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T.R. Steiner: "Let clay be clay"

You might call him Maple Crest's artist in residence

FROM BLUFFTON ICON - Maple Crest Senior Living Village doesn’t have an official Artist in Residence, but T.R. Steiner is as close as it gets. 

Click here to visit his website.

Maintenance supervisor for the 18-acre independent and assisted living community, Steiner credits his mechanical skills with the ability to craft prize-winning ceramic pieces. 

Like painting, clearing snow and doing general repairs, working in clay is also a process.  Having an engineering mentality is a plus in this art form, according to Steiner.

Life-long Pandora resident Louis Risser honored

Hilty Home resident recognized for 70 years of service in American Legion Harter Williams Post 536

World War II Marine veteran Louis Risser accepted a pin with tears in his eyes earlier this spring surrounded by friends and American Legion members recognizing him for his 70 years of service in American Legion Harter Williams Post 536 in Gilboa.

Risser, 91, received a pin from Post 536 Post Commander Roy Sutter, Sergeant at Arms Lennis Core and Post 536 member Paul Burkholder at Hilty Home in Pandora, where Risser has been a resident since October 2018.

He graduated from Pandora High School in 1945 and joined the Marines at age 18.

MHCO offering $1,000 sign-on bonus

To qualified STNAs

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) has announced that it is offering a $1,000 sign-on bonus to qualified STNAs through April 30, 2019. 

The bonus is part of a recruitment strategy to meet current staffing needs and to attract reliable, qualified State Tested Nursing Assistants to the organization.

The bonus will be distributed in three payments as follows:
$200 – first pay after employee has worked 30 days (one month)
$300 – first pay after the employee has worked 90 days (three months)
$500 – first pay after the employee has worked 270 days (nine months)

Mennonite Home Health & Senior Services announces partnership

With Senior Options, a Virginia non-profit agency

Mennonite Home Health & Senior Services, Bluffton, has announced a partnership with Senior Options, a non-profit subsidiary of Westminster-Canterbury, Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Senior Options delivers turnkey solutions for home health, hospice services and continuum management. 

“Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio will continue to own and operate our home health agency,” said Laura Voth, CEO.  “Senior Options’ back office support services will provide efficiencies and expertise, allowing us to grow our home health business while incorporating strong quality management and oversight.”

PrimeTimers Fellowship entertained by BHS choirs

Maple Crest Senior Living Village will provide a festive meal and entertainment at the Tuesday, Dec. 4, PrimeTimers Fellowship.  The luncheon menu includes: Stuffed Chicken Marsala, glazed carrots, au gratin potatoes, cranberry/walnut bread, coffee and dessert.  The Bluffton High School Show Choir and Chamber Choir, directed by Kara Zink, will provide the entertainment.

Talented painter in our midst

90-year-old Bob Hower took up painting in 2005 after remodeling five houses, built two barns and restored over 50 automobiles

Maple Crest Villa resident Bob Hower is a one-person assembly line. At age 90, he can look back on a lifetime of building and remodeling homes and restoring old cars.

“I built my own house and remodeled five,” Hower added.  “I’ve built two barns and restored more than 50 automobiles.” 

He is just as productive with his artwork. Taking up painting in 2005, he’s completed 130 oils with a goal of 150.  Discovering oil painting later in life, Hower holds a bachelor’s degree in art and has taught himself skills in several areas.  This is quite a departure from the career he thought he’d follow . . . working on slate roofs.

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