Monthly Archives: August 2015

Local Retirement Community Gives Something Back to Zanesville

Primrose LogoIMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2015

ZANESVILLE, OH – Who doesn’t love a handmade teddy bear?  For years, the residents and staff at Primrose Retirement Community of Zanesville have been making teddy bears and giving them away to people and organizations both locally and around the world.

Tammy Grayson, Life Enrichment Coordinator at Primrose, came up with the idea several years ago, and to date, Primrose has donated over 400 bears.  “We found patterns for three different sizes of bears.  All of the fabric was donated by Carol Bryan at Bryan’s Interiors here in Zanesville,” Grayson said.  “We also had stuffing donated, and we have about 10 residents who volunteer their time to make teddy bears two or three times every month.” She added

Primrose residents show off their latest creations

Primrose residents show off their latest creations

Over the years, bears have been given to the Bethesda Hospital Pediatric Unit, Transitions Women’s Shelter, Eastside Community Ministry, and to Operation Spirit, which sends the bears to soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Most recently, 100 bears were given to the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Department and to the Zanesville Police Department.  “They love to carry them in their cruisers and give them to children when they have a chance,” Grayson added.

Primrose plans to continue working on this project indefinitely.  There is no goal in mind as to how many bears they will make.  “As long as we have materials and time, we will continue making these bears.  Our residents very much enjoy the fellowship, and working together to make a difference in the community,” Grayson said.

Primrose Retirement Community of Zanesville, located at 4212 North Pointe Drive, consists of 36 Independent Living apartments, 32 Assisted Living apartments, and 8 Townhome Villas.

Primrose Retirement Communities, L.L.C., headquartered in Aberdeen, South Dakota, provides high-quality independent and assisted living communities across the country and specializes in personalized services and resident-focused care.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.

Primrose of Duluth Announces New Sales Director

Primrose LogoIMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 6, 2015

DULUTH, MN – Primrose Retirement Community of Duluth has hired Kristy Herubin to be their new Sales Director.  She began her duties on July 13th, and in this capacity, Herubin will oversee all marketing and sales efforts, as well as public relations events and community outreach, for the independent and assisted living community.

Kristy Herubin

Kristy Herubin

Herubin, a graduate of Lake Superior College, worked for Essentia Health, St Luke’s Pulmonary Health and, most recently, as a Branch Manager for Randstad General Staffing in Duluth before coming to Primrose.

“I have been looking for a new and exciting career opportunity that offered a challenge,” said Herubin.  “Once I toured Primrose and saw the culture of the residents and staff, I knew this is where I had to be,” she added.

Primrose Retirement Community of Duluth, located at 724 Maple Grove Road, consists of 44 Independent Living Apartments and 32 Assisted Living Apartments.

Primrose Retirement Communities, L.L.C., headquartered in Aberdeen, South Dakota, provides high-quality independent and assisted living communities across the country and specializes in personalized services and resident-focused care.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.

Primrose of Austin Announces New Sales Director

Primrose LogoIMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 4, 2015

AUSTIN, MN– Primrose Retirement Community of Austin has promoted Annette Ross to the position of Sales Director.  Ross was the Dietary Manager at Primrose before beginning her new role as Sales Director on July 6th.  In this capacity, she will oversee all marketing and sales efforts, as well as public relations events and community outreach, for Primrose of Austin.

Annette Ross

Annette Ross

Ross worked at the Hormel Company in Austin and also owned her own business for a time before coming to work at Primrose, where she has been for the last 12 years.  “I look forward to working closely with families who are looking for a secure and happy place for their loved ones,” Ross said.  “My experience here over the past 12 years will be beneficial in helping people through this transition in their lives,” she added.

“We are very excited to have Annette as our Sales Director.” said Primrose Executive Director Shannon Pacholl.  “She has some wonderful experience, and more importantly, she will bring a great deal of passion and energy for our residents. I have no doubt that she will help take Primrose to the next level.”

Primrose Retirement Community of Austin, located at 1701 22nd Avenue SW, consists of 40 independent living apartment homes and 24 assisted-living apartment homes.

Primrose Retirement Communities, L.L.C., headquartered in Aberdeen, South Dakota, provides high-quality independent and assisted living communities across the country and specializes in personalized services and resident-focused care.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.

WWII Veteran and Relative of Primrose Residents Honored

Primrose LogoIMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 3, 2015

KANSAS CITY, MO – The year 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis.  Each day, a flag is flown over the USS Indianapolis National Memorial in honor of one fallen soldier.  On Wednesday, July 29th, the flag flew in honor of Eugene C. Batson.  Batson, born in Kansas City, KS in 1919, entered the service in January of 1943 before going to radar school in California and being assigned to the USS Indianapolis.  On July 30th, 1945, the battlecruiser was sunk by two torpedoes fired from a Japanese submarine.  Of the 1,196 men on board, it is estimated that 900 made it into the water and only 317 were rescued.

Eugene Batson was survived by his wife, Harriett, and his son, Bob, both of whom are residents at Primrose Retirement Community of Kansas City.  On Friday, July 31, 2015, the flag that was flown over the USS Indianapolis National Memorial in honor of Eugene C. Batson was presented to his wife and son during a special ceremony at Primrose.

The facts surrounding Eugene’s death remain unknown to the family to this day.  “We don’t know exactly what happened to him,” said wife Harriet Watson.  “I’ve cried a lot of tears over it,” she added.

Primrose Retirement Community of Kansas City is located at 8559 North Line Creek Parkway, and consists of 72 independent living apartment homes, and 37 assisted-living apartment homes.

Primrose Retirement Communities, L.L.C., headquartered in Aberdeen, South Dakota, provides high-quality independent and assisted living communities across the country and specializes in personalized services and resident-focused care.

For additional information, please contact Dan Smilloff, Communications Manager, at dsmilloff@primroseretirement.com or by calling 605-226-3300 ext. 3982.