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Give a $1 and help celebrate library lover's month

By making a $1 donation, Bluffton Public Library patrons will receive a paper heart to display at the library during the month of February. All donations benefit the library's 2010 "Buck$ for Book$" campaign, which will be used to purchase new reading materials for patrons.

In addition, patrons may enter the "Library Lovers' Date Night Drawing" during the month of February. One patron will win four movie passes to the Shannon Theatre as well as a bag of Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn.


10 MMH residents blow out birthday candles in February

Several residents of the Mennonite Memorial Home celebrate birthdays in February.

Those residents are:

2 - Helen Edinger

4 - Lee Lehman

4 - Betty Bash

8 - Margaret Augsburger

9 - Ken Bordner

10 - Ruth Mary Kain

12 - Mary Ellen Reichenbach

14 - Gene Basinger

14 - Vera Basinger

24 - Esther McKitrick

New residents to MMH are:

Virginia Spillman

Harry Burkholder

Robert Lamb

Violet Moser

Betty Steiner


Icon now offers Bluffton income tax forms

The Bluffton Icon now offers a helpful service for persons needing copies of the Bluffton income tax form. In cooperating with the Village of Bluffton, the Bluffton tax forms may be downloaded from The Icon.

To download copies of the form, simply go to the Icon home page. The files are available on the right column just above the "More Inside" bar.

Any resident of Bluffton 16 years or older is required to file a return with the tax office, (income becomes taxable at age 16). Bluffton School District tax is not filed or remitted through the Village of Bluffton tax office.

Game review: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

By Andr'e Swartley

Issue #10
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Developer: Bioware
Publisher: Lucasarts
Platform: Mac, PC, Xbox
Rating: T for Teen

It's difficult to explain to someone who didn't live through the 1980s just how quickly and completely Star Wars saturated our culture during that decade. All of my friends, male and female, had Star Wars action figures, lunch boxes, breakfast cereal, bed sheets, underpants, etc.


Aphaphanh Nussbaum named chair of 2010 chamber of commerce

Aphaphanh Nussbaum of Ten Thousand Villages is the new Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce chair for 2010. Brendon Matthews held the position in 2009. He continues on the board. The chamber board reorganized on Jan. 29.

Other new officers include Julia Szabo, secretary, Judy Augsburger (continuing as treasurer), Robert Neff (continuing as economic development chair), Jamie Mehaffie (continuing as investor benefits chair), and Mandy Kinn, pro-active business voice chair. Other board members are Luke Young and Matt Luke.

50,000 pounds of wool wanted

Bluffton's Russell Hotel

Click on photo to enlarge.

Here's an extremely rare glimpse of Main Street Bluffton prior to 1900. The photograph is a tintype measuring 6 1/2 by 9 inches. Of all the tintype photos taken of Bluffton, this is the largest we've ever seen.

The photograph shows the Russell Hotel. It was once located where the Citizens National Bank is today on the west side of Main Street. There are other photos of the hotel that can be seen in early Bluffton post cards of Main Street.

Red Cross blood drive Feb. 4 at First Mennonite

First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, will host a Red Cross blood drive this week at the church. The drive is from noon to 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4. For more details on how to donate check here.


Fortune magazine recognizes Edward Jones financial services; Ron Michel: "Gratifying honor"

For additional information about the company, contact Michel or Alliman at 419-358-2622. The Bluffton office is at 107 S. Main St.

The financial-services firm Edward Jones ranked number 2 on Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For 2010" list in its 11th year on the list, according to Ron Michel and Mark Alliman, financial advisors in Bluffton.

Letter: From Icon reader Jane Yoder, Louisville

Hi Fred and Mary:

Just a quick note from Louisville...I just LOVE your website and check it out quite often! Nancy Yeager told me about it soon after you were up and running. What a great way for so many of us former Blufftonites to keep in touch with Bluffton! I really appreciate what you and your staff are doing.

Re: the historical picture of the Methodist Episcopal Church Choir...I am wondering if the signature on the back belonged to Harl "Choppy" Mann who was married to Pearl Bogart Mann.


February worship schedule at MMH released

February's worship service schedule at the Mennonite Memorial Home for February was recently announced. All services are in the Home's chapel. The schedule follows:

Sunday services at 9:30 a.m

Feb. 7 - Bill Herr

Feb. 14 - Duane Bollenbacher

Feb. 21 - Bill Herr

Feb. 28 - Bill Herr

Tuesday evening services at 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 2 - Wayne Albertson, Ada First United Methodist

Feb. 9 - John Foster, Trinity United Methodist