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Tree of Remembrance memorial service Dec. 7 at Centre

Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services will be holding a Tree of Remembrance Memorial Service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Bluffton Centre, 601 N. Main St.

The memorial service is for families and individuals who have lost a loved one this year or in years past.  The ornaments will be hung on the Christmas Tree and given to families at the end of the service.

Krysti's Music Studio students perform in several upcoming recitals

The music students of Krysti’s Music Studio will be showcasing their talents in several upcoming Christmas concerts.

"The students have been practicing and are eager to share their music! Instruments included throughout the recitals will be piano, voice, guitar, strings, and woodwinds.," said Schey.

Performers for Saturday, Nov. 29, 11 a.m. at Good Samaritan in Arlington are: Andrew Behrendt, Gracie Breidenbach, Owen Kohli, Eli Lehman, Jacob Lehman, Madison Newcomer, Bekah Rehm, Jonah Rehm, Micah Rehm, and Ian Rex.


David Greene of NRP radio has Wednesday evening book signing at Jeanne's Kitchen

David Greene of National Public Radio will have a book signing and will speak about his journey into the heart of Russia from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Jeanne’s Kitchen, 112 Vine St., Bluffton.

Greene is host of NPR’s Morning Edition and former NPR foreign correspondent based in Moscow. He is also the son-in-law of Peter and Jeanne Previte.

Greene’s book “Midnight to Siberia,” was recently released and is on the New York Times best seller’s list. Copies of his book will be available for sale during the evening.


Ferguson 'years in the making' says Bluffton professor

The aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, hasn’t surprised Dr. Walter Paquin, a Bluffton University faculty member.

“This is an event 20-plus years in the making,” says the assistant professor of social work. Paquin lived and conducted research in the area as a graduate student at Washington University in neighboring St. Louis, and revisited his study of black suburban neighborhoods this summer.

Watch out for the bike! Bluffton's on GOBA's 2015 tour route

Bluffton will be a one-day biker's paradise in June.

Bill Gordon, director of The 27th Annual Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA),
announced today that the 2015 tour, June 20-27, will feature a route in the northwestern
quadrant of Ohio, including an overnight stop in Bluffton. 


The expected 2,500 riders will start gathering for the tour on Saturday, June 20, at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds in Van Wert.

There's April in Paris; but it's nothing like December in Bluffton

December in Bluffton is busy. Here's a listing of many of the month's events that are opent to the public, compliments of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce.

All month
• Bluffton Blaze of Lights: Ream holiday folk art display on Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn, 6 to 11 p.m.

• Gift of Giving light school extravaganza, East College Avenue, 6 to 11 p.m.
• For free map showing lights of Bluffton visit www.explorebluffton.com


Meet the patron saint and protector of Bluffton's outdoor Christmas trees

If you need a Christmas tree decorated, call Larry Kinn. The Icon found Larry stringing lights on this tree in Common Grounds on Monday, at  the request of Phil Zimmerly.

Although quite modest, Larry admits to some interesting tree decorating projects in his long career. We don't know truth from falsehood here, but bear with us for a moment.

Once upon a time there stood a Christmas tree atop Salzman Stadium. It was Larry's pet project. Knowing, however, the temptation of college boys when the tree was erected, well, it soon disappeared. 


Did your great-grandparents attend Stager country school?


It was 112 school years ago.

Can you name the corner where Stager one-room schoolhouse once stood? If we are not mistaken it stood on the northwest corner of Bixel and Tom Fett Road between Bluffton and Pandora.

Stager was a combined school district for Richland Township number 10 and number 13.  

Here's a school card from the 1902-03 school yer. It also lists all the students and includes a photograph of Clara M. Greding, teacher. 

PrimeTimers Christmas party Dec. 2

PrimeTimers Fellowship will hold their annual Christmas party at noon, Tuesday, Dec. 2, at St. John Mennonite Church, 15988 Road 4, Pandora.

This is a monthly lunch gathering open to those 55 and older. This month’s menu is ham loaf, sweet potato casserole, scalloped corn, cranberry walnut bread, dessert and coffee.

PrimeTimers is a ministry of St. John Mennonite Church and Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio. For more information contact Kelly at 419-358-1015, ext. 102.

Bluffton PTO meeting moved to Dec. 2

The Bluffton PTO has rescheduled its December meeting, according to Melissa Knauss, president.

Due to the elementary band concert, the December meeting is moved to Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the elementary school library.