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Concordia Residents Recall St. Patrick’s Day Flood of 1936

March 29, 2016
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This year marked the 80th anniversary of the St. Patrick’s Day Flood, an event that left an impression on MANY people in the greater Pittsburgh area – especially those directly affected by the deadly waters that spring. Heavy rain and melting snow caused major flooding in the Pittsburgh region and other areas. With water levels as high as 46 feet, the death toll climbed to over 150 throughout the Ohio Valley.

Five Concordia at Cabot retirement living residents talked about the flood and what they experienced during this trying time. And since all of them were only children in 1936, they remember the tragedy from a child’s perspective – a time of great loss, but also of great perseverance. Take a look at their stories, and if you or someone you know experienced the flood, feel free to share your memories in the comments below!

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Allegheny Valley Resident Goes From Knee Replacement to Retirement Apartment - And Has Never Been Happier

June 9, 2015
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JoAnn Paulenda had been familiar with Concordia at Cabot for most of her life. Between being a member at nearby John Huss Lutheran Church and visiting friends and loved ones, she had been to the campus a number of times. In 2011, after having both knees replaced at the age of 70, she became the person that friends and family visited, as she spent six weeks in the Lund Care Center rehabilitating.

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That's What Friends Are For: 16 Concordia Residents All Come From Same Church

March 31, 2015
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Below is a story published in a previous issue of Faith in Caring magazine (click here to see the March 2015 issue) on how a group of 16 residents at Concordia of the South Hills were all members of the same church prior to moving to the retirement community! To be added to the mailing list or e-mail distribution list, contact us here or call the Concordia Public Relations Department at 724-352-1571, ext. 8266. Enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment below!

If you asked someone unfamiliar with Concordia of the South Hills what “The Bower Hill Gang” is, guesses could range from a rowdy group of soccer fans to something out of The Little Rascals.

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Concordia Resident's Husband Recalls Wife's Time as a Jeopardy! Champion

March 3, 2015
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In 2004, Ken Jennings became a household name after setting the record for most consecutive Jeopardy! wins: 75 victories in a row. During that run, his earnings surpassed a whopping $2.5 million. Suffice to say, one can argue that Jennings was defined by his Jeopardy! success.

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Exceptional Stories of Care: Patient's Family Member Becomes Dedicated Volunteer

February 24, 2015
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A retired Awards Program Coordinator at SAE International and retired hot air balloon pilot of 20 years, Ginny Whipple now enjoys kayaking, fishing, geocaching, and photography. Just under a year ago, however, she added another hobby to her list: volunteering for Good Samaritan Hospice (GSH). Like many who are compelled to donate their time, Ginny experienced GSH care firsthand, as her mother spent her final days at the organization’s Heritage Valley inpatient unit.

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Exceptional Stories of Care: Family Experiences Four Levels of Care at Concordia

January 27, 2015
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Longtime Concordia resident George Boggs and his wife Mary (better known to friends and loved ones as Frances or Fran) first moved to Concordia at Cabot's Haven Apartments in October of 2001. Concerned for their wellbeing after Fran began having health problems, their children had suggested they consider moving someplace where assistance would be available to them whenever they needed it. Since they lived locally, they knew of Concordia through word-of-mouth and decided to check it out.

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Retired Akron Influencers Believe No Retirement Community Around Compares to Sumner

September 9, 2014
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Below is a story published in a previous issue of Faith in Caring magazine about a couple at Concordia at Sumner who have been active in the Akron community for years. To be added to the mailing list or e-mail distribution list, e-mail us here or call the Concordia Public Relations Department at 724-352-1571, ext. 8266. Enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment below!

Say the name “Hay” in any of 20 community boards in the Akron area and it’s one that is sure to be recognized. Serving as president of the Akron Chamber of Commerce in the early 1990s, Karl Hay was the force behind the $33 million investment that helped lay the foundation for redevelopment efforts in downtown Akron. When the John S. Knight Convention Center opened in June 1994, a room was named in his honor.

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A Drive Down Memory Lane at Concordia

August 12, 2014
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The following article was written by Karen Driscoll, the daughter of a Concordia Retirement Living resident (Concordia Haven Apartments in Cabot). Karen is not an employee of Concordia, but she had an uplifting story involving her dad that we wanted to share with you – so enjoy! As usual, feel free to leave a comment, especially if you have a cool story like this one!

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“No Better Care Anywhere" - Concordia Rehabilitation Helps Butler Man Get Back Outdoors

August 5, 2014
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Below is a story published in a previous issue of Faith in Caring magazine on how Concordia helped a local man after two knee replacements get back to sports and the outdoors. To be added to the mailing list or e-mail distribution list, contactl us here or call the Concordia Public Relations Department at 724-352-1571, ext. 8266. Enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment below!

The prototypical “man’s man” has quite a few defining characteristics.

He’s tough as nails. He thrives in the outdoors. He enjoys a dark beer from time to time and can fix almost any problem that befalls a domestic automobile. He puts God, his family and his country above all else.

One occasionally-regrettable characteristic is that he may not ask for help as soon as he probably should. And that can lead to trouble every so often.

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Haven Resident Makes a Difference Volunteering with Good Samaritan Hospice

June 24, 2014
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For some people, volunteerism isn’t just a hobby, it’s a regular part of their everyday lives. Bette Miller – formerly of Washington state and now a resident at Concordia Haven Apartments – is one of those people.

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