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July 20, 2018

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Maple Crest monarch mania

The butterflies thrive and you can watch them

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 Joanne Niswander assumed the role of “monarch coordinator,” and designed educational posters and other information to post near the developing butterflies.  This year’s “display” is located in the Maple Crest main lobby for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Cruise in at Hilty Home on Thursday

The Four Deuces Car Club will host its 4th Annual Cruise In at Hilty Home in the front parking lot on Thursday, July 19 from 6-8 p.m.  Hilty Home is located at 304 Hilty Drive, Pandora

The event is open to the public and will feature vintage automobiles as well as food and music.  Admission is free. 

For more information on the Cruise In, contact Dee Steffen at 419-384-3218. 

Studio 700 opens for Maple Crest elders

Bluffton senior living community studio grand opening June 18

A haircut or new hairstyle can not only enhance your appearance, but brighten your mood and make you feel more social. 

Residents of Maple Crest Senior Living Village, Bluffton,  can now enjoy the benefits of professional hair care a little closer to home.  Studio 700, a hair salon exclusively for residents, held its grand opening on Monday, June 18.  The salon is located downstairs in the main building, near the patio room. 

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. 

ONU students participate in "Love Day!"

Recently, several ONU students visited Maple Crest Retirement Village in Bluffton to assist with tidying up the flower beds and lawns. Their service was part of “Live Our Values Everywhere,” or LOVE Day!

You are a work of heart

Mennonite Home Communities 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. 

Older Americans Month occurs each May as a program of the Administration on Aging.  Begun by John F. Kennedy in 1963 as Senior Citizens Month when only 17 million Americans reached age 65 (compared to 40 million today), Older Americans Month is encouraging everyone to “Engage at Any Age” in 2018.