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Bauer Funeral Homes helps with 2015 Armstrong County Senior Games {June 24, 2015}

Bauer Funeral Homes helps with 2015 Armstrong County Senior Games Dark clouds and threatening rain didn't keep participants from competing in the second day of the 29th annual Armstrong County Senior Games in Kittanning Community Park on June 23, 2015. Everyone that came out was looking forward to getting the outdoor games underway.

The Games combine sports, entertainment, recreation and fellowship. The goal is to encourage an active lifestyle and continued participation in sports and recreation beyond the age of 55. The Area Agency on Aging, which provides programs and services primarily for the Armstrong County residents over age 55, has organized the 2015 Senior Games. There are games scheduled for almost everyone to participate in, from the very active sports events to the events for those who cannot participate in much activity.

The various events that are scheduled throughout the week will wrap up with an awards ceremony and buffet dinner. Sandy Mikita, community relations manager of Bauer Funeral Homes, was on hand — along with other volunteers — to help judge the games. Mikita was one of the judges for women's bocce ball. "The participants were close competitors and many times we had to actually measure distances to make sure the points were fairly given to the winner," Mikita said. "It was a lot of fun to cheer on the women and see many of the same individuals that come out every year".

The staff at Bauer Family Funeral Homes hopes everyone had a wonderful time at the Games. Whether you are a participant or a spectator at the Senior Games, it is a wonderful time to enjoy yourself. The Bauer Family Funeral Homes is honored to be an annual contributor to the Armstrong County Senior Games.

Bauer Steps Ahead to see "Nana's Naughty Knickers" in Jennerstown! {June 24, 2015}

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead took a bus trip to the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh to see the live Broadway musical, "Mary Poppins." Everyone was delightfully entertained with the astonishing stage sets and theatrics in addition to the fabulous repertoire of music and dance choreography during the wonderful performance.

Before the featured entertainment of the afternoon, attendees first stopped for lunch at the J-Barn Restaurant in Sarver. The restaurant's lovely country setting, perfectly set antiques and primitive decorations served as a relaxed atmosphere as the friendly staff served the delicious hot meal with the featured entre of Hawaiian ham and Hawaiian chicken.

The next trip will be to see a matinee performance of "Nana's Naughty Knickers" at the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown! The 1805 gristmill built of logs was restored in 1939 and houses a 393-seat theater in the heart of the Laurel Highlands. Bridget stays with her favorite Nana in New York for the summer, only to discover she is running an illegal boutique from her apartment. You'll be in stitches as Bridget is worried about Nana getting arrested or evicted. Before the show, lunch will be served at Green Gables Restaurant.

Entrees are roast turkey or broiled cod with lemon butter, and served with a salad, mashed potatoes, vegetables, rolls, dessert, coffee or tea. A light bag lunch will be offered on the bus trip home.

Meet at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg at 9:30 a.m. and the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning at 10:15 a.m. for motor coach bus transportation. The cost is $95 for transportation, show ticket, hot meal and snack. Money and reservations are due by Wednesday, July 15th. Please call Sandy at 724-545-9464 for reservations. Make checks payable to Bauer Management and mail to PO Box 997, Kittanning, PA 16201. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Funeral Home earns top honors from Graystone Associates {May 21, 2015}

Jennifer Bauer Eroh, president of Bauer Family Funeral Homes, announced that the business and staff was rated among the "Graystone Greats" for 2014 by Texas-based Graystone Associates, a funeral consulting and research firm.

Bauer Funeral Homes ranked near the top of 96 elite rated funeral homes during the annual period and earned the fifth-highest Total Performance score at 91%. "We have Graystone survey every family we serve," explained Eroh, "and then our results are ranked yearly against the 96 businesses the firm represents."

"Many things go into the Total Performance score, including 'Options and Prices Available,' 'Attention to Detail' and 'Support and Follow Up,'" said Eroh. "We were at the top of nearly every category in which we were surveyed, and in our group of 37 firms, we ranked second in the 'Attention to Detail' and 'Support and Follow Up' categories. I am so proud of my team members and all of their hard work."

Individually, both Mark D. Thompson and Eroh were honored with 100% Overall Satisfaction Arranger certificates. This was only achieved by only 34 of their colleagues out of 478 with 100% Overall Satisfaction as a funeral director. Thompson and Eroh were also named number one Overall Satisfaction Arrangers for their group.

"We strive to serve families how we would like our own families to be treated. Mark and all of our employees are committed to delivering a memorable and meaningful service to all of our client-families. We pay close attention to the details which are important to our families, care about their experience and focus on exceeding their expectations," said Eroh. "Delivering excellent service is truly a team effort. All of our staff works together to make a real difference."

"The feedback we receive from the families is very important to us and we use these surveys to learn from their experiences," explained Eroh. "This year nearly 64% of the families we served returned the survey to Graystone, which was the highest-percentage out of all 96 funerals homes. We are thankful so many surveys were returned, as each family's input pinpoints areas we are doing well in, along with areas we can improve upon. We truly appreciate the honest feedback from our client-families and are always looking for way that we can better serve them in the future."

Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home staff helps Rimersburg Senior Center celebrate Older American's Month {May 11, 2015}

Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home staff helps Rimersburg Senior Center celebrate Older Americanís Month On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, the staff of the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home helped the Rimersburg Senior Center celebrate Older American's Month by serving lunch to the center's attendees. Jennifer Bauer Eroh, president, and Larry K. Bliss, funeral director, both had a wonderful time participating in the fun party that was planned by Kelly Fair, manager of the center.

Approximately 40 seniors attended the luncheon and were treated to a delicious meal of stuffed chicken or pork, noodles, coleslaw, mashed potatoes and an assortment of pies. All of the food was provided by the Korner Restaurant of Rimersburg. Following the meal, a local music group led a sing-a-long. A $30 gift certificate for the Korner Restaurant was donated by the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home as a door prize, and Eroh and Bliss also assisted with the Chinese auction.

"I am thankful for the opportunity to work with the Senior Center during Older American's Month and on other occasions throughout the year," said Eroh. "Our staff recognizes and respects the past contributions and continued accomplishments that all 'Older Americans' have given to their country, communities, families and friends."

Bauer-Bly Funeral Home participates in Adopt-a-Highway in Dayton {May 08, 2015}

Bauer-Bly Funeral Home participates in Adopt-a-Highway in Dayton On Friday, May 8, 2015, staff members from the Bauer-Bly Funeral Home in Dayton picked up 14 bags of litter along a 2.4 mile stretch of State Route 839 as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Adopt-A-Highway program. We joined the program in 2001 to give back to the Dayton community and have since collected 402 bags of trash from the side of the highway. After the staff finished the cleanup, they enjoyed lunch at Mitzi's Place in Dayton. Our staff is pleased to take part in this beautification effort and looks forward to volunteering each spring and fall. The seven employees who volunteered were:

Jack Bauer — Funeral Director
Joshua C. Starr — Funeral Director
Larry K. Bliss — Funeral Director
John W. Bauer, Jr. — Funeral Intern
Sandy Mikita — Community Relations Manager and Cemetery Monument Sales
Ralph Funkhouser — Grounds and Maintenance
Jack Griffin — Service Associate

We enjoyed doing our part to help the Dayton community and will be ready to continue our efforts in the fall of 2015!