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July 29, 2014


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Joyfulaires Quartet performs at Riley Creek Baptist Aug. 10

Riley Creek Baptist Church will host the Joyfulaires Quartet during their 10:30 a.m. worship service and for a full concert beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10, accoridng to Dave Lanquist, pastor.

"The Joyfulaires Quartet is one of the finest southern gospel groups in America and is known for their excellent harmony and tremendous gift to minister," said Lanquist.


Larry and Judy Reichenbach observe 50th anniversary Aug. 10

Larry and Judy Reichenbach, Tom Fett Road, Bluffton, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 10, at The Centre in Bluffton.

Rev. Drummond married the couple Aug. 15, 1964, in the Congregational Church, Union Grove, Wisc.

Larry graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1964 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He retired as CEO and plant manager of Roger’s Triem, Carborro, North Carolina.

Judy graduated from Union Grove High School and is a homemaker.


PrimeTimers meet Aug. 5 at St. John Mennonite

The next PrimeTimers event takes place at noon, Tuesday, Aug. 5, at St. John Mennonite Church, 15988 Road 4, Pandora. 

PrimeTimers is a monthly non-denominational gathering that includes a time of fellowship, lunch and entertainment. The featured guests this month will be the youth groups from Ebenezer Mennonite and St John Mennonite. 

The Ebenezer youth group will share about their experiences at the Black Mountain Home for Children in North Carolina, while the St. John youth group will share about their trip to Detroit working with Motown Mission. 

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.