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Some great fishing stories: Over 135 adults and youth in Maple Crest fishing derby

Over 135 adults and youth participated in a fishing derby at Maple Crest Senior Living Community, Bluffton, during Bluffton’s Fall Festival in late September.

Prizes for the derby went to:
• First guest out fishing – Karson Hauenstein
• First person to catch a fish – Connor McKean
• Persons wearing a “cool” hat – Linda Strahm (sequined black cap) and Gene Grieser (hat from Alice Springs, Central Australia)

Here are the Fall Festival kiddie tractor pull champs!

Over 40 youth, ages 12 and under, competed in the Maple Crest kiddie tractor pull during the Bluffton Fall Festival in late September. 


In Class 1, (the lighter-weight class), Luke Ginther won first place, Nick Lovett was second, and Connor McKean was third.

In Class 2, Eden Nygaard won first place, Lane Wildermuth was second, and Hunter Kuhbander was third. 

Attention pie bakers: Maple Crest invites you to enter its pie contest

Maple Crest Senior Living Community, Bluffton, hosts a fall pie-baking contest, according to Darin Lee of Maple Crest. The contest is Friday, Nov. 1. Persons interested in entering must register by Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Contestants may enter as many different pies as they wish. The contest has three categories: cream, fruit, and nut pies.

MHCO "The Visioneer" now on The Icon

The fall edition of  "The Visioneer," a project update for Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio New Vision campaign, is now available on The Icon.

The issue is in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

October worship service schedule announced at MMH

Mennonite Memorial Home's Sunday and Tuesday worship services are planned for October. Here's the schedule:

Sundays - services at 9:30 a.m. in the MMH chapel
Oct. 6 - Chaplain Bill Herr
Oct. 13 - Elizabeth McDowell
Oct. 20 - Dave Thompson
Oct. 27 - Chaplain Bill Herr

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.