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July 29, 2014


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Thursday memorial service at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton, for Ralf Bronnemeier

A memorial service for Ralf Bronnemeier, Grob Systems CEO, who died in a plane accident on July 27, will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bluffton. Rev. David Ross will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Bluffton Food Pantry, P.O. Box 52, Bluffton, Ohio. 


Spectrum Salon host to Wednesday cash mob

Spectrum Salon, 422 N. Main St., is the host business for the Wednesday, July 30, Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce cash mob.

Cash mob hours are 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. During those hours the following discounts are available, according to Mandy Kinn, owner:

50 percent off any Body Sugaring service (excluding eyebrow and lip sugar) when a future appointment is scheduled during the cash mob hours:

• A variety of specials on hair products.

• A drawing will take place for a $25 shopping spree at Spectrum Salon given by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Julia Gable celebrates 95th birthday Aug. 6

Long-time resident Julia (Oppermann) Gable turns 95 on Aug. 6. Her family invites Icon viewers to send her a birthday greeting. Enclosing a short note would be great.

Her address is:
Julia Gable
Mennonnite Memorial Home
410 W. Elm St.
Bluffton, OH 45817  



Maxine McCafferty was a 1942 Pandora High School graduate

Maxine J. McCafferty, 90, died July 24, 2014, at 9:31 p.m. at her daughter's residence in Lima. She was born March 26, 1924, in Riley Township-Pandora to the late Clarence and Eddyth (West) Fridley. On Nov. 20, 1942, she married William J. "Bill" McCafferty who preceded her in death on Oct. 16, 2002.

She had worked in the cafeteria at Bluffton Elementary School and had previously worked at Triplett Corp., Bluffton. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and Bluffton Senior Citizens. She was a 1942 graduate of Pandora High School. 

Betty and Bernie Baumgartner win sweetheart shuffleboard tourney

The Bluffton Shuffleboard Club held its annual Sweetheart Tournament on July 26.

Twelve teams competed with Betty and Bernie Baumgartner of Pandora  finishing as the top Sweetheart team. 


"The Dark Crystal" today's library movie madness feature

"The Dark Crystal," a Jim Henson movie produced in the early 1980s, is the feature movie on today's "Monday Movie Madness" at the Bluffton Public Library.

The movie will be shown in the Richland Room at 1 p.m. today. It is free and popcorn is served. The movie is not recommended for youth younger than second grade.  

Grob CEO, Ralf Bronnenmeier, killed in plane crash near Findlay

Ralf Bronnenmeier, chief executive office of Bluffton’s Grob Systems, was killed in a small airplane accident around 1 a.m. on July 27, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash occurred near Findlay on Hancock County Road 18 between Cass Township Road 215 and Hancock County Road 18. This location is about five miles northeast of Findlay. The crash site spread along a one-half mile stretch of Hancock County Road 18.

Meet pool manager Liz Diller

Manager Liz Diller is part of the busy staff of managers and lifeguards at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool. Stay tuned to the Icon for daily photos of staff members.


United Way feature agency of the week: Bluffton Senior Citizens Center

This is part of a series of stories featuring local organizations that received Bluffton, Beaverdam, United Way funding.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 13.7 percent of the U.S. population is 65 or older. That number is expected to grow considerably. By the year 2056 the number of senior citizens will outnumber those younger than 18.

With the help of Allen County tax dollars, fundraisers and donations from individuals and organizations like the United Way, the Bluffton Senior Center is working to meet the needs of this growing population.

Groves Quality Collectibles has new owner - great discounts on merchandise on Saturday

Groves Quality Collectibles, 204 N. Main St., has a new owner.

And, during business hours this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., discounts are listed on many items.

The clearance sale on Saturday offer discounts of up to 50 percent on many of the items in the store.

The business was sold by Bob Wilch, current owner, to Dr. James Gideon. It is the intention of the new owner to close the business after Saturday. The business will reopen in a few weeks after a revamping of the merchandise.