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National Security Officers Appreciation Week: Valerie Gray

When entering Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, you will notice the historic stone buildings, quaint cottages and lush green gardens..and also blue, black, and red security vehicles driven by security officers keeping watch on these beautifully kept grounds. Valerie Gray, a 10-year veteran with Masonic Villages, assists her fellow officers in keeping the residents and visitors safe and secure.

September 17th, 2018|Lifestyle, Neighbors|

An Honest Life

Esther Slemenda can keep a secret. After all, she did it for a living. Although the details of her work are classified, she is still able to share other stories from her 105 years.

September 14th, 2018|Lifestyle, Neighbors|

Farmer Frank’s Heart to Serve

Frank Stoltzfus, agricultural production supervisor, took a break from managing Masonic Village's herd of 500 to 600-head of beef cattle for a two-month missionary trip to Zambia, Africa. His dedication to animals and helping others is a lifelong mission.

September 10th, 2018|Lifestyle, Spiritual|

Meet Our Maintenance Staff: Nelson Kilmer

Nelson Kilmer, maintenance manager at Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, grew up around cows - not beef cattle, but the Holsteins on his family's dairy farm. Although he studied theology and psychology (which he uses in his current job) as a student at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, he planned to be a dairy farmer, too.

August 6th, 2018|Lifestyle|

Autumn Day Through the Years

The first Autumn Day was held on Oct. 12, 1985. As Masonic Villages has grown in size, so has Autumn Day, but the spirit of the event remains the same. It’s a great opportunity for residents to showcase their home and visit with family, and for PA Masons, Eastern Star and members of other branches of the fraternity to reunite.

August 1st, 2018|Lifestyle|

A Tattoo Worth a Thousand Words

Masonic Village Hospice staff have a special place in Bill’s heart, as they have guided him through the loss of his wife and throughout his own illness. As he looks down at his tattoo, he is reminded of his love of adventure and for the people who have cared for and about him.

July 12th, 2018|Lifestyle|

Meet our Maintenance Staff: John Lebzelter

Over the years, John Lebzelter has done everything from restoration tech to working on a cattle farm. On Oct. 13, 2017, he started his job as a maintenance mechanic in the turnover department at Masonic Village of Elizabethtown, where he continues to have that variety in his career.