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July 22, 2019

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National Night Out needs you!

Your invitation to volunteer for a great cause

The 6th annual Bluffton/Pandora National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 6. The evening includes food and snacks, plenty of give-a-ways, fire truck displays and rides, face painting, bounce houses, live music.

3 Bluffton youth attend National Youth Leadership Forum

Adelyn hopes to go into forensics, Ethan wants to be a scientist and develop medicine and Kennedy would like to be an astronaut

This summer, three Bluffton youngsters received a head-start on their careers.

Adelyn Althaus, Kennedy Longworth and Ethan Smith joined other outstanding elementary students from across Ohio to participate in a unique academic and career-oriented development experience at Bowling Green State University.

The experience was the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Pathways to STEM.

Adelyn is the daughter of Andy and Danielle Althaus, Kennedy is the daughter of Kurt and Sabrina Longworth, and Ethan is son of Joe and Liz Smith, all of Bluffton.


Hilda Young was a lifelong local resident

Hilda M. Young, 89, died July 21, 2019, at Bridge Hospice Care Center in Bowling Green, Ohio. Hilda was born Nov. 23, 1929, in Ada to the late Coy and Mabel (Scoles) Binkley.  On Oct. 15, 1948, she married Edison "Eddie" Young and they were married for 62 years prior to his death on Oct. 27, 2011.


Community picnic Sunday at Buckeye

First United Methodist, Rockport UMC hosting the picnic

Icon viewers are invited to a community picnic hosted by First United Methodist Church, Bluffton, and  Rockport United Methodist Church.

The picnic is at 5 p.m., Sunday, July 28, at the Buckeye park.  Members of the host congregations will bring hot and cold dishes to share.

In case of inclement weather watch for signs at the park. In that event the picnic will take place in the First United Church fellowship hall located at 116 Church Street. The picnic is open to the public and it includes music, worship, food, fellowship and games.


Wilma Sanyi was a retired officer manager at Lima Memorial Hospital

Wilma J. Sanyi, 83, died July 20, 2019, at her residence. Wilma was born July 19, 1936, in Beaverdam to the late Raymond and LaDonna (Williams) Zimmerman.  On July 24, 1990, she married Julius "Jay" Sanyi who preceded her in death on Oct. 19, 2010.


E & R confirmation class 1956

Here's the confirmation class at St. John's E & R Church (United Church of Christ) in 1956.

From from left, Cathy Basinger and James Swank.

Second row from left, Linda Mericle, Ruth Badertscher, Shirley Frantz, Sandra Diller, Nancy Geiger and Nancy Montgomery.

Top from left, James Jordan, Steve Herr, Lee Badertscher, Rev. Vernon C. Oppermann, Don Deerhake, Keith Baker and Ronald Zimmerly.