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Junior high Pirate girls' and boys' basketball teams recognized on Friday

Lots of spring sports-related activities get underway in March at the junior high level in Bluffton. But first, the successful junior high boys' and girls' basketball teams will be recognized on Friday, Feb. 27. Here's a list of several March events related to Bluffton middle school, from the school website.

JH boys' and girls' basketball recognition

Members of our Junior High boys and girls basketball teams will be recognized at halftime of the varsity boys' basketball game Friday, Feb. 27. Athletes who attend will get free admission to the game.  

It's a Bluffton garage sale weekend: Senior Center sale is Friday and Saturday

It's garage sale weekend in Bluffton.

The Bluffton Senior Center will break tradition by holding its annual garage sale a few months earlier than usual. This year the sale will be held from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.

The change in date is to coincide with the S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Clubs annual community garage/craft sale and chicken barbecue also held in Friday and Saturday.


BVHS offers scholarships

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) is offering educational scholarships to individuals pursuing health care careers. BVHS associates, current college students and high school seniors entering college are eligible to apply.

A complete list of scholarships, along with applications, deadlines, qualifications and contact information can be viewed at www.bvhealthsystem.org by clicking on the “Scholarships” link under the “Careers” menu.

Those who receive a BVHS scholarship may be required to make a commitment to the organization.

Warm someone's heart with fresh flowers

With Valentine's Day behind us, Connie Kruse of Town and Country Flowers, 121 S. Main St., Bluffton, reminds Icon viewers to warm someone's heart with fresh flowers.

Town and Country offers viewers a wide variety.

Town and Country Flowers
121 S. Main St.


Smith's Realty Professionals announce new listing

Larry Smith of Smith's Realty Professionals, 147 N. Main St., Bluffton, announces a new residential listing.

The listing is at 205 E. Main St., Beaverdam. The three-bedroom, 1 bath residence is listed at $59,00.

For more information on this listing open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Pianist to perform March 1 at Mt. Cory UM

Pianist Alsbrooks Smilth will be performing during the 10:30 a.m. worship service at the Mount Cory United Methodist Church, 300 North Main Street, Mount Cory, on Sunday March 1. Smith is currently a pianoteacher in Findlay and a member of St Mark's United Methodist Church. The former college music professor travels around the state performing at many Methodist churches. The service will be led by Pastor Mark Fuerstenau and
is open to the public.


ILR: Greek, art, books, gardens, musicals and bread, just for starters

Bluffton University’s Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR), an educational program for retirees, is offering 10 courses on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays this spring, beginning March 23.

Each course costs $50; the cost to take three or more is $100. Registration and, if applicable, course fees are due at the time of registration; the deadline is March 20. Most classes will meet in the ILR classroom, located in Shultz Hall of Riley Court on campus.

There's a chicken barbecue and a big indoor garage sale in Bluffton this weekend

Barbecue chicken and a big, indoor garage sale. What else might someone want on the last weekend of February?

The S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club of Bluffton sponsors its annual chicken barbecue and community garage and craft sale at The Centre, 601 N. Main St., Bluffton, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28.

Harlan's chicken barbecue takes place Friday, Feb. 27,  from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Centre.

The community garage sale occurs also at The Centre at Bluffton that same evening and on Saturday morning, Feb. 28.


Ralph Rammel: 1922-2015; well-known for creating rugs on the Senior Center loom

Ralph C. Rammel, 92, of Bluffton died at 6:43  p.m. Feb. 24, 2015, at Bluffton Hospital. He was born Dec. 25, 1922, in Ft. Recovery to the late John and Clara Homan Rammel. On Feb. 14, 1947 he married Geneva Blaksley who preceded him in death on April 24, 1990.


KISS concert at ONU? Sorry, you are 40 years too late!

A group of Ohio Northern University students and their professor are researching the concert and how it impacted the Ada community, according to Harry Wilson of ONU's management and information systems.

This May 9th marks the 40th anniversary of the event at ONU’s newly-built King Horn center. This was during KISS’ Dressed to Kill tour and they were on the verge of becoming very famous.

"We have reason to believe that KISS played Rock & Roll All Nite for the first time ever live at the ONU concert," said Wilson.