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Melissa Bischoff worked at Bluffton Vet Center for 12 years

She was a 1993 graduate of Ada HS

Melissa R. Bischoff, 46, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at 7:11 p.m. at her residence in Bluffton.

She was born on Oct. 2, 1974, in Lima, Ohio, to Steven and Theresa (Russell) Kidd.  Her father preceded her in death and her mother and step father, Theresa and Craig Crouse survive in Ada. On July 21, 1996, Melissa married Joseph Bischoff II and he survives in Bluffton.


Ruth Naylor: My story on killing and dressing a chicken

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Ruth Naylor writes: 

This vivid memory illustrates quite well how times have changed since the early Fifties.

Miss Edna Ramseyer, Bluffton College professor,  required all members of the Foods Class to KILL, dress, and cook a chicken. At home, we raised chickens and marketed them (fresh dressed, cut-up or whole) every weekend.


My New Year Resolutions

I hope that we can collectively grow as a community this year. Feel free to share your goals in the comments below

By Amelia Alexander
Note: The Icon intended to post this on Dec. 31, but our Webfaction host site technical issues put us behind.
2020 has been a chaotic year to say the least.

The majority of us are relieved that it is coming to a close. Obviously, the problems of 2020 are not gone. The pandemic is still here, and the protests during the summer did not cure our country of racism. However, I think that things are looking hopeful. 2020 has been painful, but I think that we are headed in the right direction.


This week's list

Several new “Help Wanted” advertisements are now listed on Bluffton and Ada Icons. Check Icon Classified Ad pages at: www.blufftonicon.com/classifieds.

New opening are added to this list daily. Businesses interested in listing positions available should contact info@blufftonicon.com.


Second round of covid-19 vaccinations at MHCO

This follows first round for staff and residents in late December

Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio has scheduling its second round of covid-19 vaccination clinics, according to Jason Cox.

The clinics are administered by CVS health, who visit MHCO campuses. The vaccines are available to all residents and staff who choose to receive it.

The next clinics are at Mennonite Memorial Home on Tuesday, Jan. 12, Hilty Home on Wednesday, Jan. 13, and Willow Ridge on Tuesday, Jan 19.

In addition, the first clinic at Maple Crest’s main building is Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Last-second Eachus trey lifts Lady Pirates over Paulding

BHS improved to 7-6 and 2-2 in NWC with the upset victory • Paulding dropped to 9-3 (3-1 NWC) and 2nd in the league

By Cort Reynolds
BLUFFTON - Bluffton's Riley Eachus stole the ball and canned a three-point shot at the buzzer to give Bluffton a 51-48 upset win over league leader Paulding  in a Northwest Conference girls basketball thriller Thursday night.

The Lady Panthers led 11-6 after the first period, but Bluffton rallied to a 25-21 halftime edge. Five Pirate girls scored in their 19-10 second quarter run.

Bluffton held a 38-36 third quarter edge after a close 15-13 stanza.