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Fulda celebrates senior care at annual festival

Residents of Maple Lawn Senior Care ride in a covered trolley during the Wood Duck Festival parade Saturday in Fulda. Maple Lawn is celebrating “50 years of quality care” this year. (BETH RICKERS/DAILY GLOBE)

FULDA — Fulda’s Wood Duck Festival is a time to celebrate community, and its citizenry did that this year by honoring Maple Lawn Senior Care.

Maple Lawn is currently celebrating its 50th year, so the theme for the festival was “50 Years of Quality Care.”

“We took our first residents in June 1964,” explained Maple Lawn Administrator Arlan Swanson. “The Wood Duck committee asked if they could honor us this year, and we were really happy with that.”

An anniversary celebration is also planned at Maple Lawn in September, but the party began early for staff and residents over the past weekend. Some of the residents rode in a canopy-covered cart in the parade, and the parade marshal was Leona Gieselman, Maple Lawn’s longest-term employee, who has worked there for 45 years.

A flatbed float filled with current and past employees and another entry honoring Maple Lawn’s Pink Ladies volunteer organization was also part of the procession down Fulda’s main drag.

Over the years of its history, Maple Lawn has expanded, and in addition to the skilled care center also includes a 15-unit assisted living complex called Maplewood Court; and 24 independent apartments in Maplewood Estates. Altogether, the senior complex has a capacity of about 100 residents.

“We’re just in the business of providing quality care to area seniors, and we do so in a home-like manner to meet their needs,” explained Swanson.

The Fulda Wood Duck Festival parade featured about 80 entries. Other highlights of the annual celebration were a midway on Fulda’s main drag and Family Fun in the Park with Bob & The Beachcombers on Sunday.

Beth Rickers

Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at  

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