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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.

MMH host to regional state-wide art and writing show June 18

Almost 1,000 seniors from across the state are putting finishing touches on manuscripts, poems, paintings, sculptures and other works of art in preparation for the annual regional and state-wide Art and Writing Shows sponsored by LeadingAge Ohio. 

The Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, will host the Northwest Region competition on Thursday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., which is open to the public.

MMH June church service schedule announced

The June church service schedule is set at Mennonite Memorial Home. It follows:

Sundays, 9:30 a.m.
7th - Bill Herr
14th - Mike Downey
21st - Bill Herr
28th - D.J. Fuerstenau

Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
2nd - Jack Duffy, First Baptist, Ada
9th - Brandon Mayden, Bethel Church of Christ
23rd - David Lanquist, Riley Creek Baptist
30th - Don Clinger

Nearly 100 guests at Maple Crest's Pockets and Posies tea

“Pockets and Posies” was the title of the Maple Crest Ladies’ Tea held Mother's Day weekend.  

“Pockets” stood for the pockets found on many aprons, once-upon-a-time, when aprons were needed for everything from carrying in fresh apples from the orchard to wiping ones brow after a day of canning. 

The speaker, Pat Danner, from Fostoria, arrived in her mother’s apron and expounded upon all the ways that the apron had been used. Maple Crest elders and their guests, as well as the servers for the day, also came in aprons, many of which had special significance. 

Granddaughter of Larry and Ginny Moser is MHCO scholarship winner

Audrey Bowsher is the 2015 winner of the Barbara Fleming Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, Bluffton and Pandora (MHCO). 

Audrey will graduate from Spencerville High School and Apollo Career Center. She plans to attend Pensacola Christian College in the fall, pursuing a degree in nursing. 

She is the daughter of Ron and Cindy Bowsher of Spencerville. She is the granddaughter of Larry and Ginny Moser of rural Columbus Grove and of the late Layton and Ruth Bowsher. 

Phil Kingsley: Communicating with "the blink of an eye"

The current issue of "The Visioneer," a publication of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, is now on The Icon. The lead article follows. To view the entire issue open the attachment at the bottom of this story.

Phil Kingsley, author of the following reflection, communicates using smart technology. “My speech generation computer enables me to (communicate) with blinks of my left eye,” he states.

A Pandora "Mommy and Me Party" on April 18 that you won't want to miss

Hilty Preschool & Child Care will open their doors to direct sales consultants crafters on Saturday, April 18, for a “Mommy & Me Party.”  

The event, now in its second year, takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 pm at Hilty Preschool & Child Care, 304 Hilty Drive, Pandora. It is open to the public and will be for the entire family, with many vendors geared toward children. 

Over 400 volunteers donated 9,090 hours to MHCO in 2014

The invitation read: “Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio volunteers are like an assortment of ice cream flavors. You just make life happier for everyone!”

More than 140 volunteers responded to the invitation to the annual volunteer appreciation banquet held on April 8 at Ebenezer Mennonite Church.


Ready, set, go for the Easter eggs at the MMH - 10 a.m. sharp!

The Easter Bunny is coming to Bluffton on Saturday.

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) and Jerry Lewis’ McDonald’s will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. sharp, Saturday, March 28, at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton.

The Easter egg hunt will take place come rain or shine. There will be no rain date.
Children ages 8 and under are invited to come, hunt for hidden eggs, register for prizes, gift baskets and have their parents take their pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Hilty Home, Pandora, Easter egg hunt April 4

Hilty Home, Pandora, will host an Easter egg hunt on its front lawn on Saturday, April 4, at 10 a.m., sharp. There is no rain date. 

The event is sponsored by Hilty Home and Hilty Preschool and Child Care. Age groups for the hunt include: ages 3 and under, ages 4-6 and ages 7-10. There will be prizes for each of the 3 age groups.

Prize tickets will be hidden in three eggs of each age group. The Easter Bunny will also be present and parents are welcome to take their child's picture with him.