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June 2015

Pennswood Village Celebrates 35 Years

Photos courtesy of Nicole Jones

30Pennswood Village opened its doors to its first residents in June of 1980. Since then nearly 1,500 residents have called Pennswood Village home. The founders of Pennswood Village envisioned creating a caring community – one that was much more than a community of apartments and services, “but a community of persons united in a sense of responsibility for each other and for the broader community beyond the walls of Pennswood,” as stated in 1996 publication Creating a Caring Community…The Story Of Pennswood.

“The original group of founders wanted Pennswood to have a spirit based on Quaker values, and that spirit lives on today,” said Lisa Ogletree, Board Member and Chair of the Stewardship Committee.

This past Saturday, Pennswood Village celebrated its 35th Anniversary. All residents and staff were invited to attend the event. Read the full article »

Pennswood Residents Get Competitive on the Bocce Ball Court

Bocce competitors prepare to practice for the Bocce League Tournament. (Left to right: Ginny Schmunk, Peg Van Hise, Nancy Haulenbeek, Lee Endries)

Bocce competitors prepare to practice for the Bocce League Tournament. (Left to right: Ginny Schmunk, Peg Van Hise, Nancy Haulenbeek, Lee Endries)

If you can roll a ball, you can play bocce! The sport of bocce ball has captivated Pennswood Village, and residents couldn’t be more excited. With another tournament coming up, the sign up list has been exhausted, and residents are getting competitive.

While rolling colored balls across a court may look like child’s play at first glance, the difficulty (and fun!) comes in trying to roll the ball as close as possible to a small target, which is not an easy task, considering forces like gravity, resistance, and calculating the acceleration needed to overcome them. This combination of mental and physical challenge is what has Pennswood residents playing bocce on the campus court, going as far as to organize and hold community-wide tournaments, which always fill quickly.

“The idea of the game is to get your large ball as close as you can to the small ball. The teams work at it back and forth until someone earns the point,” says Jack Bertolino, a resident at Pennswood Village for almost 12 years, who encouraged the installation of the bocce court. Read the full article »