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MHCO Winner of “Excellence in Service” Award

   Each year, LeadingAge Ohio invites nominations for various awards, which are formally presented at the annual fall conference.  This year, Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) was selected as the winner of the “Excellence in Service (Best Practices)” award, which was presented at a luncheon on September 12, 2013 during the LeadingAge Ohio annual conference in Columbus.  

New Director Settles in at Bluffton Child Development Center

by Austin Arnold   On August 1, 2013, Lauren Osting took over as director of the Bluffton Child Development Center (BCDC), replacing Mary Painter, who held the position for over 20 years.

Lions Donate Their Time to Provide Free Vision Screenings

   The Mission of the Ohio Lions Vision Screening Program is to aid in the fight to prevent blindness. Through early detection and treatment, most common disorders that can lead to blindness can be corrected.
   Throughout the past two weeks, Bluffton Lions members screened over 200 children in Pandora, Bluffton and elsewhere in Allen County. Nearly 10 percent of the children screened are given recommendations to have their parents consult an optometrist or ophthalmologist.

The Black Lab Trading Company Celebrates 15th Anniversary

   What started as a family adventure in 1998 has turned into 15 years of an established business in downtown Bluffton.  Ben Sprunger bought the historic building located at 121 N. Main that has housed many businesses over the 100 plus years of its existence, such as an Opera house, general mercantile store, Basinger Furniture, Jan’s and others.  His daughter, Julie Stratton, decided to open a store that not only housed a business but was home for others who wanted to sell hand-crafted items, furniture, florals and antiques.

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