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Steve Angel

August 16, 2017


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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.

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.