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March 27, 2015


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Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio

Hilty Home, Pandora, recipient of $39,600 safety intervention grant

Hilty Home, Pandora, is the recipient of a $39,600 Safety Intervention Grant check, presented May 12 by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), according to Jason Cox, Hilty Home administrator.

Steve Buehrer, administrator, CEO of Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, presented the check.

The grant enables Hilty Home to purchase lift systems to protect employees from injury by easing the process of transferring patients.

Julian Harnish performs piano recital at Maple Crest

Julian Harnish, a senior at Bluffton High School, shared his gift of music with Maple Crest elders in an outstanding piano recital on May 11.

The classic composers were covered with the performance. Julian began piano lessons at age 5 and has been playing ever since. His current teacher is Lucia Unrau of Bluffton University, and his next recital will be at Bluffton University on May 18. 

Among those attending his Maple Crest performance was his former piano teacher, Wanda Pannabecker, a Maple Crest resident.

Langhals recipient of MHCO's Barbara Fleming Memorial Scholarship

Nicole Langhals is the 2014 winner of the Barbara Fleming Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, Bluffton and Pandora (MHCO). 

Nicole is a 2012 graduate of Columbus Grove High School and is currently enrolled at the University of Akron in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. She is the daughter of Doug and Mary Langhals of rural Columbus Grove.

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. 

Busy month at Maple Crest in May

Maple Crest residents have activities going on every day in May. The May activities calendar is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Next Maple Crest Sunday buffet April 27

The next Maple Crest Senior Living, Bluffton, Sunday buffet is April 27, according to Daren Lee, director of Maple Crest.

The menu includes:
• Raviolo stuffed with grilled vegetables in sun dried tomato sauce
• Chicken parmesan
• Mixed green salad
• Fresh Asparagus
• Garlic breadstick
• Lemon meringue 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.

Over 135 volunteers contribute over 7,000 hours of service to MHCO

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) celebrate National Volunteers Week (April 6-12) early as volunteers and staff gathered at Ebenezer Mennonite Church on March 31. 

Over 135 volunteers serving Mennonite Memorial Home, Maple Crest Senior Living Village, Willow Ridge and Hilty Home enjoyed a meal, fellowship and entertainment.

This annual event is an opportunity to say “thank you” to the hundreds of volunteers who provide exceptional service to the elders living at all four MHCO communities. In 2013, over 350 volunteers contributed over 7,000 hours of service.

Easter egg hunt April 12 at Mennonite Memorial Home

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) and Jerry Lewis’ McDonald’s will host their annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. sharp, Saturday, April 12, at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. 

The Easter egg hunt will take place come rain or shine. There is no rain date.  Children ages 8 and under are invited to come, hunt for hidden eggs, register for prizes, gift baskets and have their parents take their pictures with the Easter Bunny. 

Doughnuts are donated by Community Markets and hot beverages will be provided by MHCO. 

Jason Cox named Executive Director of Hilty Home, Pandora

Jason Cox of Bluffton is the new Executive Director of Hilty Home, Pandora, according to Laura Voth, CEO of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio.

Cox has been serving as Executive Director of Oak Grove Healthcare Center, Deshler, for the past three years and has experience working with other long-term care facilities. 

Good manners: The noise you don't make when eating soup

Note: Earlier this week The Icon announced the winners of Maple Crest's soup cook-off of March 6. This post includes photos not shown in the original story. Here, you'll see each of the competitors and a summary of the event.

Click here to read the list of winners.

We encourage viewers to open the "flip book" at the bottom of this story. It shows all the competitors. Please allow a moment for the photos to appear. 

Luke's white bean and ham soup voted top soup at Maple Crest

It's official: Luke's Bar and Grill's white bean and ham soup is the winner.

Two hundred hungry Bluffton soup-eaters attended and 170 voted at Maple Crest's eight soup cookoff on Thursday. 

The winner was Luke’s Bar & Grill (Bluffton), with white bean and ham soup. 

For the first time ever, there was a tie for second place by Henry’s, of Ottawa, with cream of broccoli and Jeanne’s Kitchen (Bluffton) with butternut squash soup. 

Touches from the Heart of Glandorf took third place with white corn chowder.