• Next community meal at 6 p.m., Thursday, at Senior Center

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August 16, 2017


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We're assuming this is Peterson 2. It's a Hancock County plate the Icon spotted on a black Ford Expedition EL at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool.

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Maple Crest residents tour Challenged Champions Equestrian Center

From left to right – Rose Hostetler, Jeanine and Floyd Hartman

Many Maple Crest elders lived on farms in their childhoods or in their adult years, so it was a real treat for some of them to tour the Challenged Champions Equestrian Center in Ottawa recently.  

MHCO residents make pretty tasty homemade ice cream

Earlier this month residents of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio made homemade ice cream. They sent the Icon the recipe. They even provided some photos. Here goes:

Al Best Band performs at MMH concert on the lawn Aug. 18

Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton, invites the public to its annual community “Concert on the Lawn,” at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18.

Free musical entertainment is by the Al Best Band of Columbus Grove. They will perform music for persons of all ages.

Persons attending are invited to bring a lawn chair. Free ice cream sundaes will be available throughout the evening.


August MMH worship service preachers announced

August worship services at Mennonite Memorial Home are scheduled.

Sunday services at 9:30 a.m. in the chapel.
Aug. 4 - Mike Downey
Aug. 11 - Dave Thompson
Aug. 18 - Bill Herr
Aug. 25 - Bill Herr

Tuesday services are at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel.
Aug. 6 - Steve Yoder, First Mennonite
Aug. 13 - Rev. Kevin Mohr, English Lutheran
Aug. 20 - Gary Rummel, Harrod Christian
Aug. 27 - Sister Carol Inkrott, St. Mary's

PrimeTimers meet Aug. 6 at St. John Mennonite

PrimeTimers, who are persons 55 and older, will meet at noon, Tuesday, Aug. 6, at St. John Mennonite Church, 15988 Road 4, Pandora. 

Following the meal, Kevin and Debbie Mohr of Bluffton will provide a presentation on their missionary experience in Madagascar. 

A full meal will be provided including a chicken caesar salad, french bread, turkey club sandwich, fresh green beans and dutch apple pie.  

NPR carries Green House homes feature

NPR broadcast a feature on Green House Homes on July 24. Willow Ridge, part of the Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, has two Green House homes.

The NPR story was titled "More over nursing homes - there's something different."

For a link to the NPR story click here.

Root beer floats, a Suzuki violin recital, just for starters at Maple Crest

From root beer floats on the porch to Suzuki violin recital, August is full of activities at Maple Crest Senior Living Village.

The August calendar is now on the Icon. To view the calendar open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

Maple Crest elders bring out their hobbies


Post cards, quilts, paintings, cast-iron toys, sock monkeys and lots more hobbies were displayed and shared by 25 Maple Crest elders during its July 23 biennial hobby show.

New to this year’s show were “works in progress” by three residents – Genevieve Fast knitted a scarf, Joanne Niswander took stitches in her latest needlepoint piece, and Carl Wolf demonstrated the art of coloring a mandala. 

Lots of hobbies on display at Maple Crest on July 23

Maple Crest  Senior Living Community, Bluffton, will host a hobby show by elders in the Patio Room from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 23.

Next Maple Crest Sunday buffet July 21

The next Maple Crest Senior Living, Bluffton, Sunday buffet is July 21, according to Daren Lee, director of Maple Crest.

The menu includes:
• Ham loaf
• Chicken marsala
• Scalloped potatoes
• Fresh vegetable medly
• Dinner rolls
• Mixed berry pie
• coffee and iced tea.

The buffet is in the Patio Room at Maple Crest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is open to all adults 55 and older at a cost of $7.50 per person.