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April 29, 2016


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University student garage sale Saturday 10-2

Here's a "different" kind of Bluffton garage sale. It's a Bluffton University campus-wide sale.

You'll find it from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 30, in Burky Gym, which is part of Founders Hall.

Items include students selling lofts, furniture, dorm decor, clothing, etc. The garage sale is hosted by Bluffton University Business Leaders Club


A Bluffton you never knew: Why Lawn Avenue was once called Mill Street

Note: The Icon acquired a manuscript titled “A Brief History of Bluffton’s Industrial Developments.” This publication was prepared by the classes in Marketing and Small Business Administration from Bluffton College, under the director of Dr. Howard Raid. Publication date is May 1959. We’ve updated some current addresses so viewers may identify locations mentioned. The manuscript was given to the Icon by the Ropp Triplett family.

“Uncle Billy” Lewis Brickyard
1840s to 1900


1948 Bluffton school board members

Members of the Bluffton school board in 1948 are from left, Paul Diller, Norman Triplett, Carl Derringer (standing), James West, clerk; Levi Althaus (standing), and Leland Diller, board president. 

Stratton Greenhouses spring open house this weekend

It's time to get serious about spring flowers and veggies.

Stratton's Greenhouses will hold a spring open house Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1, at the greenhouses located at 9915 Lincoln Highway, Bluffton.

According to Susie and Steve Stratton, "We have an entire line of vegetables, proven winner plants, wave petunias, trees and shrubs for all your landscaping needs."

The open house includes drawings, food and special offers.


Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Co. expanding to Lima

Bluffton-based Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Co. is announcing plans to open a Lima store in the fall of 2016.

The store, co-anchoring a newly-constructed retail plaza at 435 S. Eastown Rd., will be the company’s fifth location overall, and second corporate store alongside the flagship location in downtown Bluffton.

Co-founder and CEO Pete Suter said the newest location is the result of a history of strong ties between the Shirley’s brand and the Lima community.


Louise Cantwell volunteered over 2,000 hours at Bluffton Hospital

A. Louise Cantwell, 91, died April 27, 2016, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Louise was born Oct. 4, 1924, in Three Rivers, Michigan, to the late Lester and June (Baxter) Luse.  On April 29, 1950, she married Leslie Cantwell, Jr. who preceded her in death on Nov. 29, 1989.


Homer Miller was a WWII Army Air Force pilot

Homer Edward Miller, 92, died April 28, 2016, at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton.  Homer was born May 27, 1923 in Gomer, Ohio, to the late Homer and Cecile (Rigdon) Miller who preceded him in death. On May 2, 1947, he married Dorothy (Davis) Miller who survives.

Homer was a lifetime farmer and retired as a tool and die maker from Superior Coach in Lima.  He was a pilot in the Army Air Force during World War II.  Homer was a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge #72 in Delphos and member of the Allen County Farm Bureau.  He was a graduate of Gomer High School.


Softball splits at Manchester

April 27, 2016

Game 1 Stats  I  Game 2 Stats

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. - The Bluffton University softball team lost a 1-0 decision to Manchester in game one before snapping a five-game skid with a 4-1 victory over the Spartans in the nightcap. Bluffton moved to 15-21 overall and 3-11 in the Heartland Conference, while Manchester stands 19-15 and 8-8 in the HCAC.

Arrowheads, si fi, music, Teddy and lots more in May at the library

Bluffton Public Library is the place to be in May, as the library calendar is full of programs. Here's a brief overview.

For a complete schedule, click here.

Just an elementary Skype - from New Zealand to Bluffton

A former Bluffton elementary student, Mia Pannabecker, moved with her family to New Zealand this past fall. Her older brother is Seth, and older sister is Kate.

Beth and Ray Raeburn recently arranged for a time for Mia to Skype with her former class at Bluffton elementary.  The photo shows Mia Skyping.

Mia's parents, Tim and Jo Pannabecker, wrote on Facebook: "We woke Mia soon after 6 a.m., so she would be ready at 6:20 a.m.. Was great to hear Mia talking with her former teacher and classmates."