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Mennonite Memorial Home - a great setting for part of Bluffton's Fall Festival

The Mennonite Memorial Home (MMH) campus was a hub of activity on Sept. 29 as part of the Bluffton Fall Festival. 

From 10 am to noon, visitors could peruse the Silent Auction items, eat lunch and pick up delicious home-baked goods from the Service Group’s bake sale. 

Outside, the fun continued with craft tables with items for sale made by residents of the MMH campus and face painting, kiddie train rides and a hay dig for kids. 

Some fishing stories from Maple Crest - and some excellent tractor drivers

Fall Festival day at Maple Crest (Sept. 29,) was full of several events.

By 10 a.m. a colorful array of 31 tractors, 8 engines and one corn shredding machine was lined up ready to be examined.


Maple Crest residents got a big kick out of riding up and down the rows of machines in a sulky pulled by TR Steiner’s tractor. For all who participated, the experience was a reminder of our agricultural heritage, and for many, it was an opportunity to relive farming moments in their personal histories.

"The Visioneer" for October now on The Icon

The October issue of "The Visioneer" from Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio is now posted on The Icon. It is an attachement at the bottom of this story.

The issue focuses on the Sunday, Oct. 14, open house and dedication of the Willow Ridge Green House Project campus.

Dr. Bill Thomas presents folk music concert, storytelling event Oct. 14

Dr. Bill Thomas presents
folk music concert, storytelling event

Dr. Bill Thomas, founder of The Green House Project, will present a folk concert, story-telling and book-signing program at Maple Crest Senior Living Village, 700 Maple Crest Court, Bluffton, at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14.

The program is part of the Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) daylong dedication of its Willow Ridge campus, the first two Green House homes in Ohio. The Willow Ridge dedication is at 1 p.m.

MHCO dedicates new Willow Ridge campus - Green House homes - on Oct. 14

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO), Bluffton, will dedicate its new Willow Ridge campus, the first two Green House homes in Ohio, at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14. Dr. Bill Thomas, Ithaca, N.Y., The Green House Project founder, is the featured speaker.

The dedication takes place across from the Willow Ridge campus at Maple Crest Senior Living Village, 700 Maple Crest Court, and is open to the public.

The Oct. 14 dedication schedule follows:

Meet the author event among several things on October Maple Crest calendar

Lots of events are planned in October at Maple Crest Senior Living Village, Bluffton.

Among those events from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, is a "meet the author" program in the family room.

The newest book publications out by Maple Crest residents are “An Alzheimer’s Primer,” by Joanne Niswander, based upon personal family experience, and “Where Flows the River
Twee,” by Claralice Wolf, inspired by her life in Thailand.

Other October events are listed on the October calendar in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Don't pass up the Mennonite Memorial Home's silent auction going on now

If you like silent auctions, you'll want to visit the Mennonite Memorial Home this week. The MMH Service Group is holding a silent auction all week along with the Bluffton Fall Festival that takes place on Saturday.

Now through Sept.29, bids will be accepted for a variety of handcrafted items that can be seen in the MMH lobby. 

Bids are updated daily and the final bids will be taken Saturday, Sept. 29, at noon.  People are encouraged to view the items and to place their bids.

Bluffton Fall Festival offers lots of family activities Sept. 29

Bluffton celebrates the arrival of fall at its ninth annual Fall Festival, Saturday, Sept. 29, at five locations in the community. Most events are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mennonite Memorial Home
Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., is the hub for all free transportation. Visitors may park at one of the venues and enjoy free horse and wagon rides, or vans that goes to other locations. The vans arrive and depart every 15 minutes from Maple Crest, Swiss Homestead, Bluffton Middle School, downtown and the Mennonite Home. 

National Assisted Living Week Celebrated at Maple Crest

“National Assisted Living Week” ended with a “Grand Finale Party” for assisted living residents and resident assistants at Maple Crest, Bluffton. 


Check out the photos at the bottom of this story.

In keeping with the art theme, each resident and staff person was encouraged to bring along something the person created during any era of his or her life. 

The variety of items presented that afternoon was amazing, and the party participants thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to recognize the skills and talents of fellow residents and co-workers. 

Reservations required for Maple Crest Sunday buffet Sept. 23


The next Maple Crest Senior Living, Bluffton, Sunday buffet is Sept. 23, according to Daren Lee, director of Maple Crest.

The menu includes:
• Pepper Jack chicken
• Ham loaf
• Baked sweet potato
• Scalloped corn
• Dinner roll
• Bread pudding

• 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 $5 per person. Due to the overwhelming response, reservations are required for those planning to attend. Limited seating is available.