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Memorial gift to add courtyard to nursing center

December 27, 2000|By STACEY DANZUSO, Chambersburg

Memorial gift to add courtyard to nursing center



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man has donated $100,000 to build a new courtyard at Penn Hall Nursing Center.

Wayne Nicarry, a resident of Menno Haven Penn Hall, 1425 Philadelphia Ave., said he made the donation in memory of his wife.

"It is because of my late wife's wanting to give that I am so able to donate this money," Nicarry said. "She had said that she wanted us to do something for the people of the nursing center and other residents of Penn Hall. Something that would make both of us happy."

Nicarry said he decided to make the donation after hearing about the Park at Reflection Lake plan, an outdoor activity area for residents.

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"I decided that adding to the project a courtyard area for nursing center residents would be something that I could make happen," he said. "It is the least that I can do."

Nicarry has lived at Penn Hall for two years. He and his wife, Frances, had moved into their residential living apartment in the Renaissance at Penn Hall in order to be more independent in their retirement years.

Shortly afterward, Frances fell ill and was moved into the nursing center, then died.

"It really means a lot to me to be able to do this for everyone who is or will be living here," he said.

The courtyard will provide a sitting area, shade trees, elevated gardens, a fountain and walking paths for residents, as well as a view of Reflection Lake, said Glenn Wadel, vice president of gift planning at Menno Haven.

It will adjoin the Park at Reflection Lake, to develop green space for resident and staff enjoyment.

The donation will also be used to build a canopy that will allow residents in the nursing home to go to the parking lot under the protection of a roof, Wadel said.

The canopy is under construction, as is the courtyard project. Further improvements will come in the spring, Wadel said.

They include landscaping and walking paths that will extend to the lake.

The entire park project will cost more than $200,000 and will be funded entirely by gifts, Wadel said.

The remaining parts are broken into smaller segments for gifts ranging from $275 for a bench to $17,000 for a garden shed.

"We broke it into parts and small pieces that people can be identified with," Wadel said.

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