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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.

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.