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Poland’s Happy Hour Lounge Dedicated in Resident’s Memory

February 8, 2017

LeRoy Bartelmay moved into Shepherd of the Valley Poland in 1999. He was well known and well liked amongst the residents and staff. He was very social and enjoyed spending time with his neighbors. Last year, residents, staff and family gathered to celebrate LeRoy’s 102nd birthday.

LeRoy’s younger brother, Merton, decided to move to Poland’s Independent Living in May of 2016.

“LeRoy was a resident that brought joy to our staff and his neighbors. LeRoy was the oldest of eight and we had the pleasure of meeting many of his family members over the years he lived here. We were excited to have another Bartelmay moving into our community,” said Elida Cowles, Poland’s Admission and Marketing Director.

Unfortunately, LeRoy had passed away in April, one month before Merton was to move in. Merton wanted to find a way to memorialize LeRoy in the place he had called home for 17 years.

“Merton had asked about opportunities to remember his brother. We had talked about what was important to LeRoy and what would be the most meaningful way to make an impact,” Cowles said.

Shepherd’s Foundation held a capital campaign for the new Poland project, providing donors recognition in a variety of ways. One of the opportunities was for naming rights within the building. Bartelmay hoped to have the happy hour lounge named in honor of his brother.

“It is very appropriate that we are memorializing LeRoy’s legacy in our happy hour lounge. He was a very social guy with a big personality and to remember him in a space intended to host social gatherings suits his reputation and his memory,” Tony Perrone, Director of Donor Engagement for Shepherd’s Foundation, said.

Bartelmay has one request: to have the first drink in the lounge in honor of his brother. The LeRoy Bartelmay Happy Hour Lounge was dedicated in a private ceremony on February 7, 2017.

“We had a very close family. There were eight children and LeRoy was the oldest. He was something of a celebrity here at Poland. My mother would have wanted me to do something to remember him. This would have made her very happy,” Bartelmay said.

For more information about Shepherd’s Foundation or naming right opportunities, please contact Tony Perrone at 330-530-4038, ext. 2028 or at

Save the Date for Shepherd’s Foundation 2017 Wine Social!

January 16, 2017

At Home With Shepherd to Host Wellness Clinics

January 15, 2017

Shepherd of the Valley is offering wellness clinics at three of their locations throughout Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Each site will host one clinic every month. At Home with Shepherd, the home health branch of Shepherd of the Valley, will provide a nurse to check blood pressure and blood glucose levels. The clinics will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 AM and are free to the public. RSVP’s are not required to attend the clinic. The list of clinic dates is as follows:

Niles (1500 McKinley Ave.) – February 8 in the community center

Poland (301 W. Western Reserve Rd.) – February 15 in the private dining area

Howland (4100 North River Rd.) – February 22 in their private dining area

Niles will host their free wellness clinic on the second Wednesday of every month. Poland will offer their free wellness clinic on the third Wednesday of every month. Howland will offer their free wellness clinic on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

For additional information, contact Matt Hoskins from At Home with Shepherd at 330-530-4041 or

Shepherd of the Valley to hold Job Fair

January 9, 2017

Shepherd of the Valley is holding a job fair to staff their new nursing facility in Poland on Thursday, January 12th from 10am– 7pm. Open interviews will be conducted for nurses and nurse aides. Bring a resume to be interviewed.


Event:                   Job Fair

Date:                     January 12th

Time:                     10am – 7pm

Place:                    Shepherd of the Valley

                              301 W Western Reserve Road
Poland, Ohio 44514


You can view all available jobs and apply online at

 For more information, please contact Pam Hall at 330-530-4038, ext. 2038 or

Larry Fenn Brings Holiday Joy to Austintown Children

December 22, 2016













Pictured left to right: Howland resident Larry Fenn, Howland Activity Director Traci Luther and her daughter.

Shepherd of the Valley Howland resident Larry Fenn had no idea that growing his beard out would lead to a new alter ego.

Many years ago, Fenn grew his beard during the summer. A friend suggested he should try his hand at playing Santa Clause. He thought she was joking, but shortly after, she made him a full Santa suit. Fenn began to visit local nursing homes in an effort to spread holiday cheer. His wife would dress as Mrs. Clause and accompany him as the residents would visit with him. He enjoyed playing Santa so much that he began visiting private homes.

“I remember visiting two young boys and seeing them peeking out the windows when I pulled into the driveway. They ran out of the house to see me. It was a lot of fun to bring joy to so many people,” Fenn remembered fondly.

Fenn has dressed as Santa several times at Shepherd of the Valley Howland, greeting visitors and taking pictures with them by the Christmas tree. While he enjoyed it, he missed visiting children.

On December 22, Shepherd of the Valley arranged for Fenn to visit the children at Austintown Community Church Preschool. He was able to relive his favorite pastime just in time for Christmas. He lit up as the children told him what they wanted. The visit was a dream come true for both Fenn and the children.

Support the Poland Capital Campaign!

December 19, 2016




















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Don Williams

December 19, 2016

For more than forty years, Don Williams spent his time behind the camera at WKBN. As a cameraman, he worked primarily on the morning news but also had an important role behind the scenes building and designing sets, props and working on special projects.

Don had a stroke a few years ago. He was not ready to leave his job at WKBN quite yet, but due to his health, Don had to retire. That has not stopped him from hoping and dreaming of returning to the station as a cameraman.

When Don came to Shepherd of the Valley Boardman for rehabilitation following a stroke, he told his story to Activity Director Kim Osborn. Kim was determined to get Don back to WKBN. On December 19, 2016, Don went back to WKBN for the day.

Since his retirement, the cameras in the newsroom are now automated- they no longer require a cameraman operating them- so he was unable to man a camera during the news. Don had the opportunity to visit with his co-workers and reminisce about years gone by. It was truly a great day for Don and his WKBN family.


Did you get your flu shot?

December 4, 2016

It's National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW)! Did you know that flu season can begin as early as October, it usually peaks between December and February, and it can last as late as May? As long as flu virsues are spreading, it's not too late to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones through fall, winter and into spring. #GetAFluVax

Shepherd of the Valley Presents Helen Stambaugh Award to Valley Legacy Committee

November 22, 2016

In 2008, Shepherd of the Valley’s Board of Directors established the Helen Stambaugh Award. It recognizes extraordinary contributions of time, talent and treasure to the residents, staff and communities of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Retirement Services, Inc. It is designed to honor individuals, businesses or organizations who, through their actions, have provided a profound and long-lasting impact upon Shepherd of the Valley and its constituencies. The award, established in Helen’s honor,

Shepherd of the Valley presented her with a Valley Legacy Award as outstanding senior in 2008

Since 2009, we have been fortunate to have honored 8 Helen Stambaugh recipients.

This year, Shepherd of the Valley has chosen to honor The Valley Legacy Awards committee.


Pictured left to right: Shepherd of the Valley Board President Karen Bovard, Valley Legacy Committee Member and Home Instead Community Service Representative Anna Keck,
Shepherd of the Valley Executive Director Rich Limongi,  Valley Legacy Committee Member and Grace Hospice Community Liaison Amy Miklandric,Valley Legacy Committee Member
and Shepherd’s Foundation Director of Donor Development Tony Perrone.

The Valley Legacy Awards began in 2004. For the last 12 years, the Awards have recognized the contribution, service, sacrifice and compassionate actions performed by or for senior citizens in the Mahoning Valley. More than 300 people have been recognized as Valley Legacy nominees. Helen Stambaugh was awarded the Outstanding Senior Award in 2008.

Purple Heart Parking Spaces Dedicated at all Shepherd Locations

November 16, 2016
Shepherd of the Valley has dedicated one parking space at each of their five locations in honor of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, an award to those wounded in combat.

The parking spaces are intended to honor the residents, staff and community members who were wounded defending our country. It is a reminder of the sacrifice they made and a gesture of our gratitude. All of our sites now have a dedicated parking space for Purple Heart veterans.


Thanks to WKBN 27 Youngstown OH for covering our Purple Heart Parking dedication at our Niles community yesterday.