From a Horse and Buggy to the Moon Walk – Frances Remembers

Frances Scoles became a competent first-base player very quickly.  As the only girl for eight years at Owens School in Richland Township, she had to play, or be left to fend for herself at recess.  Turning 105 on August 12, Frances reminisced about her elementary school days in a one-room schoolhouse, as well as some… Read more »


Hilty Home, Pandora, is hosting a one-hour informative program on the VA Aid & Attendance Benefit, on Wednesday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m.  Dessert and beverages will be served during the program. Many wartime veterans are unaware that benefits for assisted living and long-term care are available to them. Hilty Home has invited an expert… Read more »

Niekamp Has A “Memorable” Career

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Ever since graduating from Bluffton University with a degree in recreation management, Kristen Niekamp has been wanting to work with elders.  A few years after college, she accepted the position of activities coordinator at Maple Crest Senior Living Village, and then worked as a companion at Mennonite Memorial Home before becoming an activities assistant.  When… Read more »

Making Someone Smile Every Day

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Talking with Della Salter is like getting a card from an old friend, or eating an ice cream sundae.  It just makes you feel good! If there is a word to describe this Mennonite Memorial Home villa resident, it’s “positive.” “I’m positive because I’ve had a very positive life,” she emphasized.  Salter has lived in… Read more »

Maple Crest Resident Always Has “Something on the List”

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Nancy Williamson’s two-bedroom villa in the Maple Crest Senior Living Village is bright with quilts, art, fabric, and framed swimming pool designs created by her late husband Ken. The retired nurse finally has the time to pursue her passion for sewing and other creative endeavors.  Still, there’s always something on her “list.” “My great-grandmother lived… Read more »

“Alexa, Keep Me Independent!”

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One evening a few months ago, Alexa was the hit of the party at Willow Ridge.  Elder Richard Wiechart brought the “smart speaker” out into the dining room and others gathered around asking Alexa to play favorite songs. “She really livened things up,” Wiechart laughed.  “Sometimes it can get pretty quiet around here.” Alexa is… Read more »

Monarchs Thrive at Maple Crest

The elders at Maple Crest Senior Living Village have been enamored with monarch butterflies since 2007.  That’s when administrator Lynn Thompson brought in a few caterpillars for observation and residents and staff alike watched in wonder as they became monarch butterflies and were released to begin their 3,000 mile migration route to Mexico. Eventually, elder… Read more »

MHCO Hosting Social Work CEU Presentation

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Niki Sidle, MSW, LISW-S, will present “Dying with Dignity: An Ethical and Holistic Approach,” at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, on Thursday, July 19 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  The presentation is approved for 3 social work contact hours in ethics.  Pre-registration is required. Goals for the presentation are: 1. Explore the meaning of holistic care and… Read more »

Maple Crest Men’s Banquet and OSU…Both Winners!

Even though there was a small University of Michigan contingent, the gentlemen of Maple Crest Senior Living Village, overwhelmingly showed their Buckeye Pride at the recent Men’s Banquet.  Nearly 60 residents and guests attended the event, aptly named “Buckeye Night,” and dined on ribs, mashed potatoes, baked beans and deviled eggs with football-shaped brownies for… Read more »