on January 24, 2013

K-State is offering a sociology course on “Environment and Society” this semester. The course will focus especially on the Dust Bowl. As part of the course, Professor Matthew Sanderson would like students to speak with persons who experienced the Dust Bowl while living in Western Kansas, Eastern Colorado, or the Panhandles of Texas or Oklahoma during the 1930s.

Written By Polly Ferrell on January 24, 2013

Yarns of Love, a knitting/crocheting ministry began at Meadowlark Hills in Jan. 2010. Now in its fourth year, the program continues to give support to persons in need. The first projects, Gifts of Sweaters, were sent to World Vision for distribution to children in developing countries. Eight residents created a total of 79 sweaters. Prayer Shawls are the second project, which continues today. They are given to our Assisted Living households, Bramlage House and FirstUnitedMethodistChurch. Eight residents have created 65 shawls, visible evidence of care and support.

on January 17, 2013

I had the privilege to know and care for Jean Caul in the last few years of her life. She was an outstanding person who paved the way for women in physical education. She was the first woman to receive her doctoral degree in physiological chemistry from the College of Medicine at OhioStateUniversity, in 1942.

Jean came to Manhattan to work at KansasStateUniversity in the College of Human Ecology. Jean lived at Meadowlark Hills for many years before she passed away in November 2009, at the age of 94.

Written By Annie Peace on January 17, 2013

Question: I have seen and heard figures pertaining to the percentage of Meadowlark Hills residents who have exhausted their assets and are in need of Good Samaritan help as being approximately 32%. Could you provide information about how this percentage is related to Independent Living, Assisted Living, Health Care etc.?

Written By Charlie Kempthorne on January 10, 2013

Why not give yourself away? 

Pass on your experiences. If you give away your money, it’s gone. If you give away your furniture, your automobiles, your house, your cottage on the lake, they’re gone. But paradoxically, if you give away your experiences by writing them up, they’re still yours--yours more than ever, in fact--and yet you’ve given a gift to the family and community you love. 

I know many of you in all modesty would question whether anyone would want them. Some of you have tried to give this gift and it didn’t seem like anyone was very interested.  

on January 3, 2013

On Friday, Jan. 25 the Community Room will be transformed into an enchanted Winter Wonderland, and all residents are invited.

In November, Meadowlark Hills residents were given the opportunity to submit a theme suggestion for the Winter Ball. The top choice was A Winter Wonderland. Residents also chose whether the event would be formal or informal. The votes concluded that this year’s Winter Ball would be informal. To fit the theme guests are encouraged to wear their favorite winter sweater. So bundle up and make this event festive with your fluffiest sweater!

Written By Annie Peace on December 13, 2012

Question: Annie, can you tell us more about the Eden Alternative Program that Lonnie mentioned at Town Meeting? He said you had attended this program.

Written By Annie Peace on December 6, 2012

Question: Why have employees been wearing jeans to work, outside of Fridays?

Answer: I am glad you asked! This idea was a result of brainstorming ways to give back to the community. Twice a month, employees have the opportunity to donate a dollar to wear jeans on specified days. The money raised will benefit various causes. 

on November 15, 2012

Back in January of 2009, I was still working as the Director of Spiritual Care at Mercy Regional here in Manhattan, KS. Mercy and Via Christi were very supportive of me becoming a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). After two and a half years of certification process, I went to Orlando, FL for the annual APC conference at Lake Buena Vista (a.k.a., Walt Disney World Resort). I was ready for my oral defense of all my written materials. Everything went well and I was certified, while some would say I was always "certifiable" in other ways.

on November 8, 2012

Forget the usual Friday afternoon of nodding off on the couch. On Friday, Nov. 2, two Meadowlark Hills residents took a special trip around town. Or should I say, above town?

Thanks to Sherry Smith and her husband Gordon Smith, owner of Heartland Aviation, residents of Lyle and Sloan Houses found themselves aboard a small aircraft for an afternoon getaway. Merle Schmidt and Bea Mullin both seemed pleased to have had this opportunity.