September 30, 2014


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Wesley Yoakam was a 1969 Bluffton College graduate

Wesley Eugene Yoakam, 67 of Bluffton, died at 7:40 a.m. Sept. 29, 2014 at Bridge Hospice, Findlay. He was born  March 26, 1947, in Bluffton to Doyt A. and Leah Pauline Clum Yoakam who preceded him in death.

Mr. Yoakam was a 1965 graduate of LaFayette-Jackson High School. He was the class valedictorian. He then attended Bluffton College and graduated in 1969 with a B.S. in English Education.


Red hot cinnamon and S'mores are October's flavors of the month at Shirley's

Shirley's Gourmet Popcorn Co., 117 S. Main St., Bluffton, announces two special flavors of the month for October.

Thoses special flavors are:
• Red Hot Cinnamon
• S'mores


Icon wants to know your favorite horror flick

By Torie Wright, Icon intern
My favorite time of year is now. Fall’s weather is perfect and we also celebrate my favorite holiday: Halloween. We’re about a month away from seeing costumed kiddos roaming the streets, but it’s just the right time for getting into spooky movies.

I challenge you this: starting now, watch one horror movie per week. On October 31, report back to us at the Icon with your list of movies watched and tell us which one was your absolute favorite!


50 BHS homecomings ago


Before we allow Bluffton High School's homecoming to fade, here's the BHS homecoming court of one-half century ago, 1964 to be exact.

Front from left: Judy Suter, sophomore; Sandy Dillman, queen; Kay Motter, senior attendant. 

Second row from left: Pat Carter, junior; Mary Jane Baker, freshman. 

This is a classic Leland Gerber Studio photo

Northwest Physical Therapy offers free screenings during October

Northwest Physical Therapy, Inc. will offer free therapy screens to the public during the month of October. These screens will be available at all four outpatient locations in Delphos, Ottawa, Bluffton and Lima.

A physical therapy screening takes approximately 10-15 minutes and will be performed by a licensed clinician. A therapy screening helps identify issues that may be causing unnecessary pain.

"Having a heart for teaching" subject of Oct. 7 forum

BLUFFTON, Ohio—A retired educator in Lima and Findlay will discuss what “having a heart for teaching” means in today’s world during a Bluffton University Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

‘Andrea King, now assistant to the director of teacher education at Bluffton, will address “Teaching on the Edge: Is Having a Heart for Teaching Enough?” beginning at 11 a.m. in Founders Hall. Her presentation is free and open to the public.

Messiah rehearsals to begin Oct. 7 in Mosiman Hall

BLUFFTON, Ohio—Rehearsals for Bluffton University’s 119th performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 7, in the Gilliom Room of Mosiman Hall.

Anyone interested in singing, from high school students to adults, is welcome to join the rehearsals, which will lead to the traditional Advent-season performance at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in Founders Hall. Joining the chorus will be professional orchestra players and vocal soloists.

Concert to feature two choirs, band on Oct. 5

BLUFFTON, Ohio—Bluffton University will hold a concert featuring its Camerata Singers, University Chorale and Concert Band at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in Yoder Recital Hall.

The performance, part of Homecoming weekend activities at Bluffton, is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be taken for music scholarships during intermission.

What’s Cooking at Jeanne’s Kitchen, Sept. 29-Oct. 3

OPEN at 8:00 a.m.

We serve fresh homemade pastry and coffee Tuesday-Friday mornings, starting at 8:00 a.m. We have different breakfast specials every day as well as our regular menu items. Carry out or eat in.

LUNCH SPECIALS for Sept. 30-Oct. 3

Tomato bisque
Stuffed pepper with side salad
Pork tenderloin sandwich

Butternut squash soup
Perch platter
Meatloaf sandwich

Still time to enter a float in the Nov. 29 Blaze parade - here's a sneak peek at this year's event

“Happy Holidays!”

Plans for the year’s Bluffton Blaze of Lights are underway. This year’s 28th annual Thanksgiving weekend event is Saturday, Nov. 29, using the theme “Happy Holidays!”


The Blaze is an event sponsored by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce. Fred Steiner, chamber director, said, “Most people think of the Blaze as a one-evening event. It’s really the entire holiday season because several events take place until New Years.”