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October 13, 2015


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Iconic Bakery: Easy Italian pork chop dinner

Easy Italian Pork Chop Dinner
Recipe from Linda Ferguson in the Ada sesquicentennial cookbook, 2002

4 large pork loin chops
1/4 c. Italian salad dressing, plus 2 T.
2 T. cooking oil
4 medium potatoes - peeled and thinly sliced
1 small onion - sliced

Marinate pork chops in 1/4 c. Italian dressing for 3 hours, turning occasionally. Remove the marinade and brown both sides in oil.

Season with salt and pepper. Place in baking dish.


Several Bluffton connections in Oct. 18 Maple Crest piano-violin recital

Maple Crest Senior Living Village, Bluffton, will host a piano-violin recital, open to the public, at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18, in its patio room.

The program will include a range of music from classical to arrangement of hymns and other well-known works.

Performing on piano is George Bixler of Orrville. He is a Bluffton College graduate and former student of Jean Szabo, Maple Crest resident, and the late James Bixel. He sister, Phyllis Bixler, is a Maple Crest resident.

1890s photo of Bluffton women

This is the earliest photo of a group of Bluffton women we've ever viewed. The best part is that every woman is listed - however - the listing is by their married name. (Except for two single women).

And, while we have all their names, we aren't certain of who is who, because the names are not row by row.

The names suggest these are wives of businessmen in Bluffton.

Here's the list, as it is hand written on the back of the photo, from top to bottom. Perhaps they are listed in order, but we don't know if the order starts on the front row or the back row.

15 with Emily Swisher on her passion for nursing, campus involvement and more

By Sophia Marcum

Our previoius interview was with a BGSU freshman from Bluffton High School, so we decided to keep the ball rolling. Emily Swisher has dived into her major and tells us all about how she’s pursuing her passions in her first semester on campus. 

Where are you attending school and what are you studying?
I am currently majoring in Pre-Nursing at Bowling Green State University.

Parmenter named HCAC Hitter of the Week

BLUFFTON, Ohio - Bluffton University’s Kendra Parmenter (Grove City) led the Beavers to convincing wins over Defiance and Transylvania during the week and has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week on offense. It marks the fourth straight week that a Beaver has been honored. Sophomore Sydney Mohler (Lima/Central Catholic) took home Defensive Player of the Week last week following back-to-back weeks of Jenny Brown (St. Marys/Memorial) claiming Offensive Player of the Week recognition!

Icon supports Issue 1 on Nov. 3

This Nov. 3, Ohioans will have the opportunity to solve a divisive problem facing our state. Issue 1 defines a new method for drawing state legislative districts and embodies a compromise reached by Legislators of both parties.


Southgate Lanes cash mob offers $1 bowling Oct. 15

Southgate Lanes, 9700 N. Dixie Highway, Bluffton, will host the final Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce cash for of 2015.

The event is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15.

Derek Dukes said that the cash mob will include $1 games and happy hour prices.

In addition everyone who visits the bowling alley during the cash mob can enter for a $50 shopping spree at Southgate, or receive $50 worth of bowling.

The Bluffton chamber's cash mobs highlight a different member each month. The program is part of the chamber's effort to encourage shopping locally.


Gary Augburger says, "Snowblower season is coming. Be ready."

Gary Augsburger of Gary's Repair reminds Icon viewers that winter is coming.

Gary's Repair has several different snowblowers on sale now. 

Gary's Repair
2667 Road P
Pandora, OH 45877


Pandora UM free community meal Oct. 28

The Pandora United Methodist Church will hold a free Community Meal on Wednesday, Oct 28, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, 108 E. Washington Street, Pandora. The meal this month is provided by the missio committee  and  the menu is sausage, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, dessert and beverage.


Kyle Koontz kicks 30-yard field goal in junior high game

Bluffton's Junior High football team defeated Ada 45 to 8 on Oct. 8. A highlight of the game was that Kyle Koontz kicked his first official 30-yard field goal.

Needless to day, Kyle, the team and the crowd were very excited to watch a junior high player achieve this.

This feat is a team effort, as it takes consistent blockers to allow a kicker time to focus on his part of the play.