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December 8, 2016

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NYGAARD - There's only one family in Bluffton with that last name. You'll find this plate on a silver-grey Honda Odyssey parked on Anna Circle. It belongs to Christian and Jamie Nygaard.

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MHCO provide $1,000 gifts to Weekday Christian Education and PGHS Atheletic Boosters

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) provided checks of $1,000 each to Bluffton Release Time/Weekday Christian Education and the Pandora-Gilboa Athletic Boosters.

Presentations were made in Bluffton on Feb. 20 and in Pandora on March 3.
• The photo above shows the presentation to Bluffton Weekday Christian Education scholarship fund.
• The photo below shows the presentation to the PG Athletic Boosters. 

Baked potato from Henry's voted number 1 at Maple Crest soup cook-off

What's your favorite soup?

Henry’s, Ottawa, providing baked potato soup, won this year’s Maple Crest Senior Living Village of Bluffton, soup cook-off.

Second place was Luke’s Bar and Grill, Bluffton, with tomato basil Parmesan bisque soup. Third place was Apollo Career Center, Lima, with cream cheese chicken chili soup.

Others soup entries were from Bluffton Hospital, Common Grounds of Bluffton, Touches from the Heart of Ottawa, and W.g. Grinders of Lima.

Over 150 persons attended and cast ballots for their favorite soup.

Soup's on! Thursday cook-off at Maple Crest

Your supper plans for Thursday are already set. The soup is on.

Maple Crest Senior Living Village, Bluffton, hosts a soup cook-off on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the public is invited.

The event is in the Patio room in the lower level of the Maple Crest main building. there everyone can sample gourmet soups prepared by various local restaurants and caterers.

Augsburger will attend LeadingAge Ohio Leadership Academy

Judy Augsburger of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) recently was accepted into the seven-month LeadingAge Ohio Leadership Academy, an innovative collaborative program beginning in January and running through August designed to develop the next generation of leaders in the senior services profession.

Hilty Preschool and Child Care receives $1,500 grant for iPads

The Midwest Electric Community Connections Fund awarded the Hilty Preschool and Child Care, Pandora, with a grant of $1,500 at a presentation ceremony in St. Marys.

Hilty Preschool and Child Care made the request in order to provide eight iPads for the Preschool program. The grant was awarded on Feb. 5.

Eight restaurants compete in Feb. 19 Maple Crest soup cook-off

Maple Crest Senior Living Village, Bluffton, hosts a soup cook-off on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the public is invited. 

The event is in the Patio room in the lower level of the Maple Crest main building. there everyone can sample gourmet soups prepared by various local restaurants and caterers. 

Enjoy such soups as:

Applications available for Barbara Fleming Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, Bluffton, is accepting applications for the Barbara Fleming Memorial Nursing Scholarship. 

The scholarship is meant to promote the career of nursing.  Therefore the scholarship money may be used toward a degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse, a degree as a Registered Nurse, or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The scholarship is to be used to pay school related expenses toward any of these degrees.

The scholarship offers a minimum award of $500, and will be paid directly to the vocational school or college where the student is enrolled.

Family satisfaction survey ranks Willow Ridge in elite Ohio group

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) does it again!

Willow Ridge of MHCO was named 13th highest in the State of Ohio according to the results of the 2014 Ohio Department of Aging Resident Nursing Home Family Satisfaction Survey.

Daren Lee, director of Maple Crest Senior Living Village and MMH Independent Living, said that those survey results were released this month.

Willow Ridge, featuring the first Green House Homes in Ohio, scored a 94.6% satisfaction score to achieve its ranking. 

Four Maple Crest villa residents visit Antarctica - here's their story

Who would choose to go to Antarctica and why?

Those questions were answered by Maple Crest villa residents Stan and Jo Clemens and Mark and Kay Weidner during a recent travelogue program.

Stan was the instigator of the travel idea because of a nephew who manages an inn at Yellowstone National Park for the warm months of the year, and works in food service at the South Pole in the winter months. 

Alzheimer's support group meets third Monday at MMH

The Alzheimer's Support Group at Mennonite Memorial Home meets at 3:30 p.m. the third Monday of every month.

According to Darren Lee of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, Alzheimer's disease is life-changing for both those who are diagnosed and those close to them. The Alzheimer’s Support Group at Mennonite Memorial Home provides a place to connect with other caregivers who truly understand what you are going through. Often we hear caregivers say they are looking for support from people who "really understand because they've been there, too." 

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