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Homemaker of the Year – Phyllis Miller

July 29, 2019

The Homemaker of the Year is an individual that shows commitment to providing exemplary service to Columbia Cottage residents. This years’ Homemaker of the Year is Phyllis Miller. Phyllis started at Columbia Cottage in November 2010. She worked for many years as a Homemaker and conducted craft time with the residents. Just recently she took the Medication Technician exam and was promoted to pass medications. Phyllis has always shown great compassion, patience, and love to the Cottage residents. As a staff member she is dedicated, reliable, and is a great example of what a homemaker/medication technician should be. Phyllis and her husband live here in Hanover and have two boys and she is grandmother to two girls and boy. In her spare time, she loves to garden, craft, and above all spend time with her family. The staff and residents of Columbia Cottage feel very lucky to have Phyllis as a part of the Cottage family.

Phyllis Miller standing against a quilt in the background

Holiday Greetings

December 27, 2018

The Holidays generally are a time of year of celebration and joy, as well as one of reflection as we ponder our resolutions for the New Year. Columbia Cottage has had a great year and many reasons to celebrate! The thing that most of us are thankful for is the privilege that each resident and family provides us in caring for our residents. The residents and families bring us great joy and we appreciate your trust in us and thank you for the continued opportunity to care for our residents.

Additionally, we would like to thank all our staff for their dedication and hard work. We sincerely appreciate the love and care you provide to our residents and understand what a great job each of you do to make Columbia Cottage a home and not just “another facility”.

The Greatest Gift that we have been given is time! Take the time to share with our residents and families during this Holiday Season and let them know how much you care. Families and Residents take the time to share kind words with our staff and let them know how much you appreciate their hard work. We have been given a wonderful gift TIME, sometimes we forget just how precious it is, so consider your time a gift this Holiday Season and share it!

To all of our Residents, Families, and Staff: May the Magic of the Holiday Season stay with you throughout the New Year. We wish you the gifts of the Season, Peace, Joy, and Hope!

Happy Holidays,
Deena and Erin

Resident of the Month – Joan Beard

December 27, 2018

Joan was born January 22, 1943, to Madge and Edward Workley, in Baltimore, MD. She has two siblings, one brother and one sister. Joan graduated from Dundalk High School in 1961. February 27,1965, she married Raymond Beard and had four children. John, Diane, Jeff and Jason as well as seven grandchildren and one great grandson. Joan stayed at home to raise her four children and when they were grown, she worked at preschool for many years. She loved to do aerobics, play board games, dance, garden and cook. She absolutely loves animals, especially dogs. Joan’s home was always decorated nicely especially at the holidays.

Cottage Star – Anne Shelleman

December 27, 2018

We would like to announce that after 11 years of employment at Columbia Cottage, Anne Shelleman has decided to retire. Anne has been a great asset to Columbia Cottage, she was a wealth of knowledge, great sense of humor, is a dedicated employee, and a wonderful friend.Things will not be the same around here without her. All the staff here would like to wish Anne the very best and Happy retirement.

Important Dates to Remember

October 30, 2018

November 11th at 3:00PM Veterans ceremony – Family welcome
November 17th at 6:00PM Christmas Bazaar – Open to the Public
December 5th at 2:00PM Staff Christmas Party
December 12th at 5:00PM Resident Christmas Party Apartments #1-21
December 19th at 5:00PM Resident Christmas Party Apartments #22-42

New this year, we have decided to have two separate Resident Christmas parties. The first date is for Apartments #1-21 and the second date is for Apartments #22-42. The limit is three guests per room and you must RSVP by December 3rd. Call 717-630-9178 to confirm your reservations.

Christmas Bazaar

October 30, 2018

Family and Friends – please join us on November 17th for our Christmas Bazaar. This event is open to the public. Start your Christmas shopping here with the friends and family of Columbia Cottage.

Resident of the Month – Betty Reichart

October 30, 2018

The family of the month for November is Betty Reichart. Betty was born in January of 1922 in Adams County around Brushtown. Betty was 1 of 4 children. She has one brother and two sisters. Betty and her family grew up on a farm in Brushtown. On the family farm they grew many vegetables but mostly potatoes and corn. They also raised dairy and beef cattle, chickens and sheep. Betty mostly helped with milking the cattle and feeding the animals. Betty attended Locust Grove school which was a two-bedroom school in Brushtown. She graduated from Hanover High School. Betty worked in the dress factory from about 1930-1962. When Betty was about 22 she met Dillard Reichart at a picnic at St. David’s. They started to date each other, and he then left for the service. He served with the Navy for two years. When he returned home in 1947, they decided to get married. Dillard was an automotive mechanic. Betty and her husband belonged to the Gettysburg Region of the antique car club. They often went to many different events with their 1939 Graham Paige. They often enjoyed each other’s company by going to the beach or dinner and a movie. We welcome Betty in to our Columbia Cottage family.

November Cottage Star – Alyssa Kehr

October 30, 2018

Hi, my name is Alyssa Kehr. I feel that working at Columbia Cottage has been a rewarding and amazing experience. The residents make coming to work a joy. I have formed many bonds with the residents that I will never forget. The best part about working here is I have already picked out a room for my mother-in-law when she gets older.

Holiday Party – Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2018

Join us on February 13th at 1:00 p.m. for a Valentine’s Day Celebration! Local radio station Froggy 107.7 will be providing entertainment and lots of fun. And of course, what is Valentine’s Day without some sweet treats and snacks? Your family is welcome to join the fun, but they or you should let us know who is planning to attend.

After the party, at 3:00, we will also be having a Valentine’s Craft time. If you cannot make it on the 13th, you can join us February 14th at 3:00 for a second Valentine Craft session.

Cottage Star – Jessie Marsh

February 1, 2018

Jessie Marsh has worked at Columbia Cottage for over a year, but you might remember her from six years ago when she also worked at our Cottage. Jessie took time off to stay at home with her kids. She is back in action now, and truly loves her job. She lives in Spring Grove and enjoys spending her free time with her family. She enjoys riding bikes, playing ball outside, and going to the park with her kids.

2017 Reflections and 10-Year Celebrations

January 25, 2018

We had a great year in 2017 with many exciting events and celebrations enjoyed as a Cottage Family. Throughout the year, we have welcomed many new faces as members to our Cottage, not only as Team members, but our Families, too.

We have celebrated many holidays together over the year, including our Valentine’s Day Party (with our photo booth), St. Patty’s Day (with some great Limericks), and Easter (with a visit from the Easter Bunny). We also celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary with our Cottage Families, staff and Community. Way to go!

Having wound down 2017 with our Christmas Party for our residents and their loved ones, we look forward to what the new year will bring. Thank you to all the Residents and Staff that made 2017 a success. We are looking forward to an even better 2018!

Family of the Month

January 4, 2018

Betty Driscoll might have born as “Freda” in 1930 in Bermuda, but friends and family know her better today as Betty. Betty had two sisters and one brother. While she was a typist out of high school, she was also considered a top swimmer for Bermuda between the ages 8 and 17. Her favorite stroke was the overhand.

Every Friday and Saturday night, Betty and two of her best friends attended dances at the local military base. That is where Betty met her first Husband, a soldier in the American Air Force. She moved to PA with her husband and had six children: three boys and three girls. Once Betty earned her citizenship, she worked at a restaurant.

Betty loves people and socializing with others. Some of her favorite hobbies include crosswords, swimming, golfing and dancing. But her favorite memories are of those weekend dances at the military base with her two best friends.

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