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Written By Becky Fitzgerald on November 22, 2017

Festival of Trees entry wins two awards...again!

For the sixth straight year, a decorated tree donated by a Meadowlark team to the annual Festival of Trees Gala scored favorably with judges and event-goers. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” decked with hand-made and store-bought ornaments representing places and businesses in Manhattan, received the Mayor’s Choice and People’s Choice awards.

Written By Sarah Duggan on November 22, 2017

Meadowlark is the new owner of Autumn Hills Memory Care Home.

Autumn Hills, a HomePlus model for senior living with a focus on memory care, currently has two locations; one in Manhattan and one in Riley. Effective Dec. 1, Meadowlark will be the owner and operator of both Autumn Hills locations.

Written By Sarah Duggan on November 16, 2017

A few weeks ago Murphy went through a stage where she didn’t want to leave daycare and Nanny who cares for her and her sister when I arrived to pick her up after work. Typically I can redirect her gently enough that it doesn’t turn into a fight. I will entice her with seeing daddy at home, playing with her toys or even getting a special treat after dinner.

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on November 2, 2017

HOGtoberfest boosts Good Samaritan Fund

The numbers are in! Well, most of them anyway. The fourth annual HOGtoberfest, a FOOD, FRIENDS and FUNdraising event to benefit the Good Samaritan Fund, prompted more than $27,000 in revenue. (A few gift-in-kind and expense amounts have not yet been reported.) This 4th annual hog wild happening was held at Cox Bros. BBQ, an event sponsor.

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on October 6, 2017

Adept at selling acreage and houses, five members of the local real estate community are selling the home-for-many mission of Meadowlark as contestants in a HOG & Kisses Contest. The candidates are asking their friends, family, co-workers, colleagues and Meadowlark stakeholders to help them raise money for the Good Samaritan Fund.

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on September 28, 2017

Two jewelry cases filled with gold, silver, rhinestones and turquoise were flowers to several bidding bees at Meadowlark Foundation’s 3rd annual auction of furniture and other household goods. The event took place Sept. 23 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church.

Resident ambassador Sue Hunt, who volunteered to keep an eye on the cases prior to the auction’s start, reported there were many requests to land on one piece in particular, a Navajo-made squash blossom necklace of turquoise and
silver.

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on September 21, 2017

The renovation progress in Verna Belle’s continues to move forward and remain on schedule. For those who are curious about the work that has been completed so far, here’s a peek behind the plastic!

Written By Sarah Duggan on September 21, 2017

Summer as we know it is over (the first day of Fall technically isn’t until Sept. 22), and school has started again. This change ignites an almost daily question at my house, “Is it Halloween today?”

Fall brings many wonderful things, including Halloween. Beautiful Autumn leaves, cooler temperatures and everything pumpkin. Murphy and Eilish have big plans this Halloween. Murphy plans to be a witch, “Not a nice witch, Mom. A SCARY witch!”

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on September 21, 2017

Friends of Meadowlark have a fun and tasty opportunity to support the Meadowlark Foundation’s Good Samaritan Fund when the doors to Cox Bros. BBQ open at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26. Brothers Bud and Bobby Cox, sons of Meadowlark Hills resident Ellie Cox, pledge to donate 10% of that day’s proceeds to the Fund.

Food specials on Oct. 26 at Cox Bros. BBQ, 223 McCall Road, include a pulled pork slider combo, available from the restaurant’s opening to closing at 9 p.m., and a hog roast buffet beginning at 6 p.m.

Written By Nathan Bolls on September 8, 2017

To quote Eli Sprenkle, fisheries biologist at Tuttle Creek State Park, “algae and blue-green algae are everywhere.”  Including our Bayer Pond.  Some would say the same for ticks and mosquitoes.  Blue-green algae are now considered to be a form of bacteria (cyano-bacteria) possessing chlorophyll and capable of photosynthesis.  Thus, like green algae, they, as a by-product of their photosynthesis, release oxygen back into air or water.

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