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April 25, 2019

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Meet the MHCO stars

They make all the difference


Elders, family members and staff nominated several Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) employees for LeadingAge Ohio STAR Awards. 

With the tagline, “You Make the Difference!” the STAR Awards are presented annually to create a moment of public recognition for front-line, non-management staff who care for our elderly population. 

STARS nominees, honored at an April 11 luncheon at Otterbein, St. Marys were:

Eleanor Linden Thurston of Indianapolis was a Bluffton HS graduate

Former Bluffton resident Eleanor Linden Thurston, 89, of Indianapolis, Indiana, died on April 18, 2019.

Born July 5, 1929, in Normal, Illinois to George W. Linden and Ruth (Lantz)
Linden. Ellie grew up in Bluffton, Ohio, and graduated from Bluffton High
School. She graduated from The College of Wooster, Ohio, and obtained her
master's in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University. As an
Occupational Therapist she helped polio patients in Durham, North Carolina
and Chicago, Illinois.


Caring for Your contacts

Proper cleaning and care of contact lenses may prevent eye infections and injury

Note: this article is provided by Ohio Northern University Healthwise Pharmacy.
Cleaning contact lenses incorrectly could have negative consequences for your health and vision.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns consumers to be cautious when caring for their contact lenses. This is particularly important when using contact solution that contains hydrogen peroxide.


Weekend doctor: Hemorrhoids

By Douglas Yoder, MD
Surgical Associates of Northwest Ohio
Health care providers frequently see patients who have noticed they have passed blood into the toilet. It can be surprising and distressing, but many people are not concerned and blame the bleeding on hemorrhoids.

The Bluffton Story - part 2

Written by Bluffton 6th graders in 1953-54

Note: Bluffton sixth graders in the 1953-54 school year (graduating class of 1960) created a booklet titled "The Bluffton Story." The following article is part of that booklet, which is now in the history collection at the Bluffton Public Library. This series continues each week on the Icon.
By Jerry Hilty and Ronald Zimmerly


BVHS Service of Remembrance held April 28

The eighteenth annual Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) Service of Remembrance will be held on Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Findlay, 2230 S. Main St., Findlay. 

This interfaith memorial service will honor BVHS patients and residents who passed away in 2018. All are welcome to attend the service, which will be followed by a reception.