A Newcomer’s Perspective

by Kathy Riley

“All right, everyone, let’s jog to the end of the pool and back,” commands Ann Naulty, Lumberton resident and volunteer pool exercise leader.  The group breaks into an awkward trot, some faster, some slower.  “When you get to the wall, jog backwards!”  Ann directs, and we reverse the process.  There is much laughter and an occasional collision as we get ready for an hour of low impact, high energy fitness with our friends.  The sun tops the trees, and suddenly, we are all much warmer and making jokes about our ‘spa.’  Enjoying an outdoor pool isn’t all that unusual until you look at a calendar and see the date — September 23.

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Monarch Butterflies being released at Medford Leas

Debbie Lux, Medford Leas Horticulturalist released Monarch Butterflies this morning from the Barton Arboretum and Nature Preserve of Medford Leas.

These butterflies have been tagged so that the migration pattern of these butterflies can be tracked as they travel south. Participating in this tagging helps to encourage further interest as to migratory patterns as well as helps to study the habitats that are required to help the survival of the monarch butterflies.

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Eden’s Garden by Herb Heineman

Eden’s Garden, a novel by Herb Heineman, is available online.  A resident of Medford Leas, Herb is a retired professor of medicine specializing in infectious diseases, as well as former director of the Public Health Laboratory in Philadelphia. He has reviewed more than a hundred cases of alleged medical malpractice, for both plaintiffs and defendants, and has testified in court on numerous occasions. Although in writing this story he draws on his experience in medicine and the courtroom, all of the events and all of the characters are purely fictional.

Medford Leas Staff Support Back to School Food Drive for Food Bank of South Jersey – August 15th – 24th

Medford Leas Employee Wellness Committee has organized a Food Drive to help to stock the shelves of the Food Bank of South Jersey.
This is typically a slow time of year for donations, so Medford Leas staff are gearing up to support this worthy cause.
Drop off bins are located by time clocks on the Medford Campus.
Breakfast cereals, rice, beans, tuna, peanut butter, canned soup and stews, plastic bags, and macaroni and cheese are all items that are needed.
Your support is appreciated!
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Walking “The Way:” A Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage

by Pat Kidd and Davis Henderson

HeaderCIn 2016 we are completing the ~500 mile Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in Spain. We’ve made the pilgrimage in thirds, walking about 150 miles in each of 2014 and 2015, and finishing up with 200 miles this year.

The Camino is a well-trodden route (dating back more than 1,000 years) whose popularity has soared in recent years. Back in the mid-1980’s, fewer than 3,000 pilgrims made the trek each year. In 2011, after Martin Sheen’s movie “The Way” was released, 180,000 people completed the Camino and last year that number topped 250,000. Clearly this ancient pilgrimage route taps something important in today’s  zeitgeist.   Continue reading —> 

Cathedral Trail and Kay Smith

by Maggie Heineman

TrailWalkers1000I like to lead trail walks for two reasons. It gives new residents an opportunity to become familiar with some convoluted sections of the trails that they might not otherwise visit.  And, just as important to me, I get to get to know new residents like Kay Smith. Kay is an environmental activist who moved to Medford Leas in December, 2015 and knows much more about botany than I do. Continue reading

Announcing the LeasMusiCast 2016-2017 Schedule

BarberSevilleThe LeasMusiCast Committee at Medford Leas arranges recorded concerts that are played in the Medford Leas Theater. This season we will be presenting:
  • Two Operas (Barber of Seville; Tosca)
  • Two Ballets (Midsummer Night’s Dream; Romeo and Juliet)
  • One Oratorio (Messiah)
  • Five Orchestral Programs

Go to mlra.org/activities/on-site-entertainment/leasmusicast/ for a complete list of 2016-2017 LeasMusiCast events.