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July 30, 2014


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Letter: Condolences to family and friends of Ralf Bronnenmeier

Icon viewers:

On behalf of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce, we would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Ralf, the employees and co-workers at Grob, members of the Bluffton community, and to all those impacted by this tragedy. 

We had the opportunity to host Ralf at a recent chamber meeting and he left a lasting impression with all in attendance.  It was obvious he was passionate about Grob and all the exciting projects happening at Grob. 

Ralf: an electrical engineer at heart, a CEO by profession, but his high school wrestler’s boyish grin made him one of us

In May the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce invited Ralf Bronnenmeier as a guest breakfast speaker.

Our experience inviting speakers falls in one of three categories:
1  the invitee needs to think about it and get back to us later,
2  the invitee needs to check his calendar and get back to us later,
  (Categories 1 and 2 require a second phone call to the invitee for a definite yes or no)
3 the invitee asks, “Why do you want me as your speaker?”

We invited Ralf and his response was none of the above. It was immediate.


Meet Lifeguard Levi Mikesell

Lifeguard Levi Mikesell 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.


Adult volunteer opportunities to mentor Cory-Rawson elementary students

Icon viewers are invited to "take the chance to explore our world" by volunteering in a school-based mentoring program offered by Children's Mentoring Connection for  Cory-Rawson School or Jacobs Primary School, Findlay.

This after -school program will kick-off in September and the program invites persons to consider becoming a volunteers.

Some of the planned activities include aim for the stars: bottle rockets, mad scientist, international food and culture.

Lots of music at Saturday's Farmers' Market as Krysti' Music Studio presents Campus Life performation

Krysti’s Music Studio presents its seventh annual Krysti’s/Campus Life performation from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Bluffton Farmers’ Market.

The event is a fundraiser for Bluffton-Pandora Youth for Christ/Campus Life program.

“You may come and go as you like,” said Krysti Schey. “There will be continual musical entertainment throughout the event provided by my students.”


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.