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June 18, 2021

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Some thoughts on Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio gaining senior citizen status

By Fred Steiner

In a manner of speaking, the Mennonite Home officially gained senior citizen status this summer. It's 55 years old. It may now join AARP.

My connection to 410 W. Elm St. is unusual: I've never lived there, but know it pretty well. My mother worked there for over a quarter of a century, first in the laundry, next as a nurse's aide, then as an LPN and finally as a resident herself.


The constitution state

Here's a plate you don't see every day, week or month in Bluffton. It's a Connecticut plate. The Icon spotted it on Main Street.


Pandora's Riley Creek Festival Aug. 13-14

Pandora's Riley Creek Festival is Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13-14. For a complete schedule of events click here. Watch The Icon for more details in coming weeks.

Highlights of the Fest' include:


Car and antique tractor show

Carnival games for kids

Homemade ice cream

Musical "Wizard of Oz"


5 K Run

Pancake breakfast

Bridenbaugh schoolhouse tour

Health fair

Budgeting Boot Camp slated for August

Beyond Budgeting, 119 Vine St., Bluffton, will hold a Budgeting Boot Camp on Tuesday evening sin August. The four-week course, beginning on Aug. 3, is designed to cover basic financial topics, such as:


So, where is home?

By Joanne Niswander

In a couple of weeks I will be back home.

Home in Bluffton.

But where have I really been for the past month and a half? Hasn't this house on Cape Cod been home, too? How do I explain a feeling of "place" that means more than one place?' I have felt very much "at home" here at Woods Hole. The surroundings and the people are different from those I left behind in Bluffton the first of June, but it's been home nevertheless. Some things are different, but I find many things to feel the same.


Must be a nurse

The Icon was in need of a nurse recently and we spotted this one in the Marbeck parking lot.