Silent Auction Lets You Take Flight or Take a Snooze

As part of Bluffton’s Fall Festival, the Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) Service Group is holding its annual Silent Auction from September 17 through noon on September 22.  All items are displayed in the Mennonite Memorial Home Lobby, 410 W. Elm Street, Bluffton. According to Jessica Strahm, volunteer coordinator, items range from a 30-minute… Read more »

Lewandoskis Benefit from Family Volunteer Experience

According to the website for Kids Giving Back, volunteering is a two-way street, giving children and their families an opportunity to change lives, including their own.  Because of the Mennonite Home Community of Ohio’s volunteer program, Bluffton’s Lewandowski family has been given a new view of aging and nursing homes. Ginna Lewandoski and her two… Read more »

Potential Menu Items get a Trial Run at Maple Crest

Maple Crest residents who find gnocchi (no-kee) on their dinner plates may not be aware that the small, ridged shapes are made from potatoes.  Diners may not know that gnocchi was originally a Middle Eastern dish that made its way to Italy.  Finally, those who try the added pesto sauce for the first time, should… Read more »

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 »

“BROWNIES AND BENEFITS” PROGRAM AT HILTY HOME

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

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

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”

Woman standing in front of a green spiral quilt displayed at a show.

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!”

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 »