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Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2015

New gazebo dedicated to Encore Shop’s founder

Volunteers at Westminster at Lake Ridge show their love for the community in many ways. One of their finest efforts has been the Encore Shop, a resident-run thrift store that has provided the community with many enhancements to improve the lives of everyone.

The founder of the Encore Shop, Eethel Johnson, was honored June 15 when the retirement community’s new gazebo was dedicated.

Eethel, who started and ran the Encore Shop, thanked everyone for dedicating the gazebo to her. About 80 people attended the dedication, at which Chaplain Dawn Haeger gave the invocation and WLR Executive Director Libby Bush spoke about how nature and nurture are an important part of the community. The ceremony featured a ribbon cutting and unveiling of a plaque bearing Eethel’s name.

Eethel and all of the people who help staff the Encore Shop are volunteers.

Situated at the Lower Pond near the recently rejuvenated butterfly garden, the community’s two beehives and the resident vegetable garden, the gazebo was purchased from proceeds of sales at the Encore Shop. The shop’s profits have also financed many improvements to the Westminster at Lake Ridge community, including flooring and a treadmill for the Fitness Center, flat-screen TVs, patient lifts and many other items for the Health Center, a brick walkway in the resident garden and a deer fence around the butterfly garden.

The gazebo, constructed of pressure-treated Southern yellow pine, was purchased from Amish Country Gazebos. It will seat 12 to 15 people comfortably and has a fan mounted in the center. A power supply will enable it to be decorated for holidays.

Surrounded by landscaping, it completes a beautiful, pastoral setting for all to enjoy.













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