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Events & News

History of the Appalachian Trail   

We had a full house for our EventFULL Living program, The History of the Appalachian Trail.  Author Jeffrey Ryan traveled from Portland, Maine in his vintage 1985 VW Camper to present for us.  Jeff told the fascinating story of the Appalachian Trail and also of his own personal journey to complete the hike, which took a mere 28 years!  Thank you Jeff.  Our guests really enjoyed your presentation and are already asking when we can have you return.  Watch this space!


Miller-Keystone Blood Drive at Moravian Hall Square  

Morningstar Living was proud to partner with Miller-Keystone Blood Center to once again bring a Blood Drive to Moravian Hall Square.  Miller-Keystone is the only blood supplier to 22 hospitals in our region and they need 450 donors to meet the daily needs of transfusion patients.  The Blood Drive at Moravian Hall Square brought in 19 units of blood which will go a long way to help meet the needs of transfusion patients.  Thank you to our residents, staff and neighbors in the Greater Lehigh Valley community for helping to give someone hope for a second chance.

Wonders of Nature  

Morningstar Living was thrilled to welcome Leslie Kingston as our featured

artist for August 2018.  Leslie’s display, Wonders of Nature, shows some stunning photography taken at a number of locations around the world.  These vivid images were enjoyed by many guests who came to our Meet the Artist event and learned the stories behind these images.  Thank you Leslie for joining us and for sharing your talent for capturing the perfect shot.

A New Dining Experience at Moravian Hall Square

Residents at Moravian Hall Square enjoyed a new “Pop-Up” dining experience at Moravian Hall Square.  Culinary Services are offering these new dining options at a number of locations throughout the community … locations that would not normally be used for dining.  Residents gathered on a perfect summer evening at the pop-up restaurant set up at the apartment entrance.  They enjoyed a deli style meal and sangria followed by waffles and ice cream.  Looking forward to seeing where the next pop-up restaurant will appear!

Educational Programs from Morningstar Living

Morningstar Living announces a new series of educational programs for people living throughout the Lehigh Valley.  The series is available to groups and organizations in the region and has been developed to provide instruction, resources and support to seniors and their adult children.  Seminar topics include:

  • Are You Becoming a Parent to Your Parents?
  • Retirement Living Options…What are the Choices?
  • Navigating the Health Care System
  • Taking Care of the Caregiver

Program Facilitator, Sue Himmelreich, RN, MSN, is an Outreach Specialist for Morningstar Living.  Sue earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Cedar Crest College and her Master’s Degree in Nursing from DeSales University.  She has been providing Health Education to individuals and organizations for over 25 years.  “Working with seniors and their families has given us an insight into the topics that concern them the most,” said Himmelreich, “By providing these educational programs Morningstar Living offers a valuable resource to families and provides them with the answers to many of their questions and concerns.”  For full program descriptions or to schedule one or more of these programs at your organization, call Sue Himmelreich at 610.746.1145.


Moravian Hall Square Announces New Support Group for People with Early Onset Dementia

Moravian Hall Square is now offering a support group for anyone who has been diagnosed with Early Onset Dementia.  This support group runs for eight weeks, beginning on Thursday, August 2 2018, 6pm-7:30pm in Galilee House at Moravian Hall Square, 175 W. North St, Nazareth PA. This support group offers a unique support by bringing together people who are experiencing the same things, often at the same time.  People attending this support group will have the opportunity to share their frustrations while learning valuable tips for living well with dementia. 

This support group will address the issues faced by both the individuals who have early onset dementia and the people who care about them.  The group meets for eight weeks, with a new topic being discussed each week.  Moravian Hall Square group facilitators are trained by the Alzheimer’s Association. 

To register to attend, or for more information regarding this support group, call Pam Kleckner at 610.746.1120.

Grilling & Smoking at Moravian Hall Square

Delicious!  There is no other way to describe our July EventFULL Living program – Grilling & Smoking.  Our Executive Chef, Matt Sweitzer, treated us to a demonstration of grilling and smoking techniques.  Guests gathered on the Café Patio as Chef Matt demonstrated some of the techniques he uses.  Lots of good food to sample – pork, chicken, and beef.  Matt had also prepared jars of his secret seasoning rub for guests to try at home.  Thank you Chef Matt, we appreciate you sharing your talents for all to enjoy!

Meet the Artist – Linda Kreckel

Thank you to our featured artist for July, Linda Kreckel, for meeting our guests at the Meet the Artist event at Moravian Hall Square.  Linda’s art – Works in Watercolor – is on display for the month of July.  Guests were invited to enjoy light refreshments and conversation with Linda.  Linda is a watercolor enthusiast with an affinity for rural landscapes and florals.  Inspired by travel and surroundings, she strives to capture the realism of the object and balance the soft transparency of her watercolor medium.  Her work will be on display at Moravian Hall square for the month of July.

Summer Lunch Program

Our staff and volunteers helped out at the Summer Lunch Program in Nazareth.  They spent time preparing sandwiches and bagging lunches for those in need in the Nazareth area.  The lunches, distributed at the ball field on W Center St, included a treat prepared by our residents.  This is a community service program developed by the Nazareth Ministerium with volunteer service provided by groups and organizations in the community.  We are proud to be part of this community service.

Summer Concert 2018

We were thrilled to welcome The Large Flowerheads to the Pleasure Garden at Moravian Hall Square for our Summer Concert.  As we continue to celebrate our 30th year anniversary this was a great way to invite the greater Lehigh Valley community to join in the celebration.  Guests enjoyed a trip back to the ‘60s as the Large Flowerheads performed numbers from The Beatles, Neil Diamond, Sonny & Cher, The Rolling Stones, to name just a few.  Pre-show entertainment was provided by the Moravian Hal Square UPBEATS, our drumming exercise class.

A GROOVY time was had by all!

Raptor Ecology at Moravian Hall Square

We were thrilled to welcome Rachel Spagnola to Moravian Hall Square.  She presented an EventFULL Living program – Raptor Ecology.  Rachel is a Master Educator with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, PA.  Our guests learned about the history of this one-of-a-kind refuge and about the habits and attributes of raptors.  We enjoyed meeting her “co-workers”, the Cooper Hawk and Screech Owl.

Scholarships Awarded at Moravian Hall Square

June is bursting with good news from Moravian Hall Square!  Resident Marilyn Brewster spearheads the effort to raise monies from individuals in residential neighborhoods that provides funding for annual scholarship awards for student employees to put toward their post-high school education.  This year, five (5) awards in the amount of $1,000 each were granted to employees.  More than 40 scholarships have been distributed in the eight years that there has been a student scholarship program.

Francesca Bartolucci will be attending Moravian College and hopes to study graphic design with a minor in marketing.  She has a passion for art and multi-culturalism.

Alaina Karcher is headed to Simmons University in Boston to major in English and minor in creative writing.  She hopes to pursue a career in the publishing industry.

Christina Karcher continues her studies at Northampton Community College and will move onto Moravian or Temple to further her academic career in Business Administration.

Stephanie Kosmidis is already enrolled at Northampton Community College and volunteers with the American Red Cross.  She plans to continue her education toward a degree in Occupational Therapy.

Jade Lawson will begin her five year degree program for Occupational Therapy at the University of Scranton this fall.  Jade loved helping to plan themed events and socials for the residents during her service time at Moravian Hall Square.

Congratulations to these five young women as they continue to learn and grow so that they can serve and make a difference in their careers!

Moravian Hall Square Honors our Fallen Heroes

The Moravian Hall Square community held a special ceremony in honor of Memorial Day.  Residents, staff and friends of the community gathered for readings, prayer and song, along with a special rendition of Taps and a dove release in honor of those men and women who have died serving our country.

This event was part of the year-long celebration of Moravian Hall Square’s 30th Anniversary, with special events being held on the 30th of each month.

Morningstar Senior Living, Inc. Announces New Director of Nursing at Moravian Hall Square

Catherine Reese, RN, Director of Nursing, Health & Wellness Center, Moravian Hall Square

Morningstar Senior Living announces the appointment of Catherine Reese as the new Director of Nursing in the Health & Wellness Center at their Moravian Hall Square campus in Nazareth, PA. 

Reese received her Bachelors degree in Nursing from DeSales University in 1994.  Since then she has held diverse nursing positions with increasing administrative responsibilities that included risk management and restorative programs.  She has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the field of long term care nursing, primarily focusing on quality of care, quality of life and the safety of residents.  Reese resides with her family in Whitehall, PA.

Join us in welcoming Cathy to Moravian Hall Square!



EventFULL Living: My Dear General

We recently welcomed acclaimed author Jeffrey E. Finegan back to our Moravian Hall Square campus to present our EventFULL Living program.  Jeff delivered a fascinating seminar entitled My Dear General: The Extraordinary Relationship between George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette.  He discussed the meteoric father-son relationship forged between George Washington and the young and vibrant French aristocrat who traveled from France to fight at his side during the American Revolution. 

Thank you Jeff for sharing your passion for history with our audience.  We are very much looking forward to book number four!

Christmas Breakfast

Morningstar Living was on a mission to provide every family served by the Nazareth Area Food Bank with the fixings for a warm, delicious Christmas breakfast!  Throughout the entire month of November, Moravian Hall Square residents, staff and volunteers were involved in the community wide mission to donate 300 breakfasts.  Each family will receive a gift bag which includes a box of complete pancake mix, syrup, fully cooked bacon and hot chocolate…delicious!  A big thank you to all our helpers who came together to prepare the bags for delivery to the food bank.  Many families will be thankful for a warm breakfast this Holiday season.     


 Susan C. Drabic is Elected Chair of LeadingAgePA

Morningstar Senior Living, Inc. is proud to announce that Susan C. Drabic, President & CEO, was recently elected Chair of the LeadingAge Pennsylvania Board of Directors.   

In her role as Chair, Drabic will lead the Board of Directors in its core responsibilities including governance of the organization, providing strategic direction, fiduciary oversight and development of policies and new programs for member organizations. 

Drabic is a proven leader who has an extensive background in the provision of senior living services.  She joined Morningstar Senior Living, Inc. as its first licensed Nursing Home Administrator in 1987, one year prior to the opening of Moravian Hall Square, their Life Plan Community in Nazareth PA.  She became the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer in 1990.   She has led the organization through many growth and expansion projects, enabling the organization to provide innovative programs and services to residents as well as to active older adults who choose to remain in their own homes.

“I am honored to serve as Chair of LeadingAge PA as we continue to provide members with the resources they need to advance their missions,” said Drabic.  “I look forward to working with the Board and the Leading Age PA staff to deliver the value that members expect and need in order to continue making a difference in the lives of the people they serve.”

LeadingAge PA is a trade association representing Pennsylvania’s not-for-profit organizations that provide housing, healthcare and community services primarily to seniors.  Since 1963, the association has acted as the primary source for advocacy, networking and education for not-for-profit providers of services for older adults. 

Congratulations Sue!

Moravian Hall Square Recognized as a Best Nursing Home 2016-2017

Best Nursing Homes 2016-17Moravian Hall Square’s Health & Wellness Center has been named to the U.S. News & World Report Best Nursing Homes 2016-2017, receiving a perfect five-star rating. 

This award is based on data from Nursing Home Compare, a program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes.  The annual survey assigns skilled-nursing centers one to five stars and is based on assessment of Health Inspections & Complaints, Staffing, and Medical Care Quality Measures.  More than 15,000 nursing homes were evaluated nationwide.  This year, just over 2,000 nursing homes earned the designation of a U.S. News Best Nursing Home.

“It is such an honor that Moravian Hall Square Health & Wellness Center is once again recognized as a ‘Best Nursing Home’ by U.S. News & World Report,” said Susan C. Drabic, President and CEO of Morningstar Living, which owns and operates Moravian Hall Square.  “I am extremely proud of our staff, their passion and dedication to delivering exceptional quality care to our residents is what makes this recognition possible.”

See the complete listing of the results and centers on the ‘Best Nursing Homes’ list at U.S. News and World Report.

Great News! Morningstar Living is Named a Top Workplace 2016

Top Workplace Feature Image 2016web-01Morningstar Living has been named to the Morning Call’s Top Workplaces 2016 list. We learned of the honor at an awards ceremony held Wednesday, March 9th at DeSales University in Center Valley.

We were one of forty organizations in the Lehigh Valley recognized as a Top Workplace 2016. Morningstar Living  received recognition in the category of Midsize Employers.

“Earning recognition as a Top Workplace is a huge honor,” said Susan C. Drabic, President & CEO of Morningstar Living, “and all the more so because this recognition comes from our own employees – those who know the organization best.  Our work culture supports constructive feedback and helps us to retain employees and attract new talent.  Our employees are passionate about serving our residents and clients…and that is what drives this organization to keep raising the bar every day!”

A HUGE THANK YOU to our employees for voting Morningstar Senior Living a Top Workplace 2016!

Get Fit While You Work

MHS_MorWellnessLogoMorningstar Living was recently recognized as a Fit-Friendly Worksite by The American Heart Association. The Gold Level award is given to organizations that offer employees physical activity support, increasing healthy options at work and promoting a wellness culture. Morningstar’s Morwell Committee has worked to put programs in place to make it easier for staff to make healthy choices during their work day. Those choices may include exercise opportunities or healthier food and beverage options. Working with Morningstar Living’s Dining Department, the committee has introduced programs which encourage and reward both residents and staff for participating in walking programs, healthy cooking demonstrations or other activities that promote wellness.

“The majority of our waking hours are spent at work and many of those hours may be spent sitting,” said Rick Morrissey, Chair of the Morwell Committee. “We are proud to be named a Fit-Friendly Worksite for our efforts to help make it easier for staff to keep moving towards a healthy lifestyle.”


Behind the List with Sue Drabic of Morningstar Senior Living, Inc. – Moravian Hall Square of Nazareth

By Christopher Holland | Lehigh Valley Business ( on June 8, 2015

SueD LVB Feature PhotoAs the population continues to grow and Americans live longer, the demand for special services and accommodations is on the rise. Throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities providing a multitude of services for the elderly. Here to answer this week’s “Behind the List” questions is Sue Drabic of Morningstar Senior Living Inc. – Moravian Hall Square of Nazareth. …

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