Tech Week 2017

Aug25Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

As Oak Crest continues to grow, so does technology. More and more residents are moving into the community with laptops, computers, iPads, kindles; you name it, they have it. So, we decided why not dedicate an entire week to technology. Even if you don’t own a computer or electronic device, we have so much great information that might just grab your attention.

I would like to thank Barbara Zorn for helping me plan this week and coming up with our show ideas!

Below is a schedule of topics that will discussed throughout the week.

Monday, August 28th: The Future of Erickson with Hans Keller
You might remember Hans Keller who acts as the Vice President of Corporate IT, when Oak Crest Connect occurred a few years ago. He was such an asset with that process that we wanted to bring him back to talk about what’s in store for the future of the company, as well as Oak Crest. He speaks on the connect process, how to set up safe passwords, ensuring your computers are setup properly to ensure no viruses attack your computer, and many other topics.

Tuesday, August 29th: Social Media Discussion with Jeff Getek
I sit down with Jeff on Tuesday to talk about the Oak Crest Facebook page, the Twitter handle, and some other great online sites that play a huge role when it comes to social media. We’ll show you how to access the Facebook page and how your family can stay up to date on the latest information happening in the community.

Wednesday, August 30th: Teach Terms of 2017
Barbara joins me on set as we discuss some common terms used around the community that some people may not be too familiar with. We want to really break down some of the difficult language and make it much simpler for residents to understand. We also hit on some main points about how useful the Oak Crest Facebook page is, how to use the Erickson Resident website, and how to access our on demand website,

Thursday, August 31st: An Inside Look at the iPad and Computer Users Group
I think this is definitely one of the most informative shows of the week. I talk with Brooks Hubbert, Barbara Zorn, and Scott Phillips about multiple questions that are asked in each of their classes. We cover everything from what internet browser is the best, to creating passwords, to what we can expect down the road from both groups…and let me tell you, there are some awesome things on the horizon!

Friday, September 1st: Tech Week Call In Show (410) 663-3013
That’s right, a call in show! We wanted to end the week by taking your questions or comments that may have popped into your head throughout the week. I can’t promise we will have all the answers, but we will definitely try our best to answer them or direct them to the right person.

So as you can see, it’s definitely a packed week! Make sure you watch each day, and call in with your questions on Friday–we would love to hear from you!

Remember, each show will be available the following day at

Renovations All Around

Aug18Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO

If you’ve been in Town Center lately you’ve noticed major renovations happening upstairs, downstairs, right, left, and pretty much anywhere you look. But, did you know the TV Studio is also undergoing some renovations?

For those that have asked, we are not moving anywhere! We’re going to be in the same location, same equipment, same staff…but we are getting some new decor.

The wallpaper has been stripped and the walls have been painted beige and blue. Our green carpet is going to be more of a blueish green and we’re getting a new floor for our set! I can’t wait to see what it looks like on television.

Screen Shot 2017-08-18 at 10.49.33 AM.png                              The Control Room with the newly painted blue wall!

We also have new desks in the control room allowing for much more room when it comes to editing and taping shows. In fact, I have so much more space when writing this article!

Trust me when I say this has been quite an eventful process. I’m not one for clutter so I’ve been trying not to watch what is happening too closely because I know I’ll get super overwhelmed. I totally sympathize with what you are all going through with these renovations. But, it is fun to see how some color and new desks can totally change the entire look of the room and I’m so excited for everything to be done!

Sidenote: I’ve become really good at ripping wallpaper off, it’s actually really fun.

Screen Shot 2017-08-18 at 10.49.43 AM.png                               Part of the inside of the studio with another blue wall!

Feel free to come swing by the studio to check out our renovations! We’re really excited to see what the final product will look like next week!



Going the Distance


“Running allows me to set my mind free. Nothing seems impossible. Nothing unattainable.” — Kara Goucher, Olympic long-distance runner

The past few days have felt much cooler for the month of August which can only mean one thing; fall is near! And you know what that means; running season is upon us!

Exercising and eating healthy is a big focus of many Oak Crest residents and with the new fitness center scheduled to open in November, I can only imagine what is to come! Over the next few weeks Channel 973 will be airing some shows focusing on summer fitness and healthy eating so make sure to check the TV Guide for the listings.

As for me, this summer I feel like all I have been doing is sleeping, eating, and running. And I’m sure Catherine, Jeff, and Bob can say the same. When it comes to training for a race, your whole mindset changes and your schedule is dedicated to long runs, hill repeats, and speed workouts. You are tired 24/7 and you are hungry all.the.time.

This summer, I decided to join the Charm City Marathon training group to get in shape and cut down my time for my fall race. It’s really nice being able to run with others who share the same passion and get the time commitment aspect. It’s even better because on days when I feel lazy, that group holds me accountable. So I lace up my shoes and head out the door.

20626769_10155606364910908_8206619468654019230_o.jpg                                         (Running my third trail run of training)

Last year, I sat down with Jeff Getek and Bob Gralley to talk about the Baltimore Running Festival. To this day, it might be one of my favorite stories. Bob started running at the age of 45; marathons, half marathons, 5ks…he did it all. A few years ago, Bob and Jeff got to talking and Jeff said when he turns 45, if Bob is still running, he will run a half marathon with him.

Now, we all know Oak Crest is comprised of very special people…so of course, the “marathon man” was still running races at the age of 90, which meant Jeff had to live up to his promise and run a half marathon. An incredible experience for everyone, that will be repeated again this October!

Screen Shot 2017-08-10 at 11.59.08 AM.png                       (Jeff and Bob at the Baltimore Running Festival last October)

For our show this year, we’re adding a veteran into our group; the one and only Catherine Cohen. From marathons, to 50ks to 100 mile races, to winning a 72 hour race, (yes, you read that correctly) SEVENTY TWO HOURS OF RUNNING, she is definitely a book of knowledge when to comes to running. No matter what advice I need, she always has a detailed answer of what to do.

Catoctin.jpg                                       (Catherine after finishing the Catoctin 50k)

During the interview, we talk about healthy eating tips, how to stay on top of getting enough sleep, and training smart. We also talk about the races we’re running this fall and how our training process is going.

This shows airs on Channel 973 on Friday, August 18th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. You can also watch the show online the following day at

So remember “Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running.” —Julie Isphording, former Olympic runner

20 Years and 6,600 Questions Later


The most anticipated trivia show is back for its 20th season!
That’s right, the big 2-0.

I remember when I first started here, I heard talk of this ever popular “Mind Over Memory” show and I had no idea what it was or how it worked. I figured it was just a little game show, where someone asks questions to a group of people. I quickly learned that this show was much more than that.

First, did you know we are the only Erickson community to put on such a show? Let alone we have continued to air this program for the past TWENTY YEARS?! Let that soak in—truly incredible.

If you have ever watched Mind Over Memory on Channel 973, you might compare it to Jeopardy, however there are a few differences. Instead of 3 people competing individually, there are two teams, made up of three players competing against each other. The team has one captain that gives the final answer, but another difference is they do not have to phrase the answer in any certain format, unlike Jeopardy.

The most obvious difference is that we don’t give away thousands of dollars to the winner…but wouldn’t that be nice?? Hey, this is Season 20 so who knows what could happen! Just kidding…

What is most impressive is how much work goes into planning this show. Resident David Cuneo spends countless hours looking up questions that are just hard enough for our residents to answer. To date, David has come up with more than 6,600 questions. Once he comes up with the questions for each game, he bring them down to the studio, where we type them up and put them on index cards for each host. Then we work on graphics, make sure the music fits, get our commercials ready to air and before we know it, it’s show time!

Another fearless leader and part of our group is resident Ilse Harrop. She spends many days (and nights) on the phone with residents making sure they know what is going on, whose team they are on, and when they are to show up at the studio. She also keeps track of all the scores for each team and is responsible for finding a replacement if a resident calls out the day of a taping. We definitely could not do the show without her help! And, she’s also one of the smartest residents I’ve come to meet.

Now since this is the 20th year, there will be special guests and special things happening throughout the season, so make sure you’re watching. The first episode will air on Thursday, August 24th at 11:30AM on Channel 973 with two more showings at 3:30PM and 10:30PM

So use these next few weeks to read up on some facts and study some trivia so you can play along at home!