Four residents from Bluffton’s Maple Crest and three from the Mennonite Memorial Home were winners in this year’s LeadingAge of Ohio Art and Writing competition.
The show for the West region was hosted on June 20 by Good Samaritan Center, Arlington. All eight MHCO entries won first, second and third place ribbons. These high finishes qualifies each contestant to enter the state level contest on Sept. 11-12 in Columbus.
Despite the overcast day, the sunshine finally came and over 200 people came to Maple Crest on June 6 for its annual fishing derby.
It was a great time of fun, food and fellowship for Maple Crest residents and their families as well as Maple Crest staff and their families. Aaron Siders, husband of Maple Crest's Joy Siders, caught the biggest fish this year - a catfish that was 23 inches long.
The prize for the smallest fish this year went to two people, Lizzie Helser and Stas Maksimov, who tied with each catching a 4 inch fish.
Here's a story from the current issue of "The Visioneer," which includes project updates on Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio's New Vision Campaign. The compete issue of the newsletter is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.
“Suzie” was among the first elders to move to Willow Ridge. Because of a stroke suffered five years earlier, Suzie had difficulty finding words, finishing thoughts and interacting with people. A few weeks after Suzie moved to Willow Ridge, she was enjoying the hearth room when she began speaking.
This month's PrimeTimers program is Tuesday, June 4, which features an old-fashioned hymn sing with Joyce Jackson on piano and Debbie Mohr leading singing.
Meat, beverages and table service will be provided. Participants are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share.
PrimeTimers is for adults age 55 or older. It will meet the first Tuesday of each month (except January or July) at St. John Mennonite Church at noon. For more information, please contact Dave Stratton at 419-384-3680.
In honor of the May Older Americans’ Month theme of “Unleash the Power of Age,” Bessie Bassitt, a retiree of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, Bluffton, volunteered at Maple Crest last week and demonstrated the art of arranging live floral bouquets.
Bassitt’s mother loved flowers and instilled in her daughter the knack for growing them. Perhaps, too, Bassitt’s 35 years as a beautician, (before her 11 years at Mennonite Memorial Home in the activities department), gave her the eye for symmetry and style necessary for flower arranging.