A Message From Michelle  
Spring conjures up all sorts of images in my mind....it’s absolutely my most favorite time of year! Grass turning greener, baby leaves popping out from tiny buds spaced along what was a seemingly lifeless tree branch 7 days ago! Tulips, daffodils and crocus peeking out from their winter sleep.

But Spring is also the perfect time to consider the whole ‘spring-cleaning’ thing! It’s not only a time to clean and de-clutter our homes and offices, but it’s also a time that we might consider what is cluttering our everyday lives.

Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant and author who also has a wildly popular Netflix series. Her method of organizing is to gather all belongings and keep only those things that ‘spark joy’. Quite a concept, actually! Imagine holding each item in your life and considering it’s value? It sounds like a great undertaking to me, but it also sounds like the perfect, mindful exercise in determining what really is important and honoring those ‘items’ that surround you.

The concept fascinates me not only in material items and belongings, but also the people and the relationships we honor in our life. There are so many people in my life who ‘bring me joy’. People who I love and see every day, those that I see occasionally and others that I may only see once in a while but when I do, we pick right up where we left off. My friends and my family; near and far....they ‘spark joy’ each time I see their smile or hear their voice.

One of the greatest benefits of being at Pickering Manor for so many years has been the fostering of relationships in this community and with the residents, both past and present, and their family members. It ‘sparks joy’ when I bump into someone I haven’t seen and we both reminisce about the joy and sometimes the sorrow of their ‘person’ we shared in common.

And so, my April message is all about de-cluttering our lives of those items and relationships that do not make us feel honored and valuable and allowing permission to ourselves to keep and nurture the ones that make us feel happy and fulfilled.

Happy Spring everyone....Go out and Spark some Joy!!


Michelle Knobloch
Executive Director


Here’s your chance at winning a 2019 Mercedes Benz or $25,000 cash! Don’t miss out! Drawing is April 26 th at the Newtown Theatre.   Enter here!


If you’ve driven by recently, you will see our giant mountain of dirt is gone! The backfill process around the new building has begun, as well as poured concrete for our first level. Keep up with all the action by following us on Facebook !

 Goodnoe Elementary students came to share their love of…bugs!! They made dirt cake with gummy worms and had a blast with our residents!    

Join us in congratulating 2 of our employees and welcoming a new one!

Meri Barboni , former Director of Social Services, has taken the newly created position of Memory Care Director. Meri will oversee our new Memory Care neighborhood in our new construction!

Kelly Moyer , who you have seen at our front desk as receptionist, has accepted the position of Volunteer Coordinator. In this role, she will be overseeing and expanding our volunteer program.

Welcome to Meredyth Smith , who has been hired as our new Director of Social Services. Meredyth comes to Pickering with over 22 years of social work experience, most recently working at Statesman Nursing Facility. Meredyth lives in Falls township with her two young children, and volunteers her time organizing events for Relay for Life. Please stop in the social services office to say welcome!


Come out and enjoy an afternoon of shopping for a great cause.

Join the Pickering Manor Auxiliary Board for a Sip & Shop event at:
J. McLaughlin
200 S. State Street
Newtown, Pa

April 13, 2019 from 11 am-5 pm.

15% of all purchases benefit the Pickering Manor Auxiliary for Pickering Manor.


Join us June 10, 2019 at Trenton Country Club for The Newtown Rotary’s 30 th Annual Golf Outing! All proceeds benefit the residents of Pickering Manor. To sign up, sponsor or join a foursome, click HERE.

For more information, please call our Development Office at 215-968-3878.

Come & Join us…

If you like to play cards or games, read, garden, bake, craft, shop, share computer skills, have a special talent to teach or perform, like to collate papers, or just want to visit with our Residents, we have an opportunity for you!

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!:

1.     Contact Kelly Moyer @215-968-3878 or kmoyer@pickeringmanor.org
2.     Choose your area of interest (see our activities calendars)
3.     Fill out our Application

We look forward to sharing our exciting programs with you!

Pickering Manor hosts Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

Meetings will be held once per month on the first Tuesday from 10 am-12 noon in the Living room. Open to all caregivers.

Call Meri Barboni at 215-968-3878 for more information.
About Pickering Manor

Located in Newtown, PA, Pickering Manor is a non-profit senior-living facility offering 10 semi-detached cottages, 24 apartments, 22 private personal care rooms and 47 licensed skilled nursing beds.

Pickering was founded in 1963 and is the only community-owned and operated senior residence in Pennsylvania.