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November 26, 2015

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Paul Dyck is this year's Blaze "switch-hitter" MHCO representatives serve as parade marshals

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO), celebrating its 60th annivesary year, will be recognized during the Saturday, Nov. 28, Blaze of Lights.

Terry Mullenhour, chairperson of the Village Cultural Affairs Committee, who choses the switch hitter and parade marshals said that the committee chose MHCO because of their anniversary year and their long committment of service to the community.

Paul Dyck, retired administrator, is this year's "switch hitter." In addition, several residents and associates serve as parade marshals.

Bluffton Community Assistance Program has families to adopt for Christmas

The Bluffton Community Assistance Program is busy at this time of year. Here’s a chat the Icon had with Jamie Crawfis, who directs the  program's food pantry.

Jamie, what does the food pantry do for clients during Thanksgiving?

We have Thanksgiving dinners coming from the Bluffton University nutrition students. Those dinners were delivered on Nov. 21.

We also give gift cards so that our clients can buy either a turkey or ham and some other items to make a Thanksgiving dinner.

Put your display on the map - and enter the Bluffton residential lighting contest

Here's two important announcements from the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce to Bluffton residents with holiday lawn displays.

Blanchard River Watershed Partnership holds annual meeting

The Blanchard River Watershed Partnership (BRWP) held their annual meeting on November 18, 2015 at the Hancock Agricultural Center. After a short business meeting, Ryan Sendelbach, Hancock Health Department, Jeff Giesige and Curt Tobe, Putnam SWCD, and Jason Phillips, Village of Ottawa, presented short talks on how important the BRWP is to their agency or village.

Bluffton's Blaze of Lights set for Saturday, Nov. 28 - be there!

Here's everything you need to know about Bluffton's Blaze of Lights taking place on Saturday, Nov. 28.

The Blaze of Lights is more than just a one-day event. In addition to the events taking place on Nov. 28, it includes these elements that continue nightly through Jan. 1:

• the Ream folk art holiday display
• the Gift of Giving light show extravaganza
• Bluffton Main Street business district Christmas window displays
• a tour of Bluffton’s residential yard lighting

Apollo school board meets Nov. 23

The Apollo school board will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 23. The agenda is an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Survey shows wide-spread agreement for Shannon Cemetery memorial made of tombstones; not replacement of 'stones where they were found

Results from the Shannon Cemetery Commission survey reveal wide-spread agreement across the Bluffton community for support for a memorial made of tombstones, but not for replacement of the tombstones to where they were found.

The findings of the survey created by commission member Harriet Moyer were released at the most recent meeting of the commission.

The survey offered four concepts for participants to rate.

The concept receiving the most votes follows:

Bluffton Hospital earns national recognition for excellence in quality, outcomes, patient perspectives and financial strength

Bluffton Hospital has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in quality, outcomes, patient perspectives and financial strength, reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation.

St. Rita's Health Partners break ground for $1 million Ada Family Medicine facility

St. Rita’s Health Partners broke ground at noon on Monday at 604 W. North Ave., for what will become Mercy Health Ada Family Medicine.

The project, estimated at a cost of $1 million, will result in a family practice open to the needs of the Ada community. It is located between the Ada schools and the Van Crest of Ada nursing home, currently under construction. It is anticipated to be open in April 2016.

Red Cross blood drive Dec. 3 at First Mennonite Church

A Red Cross blood drive will be held Thursday, Dec. 3, from noon-6 p.m. at First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton. Parking is available and the church is handicapped accessible.

Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “fmennbl” to schedule your blood donation appointment. On the day of the blood drive, be prepared to show a donor card, driver's license, or other form(s) of ID.