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July 30, 2014


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Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio

MHCO concert on the lawn Aug. 19

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio will hold its annnual summer concert on the lawn at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 19. The event is at the Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton.

Ice cream will be served and entertainment will be provided by Pantasia, Findlay High School's steel drum band.

Mennonite Memorial Home worship service schedule set

The Mennonite Memorial Home's July worship schedule is set.

Sunday services follow:
July 1 - Chaplain Bill Herr
July 8 - Chaplain Bill Herr
July 15 - Rev. Charles Warren
July 22 - Chaplain Bill Herr
July 30 - Jeff Boehr

Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday services follow:

Here's the July Maple Crest calendar

The July Maple Crest activities calendar is now available for Icon viewers. It is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Birthday card shower for Bonnie "Marie" Bourquin turning 100

A birthday card shower is planned for Bonnie "Marie" Bourquin, a Mennonite Memorial Home resident, Bluffton, who turns 100 on July 5.

The soon-to-be centenarian was born in Columbus Grove to Ray and Floyd Bogart. She grew up on a farm on Road 12 0, between Columbus Grove and Kalida.

On June 5, 1938, she married Gladwin Bourquin, who died in 2002.

She worked in Toledo and then Michigan. After marrying her husband, who was from Archbold, the couple eventually lived at 213 N. High St., Columbus Grove.

Exactly how does Russel Suter create those puzzlers?

"Music and Mind-Benders" was the theme for the Maple Crest Men's Banquet, held on June 19.

The music was provided by folk-singer/storyteller Joseph Helfrich, known as "Joseph." His program included a variety of instruments, from the banjo to the bag pipes, and his humorous songs and stories kept the crowd in an up-beat mood.

"Joseph" felt like a "boy coming home" as he found himself in the company of three former professors from his Bluffton College days - Stan Clemens (guest) and residents Luther Shetler and Burton Yost.

Maple Crest - a one-of-a-kind fishing derby

The littlest fish caught, great-grandmother Mary Huffer (of Maple Crest) with grandmother Deb Metzger (Mary^aEURTMs daughter) and Karlie Lora with the littlest fish.

Despite the chilly weather, over 220 people showed up at Maple Crest on June 5 for the annual fishing derby.

Travis Kleman, grandson-in-law of Maple Crest's Lucille Bucher, caught the biggest fish this year - a catfish that was 25 1/4 inches and that also snapped his fishing pole!

The littlest fish this year was caught by Karlie Lora, great-granddaughter of Maple Crest's Mary Huffer, at a whopping 3 3/8 inches.

June worship service schedule at Mennonite Home

June worship service leaders at Mennonite Memorial Home were recently announced. Here's the schedule of services:

Sunday, June 3 - Chaplain Bill Herr
Sunday, June 10 - Renee Caskie
Sunday, June 17 - Elizabeth McDowell
Sunday, June 24 - Chaplain Bill Herr

Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 5 - Carol Clements, St. John's UCC
Tuesday, June 12 - Matthew Zuehlke, Bluffton Presbyterian
Tuesday, June 19 - Steve Yoder, First Mennonite
Tuesday, June 26 - Sister Carol Inkrott, St. Mary's Catholic

Next "Ask the Expert" program June 12 at senior center

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) June "Ask the Expert," program is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center, 132 N. Main St., according to Daren Lee of MHCO.

The program provides adults 55 and over in the greater Bluffton area an opportunity to speak directly to an MHCO nurse and social worker present at each session.

"Toys of the Past" theme of two MHCO programs

MMH centenarian Pauline Hirschler and her daughter, Marilyn Bishop.

Mennonite Memorial Home held its annual Women's Celebration with two programs on May 21 and May 22.

The first featured a catered meal by Special Occasions and a guest speaker, Anne Stratton. Her presentation was "Toys of the Past."

The second program featured Ron Friesen, an MHCO duplex resident, as the guest speaker. Friesen brought some of his vintage toy collection and spoke on various items.

Green House update: Cabinets and kitchen counter tops installed; stone work nearly completed

Icon viewers may now see the updates on the Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio Green House project. Updates are provided in the current issue of "The Visioneer."

Cabinets and kitchen counter tops have been installed in House B and the appliances will be installed soon. The stone work on both homes is nearly completed.

Painting has begun inside House A.

A copy is in the attachment at the bottom of this story.