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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.  

Next Maple Crest Sunday buffet on March 16

The next Maple Crest Senior Living, 700 Maple Court, Bluffton, Sunday buffet is March 16, according to Daren Lee, director of Maple Crest.
The menu includes:
• Corned beef and cabbage with carrots and potatoes
• Herbed pork roast
• Sweet potato casserole
• Sauteed fresh squash and zucchini
• Dinner rolls
• Cherry 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.

Maple Crest’s assisted living ranks in the top 25 in Ohio for resident satisfaction

Ohio nursing home and assisted living residents are generally satisfied with the care they receive, according to the results of the 2013 Long-term Care Resident Satisfaction Survey, released by the Ohio Department of Aging. 

Maple Crest Senior Living Village, part of Mennonite Communities of Ohio (MHCO) in Bluffton, scored a 97.6 (out of a possible 100), which ranked it in the top 25 in the State of Ohio out of 598 assisted living facilities that participated. 

Come and get it! The soup's on at Maple Crest's soup cook-off March 6

After a one-month weather delay the soup is back in the kitchen.

Maple Crest Senior Living Village, 700 Maple Crest Ct., off Augsburger Road, Bluffton, will host a soup cook-off from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 6. It as originally set for Feb. 6, but was delayed due to bad weather.

Something every day at Maple Crest in March

Maple Crest Senior Living residents are busy in March. At least one activity will take place daily. To view the Maple Crest activity calendar open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

Ribbon cut on MHCO Transition to Home Rehabilitation Center

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO), Bluffton, celebrated the end of a 10-month renovation project at the Mennonite Memorial Home campus’s main building with a ribbon cutting and open house on Feb. 23.


Nearly 100 people gathered to celebrate the opening of the Transition to Home Rehabilitation Center that the $1 million project provided.  The new Transition to Home program will focus on patients with short-term rehabilitative needs.

$1.3 million Transition to Home Rehabilitation Center celebrates Feb. 23 open house at Mennonite Memorial Home

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) invites the community to participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house as it celebrates the opening of its Transition to Home Rehabilitation Center on Sunday, Feb. 23, from 1:30-3 p.m. 

The Transition to Home Rehabilitation Center is located at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. Northwest Physical Therapy, Ottawa, is the therapy provider for the Transition to Home Center.

MHCO accepting Barbara Fleming Memorial Nursing Scholarship applications

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. 

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.