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Bailey Park is named after the community in the film, "It's A Wonderful Life". Developer Rick Iddings of Innovative Building and Design Inc., wanted to create the warm feeling the movie depicts, that of a lfe where the community is close, people are treated with honesty, respect, and dignity. Bailey Park will offer 44 single family homes that span over 11 acres located just west of Benton. Come view our model home and check out what Bailey Park has to offer you today!

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“Beautiful afternoon and there are 4 residents playing shuffleboard ( the girls won), one resident is pulling up garden plants for winter, I am cutting herbs for drying and freezing, one resident is making her twice daily turn around the park on her walker.    It is a "beautiful life"  in Bailey Park.”

GOING BACK TO SCHOOL?  (Better figure out how you’re going to pay for it before cracking the books)  by Jane Bryant Quinn  for AARP Bulletin  / June 2016

Are you thinking of returning to school to pick up new money-making skills?  Before you do, investigate the likely pay (and availability) of the jobs you’re aiming for.  Your education will be worth its cost only if you’ll earn more, after tax, than you paid for the course—including the interest due on any student loans.

When you borrow, there are two rules of thumb, says Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of, a college scholarship search site.   The total amount of your loan, for all school years, should not exceed the first-year salary you expect from your new job.  And you should be able to repay that loan, in full, within 10 years.  “Don’t go into retirement carrying a student loan,” Kantrowitz says.  “If you think you’ll probably work for fewer than 10 years, borrow less.”

Here are seven cost-cutting tips:

  1. Think about how much more education you actually need.  Four-year degree programs are expensive and might not pay off for people starting in late middle age.  Perhaps you can fulfill your ambitions in two years with an associate degree.

  2. Your best choice might be a public community college.  These schools offer a wide variety of vocational programs at modest cost.

  3. Beware the expensive for-profit schools that advertise aggressively, promise you jobs and encourage you to borrow.  Often they’re just diploma mills, providing inferior or inappropriate training. Search online for complaints about any school you’re considering.

  4. When making a budget, consider all the costs—not just truition but also commuting, books, laptops and expensive supplies that might be needed in class.  One AARP member told me that he had to drop out of a graphic design course (at a for-profit) school);  his “adviser” failed to mention that he needed to own some digital equipment that he couldn’t afford to buy.

  5. Look for free money.  There might be education grants available for people pursuing certain fields.  Put the words “grants for (your special field)” into a search engine and see what turns up.  If you’re currently working, your employer might offer tuition money to help improve your skills.  Fill in a FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid, available at to see if you’re eligible for aid based on financial need.  People who never got a bachelor’s degree might get a federal Pell Grant, which is only for undergraduates.  Some states provide tuition waivers for older students or peple who are unemployed.

  6. Borrow for higher education through the federal government’s Direct Loan program.  If the FAFSA shows you have financial need, the government will pay the interest while you are in school.  If not, you can get an unsubsidized loan at a fixed interest rate (currently 4.29 percent for undergraduates).    You can also turn to private lenders, but remember to borrow no more than you expect to earn in your first year.

  7. Consider earning a degree online.  Many reputable state schools offer distance education by internet or cable TV.  By staying in state, you get more favorable tuition rates.

Whatever you choose, be sure you have the time and motivation to do the classwork.  You’ll need to complete the program to compete for your dream job and pay off your loans.

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Geo Thermal Heating and Cooling - Standard feature at Bailey Park 55+ Community in Benton, PA

Using geothermal heating and cooling is a great way to lower your home's operating costs and lessen your impact on the environment.  Geothermal systems leverage the fact that below about 10 feet, the Earth's temperature remains fairly constant from season to season, at about 50-56 F.  A reservoir of water in your geothermal well is used to help heat your home in the winter, and cool your home in the summer.  This simple system can save you 30-70% in heating costs and 20-50% in cooling costs.

You can also claim a tax credit for 30% of the cost of your geothermal heat pump.  Click here to read more about this federal tax incentive.

 Best of all, a geothermal heating and cooling system comes standard in all homes at Bailey Park.  That's just one of the reasons living at Bailey Park 55+ Community really is "A Wonderful Life".

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Bailey Park 55+ Community
90 Bailey Park Drive
Benton, PA 17814

Telephone: 570.925.2077

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Benton, PA

Telephone: 570.925.2077