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Maple Crest program: Some floral arranging tips and a tribute to a mentor

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. 

Maple Crest taking reservations for Sunday buffet

The next Maple Crest Senior Living, Bluffton, Sunday buffet is May 26, according to Daren Lee, director of Maple Crest.

The menu includes:
• Country fried steak with gravy
• Baked tilapia with mango salsa
• Mashed potatoes
• Maple glazed baby carrots
• Dinner rolls
• Peach pie
• coffee and iced tea.

The buffet is in the Patio Room at Maple Crest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is open to all adults 55 and older at a cost of $7.50 per person.

Maple Crest women visit the Far East - in a manner of speaking

Maple Crest ladies and their guests were treated to a Far East Garden Tea on May 16, surrounded by the beauty of living flowers and plants from the Stratton Greenhouses and Asian décor from the Bluffton Et Cetera Shop and the Findlay China Rose Restaurant. 

Elaborately arranged focal points and photo spots were designed by volunteers Janette Reineke, Sandy Schroll and Marilyn Shelly. 

The afternoon began with refreshments that included vegetarian spring rolls with duck sauce from the China Wok Restaurant in Bluffton and authentic Japanese Green Tea from Alice Ramseyer. 

Miller City senior receives Fleming Scholarship

Meagan Giblin, a Miller City High School senior, is the 2013 winner of the Barbara Fleming Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, Bluffton and Pandora (MHCO). 

Giblin is the daughter of Michael and Becky Giblin. This annual award of $500 provides scholarship support to an individual pursuing a degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse, a Registered Nurse or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. 

ONU pharmacy students discuss proper use of prescription drugs

Earth Day was the perfect day for third and fourth year pharmacy students from Ohio Northern University to present a program at Maple Crest, Bluffton, on the proper use of prescription drugs and the proper disposal of out-of-date medications, which includes the issue of environmental protection. 

The students are members of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), an organization that specifically focuses on “empowering pharmacists to enhance the quality of care for all older persons through the appropriate use of medication and the promotion of healthy aging.” 

May worship services schedule announced at MMH

Worship services for May are announced at the Mennonite Memorial Home. The schedule follows:

Sunday - 9:30 a.m., in the chapel:

May 5 - Chaplain Bill Herr
May 12 - Duane Bollenbacher
May 19 - Chaplain Bill Herr
May 26 - Richard Bucher

Tuesday evening services - 6:30 p.m., in the chapel:

May Maple Crest activity calendar posted

Maple Crest's May activity calendar is now on The Icon. It is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Hilty Home’s major improvement projects “Keeping it Local”

Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora, an affiliate of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO), recently completed a project involving the replacement of its walk-in cooler and freezer.  

The new $35,000 unit was custom made for Hilty Home by US Cooler, Quincy, Ill.  The new unit features a sloped roof versus a flat roof that the prior unit had. This will enable the water to flow off the top as opposed to standing, thus increasing the life of the unit.

New Visioneer tells about renovations at Mennonite Memorial Home

Move to Willow Ridge allows renovations at Mennonite Memorial Home. That's the headline on the April-May copy of "The Visioneer." The publication is a project update for MHCO's New Vision campaign.

Icon viewers may read the publication, which is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Mennonite Home Health & Senior Services offers spring special

Spring is here and Mennonite Home Health & Senior Services is here to help.

“The annual process of spring cleaning is fun and satisfying,”  says Kathy Rode, Director of Home Health & Senior Services. “It’s the only time of year that projects like house cleaning, organizing, and doing minor repairs around the house feel like a fresh start instead of like chores. People are starting to think in terms of cleaning up their home for spring and summer, but many may not be able to get something done or know where to look for help.  That’s where we can help.” says Rode.