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Friday, May 24th, 2013
Richard and Irene Knarr
Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, 9:30 a.m.
in the beautifully landscaped Billie Jane Strauss Wellness Center Garden Area
Come help us dedicate this beautiful new garden area with the family of Richard & Irene Knarr. This garden features beautiful new hydrangeas, roses, and other flowering and fragrant plants. Sit on the reclaimed heart redwood bench and enjoy the shade of the River Birch trees.
Dedication starts at 9:30 a.m. with refreshments in the garden following.
Directions: The garden entrance is south of the new Billie JAne Strauss Wellness Center and Health Care Rotunda. The door to the garden is just beside the wellness center therapy pool.
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
North Manchester, Indiana – Peabody Retirement Community
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM: Peabody Retirement Community • 400 West Seventh Street • North Manchester, IN 46962
CONTACT: Sue Roesner • 260-982-8616 • www.peabodyrc.org
SIGNS OF SPRING HERALD 15th ANNUAL TULIP FESTIVAL AT PEABODY RETIREMENT COMMUNITY.
Free event on Saturday, April 27 to feature entertainment, prizes, food, a two-mile classic run, and of course, 10,000 blooming tulips.
North Manchester, IN — It all started when Peabody decided to beautify its campus by planting one of Mother Nature’s most beloved symbols of spring with tulip bulbs purchased from Holland, Michigan, a hamlet honoring its own heritage with a “Tulip Time Festival.” The Peabody beautification effort continued each year as the season’s first warm days pushed the flowers through the ground, springing them to a rainbow of color and splendor.
In the spring of 1998, the tulips presented a particularly spectacular display practically begging Peabody to share the panorama with surrounding communities. An old-fashioned ice cream social seemed to suit the occasion and the public enjoyed both a beautiful and delicious afternoon at Peabody. The tulips of spring 1999 repeated their bountiful performance and so another ice cream social, this time accompanied by entertainment gave birth to Peabody’s Annual Tulip Festival.
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Each year as the tulips debuted, more and more came to see the spectacle and area businesses began to participate by donating prizes, raffles and equipment. In 2003, and continuing to this day, a very generous gift from Roger and Judy Moore of The Hardware puts Peabody’s landscape crews to work each fall planting over 10,000 tulips throughout the grounds, creating an even more fantastic sight, and increasing interest and participation the following spring.
Meet Grand Marshall of The 15th Annual Tulip Festival, Mariana Reed.
Mariana Reed has seen many a Tulip Festival. A happy Peabody resident for 20+ years, she loves the community and is thrilled to serve as Grand Marshall. “I am so honored to have been chosen as the Grand Marshall for Peabody,” she says. It comes as no real surprise Mariana was selected. It seems service and honor has always been part of her life.
A World War II Army WAC Nurse, Mariana was particularly glad to meet fellow WACs and WAVEs (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services) when she came to Peabody. At age 25, she was sworn in to the 34th WAAC (Women Army Auxiliary Corps, later changed by Congress to WAC), and sent to Fort Des Moines. Then it was overseas to Cheltenham, England working in the Central Records Aggutant Unit for six months and becoming a corporal. While no one in Mariana’s unit was allowed in Western England due to bombings, she did have to comply with curfews, and while on furlough in London, she viewed an air raid reenactment light and siren show near Buckingham Palace. She ended her time as a WAC when her unit moved to Paris. Remarkable to Mariana about WWII was how “everyone came together to help keep the country running.”
Look for familiar favorites on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Many favorites from previous Tulip Festivals will return such as the Used Book Sale, which benefits Peabody’s Caring Circle, however, this year, gently used puzzles, games, CDs and DVDs are also welcomed. Home and party vendors will be on hand including Lia Sophia, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Gold Canyon Candles, Thirty-One Gifts and more. The Children’s Area, an always-popular feature will host a petting zoo and carnival games. A fun performance blending Americana, bluegrass, folk, old-time and Irish music by The Gold Mine Pickers will fill The Chapel from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, followed by The CHORDS, an ensemble of male voices singing traditional, contemporary and gospel music from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Plus, horse and wagon rides with Jim Shuler and his team will travel the campus, and plenty of food choices are on tap from The Mainview Inn, Portside Pizza, Amish baked goods and other festival treats such as cotton candy and elephant ears.
Second Annual Quilt Show and Tulip Two-Mile Classic Run/Walk
Two new events will be back for the festival a second year. The Quilt Show awards People’s Choice in the following categories – Best Kids, Best Resident, Best Pieced and Best Appliquéd. A $2.00 entry fee per quilt with a limit of two quilts per person will provide proceeds for the Alzheimer’s Association. Contact Kim Fitzgerald at 260-578-8325 for more information.
The Two-Mile Classic Run/Walk will benefit Disabled American Veterans, a national non-profit organization. Packet pick-up begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 near the Peabody Bell Tower. Pre-registration by mail information can be downloaded at www.peabodyrc.org, or on-line at www.runreg.com with $10 for the two-mile walk and $15 for the two-mile run. Race day registration is $20. The first 65 registrants will receive unique door prizes, with the overall Two-Mile Run Male and Female Champions awarded $35 in cash prizes, and Runners-Up, $15 in cash prizes. Contact Laura Markham at 269-982-8616 for more information.
Mary Richey, Medical Records Coordinator at Peabody is this year’s Tulip Festival Chair. To learn more, contact Mary at 260-982-8616.
Peabody is a continuing care retirement community offering complete residential and health care lifestyle options and resources, all in one location.
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
Contact: Sue Roesner, Director of Sales & Marketing
Phone: (260) 982-8616
New Billie Jane Strauss Wellness Center Opening Spring 2013
Date: 1/22/2013: October of 2012, Peabody Retirement Community proudly turned the ceremonial spade at the ground breaking of the new Billie Jane Strauss Wellness Center.
The Billie Jane Strauss Wellness Center will feature a 6,600 square foot addition housing a large, new rehabilitation gymnasium and wellness center. This space will feature cutting edge equipment for therapy and wellness, private treatment rooms, extra large wellness gym for class exercise, Hydroworx pool for aqua therapy and wellness, rehabilitation gym to accommodate a rehabilitation staff of 16 therapists local to Peabody’s community. Construction continues with a completion date in early-mid spring.
A vast amount of research was conducted by Peabody Retirement Community, designers, therapy and senior wellness consultants when choosing a design scheme and technology for the current and future clientele of the North Manchester and surrounding community. “Every facet, from the layout, color and textile choices, rock wall fountain, lighting and equipment was chosen to provide the best experience for our guests and their families. This design will transform health, rehabilitation and wellness for our region. There is nothing like it and we are extremely proud to offer this at Peabody.” says Jeff Jarecki, HFA, Peabody Executive Director.
Billie Jane Strauss was the wife of the late Don Strauss, the primary monetary donor to build this new center. In their memory, we strive to honor their commitment to health and wellness by improving the quality of lives for those we serve.
Peabody Retirement Community is a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) offering complete residential (patio homes, apartments, assisted living) and health care (short-term rehabilitation, long term care) lifestyle options and resources on their pristine 33-acre campus. Founders James B. Peabody and his son, Thomas believed that older adults deserved a life free from fear and worry. For over 80 years, Peabody has grown and advanced to continue this commitment for generations.
Additional Notes: Morrison, Kattman, Menze are the architects on this project as well as Michael Kinder & Sons are the builders.
Thursday, November 1st, 2012
The Peabody Home Foundation and Peabody Retirement Community are pleased to announce yet another remarkable advancement in retirement care and services as it breaks ground on The Billie Jane Strauss Wellness Center. Generous donors to the Peabody Home Foundation have made possible this next advancement in Peabody’s position as leader in retirement services.
The center bears the name of Billie Jane Strauss who led the way at Peabody for many years as President of the Board of Trustees, fund raising leader, and generous benefactor. This wellness center will be yet another signature of her visionary leadership and it will carry the memory of her leadership for many years to come. The Billie Jane Strauss Wellness Center will usher in a new era in rehabilitation services in our region for older adults as well as others who need specialized rehabilitation. The new center will feature:
- Warm water aquatic therapy pool with submerged treadmill
- Large activity room for aerobics, tai-chi & yoga
- full-size kitchen for occupational therapy
- individual treatment rooms for resident privacy
- large wellness & rehabilitation gyms enhanced by day lighting
- exterior landscaped plaza designed to enhance rehab therapy services
- Nationally recognized therapy technology used to speed healing used by the United States Navy, the NFL and MLB
- Biodex Balance System, Dakim Mental Strengthening Software, Urinary Incontinence Technology and fitness equipment designed from joint protection and maximum effectiveness
- Therapy team of 13 trained professionals
- Therapy provided daily up to 7 days a week
- Clinical Excellence in CHF, Pneumonia, COPD and CVA protocols.
- Full-time Family Nurse Practitioner available onsite 5 days/week
At our ground breaking we will ceremonially turn the first spade of soil, the family of Billie Jane Strauss will offer words to those in attendance, and the Peabody leadership and architectural team will offer insight into the design rationale and reasons it will transform health rehabilitation for our region. You’ll have a chance to see the drawings and design concepts, talk to the family and leadership, and ask the architectural team questions that you may have. A reception and tours will follow in the Health Center rotunda.
Contact: Sue Roesner, Director of Sales & Marketing, email@example.com
Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
That’s right! Our very own volunteers are headed to Disney. Our youngest volunteers, Alyssa Walther (daughter of Community Life Services Director, Martha Walther) and her friend Samantha Shambarger-Deneve, will be participating in the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade in Orlando, Florida. Although they are young, these girls take volunteering seriously as they have assisted on field trips and campus wide events such as Trick-or-Treat and Easter Egg Hunt and various clerical duties such as cutting out craft items, filing, and photocopying. When asked why they like to volunteer at Peabody, the answer was: “We like to help the Residents and it’s fun getting to know them.” These girls embrace our mission. I am sure they have learned a lot just through volunteering.
Each participant is required to fundraise $1000 for their trip. Peabody supported their efforts with a donation for $125 for each girl. We feel we need to support our volunteer’s passions by making a charitable donation towards this opportunity, says Sue Roesner, Director of Sales and Marketing
As members of the Disney Dream Dance Team from Leo, Indiana they will spend a total of 5 days together, along with hundreds of students from around the U.S. This once in a lifetime opportunity will allow them to work with ABC-TV and Disney Producers, and even many celebrities such as Cee Lo Green, Jennifer Hudson, Mario Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Scotty McCreery, and Justin Bieber.
Here are also some of the other awesome things they will experience:
- Perform in a nationally televised event that airs on Christmas Day
- Perform before tens of thousands of fans at a once in a lifetime event
- Feel the reward of achieving excellence in performance
- Improve personal knowledge and technique in dance
- Build their resumes and gain exposure in a professional arena
- Share in many social and cultural activities in the area
- Invaluable rehearsal time/experience at Walt Disney with world class choreographers & producers
Alyssa and Samantha are eighth graders and cheerleaders at Whitko Middle School in Larwill, IN. Both have been taking formal dance since preschool. Alyssa has studied under Terri Eckert of Terri Eckert School of Dance in North Manchester, IN and Performing Arts Studio, St. Charles Missouri. Samantha has studied under Terri Eckert School of Dance in North Manchester, IN and also Beckey Jones School of Dance, Atlanta, Georgia
Alyssa and Samantha with Sue Roesner, Director of Sales & Marketing
Thursday, April 12th, 2012
Come Celebrate Spring this year at our
14th Annual Tulip Festival
♦ 1st Annual Tulip Two-Mile Classic Run/Walk
♦ 1st Annual Quilt show
10:00a – 10:45a – The Shrine Chanters
11:00a – 12:30p – The Auburn Dixielanders
1:00p – 3:00p – The Gold Mine Pickers
♦ Home & Party Vendors
- Mary Kay
- Gold Canyon Candles
- Thirty-One Gifts, and more!
♦ Expanded Children’s Area
♦ Food Vendors:
- Portside Pizza
- Elephant Ears & Cotton Candy
- Amish baked goods
- Carmel Corn and much more.
♦ Horse & Wagon rides
♦ Book sale
♦ Register to win a Kindle Fire, Four Rounds of Golf at Stonehenge Golf and Country Club, and more!
♦ Hot Air Balloon Ride Raffle
♦ Free Balance Screenings by HTS
Contact Mary Richey at
260-982-8616 for questions.
Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
Who can qualify to receive $13,128 to $24,228 per year tax-free?
March 9, 2012, North Manchester, IN – According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, about a quarter of the nation's population – approximately 70 million people – are potentially eligible for VA benefits and services because they are veterans, family members or survivors of veterans.
The VA Aid and Attendance Pension benefit, one of the many benefits available through the VA, offers eligible veterans or their surviving spouses a significant monthly pension, ranging from $1,094 to $2,019 per month tax-free. To be eligible, veterans must have served 90 consecutive days or more with at least one day during a wartime period (World War II, Korea, etc) and meet a few medical and financial eligibility criteria.
As part of our on-going commitment to making eldercare more affordable, we are working to educate the local community about the availability of Aid & Attendance benefits. During our workshop, we will be reviewing the eligibility criteria and show how thousands of families, EVEN IN CASES OF HIGHER NET WORTH, have become eligible for this benefit helping to offset the cost of the care being provided.
Peabody Retirement Community is hosting this educational workshop about VA benefits on March 27th
, 2012 at 6:30 pm. The event will take place at our community, which is located at 400 West 7th
Street, North Manchester, IN 46962. The workshop is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Please call 260-982-8616, extension 1128 to register – and if you know someone else who could benefit from this information, please bring him or her along. If you are unable to attend the workshop, please visit www.veteransfinancial.com
for more information about the benefit.
For More Information:
Sue Roesner, Director of Marketing, Peabody Retirement Community
Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
The Peabody Alz-Stars again are walkingfor theAlzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s™ and unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. “Together we can raise awareness and funds to enhance Alzheimer’s care and support and advance critical research. The end of Alzheimer’s disease starts with us, says Laura Markham, Director of Social Services at Peabody Retirement Community. The walk is Saturday, October 6, 2012.
The Greater Indiana Chapter serves a 73 County region of Indiana with an estimated 120,000 individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Their services include a 24/7 information and referral Helpline, family care planning with a licensed social worker, support groups, family and professional education programs and Medic Alert + Safe Return.
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. They provide services to those affected by Alzheimer's; advocate for policy change and research funding; and advance research toward prevention, brain health treatment and a cure. Their offices are located in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and chapter affiliates nationwide that serve the needs of those living with Alzheimer’s every day. Their vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease.
The Peabody Alz-Stars are selling Jumbo Jelly Beans as a Fundraiser for The Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Warsaw.
Order your Jumbo Jelly Beans, just in time for Easter! Jumbo Jelly Beans will be available to pre-order starting Friday, March 2 until Monday, March 19. You can pre-order your Jumbo Jelly Beans by contacting Tracy Irwin at 260 982 0808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jumbo Jelly Beans are available in 12oz packages for $5.50/each in the following flavors: Licorice, Cinnamon, Fruit, Cherry, Jelly stones, Spice, Red Licorice, Cotton Candy, Orange, Pineapple, Pink Grapefruit, Root Beer, Strawberry, and Chocolate Covered Cherry(8 oz).
Payment is due in full when ordering- payroll deduction is available. Jelly Beans will be available for pick-up on Friday, March 30.
All proceeds from the sales will go to the Peabody Alz Stars team! Sales are open to the public- so spread the word!
Thanks for your support!
Saturday, January 28th, 2012
North Manchester, IN – January 24, 2012 – Peabody Retirement Community is a continuing care community of lifestyle choices from Independent Living to 24 hour care. Peabody is a not for profit community, focusing on enriching lives through all phases of retirement.
In recent months, Peabody Retirement Community has added to their leadership team. “We as a team, says Executive Director, Jeff Jarecki, have so much more we can now accomplish. By combining our strength and skill sets, we each have the ability (as a team) to significantly impact the direction of Peabody Retirement Community and to lay the groundwork for continued success.”
Recently added to the leadership team is Angela Woolard as a Residency Counselor. Angela holds a B.S. from Indiana University’s School of Business and Management Sciences. She has over 8 years of sales and marketing experience as both a director of Mary Kay Cosmetics and a Lead Presenter for Weight Watchers motivational meetings and goal setting. She is married to her husband Jason. They live in Huntington with their children, Olivia, Alyssa, Emma, Owen, and Sabrina.
Sue Roesner had joined the Peabody Retirement Community in April 2011 and leads the marketing efforts as Director of Marketing. Sue has over 25 years in sales and marketing experience and currently serves as Past President of the Board of North Manchester Chamber of Commerce; she sits on the board for Manchester Economic Development and is active in Manchester Main Street Promotion & Art committee. She holds a Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Tech. Her undergraduate degree is a B.S. in Technical Sales, with a Minor in Communications from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Sue is married to her husband Russ. Together they have five children, Benjamin, Jacob, Andrea, Joshua, and Mason.
Leona Campbell, Marketing Assistant, completes the Sales and Marketing team as they focus on sales and occupancy for Independent and Assisted Living. She came to Peabody in 2009 as a Recreation Coordinator. Leona holds an Associate’s Degree from Harrison College in Business Management with a continued effort on her B.S In Business Management. Leona and her daughter Colson live here in Manchester.
Peabody continues to strive to be the community and employer of choice in the state of Indiana, and a vital resource for celebrating the ageless spirit through grace, compassion and respect for all.
Saturday, January 28th, 2012
North Manchester, IN – January 24, 2012
Stan Williams was recently hired as the Director of Development by the Peabody Home Foundation. He comes with over 20 years experience in sales, sales management, customer service and marketing. Stan was most recently a Residency Counselor for Peabody Retirement Community in t he sales and marketing team. He is an alumnus of Anderson University where he received his B.S. in Psychology. Stan resides in North Manchester, IN with his wife, Lisa. They have two boys, Kyle and Alec.
Stan was employed at Peabody Retirement Community previously in 1991 – 1997 also engaging in sales, marketing and fundraising. “I carry a deep admiration for the Peabody Community. Both grandparents and now my mother lives at Peabody Retirement Community. My passion and conviction for “The Peabody Home Foundation” is much more than a job," says Williams.