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January 21, 2019

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Good genes and a true love for life

Advice from Helen Hilty, celebrating birthday number 105

Helen Hilty blows out 105 candles on her birthday cake today at Maple Crest.

Mrs. Hilty born was in 1913. That was just a few months after Woodrow Wilson became president, and seven years before enactment of the 19th amendment to the constitution allowing women the right to vote.

Attending a one-room school on Route 12 between Columbus Grove and Pandora, she graduated from Pandora High School.

She was the sixth of nine children born to Emma and Elmer Campbell. She married Dr. Donald Hilty, a Columbus Grove dentist, and lived most of her life in Columbus Grove.

The artistic side

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio residents bring home the ribbons


Residents of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO), Bluffton, won several awards at the LeadingAge Ohio District 3 Art and Writing Show.  The show was held at Good Shepherd Home, Fostoria, on June 6.

PrimeTimers luncheon features cookout June 5

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) will feature grilled hamburgers and hot dogs at its Tuesday, June, 5 PrimeTimers Luncheon. 

Other menu items are macaroni salad, baked beans, potato chips, fresh fruit salad, assorted ice cream treats, cold drinks and coffee.  The luncheon begins at noon at St. John Mennonite Church, 15988 Road 4, Pandora.

Elaine Wehri, accordionist, will provide the entertainment after lunch is served.  There is no cost for the meal, but donations are accepted. 

“Dr. Ollie” finds hickories the all-purpose nut!

And, he's now a card-carrying member of the Ohio Nut Growers Assn.

Maple Crest resident Oliver Lugibihl, MD, knows where the trees are and enjoys foraging for hickory nuts in late summer and early fall.  This year, he has proof that his interest in one of Ohio’s indigenous nuts isn’t just a passing fancy.

“I’m now a card-carrying member of the Ohio Nut Growers Association,” he said proudly. 

A retired family physician, Lugibihl “cultivated” an interest in hickory nuts and black walnuts several years ago.  His cookies are a hit at bake sales run by the Service Group of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO). 

“Lovely Lilacs” theme of Maple Crest ladies’ tea

More than 100 women of Maple Crest and their guests enjoyed beverages and dessert at the annual Ladies’ Tea on Thursday, May 17.  Held in the Maple Crest patio room, the Tea marks the arrival of spring and warmer weather.

According to Debbie Mohr, activities coordinator, singer Lauren Brooke provided the entertainment with several folk songs and Irish Celtic pieces, and seven volunteers served the guests.  Main decorators were volunteers Janette Reineke, Sandy Schroll and Marilyn Shelly.

You are a work of heart

Mennonite Home Communties of Ohio celebrate Older Americans Month

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) is honoring its 420 employees during Older Americans Month, May 2018. 

With the theme, “You Are a Work of Heart,” MHCO is planning celebrations at Mennonite Memorial Home, Maple Crest, Willow Ridge and Mennonite Home Health & Senior Services, Bluffton, and Hilty Home in Pandora.