September 3, 2014


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MHCO job fair Aug. 2 for Green House STNA and nurse positions

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO), a continuing care retirement community in Bluffton, is hosting a Job Fair for the positions of Shahbaz (Caregiver/STNA) and Nurse in the new Green House homes, which will open in October or November of this year.
The Job Fair will be held at First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton, on Thursday, Aug. 2. Interested persons may arrive anytime between 12:30-4 p.m. and should allow 90 minutes for the process.

Maple Crest "performers" share their talents

Richard Bucher performing

Residents and community members packed the house for the Maple Crest Senior Living Community's, talent show on July 12.

Sorry, she's not "Home" - a story that could some day take place in Bluffton

In a recent Blog post, Dr. Allen Power, MD, tells the following story. (Dr. Power is an Eden Mentor at St. John's Home in Rochester, N.Y., and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester.)

One consequence of opening a new living space like our Green Houses is that it lays bare some aspects of institutional care that never occurred to me before. This seems to happen with regularity these days. Here's a story.

Three MMH couples celebrate July wedding anniversaries

Three couples who are residents of Mennonite Memorial Home celebrate wedding anniversaries in July. They are:

Beverly and Ralph Steiner, July 6
Doris and Dave Blattner, July 7
Marilyn and John Becker, July 20

MHCO concert on the lawn Aug. 19

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio will hold its annnual summer concert on the lawn at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 19. The event is at the Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton.

Ice cream will be served and entertainment will be provided by Pantasia, Findlay High School's steel drum band.

Mennonite Memorial Home worship service schedule set

The Mennonite Memorial Home's July worship schedule is set.

Sunday services follow:
July 1 - Chaplain Bill Herr
July 8 - Chaplain Bill Herr
July 15 - Rev. Charles Warren
July 22 - Chaplain Bill Herr
July 30 - Jeff Boehr

Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday services follow:

Here's the July Maple Crest calendar

The July Maple Crest activities calendar is now available for Icon viewers. It is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Birthday card shower for Bonnie "Marie" Bourquin turning 100

A birthday card shower is planned for Bonnie "Marie" Bourquin, a Mennonite Memorial Home resident, Bluffton, who turns 100 on July 5.

The soon-to-be centenarian was born in Columbus Grove to Ray and Floyd Bogart. She grew up on a farm on Road 12 0, between Columbus Grove and Kalida.

On June 5, 1938, she married Gladwin Bourquin, who died in 2002.

She worked in Toledo and then Michigan. After marrying her husband, who was from Archbold, the couple eventually lived at 213 N. High St., Columbus Grove.

Exactly how does Russel Suter create those puzzlers?

"Music and Mind-Benders" was the theme for the Maple Crest Men's Banquet, held on June 19.

The music was provided by folk-singer/storyteller Joseph Helfrich, known as "Joseph." His program included a variety of instruments, from the banjo to the bag pipes, and his humorous songs and stories kept the crowd in an up-beat mood.

"Joseph" felt like a "boy coming home" as he found himself in the company of three former professors from his Bluffton College days - Stan Clemens (guest) and residents Luther Shetler and Burton Yost.

Maple Crest - a one-of-a-kind fishing derby

The littlest fish caught, great-grandmother Mary Huffer (of Maple Crest) with grandmother Deb Metzger (Mary^aEURTMs daughter) and Karlie Lora with the littlest fish.

Despite the chilly weather, over 220 people showed up at Maple Crest on June 5 for the annual fishing derby.

Travis Kleman, grandson-in-law of Maple Crest's Lucille Bucher, caught the biggest fish this year - a catfish that was 25 1/4 inches and that also snapped his fishing pole!

The littlest fish this year was caught by Karlie Lora, great-granddaughter of Maple Crest's Mary Huffer, at a whopping 3 3/8 inches.