] The post The Pets We Love appeared first on Willow Valley Communities.

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  • My wife and I have discovered many positive aspects of living at Willow Valley Communities since we moved here nearly three years ago. However, for us, the friendliness and social components of the community are at the absolute top of that list. This social aspect of Willow Valley is difficult to know about or appreciate […] The post A Very Social Place appeared first on Willow Valley Communities.

Willow Valley Communities
Willow Valley Communities
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  • If you are familiar with Willow Valley Communities then you are probably familiar with our tag line, “Life Lived Forward.” It is part of every conversation we have with someone who wants to learn more about Willow Valley and it is at the core of the vision we have for our community.  But what does Life […] The post Life Lived Forward, Living with Purpose and Passion appeared first on Willow Valley...

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  • Staying fit for the increased quality of life it brings. On June 11, 2017, his 60th birthday, resident Ben Hawn completed the Triathlon at the National Senior Games in Alabama. This was Ben’s 89th triathlon. While many variations of the competition exist, a triathlon involves swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession in any combination […] The post Triathlete Ben Hawn appeared first o...

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  • The U.S. and Cuba have had a tenuous past. Sanctions were ratcheted up on Cuba in 1960 and 1961; U.S. President John F. Kennedy made the embargo official in 1962. Diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba broke off in 1961. Not long after, President Kennedy prohibited travel to Cuba and made financial and […] The post The Pearl of the Antillies, Willow Valley Residents Travel to Cuba...

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  • Inspiring the students of Carter and MacRae Elementary School — One note at a time, One coat at time, One child at a time. “Before I teach them a note, before I teach them a song, before I teach them anything, I want them to know they matter.” Matt Pavelko is a K-5 music teacher at […] The post Lancaster City Heroes: Matt and Jessica Pavelko appeared first on Willow Valley Communities.

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  • Megan, coffee shop and retail supervisor of our Market Place Cafe and The Overlook Artisanal Coffeehouse and Wine Bar, recently presented another of her highly anticipated coffee seminars for residents. Megan’s seminars are always filled with tastings of the most delicious coffees and culinary delights. For this event, she pared French roast coffee with this […] The post Cheese Babka appeared firs...

Willow Valley Communities
Willow Valley Communities
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  • Alton Brown, chef, author, and host of Food Network’s “Good Eats,” has stopped in Lancaster on several occasions, dining at Lancaster city restaurants and posting rave reviews about his experiences on social media. During one Friday night’s dinner rush at Luca, the Italian restaurant on James Street in Lancaster city, Brown arrived unannounced with a […]

Willow Valley Communities
Willow Valley Communities
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  • Life-long learning opportunities are always available to our residents at Willow Valley Communities.  One of our upcoming educational lecture series beginning late in February will explore the teachings of four faith traditions.   Over the course of 4 weeks our residents will have the opportunity to hear speakers on each of four faiths and denominations. […]

Willow Valley Communities
Willow Valley Communities
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  • There’s a new trend in housing, but it isn’t a “BIG” one. Known as “Living Small,” “Voluntary Downsizing,” or other phrases, the trend toward simplified living is catching on fast everywhere. Thanks to a desire for a calming atmosphere in the home, as well as a growing level of environmental awareness, more Americans are embracing […]

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  • Our Spring Run natural wetlands extend  the entire length of our Spring Run building. These wetlands are a mini-ecosystem that supports all kinds of indigenous plants and wildlife. The wetlands filter nitrates that originate from nearby farmland and turf runoff out of the water. Plants along the meandering stream readily take up the excess nitrogen […]

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  • The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has past, and the New Year is upon us. If your resolutions included improving your hearing, Integrity Hearing Solutions VIA Willow Valley, Willow Valley Communities’ in-house audiology practice is a smart and convenient choice. Located on Willow Valley Communities’ campus, better hearing is closer and easier than […]

Willow Valley Communities
Willow Valley Communities
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  • The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has past, and the New Year is upon us. If your resolutions included improving your hearing, Integrity Hearing Services VIA Willow Valley, Willow Valley Communities’ in-house audiology practice is a smart and convenient choice. Located on Willow Valley Communities’ campus, better hearing is closer and easier than […]

Willow Valley Communities
Willow Valley Communities
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  • Violin sensation Rachel Barton Pine will speak at our Cultural Center Theater at Willow Valley Communities on Friday, January 12 at 2:00 p.m. Rachel will share the musical history behind pieces that she will be performing the following day in a concert with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. She’ll perform excerpts and take questions from the audience […]

Willow Valley Communities
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  • Our new luxury apartment residence, The Vistas and the new events venue, Chautauqua Hall, both located on the Manor Campus, have won First Place in a national competition in the Independent Living category.  More than 80 communities nationwide submitted their new construction and renovation projects for consideration in 11 categories in the 2017 Senior Housing […]

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