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May 26, 2015


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That's one high flying flag. How did it get there?


Persons attending Bluffton's Memorial Day service at Maple Grove Cemetery couldn't help but miss Bluffton's tallest-ever flying American flag.

Here's a close-up view. Check the photo below for the long view to better understand the height of this red, white and blue symbol.

How did it get there?

Bluffton resident Navy Reservist Nathan Ulrey of Arbor Elite LCC Trimming Service was the  mastermind behind the flag display.


Here's what's happening in Bluffton in June

Lots of events take place in Bluffton during June. Here's the Icon's list of events of interest, open to the public.

• Farmers’ Market, Citizens National Bank parking lot - Saturdays, 8:30 - noon
• BFR adventure camps – June 2, 4, 9, 11, 18, 23, 25, 30


Vera Brien was retired from Lugibihl Auto and Truck Sales,

Vera L. Brien, 89 of Bluffton died at 4:25 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the Bluffton Mennonite Memorial Home. 

She was born in Columbus, Feb. 25, 1926, to the late James H. and Cleo (Graves) Dyer.  On July 18, 1945, she married Lester Brien and he survives.


Pomp and Circumstance for the 134th annual time: meet the BHS class of 2015

This community's oldest annual tradition, Bluffton High School Commencement, continued on May 23 for the 134th time.

The Bluffton High School class of 2015 received diplomas as did 133 classes before it.

The familiar names of Basinger, Burkholder, Garmatter, Geiger, Huber, Luginbuhl, Neuenschwander, Parkins, Schmutz, Schumacher, Spallinger, Stratton and Zimmerman were joined by Markowski, Thierjung and Zarazua as the 2015 ceremony is now history.

Attached is a list of members of the 2015 graduates plus the future plans of those graduates.


Bluffton HS grad Hannah Chappell-Dick takes third at Division III national championships

Bluffton High School graduate Hannah Chappell-Dick ran a huge PR and finished in third in the 1500m at the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships on Saturday in Canton, N.Y.  

She took more than three seconds of her best time, finishing in 4:27.25 on the national stage and within a second of the national champion. Her previous PR, which had been the ODAC record, was 4:30.97. She now has whacked 5.58 seconds off the old ODAC record, set by Roanoke's Carmen Graves at 4:32.83.


Here’s what’s cooking at Jeanne’s Kitchen, May 26-29

Here’s what’s cooking at Jeanne’s Kitchen, May 26-29.


Italian chicken soup
Cabbage rolls with side salad
Quiche with side salad
Salmon arugula salad

Baked potato soup
Perch platter
Meatloaf sandwich
Strawberry salad with chicken

Tomato bisque
Stuffed pepper with side salad
Eggplant Parmesan
Spinach turkey salad

Beth Schumacher was a Pandora-Gilboa High School graduate

Beth E. Schumacher, 67 died May 24, 2015, at Bluffton Hospital. She was born April 29, 1948, in Bluffton to the late Harry and Juanita (Weber) Schumacher.

She was a graduate of Pandora-Gilboa High School.

Survivors include three sisters Dawn Atkinson of Pandora, Tammy (Bill) Anderson of Cridersville, Prudence (Mike) George of Leipsic; three nephews Ryan Atkinson, Matt Honigford, Tomas George; four nieces Amy Higley, Chris Grake, Katie Anderson, Joy Houston; and twelve great nieces and nephews.


Phillip Kingsley taught psychology at Bluffton University for 18 years; was president of Swiss Community Historical Society

Phillip R. Kingsley, 72, died May 22, 2015, at 9:55 a.m. at Frieda House, Willow Ridge Drive, Bluffton, Ohio. For the past two years he suffered the progressive diminishments of ALS.

He was born Oct. 21, 1942, in Kendallville, Ind., to Leonard and Velma (Emmert) Kingsley who preceded him in death. On Dec. 27, 1966, he married Judith Hilty Kingsley.


Four concerts on the lawn planned at Presbyterian Church

Bluffton Presbyterian Church has four concerts on the lawn planned this summer and fall.

Feature performers include Jayne McGarrity, piano; Dave Sycks, trumpet; Linda Sycks, oboe; Jerry Szabo, oboe; Julia Szabo, voice; and Dave Good, keyboards.

The free concerts are at 9:30 a.m. on the third Saturdays in July through October. The dates are:
• July 18
• Aug. 15
• Sept. 19
• Oct. 17

This summer the congregation will host the Community Vacation Bible School, sponsored by Bluffton Area Ministerial Association. VBS is from July 19 to 23.


Dorothy Town, 1932-2015

Dorothy Faye Town, 83 died May 22, 2015 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. Dorothy was born January 16, 1932 in Tippecanoe, Ind. to the late Charles and Donnis (Smith) Fisher. On October 18, 1951 she married Robert Town and he survives.

Dorothy was an amazing homemaker.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, vacationing, her flowers and was a graduate of Tippecanoe High School in Indiana.