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October 6, 2015


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Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio

Reservations accepted for July 20 Maple Crest buffet

The next Maple Crest Senior Living, Bluffton, Sunday buffet is July 20, according to Daren Lee, director of Maple Crest.

The menu includes:
• Grilled flank steak with mushroom sauce
• Chicken florentine with pesto pasta
• Herb roasted red potatoes
• Fresh sauteed squash and zucchini
• Dinner rolls
• Sugar cream 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.

Six MHCO resident winners in Ohio art and writing contest

Several residents of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio were winners in the LeadingAge of Ohio "art and writing contest," judged recently. Every participant from Bluffton who entered was a winner. Those persons follow:

Toledo Zoo comes to Maple Crest (sort of)

What do a python (named Neo), a chinchilla (Parcours) and an elongated tortoise (Felix) have in common?  

They were all the live part of an “Endangered Species” program by Nicole of the Toledo Zoo, for the Maple Crest men’s banquet on June 19. 


Next Maple Crest Sunday buffet is June 22

The next Sunday buffet at Maple Crest Senior Living of Bluffton is June 22, according to Daren Lee, director of Maple Crest. The buffet menu includes Monterey chicken with salsa, baked herbed salmon, wild rice, a vegetable medley, dinner rolls, strawberry pie and coffee and iced tea.

The buffet is in the Patio Room at Maple Crest from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. It is open to all adults 55 and older at a cost of $7.50 per person.

Alzheimer's Support Group meets in Bluffton

The Alzheimer’s Support Group of Bluffton meets the third Monday of every month at 3:30 p.m. in the library of Mennonite Memorial Home. Facilitators include E. Koogler, LSW, and T. Herrmann, RN.

An Alzheimer’s diagnosis is not required. Support is offered to caregivers as well as to those affected by dementia or cognitive changes.

Lots of fish stories follow Maple Crest's fishing derby

Go fish!

Over 220 Maple Crest residents, staff members, and their families turned out to fish at the Maple Crest pond on June 5. They also enjoyed a hot dog supper on the grill. 

Luther Shetler blasted the starting note for the derby on a shell horn and the first catch of the day was moments later by Richard Lasko. 

Others followed suit, with Mathias Klausing catching the longest fish of the day at 20 ½ inches, Elaina Helser catching the shortest fish at 2 ¾ inch, and Madie Treglia catching the most fish (eight).  

Maple Crest's June activity calendar

Here's the June activities calendar at Maple Crest. It is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

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.