May 2021

A Message From Michelle
It’s absolute favorite month of them all! I believe that May is the month that God chose to be the one that gives us hope for the rest of the year. The month that closes the door to the frigid temperatures of the Winter and slowly welcomes the trees to bud, the flowers to bloom and the birds to sing!

It’s also the month set aside to honor our Mothers. Whatever name you may have called yours; Mother, Mom, Mama...this is the woman who gave you life or raised you and called you their own. Mothers come in all different shapes and sizes; and just like beautiful snowflakes, no two are exactly the same. They all have their particular strengths and weaknesses, but share universal similarities. There’s no greater joy than to meet your child for the first time; watch them take that first step; fear for them falling...or failing. Watching them grow into small humans who become taller humans and hoping they’ll make productive members of society; and then realizing they’re becoming men and women who still need you, no matter how old they are.

This past year has been and continues to test the strength and resolve for all of us. We have watched as families have reunited after an arduous time apart and we’ve celebrated these reunions among tears of joy. Our resident’s families have been patient and grateful for the care we’ve provided and we cherish this support. Decisions have been difficult and we continue to navigate the choices we’re given, but it is our fervent desire to continue this path forward.

So as I close out this Message, I’d ask all of us to consider the ‘lessons’ we were taught by our Moms; consider the Moms (and Dads) that we have become to our own or to others, and celebrate each other.

Stay strong and be well...we will see this through,


Michelle Knobloch
Chief Executive Officer

What started as a search for an Eagle Scout project in May of 2019, culminated in the installation of seven planter boxes and flowers at Pickering Manor on Saturday, April 24.

Max Ondik, a Council Rock student, installed seven handmade planter boxes complete with flowers at Pickering with the help of his parents, Mike and Emily. Max worked on this project for two straight years. Max not only built and painted these lovely boxes by himself in his garage, but he also organized a fundraiser to pay for the materials. He also built and installed the special brackets he needed to secure them into place.

Max chose Pickering Manor for his Eagle Scout (Troop #99) project from a search of local charities. The staff of Pickering Manor was humbled that Max chose us for his project.

We were so inspired by Max’s creativity, thoughtfulness, hard work, and commitment to this beautification project. The flower boxes will be enjoyed by the staff and residents at Pickering Manor for many years to come! Thank you to Max, and his parents Mike and Emily, for this incredible gift!
Max's original design for the boxes
Max with his parents Mike and Emily
Max with our Volunteer Coordinator
Kelly Moyer, who worked with Max over the years as his staff liaison. They were able to keep his project a surprise for our CEO for two years; not an easy feat!
Max and his Mom Emily installing the brackets to hold the flower boxes in place
Final view of all of Max's handiwork! We can't wait for everyone to use the porch again when construction is complete!
Max and our COO, David Woodhead, discussing the installation.
Kelly Moyer surprising our CEO Michelle Knobloch with Max's flower boxes (Michelle had no idea this project was in the works for the last two years).
Join us on Tuesday, May 18 at 10:00 am for special webinar titled "The Challenges of Aging in Place and the Management of Dementia," led by Dr. Allan Teel, a family physician and founder of the Maine Elder Care Network.

This webinar will last approximately 30 minutes and will be followed by a Q & A session. For more information and to register, please contact Meri Luarasi at (215) 968-3878 or email You will be sent the Zoom link next week.
Happiest of birthdays to our residents who were born in May!

May 5
Barbara V.

May 8
Betty M.

May 11
Helene F.

May 14
Loreley H.
Congratulations to the Grand Prize Winner of our 8th Annual Pickering Manor Car Raffle: Bill and Pat Woodhead! The winner of the second place $1,000 VISA gift card was Ronald Harrison!

If you missed the Facebook Live Drawing on Friday, April 23, 2021 at 6:00 pm, you can watch it here or click on the image above!

Thank you to our ticket buyers, sponsors Peruzzi Automotive Group and First National Bank of Newtown! We'd also like to give a special thank you to Sparkle Car Wash of Newtown for providing the car display space for so many years! Together, you helped us raise almost $43,000 for Pickering Manor residents and services!

April was an extremely busy month as we completed the renovations to the new West Wing Skilled Nursing, Dietary Area, and Atrium. Finishing touches are almost complete for our new certified Memory Care unit downstairs (formerly the Personal Care unit). The existing East Wing residents have been moved and the final stage, the renovations to the East Wing unit, are now under way! We can't thank our families enough for their ongoing patience and understanding during this process and look forward to the day we can welcome you back to Pickering!
Renovated semi-private room;
West Wing Skilled Nursing unit.

Renovated semi-private room; West Wing Skilled Nursing unit.
Multi-purpose room;
West Wing Skilled Nursing unit.
Staff Training and Conference room; West Wing Skilled Nursing unit.
The Newtown Rotary Golf Outing to benefit Pickering Manor will take place on Monday, June 7, 2021 at Trenton Country Club.

Hurry! Only two spots remain! Claim one of the last foursome spots by calling Jen Miller at (215) 968-3878 Ext. 1112 or email
Please note it is not too late to be a part of our Capital Campaign. We encourage all potential and existing donors to explore doubling their gift through their employer’s Matching Gift program. You can give online or call our Development Department for more information at (215) 968-3878 ext. 1112.
Pickering Manor has a long-standing connection with our neighbors in Newtown. Our certified Memory Care unit will allow our residents to “stroll” through the streets of Newtown and YOUR front doors can become THEIR front doors. Please consider adding a photo of your front door to our new 'neighborhood'! Click on this link for more information or contact Meri Luarasi, Memory Care Administrator, at (215) 968-3878.
About Pickering Manor

Located in Newtown, PA, Pickering Manor is a non-profit senior-living facility offering Independent Living consisting of 10 semi-detached cottages and 24 senior rental apartments. In 2020, Pickering Manor launched its largest expansion to date; the 26,000 square foot Sidney T. Yates Pavilion complete with a state-of-the-art rehab, 15 Short-Term Rehab rooms, and 15 Personal Care rooms are now open.

In 2021, Pickering Manor will finish renovations to the existing "Pickering Pavilion" to include a 32 -bed renovated Skilled Nursing unit and a 21-bed certified Memory Care unit.

Pickering was founded in 1963 and is the only 5-star community-owned and operated continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Pennsylvania.