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Meet some of the many Springhill residents who continue to discover and enjoy wellness, new friendships and happiness at their new home. The fascinating backgrounds and interests they bring to Springhill continue to enrich the community and add new programs, clubs and opportunities for those living here.

A Model (Airplane) Love Takes Flight

Charles McGeary was eight years old when he began building model planes. A child of the Great Depression, he recalls being mesmerized when airplanes flew overhead and later taking one of his early... More »


New Friends Bring New Chapter in Retirement

A former wildlife biologist for the state of Pennyslvania, John Kriz always enjoyed the solitude that nature brings. But after retiring from his profession and lacking the social interaction of... More »


Artist Maude Cameron Counts Her Blessings

People who have seen Maude Cameron’s art work would call her gifted; she calls herself blessed.

Her professional life includes painting more than 300 wax figures for Ripley International, which... More »


ProcrastiNOT

Although our hyper-vigilant spell checkers will insist that procrastinot is a typo, the term is in fact a neologism I invented when challenged to create a one-word New Yearʼs Resolution. As a... More »


Fitness Philosophy Makes for Adventurous Aging

As John Gorndt was preparing to hurtle down an Alaskan mountain on a zipline, the 80-year-old only had one thought in mind: “It doesn’t look like they cleared very many trees out of the way.”

And... More »


The Right Moves: Mary Stewart

Springhill resident Mary Stewart is not a sitter. A lover of the outdoors, Mary has hiked in state parks near the various cities she has called home and as far afield as England, Scotland and... More »


Chance Encounter Creates Orchid Collector

When Jean Metcalf moved to one of Springhill’s Garden Homes in 2004, she found herself confronting the dreaded task of downsizing faced by every new resident. Her task was doubly challenging,... More »


A Knack for Sales - And Hard Work

With four daughters, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, Sam and Ginny consider themselves blessed. Thanks to Sam’s long and successful career as a financial advisor for Prudential,... More »


Love of Nature Enriches All

It doesn’t take long for new Springhill residents to comment on how many interesting conversations they find themselves in with their newfound neighbors. With residents such as Ed Masteller,... More »


Support Helps Take Fall in Stride

No one enjoys moving, and with each passing decade, as the possessions pile up, it grows more challenging. But Marilyn Melhuish’s situation – though not rare – stands out from the crowd’s. After a... More »


A Lifetime in Motion

For Christmas, Bob Frenzel headed cross country on a family ski vacation in Vail, Colo. Avid skiers, Bob and his wife, Kathleen, spent a great deal of time at a vacation home in Vermont; Bob has... More »


Professor Nurtures Springhill Writers in Workshop

Twice a month on a Tuesday morning, six people who used to be little more than acquaintances meet in a room and prepare to lay it all out on the table. There, they share writings that range from... More »


Spirit of Adventure

It’s not every Springhill resident who can boast having had cocktails with Bobby Kennedy. But if you know Bill Krajcovic, you know he doesn’t boast – and that you would have been far more likely... More »


Resident’s Flight Over Erie Honors Friendship & Love

Thirty years ago, Springhill landscaper Karen Ellis took a tour around Lancaster, Pa., in a small-craft airplane. When it was over, she told her husband, “Someday, I’m going to learn how to fly a... More »


72 Days at Sea at Age 89? Why Not?

Ever since his days in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Jim Bunner has loved to travel. With some locales, Jim has made it a point to return so that he can see the changes that occur over time.... More »


Continuing Education Opportunities Bloom From Resident’s Love of Learning

Jean Dunn has never been a professor, but she sure loves what they have to offer. An accountant by trade, Jean calls herself a “green eye-shade type of person” who tends to be interested in many... More »


King (and Queen) of the Road

In 1968 when the Seepes first caught the RV bug, gas was around 35 cents a gallon and their new trailer, a pop-up, cost $1,200.  With their four children under age six, John and Roberta, or Bert... More »


Raising Voices in Song

If someone had told Lorraine Vitt five years ago that one year later she’d be directing a choir in front of an audience of more than 100 people, she would have laughed out loud.  Yet soon after... More »


Movie “The Bucket List” Inspires Adventurers

The zest for living that emanates from Nancy Sando and Norman Grode must be part of their DNA. Nancy’s parents led European tours for years, traveling all over the world, while Norm’s father was... More »


A Model Retirement Puts Passion into Practice

For proof that you’re only as old as you feel, look no further than Peter "Pete" Gonzalez. A retired Army recruiting supervisor and infantry soldier, Pete’s main passion in life is model... More »


A New Spring in Her Step

When Shirley Wolfe moved into Springhill seven years ago she had difficulty getting out of a chair. But when she saw how many programs were offered to residents, Shirley decided she wasn’t going... More »


Active Aging

Ask Joe Bertoncini why he thinks Springhill’s HealthAbility program has been so beneficial for him, and he’ll give you 64 reasons - one for every Senior Olympic medal he’s won. A retired baker... More »