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August 4, 2015


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Sales tax holiday Aug. 7-9 benefits back-to-school purchases

S.B. 243 enacted a one-time sales tax holiday to occur only in 2015. The holiday starts on Friday, Aug. 7, and ends on Sunday, Aug. 9.

During the holiday, the following items are exempt from sales and use tax:
•An item of clothing priced at $75 or less
•An item of school supplies priced at $20 or less; and
•An item of school instructional material priced at $20 or less.

Items used in a trade or business are not exempt under the sales tax holiday.

What items of clothing qualify?

State Representative Cupp in Bluffton Tuesday morning

State Representative Bob Cupp meet constituents in Bluffton at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4, in the Bluffton Public Library second floor meeting room.

Rep. Cupp will provide a brief update on legislative activity in the Ohio General Assembly during the past several weeks – including results of the 2016-2017 State Budget process. 

He will then be available to listen to public concerns and ideas regarding pending legislation or other topics that may be of interest to attendees.

Mt. Cory UMC Vacation Bible School Aug. 4-7

Members of the Mount Cory United Methodist Church are transforming the santuary for next week's Vacation Bible School, "Son Rise National Park."

Pre-registration will be Sunday, Aug. 2, at the Mount Cory Church, 300 N. Main, M at 6 p.m.  Bible School will run Aug 3 - 7 from 6 - 8 p.m. There will be a VBS program for the parents during the regular services on Sunday, Aug. 9, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church, followed by a Community Picnic at the BFLC following worship services.


Drop everything and plan to attend National Night Out at swimming pool - Tuesday

• Nashville Crush Trio performs from 8-9:30 p.m.
• Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Bluffton's second National Night Out is from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool, according to Matt Oglesbee of the Bluffton police department.

The department, in conjunction with the Pandora Police Department are in charge of the event and the Bluffton, Beaverdam and Pandora fire and EMS departments will participate.

Ka - BOOOOOOM! - 9:30 p.m. Tuesday - part of National Night Out (Free fireworks display!)

Bluffton’s fireworks, postponed in late June due to the weather, is rescheduled for 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Bluffton’s National Night Out celebration at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool.

The fireworks will cap off the National Night Out. The display should last between 20 and 30 minutes.

The National Night Out and fireworks will take place on Snider Road, Bluffton. Watch for a map indicating locations where people can watch the display.

Here's what's cooking at Jeanne's Kitchen Aug. 4-7

We are open for breakfast at 8 a.m., Tuesday-Friday and serve breakfast all day. Come in and try our Greek omelet or bacon, egg and cheese on our own ciabatta.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Minestrone soup
Roast beef Swiss & bacon melt
Turkey bacon avocado sub
Strawberry salad

Italian chicken soup
Fish platter
Tomato basil pasta with chicken
Asian sesame chicken salad

Were you in the 1980 BHS show choir?

Thirty-five school years ago this was the Bluffton High School show choir. 

The Icon needs help putting names to faces on this photo. Is Phil Burson the director?

We see the following: Ray Ruggley (second from left, front row), Wendy Shumaker (seated in front), John Shannon, (seated in front).

Top left, Cheryl Pannabecker, Jon Szabo, Mark Yoder. Dina Pannabecker on the left behind the drum set.

As always, we welcome comments and names of other members of the show choir.


Kelly Birchnaugh was a U.S. Army veteran

Kelly E. Birchnaugh, 65, died Aug. 1, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at his residence. Kelly was born May 13, 1950, in Bluffton to Joseph and Evelyn (Petty) Birchnaugh who preceded him in death. On July 11, 1986, he married Debra Dray Birchnaugh and she survives.

Kelly was a heavy equipment operator for Gerken Materials, Bluffton. He was a U.S. Army veteran. 


Karen Sue "Susie" Herr 1960-2015

Karen Sue (Susie) Herr, 54, died at 12:20 a.m. on Aug. 1 at Richland Manor nursing home in Bluffton.

Susie was born on Dec. 11, 1960, in Bluffton, to Donald and Mary Ann (Basinger) Herr who survive. She is survived by her sister Terry Numbers of Ada and brothers Bob (Sharon) Herr of Cairo, Mardy (Lisa) Herr of Bluffton, Jim (Robin) Herr of Bluffton, and Jeremy (Tracie) Herr of McComb. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 


Almira Downey was a Beaverdam HS and Ohio Northern University graduate

Almira M. (Moser) Downey, 85, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at Crestwood Care Center in Shelby, Ohio. She was born Oct. 11, 1929, in Beaverdam to the late Clair and Olof (Karrick) Moser.  On May 28, 1959, she married Russell E. Downey who preceded her in death on June 21, 1990.