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Maple Crest hobby show Thursday evening - 16 residents show their stuff

You’ll see quilt runners, carved elephants, Indian artifacts, oil paintings, brass rubbings and lots more at the Maple Crest Senior Living Community hobby show, from 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, July 30.

Free and open to the public, the show will be in the Maple Crest Patio Room, 700 Maple Crest Court, just off Augsburger Road, Bluffton. Sixteen Maple Crest residents will display their hobbies.

MMH Concert on the Lawn rescheduled for Aug. 15

Mennonite Memorial Home's Concert on the Lawn, featuring the Lima Area Concert Band, is rescheduled for 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug.15.

The concert was postponed in June due to a weekend of rain. 

The free concert includes free ice cream, popcorn and drinks. All that's needed to attend is to bring your own lawn chair. The concert is on the MMH lawn, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton.

Maple Crest residents take a trip to Gallery 323

Maple Crest residents caught a glimpse of an artist at work recently during a tour of Gallery 323, an art gallery and shop operated by Gregg Luginbuhl on Main Street, Bluffton.

During the visit, they discovered artistic items - created for the most part by Luginbuhl - from white porcelain clay. Additional  pieces, including paintings and jewelry, are for sale by other artists in Bluffton.

Gregg's artistic talent came down through the genes, in a sense, as his father, Darvin Luginbuhl, was a former art professor at Bluffton University.

MHCO provides Swiss Community Historical Society with $4,000 Heritage Center gift

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) presented a $4,000 gift to the Swiss Community Historical Society for its Heritage Center capital campaign.  The gift was made during the Society’s annual Swiss Day program.

Laura Voth, CEO of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, presented the check to Gary Wetherill of the Society.

The occasion was the fulfillment of a 2010 commitment when MHCO unexpectedly received a large gift from the estate of James and Frieda Basinger. 

Maple Crest antique appraisal program July 13

Do you have a family heirloom in the closet? Do you wonder what it’s worth? 

Maple Crest Senior Living Village, 700 Maple Crest Court,  Bluffton, will host an “Antiques Roadshow” style program on Monday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. in its Patio Room. 

This free event is open to the public. Guests are invited to bring one or two items to be appraised. (No coins, stamps, or weapons.) Items will be placed on display in the front of the room. 

Guest antique appraiser Anne Stratton will be present and will randomly select items on display to discuss and appraise.   

Four Deuces Car Club holds Hilty Home cruise-in July 30

Four Deuces Car Club
holds Hilty Home Cruise-in

Hilty Home, Pandora, will host a cruise-in from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 30, at the retirement home, 304 Hilty Drive, Pandora.

The event, sponsored by Four Deuces Car Club of Ottawa, is open to hot rods, customs and classic vehicles. Registration and admission is free.

A “Residents’ Choice” award will be presented. For more details call Jane at 419-523-5663.

Wayne Shafer, Harold Agner participate in Honor Flight to D.C.

In early June Hilty Home residents Wayne Shafer and Harold Agner were able to take part in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to tour the World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial and other memorials.

Don Burris, Director of Environmental Services at Hilty Home, served as a Guardian on the trip.

Lunch was served across the street from the World War II Memorial. After the tour ended, the group was welcomed at the Toledo Airport by family and friends and received letters of appreciation.

Bluffton's senior artists prove their talents with awards at LeadingAge show

Icon viewers know that art abounds in Bluffton.

Several artist elders at Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio proved that fact through their winning efforts in the LeadingAge 2015 Northwest District Art and Writing Show held June 18 at Mennonite Memorial Home.

The following residents were winners in this year’s show:
Fine Arts 1
First place – Della Salter, MSC Cedric

Fine Arts 2
Second place – Harold Storrer, Keep ‘em Flying

Maple Crest dedicates Memory Garden and pier project

Maple Crest Senior Living Community, Bluffton, dedicated a memory garden, pier and screened house, on June 9.

The $72,000 project and was raised from contributions from 150 donors. Donations were financial and in-kind gifts.

Nearly 75 elders, family members and friends attended the dedication.

A task force of Maple Crest elders including Bob Bowersox, Joanne Niswander, JoAnn and Art Hilty, Clarence Kooker and Burton Yost provided guidance and ideas for the project. 

Daren Lee and Doug Luginbill provided staff leadership to the task force. 

Lima Concert Band performs at MMH concert on the lawn June 27

Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., invites the public to its annual “Concert on the Lawn”, Saturday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m.

"Come and enjoy the music of the Lima Area Concert Band Come and help us celebrate Mennonite Memorial Home’s 60th anniversary," said Laura Voth, Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio CEO.

The concert will include music from the 1950’s and 1960’s in addition to some patriotic selections.  Bring a lawn chair and an appetite. There will be free ice cream, popcorn and beverages along with the fellowship of family and friends.