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Written By Nathan Bolls on December 7, 2017

I’m going to speak of a magnificent animal—also one of God’s creatures—that is a source of disdain for many of you: the eastern fox squirrel (Sciurus niger).  The genus name, Sciurus, is related to their habit of “sitting in the shade of their tail” while resting or sunning on a horizontal limb.  This squirrel ranges widely across the eastern United States, including all of Kansas.  Yes, Meadowlark Hills also is blessed.  The fox squirrel range touches western New England and extends somewhat beyond the 100th meridian in our West.  Thus, these squirrels grace many woods, l

Written By Becky Fitzgerald on December 7, 2017

Christmas came early for Meadowlark’s Home Health staff! In November, residents Duane and Pat Miksch offered to donate their 2007 Toyota Prius to Meadowlark Foundation, and it didn’t take long to determine the car would be a welcome addition to Meadowlark’s fleet.

Written By Sarah Duggan on November 30, 2017

Welcome to one of the best times of year—the Holiday Season. There are many ways to celebrate, but one of my favorite ways to ring in Christmas is by watching the  best of the best holiday movies. Listed below are my top five favorite Christmas movies! Watch the Grosh Cinema Movie Listing for Sarah’s Pick! through the month of December.

#5 ~ The Family Stone (2005): This one is a tear jerker and I am a sucker for crying in movies. Holiday gatherings make already functionally dysfunctional families at little bit more crazy and the Stones are no exception.

Written By Bridget Larkin on November 30, 2017

National Family Caregivers Month has taken place every November since President Bill Clinton signed the first Presidential Proclamation in 1997. Its purpose is to honor and recognize family caregivers, as well as raise awareness about issues affecting this population. The theme of the month this year is “Caregiving Around the Clock” because caring for a family member can be a 24-7 job.

Written By Jayme Minton on November 30, 2017

9,644,400 seconds! That’s how long the anticipation has been building for the big reveal of the newly-renovated Verna Belle’s Café! For those without their calculators handy, that’s almost 112 days!

But good news, the wait is over and as of 7 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, Verna Belle’s Café is open for business! 

Written By Sarah Duggan on November 22, 2017

Getting out the door to go anywhere at my house is an extreme sport played over what feels like several hours. After all the organizing, dog feeding, kid dressing and teeth brushing, I may have five minutes to pick a clean outfit and splash on some make up for myself. It doesn’t seem to matter what time I get up—it always comes down to five minutes.

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.

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