November 22, 2014


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Antique tractor show, kiddie tractor pull and lots more at Maple Crest on Saturday

If you love antique farm tractors, you won't want to miss Saturday's fourth annual Maple Crest antique tractor show. The event is part of the Bluffton Fall Festival. The show is held at 700 Maple Crest Court, Bluffton.


Maple Crest invites owners of antique tractors,classic tractors or antique gas engine owners to exhibit their treasures on Saturday.

Maple Crest elders will take a trip to Wright-Patterson Air Force Museum

October is a busy month of elders at Maple Crest Senior Living Community, Bluffton. On Oct. 24, will be a visit to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Museum in Dayton. On Oct. 28 is an Ohio Northern University mini-health fair. On Oct. 31, elders will hand out candy to trick-or-treaters.

There's lots more happening in October. Icon viewers can view the calender by opening the attachment at the bottom of this story.

International party takes Maple Crest elders to Spain

Spain was the theme of the 5th annual International Party held recently at Maple Crest, Bluffton. It featured Sally Reeder speaking about the “adventures and mis-adventures” of her family’s life in Spain during the summer of 1970. 

At that time, Reeder was working on a master’s degree in Spanish with classes taught by Spanish professors in the city of Madrid while her husband, Dick, played “Mr. Mom” to their four children (ranging in age from 7-16). 

MHCO winner of "Excellence in Service (Best Practices)" award from LeadingAge Ohio

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO), Bluffton, was selected as the winner of the “Excellence in Service (Best Practices)” award, presented at a luncheon on Sept. 12, during the LeadingAge Ohio annual conference in Columbus, according to Laura Voth, chief executive officer of MHCO.

Each year, LeadingAge Ohio invites nominations for various awards, which are formally presented at the annual fall conference. 

Next Maple Crest Sunday buffet Sept. 15

The next Maple Crest Senior Living, Bluffton, Sunday buffet is Sept. 15, according to Daren Lee, director of Maple Crest.
The menu includes:
• Beef and noodles
• Baked salmon with dill sauce
• Mashed potatoes
• Glazed carrots
• Dinner rolls
• Apple 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.

Service Group of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio holds fall bulb sale

The Service Group of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) is selling fall flower bulbs as a fundraiser to support projects and programs that benefit the elders living at MHCO. 

Here's the Maple Crest September calendar

The Maple Crest activity calendar is now posted on The Icon. To view a printer-friendly calendar open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

MMH and Maple Crest events set for Sept. 28 fall festival

As part of Bluffton's Saturday, Sept. 28, fall festival, Mennonite Memorial Home and Maple Crest will hold several events.

At Mennonite Memorial Home
• Silent acution, bake sale, luncheon, kettle corn, horse and wage ride, straw dig and kiddie train ride

At Maple Crest
• Apple crisp and cinnamon ice cream, antique tractor show and kiddie tractor pull, fishing derby

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Watch the Icon for more details coming.

September worship services set at MMH

September worship services are set at Mennonite Memorial Home. The schedule follows:

Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
Sept. 1 - Mike Downey
Sept. 8 - Chaplain Bill Herr
Sept. 15 - Elizabeth Kelly
Sept. 22 - Chaplain Bill Herr
Sept. 29 - Gary Reese

Tuesday evening, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 3 - Rev. Steve Ramsey, Good Hope Lutheran
Sep. 10 - Rev. Jerry Lewis, Pleasant View United Methodist
Sept. 17 - Rev. Louise Wideman, First Mennonite
Sept. 24 - Rev. Carol Clements, St. John's United Church of Christ

Maple Crest residents tour Challenged Champions Equestrian Center

From left to right – Rose Hostetler, Jeanine and Floyd Hartman

Many Maple Crest elders lived on farms in their childhoods or in their adult years, so it was a real treat for some of them to tour the Challenged Champions Equestrian Center in Ottawa recently.