Staunton Has One of America’s Best Main Streets

Fodor’s, a worldwide publisher of travel and tourism information, recently ranked Beverly Street in Staunton, Va., as one of America’s Best Main Streets. 

Emily Wasserman reports that Staunton “has made a name for itself as a premiere arts and cultural destination.” She goes on to say that Staunton is best explored by foot to enjoy Zynodoa restaurant, the Camera Heritage Museum and Woodrow Wilson’s birthplace.

The rich, vibrant culture of downtown Staunton expands beyond Beverly Street and is why so many area natives choose to retire in the charming town they love.  The Legacy at North Augusta – A National Lutheran Community is located one mile away from Staunton’s historic district.  Retirement living in Staunton shares the same warmth and buzz that can be felt along the brick sidewalks on Beverly Street.  More than 100 residents at The Legacy at North Augusta are proud to call Staunton their home.

Click here to read the full article on America’s Best Main Streets.

The Legacy at North Augusta Honors Late Resident Maxine Foster

The Legacy at North Augusta—A National Lutheran Community (TLNA) recently honored talented artist and late resident Maxine Foster. Foster’s family generously donated five watercolor prints known as the Serenity Series to TLNA in appreciation for the community, the care she received and the friendships she enjoyed.

Foster began painting as a young girl, after being inspired by her father’s interest in drawing. He would read her stories and illustrate them with stick figures. She discovered her true calling for watercolor painting in Ithaca, NY while her husband was in graduate school. The countryside greatly inspired her work.

“I paint landscapes because nature has already arranged these things and there is nothing like what nature can compose,” Foster shared in a previous interview. Her technique, well-illustrated in the Serenity Series, draws the eye to her intended focal point. While many paint to a defined line or the paper’s edge, Foster typically left the edge to one’s imagination. She only used the same seven paint colors because she knew what to expect of them. The basis of her palette being ultra-marine blue and burnt umber.

Foster moved to Lexington, Va. in 1961 with her husband and four children. Rockbridge County was truly her favorite place to paint. Many of her creations feature House Mountain, downtown Lexington, scenic back roads and old barns. During her years, she offered local painting classes and was always willing to share her knowledge and talent with others.

The prints were accepted during a celebration with Foster’s family, residents and other welcomed guests. She is survived by her four children, Gig Foster, Lianne Fauber, Lance Foster, and Janne Charland. Her legacy lives on through the beautiful artwork that has been shared across the country, and now hangs in the hallways of TLNA.

The Legacy at North Augusta Raises Alzheimer’s Awareness

The Legacy at North Augusta—A National Lutheran Community (TLNA) participated in its annual spirit week leading up to the local Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Spirit week included themed days where staff and residents were invited to dress up, including crazy hair and hat day, sports day, island day and purple day. Staff came to work adorned in colorful wigs and hats, floral patterned shirts, and Redskins apparel to show their support.

The end of the week featured the very popular pie-in-the-face competition. Staff and residents are encouraged to put money in jars designated for various staff members. The employees with the most money receive a pie in the face. Residents enthusiastically had the privilege of decorating the top three earners with the pies.

On September 10, The Legacy Legs team—comprised of 20 —participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Ridgeview Park in Waynesboro, Va. The team walked two miles in solidarity with smiles on their faces to support the cause. In total, TLNA’s residents and staff raised $2,677.92 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Legacy’s Chef Cooks for Diabetes Awareness

On Friday, March 27, The Legacy at North Augusta—A National Lutheran Community’s Executive Chef Chris Faris served more than 150 individuals at the Augusta Lions Club Diabetes Dinner at Linden Heights Baptist Church in Staunton, Va.  The meals, specifically tailored for diabetics, were donated by The Legacy and lovingly crafted by Chris.    

Chris is personally passionate about diabetes awareness, as his now six-year-old son was diagnosed with type-one diabetes at age three.  Chris also knows how crucial the proper nutrition and menu planning are for children and seniors alike. 

For these efforts Chris was featured in The News Leader, where you can read more about his quest to cook diabetic-friendly meals.




NLCS Receives Home Care License in VA

National Lutheran Communities & Services’ (NLCS) was granted licensure from the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Health on Dec. 31, 2013 to begin providing in-home health services to seniors. myPotential at Home—A National Lutheran Service will begin its first phase of offerings in March 2014 on the campus of NLCS’ newest retirement community. 

Residents at The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community in Winchester, Va., will be among the first to avail themselves of NLCS’ newest endeavor. NLCS, a faith-based, not-for-profit backed by 123 years of experience in senior living, will offer companion care and nursing services through myPotential at Home.

“We’re excited to introduce our first service into the National Lutheran family with myPotential at Home,” President & CEO Larry Bradshaw said. “We’ve had a strong presence in Maryland and Virginia with our retirement communities, but myPotential at Home will become the first, of what we hope will be many, services.”

It is anticipated that in late 2014, myPotential at Home will be made available to the broader Winchester and Staunton areas.

About National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS)
Based in Rockville, Md., NLCS is a not-for-profit, faith-based ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) Delaware-Maryland, Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Virginia Synods, serving people of all beliefs. NLCS provides seniors with a variety of lifestyle, residential and health care options through retirement communities in Maryland and Virginia. 
Other communities sponsored by NLCS include The Village at Rockville in Rockville, Md., a continuing care retirement community that offers independent living, rehabilitation, respite, assisted living, extended nursing care, hospice and coming soon, memory support; The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., an independent living rental community offering assisted living services; The Village at Crystal Spring in Annapolis, Md., a new continuing care retirement community – subject to Maryland Department of Aging approval – which will serve as the centerpiece of a multi-generational residential and mixed-use project; The Village at Orchard Ridge in Winchester, Va., a new continuing care retirement community that opened in Feb. 2013. For more information about any of our communities, visit

Legacy Residents Throw Pies at Staff to Raise Money for Alzheimer’s Walk

Staunton, Va. – Every year residents, staff and family members from The Legacy at North Augusta—A National Lutheran Community, known as “The Legacy Legs,” participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This year, the group of 13 walkers decided to host a Pie-in-the-Face Raffle as a creative way to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Staff members were enlisted and jars were set up in the atrium lobby with each director’s photo on it. For one week residents were able to cast votes for their favorite director by putting donations in the jar. As a result, they raised $888 for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s held in Gypsy Hill Park on Saturday, Sept. 7.

The three highest bids were for Facilities Director Rick Stonier, Nursing Director Debbie Fitzgerald and Life Enrichment Director Melisa Shuler. Each humbly lined up to receive pumpkin, lemon and chocolate chip pies in the face in front of 60 onlookers.

“I never realized I would still smell like pie, even after showering!” Life Enrichment Director Melisa Shuler said. “I agreed to take a pie in the face to give the residents a good time, and because it was for a good cause.”

For resident Jane Shaffer, throwing a pie at Fitzgerald brought back great memories.

“It was the most fun I’ve had since I threw my 16-year-old son’s birthday cake in his face!” said Shaffer.

This is TLNA’s fourth year in fundraising for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. To date, they have raised more than $3,000.

“I think this was a fun and creative way to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and simultaneously raise funds for the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” Executive Director Cherie Sims said. “We enjoy the opportunity to give back and every year this is one way we are able to do that.”

About The Legacy at North Augusta (TLNA)
The Legacy at North Augusta in Staunton, Va., is a 104-apartment rental community for seniors 55 and above that offers independent living with assisted living services. The Legacy boasts a variety of floor plans ranging from studio apartments to one- and two-bedroom apartments with several amenities included. For additional information, visit

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The Legacy’s Seniors Help 1,051 Children

A group of 12-15 residents at The Legacy at North Augusta–A National Lutheran Community in Staunton, Va., put smiles on the faces of 1,051 local-area children this year with hand-crafted stuffed animals and pillows.

In 2011 the group lovingly created and stuffed 1,068 animals and 162 pillows that were donated to children at the Augusta Free Dental Clinic, Kluge Rehabilitation Center, and Augusta Health. To date in 2012, 880 animals have been gifted, along with 171 pillows. The group, founded three years ago, has created more than 3,600 items since its inception.

Patterns and fabric for the animals are carefully chosen based on the season, then various members embark on tracing, cutting, sewing and stuffing. And while the work can be tedious at times, these crafters say it is all worth it to assuage the fears or anxiety a child might have when visiting the dentist or hospital.

“We put a lot of work into it, but I think the [children] appreciate it and we enjoy doing it too,” Emma Grant, co-founder of this crafting club said in her interview with Channel 3. Watch the full interview below.

WHSV Channel 3 came out to profile the residents’ compassion and handiwork on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Like residents at all National Lutheran communities, a deep sense of giving back and civic-mindedness is always present. The spirit of every National Lutheran community actively embraces serving others. Residents put that into action each day, not only caring for one another, but caring for those beyond the physical walls of their respective retirement community.

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