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January 21, 2019

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From a horse and buggy to the moon walk – Frances remembers

Earlier this month she blew out 105 birthday candles

Frances Scoles became a competent first-base player very quickly.  As the only girl for eight years at Owens School in Richland Township, she had to play, or be left to fend for herself at recess.  Turning 105 on Aug. 12, Frances reminisced about her elementary school days in a one-room schoolhouse, as well as some momentous events in history that she had witnessed.

Kristen Niekamp has a “memorable” career

She is a certified activities director and also certified in CARES dementia training

Ever since graduating from Bluffton University with a degree in recreation management, Kristen Niekamp has been wanting to work with elders. 

A few years after college, she accepted the position of activities coordinator at Maple Crest Senior Living Village, and then worked as a companion at Mennonite Memorial Home before becoming an activities assistant. 

When MHCO opened Willow Ridge in 2012, she took the opportunity to be involved in the Green House Home model.  She has finally come to roost in Pandora as memory care coordinator at Hilty Home. 

PrimeTimers to feature ACE Basketball on Sept. 4

The ball-handling talents of ACE Basketball will be the featured entertainment at the PrimeTimers Luncheon scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 4. The luncheon starts at 12 p.m, at St. John Mennonite Church, 15988 Road 4, Pandora.  There is no charge for the meal, but donations are accepted. 

Hosted by Maple Crest Senior Living Village, the meal includes: Shredded chicken and shredded pork sandwiches, broccoli salad, assorted bagged chips, green beans, fruit salad and ice cream sandwiches. 

Making someone smile every day

A friendly chat with Della Salter, MMH villa resident

Talking with Della Salter is like getting a card from an old friend, or eating an ice cream sundae.  It just makes you feel good!

If there is a word to describe this Mennonite Memorial Home villa resident, it’s “positive.” 

“I’m positive because I’ve had a very positive life,” she emphasized.  Salter has lived in her two-bedroom villa on Pinebrook Drive, Bluffton, for more than 30 years.  She was the second person to move in after her villa was built. 

Music and ice cream on the MMH lawn Sunday

Findlay HS steel drum band, Pantasia, will entertain guests

Findlay High School’s steel drum band, Pantasia, will play at a free concert on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home (MMH), 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton.

MMH has hosted the annual Concert on the Lawn since 2005. The Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio Service Group will serve ice cream, and ice water will also be available.  Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and dress for the weather.

Maple Crest resident earns first-place ribbon at Sauder Village Quilt Show

Retired nurse pursues her passion for sewing and other creative endeavors

Nancy Williamson’s two-bedroom villa in the Maple Crest Senior Living Village is bright with quilts, art, fabric, and framed swimming pool designs created by her late husband Ken. The retired nurse finally has the time to pursue her passion for sewing and other creative endeavors.  Still, there’s always something on her “list.”